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6 items from 2007

2 veteran drivers on 'Fast' track for Universal

3 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rev those engines!

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in negotiations to reunite for the fourth installment of Universal's "Fast and the Furious" franchise. Justin Lin and Chris Morgan, who were behind "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," are returning to directing and writing duties, respectively.

Neal Moritz will produce the as-yet-untitled installment along with Diesel, who will produce through his One Race Films banner.

The story line is being kept under wraps, but fast cars are involved. A spring start is anticipated with shooting in Los Angeles, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The first "Furious", released in 2001, was a surprise hit, grossing more than $144 million and creating a franchise for the studio while making stars our of Diesel and Walker. Only Walker returned for the sequel, "2 Fast 2 Furious", and sat out the third installment, 2005's "Tokyo Drift". That movie had relative newcomer Lucas Black in the driver's seat but did feature Diesel in a cameo at the end of the movie. »

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Brewster Weds in Caribbean

11 May 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Latina actress Jordana Brewster married film producer Andrew Form in a romantic Caribbean ceremony on Sunday. The Fast And The Furious beauty, 27, walked down the aisle in a Vera Wang dress at the private nuptials on Nevis Island - 50 miles west of Antigua. Brewster met Form, 38, on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2005 and announced their engagement in November. Speaking to InStyle Weddings before the ceremony, Brewster said, "We started dating in secret - you know, hanging out in my trailer - because it would have been unprofessional otherwise. But every day, Andrew wore these work boots to the set, and if I was lying down in the shot or there was equipment in the way, I'd look for his shoes. It was comfortable just to know he was nearby." »

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Weisz Drops Out of 'The Mummy 3'

16 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Constant Gardener Oscar winner Rachel Weisz has turned down a role in The Mummy 3, leaving her co-star Brendan Fraser without an on-screen wife. Weisz and Fraser played love interests Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell and Rick O'Connell in Stephen Sommers' Egyptian action movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. While Fraser has signed on to star in a second sequel, Weisz is unable to commit due to a scheduling conflict. The Fast And The Furious director Rob Cohen is set to take over from Sommers for the third movie, which is scheduled for release next year. »

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Henderson Slated for Pitt's Mr. Smith Role

15 February 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

New Zealand movie hunk and The Ring star Martin Henderson is leading the race to land Brad Pitt's Mr. Smith role, opposite Jordana Brewster, in a new TV series based on the hit movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The Fast & The Furious star Brewster has already been announced as the actress who'll take on Angelina Jolie's Mrs. Smith role in the TV pilot. In the 2005 film, Jolie and Pitt played married assassins. The couple fell in love while shooting the movie. »

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Goss tapped sales chief at Cartoon Net

10 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Cartoon Network has hired a Universal Pictures executive to run its ad sales and marketing unit.

Beth Goss will become Cartoon Network's executive vp ad sales, marketing and enterprises division on Jan. 29. She will report to Turner Entertainment ad sales president David Levy and be based in New York.

Goss has been executive vp at Universal Pictures' consumer products group since 2004. She managed global licensing and retail for Universal Pictures, working on such films as King Kong, Scarface and The Fast and the Furious along with Curious George and Battlestar Galactica on TV. She also created the Universal Mobile unit.

"Beth's professional credentials are extensive, diverse and impressive, and she will bring great creative energy and smart business sense to her new role," Levy said.

She joined Universal in 1999 as senior vp promotions and was executive vp the Brand Group from 2002-2004. She started her career at McCann Erickson and worked at DDB Needham from 1993-1995, Polygram Filmed Entertainment from 1995-1997 and Polygram Films from 1997-1999. »

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Uni eyes Cohen for 'Mummy 3'

9 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rob Cohen is in negotiations to direct Mummy 3 for Universal Pictures.

Stephen Sommers, who directed the first two movies, is producing with partner Bob Ducsay. Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks also are producing.

The plot details of the script, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, are being kept under wraps.

The previous two installments of the successful action-adventure franchise starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as early 20th century adventurers who end up in the path of a reborn Egyptian mummy played by Arnold Vosloo. The first movie, released in 1999, grossed $155 million at the domestic boxoffice, while 2001's The Mummy Returns made $202 million.

Talks with actors have not begun.

Jeff Kirschenbaum and Erik Baiers are overseeing for Universal.

WMA-repped Cohen last directed Stealth. He also is writing a biopic of filmmaker Russ Meyer and his wife titled King of the Nudies, which he plans to direct, and is attached to direct Scared Straight for New Line. Cohen's other directing credits include The Fast and the Furious and XXX. »

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