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11 items from 2003


Scott making 'Knight' move at Paramount

20 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Seann William Scott, best known for playing Stifler in the American Pie franchise, is in negotiations to play a much smoother character in the Paramount Pictures comedy Sebastian Knight. Scott will star as the title character, a dashing CIA agent who has a one-night stand with a woman vacationing in Monaco in order to get himself out of a jam. But the needy woman then makes Knight sorry he met her when she becomes convinced that they made a love connection and pursues him. Knight was penned by Steve Koren and is being produced by Lorne Michaels. Molly Shannon also helped develop the project, which Karen Rosenfelt is overseeing for the studio. Scott is onscreen opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Universal Pictures' action comedy The Rundown. In addition to starring turns in all three installments of the Pie franchise, he also has starred in Dude, Where's My Car? and Evolution. Scott is repped by CAA and attorney David Weber. »

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Travolta Signs for 'Get Shorty II'

17 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

John Travolta has signed to star in a sequel to Get Shorty, eight years after the original film. The actor, who played Chili Palmer alongside Danny De Vito and Gene Hackman in the 1995 original, will join former wrestler Dwayne The Rock Johnson this time around, in Be Cool. The Rock will play a gay bodyguard-singer who develops an alliance with Travolta's character. According to Variety.Com, the film is expected to begin shooting in January and be ready for release at the end of next year. »

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Still coming to a theater near you

8 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to step into a new role as governor of California, but his image isn't about to fade from movie screens and home entertainment centers anytime soon. In fact, Schwarzenegger is appearing onscreen in 3,154 locations -- albeit briefly, in a cameo appearance in Universal Pictures' The Rundown, the action-adventure tale starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson and directed by Peter Berg that has rung up $33 million in its first 11 days of domestic release. The actor-turned-politician is glimpsed briefly at the start of the film as Johnson enters a nightclub. "Have fun," Schwarzenegger says to the younger action star as he exits the club. The unscripted scene, designed as a passing of the torch, came about spontaneously when Schwarzenegger visited the set during production. Berg and Johnson came up with the bit of business, and Schwarzenegger readily played along. »

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The Rock is b.o. heavyweight as 'Rundown' bows on top

30 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

During this past weekend's rumble in the boxoffice jungle, it was Universal's The Rundown that took home the heavyweight crown in the top spot as the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starrer cleaned up with a solid $18.5 million. The Peter Berg-helmed action-adventure film, which also stars Seann William Scott and Christopher Walken, grossed near the high end of where industry projections thought the film would land. In the battle for the second spot, Buena Vista's Under the Tuscan Sun pulled ahead of Screen Gems' Underworld to take that position, due to the Diane Lane starrer having a stronger-than-expected Sunday performance. According to early estimates, the films were tied, with both distributors reporting $9.4 million for the weekend. After the dust settled, Tuscan Sun ended up with $9.8 million from a relatively low 1,226 theaters for its debut session. The per-theater average was a solid $7,954 -- the highest of this weekend's top 12 films. Tuscan is based on the best-selling novel by Frances Mayes. »

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Uni's 'Rundown' Rock-solid with $18.5 mil

29 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal's The Rundown high-stepped into the top spot at the boxoffice this weekend in North America, knocking out an estimated $18.5 million in receipts. The action-adventure film, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the second film that he carries on his own, opened to solid but not spectacular numbers and was at the high end of the industry forecasts for the session. Similarly, Buena Vista's Under the Tuscan Sun debuted in 1,226 theaters this weekend and tied for second with Screen Gems' Underworld, as both films took in an estimated $9.4 million. Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane and helmed by Audrey Wells, is based on Frances Mayes' best-selling novel and finished with a respectable performance. »

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Boxoffice preview: Competition caught in 'Rundown'

26 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Three films targeting a wide swath of potential moviegoers are hitting the boxoffice this weekend. But it looks as if only one has the traction to generate numbers equivalent to those of a summer blockbuster. The Rundown, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, is shaping up as the likely competition crusher. A Universal Pictures release of a Universal-Columbia production, the action-comedy has earned good reviews comparing it with buddy films of yore. Rundown marks Johnson's first film where he moves beyond his well-known character of Mathayus the Scorpion King, who helped bring gobs of dollars to Universal. He originally appeared in The Mummy Returns, which opened to $68.1 million in May 2001, and then took center stage in The Scorpion King, which opened to $36 million in April 2002. In early reviews, critics have compared Johnson's Rundown exploits with those of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, so this movie could officially launch the wrestler-turned-actor into a bona fide action hero. It doesn't hurt, either, that the film also stars American Pie's Seann William Scott. Expectations are that the film will gross at least $15 million-$17 million, but it could reach into $20 million territory. »

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Johnny Knoxville Lands Big Payday

9 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jackass star Johnny Knoxville is reaping the benefits from his decision to ditch his prankster ways for acting - after landing a $5 million deal for his next movie, Walking Tall. Knoxville will team up with former wrestling star The Rock in the film, about a man returning to his hometown who stands up to local louts and becomes sheriff. The funnyman, who will play the Rock's sidekick, is scheduled to begin shooting on June 23 in Vancouver, Canada. He also has roles in upcoming movies Around The World In 80 Days, Hating Her and Grand Theft Parsons. »

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Scott, Wilson fill MGM 'Tall' order

15 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ashley Scott and Kristen Wilson have nabbed the female leads in MGM's updated version of the 1973 actioner Walking Tall for director Kevin Bray and Hyde Park Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to start in July. Walking Tall centers on a Tennessee sheriff (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and his one-man mission to remove corruption from his county. Neal McDonough also stars as Hamilton, the main nemesis to Johnson's character and the man at the center of the corruption. Scott will play the sheriff's love interest in the small town, and Wilson will play his sister. David Klass wrote the update of the project. Hyde Park Entertainment's Ashok Amritraj and Mandeville Films' David Hoberman are producing Walking Tall with Lucas Foster and Jim Burke. Keith Samples is executive producing the project. Scott, repped by UTA, Original Management's Jonathan Perry and attorney Marcy Morris, is best known for her role on the short-lived WB Network series Birds of Prey. She recently completed a role in Columbia Pictures' S.W.A.T. and the indie horror film Trespassing. Wilson, repped by the Gersh Agency and Sanders Armstrong, is best known for her role as Eddie Murphy's wife in the Dr. Dolittle franchise. She most recently appeared in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and as a recurring character on the television series The District and Crossing Jordan. »

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McDonough, MGM 'Walking' in step

16 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Neal McDonough has joined Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in MGM's updated version of the 1973 actioner Walking Tall for director Kevin Bray and Hyde Park Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to start in July. Walking Tall centers on a Tennessee sheriff (Johnson) and his one-man mission to remove corruption from his county. McDonough will play Hamilton, the main nemesis to Johnson's character and the man at the center of the corruption. David Klass wrote the update of the project. Hyde Park Entertainment's Ashok Amritraj and Mandeville Films' David Hoberman are producing Walking Tall with Lucas Foster and Jim Burke. Keith Samples is executive producing the project, which is being overseen at MGM by Toby Jaffe and Eric Paquette. McDonough is repped by WMA, Rigberg-Rugolo Entertainment and attorney Stuart Rosenthal at Bloom, Hergott & Diemer. His credits include the NBC series Boomtown, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and the upcoming Timeline from Paramount Pictures. »

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Uni nets 'Spy-Hunter' scribes

28 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After collaborating on the upcoming Universal Pictures feature 2 Fast 2 Furious, the studio has hired the film's screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to write the action-adventure film Spy-Hunter, with wrestling superstar Dwayne The Rock Johnson attached to star for producers Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh. Based on Midway Games' popular arcade game of the 1980s, Spy-Hunter will see Johnson attached to star as Alec Sects, a former F-15 pilot employed by International Espionage Services as a member of the Spy-Hunter team. »

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Bray sitting 'Tall' with MGM redo

27 February 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kevin Bray is in negotiations to direct Dwayne The Rock Johnson in MGM's updated version of its 1973 actioner Walking Tall for Hyde Park Entertainment. A July start date is being planned, right after Bray wraps shooting the pilot for the upcoming UPN drama Platinum. Tall centers on a Tennessee sheriff (Johnson) and his one-man mission to remove corruption from his county. David Klass wrote the update of the project. Hyde Park Entertainment's Ashok Amritraj and Mandeville Films' David Hoberman are producing Tall with Lucas Foster and Jim Burke. Keith Samples is executive producing the project, which is being overseen at MGM by Toby Jaffe and Eric Paquette. Bray, repped by CAA, the Firm and attorney Carlos Goodman, made his directorial debut on New Line Cinema's All About the Benjamins. He continues to be attached to Nowhere to Hide for Warner Bros. Pictures and Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures (HR 10/27). »

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