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Heath Ledger's Imaginary Film in Jeopardy

January 24, 2008 02:29:13 GMT


Hours after Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment, the production of his next indie project "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" was reportedly stopped. According to Us Magazine, the film's crew members who have just moved to the Vancouver set were sent home following the death of the 28-year-old actor.

To the magazine, the on-set source confessed, "I just got the call [Tuesday] saying everyone was being let go." The source then added, "We were supposed to start this weekend, but obviously they fired everyone today. They don't know yet what they are doing with the footage that was already shot. Right now, everyone is in complete shock and can't even speak."

Quentin Tarantino's 'Hell Ride' Plans on Trilogy?

January 23, 2008 08:45:28 GMT


Premiering at Sundance on January 22 to a sold-out crowd, words of sequel are circulating for "Hell Ride". According to ShockTillYouDrop.com, people involved in the action thriller have already talking about the possibility of the film's sequel.

When asked about the possibility of the movie becoming a trilogy, Larry Bishop, who has triple role in the revenge tale as the film's writer, director and actor, didn't directly give out answer. He sat back, raised his eyebrows, smiled and then said, "Absolutely."

Heath Ledger's Death Causing Trouble for 'The Dark Knight' Campaign?


January 23, 2008 08:05:02 GMT


The passing of Heath Ledger is reportedly put "The Dark Knight" marketing campaign in uncertainty. According to Variety, the campaign of the superhero flick may be faced with a few of challenges since the first phase of the ad is built around the character of Joker portrayed by Ledger.

Following the tragic news, an insider working on the campaign commented about the possible effect of the actor death to the ad campaign. The insider said, "The Joker character is dealing with chaos and life and death and a lot of dark themes. Everyone is going to interpret every line out of his mouth in a different way now."

'Bryan Loves You' Splits From Shoreline

January 23, 2008 06:46:35 GMT


The controversial indie horror "Bryan Loves You" has ended its affiliation with Shoreline Entertainment, its sales representative starting last summer. The split news has been confirmed by the film's producers on Wednesday, January 23.

On the announcement, the spokesman of Landau Motion Pictures Jeff Buckner said that though they have split, they will still tackle another project with Shoreline. He stated, "This is a totally amicable split. Not only did we enjoy working with Shoreline, but we are looking to make our next movie 'Y.A.B.' with them."

'Choke', 'Henry Poole' and 'Hamlet 2' Marks Sundance's Major Deals

January 23, 2008 05:17:37 GMT


Ending the slow purchasing at Sundance, the three independent drama comedies "Choke", "Henry Poole is Here" and "Hamlet 2" marked the first three major acquisitions made at the film festival. Variety reported that on Tuesday, January 22, the deal for the three films has been closed as the three films have been picked up by major distributors.

The rights of "Choke" starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston has been bought by the company behind the success of "Juno", "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Napoleon Dynamite", Fox Searchlight. Reportedly, the film adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's novel has been valued for about $5 million. Meanwhile, the Overture Films which distributed "Mad Money" got their hands on Luke Wilson and Radha Mitchell's "Henry Poole" for $3.5 million.

Spy Photos Reveals X-Files 2 Spoiler

January 23, 2008 04:38:38 GMT


Like many other anticipated sequels in progress, much of the details of "The X Files" sequel has been kept as secrets, especially its story line. However, Joblo.com broke out spoiler news as they claimed they got the on-set pictures of the thriller.

According to Joblo.com, the the plot of the sci-fi film "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" might involve a wolfman in action. From the three on-set photos posted by the site, it can be seen that the film's helmer Chris Carter accompanied by his special effect crew is checking out figure that looks to be a werewolf mask.

Juliette Lewis to Voice Lead in 'Metropia'

January 23, 2008 03:32:54 GMT


The star of "The Other Sister" Juliette Lewis will fill on the lead voice for Swedish animated film "Metropia". According to Variety, the 34-year-old actress will join Vincent Gallo for the voicing role.

Directed by Tarek Saleh and penned by Tarik Saleh, Stig Larsson and Fredrik Edin, the film produced with $5 million budget is set in the future when the world has run out of oil. The movie that will also feature voices of Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgard, Sofia Helin, Shanti Roney and Alexander Skarsgard is said to combine animation and live action. Additionally, it has been in development for four years and is expected to hit theaters in spring 2009.

'Blood' and 'No Country' Ruled 2008 Oscar Noms

January 23, 2008 02:48:09 GMT


"There Will Be Blood" and "No Country for Old Men" once again show their dominations at awards events as the two movie critics' favorites led the 80th Annual Academy Awards with 8 nominations each. The two violent indie dramas gathered nods for Best Picture and will be contending against the British drama of betrayal and lost love "Atonement", the dark legal thriller "Michael Clayton" and the wise-cracking pregnant teenage drama "Juno".

On the announcement made at Academy headquarters in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, January 22, by Kathy Bates and the Academy president Sid Ganis, it was revealed that Cate Blanchett earned herself a double nods for her leading performance in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and for her supporting role as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There". In the Best Actress category, the 2004 Academy Award-winner for Best Supporting Actress would be joined by Julie Christie, Marion Cotillard, Laura Linney and Ellen Page, while the other nominees for Best Supporting actress were Ruby Dee, Saoirse Ronan, Amy Ryan and Tilda Swinton.

Chris Pine Indirectly Gives Out 'Star Trek' Spoiler


January 22, 2008 10:04:24 GMT


The rumor that Spock might be traveling back in time in the new installment of "Star Trek" is more likely to be true after all. According to Trekmovie.com, the rumor has indirectly been confirmed by Chris Pine, the actor who portrays young James T. Kirk, when he came to Sundance Film Festival to promote his other film "Bottle Shock".

To Entertainment Weekly, the "Just My Luck" star revealed that he had a couple scenes with Leonard Nimoy, the actor playing older Spock. He said, "I've met Mr. Nimoy a couple of times. He's been on set and we have a couple of scenes in the film, which will be nice, and I'm excited for those."

'Atonement' Secured 7 Nods at the 35th Annual Evening Standard British Film Awards

January 22, 2008 08:28:12 GMT


Announced as the strong contender at the 2008 BAFTA, "Atonement" showed its domination on British film competition by leading the 35th Annual Evening Standard British Film Awards' nominations. On Monday, January 21, the classic British romance starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy secured 7 nods, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

In the category of Best Picture, the rivals of Joe Wright directed-film include "Blue Blood", "Control", "Hallam Foe" and "It's A Free World". The film that was released on December 7, 2007 also received gongs in the Technical Achievement category for costume design as well as in the Best Actress and Actor categories.

Martin Sheen to Play Father in Jennifer Aniston's Romantic Comedy

January 22, 2008 07:18:17 GMT


The father of Hollywood actors Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, has been signed to play in Universal Pictures' "Traveling". He is joining the romantic comedy's ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Dan Fogler, Judy Greer, Joe Anderson and John Carroll Lynch.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the Golden Globe-winning actor will star as Eckhart's father. In the film, it is told that Sheen's character has a strained relationship with his son. In the meantime, Eckhart will portray the leading character who is a widowed self-help author, while Aniston is set to play Eckhart's love interest in the movie.

Official Teaser Trailer of 'Star Trek' Released!

January 22, 2008 06:38:51 GMT


Following the bootleg version of "Star Trek" teaser trailer, the official teaser trailer of the sci-fi film has been released by Paramount Pictures. The official footage shows the teaser in high definition, thus obviously giving the fans clearer look into the video footage.

The teaser that last a bit over one minutes showcases clearly the ground construction of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Meanwhile, it is said that the film will contain action and visual-effects spectacles along with intriguing range of dramatic stories. The official teaser trailer can be previewed below or on its trailer page at Aceshowbiz.com.

Kirsten Dunst in Talks to Star in 'All Good Things', Ryan Gosling Signed in

January 22, 2008 06:04:06 GMT


The Mary Jane Watson of "Spider-Man" series, Kirsten Dunst, is said to be in talks with Michael London's Groundswell Prods. to star in "All Good Things". Variety reported that the 25-year-old actress is in negotiation to play the lead character's love interest.

Set in the 1980s, the film focuses on the heir of a New York real estate dynasty who falls for a beautiful girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Their fairy tale romance ends when the girl disappears. The movie will mark Andrew Jarecki's directorial debut. Jarecki will also produce the film that is set to start filming in April on the East Coast alongside Marc Smerling and London. Further, Ryan Gosling has agreed to star as the lead character in the period love story/murder mystery film.

Carmen Electra's 'Maxim's Mardi Gras' to Start Production Late April

January 22, 2008 04:47:42 GMT


Carmen Electra's new comedy project "Maxim's Mardi Gras" will go into production soon. According to Variety, the Phil Dornfeld directed-film has been set to start the filming on April 29. The principal photography will take place in New Orleans.

Starring also Nicholas D'Agosto, Josh Gad and Brett Harrison, the Screen Gems' movie follows the journey of three best friends who take off for Mardi Gras in search of a real party. The script is written by Josh Heald, while the movie will be produced by Peter Jaysen, Zanne Devine and Josh Shader.

'The Pianist' Star Adrien Brody to Star as Music-Biz Figure

January 22, 2008 04:05:13 GMT


The Academy Award-winning actor for "The Pianist" Adrien Brody will be paired with multiple awards-winning actor Jeffrey Wright in Sony BMG Film's new film project. According to Variety, the two actors will depict a pair of major music-biz figures in "Cadillac Records".

Brody will star as famed blues/R 'n' B record executive Leonard Chess, while Wright will be portraying musician Muddy Waters. In the movie focused on Chicago in the '50s, the two big names will be joining the cast of Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cedric the Entertainer and Tammy Blanchard.
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