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RETURN OF THE KING REVIEW ONLINE (16th December 2003) Our exclusive review of EA Games 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' is now online. Based on the hit film, the game is available on all platforms from our 'Online Store'. For the full review, please visit the 'Latest Review' page or 'Reviews Database'. TERMINATOR 3 COMPETITION LAUNCHES! (15th December 2003) We are pleased to bring you another exclusive competition, to celebrate the launch of 'Terminator 3: Rise of the machines' on Playstation 2. We are giving away a copy of the game, as well as a limited edition keyring and figure. To enter, simply visit our 'Competitions' page! SPIDERMAN 2 TRAILER ONLINE! (15th December 2003) The first preview trailer of the forthcoming Spiderman 2 is now online. To view it, please visit our 'Movie Trailers' page. The film is due for release in Summer 2004. XIII REVIEW ONLINE (15th December 2003) Our exclusive review of Ubi Soft's unique first-person-shooter 'XIII' is now online. The game features cell-shaded graphics and is available for all home consoles as well as PC from our 'Online Store'. For the full review, please visit the 'Latest Review' page or 'Reviews Database'. WALTERS TALKS HARRY POTTER 3 AND 4 (12th December 2003) Latino Review talked to actress Julie Walters about her role as Mrs. Weasley in both Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I've got hardly anything in the third one, but I have more in the fourth. We start next year, but I've only got a couple of lines in the third one. Hello! That's one of them. (Laughs) Hi! Good to see you! That could be the other one. I didn't get to know Alfonso that much, but he was lovely. Christopher Columbus was very concerned that whoever took over had to be right for the children. Alfonso is gorgeous with the kids. He's really nice. It will definitely have a different feel. We had a French costume designer. The Weasley’s are so chic. I still have my poncho! (Laughs) But it hangs in a different way because it has these beads that pull it down, just gorgeous. He got the boys looking more real. The twins have acne and things like that. They are teenagers. It'll definitely have a different feel, but I really don't know how different it will be. WWE TO MAKE HORROR FILM (12th December 2003) WWE Films has acquired an untitled horror movie pitch from writer Dan Madigan with plans to develop it as a starring vehicle for one of the organization's most popular wrestlers. Specific details of the project are being kept under wraps, but it has been described as a very intense, very violent horror movie in which a great deal of the horror comes out of the film's unique setting. The lead character is a remorseless, relentless, vicious and sadistic monster cut from the same cloth as such horror franchise icons as Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 2 NEWS (11th December 2003) Coming Attractions at Cinescape has possible word on the subtitle for Pirates of the Caribbean 2, which in turn gives us possible word on the sequel's story. An anonymous scooper contacted us today with what they claim might be the working title for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2. "I work for [removed] from Fantasy II F/X in Burbank, Ca," writes our tipster. "I can't give you my name. I can tell you this, I just saw some composite artwork for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: TREASURES OF THE LOST ABYSS I'm not sure if that's just the working title or not." Their source says the 'Abyss' in the title refers to the first pirate ship that sailed in the Caribbean. So will the gang be on the hunt for this treasure, or perhaps they will have to keep other pirates from getting it? Stay tuned! (source: cinescape) ONLINE STORE UPDATE! (10th December 2003) Our 'Online Store' has been given a makeover in time for Christmas and features ALL the latest DVDs, Video Games, Music CDs and Books at discount prices! Our store cators for everyone in the UK, USA and Canada, and offers the cheapest prices on the net for all your Christmas shopping!  I have even added a 'Gift Ideas' section to each page, for those 'hard to buy for' people! We have massive savings on all the top titles, so visit our 'Online Store' and start saving money now! AFLECK NOT INTERESTED IN DAREDEVIL 2 (9th December 2003) You’d think they would have got him to sign the sequel clause! Ben Affleck told SciFi Wire he’s not really interested in doing the sequel to “Daredevil”, despite the sequel forging ahead with plans to do just that, as well as a spin-off film. "I don't know about Daredevil II. That may be too much work for me. I don't have any idea. I suppose that if Kevin Smith wrote it and was going to be involved, I would do it. But I'm not banging down the door trying to get Daredevil 2 made. You'll know when my career is really on the slide when I start resurrecting the franchise". (source: moviehole) WHO WILL RETURN FOR THE HOBBIT? (8th December 2003) Director Peter Jackson was in Berlin Monday for the European premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. While the rights to the project still belong to the Tolkien estate, he told the press he would like to make The Hobbit as well and work with some of the same actors again. "I'd be interested in doing it because I think it would give continuity to the overall chapter," he said. Many of the lead "Rings" characters do not appear in The Hobbit, but the wizard Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen, and Gollum, the cave dweller corrupted by the powerful ring, do and should make a comeback. Arwen, the elf princess played by Liv Tyler, could also feature again, Jackson said. (source: Reuters) MIKE NEWALL TALKS HARRY POTTER 4 (8th December 2003) Director Mike Newell, who is helming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, told Sci Fi Wire that he has spoken with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón to make sure his film picks up where Cuarón's leaves off. Production of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will begin in late April or early May, with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione) reprising their roles. "They're all actually the age they are in the story," Newell said in an interview. "What Alfonso has done very remarkably is he's developed the films from a sunny vision of childhood into something that is much darker and blacker," Newell said. "And he's done that without taking away any of the romance of the thing. But he has transformed it into adolescence, and I must go on from what he's done. [I] can't go back." UMA THURMAN IN GET SHORTY SEQUEL (8th December 2003) We previously reported that Uma Thurman was reteaming with her Pulp Fiction co-star John Travolta in the MGM sequel to Get Shorty. Vince Vaughn is also talks to join. It has now been revealed that Thurman will play the female lead, Edie, in Be Cool. Edie is a widow who takes over her late husband's record label. That puts her in business with Palmer, the loanshark-turned-movie producer who has entered the music business in search of another film idea. Thurman will join Travolta, Danny DeVito (reprising his role as actor Martin Weir) and The Rock, who will play a bodyguard/aspiring actor. Peter Steinfeld wrote the script and a February start date is expected. (source: Variety) BROTHER BEAR REVIEW AND COMPETITION! (8th December 2003) To mark the release of Disney's animated feature 'Brother Bear', we are giving away 2 more cinema tickets to the film of your choice, courtesy of Odeon Southampton. Visit our 'Competitions' section for full details. Also, our exclusive 'Brother Bear' review is now online, and available from both our 'Latest Review' page and 'Reviews Database'. Enjoy! SANDLER TAKES REMOTE CONTROL OF HIS LIFE (7th November 2003) Adam Sandler will next star in Click, a comedy that centers on a workaholic architect who finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices. Production on the Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios project is set to begin in April. The script was written by Bruce Almighty screenwriters Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe. No director is currently attached. Sandler is currently shooting the James L. Brooks-directed cross-cultural comedy/drama Spanglish. (source: The Hollywood Reporter) SCHOOL OF ROCK REVIEW ONLINE (7th December 2003) Our  review of Jack Black's comedy 'School of Rock' is now online. As always, visit our  'Reviews Database' to read it. BRUCE ALMIGHTY REVIEW ONLINE (5th December 2003) Our  review of Jim Carrey's hit DVD 'Bruce Almighty' is now online. Visit our 'Reviews Database' for more information! NBA JAM 2004 REVIEW ONLINE (5th December 2003) Our exclusive review of Acclaim's Playstation 2 title 'NBA Jam 2004' is now online. Head over to our 'Reviews Database' or 'Latest Review' page to check it out! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY UPDATE (4th November 2003) Big Fish director Tim Burton talked to the Chicago Sun-Times about his upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which Johnny Depp will play Willy Wonka. Burton says while the 1971 Gene Wilder film was a bit on the sappy side, the new version won't be so much. "Well, I don't want to crush people's childhood dreams, but the original film is sappy," Burton says. "It's sappy when it shouldn't be sappy and it's weird. Let's just say it's not one of my personal favorites. I'd rate 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' much higher." Burton says he has wanted to do the remake for years. "I responded to the children's book because it respected that children can be adults, and I think adults forget that. There can be darkness and sort of foreboding. Very sinister things are very much a part of childhood. I like that sort of humor and emotion put together."  And why did he pick Depp, who has starred in various Burton films, for the role? "I just like working with him. He's always surprising and fun." LEADING EASTER EGGS SITE GETS REVAMP (4th December 2003) One of the nets best suppliers of DVD easter Eggs (not the chocolate variety) has re-launched it's website. Boasting over 1597 eggs to date, it's a fantastic resource for DVD owners. Visit www.dvdeastereggs.com for more information. TERMINATOR 3 REVIEW ONLINE (3rd December 2003) Our exclusive review of Atari's PS2 movie adaption 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' is now online. Head over to our 'Reviews Database'  to check it out! BAD SANTA DOES GOOD AT BOX OFFICE (3rd December 2003) Dimension Films' Bad Santa took over the North American box office on Monday after grossing $16.8 million in its first weekend of release. Dimension plans to expand the film a few hundred theaters each week through Christmas. The film's opening weekend and strong exit surveys indicate that Bad Santa will continue to remain strong among a wide-range of moviegoers. This holiday season the traditional Christmas tale will never be the same with the cleverly twisted, merrily irreverent story of a Santa so bad he's wickedly funny. Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa stars Billy Bob Thornton as one of the most crooked, corrupted and downright hysterical Kris Kringles ever to grace the screen. Inspired by a mix of movie classics including the outrageous one-liners and outcasts of The Bad News Bears and the riotous impertinence of South Park, with a dash of the holiday spirit of It's a Wonderful Life, albeit one that would make Capra wince, Bad Santa is a Christmas comedy unlike any other. Bad Santa also stars Bernie Mac, John Ritter, Lauren Graham, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Cloris Leachman and Lauren Tom. BACKYARD WRESTLING REVIEW ONLINE (2nd December 2003) Our exclusive review of the new Playstation 2 game 'Backyard Wrestling' is now online. Head over to our 'Reviews Database' to check it out! ROY DISNEY LEAVES DISNEY (2nd December 2003) Calling for the Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Michael Eisner to step down, Roy E. Disney, vice chairman of the Disney board, submitted his resignation Sunday. But while Disney offered his resignation as a protest over Eisner's management of the company, the company's response was that it was a retaliatory gesture on the part of the 73-year-old Disney, who was not going to be recommended for a spot on the board because of his age. According to a statement issued by Sen. George J. Mitchell, the presiding director of the board of directors, Disney had recently been notified that due to the company's mandatory age limits, he and two other board members, Thomas Murphy and Raymond Watson, would not be recommended for another term because they are over the age limit of 72. The dramatic move on the part of Disney, nephew of the late Walt Disney and the unofficial keeper of the Disney legacy, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, Disney sent Eisner a strongly-worded three-page letter, criticizing Eisner's leadership during the past seven years. "It is my sincere belief that it is you who should be leaving and not me," Disney wrote. "Accordingly, I once again call for your resignation or retirement." Addressing his remarks to Eisner, Disney said, "You well know that you and I have had serious differences of opinion about the direction and style of management in the company in recent years. For whatever reason, you have driven a wedge between me and those I work with even to the extent of requiring some of my associates to report my conversations and activities to you. I find this intolerable." DUCHOVNY CONFIRMS X-FILES 2 (1st Devember 2003) Actor David Duchovny was a guest game reviewer for Razor and in his write-up on the upcoming "The X-Files: Resist or Serve" game, he mentions the sequel to 1998's The X-Files. "We're also working to put together the next X-Files movie. I'd imagine we'd get into shooting in the next year or so, depending on when the script is written." LION KING DVD REVIEW ADDED (1st December 2003) Our Lion King: Special Edition DVD review is now online. Visit the 'Reviews Database' for the full scoop on this animated classic. CREATURE COMFORTS REVIEW ONLINE (1st December 2003) Our exclusive review of Aardman's animated DVD 'Creature Comforts' is now online. From the creators of 'Wallace and Gromit' and 'Chicken Run', the disc Features 6 episodes from the new TV series. Head over to the 'Reviews Database' to check it out! KING KONG AND THE HOBBIT NEWS (1st December 2003) At The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, director Peter Jackson talked about his upcoming project, King Kong, which he is currently writing with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Australian actress Naomi Watts has already been tipped as the star and media attention is now turning to those who worked on "The Lord of the Rings". "We don't really know who's going to be in King Kong yet," Jackson said. "Whether it's King Kong or films in the next 10 or 20 years, I'm hoping that I'm going to be and I'm actually fully intending to try to work with all these people again because they've just been so fantastic." Like "The Lord of the Rings," King Kong will be shot in New Zealand. The visual effects will again be undertaken by Weta Ltd. "The Lord of the Rings" executive producer Mark Ordesky hinted that there may also be a movie based on Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit. "There could be a movie about the hobbit. Enough said." Jackson said New Line Cinema had yet to speak to him about The Hobbit and said there were some difficulties related to the rights for the book. "But certainly if they want to talk to me about it I'd be keen. It would be wonderful to complete the set of films." After the "The Return of the King" premiere, Jackson will get to work on turning the theatrical movie into an extended DVD version. (source: News.com.au) WWE'S MICK FOLEY MAY GET ACTION SHOW (1st December 2003) World Wrestling Entertainment star Mick Foley, aka "Mankind," is close to partnering with writer Teddy Tenenbaum (The Dead Zone) to develop an action series at CBS. Foley, who's also a best-selling author ("Have a Nice Day"), would play a detective in the Tampa Police Dept. who's just as ruthless as the criminals he hunts down. CBS Productions is behind the project, along with WWE. Besides Tenenbaum, WWE's Vince and Linda McMahon, Joel Simon and Jed Blaugrund are attached. Foley retired from active wrestling in 2000 but kept his ties with the WWE. Should the project go to series, it's likely Foley would do all of his own stunts. Tenenbaum said he'd even like to end each episode with a blooper reel. (Variety) PETER JACKSON SAVED BEST TILL LAST? (29th November 2003) Reuters has published a new article on director Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and it sounds like great news for fans. "It's quite good. Nah it's fantastic! It's amazing, it's definitely the best," chirped Pippin Took.  Being a hobbit, you would expect Took, otherwise known as actor Billy Boyd, to enthuse wildly about the last of the Lord of The Rings trilogy -- "The Return of the King," which premieres in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, on December 1. But the few whispers that have escaped from the sneak previews seem unanimous that director Peter Jackson has saved the best until last. The "Return of the King" is Jackson's favorite of the three, and features more action-packed battle scenes per foot of celluloid than the others. HARRY POTTER 3 WRAPS (28th November 2003) HPANA.com reports that Warner Bros. has finished principal photography Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The fansite has a report and pictures from the wrap party that took place last week. Warner Bros. had without a doubt put on a fantastic show. There was a huge bonfire leading up to the main area, the marquees were massive with two Knight Buses lit up brilliantly with different coloured lights, a stage in the middle (mainly being used by an absolutely awesome Mexican band, all I know is that they were brought over for the one and only Alfonso). Meanwhile, the studio has also updated the official Harry Potter movie website with a Quidditch theme. BILLY BOB DEFENDS BAD SANTA (27th November 2003) Billy Bob Thornton says the controversy over his Bad Santa movie wouldn't have happened if it had been made in Europe. The film has reportedly outraged Disney executives because it features Thornton as a sex-crazed, foul-mouthed Father Christmas who tells kids he doesn't exist. But the actor hit back: "They don't know what they're talking about. It's ridiculous. This is a comedy with a few swear words. So what? "Nobody would pay attention to this in Europe. If this is already controversial, they should stop making movies where people get shot." Bad Santa has been made by Disney subsidiary Miramax which was also behind Quentin Tarantinio's Kill Bill. VIN CIESEL TO STAR IN FAST AND THE FURIOUS 3? (27th November 2003) Vin Diesel is close to agreeing a return to the Fast and the Furious franchise, according to co-star Paul Walker. The XXX star has reportedly met with producers to discuss the possibility of returning for a third installment of the action series. Walker said: "Nothing's definite - you know how this town works! But the sequel did really well and rarely do you see a sequel reach the success of the first one. "We actually did much better, so I think we'll go back and do a third one, and we're hoping Vin will be on board. It will be great - me, Tyrese and Vin." Diesel pulled out of appearing in this year's 2 Fast 2 Furious after starring in the 2001 original. STAR WARS 3 PRODUCTION UPDATE (27th November 2003) At the Main House of Skywalker Ranch, Episode III is currently taking shape in its earliest iterations. Though the principal photography shot this past summer in Australia has already been pieced together into a chronological "assembly" of the movie, this does not represent the first cut. An assembly is more of a blueprint for future edits, and a starting point for George Lucas to further refine the film.  "We're breaking down the first 25 minutes, which we need to have from George locked by January 5th, so that we just keep moving," describes Producer Rick McCallum. There are entire sequences that were not shot during principal photography in Australia, but are instead reserved for shooting planned for next year. These rounds of production are also for "re-shoots," additions, inserts or modifications of sequences that add and/or replace what was shot this past summer. "In March, we'll most probably go to London, since it'll be easier for scheduling. I'd like to able to isolate the Wookiee shoot, and do that in Australia at a later date, so that I don't have to bring everybody from Australia over to London," says McCallum. "It's going really well," adds McCallum. "I'm really pleased. Hopefully, by Christmas we'll really see the film for the first time." GANDALF IN STAR IN KING KONG? (27th November 2003) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King star Sir Ian McKellen, has arrived in Wellington for the premiere and he mentioned an interesting bit to The Dominion Post about possibly having a role in the trilogy director Peter Jackson's upcoming King Kong. "He did say he might have something for me to do in King Kong and I hope that's true," McKellen said. "It would be lovely." SCARY MOVIE 3 NOT TO BE RELEASED IN UK Scary Movie 3 has been completely cancelled from any theatrical release in the UK because the current allegations regarding Michael Jackson. The film features  a distasteful scene regarding the pop legend.  It may be released direct to video next year.The hit comedy sequel, starring Anna Faris and Charlie Sheen, has brought in about $106.7 million in North America for Dimension Films since opening on October 24. To find out what your missing (or not) check out our review in the 'Reviews Database'. WWE STAR IN MORTAL KOMBAT? (26th November 2003) According to IMDb.com, WWE Wrestling superstar Trish Stratus will be filling the role of Sonya Blade in the next Mortal Kombat film. The film is based off of the popular Mortal Kombat video games. The films official title is Mortal Kombat: Domination. It is set to hit theaters sometime in 2004. Lets hope the film is a vast improvement on it's predecessors! EWAN MCGREGOR'S LIGHT SABER SCENE CUT (26th November 2003) Ewan McGregor says he is disappointed that American cinema-goers will not be able to see his full frontal nude shot in his new movie. Film company Sony Classics decided to cut the scene from the American release of the forthcoming movie Young Adam. The scene will remain uncut in Britain. But the Star Wars actor asked why his nudity was deemed so offensive when Hollywood rarely censors graphic violence. "If you want to see my penis, you'll have to fly to Britain," McGregor, 32, told Premiere magazine. "If I'd blown away 5,000 people with a semiautomatic machine gun, that would be fine. But I showed my penis." McGregor who was born in Crieff, Perthshire, added: "It does amuse me, the horrific violence that comes out of American cinema. But someone's **** is too much." He also says sex scenes in movies should be awkward and unattractive - just like sex in real life. McGregor told German magazine Glamour: "Then it's not like in 80s movies where the bodies look as if they'd been rubbed with baby oil. "When the sex is essential to the story I don't make any compromises in my acting," he said. DISNEY HEADS TO ANTARTICA (26th November 2003) Bruce Hendricks, the longtime president of physical production for the Walt Disney Studios, is in talks to direct his first feature for the studio, called Antarctica. The film, written by David DiGilio, is based on the true story of a group of explorers trying to escape the hell of an Arctic winter with their dogs. Hendricks executive produced Disney's summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. He also executive-produced Bruckheimer's Pearl Harbor. SPIDERMAN 2 TRAILER COMING IN DECEMBER (26th November 2003) Sony Pictures has just confirmed that your first look at the Spider-Man 2 trailer in theaters will be with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on December 17. It will hit the official website two days earlier! We're excited to announce that your first look at the Spider-Man 2 teaser trailer is coming next month. The first theatrical target is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on December 17th, so many theaters will be showing the Spider-Man 2 trailer during the previews before that movie. But the experience begins on the web - starting December 15th, you'll be able to watch the preview exclusively online! Stay tuned for more details! SAM RAIMI TO DIRECT AMERICAN GOTHIC? (26th November 2003) Moviehole sent us this update on the American Gothic, which has been long in the works. Fathom Pictures have been trying continuously to get an "American Gothic" movie off the ground. For those that don't recall, the series starred Gary Cole as a small-town Sheriff, who might also be the Devil. Many said it wouldn't happen – the remake that is – but 'Craig' from the studio dropped in today with an encouraging update, signalling that, well, the movie may be happening. MICHAEL CAINE JOINS BATMAN AND MISS CONGENIALITY 2 (26th November 2003) Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine has agreed to play the role of Bruce Wayne's trusted butler Alfred in Warner Bros.' new Batman movie. The film, to be helmed by Christopher Nolan and being penned by David Goyer, is expected to start shooting next year for a 2005 release. Christian Bale has been cast in the title role. Meanwhile, Caine is also expected to star in Castle Rock's sequel to the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy Miss Congeniality. Bullock committed to the sequel which she will also produce based on a Marc Lawrence-script. Warner Bros. and co-financier Village Roadshow Pictures have set a March start date. (source: Variety) INDIANA JONES PRODUCTION STATUS (26th November 2003) The current rumor going around is that pre-production has indeed begun on the 4th Indiana Jones film. Artists have begun work on story boards and concept artwork for Indy IV. Vic Armstrong has been contacted about Indy IV, but so far no word on if he has taken a job on the film or not. Harrison Ford is going to begin training for Indiana Jones IV at the beginning of 2004. Ford has also been very anxious to begin work on Indy IV. Filming of Indy IV will begin sometime in 2004, either in June or late summer. And finally, the latest word on the release date of Indy IV has it set to release between May of 2005 - December of 2005! 13 NEW FILM REVIEWS ADDED! (25th November 2003) We have added a whopping 13 new Cinema and DVD reviews today, including: Phone Booth, The Adventures of Bukaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension, Once Upon a time in Mexico, Red Heat, Owning Mahoney, Nicholas Nickelby, From Justin to Kelly, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula:  Pages From a Virgin's Diary, Daredevil, Better Luck Tomorrow, About a Boy, and Alien: 2003 Directors Cut. Head over to our 'Reviews Database' to check them out! CHOCOLATE FACTORY AND PLANET OF THE APES 2 NEWS (24th November 2003) Director Tim Burton  says he's unsure when Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will start. "I have no idea when we'll begin on Willy. It will all depend on the script. I won't be tied down to a release date ever again." Burton says he chose Depp over actors like Michael Keaton because "he's always surprising and funny and right now he's a big star." 'Chocolate Factory' is being written by John August, who also wrote the screenplay for Burton's Big Fish. Burton says he won't be involved in any sequel to his Planet of the Apes, which starred Mark Wahlberg. "No, no, no, never. After having made Batman Returns, I realized it's not a good idea for me to do sequels." (source: Calgery Sun) EWAN MCGREGOR TALKS STAR WARS RE-SHOOTS (24th November 2003) The Calgary Sun chatted with Star Wars: Episode III star Ewan McGregor who says that, although principal shooting on the final chapter is complete, he expects to be called back for some re-shoots in March. "It's been the pattern with the first two, so I'm keeping most of March free." While shooting the Star Wars movies is not actor-friendly, with a lot of the acting in front of blue screen, he says the great reward is how the fans have responded. "Children see the wonder of it all. When young fans come up to me and ask what it was like to use the light sabre and things like that, I see myself at their age. I'm happy to be a small part of something that has meant so much to so many people and will continue to do so." He says he's looking forward to seeing the final prequel on screen because "it will be a closure to eight years of my life." GORE VERBINSKI CONTROLS THE WEATHER (24th November 2003) Paramount Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Escape Artists' The Weather Man. Gore Verbinski will direct Nicolas Cage in the drama, which is scheduled to start filming February 17 in Chicago. The project comes to Paramount from Columbia Pictures where Escape Artists has a first-look deal. The film, said to be in the $20 million-$30 million range, was written by Steve Conrad and is described as being in the vein of About Schmidt and American Beauty. It's about a divorced Chicago weatherman who is up for a new job on a network morning show in New York. As he is preparing to leave for the Big Apple, he must make peace with his ex-wife and kids. (source: The Hollywood Reporter) TIM ALLEN SKIPPING CHRISTMAS (24th November 2003) Revolution Studios head Joe Roth will direct Tim Allen in the comedy Skipping Christmas, based on the John Grisham novel and adapted by Chris Columbus. Production on the project is scheduled to begin in April after Roth has finished up producing the February Oscars. The project will see Allen star as a man who decides to skip Christmas and all the surrounding trappings and, instead, go on a vacation with his wife. But when his daughter decides at the last minute to come home for the holiday, he is forced to put Christmas back together. The film reunites Roth with Columbus, who directed the first two "Home Alone" installments for 20th Century Fox when Roth was chairman of the studio. Allen and Roth also previously worked together on the hit movie The Santa Clause during Roth's tenure at Disney. (source: The Hollywood Reporter) WETA WORKING ON KING KONG EFFECTS (24th November 2003) The L.A. Times reports that some of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy crew at Peter Jackson's New Zealand visual effects shop Weta Digital are already at work on King Kong. Company executives acknowledge they will ramp down the Weta Digital facility. They say they are scrambling to keep much of their staff busy until 2005, when Jackson begins filming his next potential blockbuster, a remake of the 1933 film "King Kong." Moran began bidding on other post-"Rings" film and television projects nearly a year ago — a car commercial here, a sequence of effects for a smaller film there. Some workers who have wrapped up their part on the trilogy already are working on "King Kong." Artists with the prop and physical effects side of Weta are developing sketches and models of the enormous gorilla and the estimated 30 dinosaurs that will be featured in the film. Universal Pictures is currently targeting King Kong for a December 14, 2005 release. S.W.A.T REVIEW ONLINE (24th November 2003) Our review for Samuel L Jackson's new action movie 'S.W.A.T' is now online. Head over to the 'Reviews Database' to check it out! ICE AGE MAKERS TO DO WAINSCOTT WEASEL (23rd November 2003) The makers of 20th Century Fox's computer-animated hit Ice Age are looking to add a heroic weasel to their menagerie of quirky 3-D characters. 20th Century Fox Studios Animation has optioned rights to author Tor Seidler's children's book Wainscott Weasel. Blue Sky Studios, the computer animation facility behind Ice Age, would produce the 3-D animated project, with Ice Age director Chris Wedge expected to take the helm. The interspecies love story centers on residents of Wainscott Woods, Long Island. They include Bagley Brown Jr., an eccentric weasel who wears an eye patch, and Bridget, a beautiful bass who lives in a nearby pond. Bagley must save Bridget and her pond mates when their home is jeopardized by both a drought and a hungry osprey. Before handling "Weasel," Wedge must first complete Robots (in production and slated for spring 2005) and Ice Age 2. (Source: Hollywood reporter) SEAQUEST DSV ACTOR DIES AGED 27 (23th November 2003) Jonathan Brandis, who from an early age appeared in a string of roles on television, commercials and film, including the starring role in 1991's The Neverending Story 2 and two seasons on Steven Spielberg's SeaQuest DSV, has died. He was 27. The L.A. county coroner's office is investigating the November 12 death, which was reported by the Los Angeles Police Department as a possible suicide, Lt. Ed Winter of the coroner's Investigations Bureau told the Associated Press. The coroner performed an autopsy but the cause of death will not be announced until the results of blood and toxicology tests are returned. The investigation could take as long as four to six weeks. Police said a friend of Brandis called 911 from the actor's apartment just before midnight on November 11 to report Brandis had attempted suicide. Paramedics transported Brandis to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but he died the next day, police Detective Gene Parshall said. The office of Brandis' agent at Innovative Artists refused to comment. Brandis' other film credits included the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Ladybugs, and the martial arts comedy Sidekicks with Chuck Norris. SINBAD DVD REVIEW ADDED (23rd November 2003) Our 'Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas' DVD review is now online. This animated adventure features the voices of Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta Jones, and is now available to buy from our 'Online Store'. To read our exclusive review, please visit our 'Reviews Database'. Who's bad? Sin Bad! ANG FOLLOWS HULK WITH GAY WESTERN (23rd November 2003) Ang Lee will follow superhero blockbuster Hulk with a gay western which tells of the love between two cowboys. Brokeback Mountain is based on a story by Pulitzer prize-winning author E Annie Proulx, says the Hollywood Reporter. The film follows a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy who find themselves unexpectedly falling in love in the plains of Wyoming and Texas in the 1960s. Because Lee had no project in place after completing Hulk, speculation was rife as to which project the director would take on next. LOONEY BECOMES MAGNUM PI (23rd November 2003) George Clooney will reportedly play TV private investigator Magnum PI in a movie version of the 80s TV show. Clooney is said to be desperate to take on the role made famous by Tom Selleck. IMDb says he's wanted to play three roles since he started acting, Danny Ocean in Ocean's Eleven, Hannibal in The A Team and Magnum. Clooney would have to fit Magnum around a host of other projects. He's co-producing no fewer than four movies, including Don Cheadle's directorial debut Tishomingo Blues and thriller The Jacket, which will shoot in Scotland and star Adrien Brody. Also, he'll return to the role of Danny Ocean in Ocean's Twelve, which sees the rogue and his gang planning a heist in London. IN BACKYARD WRESTLING! (22nd November 2003) In association with Eidos, we exclusively have 5 copies of Backyard Wrestling for Playstation 2 and 5 limited edition T-Shirts up for grabs for our site members! To win a copy, simply head over to our 'Competitions' page! For even more fantastic competitions, the latest news and exclusive reviews, stay tuned! HELLBOY TRAILER ONLINE (22nd November 2003) The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's 'Hellboy' has been released. Based on a comic book, and due for release early next year, the trailer can be viewed on our 'Movie Trailers' page. SLJ TALKS KILL BILL VOLUME 2 (20th November 2003) In a recent interview with Tiscali, Samuel L Jackson talks of how he ended up in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 2. " I just got hold of Kill Bill 'cos actually my wife was supposed to be in that, and I read her script, and as I was reading it I tried to find something for me to do - I mean, he didn't call me to do his movie, what's up with that?! - and then I realised, right, that it was all about these women, and then I while I was reading it, I was thinking, there's gotta be a cameo role for people who've been in his other movies, and I think it's right.... here! So I called him and I said 'Look, I want to be this guy right here who's at the wedding and he was like yeah, yeah cool, okay, and that's how I ended up in it. Now my wife's not in it, and I am!" GOONIES 2 TITLE CLARIFICATION (20th November 2003) Aint it Cool's Harry Knowles has done some researching into the forthcoming Goonies sequel title, said to be called 'The Groonies'. Here's what he has to say: "Hey folks, Harry here... Been poking around a bit on this whole "Groonies" thing... it just doesn't sound right, and sure enough it isn't. The current working title on the script by Michael (X2/CHARLIE CHAN/WAKE THE DEAD) Dougherty and his sometimes writing partner Dan (X2/IMAGINARY HEROES) Harris isn't GROONIES, but rather... "GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE"!!! Now that's a title! Turns that the "Groonies" thing all came from a misunderstanding from an interview with Richard Donner. You see, in the film the group of new kids in the story get the name of the original group mixed up and call themselves "Groonies" then are set right by the original gang. Apparently it is a one line gag in the movie. So there we have it... apparently Dougherty and Harris are hammering away at the script which hasn't been delivered yet, but all seem quite enthusiastic based upon their pitch. I for one... love the GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE title! It's Great!" STARWARS EPISODE 3 STARS SPEAK (19th November 2003) Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker, and Samuel L. Jackson, aka Mace Windu, both have been talking about Star Wars: Episode III. Christensen chatted with the Toronto Sun about the third film (spoilers ahead!) "You'll hear the [Darth Vader] breathing." He paused, then added, "I might get in trouble just for saying that. I do get to finalize my character arc, and where that ends up most people know." Anything else to say about Star Wars: Episode III? "There's an amazing light sabre fight that'll knock people's socks off. Geographically, it covers the most distance of any other swordfight on film. And depending on the way they cut it, it should be the longest swordfight, timewise, that's ever been on film." Meanwhile, Jackson also said the following about Windu's fate. "Yeah it was hard work, a lot harder than before" Jackson told Tiscali's Entertainment Editor in an interview. "You get what you ask for sometimes, and it's... ah, damn! So, I ended up in Australia, and then I guess I had to rehearse for 8 days before I actually shot it, and learned a 137-move sabre fight. It was crazy." So who is it that does you in? "I can't tell you that! Now, that I can't tell you!" MICHAEL JACKSON RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS (19th November 2003) Breaking news was released around the globe yesterday stating that an investigation was taking place at Michael's Neverland Valley Ranch. In response to this media attention the following statement was made by Stuart Backerman, Michael Jackson's spokesperson: "We cannot comment on law enforcement's investigation because we do not yet know what it is about. We can comment on the malignant horde of media hounds claiming to speak for Michael on this and many other issues. A rogue's gallery of hucksters and self-styled 'inside sources' have dominated the airwaves since reports of a search of Neverland broke, speculating, guessing and fabricating information about an investigation they couldn't possibly know about. Michael himself said 'I've seen lawyers who do not represent me and spokespeople who do not know me speaking for me. These characters always seem to surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a video, is being released.' Michael will, as always, cooperate fully with authorities in any investigation even as it is conducted, yet again, while he is not home." And to the fans, Mr. Backerman had this statement: "Dear Fans all over the world, I want you all to know that we appreciate the many, many calls and emails of support from the fans. It's in a situation like this that MJ's true friends come to the fore. [Above] is my first statement to the media, which at this point is merely an observation. As we determine the substance of the police action today, we'll respond, believe me!" 11 FILMS COMPETE FOR ANIMATED OSCAR (19th November 2003) 11 films will compete for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar in the 2003 Academy Awards® competition. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to activate the category for the 76th Academy Awards. The 11 films were accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch of the Academy, which recommended to the board of governors that the Award be given for this year. The films are: Brother Bear, Finding Nemo, Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel), The Jungle Book 2, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Millenium Actress, Piglet's Big Movie, Pokèmon Heroes, Rugrats Go Wild!, Tokyo Godfathers and The Triplets of Belleville NATALIE PORTMAN IN SUPERMAN 5? (19th November 2003) Natalie Portman is the hot favourite to play Lois Lane in a new Superman movie. Warners are said to want the 22-year-old actress for their new blockbuster, to be filmed next year, reports Teletext. Questioned about the rumours by Superman-V.com, the star's agent replied with a non-committal "nothing's conclusive", leading to widespread speculation. Portman, who plays Padme in George Lucas's Star Wars films, joins a long list of star names to be linked with the movie. Nicholas Cage and Jude Law have both been rumoured to play Superman though British actor Henry Cavill is the current favourite. Charlie's Angels director McG was believed to be set to boss the project, but Richard Donner, who directed 1978's Superman The Movie, now seems to have taken over. LADY KILLERS TRAILER ADDED (17th November 2003) We have added the new trailer of National Lampoons Lady Killers. To view it, please visit the 'Trailers' page. FRANK MARSHALL TALKS INDIANA JONES 4 (17th November 2003) In a new interview with producer Frank Marshall at Indiana Jones Hub, he talked a bit more about Indiana Jones 4. It's going to totally be in the style and the tone of the first three. I mean, were not going to do anything different. We're not going to try and change things or modernize things. We're going to stick to what works, and we're probably going to be in the fifties. So, we're acknowledging that we’re all a bit older and that's about all I can tell you except that Frank Darabont is writing it. WIN CINEMA TICKETS! (17th November 2003) In association with Odeon Southampton, we have two more cinema tickets to give away! To enter, please visit the 'Competitions' page and answer the simple question. Good luck! MEL GIBSON INTERESTED IN LETHAL WEAPON 5 (17th November 2003) Timeline director Richard Donner, who helmed all four of the "Lethal Weapon" films, feels there's still life in the franchise that has netted more than a billion dollars worldwide. "I have the story in my head for a fifth and final Lethal Weapon, but it's all up to Mel Gibson," says Donner. "It would be 24 hours in the lives of Riggs (Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover). The last couple of times I talked to Mel, it really seemed he was interested in doing one more." "I really want to put the franchise to bed properly," Donner adds. (Calgary sun) HOUSE OF THE DEAD REVIEW (17th November 2003) Our review of 'House of the Dead' is now online. Based on the hit arcade game, House of the Dead hopes to follow in the success of Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat (joking). To see how we rating this zombie fest, head over to our 'Reviews Database'. DISNEY SHOCKED AT BAD SANTA (17th November 2003) Disney studio bosses are reportedly concerned about a new movie which shows Father Christmas drinking, stealing and chasing girls. Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton, has been made by Disney subsidiary Miramax which also made Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. In one scene, Santa says to a barmaid: "I'm an eating, drinking, f***ing Santa Claus!" "Prove it," she replies. The next scene shows Santa and the barmaid having sex in his car. In another scene, a child asks: "You are really Santa, right?" Santa responds: "No, I'm an accountant. I wear this as a f***ing fashion statement!" The Drudge Report says the film has caused "complete outrage" amongst senior Disney executives, "Nothing appears sacred, anymore, this is just not in the spirit of Walt Disney," a source close to Chief Executive Michael Eisner is quoted as saying. ELF TOPS US CHARTS (17th November 2003) Christmas comedy Elf topped the North American box office at the weekend, knocking Russell Crowe's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World into second place. The Matrix Revolutions, last weekend's No 1, was relegated to third position and is now expected to fall short of its predecessors at the box office in North America. Looney Tunes: Back in Action, a live-action/animated film aimed at the family audience, arrived in the fifth spot. Paramount's Tupac: Resurrection, an R-rated documentary from MTV Films about rapper Tupac Shakur, was ninth. Other films performing in the top ranks included Brother Bear in fourth slot, Love Actually at sixth, and Scary Movie 3 in seventh place. THE HULK DVD RELEASED (17th November 2003) Ang Lee's super-hero blockbuster 'The Hulk' goes onsale today, in a special collectors edition DVD set. To celebrate it's release, we have 3 copies of this blockbuster film to give away on our 'Competitions' page! POTTER SPOOF PLANNED (17th November 2003) Horror films have been royally dragged through the mud in the name of satirical 'humour' thanks to the Scary Movie films and now old Harry Potter is set to be ridiculed in a similar fashion. Henry Bates and the Sorceror's Balls will parody young Harry along with another rather well known franchise, The Lord of the Rings. "Our good wizard is Gandolfini, who goes against the evil wizard Enron," writer, David Morgasen, told Variety. "The quest involves Henry Bates, the rightful king of the land of Middlefinger." Oh our aching sides. Okay, perhaps that's a bit harsh but it's just not our idea of high comedy. We're sure the kids will love it though. The script is currently undergoing finishing touches, so Henry Bates and the Sorceror's Balls should begin filming early next year. (Source: empireonline) DISNEY SHUTS DOWN ANIMATION PRODUCTION (17th November 2003) The L.A. Times reports that Walt Disney Studios halted production Friday of its long-troubled animated project A Few Good Ghosts (aka "My Peoples"), raising questions about the fate of the company's Orlando, Florida, animation facility and its staff of some 258 artists who were working on the project. Disney's animation president, David Stainton, confirmed Friday that the movie was being shut down and that "over the next six weeks we are going to examine all our options going forward," including shuttering the Florida studio. Disney recently laid off 50 animators in Orlando, closed its Paris animation studio and shuttered its animation unit in Tokyo, laying off more than 100 employees. In all, Disney has slashed more than 700 jobs in recent years, leaving the company with a total of about 900 animation workers, including those in Orlando. To try to rein in escalating production and labor costs, Disney also has sliced animators' salaries as much as 50%. Disney, which pioneered the art of hand-drawn animation, has been trying to creatively reinvigorate the high-profile unit at a time when audiences seem to have shown a preference for cutting-edge 3-D computer-generated movies over traditionally drawn cartoons. A Few Good Ghosts, a combination of computer animation and traditionally drawn 2-D human characters, went into production this summer. It would have been the fourth feature produced entirely at the Florida studio, the others being Disney's Brother Bear, Lilo & Stitch and Mulan. The story is about two star-crossed lovers reunited by a family of ghosts who inhabit the bodies of folk-art dolls. HARRY POTTER TRAILER UPDATE (16th November 2003) We have now posted links to all 3 trailer sizes of the Harry Potter 3 teaser trailer. The film is due for release in Summer 2004. Head over to our 'Movie Trailers' page to check it out! NARNIA TITLE CHANGE AND KING KONG RELEASE (16th November 2003) According to the New Zealand Film and Video Technicians (NZF&VTG), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is possibly going to be titled "The One Hundred Year Winter". It is to be produced by Frozen Lake Productions and will shoot from July to December 2004. Pre-production started in mid October. Also, the site says that director Peter Jackson's King Kong looks to be starting production in mid-2004 for a December 14, 2005 release date. STEVE MARTIN TO PLAY INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU (16th November 2003) Moviehole sent this update about the casting of Steve Martin in the upcoming The Birth of the Pink Panther movie.It was the swankiest party of the year, as MGM vice chairman Chris McGurk greeted select media and industry types at his Beverly Hills mansion, and our own Paul Fischer was there. Stars adorned the palatial grounds, from Diane Lane, Eva Mendes and Queen Latifah, to stars of TV's Dead Like Me. While the food was divine, McGurk left the best to last, with his long-awaited announcement, that just an hour prior to the party beginning, none other than Steve Martin has signed on the dotted line as the all-new Inspector Clouseau, in MGM's upcoming The Birth of the Pink Panther. The news was greeted with rapturous applause, prior to the evening's musical entertainment. McGurk joked that we can finally forget talking about Windtalkers and concentrate on an MGM future that includes Barbershop 2, Beauty Shop, more Bond and more Cody Banks. Peter Sellers played the bumbling detective in the original, hilarious films. EPISODE 3 WRITER ANNOUNCED (15th November 2003) New York Times bestselling author Matthew Woodring Stover will write an original novel based on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode III. Though the publication date is yet to be announced, Del Rey Books (a division of Ballantine Books) is expected to release the hardcover novelization in time for the film's theatrical debut in the summer movie season of 2005.The novel will be based on the story and screenplay written by George Lucas. Like the film, it is currently untitled. The action takes place three years after the events of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and chronicles the final descent of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, and his ultimate transformation into Darth Vader.  Stover's previously published  Star Wars novels include -- "Traitor," a book in The New Jedi Order series, and the first hardcover of the Clone Wars novel series, "Shatterpoint," wherein he examines Mace Windu's return to his war-torn homeworld. "Shatterpoint made me feel like I can bring out the interior life of a character that you've only seen the outside of on the screen. That's a lot of what I anticipate I'm going to be doing for this novelization," says Stover. "I think that Lucasfilm and Del Rey feel I have a certain insight into the dark side. That is, after all, what I was writing about in both of my previous Star Wars books." MATRIX REVOLUTIONS REVIEW ONLINE (14th November 2003) Our Matrix Revolutions review is finally here, but was it the end of the definative sci-fi movie trilogy, or a welcome finish to an over-hyped special effects disaster? Head over to our 'Reviews Database' to find out! SEED OF CHUCKY GREENLIT (14th November 2003) Fangoria reports that after years of delays, Seed of Chucky has now finally been greenlit with Child's Play creator Don Mancini writing and directing the film for Focus Features. Filming begins in Romania in March, with a release date targeted for Halloween 2004. "We are finally moving forward," Mancini tells FANGORIA. "Thanks to FREDDY VS. JASON, horror is hot again. David Linde, who runs Focus Features, released BRIDE OF CHUCKY internationally, and the film did very well there. So he decided to make SEED. We are currently negotiating with [voice actor] Brad Dourif and [FX chief] Kevin Yagher to return, plus little person Debbie Carrington, who I loved in TOTAL RECALL. Of course, we want Jennifer Tilly back too, who will do the voice of Tiffany and play herself in the new movie, in a satirical vein à la WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE." And the story of SEED OF CHUCKY? It’s the same script that got Universal in a tizzy way back when, dealing with "happy couple" Chucky and Tiffany and their attempts to raise a baby of their own. "The major focus is the family of dolls," Mancini says. "BRIDE OF CHUCKY was a takeoff on the road pictures. SEED OF CHUCKY is a twist on family dramas like ORDINARY PEOPLE and KRAMER VS. KRAMER. The focus this time is on the family, with the point of contention being a gender-confused offspring." GAME-REVIEWS.NET LAUNCHES! (13th November 2003) That's right folks, not only do we supply you with the latest movie news, but we now bring you the latest video games news as well. All the action still takes place on this site, which can now be accessed from either www.Film-Reviews.net or www.Game-Reviews.net! HARRY POTTER 3 TRAILER ONLINE (13th November 2003) The first trailer for the forthcoming 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' is now online. Head over to the 'Movies Trailers' page to check it out! CAMERON DIAZ BECOMES X-GIRL (13th November 2003) 20th Century Fox will make X-Girls, a fact-based pitch that has Cameron Diaz poised to play one of three Playboy centerfolds who completed the most grueling adventure race reality show on television. The script will be written by Mark Steilen, whose wife was one of the participants in the Eco-Challenge. Here's how Variety describes the event. The Eco-Challenge is usually populated by ex-Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, tough guys adept at the challenge of being dropped off in in the jungles of such places as Borneo, New Zealand and Fiji. They use their survival abilities and teamwork to cover 300 miles in six to 12 days over rugged terrain. The centerfolds, teamed with one male contestant, became the first female-dominated team to complete the race. The film is a female empowerment comedy about women who, with the help of one seasoned male guide, overcome seemingly impossible odds. SCARY MOVIE 3 REVIEW ONLINE (13th November 2003) Our review for the forthcoming horror-comedy 'Scary Movie 3' is now online. Go to the 'Reviews Database' to read it! DISNEY TO MAKE KING OF THE GODS (13th November 2003) Disney has acquired the pitch King of the Gods, from screenwriter Sid Quashie for studio-based Mayhem Pictures to produce. Independent producer A.J. Marcantonio, who developed the idea with Quashie, will also produce with Mayhem's Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi. The film, an epic fantasy adventure in a similar spirit to Excalibur, explores how the young god Zeus discovers his destiny to overthrow his father and become ruler of the Earth and heavens. Gray and Ciardi conceive of the project as a natural trilogy that incorporates the different parts of Greek mythology -- when Zeus becomes king of the gods at the end of part one, how the gods rule in the second and how they are ultimately taken down by their own greed and blunders in the third. King of the Gods is designed as a big-budget tentpole and will incorporate set pieces and CGI elements to create monsters, the Greek mythological figure of Cyclops and realistic elements. LEE DROPPED FROM RETURN OF THE KING (12th November 2003) Christopher Lee has been dropped from the new Lord of the Rings film. The actor, who plays evil wizard Samuran, said he was "shocked" to learn that his scenes have been cut out of the movie. He had expected to play a pivotal role in the climax of the film, The Return Of The King, which is released next month. But the 81-year-old star said his scenes have ended up on the cutting room floor. He said: "Yes, it is true. The only reason I'm able to say this is because it was on the internet and has been for some days. I only heard recently. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm only telling you this because it has been revealed on the internet, someone has talked and it certainly wasn't me. Of course I am very shocked, that's all I can say." Lee said he was mystified by the decision: "If you want to know why you would have to ask the company New Line or director Peter Jackson and his associates because I still don't really know why," he said. He added: "I can't say any more because I signed a confidentiality agreement and I honoured my word." The actor, star of the first two Lord of the Rings films, said he had expected to appear in seven minutes' worth of the climactic scenes. And he plans to boycott the film's premiere when it is released next month. Asked if he would attend, he said: "No, what's the point? What's the point of going? None at all." GOONIES 2 UPDATE! (11th November 2003) Richard Donner, who helmed the 1985 classic The Goonies, and Steven Spielberg, who executive produced it and co-wrote the script with "Harry Potter" series director Chris Columbus, have purchased a sequel script and are pushing to get it made. "We're trying desperately," Donner told MTV. "We're just trying to get Warner Bros., who owns it, to say yes." The sequel would reunite the original cast, which included Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and others, with a new bunch of suburban kids, Donner said. "The new group is called the Groonies, because they happen to live in a town where [Data], the Chinese kid, lives ... and he's got an electronics repair shop and all the kids hang out at his shop. He has this Chinese accent and he calls the Goonies the Groonies, and so the new kids call themselves the Groonies, until they get into a situation where the old Goonies have to save the new Groonies, or vice versa." Donner would not say much more about the plot or the casting but said Astin's character, Mikey, would be prominent, and Jeff Cohen's Chunk would return. THE RUNDOWN REVIEW ADDED (10th November 2003) Our review for the forthcoming action-comedy starring The Rock is now online. Head over to our 'Reviews Database' to check it out. SIGN GOONIES 2 PETITION! (9th November 2003) Star Corey Feldman has launched a petition on his official website www.coreyfeldman.com to raise public interest for a sequel to the 80's classic 'The Goonies' - "Want The Goonies 2 to be Made? Well, so does Corey. As of right now, the production of The Goonies 2 is being considered. Richard Donner's office was flooded with a petition from the fans containing 7,000 signatures showing their support for the film. In response Donner's office delivered that to the powers that be. Corey would like to make an even bolder move and ask his fans to support this cause by sending the following information to info@coreyfeldman.com: first & last name, e-mal address, and any message you may have for the studios! Corey's hoping to reach the goal of 100,000 signatures so pass the word along! Help make Goonies 2 possible!" Be sure to sign the petiion and kick start the production on this long awaited sequel! UNDERWORLD 2 DIRECTOR SPEAKS (9th November 2003) Moviehole talked to Underworld director Len Wiseman about what we can expect from the sequel, and here's a clip. "This time we can expect more history about the vampires and the werewolves, which we weren't able to do in the first one. There's going to be a bit of actual battle in the medieval times between the werewolves and vampires, with like army-clad vampires on horses, kinda like "Braveheart". It'll play out a bit like "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' where the first ten to fifteen minutes of the film will be a prequel. We're going to really dive into the dark ages, and then centre some more on the modern day. We will have a lot of the same cast, but also new cast too. It's in early development, so of course we have no idea whom, but yeah, some new people will be involved… Marcus of course will be in the sequel". RETURN OF THE KING DVD INFO (8th November 2003) Ain't-It-Cool-News talked directly with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King director Peter Jackson who revealed the scene with Saruman & Grima got cut but will end up on the DVD. Also, no scouring of the Shire will be seen. We have decided to save the Saruman sequence for the DVD. It's a great little scene. 7 mins long. Chris is wonderful, as usual. Brad is in about 6 shots. It was a film maker decision - nothing to do with the studio. The problem is that the sequence was originally shot for The Two Towers, as it is in the book. Since The Two Towers couldn't sustain a 7 min "wrap" after Helm's Deep, we thought it would be a good idea to save it for the beginning of the Return of the King. The trouble is, when we viewed various ROTK cuts over the last few weeks, it feels like the first scenes are wrapping last year's movie, instead of starting the new one. We felt it got ROTK off to an uncertain beginning, since Saruman plays no role in the events of ROTK (we don't have the Scouring later, as the book does), yet we dwell in Isengard for quite a long time before our new story kicks off. STEPHEN KING ADAPTION GOES AHEAD (7th November 2003) Brad Krevoy's Motion Picture Corporation of America has finalized a cast for Riding the Bullet, an adaptation of the Stephen King e-book of the same name that attracted 500,000 readers. Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey and Erika Christensen have been set to star under the helm of writer-director Mick Garris, who previously directed King telepics The Stand in 1994 and The Shining in 1997. The supernatural thriller takes place on Halloween in 1969, following 21-year-old New England college student Alan Parker (Jackson). Distraught that his girlfriend (Christensen) has broken up with him, he attempts suicide but fails and then learns that his beloved mother (Hershey) has had a stroke. Hitchhiking through rural Maine to visit her bedside, the young man is picked up by a mysterious driver (Arquette) who carries his own haunting secrets. Production starts this month in Vancouver. (source: Variety) STAR WARS EPISODE 3 DVD NEWS (7th November 2003) A scooper for Ain't-It-Cool-News sent in a report from the Star Wars summit at the Presidio in San Francisco, where Lucasfilm presented the marketing of Star Wars: Episode III and showed the first footage. Here's a clip (minor spoilers ahead)...The marketing timeline for Star Wars is as follows - This week, The Clone Wars, then the original Star Wars trilogy is being released September 2004, then Episode 3 teaser advertising begins in January of 2005, Episode 3 May 2005, Episode 3 DVD/VHS November 2005. One little fun fact - seems that they have TWO Star Wars television ideas floating around the ranch...one would be animation and the other - LIVE ACTION. These television projects would be in 2006. Let's hope they're better than the Star Wars Christmas Special, or those Ewok films. But the REAL meat and potatoes was the Episode 3 footage! Some cool as hell stuff. Anakin is looking darker than ever. Dark clothes, with what appears to be some scars on his face. They showed one seen with Obi-Won, The Emperor and Anakin crashing their ship into a planet as the ship burns. They showed some animation of what will be OB1's transportation at one point in the film. A large lizard that's able to walk upside down and scale walls. SMACKDOWN 5 REVIEW ONLINE! (6th November 2003) Our exclusive 'Smackdown 5: Here Comes The Pain' Playstation 2 review is now online. Head over to the 'Reviews Database' to check it out! BRENDAN FRASER TALKS MUMMY 3 (6th November 2003) Brendan Fraser has shed new light on the possibility of starring in The Mummy 3. "I've spoken with Stephen Sommers and he intends to finish up Van Helsing [first]," Fraser said. "He is going to investigate storylines and what to do, but look, I told him I'm in, but I'll wait for the call. But I can't imagine there won't be one." That's definitely music to fans' ears. Fraser says he doesn't provide much input into the "Mummy" stories. "You know working with Stephen, the suggestions that I ever made were just like, 'You want me to do another take? Can I jump a little further? Shorter?' Things like that. Storyline things, I leave that up to him." But does he have any thoughts on what the third movie will be like? "Let's face it, it's The Mummy, he's a thousands-of-years-old bad guy. He's kinda like you can't get rid of him, you can go anywhere. He's been endowed with certain powers. [Sommers] may explore other characters from other periods of history that have been mummified. The Aztecs certainly, other ancient societies. I really don't know the answer aside from a lot is possible." (source: coming soon) Brendan Fraser will soon be seen in Warner Brothers Live action / Animated movie 'Looney Toons: Back in Action. TROY TRAILER RELEASED (6th November 2003) The first trailer for Brad Pitt's epic 'Troy' have been released, and can be viewed from our 'Trailers' page. MORE ON EPISODE 3's END BATTLE (5th November 2003) 'IGN Filmforce' reports that while talking on The Today Show, actor Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) had this to say about the infamous final battle in Star Wars: Episode 3 "There's no question that there was an excitement on this film that wasn't as prominent on the last, particularly George's approach, [which] was much more hands on this time around as far as how much he wanted to relate motivation and sort of the things that actors like to talk about. And just the inherent art of what Anakin's journey is was more enthralling than the last and there was more for me to sink my teeth into and that final transition is one for the books. It'll be a neat film, definitely." Episode 3 is due for release in May 2005, and we will be following the film right up to it's release. SLJ RETURNS FOR MORE XXX ACTION (5th November 2003) Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role of NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons in the XXX sequel, joining Ice Cube to star in the Revolution Studios sequel. Lee Tamahori is directing the film next summer for a 2005 release by Sony. Cube replaced Vin Diesel in the lead role and Revolution is now looking to instill continuity through an encore performance from Jackson. Agent Gibbons returns as the handler of the incorrigible agent drafted to tackle unsavory thugs around the world. Jackson has also reprised his role of Jedi knight Mace Windu in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode III. (source: variety) WORMS 3D REVIEW ADDED! (4th November 2003) Our exclusive review of Team 17's hit PS2 game 'Worms 3D' is now online. Head over to our 'Reviews Database'  to check it out! SHREK 2 TRAILER ONLINE! (5th November 2003) The very first footage of Dreamworks animated sequel 'Shrek 2' is now online. To view the footage, please visit our 'Trailers' page. WIN CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH! (4th November 2003) We are giving away 3 copies of the new Playstation 2 game 'MTV Celebrity Deathmatch'. Ten runners up can also win a limited edition poster featuring some of the games stars. In Celebrity Deathmatch, you can take on stars such as Jerry Springer and Mr T, and singers such as Justin TImberlake, Marylin Manson and Busta Rhymes. For full details, please head over to our 'Competitions' page. PENEOLOPE CRUZ AND SALMA HAYAK IN BESSON WESTERN (4th November 2003) Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek have been offered roles in French producer Luc Besson's Mexico-set comedy Western. They would play feisty bank robbers. Set up at Besson's EuropaCorp Gallic production company, the project is based on an idea from Besson. A director has yet to be attached. "Penelope and Salma have been close friends for several years. They've always wanted to work together, and they are delighted that Luc has come up with a production that could well give them that opportunity," said Katrina Bayonas, whose Kuranda Intl. Management represents Cruz. (source: Variety) MORE EXCLUSIVE COMPETITIONS LAUNCH! (3rd November 2003) As promised, I have launched 2 more competitions in addition to our 'Biker Boyz' DVD competition today. The first is to win 1 of 3 copies of the forthcoming superhero blockbuster 'The Hulk: Special Edition'. Also, in association with Odeon Southampton, we will be giving away 2 cinema tickets, every 2 weeks, to the film of your choice! For full details of how to win these fantastic prizes, please head over to our 'Competitions' page! More coming soon! ALL STAR CAST JOINS MIKE HAGGIS'S CRASH (3rd November 2003) Heath Ledger, Brendan Fraser, Eva Mendes, Don Cheadle, Forest Whitaker and Thandie Newton will star in director Paul Haggis' crime drama Crash. The film, written by Haggis and Bobby Moresco, follows a multi-ethnic cast through the streets of Los Angeles as they careen in and out of one another's lives. The film begins with the discovery of a man's brutally murdered body on the side of the road and tracks the previous 24 hours in the lives of the eight people connected with the killing. Shooting is scheduled to begin on December 9. (souce: production weekly) QUEEN LATIFAH GOES ON LAST HOLIDAY (3rd November 2003) Paramount Pictures has fast-tracked a remake of the 1950 British comedy Last Holiday, with Queen Latifah set to play the role originated by Alec Guinness. The change in gender is being brought to life by writers Peter Seaman and Jeffrey Price, who wrote Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The original film was based on a J.B. Priestley story. Guinness played an ordinary man who learns he will die shortly. He cashes in everything he owns and heads to a swank resort before punching out for good. Because he doesn't know how the wealthy behave, his manner confuses residents, who decide his eccentricity means he is super-rich and must be listened to. The contemporized version will star Latifah as a shy, unassuming sales clerk who vanishes to a European resort upon learning of her diagnosis. Thinking she has nothing to lose, she becomes increasingly outrageous and irreverent. BEAN AND JOHNNY ENGLISH SEQUELS (2nd November 2003) Working Title and Rowan Atkinson have decided to develop sequels to Bean and Johnny English, in the hope of getting one or the other into the theaters sometime in 2005. Bean, the 1997 spin-off from Atkinson's hit TV series, grossed $238 million worldwide. But it took him six years to follow up with the spy spoof Johnny English which reached $157 million. The two sequels will be developed with their original writers - Robin Driscoll and possibly Richard Curtis for Bean, and Will Davies for "English." According to Bennett-Jones, Atkinson intends to make both movies, but which comes first will depend entirely on which script progresses faster. Working Title is currently in production with its first sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, although co-chairman Eric Fellner suggests that technically this isn't a sequel. "Sequels are created out of whatever the first film was," Fellner tells Variety. "This is an adaptation of a book." (source: Variety) EXCLUSIVE BIKER BOYZ DVD COMPETITION! (1st November 2003) To celebrate the release of 'Biker Boyz' on DVD, we have 2 copies of the action-packed movie to give away! Laurence Fishburne stars as Smoke, the unbeaten "king of Cali" motorcycle racing, and president of The Black Knights. When Smoke's ace mechanic (Eriq La Salle) is killed by a flying bike, his furious son Kid (Derek Luke), starts his own club, the Biker Boyz, to gain respect and challenge Smoke for the coveted crown. Biker Boyz is the electrifying story of modern day dare devils in the ultimate ‘survival of the fastest’. Biker Boyz is out to own on 3rd November 2003. FEMALE LEAD FOR MASK SEQUEL (30th October 2003) Traylor Howard (Me, Myself & Irene) has landed the female lead role opposite Jamie Kennedy in the New Line Cinema comedy Son of the Mask. Howard will play Kennedy's wife in the film, which carries on with the premise of a character-altering mask that was established in the 1994 hit starring Jim Carrey. This time around, it follows an aspiring cartoonist (Kennedy) who is not ready for fatherhood but finds himself raising a baby endowed with the powers of the mask of Loki.The film is being directed by Larry Guterman from a script by Lance Khazei, Rob McKittrick and the team of Tom Gammill and Max Pross. (source: Hollywood Reporter) ALIEN VS PREDATOR TRAILER (30th October 2003) 20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for Alien vs. Predator. The sci fi clash of the titans is due for release on August 6, 2004. Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the film stars Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen and Ewen Bremner. To view the Alien vs Predator teaser trailer, please visit the 'Movie Trailers' page. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 CASTING NEWS (29th October 2003) Despite the loss of a firm shooting date, Cruise/Wagner Productions continues to search for additional crewmembers to join Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible Mission Forces in their next certain to be amazing encounter with the bad guys. According to casting documents received this morning, the call is out to fill the role of Andy, a new member of IMF. (source: Filmjerk) INDIANA JONES BREAKS DVD RECORDS (29th October 2003) "The Adventures of Indiana Jones - The Complete DVD Movie Collection" has become the fastest-selling DVD movie collection of all time with more than $50 million in retail sales in the U.S. and Canada since its release on Oct. 21. "There was significant demand for this box set across a very broad consumer base," said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Pictures, Worldwide Home Entertainment. "Sales were so brisk during the first four days that many retailers had a hard time keeping the collection in stock over the weekend."  In its first week, the Indiana Jones DVD collection sold more than 1.1 million units, said Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Lucasfilm Ltd. Added Ward: "Our top priority was making sure these movies looked and sounded better than ever, so a new generation of fans can discover them for the first time. The reviews are really pleased with the quality of the discs and the bonus materials." The four-disc set provides viewers with more than 10 hours of entertainment. Disc 1 offers the completely remastered Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. On Disc 2 is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, while Disc 3 offers Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Disc 4 holds the bonus material, including an exclusive link to special material at IndianaJones.com. The box set is available to buy from our 'Online Store' at a greatly reduced price! WAYANS BECOME WHITE CHICKS (28th October 2003) Filming has begun in Vancouver, BC on Revolution Studios' White Chicks, a comedy directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and starring Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. The film will be released by Columbia Pictures in 2004. In 'White Chicks', Shawn and Marlon Wayans play two ambitious but unlucky FBI agents who go deep undercover as female, high society debutantes to infiltrate the sophisticated world of the Hamptons to investigate a kidnapping ring. "Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans are among the funniest and most talented people in Hollywood," said Revolution Studios Partner Todd Garner. "We are thrilled to be working with them on this hilarious project." (source: Revolution Studios) LEMONY SNICKET UPDATE (28th October 2003) Jennifer Coolidge is set to join Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law in the family movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Paramount/DreamWorks project, an adaptation of the Daniel Handler children's book series, follows the Baudelaire orphans - Violet, Klaus and Sunny - on a series of adventures and unfortunate turns while mixing it up with the evil Count Olaf. Carrey is set to play the Count, with Streep starring as Aunt Josephine and Law acting as narrator. Liam Aiken and Emily Browning round out the cast as two of the three orphans. Shooting starts next month. (source: The Hollywood Reporter) TRANSPORTER 2 GETS GREEN LIGHT (28th October 2003) Jason Statham says that a sequel to Fox's The Transporter is in development. "I'm doing another movie with Luc Besson. I'm doing another Transporter movie and that's late spring. They're writing it now," he says. He added that the first film's director, Corey Yuen, will be back. "I'm very thrilled about the prospect of what we're going to get up to." (Source: CHUD) OFFICIAL INDY 4 UPDATE (28th October 2003) TheRaider.net has received an official update from Lucasfilm regarding Indiana Jones 4. Currently, work is continuing on a final version of the screenplay for Indiana Jones 4, and and once all parties have signed off on the script and schedules permit, shooting will begin. Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas are all returning for this fourth Indiana Jones adventure. At this time, we have no details about the plot or other actors. 9 MORE REVIEWS ADDED! (27th October 2003) I have added 9 more cinema and film reviews to our 'Reviews Database'. New additions include Spy Kids 3D, L A Confidential, Seconds, Bridget Jones Diary, Hurlyburly, The X-Files, America's Sweethearts,  I capture the Castle, and the Scorpion King. VOODOO VINCE REVIEW ONLINE! (26th October 2003) Our exclusive 'Voodoo Vince' Xbox  review is now online. Head over to the 'Reviews Database' to check it out! INDIANA JONES 4 UPDATE (26th October 2003) Fox News talked with "Indiana Jones" series stars John Rhys-Davies and Kate Capshaw about Indiana Jones 4 and possibly even more films. John Rhys-Davies, who played Indie's faithful friend Sallah in "Raiders" and "Last Crusade," said he would love to reprise the role but that the project hinges on Spielberg, Lucas and Harrison. "None of these guys are in it for the money, anymore," he said. "If they're doing it at all, it's got to be better and more remarkable than any one of the `Indiana Jones' films before. And that's a pretty tall order." Spielberg's wife, Capshaw, was coy about the future during a question-and-answer session last weekend to promote the DVD release. "There is a lot of demand for a '4' and no doubt a 5, 6, 7 and 8,I think George would just make as many as [Harrison and Spielberg] would like," Capshaw told Fox News later. "As long as you have those two guys interested, there will be another 'Indiana Jones. (source: Fox News) HALLE BERRY BOND SPIN-OFF CANCELLED (26th October 2003) Halle Berry will not be seen again as the American spy in the Die Another Day spin-off Jinx, after all. Much to the apparent dismay of Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson at Eon, MGM has nixed their planned spin-off movie featuring Berry's character, which was due to be made before the next Bond film. Jinx was being written by Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Rob Wade, and was due to be directed by Stephen Frears. Last week MGM told Eon to stop work on the project and press ahead instead with Bond 21, due to shoot in 2005. (source: variety) CABIN FEVER REVIEW ONLINE! (25th October 2003) Our 'Cabin Fever' review is now online. Head over to the 'Reviews Database' to check it out! BEN STILLER FOCKER (24th October 2003) Robert Deniro and Ben Stiller are set to reprise their roles in 'Meet the Parents' in the sequel 'Meet the Fockers'. According to Filmjerk.com the film will begin production in March 2004 and Los Angeles. HERBIE RIDES AGAIN (24th October 2003) A remake of Herbie The Love Bug is to be made by Disney. The script is currently being written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. In the story, Herbie will get involved with NASCAR racing. IAN MCDIARMID TALKS EPISODE 3 (24th October 2003) Teletext spoke with Ian McDiarmid, who plays Chancellor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode III. He says his character will be featured in "action-packed scenes" for the first time in the third prequel. "You'd imagine that my character has been rather deskbound in the past but this time he will get to take part in the action," says McDiarmid. "I can't give the story away as George Lucas would kill me but I have been engaged in far more physical activities than any of the other films. have found myself sliding down chutes at speed and landing on heaps of rubber, it's been a completely new experience for me. I haven't had to go down the gym to get fit for the scenes but I did need a few rehearsals to get up to speed. Most of my scenes have been with Anakin Skywalker [Hayden Christensen] who eventually becomes Darth Vader." He added that "There's a lot of anticipation about the movie and I think it will be worth the wait." 2 NEW REVIEWS ONLINE! (23rd October 2003) Our Intolerable Cruelty and Matrix Reloaded reviews are now online. Head over to the 'Reviews Database' to check them out! HARRY POTTER INTERVIEW (22nd October 2003) HarryPotter.com has a new interview with Daniel Radcliffe, in which he mentions Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and much more. Here's a few clips... Q: Are you going to work in anymore Harry Potter films? A: At the moment I am working on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and I will certainly make Goblet of Fire. After that? Who knows? Q: How does working with the new director (Alfonso Cuaron) compare with your experience with Chris Columbus? A: First of all, I consider myself very lucky to have worked with two great directors on these films. Chris is without doubt, the most energetic director I have ever met. He was amazing in keeping us motivated and in encouraging us every step of the way. Alfonso on the other hand directs in a more intense way. The scenes in this film are some of the most passionate and emotional I have ever worked on and Alfonso's style has been very helpful to me. For the full interview, please visit www.Harrypotter.com! MISS CONGENIALITY SEQUEL NEWS (22nd October 2003) Sandra Bullock's production company Fortis Films has extended their contract with Warner Brothers by 2 years. The star has committed to reprise her role as Special Agent Gracie Hart in a Marc Lawrence-scripted sequel to Miss Congeniality. Bullock is set to produce the film, and she is currently looking for a director. The film is set to start shooting in April 2004. (source: variety) JIM CARREY TO BECOME BIONIC MAN (22nd October 2003) The 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man is being remade into a comedy starring Jim Carrey and to be directed by Todd Phillips. Phillips will team with his (Old School) writing partner Scot Armstrong to script a vehicle for Carrey to play the bionic man. The project is based on the Martin Caidin novel "Cyborg" that was turned into the Lee Majors ABC drama series. Carrey pitched a take of the movie that persuaded Phillips to make a deal. He and Armstrong will begin writing as soon as they complete scripting the Dimension remake of School For Scoundrels, which Phillips plans to direct next.After Carrey stars with Cameron Diaz in the Dean Parisot-directed Columbia Pictures remake Fun With Dick and Jane and Phillips completes "School," they hope to meet in fall 2004 to get The Six Million Dollar Man into production. (source: variety) ANIMATED WRESTLING MOVIE NEWS (22nd October 2003) Niolan Entertainment are currently considering a full feature 2D/3D animated movie about the wrestling business. If the project goes ahead, it'll be one of the first animated wrestling projects since the early 80's WWF animated series. Company President Nielsen Scheerlinck commented "The idea is for this mainstream animated wrestling movie to be funny as hell mixed with a little bit of extreme action and that'll be 'The Fake World'. Niolan Entertainment are currently accepting feedback on at their official website: www.niolan.com/niolansubpage/cartoons.php   OWEN HAS A LONG WAIT TO BE 007 (22nd October 2003) Pierce Brosnan has announced he'll happily hand over his James Bond role to Clive Owen, but he insists the actor has a long wait before he can call himself 007. Reports recently emerged that British Croupier star Owen, 38, was poised to be unveiled as the latest actor to portray the slick super-spy next year (04), after 50-year-old Brosnan recommended him to movie bosses. And in response to the speculation, Brosnan says, "Sure, he could do it standing on his head if he wants to, but he's just gonna have to wait!" (source: Channel 4) ANAKIN TALKS STAR WARS EPISODE 3 (22nd October 2003) Hayden Christensen talked to BBCi Films about the final prequel, Star Wars: Episode III. He says Anakin's turn to the dark side is definitely... dark!"My character in this one is more or less in the entire film, in every scene in the movie. The character arc is very specific and graduates to the dark side nicely. It was a great part to play. It's definitely darker in tone but I turn into Darth Vader, so how could it not be?" He adds that "in the first act of the film, there's lots of adventure and Ewan [McGregor] and I are in our element there acting as Jedi Knights. There's a nice banter between the two of us. It has its light-hearted humour but, as the film progresses, it gets darker and darker." SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS DVD NEWS (21st November 2003) Featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joseph Fiennes and Michelle Pfeiffer, this animated adventure follows the legendary story of Sinbad. When he is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, he must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend. This swashbuckling dvd release is jam packed with special features, including a directors commentary, interactive adventure, 'making of' featurette, games, trailers and much more! Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is out to own on DVD and Video from November 17th. TWO PIRATES SEQUELS BACK TO BACK? (21st October 2003) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the second film this year to gross $300 million in domestic box office, may earn a distinction that's even more uncommon: back-to-back sequels shot in one simultaneous production. Recent successes which have followed the same format are Warner Bros.' "Matrix" sequels and New Line's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Sources close to the film say the producers are pondering the possibility of back-to-back sequels, and talks have begun to secure the cast should Disney pursue that avenue.Returning for at least one sequel are producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott (who haven't completed the script), and talent Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. (source:variety) ALIEN VS PREDATOR STORYLINE (21st October 2003) Speaking at the LA Comic Book Convention, director Paul Anderson described some of the artwork and hinted at the plot of the film. He told us the film opens 5000 years ago at an Aztec temple... we are told the temples throughout the world were created for the purpose of welcoming "aliens" to earth... and a team of teenaged Predators are at the temple for a "becoming a man" ritual, where if they survive a host of deadly Aliens they will become men, well PREDATORS... Well everything goes wrong and the three Predators face literally an army of thousands of aliens at the temple and faced with certain death they activate their self-destructs, completely destroying the aliens, the temple and any of the local inhabitants. Guess know we know now what happened to the Aztecs! Fast forward to the present day as a band of scientists in the Arctic find a very similar temple and are soon caught in the middle of another "ritual" with five young Predators and a bunch of nasty Aliens. BLADE 3 DETAILS REVEALED (21st October 2003) Wesley Snipes talked briefly to the Chicago Sun-Times about Blade: Trinity... "As for the plot, vampires might take over the Earth and Blade must stop the blood suckers from snapping up all our prime real estate. To make it even more timely, the solution might be a vampire-killing virus. Snipes says, "I never saw this film as a trilogy, but the fans seem to want it. As long as they're there, I'm going to be messing with all the blood." TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (20th October 2003) With the Texas Chainsaw Massacre topping the box office, talk has already began in regards to the sequel. Mike Fleiss and Michael Bay have met and seem very positive towards a sequel to to director Marcus Nispel's film re-make. DVD EASTER EGGS UPDATE (20th October 2003) I have added 15 new DVD Easter Eggs to our database. These new entries work primarily on Region 1 DVDs, but many will also work on other regions. To check out our complete archieve, please visit the 'DVD Easter Eggs' page. More eggs coming soon! WILSON MEETS BARRYMORE AT DATE SCHOOL (20th October 2003) Owen Wilson is in talks to enroll in Date School opposite Drew Barrymore at DreamWorks Pictures. Jon Favreau is on board to direct. The romantic comedy centers on a woman (Barrymore) who is determined to find love but is lousy at dating. She then turns to a dating instructor (Wilson) for help. (source: The Hollywood Reporter) SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT JOINS CIA (20th October 2003) Seann William Scott is in talks to star in Paramount's Sebastian Knight. The film was penned by Bruce Almighty co-writer Steve Koren. The romantic comedy centers around a neurotic woman addicted to self-help who has a one night stand with a guy only to find out he is a CIA agent who hooked up with her to get himself out of a jam. (source: Variety) CHAINSAW MASSACRE TOPS BOX OFFICE (19th October 2003) New Line's horror remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, starring Jessica Biel, slaughtered the competition on Friday to earn an estimated $11 million in one day from 3,016 theaters. The film looks to be headed for a weekend take of about $28 million. Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 performed well on its second Friday, adding $4.3 million from 3,102 theaters for a total of $35.1 million. Coming in close on third was Runaway Jury, the adaptation of John Grisham's novel. The movie debuted with $4.1 million for the day in 2,815 locations. (source Boxofficemojo.com) JOHN CUSACK SIGNS UP TO WILLIE (18th October 2003) Runaway Jury star John Cusack has joined the cast of Willie, with Ice Cube in the title role for director Joe Roth. The drama, written by Larry Konner and Mark Rosenthal, is inspired by the true story of Willie Davis, a custodian whose life changes when he is given the chance to coach the school's basketball team. The production is scheduled to start in April, with Halle Berry possibly showing interest in the role of Davis' wife. (source: production weekly) MEL GISBON CHANGES PASSIONS NAME (17th October 2003) Mel Gibson has been forced to rename his controversial epic about the last hours of Jesus, because it shared its name with another new movie. Gibson's picture will now be called The Passion Of Christ, rather than The Passion, because movie studio Miramax holds rights to the title of the latter - a romantic fantasy adapted by a book by British author Jeanette Winterson. A spokesman for Gibson says the star is waiting to find out if he can keep the original name for release outside America. The movie has provoked a flurry of criticism since its conception - particularly from Jewish leaders, who say it suggests Jews were responsible for Christ's death. But some Catholics who have seen the film have called it a "powerful rendering" of the hours leading up to Christ's Crucifixion. (source: imdb) DEUCE BIGALOW SEQUEL TO BE MADE (17th October 2003) Rob Schneider is developing an R-rated sequel to Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. He played the reluctant Man-whore in the original Disney film, which grossed $66 million domestically. With a budget under $30 million, Schneider's sure the sequel will make more but feels suffocated by the PG-13 obsession he feels is hurting good comedy. Schneider tells Variety that Disney rejected the idea of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, a sequel script he wrote with David Garrett and Jason Ward. One example is a date in the second film with a veil-wearing Katrina, who tells Deuce she was the survivor of a car accident that killed her twin brother. She was sewn back together with some of his parts and suffice to say, the nose came from him and the veil rises each time Deuce touches her. Studio are bidding and a deal will be made shortly, says the trade. Then, Schneider will draft Jean Reno to play a cop, and he'll pull out all the stops for a finale that takes place at the "73rd Man-Whore Awards." Eddie Griffin will return to play Schneider's pimp and Schneider has a list of celebs he wants to play themselves like Richard Gere, Anna Kournikova and Joan Rivers. GO FOR A TEST DRIVE (17th October 2003) 20th Century Fox is developing Test Drive, picking up the pitch from writing team Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman for studio-based Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's Icon Productions to produce. The film centers on a boring accountant who goes to test-drive a new sports car. Things go awry during the drive when the salesman takes him on the ride of his life and a wild goose chase ensues. Guiley and Schneiderman wrote the upcoming Mandy Moore film, Chasing Liberty, for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures. They also are developing two animated projects for Columbia Pictures. (source: hollywoodreporter) WRESTLEMANIA XIX REVIEW ADDED! (17th October 2003) I have added our exclusive review for the Gamecube title 'Wrestlemania XIX'. To view it, please visit our 'Reviews Database'. THE ROCK DECIDES TO BE COOL (16th October 2003) MGM will begin production in January on Be Cool, the Get Shorty sequel that F. Gary Gray will direct, with John Travolta reprising his role as Chili Palmer. The studio is also courting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to play a bodyguard-singer who develops an uneasy alliance with Palmer. Be Cool moves the loan shark-turned film producer Palmer away from the feature film business and into the music industry. In short order, Chili witnesses the murder of his music industry friend by the mob, he agrees to manage an up-and-coming singer, and he's threatened by her mob-connected manager. The Rock would play the manager's bodyguard, a big guy who wants to be a singer and who happens to be gay. After beating him up in their first encounter, Palmer tries to help the tough guy become a film star. The studio is targeting the film for a holiday 2004 release ANAKIN TALKS STAR WARS: EPISODE 3 (16th October 2003) Talking to Latino Review, Hayden Christensen carefully tiptoed around George Lucas' watertight confidentiality agreement and told the site about the apocalyptic lightsaber duel with his former master. "I will say, on the record, the final fight sequence in this film will, in my opinion and not having seen any of it cut together, surpass any fight sequence that has been put on film so far. It’s the longest, I can’t give you specifics, but it is quite the bad-assed fight scene. [Fight co-ordinator] Nick Gilliard has done an amazing job instilling an arc of story in the fight. It justifies, because you know Anakin and Obi-Wan have it out, but Anakin is the chosen one - he is supposed to be the best. But he comes out on the shorter end of the stick in the fight." No one can argue that the duel in Attack of The Clones was impressive and the three-way fight in The Phantom Menace was truly a sight to behold so, if the bar has really been raised, fans are in for the treat of a lifetime. (source: empireonline.co.uk) NICHOLAS CAGE TAKES UP BOXING (16th October 2003) Nicolas Cage is set to go behind bars as a boxing coach in a fact-based feature being developed by his production company. The story involves Louisiana native Billy "The Kid" Roth, a former champion fighter who has volunteered for more than 44 years in Louisiana prisons, serving as a surrogate father to hundreds of inmates whom he taught to box. His life has already been depicted in the documentary project called The Dance -- The Billy Roth Story, whose producers will partner with Cage's Saturn Film on the feature.  (source -The Hollywood Reporter) ROLAND EMMERICH AWAKENS KING TUT (15th October 2003) Director Roland Emmerich and producer Mark Gordon, who are working together on The Day After Tomorrow due in theaters May 28 from 20th Century Fox, are teaming again on Tut for Columbia Pictures.The project is an action-adventure/love story about the young pharaoh Tutankhamen and his attempt to reclaim his throne and save his country after the death of his father.The duo recently brought on board scribes Sean O'Keefe and Will Staples to write the screenplay. (source -The Hollywood Reporter) PIRATES DIRECTOR TO RETURN! (15th October 2003) Gore Verbinski has agreed to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 2, for Walt Disney Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott are back on board to pen the sequel. Johnny Depp will also reprise his starring role in pic. Disney had already made sequel arrangements with key cast such as Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, though it is uncertain which other cast members will return. No start date has been set for the follow-up to the film. (source - Variety) PULP FICTION SEQUEL TO GO AHEAD! (15th October 2003) Quentin Tarantino has revealed that he may soon turn his talent to a sequel film for his most impressive work, Pulp Fiction. Talking to New Zealand's Aotearoa News, Tarantino bemoaned the death of his previously-mooted prequel project, The Vega Brothers but indicated that the characters may yet live on in sequel form. "[The Vega Brothers] is something I always planned on doing, but other projects took precedence. Ten years on , John Travolta's getting older, Michael's getting older. I don't think they'd even want to do it. Not that that's the last hope audiences have of seeing more of Vic or Vincent Vega. There's an idea I have a Pulp Fiction follow-up. Sequels generally suck, so it's nothing I want to rush into. But Bottom line the studio wants it, the fans want it. I'm sure I can compromise somewhere. It'd be my way of apologizing for never getting Vega Brothers off the ground I guess." The fact that both Vega brothers have been riddled with bullets at one time or another does not deter the director. "We could get John, we could get Michael, and we could get Sam and Tim...everyone back. It would be interesting to see whatever happened to Jules and his plans to 'walk the earth'. Hey, just having Michael and John in the same frame would be great. They're great. But that said, I got to write such a thing." THE LAST MAN IN PRODUCTION (15th October 2003) Jeff Vintar, a writer on 20th Century Fox's upcoming "I, Robot," has been hired to write the adaptation of DC Comics' Y: The Last Man for New Line Cinema, with David Goyer producing. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo and created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man is based on the premise that a mysterious plague wipes out every male on the planet. The sole exception is one seemingly average young man who discovers it's very dangerous to be the last man on Earth. (source - Superherohype) THE ROCK BECOMES KARMA (14th October 2003) New Line Cinema has given the go ahead to The Rock comedy Instant Karma, to be produced by visual f/x studio Digital Domain and Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott. The film will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of a safecracker, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who dies and is reincarnated as a series of different animals, moving his way up the food chain. Pierce Brosnan, Mira Sorvino, David Alan Grier and Eartha Kitt also star in the live-action elements, while Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Gene Wilder and the comedy troupe Broken Lizard provide voices of the animals. Paul Hernandez will make his feature writing and directing debut on the film, which is budgeted at $70 million. Production is expected to begin in April in New Orleans. (souce: Comingsoon) LAST MINUTE FILMING FOR RETURN OF THE KING (13th October 2003) The Dominion Post reports that filming continues on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, six weeks out from its world premiere in Wellington. But executive producer Mark Ordesky of New Line Cinema says the film is on schedule and will be ready for its December 1 debut. Last night Mr Ordesky said miniatures and visual effects were still being shot and added to the movie, which is being edited in Britain. Filming of principal actors was complete. Shooting would continue next year for the extended DVD version, which is expected to be out for November 2004. It was unlikely principal actors would return for more filming, though some of the cast could be recalled to record dialogue for the DVD. TOMMY LEE JONES CHEERS UP (13th October 2003) Filming has begun in Austin, Texas on Revolution Studios' Cheer Up, a new comedy directed by Stephen Herek and starring Tommy Lee Jones. In the story, laced with both comedy and action, Jones plays a hard-edged Texas Ranger who goes undercover as an assistant cheerleading coach to protect five University of Texas cheerleaders after they've witnessed the murder of a federal informant. Cheer up will be released by Columbia Pictures in 2004. STEVE MARTIN WANTED FOR PINK PANTHER (13th October 2003) MGM has offered Steve Martin the lead role of Inspector Clouseau in Birth of the Pink Panther, hoping that Martin will spearhead the rebirth of the comic franchise originated by Peter Sellers. Len Blum wrote the script for Montecito partners Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock. Variety reports that If a deal can be worked out, Martin would star in the film in 2004. JIM CARREY BECOMES THE HYPNOTIST (13th October 2003) Revolution Studios is in final talks to purchase Sacha Gervasi's romantic comedy The Hypnotist. Jim Carrey is set to star in this Landscape Entertainment produced film. The story concerns a world-renowned hypnotist who exhibits a completely different personality when not onstage. When he loses his powers, he has to woo a girl and fall in love with her in order to get them back. - source: variety. DIE HARD 4 NEWS (13th October 2003) Mark Bomback has been hired by 20th Century Fox to write the fourth Die Hard movie. The film will once again follow the adventures of John McClane, with Bruce Willis set to reprise his most famous role. Die Hard 4 will be produced by Willis' production company Cheyenne Productions. EASTER EGGS ADDED! (13th October 2003) Yet another new addition has been added to Film-Reviews.net today. We will be unlocking all of your DVD collection's hidden extras in our 'DVD Easter Eggs' database. Check back for more additions later today! THE MASK OF ZORRO 2 (13th October 2003) Martin Campbell confirmed to LatinoReview that he will return to the director's chair for the sequel to his 1998 hit - "We're going to be doing The Mask of Zorro 2. Antonio (Banderas) is already on board...We're in talks at the moment to bring Catherine back - we'll see". Seems Hopkins may also be in talks to appear in flashbacks, shooting is currently scheduled for a 2004 release. LATEST MOVIE TRAILERS ADDED! (13th October 2003) As well as providing you with the latest movie news and reviews, you can now check out the hottest new trailers at Film-Reviews.net! We have added a 'Movie Trailers' page to keep you up to date with the weeks best trailers. To kick things off, we have footage from Return of the King, The Last Samurai, Love Actually, Gothika, Elf, The Rundown, Big Fish, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the film everybody is talking about, Kill Bill. KILL BILL IS NUMBER 1! (13th October 2003) Quentin Tarantino's 4th film 'Kill Bill: Volume 1' has gone straight to the top spot in the US Box Office. Kill Bill has already become more successful then Tarantino's previous 2 films: jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, and has made $22.7 million in the opening weekend. For the full scoop on this martial arts spectacular, stay tuned for our exclusive review later this week! SPIDERMAN 3 AND EVIL DEAD 4 (12th October 2003) Ain't-It-Cool-News reports that director Sam Raimi is considering a  fourth "Evil Dead" film with Bruce Campbell. In addition, he is also said to be commited to Spiderman 3. It is said that if Spiderman 2 smashes box office records, and Spiderman 3 does equally well, then the 4th Evil Dead could happen. NEW SUPERMAN MOVIE UPDATE (11th October 2003) During a press conference for the upcoming "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" DVD, director McG gave an update on the Superman movie. "I'm a big fan of Superman, and you know, I'm discussing it with Warner Brothers, but it's still very uncertain," he said. "It's a big project and they're being very cautious, and I'm being very cautious and it's yet to be seen if it's in the cards." McG also addressed the issue of why Superman has had so many false starts. "I think they want to be very respectful of the crown jewel of, you know, all their franchises," he added about the studio. "It's a great character. And I think everybody who would ever be a part of that type of picture wants to get it done properly. So I don't think they're in any rush to make that picture, and I think their focus is on doing it right." (source: comingsoon.net) NARNIA LOCATION REVEALED (11th October 2003) New Zealand has been announced for the location for the forthcoming 'Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe' film adaption. Andrew Adamson (director of Shrek) will bring C.S Lewis' classic tale to life. The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe is scheduled for release in 2005. FREDDY VS JASON... VERSUS ASH! (10th October 2003) Quick to cash in on Freddy Versus Jason's succuss, New Line Cinema has turned it's attention to a sequel. Rumours have been floating around for weeks as to who else could step into the mix. Movie monsters such as Leatherface, Michael Myers and Chucky have all been suggusted. One rumour said to be seriously in consideration by Fangoria is the inclusion of Ash from the Evil Dead series. Played by Bruce Campbell, Ash would certainly make things more interesting as he is a good guy. Stay tuned for more news as it breaks! WILSON AND VAUGHN TO RE-TEAM (8th October 2003) Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are in talks to team up in the New Line Cinema comedy The Wedding Crashers. No director is on board yet. The film is a romantic comedy revolving around two guys who have a hobby of crashing weddings in order to meet girls. While crashing a random nuptial, one of them unexpectedly falls in love. "Crashers" was written by the team of Steve Faber and Bob Fisher. Wilson and Vaughn star together in the upcoming Starsky & Hutch as well. (credit:Comingsoon.net.) ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WINS ELECTION (8th October 2003) Californians banished Governor Gray Davis just 11 months into his second term and elected Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him Tuesday. The actor/politician's movie career will have to be put on hold indefinitely, putting into question some big projects like Terminator 4 and King Conan: Crown of Iron. (credit:Comingsoon.net.) MEET THE PARENTS SEQUEL! (7th October 2003) During Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, in which Teri Polo was a guest, and when Jimmy mentioned how much he enjoyed Meet The Parents, Teri slipped that there are plans for a sequel, to be titled "Meet The Fokkers." She said that they are scheduled to begin filming in the spring and that she had some contribution to a scene that is currently in the script at which point she is introduced to Greg's parents, Mr. & Ms. Fokker and his Grandmother, "Mother Fokker." (credit:Comingsoon.net.) SPEILBERG RE-TEAMS WITH SCI FI CHANNEL (7th October 2003) Making good on its promise for another groundbreaking television event following its Emmy Award-winning, 20-hour epic Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, the Sci Fi Channel has begun development on Nine Lives, television's first-ever trilogy. The new mega-project re-teams the network with Steven Spielberg, Les Bohem and DreamWorks Television, the creative forces behind "Taken". Television's first true trilogy, Nine Lives marks the first time a single story has been developed and presented as three related but distinct miniseries events. Nine Lives unfolds as an epic story of love, death and beyond. As he did with "Taken", Les Bohem (The Alamo) will pen the entire saga, as well as executive produce it with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television. The project is slated to launch in 2005. (credit:Comingsoon.net.) THE BOURNE SUPREMACY CAST UPDATE (7th October 2003) 'Lord of the Rings' star Karl Urban, who plays Eomer, is in talks to play Matt Damon's nemesis in Universal Pictures' The Bourne Supremacy. The sequel to the hit 2002 film The Bourne Identity is expected to begin filming at year's end.British helmer Paul Greengrass is directing, with Frank Marshall, Paul L. Sandberg and Patrick Crowley producing. Tony Gilroy adapted the sequel, which is inspired by Robert Ludlum's second novel in the "Bourne" series. Gilroy also adapted the first installment. (credit:Comingsoon.net.)

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