News Bites: Monday, Feb. 16th 2004

By Garth Franklin Monday February 16th 2004 04:40PM

2004 BAFTAs: "Winning best film and three other prizes, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was first among equals at the British Academy Film Awards Sunday in London. "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" also won four BAFTA awards, including one for director Peter Weir; and "Lost in Translation," picked up three, including actor (Bill Murray) and actress (Scarlett Johansson)..." (more info). Kicking & Screaming: "One week into production on Will Ferrell soccer comedy "Kicking & Screaming," Universal is switching directors. Jesse Dylan, who helmed U's "American Wedding," will take over for Marco Schnabel. Pic is shooting during a narrow window of availability in Ferrell's busy sked..." (more info). Bond 21: EON have finally officially commented on the Brosnan rumours to Empire Online. The verdict? All the rumours of Brosnan leaving are false.

Captain Kidd: Ridley Scott is attached to direct and may make it his first post-Kingdom project according to Yahoo Movies. Deadpool: IGN Filmforce reports that Mark Millar will write, David Goyer will direct and Ryan Reynolds will star in the Marvel comic adaptation. DVD News: Information is out on Big Fish, The Statement, LOTR: Return of the King & Six Feet Under: Season 2.

Farscape (TV): An Aussie Govt film site lists two 2hr telemovies are being produced - the three month shoot is scheduled to wrap mid-March.

Father of the Pride (TV): TV Barn reports that the CGI-animated Siegfried & Roy-based prime time series from Dreamworks about a pack of Vegas white lions will sit in the "Friends" timeslot next year on NBC.

Hellraiser: Details of a potential TV series based on the Clive Barker property are up at Celluloid Shockers.

JRR Tolkien Properties: Entertainment Rewired indicates New Line is looking into developing further Tolkien novels into film properties but not for a while yet.

Kingodm of Heaven: Some video of Ridley Scott, Orlando Bloom and Jeremy Irons is up at Antena 3. Lackawanna Blues: Coming Soon reports that Halle Berry will next film Lackawanna Blues with Liev Schreiber and Rosie Perez, about a boy who is raised more by the woman who runs a boarding house than his own drug-addicted mother. Laws of Attraction: The official site is now up for the Julianne Moore/Pierce Brosnan romantic comedy.

Luc Besson's Next: The French director confirmed that shooting of his next movie begins August 2004 according to Allocine. Posters: One-sheets for "King Arthur", "I'm Not Scared", "Secret Window" & "The Ladykillers" are up at Movieweb. Release Date Shifts: "Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason" will now open January 2005, "Vanity Fair" is scheduled for September 1st and "Friday Night Lights" will open October 15th.

Seed of Chucky: Cristi Nicelescu has signed on to be the production designer according to Moviehole. Spectres: Details of the new Marina Sirtis flick are up at IESB. Spider-Man 3: HotDog Magazine reports that Eliza Dushku (Faith from "Buffy", "Angel") is Sam Raimi's favourite choice for the role of Felicia Hardy (aka. The Black Cat). Starship Troopers 2: The DVD cover art and international release date information can be found at ST2.Net. Star Trek: Voyager: Shots of Genevive Bujold as Captain Nicole Janeway in the aborted pilot are up at Trekweb, whilst details of the second season DVD are up at DVD Answers. The Crow: Wicked Prayer: Bloody Disgusting indicates that the latest sequel may be headed direct to video. The Swedish Cavalier: Technikart reports that Christophe Gans ("Brotherhood of the Wolf") is interested in directing an adaptation of the novel by Leo Perutz - a tale of switched identities and reversals of fortune concerning a nameless theif fleeing the gallows who crosses paths in 1701 with a noble-born deserter from the Swedish army. The project was previously attached to Gilles Mimouni.

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