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14 items from 2007


Reilly gets his 'Freak' on with Uni

15 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

John C. Reilly, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Kelly are in negotiations to star in Cirque du Freak, Universal's adaptation of Darren Shan's kidlit book series. Paul Weitz is directing.

The story follows two best friends (Hutcherson, Kelly) who visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a giant deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices that result in vampire servitude and vampirism itself.

Reilly would play Larten Crepsley, the centuries-old vampire and owner of Madame Octa, the spider.

Weitz wrote the latest draft and is producing with Lauren Shuler Donner.

Peter Cramer and Eric Baiers are overseeing for Universal.

Production is scheduled to start in February.

Reilly, repped by UTA and Framework, has lately been in a comedy phase, appearing in such movies as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Year of the Dog and Judd Apatow's upcoming Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Before that, he appeared in Chicago, Gangs of New York and The Hours.

Hutcherson starred in Bridge to Terabithia and next appears opposite Brendan Fraser in Journey 3-D. He is repped by ICM. »

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Latifah sets headline stop in 'Vegas'

8 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What Queen Latifah does in Vegas, stays in Vegas -- at least for now.

The actress-rapper-singer will make a cameo appearance in Fox's "What Happens in Vegas ... ", starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz.

What that cameo will be, however, is being kept under wraps.

The romantic comedy is about two people (Kutcher, Diaz) who discover after a night of debauchery in Vegas that they've gotten married, with one of them hitting a jackpot after playing the other's quarter.

Latifah, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Chicago", is on tour to promote her latest album, "Trav'lin' Light".

In January, she stars opposite Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes in Overture Films' "Mad Money" about three women who strike up an unlikely friendship while working at the Federal Reserve and concoct a plan to rob the bank. »

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McDermott and Spelling in 'Chicago' Talks

17 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Husband-and-wife Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling are in talks to star side by side in Broadway musical Chicago, according to reports. If they agree to tread the boards in New York, the couple - who met on the set of TV movie Mind Over Murder - will become the show's third husband-and-wife team, after Amy Spanger and Michael C. Hall, and Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin. Spelling's representative confirms to the New York Post's gossip column PageSix, the pair are "currently in talks." »

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Jones & Cotillard Join 'Nine' Cast

10 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Catherine Zeta-Jones and French actress Marion Cotillard have won coveted roles in Chicago director Rob Marshall's new movie musical Nine. The European actresses were among many top stars in the running for roles in the big screen adaptation, and now Marshall has confirmed his cast for the project. Zeta-Jones and Cotillard will join Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in the film. Italian screen siren Sophia Loren will also appear in the film, which will be directed, produced and choreographed by Marshall. Nine revolves around fictional filmmaker Guido Contini, who re-examines his past romances in the midst of a nervous breakdown. The musical claimed the Tony Award for Best Revival when it returned to the Broadway stage in 2003. That production starred Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera and Jane Krakowski. »

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Zellweger, 'Potter' set for Karlovy Vary

8 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SOCHI, Russia -- Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger will present Chris Noonan's Beatrix Potter biopic, Miss Potter, at the 42nd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, organizers said Thursday.

The actress, who has won acclaim for roles in such films as Chicago and Bridget Jones's Diary, will tread the red carpet in the Bohemian spa town and take the stage to present Potter, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as the children's writer and illustrator.

In a separate development, Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky, whose debut as a solo director, Simple Things (Prostye Veshchi), is screening this week in competition at the 18th edition of the Russian national film showcase Kinotavr, confirmed Thursday that the film will unspool in the main competition at Karlovy Vary.

Popogrebsky, whose Koktebel, co-directed with Boris Khlebnikov, won Karlovy Vary's East of the West sidebar in 2003, said another joint work, Free Floating (Svobonoye Plaviniye), also will screen in that category at this year's Karlovy Vary event. »

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Gere & Shetty Cleared Over Embrace

16 May 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty will not face legal action over their public kiss at a charity event last month, an Indian Supreme Court has ruled. Shetty was ordered to appear before a judge in Rajasthan yesterday morning after a warrant was issued for her arrest following the incident on April 26. Gere and Shetty were speaking at a HIV/AIDS awareness event in New Delhi, when the Chicago actor swept the beauty into his arms and kissed her several times. Public displays of affection are taboo in India and arrest warrants were issued for both Gere and Shetty after a citizen filed a complaint, accusing the couple of committing an "obscene act." Shetty petitioned the Supreme Court to suspend legal proceedings and also asked for all cases against her to be transferred to her home city of Mumbai, at a hearing on Monday. The court granted the suspension which stops police and other courts from taking action against her and the Hollywood actor earlier yesterday. Her lawyer Anand Grover says a separate petition would be filed to prevent police from stopping her from traveling abroad, adding, "It is an unusual case. No case is made out... the allegation is that she did not resist." »

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Shetty: "Gere Calls Me Twice a Day"

9 May 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Richard Gere has been calling Indian actress Shilpa Shetty twice a day to make sure she is coping with the scandal surrounding their public kiss. The actor embraced Shetty on TV during an AIDS awareness event in Delhi last month, causing uproar in conservative India, where a warrant was later issued for Gere's arrest. The Chicago star has since apologized for the impromptu kiss, but he's still worried about the problems his actions have caused the Bollywood beauty. Shetty says, "He was so worried about me, he called me every day - sometimes twice! It was mortifying for him to have hit the headlines over something like this, but he was so generous about it all and kept calling me to make sure I was alright. He was genuinely very concerned about me. That is the kind of man he is." »

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Warrant Issued for Gere Following Shetty Kiss

27 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Richard Gere is a wanted man - an Indian court has issued a warrant for his arrest following his recent public display of affection with Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Gere and Shetty were speaking at an HIV/AIDS awareness event in New Delhi earlier this month, when the Chicago actor swept the beauty into his arms and kissed her several times. Public displays of affection are taboo in India and Gere's actions resulted in crowds burning effigies of the 57-year-old actor in Mumbai, Varanasi and New Delhi. New Delhi Judge Dinesh Gupta issued arrest warrants for both Gere and Shetty earlier Thursday after a citizen filed a complaint, accusing the couple of committing an "obscene act." Under Indian law, a conviction of public obscenity means a potential three months behind bars or a fine. Last week, Shetty defended the kiss and accused her critics of steering media attention from the real issue - of HIV and AIDS. She said, "I understand this is his culture, not ours. But this was not such a big thing or so obscene for people to overreact in such manner." »

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Gere and Shetty Face Legal Action Over Public Kiss

19 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Richard Gere and Bollywood beauty Shilpa Shetty are facing legal action in India after being accused of committing "an obscene act" last weekend. The Chicago star swept the popular Bollywood actress into his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event last weekend, with angry crowds burning effigies of Gere for going too far in a country where such public displays of affection are largely taboo. Three lawyers in India have now filed complaints against their amorous actions, and Shetty, along with several private television channels, face two further charges for showing videos of the kiss after legal papers were filed in Ghaziabad. Shetty, who publicly defended Gere on Tuesday, says she is paying a price for being an international celebrity. Her spokesperson says, "The media should concentrate on the promotion of the cause of AIDS awareness rather than making an issue out of kisses." »

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Shetty Defends Gere Kiss

18 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has defended actor Richard Gere after his public show of affection sparked protests in India. The Chicago star swept the popular actress into his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event last weekend. The action has outraged Indians, who feel Gere went too far in a country where such public displays of affection are largely taboo. Angry crowds burned effigies of Gere during demonstrations last Monday after photographs of him embracing and kissing Shetty appeared on the front pages of India's leading national newspapers. But Shetty has defended Gere, saying, "What he did was very sweet. It was all in good humor. He especially told me to tell the media that he didn't want to hurt any Indian sensibilities." And she admits the actor has apologized "profusely" to her following the kiss. »

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Marshall helming 'Nine' film adaptation

13 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Rob Marshall will direct a big-screen version of the 1982 Broadway musical "Nine" for the Weinstein Co.

Marshall and John DeLuca will choreograph the adaptation of the show, which won five Tonys, including best musical. Their company Lucamar Prods. will produce the film with the Weinstein Co., which acquired rights to the project from original "Nine" book writer Arthur Kopit and composer Maury Yeston, who will serve as co-executive producers.

The film and play are adapted from Federico Fellini's 1963 classic autobiographical feature "8 1/2," following the life of a famed film director and the many women in his life. An announcement on the screenwriter is forthcoming.

Marshall last teamed with Weinstein Co. co-head Harvey Weinstein on the Oscar-winning musical "Chicago" while the exec was at Miramax Films.

Weinstein Co. executive vp business and legal affairs Eric Roth and senior vp business and legal affairs Laine Kline negotiated the deal on behalf of the distributor. ICM and attorneys Michael Gendler and Kevin Kelly negotiated on behalf of Marshall. »

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Higgins to vp publicity post at WB

27 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Veteran marketing and publicity executive Dennis Higgins has been named vp national publicity at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Higgins will head one of the department's three publicity teams, reporting to Juli Goodwin, who was recently promoted to senior vp national publicity.

"Dennis Higgins brings more than 20 years' experience in entertainment publicity and marketing to our publicity group," Warners domestic theatrical marketing president Dawn Taubin said. "He has worked on films of every genre, both large and small, and has earned the respect and admiration of both his colleagues and the media."

Higgins moves to Warners from Bauer Martinez Entertainment, the production and distribution company that has been downsizing quickly in recent months. He had been the company's senior vp publicity since 2005.

Before that, Higgins had been at Intermedia Entertainment, where he was senior vp marketing and corporate communications for two years. He joined Intermedia from Miramax, where from 2001-02 he worked on a variety of projects, including the Oscar-winning Chicago and In the Bedroom.

From 1989-2001, Higgins was senior vp publicity at Columbia Pictures, where he was involved in the campaigns of As Good as It Gets, Jerry Maguire and Philadelphia. He also worked on such blockbusters as Charlie's Angels, Men in Black, Air Force One, My Best Friend's Wedding, Sleepless in Seattle and Basic Instinct.

Higgins also had stints at 20th Century Fox and MGM/UA. »

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Toronto hopeful as prod'n ramps up again

28 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Monday's announcement that Universal/Marvel Entertainment's The Incredible Hulk will shoot in Toronto this summer came as welcome news for a city whose production cupboard has been bare recently.

Homegrown pic Hank & Mike, starring Wes Bently and Joe Mantegna, is the only movie currently shooting in the city as planned studio projects were put on hold for the duration of the ACTRA strike.

The Hulk shoot marks the first major signing of a U.S. movie shoot here since North American producers and striking Canadian actors reached a new labor deal last week (HR 2/21).

There was no word on casting for film, which will be directed by Louis Leterrier ("Transporter 1 & 2"), and produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Anne Hurd.

Other projects headed to Toronto are Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate's Saw 4, which begins shooting in mid-April, and Rogue Pictures' and Universal's American Pie 6. And Toronto-based producer Don Carmody (Chicago) said Monday that he's planning to move ahead with shooting in Winnipeg and Montreal for White Out, an action thriller from Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. about a U.S. marshal who pursues a serial killer to Antarctica.

The return of Los Angeles producers to local sound stages comes amid a major offensive by the Canadian film and TV production industry to woo back displaced or disgruntled U.S. studios and independent producers after settlement of the country's first-ever actors strike.

Richard Perotto, the Toronto-based business representative for IATSE local 667 in Toronto, cautioned that it was still early but said he saw encouragement from the phone calls fielded from Los Angeles since the settlement.

"They want to use Toronto. It's a big empty cavern now," Perotto said, pointing to vacant studio space looking for tenants.

Even during the six-week ACTRA strike, Universal and Marvel were scouting in Toronto for the second installment of the Hulk franchise, according to city officials. »

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'Museum,' 'Happyness,' 'Dreamgirls' boost b.o.

1 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Thanks to a plethora of feel-good films, the final weekend of 2006 was a victorious one at the boxoffice. Strong performances from 20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum, Sony Pictures' The Pursuit of Happyness and Paramount Pictures' Dreamgirls, which is now a bona fide hit thanks to a stellar frame, helped the final holiday weekend of the year beat out 2005 by an estimated 12%.

Museum topped the weekend for a second consecutive frame, earning an estimated $46.7 million during the four days. The two-week-old movie, starring Ben Stiller and directed by Shawn Levy, has grossed $125.7 million.

Happyness, starring Will Smith and directed by Gabriele Muccino, also is holding remarkably well. The film opened in the top spot three weekends ago and has held onto second place for the past two frames, topping more than $100 million.

Dreamgirls, director Bill Condon's adaptation of the Broadway musical from DreamWorks, also has proven to be a success. After a weekend of special engagements and a Christmas Day expansion that saw a one-day take of $8.7 million, the movie's first full wide weekend in theaters garnered a per-screen average of $21,830 for an estimated four-day total of $18.6 million and a cume of $41.6 million, good for a third-place finish overall. After several boxoffice failures such as Rent and The Producers, Dreamgirls marks the first musical hit since 2002's Chicago, which won the Oscar for best picture.

"This is a bigger weekend then 'Chicago' had at any point in its run," said Rob Moore, Paramount's worldwide marketing and distribution president, who pointed to 'Chicago's' highest-grossing weekend of $12.9 million, when it was in more than 2,200 theaters. "The combination of the cast Condon put together and the universal story has really captured people's imagination. It's working everywhere in the country."

Paramount will expand the Beyonce Knowles starrer Jan. 12 to about 1,800 theaters.

No new wide releases hit the boxoffice during the weekend, which gave holdovers more of an opportunity to stretch their market reach and lure in as many holiday customers as possible. »

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