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Tom Shadyac Meets the "Planetwalker"

November 08, 2006 03:35:36 GMT

Known more as a director for comedic flicks, American filmmaker Tom Shadyac now is steering into a new direction. The man is reported by Variety to have reached a deal to helm as well as to produce a biographical feature titled "Planetwalker" for Universal.

Based on John Francis' memoir of the same name, the picture centers on the true story of Francis who took a vow of silence for nearly two decades and commenced a cross-country pilgrimage by foot to raise environmental awareness after witnessing a collision of two oil tankers that wiped out the ecosystem in San Francisco Bay in 1971.

Anthony Hopkins Reaches "Final Destination"

November 08, 2006 02:57:13 GMT

Once again set to exhibit his dramatic acting skills on screen, Anthony Hopkins has signed on to take a starring role in "The City of Your Final Destination", a film adaptation of Peter Cameron's acclaimed novel of the same title, Production Weekly has learned.

Here Hopkins is attached to portray the brother of a deceased Latin American author visited by an Iranian-born graduate student who seeks permission to write the authorized biography of the author. Rounding out the cast are Omar Metwally as the student, Hiro Sanada as the lover of Hopkins' character, Laura Linney as the author's widow, and Charlotte Gainsbourg as his mistress.

Kirsten Dunst Chased By "Jealous Ghost"

November 07, 2006 09:56:20 GMT

Kirsten Dunst is ready to take double jobs this time. The actress has been reported to both star in and produce "A Jealous Ghost" following Paramount Vantage's acquisition of the rights to A.N. Wilson's novel of the same title.

Intended to be a supernatural thriller feature, the project follows a young woman studying in London, played by Dunst, as she starts seeing demons after establishing a relationship with one of her professors. Virginia-based scribe Megan Holley has been assigned to pen the script with Daniel Rappaport producing.

Morgan Freeman to Be A "Wanted" Man

November 07, 2006 09:38:11 GMT

Wanted (2008) picture
Already busy with a pile of upcoming big screen projects he is attached to, Morgan Freeman apparently still aims to add one more acting stint into the burgeoning list. The Oscar-winning actor is reported to currently be in negotiations to highlight "Wanted (2008)", a sci-fi actioner coming from Universal Pictures.

If a deal is reached, Freeman will join James McAvoy in the cast as a lead assassin who trains McAvoy's character. The project itself sees the "Wimbledon" star play a young man who finds out that his long-lost father is actually an assassin and later gets recruited into a covert organization of killers and trained to follow the footsteps of his father.

Peter Tolan Takes A Good Look at "Amanda"

November 07, 2006 09:12:05 GMT

Finding Amanda picture
Peter Tolan is coming behind the camera for his feature directorial debut. The co-creator of FX Network's comedy-drama series "Rescue Me" is in charge to helm "Finding Amanda" with Matthew Broderick being attached to star and Wayne Allan Rice producing.

Scheduled to begin filming on January 3 in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the project centers on an alcohol-and-gambling-addicted TV producer who attempts to persuade his hooker niece into rehab. It has also been reported that an offer is out to "Thirteen" star Evan Rachel Wood to take the niece role.

Darren Aronofsky Abandons the "Lone Wolf"

November 07, 2006 08:36:20 GMT

Turns out that Darren Aronofsky's next film project after "The Fountain" will not be "Lone Wolf and Cub" as the filmmaker recently confirmed in an interview that he has quitted the flick for good.

"Paramount never got the rights," said Aronofsky upon revealing his reason to walk out the project, hinting that there is no use to stay in it any longer. "And we developed a script but now the rights don't exist."

"Incredible Hulk" to Hit Big Screen on June 27, 2008

November 07, 2006 07:11:20 GMT

Incredible Hulk, The picture
Finally, a date has been picked up for the superhero fans to see "The Incredible Hulk" embrace the big screen. Marvel Studios, through its President and COO Michael Helfant plus President of Production Kevin Feige, has announced yesterday, November 6 that the action-packed, new big screen adaptation of the famed comic series will come to the surface exactly on June 27, 2008.

Directed by Louis Leterrier from the script penned by "X-Men: The Last Stand" writer Zak Penn, the project will return to the roots of the series which combining a well-developed storyline with incredible action and fun. Casting process is currently underway with Michael Helfant, David Womark, and Ari Arad serving as executive producers.

"Borat" Steals International Attention from "Prada"

November 07, 2006 06:30:53 GMT

Borat picture
It's a double winning for "Borat", really. Already took the top position on weekend domestic box office, the comedic flick wonderfully extends its success internationally as it garnered a surprise opening round of $18.6 million from 17 territories, thereby overthrowing "The Devil Wears Prada" from its no.1 throne on the weekend international box office ended November 5, 2006.

Though had to end its four-consecutive-week rule on the chart, "Prada" still did well in its run for it managed to collect $11.1 million and so, makes its tally stand strong at $151.1 million. Right behind this 20th Century Fox production is Japanese flick "Death Note 2" which successfully draws in an incredible amount of $10.2 million from 346 prints only.

Lindsay Lohan Gets "Killed" Over "Diamond"

November 07, 2006 05:08:06 GMT

I Know Who Killed Me picture
Continuing her path in taking more mature and diverse film role, Lindsay Lohan has reached a deal to have her first acting stint in thriller genre through "I Know Who Killed Me", MTV has reported.

Slated to begin filming early next month in San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles, the project sees the actress play dual roles as Aubrey, an abducted daughter of a rich family, and Dakota, a young woman identical to her. Chris Sivertson is on duty to direct with Jeff Hammond penning the script.

Miramax Unlocks "The Golden Door"

November 07, 2006 02:43:22 GMT

Golden Door, The picture
Paying attention to foreign production, Miramax Films will distribute Italian-language feature "The Golden Door" or "Nuovomondo" in North America following its successful attempt to obtain the film's rights.

Set in 1913, the picture deals with a tale of a Sicilian peasant family encountering an American stranger who talks of the fortune that awaits them in his country. Emanuele Crialese handled both writing and directing matters with Alexandre Mallet-Guy producing.

Universal Witnesses "The Eighth Wonder"

November 07, 2006 02:20:25 GMT

Set to deliver a touching drama, Universal Pictures is about to develop "The Eighth Wonder" from Ross Venokur's pitch under its wings, Variety has reported.

The project follows a father as he reconnects with his son who sadly turns blind in order to show him the eight wonders of his life. Details about production schedule have not yet been revealed and neither have names of the helmer also cast members.

Disney to Develop New Comedy with Jerry Bruckheimer

November 06, 2006 09:46:26 GMT

Keeps putting interest in provoking big laughs from moviegoers, Walt Disney Pictures is about to develop an untitled comedy project based on the pitch it has purchased from duo Andrea King and Andy Marx, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Though it is confirmed that the movie will be a family comedy revolving around dueling neighbors, plot details are being kept under wraps with no words yet on cast and director. In the meantime, Jerry Bruckheimer is set to produce through his Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

The 2006 European Film Awards' Nominees Announced

November 06, 2006 08:55:13 GMT

Volver picture
Choosing a list of great big screen pictures, the European Film Academy has officially announced Saturday, November 4 the nominees for its 2006 European Film Awards set to take place in Warsaw, Poland on December 2.

Among those candidates, Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" have both delightfully scored the most nominations, each landing six nominations, including those of Best European Film, Best European Actress, and Best European Director.

Animated Flicks Racing for Slots at Oscar

November 06, 2006 08:12:15 GMT

Cars picture
Building up the hype surrounding the anticipation of next year's Academy Awards, sixteen full-length animated pictures have been passed the qualification to compete for being five Best Animated Feature nominees, which will be announced by the officials on January 23, 2007.

Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and 20th Century Fox each managed to make two entries for the competition: Disney with "Cars" and "The Wild", DreamWorks with "Flushed Away" and "Over the Hedge", while Fox with "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and "Everyone's Hero."

Mischa Barton Gets Stranded in "Sunderland"

November 06, 2006 07:05:27 GMT

Taking similar acting stint as Amanda Bynes has assumed in "Sydney White and the Seven Dorks", blonde beauty Mischa Barton is set to star in "Malice in Sunderland", a contemporary take on the Lewis Carroll's popular tale of "Alice in Wonderland."

Scheduled to begin shooting in the U.K early next year, the picture centers on an American student who shockingly finds herself disoriented in Sunderland where she has to navigate a macabre underworld of characters after getting hit by a London taxi. "Blessed" helmer Simon Fellows is on board to direct with Jayson Rothwell penning the script.
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