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Four Touring Around "City of Ember"

July 13, 2007 08:08:18 GMT


Cast lineup of "City of Ember" is getting merrier now as four more talents have been smoothly added into the list.

Variety has reported that Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and newcomer Harry Treadaway have all agreed to take part in the fantasy adventure, joining the already-announced Bill Murray, Toby Jones, and Saoirse Ronan.

"Septimus Heap" Casts Spell at Warner Bros.


July 13, 2007 07:35:02 GMT


Working on another possible fantasy franchise in preparation for the conclusion of its "Harry Potter" film series, Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled its plan to develop "Septimus Heap: Magyk", an adaptation of Angie Sage's first book in her "Septimus Heap" series.

The company is learned to have obtained all rights to the seven-book series from HarperCollins Publishers and will set the movie version of the first chapter with Sage herself and Karen Rosenfelt to executive produce and produce, respectively.

Steven Spielberg May Go Into the "Trial"

July 13, 2007 06:33:35 GMT


Prominent filmmaker Steven Spielberg may really get busier for the couple of years from now. Already has "Lincoln" and "Interstellar" in his future helming credits, the celebrated director reportedly is hoping to go behind the camera again for "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

Project turns out to be the first of the three-films deals screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has struck with DreamWorks Pictures, which is currently enjoying the massive success of "Transformers" that Spielberg executive produced. Story will center on the trials of protestors at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, where clashes between demonstrators and police made it one of the defining events of the 60s.

Jim Carrey to Answer "Yes"

July 13, 2007 04:47:10 GMT


Bringing up a really interesting tidbit, "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman has spilled the beans to MTV News saying Jim Carrey is attached to star in a high-concept comedy that he is currently developing.

"I've got this film with Jim Carrey called 'Yes Man,' which I hope will get into production in the fall," so the man stated.

"Dark" Trailer and Site Launched

July 13, 2007 04:22:35 GMT

Dark Is Rising, The picture
Fantasy fans now can have something fresh to look at as 20th Century Fox has delightfully activated a new official site for its "The Dark Is Rising" where a trailer for the flick is also submitted in.

Apart from the clip, the site also provides the story of the movie while allowing the visitors to register for updates by submitting their birth-dates. As for the trailer itself, it gives the viewers glimpses of the lead character Will Stanton's adolescent innocence and the moment he discovers his powers as an Old One.

Full "10,000 B.C." Teaser Trailer Spins

July 13, 2007 03:50:04 GMT


Giving the first look to its "10,000 B.C.", Warner Bros. Pictures has smoothly submitted the first full teaser trailer for the prehistoric epic adventure on the net.

Available at Yahoo! Movies, the clip does not tell much about the flick's plot but provides quick-cut action shots instead with a bunch of flashes of tribesman waving spears around, running mastodons, and attacking saber-toothed tigers.

Jennifer Hudson Tipped for Missy Elliott Biopic

July 13, 2007 03:09:31 GMT


Able to display her singing knack in "Dreamgirls", Jennifer Hudson may go rapping in her future starring vehicle as well.

The Oscar winner reportedly has caught the attention of rapper Missy Elliott who is keen to have the actress played her in a Hollywood feature about her life, being thought by the "Work It" singer to be the perfect one to take on the life account of hers on the big screen.

"Heroes" Villain Zachary Quinto to Join "Star Trek"?

July 12, 2007 10:03:00 GMT

Star Trek picture
Speculations keeps rotating high on the possible casting lineup of "Star Trek." After Oscar winner Adrien Brody was said to be on the run to play Mr. Spock, now words have it that someone else has been offered the part instead.

According to CHUD, filmmakers of the flick are currently in negotiations with Zachary Quinto to have him donned the suit of the Vulcan science officer, known for his distinguished ability of mind meld. The "Heroes" villain, who has been mentioned as a fan favorite for the role in many forums, first popped up on the "Trek" radar last year, expressing his interest in portraying the character.

Female Stars Picked for Anna Faris' Sorority Flick

July 12, 2007 10:00:57 GMT


Lining up to accompany Anna Faris in the actress-starred untitled comedy, "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee, Emma Stone, Rumer Willis, Kat Dennings, and Dana Goodman have all agreed to get their names put in the project's cast list, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

A joint production of Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison Productions, pic focuses on Farris' character, a Playboy bunny kicked out of the Playboy Mansion, who becomes the house mother to the lamest sorority on campus. The quintet's inclusion is learned to fill in the major roles of the sorority sisters, thereby solidifying the flick as the first female-driven comedy to come out of the production company.

Charlize Theron Lands Feet on "The Burning Plain"

July 12, 2007 09:45:35 GMT


Seemingly puts more favor on drama genre lately, Charlize Theron has scored deals to topline another film feature of the kind entitled "The Burning Plain" that 2929 Productions is currently financing.

The Oscar-winning actress reportedly will portray a woman named Sylvia who attempts to find common ground with her parents after a turbulent childhood. Filming is scheduled to begin November this year using budget below $20 million under the direction of "Babel" scribe Guillermo Arriaga, who encounters his feature directorial debut here.

"Sleuth" to Get Revealed at the 2007 Venice Film Fest

July 12, 2007 08:53:50 GMT


Obtaining a prestigious venue to introduce "Sleuth", filmmakers of the flick have successfully got their cinematic work a slot at the 64th annual Venice Film Festival set to spin this year from August 29 to September 8.

As the thriller mystery will have its world premiere there, stars Michael Caine and Jude Law are expected to attend the screening as well as helmer Kenneth Branagh. The remake of Joseph Mankiewicz's 1972 effort, pic finds Caine portraying a writer who lures his wife's lover, played by Law, into a twisted game.

Walden Lauds the "Savvy" Teen

July 12, 2007 08:12:05 GMT

Faithful in delivering adolescent-targeted features, Walden Media is on the move to spark a new one entitled simply "Savvy" following its successful purchase on the film rights to Ingrid Law's debut novel of the same name.

Deal was announced in conjunction with the acquisition by Walden and Penguin Young Readers Group of North American rights to the writing work in a preemptive multi-book deal. It is informed that the book will be published under Dial Books for Young Readers/Walden Media banner in May next year.

Duo Breaks Into "Persepolis"

July 12, 2007 07:27:19 GMT


Ready to give major contribution for the flick, Sean Penn and Iggy Pop have both enlisted themselves in the voice cast of the English-language version of "Persepolis", Sony Picture Classics' animated feature adapted from the Marjane Satrapi autobiographical, bestselling graphic novel.

Joining the already-announced Gena Rowlands and Catherine Deneuve also Deneuve's daughter Chiara Mastroianni who is set to reprise her part in voicing the lead character of Satrapi, Penn reportedly will fill in the voice of Satrapi's long-suffering father while Pop that of the young girl's rebellious and politically active uncle.

"Transformers" Breaking Handfuls of Gross Records

July 12, 2007 06:35:43 GMT

Transformers picture
As mighty as the robot aliens it presents, "Transformers" really proves to be one of the top movies DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures ever produce for it easily creates a number of new gross records, most of them being for non-sequel features.

For the first full day of release record, the sci-fi actioner satisfyingly opened on Tuesday, July 3 to rake in $27.8 million and beat out last year's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" before outstripping 2004's "Spider-Man 2" for the July 4th holiday record with $29.073 million.

"Phoenix" Soars to $12 Million

July 12, 2007 05:06:14 GMT

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix picture
Becoming one of the most anticipated sequels this year, it's no wonder to see "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" already score such an impressive start in its opening day on the Tuesday (July 10) going on Wednesday (July 11) midnight screenings.

Screened in 2,311 theaters, the fifth installment in the popular franchise has amazingly garnered a large sum of $12 million during the showings, foreshadowing a huge first five days for the film. Pic opened fully Wednesday morning in 4,285 theaters, the second-widest ever trailing only "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End" (4,362).
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