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Vince Vaughn To Lead Universal's Big Screen Reboot Of 'The Rockford Files'

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Vince Vaughn To Lead Universal's Big Screen Reboot Of 'The Rockford Files'
While Sony is celebrating the success of "21 Jump Street" and the rest of Hollywood dusts off various TV reboots they've had sitting in drawers, for Vince Vaughn, he's been there and done that already. In 2004 he teamed with Owen Wilson and director Todd Phillips for "Starsky & Hutch" carrying the film to over $170 million worldwide, which is not a bad chunk of change at all. And it looks like Universal are hoping the actor can work the same magic on a property they have been developing.

Deadline reports that Vaughn will produce and take the lead in "The Rockford Files," based on the hit show that made James Garner a star. If you're too young to remember, the show followed a private investigator who used his wits, not necessarily his brawn, to solve a new case each week. And the show was largely carried by Garner's charm, and of course, he always found time for romance.
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Sims' world grows with two film roles

NEW YORK -- Las Vegas star Molly Sims has landed roles in two big-screen comedies: Peyton Reed's Yes Man, opposite Jim Carrey, and Harald Zwart's Pink Panther 2, starring Steve Martin.

In Yes, Carrey plays a man who decides to say "yes" to every request and opportunity that comes his way. Sims plays the ex-wife he can't get out of his head. Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper co-star in the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow film.

In Panther, Sims plays a news anchor who chronicles the misadventures of Martin's bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia and Alfred Molina also appear in the Columbia/MGM production.

Aside from NBC's Vegas, the former model has appeared in Starsky & Hutch and The Benchwarmers.

She is repped by WMA and Untitled Entertainment.

'Change' pilot good for ABC

'Change' pilot good for ABC
Starsky & Hutch director Todd Phillips will make his TV debut with ABC's comedy pilot The More Things Change ..., from writer Allan Loeb.

The network on Monday greenlighted the single-camera project about a quartet of male friends. It is produced by Regency TV.

"It's about male friendship and how it endures and survives through change," Loeb said.

Loeb penned the script on spec while working with Phillips on Men, a comedy feature in the works at Warner Bros. that Loeb penned and Phillips is on board to direct. The movie centers on a man and his wife's lover who become roommates.

"Todd and I loved exploring the idea of male friendship," Loeb said. He showed the Change script to Phillips, who responded to it and made a few suggestions that Loeb incorporated.

Change was taken to the networks 10 days ago and landed bids from ABC, NBC and Fox. It went to ABC after Loeb and Phillips met with all three nets.

This fall, ABC introduced two shows centered on the friendship of four guys: the single-camera comedy Carpoolers and the one-hour dramedy Big Shots.

Change, which is eyed to shoot in December, is being exec produced by Loeb and Steven Pearl through their production company Scarlet Fire and by Phillips through his Green Hat Films.

Par Vantage is spilling 'Ink' for horror film spec

Paramount Vantage is venturing into the world of horror.

The specialty division of Paramount Pictures has acquired Harris Wilkinson's horror spec Ink for low- against mid-six figures.

Set in the world of tattoo artistry, the high-concept story line is being kept under wraps. But Vantage head of production and acquisitions Amy Israel promised an "original take on the horror genre (that) is hugely exciting."

The script is out to directors.

Alan and Peter Riche (Starsky & Hutch) of Riche Prods. will produce in association with Mandalay Independent Pictures, which is headed by Crash producer Cathy Schulman.

Wilkinson, who most recently penned Stir of Echoes: The Dead Speak for Lionsgate, sold Bone Canyon to New Line Cinema and penned a rewrite of the thriller Awake, which is in development at Universal Pictures.

He is repped by Justin Silvera at New Wave Entertainment and attorney Rob Szymanski at Eclipse Law.

Cohen upped to exec vp at Warners

Polly Cohen has been promoted to executive vp production at Warner Bros. Pictures. She moves up from her previous position of senior vp production. Cohen, a nine-year veteran of the studio, has overseen such projects as the first four Harry Potter movies, Must Love Dogs, Starsky and Hutch, Gothika, the Scooby-Doo movies, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Analyze This and its sequel, Analyze That. She also was on the production team for Three Kings and A Perfect Storm. Among the films she is working on are Superman Returns, the Potter series, License to Wed, I Am Legend and Blood Diamond.

Chris Penn Died of Enlarged Heart

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Reservoir Dogs actor Chris Penn died accidentally from an enlarged heart and the effects of a combination of various medications, according to autopsy and toxicology tests. The Los Angeles coroner's office released a statement late Monday, confirming the reasons behind the shock death of Sean Penn's younger brother in his Santa Monica, California, apartment on January 24. The tests labeled the primary causes of death as "nonspecific cardiomyopathy" (an oversized heart) with the "effects of multiple medication intake." Chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey says, "There is absolutely no indication that this is anything but an accident. We know he had several prescriptions, including promethazine with codeine, which featured predominantly in his death. We don't know how much he ingested or when. There are a lot of 'what ifs' to be factored in." Chris, 40, starred in hit films Rush Hour, Starsky & Hutch, True Romance and The Funeral, for which he won the Volpi Cup at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.

Chris Penn: 1965-2006

Chris Penn: 1965-2006
Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn and star of such films as Reservoir Dogs and Mulholland Falls, was found dead Tuesday at a condominium in Santa Monica; he was 40. Few details were released surrounding Penn's death late Tuesday afternoon, though sources reported there were no signs of foul play, and an autopsy was to be conducted to determine the cause of death. A spokesperson for the Penn family confirmed the actor's passing and released a statement saying that Penn's family "would appreciate the media's respect of their privacy during this difficult time." The son of director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, Penn was the younger brother of Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn and musician Michael Penn, and began his acting career in the early 80s, appearing in such films as Rumble Fish, All the Right Moves, and Footloose; he appeared alongside his brother in the 1986 film At Close Range. Penn went on to specialize in working-class character roles, achieving fame for his portrayal of Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs as well as such films as Short Cuts, The Funeral (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination), and Mulholland Falls. Most recently, he appeared in the film version of Starsky & Hutch as well as episodes of TV series Entourage and Everwood, and his latest film, The Darwin Awards, was slated for a premiere Wednesday night at the Sundance Film Festival. --Prepared by IMDb Staff

Bateman finds 'Heartbreak' with Poehler

Bateman finds 'Heartbreak' with Poehler
Jason Bateman and Amy Poehler have signed on to star in The Heartbreak Kid for DreamWorks Pictures. The story centers on a man (Bateman) who is convinced that he has finally met the right girl and marries too quickly. While on his honeymoon and in the process of discovering that his new bride (Poehler) is a nightmare, he meets the girl of his dreams. Scott Armstrong and Leslie Dixon are writing the screenplay for producers Radar Pictures and Davis Entertainment. The DreamWorks executives on the project are Marc Haimes and Ashley Woodard. James Bobin is set to direct the film, replacing Barry Sonnenfeld, who fell off the project late last year. Bateman recently won a Golden Globe for his performance on the Fox series Arrested Development. His big-screen credits include Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Poehler's credits include Mean Girls and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Bateman is repped by ICM and managed by 3 Arts. Poehler is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Warren Dern.

Bateman finds 'Heartbreak' with Poehler

Bateman finds 'Heartbreak' with Poehler
Jason Bateman and Amy Poehler have signed on to star in The Heartbreak Kid for DreamWorks Pictures. The story centers on a man (Bateman) who is convinced that he has finally met the right girl and marries too quickly. While on his honeymoon and in the process of discovering that his new bride (Poehler) is a nightmare, he meets the girl of his dreams. Scott Armstrong and Leslie Dixon are writing the screenplay for producers Radar Pictures and Davis Entertainment. The DreamWorks executives on the project are Marc Haimes and Ashley Woodard. James Bobin is set to direct the film, replacing Barry Sonnenfeld, who fell off the project late last year. Bateman recently won a Golden Globe for his performance on the Fox series Arrested Development. His big-screen credits include Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Poehler's credits include Mean Girls and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Bateman is repped by ICM. Poehler is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Warren Dern.

Vaughn Clarifies Relationship with Aniston

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Starsky & Hutch star Vince Vaughn has spoken out to declare he and Jennifer Aniston are just friends, after a business meeting between them was portrayed as a romantic date. Aniston, who split from husband Brad Pitt last month, was pictured with Vaughn at the Posh Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel on February 2. And while rumors have circulated about a possible romance between the pair, Vaughn insists it was strictly business. He says, "We had a meeting about one of the projects that I'm doing and discussing. People wanna try to sell magazines. You can't take it personal that's just their job."

Schneider Blasts "Pompous" Movie Critic

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American comic Rob Schneider has furiously labeled movie critic Patrick Goldstein "unfunny" and "pompous" for his attack on his contribution to cinema. The former Saturday Night Live star has taken out a full-page advertisement in the Hollywood Reporter attacking Goldstein's article on January 26, in which he blasted movie studios for making lackluster sequels like Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. His verbal assault mirrors Owen Wilson's recent defense of Starsky & Hutch co-star Ben Stiller, who was criticized for his "tiresome" screen presence by New Yorker magazine's David Denby. Schneider writes of Goldstein, "Most of the world (has) no idea of your existence. Maybe you didn't win a Pulitzer Prize because they haven't invented a category for 'Best Third-Rate, Unfunny Pompous Reporter'. I can honestly say that if I sat with your colleagues at a luncheon, afterwards they'd say, 'You know, that Rob Schneider is a pretty intelligent guy' ... whereas, if you sat with my colleagues, after lunch, you would just be beaten beyond recognition." On gossip website Pagesix.Com, Goldstein responds, "I haven't received so many congratulatory phone calls since Billy Crystal wrote a letter to the editor comparing me to Roy Cohn."

BVITV, Star renew Asian satellite deal

BVITV, Star renew Asian satellite deal
A multiyear film output agreement has been renewed between Buena Vista International Television Asia Pacific and News Corp.'s Asian satellite platform, Star. Under the deal, such films as Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, Cold Mountain, Starsky & Hutch and The Village will air on Star Movies, which reaches more than 32 million viewing homes across the region. The deal was announced Wednesday by BVITV-AP vp and general manager Steve Macallister and STAR chief operating officer Steve Askew.

Stallone's 'Get Carter' Voted Worst Remake

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Sylvester Stallone's 2000 reworking of the Sir Michael Caine crime thriller Get Carter has been voted the worst film remake of all time in a new poll. In a survey of 2,000 film fans by DVD rental company Screenselect.co.uk, a majority voted the Rocky star's version was abysmal compared to the 1971 classic. Unfortunately for Jude Law, the recently-released Alfie film - another Caine remake - was also slammed and came in at number six in the poll. The Anne Heche-starring 1998 version of the Psycho horror film followed Get Carter at two and this year's flop Thunderbirds entered at three. The top ten also included Point of No Return at four, Charlie's Angels at five, Planet Of The Apes at seven, Starsky And Hutch at eight and Cape Fear at nine. Surprisingly 2001 blockbuster Ocean's Eleven came in at ten, despite most film reviews lauding the George Clooney film as better than the 1960 original.

Stiller Hurt Wife on 'Dodgeball' Set

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Stiller Hurt Wife on 'Dodgeball' Set
Starsky And Hutch star Ben Stiller feared for his marriage after he accidentally hurt his wife Christine Taylor during filming of his latest movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. In an interview with British men's magazine Maxim, the American comedian told of how the incident took place during a rehearsal with Taylor. Stiller explains, "The worst injury was sustained by my wife when I hit her in the face. Twice. It kind of damaged out relationship more than anything. She just walked out of rehearsal. When you get hit in the face, it's hard not to get emotional about it. It sends you right back to the eighth grade."

Reynolds fired up for 'Grilled'; Lewis circling

Reynolds fired up for 'Grilled'; Lewis circling
Burt Reynolds is lighting up the barbecue for New Line Cinema's Grilled. Juliette Lewis is in negotiations to join the comedy. Jason Ensler is directing the Ray Romano-Kevin James feature, which follows a day in the life of two meat salesmen who will stop at nothing to make a sale. Reynolds plays Cookie Goldbluth, a prospect for the two salesman. Lewis would play a character who is ditzy and suicidal. Shooting is scheduled to start July 7 in Los Angeles. Producing the project are Jon Klane, Brad Jenkel, William Tepper, Jeff Sussman and Rory Rosegarten. Tepper wrote the original draft, which was rewritten by Matt Nix. New Line's Toby Emmerich, Cale Boyter and Magnus Kim are overseeing. Reynolds next shoots the Paramount remake The Longest Yard. He starred in the 1974 original. Reynolds is repped by ICM. Lewis' recent credits include Starsky & Hutch Old School and Cold Creek Manor. She is repped by WMA.

French turnstiles register 10.9% jump so far in '04

PARIS -- Film admissions in France registered a 10.9% surge in the first five months of the year, with 83.5 million tickets sold through the end of May, compared with a year-earlier 75.7 million, the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC) said Thursday. The CNC said cinema admissions rose 3.2% to 182.6 million for the 12-month period June 2003-May 2004. While ticket sales dipped 1.3% in March from a year earlier, April admissions rose 44.1%, with U.S. films like Starsky & Hutch and the French films Two Brothers, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Valerie Guignabodet's comedy Mariages! (Marriages) and Christophe Barra-tier's Les Choristes (The Choristers) pulling in crowds. Entries in May increased 10.6% year-over-year, aided by the release of such films as Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill-Vol. 2. The market share for French films changed little in the five-month period, at 42.2%, while U.S. films lost out slightly, cornering 45.8% of the market, compared with a year-earlier 47.1%, CNC said.

'Kill Bill' and 'Return of the King' Win at MTV Awards

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Kill Bill: Vol 1 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King took home most of the major honors at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles last night. Uma Thurman won Best Female Performance and Lucy Liu was named Best Villain for their roles in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol 1. The revenge epic was also awarded the Best Fight prize, for the clash between Thurman's character and schoolgirl Chiaki Kuriyama. A grateful Thurman praised Tarantino as she collected the award: "Quentin spent many years writing this for me and wants to be honored as if he were dead tonight. We don't have time, so I'll have to honor you as if you were living. Thank you, Quentin." The Return Of The King, the third film in director Peter Jackson's blockbusting Lord Of The Rings trilogy, won Best Movie and Best Action Sequence. Elsewhere, Johnny Depp's part in The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was voted Best Male Performance, and Jack Black won the Comedic Performance award for School of Rock. Lindsay Lohan took home Breakthrough Female for Freaky Friday and X2's Shawn Ashmore won Breakthrough Male. Best Kiss went to the smooch shared between Owen Wilson, Amy Smart and Carmen Electra in Starsky & Hutch, while Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore were named the Best Onscreen Team for their partnership in 50 First Dates. Superstars including Tom Cruise and Snoop Dogg presented awards at the glitzy bash, which is to be screened on MTV this Thursday.

Overseas heat wave can't stop 'Kill Bill 2'

Overseas heat wave can't stop 'Kill Bill 2'
The first hot weather of the spring season dented the overseas boxoffice somewhat, but that didn't stop Kill Bill-Vol. 2 from duplicating last week's domestic success as it slashed its way to $17.6 million from 16 countries in three days. The Passion of the Christ is starting to cool off a bit but is still scoring effectively in holdovers and is set for a few more dates. The censor board in India, for example, OK'd the film -- which to date has some $201.7 million in its offshore manger -- for opening across the country on May 7. Also showing degrees of boxoffice muscle over the weekend were Starsky & Hutch, 50 First Dates, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Haunted Mansion and Secret Window.

O'seas market slows down; 'Passion,' 'Scooby' on top

A usual spring slowdown in the overseas market, especially in Europe, is expected to shift gears this coming weekend with the start of Japan's Golden Week holiday and the arrival of Kill Bill-Vol. 2 in several key European and Pacific Rim territories. For the most part, new titles entering the market over the weekend failed to make firm impressions, but holdovers The Passion of the Christ and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed -- by dint of a large number of dates and screens -- were the leaders again, with newcomer Secret Window and on-the-scene runners Starsky & Hutch, 50 First Dates, Hidalgo, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and Brother Bear picking up pieces of the available weekend action.
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