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Beyonce Knowles to Star in Drama Musical 'Cadillac Records'

January 28, 2008 06:08:16 GMT

"Bootylicious" hitmaker Beyonce Knowles will once again appear in the big screen. According to reports, the R 'n' B superstar is set to star in Sony BMG's drama musical about musical legends of the 1950s "Cadillac Records".

Knowles reportedly will be portraying the renowned singer Etta James whose hits include "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and "At Last". On the part, an insider revealed, "Beyonce is a massive fan of the superb Etta. She's honoured to play her." Meanwhile, according to BlackFilm.com, the news about the joining of the 26-year-old singer was outed by Cedric the Entertainer.

'No Country' and 'The Sopranos' Topped 14th SAG Awards

January 28, 2008 05:04:04 GMT

After nailing the prestigious DGA Awards for its helmers Joel and Ethan Coen on Saturday, January 26, "No Country for Old Men" once again brought recognitions for its cast ensemble. This time, the drama film about a ruthless Texas oilman won two of the seven kudos in the category of theatrical motion pictures at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held on Sunday, January 27.

On the ceremony held at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, the film got its acclaimed actor Javier Bardem the prize of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his daunting performance as a relentless killer in search for missing drug money. On receiving the kudo, the actor had nothing but kind words for "No Country" directors saying, "Thank you, guys, for hiring me, and thank you for taking the hard work of choosing the good takes instead of the ones where I really sucked."

Outscoring 'Rambo', 'Meet the Spartans' Ruled Box Office

January 28, 2008 03:32:31 GMT

The spoof about the ancient Greek warriors "Meet the Spartans" nabbed the top position in the three-day North American weekend box office ended January 27. Pulling in $18.5 million, the 20th Century Fox's comedy starring Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Diedrich Bader and Kevin Sorbo edged out the expectant box office champion "Rambo".

On the narrow lead taken by the PG-13 movie, Paul Dergarabedian, the president of box office tracker Media by Numbers commented, "This was a very tight race for the No. 1 spot. I think we tend to underestimate films like 'Meet the Spartans'. Fox has really locked onto something that's extremely popular." He also noted, "I think everyone expected 'Rambo' to be No. 1. There are definitely a lot of serious films out there now but there was a big enough audience looking to have silly, mindless fun at movie theaters"

'No Country' Helmers Walked Away With DGA Awards

January 28, 2008 02:09:35 GMT

The duo brothers team, Joel and Ethan Coen, can be said one step closer in bringing home the top prize at the 80th Academy Awards as they were chosen by the Director Guild of America as the 2007 Best Feature Film Directors for their edgy crime drama "No Country for Old Men".

The brothers were presented with the top prize by Martin Scorsese, last year DGA's winner for "The Departed", at the DGA's 60th Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26, at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, Los Angeles. The first time DGA winner became the second directing duo to win the award since Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins won the prize in 1961 for helming "West Side Story".

Al Pacino's '88 Minutes' Trailer Comes Out

January 26, 2008 07:55:27 GMT

TriStar Pictures has released the trailer of their latest drama thriller "88 Minutes". The trailer gives out glimpses from the film slated to be released to theaters on April 18, 2008.

The trailer begins with the ringing of Dr. Jack Gramm's cellphone. When Gramm answers the phone, a man directly said, "You have 88 minutes to live." The scene then flashes back to the case he was working on. The trailer lets out scenes in which he uses his skills and training to narrow down the possible suspects.

'Smart People' Trailer Let Out

January 26, 2008 07:26:59 GMT

After clips of the Noam Murro directed-drama comedy hit the net, Miramax Films let out the official trailer of "Smart People". The video footage that last about two-and-a-half minutes picks up the theme stating "sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn".

The trailer starts with the central character professor Lawrence Wetherhold telling her daughter, Vanessa, about him being called self-absorbed. Innocently, his daughter commented that the self-absorbed title is "underrated". Then, the video continues to describe Wetherhold followed by a call to Vanessa from hospital in which sick Wetherhold met Janet, his doctor as well as former student.

'Saw IV' Key Cast Back for the Fifth Film

January 26, 2008 06:47:42 GMT

Rumored to be returning in "Saw V" earlier, the joining of the three original actors from "Saw" franchise has been confirmed. According to IGN.com, the "Saw IV" actors, Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, and Costas Mandylor, are going to reprise their role in the fifth installment of the horror thriller.

In the movie directed by David Hackl, Bell is set to depict the film's pivotal character Jigsaw for the fifth time, while Patterson is back as FBI Agent Strahm and Mandylor plays police detective Hoffman. Mandylor joined the film franchise in "Saw III", while Patterson appeared in the film series for the first time in "Saw IV".

'Choke' to Come in Theaters in August 2008

January 26, 2008 05:26:29 GMT

Bought by Fox Searchlight for $5 million earlier this week, it is said that "Choke" is going to hit the theaters this summer. According to SlashFilm.com, the studio has announced the release date of the Clark Gregg directed-film, which is going to be on August 1, 2008.

Adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's novel, Choke is a dark comedy film starring Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald and Brad William Henke. The film tells the story about sex addict Victor Mancini who fakes choking in restaurants to parasitically attach himself to his wealthy saviors.

'Star Trek' First Trailer to Be Released Summer 2008

January 26, 2008 05:00:17 GMT

On Friday, January 25, while the sci-fi film's team, including the cast and crew sat down with TrekMovie.com to have a chat with the fans, it was revealed that the first movie trailer of "Star Trek" is reportedly going to be outed in theaters in summer. The news was let out by Bryan Burk, the movie executive producer, when answering a fan question.

On the special occasion, Burk revealed the good news saying, "Barring any thievery from our production office, we're working on our first trailer right now, which will hopefully be in theaters early to mid summer." Meanwhile, on the film's wrap date, J.J. Abrams exposed that the film is scheduled to take the principal photography until early April.

William H. Macy Opens Up About 'Wild Hogs' Sequel

January 26, 2008 04:24:03 GMT

While promoting his romantic comedy film "The Deal" at the Sundance Film Festival, William H. Macy talked about the sequel of successful biker comedy "Wild Hogs". To ComingSoon.net, the husband of "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman revealed a little information about his upcoming project "Wild Hogs 2".

When asked about the sequel of the big grossing film, the Emmy Award-winning actor said that the filmmakers and the actors are talking about the possibility. He then exposed that in the second installment his character is going to marry his love interest Maggie, saying "Apparently Dudley, the character I play, is going to get married to Marissa Tomei and the boys try to take him out on one last trip. I worry for Dudley."

The Teaser Trailer of Thai Remake Horror 'Shutter' Hits Online

January 26, 2008 03:33:05 GMT

The teaser trailer of the 2004 Thai film remake "Shutter" has made its online premiere through MTV's site on Friday, January 25. The less-than-two-minutes video footage gives out scary insight into the film scheduled to hit theaters on March 21.

Unlike many other horror film's teasers which shows nothing but flash cutting of the film, this teaser is pretty much hair-raising as it displays photos containing spirit and also chronicles the death of the people pictured with the spirit. One of the pictures shows two Asian girls accompanied by the spirit beside them, then it is explained that one week later, the girls mysteriously died. Another gives the sight of the hands of the spirit chocking a woman. The information that follows stated that the woman died in her sleep the night after the picture taken.

Marion Cotillard's 'La Vie en Rose' Leads Cesar Awards' Noms

January 26, 2008 02:44:11 GMT

Academy Award-nominated Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie en Rose" garnered success at its home country as the Olivier Dahan directed-film nabbed 11 nominations for France's top film honors. On Friday, January 25, "Rose" was announced to be among the other nominees contending for the 33rd Cesar Awards by veteran actor Jean Rocheford at Paris' legendary Fouquet's restaurant.

Among the nods earned by the film that brought recognition to Marion Cotillard, "Rose" will compete for the prize of French's Film of the Year with Julian Schnabel's biopic "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", Claude Miller's Holocaust drama "A Secret", Abdellatif Kechiche's immigrant drama "The Secret of the Grain" and Marjan Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's animated hit "Persepolis". Additionally, the biopic helmer Dahan was selected in the Best Director category alongside Miller, Schnabel, Kechiche and Andre Techine, who got the gong for his film "The Witnesses".

Hints of 'Cloverfield' Sequel From the Movie

January 25, 2008 09:53:24 GMT

The rumor that the sequel of the monster movie "Cloverfield" will be made might be true after all. While the film's director Matt Reeves talks about the sequel possibility earlier, Joblo.com reported that he apparently left hint about the sequel within the film itself.

Allegedly, there are two lines at the end of the action thriller that give out suggestion that the movie is not over yet. In the first hint, it can be heard some unsuspecting monster victim cries "Help us!", while in the second one, someone says, "It's still alive!"

The Three 'Toy Story' Films to Come in 3-D

January 25, 2008 08:52:34 GMT

The 3-D version of the friendship tale between two rival toys, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, in "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" will be made. The 3-D treatment for the two Disney's successful animation films is done to precede the third installment of the animation film "Toy Story 3", which is also being produced as a 3-D feature film.

On Thursday, January 24, the chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook announced that the 3-D version of "Toy Story" is scheduled to hit theaters on October 2, 2009, while the sequel is slated for February 12, 2010. Further, "Toy Story 3", which is being directed by Pixar filmmaker Lee Unkrich and features again the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, will be released on June 18, 2010.

'Quantum of Solace' Plot Revealed!

January 25, 2008 08:03:18 GMT

Following the title revealing of the 22nd James Bond's installment, Sony Pictures have given out the film synopsis of "Quantum of Solace". As what was reported earlier, the story takes moments after the betrayal of Bond's true love, Vesper Lynd.

Like what has been said by Daniel Craig, though betrayed, Bond still fights his desire to avenge his broken heart, and is determined to uncover the truth. Following the interrogation of Mr. White, it is revealed that the organization blackmailing Vesper is far more complex and dangerous.
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