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The Rock-itt : July 2010
In the early 1980's 'The Smurfs' had kids glued to the television set after they got home from school, and now they're back. Film company, Sony, released the first image of the little blue people with the biggest and most obvious difference the crude 2D drawings are no more, instead vying to go with CGI Smurfs. Some famous names that have lent their voice to the equally famous cartoon characters include Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation), and Pop Music success Katy Perry. When director Sam Raimi walked away from the successful Spiderman series with absolutely no back up, many wondered why he would leave a guaranteed money maker. Since leaving the web slinger, Raimi has already agreed to be at the helm of the video game adaptation of World of Warcraft, and recently announced Oz: The Great and Powerful and prequel to the all time classic , The Wizard of Oz. While little is known about the project at this time, what is known is that Robert Downey Jr. will be in the lead role. Leonardo DiCaprio would have to be the envy of all other actors at the moment. In the past 18 months he has been the star of movies directed by some of the most respected names in Hollywood, Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road), Martin Scorecese (Shutter Island), and Christopher Nolan (Inception). It seems DiCaprio's luck of working with high calibre directors is set to continue as he has recently been cast as former FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in his biopic which will be directed by Clint Eastwood. Toy Story 3 is one of the most anticipated films of 2010, yet most people are more excited about the return of their favourite characters than they are about what the movie is actually about. The writers are said to be inspired by 'The Great Escape' and while writing the film gained inspiration from watching all of the great prison break movies they could get their hands on. The film places all of the toys in a day care centre, and their mission is to get Cowboy 'Woody' back home. Cleopatra is coming back to the big screen for the first time since Elizabeth Taylor played the title role way back in 1963. This time around Angelina Jolie is tipped to have top billing with plenty of top candidates in line for the directing chair. And finally the famous character 'Les Grossman' played by Tom Cruise from the 2009 comedy 'Tropic Thunder' has gotten his own movie. The story of the hot headed, dance-loving, movie producer has been on the cards since Tropic Thunder was released but it was not until just recently when Cruise's schedule opened up the film was green lighted.