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RIP, Anna Nicole Smith's 20-Year-Old Son

September 11, 2006 09:13:17 GMT

Good and bad news approached Anna Nicole Smith nearly at the same times. The Playboy playmate has on Sunday September 10th, 2006 had her 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, died suddenly in the Bahamas.

The bad news came just three days after the busty beauty welcomed the arrival of her baby daughter, whose father being kept under wrap.
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Spike Lee Brings "NoLa" to NBC

September 11, 2006 08:51:54 GMT

He first created a documentary on Hurricane Katrina, and now Spike Lee is about to follow it up with a scripted drama for NBC set in New Orleans.

The new project, simply called "NoLa," is a multicultural ensemble exploring the post-Katrina lives of New Orleans residents from different social and economic backgrounds.
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Vox3 Captures "Ivy League Bookie"

September 11, 2006 08:16:00 GMT

Seemingly progressing well, Vox3 Films has delightfully added another new project under its banner after picking up Nicole Kidman's vehicle of "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus." The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio has successfully secured the rights to "Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie", a picture based on Peter Alson's memoir of the same title.

Telling about Alson's account of life as a down-and-out Harvard graduate who gets his real education when taking a job as bookie in Greenwich Village, pic is directed by David Greenwald who also pens the script alongside the author. Jonathan Kesselman is set to produce under his newly formed production company the Worldwide Media Conspiracy together with Vox3 principals.
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Joan Chen Advancing toward "Lust, Caution"

September 11, 2006 07:23:45 GMT

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Bringing more highlights to Ang Lee's latest project of "Lust, Caution", Joan Chen has given her agreement to join the cast of the picture, Lee's assistant David Lee has confirmed through an e-mail sent to The Associated Press Saturday, September 9.

Doing so, Chen then will be billed as the wife of an intelligence official named Mr. Yi played by talented Hong Kong actor Tony Leung. The movie itself, based on a short story by famed Chinese author Eileen Chang, revolves around a bunch of patriotic student who develop plan assassinating the intelligence chief in the Japanese-backed Chinese government during the World War II era.
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MGM in Charge of "Rescue Dawn"


September 11, 2006 06:44:33 GMT

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One more seemingly promising picture has gone down under MGM's wings. Chief operating officer Rick Sands has announced Saturday, September 9 that the company has successfully obtained all North American rights to "Rescue Dawn", the latest directorial work of prominent German filmmaker Werner Herzog starring Christian Bale.

The deal was reached after MGM's Scott Packman and Ayano Ichida negotiated with Adam W. Rosen of Rosen Feig Golland & Lunn on behalf of the filmmakers. Commenting on this successful attempt, Sands openly showed his delight. "We're very excited to be working with Herzog," so he said. "He is a legendary director, and he and Bale have brought this incredible and compelling story to the screen in a raw and emotional film."
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"Pirates" Crosses $1 Billion Mark Overseas

September 11, 2006 04:36:07 GMT

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Turning out as expected, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" finally made its way to strive past $1 billion mark in worldwide box office after impressively collecting a total worldwide income of $1,002.6 billion, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios Dick Cook officially announced on Saturday, September 9, 2006.

Already topped the international box office for nine consecutive weeks, the seafaring tale thus becomes the third big screen feature in the history to accomplish such achievement after the 1997's "Titanic" and 2003's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." "This is truly an historical time for The Walt Disney Studios and a time to celebrate," Cook remarked following the statement. "The film's phenomenal success all over the world proves once again that audiences will vote to come back again and again when presented with great entertainment."
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Top Ten Box-Office Holdovers of the Weekend September 8-10, 2006

September 11, 2006 03:37:15 GMT

Covenant, The picture
The spell has been cast and it works well enough for "The Covenant" this time. Presenting interesting basic premise of supernatural teens at an elite boarding school, the movie delightfully works its way to conjure up $9 million to secure the top position on the weekend box-office, according to studio estimates Sunday, September 10, 2006.

Though indeed creates winning mark on the list, the Sony/Screen Gems-distributed picture turns out to gather the lowest total for a number one big screen feature in three years, only scoring a $3,357 average at 2,681 sites. Meanwhile, the second place goes to Focus Features' "Hollywoodland" as the film managed to collect $6 million, way up behind the last-week chart topper "Invincible" which fell down to number three for merely earning $5.7 million this weekend.
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The 63rd Venice Film Festival Big Winners

September 11, 2006 02:25:27 GMT

That Ben Affleck was one of the big winners at the 63rd annual Venice Film Festival, it's a big surprise. The Hollywood actor surprised many when his name was mentioned to win the Best Actor award at the ceremony, thanks to his portrayal as George Reeves in "Hollywoodland".

It is a drama mystery thriller flick directed by Allen Coulter. As of the story, "Hollywoodland" dramatizes an investigation into the death of George Reeves, star of the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman." Did not attend the ceremony, Affleck however sent a message of thanks from Los Angeles via his BlackBerry, saying he was "surprised, flattered and honored".
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Mariah Carey to Develop Her Own Fake Tan Line

September 09, 2006 07:19:58 GMT

Mariah Carey wants to look beautifully bronzed on every night "Emancipation of Mimi" tour. And so, such willingness has prompted the pop diva to develop her own fake tan made with 24-karat gold dust.

In an attempt to bring the idea into life, Carey has hired a personal tanning assistant, Jenny Phillips, to spay her before going on stage.
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Cat Stevens to Release First Album in 28 Years

September 09, 2006 06:57:55 GMT

It's been 28 years that now his fans could finally welcome Cat Stevens back to the music industry. The singer-songwriter is about to release a pop-music album in November this year.

The upcoming music project, tentatively titled "An Other Cup", will be distributed by Atlantic Records in North America in a venture with Stevens' own label, 'Ya Records.' It will, moreover, mark the 40th anniversary of the folk singer's first record, "I Love My Dog."
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The New Created Ray Charles Album

September 09, 2006 06:42:16 GMT

The late great musician Ray Charles will live forever, at least his music work. Considering his great attainment and contribution to the scene, Concord Records and Starbucks are teaming up to release "Ray Sings, Basie Swings".

The new set reportedly is a combination of Charles vocals backed by new arrangements from the legendary bandleader's orchestra Count Basie Band.
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The Black Crowes Guitarist, Marc Ford, Called It Quit

September 09, 2006 05:58:15 GMT

Is it a bad luck or merely bad news? You decide. Hard rock jam band The Black Crowes lost two of its members. Last week, the group's keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch, who had played with the band since 1991, exited the band for "personal issues". And on Wednesday September 6th, just one day before the band set to kick of their massive fall tour, guitarist Marc Ford also called it quit.

On Ford's resignation, the man's spokesperson claims health issues as the reason the musician called it quits, saying "All the difficult work he has done to gain his longest period of sobriety ever was in jeopardy while touring." On the other hand, Crowes manager, Pete Angelus, claimed Ford's departure as less than amicable for the guitarist was "immediately terminating his agreement" with the Crowes without giving 12 weeks notice required by his contract.
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Robin Williams Will Return to the New "Comic Relief"

September 09, 2006 04:46:07 GMT

People, get ready for the new "Comic Relief". The live stand-up comedy benefit, which ran on HBO from 1986-1998, will return to the premium cable network Nov. 18 later this year after a seven-year absence.

Besides, it will also be simulcast on TBS as well. On top of that, comedian Robin Williams will return as host of the three-hour event, bringing also his companion Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.
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"Grindhouse" Cast of "Death Proof" Segment Finalized


September 09, 2006 04:08:13 GMT

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The line-up is fixed at last. Quentin Tarantino has ultimately finalized the cast of his "Death Proof" segment of Dimension Films' "Grindhouse" with the addition of Michael Bacall of "CSI" fame, "Hostel" helmer Eli Roth, and newcomer Omar Doom in the list, the filmmaker and the studio announced Friday, September 8.

A slasher flick, "Death Proof" is one of the two pictures which make up "Grindhouse", the other being Robert Rodriguez's zombie movie titled "Planet Terror." It previously rounded up stars like Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Ferlito in the cast with Tarantino also penning the scripts.
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Green Day Set to Record A Track with U2

September 09, 2006 04:03:03 GMT

Green Day and U2 both are having a music project together. Both bands are set to go into the studio to record a track on a cover of "The Saints Are Coming", a song which was originally released by the Scottish punk band The Skids.

Record producer Rick Rubin will join the bands to work on the track, which is expected to raise money for Music Rising, a charity seeking to benefit the musicians devastated by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
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