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  • The trailer for the ensemble drama (Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez), Battle for Seattle, telling the stories of people from all sides of the 1999 World Trade Organizatin riots in Seattle, is now online.

  • Apparently inspired by the success of Cloverfield, Columbia Pictures and producer Neil Moritz (XXX, I Am Legend) have picked up the script, Battle: Los Angeles, about a platoon of Marines fighting off an alien invasion in the streets of Los Angeles and Santa Monica, with plans to fast track the project in time to start filming in the next six months.

  • MGM has acquired the rights to Bobism, a comedy about a teenager who discovers that his blog is the basis for a utopian socity 1,000 years in the future.
  • Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway will costar in Bride Wars, about two friends who both pick the same wedding date, with Candice Bergen playing a famous wedding planner, and Gary Winick (13 Going on 30, Pieces of April) directing.

  • The independent comedy, Divorce Ranch, will star Chloe Sevigny as a World War II-era actress who moves to a ranch in Nevada (along with her assistant, played by Zooey Deschanel) in the hopes of securing a quickie divorce.

  • The CGI animated version of Gatchaman has apparently hit a bump, as its director, Kevin Munroe (who did TMNT for the same company) has dropped out, so that he can work on an adaptation of the graphic novel, Dylan Dog, instead. Dylan Dog is an Italian series that sort of does for a "traditional" monster hunter what Constantine did for a hunter of more demonic origins. I haven't read it but Dylan Dog also appears to take more of a surreal/humorous approach.

  • With no other information known about it other than it being a "sci fi epic", Universal won a bidding war against three studios for the rights to produce Earth vs Moon, from the creators of The Joe Schmoe Show, that fake reality show from a few years back about a guy who didn't realize the show was fake. The best guess I can come up with is that maybe this movie will likewise deal with subterfuge, and be a sort of Wag the Dog, but with (fake/staged) attackers from the Moon instead. Again, please note, just a guess.

  • Jane Austen's Emma, which was also the inspiration for Clueless, has been targeted by Screen Gems (Sony) and one of the screenwriters of Menace 2 Society, as the basis for a hip hop musical called Emme, which is expected to have at least 15 song and dance numbers.

  • After doing two documentaries about Iraq, famed filmmaker Errol Morris is returning to more eccentric subject material (like the guys featured in his Fast, Cheap and Out of Control) with The End of Everything, which will reportedly include coverage of flightless birds, a volcano, the author of Gone with the Wind and Laura Bush.

  • ThinkFilm has acquired U.S. rights to The Escapist, a British prison drama starring Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes, that premiered in January at Sundance.

  • Robert de Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell are headlining Everybody's Fine, an English-language remake of the 1990 Italian film of the same (English) title, about a widower (de Niro) who goes on a road trip after his wife's death to reconnect with his three children, only to discover that their adult lives are really screwed up. The remake was written and will be directed by Kirk Jones, whose first film was the very funny and touching Waking Ned Devine.

  • Walt Disney Pictures has picked up rights to a comedy script called Family Dude, about a successful executive who hires a family to pose as his own while he meets with clients at a cowboy ranch in Montana, in a story that in no way resembles City Slickers. The producer is Walt Becker, who directed Wild Hogs, and is currently filming its sequel, Old Dogs, starring John Travolta, Bernie Mac and Robin Williams.

  • The trailer for horror master Dario Argento's next film, The Mother of Tears, starring his daughter Asia Argento (and Udo Kier!), is now online, just as the news has come out of his next project, Giallo, which will star Adrien Brody as an Italian investigator who teams up with a flight attendant who fears that her sister has been abducted by a serial killer named Yellow (which Giallo is Italian for).

  • Rogue Pictures has recruited hot genre screenwriter Justin Marks (Voltron, Masters of the Universe and Supermax, starring DC Comics' Green Arrow) to adapt Hack/Slash, a comic book series (and series of one-shots and mini's) about Cassie Hack, a seductively dressed woman who travels the country, killing serial killers and other such bad guys. Todd Lincoln, who worked on the special effects for From Dusk Til Dawn will be making his directorial debut.

  • Even though High School Musical 3 won't be hitting theaters until this fall, Disney is already working on plans for High School Musical 4, which may see the series return to the small screen (like the first two), and will probably not feature all of the returning cast. If #3 is a huge, super hit like many expect, however, expect that some of the variables mentioned in that article to possibly change.

  • Jim Carrey, Ewan MacGregor and Leslie Mann are signed on to star in I Love You, Phillip Morris, about a prison inmate (Carrey) who falls in love with the prisoner in the cell next to him. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writing team behind Bad Santa and Cats & Dogs, will be making their directorial debuts on this comedy.

  • Two clips of Iron Man appeared online this week, at SciFi.com and Apple.com.

  • The giant shark movie, Meg, which has been struggling through film development for over a decade now, appears to have gotten a new chance at actually getting made, according to an article in the L.A. Times which is worth reading not just for that news, but for the extension that it covers this project's many twists and turns through the Hollywood blockbuster system.

  • Even as his Supernatural costar, Jared Palecki, is starring in the Friday the 13th remake, Jensen Ackles has himself signed on to star in a horror remake, My Bloody Valentine.

  • Production of the 12 shorts that will make up New York, I Love You is in full swing in that city, with lots of famous stars and directors at work. Check out the coverage at Variety, The Hollywood Reporter or IGN Movies for some extensive lists and coverage.

  • Davis Entertainment (Eragon) has picked up the rights to North Wind, an indie comic book about a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.

  • Director Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn) has signed on with Focus Pictures to rewrite and direct The Piano Tuner, an adaptation of a 2002 novel about a British piano tuner in the 1800s who travels to Burma to fix an eccentric military officer's piano, where he falls in love with a local woman, and inspires people with music.

  • Barry Josephson, one of the producers of Enchanted, has acquired the rights to the spec script, Smash, which basically sounds like Footloose, but in the "world" of rural demolition derbys.

  • Rapper 50 Cent will star in the independent drama, Spectacular Regret, directed by Joshua Leonard (one of the three stars of The Blair Witch Project), as a famous death row inmate awaiting his execution.

  • Ving Rhames has joined the cast of The Surrogates, in which Bruce Willis plays a cop who investigates crimes through a robot (his "surrogate" in the real world. Rhames will play the leader of a cult devoted to ending the prevalance of mankind's use of surrogates.

  • Ernie Cline, the screenwriter behind the long-awaited (and apparently quite troubled) Fanboys, sold a script this week called Thundercade, which aims to do for old school video games what Fanboys did for fans of Star Wars, as an old school high scoring gamer discovers that his long-standing record has been broken, and so... he sets out to do something about that.

  • The very large robot called Devastator (which is made up of 6 smaller Transformers, ala Voltron) is reportedly going to be making an appearance in Transformers 2, which is set to start filming soon in Pennsylvania. IESB.net has that news, and lots of character casting descriptions as well.

  • Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee have signed on to star in Triage, the next drama from Danis Tanovic, the Bosnian director of No Man's Land.

  • David Goyer's horror project, Unborn, isn't due to hit theaters until next year, but he's already talking up his plans for Unborn 2.

  • Producer Will Packer (Stomp the Yard) has acquired the rights to the life story of Kimba Smith, a college student who was charged with conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, and was ultimately pardoned by President Clinton.

  • Production starts this month in Connecticut on the as-yet-untitled next project for Sam Mendes (American Beauty, and the upcoming Revolutionary Road, starring Leonardo DiCapro and Mendes' wife, Kate Winslet). Written by novelist couple Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and Vendela Vida, the movie will star Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski as a couple looking all over the country for the best place to raise their child, with Toni Collette and Cheryl Hines also costarring.

  • There's a very nice video over at SuperHeroHype, giving us lots of glimpses at the sets of Watchmen, which sort of debunk the idea that the movie is a completely CGI affair like 300.

  • Natalie Portman has signed on for the lead female role of Catherine Earnshaw in the new version of Wuthering Heights, which was adapted by Olivia Hetreed (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and will be directed by John Maybury (The Jacket).

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