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The Newsdesk 01.14.09 – Jackie Chan to Join Karate Kid; Jackson Out as Nick Fury?

• Jackie Chan will reportedly play Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid remake opposite Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith. We were all ready to ignore this and then Chan had to go and legitimize the darn thing.

• Despite scaling down this year, a number of high profile films will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Big Fan, from the writer of The Wrestler, and Superbad director Greg Mottola’s Adventureland are already drawing buzz. But perhaps the real curiosity of the fest is I Love You, Phillip Morris, a gay prison comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey. Isn’t this exactly the sort of indie fare Tropic Thunder parodied?

• Economic woes seem to be trickling down to superohero movies, with rumors that Marvel’s belt-tightening measures could mean that Samuel L. Jackson won’t play Nick Fury in Iron Man 2. Unless things get better soon, they may not even be able to afford David Hasselhoff.

• Craig Brewer, the director of Hustle & Flow and Blake Snake Moan, could be tackling a remake of Smokey and the Bandit. I think we can safely say the remake craze has now gone too far.

• After yesterday’s contentious meetings, SAG may be taking a strike vote
after a group of members failed to oust head negotiator Doug Allen.
Your favorite stars could be out on the picket-line without makeup any
moment now.

• Johnny Depp will return to the works of Hunter S. Thompson, starring in an adaptation of The Rum Diary after completing Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It’s good to have Depp back in bat country.

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