The Hollywood Reporter says that Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges will be in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla." From Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment the film is a caper movie with Butler as One Two, a street-smart mobster and Wilkinson as head mobster, Lenny Cole, part of London's old mob regime. Newton is One Two's love interest, Stella and Elba is Mumbles, One Two's partner. Bridges plays Roman, an American trying to break into the music scene in London. Ritchie both wrote the screenplay and is directing. Production began June 19 on location in London.
Miramax has announced that "Neverwas," a straight-to-DVD fantasy film starring Ian McKellen and Aaron Eckhart, will appear in stores July 3. The film also stars Brittany Murphy, Nick Nolte, Alan Cumming, William Hurt and Jessica Lange. Eckhart plays Zach Riley, a psychiatrist who goes to the mental hospital where his father, a famous children's novelist, committed suicide decades ago. His tragic early life, contained within the pages of his father's book, are slowly revealed to the psychiatrist with the help of a wide-eyed schizophrenic named Gabriel (McKellen). Joshua Michael Stern wrote and directed, the film which has a suggested retail price of $29.99, but if you Pre-order on Amazon you can get it for $10 less.
Director Jon Favreau posted this announcement on his Myspace: "Principal photography ended with a huge bang as we filmed the final scenes of Iron Man in Caesar's Palace. As many of you already know, gambling is a casino's top priority. A production can not interfere with their cash cow. As a result, movies must shoot during the dead hours, no matter if it's Swingers or Rain Man. We were given a window of midnight to one the next afternoon to do all of our work. Part of our strategy to prepare for these ungodly hours was to stay up as late as possible the night before and sleep as late as possible. I did half the plan. The wrong half. I stayed out until 7AM and then woke up four hours later. After motoring through the delerium of a sleepless shooting marathon, I am proud to report that we have handily completed our movie on time and on budget. What a great way to end. I would also like to thank Ceasars for their hospitality, generosity, and Swank accomodations."
Overture Films has optioned the North American distribution rights to the crime thriller "Righteous Kill." It is the story of two NYC detectives (Al Pacino & Robert De Niro) trailing a serial killer. Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) is in talks for a role as a drug dealer who helps the two detectives. The 60 million dollar film's production starts in September for director Jon Avnet.
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