Before the Curtain: ALPHAS, RIDING HOOD, NO JOE?

Before the Curtain: ALPHAS, RIDING HOOD

Zak Penn (Incredible Hulk, X-Men Last Stand, Avengers) is a name that comic book movie fans know, whether they love him or hate him. Now he's tried his hand at the small screen with a pilot that was picked up by Syfy, the recently rebranded cable network ostensibly for science fiction and genre entertainment. The show, now known as Alphas, features a group of people with hyper-advanced neurological abilities. The show has a storied history, originally passed on by NBC and sold to ABC as "Section 8," it then stalled out due to the Writer's Guild strike. This late of a pickup indicates the show will likely be a mid-season start or another in the list of cable summer series.

Alice's latest darker adventure is well under way with Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but she's about to get some company in the dark fables category of movies. Next up is Little Red Riding Hood, being brought to film in a "gothic" take by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production group. The idea is to harken to early, pre-written word versions of the story, which had a much more prevalent horror element. DiCaprio has no plans to star in the film.

If knowing is half the battle, then most critics and therefore fans are missing the start of the fight. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is being held back from the grand majority of critics by  Paramount, whom outright admitted the movie wasn't being screened because they didn't want it getting terrible reviews. Such reviews were seen for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but that movie has since made more than $800 million worldwide, so the move still seems bizarre. Good or bad, don't expect to read a review by your favorite critic before the movie opens.

Carla Gugino and Zack Snyder, who last worked together on this past Spring's Watchmen,  are teaming up once again. This time, Gugino will play a nurse in one reality and a brothel madam in another, as a patient in a mental institution constructs an alternate reality to cope with her problems. Suckerpunch is due in theaters March 25, 2011.

News courtesy Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Lead image courtesy

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