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SAST: stills from the missing Voice of Saruman scene
Oscar nominations column (with idiotically brave predictions for the winners)
Dailydigest @ Livejournal: Cinefex article on visual effects selection process; EW article on Oscar nominees’ reactions
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Gothenburg Film Festival: Correspondent Vladimir reports from Sweden all this week—as a juror, no less.
Pixar walks out on Disney after a year of negotiations: …causing you to wonder, exactly what was Disney stupid enough not to give them? (IGN DVD)
Oscar Watch: Sean Penn to Attend Oscars!; More Letters/Reactions/Corrections
Dark Horizons: The Final Cut, Before Sunset
Empire Movies: Spartan
IGN: Scarlett Johansson and Erika Christensen in The Perfect Score
UIP: Shrek 2
Trailers and multimedia
Apple: Good bye, Lenin!, Kill Bill Vol 2, Taking Lives, Johnson Family Vacation
Coming Soon: video of Halle Berry as Catwoman
IGN: Big Bounce clips and interviews
The Movie Box: Breakin’ All the Rules (Quicktime)
Trailer Park: Episode III footage
Casting calls and future films
King Kong: December 14, 2005 (my birthday!) (Empire Online)
American Pastoral: Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Evan Rachel Wood. From the Philip Roth novel. Here’s hoping it does better than The Human Stain. (Jo Blo)
The Black Dahlia: Scarlett Johansson, Mark Wahlberg, Josh Hartnett (Jo Blo)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: If you'd like to try out for the role of Cho Chang, click the link. WE AT THE DIGEST CANNOT HELP YOU GET INTO A HARRY POTTER MOVIE. IF YOU EMAIL US ASKING FOR HELP, THE REQUEST WILL BE IGNORED (AND POSSIBLY MOCKED ON SAST). THANK YOU, THAT IS ALL. (Coming Soon)
Seed of Chucky: John Waters (spoilers at article) (Fangoria)
Superman: Beyoncé is out; Johnny Depp may still be under consideration. (SAST) Update: Is Depp actually being considered (as in “they haven’t actually talked to him yet”) for Jor-El, not Luthor? (SHH)
Tulia: Halle Berry will play “an attorney who investigates the  arrest of 10% of a Texas town’s black population during a dubious drug bust… [in which] no drugs were actually found.” (CHUD)
King Kong: Philippa Boyens (LOTR) talks about script progress to the LA Daily News. (Movieweb)
Tortured Souls: Clive Barker tells Fangoria that he’ll direct and will turn in the script in four weeks.
3001: Empire Online: “The most intelligent man on Earth… is apparently Luke Wilson.” No, really: “Wilson plays an ordinary guy who is selected for a top-secret hibernation programme and put to sleep for a thousand years. He awakes to find that he is the most intelligent person on the planet after society has completely dumbed down. Obviously civilisation spent too much time watching ‘I’m A Celebrity - Get me Out of Here!’ and not enough watching The West Wing.” The film is not related to any work of Arthur C. Clarke’s.
Batman: “Take it with a grain of salt,” says SHH, but they have a scooper who provides several new details on casting (Morgan Freeman in a different role, Cillian Murphy as Jonathan Crane, Guy Pearce tested for Harvey Dent), a different description of the Batmobile, and a different description of the costume.
GI Joe: IGN and Cinescape have, between them, what appear to be story spoilers. I’m a girl, so I don’t care.
The Grudge: Yet another Japanese horror remake started production today. Just for novelty, they’re actually filming this one in Tokyo: “The movie, based on the hit Japanese horror franchise Ju-On, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, KaDee Strickland, Clea DuVall, William Mapother and Bill Pullman, and some of the original Ju-On stars will reprise their roles, including Takako Fuji as Kayoko and Yuya Ozeki as Toshio.” (SciFi Wire)
Kingdom of Heaven: From the latest Popbitch newsletter: “Orlando Bloom is scared of pigs. He's filming The King [sic] Of Heaven in Spain, with Liam Neeson, where he plays the blacksmith's son, and in a scene where one of the pigs escaped from the herd Orlando got scared and ran away.”
Skeleton Key: Cinescape has a rundown of the characters in the script. Peter Sarsgaard and Kate Hudson were announced as starring earlier this week.
Through the Moebius Strip: Coming Soon reports, “Senator International will handle worldwide sales rights to French artist Jean Giraud's sci-fi fantasy adventure Thru the Moebius Strip. The CG feature is set in the distant future. The sci-fi family adventure written by Jim Cox and Paul Gertz concerns a boy who travels to a magical, alien world of giants to find his long-lost father and realize his own destiny. Pre-production on the film began in Los Angeles in 2000 with a team of artists led by Giraud. Further pre-production and the entire CGI production moved to China in 2001. ‘Moebius,’ now in post-production, will be completed this year. Actors signed on to voice the feature include Mark Hamill, Chris Marguette, Michael Dorn, Kellie Martin, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jean Simmons.”
Van Helsing: Apparently “Abraham” isn’t good enough for director Stephen Sommers; he’s changed his title character’s name to “Gabriel.” Gahhhh. Just go ahead and call him “Josh Van Helsing” and be done with it.
Reviews (Here be spoilers!)
AICN: Barbershop 2, Salem’s Lot, Gozu, Zebraman
Dark Horizons: Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
Film Jerk: On the Run: Trilogy One, 3001 (script, 2 reviews)
Jo Blo: The Big Bounce
No Dawn: Salt, The Rage in Placid Lake, Pearls and Pigs, Suburban Virgin
DVD Fanatic: Jeremiah (S1), Dilbert, Radio, 21 Grams cover art, City of God pushed back
DVD File: The Kiss, Labyrinth
DVD Talk: Capturing the Friedmans, Doctor at Sea, Sitcom, The Magic of Fellini, The Douglas Fairbanks Collection, Friends (S6), All-Purpose Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash Mode 2
Empire Movies: Open Range
IGN DVD: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Interviews and profiles
Cinema Confidential: Erika Christensen (The Perfect Score), real kids talk about the SAT
CHUD via Dark Horizons: Brett Ratner on his upcoming slate
IGN: Erika Christensen (The Perfect Score), Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher)
Milla News via Movieweb: Milla Jovovich video interview (Resident Evil: Apocalypse)
Moviehole: Robert Rodriguez (Madman, Predator 3, Desperado 4)
MTV: Thomas Jane (The Punisher)
SciFi Wire: Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing), Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher)
Ananova: Madonna and Ritchie accused of stealing [Swept Away] film idea [dude… it was a remake]; Johansson lines up Hollywood starlet murder movie; Rings leads nominations for Empire Awards
E! Online: Michael Jackson’s “Jesus Juice”
Empire Online: First Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain Awards announced
IMDB: Berry Recovers Well from 'Catwoman' Accident; Penn To Attend First Oscars; James Brown Arrested; Courtney Love's Hearing Postponed Again; Affleck "Called Off" Christmas Wedding to J.Lo; Trial Date Set for Madonna's 'Swept Away' Case; Hilton To Marry Carter?; Ryan Hits Back at "Hostile" British Interviewer; Lopez "Accosted by Reporter; Murray Flies Into Globes, And Back Again
Jam Showbiz: Halle Berry to play lawyer in film; Robin Givens runs over elderly woman; Ron Howard shooting boxing film in T.O.; Wilson gets sleepy in Judge's '3001'; Johansson cast in De Palma's 'Dahlia'; 'Ginger Snaps' star reveals darker side; Cheating pays off for Erika Christensen; Actor sued over movie screeners; Stars come out for Ann Miller funeral
Sci Fi Wire: Yoda Stolen He Is
USAToday: Enough glitz for everyone: Oscar producer promises this year, the show won’t bore you
Yahoo: Pixar, Disney Partnership Talks Collapse; U.N. Gives OK for Movie at Headquarters; Jennifer Garner to Host Sci-Tech Oscars; Many Worry About New Mel Gibson Movie; Freeman Plays Practical Joke on Movie Set; Eszterhas Memoir Details Hollywood Life; Someone Steals Statue of Yoda
Zap2It: Gellar Gets Her ‘Grudge’ On; Wood Is Bad Seed in 'Pastoral'; 'Samurai' Screener Pirates Sued; 'Hitchhiker' Picks Up Sundance Stars; Judge Tells Wilson to Take a Long Nap; Garner to Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards; Cat People Scratch Warning to Halle
Fun and games
Short Attention Span Theater: "Gondor Joins the U.N."; "The Punisher is the mother of all revenge stories"; international Oscar party
Popbitch's latest newsletter: Best. Comeback. Ever.
** "Bishop and the Biscuit: Harold handles heckler"
A reader recently went on a tour of the Neighbours set in Melbourne. The tour group was disappointed that the cast member assigned to accompany them turned out to be church-going old gimmer Harold Bishop.
After conducting the tour Harold (aka actor Ian Smith) did the usual Q&A about the series. An Australian tourist raised his hand and asked, "Harold, why are you such a fat bastard?"
Harold's reply: "Because every time I f---ed your mum she gave me a biscuit."**
Column: Oscar nomination aftermath
Column: Globes roundup/Oscar predictions
Golden Globes recap
Reviews: Big Fish, Chasing Liberty, Eye/Beholder
Preview: Van Helsing screen caps
Wallpaper: Peter Pan
The Cleo Awards
ROTK EE preview (rough draft)
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