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19 items from 2003


Howard heads to 'Manderlay' with von Trier

2 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stepping into a role that had originally been earmarked for Nicole Kidman, Bryce Dallas Howard is in negotiations to play the lead character in Manderlay, Lars von Trier's newest film, sources said. Von Trier will direct from his own script, and the film will be produced by his longtime producer Vibeke Windelov. Manderlay is the second installment in a trilogy that began with Dogville, which stars Kidman and Paul Bettany and is scheduled for release next year via Lions Gate. Manderlay is expected to pick up thematically where Dogville leaves off, telling a story of slavery in the American South. Shooting is scheduled to begin in March in Denmark. At this year's Festival de Cannes, von Trier publicly offered the role to Kidman at the Dogville news conference, and she appeared to accept. But she declined the role two months later because of scheduling conflicts. Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, is making her feature film debut in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (formerly known as The Woods), opposite Joaquin Phoenix. Before that film, Howard had compiled a theater resume, including Manhattan Theatre Club's House/Garden, the Roundabout Theatre's Tartuffe and the Public Theatre's As You Like It. Howard is repped by Innovative Artists and Management 360. »

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Fox 2000 has 'Pi' eyes for Shyamalan

9 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

M. Night Shyamalan is in discussions to make his first film outside the Walt Disney Co. banner since his success with 1999's The Sixth Sense. He is talking with Fox 2000 about adapting, directing and producing Life of Pi, a project based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, sources said. The novel, which won the Man Booker Prize for 2002, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Residents of Pondicherry, India -- Shyamalan's home town -- the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. The project is Shyamalan's first for another studio following four back-to-back films for Disney: The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis; Unbreakable, starring Willis and Samuel L. Jackson; Signs, starring Mel Gibson; and the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix starrer The Village, aka The Woods. His other directing credits include Wide Awake and Praying With Anger. »

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Fox 2000 has 'Pi' eyes for Shyamalan

9 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

M. Night Shyamalan is in discussions to make his first film outside the Walt Disney Co. banner since his success with 1999's The Sixth Sense. He is talking with Fox 2000 about adapting, directing and producing Life of Pi, a project based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, sources said. The novel, which won the Man Booker Prize for 2002, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Residents of Pondicherry, India -- Shyamalan's home town -- the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. The project is Shyamalan's first for another studio following four back-to-back films for Disney: The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis; Unbreakable, starring Willis and Samuel L. Jackson; Signs, starring Mel Gibson; and the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix starrer The Village, aka The Woods. His other directing credits include Wide Awake and Praying With Anger. »

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'Sixth Sense' Director Makes Donation to Philadelphia

2 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director M. Night Shyamalan is donating $1.5 million to help revitalize the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, neighborhood that served as a backdrop to his hit film The Sixth Sense. The money will help rehabilitate 31 abandoned houses and vacant lots in a south- west section of downtown where parts of the 1999 film were shot, according to mayor John F Street. The second stage of the project involves fixing up 26 properties. The donation by Shyamalan will be supplemented by a planned contribution of about $1.2 million from the city's Neighborhood Transformation Initiative program. The Sixth Sense, which starred Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment and Toni Colette, earned six Academy Award nominations and was a huge summer blockbuster. Shyamalan, who settled in Philadelphia after leaving his native India as a child, says, "For some reason, I was meant to be here, and we were meant to do this." »

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Five venturing into 'Woods' for Dis feature

19 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael Pitt, Cherry Jones, Jayne Atkinson, Celia Weston and Brendan Gleeson have joined the ensemble cast of director M. Night Shyamalan's The Woods for the Walt Disney Co. The new cast members will join stars Adrien Brody, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in the film, which is the latest from the Signs director. Set in 1897, Woods revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. »

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Bruckner, Clarkson in 'Woods'

4 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Blue Car star Agnes Bruckner will team with Patricia Clarkson to star in The Woods for United Artists and director Lucky McKee. Shooting is scheduled to start Sept. 15 in Montreal. In addition to casting the rest of the film, MGM's specialty arm and the producers are clearing up any potential title dispute with M. Night Shyamalan's The Woods at the Walt Disney Co., and it looks as if McKee's project will get to keep its name. A Disney spokesman said Wednesday that Shyamalan's The Woods is just a working title. »

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Greer takes trip into 'Woods' for Shyamalan, Dis

22 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Judy Greer has joined the ensemble cast of M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller The Woods. Production begins in Philadelphia in October. The actress joins Adrien Brody, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in the Walt Disney Co. film. Set in 1897, Woods revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Greer will play Kitty Walker, the older sister to Ivy, played by Howard. Shyamalan, who penned the Woods script, also is producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer. Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. Greer, repped by CAA, David Gardner at Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Fred Toczek, recently completed Revolution Studios' 13 Going on 30 opposite Jennifer Garner and is currently working on Dimension Films' Cursed. The actress, best known for her roles in Adaptation, The Wedding Planner and What Women Want, next stars in writer-director Adam Goldberg's psychological indie drama I Love Your Work and ContentFilm's The Hebrew Hammer. »

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Brody ventures into 'Woods'

16 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The star-studded lineup of director M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller The Woods continues to expand as Oscar winner Adrien Brody is in negotiations to join the film's ensemble cast. Brody joins Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in the Walt Disney Co. film. Set in 1897, Woods revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan, who penned the Woods script, also is producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer. Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. Brody, whose breakout role in last year's The Pianist earned him a best actor Academy Award, can next be seen in the upcoming Paramount Classics musical The Singing Detective, scheduled for an Oct. 24 release. Brody is repped by CAA and the Firm. »

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Brody ventures into 'Woods'

16 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The star-studded lineup of director M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller The Woods continues to expand as Oscar winner Adrien Brody is in negotiations to join the film's ensemble cast. Brody joins Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in the Walt Disney Co. film. Set in 1897, Woods revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan, who penned the Woods script, also is producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer. Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. Brody, whose breakout role in last year's The Pianist earned him a best actor Academy Award, can next be seen in the upcoming Paramount Classics musical The Singing Detective, scheduled for an Oct. 24 release. Brody is repped by CAA and the Firm. »

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Weaver enters 'Woods' at Dis

14 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Director M. Night Shyamalan has found another piece of the puzzle for his upcoming thriller The Woods as Sigourney Weaver has joined the ensemble cast of the Walt Disney Co. feature. Weaver, who last appeared in the Disney family drama Holes, joins Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard and William Hurt in the film's cast. Set in 1897, Woods revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan, who penned the Woods script, is also producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer. Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. In addition to Holes, Weaver most recently appeared in the Focus Features drama The Guys and the Miramax comedy Tadpole. The Woods marks her first time working with Shyamalan. Weaver is repped by WMA. »

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Weaver enters 'Woods' at Dis

13 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Director M. Night Shyamalan has found another piece of the puzzle for his upcoming thriller "The Woods" as Sigourney Weaver has joined the ensemble cast of the Walt Disney Co. feature. Weaver, who last appeared in the Disney family drama "Holes", joins Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard and William Hurt in the film's cast. Set in 1897, "Woods" revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan, who penned the "Woods" script, is also producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer. Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. In addition to "Holes", Weaver most recently appeared in the Focus Features drama "The Guys" and the Miramax comedy "Tadpole". "The Woods" marks her first time working with Shyamalan. Weaver is repped by WMA. »

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Hurt signs as Shyamalan's 'Woods'-man

11 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

William Hurt is the latest name to come aboard director M. Night Shyamalan's next project, The Woods for the Walt Disney Co. Hurt joins Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard in the thriller's ensemble cast. Set in 1897, Woods revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan, who penned the Woods script, is also producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer. Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. Hurt's resume includes roles in such hits as The Big Chill and Broadcast News. Although this marks his first time working with Shyamalan, he has worked with Disney before on last year's Tuck Everlasting. Hurt is repped by WMA. »

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Hurt signs as Shyamalan's 'Woods'-man

11 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

William Hurt is the latest name to come aboard director M. Night Shyamalan's next project, "The Woods" for the Walt Disney Co. Hurt joins Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard in the thriller's ensemble cast. Set in 1897, "Woods" revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan, who penned the "Woods" script, is also producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer. Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. Hurt's resume includes roles in such hits as "The Big Chill" and "Broadcast News". Although this marks his first time working with Shyamalan, he has worked with Disney before on last year's "Tuck Everlasting". Hurt is repped by WMA. »

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Kutcher still truckin' with ' '70s Show'

7 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

His feature career is just starting to take off, but Ashton Kutcher isn't giving up his day job on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show anytime soon. The actor has struck a new deal with '70s Show producer Carsey-Werner-Mandabach that will keep him on the comedy set in the Me Decade through the 2004-05 season. Kutcher already was under contract for the upcoming 2003-04 season. The new pact for the '04-'05 season is said to bump Kutcher's per-episode salary to the $250,000-$300,000 range, which puts the total value of the one-season, 25-episode deal in the $6 million-$8 million range. Kutcher has played the gullible Michael Kelso on the durable Fox series since it bowed in 1998. He's also creator/executive producer/star of MTV's latest reality sensation, the hidden-camera prankster series Punk'd. In recent months, Kutcher emerged as Hollywood's "It" dude, garnering headlines and paparazzi attention because of his budding romance with Demi Moore. But he's also in demand as a leading man in a range of features. Kutcher is attached to co-star opposite Bernie Mac in Columbia Pictures' The Dinner Party, loosely based on 1967's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? He also is in talks to star in M. Night Shyamalan's next project, The Woods. Kutcher's feature credits include Texas Rangers, Just Married and Dude, Where's My Car? He's repped by Endeavor and Untitled Entertainment. »

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Kutcher still truckin' with ' '70s Show'

6 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

His feature career is just starting to take off, but Ashton Kutcher isn't giving up his day job on the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" anytime soon. The actor has struck a new deal with " '70s Show" producer Carsey-Werner-Mandabach that will keep him on the comedy set in the Me Decade through the 2004-05 season. Kutcher already was under contract for the upcoming 2003-04 season. The new pact for the '04-'05 season is said to bump Kutcher's per-episode salary to the $250,000-$300,000 range, which puts the total value of the one-season, 25-episode deal in the $6 million-$8 million range. Kutcher has played the gullible Michael Kelso on the durable Fox series since it bowed in 1998. He's also creator/executive producer/star of MTV's latest reality sensation, the hidden-camera prankster series "Punk'd". In recent months, Kutcher emerged as Hollywood's "It" dude, garnering headlines and paparazzi attention because of his budding romance with Demi Moore. But he's also in demand as a leading man in a range of features. Kutcher is attached to co-star opposite Bernie Mac in Columbia Pictures' "The Dinner Party", loosely based on 1967's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" He also is in talks to star in M. Night Shyamalan's next project, "The Woods". Kutcher's feature credits include "Texas Rangers", "Just Married" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" He's repped by Endeavor and Untitled Entertainment. »

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Kutcher still truckin' with ' '70s Show'

6 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

His feature career is just starting to take off, but Ashton Kutcher isn't giving up his day job on the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" anytime soon. The actor has struck a new deal with " '70s Show" producer Carsey-Werner-Mandabach that will keep him on the comedy set in the Me Decade through the 2004-05 season. Kutcher already was under contract for the upcoming 2003-04 season. The new pact for the '04-'05 season is said to bump Kutcher's per-episode salary to the $250,000-$300,000 range, which puts the total value of the one-season, 25-episode deal in the $6 million-$8 million range. Kutcher has played the gullible Michael Kelso on the durable Fox series since it bowed in 1998. He's also creator/executive producer/star of MTV's latest reality sensation, the hidden-camera prankster series "Punk'd". In recent months, Kutcher emerged as Hollywood's "It" dude, garnering headlines and paparazzi attention because of his budding romance with Demi Moore. But he's also in demand as a leading man in a range of features. Kutcher is attached to co-star opposite Bernie Mac in Columbia Pictures' "The Dinner Party", loosely based on 1967's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" He also is in talks to star in M. Night Shyamalan's next project, "The Woods". Kutcher's feature credits include "Texas Rangers", "Just Married" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" He's repped by Endeavor and Untitled Entertainment. »

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Howard kin gets starring role in 'Woods'

29 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, has signed on to make her feature film debut with a starring role in director M. Night Shyamalan's The Woods for the Walt Disney Co. Kirsten Dunst previously had the offer for the role and was in talks to star (HR 5/21). However, the actress has now turned her attention to Elizabethtown, a project written and to be directed by Cameron Crowe, which has yet to be set up. Talks have barely begun for Dunst and Elizabethtown, but a domestic distributor is expected to be found shortly, with production beginning in first-quarter 2004. »

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Howard kin gets starring role in 'Woods'

29 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, has signed on to make her feature film debut with a starring role in director M. Night Shyamalan's The Woods for the Walt Disney Co. Kirsten Dunst previously had the offer for the role and was in talks to star (HR 5/21). However, the actress has now turned her attention to Elizabethtown, a project written and to be directed by Cameron Crowe, which has yet to be set up. Talks have barely begun for Dunst and Elizabethtown, but a domestic distributor is expected to be found shortly, with production beginning in first-quarter 2004. »

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Shyamalan takes to 'Woods' for Dis period piece

21 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After mining cornfields for thrills in last year's "Signs", M. Night Shyamalan will turn his attention to "The Woods" for his next feature, with Ashton Kutcher, Kirsten Dunst and Joaquin Phoenix in talks to star. "Woods" marks the first film of a two-picture deal Shyamalan has with the Walt Disney Co. and is being eyed as a summer 2004 release with an October production start planned. Details about the second film in the deal were not made public. Set in 1897, Shyamalan's "Woods" script revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan will produce along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer, while Disney chairman Richard Cook and production president Nina Jacobson are overseeing for the studio. »

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