• harrypotter.jpgWe've been talking all week about Paramount's sneaky screening-cancelling move to ensure that Aeon Flux, the week's only new, wide release, will open big. But in Variety's weekend preview, Ben Fritz points out something I hadn't thought of: with Narnia opening next weekend, this is "likely the last frame in which [Harry Potter] can hope to land in first place."
  • Warner Brothers has picked up the rights to The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, a young-adult novel by Rick Yancey. Akiva Goldsman will produce, and Saturday Night Live scribe David Iserson will adapt the script. The story follows "an awkward 15-year-old who gets plunged into an Arthurian adventure when his uncle convinces him to steal an ancient sword that turns out be Excalibur".
  • Think you couldn't care less about The Kid and I? Just read John Anderson's review of "what is arguabl[y] the biggest vanity production ever launched." The film stars Eric Gores as a kid with cerebral palsy whose millionaire dad puts forth the cash to fulfill his son's dream of starring in an action film. As Anderson writes, "Gores is the son of Los Angeles-based communications technology magnate Alec Gores, who reportedly bankrolled the production of The Kid and I. The convergence of fact and fiction may be a natural one for Spheeris...but for a lot of people, the parallels will just seem bizarre."