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'Bakugan' gets big-screen treatment

15 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal and Stuber Prods. are hoping to capitalize on the latest toy craze among boys, entering into a deal with toy company Spin Master to bring "Bakugan Battle Brawlers" to the big screen.

"Bakugan" is a Japanese anime show airing on the Cartoon Network as well as a strategic game that uses metal cards and magnetic, spring-loaded miniature figures that transform from marblelike balls into toy monsters.

The show's story line revolves around creatures called Bakugan and the young human battle brawlers who wield them. The creatures have such names as Pyrus Drago, Haos Tigrerra, Ventus Skyress, Subterra Gorem and Darkus Hydranoid that inform their character and power; they are involved in a battle in a parallel dimension called Vestroia that spills into ours.

"Bakugan" airs six days a week on Cartoon as one of its top shows.

No writers are on board, but the studio jumped at the chance »

- By Borys Kit

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Young Benjamin Button Finds After.Life

3 December 2008 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Actor Chandler Canterbury will next star in the psychological thriller After.Life . The nine-year-old will soon be seen as "Benjamin Button" at age 8 in the David Fincher film of the same name starring Brad Pitt. He also appears in the upcoming Knowing with Nicolas Cage and Repossession Mambo with Jude Law. After.Life , written and directed by Agnieszka Vosloo, stars Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson and Justin Long. It centers on a young woman caught between life and death and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead. »

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Universal renews deal with Scott Stuber

6 November 2008 8:10 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal has renewed its pact with Scott Stuber, keeping the producer in the fold through 2013. The move comes just as the studio is releasing Stuber's latest movie, the Paul Rudd/Seann William Scott comedy "Role Models."

Stuber has been a key producer for the studio ever since he and Mary Parent segued from their position as Universal's co-president of productions and formed Stuber/Parent. Parent earlier this year joined MGM as chairman.

Stuber recently brought Pam Abdy on board at the renamed Stuber Prods. Abdy joins execs Alexa Faigen, Jon Mone, Andy Davis, Rick Solomon and Jared Pfeifer.

"Scott's transformation from one of our studio's leading executives into one of our most consistent suppliers has been immensely rewarding for all of us, and we are gratified to continue our partnership," Universal's president of production Donna Langley said.

In 2009, Universal will release at least three, if not four, Stuber-produced movies: "The Wolfman, »

- By Borys Kit

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Feature: Puddy In Their Hands - The Experts Speak

30 October 2008 9:21 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Stephen Saito

Andrew Clement was ten when he implored his father to see "The Exorcist," only to have his dad come back from seeing the William Friedkin horror classic and tell him, "You are not seeing that film!" These days, Clement is partners with Dick Smith, the man who was responsible for Linda Blair's spinning head and the pea soup, and takes pride in carrying on Smith's proud tradition -- "We did [a dummy] for the end of 'Cloverfield,' which was in the final frames of the film," said Clement. "And people are having this emotional reaction to this character dying and it's just a piece of my rubber."

Such rubber is the stuff ten-year-old's nightmares are made of, and as part of our weeklong celebration of the ingenious makeup magicians and creature creators like Clement that are precise in their scares and liberal with the red-tinged corn syrup, »

- Stephen Saito

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Pam Abdy to run Stuber Prods.

6 October 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount executive vp production Pam Abdy has been hired to run Scott Stuber's production shingle at Universal, Stuber Prods. She will join Alexa Faigen, Jon Mone, Andy Davis and Rick Solomon, and she will oversee day-to-day development and production for the company.

"I've known Scott a long time and am excited to join his company and continue producing movies with him, something we began when I was at Jersey and he was at Universal," Abdy said.

"Pam's talent, expertise and energy will be a perfect fit for our company," Stuber said. "Her passion and tremendous skills are the perfect complement to the company, and I'm looking forward to the great things we will do in the future."

Beginning in 1995, Abdy rose from being an intern at Danny DeVito's Jersey Films to his assistant to, ultimately, president of production. She became a production vp at Paramount in 2003.

In 2006, she »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Kimberly Nordyke

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Warner Independent gives 'Arsonist' some gas

25 April 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Gas--in the form of "House" executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend stepping up to the plate and putting their pens to work on Brock Clarke's best-selling An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England. Boy, I sure hope they shorten that title. John Wells Productions had picked up Clarke's dark comedy, which centers on a young Sam Pulsifer's accidental conflagration in Emily Dickinson's house - a sad, literary tragedy in its own right - but its contributing to the deaths of a young couple in the house after hours. After Pulsifer does his time and tries to get on with his life, other famous writers and transcendentalist homes (Melville, Hawthorne, even Thoreau's shack!) go up in similar fires. A serial arsonist, you're wondering? Nah, Pulsifer continues to cry out "I'm innocent!" after being accused as the prime suspect, and, in attempting to find out the true arsonist, »

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Warner Independent equips 'Arsonist'

25 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Warner Independent Pictures has signed "House" executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend to adapt Brock Clarke's best-seller "An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England."

The dark comedy from John Wells Prods. centers on Sam Pulsifer, a man who accidentally burns down Emily Dickinson's home and kills two people in the process. After 10 years in prison and a series of personal and professional disasters, he returns home to live with his parents, only to discover that he's suspected in a series of nearby fires at historical landmarks. He attempts to find the real criminal and uncovers some family secrets as the mystery unfolds.

Lerner and Friend's experience writing many "House" episodes seems to make them a perfect fit for the material, given the Fox series' witty take on crime mysteries. Lerner also co-wrote the upcoming sci-fi feature "Repossession Mambo" for Universal and producer Scott Stuber.

JWP's John Wells and Claire Rudnick Polstein are producing, and Lisa Morales is exec producing. »

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Where Are They Now? Some Green Room Chatter for January 18, 2008

18 January 2008 8:43 AM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Have the networks run out of new episodes of your favorite shows? The writers strike has brought the current TV season to a standstill but thankfully you can still find performers from cancelled shows. Check out what some of them are doing!

Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun) are the latest to join the cast of the upcoming G.I. Joe live-action movie. Wayans will play Ripcord, a leader of the military unit, while Gordon-Levitt's role is currently unknown. Filming will begin in February and the movie hits theaters on August 7, 2009.

Antoni Corone (Oz) has signed on to Paul Greengrass' Imperial Life in the Emerald City movie. He'll be acting alongside Matt Damon (Project Greenlight) and Amy Ryan (The Wire, Kidnapped), and will play a colonel in Baghdad's Green Zone. Production is currently underway in Spain.

Liza Lapira (Huff) has joined the »


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