Friday, June 29, 2007


Tom Cruise is welcome to film his new war movie in Germany, says the country's Defence Ministry. Ministry officials revealed they haven't received an official request to film Tom's new movie 'Valkyrie' in the country, but insist they would "look agreeably" on any application. Earlier this week, it was reported Cruise would be banned from using German military bases to shoot the movie - which tells the true story of a failed plot to assassinate Hitler - following concerns over his association with Scientology. However, high profile members of the country's film industry are said to welcome Cruise's portrayal of Colonel Claus Von Stauffenberg, who is considered a war hero in Germany for his failed attempt to kill Hitler by placing a bomb in his suitcase in 1944. Christoph Fisser, one of the heads of Studio Babelsberg, said: "The assassination attempt against Hitler is hardly known outside Germany. We should therefore be delighted and welcome this wonderful opportunity to improve the image of our country." 'Valkyrie' is set to be directed by 'Superman Returns' helmer Bryan Singer, with Kenneth Branagh expected to co-star alongside Cruise. Scientology - the bizarre sci-fi cult of which Cruise is a long-time member - is under official observation by German authorities and is considered as a potential threat to German democracy.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Russell Crowe will star in a remake of Robin Hood - as a "noble" Sheriff of Nottingham. The 'Gladiator' star will take the lead role in 'Nottingham', a twist on the usual tale featuring the lawman as the hero working for a corrupt king. The "noble and brave" character will investigate a murder in which outlaw Robin Hood is the main suspect. An industry insider said: "It's a role that will suit Russell. The part is something he'll be able to get his teeth into." The film will also feature a love triangle between the Sheriff, Robin Hood and Maid Marion. The revisionist take on the Robin Hood legend will give the outlaw a darker side than previous versions. The idea was conceived by writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, whose previous films include 'Bulletproof Monk'. Universal reportedly fought off a number of rival studios for the rights to make the film, including Warner Bros and New Line. A director is yet to be confirmed for the film, slated for a 2009 release, but both 'Gladiator' director Ridley Scott and 'Spider Man 3' filmmaker Sam Raimi have been linked with the project.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Edward Norton is set to star in the new 'Incredible Hulk' film. Marvel Studios has cast the actor as the Hulk's alter-ego nuclear physicist Dr. Bruce Banner. He will take over the role from Eric Bana, reports Variety magazine. The storyline will see Banner, who is on the run from the US military, trying to cure himself of the condition that turns him into the giant green monster. Co-producer Kevin Feige said: "The film will be a fun, high-octane event. We could not be more excited about this project." The latest movie is expected to be less serious and more in tune with the comic book series than 2003's 'Hulk', which was directed by Ang Lee. 'Hulk' opened strongly, but failed to match the box office takings of other Marvel films such as 'Spiderman', 'X-Men' and 'Ghost Rider'. Louis Leterrier, who previously worked on 'The Transporter', will direct the movie, while Zak Penn - who wrote the 'X-Men' sequels - will pen the script. Filming is due to begin this summer, with a scheduled release of June 2008.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom broke his back when he was just 21 and was told he might never walk again.The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star fell three floors from a balcony and doctors prepared him for the devastating possibility he may be paralysed for life. Orlando, now 30, said in an interview with Details magazine: "For four days I was thinking this was it, that I would be living my life in a wheelchair, and then I thought, no, and I knew I would walk. I just knew." But fortunately for the 'Lord of the Rings' star he walked out of hospital just 12 days after the accident. The British actor - who briefly dated Penelope Cruz this year - has also revealed he discovered as a teenager that the man he called dad was not his real father. He said: "Think about that. Think about finding out when you're 13 that your dad is not your dad. It's like, OK, take it on the chin and keep going. No choice, really."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz have been accused of causing the $80 million budget for action film "Sahara" to double -- because of their vanity.The claims appear in legal documents released as part of a bitter court battle between Crusader Entertainment boss Philip Anschutz and Clive Cussler, author of "Sahara."Cussler is currently suing Crusader, claiming it reneged on an agreement to give him creative control of the movie adaptation. The leaked document, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, shows $420,000 was spent on the movie's leading actors, including $105,000 on bottled water and $54,000 on a "facial disease specialist."Other expenses for the 2005 movie -- which recorded losses of $105 million -- included filming the $2 million crash of a vintage airplane in a 46-second sequence that never made it into the final cut.

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