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4 items from 2006

Interview: Wilmer Valderrama

20 November 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Best known for his role of Fez (an acronym for ‘Foreign Exchange Student’) on “That 70’s Show,” Wilmer Valderrama takes on his first major mainstream dramatic effort in Fast Food Nation, Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s best-selling journalistic investigation into the multi-faceted impact and implications of the fast food corporation on global society, economy, and culture. Adapted into a narrative screenplay by Linklater and Schlosser, the film follows three simultaneous plotlines that help examine fast food from a variety of perspectives. Valderrama is cast in the role of Raul, an illegal immigrant who crosses the U.S./Mexico border in hopes of finding a better life for himself and his girlfriend Sylvia (Catalina Sandino Moreno -- Maria Full of Grace), and finds himself among the disposable immigrant labor force manning a meat processing plant in Colorado. Valderrama’s storyline is easily the most effective (and disturbing) of the three, »

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'Diamond' sparkles for Lohan, Evans

4 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lindsay Lohan, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn, David Strathairn and Ann-Margret are attached to bring a long-forgotten Tennessee Williams screenplay, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, to the big screen.

The screenplay tells the story of Fisher Willow (Lohan), the disliked 1920s Memphis debutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her.

After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy (Evans), the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father (Strathairn) and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt (Ann-Margret) who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy. Burstyn is attached to play Fisher's mother.

Brad Michael Gilbert's Constellation Entertainment, founded last year with the goal of developing projects with budgets under $20 million, is producing the film.

According to a source close to the film, production is expected to begin next year.

Diamond has been much discussed at this year's AFM, where First Look International is handling sales in nondomestic international territories. CAA is representing domestic sales.


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'Surfer's' up for Braugher, Garrett at Fox

3 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Beau Garrett and Andre Braugher have been cast in Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, which Tim Story is directing for 20th Century Fox. Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis are reprising their roles for the adaptation of the long-running Marvel comics series, a follow-up to last year's Fantastic Four. Shooting is under way in Vancouver. Garrett will play Frankie Raye, a scientist and love interest to Evans' character. In the comic she eventually gains super powers. »

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Biel and Evans Break up

30 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jessica Biel and Chris Evans have called it quits after dating for more than two years, according to media reports in the US. Biel, who starred in Stealth and the TV family drama 7th Heaven, also played Evans' girlfriend in two films, Cellular and London. Evans, who starred in Fantastic Four, is currently filming The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson. A source tells the US edition of OK! magazine that Evans has recently been spotted out in New York City with brunette public relations executive Joyce Sevilla. Meanwhile 24-year-old Biel has been in Los Angeles filming Next with Nicolas Cage. »

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