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Deaths: Spalding Gray, Paul Winfield, Robert Pastorelli

Yahoo:
“R-Rating Sought in Some Smoking Films,” which is the dumbest thing I’ve heard… at least in a week.




New images

Cinema Confidential: Envy

Coming Soon: Hellboy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ned Kelly, Scooby-Doo 2, Jersey Girl, Envy (see Features sidebar)




Dark Horizons: Disney preview shots from King Arthur, Ladder 49, National Treasure, The Life Aquatic, The Princess Diaries 2, Chicken Little; United States of Leland, Envy


Empire Movies: The Punisher character posters

Jo Blo: Hellboy, Disney/Buena Vista promo pics, Episode III, Eternal Sunshine, Ginger Snaps 3, Hellboy poster, Narnia ad/banner, Troy, Envy, Mean Girls





Killer Movies: Ned Kelly, Eternal Sunshine




Latino Review: Hellboy, Star Wars: Episode III, Thunderbirds

Movieweb: Hellboy, Walking Tall, Secret Window

The Z Review: set pics from The Libertine




Trailers and multimedia

Apple: Alien vs. Predator internet-only trailer, The Whole 10 Yards, Carandiru, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself

Empire Movies: Alien vs. Predator, The United States of Leland, Troy (international)

Latino Review:
Secret Window clips, Spartan clips

The Movie Box: Hellboy TV spot, United States of Leland, Alien vs. Predator, Secret Window clips, Spartan clips, Punisher TV spot, Dawn of the Dead TV spot

Trailer Park: Hellboy featurette, Troy




Casting calls and future films


Release dates

Dark Horizons: Heap many release date changes, including those for Alien vs. Predator, Because of Winn-Dixie, Beyond the Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, Man-Thing, Open Water, Paparazzi, The Polar Express, A Sound of Thunder, Stage Beauty (formerly Compleat Stage Beauty), and Surviving Christmas.

YU-GI-OH!: August 13 (Movieweb)



Quick casting


Alatriste: As previously reported here, Viggo Mortensen will star; Gael García Bernal and Elena Anaya (Van Helsing) may costar (Coming Soon)

Assault on Precinct 13 remake:
Maria Bello and John Leguizamo may join Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, and Drea de Matteo (Empire Movies)

Brokeback Mountain: Ang Lee, Michelle Williams. Aka “The Gay Cowboy Movie.” (Killer Movies)

Chaos: Wesley Snipes, Ryan Phillippe, Jason Statham, Justine Waddell. Premise: "A bank heist tale of a rookie and veteran cop, played by Phillippe and Statham, respectively, in pursuit of bank robber (Snipes) who knows too much about the inner workings of the police department. Waddell plays a female officer who has a personal connection to one of the cops"

Hammer Down: Matthew McConaughey as a NASCAR driver (Jo Blo)

King Kong:
Elijah Wood may get a squishable cameo (SciFi Wire) 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Corbin Bernsen (Cinescape)

Matador: Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Pierce Brosnan. Strangely, the movie seems to have nothing to do with bullfighting (Killer Movies)

Pink Panther remake: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Beyoncé Knowles

Spanglish: Anne Bancroft is out (due to surgery), Cloris Leachman is in. Never mind that I had no idea that Leachman was still among the living (Coming Soon)



Screenwriters

Bond 21:
Empire Online talks to Robert Wade and Neal Purvis on where they might take the next film. Oh, and things don’t look too good for the proposed Jinx spinoff.



More films

Batman Begins: More about the batsuit and the American press’s distress than more American actors weren’t cast. (Dark Horizons)

Casshern:
Jo Blo has more info on the film (“This might be the next Matrix!”), its trailer having come out earlier in the week.

Chronicles of Riddick: Jo Blo has more spoilers, although I think they’re the same set we reported previously.

Daredevil 2: Looks like the Guillermo del Toro/”Born Again” rumor is just that. If there were any doubt, take it from Ben Affleck: “You'll know when my career is really on the slide when I start resurrecting the franchise.” (IGN)

Deenie: Judy Blume and her son have struck up a film deal with Disney to start producing films based on her books. (Movieweb)

Fast and the Furious 3:
Gonna be one. Ask me if I care. (Cinema Confidential)

The Grudge: Smilin’ Jack Ruby is on part 3 of his set report. (CHUD)

Hairspray: Like The Producers, Hairspray will go the movie/musical/movie remake route. (Empire Online)

The Hobbit:
Peter Jackson foresees a good couple of years of legal wrangling over the rights (New Line has production rights, while MGM has distribution—don’t ask), but he’s cool with that because he’s got King Kong to fool with until they’re done. (IGN)

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe: Nicole Kidman’s kids have convinced her to sign on as the White Witch, in hopes of getting to be extras. (CHUD)

Logan’s Run:
Bryan Singer will do the remake honors with his X2 production designer Guy Dyas. (Jo Blo)

The New World: Terrence Malick has dumped Che (for the time being, despite Benicio Del Toro, Franka Potente, Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt, and Ryan Gosling already being on board) for a less rigorous shoot in Virginia with Colin Farrell as John Smith. Yes, Pocahontas will be involved. Yes, Farrell will probably nail whoever plays her. Any other questions? (IGN)

Sex and the City:
There won’t be a movie, mostly because of salary disputes. (Jo Blo)
The Six Million Dollar Man:
Jim Carrey has signed on. Director Todd Phillips says, “No, he's not going to be The Six Billion Dollar Man. He's not that great." (USAToday)

The Thing 2: John Carpenter says he has “a great story for Part 2,” as well as an idea for another Halloween. Sigh. (Moviehole)




Reviews (Here be spoilers!)

AICN: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Passion of the Christ, The Stepford Wives, Kill Bill Vol. 2

Cinescape: Hidalgo

Dark Horizons: Elizabethtown (script), Batman Begins (script), The Girl Next Door, Dawn of the Dead, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jersey Girl

Jam Showbiz:
Starsky & Hutch, Hidalgo, Bubba Ho-Tep, Snow Walker, In This World, Love Sex & Eating

Jo Blo: The Card Dealer



Upcoming DVDs


CHUD: Hamlet, Man Without a Face, Cabin Fever, X-Men Evolution, Power Rangers

DVD Fanatic: Anne Frank Remembered, Mona Lisa Smile, Stargate SG-1 (S6), Looney Tunes

DVD File:
School of Rock, The Shield (S2), House of Sand and Fog, Chaplin Collection V2, The Missing, The Running Man, Fresh Horses

DVD Savant: One Million Years B.C., The Ten Commandments, The Blot, Myra Breckinridge

DVD Talk: Satan’s Cheerleaders, Way Past Cool, Mother Jugs & Speed, Bloody Tease, Panic Room SE, Dinotopia, Something’s Gotta Give, Blood Sisters, Herod’s Law (La ley de Herodes), Bandolero!

Empire Movies: Schindler’s List

IGN DVD: Veronica Guerin, Gothika

Jo Blo: Looney Tunes, Intolerable Cruelty, My Fair Lady




Interviews and profiles

About.com: Hannah Spearritt (Agent Cody Banks: Destination London), David Mamet (Spartan)

Cinema Confidential: Frankie Muniz (Agent Cody Banks: Destination London)

Coming Soon:
Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine), Val Kilmer (Spartan, Alexander), Tia Texada (Spartan), Angelina Jolie (Alexander) (see Features sidebar)

Dark Horizons: Jake Gyllenhaal (The Day After Tomorrow)

Moviehole: Rena Owen (The Crow: Wicked Prayer, “Angel,” Star Wars Eps II & III—as different characters)

SciFi Wire: Jason Behr (The Grudge), Jim Carrey (Lemony Snicket), Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kate Winslet (J.M. Barrie’s Neverland)




Other news

Ananova:
Double delight as Ross scoops awards; Kidman stars in children's classic; Rapper eyes Hollywood stardom; Rocker Courtney Love faces new charge; Arrests over Tony Curtis wallet

Chicago Sun-Times:
Between busker and baby-wiper, Bettany hones his acting chops; Ryan, Hopkins soon to begin filming 'Papa'; May video release set for 'Return of the King'

CNN: The battle over celebrity 'gets'; Depp dislikes conformity (No! Really?); Stiller inspired by Glaser; Mortensen at '80 hockey; 'Murphy Brown's' Pastorelli dead at 49; The impact of 'Schindler's List'; Oscar-nominated actor Paul Winfield dead; 'Idol' reject Hung gets record deal; The man behind 'Ladies' Detective'

IMDB: Actor Paul Winfield Dies at 62; 'Murphy Brown' Actor Robert Pastorelli Found Dead; Producer Says There'll Be No 'Sex and the City' Movie; Depp Grounded by Ear Infection; Hawke Upset by Uma Romance Question; Kevin Smith: 'Gigli' Flop Means 'Jersey Girl' Won't Make Number One; Gibson Happy But Concerned About Kids Seeing 'The Passion'; Patrick Stewart Blasts 'Kill Bill' for Female Violence; Naomi's Desperate for a Baby; Frost: Jude Law's Celebrity Drove Us Apart; Farrell Rebuffs Young Lohan; Stefani Taught Acting by DiCaprio

IGN: Toy Fair 2004, day 4

Jam Showbiz: Jim Carrey sunburned by love; Theron honoured by South Africa; McConaughey races to 'Hammer Down'; Kinnear, Davis team with Brosnan; Michelle Williams up for Ang Lee film; 'Christ' continues to rule box office; Malick to helm Pocahontas film; Film beauty Frances Dee dies; Pepper flying high in Arctic drama;
Dunst excited about beau's role

USAToday: Goldfinger: Stars reach for the self-tanning makeup

Yahoo:
Schwarzenegger to Be Honored for Films; Missing Actor Spalding Gray Found Dead; Disney to Make Movies from Judy Blume Books; Judge OKs Sale of 'Kane' Oscar

Zap2It: Passion Can’t Win a Foreign Language Oscar; Pekar Takes Up Pen Again;  'Cody Banks' Star Over the Moon; Actor Winfield Dead at 62; Judy Blume Strikes Deal With Disney; Hollywood Beauty Frances Dee Dies at 94; Kidman to play Narnia's White Witch?




Fun and games

CHUD:
Kwoon contest

Cinema Confidential:
Pity the Kief with a signed NASCAR 3-D poster all your own

Dateline: Hollywood: Rings fans pissed off at lack of hobbits in Hidalgo; Godzilla performing at bar mitzvahs, birthdays; Stiller-Wilson stun viewers with same-sex marriage; Restraining order to keep Seacrest away from TV cameras

Fametracker: Battle of the Southern Charmers

The Onion: Slowest-Spreading Celebrity Rumors

Short Attention Span Theater: The death of Viggo Mortensen has been greatly exaggerated; "...but hey, we got Martha!"; even Colin Farrell turns down jailbait; paying for email?; "i found a picture of you naked"; it comes in tapes?




Parting shot

JournalFen: FW Fairytales

Highlights from wankprophet’s rant on fans whinging about J.K. Rowling’s latest interview:

** But this has been going on forever. It gives me a happy yummy feeling to think that at some point in Renaissance England, a broadside hung on the side of The Globe and people wrote their outraged reactions to Shakespeare's portrayal of Iago:

Thou varlet, thou pig's snout whorehound of a playwright, thou hast no conception of how Iago's character shouldst be developed. Thou shouldst be hoist by thy own petard, thou retard. I envisioneth an Iago who is truly the hero of the perverse love quadrangle between Othello, Desdemona, Cassio and himself. My own fiction hath him doing teh_nasty with Othello as the vile Cassio rapeth that whore Desdemona. Doth thou not grasp that just because Burbage doth play a part that we liketh him not, only the character? ~ Yours, Ben "Benadryl" Jonson.

omg, wtfucketh?!? How can Shakespeare write Iago out of the play like that? He doth so merely to spite his fans, the mad fool. Doth he not know that we are his customers, and the customer is always right?!? kthnxgbye ~ anon

I careth not for Iago, but Shakespeare's Cassius hath a lean and hungry look. Doth he not know this turns us on, maketh us sploogeth in our pants? Why doth he persist in pretending that his villians are knaves and scoundrels? Why doth he bite his thumb at us? Well, I bite my merry widow at him! ~ Sir Honorus Persnickity

-- "Well I bite my merry widow at him!" Splorfle!!! OMG I loveth thee so much! ~ Kit Marlowe

When I write "The Life of King Henry the VIII", thou canst be sure I will place Iago therein and he shall be recognized for the true hero that he is. Fool Shakespeare hath lost my respect, and I shall perhaps not watch his new play, "The Tempest." Or, rather, I shall sit in the back of this here playhouse and groan and tell all others how I couldst write it better. ~ John Fletcher
**

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