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Nicole Kidman Planning on Ditching Acting Too?!

17 December 2008 7:22 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After a string of nothing but flops and follies for four years, it looks like Nicole Kidman may give up acting. It all began with The Stepford Wives in 2004 and continued with The Interpreter, Bewitched, The Invasion, Margot at the Wedding, The Golden Compass, and now Australia. Kidman told the UK's Telegraph that, "I'm not that interested in making films any more." She adds that, "I know I'm not meant to say that, but that's where it is for me now." It seems like her glory days have gone and either needs to hire a new agent and choose better films or just settle down for a while - and she may choose the latter. Kidman explains her situation: "I'm 41 years old and very happy being in Tennessee with my baby and with my husband (Keith Urban). I obviously have creative blood in me and it needs to come »

- Alex Billington

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What Do Sex Toys have to do with 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'? Todd Masters Explains

7 December 2008 11:01 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: 20th Century Fox Back in February RopeofSilicon was invited by 20th Century Fox, along with several other online outlets, to the set of The Day the Earth Stood Still in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the course of the next four days we'll be bringing you interviews with Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and director Scott Derrickson. I'll be describing a scene I saw filmed as well as bringing you interviews with the cast, director, production designer and today's opening interview feature with special effects guru Todd Masters. It was definitely cool to meet Jennifer Connelly, amazingly attractive in person, and marking Keanu off the list has been a goal since Point Break. Scott Derrickson seems like a hip fellow, though of course they kept all the "talent" away from us pesky journos as much as possible. My favorite part of the trip was either 1) Being told I look »

- Laremy Legel

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Hirschbiegel puts on a brave 'Face'

11 November 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A pair of Germany's best film exports in director Oliver Hirschbiegel and actor Moritz Bleibtreu are reuniting on a new project backed by Miramax Germany. Variety reports that the pair who rocked the international scene with 2001’s Das Experiment are dipping into the thriller genre again with a fact-based tale on a Mafia hitman. Angel Face is based on the novel by Andreas Ulrich called Das Engelsgesicht, Bleibtreu would wear the big shoes of Giorgio Basile, - the man they called “The Angel Face” in mafia circles and was for many years a feared contract killer for the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate. After his arrest in 1998, Basile became a state witness against the Italian mafia. Filming begins early next year and should be ready for 2010. The picture will give Hirschbiegel a new lease on life – after his monster success in 2001 and his Hitler stuck in a bunker portrait Downfall, »

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Commence Incredulity: 'Forbidden Planet' Remake is Coming

3 November 2008 3:46 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Ok, get it out of your system right now, before we begin. All together now: "Holy crap I can't believe they're remaking an unquestionable classic like Xxxx and I'm completely certain that Hollywood has officially run out of new ideas. Argh!" Feel better? Good, because an unquestionable classic like Forbidden Planet is officially being remade.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver are moving forward on their new version of the 1956 sci-fi favorite, which itself was (loosely) based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, so that makes it sort of a remake in its own right. From THR: The original "told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet. »

- Scott Weinberg

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This Week's in theatre focus "Changeling"

20 October 2008 5:05 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

So we're not focusing on "Saw V" as, frankly, ever since the original came out, that's always the usual focus for most sites running a Halloween week feature. Let's rather talk about quality films such as this week's MovieJungle.com focus on "Changeling." Oscar® buzz once again runs amock for another Clint Eastwood film with Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie frontlining the powerful release. J. Michael Straczynski marks this film as his major entry into film releases. The writer has just under thirty credits to his name only for TV based releases. Of note are "Babylon 5," "Murder She Wrote" and "Jeremiah." As far as upcoming film projects go, we'll leave out those labeled as "announced" as anything as such can go either way. Stracynzki is in post production-phase for the James McTeigue ("The Invasion," "V for Vendetta") helmed "Ninja Assassin" starring Naomie Harris, Kang Sung, Randall Duk Kim, Rick Yune and Rain. »

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This Week's in theatre focus "Changeling"

20 October 2008 5:05 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

So we're not focusing on "Saw V" as, frankly, ever since the original came out, that's always the usual focus for most sites running a Halloween week feature. Let's rather talk about quality films such as this week's MovieJungle.com focus on "Changeling." Oscar® buzz once again runs amock for another Clint Eastwood film with Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie frontlining the powerful release. J. Michael Straczynski marks this film as his major entry into film releases. The writer has just under thirty credits to his name only for TV based releases. Of note are "Babylon 5," "Murder She Wrote" and "Jeremiah." As far as upcoming film projects go, we'll leave out those labeled as "announced" as anything as such can go either way. Stracynzki is in post production-phase for the James McTeigue ("The Invasion," "V for Vendetta") helmed "Ninja Assassin" starring Naomie Harris, Kang Sung, Randall Duk Kim, Rick Yune and Rain. »

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This Week's in theatre focus "Changeling"

20 October 2008 5:05 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

So we're not focusing on "Saw V" as, frankly, ever since the original came out, that's always the usual focus for most sites running a Halloween week feature. Let's rather talk about quality films such as this week's MovieJungle.com focus on "Changeling." Oscar® buzz once again runs amock for another Clint Eastwood film with Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie frontlining the powerful release. J. Michael Straczynski marks this film as his major entry into film releases. The writer has just under thirty credits to his name only for TV based releases. Of note are "Babylon 5," "Murder She Wrote" and "Jeremiah." As far as upcoming film projects go, we'll leave out those labeled as "announced" as anything as such can go either way. Stracynzki is in post production-phase for the James McTeigue ("The Invasion," "V for Vendetta") helmed "Ninja Assassin" starring Naomie Harris, Kang Sung, Randall Duk Kim, Rick Yune and Rain. »

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This Week's in theatre focus "Changeling"

20 October 2008 5:05 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

So we're not focusing on "Saw V" as, frankly, ever since the original came out, that's always the usual focus for most sites running a Halloween week feature. Let's rather talk about quality films such as this week's MovieJungle.com focus on "Changeling." Oscar® buzz once again runs amock for another Clint Eastwood film with Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie frontlining the powerful release. J. Michael Straczynski marks this film as his major entry into film releases. The writer has just under thirty credits to his name only for TV based releases. Of note are "Babylon 5," "Murder She Wrote" and "Jeremiah." As far as upcoming film projects go, we'll leave out those labeled as "announced" as anything as such can go either way. Stracynzki is in post production-phase for the James McTeigue ("The Invasion," "V for Vendetta") helmed "Ninja Assassin" starring Naomie Harris, Kang Sung, Randall Duk Kim, Rick Yune and Rain. »

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Eternia Weeps

17 October 2008 2:27 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

All of Eternia is wrapped in mourning today at the news of the grim demise of its homoerotic hero. He-Man may have bested the sinister Skelotor countless times, but he did not have the power to overcome the misgivings of executives at Warner Bros., who have apparently halted development on Grayskull, the live-action flick based on the adventures of Prince Adam and his musclebound buddies, the Masters of the Universe.

It seems that with the recent greenlighting of a 300 sequel, Warner Bros. only has room on its slate for one big-budget tentpole project featuring scantily clad, overly muscled dudes running around with swords. Pity.

The news amounts to another setback for one-time superproducer Joel Silver, whose recent string of high-profile flops includes Speed Racer, Fred Claus, and The Invasion. And just last week, Mel Gibson dashed Silver's hopes of reviving the Lethal Weapon franchise. Wanna make a comeback, Joel? Three words: Road House reboot. »

- Thomas Leupp

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Kidman Is Most Overpaid Actor

11 September 2008 5:15 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Nicole Kidman has been named as Hollywood's most overpaid star.

Kidman has come top of a list of the least bankable celebrities by U.S. magazine Forbes.

The Hours star replaces her fellow Australian Russell Crowe at the top of the list.

Kidman's films are estimated to earn only $1 (54p) for every dollar the actress is paid, compared with $8 (GBP4.32) last year.

Last year's The Invasion - a remake of 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers - lost $2.68 (GBP1.45) for every dollar earned by Kidman, who was paid a reported $17 million (GBP9.19 million) to star alongside Daniel Craig.

In second place is Jennifer Garner, whose recent movies The Kingdom and Catch and Release have both underperformed at the box office.

Kidman's ex-husband Tom Cruise takes the third slot, while the rest of the top ten is rounded out by Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell and Cate Blanchett.

Crowe, Forbes' most overpaid star of 2007, showed most improvement - jumping to 18th in the list of actors who are worth their paychecks. »

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H'wood's most overpaid

10 September 2008 6:42 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Forbes, through Cinemablend, has turned its eye on Hollywood, compiling a list of the current most overpaid actors, based on their box-office return versus their wages. Inevitably, Nicole Kidman is top of the list after a string of bombs like The Invasion which actually managed the feat of losing $2.68 for every dollar that Kidman made. Studio executives recently commented that the only thing worse than having Nicole Kidman open your movie was having aliens that look like humans and Nicole »

- James Thoo

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Nicole Kidman Tops List Of Overpaid Stars

10 September 2008 6:15 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's rare that we get a movie story from Forbes.com, but the financial geniuses over there have decided to turn their money-minded brains to Hollywood, so there ya go. Using an incredibly complicated algorithm that factors in a movie's revenues both internationally in theaters and on DVD, plus the actor's salary divided but some figure, they've figured out the 10 most overpaid celebrities in Hollywood. Poor Nicole Kidman, who was somehow single-handedly blamed for the failure of last summer's The Invasion despite the fact that the entire movie was terrible, tops the list. That movie actually lost $2.68 for every dollar Kidman was paid, which easily puts her on the list's top spot. Joining her in the top five are ex-husband Tom Cruise, thanks to flops like Lions for Lambs, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and, oddly enough, Jennifer Garner. Turns out that, even though Garner doesn't demand that much money, her »

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Why Not a space flower?: Six Killer Movie Plants

2 July 2008 10:43 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Alison Willmore

For the many ill-wishers out there, the most disappointing thing about M. Night Shyamalan's environmental thriller "The Happening" wasn't that it was a failure, but that it wasn't a spectacular failure. Critics went in with their long knives out, only to leave shrugging that they've seen worse. Having made $59 million in theaters, it's not even the box office bomb some expected after "Lady in the Water." All in all, "The Happening" is actually pretty successful, considering it's a serious horror film about trees... that kill! In honor of that dubious designation, here's a look at the spotty history of films about murderous botanic life that have preceded it.

Killer tomatoes

Film: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

Directed by John De Bello

M.O.: Produce that, for no apparent reason, become massive and murderous.

De Bello's broad comedy mocked B-movie conventions while bearing its reported $90,000 budget like a badge of honor. »

- Alison Willmore

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She's having a Baby: Kidman exits Daldry's 'The Reader'

8 January 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Time for Malin Akerman, Carice van Houten or a rejuvenated Diane Kruger to step up to the plate - Nicole Kidman has officially stepped out of the highly anticipated Stephen Daldry’s The Reader. After a year of box office lows with The Invasion and The Golden Compass, it looks like an A-list actress is making a sound business decision: mini-retirement with a big comeback - say a Wong Kar-wai film? Variety reports that while production had began in Berlin last year, no scenes were shot with Nicole. This is an important year-end/award season's project for The Weinstein Company, the producers (Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack with Scott Rudin) will have to find a fine, high-caliber actress have to find someone in the 30 to 40 age demographic and presently there is not much time left in the hour glass until the actor's  union begins to close down productions and commence talks. »

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