Thursday, June 30, 2005

Click

According to Variety, Sean Astin will appear alongside Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken in Click for Happy Madison, Original Film and Columbia/Revolution.

Frank Coraci is directing the Sony-distribbed laffer, which stars Sandler as a workaholic architect who discovers a remote control that allows him to control his life.

Astin can currently be seen in TNT's Steven Spielberg-produced mini "Into the West."

Click hits theaters on June 23rd, 2006.

Well that's all for now folks.

Have a nice day!

Prey

Cry, the Beloved Country helmer Darrell James Roodt will direct independent film Prey, starring Bridget Moynahan, reports Variety. Beau Bauman and Jeff Wadlow, the duo behind Focus Features' Cry Wolf, co-wrote the screenplay with Roodt.

The story follows an American family in Africa on holiday that becomes lost in a labyrinthine game reserve and is stalked by savage lions. The film is set to shoot in South Africa in August.

Helmer's Yesterday was a best foreign film nominee earlier this year for South Africa.

Teacher of the Year

New Line Cinema has bought comedy pitch Teacher of the Year from writer Jeff Bushell with an eye for Ice Cube to star in the tale of two junior high school instructors in a brutal competition to take teacher of the year honors.

Variety says that once a finished draft comes in, Cube will likely attach himself to the project if everyone involved wants to move forward.

Bushell worked on Curious George for Universal and is penning South of the Border for Disney. Cube was last seen in Are We There Yet? and XXX: State of the Union.

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Pope John Paul II

Ian Holm will play Pope John Paul II in the upcoming CBS biopic about the late pontiff, reports Variety. The four-hour miniseries is on track for a debut as early as November.

Holm ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) will portray the elder Karol Wojtyla, starting with his election to the papacy; a younger Wojtyla has yet to be cast.

Some second unit footage as already been shot, with full lensing set to begin late next month in Italy and Poland.

Tentatively titled Pope John Paul II will follow the life of the man who would be pope from his days as a high school student in Poland through his death earlier this year. Historians for the Vatican have supervised the script and exclusive access has been granted to St. Peter's Square and its surroundings.

Holm's recent credits include The Aviator, Garden State and The Day After Tomorrow.

Domino (extra)

GM! I had a couple too many Marguiritas last night so my posts won't be very long today. The first is a news extra concerning a movie coming out this fall:

Domino Harvey, the inspiration for New Line's upcoming film Domino, died in her Los Angeles home on the evening of June 27. Harvey was the daughter of legendary actor Laurence Harvey and a former model who rejected her privileged Beverly Hills life to become a bounty hunter.

"Domino never failed to surprise or inspire me over the last 12 years. She was a free spirit like no other I have ever known," said director Tony Scott.

"We were enormously saddened to hear of Domino's untimely passing. She and I had been conferring about her music to be used in the film only weeks ago. I know I speak for all of us on the movie's cast and crew when I say how much we enjoyed her presence on set when she visited. And although our film is not intended as a biographical piece, hers was the dynamic personality and indomitable spirit that spawned an exciting adventure, not just on screen, but in real life," producer Samuel Hadida added.

New Line had moved Domino from August to November, but the studio has returned the action-thriller to August 19 in order to avoid going up against Universal's Pride and Prejudice, also starring Knightley, and because Knightley will be available at that time to promote the film between shooting the "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels.

Domino features a diverse ensemble cast including Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramirez, Delroy Lindo, Mena Suvari, Lucy Liu, Christopher Walken, Jacqueline Bisset, Mo'Nique and Macy Gray.


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A Sound of Thunder



Directed by Peter Hyams it stars: Edward Burns, Ben Kingsley, and Catherine McCormack.

The Story: Based on a short story by master of science fiction Ray Bradbury, the sci-fi action adventure A Sound of Thunder is set in the future, when time travel is not only possible ? it?s a lucrative monopoly. It?s especially profitable for Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley), the owner of Time Safari Inc., a travel agency that specializes in escorting wealthy clients on exclusive hunting trips back to the Prehistoric Age. When an expedition is compromised and alters the landscape of the future, a seasoned scout (Edward Burns) teams up with the inventor of the time travel technology (Catherine McCormack) to unravel the mystery behind the catastrophic historical changes that are threatening to erase humanity from existence.




"I hope it doesn't realize these guns are actually vacuum cleaners!"



"They'll make me less Gorilla-like, huh, wait till I get my hands on those shit heads!"



"I can't look at you Ben, I can't help it! The wig makes me laugh my ass off!"

Well it's a big day with the release of War of the Worlds today, at least for me, I've waited a long time for the remake of this movie....hope it doesn't let me down.

This is my last post for now.

Have a Nice Day!


Emily the Strange

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According to Variety, Twentieth Century Fox has acquired rights to the character "Emily the Strange" and will make a feature film that mixes live-action with animation.

The pic will be done through 20th Century Fox Animation, whose president, Chris Meledandri, made the deal with creator Rob Reger and his Cosmic Debris Etc. Deal follows Meledandri's coup of acquiring rights from Theodor Geisel's estate to make a CGI-animated pic from the Dr. Seuss classic "Horton Hears a Who" with Ice Age producer Blue Sky.

Emily the Strange is a rail-thin 13-year-old whose clothes are as black as her hair and as dark as the tone of her adventures. Reger hatched this symbol of anti-cool in 1993 through promotional stickers, skateboards and T-shirts that he distributed from his garage. Emily has grown into a multimillion-dollar industry, including an apparel line, three bestsellers published by Chronicle Books and an upcoming quarterly from Dark Horse Comics. Meledandri and veep John Cohen will oversee the pic.

"When John first introduced me to Emily, I was intrigued by Rob Reger's subversive comedic attitude and his simple yet distinctive graphic design," Meledandri said. "However, it was hearing Rob's rich mythology for his character that convinced us to pursue the film rights."

Reger spent several years honing that film vision.

"I had the idea to turn Emily into a movie about five years ago, following the first wave of publicity for the character," Reger said. "Since then, I've been approached by many studios and producers, but only Fox was willing to make me a true partner in the process, and thus ensuring the integrity of the character."

This looks really weird, but original!


Accepted

This movie looks like it will suck by....here it is anyway.

Justin Long will star in Accepted, which Steve Pink is directing for Universal Pictures.

The high-concept comedy centers on a teenager who finds a unique way to outsmart his parents. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage have done a rewrite based on the original screenplay by Mark Perez.

Long has starred in the "Jeepers Creepers" films, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and can currently be seen in theaters in Hebie: Fully Loaded.

The Blood Diamond

Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to make Warner Bros. dramatic thriller The Blood Diamond his next picture, says Variety. Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai), who will direct, rewrote the film with Marshall Herskovitz.

The African adventure is set in Sierra Leone circa 1999, a time when the nation was in the midst of a horrific civil war. DiCaprio would play the role of a smuggler who specializes in the sale of "blood diamonds," also known as "conflict diamonds" -- the precious stones used to finance rebellions, privateers and terrorists.

When the smuggler encounters an indigenous Mende farmer whose young son has disappeared into the RUF's army of child soldiers, the two men's fates become linked.

The studio is hoping to shoot "Diamond" early next year, so that DiCaprio can turn to another Warners project, For Whom the Bell Tolls. He is currently filming Martin Scorsese's The Departed.

War of the Worlds (Extra)

GM! With War of the Worlds being the big movie of the summer , I thought I'd give you this extra on it just before it is released...enjoy:


Of all the stars in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, opening in theatres today, Dennis Muren may be the only one who can walk down the street without being recognized or even getting second glances. Little do people realize that this unassuming man is responsible for the most amazing special effects ever seen on the screen, as well as pioneering the age of computer-generated effects.

Besides working on the first five "Star Wars" movies and being a founding member of Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, for which he is currently Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Muren has received nine Academy Awards for his effects work, which has included everything from the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and its sequels, to the cutting edge effects developed for James Cameron's films The Abyss and T2: Judgment Day. When one talks about the defining moments in computer-generated special effects, it's likely that one or more of Muren's dozens of films will be mentioned and his effects in War of the Worlds, featuring wanton destruction by alien crafts known as "Tripods", will likely astound audiences once again.

ComingSoon.net sat down for this exclusive one-on-one with Muren while he was in New York in hopes of getting a look into the head of this visionary effects man.

CS!: Given the condensed time between when Spielberg decided to do this movie and its release, how hard was it to get the effects done for this movie?
Dennis Muren: The deadline might have been the hardest part, and it was pretty tight in the end, because normally, we've got twice as long. Knowing in advance what was coming up, I just geared the crew up, and by the end, we had 179 people working on it for the last month.

CS!: Who came up with the design of the Tripods and how they were going to move?
Muren: We did the designs at ILM with a half dozen artists, who came up with about 100 designs. Another guy, Doug Chang, his little group did some designs, too, but the ones we came up with that were in the film were ours mostly. We tried an insect approach, and another one was a stiff, straight-legged type of approach, which was stiff, and then we ended up coming up with something which was more of a combination of things that from some angles can look very sinister and other angles look sort of benign even. The motions convey a lot of what's frightening about it. So, it took about a month, before we really had the design worked out on it, and even then, we were refining them as we were shooting the film.

CS!: Once you had the design and had to get it into the computer, was there anything you had for reference when figuring out how they would move?
Muren: Yeah, Steven gave use a clue. He said that these things are kind of like a jellyfish, sort of an underwater strange thing moving around mysterious, like its searching with a lyrical quality to it. That's why it walks like that. It's flowing, you know, as opposed to the stiff mechanical thing that is really in the artwork that was done around the time of Wells' story, because that was all based on the industrial revolution, so that all steam engines and stuff, and we wanted something much more contemporary than that. But still with the three-legged tripod.

CS!: Was it just my impression or did they actually evolve and change a bit as the movie went on?
Muren: Yeah, some of them have got the baskets on the back for holding people, others don't. Some of them have got a certain number of tentacles. There's even an uber-Tripod that you see in a couple shots that has a little different shape on its head then the other ones.

CS!: Can you talk about the rather different look of the aliens?
Muren: We didn't want them to look like monsters, because they're not monsters. They're not as cute as E.T., but to each other, some are very attractive and some are not so attractive. They walk on three legs, like the Tripods walk on three legs, with sort of a triangular, three-sided head when viewed from the top. We carried the three symbolism all the way through all the Martian designs. We tried three eyes, but that didn't look right and we took that out.

CS!: You're obviously on the set a lot. Did you have a computer on set with "footage" of the Tripods or aliens so that the actors would know what they were supposed to be seeing?
Muren: Steven hired one of our guys, Dan Gregiere, who had worked with Steven in L.A., to pre-vis most of the effect scenes in the movie. They had the locations picked already, so in the computer, he built the same geometry as the buildings at the intersection, and then he had the right calibrations for the camera angles, so the framing is the same you would see on location. Then Steven would try putting a Tripod over here and having the ground shake and rumble up and try different angles out over about a month before we started shooting. They were working really tightly together, and he had three or four guys doing this. When we got to the set, there actually was a very elaborate pre-vis that everybody could look at that showed just how big the Tripod was in the shot, exactly where it would be in the frame, and then we followed it 50 to 75% of the time pretty accurately.

CS!: Having a computer team on the set almost seems to be a given these days, rather than waiting and doing it all in post-production.
Muren: Yeah, and Steven was good in that he kept Dan on the set all the time of the shoot to pre-vis ideas that he had coming up. He might know that in a few hours he would be shooting something and have Dan start working on another angle. By the time he was ready to shoot it, Dan would be able to show it from three different angles.

CS!: Could you talk about how you decided on doing something using CG as opposed to using practical effects on the set?
Muren: If you can do it real, you should do it real, because that's the best way to do it. But there are compromises. If you have a lot of animatronic creatures, there are limitations to how they can move and how realistic they look. We wanted this to look absolutely real, and there was no way you could make an object and move it around on the set that would look like this. The explosions you could shoot on a backlot somewhere and build a little town and blow buildings up, but it would be very dangerous, very expensive, and it wouldn't look the same. We worked in Newark, New Jersey, and we shot it all for real in that intersection, and then, put in all the shattering glass and debris later on. You know, there was no debris falling from the sky at all when we were there. There was no dirt in the sky. That was all added later on. But the reality that you get from actually being on location, from looking down a quarter-mile down the street, that's important now. It's always been important to telling stories, that it looks real.

CS!: Was it hard for the actors to react to stuff that wasn't there for them to actually see?
Muren: Actors are great, because that's what they do, and it comes naturally. I could tell Tom 'This is 150-feet-tall and it's sort of looking around,' And then Steven would talk to him. I'd look at Tom, and I'd swear he was looking at it.

CS!: When you work on movies like this one, do you ever get bad dreams?
Muren: The dreams are not about the imagery, but about the deadline. The dreams are about, 'How come this doesn't look real?' and 'What can we do to fix this?' and stuff like that.

CS!: What happens if Steven doesn't like something you've done after spending a lot of time working on it?
Muren:We show him stuff as early as we possibly can. He's done enough of these films that he knows when to say something and change things. On the set, he changes his mind as he directs, and as he works with the actors in rehearsals, he changes things a little bit more. He does take after take until he gets what he wants, and he does the same with us.

CS!: At this point, do you have a team of people who do everything for you while you supervise or do you still get your hands dirty working at the computer?
Muren: I had to bring in another supervisor, Pablo Hellman, because there was no way that ILM could have kept the quality of the work up during the 8 months we had on the show. I took the sequences I wanted like the intersection, the ferryboat, and all the stuff that's going on at the end, and Pablo did a lot of stuff that was really important, too. He did the big car sequence that everybody loves. That was one of the most challenging ones, actually. That was made up of about nine pieces of film with invisible edits. It's all blue screen, but any department could have screwed that shot up. Tom and the actors were always shot on the stage, and then the car and backgrounds were shot. It was all just beautifully combined together into what looks like one shot. There's no way that you could shoot that for real. It's almost two and a half minutes, maybe a little longer than that.

CS!: Was this an idea that came up while on the set or was it planned in the storyboards?
Muren: No, that was planned way in advance. They had broken it down into like six shots, and shot each part separately, and it was all on a stage. The backgrounds were shot on a quarter or half mile on the freeway they had blocked off. I was telling Pablo that I think when this film shows to an effects audience in L.A, they're going to applaud that shot.

CS!: Do you ever get a chance to see your movies in front of a regular audience to see their reaction to something?
Muren: Yeah, I'll make sure it's at least been out for a week, so I don't get the fans. It's just a regular audience and I try to sit in the middle of the theatre and try to absorb it all. See what works and see what doesn't work. You can't change anything, but you apply it to the next show, so it's research.

CS!: Having worked on The Hulk, how do you feel when preliminary effects are shown in an early commercial or teaser and there's a negative reaction on the internet? Is that frustrating when you've done all this work and it's not even completed yet?
Muren: Yeah, you try to not even pay attention to it, because you can't let it stop you or anything like that. What can you do? It's already what it is.

CS!: You've already won eight Oscars for your effects work, but what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment or achievement?
Muren: After 'The Abyss' I took a year off and I got a school textbook on computer graphics, one that all computer scientists had read. To me, it was like reading Latin. I just didn't understand it, but I forced myself to read it, and I really learned it. I came away from that being comfortable with doing it, and also, sort of contributing to the evolution of digital compositing. I worked a lot of that out at my home on Macintosh, and I bought one of the first scanners that came out, that cost $2500, to take it apart and find out how it worked. Then I came back and we did 'T2', so I really felt like I could apply it to something that hadn't been done before, without being too afraid of it. I really understood it. And then it was up to me to get a lot of the guys there confident in themselves to be able to really pull it off. The secret weapon I had on 'T2' was the Photoshop that had also come out. If we ran into problems with rendering, I knew I could go and we could paint a flaw out of the shot, which you could never have done before. That was probably the neatest thing that I was involved with, the transition.

CS!: With that in mind, are you compelled to top yourself every time?
Muren: Every time, yeah. I'm not only compelled, but you look at each show as an opportunity, and not as a challenge or as a job or as a worry. You have to put blinders on and go in with a lot of faith. Steven wanted to try to do it from the point of view of a working-class guy, and I tried to encourage him, which means the camera views are all done from his (Cruise's) height, and all he sees is what's in front of him. That makes the work harder. It's less like a Hollywood movie, where you show the hero and you cut to something blowing up and then the hero ducks. It's more like you're looking in this direction and the actor is right there, and from the side comes something that's going to hit him. Well, there's no way to do that as a blue screen shot or in the typical effects way of doing shots. You've got to do it more realistically, more like a real combat situation or like what we learned from watching amateur footage of the 9-11 blast, where all you see is this tight image, but you know stuff is going on all around you. So there's a lot of aesthetic on how you bring that into it.

CS!: Since you've done all of the effects for the Star Wars films, how come you decided not to work on Episode III?
Muren: I was going to do something on 'Star Wars', but then this came up. I'd been working on a plan to sort of change our hardware and software and (to implement) a different way of working within the company when this show came along. This show was the test run for that, to see if we could be more interactive with the director, get the work done faster, use the artists more as generalists instead of specialists, so that people could have more of an authorship of a shot. I'd been working on that, and then Steven came up with this show, and I could actually run the whole show with this approach and put it in place. We're moving in about two months and we hope to have a new style of working when we get there.

CS!: Was it strange letting Star Wars go after working on it for so many years?
Muren: Yeah, I just had done it so many times, and I didn't know what I could give to it. It's like you want to do it. I thought I could get credit for coffee buyer or something like that, but it never happened.

CS!: Did you feel like doing just one sequence for old time's sake?
Muren: I thought about doing one, but then this show came up, and it didn't make much sense for them to split the work on the show.

CS!: As far as upcoming projects, do you think you'll work on Jurassic Park 4 or the recently announced Star Wars live action series?
Muren: I wouldn't think so. I'm kind of dino'ed and Star Warsed out. [George Lucas] just told me for the first time like three weeks ago that he's going to do this. I thought now he's finally going to make his own little home movies that he's always wanted to make, his little experimental films. "I do want to do those, but I also have this Star Wars TV thing."

CS!: Maybe he can do a sequel to THX. Were you working with him back then?
Muren: No, no, but that was the film that I saw that I wanted to work with him. At that time, he wasn't really doing this, but a few years later, he had the space movie, and I thought it would be nice to work with this guy and see what he's like.

CS!: Have you been approached about doing the effects on James Cameron's next project?
Muren: I don't know. We've talked about it. He's got a couple things, not just 'Battle Angel Alita'. There's this other one floating around, too, so I think nobody quite knows what he's going to do. It's going to be hard to get up and actually do something, but you never know with him. He set up his own company to do 'Titanic', and he might do that same thing here just like George Lucas, Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott.

CS!: And would you want to do the effects on a Hulk sequel if that came along?
Muren: I heard they're talking about doing a sequel with a guy in a suit, which is probably what they should have done the first time.

CS!: It won't be Ang Lee wearing that suit, will it?
Muren: I don't know if Ang is going to do it. I thought Ang was going to make a movie like Jekyll and Hyde, and I thought we were going to get into something really serious with it, but the studio wanted this other movie.

CS!: Do you have any interest in directing yourself?
Muren: I directed my own low-budget film that got released when I was 18, and I just got it out of my system. When you're making your own movie, you got such freedom. With a studio film, you're working for the studio unless your Steven or Cameron, and I just wouldn't want to do that. I feel that I've got a lot more freedom now, and I'm a lot more creatively satisfied doing this. Letting the great directors do what they do and the great actors and composers and cameramen.

CS!: How much easier or harder do you think you had it then the effects crew from the 1953 film?
Muren: I saw that when I was six years old, when it came out, and I still remember it. Green is still my favorite color because of that movie, because the ray machines had these green things on the side. I know everything they went through, and they shot most of the effects for that in three weeks, which is amazing. They had no time on it. I definitely admire where they came through and what they had to work with. So I'm very aware of the past. I think it's a good time now to be doing this stuff. There are thousands of kids coming out of schools that want to do what I do, but most of them need to study filmmaking. They're studying how to use a computer and that's important, but that's not what my job is about.

CS!: Any thoughts on what might be the next film classic to be remade?
Muren: I haven't really thought much about that. I've got a lot of favorites, and 'War of the Worlds' sort of came out of nowhere. There's been talk about making 'Forbidden Planet', but I never look ahead. I won't know anything for a few more months yet.

CS!: How are you able to stay ahead of the FX curve?
Muren: You just need to be up to date with stuff. There's a lot of stuff coming out of games and commercials and stuff like that, because everyone is trying to come up with something new.

CS!: In closing, what do you think will be the next big challenge for computers?
Muren: Well, a lot of people are going for digital humans, which I don't care about, but a lot of people are interested in that, and I think that's the next step. I'm hoping that we can get 3-D into movie theatres, and then we can start designing scenes with depth perception. And that's on its way. As soon as all the digital projectors get in there, then that's going to happen and that's going to be great. It's a post process in which they can add 3-D to 2-D movies, and I've seen some tests with 'Casablanca' and 'Roger Rabbit' and the 'Star Wars' and 'Matrix' films. The stuff looks amazing, and it's better than the two cameras, because you're making an artistic choice, but it just brings you into the movie. Especially, seeing the end of 'Casablanca'. You wouldn't think it, but you have close-ups of the two actors, but they're in depth and you're looking at them, so it's just a better experience. That's what I'm hoping happens, and then we can start designing sequences with that in mind.

As Muren takes his much-deserved vacation, War of the Worlds opens everywhere today.


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Superman Returns (Special) continued



1. Big, Scary, Lit-up, Director Face


2. To Fly

3. Clark Returns

4. Shake, Rattle, and Roll

5. Ma Kent Andretti

6. Wind Up and The Pitch

7. Storyboarded

8. Santa's Grotto

9. Untitled

The last three are the newest installments (duh!) which have just recently been posted.
Well this brings you up to date on a couple of major films and completes my posts for today.

Have a nice day!


The Untouchables: Capone Rising

I'm happy to report that there is a sequel in the works for this movie. I was a big fan of the original. Variety brings us the story:

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According to Variety, Brian De Palma has returned to the scene of the crime for The Untouchables: Capone Rising, a Paramount Pictures prequel to his 1987 hit film about lawman Eliot Ness's takedown of Al Capone.

De Palma has joined forces with The Untouchables producer Art Linson, with whom he recently worked on The Black Dahlia, which was just acquired by Universal Pictures.

Linson got the prequel going at Par, drafting Rounders scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien to write a film that centers on young Al Capone's arrival in Chicago and his rise to criminal kingpin status. The drama charts his collision course with Irish cop Johnny Malone, the character played in the original pic by Sean Connery. Antoine Fuqua was originally attached to direct.

De Palma became interested in the subject matter over the past two months. The director and Linson will continue developing the project with the scribes. Their hope is to get the prequel into production next year.

John Linson will serve as exec producer.




V For Vendetta (update)

It seems like there are days when everyone updates at the same time. This is one of those days. Here's the final Poster or at least one of them for this Wachowski Brother written movie.




King Kong (update)



GM! I'm sure everyone in the US saw this premier of Peter Jackson remake of King Kong, but , for those of you who missed it....I have included the link so you can watch it as much as you want. It is going to be an incredible movie! See the trailer.


Monday, June 27, 2005

Superman Returns (Special)

I've been following this movie closely for this blog so I was very happy to discover that Bryan Singer, the director of it also was doing a diary of his making of Superman. I've also included the final poster and some stills for those who haven't seen them....enjoy.




1. Welcome to Sidney

2. Tamworth Scout

3. Children of the Corn

4. Up, Up, and Away

5. If You Build it

6. Sure This is Safe?

7. The Call

8. Extra! Extra!

This is half of the Blog entries, I'll post the rest tomorrow.





I will finish this post tomorrow to bring you up to date with Byan Singer's Blog Posts.

Release Date: June 30th, 2006

That's all folks!
Have a nice Day!


The Devil Wears Prada

Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries" films) will star with Meryl Streep in Fox 2000's The Devil Wears Prada, the David Frankel-directed adaptation of the Lauren Weisberger novel. Variety says Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the script.

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Hathaway plays Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl who gets a dream job working for a top fashion magazine, one that turns nightmarish because of her imperious boss, the mag's editor Miranda Priestly, to be played by Streep.

Hathaway most recently wrapped Brokeback Mountain for director Ang Lee.

Max Payne

Here's one from the Hollywood Reporter for you:

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Producer Scott Faye of Collision Entertainment has teamed up with Firm Films head Julie Yorn to turn Max Payne, the action video game franchise, into a feature film for 20th Century Fox, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose in the violent, cold urban night. A fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by cops and the mob. Max is a man with his back against the wall, fighting a battle he cannot hope to win. The movie will focus on the origin of the vigilante character.

The game was released for the PC in July 2001 and later that fall on Xbox and PlayStation 2. It was the first video game to employ cinematic techniques like slow-motion "bullet time" (popularized in "The Matrix" trilogy) into its game play and was an instant hit for Finnish game developer Remedy Entertainment and game publisher Gather of Developers.

The sequel, "Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne," shipped for PC, Xbox and PS2 in fall 2003 from Rockstar Games.


Be With You

GM! Let's start off with this little story from Variety:

Warner Bros. has acquired remake rights to the 2004 Japanese hit Be With You, with Jennifer Garner starring and producing via her newly formed Vandalia Films banner, reports Variety. Garner and partner Juliana Janes will produce with the American Beauty team of Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.

The original was directed by Nobuhiro Doi from a novel by Takuji Ichikawa. On her deathbed, a dying young woman tells her husband and young son that she will return to them. A year later, father and son happen upon a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead woman.

Alias star Garner recently wrapped Catch and Release, a romantic comedy for Columbia written and directed by Erin Brockovich scribe Susannah Grant.


Sunday, June 26, 2005

Night Watch

I will end my posts for today with this movie. I have never heard of it , but it looks very interesting.




Directed by Timour Bekmambetov it stars: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Maria Poroshina, Galina Tyunina, Victor Verzhbitsky, and Dima Martynov.

The Story: Set in contemporary Moscow, "Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)" revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. As night falls, the dark forces battle the super-human "Others" of the Night Watch, whose mission is to patrol and protect. But there is constant fear that an ancient prophecy will come true: that a powerful "Other" will rise up, be tempted by one of the sides, and tip the balance plunging the world into a renewed war between the dark and light, the results of which would be catastrophic. "Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)" is the first installment of a trilogy based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko entitled Night Watch, Day Watch and Dusk Watch.

I watched the trailer and it looked very interesting so I have included the link here. Trailer.
It will give you a feel for what the movie is like.

Release Dates: July 29th, 2005 (limited) August 26th (wide)

I'll end my posts for now and ly on the couch and moan till I loose this fucking hangover.

Have a Nice day!


Eragon (update)

Here's an update on a story I brought you before...it comes from a german site Moziplussz.hu:

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Hungarian site Moziplussz.hu has sent ComingSoon.net an update on 20th Century Fox's Eragon, based on the Christopher Paolini-penned bestselling fantasy novel. Stefen Fangmeier will direct the film, coming to theaters on June 16, 2006.

Steven Spielberg's upcoming 1972 Munich Olympics movie Vengeance won't be the only big-budget American production in Hungary this summer. Eragon, a fantasy-adventure based on Christopher Paolini's bestselling book will start filming in late July in the Mafilm Studio in Fót, Hungary (near Budapest). The movie has an estimated budget of $100 million, and it is set for a June 2006 release.

The Mafilm Fót Studios is the same place where Dinotopia: The Series, A Christmas Carol: The Musical and this year's Copying Beethoven was shot.

Dragon-themed movies are often shot in Central/East Europe: Dungeons & Dragons was shot in the Czech Republic, Dragonheart and it's sequel Dragonheart: A New Beginning was made in Slovakia, while Dragon Storm (a 2004 tv-movie) was shot in Bulgaria.

Fót Film Studios is not the only location for this film. This is the other place where the film will be shot, Ság Hill, which is located at the West side of Hungary. There will be a village, a waterfall etc.


Additional pictures can be found here. The medieval-set tale revolves around a farm boy who learns he is the last of a breed of benevolent Dragon Riders, whose magical powers derived from their bond with the beasts.

This movie looks pretty good so far....Follow the link above to get a look at the terrain it will be filmed in.



Miami Vice (update)

GM! I stayed out very late at a club last night so I am hung over so bad, but I will try to make a few posts for you today anyway. Sunday is always a slow movie news day, but here are a few new posts :



Las Horas Perdidas tells us that Spanish actor Luis Tosar has landed the role of villain Arcángel de Jesús Montoya in director Michael Mann's Miami Vice, which Universal Pictures will release on July 28, 2006.

A good friend of Javier Bardem since both actors starred in Mondays in the Sun, Tosar has won multiple awards: Best Spanish Actor in 2003 for Take My Eyes (film is the reason for Mann's selection of Tosar), Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festibal for the same role and Best Supporting Actor for Mondays in the Sun.

In the big screen version of the '80s cop drama, Colin Farrell will play Det. James "Sonny" Crockett and Jamie Foxx will play Det. Ricardo Tubbs. They face a transnational criminal enterprise whose leader and chief financial officer is of Chinese/Cuban origin (Gong Li).
Naomi Harris, Ciaran Hinds, Elizabeth Rodriguez and John Ortiz also star.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

November

This last post for today is of Courtney Cox's new movie. At first glance it looks pretty good:




It is directed by Greg Harrison and stars Courteney Cox, Anne Archer, James LeGros, Michael Ealy, and Nora Dunn.

The Story: After a dinner out, photographer Sophie Jacobs (Cox) and her boyfriend Hugh (Le Gros) stop at a corner store for a late night snack. While Sophie waits unaware in the car, Hugh is murdered in a violent robbery. Haunted by guilt, Sophie goes on with her life as best she can: teaching photography at a local art college, meeting her mother (Archer) for lunch, and visiting her therapist (Dunn). But one day at school, a slide mysteriously appears in the projector's carousel: an image of what looks like her car in front of the corner store the night of the shooting. Are these paranoid visions stemming from her grief and guilt, or does someone know something about the murder?

Yes I like the plot, it draws me right in.

Have a good Day!


The Inside Man

Spike Lee has a new "Joint" in production....Take a look.

BlackFilm.com reports that Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Plummer, Peter Gerety, Peter Frechette, Jason Manuel Olazabal, Darryl 'Chill" Mitchell, and Ashlie Atkinson have all joined the cast of director Spike Lee's, The Inside Man.

Shooting will begin on June 27 in Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, a $118 million soundstage facility located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The project is slated to shoot for 42 days.

The Inside Man takes places during a hostage situation in which a tough cop matches wits a clever bank robber, who sets to pull the the perfect heist.

Washington stars as New York police detective Keith Miller, a tough, street-smart cop fighting for a promotion while trying to live down accusations of misconduct connected to his last case. When he and his partner are dispatched to the scene of an in-progress bank robbery and hostage crisis, Miller must face off against a well-educated criminal (Owen) masterminding a concisely plotted operation. As negotiations grow more strained, a powerful lawyer with mysterious ties (Foster) becomes involved in the crisis... and Miller slowly begins to realize that in this ultimate game of cat and mouse, rules are arbitrary, all roles are up for grabs and the black-and-white of right an wrong has blurred to a shadowy landscape of gray.

Dafoe will be playing the role of a police captain while Ejiofor plays a detective in the film.

Russell Gerwitz and Menno Meyjes are the screenwriters.

Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man) will be producing the film, and Universal Pictures will distribute the film March 24, 2006.

Barking Orders

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lakeshore Entertainment has bought Barking Orders, a spec screenplay by Scott Sommer. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing via Lakeshore along with Craig Berenson.

Details are being kept under wraps, but it is known that the script is a high-concept family comedy. The script was brought into Lakeshore by vp acquisitions and co-productions Bic Tran.

Sommer is writing Open Season 2 for Sony's animation division and has Daniel Boone set up at Fox 2000.

Big Man on Campus

According to Variety, Columbia Pictures has bought pitch Big Man on Campus, to be written by Coyote Ugly scribe Gina Wendkos and produced by Hal Lieberman under his first-look deal at the studio.

The project percolated after Lieberman invited Wendkos for a meeting to sound out movie ideas. Wendkos most recently scripted The Perfect Man and The Princess Diaries.

"This is a comedy that takes place in a high school where beauty and brains duke it out, and what happens when the perception of popular changes and the power structure crumbles," Wendkos said.

One Shot

According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has optioned "One Shot," the latest in a series of Lee Child-penned mysteries about a Dirty Harry-like ex-military homicide investigator named Jack Reach.

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The project will be a co-production between C/W Prods. and Mutual, and the film will be produced by Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner, Don Granger, Gary Levinsohn and Kevin Messick.

"One Shot" became a hot title after a glowing New York Times review, and the studio and producers are hoping to tap earlier titles in Child's nine-book series and launch a franchise. Interest in the new book was generated by Par's Gotham office.

In "One Shot," Reach seeks the truth behind what seems an open-and-shut murder case after a trained military sniper is arrested for shooting five random victims.

A Prairie Home Companion (update)

gm! I always have a hard time finding news for the weekends, so I saved up some this week. Here are a few posted yesterday. This first one is an update of a previous post:


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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Virginia Madsen and L.Q. Jones are headed for Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion. They join Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, Maya Rudolph and Lindsay Lohan.

Garrison Keillor, host of the celebrated radio show of the same name, will play himself in the film. Based on a script by Keillor, the fictionalized story unfolds backstage during a fateful broadcast of the show, which the players discover is to be their last.

Madsen will play a dangerous woman, while Jones will play a musician who's been a regular on the show for years. Streep and Tomlin play the last two sisters remaining from a five-sister country act, Lohan plays Streep's daughter, Harrelson and Reilly are singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, Rudolph plays the stage manager, and Kline plays the show's security guard.

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Dukes of Hazzard (update)

Here's a little Hot Flash for you!

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dukes of Hazzard

According to The Hollywood Reporter, For a little while, at least, a federal judge told Warner Bros. to cancel the release of The Dukes of Hazzard and impound any copies of the film.

Preliminary injunction was issued last Friday in a suit brought by producer Robert B. Clark. Warners bought TV rights to his obscure 1975 film "Moonrunners" when the studio originally made the Hazzard TV skein.

Clark alleged nothing in the original 1978 contract gave Warners the right to also make a movie. In issuing such a far-reaching order, Judge Gary Allen Feess agreed.

"Plaintiffs have shown a likelihood that they will be able to prove at trial that they have an ownership interest in 'The Dukes of Hazzard' film," Feess wrote.

Suit has since been settled, but legal sources not involved in the case said Warners likely paid a pretty penny to settle.

Marc Toberoff, who represented the plaintiffs, said, "The parties have reached a settlement of all claims in the litigation. The terms of that settle-ment are confidential."

Warners spokeswoman Stacy Ivers said, "The suit has been settled."

In his decision, Feess directed pointed comments at the Warners legal department. Studio had claimed that the plaintiffs had waited too long before filing their lawsuit. The Court, Feess wrote, "finds it a little ironic that Warner Bros., with a staff of lawyers and possession of voluminous materials specifically describing the limitations on the rights it obtained in The Moonrunners, complains that the writers who were cut out of the current project should have given earlier notice of their copyright claim."





Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke in Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard hits theaters on August 5th, 2005.

I'll leave you with this picture of Daisy Duke and a raging boner for now, I have work to do!
Have a nice day!


The Cleaner / Devil to Pay

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucy Liu has booked back-to-back acting gigs. First up is The Cleaner, in which Liu will star opposite Cedric the Entertainer. In the action comedy being directed by Les Mayfield, Liu plays an FBI agent posing as a waitress to Cedric's amnesiac janitor who thinks he's an undercover agent.

Liu will topline and executive produce Devil to Pay, an indie thriller being produced by Echo Lake Prods.' Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding as well as IPW's J. Todd Harris.

Black Snake Moan

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Brewer will write and direct Black Snake Moan for Paramount Classics.

The film, whose title comes from a 1920s blues record by Texas' Blind Lemon Jefferson, is the writer-director's follow-up feature to Hustle & Flow, the dramatic Audience Award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, set to be released July 13 by Paramount Classics and MTV Films.

Black, budgeted at about $13 million, reunites Brewster with Hustle producers John Singleton and Stephanie Allain. Paramount Classics is in negotiations with Samuel L. Jackson to play the lead. Christina Ricci is set to star, and Justin Timberlake is in discussions about a role.

In Black Snake Moan, Jackson would play Lazarus Woods, a God-fearing ex-blues musician who is a father figure to a sex-addicted woman played by Ricci. Justin Timberlake is being courted to play Ricci's b.f.

Babylon A.D.

Good Afternoon! Yes I am publishing late today because I was out of town on business and just got back. With that said I 'll start off with this news of another big budget science fictin film that initially goods good.

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According to Variety, Twentieth Century Fox and Canal Plus have reached a deal to co-finance Babylon A.D., a big-budget futuristic thriller to be directed by Mathieu Kassovitz from his script.

Inspired by Maurice Dantec novel "Babylon Babies," story is set in the near future and concerns genetic manipulation. In the book, a mercenary charged with delivering a young woman from Russia to Canada learns that she has been manipulated by a synthetic virus and what lies inside her could doom the human race.

Before he makes Babylon, Kassovitz will act in an untitled drama Steven Spielberg will direct this summer about the aftermath of the Munich Olympics. Kassovitz joins Eric Bana, Daniel Craig and Geoffrey Rush. DreamWorks and Universal are partnering on that pic.

The pic will shoot in Eastern Europe and Canada in February.

Thursday, June 23, 2005






Written and directed by Don Roos this film stars: Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Sarah Clarke, Steve Coogan, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Ritter, and David Sutcliffe.

The Story: Mamie is being blackmailed. This filmmaker named Nick claims to know Mamie's son – the one she gave up for adoption – but Nick won’t introduce her to him unless he can film the reunion. Enter Javier, Mamie's massage therapist boyfriend, who convinces Nick to film him instead. Now they're all making a movie about massage. And 'happy endings'...

This is one wacky movie that I would go to see.



"Could we have another take...my fingers are caught in his but cheeks!"




"Is that her ass or her face?"



"How did the fucking cat get in the oven?"



"Wow! The more tokes I take, the prettier you get!"



"Ok, Now whose kid is this?"



"15 years we've been married and NOW you tell me you're a man!"

Sorry Don. lol

Release Date: July 15th, 2005

This is my last post for now.
Have a nice day!


Tropical Malady

This has to be the most unusual and original movie I have run across in a long time. It's coming out the same week with War of the Worlds. It will be in limited release.




It is written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and stars: Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Huai Dessom, Sirivech Jareonchon, and Udom Promma.

The Story: Winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and an official selection of the New York Film Festival, "Tropical Malady" is the lyrical and mysterious new film by maverick Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul ("Blissfully Yours"), one of the most prominent young directors of the Thai New Wave. "Tropical Malady" chronicles the mystical love affair between a young soldier and the country boy he seduces, soon to be disrupted by the boy's sudden disappearance. Local legends claim the boy was transformed into a mythic wild beast, and the soldier journeys alone into the heart of the Thai jungle in search of him.

You've got to give it one thing, this film has balls! I'm very curious to see how this story was crafted into a movie.

Release Date: June 29th, 2005


Freedomland

Filming has wrapped on Revolution Studios' Freedomland, a drama directed by Joe Roth and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore and Edie Falco, it was announced today. The film, which is based on Richard Price's acclaimed novel of the same name and is being produced by Scott Rudin, will be released by Columbia Pictures on January 13, 2006.

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The screenplay for Freedomland is by Price (Ransom, Clockers, "Sea of Love," "The Color of Money"), and is adapted from his 1998 novel. Revolution Studios' Charles Newirth (Christmas with the Kranks, Peter Pan, Maid in Manhattan, America's Sweethearts) is serving as executive producer.

Revolution Studios and director Joe Roth bring to the screen Richard Price's Freedomland, a highly-charged and gritty mystery of a car hijacking, a missing child and a neighborhood torn asunder, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore.

"I have known Richard Price for his entire career, and I believe that 'Freedomland' is his best work," said Roth. "I am excited to be bringing it to the screen with such talents as Sam Jackson, Julianne Moore and Edie Falco and to be working again with the talented and successful Scott Rudin."

Academy Award© nominee Samuel L. Jackson most recently appeared in "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" and XXX: State of the Union. His other credits include Coach Carter, "S.W.A.T.," XXX, Unbreakable, Jackie Brown, "Eve's Bayou," Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and Pulp Fiction, for which he received an Academy Award© nomination.

Four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore was most recently seen in the psychological suspense thriller The Forgotten. She received Academy Award nominations for The Hours, Far from Heaven, The End of the Affair and Boogie Nights. Her other credits include Laws of Attraction and Magnolia.

Edie Falco is best known for her portrayal of Carmela Soprano in the television series "The Sopranos," for which she has won three Emmy© Awards. Her other credits include the films Sunshine State, Random Hearts, Cop Land and the television series "Oz."

Ron Eldard's credits include the films House of Sand and Fog, Ghost Ship, Black Hawk Down, Sleepers and the television series "ER."

Rounding out the cast are Anthony Mackie (Brother to Brother, She Hate Me, Million Dollar Baby, Hollywood Homicide, 8 Mile), William Forsythe (City by the Sea, The Rock, "The Waterdance," "Once Upon a Time in America"), and Aunjanue Ellis (Ray, The Caveman's Valentine, Men of Honor).

The Big Love

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pam Falk and Mike Ellis have been hired to adapt Sarah Dunn's novel The Big Love for Universal Pictures and the Sommers Co. Stephen Sommers and Bob Ducsay are producing via their studio-based Sommers Co.

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Big Love follows Alison, whose life is sent into a tailspin when her live-in boyfriend tells her that he's in love with another. The woman is forced to re-evaluate their relationship, her theories on sex and love and her religious upbringing.

Property of the State

This is also from the Hollywood Reporter:

Howard Franklin has been hired to write Property of the State for DreamWorks.

The studio has pre-emptively bought Franklin's pitch about a white-collar criminal further corrupted by the justice system. The spec script sold to DreamWorks for a mid-$600,000 against low-$700,000 range, according to studio sources.

Valiant

Here's another post from The Hollywood Reporter:

MTV Films has picked up the movie rights to "Valiant," a teen novel about fairies by Holly Black. Chuck Roven and Alex Gartner are producing through their Mosaic Media Group along with MTV Films, and the film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Black is well known in children's and young adult lit circles for her love of the fairie segment of the fantasy genre. Her debut novel, "Tithe," dealt with fairies and trolls from a teen perspective, and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," a New York Times best-seller on which she collaborated with artist Tony DiTerlizzi, saw the genre tackled from a kids angle.

JellyBeans

GM! We'll start off this morning with a look as this short story from The Hollywood Reporter:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evan Ross Naess is in negotiations to join the cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' roller-skating comedy Jellybeans. Music video helmer Chris Robinson is directing.

Ross Naess, the son of performer Diana Ross, will play Ant in the film, a contemporary urban comedy with music and dance set in a roller-skating rink in Atlanta. Tina Chism, Antwone Fisher, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Joe Robert Cole wrote the script.

The story is based on material by Dallas Austin and T-Boz.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Sherlock's Secretary

Variety brings us this last story:


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Walden Media has acquired romantic action-comedy Sherlock's Secretary from reality-TV maven Bruce Nash and his Nash Entertainment company, reports Variety. Executive-turned-writer Julie Golden will pen the screenplay.

The story is inspired by the many letters sent from all over the world to Sherlock Holmes' London address, 221B Baker St., asking the great detective for help in solving real-life crimes. "They think Sherlock is alive and that he's real," Nash said.

The film will center on a man living at that address who decides to take on a case from one of the letters. In becoming a detective, his whole life is turned upside down.

Walden Media is producing Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Paramount's live-action version of Charlotte's Web.


This is my last post for now.
Have a nice day!



Hairspray

New Line has pushed the start date of Hairspray, the adaptation of the musical, from this fall to spring 2006, and co-directors Jerry Mitchell and Jack O'Brien have left the production. Mitchell choreographed the stage musical and O'Brien won a Tony for directing it.

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Variety says the studio is eyeing Chicago helmer Rob Marshall and has shifted its projected Hairspray release from Christmas 2006 to summer 2007. Marshall will be available to talk after completing a cut of Memoirs of a Geisha he'll show to Sony executives on Friday. Marshall developed the stage version of "Hairspray" as director and choreographer. When he stepped out to do Chicago, O'Brien and Mitchell replaced him.

The six-month postponement was the reason for the exits, said the mini-major, creating a conflict with O'Brien play commitments, including a Tom Stoppard trilogy slated for Lincoln Center. Mitchell left with O'Brien.

New Line attributed the delay to concerns that it would have to shorten rehearsal time in order to wrap before winter in Toronto. Instead, Hairspray will shoot in spring. Second-unit work will be done in Baltimore, where John Waters set the original film.

John Travolta had been approached to play Edna Turnblad, but no real deals will be set until Mrs. Doubtfire screenwriter Leslie Dixon completes her rewrite and a director is hired.

This looks like a wacky movie...I haven't seen the play yet.


Shadow Divers

Ridley Scott will direct and produce Shadow Divers, a Fox 2000 adaptation of the Robert Kurson bestseller, reports Variety.

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The story, adapted by William Broyles, follows two wreck divers who in 1991 discovered the hull of a German U-boat in waters off New Jersey. The divers spent seven years searching for the truth behind the ship and men who died inside it.

Broyles, who most recently adapted the Anthony Swofford memoir Jarhead into the Sam Mendes-directed film, met with Scott and came away with notes for a rewrite.

Broyles previously wrote The Polar Express, Unfaithful, Planet of the Apes, Cast Away, Entrapment and Apollo 13.

Ridley Scott is in my list of top 5 directors, I can't wait to see this movie or any other of his projects.


The Chronicles of Narnia (update)

Also released today is the final poster for this movie. What is this Poster Day Dave?



I like it!


War of the Worlds (update)

GM! So much has been published in the media already about War of the Worlds that an update is the last thing you would need right now. This is not a real update, I found a location that had all of the world posters for the upcoming movie and thought you might think it was interesting to see them all together:





























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