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15 items from 2007


Watts To Star in 'Da Vinci Code' Prequel

21 November 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Naomi Watts has been lined up to appear in The Da Vinci Code prequel alongside Tom Hanks. The Ring star will play the female lead in the Ron Howard-directed Angels & Demons, reports New York gossip column PageSix. But filming on the movie has been postponed until February, as a direct result of the Hollywood writer's strike. Sources claim Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's script still needs work, and he is on strike with his Writers Guild of America brethren. The film bosses have also put the movie's release date back from the end of 2008 to 2009.

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'Angels' wings clipped

19 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

STRIKE ZONE: LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES

UPDATED: 10:45 a.m. Nov. 20, 2007

Sony has postponed production on Columbia Pictures' "Angels and Demons", the latest major film project to be derailed by the writers strike.

Tom Hanks is set to reprise his role as symbologist Robert Langdon in "Angels", a prequel to "The Da Vinci Code", with Ron Howard again directing. The studio said Friday the screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, an adaptation of the Dan Brown novel, was not ready to go before the cameras.

But "Angels" isn't alone. Several other projects are in limbo and might be heading towards postponement, even with the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers returning to the table next week. The shifting schedules are causing some directors to leave projects and others to pick up proejct as the labor drama plays out.

Columbia's "Edwin A. Salt", a spy thriller with Tom Cruise attached, has been pushed back due to director Terry George is stepping off the project. Michael Mann wants to pick up the directing reins but only will step in if there's a rewrite, which can't be done while the strike is on. »

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'Da Vinci Code' Prequel Hit Hard by Strike

19 November 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Hanks' The Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons has become the first big screen casualty of the Hollywood writer's strike. Executives at Columbia Pictures have postponed production on the Ron Howard film as the strike begins a third week. Sources claim Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's script still needs work, and he is on strike with his Writers Guild of America brethren. The film bosses have also put the film's release date back from the end of 2008 to 2009. The strike has already hammered TV schedules in America with all late-night chat shows immediately shutting down and production on a host of sitcoms and dramas coming to a halt. »

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'Da Vinci Code' sequel delayed by strike

17 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The sequel to The Da Vinci Code has become one of the first motion pictures to be impacted by the writers strike.

With the strike about to head into its third week, Sony issued a statement on Friday saying that Columbia Pictures has decided to postpone production of Angels & Demons, in which Tom Hanks is to reprise his role as symbologist Robert Langdon with Ron Howard once again directing. The studio said the screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, an adaptation of the Dan Brown novel, was not ready to go before the cameras.

"While the filmmakers and the studio feel the screenplay is very strong, we do not believe it is the fully-realized production draft required of this ambitious project," said Sony spokesman Steve Elzer. "We do not expect any other film on our 2008 slate to be affected."

Angels had been scheduled to begin production early next year and was slated for a Dec. 19, 2008 release. While no new start date has been set, its release date has been moved to May 15, 2009, a week before Fox has scheduled its release of James Cameron's 3-D feature Avatar.

Sony's 2008 lineup includes the 22nd Bond film, Hancock starring Will Smith, Step Brothers starring Will Ferrell. »

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Howard's 'Angels' ready to fly

26 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ROME -- The Municipality of Rome on Thursday approved the required permits for the film adaptation of Angels & Demons, meaning the hotly anticipated follow-up to last year's hit The Da Vinci Code will begin filming early next year.

The Angels & Demons story is a prequel to that of Da Vinci. The first film grossed a reported $758 million worldwide. The release date for the follow-up has been set for December 2008.

With the permits now in place, filming on Angels & Demons is set to begin Feb. 18, mostly in Rome. The Ron Howard-led team has been denied access to film in the Vatican, where much of the story takes place. But the crew has reportedly been scouting other locations in Rome for months, and the local media has reported that they will use a studio set for the Vatican scenes.

Both films are based on best-selling books by Dan Brown. »

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Hanks & Howard Ready 'Da Vinci Code' Sequel

26 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard will begin shooting a sequel to their 2006 smash hit The Da Vinci Code in February. Angels & Demons - again based on a novel by Dan Brown - will see Hanks reprise his character of Harvard University symbolist Robert Langdon. This time the literary hero will be involved in a frantic quest to find the world's most powerful energy source. The Da Vinci Code will be a hard act to follow - the movie has made $757,236,138 at the international box-office. Angels & Demons marks the fourth time Hanks and Howard have teamed up for a big screen project.

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Morgan among UTA's subjects

4 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Peter Morgan has signed for representation with UTA. The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning scribe of The Queen was repped by ICM.

Morgan, who also won a BAFTA for The Last King of Scotland, is writing a sequel to The Queen, while the adaptation of his play Frost/Nixon is being directed by Ron Howard for Imagine/Working Title and Universal.

The writer also just concluded work on State of Play for Universal and Working Title and penned The Other Boleyn Girl, an upcoming release from Sony. Fox 2000 is in negotiations to turn his TV series The Jury into a film to be written by Beau Willimon and directed by Marc Forster. Morgan also is repped by U.K. agent Greg Hunt and attorney Alan Hergott. »

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'Da Vinci Code' under investigation in Italy

19 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TAORMINA, Sicily -- More than a year after its premiere, The Da Vinci Code is being investigated by Italian state attorneys on the grounds that it is "obscene" from a religious perspective.

Earlier this year, a complaint against the film was filed by a group of clergy near the Italian village of Civitavecchia, where the state prosecutor said it would open a criminal investigation into the film. The complaint says the film violates Article 528 of Italy's Penal Code.

The complaint names 10 people, including director Ron Howard and author Dan Brown.

The investigation means the case will have its day in court in the seaside port village about 40 miles north of Rome, though a judge could simply elect to throw the charges out. But it is significant that the state prosecutor agreed to investigate it.

It is unclear what the unnamed complainants -- reported by the state prosecutor to all be Catholic clergy from the area -- are seeking. »

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Bacon Joins 'Frost/Nixon' Movie

5 June 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mystic River actor Kevin Bacon has joined Frank Langella in the upcoming film version of stage play Frost/Nixon. Frost/Nixon is a dramatic reenactment of U.S. President Richard Nixon's famed 1977 TV interview with David Frost, and has wowed audiences in both London's West End and on Broadway. Langella and Michael Sheen are reprising their stage roles as Nixon and Frost respectively in the film adaptation, to be directed by Ron Howard. Bacon will play Nixon's chief of staff Jack Brennan. »

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Milder staying in 'Weeds'; 'Frost/Nixon' role also in works

25 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Andy Milder has been upped to a series regular on Showtime's Weeds for the dark comedy's upcoming third season.

Additionally, Milder is expected to land a supporting role in Ron Howard's feature adaptation of the play Frost/Nixon

Milder has been recurring on Weeds, playing Dean Hodes, legal counsel for the suburban drug cartel and husband to Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins).

"Frost/Nixon" will reunite Milder with Howard. The actor had a role in Howard's Apollo 13, which he also reprised on HBO's miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, which Howard produced.

Milder, who next appears in the feature Transformers, is repped by the Stone Manners Agency, manager Larry Hummel and attorney Darren Trattner. »

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Kaufman, Roach project a fit at Warner Bros.

23 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up an original comedy project from Ken Kaufman, with Jay Roach on board to direct. Roach also is producing with his Everyman Pictures partner Jennifer Perini.

The project, described as an off-center comedy and bought as a pitch, follows two party-loving male friends who are as close as brothers. When one of them dies in a fluke accident, the other succumbs to grief, until he meets a stranger who eerily resembles his dead friend, only shorter and nerdier. He then sets out to corrupt him and refashion him (a la Vertigo) into his lost buddy.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for Warners along with Elishia Holmes.

Kaufman's credits include Universal's Curious George as well as Columbia's The Missing, directed by Ron Howard, and Warners' Space Cowboys for director Clint Eastwood. He is repped by Endeavor and attorney Keith Fleer.

Roach, who produced Borat with Sacha Baron Cohen, was the helmer behind Meet the Parents and its offspring, Meet the Fockers, as well as the Austin Powers movies. »

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Three actors sit down with 'Frost/Nixon'

10 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones and Matthew Macfadyen are coming on board Frost/Nixon, Working Title Films and Universal Pictures' adaptation of the hit Peter Morgan play. Ron Howard is directing, while Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer.

The play is based on a series of televised interviews that President Nixon granted David Frost in 1977 and that ended with a tacit admission of guilt regarding his role in the Watergate scandal. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen are reprising their Broadway roles as Nixon and Frost, respectively.

Rockwell is playing award-winning journalist James Reston Jr., the head researcher who helps Frost prep for the interviews.

Jones will portray legendary Hollywood dealmaker Swifty Lazar, who negotiates the deal with Frost on behalf of Nixon.

Macfadyen plays John Burt, a journalist for a weekly British television show.

Shooting will begin in late summer.

Rockwell next will appear in the Warner Independent Pictures drama Snow Angels, opposite Kate Beckinsale, and Joshua, a thriller being released by Fox Searchlight. »

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Hanks, Howard circle prequel to 'Da Vinci'

12 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Columbia Pictures has moved one step closer to reuniting "The Da Vinci Code" team of star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard.

Sources close to the project say that Hanks and Howard are in final negotiations to return for "Da Vinci" prequel "Angels & Demons."

Sony declined comment about the status of the highly anticipated project, which also derives from a Dan Brown best-seller.

But sources say the studio, which benefited from "Da Vinci"'s $758 million worldwide boxoffice haul, has set an early January start date and has hired A-list casting directors Jane Jenkins and Debbie McWilliams to fill out the thriller's supporting roles.

Sources say the studio also is waiting for Akiva Goldsman to finish his adapted screenplay, which centers on Langdon, who becomes embroiled in murders involving the Illuminati and the Vatican. »

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Bryce Dallas Howard Gives Birth

20 February 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Village star Bryce Dallas Howard and her actor-husband Seth Gabel have welcomed a baby boy Howard, 25, announced she was expecting in August at the British premiere of her movie Lady In The Water. The star's representative confirms the birth to American publication People, but no details about the baby's name or weight were released. The couple wed in June after dating for five years. This is their first child. Howard, who is the daughter of actor and filmmaker Ron Howard, got her start appearing in her father's films including Parenthood and Apollo 13. Gabel has appeared on several TV shows including Nip/Tuck, The Closer and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. »

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ASC's top nod to 'Children's' Lubezki

19 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Emmanuel Lubezki was honored for "Children of Men" in the feature film competition at the 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards on Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The prize capped a big week for the Academy Award nominee, who last weekend won in the cinematography category at the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

In the ASC competition, Lubezski topped a field that included nominees Dick Pope for "The Illusionist", Dean Semler for "Apocalypto", Robert Richardson for "The Good Shepard" and Vilmos Zsigmond for "The Black Dahlia".

In the ASC's television categories, John Stokes was recognized in the television movie competition for "Umney's Last Case" from the "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" miniseries, and David Mockness won the episodic TV trophy for the "Arrow" episode of "Smallville".

Additionally, the ASC presented Allen Daviau its Lifetime Achievement Award; Ron Howard, the Board of Governors Award; Michael Ballhaus, the International Achievement Award; and Jerry Hirschfield, the Presidents Award. Donald M. Morgan was honored with the first ASC Award for Career Achievement for Television Cinematography. »

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