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Columbia Doing "The Swap"

May 02, 2007 08:46:40 GMT

Keen to continue providing laughs for moviegoers, Columbia Pictures is on the move to make a new comedic feature entitled "The Swap" based on Antony Moore's upcoming novel of the same name of which screen rights it has successfully acquired.

Set to be produced by John Calley, the project is said to present a story about an out-of-shape comic book dealer whose feelings of inadequacy flare up when he is invited to his high school reunion with murder, romance, and the revelation of a long-held secret ensuing.

Edward Burns Buys "27 Dresses"

May 02, 2007 08:27:04 GMT

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Taking drastic turn following the wrapping up of his latest vehicle "One Missed Call", Edward Burns has reached deals to take starring part in "27 Dresses", the romantic comedy Spyglass Entertainment is developing for Fox 2000, Variety has reported.

Thereby joining the likes of Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, and Malin Akerman, the actor will play the man who becomes the object of affection of Heighl's character but is going to marry her sister instead.

Open Casting Call for "American Girl"


May 02, 2007 07:54:35 GMT

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Looking for a fresh face to be featured in their project, filmmakers of "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery" are going to hold open casting calls at American Girl Place retail stores in three U.S. cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York on May 7, 8, and 14, respectively, president of Picturehouse and HBO Films Bob Berney and Colin Callender have announced.

Calls are open to all girls of age eight to twelve who must be available for filming in Toronto, Canada from May 29 up to July 13, 2007. Complete information on the audition can be viewed at American Girl's official site where applicants can obtain release forms and audition scripts among others.

Stars Sparkling at "Spider-Man 3" U.S. Premiere

May 02, 2007 07:02:15 GMT


As the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler finally made his way back home to Queens, New York, big names from the franchise joyfully flocked down to celebrate the hero's return at the U.S. premiere of "Spider-Man 3" held on Monday night, April 30 at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Surrounded by the crowds of screaming fans, the actors walked down the black carpet, instead of red, seemingly got overwhelmed by the excitement and hysteria from the people coming down to attend the event.

"Spider-Man 3" Rules Asian Territories

May 02, 2007 04:39:31 GMT

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Spidey fever has truly attacked Asian continent with the arrival of "Spider-Man 3" on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 as the superhero saga reportedly sets records in every one of the eight Asian countries it debuted that day.

Largest tally was drawn from Japan where the flick successfully manages to reach opening-day sales of 415 million ($3.47 million), the biggest for a Tuesday in the territory. Pic previously encountered its worldwide premiere in the country's most populous city of Tokyo, on April 16.

Piper Perabo Goes "South of the Border"

May 02, 2007 03:44:11 GMT

Becoming the first major name to join the project, Piper Perabo has given her agreement to take starring part in Walt Disney Pictures' comedy "South of the Border", Variety has revealed.

A live-action movie in which the animals will talk, the flick centers on a pampered Chihuahua named Chloe who gets lost during a vacation in Mexico and has to rely on her friends in order to get back home. Perabo will be billed as the bratty owner of the dog.

Alex O'Connell of "The Mummy 3" Cast!

May 01, 2007 09:59:49 GMT

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After months of speculations, finally the curtain is being lifted on who to play the lead character of Alex O'Connell in "The Mummy 3."

Variety has come up with news reporting that Universal Pictures and director Rob Cohen have chosen 26-year-old Luke Ford to assume the role, who is depicted as the son of Rick O'Connell, hero from previous "Mummy" installments played by Brendan Fraser. Here the character is said to follow his father to China and the Himalayas where they run into a new shape-shifting mummy, a former Chinese emperor cursed by a female wizard.

"The Night Watchman" Spots Hugh Laurie

May 01, 2007 09:30:34 GMT

Looks like casting process for "The Night Watchman1" has gone to a quick pace indeed. Just couple of days ago picking up Chris Evans, the cop drama now has already had Hugh Laurie submitted into the cast lineup.

Though so, there is still no word yet on which role the "House M.D." star is set to play while Evans has confirmed that he will appear as a cop named Diskant. Other cast members, Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker, have already been billed to portray a Los Angeles police officer framed for murdering fellow cop and his former mentor also prosecutor, respectively.

"Lovely Bones" on Sale

May 01, 2007 09:00:24 GMT

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Seems going out of the radar following the dispute occurred between him and New Line Cinema's Bob Shaye, Peter Jackson is now being reported to shop around his latest pitch of "The Lovely Bones" for a partnership in developing the project.

Adapted from Alice Sebold's best-selling novel of the same title, the film concerns a young girl tracing steps back through her own murder and is likely to be a more low-key effort for the filmmaker compared to "Lord of The Rings" trilogy and "King Kong." Its script was written by Jackson himself alongside partners Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh.

Shawn Levy Taking "The Way Back"

May 01, 2007 08:11:54 GMT

Well, seems the crew of "The Hardy Men" has to wait for unspecified time to get the high-profile project made as director Shawn Levy turns out to have another plan in his mind.

The Canadian filmmaker, who recently scored huge success with "Night at the Museum", has come up to a decision to make a different feature as his next effort instead, picking up a coming-of-age drama comedy "The Way Back", which he will develop for Fox Searchlight.

Look for "Spider-Man 3" Midnight Screenings

May 01, 2007 07:35:39 GMT

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For those who just can't wait little longer to see "Spider-Man 3" as it opens this Friday, May 4, do empty your schedule on Thursday night, May 3 for Sony reportedly is adding numerous midnight screenings of the flick that day.

Reports informed that the third part of the web-slinging superhero tale would be released on several screens virtually at the same time in some megaplexes where a single print can be spooled out from one projection booth to another. Seems no need to worry about running out of tickets then.

Full-Length "Silver Surfer" Trailer Slides into the Web

May 01, 2007 06:53:12 GMT

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Finally, the wait is over for the fans of the Marvel Comics superhero quartet in their hope to get more detailed look on the highly-anticipated "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."

Definitely will satisfy their curiosity of the movie, Apple has submitted on its site the final full-length trailer for the flick in QuickTime format. The good news is that the trailer wonderfully is available in several options, including High Definition and iPod Video.

Contenders Unveiled for the 2007 MTV Movie Awards

May 01, 2007 05:19:43 GMT

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The coveted Golden Popcorn trophies once again set to be handed into the rightful ones as MTV has just revealed its list of nominees for this year's MTV Movie Awards, which it will air live for the first time ever from Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3.

Picking up titles of various genres for the competition, the network surprisingly gives large portion attention to epic saga "300", granting the Zack Snyder-directed flick a total five nods, notably Best Movie and Best Performance for lead star Gerard Butler.

Sigourney Weaver to Have a "Baby"

May 01, 2007 05:04:37 GMT

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Apparently still eager for another turn in comedy genre after "The TV Set", Sigourney Weaver is reportedly engaged in negotiations for a starring slot in Universal Pictures' comedy "Baby Mama."

Featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the flick revolves around a single professional woman who opts to hire a surrogate mother so she can have a baby and keep her career on track. While Fey and Poehler have already been billed as the career woman and the surrogate, Weaver will likely play Chaffee Bicknell, owner and operator of the surrogate agency that Fey's character uses if everything goes as expected.

Ridley Scott Rules "Nottingham"

May 01, 2007 03:36:42 GMT

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Coming to his fourth collaboration with Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott has signed on to assume helming duties on the Oscar-winning actor's starring vehicle "Nottingham", which Universal Pictures is developing alongside Imagine Entertainment.

A revisionist take on the Robin Hood tale, pic will present Crowe's character, Sheriff of Nottingham, as a noble and brave lawman who labors for a corrupt king and engages in a love triangle with Maid Marion and Robin Hood. It is said that Scott will work on the project after finishing filming "Body of Lies" for Warner Bros. Pictures.
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