"Tropic Thunder" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does the Film Get? 


The Hollywood machine and the archetypal characters that run it are skewered in “Tropic Thunder.” From loud-mouthed producers to pampered mega stars, no one is sacred in this new film being hyped as “the best comedy of the year.”

If you’re going to believe the propaganda behind “Tropic Thunder” and the ensuing backlash that followed, you may be misled to think that the movie is the be all and end all of cinematic comedy gems. While certainly not the best, “Tropic Thunder” is one of the better funny films produced this year. Read More...

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Willem Dafoe "Antichrist" 


Willem Dafoe will star with Charlotte Gainsbourg ("I'm Not There") in "Antichrist," which will be directed by Lars von Trier ("Dogville," "Manderlay").

Anders Thomas Jensen wrote the script with von Trier, and production is set to begin this month in Germany.

The film is a psychological thriller/horror that tells the story of a couple (Dafoe and Gainsbourg) who retreat to a cabin in the woods after the death of their child.

But they soon encounter strange, terrifying occurrences.

Ooooh, spooky!

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Clooney to "Challenge" Osama Bin Laden's Driver 


George Clooney and his production company, Smoke House, have bought the rights to Jonathan Mahler's legal thriller "The Challenge."

The book chronicles the long campaign waged by U.S. Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Salim Hamdan, the bodyguard and driver of Osama bin Laden.

Clooney may possible write, direct, and star in the film adaptation.

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Goodbye Cruise, Hello Jolie! Sex-Change at the Movies! 


"Edwin A. Salt" may now be called "Edwina A. Salt."

Once upon a time, Edwin was a male and Tom Cruise was slated to star. Now, the espionage thriller is being re-tailored and retrofitted for the very female, Angelina Jolie.

Philip Noyce ("The Quite American," "Catch a Fire") is attached to direct.

Jolie will playing the title character, a CIA officer who's accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy and must elude capture long enough to establish her innocence.

Jolie is a rare actress who's proved her mettle in the action genre long dominated by men.

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It's Toga Time! From "Argonauts" to "Hercules" 


Thanks to "Gladiator" and "300," Hollywood is having a love affair with the toga! Just take a look at these upcoming projects:

*** Zak Penn ("The Incredible Hulk") is writing and will produce "The Argonauts" for 20th Century Fox.

*** You've heard of the "Clash of the Titans" remake for Warner Bros.

*** Oh yeah, a "300" sequel is in the works too!

*** "War of Gods" about Greek warrior Theseus is being fast-tracked by Relativity Media.

*** 3, yes 3 Hercules movies are being developed, and the most talked about is "Hercules: the Thracian Wars" to be directed by Peter Berg ("Hancock")

*** Universal is developing "God of War" based on the videogame with Brett Ratner attached to direct

But "Jason and the Argonauts" is still near and dear to my heart!

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