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September 2003

Bellucci joins 'Brothers Grimm'
Posted Friday, September 26, 2003, 9:08AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Monica Bellucci ("The Matrix Reloaded") has joined the cast of Terry Gilliam's upcoming film, "Brothers Grimm." She will play an evil, blood-drinking sorceress opposite the film's stars, Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. The film is scheduled for release in 2004.

Source: Cinescape Online

It's official: BBC orders new 'Doctor Who'
Posted Friday, September 26, 2003, 7:03AM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Doctor Who" fans rejoice. After many false alarms over 14 years, it's finally official. The BBC has hired Russell T. Davies ("Queer as Folk") to produce a new "Doctor Who" series.

Source: BBC

'Blade 3' filming begins
Posted Friday, September 26, 2003, 6:56AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Filming has begun on "Blade 3: Trinity," the third and probably final installment in the series based on the Marvel Comics character. Wesley Snipes returns as Blade, a half-vampire vampire slayer. He is joined by Parker Posey, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson. David Goyer, who wrote the two previous installments, is writing and directing this time.

Source: ICv2.com

Two 'Underworld' sequels planned
Posted Friday, September 26, 2003, 6:49AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Thanks to a $22 million opening weekend, "Underworld," which cost only $23 million to make, will be getting at least one sequel, with a third film possibly to follow. Len Wiseman, who helmed the first film, will direct and co-write the next two, one of which may be a prequel. "Underworld" star Kate Beckinsale, who is Wiseman's fiancée, is expected to return in her role as a vampire who kills werewolves.

Source: E! Online

Watts is Jackson's choice for 'King Kong'
Posted Friday, September 26, 2003, 6:41AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Naomi Watts ("The Ring") appears to be director Peter Jackson's pick to star in a remake of "King Kong." Jackson reportedly has offered Watts the role of Ann Darrow, the character Fay Wray portrayed in the 1933 version.

Source: CNN

Hasbro wants live-action 'G.I. Joe'
Posted Friday, September 19, 2003, 8:47AM CDT by Franklin Harris
With a live-action "Transformers" film already in its early stages, toy maker Hasbro is looking toward having a live-action version of another of its properties, G.I. Joe. As Toon Zone reports, Hasbro has brought in Lorenzo di Bonaventura, former head of production at Warner Bros., to produce a movie based on Hasbro's characters.

Special edition 'Transformers: The Movie' in '04
Posted Friday, September 19, 2003, 8:42AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Toon Zone reports that Rhino Home Video will release a two-disc special edition DVD set of "Transformers: The Movie" in late 2004. The release will coincide with the animated film's 20th anniversary and will contain never-before-seen bonus footage, including "bridging material between the movie and the third season." Also, Rhino is looking into releasing the various Japanese "Transformers" TV series.

'SD Gundam' a winner for Cartoon Network
Posted Friday, September 19, 2003, 8:37AM CDT by Franklin Harris
ICv2.com reports that "SD Gundam" (called "Super-Deformed Gundam" in Japan) is a big hit for Cartoon Network. The show has helped the network post a 29 percent ratings increase over last year for the same time slot.

Salva to write and direct 'The Watch'
Posted Friday, September 19, 2003, 8:32AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers") will write and direct New Line Cinema's "The Watch," a horror film set during World War II, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

PR: ADV to release 'Destroy All Monsters', 'Mothra' and 'Spriggan' soundtracks
Posted Monday, September 15, 2003, 6:39PM CDT by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON -- ADV Films today set a street date of October 28, 2003 for the release of the ADV Music titles Destroy All Monsters; Rebirth of Mothra: Original Soundtrack; Rebirth of Mothra 2: Original Soundtrack; Rebirth of Mothra 3: Original Soundtrack; and Spriggan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. All five of these soundtracks boast high-end production, including artwork sourced directly from the respective film studios that created the titles.
Soundtracks are highly popular among film and anime fans as collectibles, and for their content-including stirring and evocative orchestral music, Japanese pop and electronica.

Destroy All Monsters
Music from the classic all-monster film, composed by Akira Ifukube.

Rebirth of Mothra: Original Soundtrack
Composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Additional music by Yuji Koseki and by Akiko Yano, with vocal performances by Megumi Kobayashi and Sayaka Yamaguchi.

Rebirth of Mothra 2: Original Soundtrack
Composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Additional music by Yuji Koseki, with vocal performances by Megumi Kobayashi and Sayaka Yamaguchi.

Rebirth of Mothra 3: Original Soundtrack
Composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Additional music by Yuji Koseki, with vocal performances by Megumi Kobayashi and Misato Tate.

Spriggan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Composed by Kuniaki Haishima, with vocal performances by Säju.

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
CD $14.98

REBIRTH OF MOTHRA: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
CD $14.98

REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
CD $14.98

REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 3: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
CD $14.98

SPRIGGAN: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Pre-Book Date: 9/30/03
Street Date: 10/28/03
Format SRP
CD $14.98

WB orders 'The Flash' pilot
Posted Monday, September 15, 2003, 5:56PM CDT by Franklin Harris
DC Comics' superheroic speedster, The Flash, is getting a second chance at network television. The WB has ordered a series pilot based on the character. CBS aired a series based on "The Flash" for one season in the mid '80s.

The WB's version will revolve around a youthful Flash who is just learning about his powers and his heroic legacy. Also, it will avoid spandex costumes, much as The WB's Superman-based series "Smallville" does.

Source: Cinescape Online

Bale cast as Batman
Posted Thursday, September 11, 2003, 8:58PM CDT by Franklin Harris
It's official. Christian Bale ("American Psycho") will be the next Batman. Warner Bros. confirmed today Bale's casting as the Caped Crusader. Bale will star in the next "Batman" film, to be directed by Chris Nolan.

Source: Dark Horizons

'Man-Thing' movie production underway
Posted Friday, September 5, 2003, 8:20AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Another Marvel Comics movie is moving forward. Filming on "Man-Thing" is currently underway in Australia. The modestly budgeted production by Artisan Entertainment stars Matthew Le Nevez, Jack Thompson and Rachel Taylor. Filming should be complete by March, and a June 2004 release is rumored, but it isn't known if "Man-Thing" will debut in theaters or direct to video.

Source: ICv2.com

'Family Guy' movie to go direct to video
Posted Friday, September 5, 2003, 8:05AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Seth McFarlane confirmed to Cinescape Online that he is close to a deal that would revive his animated sitcom "Family Guy," which is currently enjoying a healthy afterlife on home video and on Cartoon Network. "Family Guy" would return as a direct-to-video movie.

"Timeframe, you're probably looking at a year, a year-and-a-half down the line. It will take a while to make. If we could do it within a year it would be very exciting," McFarlane said.

'South Park' heads to TV syndication
Posted Thursday, September 4, 2003, 7:57AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Comedy Central has sold the syndication rights to its popular animated series "South Park."

According to published reports, Mort Marcus, a former syndication executive at Walt Disney Co., purchased the rights to "South Park" reruns for an undisclosed sum for his distribution company, Debmar Studios. Marcus said some language will be edited to make the episodes conform to broadcast standards. Also, of the 140 episodes included in the deal, 10 or 12 cannot be sufficiently edited for broadcast TV.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

Whedon developing 'Firefly' movie
Posted Thursday, September 4, 2003, 7:40AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is developing a movie based on his short-lived TV series "Firefly." Universal Studios wants to have the film in production in early 2004.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Cinescape

Buffy to guest star on 'Angel'?
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003, 8:17AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") reportedly is in negotiations to make a couple of guest appearances this season on The WB's "Angel."

Source: Cinescape

'XXX 2' gets the green light
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003, 7:55AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Revolution Studios has greenlit "XXX 2," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

New 'Thundercats' animation may be coming
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003, 7:45AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Electronic Gaming Monthly reports that a new "Thundercats" cartoon is in production. The latest incarnation of the '80s characters will probably be computer animated and released direct to video.

Source: ICv2.com

Schrader fired from 'Exorcist' prequel
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003, 7:38AM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to a New York Post report that has made the rounds on numerous Web sites, director Paul Schrader has been fired from "Exorcist IV: The Beginning." Reportedly, production executives at Morgan Creek were unhappy with Schrader's gore-free film. Morgan Creek will hire a new director to shoot additional, and presumably bloodier, footage.

Source: IGN Filmforce

'Kill Bill Part 2' due in February
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003, 7:25AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The second half of director Quentin Tarantino's two-part martial arts epic "Kill Bill" will arrive in theaters in North America on Feb. 20, four months after the Oct. 10 release of part one.

Source: Cinescape

Charles Bronson dies at 81
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2003, 7:18AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Hollywood tough guy Charles Bronson died Saturday of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 81.

Bronson gained worldwide fame starring in films like "Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Dirty Dozen," "The Magnificent Seven" and the "Death Wish" series.

Source: Cinescape



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