- Veteran actor Michael Douglas is set to play the flamboyant Polish-Italian pianist, Liberace in a biopic that Steven Soderbergh is busy developing. Soderbergh is also hoping to play Matt Damon to play Scott Thorson, who sued Liberace for palimony in 1982 after claiming they were lovers. Liberace, also known as Wlazdiu Valentino Liberace (bet you didn’t know that) never refused to acknowledge his homosexuality, even up until his death in 1987 due to aids. Currently, there is no release date scheduled.
- For those that didn’t see Dark Night (so sue me) and even for those who did, comes some great news. Warner Bros. is set to re-release their money making machine, err, movie in January on IMAX, conveniently in time for Academy Award voting season. The blockbuster sequel to Batman has brought in about $512 million domestically and $440 million internationally. It has been ranked to date as the second highest grossing movie ever, after “Titanic.”
- Dakota Fanning fans are in luck. “Hounddog,” is set to debut with a limited released on Sept. 19, 2008. If you recall, there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding the film, in which Robin Wright Penn serves as executive producer, because of a scene depicting rape in which Fanning is in. The scene only shows Fanning’s face, and her character’s reaction to the event, however it was enough to send religious blogs into hysterics over it. “Hounddog” also stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Piper Laurie, Cody Hanford and R&B singer-songwriter Jill Scott.
- It looks like Alfred Hitchcock has come back from his grave to sue none other than Dreamworks, Viacom Inc. and Universal Pictures for copyright infringement. The reason? “Disturbia” stole it’s plot from Hitchcock’s 1954 classic, “Read Window,” the lawsuit alleges. Steven Spielberg, a Dreamworks found is named as a defendant in the suit that was filed by Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust in a Manhattan federal court on Monday. The basis for “Rear Window” came from a short story by Cornell Woolrich called “Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint,” which Hitchcock and James Stewart, who stars in the film, obtained the motion picture rights to in 1953. Dreamworks should have done the same, the lawsuit said.
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