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Hugh Jackman & Wife's Big Movie Projects

August 16, 2006 06:35:27 GMT


His profession as an actor makes Hugh Jackman an expert in the field. The Australian man, a year after launching his Seed Productions company in the United States, has now opened a Sydney office, launched August 15th at the Rocks in Sydney.

As he's doing so, Jackman becomes more committed to film industry, and with the help from his actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness and business partner John Palermo, is planning to produce at least five Australian films a year with a production budget of under $10 million for each project. They, moreover, also plan to make stage productions as well as television.

"Darjeeling" Shipped to Fox Searchlight

August 16, 2006 06:32:45 GMT

Darjeeling Limited, The picture
It's now Fox Searchlight Pictures' turn to take a sip on "The Darjeeling Limited." Yes, the 20th Century Fox specialty division has successfully put the project under its wing, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

The latest flick coming from the skillful hands of Wes Anderson, "Darjeeling" has already been slated to start filming by the end of the year in India with Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody on board. Anderson is also penning the film's script alongside Schwartzman and Roman Coppola.

Stars Achieving "Strength and Honor"

August 16, 2006 03:07:28 GMT


Mason Pictures is moving rather quick this time. In its effort to bring up its new project of "Strength and Honor" to the surface, the studio has successfully signed not only one but three stars in the film's cast namely Michael Madsen, Richard Chamberlain, and Vinnie Jones, so Production Weekly has reported.

As the movie's story tells about a boxer named Sean Kelleher who has to break his oath of never boxing again to raise money to save his sick son, Madsen is plotted to play the athlete with Chamberlain as his boxing coach. Meanwhile, Jones has been billed to portray the role of Kelleher's arch rival, Smasher O'Driscoll.

Bradley Cooper Has "Case 39" to Solve

August 15, 2006 09:14:16 GMT


Bradley Cooper, previously known for his portrayal in such films as "Failure to Launch", "Kitchen Confidential" and "Alias," is now taking part in the horror thriller "Case 39". The actor is joining fellow movie stars Renee Zellweger and Ian McShane.

"Case 39" centers on an idealistic social worker, Zellweger's role, who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that things are not as they appear. Cooper is slated to play a detective who is the love interest of Zellweger's character.

Rachel Weisz to Give a Nod for "Maybe"

August 15, 2006 09:01:12 GMT


Rachel Weisz is about to mark her return to comedy. The actress is currently involved in negotiations to have a starring role in "Definitely, Maybe", an Adam Brooks' directorial also writing work for Working Title and Universal Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

If a deal is reached, she then will play a woman who dates Ryan Reynolds' character, a man dumped by his college sweetheart. Apart from Reynolds, other fixed cast members include glowing stars like Derek Luke and Isla Fisher.

Jeff Sank and the Heimberg Brothers Handling "Ace Ventura Jr." Script

August 15, 2006 08:12:19 GMT

Getting serious to bring out the third installment of the comedy hit franchise "Ace Ventura" to the surface, Morgan Creek has positively assigned Jeff Sank along with brothers Jason and Justin Heimberg to pen the script of the project titled "Ace Ventura Jr.."

Though details of the film's plot has not yet been revealed, the picture is expected to take center on Ace Ventura's son who follows the trails of his father and takes over the family business. Meanwhile, it is still unclear whether Jim Carrey, who played Ventura in the two previous installments, is back to fill in the role once again.

Elizabeth Banks Greets "Fred Claus"

August 15, 2006 07:30:58 GMT


Finally finds a female actor after garnering male thespians in its cast, "Fred Claus" has smoothly added Elizabeth Banks in the line-up. Plotted to play opposite Vince Vaughn, the beauty is billed to portray the funnyman's love interest, a hyper-organized member of Santa's Little Helpers. Vaughn himself will be the loser brother of Santa Claus who returns to North Pole after living in New York for years.

A Warner Bros. production, "Fred Claus" also features Paul Giamatti, Kevin Spacey, and John Michael Higgins as the cast members with David Dobkin at helm. Dobkin is also producing alongside Jessie Nelson who pens the script with Dan Fogelman.

Awful Tragedy Hit "The Kingdom" Set

August 15, 2006 05:48:18 GMT

Kingdom, The picture
A terrible incident occurred Saturday, August 12 on the set of Universal's "The Kingdom." An assistant propmaster named Nick Papac experienced a car crash while driving a motorized cart along a closed section of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway in Mesa, Arizona, resulting in the death of the 25-year-old man.

Based on the reports about the tragedy, the crash happened when Papac's vehicle accidentally collided with an SUV carrying director Peter Berg, and so caused the guy being thrown from his vehicle and experienced severe head injuries. He then was immediately airlifted to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead a few hours later.

"X-Men 4" Gets Shaped


August 15, 2006 04:57:28 GMT


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The X-Men's story still continues, really. LA Daily News has delightfully reported that the franchise's producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, is in development to bring out "X-Men 4" to the big screen and is currently focusing on compiling the cast for the project.

Though this sure will be such great news for superhero-flick fans, there is actually a big problem that lurks behind as Donner has indicated that contract renegotiations are the biggest stumbling blocks in order for the film to become a reality. "The newer cast members are signed, and the older cast members are not," so she has said.

Jason Biggs Bumps into "Dead Fiancee"

August 15, 2006 03:34:11 GMT


Following the trails of Paul Rudd, Jason Biggs of "American Pie" fame has reached an agreement to play a role in "How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancee", a new project coming from Gold Circle Films which also features Eva Longoria and Lake Bell in the cast.

The stint therefore adds the list of comedic acts Biggs has been billed to carry out as he's already been attached to other movies of the genre like "The Pleasure of Your Company", "First Turkey", and "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."

Simon Pegg Sets to "Alienate People"

August 14, 2006 09:56:52 GMT

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People picture
Another acting stint is coming for Simon Pegg. While his status in "Run, Fat Boy, Run" is still unclear, the actor has signed a deal to star in "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People", a movie adaptation of Toby Young's best-selling book of the same title.

Produced by Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Film, pic is set to begin the production by next spring in New York and U.K. Robert Weide is at helm with Peter Straughan to adapt the script.

"Black Flies" Script Entrusted in Todd Kessler's Hands

August 14, 2006 09:22:07 GMT

Setting out to bring up its new project of "Black Flies", Paramount Pictures has appointed Todd Kessler to pen the film's script based on Shannon Burke's novel of the same title, so The Hollywood Reported has reported.

Likely to stay true to the story in the novel, pic will revolve around the experience a young man has when he becomes an emergency medical technician in Harlem as a temporary stop before he enters medical school. Darren Aronofsky is tapped to direct while also seats as producer along with his Protozoa partner Eric Watson and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Mary McCormack to Star in "1408"

August 14, 2006 08:54:15 GMT


Soon after Kate Walsh drops the "1408" project due to scheduling conflicts with her ABC/Touchstone TV series, newcomer has been recruited.

Mary McCormack is joining the cast of Dimension Films' Stephen King adaptation "1408", which John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are toplining.

Julie Delpy Working "2 Days in Paris"

August 14, 2006 08:50:18 GMT


Once again assuming multiple jobs in her next project after "Bathory", Julie Delpy has been confirmed to star and direct in a new big screen feature of which screenplay she has penned, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Entitled "2 Days in Paris", the movie is a romantic comedy set over a 48-hour period in Paris and also features "Dazed and Confused" star Adam Goldberg in the cast list.

Stars to Fill in the Voices for Animation "My Dog Tulip"

August 14, 2006 08:29:24 GMT

My Dog Tulip picture
Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave and Isabella Rossellini are all joining the star-studded cast, including Brian Murray, Paul Hecht, Peter Gerety and Euan Morton, all of whom have been booked to fill in the voices for the forthcoming animation flick "My Dog Tulip".

Based on the 1956 British novel by J.R. Ackerley, "My Dog Tulip" follows a 14-year friendship between Ackerley and his German Shepherd, Tulip, after the writer rescued the dog.
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