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"Hostel 2" Finds Its Three Casts

August 17, 2006 04:17:05 GMT


Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo and Bijou Phillips are in negotiations to star in "Hostel 2," which production is expected to run in Slovakia next month.

The story follows three women who, while studying abroad for the summer, learn the grim truth behind the Slovakian hostel and its international counterparts. German would play a wealthy girl trying to figure out her next step in life, Phillips would be her best friend, and Matarazzo will be a tag-along.

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's Sixth Project Together

August 17, 2006 03:41:09 GMT

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are back together for their new movie project, "Sweeney Todd". Sitting as the director, Tim Burton is ready to direct Johnny Depp who plays the main character, the legendary barber and serial-killer, who cuts his victim's throats with a straight razor.

The new movie, which will be co-produced by DreamWorks and Warner Bros., will be adapted from the modern musical thriller "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," with songs originally composed by Tony-winning Stephen Sondheim.

David H. Steinberg on Duty to Rewrite "Sprung"

August 16, 2006 09:42:19 GMT

David H. Steinberg, who recently wrote "Other People's Wishes" and "Puss in Boots" among others, has for now on being hired to rewrite the feature comedy "Sprung" for New Line Cinema.

Elsewhere, Mike Karz is producing the project, with the help of Kathy Busby and Sam Brown.

Sony Pictures Acquired "A Chance of Meatballs"

August 16, 2006 09:29:19 GMT

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs picture
What's new on Hollywood's film industry is that Sony Pictures Animation has acquired film rights to the classic children's book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs".

The animation flick, which the studio is now developing, will be based on the illustrated book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett which imagines a fanciful world where it rains juice and snows mashed potatoes and spaghetti.

Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo Walk on "Reservation Road"

August 16, 2006 08:59:28 GMT


Wanna know how it feels to walk on "Reservation Road"? You can ask Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo as both have been booked by Focus Features to star in the Terry George's direction.

"Reservation Road", is a drama, an adaptation of the John Burnham Schwartz novel. The flick will be shot this fall with Schwartz wrote the screenplay, and George polished it.

Warner Bros Acquires "The Brigands of Rattleborge"

August 16, 2006 08:47:39 GMT

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the rights to turn Craig Zahler's script of "The Brigands of Rattleborge" into big screen production.

The studio, moreover, has set it up with Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison to produce. In the meantime, Aaron Ryder is also producing.

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.
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