> Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith start 'Karate Kid' remake
BEIJING – Jackie Chan will play the wise kung-fu master in a Hollywood-Chinese remake of the 1984 hit "The Karate Kid" that kicked off filming in the Chinese capital at the weekend, a movie company publicist said Monday. Chan's young disciple in "Kung Fu Kid" will be played by Jaden Smith, the son of Hollywood superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, China Film Group spokesman Weng Li told The Associated Press in a phone interview (for complete story, click here).
*Hollywood is not only ignoring my pleas to stop raping my youth, they are now just making fun of me.
> Ryan Reynolds reportedly cast as Green Lantern
Warner Bros. has tapped Ryan Reynolds--most recently seen opposite Sandra Bullock in The Proposal (and on EW's summertime Must Issue cover)--to bring the DC Comics' superhero Green Lantern to life, reports Variety. Reynolds is said to have beaten out Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Justin Timberlake for the hotly sought role. Don't know your comic books? Green Lantern is part of an intergalactic police force who fights baddies using a magic ring that can conjure almost anything its wearer can imagine. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct the film. Shooting is reportedly slated to begin in January (for complete story, click here).
*I actually think Reynolds will bring some life to an character that I would otherwise have no interest in. Looking forward to it.
> Idol's Seacrest Triples Salary with New Contract
Ryan Seacrest has inked a $45 million deal to extend his run as American Idol's host. The three-year contract with Idol producer 19 Entertainment's parent company, CKX, Inc., more than triples his current salary, and his new paycheck is believed to surpass that of any reality TV host, says the Hollywood Reporter (for complete story, click here).
> Sony taps Aaron Sorkin to revise 'Moneyball'
Aaron Sorkin is best known in Hollywood as a screenwriter and TV producer supreme, having put his high-style signature on everything from "The West Wing" and "Sports Night" to "Charlie Wilson's War." But now, as Variety first reported Thursday, Sorkin has a new role -- he's the closer on "Moneyball," the much-ballyhooed baseball movie at Sony Pictures that the studio shut down just days before shooting was scheduled to begin late last month.The movie, which had Brad Pitt slated to star as Billy Beane, the maverick general manager of the Oakland A's who was the focus of Michael Lewis' bestselling "Moneyball" book, had its plug pulled after director Steven Soderbergh turned in a last-minute script revision that the studio felt took the film in a radically different, not to mention wildly uncommercial, new direction. But the news that Sorkin has appeared in the bullpen -- get used to it; we're going to employ a lot of baseball lingo here -- sends a clear message that Sony is determined to keep the movie alive (for complete story, click here).
*I just went from mildly interested in this story to legitimately-can't-wait-to-see-this-movie. Best entertainment related news I've heard in a while.