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Edgar Ramirez has been targeted for a role in The Bourne Ultimatum, Universal Pictures' latest installment of the adventures of amnesiac spy hero Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass is directing the movie, currently shooting in Europe. Matt Damon is back as Bourne, and Joan Allen and Julia Stiles are back as well. David Strathairn and Paddy Considine also have joined the cast.
The story revolves around assassin Bourne uncovering mysteries of his past, which puts him in the cross-hairs of a superkiller. Ramirez is playing the superkiller.
Gael Garcia Bernal was in negotiations to play the role but a deal could not be reached (HR 10/3).
Ultimatum is being produced by Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley and Paul L. Sandberg.
South American actor Ramirez might be best known to North American audiences for his work in Domino, the Tony Scott-directed thriller starring Keira Knightley. He recently wrapped production on the Sony feature Vantage Point, directed by Pete Travis and produced by Neil Moritz.
Ramirez is repped by Endeavor, Handprint Entertainment and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Matlof & Fishman. »
SANTA MONICA -- U.K.-based sales and financing house Capitol Films is backing the Keira Knightley and Lindsay Lohan starrer The Best Time of Our Lives, the company said as this year's American Film Market kicked off Wednesday.
Capitol said it will finance the movie and take worldwide sales duties on the John Maybury-helmed title, set to begin shooting in the spring in Wales.
Billed as a love story, the film revolves around two free-spirited women connected by the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who loves them both.
The movie will be produced by Rebekah Gilbertson and Sarah Radclyffe from a script penned by Sharman Macdonald both. The producers are casting the role of Dylan.
Gilbertson and Radclyffe said they were delighted that Knightley and Lohan were on board, describing the duo as "passionate about the film."
Disney bosses have hit out at reports they're planning to kill off Orlando Bloom in the fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean installment, insisting the story is completely unfounded. According to British newspaper reports, Bloom's character Will Turner is deemed "not necessary" to the sea-faring saga, although his castmates Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp are unaffected by the cutbacks. However, a representative for the film tells moviehole.net they haven't even agreed on a fourth movie, let alone the cast. He says, "We are working closely with Disney and want you to know that while we cannot comment on specific plot points, such rumors are completely unfounded." »
Glossy magazine Vanity Fair is already benefiting from publishing the first photos of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes new baby Suri by hitting a record 4.3 million page views on their website in just one day. The October issue features a 22-page photo spread of the Cruise family shot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. The issue hit newsstands in New York City and Los Angeles on September 6, but the world could view the photos online at VanityFair.com late Tuesday night - and hits on the site rocketed to nearly three times the previous record for page views when the magazine posted a picture of Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson appearing nude for Tom Ford's Hollywood issue in February. Meanwhile, new details have emerged about exactly how the magazine managed to keep its exclusive pictures a secret. CoMag Market Group Vice President Joe Bertolino, who distributes the magazine, said the operation was three weeks in the making and credits Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter with masterminding the exclusive deal. Neither Carter's staff or members of Bertolino's marketing group were allowed to see the images ahead of time. A private security firm was hired to guard the magazine as it was being printed and it shipped one day late, with the front of the issue covered by a protective piece of paper to prevent leaks. Bertolino says security did catch an infiltrator at one distribution point from a competing weekly magazine. He declined to name the publication, saying only that it was not owned by a "reputable" magazine company. »
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has become only the third film to break through the $1 billion international box office barrier. The swashbuckling sequel - which stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom - now only trails Titanic and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King in the history books. James Cameron's Titanic made $1.8 billion following its release in 1997, while the concluding part of Peter Jackson's trilogy earned $1.1 billion. »
Keira Knightley and High Grant were on Saturday named as the latest alleged victims in an illegal phone hacking scandal in Britain. Journalist Clive Goodman has been charged with eight counts of illegally intercepting telephone voicemail messages between January 3 and May 30, over claims he was involved in phone tapping at Prince Charles' London residence Clarence House. And officers at London police headquarters Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch believe phone calls made by Knightley and Grant may also have been targeted. In his defense, Goodman - who is due to appear at London's Horseferry Magistrates' Court on Wednesday) - says, "Dozens of recent exclusives come from illegal tapping. I understand that there are 250 other journalists involved in this investigation." »
The global success of the Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel has been tainted by a Hollywood screenwriter, who claims the whole idea for the franchise was his. The megahit, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, smashed box office records in eight territories - including America and the UK - over the weekend, but writer Royce Mathew is keen to halt the celebrations. He claims he created "drawings" and a "screenplay" for a project he called Supernatural Pirate Movie - and now he fears his ideas have been turned into a Disney blockbuster. Royce states he even called the pirate ship in his film treatment the Black Pearl - the same name used for Johnny Depp's craft, and the subtitle for the original film. And he also created a lead characters called Will Turner - the same name as Orlando Bloom's swashbuckler in the Disney films - and Elizabeth - the Christian name of Keira Knightley's character. The screenwriter insists he registered the drawings and his screenplay with the US Copyright Office, and is now suing the The Walt Disney Company, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Touchstone Home Video and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, claiming movie bosses used his ideas as a blueprint for the Pirates of The Caribbean films. »
Keira Knightley has hotly denied being anorexic, but she knows the disorder runs in her family. The actress stunned onlookers with her bony frame at the UK premiere of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest yesterday, but insisted she was healthy. Although she is adamant she has never suffered from the debilitating illness, she has experienced its horrors after watching her grandmother suffer. She says, "People said to me yesterday, 'How does it feel to be anorexic?' I had no idea that I was. I can safely say that I'm not. I've got a lot of experience with anorexia. My grandmother and great-grandmother suffered from it. In a way it's good that it's out there and people are talking about it. It's quite interesting because it's normally high-achieving women who suffer from it because, I guess, they're control freaks." »
Keira Knightley was thrilled when she learned she would be kissing both Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The star claims she is the envy of her friends after locking lips with two of Hollywood's most desirable leading men. She explains, "I get both of them! My girlfriends were really, really angry. I think I'm hated completely! They were very gentlemanly. Both had Altoids before we started kissing, which is always nice, the sign of a very nice man. The stubble's not great... No, actually I don't remember it being a particular problem." She adds jokingly, "Tough day at the office, you know!" »
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has scored the top spot in Maxim magazine's annual Hot 100 list for the second year in a row. The list names the most successful women in film, TV, music, sports and fashion who have "a tremendous amount of buzz surrounding them, undeniable beauty and a promise of greater things to come." This is the first time Maxim has bestowed the number one honor back-to-back. Longoria says, "I was actually really shocked last year when I made the list and then to get it a second time in a row - I just couldn't believe it." Jessica Alba claimed the number two spot, followed by Lindsay Lohan, Angelina Jolie, Stacy Keibler, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Kate Bosworth, Keira Knightley and Christina Milian. The list also includes Longoria's Desperate Housewives co-stars Nicollette Sheridan, at number 48, and Teri Hatcher, at number 73. Longoria adds, "I would have voted all of our Housewives on the list." The actress claims boyfriend Tony Parker is thrilled saying, "He's very proud. He thinks he's with a beautiful girl every day, so for him, it's you know, someone else solidifying what he already thinks." »
Keira Knightley's stunning 2006 Oscars dress is attracting bids of over $7,000 on auction website eBay, with all proceeds going to the charity Oxfam. The deadline for the Vera Wang gown has been extended to Monday in a bid to raise even more cash. A spokeswoman for Oxfam says, "We hope it will go even higher over the next couple of days. We had no idea how much interest there would be and so we are very pleased. People should be aware that £4,000 would be enough money to feed 5,000 children in Tanzania, who are facing the worst food crisis they have known, for a whole month." When the auction was announced earlier this month, Knightley said, "This is such an amazing dress and I'm really pleased to donate it to Oxfam. I've seen the television reports on the horrendous drought in east Africa and know how desperate things have become, so I'm happy to be able to do something to help." »
LONDON -- Rising Scottish star James McAvoy has joined the cast of Joe Wright's "Atonement", the filmmakers said Monday. McAvoy has signed to play Robbie Turner, a man accused of rape by a 16-year old, in the movie adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same name. The Scot will star opposite Keira Knightley in the Working Title production, which is due to begin production in May this year. McAvoy has recently been seen as Mr. Tumnus in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and is filming "Becoming Jane" opposite Anne Hathaway. He is repped by Theresa Peters of WMA, Paul Coates of Management Inc. and Ruth Young of Peters Fraser Dunlop in the U.K. with personal publicity handled by Rupert Fowler at Public Eye here. "Atonement" is billed as a love story between Knightley and McAvoy's characters, but also covers the struggles of class, war and emotional truth. »
LONDON -- Rising Scottish star James McAvoy has joined the cast of Joe Wright's "Atonement", the filmmakers said Monday. McAvoy has signed to play Robbie Turner, a man accused of rape by a 16-year old, in the movie adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same name. The Scot will star opposite Keira Knightley in the Working Title production, which is due to begin production in May this year. »
Lost in Translation actress Scarlett Johansson is the world's sexiest woman, according to a new poll in men's magazine FHM. Readers voted the actress ahead of last year's number one, Mr. and Mrs. Smith star Angelina Jolie and two Jessicas -- Jessica Alba and Jessica Simpson -- on the annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. Flattered Johansson says, "One of the best things for a woman to hear is that she is sexy. I'd like to thank FHM's readers for the huge compliment." Jolie came in second, while Alba and Simpson, recent Oscar nominee Keira Knightley and Oscar winner Halle Berry also made the top 10. »
Designer Valentino was left as red-faced as the Oscars red carpet on Sunday when the three superstars he boasted would be wearing his gowns, chose other outfits. Valentino issued a press release to the media the day before the Academy Awards, claiming Keira Knightley, Jennifer Lopez and Uma Thurman would hit the red carpet wearing his dresses - but the three lovely ladies opted for Vera Wang, vintage and Versace, respectively. »
Tearful Oscar-nominee Keira Knightley was comforted by Sienna Miller just hours before the Academy Awards ceremony yesterday, after the pressure became too much for the 20-year-old star. Knightley, who has been nominated in the Best Actress category for her turn as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, became so overwhelmed by photographers and fans, she fled LA restaurant The Ivy to meet up with Miller at the Chateau Marmont hotel. And the blonde star did a good job of cheering her chum - just hours later Knightley was all smiles, gracing the red carpet in a glamorous Vera Wang creation. Knightley previously expressed her Academy Award horror, she said, "You get trotted out like as Britain's prize poodle and they give you marks out of 10 for what you are wearing and what your jewels are like. It's a bit scary." »
Peter Jackson's Academy Award-shunned remake of King Kong is leading the nominations for Empire Magazine's 2006 film awards. The New Zealand-shot epic has been named in five categories including Best Film. Pride & Prejudice, Crash, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, follow closely behind with four nominations each. The awards are the only film accolades to be voted for solely by the British public. Jackson, who is nominated for Best Director, will go head-to-head with Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg (War Of The Worlds), Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice), Ron Howard (Cinderella Man), Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) and Nick Park and Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit). Stars Matt Dillon, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Andy Serkis and Viggo Mortensen are all vying for Best Actor, while Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, Thandie Newton, Renee Zellweger and Hilary Swank have all been nominated as Best Actress. The ceremony will be held in the Hilton London Metropole on March 13, with British comedian Bill Bailey hosting. »
Actress Rachel McAdams lost her nerve when she turned up to pose naked for a new Vanity Fair photo spread - and it cost her a spot on the cover of the provocative new Hollywood issue. The Notebook star was invited to pose with British beauty Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson by the issue's artistic director, designer Tom Ford, but pulled out at the last minute. Ford explains, "She felt that she'd be fine with it and then she got there and she realized that she really wasn't, and that was fine... She just asked if she could be excluded from the cover." Ford himself replaced McAdams for the Annie Leibovitz cover shoot - and posed with naked Knightley and Johansson, who were also nervous about baring all to the world. He adds, "I said to them, 'When you're 70 you're gonna look back and say, 'Thank God for this picture - look how amazing I was.'" »
Pride & Prejudice producer Tim Bevan feels vindicated by star Keira Knightley's Academy Award nomination, after being enraged by the British Academy Film Awards failure to acknowledge the actress last month. The Working Title Films co-founder was thrilled when yesterday's announcement saw Knightley's role in the Jane Austen-adaptation pit her against Judi Dench, Felicity Huffman, Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon in the Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role category. He says, "It was a little frustrating that our own organization (Bafta) doesn't recognize that they've got a great young actress who's proving herself." Bevan also worked with Knightley when she starred in Love Actually, which he also produced. »
- My annual slumber party is underway in the form of the fabled Academy Awards on Sunday, March 5th, that time of the year when me and my friends get together in our Spider-Man underoos and yell 'Oh, Snap!' at the TV because Judi Dench popped out of her dress. Just like every other year, I'll be one of those people who hasn't seen any of the nominated movies but will be part of those mindless sheep who plunk down their hard-earned cash the following week to see if they were worth all hubbub. "Brokeback Mointain" leads the way with 8 nominations, and even though it won't win, I'm tickled pink to see that "Good Night, and Good Luck" is in the running for best picture. It's the only one I saw from that list. And "Crash". But that's irrelevant. Should've been "Walk The Line" instead. At least "King Kong »
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