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9 items from 2007


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doing a Buffy Movie Scares Gellar

20 November 2007 12:52 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's only been four years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended but it seems like fans have been clamoring for a reunion movie for much longer. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon. Though Buffy faced all sorts of evil demons, trying to "go home again" is what that terrifies Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Of a Buffy movie, Gellar tells Moviehole, "I have to be honest. That thought really scares me. Buffy was a movie and it didn't work because her story was longer than that. This was about a girl that you had to get to know and it took so long to figure out how to crack the ending so that people weren't upset. Of course I never say never, so I'm not saying no, but my fear would be to open something like that up again, to only end it again." Gellar also »

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Gellar Takes Prinze's Name

16 November 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has finally taken on husband Freddie Prinze Jr.'s surname - five years after the couple wed. The Scooby-Doo star has changed her famous three-part moniker as a fifth wedding anniversary present to her actor husband. A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "She officially changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze in honor of the occasion. On their anniversary, she showed (Freddie) her new driver's license. It was so sweet." The couple met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997, before marrying in September 2002. »

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Gellar Goes Green To Save Cash

21 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Thrifty Sarah Michelle Gellar has quietly become the queen of the green celebrities by recycling shopping bags and cycling to work. But the former Buffy The Vampire Slayer star admits it has more to do with saving cash that being environmentally conscious. She tells Self magazine, "I take my reusable bag to Whole Foods so I get a discount. I go to Bloomingdale's on double rewards day. And I always print my dry cleaning coupons before I go. My dry cleaner laughs. He's like, 'You don't have to keep printing them out!'" But it's her bright pink bicycle which earns her frowns from friends and neighbors now she lives in New York. She adds, "Not only is it bright pink with the bell and streamers and the whole thing, but it has Hello Kitty tires. Every time I leave my apartment, my doorman just shakes his head." »

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Landes, Fox ink talent deal

13 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael Landes is extending his relationship with Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox Television.

Landes, who co-starred on David E. Kelley's dramedy The Wedding Bells for Fox and 20th TV, has signed a talent deal with the network and the studio.

Under the pact, 20th TV and Fox will develop a project for him targeted for the 2008-09 season.

"Michael is a great-looking leading man who is equally adept at comedy and drama," Fox executive vp casting Marcia Shulman said. "It was a no-brainer."

Landes, whose series credits include ABC's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, UPN's Special Unit 2 and BBC's Love Soup, played wedding photographer David Conlon on Bells this past spring.

"He's just a charming, incredibly talented guy who I know is going to be a huge television star," 20th TV senior vp casting Sharon Klein said. "It's just a matter of time and finding him the right project."

Landes recently completed the Yari Film Group feature Addicted, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. He will next be seen in the Disney comedy College Road Trip.

Landes, whose theater credits include the male lead in the London West End production of When Harry Met Sally, is repped by Endeavor and attorneys Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman. »

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Gellar Turned Down 'Stardust' Role for Love

3 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down a lead role in Stardust - because she didn't want to be apart from husband Freddie Prinze Jr. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer star married Prinze Jr. in 2002 and the couple made a vow to avoid conflicting work schedules so they could spend more time together. But the promise meant Gellar missed out on a part in the new fantasy adventure movie starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer - because the film was being shot in Scotland when Prinze Jr. was filming in the U.S. She explains, "I turned it down because it was Freddie's turn in New York. I would have loved to have done it - are you kidding? But it was Freddie's turn." »

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'Soph' hop for Barton with Willis

15 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Mischa Barton and Rumer Willis have been cast opposite Bruce Willis, Rumer's father, in the dark comedy "The Sophomore" for Yari Film Group.

In this teenage take on "Chinatown", Barton plays the most popular girl in her Catholic high school. She persuades a sophomore reporter to investigate the theft of SAT exams, but after he reveals that the school's president and top jock are responsible, a more sinister conspiracy emerges.

Rumer Willis plays the troublemaking sidekick of Barton's character. Bruce Willis plays the school's twisted principal, a Desert Storm veteran who can't let go of his glory days in Kuwait.

Bob Yari is producing the feature with Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment. Elsie Choi serves as co-producer. YFG production exec Brad Jenkel is overseeing the project, which was brought to the studio by YFG development exec Eric Umali. Vertigo co-produced "Addicted", starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, with YFG.

The film (previously titled "Assassination of a High School President") will be directed by Brett Simon and written by Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski, who all are making their feature film debuts. »

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Sony Pics arm lights up with Inferno

9 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment's nascent acquisitions unit has entered into a multipicture co-financing and domestic distribution agreement with Inferno Films. The deal gives the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group all media rights to films produced by Inferno.

The first film covered by the deal is "The Heaven Project", a psychological thriller starring Paul Walker and directed and written by John Glenn. The film is in production.

Pictures at the top of Inferno's development slate include a remake of George Cukor's "The Women", written and to be directed by Diane English, creator of television's "Murphy Brown"; "The Monkey Wrench", an adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel that will be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (William Goldman wrote the screenplay); and "A Dog's Story", a family drama inspired by a Japanese story of a man and his dog.

Inferno is in postproduction on "Smother", which stars Diane Keaton and was produced with Jay Roach. Recent film projects include Richard Kelley's "Southland Tales", with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin Timberlake and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; "Just Friends", with Amy Smart, Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris; and "The Air I Breathe", starring Forest Whitaker, Kevin Bacon, Andy Garcia, Brendan Fraser and Gellar. »

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TMNT

19 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the theatrical release of "TMNT".While "TMNT" is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project to take advantage of CGI animation, the movie stakes out no new ground for the highly profitable franchise. A certified phenomenon in publishing, toy manufacturing and TV cartoons -- along with three live-action features in the early '90s -- the green fighting machines' return to movies is a tad too conservative and calculated.

CGI delivers best on moody sets and a noirish atmosphere achieved by lighting, backgrounds and visual effects. But the characters look like plastic dolls, and the story is recycled sci-fi. The film will satisfy youngsters and newcomers but might divide older fans. Those fans certainly will turn out, though, so Warners and the Weinsteins should see respectable boxoffice figures for the first two weeks.

Other than a few sequences in Latin America, "TMNT" sticks close to home -- meaning the rooftops, sewers and back alleys of nighttime Manhattan. Its crime fighters are arrayed against the usual forces seeking the destruction of civilization, but writer-director Kevin Munroe, a CGI vet making his feature debut, focuses his main conflict within the Turtles' family.

The rift comes when the Turtles' rat sensei, Splinter (voiced by the late Mako), sends team leader Leonardo James Arnold Taylor) away for training. When he returns, younger brother Raphael (Nolan North) is miffed at his prolonged absence. Since Leo was obeying their sensei, much of this conflict over Ninja Turtle Family Values feels contrived.

While Leo is away, the family falls into a kind of languor. Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley) entertains at children's birthday parties as "Cowabunga Carl". Bored Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) provides computer tech support by telephone. Only Raphael has continued crime fighting, secretly masquerading as a one-man vigilante known as "The Nightwatcher".

Leo's return leads to a showdown between the two brothers, Leo and Raphael, while the other Turtles all but disappear from the screen. Two other crime fighters might as well disappear because the movie finds little use for them. These are April Sarah Michelle Gellar), an archaeologist/martial artist, and baseball-wielding Casey Jones (Chris Evans), a ghost of his former crazed self. Curiously, his face is drawn so narrowly as to resemble Adrien Brody.

The villainy here is vague, almost as if it were an afterthought. At first, the enemy appears to be tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart), who is assembling an army of ancient stone warriors. Then it becomes 13 monsters that slipped through a portal from another dimension 3,000 years ago. Then it's the Turtles' old nemesis, Karai (Ziyi Zhang) and her mercenaries for hire, the Foot Clan.

Younger children might be baffled by the switching alliances between bad and good guys, but when the world gets saved, you don't ask too many questions.

The Turtles were created in 1984, so the real threat to its Family Values might be tired blood. Even CGI doesn't pump much life into these kung fu critters. The new film's calculations show the most in the mix of tame violence to maintain a PG rating and youthful humor and a skateboarding sequence to keep the appeal broad. Ultimately, the movie seems driven more by the need to keep a toy line and franchise alive than any creative inspiration.

TMNT

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures and the Weinstein Co. presents an Imagi Animation Studios production

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Kevin Munroe

Based on characters created by: Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman

Producers: Thomas K. Gray, H. Galen Walker, Paul Wang

Executive producers: Francis Kao, Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst

Director of photography: Steve Lumley

Production designer: Simon Murton

Music: Klaus Badelt

Visual effects supervisor: Kith Ng

Supervising animator: Kim Ooi

Co-producer: Felix Ip

Editor: John Damien Ryan

Voices:

Leonardo: James Arnold Taylor

Raphael: Nolan North

Donatello: Mitchell Whitfield

Michelangelo: Mikey Kelley

Casey: Chris Evans

April: Sarah Michelle Gellar

Splinter: Mako

Karai: Ziyi Zhang

Narrator: Laurence Fishburne

Diner Cook: Kevin Smith

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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TMNT

19 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While TMNT is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project to take advantage of CGI animation, the movie stakes out no new ground for the highly profitable franchise. A certified phenomenon in publishing, toy manufacturing and TV cartoons -- along with three live-action features in the early '90s -- the green fighting machines' return to movies is a tad too conservative and calculated.

CGI delivers best on moody sets and a noirish atmosphere achieved by lighting, backgrounds and visual effects. But the characters look like plastic dolls, and the story is recycled sci-fi. The film will satisfy youngsters and newcomers but might divide older fans. Those fans certainly will turn out, though, so Warners and the Weinsteins should see respectable boxoffice figures for the first two weeks.

Other than a few sequences in Latin America, TMNT sticks close to home -- meaning the rooftops, sewers and back alleys of nighttime Manhattan. Its crime fighters are arrayed against the usual forces seeking the destruction of civilization, but writer-director Kevin Munroe, a CGI vet making his feature debut, focuses his main conflict within the Turtles' family.

The rift comes when the Turtles' rat sensei, Splinter (voiced by the late Mako), sends team leader Leonardo James Arnold Taylor) away for training. When he returns, younger brother Raphael (Nolan North) is miffed at his prolonged absence. Since Leo was obeying their sensei, much of this conflict over Ninja Turtle Family Values feels contrived.

While Leo is away, the family falls into a kind of languor. Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley) entertains at children's birthday parties as Cowabunga Carl. Bored Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) provides computer tech support by telephone. Only Raphael has continued crime fighting, secretly masquerading as a one-man vigilante known as The Nightwatcher.

Leo's return leads to a showdown between the two brothers, Leo and Raphael, while the other Turtles all but disappear from the screen. Two other crime fighters might as well disappear because the movie finds little use for them. These are April Sarah Michelle Gellar), an archaeologist/martial artist, and baseball-wielding Casey Jones (Chris Evans), a ghost of his former crazed self. Curiously, his face is drawn so narrowly as to resemble Adrien Brody.

The villainy here is vague, almost as if it were an afterthought. At first, the enemy appears to be tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart), who is assembling an army of ancient stone warriors. Then it becomes 13 monsters that slipped through a portal from another dimension 3,000 years ago. Then it's the Turtles' old nemesis, Karai (Ziyi Zhang) and her mercenaries for hire, the Foot Clan.

Younger children might be baffled by the switching alliances between bad and good guys, but when the world gets saved, you don't ask too many questions.

The Turtles were created in 1984, so the real threat to its Family Values might be tired blood. Even CGI doesn't pump much life into these kung fu critters. The new film's calculations show the most in the mix of tame violence to maintain a PG rating and youthful humor and a skateboarding sequence to keep the appeal broad. Ultimately, the movie seems driven more by the need to keep a toy line and franchise alive than any creative inspiration.

TMNT

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures and the Weinstein Co. presents an Imagi Animation Studios production

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Kevin Munroe

Based on characters created by: Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman

Producers: Thomas K. Gray, H. Galen Walker, Paul Wang

Executive producers: Francis Kao, Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst

Director of photography: Steve Lumley

Production designer: Simon Murton

Music: Klaus Badelt

Visual effects supervisor: Kith Ng

Supervising animator: Kim Ooi

Co-producer: Felix Ip

Editor: John Damien Ryan

Voices:

Leonardo: James Arnold Taylor

Raphael: Nolan North

Donatello: Mitchell Whitfield

Michelangelo: Mikey Kelley

Casey: Chris Evans

April: Sarah Michelle Gellar

Splinter: Mako

Karai: Ziyi Zhang

Narrator: Laurence Fishburne

Diner Cook: Kevin Smith

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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