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Reese Witherspoon Is Leaning on the "Bridge"

May 04, 2007 08:26:45 GMT

Appears to be tireless in putting more big screen titles into her Type A Films, Reese Witherspoon is reportedly on the move to produce a film feature based on real events titled "Under the Bridge" with "Thirteen" director Catherine Hardwicke being in talks to direct.

Based on Rebecca Godfrey's true-crime account of a brutal high school murder, the project will chronicle the 1997 killing of a student named Reena Virk in a small British Columbia town also the ensuing investigation and prosecution of the case. It is still not clear yet whether Witherspoon will also star in.

Dax Shepard Hugs the "Baby"

May 04, 2007 08:06:25 GMT

Baby Mama picture
Set to raise the degree of laughter that "Baby Mama" is aiming to deliver, Dax Shepard has landed deals to co-star in the Universal Pictures comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the leadstars, the flick finds Fey as a single working woman whose desire to have a child and keep her career leads her to hire a surrogate, played by Poehler. Shepard is said to portray Carl, the philandering husband of Poehler's character, who unintentionally brings the two women together when he tries to scam the surrogate.

Morris Chestnut Repairs "Broken" Things

May 04, 2007 08:05:43 GMT

Not Easily Broken picture
Ready to show his dramatic side this time, Morris Chestnut has given his positive sign to topline faith-themed drama "Not Easily Broken" that Screen Gems is now developing for Sony Pictures Entertainment to distribute.

An adaptation of a book by T.D. Jakes, the picture centers on a couple whose strength and faith are tested after the wife is injured in a car crash and the husband becomes attracted to another woman. Assigned to pen the screenplay is Brian Bird, who last penned "The Last Sin Eater" for 20th Century Fox.

Liv Tyler Calms "Hulk" Nerves

May 04, 2007 07:37:16 GMT

Incredible Hulk, The picture
Folks, please welcome the new Betty Ross in the gang as filmmakers of "The Incredible Hulk" finally have cast their choice on Liv Tyler to assume the role, previously played by Jennifer Connelly in the flick's predecessor "Hulk" back in 2003.

The longtime love interest of Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Ross is his fellow scientist and an ally in his quest to find way in getting rid of his lurking monster deep inside. Reports said that "Incredible Hulk" in the beginning would see her get estranged from Banner but later being swept back into his life after the pursuit of the Hulk heats up while finding the man is on the run trying to cure his condition.

Avril Lavigne Twists the "Fate"


May 04, 2007 06:41:00 GMT

Still eager to shed time for acting despite her hectic schedule following the release of new album "The Best Damn Thing", Avril Lavigne is taking a starring role in thriller drama "Twist of Fate", the beauty herself has confirmed.

Calling the project "a dark kind of drama, sort of indie, kind of, but not too indie" that lets her do "a lot of freaking out and crying", Lavigne further revealed that she will be the lead and begin filming the picture this winter.

"Spider-Man 4" Scoop


May 04, 2007 06:11:45 GMT

Spider-Man 4 picture
As "Spider-Man 3" is gracing theaters all around the world this week, now the buzz and hype are surely shifting to its sequel, "Spider-Man 4", which has already been confirmed to be made at Columbia Pictures for sure.

Well aware of this, Cinema Blend has obtained from its inside sources some surprising tidbits regarding the project, particularly about its prospect to get developed and the possibility of it to have a totally new cast lineup.

New International "Evan Almighty" Trailer Arrives

May 04, 2007 04:24:55 GMT

Evan Almighty picture
Peeling more skins on its big-budgeted movie "Evan Almighty", Universal Pictures has posted online a new international trailer for the movie, which is going to hit North American theaters this summer on June 22.

The trailer is available exclusively on Yahoo! UK & Ireland Movies and runs exactly two minutes twenty-two seconds. In the meantime, fans can also take a look at a few production photos on the site, mostly picturing the titular character with long white hair and beard.

David Yates Back for Harry Potter 6!

May 04, 2007 03:54:37 GMT

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince picture
Ending the long-circulated question about who's in charge to helm "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" helmer David Yates has revealed to SCI FI Wire that he will return to the mega-hit franchise for the second time to direct the project.

"I am doing Half-Blood Prince, and I'm doing it because I love the world, I love the characters," the man confirmed. "I think I have more business with this world and these characters."

Columbia Builds "The Ark"

May 03, 2007 09:10:50 GMT

Ready to present a different take of Noah's Ark story on the big screen, Columbia Pictures is on the track to develop "The Ark", a film adaptation of a tale featured in the anthology series "Dark Horse Presents."

Likely to closely follow the premise of the original which marries the story of Noah's Ark with a UFO crash, the project has already tapped the tale's creator Mark Verheiden to adapt with Original Films' Neal H. Moritz producing alongside Dark Horse's Mike Richardson.

George Clooney Schemes a Great "Escape"

May 03, 2007 08:56:11 GMT

Nurturing his writing skills, George Clooney is reported to have teamed up with his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov to co-write a drama comedy feature titled "Escape From Tehran" for Warner Bros. Pictures to develop.

Based on a real-life story written by Joshuah Berman for a Wired magazine article of which screen rights Warner recently acquired, pic will present details on how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle six Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

Four Share a Chocolate "Shake"

May 03, 2007 08:37:25 GMT

All set to stand together in one frame, Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, and Emma Booth have agreed to highlight a new production of Universal Pictures and Working Title Films entitled "Hippie Hippie Shake", Variety has learned.

Adapted from Richard Neville's memoir "Hippie Hippie Shake: The Dreams, the Trips, the Trials, the Love-ins, the Screw Ups: The Sixties", the picture will use a famous obscenity trial involving the Australian satirical magazine Oz as a metaphor for a journey through the swinging '60s in London.

Josh Hartnett Singin' in the "Rain"

May 03, 2007 08:05:03 GMT

I Come with the Rain picture
Allowing himself to dwell a little longer in drama genre after those of "Resurrecting the Champ" and "August", Josh Hartnett has given his commitment to take part in a film feature of the kind entitled "I Come with the Rain."

The Hollywood hunk reportedly is poised to play a private detective who, haunted by a past encounter with a serial killer, heads for the Far East to search for a missing heir possessing the power to heal with his touch.

Duo Teaming for Hollywood Noir

May 03, 2007 07:27:57 GMT

Finally able to strike a promising collaboration after 2004's "The Aviator", Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Mann are reportedly joining forces to work on a film noir project which is still unnamed yet with the former being plotted to topline and the latter hoping to make it his next directorial effort.

Said to take place on the old MGM lot in the 1930s, the picture will likely concern a private detective who is hired by the studio to investigate a scandal involving a starlet who may have murdered her own husband. It has already been revealed that the flick will have one of its major shootouts taken in the Trocadero nightclub on Sunset Boulevard.

Two New "Worlds End" TV Spots Go Online

May 03, 2007 06:35:53 GMT

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End picture
Continues showing its generosity to reveal more about its highly anticipated summer flick "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End", Walt Disney Pictures has eagerly provided a pair of new look on the movie on the web following the online releases of its trailer and "competing captain" clip back in March.

Yes, the company has placed online two new TV spots for the movie on Yahoo! Movies for every fan of the series to take a sneak peek of. It is also learned that the studio will launch the picture a little bit earlier from its official release date of May 52, 2007, screening it at 8 pm on Thursday, May 24 in theaters around North America region.

"Spider-Man 3" Conquers Europe, Too

May 03, 2007 05:09:42 GMT

Spider-Man 3 picture
Completing its success in Asia, "Spider-Man 3" also opened grandly in European territories as it amazingly broke first-day records in both Italy and France while scoring superb income in Germany besides setting new records in Austria, Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland.

Debuted on 900 Italian screens Tuesday, May 1, the Columbia Pictures release triumphantly smashed the country's all-time opening record after satisfyingly garnering $4 million, a number that tripled the day-one takes of its two predecessors.
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