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The Newsdesk 12.15.09 – Hurt Locker Takes Top NY Critic Prize; Gibson Will Take a Vacation

Mel Gibson will star in How I Spent My Summer Vacation, based on a screenplay he penned about a criminal stuck in a Mexican prison. We can only imagine what colorful nicknames Gibson will give to the prison guards.

The first trailer for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, has been released. No Bryan Adams song? This won’t make a dime at the box office. 

High School Musical Director Kenny Ortega will tackle an adaptation of the musical In the Heights. One of these days Ortega is going to have to direct something where the characters don’t spontaneously burst into song.

The Hurt Locker was named Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. George Clooney took the actor prize for both Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Clearly we’re entering the season of Clooney.

The writers of Thor will pen Damn Nation, a futuristic vampire thriller for Paramount. That’s how crazy Hollywood is for vampire projects now. They’re green-lighting projects based on puns.

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