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"El Cantante" to Head North Under Picturehouse

September 19, 2006 03:20:07 GMT

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The executives at Picturehouse now can really draw a big smile on their mouths. The company has wonderfully gained North American distribution rights to biopic feature of "El Cantante" starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

Spending almost $6 million to reach the deal, Picturehouse therefore beats down fellow competitors of Miramax, Focus Features, and the Weinstein Co to the punch. The studio is planning a July 2007 release for the movie.

New Line Pays Visit to "God, the Devil, and Lucy"

September 19, 2006 02:55:27 GMT

Going for comedy genre, New Line Cinema has preemptively obtained the rights to a film project of David Hubbard entitled "God, the Devil, and Lucy."

Produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Productions, the movie revolves around God and the Devil who decide to come down to Earth as mortal men to compete for the love of one woman that they mutually choose in their effort to settle things on fighting for human souls. Relying only on human instinct and emotion, they have to get the woman saying "I love you" to win all the souls of humanity.

Aisha Tyler Faces "Death Sentence"

September 19, 2006 02:37:52 GMT

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Drawing one more big screen stint into her resume, "24" star Aisha Tyler has given her agreement to take a starring role in vigilante drama "Death Sentence", a new project from 20th Century Fox and Hyde Park Entertainment.

Playing opposite Kevin Bacon, Tyler will portray a homicide detective who assists Bacon's character while she herself actually has growing suspicions that he might have committed murder. James Wan is on duty to direct with Ian Jeffers penning the script.

George Clooney Surrounded by "Leatherheads"

September 18, 2006 08:47:48 GMT

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Seems eager to continue taking double jobs, George Clooney has smoothly signed on to both star and direct Universal Pictures's new project of football-themed film feature entitled "Leatherheads", Variety has reported.

In accordance with this deal, Clooney will also re-write the script while his Smoke House Productions partner Grant Heslov is set to produce alongside Casey Silver with Renee Zellweger in negotiations to co-star the picture.

"Pirates" Snatches Back World Reign

September 18, 2006 07:56:19 GMT

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Long live the Pirates. After stumbling to number two last week, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" wonderfully strikes back so soundly that it finally has its way to return to the top spot on the international box office on Sunday, September 17, 2006.

Thanks to a record-setting opening in Italy of $12.8 million, the adventurous flick has successfully garnered an estimated weekend haul of $16.5 million from 42 territories, pushing Disney/Pixar's "Cars" back to number two as the animated picture turns out to score $6.6 million from 27 markets.

Lionsgate Steps Aboard "3:10 to Yuma"

September 18, 2006 06:51:15 GMT

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Things apparently keep heading toward better direction for "3:10 to Yuma", a remake of the 1957 feature starring Glenn Ford in the lead role. Following the willingness of Relativity Media to handle the film's financial matters, Lionsgate has delightfully come in to take the distribution rights to the movie, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Originally placed under Sony Columbia banner, the picture has been developed for four years with plan to start production this past summer, but all got scrapped when the company decided to make its departure from the project.

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

September 18, 2006 05:02:48 GMT

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Looks like sports genre still remains everyone's favorite to look at in theaters. For the second time in the past month, another uplifting football movie has emerged powerfully to take a victory lap on the weekend box office.

Telling about a detention camp probation officer who creates a high-school-level football team from a group of dangerous teenage inmates, "Gridiron Gang" has delightfully made its way to open strong at $14.4 million during weekend of September 15-17, 2006 to seat firmly on the top of the list, becoming the Columbia Pictures' 10th best opener this year.

Jet Li Positive for "The J&J Project"

September 16, 2006 05:51:57 GMT

At last it is confirmed. Answering the heavy questions on the collaboration between him and fellow Asian star Jackie Chan, Jet Li has unveiled to ComingSoon.net that he indeed will join the actor to share scenes together in a big screen feature tentatively titled "The J&J Project."

"Next April, we're going to make a movie," he revealed during an interview on his latest film, "Fearless." "Everybody's waiting for the producer and the director to announce." On the other hand, Li, however, refused to give further information on the project, keeping his mouth shut tightly when being asked about the plot or the premise of the flick. "Don't be selfish! Let them tell the world!" so he shouted with a smile.

Danny Glover Gets Heroic in "Toussaint"

September 16, 2006 05:13:45 GMT

Danny Glover is getting deeper into filmmaking. According to Production Weekly, the "Saw" actor is set to carry out his second directorial feature work in an action epic feature titled "Toussaint" for Louverture Films.

In making up the project, Glover has already lined-up several big names like Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, and Angela Bassett in the cast list while preparing to start the production later this year in South Africa. The actor is also producing alongside Chris Curling and Joslyn Barnes who will pen the script with Vijay Balakrishnan.

Susanne Bier Bows Before "The Duchess"


September 16, 2006 04:10:00 GMT

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Moving rather quick to land a new stint, Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier has attached herself to direct a period love story based on Amanda Foreman's novel "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire" simply entitled "The Duchess", Production Weekly has revealed.

In bringing up the project to the surface, Bier will also team up with her writing partner Anders Thomas Jensen to work on a new draft of the film's script initially adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Meanwhile, the story will focus on a beautiful woman living in an unhappy marriage who falls in love with a young politician.

DreamWorks Embracing "Mr. Peabody & Sherman"

September 16, 2006 03:36:06 GMT

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The genius, bespectacled dog and his pet boy will have the whole show just for themselves. Yes, DreamWorks Animation SKG has revealed yesterday, September 15, that it is about to develop "Mr. Peabody & Sherman", a big screen version of these two beloved characters originally featured in TV series "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show."

In making the announcement, DreamWorks Animation Head of Creative Development & Production Bill Damaschke has openly unveiled the reason behind the decision. "'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' has the kind of cross-generational appeal that is a cornerstone of DreamWorks Animation," so he said. "Thanks to Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine, the story possibilities are as endless as time itself and we are looking forward to exploring them for the big screen."

Brian Koppelman and David Levien Prepare for " Winter"

September 16, 2006 02:37:21 GMT

Keeps working on its new project of "The Winter of Frankie Machine", Paramount Pictures has assigned "Ocean's Thirteen" screenwriters duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien to pen the script based on Don Winslow's upcoming novel of the same title, Variety has reported.

The movie, intended to be a drama thriller feature, has already cast "Hide and Seek" star Robert De Niro who will also serve as producer with his partner, Jane Rosenthal, via their Tribeca Films. As for the story, it will revolve around a retired mob hit man who returns to the game upon helping the son of a mob boss resolving a dispute with another Mafioso only to discover that he has been set up for a hit.

Larry Charles Covered with "Dirt"

September 15, 2006 09:45:26 GMT

While it is still two months more for his latest film "Borat" to hit theaters, director Larry Charles has already prepared for a new one to be developed under his hands. Production Weekly has learned that the man is engaged in pre-production process on "The Dirt", a biopic of famous Los Angeles-based hard rock band Motley Crue.

Set to be shot on some locations in L.A later this year, the movie will be made based on the troupe's 2001 book titled "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band." As for the story, it follows the group's rise in music industry as well as all their ups and downs in friendships, on tour and in the studio. Rich Wilkes is penning the script with Jordan Berliant, Alan Kovac, and Michelle Manning producing for Paramount Classics.

"Eragon" Trailer Goes Online at MovieFone

September 15, 2006 09:01:59 GMT

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This sure will be such delight for the "Eragon" fans. 20th Century Fox as the production company of the fantasy flick finally has revealed the new trailer of the film after four delays since May 2006. Those who can't wait to get a glimpse of it can now find the trailer attached to Columbia Pictures' "Gridiron Gang" at MovieFone.

Scheduled to open in theaters on December 15 this year, "Eragon" is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same title which actually is the first part of the Inheritance trilogy written by California-born author Christopher Paolini. Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Djimon Hounsou, and John Malkovich are starring with newcomer Edward Speleers taking the lead as the titular character.

Mike Dougherty Playing "Trick 'r Treat"

September 15, 2006 08:06:17 GMT

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After got busy writing for superheroes flick like "X-Men 2" and "Superman Returns", Mike Dougherty is now taking a turn towards horror genre. The writer has been assigned to pen also make his feature directorial debut in "Trick 'r Treat."

A Warner Bros. Pictures production, the project is described as "Pulp Fiction" set on Halloween night and will present a story which "interweaves four tales of chaos and malevolence." While cast has not yet been revealed, production is scheduled to begin November this year in Vancouver.
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