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U.S. Is Not "Spider-Man 3" First Destination

March 07, 2007 04:35:05 GMT

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It appears that the hero will swing his webs elsewhere before jumping the U.S. skyscrapers.

Evoking surprise among the fans and moviegoers, Sony Pictures has announced that "Spider-Man 3" will open in Japan instead and grace roughly 400 theaters there on May 1, 2007 after a star-studded premiere in Tokyo set to be held on April 16.

McG Brings Spirit to "The Losers"

March 07, 2007 03:42:02 GMT

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After letting go his chance to direct "Superman Returns", now McG seems to finally get a comic book property to helm. IESB.net has claimed that the Michigan-born filmmaker is taking over Peter Berg's seat as the director of "The Losers", a big screen adaptation of Vertigo/DC Comics of the same name.

Written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Jock aka Mark Simpson, the original draws its concept based on an obscure old DC Comic revolving around team of soldiers in WWII to present a story about a team of special force soldiers who decide to go against the CIA after being betrayed and abandoned.

Abdul Williams Wins the "Lottery"

March 07, 2007 02:27:24 GMT

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Building his screenwriting resume after being assigned to pen for "Welfare Queen", Abdul Williams is onboard to carry out writing duties in "Lottery Ticket" for Rogue Pictures which has successfully picked it up based on his treatment.

Presenting a premise of a teenage boy who must keep his winning lottery ticket a secret over a three day weekend, the urban comedy has already had music video director Erik White at helm with Evolution's Oren Koules and Mark Berg both serving as producers. Names to star have not yet been known and neither has the production date.

Gabriele Muccino Blesses "Man and Wife"

March 07, 2007 02:22:08 GMT

Finally able to secure his next directorial effort, Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino has landed deals with Universal Pictures to direct its romantic drama feature "Man and Wife (2009)", which is slated to begin shooting this summer.

No details yet about the plot, but the picture is said to be set in Brooklyn and present a story about an immigrant's love for the U.S.. Penning the screenplay is Lorene Scafaria with Double Feature's Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher producing alongside Domenico Procacci.

Dimension Takes Notice on the "Runt"

March 07, 2007 02:21:02 GMT

Making a balance between its horror and comedy productions, Dimension Films has obtained rights to a comedy pitch entitled "Runt" to develop it at its pit, Variety had learned.

A high-concept comedy about twin brothers who are complete opposites, the project will be directed by "Wild Hogs" helmer Walt Becker who is set to co-write the script as well alongside David Gallagher. The duo previously had their comedy pitch "Schooled" sold to Disney which reportedly has attached Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to star in.

Edward R. Pressman and Stephen Belafonte Pray to "God"

March 06, 2007 09:49:42 GMT

Deciding to team up once again after "Thank You for Smoking", Edward R. Pressman and Stephen Belafonte will work hand in hand to develop a satire flick entitled "God Is My Broker", Variety has revealed.

Based on Christopher Buckley's novel of the same name of which film rights was acquired by Pressman's Edward R. Pressman Film Corp., the project, set on Wall Street and in a monastery, follows an alcoholic stockbroker as he flees to a monastery to only find monks who are turning their monastery into a corporation.

Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz Write An "Elegy"

March 06, 2007 09:17:46 GMT

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Coming together to share scenes as onscreen lovers, Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz have both agreed topline "Elegy", a dramatic feature of Lakeshore Entertainment production, Production Weekly has reported.

An adaptation of Philip Roth's short novel "The Dying Animal", the project will see Kingsley play an eminent TV culture critic and star lecturer at a New York college named David Kepesh who finds his life put into disorder upon meeting Consuela Castillo, set to be played by Cruz, a student in one of his courses. However, as he forms an erotic liaison with her, a maddening sexual possessiveness gradually transports him to the depths of deforming jealousy, threatening him to fall into his own destruction.

"Golden Army" Marching in May

March 06, 2007 08:38:29 GMT

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Giving an update on his next starring vehicle of "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army", Ron Perlman has eagerly told the LA Daily News that director Guillermo del Toro has headed to Budapest to "zero in on the beginning of principal photography" and that production will begin around the end of May.

The actor also opened up an interesting tidbit that the flick will contain "an epic quality" even as it "continues to explore all the things that are great about this character - a superhero who is such an underachiever and such an adolescent." In addition, the "Blade II" star revealed that he now is busy doing exercises in order to fit himself into the suit he is about to don again for playing the titular character.

Mel Gibson Eyes Filming Next Projects in Panama

March 06, 2007 07:53:42 GMT

Apparently looking forward to repeat his experience in filming "Apocalypto", Mel Gibson is in consideration to again head south to make his next directorial effort, this time in Panama, tourism officials claimed yesterday, March 5.

The Panama Tourism Bureau said in a news release that the Australian actor-director, accompanied by 24-year-old son Edward, had dinner on Sunday night, March 4, with tourism spokesman and singer Ruben Blades who advised him to do a remake of the 1950 film noir "Panic in the Streets" in the country.

Gerard Butler Monitored By the "Watchmen"

March 06, 2007 07:00:52 GMT

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Looks like the "300" duo will still stick to each other for one more highly anticipated project. IESB.net has successfully drawn out information from director Zack Snyder that Gerard Butler, who played King Leonidas in the epic flick, will have a starring part in his next project "Watchmen."

Though so, Snyder appears to keep the details for himself for now as he refused to give any hint about what role Butler would portray. The Wisconsin-born filmmaker, in the meantime, also pointed out that Tom Cruise might not take any role in the movie after all as many have speculated.

The 28th Annual Young Artist Awards Nominees Revealed

March 06, 2007 05:09:51 GMT

Known for its longtime dedication in paying respect to talented young people in television and movies while giving scholarships to financially or physically challenged young artists seeking a future in the entertainment industry, the Young Artists Foundation, for the twenty-eighth time, has delightfully unveiled the nominees for its Young Artist Awards.

In leading acting categories for film feature, names like Cameron Bright and Alex Neuberger, both of "Running Scared", and Thomas Sangster of "Nanny McPhee" are all mentioned as the best young actor contenders while Dakota Fanning of "Charlotte's Web", Keke Palmer of "Akeelah and the Bee", and Sara Paxton of "Aquamarine" will compete against each other in opposite category.

Oded Fehr Not Returning for "Mummy 3"

March 06, 2007 03:02:36 GMT

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Though still no word yet on official cast lineup for "The Mummy 3" following the recent announcement of the flick's shooting location, seems there is one thing for sure that Ardeth Bay, the Medjai member who is also a strong ally of our hero Rick O'Connell, will not be featured in the movie.

The tidbit came out from none other than Oded Fehr himself, who portrayed the character in two previous installments of the series, as he told IGN during the promotion of "Resident Evil: Extinction" at WonderCon 2007.

Ken Davitian Handles It in "Smart" Way

March 05, 2007 10:18:21 GMT

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Earning worldwide fame playing the portly sidekick in "Borat", Ken Davitian is set to extend his success in another promising vehicle. The funnyman has signed on to take part in "Get Smart", the big screen adaptation of the 1960s TV show of the same name of Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow production.

Joining the likes of Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, and The Rock, Davitian is poised to portray the evil assistant to the head of the nefarious organization known as KAOS, the nemesis of CONTROL which Carell's characters works at alongside Hathaway's.

Zack Snyder Receives A "Punch" on His Head

March 05, 2007 09:36:42 GMT

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Setting up the first project for his new company, Cruel and Unusual Films, Zack Snyder is about to develop an action fantasy feature entitled "Sucker Punch" which he also eyes as a directing vehicle.

Described the project to be "an 'Alice in Wonderland' with machine guns", the "300" helmer will co-write the screenplay alongside Steve Shibuya who will adapt from his own original short story. It is said that the flick is intended to be visually arresting and will blend such elements as dragons, B-52 bombers and brothels with music playing a key role.

Samuel Goldwyn and Roadside Console "Lonely Hearts"

March 05, 2007 09:05:14 GMT

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Hooking up with Roadside Attractions, Samuel Goldwyn Films LLC has scooped up the theatrical distribution rights to true crime thriller "Lonely Hearts", The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Based on the true story of the notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers" of the 1940s Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, the flick centers in two homicide detectives named Elmer C. Robinson and Charles Hildebrandt who try hard to bring the couple to justice. Playing the investigating duo are John Travolta and James Gandolfini while Jared Leto and Salma Hayek portrayed the murderous pair.
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