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Sacha Baron Cohen Set to Play in Steven Spielberg's New Project

January 02, 2008 02:25:41 GMT


A week after announcing that he had retired his comic character Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast in Dream Work's new project, "The Trial of the Chicago 7". According to reports, the actor famous for his role as Ali G in in television series "Da Ali G Show" will star as Abbie Hoffman, an anti-Vietnam War activists arrested at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

In the drama film, Cohen will join the acclaimed director Steven Spielberg who is said set to also produce the picture alongside Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The movie that is slanted for release in 2010 is based on the violent protests of the 1968 Democratic Party Convention in the US in which Hoffman found fame by playing pranks to campaign against the Vietnam War conflict.

Best Movie Released in 2008


December 31, 2007 07:06:11 GMT


A list consisting of promising movies released during 2008 are still dominated by superhero and sci-fi movie. Here some of them that AceShowbiz recommends for your consideration. Keep your list from now on and be ready when it comes to your theater nearby.

In the early 2008, on January 18 to be exact, prepare for the coming of "Cloverfield", J.J. Abrams-produced flick which has raised such a big hype around the net for the mystery surrounding the giant monster it features in. Followed by Jumper in February with Hayden Christensen as a young man who has genetic anomaly to transport himself anywhere.

Sequel Flicks Coming in 2008

December 28, 2007 09:43:58 GMT


As the year 2007 is closing up, AceShowbiz.com feels obliged to list movie sequels that will battle among themselves towards the box office. As part of the trend that put animations and special effect-infused pics on top of the agenda, those deemed 'highly-anticipated' may come quite predictable.

The earliest sequel movie coming within the calendar may be 'Step Up 2 the Streets', but minus its original cast (Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan), its anticipation may be overshadowed by 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' that retains its original cast and 'The Incredible Hulk' which is hopeful with its new star, Edward Norton.

Top Grossing Movie of 2007: Spider-Man 3

December 28, 2007 05:28:08 GMT


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Real life drama may have earned their place in 2007, but special effects remain a favorite throughout the year especially since computer-generated imagery can bring comic heroes to life.

The third installment of the Sam Raimi-directed movie, 'Spider-Man 3', is counted as the top-grossing movies of 2007. The flick was released in May, grabbed $336,530,303 in total gross, thanks to its opening number that was named the biggest of all time, netting $151.1 million.

The Duchess' Trailer Released


December 27, 2007 06:16:25 GMT


The trailer of Keira Knightley's upcoming drama, "The Duchess", has been released by Paramount Vantage. It gives first look for the film that is based on Amanda Foreman's biography and also gives out hint of the release date as it is stated, "Next fall...The Duchess is coming."

The film chronicled the scandalous life of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. She was an ancestor of Princess Diana, and was alternately celebrated as well as reviled for her extravagant political and personal lives.

No Country is 2007 OFCC Best Picture

December 27, 2007 05:02:05 GMT


"No Country for Old Men" once again scored big as it took home three prizes from the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. On OFCC second annual awards, the movie critics' favorite film was announced to be the Best Film 2007 and at the same event, its directors, Ethan and Joel Coen, and one of its stars, Javier Bardem, each garnered kudos for Best Director(s) and Best Supporting Actor.

Apart from the accomplishment of "No Country" getting multiple awards, the drama comedy "Juno" and the drama mystery "Gone Baby Gone" both snagged two awards. While "Juno" brought double prizes for Ellen Page for Best Actress and Breakout Performance, "Gone Baby Gone" earned Ben Affleck Best First Feature prize and Amy Ryan Best Supporting Actress award.

Official Trailer of Harold & Kumar 2 Released

December 27, 2007 04:00:06 GMT


Having released the teaser and the restricted trailer for the sequel of "Harold & Kumar", New Line Cinema has given out the official trailer of "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay". With the release of the trailer, Haroldandkumar2.net stated that the sequel seems to be better than the first one.

In the film sequel, Harold and Kumar are going on a cross-country, pot-smoking adventure. This time, they have to outrun police as they are suspected to be terrorists after they try to smuggle a bong on-board their flight to Amsterdam.

The Kingdom's Helmer Persuaded to Direct 'Edwin A. Salt'

December 27, 2007 03:15:19 GMT


It was reported that Columbia Pictures is in talk with the helmer of "The Kingdom", Peter Berg. According to Variety, the studio is discussing about the possibility of Berg directing Tom Cruise's spy thriller, "Edwin A. Salt".

The studio is persuading Berg to join the project, firstly because they were impressed with his work "Hancock". Further, according to Cinematical.com, Berg is also needed since the movie had lost its two potential directors, Michael Mann, who chose to do "Public Enemies" instead, and Terry George.

Pixar's Up May Be a Don Quixote Retelling

December 26, 2007 07:23:31 GMT


Talks about Pixar Animation Studios' upcoming 2009 flick "Up" have begun to go into the surface now that words have it that the project could be a retelling of the classic Don Quixote fable by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

Speculations on this matter arose after similarities were found between the novel's story and co-director Pete Docter's remarks on the movie in an interview with Time. The magazine was noted to describe the flick as a "coming-of-old-age story" about a seventy-something guy who lives in a house that "looks like your grandparents' house smelled" then befriends a clueless young Wilderness Ranger and gets into lots of alter kocker altercations.

Villain No. 3 Picked for Bond 22?

December 26, 2007 04:54:38 GMT


Seems James Bond will face more than two enemies during his next adventure in "Bond 22." Mexican newspaper El Diaro has brought up a tidbit pointing out that local thespian Joaquin Cosio has already been appointed to be a third villain in the project following the castings of Mathieu Amalric and Anatole Taubman.

El Diaro was found to post Cosio's claim that he will portray a character named General Medrano who turns out to be 007's enemy in Latin America. Further, the actor also claimed to the paper that he was selected from a list of about 500 Latin American names, which also includes Daniel Gimenez Cacho of "Y tu Mama Tambien" fame.

Katherine Heigl's 27 Dresses to Have Sneak Previews with 'Live Standees'

December 26, 2007 04:10:49 GMT


In promoting a film feature, studios often take creative turn to make it memorable to the moviegoers and looks like 20th Century Fox will become the latest to carry out the strategy.

The giant company has been reported to about introduce what it claims to be the first ever "live standees" when it holds sneak previews for its upcoming rom-com flick "27 Dresses" starring Katherine Heigl this Thursday, December 27, 2007. The so-called live standees will be 27 models wearing specially-made bridesmaid dresses adorned with the movie's title and credits as the screenings take place at 27 selected theaters around the States during the day.

International Trailer for Jason Statham's Bank Job Surfaces

December 26, 2007 02:50:08 GMT


Bringing Jason Statham back in action once again after "War", Lionsgate Films has released an international trailer for the star's latest vehicle "The Bank Job", slated to hit North American theaters on March 7, 2008.

Going nearly two minutes, the trailer introduces the team behind the 1971 Baker Street robbery, which includes Statham's character as well as Saffron Burrows'. Not much action sequence is found here, save for a brief gun-totting shot near the end of the piece.

A Sneak Peek on Neil Gaiman's Coraline Movie


December 24, 2007 07:56:23 GMT


Introducing early shots from the big screen adaptation of his book, Neil Gaiman has launched online a sneak peek on animated stop-motion flick "Coraline", set to be distributed under Focus Features banner.

While Gaiman does state that the footage presented is at some early, not-quite-final one, the short clip shows a quick scene of the titular character being thrown into a dark place where she discovers the spirits of other children.

Five Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem Clips on the Net

December 24, 2007 07:04:12 GMT


Apparently chance is still made available for the movie aficionados in getting more peeks on "Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem" prior to its theatrical release this Christmas Day.

Five clips from the action thriller sci-fi have been brought up on the net, revealing more about the terror evoked by both of the titular outer-space beings. In the movie, war between the two creatures now takes place in a small American town after a Predator ship carrying Predalien and Facehuggers crashes into the Earth.

There Will Be Blood Sneak Previews Held Across USA

December 24, 2007 06:34:42 GMT


Announcement has long been made that "There Will Be Blood" will only open in limited release this Wednesday, December 26, 2007 in New York and Los Angeles. However, chances are now available for moviegoers outside the two cities to watch the lauded drama on the same week.

Paramount Vantage as the studio producing the picture will hold special sneak previews for the film on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at midnight in fourteen cities around North America. Those selected include Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington DC.
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