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Adam Sandler Tells "Bedtime Stories"

April 04, 2007 04:18:51 GMT

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Marching his feet back to Walt Disney Pictures after nine years, Adam Sandler has given positive sign to topline the company's family comedy "Bedtime Stories" as well as to produce the flick via his Happy Madison Productions.

Marking Sandler's first big screen project for Disney since 1998's "The Waterboy", the picture will find the funnyman play a harried architect whose life is turned upside down when the bedtime stories he reads for his niece and nephew to begin to come true.

Four Studying "Pathology"

April 04, 2007 03:50:06 GMT

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Picking up a handful of names to fill in the cast of "Pathology", filmmakers of the flick have smoothly submitted Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth, and Alyssa Milano into the list, Variety has reported.

A production of Lakeshore Entertainment, the crime thriller follows a group of medical students as they hatch a scheme to see who can commit the perfect crime, one that even a fellow pathologist couldn't unravel. Filming is due to begin early May this year in Los Angeles with commercials director Mark Scholermann helming from script by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.

"Master Mind" Is Under Control of DreamWorks Animation

April 03, 2007 09:10:29 GMT

Barely came up with new project of "Crood Awakening", DreamWorks Animation has quickly set up another to be developed under its banner.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the studio is working its way to develop a superhero satire feature entitled "Master Mind" following its successful attempt to purchase the project's script from scribes Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons.

Larry the Cable Guy Gives "Witless Protection"

April 03, 2007 08:28:44 GMT

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Taking more appearances on big screen instead just lending voices like he mostly does, Larry the Cable Guy has given his commitment to star in a comedic feature titled "Witless Protection", The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Joining the likes of Ivana Milicevic, Yaphet Kotto, Peter Stormare, Joe Mantegna, and Eric Roberts, the funnyman, whose real name is Dan Whitney, will come under the direction of Charles Carner who is set to helm from his own script. Production is due to begin May 21 this year in and around Chicago with J.P. Williams and Alan Blomquist both serving as producers.

Neil Jordan Keeps His Stuff in the "Heart Shaped Box"

April 03, 2007 07:58:47 GMT

Opts to remain in thriller genre after his two stints of "The Brave One" and "Killing on Carnival Row", Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan has signed on to direct another of the kind entitled "Heart Shaped Box" for Warner Bros. Pictures, Variety has reported.

Based on the book of the same name written by Joe Hill, son of horror fiction maven Stephen King, the project concerns an aging rock star who cannot refuse an offer to buy a suit on eBay said to contain a ghost. Following the arrival of the suit, he soon realizes that while he wants the ghost gone, the ghost in contrast desires for his death.

Mark Burton Allies Himself with "Rex Libris"

April 03, 2007 07:19:26 GMT

Keeps being faithful in producing films based on comic books, Warner Bros. Pictures has tapped "Madagascar" scribe Mark Burton to work on the screenplay of its new movie "Rex Libris", an adaptation of James Turner's comic book series of the same title.

Names to direct and star have not yet been revealed, but it is confirmed that Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are both serving as producers through their production company Mosaic Media Group. The twosome have also paired to produce upcoming titles like "Live!", "Baker Street", and "Get Smart" among others.

There's a "Link" Between Disney and Walt Becker

April 03, 2007 06:48:30 GMT

Apparently pretty satisfied with the work of Walt Becker in its biker comedy "Wild Hogs", Walt Disney Pictures has once more hired the Hollywood-born filmmaker to helm its new big screen project entitled "Link."

Based on Becker's 1998 novel of the same name, the flick will be an action adventure comedy that revolves around a paleontologist and maverick scientist who embark on a search of the missing link. While a screenwriter is still in search, it is learned that Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are both set to produce.

Ken Kwapis Understands "He's Just Not That Into You"

April 03, 2007 05:05:17 GMT

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Snatching the next stint after his directing work for Warner Bros.' comedy "License to Wed", Ken Kwapis has landed deals to again provoke laugh in "He's Just Not That Into You", Variety has revealed.

A New Line Cinema and Flower Films production, the comedy is an adaptation of the best-selling nonfiction book by former "Sex and the City" writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. Story is said to use a comic question-and-answer format to teach women how to stop kidding themselves when men aren't interested while also involving a hard-line advice guy who falls for a woman that seeks him out because she can't figure out the men in her life.

"Robinsons" Scores Digital 3-D Opening Record

April 03, 2007 04:27:45 GMT

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Bringing bright light to the future of digital 3-D, Disney's latest CGI-animated adventure "Meet the Robinsons" has delightfully been proclaimed as the largest digital 3-D opening in history following its superb attempt to garner $7.1 million on only 581 3-D screens, president of Disney's Buena Vista Pictures Domestic Distribution Chuck Viane revealed yesterday, April 2, 2007.

The forty-sixth animated feature of Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) production, the 3-D engagements of the flick amazingly contributed 28 percent of the movie's overall three-day total of 25.1 million, grossing 2.6 times more than the traditional or non 3-D versions.

"Gromit" Has a New Role in HMV

April 03, 2007 03:09:15 GMT

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Looks like the intelligent dog from "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" will have another job to do for some period of time apart from his 'acting stint.'

Yes, Gromit has been announced to be part of the famous logo of music firm HMV, serving as stand in for its iconic image Nipper the dog in supporting the company's promotion of children's DVDs at its stores for three months.

Susan Sarandon and John Goodman to Accelerate Their "Speed"

April 03, 2007 03:08:01 GMT

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One by one, roles in "Speed Racer" begin roll out for Hollywood names to take on. Following the inclusion of Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman are reportedly engaged in talks to also take part in the project, a live-action feature of the classic 1960s animated series created by Tatsuo Yoshida.

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures of a Silver Pictures production, the flick depicts the adventures of the titular character, young race car driver, and his quest for glory in his thundering, gadget-laden vehicle Mach 5. Filming is set to begin this summer under the direction of brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski with Joel Silver producing.

Screen Gems Stands on "Moral Grounds"

April 03, 2007 03:06:46 GMT

Putting a portion of attention to drama genre this time, Screen Gems is on the move to set up a film feature entitled "On Moral Grounds" at its pit, Variety has learned.

The second project from the company based on a real court case after "The Burial", pic will be made based on the 2006 documentary of the same name about a lawyer who took on a large insurance company for stiffing Holocaust survivors. It is reported that the studio will also distribute the original, which was directed and produced by Robby Kushner.

Abigail Breslin Sailing to "Nim's Island" with "American Girl"

April 02, 2007 10:11:46 GMT

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With an Oscar nomination in her hand in such a young age, looks like the road has become way smoother for Abigail Breslin to undergo indeed. Yes, the child actress is reportedly in the brink to ink deals to star opposite two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster in "Nim's Island" while going to topline "American Girl" for Picturehouse and HBO Films.

A Walden Media-financed fantasy, "Island" is adapted from the book by Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard which centers on a young girl who accompanies her scientist father to an isolated island in the South Pacific. When the man goes missing at sea, she communicates electronically with a person she imagines as a character from a book who in fact turns out to be a reclusive author.

Malin Akerman and James Marsden Wrapping "27 Dresses"

April 02, 2007 09:34:12 GMT

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Coming onboard to accompany "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl, Malin Akerman and James Marsden have both signed on to take starring role in romantic comedy "27 Dresses", which Spyglass Entertainment is developing for Fox 2000.

While Heighl has been reported to play a young woman serving as a bridesmaid for years but never a bride, Akerman will portray her sister who is engaged to the man whom Heighl's character falls for. Meanwhile, Marsden is said to become a man who will change her bridesmaid status for good.

Tiffany Paulsen Goes "Babysitting"

April 02, 2007 09:08:22 GMT

Marking her next writing stint for film feature after her debut for "Nancy Drew", Tiffany Paulsen has reached an agreement to pen for "Further Adventures in Babysitting", which is currently in development under Walt Disney Pictures banner.

A remake of the 1987 flick "Adventures in Babysitting", the adventure comedy has already picked up Raven-Symone and Miley Cyrus as the stars with Lynda Obst producing. Meanwhile, story is likely to stay close to the original, which saw Elisabeth Shue as a suburban high school senior whose dull night of babysitting is interrupted by a desperate call from a friend, leading her to an all-night adventure.
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