BREAKING FILM NEWS

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

De Matteo Moves To 'Wisteria Lane'...

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Actress Drea "Sopranos" de Matteo will join the cast of "Desperate Housewives" for its sixth season.

De Matteo will portray an Italian matriarch whose family moves to suburban 'Wisteria Lane'.

De Matteo is noted for her role in "The Sopranos" as 'Adriana La Cerva', the girlfriend of 'Christopher Moltisanti' (Michael Imperioli).

De Matteo played in 56 episodes of the TV series from 1999 to 2006...

Sneak Peek "Surrogates"...

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Jonathan "Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines" Mostow directs actor Bruce Willis in "Surrogates", based on the Top Shelf graphic novel series "the Surrogates", from a screenplay by Michael Ferris and John Brancato.

Created by Robert Venditti/Brett Weldele, premise of "The Surrogates" is set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation, interacting with 'surrogate' robots. Producers of the feature are David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks for Disney's Touchstone.

"...FBI agents investigate a mysterious murder against a college student, linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon.

This allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves -- fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles -- enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The crime spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who's real and who can you trust..."

"Surrogates" will be released September 25, 2009...


"Couples Retreat": It's No Vacation...

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"Couples Retreat" is a new Universal comedy feature directed by Peter "The Sacred Fire" Billingsley and written by actor/director Jon "Iron Man" Favreau, who also stars in the film.

Cast also includes Vince Vaughn, Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Kali Hawk.

Music is composed by Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman.

The film follows four couples who go on a vacation to a tropical-island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.

"Couples Retreat" will be released October 9, 2009...

Happy Canada Day !!!

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July 1 is "Canada Day", celebrating the founding of the world's second largest country.

The land was originally occupied by aboriginals, but starting in the late 15th century, British/French expeditions explored and later settled along the Atlantic coast. France eventually ceded all of its North American colonies in 1763 following the 'Seven Years War'.

July 1, 1867, with the union of British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of provinces.

A parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, Canada is a bilingual/multicultural country, with both English and French as the official tongues at the federal level.

Technologically advanced and industrialized, Canada maintains a diversified economy reliant on natural resources, trade and a creative, highly skilled workforce...


"Star Trek" Launches A "Monopoly"...

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Space may be the final frontier, but the newest "Monopoly" collector’s edition boldly goes where no one has gone before, as "Star Trek" fans get a chance to travel through the 'Star Trek Continuum', while exploring generations of 'Starfleet' history.

Players buy, sell and trade memorable Trek locations from founding 'Federation' homeworlds 'Andoria' and 'Vulcan' to 'Bajor', 'Cardassia Prime' and the 'New Founders’ Homeworld'.

Made by USAopoly under license from Hasbro and CBS Consumer Products, the game board features historic locations 'Argus Array', 'Cardassia Prime' and 'Remus', while 'Boardwalk' and 'Park Place' have been replaced by the 'United Federation of Planets Headquarters' and 'Starfleet Command'.
Players can take a voyage around the board as one of six pewter tokens including the 'Vulcan Harp', 'Phaser', 'Communicator', 'Klingon Blood Wine Goblet', 'Shuttlecraft' and 'Captain's Chair'. Images around the board feature Starfleet Captains 'Kirk', 'Picard', 'Archer', 'Sisko' and 'Janeway'.

Properties are purchased with specialized "Monopoly" money, featuring gold-pressed 'Latinum' bars, while custom title deed cards feature location data about all 22 properties including the 'U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D', 'Klingon Bird-of-Prey', 'Romulan Warbird' and the 'U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656', which take the place of 'Railroads' in the game...


Star Trek Monopoly Continuum Edition

Sci Fi Assimilating "Alien Nation"...

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Sci Fi is developing a TV reboot of "Alien Nation," adapting the 1988 feature that previously spawned a one-season spinoff TV series on Fox

The new show will be written by Tim "The X-Files" Minear. Fox 21, a production arm of 20th Century Fox TV will produce.

Premise of the original feature followed an unlikely partnership between a street cop and his 'alien' detective partner, set against the larger tale of alien 'newcomers' who move to Earth.

"It's absolute perfect timing for this type of show," said Fox 21's Chris Carlisle.

"At the heart of 'Alien Nation,' it's a cop movie. It's grounded. And it has a tremendous amount of dramatic possibilities and humour."

"It's very much in keeping with what we've been looking to do," said Sci Fi original programming exec VP Mark Stern.

"...find themes that are more than just hard sci-fi, something that feels contemporary and relevant and invites a broad audience in."

Because the show will most likely be shot in Vancouver, similar to Sci Fi's "Battlestar Galactica", the new "Alien Nation" will be set in the Pacific Northwest, 20 years after the first ship of aliens, crash lands onto Earth. By 2020, the alien poulation on Earth will have multiplied to 3.5 million.

The original feature, directed by Graham Baker starred actor Mandy Patinkin as alien cop 'Sam Francisco' and James Caan as his reluctant human partner...