'Monsters Inc.' Gets A Sequel, 'Avatar' Smashes New Records In Today's Dailies -- 4/23/10

Monsters Inc-- Long rumored and now finally official, Disney and Pixar have announced "Monsters Inc. 2" with a release date of June 15, 2012. The studios have also confirmed a June 15, 2012 release date for "Brave" starring Reese Witherspoon as an impulsive princess looking to trade in her crown for a bow and arrow. [Variety]

-- Unsurprisingly, "Avatar" has set a new record for first-day Blu-ray sales by selling 1.5 million copies yesterday. [The Hollywood Reporter]

-- Catherine Hardwicke's "The Girl With The Red Riding Hood" has recruited a trio of actors in the form of Max Irons, Julie Christie and Gary Oldman. Amanda Seyfried and Shiloh Fernandez also star. [Deadline]

-- "The Crazies" director Breck Eisner is in talks for an entirely different but no less crazy project — "Escape From New York," the upcoming remake of the classic John Carpenter action movie. The role of Snake Plissken, originally played by Kurt Russell, has yet to be cast. [Variety]

-- Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones are doing the world a favor by teaming up on "Welcome to Graveland," described by Cinema Blend as focusing on "a female biker on a quest for revenge in a world where ... men are the weaker companions and the 'objects of desire and conquest.'" [Production Weekly]

-- "The A-Team" director Joe Carnahan discusses the relentless Hollywood remake, saying: "We're not in the era when you can make a picture at Sony about a disturbed, delusional, psychotic cab driver who saves a 12-year-old hooker and market it as a major Columbia release ... There's billions of dollars at stake now, and that fundamentally alters the DNA of how we make films." [The Los Angeles Times]

-- Helen Mirren and Russell Brand, together at last! The Oscar-winning actress has joined the cast of "Arthur," starring as Arthur's longtime nanny. The role reimagines John Gielgud's butler character from the original 1981 comedy. [Variety]

-- Mickey Rourke will star as Genghis Khan in a new project written and directed by John Millius. Enough said. [The Orlando Sentinel]