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7 items from 2007


Baker and West among those making house calls at 'The Lodger'

26 November 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- In a recent interview with The Lodger's writer/director David Ondaatje, Ioncinema.com learned that actors Shane West and Simon Baker are among those who have joined the production currently filming in Los Angeles. Split between two narratives, the two actors are taking on important supporting roles. West (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) will be featured in the storyline involving a detective named Chandler Manning who is engaged in a complex cat-and-mouse game with a maniacal killer who begins emulating the 100-year old murders of Jack The Ripper along Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Alfred Molina plays Manning and West is playing the role of Manning's rookie partner, Street Wilkenson.Baker (The Devil Wears Prada) will be joining the storyline that features Hope Davis. She plays Ellen Bunting and a handsome stranger, Malcolm Sleight (Baker), who appears one day and rents her guesthouse in West Hollywood.Also coming »

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Unified Pictures preps 'Star'

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

Unified Pictures is set to produce the modern-day Capra-esque tale 55 Holly Star. Michael A. Nickles, who penned the script, will direct.

The story centers on a down-on-his-luck man who, in a desperate search to decipher the dying words of his grandfather, turns his life upside down.

Production is scheduled to begin next year, with Unified founder Keith Kjarval producing.

"This is a story that has excited us for some time with its unique and fresh slant on a familiar romantic theme," Kjarval said.

The company, which recently completed principal photography on the Rachael Leigh Cook romantic comedy Bob Funk, also is producing the CG-animated Noah's Ark, written by Philip LaZebnik (The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas) and the psychological thriller Beneath the Shadows.

Unified is in postproduction on the revenge action/drama The Perfect Sleep and the psychological thriller XII. »

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Paradigm's 'Door' opens for foursome

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

NEW YORK -- Rachael Leigh Cook and Sarah Roemer are starring and rapper Snoop Dogg and Joseph Cross are in final negotiations to star in David M. Rosenthal's romantic comedy The Golden Door.

The film follows a blue-collar nursing student played by Cross (Running With Scissors) who's forced to quit school after his father dies in a freak handball accident. His uncle finds him a job as a doorman in a swank Manhattan apartment building, leading to an unlikely romance with a young resident, played by Roemer (Disturbia).

Cook will play the sister who encourages Cross' relationship, much to the dismay of the girl's mother. Snoop Dogg plays the slick doorman who hazes his new co-worker and shows him the ropes.

"It's about an 'Upstairs, Downstairs' type of relationship," says Rosenthal, who based his script on a story idea from Peter Kellner, a producer on his 2006 comedy See This Movie. "The film explores class distinctions and the American ideal."

Door was packaged by the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group, which will also represent sales of the film's domestic distribution rights. »

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Nancy Drew

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

This review was written for the theatrical release of "Nancy Drew".River Heights meets Mulholland Drive, to lackluster effect, in "Nancy Drew". The beloved amateur sleuth's first big-screen appearance in nearly 70 years is not devoid of affection for the mystery books that have engaged generations of young girls, but the culture-clash procedural, which brings the small-town teen to big bad Hollywood, feels more perfunctory than inspired. If the feature sparks a run on the books, it will be the result of tween-targeted marketing centering on Nickelodeon star Emma Roberts; word-of-mouth among young moviegoers, their mothers and grandmothers isn't likely to solve this case at the boxoffice.

Conceived, written and edited by committee under the pseudonymous authorship of Carolyn Keene, the book series has undergone its fair share of revisions and facelifts since first publication in 1930. It's hardly sacred literature that shouldn't be messed with, yet the source material's particular resonance remains elusive in this 21st century update.

Director Andrew Fleming and co-scripter Tiffany Paulsen have set up a familiar new-girl-in-school scenario for Nancy, overshadowing the mystery that should be the story's engine. Their screenplay isn't quite parody, but it's larded with enough self-conscious deadpan nods to the genre to make it something less than sincere. They've put Nancy (a perennial 18-year-old for decades) back in high school at 16 -- all the better for setting her in contrived opposition to fashion-slave Los Angeles mean girls (Daniella Monet, Kelly Vitz), while best friends George and Bess are reduced to bit parts back in stateless River Heights. Vague business has brought her widowed attorney father (Tate Donovan) to Los Angeles, where Nancy gets busy suggesting improvements to the principal of Hollywood High and delving into a movieland mystery.

The unsolved case from the annals of Hollywood dates way back to the glamorous days of 1981, when actress Dehlia Draycott (Laura Elena Harring) died after a five-month disappearance. Having rented the decrepit mansion where Dehlia lived (nice work by production designer Tony Fanning), Nancy can avail herself of an attic full of memorabilia, not to mention film footage and a projector, all under the disquieting eye of "strange caretaker" Leshing (Marshall Bell). Smitten 12-year-old Corky (Josh Flitter) lends his help, as does Ned Nickerson (Max Thieriot), who arrives from back home to deliver Nancy's nifty blue convertible and -- in the film's only emotionally convincing performance -- to confront his feelings for his favorite sleuth.

With an iBook and a vintage roadster at her disposal, Nancy would seem to have the best of both worlds. But the movie suffers from a split personality that proves enervating. The idea of playing up Nancy's retro qualities goes only so far, and reimagining her as a square do-gooder feels forced -- and misses the point about the unfussy intelligence that has made the character a keeper for most of a century.

As the quick-thinking, fearless title character, Roberts ("Unfabulous") conveys the required poise and self-confidence but never overcomes a certain blankness. Helmer Fleming ("Dick") struggles to generate human chemistry within the tween-movie formula. Often the most expressive onscreen elements are the costumes by Jeffrey Kurland, who dressed Roberts' Aunt Julia in "Erin Brockovich" and "Ocean's Eleven," and who has a good deal of character-defining fun here.

The Hollywood-lore angle is more intriguing than the high-school scenario, and older viewers might enjoy the film references, if only because they're diversions from the listless action. Harring's presence pays homage to David Lynch's brilliant R-rated twist on Nancy Drew in "Mulholland Drive"; there are broad allusions to "Chinatown"; and when Nancy tracks down a crucial figure Rachael Leigh Cook) in the Draycott mystery, she visits an apartment building that will recall last year's "Hollywoodland". Adam Goldberg and an uncredited Bruce Willis provide all-too-fleeting film-within-the-film cameos, while Barry Bostwick delivers a tasty turn as a super-lawyer to the stars.

Late-in-the-proceedings tension does materialize, but under the helm of Fleming and DP Alexander Gruszynski, most of the action sequences unfold with numbing indifference, while Ralph Sall's original score is far more interesting than his soundtrack of perkily predictable pop songs.

NANCY DREW

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Virtual Studios a Jerry Weintraub production

Credits:

Director: Andrew Fleming

Screenwriters: Andrew Fleming, Tiffany Paulsen

Story: Tiffany Paulsen

Based on characters created by: Carolyn Keene

Producer: Jerry Weintraub

Executive producers: Susan Ekins, Mark Vahradian, Benjamin Waisbren

Director of photography: Alexander Gruszynski

Production designer: Tony Fanning

Music: Ralph Sall

Co-producer: Cherylanne Martin

Costume designer: Jeffrey Kurland

Editor: Jeff Freeman

Cast:

Nancy Drew: Emma Roberts

Corky: Josh Flitter

Ned Nickerson: Max Thieriot

Jane Brighton: Rachael Leigh Cook

Carson Drew: Tate Donovan

Dashiel Biedermeyer: Barry Bostwick

Inga: Daniella Monet

Barbara Barbara: Caroline Aaron

Leshing: Marshall Bell

Dehlia Draycott: Laura Elena Harring

Trish: Kelly Vitz

Landlady: Pat Carroll

Running time -- 99 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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Nancy Drew

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

River Heights meets Mulholland Drive, to lackluster effect, in "Nancy Drew". The beloved amateur sleuth's first big-screen appearance in nearly 70 years is not devoid of affection for the mystery books that have engaged generations of young girls, but the culture-clash procedural, which brings the small-town teen to big bad Hollywood, feels more perfunctory than inspired. If the feature sparks a run on the books, it will be the result of tween-targeted marketing centering on Nickelodeon star Emma Roberts; word-of-mouth among young moviegoers, their mothers and grandmothers isn't likely to solve this case at the boxoffice.

Conceived, written and edited by committee under the pseudonymous authorship of Carolyn Keene, the book series has undergone its fair share of revisions and facelifts since first publication in 1930. It's hardly sacred literature that shouldn't be messed with, yet the source material's particular resonance remains elusive in this 21st century update.

Director Andrew Fleming and co-scripter Tiffany Paulsen have set up a familiar new-girl-in-school scenario for Nancy, overshadowing the mystery that should be the story's engine. Their screenplay isn't quite parody, but it's larded with enough self-conscious deadpan nods to the genre to make it something less than sincere. They've put Nancy (a perennial 18-year-old for decades) back in high school at 16 -- all the better for setting her in contrived opposition to fashion-slave Los Angeles mean girls (Daniella Monet, Kelly Vitz), while best friends George and Bess are reduced to bit parts back in stateless River Heights. Vague business has brought her widowed attorney father (Tate Donovan) to Los Angeles, where Nancy gets busy suggesting improvements to the principal of Hollywood High and delving into a movieland mystery.

The unsolved case from the annals of Hollywood dates way back to the glamorous days of 1981, when actress Dehlia Draycott (Laura Elena Harring) died after a five-month disappearance. Having rented the decrepit mansion where Dehlia lived (nice work by production designer Tony Fanning), Nancy can avail herself of an attic full of memorabilia, not to mention film footage and a projector, all under the disquieting eye of "strange caretaker" Leshing (Marshall Bell). Smitten 12-year-old Corky (Josh Flitter) lends his help, as does Ned Nickerson (Max Thieriot), who arrives from back home to deliver Nancy's nifty blue convertible and -- in the film's only emotionally convincing performance -- to confront his feelings for his favorite sleuth.

With an iBook and a vintage roadster at her disposal, Nancy would seem to have the best of both worlds. But the movie suffers from a split personality that proves enervating. The idea of playing up Nancy's retro qualities goes only so far, and reimagining her as a square do-gooder feels forced -- and misses the point about the unfussy intelligence that has made the character a keeper for most of a century.

As the quick-thinking, fearless title character, Roberts ("Unfabulous") conveys the required poise and self-confidence but never overcomes a certain blankness. Helmer Fleming ("Dick") struggles to generate human chemistry within the tween-movie formula. Often the most expressive onscreen elements are the costumes by Jeffrey Kurland, who dressed Roberts' Aunt Julia in "Erin Brockovich" and "Ocean's Eleven," and who has a good deal of character-defining fun here.

The Hollywood-lore angle is more intriguing than the high-school scenario, and older viewers might enjoy the film references, if only because they're diversions from the listless action. Harring's presence pays homage to David Lynch's brilliant R-rated twist on Nancy Drew in "Mulholland Drive"; there are broad allusions to "Chinatown"; and when Nancy tracks down a crucial figure Rachael Leigh Cook) in the Draycott mystery, she visits an apartment building that will recall last year's "Hollywoodland". Adam Goldberg and an uncredited Bruce Willis provide all-too-fleeting film-within-the-film cameos, while Barry Bostwick delivers a tasty turn as a super-lawyer to the stars.

Late-in-the-proceedings tension does materialize, but under the helm of Fleming and DP Alexander Gruszynski, most of the action sequences unfold with numbing indifference, while Ralph Sall's original score is far more interesting than his soundtrack of perkily predictable pop songs.

NANCY DREW

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Virtual Studios a Jerry Weintraub production

Credits:

Director: Andrew Fleming

Screenwriters: Andrew Fleming, Tiffany Paulsen

Story: Tiffany Paulsen

Based on characters created by: Carolyn Keene

Producer: Jerry Weintraub

Executive producers: Susan Ekins, Mark Vahradian, Benjamin Waisbren

Director of photography: Alexander Gruszynski

Production designer: Tony Fanning

Music: Ralph Sall

Co-producer: Cherylanne Martin

Costume designer: Jeffrey Kurland

Editor: Jeff Freeman

Cast:

Nancy Drew: Emma Roberts

Corky: Josh Flitter

Ned Nickerson: Max Thieriot

Jane Brighton: Rachael Leigh Cook

Carson Drew: Tate Donovan

Dashiel Biedermeyer: Barry Bostwick

Inga: Daniella Monet

Barbara Barbara: Caroline Aaron

Leshing: Marshall Bell

Dehlia Draycott: Laura Elena Harring

Trish: Kelly Vitz

Landlady: Pat Carroll

Running time -- 99 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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Nancy Drew

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

River Heights meets Mulholland Drive, to lackluster effect, in Nancy Drew. The beloved amateur sleuth's first big-screen appearance in nearly 70 years is not devoid of affection for the mystery books that have engaged generations of young girls, but the culture-clash procedural, which brings the small-town teen to big bad Hollywood, feels more perfunctory than inspired. If the feature sparks a run on the books, it will be the result of tween-targeted marketing centering on Nickelodeon star Emma Roberts; word-of-mouth among young moviegoers, their mothers and grandmothers isn't likely to solve this case at the boxoffice.

Conceived, written and edited by committee under the pseudonymous authorship of Carolyn Keene, the book series has undergone its fair share of revisions and facelifts since first publication in 1930. It's hardly sacred literature that shouldn't be messed with, yet the source material's particular resonance remains elusive in this 21st century update.

Director Andrew Fleming and co-scripter Tiffany Paulsen have set up a familiar new-girl-in-school scenario for Nancy, overshadowing the mystery that should be the story's engine. Their screenplay isn't quite parody, but it's larded with enough self-conscious deadpan nods to the genre to make it something less than sincere. They've put Nancy (a perennial 18-year-old for decades) back in high school at 16 -- all the better for setting her in contrived opposition to fashion-slave Los Angeles mean girls (Daniella Monet, Kelly Vitz), while best friends George and Bess are reduced to bit parts back in stateless River Heights. Vague business has brought her widowed attorney father (Tate Donovan) to Los Angeles, where Nancy gets busy suggesting improvements to the principal of Hollywood High and delving into a movieland mystery.

The unsolved case from the annals of Hollywood dates way back to the glamorous days of 1981, when actress Dehlia Draycott (Laura Elena Harring) died after a five-month disappearance. Having rented the decrepit mansion where Dehlia lived (nice work by production designer Tony Fanning), Nancy can avail herself of an attic full of memorabilia, not to mention film footage and a projector, all under the disquieting eye of "strange caretaker" Leshing (Marshall Bell). Smitten 12-year-old Corky (Josh Flitter) lends his help, as does Ned Nickerson (Max Thieriot), who arrives from back home to deliver Nancy's nifty blue convertible and -- in the film's only emotionally convincing performance -- to confront his feelings for his favorite sleuth.

With an iBook and a vintage roadster at her disposal, Nancy would seem to have the best of both worlds. But the movie suffers from a split personality that proves enervating. The idea of playing up Nancy's retro qualities goes only so far, and reimagining her as a square do-gooder feels forced -- and misses the point about the unfussy intelligence that has made the character a keeper for most of a century.

As the quick-thinking, fearless title character, Roberts (Unfabulous) conveys the required poise and self-confidence but never overcomes a certain blankness. Helmer Fleming (Dick) struggles to generate human chemistry within the tween-movie formula. Often the most expressive onscreen elements are the costumes by Jeffrey Kurland, who dressed Roberts' Aunt Julia in Erin Brockovich and "Ocean's Eleven," and who has a good deal of character-defining fun here.

The Hollywood-lore angle is more intriguing than the high-school scenario, and older viewers might enjoy the film references, if only because they're diversions from the listless action. Harring's presence pays homage to David Lynch's brilliant R-rated twist on Nancy Drew in Mulholland Drive; there are broad allusions to Chinatown; and when Nancy tracks down a crucial figure Rachael Leigh Cook) in the Draycott mystery, she visits an apartment building that will recall last year's Hollywoodland. Adam Goldberg and an uncredited Bruce Willis provide all-too-fleeting film-within-the-film cameos, while Barry Bostwick delivers a tasty turn as a super-lawyer to the stars.

Late-in-the-proceedings tension does materialize, but under the helm of Fleming and DP Alexander Gruszynski, most of the action sequences unfold with numbing indifference, while Ralph Sall's original score is far more interesting than his soundtrack of perkily predictable pop songs.

NANCY DREW

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Virtual Studios a Jerry Weintraub production

Credits:

Director: Andrew Fleming

Screenwriters: Andrew Fleming, Tiffany Paulsen

Story: Tiffany Paulsen

Based on characters created by: Carolyn Keene

Producer: Jerry Weintraub

Executive producers: Susan Ekins, Mark Vahradian, Benjamin Waisbren

Director of photography: Alexander Gruszynski

Production designer: Tony Fanning

Music: Ralph Sall

Co-producer: Cherylanne Martin

Costume designer: Jeffrey Kurland

Editor: Jeff Freeman

Cast:

Nancy Drew: Emma Roberts

Corky: Josh Flitter

Ned Nickerson: Max Thieriot

Jane Brighton: Rachael Leigh Cook

Carson Drew: Tate Donovan

Dashiel Biedermeyer: Barry Bostwick

Inga: Daniella Monet

Barbara Barbara: Caroline Aaron

Leshing: Marshall Bell

Dehlia Draycott: Laura Elena Harring

Trish: Kelly Vitz

Landlady: Pat Carroll

Running time -- 99 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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Angarano kicking it with Chan, Li

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

Michael Angarano is in final negotiations to star alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the untitled J&J project. Rob Minkoff is directing, while Casey Silver produces.

Angarano will play a troubled 17-year-old wannabe kung fu warrior who, after a humiliating defeat at the hands of a street gang, is sent back in time to ancient China on an impossible mission to set free the imprisoned Monkey King Li) and return to him his all-powerful staff. John Fusco wrote the script.

The project is due to start filming in early May in China.

Ryan Kavanaugh and Raffaella De Laurentiis are executive producing. Relativity Media is financing.

Angarano, repped by ICM and Coast to Coast, recently starred in Columbia Pictures' Lords of Dogtown and the Walt Disney Co.'s Sky High. His upcoming projects include Snow Angels with Kate Beckinsale, The Final Season with Sean Astin and Rachael Leigh Cook and Man in the Chair with Christopher Plummer. »

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