First up, Kiefer Sutherland has expressed his expectation that, even though there have been huge script problems, the "24" movie will start shooting by the end of this year. It is mostly speculation on his part, but being inside the situation maybe gives him the insight nobody else has. Full article can be found at Next Movie. Stay tuned for more info on this troubled title.
Elsewhere, Universal has picked up the rights to distribute a documentary on the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange. Director Alex Gibney, known for his docs on such hot topics as Enron and Guantanamo Bay, will be making this feature. No word on whether Assange will actually participate in the movie, chances are good that he will given the fact that he needs cash for his upcoming Swedish court case, and the movie itself will give him a larger soapbox to speak from.
At Sundance 2011, Kevin Smith is about to show his horror movie, "Red State," to audiences for the first time. Odd that for a movie that has yet to be shown, a church group is already planning to stage a protest. This isn't "Dogma," so what could they be upset about? Well, according to the Sundance Institute's John Cooper, the protest isn't aimed specifically against Smith's film, they are protesting any film involving homosexuality. Nice to know that people are open-minded and intolerance is a thing of the past. Asses.
Finally, put this in the 'too weird which makes it likely' department: Will Smith is planning a remake of "Annie," with his daughter Willow as the titular orphan. Apparently he is hoping to get Jay-Z to rework the music from the Broadway show.
That'll be interesting. The whole article can be found at Variety.
Until next time, keep the popcorn warm for me.