Sorry for the unexpectedly prolonged Labor Day retreat, everyone. Let's catch up on some things from the last few days.
- The Debt, Shark Night 3D, and that moon alien movie that is reportedly not real all opening to only seven figure numbers, The Help was able to take the top spot again in its fourth week. So don't be surprised when, in a couple years, Emma Stone is back again--but this time the help is writing the book about HER!
- Did you hear how Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars? Well, he is: Academy Award telecast producer Don Mischer and fellow producer/greasy Brett Ratner, for whom Murphy recently functioned as a surrogate Chris Tucker on the upcoming Tower Heist, made the announcement yesterday. The only question is how many Eddie Murphi will be hosting, and how many of them will be in fat suits and/or women.
- Also on the subject of greasy Brett Ratner, Eddie Murphy, and Tower Heist, Brett Ratner "sincerely feel[s] bad" about the part in the Tower Heist trailer where Eddie Murphy makes seizures sound so hilarious. In response, epilepsy foundation TalkAboutIt founder Greg Grunberg said, "I'm lifting my personal boycott of ur hilarious film #TowerHeist RT." Phew!
- The idea for a sequel to Beetlejuice has been thrown around for years--first envisioned as a film in which Beetlejuice and the Deetzes, like so many a sitcom family and their wacky neighbor, go to Hawaii; later as a straight-to-video thing--but now its theatrical sandworm may at last be emerging from the earth. According to Deadline, David Katzenberg and the genius who came up with combining both Lincoln and vampires AND Jane Austen and zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith, are likely writing a reboot to the series. The chance to make Beetlejuice a CGI character with the voice of Jim Carrey has come.