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Universal Sparking Two More Film Projects

March 09, 2007 09:19:25 GMT

Wasting no time in setting up more big screen features at its pit, Universal Pictures has secured rights to develop not only one but two projects of different genre.

The first one is a comedy titled "Tour de Frank" which, as the name suggests, revolves around the competitive world of bicycle racing. Written by Andrea King and Andy Marx, the flick is a production of Shady Acres Entertainment and will be produced by Michael Bostick and Tom Shadyac with the latter having an eye to also direct.

Four Registered As "St. Trinian's" Students

March 09, 2007 08:46:33 GMT

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Boarding on the same vehicle, Emily Watson, Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, and Russell Brand are all poised to share scenes together in "St. Trinian's", a new big screen version of the classic British comedy franchise that spawned several popular movies in the 1950s and 1960s.

Produced under Ealing Studios banner, the project, which is originally inspired by Ronald Searle's books and cartoons, takes focus on the madcap adventures of a group of unruly girls who attend the eponymous boarding school. Watson will appear as a teacher who is the movie's central character while Everett will play double cross-dressing role of the headmistress and her unscrupulous brother and Brand the local small-time crook named Flash Harry, who helps the girls get into scrapes.

More Getting Dug Out of "Star Trek"

March 09, 2007 08:23:54 GMT

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Coming together for an exclusive talk with MTV, duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have delightfully given more details about the new big screen installment of "Star Trek" franchise which they wrote and are executive producing for Paramount Pictures.

What comes as quite a surprise, the twosome has revealed that the flick's title will simply just be "Star Trek" without any subtitles followed.

"Cryptozoologists" Conduct Scientific Research at New Line

March 09, 2007 07:49:12 GMT

Still intends to evoke laughs in the theaters, New Line Cinema is about to develop a comedy feature based on a spec script it has successfully purchased from David Gilcreast, Variety has reported.

Titled "Cryptozoologists", the flick concerns a group of scientists who track mythical creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster to unexpectedly have to deal with the sudden appearance of the creatures in San Francisco.

"Worlds End" Trailer Coming March 19, 2007

March 09, 2007 07:26:50 GMT

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Soon, the U.S. audience can have their first glimpse of the hotly-anticipated "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End." Walt Disney Pictures has officially announced that a new trailer for the flick will be shown publicly on Monday, March 19, 2007 during the premiere episode of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" between 8-10 pm.

Following its public debut, the trailer will go online at Yahoo.com in High Definition, on Disney.com, and other premium online destinations around the globe at 10:00 pm PST on the same day.

Disney to Launch "Frog Princess" in 2009 and "Toy Story 3" in 2010

March 09, 2007 06:24:58 GMT

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Future now is clear for both "The Frog Princess" and "Toy Story 3" as Walt Disney Studios has finally settled on the year to release these two animated features for all family to enjoy in the theaters.

Walt Disney Feature Animation exec John Lasseter has opened up in an appearance during Disney's annual shareholder meeting in New Orleans that "Toy Story 3" has been plotted to come to the surface in 2010 while confirming that it is indeed in production with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen returning to voice Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively.

Maggie Gyllenhaal to Fight By "The Dark Knight" Side

March 09, 2007 04:36:57 GMT

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Stop all the fuzz about who to replace Katie Holmes in "The Dark Knight", folks, as Variety finally has brought in reliable news stating that Maggie Gyllenhaal is one step away from becoming Rachel Dawes, the role that the "Dawson's Creek" star dropped earlier this year.

By the time she signs the papers, the Golden Globe-nominated actress will then officially be the part of the star-studded cast which has already cast both Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart apart from original members like Christian Bale and Gary Oldman. Rumors previously were heavy on her, Rachel McAdams, and Emily Blunt being approached to play the character.

Shia LaBeouf Close to Star in "Indy 4"

March 08, 2007 09:39:47 GMT

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Seems Indy will have a companion in his fourth journey. Variety has revealed that "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf is in final negotiations to land a role as the son of our hero in what is currently referred as "Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures."

Rumors about his involvement in the latest of the hit series have been circulating heavily along with those about Natalie Portman's inclusion. George Lucas, who co-wrote and executive produced the three previous installments, however, recently debunked the latter, saying the actress is "absolutely not" in the project.

Universal Pictures Spots "Three Men Seeking Monsters"

March 08, 2007 09:08:49 GMT

Onboard to bring out what seems to be a promising film, Universal Pictures is set to develop a new film feature entitled "Three Men Seeking Monsters" following its successful acquisition to Nick Redfern's novel "Three Men Seeking Monsters: Six Weeks in Pursuit of Werewolves, Lake Monster, Giant Cats, Ghostly Devil Dogs, and Ape-Men."

Likely to stay true to the original, the project will center on three guys who unite and set off on a road trip together to visit every place in the British countryside where monsters have allegedly been spotted. Names attached to act have not yet been revealed, but it is said that the studio is hoping to get "Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon Heder in the cast.

Seth Gordon Nursing "The Only Living Boy in New York"

March 08, 2007 08:43:46 GMT

Scoring success with his documentary feature "The King of Kong" which became one of this year's Slamdance hits, Seth Gordon is now taking larger project in his hand as he has successfully been picked up to direct "The Only Living Boy in New York" for Columbia Pictures.

A coming-of-age drama, the flick concerns a recent college graduate who is seduced by his father's mistress. No word yet on the cast lineup, but it has been confirmed that "Things We Lost in the Fire" scribe Allan Loeb is onboard to pen the script.

Jason Lee Gets Entertained By "Alvin and the Chipmunks"

March 08, 2007 08:14:31 GMT

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Being the first major actor to come to the project, Jason Lee has reached deals to have a starring slot in CG/live-action hybrid flick "Alvin and the Chipmunks", a Fox 2000 and Fox Animation production.

Based on the 1950s cartoon series about three chipmunks named Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, the project has been entrusted into the hands of "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties" helmer Tim Hill who will direct from a script penned by Jon Vitti. Lee reportedly will play David Seville, the human confidant of the title characters.

Reese Witherspoon Bids Goodbye to "Bunny Lake"

March 08, 2007 07:41:54 GMT

Bunny Lake is truly missing someone important this time. Variety has brought in shocking reports that Reese Witherspoon, who is supposed to topline "Bunny Lake Is Missing", has taken abrupt decision to give up her role despite the film's production schedule which is slated to begin next month.

Beyond the late notice, the departure is really surprising since the actress and her Type A Films partner Jennifer Simpson were assigned to produce alongside Mark Gordon. With this happening, there is a possibility that filming start date can be pushed back for Spyglass as the financing company sure needs time to find another actress to fill in the vacant seat.

Sam Neill Not Attached to "Jurassic Park IV"

March 08, 2007 07:02:57 GMT

It's true that the pre-historic creatures will be back onscreen once more in "Jurassic Park IV", but whether Dr. Alan Grant is also returning turns out to be still in question apparently.

Sam Neill, who played the character in "Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park III", recently stated to LA Daily News that he in fact is not taking any involvement in the project, adding that any reports saying about his attachment to it are false.

Scarlett Johansson Being Eyed for Woody Allen's Spanish Project

March 08, 2007 05:08:45 GMT

Apparently still can't get enough of Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen is looking forward to once again have the beauty in his new movie, a Spanish flick which is not yet titled, after their collaborations in "Match Point" and "Scoop", Screen Daily has learned.

Expected to be shot in Barcelona, Spain, this summer, the project has already had both Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in the cast with Allen handling both writing and directing matters. Details of the plot are being kept tightly under wraps, but Allen once described the story to be "romantic but serious."

Avi Arad Constructing Robosapien Movie

March 08, 2007 04:31:47 GMT

Long known to produce either small or big screen productions based on Marvel Comics characters/superheroes, Avi Arad now is surprisingly going mechanical. Toy company Wowwee Ltd. announced Wednesday, March 7 that it has struck deals with Arad's studio, Avi Arad Productions, to make a film feature about its toy-like biomorphic robot Robosapien.

"We are thrilled to be working with Avi Arad," Wowwee Group president Richard Yanofsky commented. "He is the ideal person to successfully translate Robosapien's lifelike characteristics and endearing personality into a compelling and entertaining story. Watching Arad bring Robosapien to life will be a dream come true."
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