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Spike Lee Evokes "L.A. Riots"

December 08, 2006 01:56:08 GMT

Noted for his consistency in putting social and political issues into his directorial works, Spike Lee is about to generate a new one in the vein. Variety has learned that the lauded filmmaker is joining forces with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment to develop "L.A. Riots", a drama framed around the racially charged April 1992 riots.

Already had John Ridley on his side to pen the screenplay and Brian Grazer to produce, Lee is determined to have the script done as soon as possible so he can bring it in front of president Donna Langley before business closes for the holidays. If the goal is reached, it is likely for him to work on the project as his next feature before shifting to helm "Inside Man" sequel.

Six More Settles on "Valley of Elah"

December 07, 2006 09:29:44 GMT

In the Valley of Elah picture
More notable names are following Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Tucker to fill in the cast lineup of "In the Valley of Elah." Counted to six, they are James Franco, Frances Fisher, Tim McGraw, Jason Patric, Mehcad Brooks, and Wes Chatham, Variety has reported.

Here Franco is billed to play a sergeant with Fisher portraying a waitress, McGraw a police chief and Patric an Army lieutenant. Meanwhile Brooks will be a member of a squad where Tucker's character is in and Chatham a soldier.

Brittany Snow Spends Great Time with "Amanda"

December 07, 2006 09:13:05 GMT

Finding Amanda picture
Fresh from her appearance in "John Tucker Must Die", Brittany Snow has successfully landed her next big screen role in indie flick "Finding Amanda", Variety has revealed.

Billed opposite Matthew Broderick, the 20-year-old actress will play a Las Vegas hooker and stripper who becomes the sole target of a rescue mission conducted by a strung-out TV producer, played by Broderick, who is also the husband of her aunt.

Dennis Quaid Riding "The Express"

December 07, 2006 08:36:33 GMT

Express, The picture
For the few next years, prepare to see the continuous appearances of Dennis Quaid on the big screen as the actor has added one more starring role to his burgeoning list of upcoming movie stints which has already included those in "Vantage Point", "Smart People", and "The Horsemen."

Yes, the "Dragonheart" star is reported to have reached a deal to take part in Ernie Davis' biopic "The Express" for Universal Pictures as the coach of the football great. The movie itself will carefully depict the true story of Davis who became the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy yet never got to play professionally due to leukemia.

Hayden Christensen Cares for "The Madison Kid"

December 07, 2006 05:04:02 GMT

Consistent in taking diverse acting stints for himself, Hayden Christensen has given his agreement to be the lead star in a biographical feature about "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth entitled "The Madison Kid", Production Weekly has revealed.

Expected to start production by April or May in Winnipeg, Canada, the picture has already had Hellmuth's friend Bob Soderstrom onboard to pen the script which follows Hellmuth's journey until he became the youngest World Champion of Poker in the 1989 World Series of Poker main event at the age of twenty four.

Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd Become "Big Brothers"

December 07, 2006 04:49:37 GMT

Comedy duo Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd are about to appear together on the big screen. Production Weekly reports that the pair have already signed on to star in "Big Brothers", an edgy comedic feature of Universal Pictures production.

Tentatively slated to begin filming next April after previously eyeing a January 2007 start, the project revolves around two egotistical thirty-something bachelors who are ordered to join a Big Brothers program as part of their court-mandated community service.

Paris Hilton Is Certainly "The Hottie"

December 07, 2006 04:23:39 GMT

Hottie and the Nottie, The picture
Seemingly eager to develop her career as an actress, Paris Hilton has nabbed her next acting stint in "The Hottie and the Nottie", a rom-com feature coming from Summit Entertainment.

Originally planned to roll in September before being slated for beginning-of-January production start, the project sees Hilton's character refuses to marry her longtime boyfriend until he can find the perfect match for her not-so-pretty best friend.

2006 National Board of Review Awards Winners

December 07, 2006 03:31:05 GMT

Letters from Iwo Jima picture
Holding the first major award event of the Oscar season, National Board of Review picked up notable film titles and names as the honorees at its 77th Annual National Board of Review Awards on Wednesday, December 6.

For Best Film 2006, the organization cast its choice on "Letters from Iwo Jima", the second half of Clint Eastwood's two-part look at World War II, placing it on the top spot of its Top Ten Film list which includes "Babel," "Blood Diamond," "The Departed", and "Little Miss Sunshine."

George Clooney Tags Along With "Innocent Man"

December 06, 2006 09:56:40 GMT

George Clooney really has a lot of works to do for the couple years. Previously agreed to star in "White Jazz" while set to direct "Belmont Boys", the striking actor now is preparing himself to produce "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town."

Alongside his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov, Clooney will join forces with Warner Independent Pictures to develop the project following their successful attempt to pick up the rights to make it based on John Grisham's nonfiction novel of the same title.

Chris Kentis and Laura Lau Head to "Indianapolis"

December 06, 2006 09:29:15 GMT

Determined to get its film project "Indianapolis" come to the surface rather quickly, Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up director Chris Kentis and producer Laura Lau to team up together in developing the flick, an adaptation from Douglas Stanton's book "In Harm's Way."

As the film focuses on WWII's U.S.S. Indianapolis which got sunk by a Japanese sub, Kentis is assigned to provide a backstory on why the ship's distress signal went unheeded, how the survivors were spotted accidentally, and how the military made a scapegoat of the ship's commander Charles McVay III. Meanwhile Lau is set to produce alongside Mark Gordon, Akiva Goldsman, and Betsy Beers.

Mark Herman Wearing "Striped Pajamas"

December 06, 2006 08:45:49 GMT

Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The picture
English filmmaker Mark Herman is developing a new project for Miramax. The man is about to direct "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" from his own screenplay, Production Weekly has reported.

Based on the best-selling novel written by Irish writer John Boyne, the picture revolves around two young boys of different background who establish a friendship and are caught up in events entirely beyond their control in Germany 1942. Production on the film is scheduled to start in April with taking locations around Eastern Europe.

Scott Stuber and Mary Parent Crafting High-Concept Comedy

December 06, 2006 07:57:48 GMT

Extending their collaboration, producers Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are both set to develop a comedy feature based on Mike LeSieur's pitch of which rights they have successfully secured.

While details on the project are being kept under warps, it is revealed that the untitled picture will be a high-concept comedy set at a Las Vegas sales convention. Apart from this, no further information provided yet, so stick with this site for the updates then.

"Ghost Rider" Site Reloaded

December 06, 2006 06:59:53 GMT

Ghost Rider picture
Making a better version of "Ghost Rider" official website, Sony Pictures has re-launched the film's site, www.sonypictures.com/movies/ghostrider, with a number of additional features which include character bios, trailers, wallpapers, screensavers, synopsis, and two online games.

Scheduled to open in theaters on February 16, 2007, the picture is an adaptation of Marvel's comic book of the same title and presents a stellar cast consisting of Nicolas Cage as the titular character, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, and Jon Voight among others.

Don Cheadle Bringing Back Miles Davis to Life

December 06, 2006 06:05:58 GMT

All things have been settled for now to bring the life of jazz legend Miles Davis onscreen. TMZ has delightfully reported that Don Cheadle is finally on board the project not only as the star but also as the director with Cary Brokaw financing it independently.

In the meantime, the film's screenplay will be entrusted to the hands of duo Chris Wilkinson and Steve Rivele, the Oscar-nominated writers known for their works in other biopics like "Nixon" and "Ali."

"Truth" Honored PGA's 2007 Stanley Kramer Award

December 06, 2006 04:43:58 GMT

Inconvenient Truth, An picture
Effectively presenting a detailed, careful explanation about climate change, especially global warming, eco-documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" has been selected by the Producers Guild of America as the recipient of the 2007 Stanley Kramer Award, which is given annually to the "work that dramatically illustrates provocative social issues."

The honor will be bestowed upon the picture's producers who include Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, and Scott Z. Burns during the 18th Annual PGA Awards slated to be held on January 20 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, Los Angeles, California.
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