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Drama "United 93" to Open Tribeca Film Fest

March 31, 2006 04:35:55 GMT

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Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival has picked "United 93" as the opening-night film on April 25. The drama flick, written and directed by Paul Greengrass, tells about the terrorist takeover of the airliner that crashed outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the heroic efforts of the passengers and crew on board.

Tribeca officials, furthermore, said that family members of those who were killed in the crash have been invited to attend the screening. As of the festival, it was first launched by De Niro in 2002 to help revitalize the Lower Manhattan district devastated by the terror attacks.

Beautiful Asian Brides in Action

March 30, 2006 02:23:40 GMT

Drama comedy romance "Beautiful Asian Brides" is ready to roll. The Universal Pictures' project is being developed soon as the studio has tapped writers Steven Gary Banks and Claudia Grazioso.

Meanwhile, Brian Grazer will serve as producer via his Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment production company with Lucy Liu as the star on board.

Gil Cates Jr. Already Reached the "Deal"

March 29, 2006 09:26:32 GMT

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"Deal" said Gil Cates Jr. as he's agreed to direct the upcoming drama flick for Louisiana-based Crescent City Pictures. Besides directing, Cates also wrote the script alongside Marc Weinstock.

The story of "Deal" revolves around an ex-gambler who teaches a hot-shot college student how to "play the player," vs. just the cards. But after the two have a bitter falling out, mentor and student find themselves competing against each other in the World Poker Tour championships.

"A Single Girl's Guide to Living It Up" Is on Work

March 29, 2006 09:08:36 GMT

"The Hookup Handbook: A Single Girl's Guide to Living It Up" is still being developed. The comedy flick is based on Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler's novel of the same name.

The story revolves around three very different young women who leave traditional dating behind to forge some unlikely friendships, and a series of life-changing romantic adventures, all in pursuit of "hooking up."

Reid & Patterson Will Star in Bowling Comedy

March 29, 2006 08:23:10 GMT

Tara Reid and Ross Patterson are teaming up to star in the forthcoming bowling comedy "7-10 Split".

From a screenplay by Patterson, "7-10 Split" revolves around an aspiring actor who becomes the Tiger Woods of the bowling circuit. Together, he and his girlfriend put the fun and edge back into bowling.

Wanted, "The Spiderwick Chronicles" Cast

March 29, 2006 07:42:53 GMT

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Wanted, one pair of identical twin boys aged 9-11. It's none other than to play the lead roles in the upcoming "The Spiderwick Chronicles". If you are the ones and willing to win the opportunity you can log on to SpiderwickCasting.com to learn more details about how to submit an audition tape.

"The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a fantasy adventure drama flick based on the books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. It is being directed by Mark Waters and will begin production in summer 2006. The producers on board are Mark Canton, Tony DiTerlizzi, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Gregory Goodman, and Julia Pistor.

Nicole Kidman Attached to Do A Spy Mission

March 29, 2006 06:23:26 GMT

Aussie actress Nicole Kidman has been tapped to do a spy mission. She reportedly is teamed with writer Simon Kinberg for a spy thriller that was picked up by Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox.

Kidman will star and produce via Fox-based Blueprint Films, while Kinberg will write the untitled project. In the meantime, Laurence Mark and Jonathan King are both on board producing.

Starbucks Saved Tom Hanks' Life

March 29, 2006 04:48:35 GMT

Universal Pictures apparently intended to do it quick. Soon as the studio has acquired the rights to "How Starbucks Saved My Life", it directly attached Hollywood actor Tom Hanks to star in and Gus Van Sant to direct. Besides starring in, Hanks also is set to produce alongside Gary Goetzman.

Based on a 102-page proposal by Michael Gates Gill, the book centers on the writer, former J. Walter Thompson executive who found himself down and out when he was downsized out of a job. In his 60s and in a personal tailspin because of an affair that ended his marriage, Gill saw his luck change when he entered a Starbucks and walked out with a job offer from the store's manager, giving his life new purpose.

Elton John Can't Find "Gnomeo & Juliet" at Disney

March 29, 2006 04:33:49 GMT

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"Gnomeo and Juliet", an animated film based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" which Elton John was producing, is no longer in production at Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Being asked why a Disney spokeswoman said the crews at Walt Disney Feature Animation who were in production on the project have been reassigned to other projects.

Christopher Walken & Dan Fogler to Hit the Balls

March 28, 2006 09:20:56 GMT

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Christopher Walken and Dan Fogler have both set to team up for the forthcoming "Balls of Fury". It is an action comedy genre written by Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon.

Garant also will direct as well, starting in June later this year. Meanwhile, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman are all in hand producing alongside Lennon and Garant.

GLAAD Named "Brokeback Mountain" Outstanding Film

March 28, 2006 08:48:14 GMT

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Aside from the many new release movies, "Brokeback Mountain" still shows off its charm. The so-called gay cowboy movie has on Monday March 27th, 2006 added one more award to its pouch as the GLAAD Media Awards named it The Year's Best Wide Release Motion Picture at its 17th annual awards.

Accepted the award is the movie director Ang Lee who during that time commented "Finally, an award that actually means something." Further Lee added it would likely be "the very last award I will accept for 'Brokeback Mountain' ... And to end the journey here tonight is like coming home. The fact is 'Brokeback Mountain' has helped to change the world."

Quaid & Fox Signing to Topline "Vantage Point"

March 28, 2006 08:18:47 GMT

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Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox are about to take the "Vantage Point" as both of them are close to signing to topline the Columbia Pictures' film project written by Barry Levy.

Of drama thriller genre, "Vantage Point" is a Rashomon-style thriller that depicts the attempted assassination of the president from five different points of view.

More Actors Facing "Disturbia"

March 28, 2006 08:03:46 GMT

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Shia LaBeouf may take a sigh as he's not alone in facing the "Disturbia". The actor is joined by Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse and Sara Roemer to star in the drama thriller flick.

As of its story, "Disturbia" revolves around a troubled high school senior, still grieving over his father's death, who is sentenced to house arrest after an outburst of anger at school. He begins to observe a neighbor and suspects the man is a serial killer.

Nacho Libre's Release Date Is Moved to June 16

March 28, 2006 06:32:28 GMT

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Previously slated its comedy flick "Nacho Libre" for a June 2nd release date, Paramount Pictures has at last moved it to June 16th, 2006. While the studio has made such decision, there has yet any reasons given on why it has to be so.

"Nacho Libre" tells the story of Ignacio, played by Jack Black, a cook by day in a Mexican orphanage, who moonlights as a Lucha Libre wrestler to raise money for the orphans. The Jared Hess' direction also stars the likes of Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, Richard Montoya, and Peter Stormare.

Actor Jet Li Sued Over "Fearless"

March 28, 2006 04:44:11 GMT

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Jet Li is sued over his new film "Fearless", which a Chinese kung fu master Huo Yuanjia's relatives claimed to dishonor and misrepresent the life of Yuanjia.

Thus, Li has his name listed in the March 7 lawsuit, in addition to the film's producers and distributors, with the reason that he "not only played the lead role but participated in the making and production of the movie," the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, citing lawyer Yang Zhonghai.
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