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Jo Blo:
Starsky & Hutch poster

Latino Review: Miracle, Catch That Kid, Confessions of a Teenage Queen and Starsky & Hutch posters

Z Review: Starsky and Hutch, At Five in the Afternoon, Zatoichi




Trailers and multimedia

CHUD: Tokyo Godfathers trailer and clips

Cinema Confidential:
The Dreamers

Cinescape:
the Van Helsing trailer will go up Friday morning

Empire Movies:
Jersey Girl, Teacher’s Pet clips, Butterfly Effect clips, Perfect Score clips, Along Came Polly TV spots, Two Brothers (higher quality)

The Movie Box:
The Girl Next Door

Official sites: desktops at SkyCaptain.com

Yahoo: The Girl Next Door

Trailer Park: Jersey Girl




Casting calls and future films

Quick casting


Bee Season: Max Minghella (yes, son of Anthony Minghella), Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, dirs. Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Coming Soon)

Brokeback Mountain: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal. As gay cowboys. (As one site reported, "Bareback Mounting, what?") (Jo Blo)

Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, dir. Doug Liman (Killer Movies)

Return to Sender: Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, Kelly Preston, dir. Bille August (Coming Soon)

Seed of Chucky: Jennifer Tilly; Alex Vincent will not return (Moviehole)

Submerged:
Steven Seagal. We'll pretend we heard nothing if you will



Screenwriters


Brief History of the Dead:
Pulitzer prize winner David Auburn will script from the upcoming novel. Premise: A "supernatural love story is about a blind man who arrives in a new city, telling a story of having traveled across a desert after his death. The other city-dwellers have their own elaborate and remarkable tales of crossing into this strange world, from which inhabitants depart as mysteriously as they entered." (Cinema Confidential)

Cave:
Michael Steinberg, Tegan West (Cinescape)

Unique: Michael Cooney will script from the soon-to-be-released graphic novel. Premise: “A man named Geoffries discovers that Earth has a similar, parallel world in another dimension. The world is closely linked to Earth, even having intangible emotions and feelings such as love as first sight. Geoffries is one of a few people who are born with the ability to travel between worlds. He finds himself the target of many enemies when he is chased for his powers.” David Goyer will direct. (Cinema Confidential)



More films

Alexander: …starts filming in Thailand this week. (Coming Soon)

Birth of the Pink Panther: Pon-Ton was a joke Steve Martin made; he’s late delivering the rewrite, says DarkHorizons, and wanted to “deflect attention from negotiations with both Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat for the role of Cato.”

Class Action: Niki Caro (Whale Rider) will direct a fictionalized account of “the first major successful sexual harrassment prosecution in the U.S. The book Class Action centered on Lori Jenson, who took a job at a Minnesota iron mine in 1975. She and other female miners endured harassment from male co-workers, ranging from verbal taunts to pornographic graffiti and worse. Jenson eventually filed suit in 1984 and won a landmark legal decision.” (Coming Soon)

Dirty Little Secret:
Matthew McConaughey will star and produce. Elisa Bell will script the project, which is “Loosely inspired by the Julie Tilsner book Attack of the Toddlers" and “looks at the lives of a hip, successful couple overwhelmed by the arrival of their first child. Tensions build between them as they leave high society to enter the world of baby-proofers, nannies and preschool waiting lists.” (Coming Soon)

His Dark Materials: Not strictly movie-related, but since a movie version is in the works, fans of the books might be interested to see pictures of the London stage production with Timothy Dalton, who could well go on to play Lord Asriel in the movie version. And how are they handling the many animal characters on stage? Lion King puppet-style, of course. (Thanks to Susanne.)

Kill Bill, Vol. 3:
There might be one. (Moviehole)

Kingdom of Heaven:
Ridley Scott has been banned from filming in the former Grand Mosque of Córdoba, the Mezquita. (Coming Soon)

Mission: Impossible 3:…may be filming in Belgium, Prague, Berlin, and Ghana. (Movieweb)

Texas Chainsaw Prequel:
There might be one of them, too. (Moviehole)

Tintin: Steven Spielberg may direct not one but three movies adapted from the comic. Dark Horizons has story details.

Torque: Smilin’ Jack Ruby reports from the junket. The fact that star Martin Henderson says of his actorly motivation, “Yeah, 'look cool!' You know?  When someone says, 'Ok, you're going to be an action hero,' you're like, 'Ok, I'll look tough. I'll look cool....,’” should tell you a lot about the tone of this movie. (CHUD)




Reviews (Here be spoilers!)

AICN:
Hellboy

Empire Movies: Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!




Upcoming DVDs


DVD Fanatic: Uptown Girls, The Postman Always Rings Twice

DVD File: Le Divorce, Super Bowl IX, Winged Migration

Empire Movies:
Johnny English, American Wedding

IGN DVD: Alice in Wonderland, Infinite Ryvius: Vital Guarder




Interviews and profiles

About.com:
Joseph Kahn, Monet Mazur (Torque)

Cinema Confidential: Ice Cube (Torque)

Dark Horizons:
Ice Cube (Torque), Mal Young (new Doctor Who series) 

Moviehole: Ice Cube (Torque), Jennifer Aniston (Along Came Polly), Ashton Kutcher (The Butterfly Effect)

Sci-Fi Wire: Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride)




Other news


Ananova:
Steve McQueen's Bullitt voted best ever car chase

Chicago Sun-Times:
Oscar screener shows up on Internet, prompting probe; Bertolucci's 'Dreamers' to be released uncut as distributor accepts NC-17 rating

Empire Online: Are You Ready to Rock? Jack Black goes metal at London premiere; Power Push for Passion; Screener Screamers

IMDB: Actor Spalding Gray Reported Missing; Date Set for Baldwin and Basinger Custody Battle;  Jen's Valentines Bash - Without Ben; Jackson's Advisors Claim Finances Are "Just Fine"; Applegate Still in Blake Jury; Gwyneth To Give Birth Before Summer?; Harrison and Flockhart "Extremely Happy"; Parker Dreading 'Sex and the City' End; Ashton Kutcher: "I'm Not Ready To Marry Demi"; Timberlake Punched in the Face

Jam Showbiz: Jolie, Pitt to star in new film; Report: Brittany Murphy engaged; Jude Law 'bruised' after divorce; Maria Bello has Cooler head about biz; Eddie Griffin settles paternity question

Salon: Will Jake and Heath shatter Hollywood’s taboo against gay sex?

USAToday: Farewell to Middle Earth: LOTR cast shares what they’ll miss (and won’t) about the trilogy); And along came the pretty people: Polly premieres in LA; second Oscar screener hits the net

Yahoo: Indies Mark Some Firsts at This Sundance; 'Schindler's List' Is Coming to DVD; 'Monster' Catapults Theron's Rising Star; Gibson Film 'Passion' to Debut on 2,000 Screens; Sundance '04 Heats Up; Day of Documentary Dawned at Sundance

Zap2It: Brittany Murphy Engaged to Marry Manager; John Woo's All Singing, All Dancing 'Killer'; 'Bewitched' Darrin: Carrey Out, Ferrell In?; Gyllenhaal, Ledger Engage in Gay Cowboy Romance; Bertolucci's 'Dreamers' Rated NC-17; 'Samurai' Screener Copy Surfaces on Internet; '10 Directors' Party at Sundance Film Fest




Fun and games

DVD Fanatic: Thirteen, The Shield: Season 2 contests

Fametracker: Battle of the Fey Fatties

Movieweb: Torque and The Cooler contests

Something Awful: review of Dark Stories: Tales from Beyond the Grave" (pt. 1)

Short Attention Span Theater: “Bryan Lamb is a ball-less soulless plagiarizing f***"; the most awesome Fizgig icon ever; His Dark Materials, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Starsky & Hutch, Brokeback Mountain news



Parting shot


IMDB: “Jackson's Advisors Claim Finances Are ‘Just Fine’”

** Michael Jackson's closest advisors claim the troubled pop star's finances are "just fine", despite reports the singer is experiencing serious money trouble. Following a meeting at a Beverly Hills, Los Angeles hotel yesterday - which Jackson is not thought to have attended - the Thriller star's lawyers, accountants, bankers and managers said their client's finances were in order. Jackson's music manager Charles Koppelman commented the singer's finances were "just fine". However, he also added, whilst denying reports Jackson was experiencing troubles meeting payments for the lucrative Beatles back catalogue royalties, that "we discussed his assets" - and also confirmed his client was not going to lease his Neverland, California ranch, despite recently relocating to Beverly Hills. The sprawling Neverland property was raided by Santa Barbara police last November prior to Jackson being charged with seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an 'intoxicating agent' - thought to be wine - to a child. Radical religious group the Nation Of Islam also played down reports of friction caused by their new unspecified involvement with Jackson following the charges being filed against him. Nation member Tony Muhammad, when asked what his role in the meeting was, replied, "Most of the people in the room were Jewish. This is not about any one religion." **
Updated Wednesday 1/14/04, 8:50 pm CST

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