>I can honestly say I’m not surprised, nor am I dismayed over this next piece of news. Syfy Portal is reporting that the SCI FI Channel series “Flash Gordon” will not be returning for a second season, despite the fact that it was acquired with a two-season arc in mind. Viewership has been on a steady decline since its less than stellar pilot episode. SCI FI has has not verified this information yet, but expect it shortly.
Look for yet another big screen redo for the classic Frank Herbert novel “Dune.”
Universal Studios has purchased the rights to distribute the supernatural comedy “Jeff the Immortal.” The script is written by Chris Bishop and centers on a real slacker who discovers he has supernatural powers but uses them for selfish purposes, according to Variety.
Starbucks will offer iTunes downloading service in 600 of its stores throughout New York and Seattle beginning October 2. The company plans on expanding the service in all of its other U.S. stores later in 2007 and early 2008.
Apple has sharply cut the price of its iPhone by $200 (USD), bring the cost of the product down to $399 (USD). Jobs also did a total revamp of the company’s full iPod line, including adding a model with a touch screen that can browse the Web and buy songs wirelessly.
“Penelope” is a fable about a young woman faced with a severe deformity under an evil spell. The only way to break the spell is to marry someone from her own class. Summit Entertainment will distribute the feature which stars Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Peter Dinklage and Richard E. Grant. Look for this Mark Palansky film on February 1, 2008.
Transformers arrives on DVD and HD DVD October 16, 2007. The package includes a two-disc special-edition set, as well as on a single disc from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.
According to BloodyDisgusting, the untitled J.J. Abrams film Codenamed: “Cloverfield” or “01-18-08”, or….whatever — will be called “Wreck.” It’s just rumor at this point and BloodyDisgusting rightly claimed that the Abrams camp will likely deny it all.
Variety is reporting that Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and actress Kim Basinger have teamed up for an anthology movie series titled “The Informers.” There will be a total of seven stories in the film series. One of the Bret Easton Ellis stories will deal with vampires.
Director Andrzej Bartkowiak (“Romeo Must Die,” “Exit Wounds” and “Speed”)
will helm “Street Fighter,” a live-action feature film based on the popular video game.
Jeff Daniels and Neal McDonough have joined the cast of espionage thriller “Traitor,” starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce. The movie, directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (writer of “The Day After Tomorrow”) is based on his own script and revolves around a former U.S. Special Forces operative who’s aiding terrorists, although it’s unclear where his loyalties actually lie, according to Variety.