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Twisted to Update Classic Titles

June 16, 2007 06:12:01 GMT

Giving ample chances for moviegoers to treasure the old times, Twisted Pictures, Evolution Entertainment's horror division known for its "Saw" series, is poised to remake a handful of classic features from the RKO library following the joint venture it successfully struck with RKO Pictures.

As an early step, both studios will bring up together three film projects to the surface, namely "The Body Snatcher", "I Walked with a Zombie", and "Bedlam", all being the updates of movies released in the 1940s. A fourth title has yet to be selected from the RKO vault.

Ashton Kutcher Seizes the "Day"

June 16, 2007 04:57:07 GMT


Pushes himself back to producer's chair for big screen feature after last filling in the seat in "The Butterfly Effect", Ashton Kutcher is joining forces with Jason Goldberg to produce a multi-generational comedic flick titled "Father's Day" for Columbia Pictures.

No word yet on the helmer and production schedule, but it is learned that the project will be a potential starring vehicle for Kutcher and be developed based on script penned by Ian Deitchman and Kristin Robinson. The duo recently sold their pitch of "First Kiss" to Warner Bros. Pictures and now is in the process to complete a rewrite of "Miss Captivity" at Universal Pictures.

Greg Kinnear and Lauren Graham Are "Genious" People

June 16, 2007 04:22:20 GMT


Ready to soar as a great pair onscreen, Greg Kinnear and Lauren Graham have both signed on to topline "Flash of Genius", a collaborative big screen project of Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment based on a New Yorker article by John Seabrook.

In the drama, Kinnear will play an inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper named Robert Kearns who spent most of his life battling the Detroit automakers he charged with stealing his invention. Meanwhile Graham is set to portray his wife, Phyllis Kearns, who witnesses her marriage and family life falling apart because of her husband's obsession with the legal retribution.

Robert Mark Kamen Removes "Gatchaman" Mask

June 16, 2007 03:54:09 GMT

Gatchaman picture
Marking his first effort in animated production, Robert Mark Kamen has taken the task of penning the screenplay for Imagi Studios' "Gatchaman", the company's Co-CEO & Chief Creative Officer Francis Kao and Co-CEO Douglas E. Glen jointly announced yesterday, June 15.

With the inclusion, Kamen thereby will work closely on the project with producer Lynne Southerland and director Kevin Munroe, fresh from his helming stint in "TMNT." A graduate of University of Pennsylvania, the man has authored over fifteen produced feature films since 1979, the most recent one being Luc Besson-produced crime comedy "Bandidas."

Disney Identifies the "Unnamed Girl"

June 16, 2007 03:11:26 GMT

Still on the track of creating kids-oriented film features, Walt Disney Pictures is about to develop a new one based on a spec script by Brian Nathanson that it has safely acquired under its banner.

Entitled "The Occasionally Interesting Anti-Adventures of an Unnamed Girl", the project focuses on an imaginative young girl who, stifled by her banal suburban life and restrictive parents, runs away to a fantastical world that proves to be darker than she had hoped for. It is described as in the vein of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" and a modern-set "The Wizard of Oz."

Brad Kane Assists "The Historian"

June 16, 2007 02:39:11 GMT


Building path in feature screenwriting, former child actor Brad Kane has come onboard to pen the script of "The Historian", a mystery horror thriller Red Wagon is developing for Columbia Pictures.

Adapted from the Elizabeth Kostova novel about modern-day vampires, the picture follows a young woman as she searches for her father, who is on the hunt for the grave of Vlad the Impaler, the feudal lord who inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Rights to the book were purchased by Columbia shortly before it hit bookstores two years ago with Red Wagon's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher searching for the right writer since before finally picking up Kane.

Patrick Wilson Looks Around the "Terrace"

June 15, 2007 09:31:11 GMT


Becoming the latest addition in the list, "Little Children" star Patrick Wilson has given his commitment to join the cast of Screen Gems' thriller "Lakeview Terrace", which Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington have already boarded.

Pic revolves around an interracial couple who comes into their nightmare upon moving into a home next to a racist LAPD officer, played by Jackson. What kind of characters Wilson and Washington set to play, however, are still unclear yet.

Let's "Party Up" All Night

June 15, 2007 09:07:06 GMT

Sparking a new big screen project in a similar vein to its "House Party" films, New Line Cinema will develop an urban comedy flick titled "Party Up" at its pit, Variety has learned.

Toplined by "Take the Lead" star Elijah Kelley, the movie focuses on a group of teens who set out to throw the biggest high school party ever only to get their resourcefulness tested when the party's location falls apart at the last minute.

Mischa Barton Makes Her "Sophomore" Effort

June 15, 2007 08:30:36 GMT


Appears to have smooth transition to film industry after her departure from "The O.C.", Mischa Barton has submitted into her growing resume another big screen stint she is about to carry out.

The beauty is reported to have landed deals to take part in dark comedy "The Sophomore", which was previously titled "Assassination of a High School President", for Yari Film Group. Here she will portray the most popular girl in her Catholic high school who persuades a sophomore reporter to investigate the theft of SAT exams that unexpectedly leads them into a sinister conspiracy.

DreamWorks Gains Total "Dominion"

June 15, 2007 07:49:31 GMT

Working on its three-year, first-look deal with former Disney exec Nina Jacobson, DreamWorks Pictures is on the move to develop a sci-fi thriller feature entitled "Dominion" for Jacobson to produce via her studio-based Color Force shingle.

Written by Ben Ripley, pic concerns on a human who is chosen to command an army's first-ever platoon of robotic soldiers. Jacobson is said to get interested in the idea of the flick due to the scope of its story.

Trio Kicking the "Ball"

June 15, 2007 06:55:37 GMT


Set to strive together as one team, Ludacris, Nick Cannon, and Emilie De Ravin of "Lost" fame have all come onboard to star in ensemble drama "Ball Don't Lie", an indie production coming from Night and Day Pictures.

Based on Matt de la Pena's novel of the same name, the project centers on a teen basketball prodigy, played by newcomer Grayson Boucher, who struggles to deal with life on the streets. Also starring are Rosanna Arquette, Ricardo Chavira, Steve Harris, Evan Parke, Harold Perrineau, James Pickens Jr., Dania Ramirez, Matthew St. Patrick, Cress Williams, Mykelti Williamson, and Robert Wisdom.

Russell Mulcahy Tapped for "The Scorpion King 2"

June 15, 2007 06:13:58 GMT


Moving from one sequel to another, "Resident Evil: Extinction" helmer Russell Mulcahy has been assigned by Universal Pictures to direct "The Scorpion King 2", a follow-up to its 2002 "The Scorpion King", ShockTillYouDrop.com has reported.

Further details regarding the plot or casting for the project have not yet known, but pic has a probability to provide a tremendous opportunity for Universal in tapping some serious cross-promotion as "The Mummy 3" is being geared up into production.

Keanu Reeves Not Under "Watchmen" Surveillance

June 15, 2007 04:26:14 GMT


Looks like the return of Keanu Reeves to superhero movie won't be happening in short time. The actor's manager has informed Club-Keanu that the "Constantine" star has decided to turn down an offer to take part in "Watchmen", which Zack Snyder is set to helm for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Reeves, well known for playing Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy, had been heavily speculated since last month to be on the run for the role of Dr. Manhattan in the project alongside fellow actors Jude Law and Patrick Wilson. The assumptions got stronger as Snyder showed no denial about the matter at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards red carpet early this month.

Miranda Otto Gets the Job Done in "9 Weeks"

June 15, 2007 03:47:08 GMT


Last seen on the big screen in Steven Spielberg's 2005 blockbuster "War of the Worlds", Miranda Otto is making her way back to film industry now as the Australian actress has already signed on to star in crime drama "How to Change in 9 Weeks" for Icon Film Distribution.

Based on actual events, the movie presents the story a 15-year-old Australian student, Rachel Barber, who went missing in Melbourne in 1999 and was found to have been murdered by a former childhood friend, Caroline Reid. Otto is said to portray Barber's mother with Guy Pearce appearing as the girl's father.

Join Narnia Fan Art Contest

June 14, 2007 09:44:45 GMT

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The picture
All budding artists, photoshop masters, and chronic doodlers out there, here is your chance to get your artistic talents recognized and cherished around the world.

Walt Disney Pictures is holding a fan art contest for its "The Chronicles of Narnia" series inviting fans to create original and photoshop artworks of Narnia creatures, locales, props, also costumes and upload the works on the Fan Art section at the official website for "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" for it to pick up the most favorite one.
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