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Jessica Alba-Signed 'The Eye' Posters Auctioned for Charity

January 31, 2008 06:46:03 GMT


Lionsgate are having a charitable auctions on eBay for several exclusive "The Eye" poster signed by the two stars of the horror thriller, Jessica Alba and Alessandro Nivola. The proceeds of the auctions will go to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.

The winning bidders of the auctions will get the studio certified posters signed by the two cast along with a hand signed letter from a Lionsgate executive verifying the authenticity of the posters. The auction will be opened on Thursday, January 31, and will continue through the film's opening weekend.

'Sahara' and 'Cloverfield' Directors Battle for 'The Wolfman'?

January 31, 2008 06:08:07 GMT


Following the report that Mark Romanek has quit from the Universal Pictures' "The Wolfman", rumors are surfacing that the studio already has two strong candidates to replace the director. According to AICN.com, the studio are thinking to bring in either Breck Eisner or Matt Reeves to the project.

Eisner last worked with Matthew McConaughey on Paramount Pictures' action film "Sahara" in 2005. He is currently working for a horror sci-fi "Creature from the Black Lagoon" for Universal. Meanwhile, Matt Reeves' latest projects include J.J. Abrams produced-monster film "Cloverfield". It was said that he will next tackle "Cloverfield 2" and "The Invisible Woman".

The Silk Spectre of 'Watchmen' Dished Out the Superhero Film

January 31, 2008 05:01:33 GMT


Attending the prestigious SAG Awards on Sunday, January 27, the actress who plays the character of Sally Jupiter in "Watchmen", Carla Gugino let out details about the upcoming Warner Bros' superhero flick on the red carpet. On the occasion, the 36-year-old actress talked much about her character known also as 'The Silk Spectre'.

To MTV News, she confessed that in the film, her character will be portrayed in two different milestone. She revealed, "I start at 25 years old in the 1940s, and I age to 67 years old with full prosthetics in the 1980s." She further described her character saying, "It was really one of the craziest, most fun roles I've ever gotten to play. [Sally] is a larger-than-life character. She's a costumed crime fighter, but her idea of a costume is very Bettie Page-meets-[Alberto] Vargas."

Dario Argento's Thriller 'Giallo' Nabbed by Weinstein Co.

January 31, 2008 03:34:27 GMT


Dario Argento's English language thriller "Giallo" has been picked up by The Weinstein Company. According to Screen Daily, the film studio found by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein have signed the deal to distribute the thriller film in the U.S. and Latin American upon the film's completion.

"Giallo" is a serial killer film that centers around serial slashings of some very attractive women. The murder cases are investigated by a solitary cop who then got involved in a cat-and-mouse game with the psychopathic perpetrator. The movie stars Vincent Gallo, Asia Argento, Ray Liotta and Elsa Pataky.

'High School Musical' Series Ends With 'Senior Year'?

January 31, 2008 02:15:06 GMT


"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" will be the last installment of the popular "Musical" franchise. MTV News reported that the prospect of making the third film as the last has been confirmed by one of the Disney's romantic musical's star, Zac Efron.

To the music television network, the 20-year-old actor revealed that the film will be the climax of the extremely successful series saying, "This is going to be the farewell to the East High Wildcats for a while. Senior year, graduation, this movie is the climax, it's the third act, this is the legacy that we leave on East High." He then stated, "I think it's going to be a good way to go out with a bang."

'The Seeker' Star to Play Orphan With Paranormal Ability


January 30, 2008 09:22:26 GMT


Another major cast has join the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' "Witch Mountain". According to ProductionCharts.com, the Will Stanton of "The Dark is Rising" Alexander Ludwig has been signed to star in the adventure fantasy film.

In the remake of "Escape to Witch Mountain", the teenage actor is set to portray one of the orphans with the ability of telekinesis, Tony. He will be joining AnnaSophia Robb, who is going to play Tia, the other orphan moderate paranormal abilities, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who plays Jason.

The Former 'Saturday Night Live' Funnyman to Play Ashley Tisdale's Father

January 30, 2008 08:24:02 GMT


Former "Saturday Night Live" performer Kevin Nealon has been cast in the 20th Century Fox's adventure comedy "They Came from Upstairs". According to Hollywood Reporter, the 54-year-old comic will be playing Stuart Pearson, the father of Ashley Tisdale's character.

Aside from starring opposite the "High School Musical" starlet, Nealon will also join the cast that include Robert Hoffman, Tim Meadows and Gillian Vigman. Meanwhile, the film directed by John Schultz tells the story of a group of teens who defend their Maine vacation home from an alien invasion coming from upstairs.

Diane Kruger to Be One of the 2008 Berlinale Jury

January 30, 2008 07:59:11 GMT


The co-star of Nicolas Cage in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Diane Kruger has been chosen to be among the eight international film experts and stars to decide who is to take home the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears. On Tuesday, January 29, the German actress has been announced by the Berlinale organizers to be joining the jury panel at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival which will be held on February 7 to 17.

On the panel led by the 1990 Berlinale Golden Bear-winner Costa-Gavras, Kruger joins Danish director Susanne Bier, French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, production designer Uli Hanisch, sound designer Walter Murch, Russian film producer Alexander Rodniansky and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi. With those fellow, she would have to select films to be awarded the 58th Berlinale's top kudos from the total of 21 films running in the main competition.

Brian O'Conner and Dom Toretto Back for 'The Fast and the Furious 4'


January 30, 2008 07:04:16 GMT


The two key cast of "The Fast and the Furious", Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, are coming back on the fourth installment of Universal Pictures' street car racing film. In an interview with MTV News, Diesel confirmed the rumors stating that he and Walker are reprising their role in "Untitled Fast and the Furious Sequel".

On the chance of Walker going back as Brian O'Conner, the star of "The Pacifier" said, "Gotta have Paul Walker." Meanwhile, on him being back as Dominic Toretto, he reasoned, "I think doing the cameo in 'Tokyo Drift' confirmed a lot of things for me. It confirmed that if you create a role that the world kind of identifies with, or the world adopts, sometimes you have that responsibility to revisit that role. I'm a little bit slower than the average actor that just jumps into the sequel, but I think the time has come to revisit Dom Toretto."

Mira Sorvino to Develop Baseball Movie

January 30, 2008 06:18:50 GMT


The Academy Award-winning actress for her role in "Mighty Aphrodite", Mira Sorvino, is said to be developing a movie. According to press release, the co-star of Robin Williams in "The Final Cut" is in the process of making a baseball movie.

On the project, Sorvino commented, "The day we penned the first five pages was so exciting." She then revealed that it was a project stating, "We'd been talking about it for years, but then one day we just hired a babysitter to take the kids to the museum and sat there and banged stuff out."

Young Kirk Found in The Flash Wannabe of 'Daddy Day Care'


January 30, 2008 05:16:36 GMT


The boy who wants to be The Flash in the Eddie Murphy's 2003 comedy "Daddy Day Care", Jimmy Bennett, has reportedly nailed a part in the upcoming sci-fi film "Star Trek". Comingsoon.com reported that the 11-year-old actor has been picked by director J.J. Abrams to join the "Trek" cast.

The actor who will turn 12 on February 9 is going to star as the young James Kirk. He will join the young new crew cast of the action adventure film, including Chris Pine who depicts older Kirk, Zoe Saldana, Ben Cross, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. In the meantime, the film distributed by Paramount Pictures is expected to hit theaters on Christmas Day.

'300' Star Gerard Butler to Star Opposite Katherine Heigl


January 30, 2008 04:36:56 GMT


The "300" star Gerard Butler has been set to join the cast of Columbia Pictures' latest project "The Ugly Truth". According to Variety, the Phantom of 2004's musical film "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera" will star opposite "27 Dresses" star Katherine Heigl in the battle of the sexes romantic comedy.

In the film directed by Robert Luketic, the 38-year-old Scottish actor is set to portray Mike Alexander, the host of a television segment with the same title as the feature film. He will be a chauvinistic correspondent who challenged morning show producer played by Heigl in a series of outrageous tests to prove his relationships' theories and help her find love. Additionally, the comedy film is expected to start production in April.

D.J. Caruso Preparing a Trilogy for 'Y: The Last Man'?

January 30, 2008 03:54:18 GMT


Talking about the last issue of Brian K. Vaughan's comic entitled "Y: The Last Man", the director of the comic's adaptation D.J. Caruso hinted that the action sci-fi film may be a trilogy. In an interview with USA Today, the "Disturbia" helmer revealed that the film version will cover the first 14 issues of the Vertigo comic book which opens the possibility to make a trilogy.

On the film itself, Caruso commented, "For me, thematically, the most important thing and the reason I want to do this is...I don't want to say it's the end of the innocence, but it's actually a man-child who has to become a real man now." He also said, "I think it's a really simple, beautiful theme, but at the same time, the movie's really pop-culture entertainment."

Platinum Dunes to Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Big Screen


January 30, 2008 03:15:46 GMT


The rumor that Freddy Krueger will be back on the big screen has been confirmed. According to Variety, New Line Cinema has appointed Platinum Dunes to re-launch the 1984 Wes Craven horror film "A Nightmare on Elm Street" about the iconic psycho who haunts the subconscious dreams of teenagers and kills them in their sleep.

The reboot film "Untitled A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake" is more likely to still focus on Krueger who is a serial child killer murdered by angry parents and then returns with a burned face and razor glove to terrorize teens through their dreams. The remake project will be given to Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form who act as the film's producers. Further, it was reported that the studio won't hire a writer until the writers' strike ends.

Helmer Mark Romanek Out of 'The Wolfman'

January 30, 2008 02:21:59 GMT


Just weeks before Universal Pictures' latest horror thriller "The Wolfman" starts filming, it was reported that its director Mark Romanek dropped out of the film. According to Variety, the helmer of "One Hour Photo" left the project due to budget dispute as well as creative differences.

The dropping out of Romanek wasn't Universal's first experience of losing their projects' key talents in a big-budget film. Earlier, the studio had lost two of "State of Play" leading cast as Brad Pitt and Edward Norton quit the project weeks before shooting begin. Still, they managed to salvage the crime drama film by hiring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck.
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