Jessica Biel, Sharlito Copley to Join "A-Team?" 


Jessica Biel and "District 9's" Sharlito Copley are in final negotiations to star in Fox's "A-Team." If their deals go well, Biel and Copley will be joining Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. (See "Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper to Star in "The A-Team?")

Ridley Scott is set to produce and Joe Carnahan will serve as the film's director. The creator of the original TV show, Stephen J. Cannell, will be producing with Jules Daly.

Skip Woods wrote the script and retained the premise of the TV series about four wrongly convicted vets who escaped from prison only to become mercenaries/heroes.

The film version will have a serious tone than the TV series.

Here's the cast of characters so far:

Liam Neeson -- Col. Johan "Hannibal" Smith
Bradley Cooper -- Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck
Sharlito Copley -- Capt. "Howling Mad" Murdock
Jessica Biel -- ex-love of Cooper's Faceman
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson -- Sgt. "B.A." Baracus -- Mr. T played the famous character in the series


Production begins this fall in Vancouver.

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"Spider-Man 4" Gets Release Date, Will Be Seen in Imax! 


Save the date: May 6, 2011 -- that's when you can see "Spider-Man 4" in both traditional and Imax theaters. The fourth film of the franchise will kickoff summer at the movies that year!

Spidey will be joined by his Marvel friends at the movies that summer. "The First Avenger: Captain America" will open on July 22, 2011, while "Thor" will make its debut on June 17 of same year.

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are set to return for the fourth "Spider-Man," as well as director Sam Raimi. Gary Ross is writing the script. (See "Seabiscuit" Director Reteams with Tobey Maguire for "Spider-Man 4")

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Two Films Making Big Splash at the Toronto Internaltional Film Festival 


The films "Lebanon" and "A Single Man" are taking over Toronto International Film Festival! Both films won at the just-wrapped 66th Venice Film Festival. "Lebanon" won the festival's Golden Lion while "A Single Man's" Colin Firth won best actor for his role as a gay college professor in Tom Ford's directorial debut. This film is based on a book by Christopher Isherwood.



"A Single Man," set in the 1960s, stars Firth as a gay British college professor coping with the death of his lover. It's the first seven-figure buy of the Toronto film fest. Who bought the US rights to "A Single Man?" The Weinstein Co.! Expect the studio to push this film during Oscar season.

Meanwhile, "Lebanon" is a gripping account of war from inside a military tank by Israeli director Samuel Maoz. It took the top prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival, and many are saying the film will do the same for the Toronto film fest.

The film shares the same spirit with last year's "Waltz with Bashir" so expect Sony Classics or IFC to buy the film. Incidentally, Sony Classics was the studio who bought the rights to "Bashir."

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Get Ready for "Silent Hill 2" 


Screenwriter Roger Avary and producer Samuel Hadida of Davis Films are revisiting the dark and twisted roads of "Silent Hill." Both have signed on for a sequel to their 2006 video game adaptation!

I love the games, they scared the bejeesus out of me, and I'm proud to say I finished them all, BUT the original film starring Sean Bean and Radha Mitchell was just so-so.

The 2006 film centers on Rose Da Silva played by Mitchell. She travels to a haunted town to seek help for her sick daughter only to be engulfed by the supernatural occurrences happening inside the desolate village.

The second videogame of the franchise, "Silent Hill 2" has a new character named James Sunderland. He enters the town after receiving a letter from his dead wife Mary saying she is waiting for him in their "special place" in Silent Hill.

There's no word yet if Avary is going to based the sequel on the second game.

Davis Films is planning to shoot the movie next year after "Resident Evil 4" (I know right? Another "Resident Evil" movie? By the way, they're prepping the fourth film right now).

The original "Silent Hill" was released by Tristar Pictures but there's still no confirmed involvement from the studio.

Avary, famous for his "Pulp Fiction" script, is also working on another videogame adaptation -- "Return to Castle Wolfenstein."

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Christoph Waltz Replaces Nicolac Cage in "The Green Hornet!" 


Christoph Waltz, the guy who stole "Inglourious Basterds" from Brad Pitt and sure to get a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the film, has signed on to play the villain in "The Green Hornet."

(Check out my interview with Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds" right here)

Waltz will star as Chudnofsky, a Los Angeles crime boss who unites the city's gangs in order to form a super-mafia! Hhhhmmmm, doesn't this sound like "The Dark Knight" subplot about Gotham's crime bosses?

The actor replaces Nicolas Cage who left production last week.

(Read Cage Leaving "The Green Hornet" right here)

Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg, plays the masked avenger while Asian pop star Jay Chou stars as the sidekick Kato, popularized by Bruce Lee in the classic television show.

Cameron Diaz plays the love interest.

Michel Gondry is directing the film set for release Dec. 17, 2010 against Disney's "Tron Legacy."

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