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Nicholson and Freeman Join Forces to Compile "Bucket List"

June 30, 2006 01:43:55 GMT

Bucket List, The picture
It's such a rare treat indeed to see two prominent character actors sharing a screen together and that's what Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are about to present to the moviegoers for sure through "The Bucket List."

"The Bucket List" will put its center around the two terminally ill men who develop a wish list they try to fulfill after running away from their treatment in a cancer ward. Heading off together on a road trip, they thus set to follow what they have written on the list which includes hilarious things like racing cars, eating giant plates of caviar and slinging poker chips in Monte Carlo.

"Untitled Hunter Scott Project" Picks up Jacobs as New Writer

June 30, 2006 01:40:05 GMT

After going through a long development, "Untitled Hunter Scott Project" finally found the proper writer to pen its screenplay. Variety has reported that Robert Nelson Jacobs has been assigned the job by Universal Pictures, the film company that handles the feature.

Going through various rewrites in the past, the project has floated around the studio since 1998 under several considered titles which included "U.S.S. Indianapolis" and "The Good Sailor" with J.J Abrams being considered as its director. Though so, it's still not clear whether the project will be his subsequent picture.

New Line Steers "Redneck Games" to Another Direction

June 29, 2006 09:51:10 GMT

A change has been made by New Line Cinema concerning the progress of its new project, "Redneck Games." As reported by Variety, the company has shockingly decided to no longer use Shane Morris' comedy pitch and turns to the favor of Mike Karz and Josh Weinstock in bringing it up on wide screen.

The movie will take its focus of a noted athlete, who has fallen from grace, in his effort to redeem himself through competitions at the Redneck Games. A real event, Redneck Games were created in 1996 as a response to the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and feature unusual activities like Bobbing for Pig's Feet, Hubcap Hurl, the Mudpit Belly Flop, Armpit Serenade and the Butt Crack Competition.

"Ice" Melts in the Hands of Alan Parker

June 29, 2006 09:29:13 GMT


The coldness in "The Ice at the Bottom of the World" turns warmer this time, not only due to the presence of the hot yet gifted actress Charlize Theron in the project, but also because "Mississippi Burning" director Alan Parker has been attached to be its director for sure, according to Variety's report.

A Picturehouse and New Line International production, the flick reunites Theron with Picturehouse's exec Bob Barney whose Newmarket had distributed the actress' vehicle, "Monster", which won her an Oscar for Best Actress in 2004.

Marcia Gay Harden and Her Entourage Heading "Home"

June 29, 2006 09:20:51 GMT


The opportunity to star in the same film finally comes for Marcia Gay Harden and her daughter Eulala Grace Scheel as both have been set to star together in the forthcoming drama thriller "Home".

The mother-and-daughter will play mother and child in the Mary Haverstick direction.

Miller and Sarsgaard Still on the Way to "Pittsburgh"

June 29, 2006 08:48:37 GMT


Two shining stars, Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard, are advancing in progress to join "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh", a flick based on Michael Chabon's 1988 debut novel. Miller is in final negotiations to play the role of Jane while Sarsgaard is still in talks for that of Cleveland who is a friend of the film's lead character, Art Bechstein.

Expected to start rolling by fall in Pennsylvania, "Pittsburgh" will be helmed by "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" director Rawson Marshall Thurber who also writes the screenplay. The picture is the second Chabon tome to begin casting in recent months after Paramount Pictures has set to make "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" based on Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Aidan Quinn Joins the Cast of "Dark Matter"

June 29, 2006 08:48:18 GMT


Has his recent controversial TV drama series "The Book of Daniel" canceled after religious protests after just eight shows, Aidan Quinn is moving on.

The actor reportedly has joined the cast of the upcoming drama movie titled "Dark Matter". Has been tapped to play a science professor in the film, the actor is working with such notable names as Meryl Streep, Blair Brown, and Liu Ye, who makes his American film debut.

"Crash" Screenplay Awarded Humanitas Prize

June 29, 2006 08:01:57 GMT

Crash picture
Keeps being the subject of accolades even after its triumph at this year's Academy Awards, "Crash" indeed still makes big sound in public when its screenplay won the Humanitas Prize as announced by the organization on Wednesday, 28 June, and so adding another honor to the film's screenwriters, Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco. For their impressive work, the two were granted $25,000 from $145,000 prize money shared with other nine winning writers at a luncheon at the Hilton Universal Hotel.

Considered to be one of the works that helps "liberate, enrich and unify society", "Crash" screenplay has been recognized by the event's judges to be able to "reach out with respect and compassion to all of our brothers and sisters." The film itself focuses on the intertwining stories of an array of diverse characters over 36 hours in Los Angeles.

"Fountain" Streaming Smooth in Craven-Maddalena

June 29, 2006 06:43:00 GMT

Fans of horror-thriller flicks, please welcome "Ambrose Fountain" to the burgeoning list of upcoming films of the genre. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Craven-Maddalena Films has firmly set to develop and bring up the project to the surface with Brian Sieve handling the scripts.

"Ambrose Fountain" centers around strange phenomena happened to the owners of vineyard in Napa Valley, California. Upon investigating the case, they soon find out that their property actually keeps a dark legacy that has been buried mysteriously over the years.

Stars Arriving on "Last Station"

June 29, 2006 05:35:21 GMT


"The Last Station" probably won't be the last destination moviegoers head for if they put their priority on seeing Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, and Paul Giamatti sharing the screen together. Production Weekly has reported that the three stars have given their agreement to join forces in this latest project of Michael Hoffman, an adaptation of Jay Parini's novel of the same title.

All lauded thespians in Hollywood, Hopkins was last seen in "The World's Fastest Indian" while Streep in "A Prairie Home Companion" which still circulates around U.S theatres and Giamatti in "Cinderella Man" as manager also good friend of Russell Crowe's Jim Braddock. Meanwhile, Hoffman has been known for his directorial works in "Restoration" (1995) and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999) among others.

Films Lined up for the 31st Toronto International Film Fest

June 29, 2006 04:17:21 GMT


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As the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival is getting closer to draw its curtain up, the event's programmers have officially announced on Tuesday, June 27 25 pictures which will encounter their North American premieres at the festival.

Nearly all of movies featured turned out to have seen their screenings at this year's Cannes Film Festival held last May , like "Babel", "The Wind That Shakes the Barley", "The Caiman", and "Lights in the Dusk."

"Rails" Gives Way to Alison Eastwood

June 29, 2006 03:30:04 GMT

Another new project from Warner Independent Pictures, "Rails and Ties" is now set to work its way to production as the company has appointed Alison Eastwood to bring it up to cinemas. Making her directorial debut, Eastwood has been known for her acting works in a number of films like those in "Tightrope" (1984), "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), and "Poolhall Junkies" (2002).

In the meantime, Eastwood's father, lauded actor/director Clint Eastwood, will produce the feature through his production company, Malpaso Prods., which has been based on the Warners for over 30 years.

Howard Set Eyes on "Changeling"


June 29, 2006 02:16:26 GMT


While "The Da Vinci Code" still takes its run on cinemas, director Ron Howard has already planned to develop a new film and was reported by Variety to have interest in helming "The Changeling", a Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment production.

The project, therefore, joins the shortlist of big screen features the famed filmmaker is considering as his subsequent projects while he himself is attached to direct several pictures which included "Last Man Home" also "The Serpent and the Eagle."

Jeff Buckley's Life Set to be Made a Biopic

June 28, 2006 09:42:55 GMT

It's now Jeff Buckley's turn to get his life made into a film biopic. Writer-director Brian Jun has given his agreement to take the double jobs to bring out the late musician's life to the big screen while the production will be handled by Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, and Michelle Sy, who previously has seated as the executive producer in "Finding Neverland."
"As a filmmaker on the rise, I think he is actually experiencing a lot of the things that Jeff would have been experiencing at that point in his life," so Sy commented upon her decision to assign Jun the task.

The attempt to make a biopic about Buckley actually has been developed by writer-producer Train Houston after acquiring the rights to David Browne's book titled "Dream Brother: The Lives & Music of Jeff & Tim Buckley" last year. This finally prompted Guibert, who controls the rights to her son's song, to fix her mind in taking an active role to make a movie about his life. "Over the years, the number of offers were unceasing, and I had resisted for so many reasons, one being that Hollywood, traditionally, did a lousy job of realistically portraying the life of people like Jeff," she revealed. "But the possibility that it could happen without my participation set me back to re-examine why I wasn't doing it."

Mullally Tries Hand at Movie Production

June 28, 2006 09:16:39 GMT


Seemingly ready to make a venture into film producing, "Will & Grace" star Megan Mullally has satisfyingly secured the movie rights to Sally MacLeod's novel, "Passing Strange." The actress is the latest cast member of the popular sitcom to go into production field after Sean Hayes and Eric McCormack.

"Passing Strange" tells about a woman who is persuaded by her husband's family to undergo a major cosmetic surgery and later falls into the arms of her black yardman to then embark on an affair with dire consequences.
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