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Saturday 19 December
10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere
Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.
11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family
What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »
- Paul Howlett
Matt Damon is currently in talks to star in the long awaited Lance Armstrong bio pic from director Frank Marshall. The project had been in had been in the works for years with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star at one time. And as far back as the summer of 2005 the film crew captured Armstrong’s seventh Tour de France victory, hoping to include the footage in the final film. The director promises the film “won’t be a puff piece.” Its adapted Armstrong’s best selling autobiography “It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life.” Frank Marshall is more known for being a highly successful producer for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark and more recently the Oscar winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This will be his fifth film as a director in a filmography that includes other true life stories such as 2006’s Eight Below and 1993’s Alive. »
- Anthony Nichols
Producer Frank Marshall is making a rare foray into directing, conceiving and taking on the documentary "Right to Play" for Espn Films.
The picture, which will be part of the cable network's 30 for 30 series, will examine Norwegian speed-skating great Johann Olav Koss and his Right to Play organization, which aims to bring sports to children in poverty-stricken and war-torn areas.
Koss won three gold medals at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, but after retiring decided that instead of taking it easy he would found the nonprofit organization and travel around the world spreading its gospel. Right to Play, which now has scores of employees and volunteers, works on continents ranging from Africa to Europe to South America organizing sporting events and providing the means for kids to play.
"Here's an incredibly accomplished athlete who's least known for his accomplishments after the Olympics, which include becoming one of the greatest ambassadors in sports history, »
- By Steven Zeitchik
Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood, who plays Captain Christopher Pike in J.J. Abrams Star Trek, is to be a guest at a special screening of the film arranged for the residents of the Alberta town of Vulcan. The advance screening of the film was arranged for 300 residents of Vulcan after the town's tourist board failed in its bid to persuade Paramount let them host the film's world premiere. That has since taken place in Sydney, Australia.
Captain Pike is seen in trailers for Star Trek urging Chris Pine's Kirk to enlist in Starfleet. The character appeared twice in the original series of Star Trek on which the new film is based. Jeffrey Hunter played Pike in the originally unaired first pilot for the series, 'The Cage'. When footage from that pilot was incorporated into the two-part episode 'The Menagerie', a badly disfigured Pike was played by Sean Kenney.
After modelling and appearing in several TV shows, the 35-year-old got his big break in the 2001 action flick The Fast and The Furious, alongside Vin Diesel.
He went on to appear in both sequels, and has had other film roles including the Clint Eastwood-directed war film Flags of our Fathers in 2006.
Walker has been mentioned in fan discussions online - he has an all-American look and is often regarded as physically well-suited to the role though others doubt he has the acting skills to pull it off.
One factor in his favour is that he's not so well-known that he would be a distraction from the believability of the movie. But on the other »
- David Bentley
It's time to reveal another of the fine fellows who made this year's Hot 100 list and our next winner is someone who isn't a stranger to the poll, but still kinda surprised me in making this year's list: Paul Walker!
Why am I surprised? It's not as if Mr. Walker suddenly became seriously less attractive over the past twelve months. He certainly still makes my Spidey senses tingle.
I'm surprised because so often making a list such as this depends upon how high profile a celebrity has been the previous year. Yes, Walker just starred in the box office hit Fast & Furious, but it wasn't exactly a "gay" movie, nor has the star of pics such as Eight Below and Into the Blue made himself a gay-fave by playing gay roles or taking particularly gay-friendly stances on gay issues such as Jake Gyllenhaal or Sean Penn.
But whatever the reason, »
Kennedy/Marshall, the shingle run by producing veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, has found a new home, signing a first-look deal with Columbia Pictures. The exclusive pact, which is set to run for 18 months, begins in April.
Coming off the success of their "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the Paramount-Warner Bros. co-production that has grossed more than $315 million worldwide and earned 13 Oscar nominations and three trophies, the veteran husband-and-wife producing team -- who also are married -- had found themselves without a studio home base.
Their company most recently was housed at Universal, where it produced the "Bourne" franchise as well as "Seabiscuit" and "Munich." But even though the "Bourne" movies generated about $950 million worldwide for the studio and a fourth "Bourne" installment is in the works, they fell victim to studio belt-tightening when Universal decided not to renew their deal in December.
Although it was not immediately »
- By Borys Kit
7 items from 2009
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