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"Worlds End" Shatters Global Box Office Record

May 29, 2007 06:57:36 GMT

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Now the pirates can finally embrace their victorious moment.

After failing to surpass the tally "Spider-Man 3" scored during its weekend debut in domestic market, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End" triumphantly had its way to beat out the fellow Hollywood blockbuster globally. The epic sea adventure successfully hauled in $401 million in its first six days of release across the world to break worldwide box office record set earlier by the superhero flick with $382 million, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution Mark Zoradi announced yesterday, May 28, 2007.

John Woo Traces "Ninja Gold" Trail

May 29, 2007 05:08:16 GMT

Venturing into videogame adaptation, famed action filmmaker John Woo is attached to direct also produce "Ninja Gold" based on the game of the same name he is about to develop alongside Warren Spector, the creator of such video games as "Deus Ex", "Thief: Deadly Shadows", and "System Shock."

Story will focus on a ninja warrior, part of a centuries-old legacy and bloodline, who is forced to confront the reality of covert warfare in the modern world. According to Terrence Chang, Woo's producing partner, the game's concept is "actually based on facts that the Yakuza and the Russian mob are involved in tons of gold being stolen in South Africa."

Three Cuddling the "American Girl"

May 29, 2007 04:13:30 GMT

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl picture
Keep filling up the flick's cast, filmmakers of "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery" have successfully enticed Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, and Julia Ormond to all come onboard to bring more highlight to the project, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Based on the popular line of historically accurate dolls and books for girls, the picture has already had Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, and Glenne Headly in the lineup as well as Max Thieriot and Wallace Shawn. Breslin will play the titular character, a clever, resourceful girl who helps her mother run a Cincinnati boardinghouse when her father loses his job.

Peter Jackson Talks About "Dambusters"

May 28, 2007 09:40:25 GMT

Sitting in an interview with OnFilm magazine, Peter Jackson has eagerly given few updates on his upcoming action war drama "Dambusters" which he is producing alongside Carolynne Cunningham and Jan Blenkin for Universal Pictures.

While saying some major announcements about the project would be made in the next few months, the famed filmmaker informed that he and director Christian Rivers has successfully picked up British actor/comedian/writer Stephen Fry to work on the film's script and that the crew were halfway through building a full-size replica of a Lancaster bomber. It is also revealed that his F/X company Weta Digital had completed computer-generated image tests of Lancasters in flight and attacking dams.

"Persepolis" Honored at the 2007 Cannes Film Fest

May 28, 2007 08:41:58 GMT

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A humorous yet moving story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl growing up during and after her country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, "Persepolis" triumphantly landed an honor at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival as the nine-member jury headed by British filmmaker Stephen Frears announced the event's winners on Sunday, May 27.

Written and directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi based on the latter's graphic novels, the animated feature was awarded the Jury Prize which it shared with "Stellet Licht" ("Silent Light"), Carlos Reygadas' tale of forbidden love set among Mennonite farmers of northern Mexico.

Tom Vaughan In Charge of "Vegas"?

May 28, 2007 08:03:56 GMT

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A major change reportedly has been made to "What Happens in Vegas..." regarding the one taking the directing reins.

According to LatinoReview.com, Julian Farino, who is supposed to helm the flick, is no longer attached to perform the duty and has been replaced by "Starter for 10" maker Tom Vaughan instead. For Vaughan, the task therefore will be his second directorial stint as he previously only helmed short features and several small screen productions before "10."

"Half-Blood Prince" Made in Scotland?


May 28, 2007 07:14:21 GMT

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Looks like the preparation to begin production on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" has already taken its early step.

Scottish newspaper Scotland on Sunday has come up with an interesting tidbit stating that a locations manager for Warner Bros. Pictures is scouting natural settings for the sixth installment of the hit fantasy series in the country. The person, whose name is Sue Quinn, was said to have surveyed area around Cape Wrath, known for its spectacular cliffs and caves.

Weekend North American Box Office of May 25-27, 2007

May 28, 2007 05:12:07 GMT

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As blockbuster titles continue to hit the theaters, seeing them take turns in ruling the box office sure has become an inevitable thing to witness and so, it should come off as no surprise that "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End" is the one striving to do so for now.

Amazingly garners a superb tally of $126.5 million in its first three-day run to claim the top spot of the domestic box office ended May 27, 2007, this latest installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, however, fails to set new opening record on the chart besides falling short of the $135.6 million of its predecessor "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Naomi Campbell Back Into Acting

May 28, 2007 04:40:06 GMT

Still eager to attach herself to film industry, supermodel Naomi Campbell is poised to play a lead role in a romantic comedy feature titled "Bad Love", Vogue Paris has reported.

Expected to come up in October or November this year, the flick centers on an actress who gets unlucky in love. Taking director's chair is Catherine Breillat, a French filmmaker known for her distinctively personal films on sexuality, which earns her the "porno auteuriste" label.

Dispute Raises Over "Silver Surfer" Coin

May 28, 2007 04:00:45 GMT

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Intending to create an unusual marketing on its upcoming superhero flick "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", 20th Century Fox ends up causing a stir instead.

The company has collaborated with private corporation Franklin Mint to alter 40,000 U.S. quarters to feature an image of the Silver Surfer on the tails side, but the action in turn did not please the U.S. Mint as the government agent learned about it last week. The latter even considered that the studio and the Franklin Mint were breaking the law since it is illegal to turn a coin into an advertising vehicle.

Trio Take Pity on "Poor Things"

May 26, 2007 07:15:24 GMT

Representing the young generation in the grandma gang comedy, Lindsay Lohan, Rosario Dawson, and Channing Tatum have all been put together to star in "Poor Things", a big screen production of Still Rolling Productions.

Toplined by veteran actresses Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis, the flick is inspired by real news events and crime scandals surrounding recent arrests and convictions of mischievous elderly women. The various "grandma gangs" exploits have included scams as well as cons involving drug sales, insurance fraud, also murder.

"Thirteen" Cannes Premiere Dazzling

May 26, 2007 06:59:31 GMT


The night in Cannes on Thursday, May 24 really carried a different air to the city's Grand Theatre Lumiere when big names eagerly gathered together for the world premiere of "Ocean's Thirteen" held as part of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Walking down the red carpet were George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon joined by Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, and Elliot Gould, all clad in white shirts and black tuxedos with the former three wearing bow ties which definitely looked good on them.

"Thunder" to Also Strike Tom Cruise?

May 26, 2007 06:24:55 GMT

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In its discussion on celebrity cameos in movies, The Hollywood Reporter has surprisingly brought up to the surface a possibility for moviegoers to see Tom Cruise appear briefly in Ben Stiller-directed comedy "Tropic Thunder."

According to the film site, the megastar may have a role of a despotic studio head, who is likely to be in charge of the fictional film Stiller's character is going to shoot in the project. Pic's story has been known to revolve around a group of actors who get stuck in a real war-like situation when filming a big-budget war movie.

"Pirates" Looting Big Cash in Debut

May 26, 2007 04:09:55 GMT

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Weekend has yet to come, but the 'pirates' already filled their treasure box with gold.

Sailing more than just swiftly to some parts around the globe, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End" has easily collected a fantastic worldwide tally of $58 million in its first two days of pre-weekend release, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Marketing and Distribution Mark Zoradi announced yesterday, May 25.

"Alternadad" Picks Dana Gould Up

May 26, 2007 03:27:10 GMT

Marking his writing debut for a full-length feature, "The Simpsons" writer/co-executive producer Dana Gould has given his commitment to pen for Warner Bros. Pictures' "Alternadad", Variety has revealed.

An adaptation of the Neal Pollack memoir, the picture concerns the author's attempt to stay hip and relevant in the face of fatherhood. Warner picked up the rights to the book last fall and is collaborating with Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Shawn Simon to bring up the flick to the surface.
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