July 28th Update: THR reports that Sony has won the rights to Mommy & Me.

July 16th Update:

Source: TheWrap

A new project tentatively called Mommy & Me is being shopped around that will find Meryl Streep and Tina Fey starring alongside each other for director Stanley Tucci.

The combination of Streep and Fey would be dynamite at the box office. Streep has hit a hot streak late in her career thanks to the likes of The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia!, Julie & Julia and It's Complicated. Fey has parlayed her television success on 30 Rock into hits such as Baby Mama and Date Night.

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Source: Deadline.com

Steve Coogan has signed on to become a member of the impressive ensemble cast of My Idiot Brother. Jesse Peretz will direct Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones and Adam Scott in the indie comedy.

Coogan, who has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable character actors working today, will next be seen opposite Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in August's The Other Guys.

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Rancho, Cordova, CA -- Barco, the global leader in digital cinema technology, announced today that it has deployed its digital cinema projectors at Spud Drive In, making the venue the first "true" digital drive-in in America. While other outdoor theatres have utilized digital projectors to show DVDs to large outdoor audiences, Spud is the only drive-in to date to actually employ digital cinema projection and surround sound audio, with 3D technology planned for August showings.

John Fithian, President of the National Association of Theatre Owners, commented, "Drive-ins are an important part of the theater business. At NATO, we are pleased to see Barco providing a digital projector solution capable of illuminating drive-in screens. We are confident that drive-ins will continue to flourish in the digital age and congratulate the Spud on being the first of many drive-ins to offer their customers the digital experience."

United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA) President Paul F. Geissinger stated, "We congratulate the Spud Drive In and their digital partner Barco in providing their patrons and the motion picture industry with the first digital projection system at a traditional drive-in theatre. This is an historic event for drive-in theatres, a true icon of Americana, which we view as only the beginning of what will be a huge transition to the digital age by drive-in motion picture theatres."

When Spud made the decision to go digital, timing was of the essence. Since the drive-in movie season is relatively short in Idaho, it was important to get a projector online quickly for the June opening. Barco was able to provide a projector within a few weeks. "We looked at a lot of options, but the Barco projector was the ideal fit for the drive-in movie environment because of its low power requirements, liquid cooling, and of course, incredible image quality and reputation for reliability," commented Spud's Chief Operating Officer, Keith Zednik. "It's just amazing - like nothing I've ever seen before! With the Barco projector, we'll be able to continue for another 50 years, not only as a movie exhibitor, but as a total entertainment provider" continued Zednik. Spud plans to offer alternative content packages to customers, including wedding receptions, non-profit, club and community functions, and even live simulcast sports events and concerts.

The exhibitor launched its digital premiere with a double feature on Friday, July 9th, showing Despicable Me and Robin Hood. Attracting hundreds of moviegoers from around the county, Spud enjoyed its largest crowd of the season, breaking records for its Monday night "$15 per car" promotion. "The image quality was picture perfect, and it was so easy to use - no technical problems at all. The Barco has made my life a million times easier," commented Zednik.

Roger Bockert, owner of Heartland Theatre Services who installed the new system, commented "If anyone out there is still uncertain about putting digital in a drive-in, Spud's experience will put their mind at ease. The results have been even better than expected as far as picture quality, light output, and reliable image." In business for more than 20 years, Bockert has installed hundreds of digital projectors throughout the Midwest in traditional theatres, and looks forward to additional business in the drive-in market based on the success of Spud's deployment.

The Barco projector utilizes Texas Instruments' DLP Cinema® technology, which produces higher contrast video, deeper black levels and reduced pixelation in a compact package. The projector is able to utilize standard lenses with no modifications to the electronics or housing, and project a crystal clear, precise image from a long distance.

"We're honored to work with Spud Drive In to pioneer the first true digital cinema drive-in theatre. This opportunity demonstrates the power and versatility of Barco's products. We applaud Spud's entrepreneurial spirit and desire to extend their entertainment options with alternative content, which will showcase the Barco projector's features and delight patrons for years to come," said Todd Hoddick, VP Digital Cinema North America.

 

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Source: Deadline.com

Fresh off Inception, Cillian Murphy has signed on to star opposite Thandie Newton in a British thriller titled The Retreat. Carl Tibbetts will direct, and legendary Richard Nixon interrogator David Frost is serving as a producer.

Murphy has yet to have a serious break-out role as a leading man despite some great indie flicks (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and strong supporting turns in blockbusters (Batman Begins).

 

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The official release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Oscar® winner Russell Crowe reunites with Gladiator director Ridley Scott to reveal the untold story of a common archer's rise to become a hero in Robin Hood, the $309 million(1) worldwide blockbuster coming to Blu-rayTM Hi-Def Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and single disc DVD on September 21, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. All of these versions will feature the theatrical film, as well as a never-before-seen unrated director's cut of the movie. The film and its unrated version will also be available day and date for digital download and video on demand.

The 3-disc Robin Hood Blu-rayTM Combo Pack will feature a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the theatrical and director's cut film, as well as a digital copy of the director's cut that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere. Additionally, both the Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and the 2-Disc Special Edition will feature deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary, plus an extensive look at the making of Robin Hood that includes behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. The Blu-rayTM release also exclusively features an interactive "Director's Notebook," which seamlessly takes fans inside the making of the specific scenes of the film, from production design to special effects.

Sweeping pageantry and heart-pumping action transports viewers to the meticulously recreated medieval battlefields and byways of 13th century England for the inspiring story of a legendary hero. Robin Hood's sterling cast also includes Academy Award® winners Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Elizabeth: the Golden Age) and William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Kiss of the Spider Woman), as well as Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Mark Addy (The Full Monty), Oscar Isaac (Body of Lies), Danny Huston (The Aviator), Kevin Durand (Legion), Scott Grimes ("Band of Brothers"), Matthew Macfadyen (Frost/Nixon), Eileen Atkins (Last Chance Harvey), Simon McBurney (Body of Lies) and Oscar® nominee Max von Sydow (Shutter Island).

Robin Hood's expansive scale and exhilarating action sequences hit a bulls-eye with critics around the world, with Pete Hammond of Boxoffice Magazine saying, "If you've think you've seen Robin Hood, think again," and adding that that the film is "spectacular epic movie making at its best in the tradition of Gladiator and Braveheart." Robin Hood is "An original, new take on a classic story," in the words of Patrick Stoner, WHYY - PBS (Philadelphia) and "A must-see epic adventure!" according to Christina Vandre, KARE - NBC (Minneapolis). Dan Jolin of Empire gives it four stars, calling it, "Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe at their most entertaining since Gladiator."

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAYTM:

* DIRECTOR'S NOTEBOOK - A seamless multimedia experience focusing on the director's vision gives viewers a peek inside Oscar® nominee Ridley Scott's unique filmmaking process. Incorporating behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Scott and his trusted inner circle of collaborators, this feature launches at critical moments throughout the film to illuminate the task of mounting a vast production like Robin Hood.
* THE ART OF NOTTINGHAM - A special look at the portfolio of designs generated for the film, including video introductions by key department heads such as production designer Arthur Max and costume designer Janty Yates. Galleries of concept art, costume designs, storyboards and other imagery are featured.
* BD-LIVETM - Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.
o MY SCENES - Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.
* pocket BLUTM app - Experience Blu-ray in an exciting new way with the pocket BLUTM app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, PC and Macintosh. With this app, you can work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM player to activate advanced features such as:
o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayTM player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-LiveTM functions with ease as well as activate a timeline to skip to any point in the movie with the slide of a finger.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.
o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayTM discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there's a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o VIRTUAL Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-rayTM player with your device's easy and intuitive keyboard to facilitate such Blu-rayTM features as chatting with friends and sending messages.
* uHEAR - Always catch every word with uHear! This innovative feature instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-rayTM disc and turns on the subtitles for the section you couldn't hear!
* INTERACTIVE TICKER: Get the latest information about Universal's theatrical and Blu-rayTM releases. Plus, get updates about upcoming BD-Live events, awards and TV shows on NBC


BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM AND 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

* DELETED SCENES WITH INTRODUCTION & COMMENTARY BY EDITOR PIETRO SCALIA
* RISE AND RISE AGAIN: MAKING RIDLEY SCOTT'S ROBIN HOOD
o BALLAD, LEGEND & MYTH: PRE-PRODUCTION - See how the filmmakers and actors, including Ridley Scott, Brian Grazer and Russell Crowe, tackled the challenge of breathing new life into the longest surviving character in the English language, Robin Hood.
o THE MORE THE MERRIER: PRODUCTION - A stellar cast led by Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett descended on England to shoot this massive epic under the direction of Ridley Scott. With an unparalleled passion for detail, Scott oversees all of the production design, costuming, weaponry and action sequences in the film.
o NO QUARTER GIVEN: POST PRODUCTION - Sifting through a million feet of shot film, Ridley Scott and editor Pietro Scalia perfect the screen story and work with the post-production team to add layers of sound design, visual effects and Marc Streitenfeld's beautiful score.
* DIGITAL COPY OF THE UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT VERSION OF THE FILM


SYNOPSIS

Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard's army against the French. Upon Richard's death, Robin Longstride (Oscar® winner Russell Crowe) travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn Lady Marion's hand and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by their appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff. With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled by the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.

http://www.robinhoodthemovie.com/

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Directed By: Ridley Scott

Screenplay By: Brian Helgeland

Story By: Brian Helgeland and Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris

Produced By: Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe

Executive Producers: Charles J. D. Schlissel, Michael Costigan, Jim Whitaker, Ryan Kavanaugh

Director of Photography: John Mathieson BSC

Production Designer: Arthur Max

Editor: Pietro Scalia ACE

Music By: Marc Streitenfeld

Costume Designer: Janty Yates

Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Matthew MacFadyen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney and Max von Sydow

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Blu-rayTM

Street Date: September 21, 2010

Selection Number: 61115859

Running Time: 2 Hours 21 Minutes / 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2:40:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content / NA

Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

Street Date: September 21, 2010

Copyright: 2010

Selection Number: 61110991

Running Time: 2 Hours 21 Minutes / 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content / NA

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

2 Disc DVD

Street Date: September 21, 2010

Copyright: 2010

Selection Number: 61112398

Running Time: 2 Hours 21 Minutes / 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content / NA

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

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