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"Stepfather" Heads to Paramount Vantage

October 26, 2006 07:56:59 GMT

Shifting attention to comedy after its decision to pick up thriller project "Fracture (2007)", Paramount Vantage is set to develop Brian Burns' pitch "Stepfather", a broad comedy feature that takes a look at perfect stepfather's impact on the family dynamic.

"This is sure to be a great film," Paramount Vantage president John Lesher remarked. "It's really relatable, and I can't believe no one's made a comedy about the perfect stepfather when the real father comes home."

Charles Leavitt Making "Confessions"

October 26, 2006 07:48:21 GMT

Fresh from penning "Blood Diamond" script for Warner Bros. Pictures, Charles Leavitt is now taking a new job from the same studio. The Pittsburgh-born screenwriter is on duty to write the screenplay of "Confessions of a Wall Street Shoeshine Boy", Variety has reported.

Based on Vanity Fair editor Doug Stumpf's unpublished book of the same title, the project focuses on a Brazilian shoeshine guy working at a preeminent New York financial institution and a reporter who exploits his relationship with an immigrant with an aim to uncover corporate crimes taking place at the Wall Street firm.

David Cunningham Leads Way in the "Dark"

October 26, 2006 06:31:56 GMT

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David Cunningham is going magical this time. "The Path to 9/11" director has been tapped to helm fantasy feature "The Dark Is Rising", a project which kicks off the co-financing alliance Walden Media and 20th Century Fox made last August.

Adapted from the second of Susan Cooper's five-book series of the same title, "The Dark Is Rising" concerns a youth who realizes that he is charged with saving the world after finding out his true identity of being a Sign Seeker, last of a group of immortals dedicated to fight a growing presence of dark forces, at age 11.

Sarah Jessica Parker Befriends "Smart People"

October 26, 2006 06:15:30 GMT

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Still attached herself to comedy genre, Sarah Jessica Parker has given her agreement to star in "Smart People" replacing Rachel Weisz who originally was billed as a doctor who falls for a professor whose wife's death has turned him into a bitter man.

Together with Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, and Ashton Holmes in the cast lineup, Parker thus will come under the direction of Noam Murro who is set to helm from Mark Poirier's script. Filming is scheduled to start on November 6 with Bill Block, Michael Costigan, and Bridget Johnson taking the producers' seats.

Zack Snyder Digging for "Cobalt 60"

October 26, 2006 06:05:08 GMT

Following its successful attempt to acquire the rights to "Cobalt 60", Universal Pictures has appointed "Dawn of the Dead" helmer Zack Snyder to direct the project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Apart from helming the movie, Snyder is also reportedly attached to seat as producer alongside Debby Snyder. No words yet on cast lineup, but it is revealed that a search for a writer is under way.

Vanessa Minnillo Goes "Fantastic"

October 26, 2006 05:55:59 GMT

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Straying into the big screen, "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent Vanessa Minnillo has signed on to have a starring role in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", the follow up of last year's hit movie "Fantastic Four."

Lining up with the new cast members such as Beau Garrett and Andre Braugher apart from the original one containing Michael Chiklis, Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, and Chris Evans, Minnillo will portray the love interest of the Human Torch, played by Evans. However, it's still unclear whether the role filled by the beauty is the same one Garrett was linked to earlier this month.

More Laying Hands on "Inkheart"

October 25, 2006 09:43:03 GMT

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Giving much more highlight to fantasy drama flick "Inkheart", Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Rafi Gavron, and Sienna Guillory have all come down to take part in the project, joining the likes of Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, and Jim Broadbent in turn.

Here Mirren will play a book collector named Elinor Loredan while Serkis is billed to portray a villainous character called Capricorn. Filming is scheduled to start next month in Italy then London with Iain Softley directing based on David Lindsay-Abaire's script.

Nicole Kidman Says Goodbye to "The Lady from Shanghai"

October 25, 2006 09:24:24 GMT

"The Lady from Shanghai" has lost one big star from its cast. Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman reportedly told the press at Rome Film Festival that she shockingly has departed the project, a Studio Canal production set to be directed by Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.

This unexpected decision of the beauty can be understood since the star apparently intends to spend more time with her husband, Keith Urban, as he undergoes treatments to get rid of his alcoholism. No words yet whether she will also drop her other future projects like "The Golden Compass" and "Untitled Baz Luhrmann Project", but let's not hope so.

Tom Cruise Eyeing Acting Slots in Three Films

October 25, 2006 08:47:18 GMT

Carefully making his choices for his next acting stint, megastar Tom Cruise is reportedly eyeing three features namely "Lions for Lambs", "The Ha-Ha", and "Selling Time" to mark his comeback to the big screen after "Mission: Impossible 3."

For the first project, which centers on a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, Cruise is being courted to play a congressman with Meryl Streep to portray a journalist under direction of veteran thespian Robert Redford who will also likely to star.

TomKat to Tie the Knot in Italy on November 18

October 25, 2006 07:10:42 GMT

After several aborted marriage plans, a date is finally set for wedding ceremony between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The spokesperson for the "Collateral" star, Arnold Robinson, has confirmed that the couple will get married in Italy on November 18 this year.

The wedding venue is still unknown yet, but Robinson has revealed to Associated Press that Holmes will wear a dress designed by Giorgio Armani when she walks down the aisle that day.

Nicole Kidman Seeks Dad's Help for Husband's Alcoholism

October 25, 2006 06:24:17 GMT

Seeking help to support her husband's struggle against alcoholism, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has turned her head to a psychologist, who is none other than her own father, Dr Anthony Kidman.

The "Cold Mountain" star has reportedly been engaged in lengthy phone conversations with the man since Keith Urban entered Cumberland Heights rehab clinic in Nashville last Thursday, October 19.

Paramount Vantage Responsible for "Fracture"

October 25, 2006 03:36:02 GMT

A seemingly promising project is about to come out from Paramount Vantage. The studio has satisfyingly obtained the worldwide rights to Alan McElroy's spec script "Fracture (2007)" with "The Ring" duo Mike Macari and Neal Edelstein seating as producers.

Intended to be a chilling psychological thriller, the picture concerns a man whose wife and children suddenly disappear after entering an emergency room. While it is reported that the flick is out to a director, there is no word yet on either cast or film crew.

Eric Bana and Terrence Howard Describe "Factor X"

October 25, 2006 03:24:49 GMT

It sure will be an A-list collaboration worth waiting for. Eric Bana and Terrence Howard have been reported to be attached to share scenes together in "Factor X", a new thriller project developed under New Line Cinema.

Presenting the true tale of how the BTK killer was captured, the flick, of which title comes from what the killer described in letters to the police as his motive for murder, revolves around a young counter-terrorism expert from Washington who teams up with a Wichita police detective to chase down the killer. Howard will play the former character while Bana portraying the latter.

Kim Basinger Slips in "While She Was Out"

October 25, 2006 03:05:33 GMT

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Landing a seemingly promising acting stint, Kim Basinger has been confirmed to topline a thriller in the vein of "Deliverance" and "Dead Calm" entitled "While She Was Out", Production Weekly has revealed.

Here Basinger will portray a typical suburban housewife who has to rely on her own strength and a toolbox when getting stranded in a desolate forest with four murderous thugs. Filming is scheduled to begin in January next year with Scottish filmmaker Susan Montford at helm.

Four More Coming to "Seattle"

October 25, 2006 02:32:30 GMT

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Adding more big names to make a star-studded cast, "Battle in Seattle" has included Andre Benjamin, Martin Henderson, Woody Harrelson, and Ray Liotta into the list, Variety has reported.

Along with Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, the foursome will all come under the direction of first-time helmer Stuart Townsend who also is in charge to pen the script. Production is expected to begin by November this year with Vanessa Pereira executive producing.
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