Author Michael Crichton passes away

Variety reported that Michael Crichton died yesterday at age 66. According to the author’s website, he died “after a courageous and private battle against cancer”. The website also states that Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles. A memorial posting added: “While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about …
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Nobel Son film details

Directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) and written and produced by Miller and Jody Savin, Nobel Son is a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. Barkley Michaelson (Bryan Greenberg) is struggling to finish his Ph.D. thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman), wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. …
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Alienware launches high performance M17 Notebook

Alienware launches the all-new M17 notebook, continuing its strong tradition of pushing gaming performance limits through state of the art technology, wrapped in the iconic Alienware style. Available today in the U.S. and Europe, the 17-inch Alienware M17 is powered by the world’s first mobile quad-core processor, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, and is …
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Dubai Studio City to showcase facilities at American Film Market

Dubai Studio City, the Middle East’s first dedicated film production cluster, will highlight Dubai as a compelling destination for international filmmakers during American Film Market (AFM), which is currently being held in Santa Monica, California. Dubai Studio City executive director Jamal Al Sharif, will lead a panel discussion on Location Expo: National Perspectives, highlighting production …
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UCLA to host film distribution, prediction and financing workshop

The UCLA Entertainment & Media Management Institute (EMMI) at UCLA Anderson School of Management today announced that it will host the annual Bruce Mallen Business and Economics Scholars Workshop November 7-8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Workshop will bring together top academic scholars and industry professionals to discuss research focused on measuring, predicting and/or …
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Writer gets Trapped in crime thriller

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Aldrich is in talks to pen the thriller The Trap, which Ericson Core (Invincible) might direct for Alcon. The movie is a remake of a 2007 Serbian film titled Klopka, about a regular guy who agrees to commit a contract killing in order to fund his son’s life-saving surgery. …
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Legendary Wo Ping’s newest project underway

Variety reports that last Sunday, Yuen Wo-ping, legendary fight choreographer of The Matrix and Kill Bill films, held a press conference and announced his new project, titled True Legend. The film tells the tale of fictional Chinese folk hero Beggar So, who is famously portrayed in Wo Ping’s own Drunken Master movie. Yuen’s father, Simon …
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Jackie Chan’s latest project

Jackie Chan has began working on his latest film, with the English working title of Junior Soldiers. Filming is expected to begin in early 2009, according to Variety. The film is a period road movie set during the Qin dynasty, according to reports on the Sina.com site. Ding Sheng, who helmed Underdog Knight, is directing …
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Drunken Master director to take on Mulan

Variety reports that Hong Kong director Jingle Ma, best known for the Jackie Chan classic martial arts films Drunken Master II and Rumble in the Bronx, as well as Jet Li’s The Legend, confirmed that he will be directing a live-action version of Mulan, the historical project about legendary warrior princess Hua Mulan. The story …
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