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Filmism.net Dispatch May 30, 2010

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After a long absence from the screen Orlando Bloom is set to return in the 3D Three Musketeers reboot. Another swashbuckling adventure film after Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven and Pirates of the Caribbean... Just like I want to say to Tim Burton and Ridley Scott, it might be time to extend yourself, Orlando.

I wish I could buy shares in Legendary Pictures. During 2008 they seemed to have their name in front of every big blockbuster around including The Dark Knight, instilling a certain quality into popcorn fodder. That's the only reason I'm excited about another game adaptation - the studio have bought the rights to the hit game Mass Effect.

I might have thought the irascible Alice in Wonderland could become the fifth ever movie to surpass the $1 billion mark in another universe, but W, T and F?

I reported a few weeks back that the Weinstein brothers were buying back the Miramax name, but apparently the deal's fallen through after the numbers were run.

Woody Allen's next film (Midnight in Paris) is set, and a Victoria's Secret model has replaced Megan Fox in Transformers 3. That's not like Michael Bay, surely?

There's talk of a Tango and Cash sequel starring Sly and Kurt in their original roles, and Scorsese has said he wants De Niro as Dean Martin and Pacino as Sinatra in his upcoming biopic.

Another actor who played Old Blue Eyes in Night We Called it a Day, Dennis Hopper, left us this week aged 74, Gary Coleman of Diff'rent Strokes just a few days before that.

Finally, James McAvoy has signed to play a young Charles Xavier - the role bought to life by Patrick Stewart - in the nextX Menprequel.

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