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The Rock-itt : April 2010
The first poster and trailer for the revamped 'Predator' movie was unveiled at this month's SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas. Producer Robert Rodriguez (who has directed films such as Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Spy Kids) spoke of how excited he was about the re- boot and how it differs from the 1st, which featured Arnold Schwarzanegger. 'Predators' stars Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, and Danny Trejo, and is set to hit cinemas July 7. James Cameron has just witnessed his film Avatar shatter almost all box office records on its way to making over 1 billion dollars worldwide, and now has plans to tweak his first billion dollar film, Titanic. Cameron is planning to take advantage of new technology to convert his film from what it was to 3D, and is targeting a spring 2012 release date, which would co-inside with the ships 100- year anniversary. In a year where films varied from the Iraqi desert in the heart of combat, or a new planet overtaken by humans, The Hangover proved you don't need special effects to make a lot of money as it grabbed nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. That success has prompted a sequel and director Todd Phillips has revealed that shooting will get underway shortly as they plan for an early November release date. With Superhero movies booming, Marvel comics has no reason to stop pumping out films that feature iron suits or men in spandex as they inch towards their ultimate goal of 'The Avengers' movie where all the Marvel heroes and villains come together in 2012, yet the search is still on for the USA's favourite hero, Captain America. Casting for the Captain America film has been going on for an age with at least 20 people being considered for the role although it seemed to have been whittled down to a few with names: Chris Evans (Fantastic 4), John Krasinski (The Office), and Mike Vogul (Cloverfield). Although the role of the Captain's arch nemesis, Red Skull looks to have been booked by Aussie, Hugo Weaving. And finally awards season came to a close earlier in the month as the stars strutted their stuff down the red carpet at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted on a night where Kathryn Bigelow and her film 'The Hurt Locker cleaned up, picking Oscars. Here's a rundown of how the most sought after awards were shared: BEST PICTURE Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglorious Basterds Precious A Serious Man Up Up in the Air BEST DIRECTOR Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker James Cameron, Avatar Quentin Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds Lee Daniels, Precious Jason Reitman, Up in the Air BEST ACTOR Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart George Clooney, Up in the Air Colin Firth, A Single Man Morgan Freeman, Invictus Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker BEST ACTRESS Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side Helen Mirren, The Last Station Carey Mulligan, An Education Gabourey Sidibe, Precious Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Matt Damon, Invictus Woody Harrelson, The Messenger Christopher Plummer, The Last Station Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Penelope Cruz, Nine Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air Mo'nique, Precious BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker Quentino Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man Peter Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, Up BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9 Nick Hornby, An Education Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, In The Loop Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air