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    Aliens might just be the next zombies if Gale Anne Hurd is successful. The Walking Dead executive producer is working on an Area 51 project.

    Deadline reports that Hurd is working with her Valhalla Entertainment to turn Annie Jacobsen's book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base into a hit TV show. The book was only just optioned, but will soon go into development.

    The new series is set to be written by screenwriter Karl Gajdusken and will be an hourlong show.

    The story is centered around two men that work at Area 51, when they discover some government secrets, they are thrown into danger. At that point the drama is just beginning.

    The book is made up of interviews with 19 men who served on the base and another 55 who had other links to Area 51. The interviews and stories include everything from testing nuclear weapons to supersonic jets, aliens, underground tunnels, and even the moon landing.

    Gajdusek started writing for TV on the show Dead Like Me. Recently he has written Oblivion for Tom Cruise and is working on a pilot script for Last Resort for ABC

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    Check out what I checked out this week.

    Whether the comics are inspiring or disappointing, I read them all.

    Welcome to The Pull List.

    And, as always...Spoilers ahead!

    The Walking Dead #91
    Writer: Robert Kirkman
    Art: Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn
    Publisher: Image Comics
    Price: #2.99

    There are a few smaller story arcs that are developing within this issue.

    It is another slower paced issue but the last page suggests that something big is coming.

    The main story in a nutshell is that supplies are running short and food is more scarce because canned goods stopped being made since the zombie apocalypse began. There are some interesting dynamics with the sexual tension between Rick and Andrea and Carl’s humanity seems to non-existent. The writing was strong all around because the focus was on what we feel are the little things as fans but what are major things for the characters in this situation.

    Not much action but it’s a good read overall.

    Grade: B-


    Nightwing #3
    Writer: Kyle Higgins
    Art: Eddy Barrows, Eduardo Pansica & JP Mayer
    Colors: Rod Reis & Allen Passanaqua
    Publisher: DC Comics
    Price $2.99

    Bat continuity remains out of whack as we open up with a flashback, five years in the past before Dick Grayson was Robin.

    The purpose of this was to show how Mr. Haly looked out for Dick which we didn’t see in the last issue.

    We move forward to the present and Dick is now the owner of Haly’s Circus. There are a lot of interesting characters within the circus which was beautifully illustrated at Mr. Haly’s funeral. There is a lot of potential for new and important characters to come out of this. I think it would be a good avenue to explore since they know Dick more than most. Nightwing heads to Chicago and investigates the actions of a former circus colleague that knows more than he is letting on. The new girl in his life seems to be a keeper but she looks too much like Barbara Gordon.

    There is some hoopla over two pencilers, Eddy Barrows and Eduardo Pansica, working on this title. I thought their styles blended together well and I almost didn’t notice the change and it does not take away from this issue. Nightwing is getting better and better every month and I expect that trend to continue.

    Grade: B+


    Venom #9
    Writer: Rick Remender
    Art: Stefano Caselli
    Colors: Frank Martin Jr
    Publisher: Marvel Comics
    Price: $2.99

    Flash Thompson has finally let his emotions get the better of him as the true nature of the symbiote has once again been unleashed.

    The art and colors match the dark tone of the story and the dark emotions going on in Thompson’s head.

    Thompson is trying to put spider-island behind him while dealing with the death of his father and his missing girlfriend. As if he needed more on his plate, a greedy villain with an impenetrable tank reeks havoc on the streets of Manhattan. Remender’s writing hits its peak when Thompson is trying to remain in control of the alien as he witnesses the senseless death and destruction caused by the tank. The series has been hit or miss since it’s inception, but I think there will be a lot more hits now that the symboite we are familiar with is back in the picture.

    Grade: A-


    Green Lantern Corps #3
    Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
    Art: Geraldo Borges & Scott Hanna
    Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
    Publisher: DC Comics
    Price: $2.99

    Judging a book by its cover is a smart move in this case.

    Tomasi presents a story that is action packed from start to finish. His writing and Borges and Hanna’s art work are in sync because they amazingly portray the dire situation the Corps is in.

    They are up against an unknown enemy dubbed “The Ring Slayer” on the cover. These slayers are immune to anything the green power rings can dish out and Lanterns are being lost by the minute. The slayers weapon of choice is a green light saber except the blade is shaped as a machete. I think it’s poetic that these slayers used this weapon since, well, it’s green. The ending will make you come back for the next issue and you also have to wonder if the Slayers are the “third option” the Guardians talked about in the last Guardians book?

    Grade: B+


    Avengers Academy #22
    Writer: Christos Gage
    Art: Sean Chen, Scott Hanna & Rebecca Buchman
    Colors: Jeromy Cox
    Publisher: Marvel Comics
    Price: $2.99

    Hank Pym is devastated over the death of Jocasta and is desperate to find answers and there is only one person who can help him: Magneto.

    Word of his visit spreads like wild fire across the academy and Hawkeye and Pietro are not in favor of his presence.

    Magneto offers his assistance in exchange for Pietro agreeing to never interfere in mutant affairs again. Pietro refuses and Magneto provokes him with verbal jabs about “House of M” until Finesse, who is listening from a far, can’t stand anymore and all hell breaks loose. The writing was solid and created an interesting scenario when Hawkeye yells "Avengers Assemble" and the non-mutant students help right away while the mutant students are torn as to which side they should be fighting for.

    No complaints with the art and the colors reminded me of the Avengers cartoon. The writing is solid all-around and provided a little bit of everything for comic book fans to enjoy.

    Grade: B

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    There have been previous Grateful Dead film projects, but the problem with getting any of them off the ground is obtaining the music rights.

    Deadheads rejoice!

    According to Deadline, ICM has been granted access to the band's entire music catalog and are planning a narrative-style feature film built around their songs.

    The music will not be used for a biopic, but rather a film that captures that Haight-Ashbury hippie spirit of the late 60's and early 70's.


    ICM Agent Bruce Kaufman is leading the pact on this project. He did the same thing previously, gaining access to 20 re-recorded songs from The Beatles for Across the Universe. Kaufman is working closely with Grateful Dead band archivist David Lemieus and Mark Pinkus, GM of Grateful Dead Properties at Rhino Entertainment.

    The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 in San Francisco and broke up 30 years later after frontman/lead singer Jerry Garcia passed away shortly after the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    As of now the project has no script, title, or attached studio.

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    Jeremy Renner is 'bout to blow up, which is not a HURT LOCKER joke, but rather in reference to the fact he has sizable roles in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL and THE AVENGERS in addition to headlining the next BOURNE film.

    Renner recently discussed his hesitation in accepting the lead in THE BOURNE LEGACY, but now he's moved on to discussing the films scope and relation to Matt Damon's BOURNE Trilogy.

    Renner told Empire:

    "My character is called Aaron Cross, but he ends up having a bunch of different names. For fans of the franchise, [THE BOURNE LEGACY] has that same ticking clock, but it's a new programme and new characters."

    Empire also asked if Treadstone is still involved, to which Renner replied:
    "Yeah, it's that same deal, it's just a new set of agents with a different leash. It's the same tempo and pace but more expansive and bigger. The differences are pretty vast but you'll know it's a BOURNE movie."
    As a huge fan of action franchises, I've never particularly cared for the BOURNE films, though I have seen all 3. Renner is one of a handful of action stars (including Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender) who I believe could actually destroy an a villain in real life, so I'm down for LEGACY.

    The film also stars Rachel Weisz (THE MUMMY, THE BROTHERS BLOOM), Edward Norton (FIGHT CLUB, INCREDIBLE HULK), Oscar Isaac (DRIVE), Joan Allen (BOURNE ULTIMATUM & SUPREMACY), Albert Finney (BOURNE ULTIMATUM), Stacy Keach (AMERICAN HISTORY X), and Scott Glenn (ULTIMATUM). Its is also known to be a spin-off with a parallel storyline to the original three BOURNE movies.

    Besides GHOST PROTOCOL and THE AVENGERS, Renner will also star in HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS next year.

    LEGACY will be out August 17th, 2012.

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  • 11/23/11--12:30: HUGO (review)

  • Produced by Johnny Depp, Tim Headington,
    Graham King, Martin Scorsese
    Screenplay by John Logan
    Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    Directed by Martin Scorsese
    Starring Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield,
    Chloë Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, 
    Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christopher Lee



    Hugo is a magical, film about life, love and the magic of cinema.

    Based on Selznick's popular book, Scorsese directs his first family film that embraces the history of film and the magical powers of cinema in subject, style and execution.  In some ways, his accomplishment might turn off many moviegoers.  It's a film that expects viewers to care about the earliest days of cinema, an audience that might not even exist beyond the small percentage of cinegeeks.

    The film takes it's time, slowly peeling back it's layers and revealing depths and surprises within.  The cast is uniformly great and Asa Butterfield portrays Hugo with wide-eyed wonder.  Kingsley and Cohen give the film's best performances, with wonderful, albeit brief appearance by Christopher Lee.

    Scorsese uses 3D better than any other filmmaker to date, using it to add depth to the environment.  After approximately fifteen minutes, I found that the effect just becomes part of the mise en scene and ultimately unnecessary. 

    I loved Hugo, but don't think it's to everyone's taste.  The marketing using the mechanical man is a bit misleading and the film might be too long for the target audience of young viewers.

    Nevertheless, if you want to see one of the greatest filmmakers of our time finally make his film about movies, Hugo deserves to be seen and embraced.

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    I've mentioned it on several occasions, but I actually really enjoy a number of Disney, ABC Family and Nickelodeon shows.

    From Good Luck, Charlie to iCarly to Big Time Rush to Victorious, I pretty much watch them all with some frightening regularity.

    Which makes me even more looking forward to checking out, Geek Charming.





    Full press release after the jump.


    All New Disney Channel Original Movie Debuts February 7 on DVD & Digital Copy
    Packaged With A Special Collectible Charm Set!
    “GEEK CHARMING”
    Bonus Features Include 10 Episodes of Disney Channel Smash Hit, Shake It Up!
    Synopsis:  When Dylan Schoenfield (Sarah Hyland), Woodlands Academy’s top girl, accidentally drops her expensive “it” handbag into the mall fountain, she is surprised that film geek, Josh Rosen (Matt Prokop), retrieves it forher.  In exchange for rescuing her bag, Dylan must agree to be the subject of Josh’s documentary film.  Dylan hopes the film will help her campaign for Blossom Queen – she claims that winning is her only life goal.  Josh plans to make a hard-hitting expose about popularity, but, as he gets to know Dylan, he learns that the real Dylan is much more interesting than the persona she’s created.  At the last minute, Josh decides that his film should introduce this awesome girl to the world, but how will Dylan react when she sees it?
    The 2-Disc DVD (DVD + Digital Copy) is the ideal Valentine’s Day gift and includes 10 episodes of the Disney Channel smash hit television show “Shake It Up,” plus a special collectible charm set.
    Cast:                                                              Sarah Hyland (TV’s “Modern Family”)
                                                                      Matt Prokop (High School Musical 3)
                                                                      Sasha Pieterse (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”)

    Director:                                                   Jeffrey Hornaday (Shout)
    DVD Bonus:                                              10 episodes of the Disney Channel smash hit TV series “Shake It Up”
    Street Date:                                             February 7, 2012                                                                         (Direct Prebook: 12/13/11; Distributor Prebook: 12/27/11)
    Rating:                                                         TV-G in U.S./G in Canada
                                                                            Bonus materials not rated.
    Feature Run Time:                               Approximately 98 minutes
    Suggested Retail Price:                    2-Disc DVD (DVD + Digital Copy) = $26.99 U.S./$29.99 Canada
    Aspect Ratio:                                          1.78:1 
    Sound:                                                         DVD Feature Film – Dolby Digital 2.0       
    Languages:                                                English
    Subtitles:                                                   English, French and Spanish

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    Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, told Den Of Geek that there have been discussions surrounding coverting those films into 3D for a theatrical re-release, TITANIC and STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE style.

    Said Wood:

    "I think it would be cool to see. There’s talk of releasing a dimensionalised trilogy eventually. I’m okay with doing post-process 3D, as long as someone takes the time. What I’m upset about is when a movie doesn’t have the budget and the time to devote to it and they’re not fine-tuning the detail of that, because it can look really bad and cheap. But I know that they wouldn’t dimensionalise it unless it was a super meticulous process."

    He added:

    "I mean, TITANIC’s coming out in 3D now, and STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE, which means we have to wait three movies to get to the fucking good shit, it’s unbelievable, I’m like, we have to wait three years for that? You’re doing EPISODE I first? [frustrated squeal], what a bummer!”
    Damn straight on that last bit, Frodo.

    Even though this is just idle chat, it makes sense that Peter Jackson would want to see his original trilogy in 3D after the amount of fun he's had shooting THE HOBBIT in the format.

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    Though I found the teaser trailer completely lacking (that doesn't look like Mars, it looks like New Mexico!), this new image from Entertainment Weekly actually makes JOHN CARTER look, well, exciting.

    Reads the accompanying article:

    There are multitudes of exotic creatures that populate John Carter — Walt Disney’s grand sci-fi adventure, out March 9, adapted from the seminal “John Carter of Mars” novel series penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs almost 100 years ago. There are the four-armed green Tharks that Civil War vet John Carter (played by Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch in the film) first encounters after he’s mysteriously transported to the war-torn surface of Mars. There’s the many-legged amphibi-dog named Woola that becomes Carter’s loyal companion. And then there are one of the most intriguing and fearsome creatures in the series: the great White Apes.

    Get your first look at said great White Ape after the jump!

    JOHN CARTER is out March 9, 2012.

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    Though we know nearly nothing about the sequel to 2009's STAR TREK (except that the original cast will return, as will J.J. Abrams, and Benicio Del Toro is in talks to play the main baddie), now we also know what day we can see the film, who will compose the music for the film, and the fact that the film will be shot in 3D.

    Deadline reports that the yet to be titled sequel to 2009's reboot/sequel/prequel will be released May 17th, 2013.

    Deadline also claims the movie will be shot in 3D! Though I normally avoid 3D movies like the plague, STAR TREK is the perfect franchise to showcase the format, especially since it is actually going to be shot that way and not given an ugly post-conversion facelift.


    But that's not all, Coming Soon reports that composer Michael Giacchino will be back to write the music for the STAR TREK sequel (I keep calling it that because it WON'T be called STAR TREK 2).

    This is more wonderful news, as I LOVE Giacchino's score from 2009's TREK. In fact, I consider it my favorite score in years, rivaled only by the scores for THE DARK KNIGHT, SHERLOCK HOLMES, and INCEPTION (which are all from Hans Zimmer).

    Giacchino is a long time Abrams collaborator, composing the music for M:I:III, LOST, ALIAS, and SUPER 8 as well as writing scores for several Pixar films including THE INCREDIBLES and UP.  He also composed the music for the new STAR TOURS attraction at Disneyland, as he is heir apparent to John Williams. His next score will be for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL.

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    SFX has six new images from Disney's JOHN CARTER, following the single image released last week.

    The second trailer for the film is expected to drop this week, and all I have to say is it better be more interesting than the first one, cause I'm not sold on this tentpole yet.

    Check out the other five new images from the film after the jump!


    JOHN CARTER opens March 9th, 2012.

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    HBO and BBC have come together to create a new drama centered around the life of a female spy. And it's called Nemesis.

    Variety reports that the new show will be coming to the BBC in the UK and to HBO's Cinemax Channel in the states. The show is written by Frank Spotnitz, who is best known for his work on The X-files. Filming for the new series has already started in Scotland, London, and Morocco.

    The series revolves around the character Sam, played by Melissa George, who is elite spy for a "private intelligence firm."

    After surviving an assassination attempt possibly set up by her own team she comes back to the firm and tries to resume her regular duties. She doesn't know whom to trust except for her one love interest Aidan, played by Adam Rayner.

    Spotnitz has said about the show that, "It's got action on a cinematic scale, huge story twists and turns, and intriguing characters who are both emotionally and morally complex."

    Joining George and Rayner to fill out the cast are Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lex Shrapnel, Uriel Emil, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Campbell Moore and Oscar Kennedy.

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    Collider has the first teaser poster for next summer's MEN IN BLACK 3, which has also led to the reveal of the film's viral marketing campaign.

    The poster is kind of cool, and if you read the very bottem a web address is revealed that takes you to a facebook page relating to "The Men In Black Suits Are Real" (in fact, the web address is www.themeninblacksuitsarereal.com).

    Check out the new poster in full after the jump!

    MEN IN BLACK 3 will hit theaters in 3D on May 25th, 2012 (after infamously starting production without a finished script).

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    This short animation has more to do with technique than it does with storyline but that doesn't detract from beauty of it at all.

    In fact, it sort of makes it better.

    You see, graphic designer Katy Beveridge wanted to see if you could film animation in real time using nothing but cut paper and a bicycle and the result is yes, yes you can. But even more impressive is the soundtrack to the piece (which synchs up wonderfully to the animation by the way) that is made up of different bike noises all smooshed together (then re-mixed by Stefan Neidermeyer).

    The result is an incredibly simple, yet fantastic animation which perfectly illustrates how 2-D still has the power to knock your socks off.

    Video after the break.




    Source: Dude Craft

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    While I am a purist when it comes to all things Star Wars, I am, however a huge AC/DC fan and am finding it difficult deciding which musical version would I have liked better (Thunderstruck is one of my favorite songs and, seeing that it is being used here, I am torn).

    Okay, so perhaps the screaming vocals and heavy drum beats don't work well with the film but I will tell you something, it did get me pumped up and had me throwing my arms in the air like I just don't care and fist pumping my way through the battles with Vader, so maybe AC/DC would work (if you were looking to re-cut the flick as if it were a live version of the movie Heavy Metal).

    Head banging video after the break.



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    Empire has an amazing DARK KNIGHT RISES exclusive featuring more official images from the highly anticipated sequel to THE DARK KNIGHT (thanks to Comic Book Movie for putting them online). The article also offers several revelations about the plot of the film (it takes place 8 years after THE DARK KNIGHT), but we covered that on FOG last week.

    The Playlist also confirmed what I guessed the 6 minute prologue before MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL IMAX would entail, saying its "an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film." Sounds just like the prologue in which the Joker was introduced before I AM LEGEND IMAX, making that movie's ticket price worthwhile.

    Check out the awesome new images after the jump!

    Will Bane break the Bat in RISES?
    Click Any Image To Enlarge
    This image is the most interesting to me, featuring Bane holding an image of Harvey Dent on top of what the caption describes to be Bane's custom tumbler. Is Bane exposing the secret about the end of Dent's life that Gordon and Batman have tried to keep secret for eight years? Does this mean the Joker was an agent of the League of Shadows as well, corrupting Dent in order to bring down Gotham?

    We'll find out more when the prologue and second trailer for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES hit theaters in December.

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    I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane
    I'm more than some pretty face beside a train
    And it's not easy to be me...whatever dude.
    Look, when Five for Fighting released Superman (It's Not Easy) I liked it- for the first nine hundred times- and I get why it is a popular song to slow dance to. I can even appreciate it's subtle geek nod to a very depressed American superhero that seems on the verge of suicide.

    But geez, could you lighten up a bit? We're talking about a powerful man who is capable of getting trim on every street corner! There's no reason to write him as a pathetic human who doubts his very existence (that's for us peons to cry about).

    Now, with Russian musical artist Alla Pugacheva, Superman seems a bit more upbeat ( I think, I don't know what she's saying but she sounds very enthused when she yells "Superman") and, judging by the cover of her album, Superman seems quite happy to be riding around on a dune buggy (although he seems to have let himself go a bit, but that's not surprising when you become part of a couple):


    So perhaps we should hope, when Superman gets involved as a musical muse, that he remains happy so that he can best the forces of evil rather than lay on the couch all day questioning his duty to the world while watching Maury Povich.

    After the break is Alla Pugacheva's happy sounding Superman tribute which we should all agree should be his personal theme song rather than the Five for Fighting one.




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    That's right, Ben Whishaw has been cast as Q in SKYFALL, making it the first appearance of the gadget genius in the rebooted Daniel Craig James Bond films, per THR.

    Even if you've never heard of Whishaw (LAYER CAKE, PERFUME, BRIGHT STAR), just by glancing at the above image of the actor you will quickly realize he is younger than Craig, making it the first time Q has ever been younger than James Bond on the silver screen. Whishaw is 31, while Craig is 43.

    Q hasn't appeared since THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, were long-time Q (Desmond Llyewlyn) retired, handing the reigns over to R (John Cleese) for DIE ANOTHER DAY. Neither Q nor R appeared in CASINO ROYALE or QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

    It is a very interesting direction to take the character, and though it worries me a smidge, I'm excited to see what the new Q is like.

    SKYFALL is currently shooting under the direction of Sam Mendes and also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney. It hits US shores in November 2012.

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    It's hard to resist the theme song to Super Mario Bros. in any musical rendition (I know, I've tried) but damn, I think the accordion has just the right pitch to make it my favorite.

    The subtle shrillness of it, the way that the instrument sounds 8-bit, I don't know, but somehow a bunch of Bulgarian dudes plugging away on a mutant Casio/file folder might just be the perfect instrument to ever produce the iconic notes that makes me want to punt a turtle across a screen.

    Well done guys, I believe I have found a winner.

    Video after the break.





    Source: Neatorama

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    According to Deadline, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) is set to direct T.S. Spivet based on the 2009 novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen.

    The big budget family film will be shot in 3D and will be the first English language film Jeunet has made since 1997's Alien: Resurrection... all of his other films have been made in his native country of France.

    Supposedly, this project will be a return to the vibrant world of Amelie, Jeunet's 2001 hit film.


    Jeunet will re-team with his longtime screenwriting collaborator Guillaume Laurant (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement, Micmacs) to adapt the story of 12-year-old cartographer T.S. Spivet who one day receives a call from The Smithsonian informing him he's won a prestigious prize.

    Shooting is said to begin in the spring of 2012 in Canada with a projected release date in the second half of 2013, casting is currently taking place.

    Jeunet's last film was 2009's Micmacs, two of his films (A Very Long Engagement and Delicatessen) are currently streaming on Netflix.

    Check out the trailer for A Very Long Engagement:

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    This is what evil looks like
    As a kid, I had a very strict  rule that anyone who played with me had to follow: There must be no talk about The Captain and Tennille lest that person wished to be punched in the throat.

    You see, I was scared of Tennille.

    With her huge teeth, her Nazi helmet hair and her dead, soulless eyes, I was pretty sure she was a demon sent from hell to steal my soul. And The Captain? Well, he was just a minion that made sure Tennille had a large supply of babies to feast on.

    Oh sure, mock my paranoia but you didn't have to watch their variety show every week and wet yourself in terror during the year of 1976-1977 like I did and spend many a sleepless night thinking that Tennille's massive chompers were under their bed.

    Okay, fine, I'm a freak but let me give you just a taste of what real horror looks like after the break and maybe then you'll feel my pain.




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