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The 2007 Berlinale's Competition Section Completed

January 24, 2007 07:26:50 GMT

When a Man Falls in the Forest picture
Drawing near to the opening day of the 57th Annual Berlin International Film Festival, the organizers of the event at last have finalized selecting titles for the event's Competition program this year. Out of twenty-six films screened, twenty-two are being listed as Golden Bear Award contenders with seventeen of them encountering world premieres and five facing international premieres.

Apart from the previously-reported titles, there are nine other movies set up for world premieres, namely "Angel" (France/Belgium/U.K.), "Beaufort" (Israel), "Desert Dream" (Korea/France), "Hallam Foe" (U.K.), "The Other" (Argentina/France/Germany), "When a Man Falls in the Forest" (Canada/U.S.), "La Vie en Rose" (France/U.K./Czech Republic), plus "Lost in Beijing" and "Tuya's Marriage" which both come from China.

Jessica Alba Is Definitely An "Eye"-Popping Girl

January 24, 2007 06:13:08 GMT

Eye, The picture
The deals have been made, finally. After engaging in talks for months, Jessica Alba ultimately is positive to topline horror thriller "The Eye" for Cruise/Wagner Productions and Lionsgate.

Therefore officially replacing Renee Zellweger in the project, the beauty reportedly signed a $4 million deal to play the leading role of Allison, a woman who is able to see into the supernatural world after undergoing an eye transplant surgery. The flick itself is actually a remake of the Hong Kong film of the same title released in 2002.

"The Departed" Back to Theaters

January 24, 2007 04:49:52 GMT

Departed, The picture
Clearly pleased with the attainment of "The Departed" in winning several critics' awards, Warner Bros. Pictures is set to re-launch the flick in the theaters this Friday, January 26 in over 1,300 venues nationwide, the studio's President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman announced yesterday, January 23.

"With awards season rekindling interest in the film, we thought it was the perfect time to put 'The Departed' back in theatres for moviegoers who hadn't seen it, as well as for those who want to watch it again," so Fellman stated. "Additionally, we want to make the film as accessible as possible to Academy members across the country so they have every opportunity to see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen."

MGM Hails "Myriam, Mother of the Christ"

January 24, 2007 04:19:51 GMT

Making an inclination toward religious theme, MGM has successfully landed distribution deals to a biblical story of Mary titled "Myriam, Mother of the Christ" for North American region, The Hollywood Reported has learned.

Told from Mary's point of view, the picture is described to be a dramatic rendering of the key events in her life leading up to the birth of Jesus and the journey she undergoes with her family from Egypt to Nazareth after the death of King Herod.

The 79th Annual Academy Awards Contenders Announced

January 24, 2007 03:41:02 GMT

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Closer to the peak of the award season, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has officially issued list of nominations for its prestigious Academy Awards, revealed by its President Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek yesterday, January 23, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California.

Though gave musical drama "Dreamgirls" eight nominations which thus made the flick the top scorer in the list, the organization surprisingly cast out the DreamWorks release from Best Picture slot, lining up "Babel", "The Departed", "Little Miss Sunshine", "The Queen", and "Letters from Iwo Jima" for the category instead.

Carmen Electra Wants "Candy"

January 24, 2007 03:08:53 GMT

Carmen Electra can never have too many. After all she's done in the industry, the beauty is adding more into her resume, taking the role of a 'porn legend' in a new flick.

The movie, called "I Want Candy", is a comedy and by now Electra has started shooting the flick in UK.

Thor Freudenthal Unlocks the "Upstairs"

January 23, 2007 09:31:49 GMT

Aliens in the Attic picture
Bringing "They Came from Upstairs" one notch higher in development, the 20th Century Fox has finally got a director on board to helm the project in Thor Freudenthal, Variety has revealed.

The trade says that Freudenthal was picked up after producer Barry Josephson watched his commercials reel and was struck by the tone and humor presented in the work. Freudenthal, who previously served as the second unit director in 2003's "The Haunted Mansion", currently is also attached to write as well as to direct "C.E.O." and "Dead Ever After", the latter being produced by Luc Besson for Europa Corp.

Sundance Participants Strike Deals with Studios

January 23, 2007 08:46:42 GMT

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This year's Sundance Film Festival indeed becomes such a great medium for indie features to strive higher as titles screening at the event namely "Teeth", "Grace Is Gone", "Waitress", "Joshua", and "Clubland" have all delightfully landed deals with noted film companies in terms of distribution.

For "Teeth", it is reported that both Lionsgate and The Weinstein Co. have obtained the worldwide distribution rights to the bizarre horror flick with the former handling the U.S. theatrical release due to the movie's rating. The feature debut for writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein, it follows a high school student, who is still a stranger to her own body, as she discovers that she has a physical advantage when becoming the object of male violence.

Nick Cannon Swinging Racket As Arthur Ashe

January 23, 2007 07:45:43 GMT

Never tired to hone his acting skills, Nick Cannon has smoothly landed his next big screen role which seems to be a promising one. MTV reveals that the "Wild 'N Out" host is about to take leading part in a high-profile biopic about tennis legend Arthur Ashe and set to undergo intense tennis lessons in the months to come.

"To me, the guy is an icon - not only in sports, but as an African-American," Cannon commented upon explaining why he took the role. "With all Ashe did for the culture, and acting as a civil-rights leader, I believe it's time that story needs to be told."

Sean Connery Open to "Indy 4" Role

January 23, 2007 05:08:11 GMT

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Though Sean Connery has already claimed to take a retirement from filmmaking, it looks that there is still a chance for moviegoers to see the veteran actor on the big screen again.

Previously confirming to U.K Teletext on the existence of the role of Dr. Henry Jones in "Indiana Jones 4", the Scottish thespian has indicated that he is in consideration to reprise the role, saying "perhaps" upon being asked by Scotland on Sunday on returning in front of the camera for the part.

Clive Owen and Marc Abraham Re-Team for New Detective Flick

January 23, 2007 04:29:53 GMT

Apparently well-satisfied with their recent collaboration in "Children of Men", producer Marc Abraham and Clive Owen are re-teaming for another big screen feature based on one of Raymond Chandler's detective short stories, The Courier-Journal has learned.

While Abraham will definitely seat as the project's producer via his Strike Entertainment, Owen is likely to portray the leading character of private detective Philip Marlowe. Names to either write the script or direct have not yet been known, though.

Nominees Listed for the 27th Annual Razzie Awards

January 23, 2007 03:36:10 GMT

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Staying faithful to its tradition in listing the nominees of its Razzie Awards one day before the AMPAS' announcement of its Oscar nominations, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation (GRAF) has smoothly revealed yesterday, January 22, titles and names for this year's contenders of the worst achievements in filmmaking.

Scoring the most are both "Basic Instinct 2" and "Little Man" as each landed seven nods, followed by "BloodRayne" and "The Wicker Man" with six and five nominations, respectively. All of them 'successfully' gained a slot in the category of Worst Picture as well as in that of Worst Screenplay together with "Lady in the Water", which collected four nods altogether.

Rogue and Intrepid Give Orders to the "Couriers"

January 22, 2007 09:50:40 GMT

Taking another project to work on together after their collaboration in "The Hitcher", Rogue Pictures and Intrepid Pictures are set to develop "Couriers" based on a series of action graphic novels of the same name of which movie rights they have secured.

Written by Brian Wood and illustrated by Rob G, the series centers on the adventure of a pair of gun-toting mercenary couriers named Moustafa and Special who carry out jobs that other couriers do not, like large cash transfers, protection, assassinations, and blockade-running.

Mark Teitelman Challenging the "Big Man on Campus"

January 22, 2007 09:32:28 GMT

Taking bold decision in developing "Big Man on Campus", Columbia Pictures has picked up a first-time feature director Mark Teitelman to helm the flick, which is intended to be a teen comedy feature.

Written by Gina Wendkos based on her own pitch, the picture presents a story that is set in motion as beauty and brains duke it out in high school, changing the perception of "popular" and crumbling the power structure.

"Mummy 3" Story Unveiled

January 22, 2007 09:17:17 GMT

Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The picture
After being tightly kept under wrap, Universal Pictures finally lets loose the story of "Mummy 3." SCI FI Wire has gained information from the project's co-writer Alfred Gough that the flick will still revolve around the O'Connell family with their grown son while presenting a new mummy as well.

"We figured out a really good family story with Rick and Evie, and [their son] Alex is now grown up," he remarked. "So it's really interesting."
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