ACTOR BRAD RENFRO FOUND DEAD AT 25!!! 


He sparred brilliantly with Susan Sarandon in "The Client," showing promising future ahead as an actor. But early Tuesday, Brad Renfro, 25, was found dead in his home.

Renfro struggled with drugs and alcohol for several years. He served 10 days in jail in May 2006 for DUI and guilty to attempted possession of heroin.

His cause of death was not immediately determined, but a post-mortem examination was due to be conducted.

Renfro had reportedly been drinking with friends the evening before his death, according to an investigator for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

He recently completed a role in The Informers, a film adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis novel that stars Winona Ryder, Brandon Routh and Billy Bob Thornton.

This is sad.

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WHO WILL PLAY COURTNEY LOVE? 


Miss Courtney has been busy casting for a film of her life with husband Kurt Cobain. We now know who's offered the part of Cobain, but who's going to play Love?

Rumors were swirling that Kirsten Dunst was to be the femme-rocker, but Courtney has another actress in mind! This is a labor of love for her, and apparently, she already sent the contract to the actress.

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NEW FILM BASED ON "NO COUNTRY" AUTHOR'S BOOK! 


He's being called as one of America's greatest living writers and now, Cormac McCarthy is also busy with award circuits thanks to "No Country for Old Men."

Another of McCarthy's bestselling novels, "The Road" is being adapted for the big screen, and Charlize Theron just signed on, joining Viggo Mortensen in the lead!

The story is about a man who embarks on a nightmarish road trip after a nuclear explosion in an attempt to transport his son to safety while fending off cannibals!

Sounds intriguing!

Director John Hillcoat will helm the production based on a screenplay by Joe Penhall.

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PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA SNUBS "SWEENEY" AND "ATONEMENT" 


It's shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable awards seasons yet! The front-runners, "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" were both snubbed at the Golden Globes.

Now, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) released its nominations without both the Golden Globes best picture winners -- "Sweeney Todd" (best picture comedy/musical) or "Atonement" (best picture drama).

This is a bad sign for both films since the PGA is a strong barometer for best picture Oscars.

The winner of the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award will be announced Feb. 2 in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton.

Don't worry, the event is not telecast, so it won't be picketed!

Here are the nominees:

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
"The Diving Bell And The Butterfly" (Miramax)
"Juno" (Fox Searchlight)
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)
"No Country For Old Men" (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage/Miramax)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN ANIMATED THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

"Bee Movie" (Dreamworks Animation)
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation)
"The Simpsons Movie" (20th Century FOX)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN DOCUMENTARY THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

"Body Of War" (Phil Donahue Productions/Mobilus Media)
"Hear And Now" (HBO)
"Pete Seeger: The Power Of Song" (The Weinstein Company)
"Sicko" (The Weinstein Company)
"White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki" (HBO)

THE DAVID L. WOLPER PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN LONG-FORM TELEVISION
"Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" (HBO)
"The Bronx Is Burning" (ESPN)
"High School Musical 2" (The Disney Channel)
"Jane Eyre" (PBS/BBC)
"The Starter Wife" (USA Network)

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NEW PICTURES FROM "THE DARK KNIGHT" AKA THE NEW "BATMAN" 


I'm in a comic book mood today! And FYI -- I'm a fanboy at heart! I'm always the first in line at Comic Con!!!

And of course, I love "Batman Begins!" Director Christopher Nolan did such an amazing job in rebooting the franchise!

So I'm very thrilled and excited to watch the new "Batman" film simply called "The Dark Knight."

Here are some useful nuggets:

*** Christopher Nolan returns as the film's helmer, and he also co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. The last film the brothers wrote together was the mesmerizing "The Prestige."

*** Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth), Gary Oldman (Lt. James Gordon), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), and Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow) return to reprise their respective roles.

*** Joining the cast are Heath Ledger as The Joker, Maggie Gyllenhaal replacing Katie Holmes for the same role as Rachel Dawes, Eric Roberts as Salvatorre Maroni, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent (the same role Tommy Lee Jones played in the horrible "Batman Forever")

*** The film opens on July 18, 2008

*** Here's the plot: "Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of lieutenant Jim Gordon and district attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker."

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