"I want you to have this Exclusive information. TRUST ME on this. Apparently Brett Ratner is casting the role for the man of steel here in NYC, when all of a sudden who shows up but JOSH HARTNETT. Brett was amazed by his performance. Apparently impressed to the point where it's 99% certain that he will be the next man of steel!"
The Other Side Of Simple: Vince Vaughn recently spoke with MTV.com about the progress of the crime thriller, The Other Side Of Simple, in which he is supposed to star alongside of Hayden Christensen:
"That actually is a movie that I was supposed to be shooting right now," Vaughn said, "that they stopped four or five days before I was going to leave to go shoot it. Some of the cast fell out. I'm not at liberty to discuss."
John Woo's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Co-creator, Peter Laird, recently spoke with UGO about the reasons why John Woo's adaptation of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles never got underway:
"Mirage Studios last year signed a deal with a company called Digital Rim. It was an option deal to co-develop a live action or CGI movie. John Woo is a partner in Digital Rim. The press release went out that said what I just said. People picked up on it ands translated that to mean that John Woo is going to direct a Turtles movie. That was never true. We hoped he would be involved and I think he even released something that said he was interested. That option is now expired, anyway. Ain't It Cool just blew up with all these funny posts excited about John Woo directing it."
Iron Man: According to Variety, New Line Cinema and Marvel Comics have put the writing duties in the hands of Alfred Gough (TV's Smallville) and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon) to pen the adaptation of Marvel's famed comic Iron Man. Chief exec at Marvel, Avi Arad, hopes to lure Tom Cruise into the main character role of 'Stark'.
Scary Movie 3: According to Variety, Charlie Sheen has signed a 2 picture deal with Miramax/Dimension Films. His first role will be o appear in the 3rd chapter of the Scary Movie series. His second project is unknown at this time.
The Armageddon Trilogy:Moviehole has gotten a more in depth look at the progress of the proposed Armageddon Trilogy:
Apparently Filmink magazine got it wrong that John Carpenter will direct the "Armageddon" trilogy for 35 Central. But there is good news..there is such a project happening, and as of December Director Tobe Hooper ("Poltergeist") was in talks to direct it. A spokesperson for 35 central tells us, "Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) was attached to the project in December 2002. Negotiations started with Mr. Hooper's lawyers but were suspended because of scheduling difficulties." And what of John Carpenter's involvement? "Mr. Carpenter was suggested by an outside source as a possible, but the project is yet to be presented to him. 35Central have no intentions of taking the project to Mr. Carpenter, at this stage (unless requested), due to its scope and Mr. Carpenter's obvious penchant for "intimate" horror films." We're told both Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander") and Michael Rymer ("Queen of the Damned") have also been approached. But, "A director is yet to be signed", says the company.
Thanks to 'Clint'
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Disney plans to remake The Sorcerer's Apprentice which originally appeared in the 1940's version of Fantasia. The man who directed The Lion King, Rob Minkoff, is set to direct and produce the upcoming film. David Berenbaum is set to write the script.
Thanks to 'Stax'
A Serbian TV station is in trouble after allegedly screening a bootleg version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers videoed in a cinema. Angry fans who tuned in to the poor quality pirate version say their enjoyment was ruined. TV channel Enigma showed the copy of the film just weeks after its European premiere. The TV channel is likely to face legal action from the Association of Film Distributors of Yugoslavia and Yugoslav anti-pirate association.