Weekly Movie News Roundup 29.06.2012

Posted 29/06/2012

Weekly Movie News Roundup 29.06.2012

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Mourning screenwriter Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron, writer and director of ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ passed away on Tuesday 26th June at the age of 71 due to complications brought on by leukemia. The daughter of screenwriters, she established herself as a successful essayist, novelist, and screenwriter before adding directing to her accolades with the 1993 hit ‘Sleepless in Seatle.’ Most recently, she directed ‘Julie & Julia’ in 2009. Hollywood has overwhelmingly expressed condolences and shared memories of Ephron. Here are a few :

‘Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life.’ —Tom Hanks (You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle)

‘Nora was an era. We pictured ourselves inside her dreams and they became ours.’ —Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail)

‘I was very lucky to get to say her words.’ —Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…)

Tyler Perry wants to make a sci-fi movie
Is Madea going to space? Although it doesn’t sound out of the realm of possibility for Tyler Perry films, he didn’t elaborate in his interview with Perry only expressed his love for the ‘Alien’ franchise and his disappointment in ‘Prometheus‘—and let it slip that he is currently working on a sci-fi movie. Be honest, you’re picturing a smart-mouthed alien getting put in check by Madea too, right?

Weekly casting news roundup
Yet another film franchise is being ‘rebooted’—yawn. Wait, this one stars Ryan Reynolds? Yay! The cult classic ‘Highlander’ is being remade, with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and Reynolds will play the title character. ... Possible ‘Catching Fire’ casting news! Actress Jena Malone is in talks to star as Johanna Mason, the former District 7 victor and frenemy of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), EW reports ... And just as one legendary Batman franchise is about to end, Will Arnett has been cast as the voice of Batman in the untitled Lego pic by Warner Bros.