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Weekend North American Box Office of July 20-22, 2007

July 23, 2007 03:53:28 GMT

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It's obvious now that moviegoers are rather inclined to have laughs in spending their weekend in theaters this time as "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" surprisingly goes straight to the top place of weekend domestic box office ended July 22 despite bad reviews.

Raking in a hefty $34.2 million, the Universal comedy thereby successfully knocks "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" down to number two, but, on the other hand, only makes a narrow gap between them for the fifth installment of the teen wizard adventures turns out to score slightly below at $32.5 million.

"Deathly Hallows" On Sale Now

July 21, 2007 06:47:07 GMT


The long-awaited moment is finally coming to life now as bookstores across Britain and other parts of the world brought up their copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", the seventh and final chapter of the bespectacled teen wizard's adventures.

At Waterstone's bookstore on Piccadilly in central London, over 5,000 people lined up for hours before the midnight opening, many dressed in various costumes as wizards, witches, house elves, and weirdly, even Hogwarts castle. In the U.S., fans willingly gathered up since daylight outside bookstores in Los Angeles. Readers in the States had to wait until midnight stroke in each time zone, from 12:01 A.M. EDT Saturday, July 21.

Linda Fiorentino Brewing Russian Poet Biopic

July 21, 2007 04:37:58 GMT


Marking her return to the film industry after half-a-decade hiatus, actress Linda Fiorentino is now on the move to carry out not only one but three stints at once in a big screen project. "The Last Seduction" star has been reported to about produce a biographical feature of late Russian poet Anna Akhmatova with an eye to also topline and possibly direct.

Already tapped scribe Jim Curtis to work on the script, the project will likely depict the life journey of Akhmatova, especially her achievement in becoming a renowned, strong feminine figure in Russian arts. Akhmatova, whose real name was Anna Andreevna Gorenko, was noticed for addressing a variety of themes including time and memory, the fate of creative women, and the difficulties of living and writing in the shadow of Stalinism in her works.

"Things" Not to Be Delivered?

July 21, 2007 03:45:02 GMT


With Lindsay Lohan's out-of-rehab status, production on "Poor Things" should be go on by now, but looks like that is not going to happen for good if looking on a report posted on New York Post's Page Six.

According to the gossip column, the flick's set designer Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb has sent an e-mail with the subject line "'Poor Things' Has Been Cancelled" to product vendors GE and Dell computers, which both were promised placement in the movie in exchange for cash. There he informed that producer Jack Gilardi Jr. has decided to pull the plug on the picture due to Lohan's return to the club scene on the heels of her departure from Promises treatment center.

Melissa George Is Held "Captive"

July 20, 2007 08:25:38 GMT


Already undergone a rather hectic schedule this year, Australian actress Melissa George appears to still have plenty of energy in her to take on one more acting stint for her future film credits.

According to Moviehole.net, the former roller skating athlete is preparing to board a new thriller entitled "Captive", which is filming in Canada this month under the direction of Amanda Gusack who also penned the script.

Five Emptying the "Bottle"

July 20, 2007 08:00:05 GMT


Set to board the same vehicle together, Eliza Dushku, Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, and Rachael Taylor are all poised to star in a dramatic feature telling about the birth of the Napa Valley wine industry, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Titled "Bottle Shock", pic is based on the true story of California's Chateau Montelena winery, which won an international wine-tasting competition and put the region on the vino map. Filming is due to begin August 1 this year in Napa and Sonoma under the direction of Randall Miller who will helm from the script originally penned by Ross Schwartz that he rewrote alongside Jody Savin.

Catalina Sandino Moreno Joins Soderbergh's Che Guevara Biopic

July 20, 2007 07:30:15 GMT


Bringing more highlight to the international cast of the ambitious project, renowned Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno has given her agreement to take part in "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla", Steven Soderbergh's back-to-back biopic of Latin American revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

Written by Peter Buchman, the project will depict Guevara's life journey from the time he struggled to mobilize popular support in his homeland up to his 1964 visit to New York where he spoke at the United Nations and was celebrated in society circles. Attached to star are Puerto Rican thesp Benicio Del Toro, Britain's Julia Ormond, Germany's Franka Potente, and Cuban Jorge Perugorria as well as Spanish actors Jordi Molla, Oscar Jaenada, and Eduard Fernandez.

Fox 2000 Builds "The Passage"

July 20, 2007 06:47:26 GMT


Landing a seven-figure deal, Fox 2000 alongside Scott Free have successfully obtained rights to film a post-apocalyptic vampire trilogy by Jordan Ainsley, the PEN Hemingway Award and Stephen Crane Prize-winning author of the literary novel "Mary and O'Neil."

The studio will first develop "The Passage (2009)" from the first part of the three-book series, which tells about government's secret experiment on a virus that horribly unleashes a swarm of vampires out of the test subjects, which include death row inmates. Project is said to have already caught the attention of noted filmmaker Ridley Scott although it is still unclear whether he will indeed take helming duties on it.

Seth Rogen Goes "Green"


July 20, 2007 04:40:07 GMT


Taking a great leap from comedy to action genre, "Knocked Up" star Seth Rogen has landed deals to executive produce "The Green Hornet" for Columbia Pictures alongside his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg, Variety has confirmed.

The actor is also reported to currently be in the stage of finalizing a deal to write the project with Goldberg and is likely to topline it as well by playing the title character, the alter ego of millionaire publisher Brit Reid.

"Wolverine" Helmer Picked!

July 20, 2007 04:13:24 GMT


The fate of our adamantium-clawed superhero now lies in Gavin Hood's hands as the South African filmmaker has been entrusted to handle directing matters on "Wolverine", the 20th Century Fox's spin-off of its "X-Men" franchise.

Project thereby will be Hood's second Hollywood feature after the upcoming "Rendition" as well as his first venture into superhero flicks. As for the story, it is said to use several resources that include the Marvel Comics lore and the more recent "Weapon X" graphic novels by Frank Miller to depict how the titular character emerged from a barbaric experiment as an indestructible mutant with retractable razor-sharp claws.

Dispute Occurs Over "T4" Rights

July 20, 2007 03:30:48 GMT


Still in its early stage of development, "Terminator Salvation" has already faced serious problem on the way concerning its distribution rights.

Rights holders to the project are reported to have placed a lawsuit against MGM, alleging that the giant studio is interfering in their right to negotiate for the distribution of this fourth installment of the popular sci-fi action franchise.

"Porno" Helmer Desperate to Have Rosario Dawson In

July 19, 2007 09:18:12 GMT


Gearing up for his next movie project "Zack and Miri Make a Porno", New Jersey-based filmmaker Kevin Smith has pointed out to MTV that he is keen to board the flick with his "Clerks II" star Rosario Dawson in it.

"I wrote [the role of Miri] for Rosario Dawson," so he confessed. "I'd be kind of flabbergasted if she didn't do it."

Walden Media Bringing Up Surfing Tale

July 19, 2007 08:34:07 GMT


Appears to take a break from fantasy genre, Walden Media is on the move to develop an adventure movie that is set against the backdrop of Maverick's, home to one of the largest and most dangerous surf breaks on the planet, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Story will be based on the true events experienced by surfing prodigy Jay Moriarity, who, during his teens, took on the waves at Northern California surfing jewel Maverick's, where the winter swells pull in waves five stories tall. Prodding wise surfing elder Rick "Frosty" Hesson to prepare him, he finally put by the local legend through a program of intense physical training.

Cameron Fay Evokes Laughs at Universal


July 19, 2007 08:32:51 GMT


Working on his second big screen project for Universal Pictures, 25-year-old filmmaker Cameron Fay reportedly is in charge to both write and direct a comedy pitch of his of which rights have been secured by the studio.

Little is known about the untitled project since plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, but it is learned that the flick will be a relationship comedy and produced by Mary Parent and Scott Stuber via their Stuber/Parent shingle. Overseeing the film for the company is Alexa Faigen while Scott Bernstein and Maradith Frenkel are both overseeing for Universal.

Ashley Tisdale Takes "Picture"


July 19, 2007 07:29:01 GMT


Set to become the next "High School Musical" cast member who steps into the big screen after Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale has delightfully revealed to MTV News that she is going to make her film debut in "Picture This" which is slated to start filming next month.

"It's a father-daughter movie, about a relationship where the daughter's getting more mature and older, and needing the dad to let go," the beauty explained.
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