• jackblack.jpg"I can't think of two people I'd rather party with than Mike White and Jared Hess," says Jack Black. The trio are cooking up a project for Nickelodeon films, to be written by White, directed by Napoleon Dynamite's Hess, and starring Black as a "Mexican priest who secretly moonlights as a masked wrestler in order to save an orphanagefrom closure." White and Black's aptly named Black & White Productions will produce.
  • A&E will produce three major tele-docu-dramas next season: one on Johnny Cash, one dramatizing the incidents on Spetember 11 Flight 93 (think: "Let's roll") in real-time; and, perhaps most significantly, a film called called Celluloid Giants, about the 30 year friendship/rivalry between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
  • "Piracy tends to thrive where the product is inconvenient and the price is out of whack." Peter Chernin, president of News Corp, told a panel at the Milikin Institute Global Conference exactly what he plans to do about that.
  • Tobey Maguire has been added to the cast of Steven Soderbergh's The Good German. He'll play a" seemingly innocent soldier" who "has motives of his own." Variety is also confirming that the film will be shot on WB soundstages in black and white this fall.
  • Former music video director Mark Pellington will direct Nicolas Cage in Electric God, about a "man who lives an isolated life in hopes of controlling his violent temper but finds redemption when forced to reach out to others."
  • Brian Lowryreviews Ashton Kutcher/Amanda Peet rom-com A Lot Like Love: "In essence, British director Nigel Cole has brought a breezy arthouse sensibility to this tale of fated love." By the time he's using phrases like "structural conceit" and "two-character piece", I'm running to re-evaluate the trailer.