• Paramount is going to make a Smurfs movie. Along with Nickelodeon and producer Jordan Kerner, they plan to crank out a 3D CGI feature by 2008 - just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the characters.
  • Brian Lowry has fairly good news about the remake of Bad News Bears: "Director Richard Linklater struggles a bit with pacing (pic is 10 minutes longer than its predecessor and feels it), but [Billy Bob] Thornton's woozy delivery and the engaging subject matter mostly hold up."
  • Jon Avnetwill direct Al Pacino in 88 Minutes, about "a college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI".
  • More Words of Wisdom From Movie Execs: Stealth producer Neal Moritz says, "Aircraft carriers go very slow. They're expensive. And if you want to change course, they're hard to turn around."
  • "[A]rguably the most successful current studio exec to have made the jump from agenting," Ron Meyer has signed on to remain at his current post, as president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios, for the next five years.