Consolidated Pictures Group has just acquired domestic distribution rights for "I Love You Phillip Morris." Jim Carrey stars as a married conman who falls in love with his cellmate, played by Ewan McGregor.
The film, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Bad Santa") is set to be released Valentine's Day of 2010.
"I Love You Phillip Morris" debuted at Sundance and will be seen during the Directors' Fortnight at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
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Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher are in talks to star in "Valentine's Day."
Director Garry Marshall is set to helm the film which is about five interconnecting stories set during a Valentine's Day in Los Angeles.
It's like "Crash" minus the drama plus romantic comedy equals "Valentine's Day."
Here's the various story lines according to The Hollywood Reporter:
-- Roberts is an army officer on leave from Iraq on a flight to L.A. Cooper, on the same flight, is a gay man whose lover is a closeted football player.
-- Kutcher is an owner of a flower shop who proposes to his girlfriend (Alba), only to realize he is in love with his close friend, played by Garner, who discovers her boyfriend is married.
-- MacLaine plays Roberts' mother, a happy retiree who reveals to her husband a long-ago affair.
-- Hathaway is an assistant working at the biggest talent agency in town and dating a mailroom assistant; Biel is a publicist unlucky in love (is there any other kind?) who has no date on Valentine's Day.
And there are more major roles left to be cast! There's the gay football player, MacLaine's husband, the mailroom worker, a talent agent and a young boy looking to give his crush some flowers.
Katherine Fugate wrote the first draft, while Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein scripted the latest.
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Rachel Weisz is in talks to play screen legend Hedy Lamarr in director Amy Redford's "Face Value."
Lammar is a 1940s screen goddess who was famous for playing Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah."
But did you know that Lammar was also a scientist? I did not know that being a scientist became the actress' second career. She helped create a method of changing frequencies, known as frequency-hopping, which became the basis of our modern wireless communications.
Go Miss Hedy!
"Face Value" will focus on Lamarr's eccentric life as both an actress and an accomplished scientist. The script is written by Jose Rivera and Gretchen Somerfeld.
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As we reported last year, Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba are set to star for director Michael Winterbottom in his adaptation of noir author Jim Thompson's "The Killer Inside Me."
The story follows a West Texas sheriff (Affleck) and his downward spiral from a boring small-town cop into a ruthless, sociopathic murderer. Alba plays a prostitute.
Now, Simon Baker of TV's "The Mentalist," has been hired to play an attorney on the trail of that murderer. Kate Hudson will also co-star as the sheriff's schoolteacher girlfriend.
This production is getting intriguing and interesting. By the way, shooting begins this week in New Mexico and Oklahoma.
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"The Open Road" starring Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, Kate Mara, Harry Dean Stanton, Lyle Lovett, and Mary Steenburgen has been acquired by Anchor Bay.
It's an indie drama about a dying mother's wish for her son to bring his estranged father to the hospital. Of course, along the way, in the wide, open road, father and son reconnect while remembering their past.
Directed by Michael Meredith from his own script, "The Open Road" is set to be released late summer.
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