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Yeah… so I disappeared again. I disappeared into the 1000-comment vortex of Movies in Fifteen Minutes, in case you were wondering. (Sigh.)

Movies in Fifteen Minutes: However, we have been having fun over at my Livejournal. I bring you two more M15Ms: Hidalgo and the oh-so-popular, please-stop-linking-to-it-before-everyone-gets-sick-of-it Troy.


Some Desert Oasis

FRANK: *plays harmonica loudly*


FRANK: *keeps playing*


Palace Backyard, Troy

Paris is practicing archery on a nice straw man nailed up to the wall. He hits bull's-eye after bull's-eye.

HELEN: Wow, I had no idea you were so good at this.

PARIS: Neither did I. Weird, isn’t it? And I really want lembas now.

HELEN: What?

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Top stories

Box office: Shrek 2 has set a new record for a mid-week debut by an animated film. (Cinescape)

New arrivals: Gwyneth named her baby Apple, y’all. APPLE.

Jo Blo Covers Cannes!
A multi-part series.

New images

Coming Soon: The Chronicles of Riddick, The Door in the Floor, A Dirty Shame, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Open Water

Empire Movies:
posters for Collateral, Ladder 49, Shark Tale, Alien vs. Predator, Ocean’s Twelve

IGN: Shrek 2, Harry Potter (exclusives, scroll down)

IMPA posters:
Napoleon Dynamite, The Mother, The Yes Men, Zhou Yu's Train, Country of My Skull, Riding Giants, Facing Windows, Stepford Wives (alternate), Shrek 2 (German)

Jo Blo: Harry Potter (different exclusives), Dodgeball, Sin City (blonde Jessica Alba?), Open Water, A Dirty Shame

Latino Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Stepford Wives, Day After Tomorrow, Saved! poster

Z Review: Resident Evil: Apocalypse, The Weatherman, The Door in the Floor, A Home at the End of the World, Day After Tomorrow, Story of the Weeping Camel, Fahrenheit 9/11

Trailers and multimedia

Apple: Catwoman, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, SpongeBob SquarePants, Stepford Wives, Seed of Chucky, Hero, Collateral, The Incredibles

Empire Movies: Anchorman, King Arthur (final), I Robot (clips), The Day After Tomorrow (clips), Stateside (clips), Ocean’s Twelve (teaser), Shark Tale, The Incredibles, Constantine, Dodgeball, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (10 minute sneak)

Latino Review: Day After Tomorrow clips & featurette, first five minutes of Shrek 2 (bottom of page for both)

The Movie Box: Anchorman, Into the Blue (bts clip), The Incredibles (sneak preview), Ju-On: The Grudge, House of Flying Daggers (int’l), Fahrenheit 9/11 (press footage), Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046, Old Boy, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, I Robot (featurette), De-Lovely (5-minute medley) Sin City (ET footage)

Official sites:
SkyCaptain.com update

Trailer Park trailer reviews: THX-1138

Casting calls and future films

Quick casting

Alibi: James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Premise: “Marsden and Romijn-Stamos will play spouces that use an service that specializes in giving men and women a ironclad alibi so they can cheat. When complications arise after an encounter, Marsden's character needs the assistance of the alibi service's manager (Steve Coogan) to get him out of a tight situation. However, the cheating husband starts to fall in love with the woman (Romijn-Stamos) he had the fling with” (Cinescape)

Ask the Dust: Idina Menzel, Salma Hayek, Colin Farrell. From John Fante’s novel (Jo Blo)

Bewitched: Kristin Chenoweth as a nosy next-door-neighbor. Already cast: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Michael Caine, Shirley Maclaine (SciFi Wire)

Brokeback Mountain: Anna Faris (Coming Soon)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Freddie Highmore, having already costarred with Johnny Depp in J.M. Barrie’s Neverland, will play Charlie to his Wonka (Cinescape)

Coming Out: Catherine Zeta-Jones and dir. Joel Zwick, possibly Alan Cumming for the long-in-development “Billy Elliot, but with rugby” comedy (Jo Blo)

Daisy Scarlett: Semper Occultus:
Kate Beckinsale and Val Kilmer are sought for the leads. (Man, even the title sounds bad) (Moviehole)

The Devil’s Rejects (House of 1000 Corpses 2): Natasha Lyonne. Karen Black, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Matthew McGrory will also return (IGN)

The Dukes of Hazzard:
Has Jessica Simpson beat out Britney Spears for the Daisy role? (IGN)

Going Down:
Julia Stiles. Premise: NYU student pays bills through prostitution (Jo Blo)

The New World:
Wes Studi, August Schellenberg, Michael Greyeyes and Raoul Trujillo will join Colin Farrell and Christopher Plummer in Terence Malick’s next (Cinescape)

The Perfect Man:
Carson Kressley, Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear. Premise: “Duff plays a young woman who tires of watching her mother date idiots and creates an imaginary secret admirer to bolster her confidence. Kressley will play her confidant and the uncle of the young man who proves to be a match for the young woman.” (Coming Soon)

Pirates of the Caribbean:
Two sequels! Back to back! 2006! KEEF! (SAST)

Princess of Mars: Robert Rodriguez is out, due to Directors Guild kerfuffle over his sharing Sin City credit with Frank Miller (Moviehole)

Romeo and Me: Peter O’Toole, Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer. Premise: “A love story set during WWII. The film details the story of a beautiful, young woman on the Channel Islands who falls in love with a soldier of the occupying German forces.” (Coming Soon)

RV: Robin Williams. Premise: “The film tells the story of an average, dysfunctional American family about to set out on the most dangerous, high-stakes, life-threatening and traumatizing adventure of their lives: two weeks together in an RV." (Cinema Confidential)

Sammy: Reese Witherspoon. Premise: “A girl who can talk to animals falls in love with a guy who can talk to dead people. It's like DR. DOLITTLE meets THE SIXTH SENSE...but with romance and laughs!” (Jo Blo)

Scary Movie 4:
Anna Faris out? (Moviehole)

Shadowboxer: Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren. Premise: “Mirren and Gooding will play a mother-stepson team of contract killers. The film centers on the pair's unusual relationship, which is both romantic and lethal.” What? (Coming Soon)

Sin City:
Clive Owen, Benicio Del Toro (Latino Review)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Bradley Whitford (Coming Soon)

Spy Hunter: John Woo? (Latino Review)

The White Rose: Christina Ricci, Albert Finney, Liam Neeson, Tim Robbin, dir. Anjelica Huston. Premise: Dissent German college students campaign against the government in Nazi Germany. (Jo Blo)


Aliens for Breakfast: Steve Carpenter will adapt from the children’s series by Jonathan Etra and Stephanie Spinner. (SciFi Wire)

Green Hornet:
Kevin Smith reports that he’s “deep” into writing the script. (SciFi Wire)

More films

Batman Begins:
If you’re in Bedford, England, you can be in the movie. (IGN)

Battle for Paradise: …is the new title for The Rock’s King Kamehameha bio. (IGN)

Decoy: Jon Amiel will direct. Premise: Decoy is "set in the world of fidelity decoys, where women test the resolve of their mates by hiring beautiful strangers to come on to them. One female decoy becomes involved in an assignment that involves deceit and murder." (IGN)

Goonies 2: Richard Donner says no go. Moviehole suggests that another director (say, Sean Astin) might do it, but… probably not.

It: Because God knows we need to traumatize a few more generations with a remake. (Moviehole)

King Kong:
Filming has begun, complete with 1930s-style New York sets. (CHUD)

Return of the Living Dead sequels: Gonna be two of ’em. (IGN)

The Mummy 3:
Stephen Sommers says that he won’t direct the third one, which means that finally one of his movies has a chance of making sense. (SciFi Wire)

The Ring 2:
Production has begun, and Movieweb has a new promotional image. I will be under the bed if anyone needs me. (Already returning or cast: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Simon Baker, Emily VanCamp, Sissy Spacek, dir. Hideo Nakata [the original Ringu].  Come join me down here, won’t you?)

Star Wars: Episode III: SciFi Wire reports that additional Wookiee photography has been scheduled. IGN adds that a trailer and poster will be out by the year’s end.

Stan Winston will redesign the famous hero costume: “We're told that the costume, at this moment, is sculpted with muscles, etc. The cape is said to look like latex, much like the new Batman Begins cape.” (Moviehole)

Untitled Jarmusch Comedy: Bill Murrary has agreed to star in a movie for Jim Jarmusch that will film in upstate NY sometime this summer. (Coming Soon)

Whassup Rockers:
Larry Clark (Kids, Bully, Ken Park) will write and direct. Premise: “The story of a group of largely Hispanic teenagers who, instead of conforming to the hip-hop culture of their neighborhood, ride skateboards, listen to punk rock and wear their clothes tight. Constantly harassed, they take buses to Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Hollywood, where they skate and catch the attention of the local rich girls, inevitably leading to trouble with parents, police and boyfriends.” (Jo Blo)

X-Men: Will X3 and X4 be filmed back-to-back? As with any sequel(s) depending on numerous actors being in the same room, it’s a damn good idea. (AICN)

Zombie westerns: Apparently there’s three of them in development—Darkwatch, Cowboys & Aliens, and Priest (the latter from manga publisher Tokyopop). (CHUD)

Reviews (Here be spoilers!)

AICN: The Notebook, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Day After Tomorrow, Before Sunset

Cinescape: Day After Tomorrow

Film Jerk: Shrek 2, Coffee and Cigarettes, Breakin’ All the Rules, Seeing Other People, Troy

Jam Showbiz: Coffee and Cigarettes, 19 Months

Mr. Cranky: Shrek 2

Roger Ebert:
Shrek 2, Stateside, Twilight Samurai, Valentin

Salon: The Saddest Music in the World, Shrek 2, Troy, Coffee and Cigarettes, Strayed (“Les égarés)

Upcoming DVDs

CHUD: Three of Hearts, The Big Empty, Love in the Time of Money

DVD Fanatic: Welcome to Mooseport, Bubba Ho-Tep, Broken Lizard’s Club Dread, Matrix Trilogy specs, Hellboy special features listing, Kill Bill: V2 specs, Ella Enchanted specs, Wyatt Earp: SE, “The Passion of the Jew streeting same day as The Passion of the Christ!” (what?), The Great Escape

DVD File: Dead Like Me S1, 3 Women, Bubba Ho-Tep, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Enemy Below, Robocop trilogy, Smallville S2, Underworld (Director’s Cut), Cheers S2, Around the World in 80 Days, West Wing S2, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, The Office S2

DVD Savant: The Tin Drum, Joan of Arc, Wyatt Earp, Calendar Girls

DVD Talk: Brides of Christ, Buffy S6, Around the World in 80 Days, Who’s the Boss S1, Have Gun Will Travel S1, Destroy All Monsters, Live Forever, Held Hostage in Columbia, Spider-Man: High Voltage Villains, MacArthur Park, The Maldonado Miracle, FUBAR, The Last Valley, Sex and the City S6-1

IGN DVD: Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville S1 & S2, Wedding Peach, The Big O, BASToF Syndrome, Fighting Spirit, Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines, Paycheck

Jo Blo:

Interviews and profiles

AICN: Ray Harryhausen 

Coming Soon: Vin Diesel (Chronicles of Riddick)

Julie Andrews (Shrek 2)

SciFi Wire: Roland Emmerich (Day After Tomorrow), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko), Emmy Rossum (Phantom of the Opera), Michael Rosenbaum (Cursed)

Other news

Lucas revamps THX-1138; Britt gives her blessing to Sellers film; J-Lo makes way for Cruise; Shrek 2 breaks box office records

Chicago Sun-Times:
Babies are guests of honor at 'Reel Moms' shows; 'Ugly' was very good to Eli Wallach; One legend begets another

CNN: Glenn Close, a regal ‘Lion’; Love, work and a Hollywood marriage; Usher holds on to No. 1; Critically reviled 'Bunny' to open in U.S.; UPN saves 'Enterprise,' pushes 'Model'; 'The Daily Show's' angry man

IMDB: Mary-Kate Olsen in Car Crash; Cosby's Comments Spark Controversy; Gwyneth Takes Baby Apple for Her First Stroll; Cash Memorabilia Goes Under the Hammer; Barbra Called "Boob" on 'Fockers' Set; Bosworth Ignores Bloom's Jealous Fans; Cruise Takes to Body Shaving?; Oldman Facing Massive Tax Bill; Sean Bean's Hotel Life; Vartan Bids for Himself on the Internet; 'The O.C.' Caught Up in Legal Wrangle

Jam Showbiz: Star outage short-lived at Cannes; Helen Hunt gives birth to baby girl; Spy film Wooing director, Rock; Harvey Keitel in French film noir; Canadian films applauded at Cannes; Murray to star in Jarmusch film; Del Toro, Owen commit to 'Sin'; Gooding punches up 'Shadowboxer'; Cannes gets kicks out of kung-fu; Moby to work on Ian Curtis biopic; Jake Gyllenhaal hooked on hockey

USAToday: Catch up on your movie watching; 'Shrek 2' joke guide; 'Shrek 2' gallery; 'Lion'-hearted: Close, Stewart take on medieval classic; Will Fahrenheit 9/11 take Cannes' top prize?; Looking 'De-Lovely' in Armani

Zap2It: Mary-Kate Olsen in Freeway Accident; 'West Wing's' Whitford Makes 'Traveling' Plans; Lance Bass Cruises to 'Lovewrecked'; Trio Occupies WWII Romantic Drama; Lyonne Sweet on Zombie 'Rejects'; 'Day After Tomorrow's' Just Deserts; Romijn-Stamos' Star on the Rise

Fun and games

Cinema Confidential:

Fametracker: Battle of the FOX Foxes; Hugh Jackman's Fame Audit; Get Carter: 12 More Examples of Graydon Carter's Malfeasance in The Mediator

Movieweb: Chronicles of Riddick prizes (sarcastic yay!)

The Onion: Talk-Show Host Takes Brief Break From Mocking Jessica Simpson To Interview Her; Apparently Werewolf Was Allergic To Peanuts

Short Attention Span Theater: Which Homeric hero are you?; "Marlena, she ded"

Parting shot

IMDB: "Madonna's Electrifying Tour"

* Superstar Madonna is poised to shock fans on her upcoming Re-Invention tour - by being "electrocuted" live on stage. The American Life singer is planning to make a series of bold statements in the controversial concerts, and has come up with a show that will make pal Britney Spears's raunchy Onyx Hotel tour look tame. As well as being "frazzled" in an electric chair, Madonna will also screen video footage of the corpses belonging to victims of the war in Iraq, perform sexy lesbian dance routines and have scantily-clad pregnant women dancing along to track "Papa Don't Preach." A source tells British newspaper the Sun, "This show will make people's hair stand on end. Madonna has pulled out all the stops to make it her most controversial yet. The electric chair scene is breathtaking. The concerts are really going to cause a stir on the same level as her Sex book and the Erotica album. But tempers have been frayed and she has been swearing every five minutes at the team putting the show together. The atmosphere is really fraught." Madonna's tour will begin in California next Monday. *
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