GHOST WITH THE MOST Rumors about a sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 comedy classic Beetlejuice have been roaming the internet like a lost soul in a haunted house for more than a decade, but it now appears that a sequel might have some (after)life after all. In a recent interview with MTV, the title star of the original, Michael Keaton, revealed that he would be interested in reprising the role in a sequel and that he has even e-mailed Burton "a couple of times" and "talked to the writer" about Beetlejuice 2.
I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.
Now it looks like [Burton] is involved. And without giving too much away we've talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he's in, it's going to be hard not to be in.
BOX OFFICE The Lego Movie managed to hold off a trio of '80s remakes to take the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, adding $48.8 million for a total of $129.1 million. About Last Night a loose adaptation of the 1986 movie that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, opened in 2nd place with $27 million. RoboCop, a remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic, earned $21.5 million on the weekend, $26.4 million in its first five days. George Clooney's The Monuments Men took fourth with $15 million, for a total of $43.6 million. And, Endless Love, a remake of the 1981 movie, opened in 5th with $13.3 million.
BALLERS Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be returning to television, this time as the headliner of a half-hour sports dramedy. According to THR, HBO has picked up the series Ballers, which focuses on a group of former and current football players. Johnson, a former college football player and WWF wrestler, is no stranger to the sports world, but this will be his first time headlining a series made for TV. Stephen Levinson of Entourage fame wrote the script and will executive produce the series, alongside Johnson, Johnson's Pain and Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg, Hiram Garcia, Evan Reilly and Peter Berg. Berg will direct the pilot.
OUT Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page (Juno) announced on Friday at Human Rights Campaign Foundation's inaugural "Time to Thrive" conference in Las Vegas that she is gay and "tired of lying by omission" about it. She revealed that her "mental health suffered" because she was so scared of being out, but that she has learned that "love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being." She closed with, "Happy Valentine's Day. I love you." To read the transcript of her entire speech, head over to HuffingtonPost.
FREEHELD In other Ellen Page news, Julianne Moore has just signed on to star opposite the Juno actress in the indie drama Freeheld. THR reports that Moore will play New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester in the adaptation of the 2007 Academy Award-winning documentary short of the same name. The short chronicled the true story of how Hester was prevented from assigning her police pension benefits to her domestic partner (Page) after becoming terminally ill. Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist) will direct from a script by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia). Hangover star Zach Galifianakis will play Garden State Equality activist Steven Goldstein in a supporting role.
UTOPIA David Fincher, having found success with his Netlix original series House of Cards, is prepping another TV series, this time for HBO. Deadline reports that Fincher will direct an adaptation of the British Channel 4 series Utopia. The series revolves around dedicated fans of an underground graphic novel who become embroiled in a real-life thriller when they discover the author has secretly written a sequel. The adaptation will be written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).