Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer Battle Cats & Dogs

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Chris ODonnell and Jack McBrayer are set to share the big screen with some rowdy animalsThe two have signed on to star in the live-action CGI-blended film Cats Dogs The Revenge of Kitty Galore The Hollywood Reporter reportsDirected by Brad Peyton and produced by Andrew Lazar the movie is a follow-up to 2001s Cats Dogs um was anyone asking for a sequel and continues the plot of the felines and canines battle for control of EarthScript is by Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich whove mastered the art of animated animals with Chicken Little Open Season and Brother BearLive-action filming has already commenced in Vancouver while voice casting is expected to follow shortly Joyce Eng read more

Hilary Swank to Be a Legal Eagle in New Film

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Shes fought in the ring and now Hilary Swank will be fighting for justice in her latest flickThe two-time Oscar winner will star in the legal drama Betty Anne Waters for director Tony Goldwyn Variety reportsBased on a true story Swank will play the titular character a single motherhigh school dropout who works and waitresses her way through law school to free her incarcerated brother Kenneth whom she believes was framed for murderThe project has been gestating since 2001 when Waters brother was released and was originally planned as a starrer for Naomi WattsSwank will executive produce the film written by Pamela Gray Production begins in January in Michigan Joyce EngRelatedbull Hilary Swank Gets Fat for the Big Screenbull Hilary Swank to Bring Hit Book to the Big Screen read more

Jack Black Takes on "Comedic Bourne Identity"

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The Bourne Identity is about to be re-bourne with Jack BlackAccording to The Hollywood Reporter the funnyman is re-pairing with his Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger to star in an action comedy inspired by Matt Damons amnesiac alter ego for UniversalThe untitled flick will find Blacks character an American washing up on the shores of Cuba with no recollection of who he is or how he got there After some thought he mistakenly comes to the conclusion that hes a superspy Cue ridiculous shenanigansIf he did turn out to be a superspy this wouldnt be a comedic Bourne Identity Berger said but just The Bourne Identity and apparently Universal has already made that movie several timesBlack will produce the film with Ben Cooley his Electric Dynamite partner A release date has not been setAre you looking forward to Blacks comedic take on Jason Bourne Joyce Eng read more

Johnny Depp and Pirates to Set Sail Again

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Johnny Depp has a new business partner Mickey Mouse The Sweeney Todd star revealed Wednesday that he has signed on for three flicks from Walt Disney Studios including a fourth swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean adventure According to the Hollywood Reporter the announcement came at Disneys Wednesday preview of upcoming movies and projects at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles Depp capped off the day by surprising the packed house with an appearance in full Jack Sparrow regalia But the biggest surprise came in Depps entrance music The loudspeakers blared The William Tell Overture otherwise known as the theme song to The Lone Ranger Depp will be playing Tonto The Lone Rangers sidekick in the studios upcoming version of the heros tale also produced by Pirates Jerry BruckheimerDepp will also play the role of the Mad Hatter in Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland scheduled for a release in 2010 The flick will be shot in 3-D using performance capture technology that w read more

Nicole Kidman Credits Pregnancy to Fertile Aussie Waters

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Nicole Kidman thinks that swimming in the Australian Outback waterfalls while filming Baz Lurhmanns Australia might have contributed to her unexpected pregnancy during the last yearThe 41-year-old Oscar-winning actress who gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose in July spoke candidly about her pregnancy saying I never thought that I would get pregnant and give birth to a child but it happened on this movie reports The Associated PressKidman who is married to country crooner Keith Urban said that she wasnt the only woman who swam in the waterfalls and got pregnant Seven babies were conceived out of this film and only one was a boy There is something up there in the Kununurra so we can call it the fertility waters now Kidman saidWhat do you think about Nicoles theory on her pregnancy Erin FoxRelated149 Kidman gives birth to Sunday on Monday read more

David Duchovny to Star in The Joneses

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David Duchovny has signed on to play a father living a lie in the upcoming dramedy The Joneses according to The Hollywood Reporter The actor who entered rehab last month for sex addiction will star alongside Demi Moore Amber Heard and Gary Cole in the film about a faux family feigning the picture of a perfect clan as a marketing ploy to introduce luxury products to neighborhoodsDuchovny will play the bogus father who is currently undergoing a crisis of confidence due to the phony life hes leading while Moore will portray the career-driven mother whos struggling with her growing affection for Duchovnys characterHeard who most recently appeared in Pineapple Express will play their fake daughter who herself is putting the moves on Duchovnys character while looking for a rich sugardaddy Cole who will next be seen on Chuck will play a neighborEcho Lakes Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding will produce the flick with Kirsti Zea Goodfellas Filming starts next month i read more

Miley Cyrus Sparks New Film Role

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Miley Cyrus has been tapped by Disney to star in a yet-to-be-titled vehicle that will be tailor-made for her by author Nicholas SparksKnowing Sparks work including the massive hit and tearjerker A Walk to Remember that starred another pop princess Mandy Moore Miley may have to work on her crying skills Sparks will be working on the novel and the screenplay for the Cyrus flick at the same time and tells Variety This is similar to the way its gone with movies based on my novels its just out of order He added Certain opportunities garner your interest and this was one of thoseMileys camp including her mom Leticia who will produce the film told Sparks they were very familiar with the work Ive done in the past That played a role in this project coming togetherAre you going to look forward to a three-hanky movie starring Miley What should her tragic ailment be in this movie Erin FoxRelated149 Hannah Montana Season 1 on DVD149 Mileys Sweet 1 read more

Heigl Drawn Into New Action Comedy

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Katherine Heigl and Mommy Heigl are at it againFox 2000 has recruited the writing duo behind Outsourced Keith Merryman and David A Newman to pen the new Katherine Heigl action-comedy Drawn Together according to The Hollywood Reporter Heigl is set to star and produce with mom-turned-manager Nancy Heigl under their production company Abishag Though the details on the plot are few and far between the studio has said the movie will center on an electronics designer who meets his Ms Right but it turns out shes not who she seems to be At least theyre not being vague about it Gina DiNunno read more

Shane West to Be a Big-Screen Cowboy

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Former ER star Shane West is ready to ignite the big screen in Kerosene CowboysThe actor is in talks to star in the action thriller along with one-time OC-er Cam Gigandet and Rachael Leigh Cook The Hollywood Reporter reportsBased on a Randy Arrington novel the film will follow the hard-knock lives of no not cowboys but Navy pilots Gigandet will play a hot-shot pilot while West will play his BFF-turned-enemy and Cook will be a journalist and Gigandets love interestSoap star Mario van Peebles will direct and Adam Prince will write the screenplay Joyce EngRelive Wests run on ER in our Online Video Guide read more

The Coen Brothers Burn Up the Box Office

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Joel and Ethan Coens spy comedy Burn After Reading helped the fall box office get back on track after a terrible opening a week ago outselling three other newcomers to take the weekends top spotAccording to Variety Reading which stars Brad Pitt George Clooney John Malkovich and Frances McDormand took in 196 million this weekend marking the Coen Brothers largest opening ever While that number pales in comparison to the huge openings brought in by some of the summers blockbusters this weekends top films Burn Tyler Perrys The Family That Preys with 18 million and the Robert De Niro and Al Pacino reuniting Righteous Kill with 165 million combined for a 35 percent increase in sales from the same weekend a year agoThe weekends other new release The Women landed in fourth place with 10 million and The House Bunny rounded out the Top 5 with 43 million Last weekends top-grossing flick Bangkok Dangerous dropped a staggering 69 percent and fell to eighth place read more

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