THE MOVIE "The Toxic Avenger"
THE DEAL The former California governor is in talks to star in a reboot of the 1984 cult comedy, The Wrap.com reports. The original film, produced by the willfully schlocky studio Troma Entertainment ("Surf Nazis Must Die"), told the tale of skinny nerd Melvin Ferd III, who falls into a tub of radioactive waste and is transformed into a super-mutant. In a cheeky nod to his "Terminator" days, Schwarzenegger would play The Exterminator, a former black ops agent who trains the protagonist to use his powers for good, The Wrap says.
WHO Nikki Blonsky
THE MOVIE "The English Teacher"
THE DEAL The Great Neck actress plays a student in this comedy about an unmarried, 40-year-old high-school teacher (Julianne Moore) who decides to help a former pupil (Michael Angarano) get his writing dreams off the ground. The movie, which also stars Nathan Lane as a flamboyant drama teacher, is scheduled for release at Manhattan's Village East Cinema May 24, but the Furman Film Series is closing out this season's program with a local sneak preview. Blonsky will be at the screening.
INFO Tonight at 7:30 at Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Tickets are $15. 516-829-2570, goldcoastfilmfestival.org.
WHO Jodelle Ferland
THE MOVIE "The Peppercorn Chronicles"
THE DEAL The 18-year-old Canadian actress, who played the small role of Bree Tanner in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," is now leading a teen fantasy film of her own. According to Variety, Ferland has joined the cast of Mike Le Han's feature film loosely based on his 24-minute short, "Mrs. Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room." The plot centers on a girl who moves to a town called Black Lake (also the name of the film's production company) and discovers she may be the key to saving humanity. Ferland's co-stars are Noah Ringer ("The Last Airbender") and Michael Eklund ("The Call").