Links of the Week

The latest /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark (I actually sort of appear in the After Dark, so check it out).

/Film‘s David Chen interviews Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson here.

Actor Seth Green (Sex Drive) will direct an adaptation of the comic book he co-created here.

Javier Bardem (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) will star in Biutiful from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) here.

McG (We Are Marshall) will direct the adaptation of the novel Dead Spy Running here.

Crispin Glover (Epic Movie), Christopher Lee (The Golden Compass) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging) have all joined the cast of the new Alice In Wonderland movie from director Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street) and Burton regular composer Danny Elfman has confirmed he’s doing the music here and here.

Chris Columbus (Rent) is in talks to direct Ripley’s Believe It Or Not here.

Ian McDiarmid, the guy who plays Palpatine in the Star Wars saga, is amazing here.

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New Trailer: Paul Blart – Mall Cop

Basically Die Hard in a mall, comedy-style, Paul Blart: Mall Cop follows an incompetent mall security guard who rises to the occasion when a bunch of bank robbers take over the commercial center where he operates since he’s the only one who can take them on.

Directed by Steve Carr (Are We Done Yet?), Paul Blart: Mall Cop stars Kevin James (I Now Pronouce You Chuck & Larry) in the titular role alongside Jayma Mays (Epic Movie) and Erick Avari (Postal) among others. Buzz for this film hasn’t been very positive thus far, but considering it’s made by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison (this summer’s hit The House Bunny), who knows it might actually be a pleasant surprise.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop was co-written by James and Nick Bakay (two episodes of ‘Til Death) and will premiere in the US on January 16th, 2006. What do you think of this new trailer? Its certainly better than the previous one. Kevin Smith originally had a similar idea entitled Mallrats 2: Die Hard In A Mall, should he sue?

Harry Potter attacks Hari Puttar

In what can only be labeled a bitch move, Warner Bros has filed a lawsuit against Indian production company Mirchi Movies regarding the forthcoming film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors. The reason? Warner feels the movie is taking advantage of the Harry Potter name. WB spokeswoman Deborah Lincoln tells The Hollywood Reporter:

“We have recently commenced proceedings against parties involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled ‘Hari Puttar’. Warner Bros. values and protects intellectual property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss publicly the details of any ongoing litigation.”

Mirchi CEO Munish Purii retorded:

We registered the ‘Hari Puttar’ title in 2005 and it’s unfortunate that Warner has chosen to file a case so close to our film’s release. In my opinion, I don’t think our title has any similarity or links with ‘Harry Potter.’

The irony here? Mr Purii is actually the one who’s right. From the looks of Hari Puttar‘s trailer, the movie has nothing to do with the world’s most famous teenage wizard and is actually eerily similar to the Home Alone franchise, a property owned by Twentieth Century-Fox. So if anyone should file a lawsuit against Hari Puttar, it ought to be Fox, a company currently tangled with Warner in a messy battle over the Watchmen rights (god, it’s like a vicious circle).

Article continues after the jump. Also, Hari Puttar trailer.

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