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Director Roman Polanski Leaves Pompeii for Good

September 12, 2007 03:40:27 GMT


Facing conflicts in his helming schedule, Roman Polanski has made a shocking decision to drop out his duties on "Pompeii", a dramatic thriller feature he had been attached to direct since February this year, Screen Daily reports.

The Paris-born filmmaker is learned to quit the big-budgeted project after Summit International indicated it may have to postpone the film's principal photography in Europe next summer because of concerns over a possible industry strike. The company currently is selling worldwide rights as well as looking for Polanski's replacement with producers Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde.

Jennifer Hudson Being Lined Up for a Part in Sex and the City

September 12, 2007 03:23:18 GMT


Kicked off her early career as one of the finalists on the third season of the FOX television series "American Idol," Jennifer Hudson is famous already, thanks to her Oscar winning role in the 2006 "Dreamgirls". And now she's willing to try another acting role by signing to join the cast of the forthcoming movie version of hit television show "Sex and the City."

Hudson is said to be in final negotiations to star in the comedy romance flick, joining its original cast Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth. She's set to portray the assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw.

New Hancock Set Pictures from Hollywood Boulevard Shoot

September 12, 2007 03:00:35 GMT


Filming on "Hancock" moved to take place on Hollywood Boulevard Monday, September 10 and some images taken from the spot have delightfully been posted online for moviegoers to enjoy at.

Brought up by ComingSoon.net, the photos, like those appearing on the net prior to these ones, still feature the superhero action drama's leading stars Will Smith and Charlize Theron. It can be seen that the two wore the same outfits they put on during the previous shooting last month.

New Watchmen Set Photos Go Online

September 11, 2007 09:39:01 GMT


Looks like filming on "Watchmen" has already been commenced by now despite director Zack Snyder's statement to get it started on September 17, 2007 as few images taken from the flick's set have apparently surfaced on the net, thanks to Watchmencomicmovie.com.

Said to be sent by an anonymous insider on the set of the project, the photos were shot at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, Canada just before the filming of a flashback scene of a meeting between Dr. Manhattan and JFK at the White House. Captured by the camera were the look-alike actors playing the president, Jackie and a young JFK Jr. in their last minute make-up and costume preparations before the shoot.

More Speculations on Justice League of America

September 11, 2007 09:00:00 GMT


After those of casting and director, not to mention buzz about using motion capture CGI technique for the flick, talks on "Justice League of America" now are getting their way on the production matters of the project.

ObsessedWithFilm.com has obtained info from its reader in the Australian film community telling Warner Bros. Pictures has given greenlight to the flick as their summer 2009 tentpole. Shooting is said to principally take place in Sydney from February to June 2008 under the direction of George Miller.

Exclusive Dragon Wars Clip Presenting Fire-Breathing Bulcos

September 11, 2007 08:28:20 GMT


Continues to provide wonder for fans of fantasy genre, Freestyle Releasing has delightfully unleashed a new clip for its "Dragon Wars" on the net, which sure gives moviegoers more to see of in their wait for the movie to come this Friday, September 14.

Posted exclusively at ComingSoon.net, the new clip is also able to be accessed through Dragon Wars Trailer section on AceShowBiz.com. It shows shots of the fire breathing Bulcos, the mutated birds resembling European dragons in appearance that are bred by the Atrox soldiers for aerial combat.

Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem May Present Predator Home Planet

September 11, 2007 07:40:25 GMT


Earth could probably be not the only planet presented in the upcoming "Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem."

A scooper for ShockTillYouDrop.com has brought an interesting tidbit saying the sci-fi action thriller will provide a long-awaited look at the home world of the Predator species. The planet was once planned to be the center of a shelved "Predator" sequel cooked up by "Sin City" helmer Robert Rodriguez.

Watch Iron Man Teaser On the Net Now!

September 11, 2007 07:07:30 GMT


Taking an earlier flight from the planned date of Tuesday, September 11, 2007, the teaser trailer for "Iron Man" has delightfully been available for superhero fans to grab online at Apple.com since Monday, September 10.

Put on the trailer page of the site in HD, the clip runs quite long for a teaser, going almost two and a half minutes. Though containing many footage from that shown at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, it is more fast-paced and compact than the previous one in following Tony Stark from his abduction in Afghanistan to his creation of a high-tech armor to escape captivity.

Catherine Keener Lands Starring Slot in Hamlet 2

September 11, 2007 06:35:29 GMT


Running her career quite smoothly this year, Catherine Keener has put one more starring role into her big screen resume. Variety has reported that the Oscar nominee is on her way to appear opposite Steve Coogan in a high school comedy entitled "Hamlet 2."

Story is said to focus on a teacher who tries to save his drama department by writing a sequel to William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." "Nancy Drew" helmer Andy Fleming is set to direct based on the script he wrote alongside Pam Brady, whose most recent writing work, "Hot Rod", currently is in theaters.

Sean Penn and Matt Damon Attached for Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk Biopic

September 11, 2007 04:49:37 GMT


On the way to forge what could probably be one of the anticipated collaborations on screen, Sean Penn and Matt Damon are both reported to be attached as the leading actors in a biopic about '70s politician Harvey Milk that Gus Van Sant is set to direct.

A long-gestating project, pic is the latest chapter in a long-running race to film the biopic of the first openly gay prominent elected official following Bryan Singer's "The Mayor of Castro Street." Penn is plotted to play the politician while Damon his assassin, Dan White.

Toronto Fest Witnessed Glittering Elizabeth: The Golden Age Premiere

September 11, 2007 04:10:32 GMT


Big Hollywood names continue to take turn in highlighting the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and Sunday, September 9 was the time for the starry cast of "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" to bring another memorable moment at the event.

Portrayer of the titular character, Cate Blanchett, delightfully made her way to attend the world premiere for the period drama at the festival held at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. Accompanied the actress were fellow co-stars Geoffrey Rush, Abbie Cornish, and Clive Owen who looked charming in dark suit and tie.

Alleged Magneto Story Details Hit the Net

September 11, 2007 02:41:45 GMT


Though the basic premise of "Magneto" has already been revealed by the filmmakers, little is known about the plot details for the anticipated project until now. But it seems ObsessedWithFilm.com has got grip on the matter as it claimed to have obtained exclusive details on events told in the movie.

Stating the flick will reunite Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as the titular character and his fellow mutant Professor X, respectively, the site openly informed that pic is book-ended with two scenes in Poland at the 60th Anniversary of the Auschwitz Liberation which take place within the timeframe of the first three "X- Men" films.

Rendition Premiere at the 2007 TIFF Marked by Cast Attendance

September 10, 2007 09:04:43 GMT


Big excitement filled the front part of Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall on Friday, September 7 when several Hollywood notable names came down to strut along the red carpet at the premiere for "Rendition" at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Stealing most attention no doubt was the flick's female lead Reese Witherspoon who preferred to wear a strapless tight black velvet dress for the occasion. Co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally were also spotted to be present despite the apparent absence of other noted cast members, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin.

Dead Girl Took the 33rd Deauville American Film Fest 's Top Honor

September 10, 2007 08:00:56 GMT


Presenting a riveting depiction on how violence contaminates otherwise ordinary lives, Karen Moncrieff-directed four-chapter tale "The Dead Girl" was announced to be the winner of the Grand Prize at the 33rd edition of the annually-held Deauville American Film Festival on Sunday, September 9, 2007.

Expressing her deep gratitude for the honor, a semi-stunned Moncrieff in a touching nod to slain filmmaker Adrienne Shelly said, "My film is about violence, and one of the filmmakers is not with us because she was a victim of violence." Shelly's final work "Waitress" was well received in the competition, being previously subjected to glowing critical reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Official Indiana Jones 4 Title Revealed!

September 10, 2007 07:03:38 GMT


Finally, now we know how to properly address the fourth installment of "Indiana Jones" franchise, previously known as "Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods", many thanks to Shia LaBeouf.

Coming on stage to present Female Artist of the Year prize at MTV's Video Music Awards held on Sunday, September 9, 2007, the rising star openly informed the folks in attendance as well as at-home viewers that the project from now on is called "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
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