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"Believe It or Not" Resurrected!

December 18, 2006 09:27:20 GMT

The dust on "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" finally is cleared. Paramount Pictures has decided to bring back the project to development and appointed "Bruce Almighty" scribe Steve Oedekerk to make a re-writing of the project's script previously penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Eyeing a winter 2008 production start in China for a 2009 release, the flick delightfully still sees Jim Carrey and Tim Burton remain in place as the lead star and the director, respectively, with Kenneth Atchity, Jim Jacks, Sean Daniel, and Richard D. Zanuck producing.

Brittany Murphy Spends Night at "White Hotel"

December 18, 2006 08:55:28 GMT

Despite her hectic film schedule, it appears that Brittany Murphy still spares a room for another challenging role for her to take. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Sin City" star is currently engaged in talks to topline a dramatic feature entitled "The White Hotel", a long-in-the-works adaptation of D.M. Thomas' acclaimed novel of the same title.

If a deal is reached, Murphy will likely be billed as an opera singer who becomes Sigmund Freud's famous case study Anna G upon seeking his services to reveal the mystery behind her hallucinatory dreams about a white hotel. With the man's help, she then unlocks the key to figure out her memories and her premonitions of the future, which include the Holocaust.

Willem Dafoe Puts Great Concern on "Adam"

December 18, 2006 08:25:25 GMT

Adam Resurrected picture
Opts to take a contrasting acting stint as his next big screen performance after that in Abel Ferrara's comedy "Go Go Tales", Willem Dafoe has signed on to join Jeff Goldblum in Holocaust drama "Adam Resurrected."

A Bleiberg Entertainment production, the project is an adaptation of Yoram Kaniuk's novel of the same title which tells about a former circus entertainer who becomes the leader at an asylum populated by Holocaust survivors after being spared the gas chamber by the Nazi.

Stars Get Served by the "Bag Boy"

December 18, 2006 07:43:01 GMT

National Lampoon's Bag Boy picture
Making a burgeoning list of cast, a number of stars namely Brooke Shields, Dennis Farina, Richard Kind, Lisa Darr, Bruce Altman, Paul Campbell, Marika Dominczyk, Robert Hoffman, Josh Dean, Nick Lashaway, Wesley Jonathan, and Larry Miller have all come onboard to highlight "National Lampoon's Bag Boy", a comedy set in the world of competitive grocery bagging.

Also a production of Conundrum Entertainment owned by the Farrelly Brothers, the flick concerns an underdog teen who discovers that he has the talent to excel in the world of competitive grocery bagging. Mort Nathan has already been assigned to both write and direct with Zen Gesner, Rob Moran, and Jefferson Richard producing.

"Eragon" Wins Out Over "Casino" Internationally

December 18, 2006 06:46:46 GMT

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Turns out the dragon has made its way to fly high overseas, too. Already made a satisfying debut as the runner-up on weekend domestic box office, youth-slanted fantasy adventure "Eragon" now proudly claims the top spot of weekend foreign box office of the same period for sure.

Selling $30.1 million worth of tickets in 76 territories, the flick thereby ends the four-week reign of "Casino Royale" which has to go down slightly to number two after taking up a handful of $20.7 million from 64 markets. However, the amount appears to be more than enough to finally break the $271 million Bond film record set by "Die Another Day" as this latest installment of 007 series has garnered $280 million internationally in its total.

Nominees Unveiled for the 27th Annual London Critics' Circle Film Awards

December 18, 2006 05:06:14 GMT

Queen, The picture
One of the five sections of The Critics' Circle started in 1913 as an association for working British critics, the London Film Critics' Circle has revealed the list of film titles and names competing for its ALFS Awards, which will be presented on February 8, 2007 at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

As many have expected, Miramax's acclaimed British royal family drama "The Queen" became the most-nominated feature for the event, scoring down seven nods that included top honor Best Film of the Year alongside four other lauded features namely "United 93", "Little Miss Sunshine", "The Departed" and "Volver."

Weekend U.S Box Office of December 15-17, 2006

December 18, 2006 03:28:28 GMT

Pursuit of Happyness, The picture
Three pictures made their debuts last Friday, December 15 and all amazingly have created such hard blow to smoothly secure the top three of weekend box office ended December 17.

Leading the chart is Columbia Pictures' fact-based drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" as the inspiring rags-to-riches tale successfully pulls $26.5 million during its three-day run followed by fantasy-adventure flick "Eragon" and Paramount's enjoyable children's story "Charlotte's Web" which score $23.2 million and $11.4 million, respectively.

Big Titles Racing for Oscar's Visual Effects Nods

December 16, 2006 04:14:03 GMT

Casino Royale picture
Seven film features were chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences yesterday, December 15, for consideration to be the contenders in Visual Effects category for the 79th annual Academy Awards.

Listed in alphabetical order, they are "Casino Royale", "Eragon", "Night at the Museum", "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", "Poseidon", "Superman Returns", and "X-Men: The Last Stand."

Peace Arch Takes Hold on "A West Texas Children's Story"

December 16, 2006 03:41:23 GMT

Have Dreams, Will Travel picture
Strikes a real great deal, Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. has successfully secured all distribution rights outside the U.S to ensemble drama feature "A West Texas Children's Story" in its further step to expand its portfolio of film, television and DVD productions.

"Reminiscent of great coming of age films like 'Paper Moon' and 'Stand By Me,' 'A West Texas Children's Story' is a truly universal tale set to appeal to a wide range of audiences the world over," Penny Wolf, managing director of Peace Arch's theatrical films sales division Peace Arch Films, commented as she expressed her delight in acquiring the movie.

"Extinction" May be the Last Chapter of "Resident Evil" Series

December 16, 2006 03:09:08 GMT

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Amidst the heavy reports circling around the existence of a fourth "Resident Evil", which was said to have even started shooting, it appears that the second sequel of the franchise, "Resident Evil: Extinction" may be the last one that concludes the series.

Sony Pictures, the studio owning Screen Gems that produces the flick, has indicated this through its release of a new official synopsis of the film yesterday, December 15, referring it as "the third and final installment" of the videogame-based adaptation series.

Guillermo del Toro to Tame "Tarzan"

December 15, 2006 09:34:51 GMT

Looking for a respectable name to lead its new big screen project "Tarzan", Universal Pictures is considering acclaimed Mexican director Guillermo del Toro to be given the task. Variety has learned that the studio is currently involved in negotiations with the man for the position with John Collee being eyed to pen the script.

"I'd love to create a new version that is still a family movie, but as edgy as I can make it," Del Toro said as he revealed his scheme for the movie. "There are strong themes of survival of a defenseless child left behind in the most hostile environment."

Topher Grace Consoles the "Kids"

December 15, 2006 09:05:34 GMT

His high-profile vehicle of "Spider-Man 3" has not yet seen the lights in theaters, but Topher Grace has already landed his next acting stint in "Kids in America (2007)."

Production Weekly has reported that the "That '70s Show" star has reached an agreement to topline the project as an aimless college grad named Matt Franklin who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party, finding himself struggling with his burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night alongside his twin sister and their best friend.

Andy Tennant and Gwyn Lurie Setting Up "80 Dates"

December 15, 2006 08:38:57 GMT

Making a progress on its new rom-com project "Around the World in 80 Dates", Universal Pictures has successfully snatched the "Hitch" helmer Andy Tennant and Gwyn Lurie as the film's director and screenwriter, respectively, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Here Lurie is replacing Jeff Rake who initially wrote the previous draft with Reese Witherspoon producing via her Type A Films alongside Mike De Luca Productions. It should be noted that the actress has not yet attached to play a role in the flick even though that easily could change as the project develops.

Miramax Has "Doubt" on Scott Rudin

December 15, 2006 08:16:18 GMT

Doubt picture
Agreed to join forces together, Miramax Films and producer Scott Rudin are set to work on to develop Catholic-school drama "Doubt" as their next collaborative big screen project.

Based on John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same title, the picture concerns a nun who confronts a priest upon suspecting him abusing a black student. Shanley himself will both write and direct the flick with an eye to begin production in fall 2007.

New "Shrek the Third" Teaser Trailer Coming to the Web

December 15, 2006 07:30:11 GMT

Shrek the Third picture
Gearing things up for the coming of its highly anticipated sequel "Shrek the Third", DreamWorks Animation has smoothly launched a new version of the teaser trailer for the movie, the studio itself has officially announced.

Available in AOL Players format, those who want to take a look on it can go to http://movies.aol.com/movie/shrek-the-third/21802/main. In addition, the flick's official website on http://www.shrekthethird.com/ has also been updated with some new downloads.
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