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Early Highlights Of CES 2007

The giant CES convention is underway this week in Los Angeles with many announcements trumpeted to the high heavens yesterday. Here's a breakdown of the big ones that could affect you the movie consumer:-LG's combo Blu-ray/HD-DVD player (nicknamed...

Ladies, Mr. Neeson Wants To Be Taken

Liam Neeson is set to star in the EuropaCorp and 20th Century Fox drama "Taken" which Pierre Morel ("District B13") is directing reports Variety.Penned by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, the story will have Neeson playing an ex-soldier...

The Random Spiel: January 5th 2007

A first glimpse of footage from Disney's 2007 line-up is out. Aside from the perenially cheerful young hosts asking Johnny Depp about the best way to clear up acne, there's actually some footage from Ratatouille, Enchanted, Pirates 3, Bridge...

All Passengers Report To Wilson

Patrick Wilson ("Little Children", "Phantom of the Opera") has signed on to star as the male lead opposite Anne Hathaway in Mandate Pictures supernatural thriller "Passengers".Penned by Ronnie Christensen, "Passengers" centers on a grief counselor (Hathaway) who helps six...

Look Out, Amini’s Got A Knife

New Line has hired Hossein Amini ("The Wings of the Dove", "The Four Feathers", "Jude") to pen "The Subtle Knife," the second part of Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" reports Variety.The studio is presently in production on a five-month...

Trade Breaks: Proposal, Rabbit, Halloween

"New Line Cinema has acquired an untitled comic pitch from "The Drew Carey Show" producer Les Firestein. The comedy twists the "Indecent Proposal" concept, as a wealthy man meets an attractive couple and offers a fortune for a night...

You Can Tingler For A Price

Sony Pictures has selected "Project Greenlight" winners Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan ("Feast") to pen a complete rewrite of Greg Pace's 2003 draft for its horror remake "The Tingler".Based on the 1959 Vincent Price classic, the film centers on...

Sony Classics Detects A Sleuth

Sony Pictures Classics has signed on to distribute the long-gestating remake of the 1972 cat-and-mouse drama "Sleuth" which stars Michael Caine and Jude Law reports Variety."Sleuth," which Kenneth Branagh is directing from a script by Harold Pinter, has long...

All Rhodes Lead To Rainn

MTV Films has picked up "Kanan Rhodes: Unkillable Servant of Justice," an action-caper comedy from "The Office" star Rainn Wilson and Bob Odenkirk reports Reuters.Written by Odenkirk, B.J. Porter and Scott Aukerman, "Rhodes" follows the misadventures of a man...

Get Set For Total HD Discs

Yesterday's announcement of LG's dual-format Blu-ray/HD-DVD player isn't the only piece of electronics at next week's CES aiming at solving the compatability issue. The New York Times reports that Warner Bros. Pictures, one of the few...

Clooney Joins DeNiro On 36

George Clooney is close to a deal to star opposite Robert De Niro in "Monster's Ball" director Marc Forster's next film "36".The thriller is a remake the French cop saga "36 Quai des Orfevres" with Dean Georgaris ("The Manchurian...

Norbit Hitting Ratings Problems

After losing an appeal, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks will continue to work with the MPAA ratings board to secure a PG-13 rating for Eddie Murphy's upcoming romantic comedy "Norbit".The film earned a more restrictive R rating on its initial...

Trade Breaks: Hallström, Abrams, Mist

"Oscar-nominated Lasse Hallström ("The Cider House Rules", "Chocolat", "What's Eating Gilbert Grape") is set to direct and executive produce the Fox drama pilot "New Amsterdam". The story enters on a man cursed with immortality who works as a...

The O.C. Gets Cancelled

Several years ago one couldn't escape the buzz over "The O.C.", the new hip prime time soap drama that broke through into the mainstream where "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place" had trodden successfully in the nineties.Unlike those shows...

Thinkfilm Plans War/Dance Release

ThinkFilm has acquired worldwide rights to "War/Dance" which will have its world premiere in competition this month at the Sundance Film Festival says The Hollywood Reporter.Directed by husband and wife Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, the film revolves...

Blu-ray/HD-DVD Combo Player Debuts

The high definition disc format war looks like it might come to an unofficial end next week with electronics manufacturer LG firing the killing salvo.The company has announced in a press release today that it will be showing a...

Hunger Force Gets Cooking In March

Adult Swim's feature film version of the surreal animated series "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" has been set for a surprisingly large 800 screen release this March through First Look Pictures.The film centers on the origins of "Hunger Force" characters...

Sienna Miller Talks Dylan Lawsuit

Actress Sienna Miller has denied previously reported claims made by Bob Dylan that her new film "Factory Girl" alleges Dylan had a role in driving Edie Sedgwick into the heroin addiction that arguably killed her.Dylan threatened legal action against...

A Ratatouille Controversy Already?

Despite its box-office success, the slightly quieter than expected results along with mixed critical reaction to "Cars" has Disney concerned about how to properly market this year's Pixar effort "Ratatouille".Not helping of course was the glut of bad CG...

The Nightmares Of Vartan

Michael Vartan, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan and Lance Henriksen are in talks for "Worst Nightmares", a new horror pic from director Frederick King Keller (TV's "24", "Angel") reports Moviehole.Written by Shane Briant, the story centres on Pulitzer Prize winning...

New Bionic Woman Series Planned

NBC greenlit three one-hour pilots yesterday, one of which was a new take on the classic 70's series "The Bionic Woman" reports Reuters."Bionic," which has received a cast-contingent order, is a reconceptualization of the show about a woman whose...

Rubin Tapped To Re-Write Wife

New Line has tapped Bruce Joel Rubin ("Ghost", "Deep Impact") to rewrite sci-fi romance "The Time Traveler's Wife," to be directed by Robert Schwentke reports Variety.The novel centers on a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to...

Weinsteins Not There For Dylan Biopic

The Weinstein Co. has scooped up North American and U.K. rights to "I'm Not There," the quirky new Bob Dylan biopic from Todd Haynes ("Velvet Goldmine").The film features Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and even Cate Blanchett playing...

Hank Azaria Gets Outsourced

Actor Hank Azaria (TV's "Huff", "The Simpsons", "Dodgeball", "The Birdcage") is in negotiations to make his feature directorial debut on the Sony Picutres comedy "Outsourced"."Outsourced" is set in motion after an American factory is shut down and transported to...

Amanda Bynes Is White As Snow

Amanda Bynes ("She's the Man") is set to lead Morgan Creek's college comedy "Sydney White" with Joe Nussbaum ("Sleepover", "American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile") directing reports Variety.This teen comedy remake of the classic "Snow White" tale is penned...

The Random Spiel: January 2nd 2007

"The Water Horse" director Jay Russell has revealed storyboards from his upcoming fantasy pic at his official MySpace blog.-Joe Carnahan has released the draft of the Smokin' Aces screenplay which secured the deal with Universal. The finalised...

Otto & Edgerton Return To Australia

Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" project is proving a local boon for the actors with acting legend Barry Otto and "Star Wars" & "Kinky Boots" star Joel Edgerton being considered for support roles according to The Sun Herald.The news comes on...

Primeval Moved Up To Next Week

Hollywood Pictures announced this morning that "Primeval", their upcoming horror-thriller starring Dominic Purcell and Orlando Jones, has a new release date of January 12th.The last minute move to next Friday comes as a surprise as the film was originally...

Further Indiana Jones IV Details

Well turns out the "Indiana Jones" talk is gathering momentum with the trades picking up the news today and elaborating with further details.Steven Spielberg has decided to postpone directing his Abraham Lincoln biopic with Liam Neeson in favour of...

Masi Oka Turns 21 Tricks

Visual effects whiz turned "Heroes" rising star Masi Oka has joined Sony Pictures' casino-set thriller "21".Oka is in talks to play a supporting role in the film inspired by the true story of a group of MIT students who...

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