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Derek Luke Trades "Lions for Lambs"

January 25, 2007 07:57:58 GMT

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Enlarging his film resume, "Friday Night Lights" star Derek Luke has reached a deal to take starring part in MGM's "Lions for Lambs", Variety has reported.

Joining the likes of Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, and Michael Pena in the cast, Luke will portray one of two soldiers who are cut off from their platoon in unfriendly territory in Afghanistan. It is said that his character will be the catalyst of three interconnected storylines that build the picture.

Tim Hill to Cover the "Chipmunks" Burrows

January 25, 2007 07:33:21 GMT

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Seems Tim Hill does not have to wait long enough to land his next directing stint after last year's "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties." Variety has learned that the guy is currently engaged in negotiations to helm CG-live action hybrid flick "Alvin and the Chipmunks" for Fox 2000 and Fox Animation.

Developed under Fox since 2004, the project is based on the 1960s cartoon series "The Alvin Show" which tells about a music group of chipmunks comprised of Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker; Simon, the tall bespectacled intellectual; and Theodore, the chubby, impressionable sweetheart.

Weinstein Co. Shows Sincere "Dedication"

January 25, 2007 06:20:12 GMT

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Making a follow-up to its acquisition on "Teeth" and "Grace Is Gone", The Weinstein Company (TWC) has joined forces with First Look Studios to successfully get one more Sundance Film Fest's participant, a romantic comedy feature entitled "Dedication", to be distributed under its banner.

Originally a production of Plum Pictures, the flick will see TWC and First Look partner on the worldwide release of the film both for domestic and international market with the former taking the lead on the U.S theatrical campaign on behalf of the two companies. Announcing the move were TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, First Look Studios CEO Henry Winterstern, also Plum Pictures partners Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Taplin Lundberg.

Queen Latifah to Grab All the "Money"

January 25, 2007 04:50:00 GMT

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Still puts priority on her career in film industry rather than that in music scene, Queen Latifah is on the brink to add her next stint in her acting resume. Production Weekly has reported that the "Chicago" star is currently in talks to have a role in "Mad Money", the remake of the 2001 British TV-movie feature "Hot Money."

If a deal is signed, Latifah will likely to play Liz, one of the janitors on a night cleaning crew at a Federal Reserve bank in which Diane Keaton's character, Bridget, also works. The film itself will follow the latter one as she figures out a creative way to get money in her effort to pay debts and avoid losing her house.

Kate Bosworth Turns "21"

January 25, 2007 04:10:48 GMT

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This probably is quite a big reunion for Kate Bosworth as she openly told Womens' Wear Daily in an interview at Paris Fashion Week that she is about to take part in "21" for Columbia Pictures.

Not only finds herself to once again appear opposite Kevin Spacey onscreen after their last collaboration in "Superman Returns", the beauty also will reunite with Robert Luketic, the project's helmer, who previously directed her in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton."

Maria Bello and Ray Liotta Take Good Care of "Nancy"

January 25, 2007 02:57:37 GMT

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Set to build a great onscreen chemistry, Maria Bello and Ray Liotta have both given agreement to highlight "Downloading Nancy", a thriller flick about the fatal attraction occurring between a woman and the hit man she hired to kill her.

Here Bello is billed as an unhappy wife Nancy who wants to end her own life in a bizarre way by hiring a man she meets on the Internet to kill her, played by Liotta. Things get more complicated when the two unexpectedly form a relationship, which makes it difficult for the man to finish the task.

Five Breaching Into "Halloween" Party

January 24, 2007 08:22:27 GMT

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The cast list of "Halloween" should be bulging by now for five more names have been added into the lineup. Director Rob Zombie has revealed via his MySpace blog that Adrienne Barbeau, Clint Howard, Courtney Gains, Daryl Sabara, and Brad Dourif have all been picked up for the project, making them the latest addition in the lineup after Danielle Harris.

While Zombie did not indicate what parts these stars will play, it is said that Dourif has already been plotted to portray Sheriff Haddonfield. In the meantime, there is still no word on who will play the lead character of Laurie Strode.

The 2007 Berlinale's Competition Section Completed

January 24, 2007 07:26:50 GMT

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Drawing near to the opening day of the 57th Annual Berlin International Film Festival, the organizers of the event at last have finalized selecting titles for the event's Competition program this year. Out of twenty-six films screened, twenty-two are being listed as Golden Bear Award contenders with seventeen of them encountering world premieres and five facing international premieres.

Apart from the previously-reported titles, there are nine other movies set up for world premieres, namely "Angel" (France/Belgium/U.K.), "Beaufort" (Israel), "Desert Dream" (Korea/France), "Hallam Foe" (U.K.), "The Other" (Argentina/France/Germany), "When a Man Falls in the Forest" (Canada/U.S.), "La Vie en Rose" (France/U.K./Czech Republic), plus "Lost in Beijing" and "Tuya's Marriage" which both come from China.

Jessica Alba Is Definitely An "Eye"-Popping Girl

January 24, 2007 06:13:08 GMT

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The deals have been made, finally. After engaging in talks for months, Jessica Alba ultimately is positive to topline horror thriller "The Eye" for Cruise/Wagner Productions and Lionsgate.

Therefore officially replacing Renee Zellweger in the project, the beauty reportedly signed a $4 million deal to play the leading role of Allison, a woman who is able to see into the supernatural world after undergoing an eye transplant surgery. The flick itself is actually a remake of the Hong Kong film of the same title released in 2002.

"The Departed" Back to Theaters

January 24, 2007 04:49:52 GMT

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Clearly pleased with the attainment of "The Departed" in winning several critics' awards, Warner Bros. Pictures is set to re-launch the flick in the theaters this Friday, January 26 in over 1,300 venues nationwide, the studio's President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman announced yesterday, January 23.

"With awards season rekindling interest in the film, we thought it was the perfect time to put 'The Departed' back in theatres for moviegoers who hadn't seen it, as well as for those who want to watch it again," so Fellman stated. "Additionally, we want to make the film as accessible as possible to Academy members across the country so they have every opportunity to see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen."

MGM Hails "Myriam, Mother of the Christ"

January 24, 2007 04:19:51 GMT

Making an inclination toward religious theme, MGM has successfully landed distribution deals to a biblical story of Mary titled "Myriam, Mother of the Christ" for North American region, The Hollywood Reported has learned.

Told from Mary's point of view, the picture is described to be a dramatic rendering of the key events in her life leading up to the birth of Jesus and the journey she undergoes with her family from Egypt to Nazareth after the death of King Herod.

The 79th Annual Academy Awards Contenders Announced

January 24, 2007 03:41:02 GMT

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Closer to the peak of the award season, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has officially issued list of nominations for its prestigious Academy Awards, revealed by its President Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek yesterday, January 23, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California.

Though gave musical drama "Dreamgirls" eight nominations which thus made the flick the top scorer in the list, the organization surprisingly cast out the DreamWorks release from Best Picture slot, lining up "Babel", "The Departed", "Little Miss Sunshine", "The Queen", and "Letters from Iwo Jima" for the category instead.

Carmen Electra Wants "Candy"

January 24, 2007 03:08:53 GMT

Carmen Electra can never have too many. After all she's done in the industry, the beauty is adding more into her resume, taking the role of a 'porn legend' in a new flick.

The movie, called "I Want Candy", is a comedy and by now Electra has started shooting the flick in UK.

Thor Freudenthal Unlocks the "Upstairs"

January 23, 2007 09:31:49 GMT

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Bringing "They Came from Upstairs" one notch higher in development, the 20th Century Fox has finally got a director on board to helm the project in Thor Freudenthal, Variety has revealed.

The trade says that Freudenthal was picked up after producer Barry Josephson watched his commercials reel and was struck by the tone and humor presented in the work. Freudenthal, who previously served as the second unit director in 2003's "The Haunted Mansion", currently is also attached to write as well as to direct "C.E.O." and "Dead Ever After", the latter being produced by Luc Besson for Europa Corp.

Sundance Participants Strike Deals with Studios

January 23, 2007 08:46:42 GMT

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This year's Sundance Film Festival indeed becomes such a great medium for indie features to strive higher as titles screening at the event namely "Teeth", "Grace Is Gone", "Waitress", "Joshua", and "Clubland" have all delightfully landed deals with noted film companies in terms of distribution.

For "Teeth", it is reported that both Lionsgate and The Weinstein Co. have obtained the worldwide distribution rights to the bizarre horror flick with the former handling the U.S. theatrical release due to the movie's rating. The feature debut for writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein, it follows a high school student, who is still a stranger to her own body, as she discovers that she has a physical advantage when becoming the object of male violence.
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