What's Popping: 'Titanic', 'Fifty Shades of Grey', 'Van Helsing', 'Master of the Universe', 'The Goon'


We suspected for a long time now that there was probably enough room for both Jack and Rose on that floating board that neither of them had to die in the movie Titanic. Both could have lived. This was confirmed by the folks over at Mythbusters. Why did Jack had to die then? For the sake of the story, of course. Check out Mythbusters' experiment here.

EL James best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey is getting the movie treatment, and the producers have set Saving Mr. Banks' Kelly Marcel to adapt the screenplay. From what I've heard, there are quite a bit of blushing and lip-biting in the novel, so I don't how how that will translate into a good movie. I suspect it'll perform decent at the box office due to the built-in fan base, but it will be poorly reviewed. No director is attached yet.

Universal wants Rupert Sanders to direct Tom Cruise in their Van Helsing remake. What this means is that the studio is putting the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel/spinoff on hold while the fallout from Sanders' affair with Kristen Stewart blows over. This also means Cruise next movie once he's done filming Doug Liman's All You Need Is Kill is going to be Universal's Van Helsing now that Top Gun 2 is on indefinite hold due to Tony Scott's death.

He-Man and Skeletor will battle it out on the big screen once more if Sony is able to come up with a passable script for Masters of the Universe. To that end, the studio has hired Richard Wenk, whose work includes The Mechanic, to rewrite Mick Finch and Alex Litvak's draft. Warner Bros made a movie with the same title back in 1987 with Dolph Lungren as He-Man, but let's just pretend that movie didn't exist.

David Fincher has been trying to get the comic book adaptation The Goon off the ground since 2008. Due to its, um, offbeat material, the movie has trouble finding financing. That “proof of concept” footage floating around the internet didn't do its job, so Fincher and the other producers are turning to Kickstarter to raise funds for a story reel. How much is needed? Just $400, 000.

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Scary Movie 5 moves up one week to April 12, 2013.

Dave Kajganich is writing Creature From the Black Lagoon screenplay.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead rumored to be in the lead for Agent 13 role in Captain America 2.

Tom Harper is set to direct The Woman in Black 2.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters pushed back again to January 25, 2013.

Guillermo del Toro plans Pacific Rim prequel graphic novel.

Ben Affleck may decide to Live by Night.

Set pics for The Wolverine, Red 2, and Oldboy.

Jennifer Connelly boards A Winter's Tale.

Hulk Hogan wants in on Expendables 3.

Warner Bros greenlights Robert De Niro and Sly Stallone comedy Grudge Match.

CBS Films wants Chris Hemsworth for American Assassin.

Paranormal Activity 4 is headed for IMAX.

Matt Damon will have a small part in Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem.

Shailene Woodley in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Set pic of Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper in The Wolverine.

Mila Kunis rumored to be on wishlist for the Anastasia Steele role in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Title of Vince Vaughn comedy changed to The Delivery Man from Starbuck.

Julianne Moore reteams with Liam Neeson in Non-Stop.

Uma Thurman joins cast of Lars Von Trier's erotic drama Nymphomaniac.

Concept arts for 2005's scrapped Jurassic Park 4 movie.

Fox and Blue Sky Studios working to bring Charlie Brown and Snoopy to the big screen.

Ben Affleck is in talks to star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Focus.

The Bloodsport remake won't be anything like JCVD's 1988 movie.

With a decent $11.4M opening, why is the media calling the modestly budgeted Frankenweenie a bomb?

Stan Lee Media claims Disney didn't own any of Marvel's superhero characters; sues the studio.

Beyonce drops out of Clint Eastwood's A Star is Born remake.

Ralph Feinnes joins Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Video game Gears of War is looking for producers.

Penske Media buys Variety.

Ryan Gosling's character in Drive may appear in a spinoff.

Ms. Marvel may show up in The Avengers 2, with Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson circling the role.

What's next for Sam Rockwell and director Martin McDonagh, two of the Seven Psychopaths.

Gareth Edwards promises his Godzilla will be 'grounded' and 'realistic.'

Rob Cohen talks Monster Squad remake.

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