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Wake up, RejectNation. It is time to get this whole thing started — and we do that with the Early Edition, our ironically named homage to the CBS TV show of the mid-90s in which we take the day’s biggest headlines and modify them slightly, making them interesting. So lets get it on…

Steven Spielberg wets self over Transformers 2, say it’s Bay’s best

Yesterday Michael Bay held a secret, invite-only screening of his first cut of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for himself and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. As the lights came up, Spielberg commented (according to Bay’s posting on his own website) that it was “awesome,” which is the required response to a Bay movie (it is on the ticket, don’t you people pay attention?) He also mentioned that it may just be Bay’s best film. Which is actually saying something, as Bay has made some great ones as far as I’m concerned — none better than Bad Boys though, if you ask me. Bay also commented on the fact that he is cutting a new trailer, which will run with X-Men Origins: Wolverine when it hits theaters on May 1st.

X-Men: First Class is definitely franchise material

Comic book movie producer extraordinaire Lauren Shuler Donner was talking about the upcoming X-Men: First Class on Fox movie channel’s Life After Film School this week, and according to Comics Continuum, she said that hopefully the property — which is currently under development with Chuck creator Josh Schwartz on screenplay duty — would become a franchise, allowing us to watch the little X-Men as they grow up. We remain unconvinced.

24 Relocates to NYC

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the show 24 will be relocating to New York City on screen for it’s 8th season, with CTU coming under some new, yet-to-be-cast leadership in the Big Apple. Not sure if anyone told Jack Bauer this, but he’s about 8-years too late… I’m just sayin’.

olyphant-crazies-1First Look: Timothy Olyphant is Looking Out for The Crazies

To the right you will see the first shot of actor Timothy Olyphant in George Romero’s upcoming film The Crazies, which is currently shooting in Georgia. The pic debuted on Bloody-Disgusting last night and has since raised questions about what has Olyphant’s character so freaked. My guess is that it has something to do with the mysterious “crazies” mentioned in the film’s title.

Kristen Bell to Headline You Again

Variety has the deets on a new project for Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Veronice Mars star Kristen Bell. She will star as a girl who is horrified to find that her brother is marrying the very girl who made her life a living hell in high school in Disney’s You Again, from director Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain). The film will allegedly be funny.

Blake Masters To Adapt Boom! Studios’ 2 Guns

This one works as title-only. A studio named Boom! created a graphic novel called 2 Guns. Now Blake Masters, creator of Showtime’s Brotherhood, will write the adaptation. The story follows a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who are unwittingly investigating each other and who steal mob money for the good guys. Later they find out that the mob actually got them to steal $50 million from the CIA. Boom!

Harry Potter 6 Moves Up Two Days

erc Box Office is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures has moved Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince up two days from Friday, July 17th to Wednesday, July 15th. While this does not make up for them pushing the movie back from November ’08 to July ’09, WB is hoping that this will finally shut fans up.

Elizabeth Shue to star in Piranha 3D

Anyone who has seen the 2008 Sundance sensation Hamlet 2 knows that Elizabeth Shue has been working as a nurse in Tucson, Az. for the past few years. But now she’s coming out of retirement to star in Alexandre Aja’s Piranha 3D. She will play a town sheriff trying to save her town and family from a lake full of shark-toothed fish. She will star alongside Step Brothers’ Adam Scott.

Richard Jenkins to guide Julia Roberts’ self-discovery in Eat, Pray, Love

Oscar nominated actor Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) has joined the production of Eat, Pray, Love, which stars Julia Roberts as a married woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after she realizes that she’s not living the life she wants. Jenkins will play a mysterious Texan who befriends the woman at an Indian ashram.

Twilight guy finds a Roommate

Twilight and Never Back Down star Cam Gigandet has been cast opposite Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester in The Roommate. The psychological thriller will follow the story of a deranged college freshman who becomes obsessed with her new roommate. Gigandet will play the boyfriend of Meester’s character. As of now, his character is not known to be a vampire, though we do have our suspicions.

Carbonite!

Unreality Mag has an awesome gallery of great uses of Carbonite. It’s the imaginary metal that will freeze you in place until your friend’s hot sister comes and frees you, so check it out.

Amy Smart + Firehose = Crank 2 is on the way

In an interview with the folks over at io9, Amy Smart talks about her craziest scene in Crank: High Voltage: “There’s a part in the film where I’m getting sprayed with a fire hose down a horse racetrack. It’s one of those massive water hoses that can literally spray 30 feet.” Yeah, that sounds like fun.

Until tomorrow, this has been your Early Edition.


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