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Mack Chico

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2008/08/20 at 12:00am

Guillermo del Toro & Peter Jackson to pen ‘Hobbit’ script

Guillermo del Toro & Peter Jackson to pen 'Hobbit' script

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro‘s search for writers for “The Hobbit” and its companion film has ended, with the filmmakers deciding that no one is better suited for the task than they are.

Del Toro, who is directing the movies, will team with the “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker and “Hobbit” executive producer Jackson to adapt the J.R.R. Tolkien book and write its follow-up. Also joining them in the writers room are Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, both of whom collaborated with Jackson on the “Rings” trilogy.

The news caps off an eight-month search for a scribe to tackle the coveted task of bringing the literary classic to the big screen. When Jackson and New Line resolved their differences over profit participation in the “Rings” films, Jackson said he would not be writing the “Hobbit” movies because of other commitments, though he does have approval over creative elements in his role as exec producer.

Later, when del Toro came aboard, the deal was that the two would oversee the search for scribes and the writing. In the interim, three factors came into play: 1) The filmmakers saw their schedules open up, 2) During the general discussions about the films, they realized how much affection they had for the material, and 3) They also realized that in order to make the release dates, the process required people intimate with Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth. All led to the decision that they would do the honors themselves along with Walsh and Boyens.

“Hobbit,” written by Tolkien for his children years before the “Rings” trilogy, follows a young Bilbo Baggins, who finds his comfortable life turned upside down when the wizard Gandalf takes him on a journey for a hoard of treasure that involves trolls, humans, Gollum and his ring of invisibility and a dragon named Smaug.

“Hobbit” and its sequel are being co-produced, co-financed and co-distributed by New Line and MGM, with New Line managing production and handling domestic distribution through Warner Bros. and MGM distributing internationally.

The films will be shot simultaneously, with principal photography tentatively set for a late-2009 start. New Line and MGM hope to release “Hobbit” in 2011 and its sequel the following year.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/20 at 12:00am

‘A Serious Man’ – Coen brothers’ new film is cast

'A Serious Man' - Coen brothers' new film is cast

The Coen brothers have tapped a pair of relative unknowns to star in their next pic, “A Serious Man.”

Michael Stuhlbarg, a Tony-nominated actor with little experience in front of the cameras, and Richard Kind, a character actor best known for his role on ABC’s “Spin City,” will star as brothers in the period black comedy.

Set in 1967, story centers on Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg), a Midwestern professor whose life begins to unravel when his wife sets out to leave him and his socially inept brother (Kind) won’t move out of the house.

Shooting is set to start at the beginning of next month in Minneapolis.

Working Title is producing, and Focus Features will distribute.

Joel and Ethan Coen, whose George ClooneyBrad Pitt starrer Burn After Reading will open next month, penned the screenplay for “A Serious Man” and are sharing producing duties. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner exec produce.

Stuhlbarg, who has made guest appearances on “Law & Order” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” was nominated for a Tony for his role in “The Pillowman” and starred in the title role of this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Hamlet.”

He is repped by manager Lisa Loosemoore.

Kind’s credits include “For Your Consideration,” “The Station Agent” and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and the TV series “Mad About You.”

Mack Chico

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

Street Kings

Rating: 1.0

Rated: R for strong violence and pervasive language.
Release Date: 2008-04-11
Starring: James Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss
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Mack Chico

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Rating: 2.5

Rated: PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo.
Release Date: 2008-03-07
Starring: David Magee, Simon Beaufoy
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Country:UK
Official Website: http://www.filminfocus.com/focus-movies/miss-pettigrew/synopsis.php

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Elena Calvo

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

The Life Before Her Eyes

Rating: 3.0

Rated: R for violent and disturbing content, language and brief drug use.
Release Date: 2008-04-18
Starring: Emil Stern
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Official Website: http://www.lifebeforehereyes.com/

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Alex Florez

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

Natalie Martinez talks about her new film ‘Death Race’

Natalie Martinez talks about her new film 'Death Race'

Natalie Martinez, the beautiful cuban american actress joins Jason Statham, Joan Allen, and Tyrese Gibson in ‘Death Race‘ – a film about an ex-con named Jensen Ames (Statham) who is forced by the warden of a notorious prison (Allen) to compete in the post-industrial world’s most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Watch Natalie talk about the race, working with Jason Statham and playing the role of ‘the navigator’.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

Tom Cruise to work with Sam Raimi on ‘Sleeper’

Tom Cruise to work with Sam Raimi on 'Sleeper'

As Tom Cruise goes about writing the next chapter in his career, he’s developing an interest in comic book movies.

Together with Sam Raimi, he is setting up “Sleeper” at Warner Bros. Cruise is loosely attached to star in the adaptation of the DC Comics/Wildstorm comic that Raimi would produce with his Star Road Entertainment partner Josh Donen.

Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, “Sleeper,” which ran from 2003-05, centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact. He is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency and falls for a member of the group, named Miss Misery.

Although he remains a co-owner of United Artists — from which his longtime producing partner Paula Wagner resigned last week — he’s not tied exclusively to that company. It now looks as if his next acting gig will be the Spyglass thriller “Tourist,” as if to counter the more cerebral role he played in the UA boxoffice failure “Lions for Lambs” and the upcoming UA WWII period pic “Valkyrie,” in which he plays the anti-Nazi Claus van Stauffenberg.

“Sleeper” is the third project that Cruise has become associated with over the past two weeks –all three separate from his commitments at UA. In addition to “Tourist,” the actor has expressed interest in the Working Title-Universal comedy “Food Fight.”

Also apart from UA, the actor picked up some good notices last week for his uncharacteristic turn as a bald film mogul in DreamWorks-Paramount’s “Tropic Thunder.”

Even if Cruise opts not to do “Sleeper,” his interest in the project is propelling it forward, despite complicated rights issues that must be sorted out. Raimi and Donen have long been fans of the book, and the project could have found homes at Sony and Regency if those issues hadn’t been so complex.

“Sleeper” takes place in the same publishing universe as other Wildstorm books, and integrally featured characters from the company’s flagship title “WildC.A.T.s” as well as characters from another book, “Gen 13.”

Both “WildC.A.T.s” and “Gen 13” had been set up at different places around town and some of those deals were made before DC bought the imprint in 1999.

Warners, now involved in a legal wrangle with Fox over the rights to “Watchmen,” appears determined to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s in its contracts for “Sleeper.”

The project is being eyed not only as a starring vehicle for Cruise but also as a possible franchise for the studio.

Matt Reilly is overseeing the project for Warners while Russell Hollander shepherds for Star Road. Gregory Noveck oversees for DC. No writer is attached.

“Sleeper” sees Raimi and Donen continuing their company’s superhero, which began when they recently set up the superhero story “The Transplants” at Disney.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

Death Race – 6 clips from the film!

Death Race - 6 clips from the film!

ShowBizCafe.com brings you 6 exclusive slicp from the new action film ‘Death Race‘, starring Jason Statham, Joan Allen and the beautiful cuban-american actress Natalie Martinez. The film opens nationwide this Friday.

Ex-con Jensen Ames (Statham) is forced by the warden of a notorious prison (Allen) to compete in our post-industrial world’s most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/17 at 12:00am

‘Tropic Thunder’ dethrones Batman at the box office

'Tropic Thunder' dethrones Batman at the box office

Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder” dethroned Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” from the top spot at North American box offices this weekend, entertainment industry estimates showed Sunday.

Stiller’s movie-within-a-movie about a group of actors shooting a war movie in the middle of a real-life conflict zone scooped 26 million dollars on its opening weekend, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The impressive opening haul gave the film — which also stars Robert Downey Jr and Jack Black — five-day earnings of just over 37 million dollars.

It came after the film’s premiere saw protests from disability activists who lambasted Stiller for repeated use of the word “retard” in the script. Stiller has defended the movie, insisting that it is a satire on Hollywood.

The success of “Tropic Thunder” knocked “The Dark Knight” off of top spot after four weeks of dominance.

But “The Dark Knight,” which features Christian Bale as the caped crusader and Heath Ledger as his arch-villain Joker, earned another 16.8 million dollars which was enough to take the film past “Star Wars” as the second highest-grossing movie of all time after 1997’s “Titanic.”

“The Dark Knight” has now raked in a cool 471.5 million dollars since opening in mid-July, but is still way off “Titanic’s” mammoth haul of 601 million.

Ironically, the milestone came on the same weekend as the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” arrived in US theatres. The latest offering from George Lucas’s moneyspinning franchise opened in third with 15.5 million dollars.

The latest Hollywood remake of a cult Asian horror film “Mirrors“, starring Kiefer Sutherland, was in fourth spot with 11.1 million.

In fifth place was the marijuana comedy “Pineapple Express“, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which earned 10 million.

Critically panned action-adventure “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” was sixth with 8.6 million, ahead of Abba musical remake “Mamma Mia!“, with 6.5 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” with 5.93 million, ahead of comedy “Step Brothers” with 5 million dollars.

Woody Allen’s latest film, romantic comedy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” was 10th with 3.7 million although it was screened in fewer than 700 theaters nationwide.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/17 at 12:00am

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