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Patrick Stewart Rebuilding Venice

June 05, 2007 08:34:38 GMT

Also known as a prolific stage actor, Patrick Stewart is now setting his eyes to develop a new big screen version of William Shakespeare's famous play "The Merchant of Venice", the man himself has revealed to The Argus.

Intended to be a modern take of the drama, the project will be set in Las Vegas in the 20th century with its script being penned by John Logan, known for his writing works in a number of Hollywood hits like "The Last Samurai" and "The Aviator." It is learned that the idea came out of an argument the two had after Logan described it as a "loathsome play".

"Simpsons Movie" Featuring Green Day

June 05, 2007 07:45:06 GMT

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The famed pop punk band is getting an animation treatment this time. TV Squad has delightfully brought in report stating that Green Day will be featured in "The Simpsons Movie" and will perform their own version of the Danny Elfman theme song for the flick.

Supporting the tidbit is The Hollywood Reporter which confirmed that the trio would appear as themselves with "crazy things" happening around them. However, further details about their involvement in the film's plot are being kept under wraps though it is informed that their rendition of the theme will be released as a single on July 24.

"Walk Hard" to Have Starry Cameos

June 05, 2007 07:09:59 GMT

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Revealing a surprising tidbit during his "Live Free or Die Hard" interview with Collider.com, Justin Long has spilled the beans that he and three other fellow actors will appear briefly as The Beatles in Jake Kasdan's upcoming musical comedy "Walk Hard" which Judd Apatow is producing for Columbia Pictures.

Long, last starred in Mike Judge-directed "Idiocracy", openly informed that he will show up as George Harrison with Jack Black, Paul Rudd, and Jason Schwartzman playing Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, respectively.

Jack Black Enters His "Year One" in College


June 05, 2007 04:50:00 GMT

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Showing more funny sides of his, Jack Black has given his commitment to take part in "Year One", a comedy feature that Judd Apatow will produce for Columbia Pictures, Variety has informed.

Here the funnyman is said to be accompanied by Michael Cera, the star of the upcoming "Superbad" which Apatow also produced for Columbia, in the cast. Meanwhile, Harold Ramis, who currently can be seen in "Knocked Up", is onboard to helm from the script he co-wrote alongside Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg with Owen Wilson executive producing.

"Phillip Morris" Is Jim Carrey's New Pal

June 05, 2007 04:47:43 GMT

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Strikes a balance between his serious and wacky acting stints, Jim Carrey is about to return to the comedy genre after his appearance in "The Number 23", only this time it will be a rather darker one.

Yes, the versatile actor will topline a dark comedy entitled "I Love You Phillip Morris", a fact-based film feature adapted from a book by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker which tells about a conman named Steven Russell whom Carrey is set to portray.

Kevin Bacon Tied to "Frost/Nixon"

June 05, 2007 04:13:28 GMT

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Becoming a worthy addition to the project, "Mystic River" star Kevin Bacon has signed on to join the cast of "Frost/Nixon", the drama that Universal Pictures is setting up with Working Title Films.

Adapted from the hit play by Peter Morgan which is based on a series of televised interviews David Frost secured with former President Nixon in 1977, pic will find Bacon portraying Nixon's chief of staff Jack Brennan. Other cast members include Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, and Matthew Macfadyen, the former two reprising their stage roles as Nixon and Frost, respectively.

Disney Opens Up "All About Adam"

June 05, 2007 03:32:18 GMT

Walt Disney Pictures is on the move to spark what looks like to be an interesting story. The company has been reported to about develop "All About Adam" from a spec script by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons that it has successfully purchased.

Story centers on the biblical Adam who trails Eve to modern-day New York after they have a lover's quarrel that he finds to be set up by Satan. While names to star and direct have not yet been revealed, it is confirmed that Scott Rudin will be in charge to produce the project.

Jane O'Brien Wishing Upon the "Stars"

June 05, 2007 03:03:58 GMT

Answering the calling for the big screen, TV writer/producer Jane O'Brien has given her agreement to pen the script of New Line Cinema's "In the Stars", The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

An adaptation of Eileen Cook's novel of the same name, the comedy focuses on a woman dumped by her boyfriend who poses as a psychic to give his new girlfriend a fake reading designed to break them up. As her readings unexpectedly do a lot more than she could have predicted, the woman finds herself caught up in rising stardom and in need to figure out where the answers to her own life questions lie.

Bruce Willis Willing for More "Die Hard"

June 04, 2007 10:30:16 GMT

Apparently still eager to go for some gun-banging action in the future, Bruce Willis has openly pointed out on the junket press conference for "Live Free or Die Hard" held June 1, 2007 that he will continue to star as John McClane in the next installment of the hit action series under some conditions.

"Fox is already talking about doing another one," so he informed. "I told them I would only do it if Len (Wiseman) is involved, and Maggie Q. And Justin (Long), of course. You can't do one without Justin."

Paul W.S. Anderson Is "Spy Hunter" New Helmer

June 04, 2007 08:55:16 GMT

The seat abandoned by John Woo in "Spy Hunter" finally gets a new taker. "Resident Evil" helmer Paul W.S. Anderson has been reported to fill in the Chinese filmmaker's position after the man decided to leave the flick last year.

Being so, Anderson will work on alongside another writer to pen the project, which has already gone through several writers, like Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Zak Penn, and Stuart Beattie. While Adrian Askarieh, Chuck Gordon, and Jeremy Bolt are all still serving as the producers, it is unclear yet whether Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will continue to star in.

Japanese Duo Receives "Inhuman" Treatment

June 04, 2007 08:21:01 GMT

With two Japan's top filmmakers backing it up, sure the new project will be one that horror fans should wait in anticipation to come.

Yes, famed J-horror duo Hideo Nakata and Taka Ichise are reuniting to develop "Inhuman" for the 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises. The two previously teamed up to spawn Japanese-language "Ringu" series and Japan's "Honogurai mizu no soko kara", which was remade into Walter Salles' "Dark Water."

Film Honorees Announced for the 2007 ALMA Awards

June 04, 2007 07:47:14 GMT

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Finally listing out the champs of the film slots for its ALMA Awards, which is held for the thirteenth time this year, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has delightfully chosen multi-narrative drama "Babel" to be the big winner of the annual event this time.

Not only bestowed the top honor of Outstanding Motion Picture to the Golden Globe-winning movie, the organization also named helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu the Outstanding Director - Motion Picture while giving the Outstanding Screenplay - Motion Picture prize to scribe Guillermo Arriaga.

"A Beautiful Life" for Denise Richards


June 04, 2007 07:01:11 GMT

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Playing against type, Denise Richards is moving from broader mainstream features to an edgy indie flick entitled "A Beautiful Life" in which she will portray an exotic dancer, Variety has learned.

Based on an original play written by Wendy Hammond, the drama has also rounded out names like Michael Madsen, Jesse Garcia, Dana Delany, and Debi Mazar in the cast besides Richards. Shooting is due to begin in L.A. this summer under the direction of Argentine filmmaker Alejandro Chomski who is set to helm from script by Hammond and producer Deborah Calla.

Weinstein Co. Finds the "Silver Linings"

June 04, 2007 05:14:14 GMT

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Making a fast move indeed, The Weinstein Company has acquired the film rights to a new graphic novel by Matthew M. Quick which has not even yet been published, Variety has reported.

Entitled "The Silver Linings Playbook" just like the original, the project is likely to stay true to the book's story which centers on a man who, after leaving a mental institution, becomes determined to find the silver lining in his life. No word yet on the production schedule and names attached to work on the movie, but it is informed that Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella will both take the producer's seat.

Terror Ends on "Hostel: Part II"

June 04, 2007 04:59:32 GMT

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Well, it can be stated now that there will be no third installment of "Hostel" series, at least not from director Eli Roth. The Massachusetts-born filmmaker recently told MTV.com that "Hostel: Part II" would be the end of the horror franchise as it opens June 8 this year.

"There are no more Hostels," so Roth stated as quoted by the site. "There is Hostel and Hostel 2 and that's it. It's like Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2."
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