Not to be outdone by their indie division's summer hit March of the Penguins, Warner Brothers will releaseHappy Feet - an animated musical about the polar birds that's been in the works since long before the French doc got Morgan Freemaned - day-and-date on IMAX 3D and conventional screens next November. The film features the voice talents of Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, and Brittany Murphy.
Mr and Mrs Smith director Doug Liman has signed on to directHeist, a "comedic drama" pilot for NBC. Josef Adalian calls it "an Ocean's Eleven-style hour about a group of thieves who'll spend
the season engineering and executing a grand scheme to simultaneously
rob three Rodeo Drive jewelry stores" on Oscar night. Casting is underway and all involved are hoping to premiere midseason.
The Hollywood Film Festival is planning to hand its next Career Achievement Award to Diane Keaton, at a ceremony to be held on October 24. Director Sam Mendes will be honored as Director of the Year at the same ceremony - even though his upcoming Jarhead won't have been released.
Ryan Reynolds fanatics, take note: according to Dennis Harvey, Waiting... is "puerile, inert and drab" and generally "mediocre in every department".