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7 items from 2008

More Sundance goodies, here's the genre stuff!

4 December 2008 1:01 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

First off, the best news, as I predicted (in private) Duncan Jones' Moon will be premiering, yay! The comedy Adventureland starring the talented Bill Hader is playing. The sweet kid soldier film Johnny Mad Dog is playing in the spectrum section, and the Jesco White story White Lightnin' which we reported on earlier is in the Park City at Midnight section.

But where the hell is Stingray Sam?

Full list after the break.


* "Adventureland," directed and written by Greg Mottola, stars Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Bill Hader in the story of a college grad who gets a job at an amusement park. A Miramax release.

* "Brooklyn’s Finest," directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Michael C. Martin, a drama about three Brooklyn cops who come together at the same deadly location. With Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle and Ellen Barkin.

* "Earth Days," directed by Robert Stone, »

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Sundance's 2009 noncompetitive lineup

4 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »


To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, this section offers the latest work from American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films.

Adventureland / U.S. (Director-screenwriter: Greg Mottola)

In 1987, a recent college graduate takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park and discovers the job is perfect preparation for the real world. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader. World premiere

Brooklyn's Finest / U.S. (Director: Antoine Fuqua; screenwriter: Michael C. Martin)

After enduring vastly different career paths, three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location. Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin. World premiere

Earth Days / U.S. (Director: Robert Stone)

The history of our environmental undoing through the eyes of nine Americans whose work and actions launched the modern environmental movement. World premiere, closing-night film

Endgame / U.K. (Director: Pete Travis; screenwriter: Paula Milne)

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Warner Takes a 'Headshot'

15 October 2008 2:46 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Variety reports that Warner Bros. has acquired screen rights to Headshot, a three-book graphic novel series from Alexis Nolent. Alessandro Camon will write the script based on the French novel, with Alexandra Milchan and Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on board to produce.

Headshot focuses on "an unlikely alliance between a cop and a hitman ... after each watches his partner die. The new partners seek revenge and discover they have a shared enemy and much in common despite being on opposite sides of the law."

Nolent has written several comic books under the pen name Matz. In 2004, Headshot won Best Story Prix Saint-Michel comic awards in Brussels. Another of his comics, The Killer, was nominated for an Eagle Award for Favorite European Comic in 2007 and an Eisner for Best U.S. Edition of International Material in 2008. The Killer is also slated for a film release at Paramount with »

- Josh Wigler

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Matz's French Graphic Novel 'Headshot' Being Adapted

15 October 2008 2:51 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Warner Brothers has acquired the big screen rights to Alexis Nolent's (aka Matz's) graphic novel series titled Headshot first published in 2004. In French, the comic is known as Du plomb dans la tête which roughly translates to Lead in the Head. Screenwriter Alessandro Camon (of The Bandit K and the upcoming Chancellor Manuscript) has been hired to write the adaptation. The story follows an unlikely alliance that is made between a cop and a hitman once each watches his partner die. They in turn seek revenge and discover they have a shared enemy and much in common despite being on opposite sides of the law. As far as I can tell, Matz is essentially to France what someone like Frank Miller or Mark Millar is to us here in America. This isn't the first time one of his comics has been picked up in Hollywood - Warner Brothers is also »

- Alex Billington

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Val Kilmer, Xzibit join 'Bad' update

2 July 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge, Vondie Curtis Hall, Shawn Hatosy, Denzel Whitaker and Xzibit are about to have a "Bad" trip.

They're set to join Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendez in Werner Herzog's cop drama "Bad Lieutenant." Shea Wigham, Katie Chonacas ("Righteous Kill") and Brad Dourif also are among those who will appear in the update of Abel Ferrara's cult classic.

The original followed the depraved adventures of a corrupt policeman (Harvey Keitel) investigating the rape of a nun. The new film will feature Cage as the titular crooked cop and capture the spirit of the original, with the protagonist's drug intake, accepting sexual favors as bribes and other elements that endeared so many to the 1992 version.

The new film will feature Kilmer as Cage's partner, while Xzibit will play a villain.

The original's producer, Edward R. Pressman, will produce the new version with Stephen Belafonte, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky. Billy Finkelstein wrote the screenplay, loosely based on Ferrara and Zoe Lund's script.

Nu Image/Millennium's project will feature the company's Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Boaz Davidson as exec producers, along with Elliot Rosenblatt and Alessandro Camon. Randall Emmett and Cage's Saturn Films also produce. Filming is set to begin later in the summer.

Kilmer is repped by Icm and Affirmative. Balk is repped by Innovative and Untitled. Coolidge is repped by Gersh. Curtis Hall is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts. Hatosy is repped by Ifa and Mee. Whitaker is repped by Wma. Xzibit is repped by Paradigm and Management 360. Wigham is repped by Principal Management. Chonacas is repped by Holder Management. Dourif is repped by Innovative. »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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Nicolas Cage to star in 'Bad Lieutenant'

13 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Nicolas Cage will star in Werner Herzog's remake of the 1992 cult classic "Bad Lieutenant" for financier Nu Image / Millennium Films.

Pressman Film Corp. will produce the new version of its original Abel Ferrara NC-17 film about a drug- and sex-addicted corrupt cop. Cage takes the role originated by Harvey Keitel, with TV police show writer Billy Finkelstein scripting. Production begins in July, with exec producer Avi Lerner promising it will deliver as much filth as the original.

Ed Pressman and Stephen Belafonte will produce. Nu Image/Millennium's Danny Dimbort, Lerner, Trevor Short and Boaz Davidson will executive producer with Elliot Rosenblatt, Alessandro Camon and Randall Emmet.

Herzog, who follows up the film with Focus Features' "The Piano Tuner" later this year, is repped by Gersh. Cage, whose Saturn Films is also producing, is repped by CAA. »

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Harrelson, Morton sign for 'Messenger'

6 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton have joined the cast of Oren Moverman's directorial debut, "The Messenger".

Co-penned by Moverman and first-time scriptwriter Alessandro Camon, "The Messenger" is set to start shooting May 20 and is billed as a poignant, life-affirming road movie. Previously announced castings include Ben Foster, Jena Malone and Eamonn Walker.

Mark Gordon and Lawrence Inglee will produce for the Mark Gordon Co., along with Zach Miller of Reason Pictures.

Australia and New Zealand-based Omnilab (Media Group) and Bahrain-based Sherezade Films Development are bankrolling the film, and ContentFilm International is repping it at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.

Shaun Reddick and Nate Bolotin of the Collective teamed with the Mark Gordon Co. and Reason Pictures to help package the movie and negotiate the financing. The Collective will serve as executive producer.

Foster is repped by Endeavor and Ken Jacobson Management Group. Moverman, who co-wrote the unorthodox Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There", is represented by WMA and New York Office. »

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