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Stan Zimmerman and James Berg Let the "Ivy" Grow

April 30, 2007 08:28:17 GMT

Hiring two names to carry out the task instead of just one, Warner Bros. Pictures has brought both Stan Zimmerman and James Berg into its pit to replace Tracey Jackson in working on the script of its new comedic drama "The Ivy Chronicles."

An adaptation of Karen Quinn's best-seller novel, the project follows the life journey of a New York woman as she loses her job at Wall Street, her husband, and her high-end apartment. Trying to build a new life with her two daughters, she then establishes a kindergarten referral service for well-heeled Manhattanites vying to get their tots into the country's choice schools.

Universal Has a "Second Sight"

April 30, 2007 07:51:18 GMT

Striving to give big screen treatment to a small screen production, Universal Pictures is in the middle of finalizing deal to make "Second Sight", the film version of BBC's miniseries of the same name starring Clive Owen, Variety has revealed.

Aired in 1999, the original focused on a police detective named Ross Tanner who is struggling to solve the brutal murder of a teenage boy before he completely goes blind. It was also aired in the U.S. via PBS and even spawned a sequel titled "Second Sight: Kingdom of the Blind."

Miramax Willing to "Come Closer"

April 30, 2007 07:18:25 GMT

Brushing the dust off of its surface, Miramax Films is on track to revive "Come Closer", a big screen feature originally being set up at its former subsidiary Dimension Films, which now is part of The Weinstein Company.

Based on Sara Gran's novel of the same title, the flick revolves around a woman who may be possessed by unseen forces or simply may be losing her mind. Carter Smith, who was recently appointed to direct "The Ruins", will helm from script penned by Tristine Skyler with an eye to start filming early next year.

"Doomsday" Befalls Malcolm McDowell

April 30, 2007 06:02:20 GMT

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Apparently desires to keep evoking tension among the audience, "Heroes" star Malcolm McDowell has followed up his role in "Halloween" with that in "Doomsday", Rogue Pictures, the studio producing the latter movie, has confirmed.

Already had Bob Hoskins, Rhona Mitra, and Alexander Siddig in the cast list, the sci-fi action thriller is set in the thirty years after a plague caused by a lethal virus called Reaper has wiped out most of the human population. McDowell will portray a global expert on the virus that an elite group of specialists, led by Mitra's character, is battling through to retrieve a cure for.

Weekend North American Box Office of April 27-29, 2007

April 30, 2007 04:07:46 GMT

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New movies of various genres have popped up together to heat up the competition on the box-office yet "Disturbia" amazingly remains undisturbed on its position on the top for the weekend ended April 29, 2007.

In its third run, the teen-oriented thriller once again turns out to be the best of all, effortlessly adding a decent number of $9 million and so, forcing newcomers "The Invisible" and "Next" to line up behind as the second and third place holder, respectively.

Carice van Houten May Up for "Bond" Girl Role

April 28, 2007 05:13:24 GMT

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Another day another speculation on who's in the running to be the next Bond girl in "Bond 22", and this time the subject is Dutch actress Carice van Houten.

MI6.co.uk, the trustworthy media-website dedicated to world of the suave British super-spy, has come up with an interesting scoop saying the "Black Book" star "is currently being considered for the lead female role" in the project. This tidbit thereby puts the actress' name behind those of Australian actress Abbie Cornish, Turkish model-kickboxer Fulya Keskin, and singer Jamelia, who all have been rumored to be the contenders for the part.

Two Lined Up for "Frost/Nixon"

April 28, 2007 04:21:49 GMT

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Looks like there will be much similarities between "Frost/Nixon" and the Peter Morgan play it is based on apart from the story, if deals are finally inked.

Reports coming to the surface have informed that two cast members from the original namely Frank Langella and Michael Sheen are currently involved in negotiations to reprise their stage role on the big screen version. Both Langella and Sheen received positive reviews from critics for their performance as former U.S. president Richard Nixon and TV presenter David Frost, respectively, during the premiere of the play at London's Donmar Warehouse theatre last year.

Chris Evans Stalked by "The Night Watchman"

April 28, 2007 03:19:25 GMT

The Human Torch is taking a job as one of the LAPD officers. Yes, it's true, "Fantastic Four" star Chris Evans has revealed to IGN on April 26, 2007 that he next will appear in "The Night Watchman1", the Fox Searchlight and New Regency thriller set against the backdrop of U.S. third largest law enforcement agency.

Already included both Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker, the flick centers on a member of an elite group of LAPD cops who questions the ruthless tactics he has used to become such an effective force in solving murders and battling gang violence and drugs. Reeves will portray the guy while Whitaker is plotted as a captain of the elite unit called Ad/Vice.

Marc Webb Takes "Summer" Vacation


April 27, 2007 09:49:16 GMT

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Finally encounters his full-length feature directorial debut, MV director Marc Webb has signed on to helm a rom-com flick titled "500 Days of Summer" at Fox Searchlight's pit.

"It's about a guy who falls in love with a girl who doesn't believe in love," remarked Webb, who has directed music videos for a number of high- profile bands such as AFI, Weezer, The All-American Rejects, and My Chemical Romance.

Nicole Kidman Becomes a "Millionaire"

April 27, 2007 09:32:19 GMT

Steadily running her Blossom Films, Nicole Kidman is about to produce a comedy feature entitled "How to Marry a Millionaire" which she may also star in, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Set to be developed for the 20th Century Fox to release, the project is actually a remake of Technicolor's classic movie of the same name which centered on three models who use their charm and good looks to lure rich men. Plot details for the update are being kept under wraps, but it is described as a complete overhaul of the original story.

Karey Kirkpatrick Sails to "NowhereLand"

April 27, 2007 08:55:56 GMT

Securing his second directorial effort after "Over the Hedge", Karey Kirkpatrick has come onboard to direct comedy flick "NowhereLand" which Paramount Pictures is developing under its banner.

Toplining by Eddie Murphy, the picture concerns on a successful financial executive who finds his career going down the drain and discovers the answers to his problems within his daughter's imaginary world.

The 2007 PRISM Awards Picked Best Movies

April 27, 2007 08:39:53 GMT

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Giving special attention on films presenting accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use as well as addiction and mental health issues, Entertainment Industries Council selected on Tuesday, April 24 three big screen titles as the winners of its 2007 PRISM Awards.

For Feature Film -- Wide Release category, the organization ultimately cast its choice on "Thank You for Smoking" while naming "Sherrybaby" and "Shelf Life" Best Feature Film -- Limited Release and Film Festival, respectively.

Kirsten Dunst to Make Directorial Debut

April 27, 2007 07:51:30 GMT

Get ready to unravel the hidden talent of Kirsten Dunst, folks, as the actress is going to make a venture into another side of show business besides acting.

SCI-FI Wire has come up with a surprising report stating that the "Spider-Man" series star is about to have her directorial debut in a short feature which will be a part of Glamour magazine's "Reel Moments" series. Also writing the project, Dunst is expected to begin filming it in August this year.

No Link Between Kate Beckinsale and "Barbarella"

April 27, 2007 07:10:06 GMT

Despite the heavy words floating around about her possibility to fill in the lead role in "Barbarella", Kate Beckinsale turned out to be unaware of her being reported so by Britain's Daily Express last week.

Finally gave response to the publication after learning about it, the "Underworld" star has laughed off the tidbit and assured IGN that no one has even approached her for any talks to take the part.

David S. Goyer Is "Magneto" Director!

April 27, 2007 06:21:43 GMT

After drifting around for more than two years, "Magneto" at last has come to its new phase. Variety has brought in great news stating that the project has already found its director in David S. Goyer, the man behind the writings of all three "Blade" films, "Batman Begins" and its sequel "The Dark Knight."

A spin-off to the "X-Men" franchise, the project is said to follow the titular character as he comes to grips with his mutant ability then improving it to hurt down the Nazi war criminals that tortured him. It is his lust for vengeance that ultimately turns him and his best friend Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, into enemies.
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