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Zooey Deschanel Witnesses "The Happening"

May 31, 2007 06:04:07 GMT

Happening, The picture
The "Elf" actress, Zooey Deschanel, is willing to witness "The Happening", thus signed on to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film project.

Of thriller genre, "The Happening", which is co-financed by India's UTV, revolves around a family who must survive a natural global environmental crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. Deschanel, meanwhile, is slated to portray the female lead role.

K-Fed Is Now Adding "Actor" to His Resume

May 31, 2007 02:28:44 GMT

Kevin Federline is still alive and the failed rapper is now adding "actor" into his resume by securing a small part in the upcoming thriller, "Night Watch (2008)".

FedEx has just signed on to star in the 2008 drama-thriller, being in the same scene with Keanu Reeves and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker among others.

Shia LaBeouf and Guillermo Del Toro Facing "Death"?


May 30, 2007 09:38:55 GMT

Seems talks about "Death and Me" begin to heat up already. Film ick has provided a scoop stating that "Disturbia" star Shia LaBeouf and famed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro have both boarded the project, which now is being developed under Warner Independent Pictures banner.

LaBeouf is said to be almost positive to play the male lead, Sexton Furnival, while Guillermo Del Toro is likely to serve as either a producer or an executive producer in the project since the director's seat has already been taken by Neil Gaiman who marks his feature directorial debut here.

"Transformers" to Unspool at the 2007 Taormina Film Fest

May 30, 2007 09:24:01 GMT

Transformers picture
Taking the highly anticipated flick far from the States, DreamWorks has fixed on its decision to hold the worldwide premiere of "Transformers" in Taormina, Sicily, Italy on June 21 during this year's Taormina Film Festival running June 16-22, the event's artistic director Deborah Young revealed Tuesday, May 29.

"We think the decision to premiere 'Transformers' in Taormina shows a renewed interest in the festival, and it illustrates the strong ties between this Mediterranean festival and American cinema," so Young said while remarking that the screening would represent the first time a major U.S. film of that stature premiered at the 53-year-old Taormina event.

Name Cast for "Terminator 4"?

May 30, 2007 08:36:19 GMT

Terminator Salvation picture
In the middle of talks and speculations about whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for "Terminator Salvation" or not, a surprising statement has come out from male model Marcus Schenkenberg concerning the flick during his appearance on Dutch talk show "Jensen!."

The Swedish hunk, who is also an actor, informed on the program that he had gone to Cannes Film Festival and managed to book four new film roles, one of which including that in "Terminator 4." Further, the guy also revealed that Schwarzenegger would have a 30-second cameo in the project.

Aaron Eckhart Crazy About "Traveling"

May 30, 2007 07:43:56 GMT

Probably there will only be little time for Aaron Eckhart to relax after filming Warner Bros.' highly anticipated "The Dark Knight."

Yes, the Golden Globes-nominated actor has already been plotted to next move to "Traveling", a new dramatic feature Universal Pictures is set to produce in association with Stuber/Parent.

Dane Cook to Finish on "No. 2"

May 30, 2007 07:16:05 GMT

My Best Friend's Girl picture
Still chooses to be in his area of comfort, Dane Cook reportedly is currently in negotiations to land a starring role in "Bachelor No. 2", a new comedy from Lionsgate that "The Whole Ten Yards" helmer Howard Deutch is in final talks to direct.

Story centers on a man named Tank who is known for being hired to take girls out on absolutely terrible dates so that they will crawl back to the boyfriends they have dumped. Problem begins to hit him when he is torn between his raging libido and the meaning of friendship after his best pal asks for his help to bring back the girl who left him.

Duo Furnishing the "House"

May 30, 2007 06:45:57 GMT

Last House on the Left, The picture
At last great progress has been made on "The Last House on the Left" since the announcement of it to be made at Rogue Pictures' pit last year.

Variety has revealed that the studio has picked up Dennis Iliadis and Adam Alleca to direct and pen the script for the horror thriller, respectively. Pic will be Iliadis' second directorial effort after his 2004 crime drama "Hardcore" while marking Alleca's debut in screenwriting.

Weitz Brothers Lock Hands Around "Elric"

May 30, 2007 04:45:43 GMT

Aiming to strive as more than just the makers of small-scale comedies, brothers Chris and Paul Weitz are reported by Empire Online to team up together for a big screen adaptation of Michael Moorcock's "Elric" fantasy saga.

First appeared in print in Moorcock's 1961 novelette "The Dreaming City" to then be featured in the 1965 novel "Stormbringer", Elric is depicted as the 428th Emperor of Melnibone who is a highly-educated but physically weak albino. The character is an excellent example of a counterstereotype as he was written specifically to be the polar opposite of Robert E. Howard's Conan and similar fantasy heroes.

"Phoenix" Takes Early Flight

May 30, 2007 03:54:46 GMT

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix picture
"Potter" fans, wipe off the mark you made on July 13 from your calendar for the date no more marks the arrival of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in theaters.

Warner Bros. Pictures has delightfully announced that the movie will come up two days earlier instead, that is on Wednesday, July 11. The decision is hoped to give the flick a potential big five-day opening as well as to cut into "Transformers" reign on the box office.

"Gaza" Is Helen Mirren's Next Stop

May 30, 2007 03:29:05 GMT

Shining brightly from her triumph at this year's Oscar, Helen Mirren is poised to topline a dramatic feature titled "Gaza", which will be set in the strife-torn Gaza Strip, the Times Online has reported.

In the project, the actress will play one of the few Jewish women left in the Strip whose journalist daughter is establishing a relationship with a Palestinian but is shot and killed. Sitting on director's chair is Philip Martin, who will helm from script penned by Frank Deasy, his collaborator in ITV's "Prime Suspect: The Final Act" that Mirren also starred in.

Keira Knightley Wanted for Lady Di Role

May 29, 2007 09:20:28 GMT

She scored an Oscar nomination last year and chance to land another seems bright if the project is indeed happening and takes her in as well.

According to British tabloid The Sun, movie producer Quentin Reynolds is being involved in a bidding war for the rights to turn controversial book "Diana and the Paparazzi" to a big screen feature and is keen to have Keira Knightley portrayed the late Princess of Wales.

"The Dark Knight" to Be Introduced on IMAX

May 29, 2007 09:09:29 GMT

Dark Knight, The picture
"Batman Begins" was great and no one would doubt that. Nevertheless, its sequel "The Dark Knight" will be much greater as director Christopher Nolan has promised moviegoers to shoot its four action sequences on IMAX, including that the introduction of the Joker, the role played by Heath Ledger.

"There's simply nothing like seeing a movie that way. It's more immersive for the audience. I wish I could shoot the entire thing this way," Nolan says, while goes on adding, "You can't do this on any home theater. Batman has some of the most extraordinary characters in pop culture. We wanted the Joker to have the grandest entrance possible."

Duo Resides in "Rodanthe"

May 29, 2007 08:07:38 GMT

Nights in Rodanthe picture
Filling in the supporting roles, James Franco and Christopher Meloni have been submitted into the cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Nights in Rodanthe" toplined by Richard Gere and Diane Lane, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Adapted from Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same title, the romantic drama finds Gere as a doctor who has a life-changing romance with an unhappily married woman, played by Lane, when he stops in the beach town on his journey to reconcile with his estranged son. Franco will be billed as the son while Meloni is plotted to be the husband of Lane's character.

"Bourne" Producer Flying with the "Phoenix"

May 29, 2007 07:28:39 GMT

Making a different movement in his career, "Bourne" franchise producer Andrew R. Tennenbaum is about to produce "Enter the Phoenix", a remake of the Hong Kong action comedy produced by martial arts superstar Jackie Chan.

The man has obtained rights to the picture from Chan's JCE Movies via his L.A.-based Flashpoint Entertainment and reportedly is looking for writers and a director to handle the project. The original, released in 2004, revolves around the gay son of a boss whose dying wish is that he takes over the family business.
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