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"Borat" Facing Complaint from Etiquette Business Owner

November 17, 2006 09:56:17 GMT

Borat picture
Endless problem continues to afflict "Borat" following its controversial content. A woman owning an etiquette business featured in the flick being handed a plastic bag supposedly containing feces by the title character has reportedly filed a complaint yesterday, November 16, with California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, requesting an investigation toward the filmmakers for possible violations of the California Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Cindy Streit, the name of the woman, alleged that she was told that the shooting would be used for a documentary in Belarus instead of a fictional film and got so shocked upon learning that she became the object of ridicule in the movie.

Brandon Routh Back for "Superman Returns" Sequel

November 17, 2006 09:05:16 GMT

Seemingly enjoying his role as the titular superhero in "Superman Returns", Brandon Routh has revealed to E! Online yesterday, November 16, that he will once again team up with director Bryan Singer to work on the flick sequel set to be released sometime in 2009.

"I'm certainly excited to do another one," he remarked. I don't think we'll start for awhile since we have a 2009 release, but I'm excited about the potential."

Movies to Hit Theater Screen in 2008

November 17, 2006 07:52:58 GMT

Dark Knight, The picture
Moviegoers sure will have many good choices of films as they greet year 2008. Two major studios at Hollywood namely Warner Bros. Pictures and Columbia Pictures have delightfully given specific release dates for their productions launched during the year, ComingSoon.net has reported.

Warner Bros. has confirmed that two of its movies namely "Speed Racer" and "The Dark Knight" will both see the light in the particular year exactly on May 23 and July 18, respectively.

"Casino Royale" Breaks U.K 007 Box Office Record

November 17, 2006 06:26:16 GMT

Casino Royale picture
The first blow coming from the new James Bond has proven to be extremely powerful indeed.

Opening in wide release yesterday, November 16, in the U.K, "Casino Royale" has gloriously hit the screen harder than any 007 franchise had ever done, selling 1.7 million pounds ($3.2 million) worth of tickets to become the new first-day record-holder of the film series replacing its predecessor, 2002's "Die Another Day."

Tim Firth Cornered By "Mighty McFearless"

November 16, 2006 09:35:21 GMT

At last a writer is found for "The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless." Variety revealed that "Calendar Girls" scribe Tim Firth has been confirmed to work on the flick's script for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Walt Disney Pictures.

Based on Ahmet Zappa's children book of the same title, the picture has been floating around since Disney picked up the rights to film the work last year. It tells about a young brother and sister who learn that their family is part of a long line of monster hunters and have to team up fighting against the most diabolical creature in the universe.

Peter Weir to Go Undersea with "Shadow Divers"

November 16, 2006 08:20:46 GMT

Peter Weir is bracing himself to deal with sea again, only this time he will go deep down the surface, if everything goes smooth. The "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" helmer is reportedly engaged in talks to both produce and direct "Shadow Divers" for Fox 2000, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Adapted from Robert Kurson's best-selling nonfiction book "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler's Lost Sub", pic follows two deep-sea wreck divers as they risk their lives to identify a sunken U-boat they have found 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey.

Farrelly Brothers Hire the "Bag Boy"

November 16, 2006 06:30:59 GMT

National Lampoon's Bag Boy picture
Back to big screen producing field after their latest outing in "The Ringer", Peter and Bobby Farrelly are partnering with National Lampoon Inc. via their Conundrum Entertainment to produce a comedy feature entitled "National Lampoon's Bag Boy", Variety has learned.

Intended to begin production before the end of the year, the project focuses on an underdog teen who discovers that he has the talent to excel in the world of competitive grocery bagging. Mort Nathan is in charge to direct as well as rewrite the script originally penned by Hans Rodionoff as Champion Fill.

Russell Gewirtz Committed to Brett Ratner's Thriller Flick

November 16, 2006 05:21:34 GMT

Screenwriter Russell Gewirtz should be getting busier by now. Already being tapped to work on the script of the sequel to Spike Lee's "Inside Man", the man will also carry out the same job to an untitled thriller from "X-Men: The Last Stand" helmer Brett Ratner, Los Angeles Times has reported.

Assigned to build the screenplay from Bill Collage and Adam Cooper's first draft which was based on an original idea of comic actor Eddie Murphy, Gewirtz will develop a story involving "an unsuccessful, oh-so-last-millennium high-tech heist that is pointedly juxtaposed against the decidedly low-tech but no less artful plot of a couple of blue-collar guys with much more to gain and more believable motives."

"Borat" to Face Another Lawsuit

November 16, 2006 04:45:24 GMT

Borat picture
Not yet done with the lawsuit placed by the two college students, "Borat" is about to face a legal action again, this time from the local people of a Romanian village named Glod who were featured as stand-ins in it.

Outraged that the movie has ridiculed their simple ways of life, the Gypsy citizens of the village are threatening to sue producers of the flick for paying them a pittance to put farm animals in their homes and perform other crude antics.

MGM Looks Up to "The Flying Scotsman"

November 16, 2006 03:16:24 GMT

Flying Scotsman, The picture
"The Flying Scotsman" is about to make a safe landing in the States. MGM has picked up the distribution rights to this inspiring British film, an adaptation of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree's autobiography of the same title published in 2003.

Plotted to be released on December 29, the picture depicts Obree's struggle in breaking world records on a bicycle he designed from scrap metal and old washing machine part despite his mental illness. Johnny Lee Miller, Billy Boyd, and Laura Fraser are all starring under the direction of British TV director Douglas Mackinnon.

Dominic Purcell and Jesse Metcalfe Find Way to "Town Creek"

November 16, 2006 02:38:18 GMT

Both making a turn into horror genre, Dominic Purcell and Jesse Metcalfe have given agreement to highlight "Town Creek", a vampire-themed film project of Gold Circle production, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Eyeing a March 1 start date, the picture will bill the twosome to play brothers who are trapped in a terrifying occult experiment that dates back to the Third Reich. Joel Schumacher is on board to direct with Paul Brooks producing alongside Tom Lassally and Robyn Meisinger.

Will Ferrell Gives Salute to "King Dork"

November 16, 2006 02:21:02 GMT

Being consistent in film producing, Will Ferrell is about to develop one more big screen feature under his Gary Sanchez Productions banner. The Hollywood Reporter learned that the funnyman has picked up the rights to make "King Dork" based on Frank Portman's debut novel of the same title.

As part of their overall first-look deal with Paramount Vantage, the Paramount Pictures' art-house division, Ferrell will produce with Adam McKay, his producing partner at Gary Sanchez. It is still unclear yet whether the actor will also take a starring part in the project.

Rhona Mitra Counts Down the Days to "Doomsday"

November 16, 2006 02:00:30 GMT

Doomsday picture
"The Practice" star Rhona Mitra has landed a big acting stint. The actress will topline a futuristic action thriller entitled "Doomsday" which is set to be Neil Marshall's follow-up to his acclaimed horror flick "The Descent."

Scheduled to begin filming early 2007, the project will see Mitra as the leader of an elite group assigned to go to a country infected with virus known as the Reaper. Unexpectedly, the troupe find themselves shut off from the rest of the world there and must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

Universal Takes A "Walk of Shame"

November 15, 2006 09:32:12 GMT

Walk of Shame picture
Wisely making balance on the genre of the movie projects it is about to develop, Universal Pictures is set to make a romantic comedy entitled "Walk of Shame" from a pitch by Jessi Klein of which rights it has just secured, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In bringing up the project to the surface, the company is collaborating with Stuber/Parent which will handle the movie's production matters. Meanwhile, the premise of the picture is said to revolve around a group of young singles living in New York.

Brian Wilson's Life Story Coming to the Big Screen

November 15, 2006 09:30:11 GMT

Following the trail of his fellow music artists, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys will have his life story turned into a big screen. The band's bassist has signed deal with famed producer Mark Gordon to work together in bringing the as-yet-untitled project to life, Variety has reported.

Willing to include the rough spot in his life in the project, Wilson will have his managers Ronnie Lippin and Jean Sievers on his side to help Gordon and filmmaker David Leaf constructing a package that will include rights to his vast catalog of songs to then hire a writer and take the package out to studios.
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