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Warner Bros. Facing a "Crisis"

April 24, 2007 02:00:49 GMT

Set to present a topic that commercial features seldom talk about, Warner Bros. Pictures is aiming to make a big screen feature titled "Our Brand Is Crisis" with George Clooney coming onboard to produce via his production company, Smoke House.

Based on Rachel Boynton's political documentary, the project is likely to stay true to the original which presents behind-the-scenes look at the Bolivian presidential election of 2002 when candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada hired James Carville's Washington, D.C.-based political consulting firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner to help him win.

Sienna Miller Is Doing Her "Best"

April 24, 2007 01:56:51 GMT

Edge of Love, The picture
Apparently, it only takes quite a short time for filmmakers of "The Best Time of Our Lives1" to find the right actress in taking over the role of Caitlin MacNamara ditched by Lindsay Lohan in the project.

Variety has revealed that "Factory Girl" star Sienna Miller has been appointed to assume the part which Lohan recently dropped after failing to work out an agreeable contract with the producers. Being so, the beauty thereby is joining Keira Knightley, Cillian Murphy, and Matthew Rhys in the cast to come together under the direction of "The Jacket" helmer John Maybury.

Sony Establishes "Beauty School"

April 23, 2007 09:18:04 GMT

Striving to deliver an inspiring tale for women, Columbia Pictures is on the move to develop a new drama feature entitled "Kabul Beauty School" following its successful attempt to secure the film rights to Deborah Rodriguez 's autobiography of the same name that she wrote alongside Kristin Ohlson.

A New York Times bestseller, the book tells about Rodriguez's personal experience in opening a beauty school in Afghanistan after she decided to head for the country in 2002 following the downfall of the Taliban's reign. With donations from American beauty companies and other benefactors, she worked hard to fulfill her dream while trying to mesh in a culture that was still male-dominated.

Crispin Glover Doesn't Hesitate to "Scream" Loudly

April 23, 2007 08:43:41 GMT

Often spotted to play eccentric people on screen as well as villainous characters, Crispin Glover is once again set to show his expertise on nailing such role in "The I Scream Man."

Yes, the New York-born actor, widely remembered for his role as the 'Thin Man' in "Charlie's Angels" films, has landed the lead part of a vengeful ice cream vendor in the indie horror. Also starring Tom Sizemore, Judd Nelson, and Haylie Duff, the flick follows his character as he, driven by brutal memories from his twisted past, wreaks bloody havoc on the small, seemingly innocent town of Hooper, Wyoming.

Sam Mendes Coming to "Middlemarch"


April 23, 2007 08:08:27 GMT

Going for period piece, Sam Mendes has given his commitment to direct a dramatic feature entitled "Middlemarch" based on George Eliot's 1871 classic novel of the same name, Variety has reported.

Widely perceived as Eliot's greatest work, the book interweaves the stories of various friends, acquaintances, and relations in the fictional town of Middlemarch in the 1830s England with an ardent and idealistic young woman named Dorothea Brooke as the central character.

Kirsten Dunst Learns to "Alienate People"

April 23, 2007 07:35:18 GMT

In the middle of the continuous publications circling around her latest vehicle "Spider-Man 3", Kirsten Dunst has spilled beans to IESB.net that she is taking a role in "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People", a comedic feature that "Hot Fuzz" star Simon Pegg is set to topline.

Adapted from Toby Young's best-selling memoir of the same name, the project will likely depict the author's struggle in earning notice as he was brought over to work for Vanity Fair in New York. While Dunst has confirmed that she is going to play a writer for the magazine, the actress, however, did not provide any sign whether the character is supposed to be the romantic interest of Young.

Jessica Simpson Touted for 'Horror' Slot?

April 23, 2007 06:55:16 GMT

Well, this no doubt will raise such a great hype if the deals are really inked. According to Rush PR News, an Indiana-born filmmaker named C.L. Gregory has stated that he is currently holding serious talks to have Jessica Simpson cast in his next 'horror' effort, "The Kentucky Fried Horror Show."

"I felt that the script needed someone that could carry the weight of its character and without doubt, Jessica was my first and only consideration for the role," so Gregory commented as quoted by the site. "She's never done a horror film to date and we felt she was ready for a project like this as it will be a very emotional and demanding piece of work for her. But I don't see anyone who can pull it off better than Jessica Simpson."

Jason Statham Preparing Vehicle for "Death Race"

April 23, 2007 06:20:43 GMT

Death Race picture
Remains being enthusiastic in bringing thrills to moviegoers, Jason Statham is reportedly involved negotiations to topline futuristic action thriller "Death Race" which Universal Pictures is currently developing under its banner.

Originally set up at Paramount Pictures as a vehicle for Tom Cruise, the flick is a remake of the 1975 cult classic "Death Race 2000" which takes place in a dystopian America where the president presides over an ultra-violent road race from New York to Los Angeles. Here contestants get score points for running people down using their heavily armed cars as they speed across the country.

International "Phoenix" Trailer Soars Online

April 23, 2007 05:09:06 GMT

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix picture
Here comes another look on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" for all "Potter" fans out there to quench their thirst on the highly anticipated fantasy flick.

Warner Bros. Pictures as the studio holding the hit franchise has exclusively brought up a new international trailer for the movie on the web at AOL UK . Most of it appears to feature Dolores Umbridge, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher played by Imelda Staunton with a glimpse of a fight at the Ministry of Magic toward the end.

Weekend U.S. Box Office of April 20-22, 2007

April 23, 2007 04:04:45 GMT

Disturbia picture
Despite the arrival of a handful of new thriller flicks on the weekend, fans of the genre apparently prefer to keep focusing their gazes on the old one.

Yes, for the second time, teen-oriented pic "Disturbia" successfully claims the top spot of weekend box office ended April 22, 2007, gaining $13 million worth of ticket sales to beat out tension-generated movies "Fracture" and "Vacancy", which both took their first round on the chart.

Anika Noni Rose Turns Into a "Frog"

April 21, 2007 07:51:12 GMT

Princess and the Frog, The picture
Taking foray into voice acting, Anika Noni Rose has given her agreement to fill in the voice of the titular character in Walt Disney Pictures' animated musical "The Princess and the Frog", E! Online has reported.

Set in the legendary birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, the picture will be the first traditionally animated feature film made at Disney since 2004's "Home on the Range." Touted to present an unforgettable tale of love, enchantment and discovery, it introduces the newest Disney princess, Maddy, a young African-American girl living amid the charming elegance and grandeur of the fabled French Quarter.

William Fichtner Shows Loyalty to "Dark Knight"

April 21, 2007 04:46:36 GMT

Dark Knight, The picture
Making drastic turn of moving from comedic to serious role, William Fichtner, fresh from figure skating comedy "Blades of Glory", has been reported by Batman-on-Film.com to officially join the cast of "The Dark Knight", Christopher Nolan's sequel to his "Batman Begins."

Accompanied by Michael Stoyanov, William Smiley, and Matthew O'Neil in being the latest addition in the lineup, Fitchner is only said to play a "bank manager" while the other tree are portraying members of The Joker's gang. Fichtner, also a cast member of FOX's hit series "Prison Break", is known to often appear in Jerry Bruckheimer-produced features, having been taking roles in "Armageddon", "Pearl Harbor", and "Black Hawk Down."

"Spidey" Story Continues Up to Part Six!

April 21, 2007 03:59:13 GMT

Spider-Man 3 picture
Well, it's definitely more than just good news for the fans of Marvel Comics' superhero out there. "Spider-Man" series director Sam Raimi has confirmed at the Los Angeles press junket on Friday, April 20 that Sony Pictures will continue the mega-hit franchise up to the sixth installment.

The famed filmmaker, however, has been noted to remark that he has not had time to think of any involvement and doesn't want to presume Sony would want him to direct while saying there has to be a good story to tell and that "it'd be very hard to say goodbye to 'Spider Man.'"

New "Pants" Getting Sewn

April 21, 2007 03:13:12 GMT

The four girls once again will share the magical pants on the big screen. Yes, Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Alcon, is going to develop a sequel to the 2005 sleeper hit "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" and has appointed "Something New" helmer Sanaa Hamri to take charge of directing matters for the project.

Still based on the novel series by Ann Brashares, the picture, however, will lay its foundation on the fourth book "Forever in Blue" instead, although bits from the second and third ones will also be used. Being so, the four are likely to be depicted as nineteen-year-old girls who all have already entered college of their choices.

Brad Pitt Enjoys "Reading" Very Much

April 21, 2007 02:23:25 GMT

Burn After Reading picture
Appears to still be high on demand, Brad Pitt has landed deals to reunite with his "Ocean's Thirteen" co-star George Clooney in Working Title Films-produced "Burn After Reading."

A black comedy about the CIA, pic revolves around a CIA agent who loses a disc containing the manuscript he has written about some of his secret missions. Plot details, however, are being kept in secrecy and it is still unclear what role Pitt is set to portray.
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