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Box office:
No, I don’t know how You Got Served came out at #1, either.

Jam Showbiz: Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara will sing “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” the Oscar-nominated song from A Mighty Wind, on the telecast. In character. No, really.

Gothenburg Film Festival: The festival winds up, and the top prize goes to Young Gods.

Oscar Watch: Ten Questions for Harvey Weinstein (Time)

New images

Dark Horizons: Thunderbirds, Shrek 2

Figures.com: toys from Shrek 2, The Incredibles, Van Helsing (spoilers?)

Jo Blo: Alexander poster

Movieweb: Secret Window, Against the Ropes

SAST: Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket (with comparison to illustration)

Trailers and multimedia

Apple: Van Helsing Superbowl spot, Monsieur Ibrahim, Dust to Glory, Kill Bill Vol 2


Empire Movies: Van Helsing featurette (official site), clips for The Girl Next Door, 50 First Dates, Hidalgo, Catch That Kid; Breakin’ All the Rules, Good Bye, Lenin!, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Johnson Family Vacation, 13 Going on 30, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jo Blo: Starship Troopers 2

The Movie Box: Superbowl/TV spots for The Alamo, Troy, Van Helsing, Prisoner of Azkaban; Casshern, The Girl Next Door clips, Immortel, Hidalgo clip, Catch That Kid clip, Halle Berry/Catwoman clip from Oprah

Official sites: Van Helsing relaunches with photos, desktops, and a lengthy BTS video; The Punisher updates as well

Trailer Park: Superbowl TV spots (Miracle, The Alamo, Van Helsing, Troy, Secret Window, Starsky & Hutch, Secret Window, Hidalgo, The Ladykillers)

Casting calls and future films

Release dates

Oscar Watch: Harvey Weinstein himself says that J.M. Barrie’s Neverland will be moved up to October and The Aviator may move up from Christmas to November to cope with the shortened Oscar season, less Miramax get Cold Mountained again. Reading between the lines, this definitely suggests that Miramax may position Scorsese’s Aviator as its big gun this year (big director, biopic, tons of big actors).

Quick casting

Are We There Yet?: Ice Cube, Henry Simmons. I have no idea why I initially read this as “Henry Rollins,” but… wouldn’t that be an awesome movie? (Coming Soon)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
Carole Bouquet in an undisclosed role? (Coming Soon)

The King:
Daryl Hannah, Sam Shepard, Paul Dano, Gael García Bernal, scrwr Milo Addica (Monster’s Ball) (CHUD)

Miss Congeniality 2:
Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Heather Burns; Michael Caine does not seem to be coming back (Film Jerk)

Return to Sender: Connie Nielsen, Tim Daly, Aidan Quinn, Kelly Preston (CHUD)


Have Spacesuit, Will Travel: David Reynolds (Finding Nemo) will adapt the Heinlein novel. (Killer Movies)

Indiana Jones 4: Frank Darabont says he’s put his script “into the hands of God, or Spielberg and Lucas, if you prefer.” (IGN)

Memoirs of a Geisha:
Robin Swicord will adapt from the Arthur Golden novel. Dir. Rob Marshall. (Coming Soon)

More films

After the Sunset: Jo Blo reports from the set.

Alexander: Colin Farrell says that, while the film will feature a bisexual Alexander, the story won’t focus on Alexander’s sexuality. This, of course, from a man who shags anything not nailed down. (Empire Online)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Mike Newell tells Empire Online, “As far as I’m concerned, it’s absolutely possible to do it in one [movie]. I think it would be slightly embarrassing to do it in two.” Heh.

The Punisher: Jo Blo has the latest, but even admits that the film looks “pretty bad” and “like a bad episode of Miami Vice.”

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow:
CHUD has a two-part set visit. Looks like Counting Down has one, too. Oh, and so does AICN.

Zhang Yimou’s next: I’m not even going to try to figure out what the name of this one actually is. Suffice it to say, it’s not a Hero sequel and it sounds interesting. (AICN)

Reviews (Here be spoilers!)

Zebraman, Battle Royale 2, Dead End Run, Young Gods, Haute Tension

About.com: Top ten best, worst films of 2003

Cinema Confidential:
The Perfect Score

Film Jerk: The Big Bounce, You Got Served, The Perfect Score

IGN: Top ten movies of 2003

Latino Review:
Batman: Intimidation (script), The Big Bounce, The Perfect Score

Mr. Cranky:
The Big Bounce, Monster, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

Roger Ebert: Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Japanese Story, Rana’s Wedding, The Big Bounce, The Butterfly Effect, The Fog of War, The Perfect Score, The Tracker, Tokyo Godfathers, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

Supercala: The Perfect Score, The Big Bounce, The Butterfly Effect

Upcoming DVDs

CHUD: Alice in Wonderland, The Big Bounce, Anything Else

DVD Fanatic: DVD trailer for Cyborg 009; features for Buffy season 6; The Animal: Special Uncut Version; 1966 World Tour: The Home Movies; Gaslight; Angel (S3) clips

DVD File: Lost in Translation

DVD Savant: Diary of a Country Priest, Allegro non troppo, Grand Hotel

DVD Talk: In the Cut (Director’s Cut), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (S1), Buffalo Soldiers, SNL: The Best of Molly Shannon, Cyrano de Bergerac, Be Good Smile Pretty, Mars: The Red Planet, The Gods Must Be Crazy (I and II), Fighting Temptations, American Splendor, Secret Lives of Dentists, Maîtresse: Criterion Collection, Cabin Fever: SE, Superfly: SE

IGN DVD: The Critic

Interviews and profiles

Cinema Confidential: Chris Evans (The Perfect Score)

Salon: Fernando Meirelles (City of God, Best Director nominee); “I used to compete with Renée Zellweger for commercial gigs”

Other news

Director resists temptation to split Potter film; Pixar to split from Disney; Lopez says Affleck split has left her 'broken-hearted'

Chicago Sun-Times: Bosworth bounces from 'Wonderland' to 'Tad' and 'Beyond'; 'Klinghoffer' a disturbing, electrifying opera even on film; Members of B2K serve themselves with cliched film

IMDB: J.Lo: My Heart Is Broken; "Jackson Was a Drug Addict" - Says Ex-Partner; Kelly Osbourne: I Had a Nervous Breakdown; Sharon Osbourne's Show Cancelled; Paltrow Shuns British Hospitals; Quaid Thanks Crowe for Humiliating Him; Selma Blair Weds; Pryor Takes on KFC Over Chicken Cruelty; Griffith Fears for Mother's Safety; Wahlberg and Hartnett Battle It Out for Johansson

Jam Showbiz: Russell Crowe hurt training for film; Neve Campbell puts her tutu back on; ‘Pearl Earring' a film minimalism; Jamie Foxx gets two years probation; Steve Harvey takes roles seriously; Mighty Levy to sing at Oscars; Halle Berry to play lawyer in film; Robin Givens runs over elderly woman; Ron Howard shooting boxing film in T.O.

USAToday: What was that?! CBS apologizes for racy halftime show

Yahoo: Director Oliver Stone Honored in Thailand; Chan Rallies Nations Hit by Bird Flu; TV Duds Rate as Studs in DVD Market

Zap2It: ‘Cold Mountain’ Editor Gives Behind-the-Scenes Peek; Crowe's Injury Delays 'Cinderella Man'; Hanks Puts Tuxedo to Use; Disney, Pixar Part Company; Hannah, Dano to Join 'The King';  Annie Awards Holds Public Reception

Fun and games

Short Attention Span Theater: The Superbowl streaker you didn't see on TV; Janet Jackson really does get naked by the end of this song; "The Halftime Show That Time Forgot"; questionable advertising tactics; Alex Trebek cheats death; MST3K is no more; a "preserved baby dragon"; The Official Shirtless Doll of Will Kemp.Org!; a link to a review of the "very dope" Batman: Intimidation script

Parting shot

Short Attention Span Theater: “Don’t Quote Him on This”

** Russell Crowe has been injured on the set of Cinderella Man. Producer Brian Grazer: "I've never known any actor who dedicates himself to a part with more intensity than Russell. He approaches every role with a rigorous discipline, using his mind, his body and his spirit. To prepare for his role as Jim Braddock, Russell has been training with some of the foremost boxing instructors in the world, and that commitment is what led to the injury to his shoulder. Also, it may have had something to do with his residual resentment at starring in a movie with such a girly name. Please don't take your anger out on me again, Russell, I'm begging you—I haven't been able to eat for three days now, and my kids are starting to ask why Daddy's skin is turning purple." **

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