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Rambo Gets the Bollywood Green Light

Is this really necessary? Today in Cannes, Dave McNary of Variety confirms that a Bollywood film company will soon be remaking Sylvester Stallone’s 2008 offering Rambo. This plan was originally outlined at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but it is only now – a year later – that full funding is in place:

Daljit Parmar, nephew of the late Bollywood multi-hyphenate Mehmood, said the Rambo and Expendables remakes should be in production by the end of the year.

“I am extremely excited to announce the launch of our slate to remake titles from some of the most successful action franchises in Hollywood on this historic 100-year anniversary celebration of Indian cinema at Cannes,” he said.

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Studios Buzzing About Sundance Fight Club Doc

The Irish have a couple of very intriguing entries at Sundance this year. New York Post critic Kyle Smith is heaping some early praise on The Guard, an odd couple cop comedy starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. He describes the film as a “a race-reversed 48 Hours in which the white guy gets to be funny and the black guy is the straight man.” Sounds promising.

The Guard was written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, the older brother of playwright Martin McDonagh. But arguably the more intriguing McDonagh siblings represented at Sundance this year are Michael and Hames Quinn, stars of the feature-length documentary Knuckle. Director Ian Palmer spent 12 years tracking the pair’s secretive Irish Traveler community and violent, bare-knuckle fighting matches.

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A Few Sundance Titles Might Include…

sundancepic2.jpgSundance Film Festival is still almost two months away, but already the blogging universe is making its predictions about the line-up.

Who knows where they got their info, but regardless, a few possibilities include:

“Paper Hearts” – First up is a film that almost no one has heard about until now. The feature filmmaking debut of Nicholas Jasenovec, the film is an unconventional comedy which is being described as “part-documentary, part-scripted comedy” about Michael Cera’s real-life relationship with Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”). Not much else is known about the film, but indie insiders are already predicting that it will be this year’s Sundance break out hit ala “Napoleon Dynamite.”

An Education – “Italian For Beginners” director Lone Scherfig‘ helms the first screenplay by About a Boy/High Fidelity novelist Nick Hornby. Adapted from a memoir by Lynn Barber, published in literary magazine Granta, the film tells a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, who has her life turned inside out after she meets a 35-year-old sportscar-driving Brit. The film stars Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and Sally Hawkins.

“Brooklyn’s Finest” – Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s cop tale about three unconnected Brooklyn cops who wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. The film stars Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Wesley-Snipes-profile.html”>Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, Jesse Williams and Lili Taylor.

“I Love You Phillip Morris” – Adapted from Steve McVicker’s 2003 novel, and based on a true story. Steve Carrey plays Russell, a criminal who falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris’ release from prison, Russell attempts a variety of bizarre prison escapes in hopes of reuniting with the love of his life. The movie was apparently pitched as “Catch Me if You Can meets Brokeback Mountain”. The screenplay was written by the team who did “Bad Santa.”

Don Cheadle Will Take Over For Terrence Howard In ‘Iron Man 2′

Don Cheadle doncheadle.jpglooks like he’ll be filling in for Terrence Howard as the second banana in “Iron Man 2,” according to news reports.

Cheadle will step in to play Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark’s best friend who would also become the armor-clad hero War Machine.

Although there was no comment from Marvel Studios, The Hollywood Reporter says that sources close to the deal reported the negotiations fell through with Howard over financial differences, among other things.

The character of Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in “Iron Man 2.”

Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay with Jon Favreau to return as director and Robert Downey Jr. to step in again as Stark/Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow also is expected to be back as Stark’s assistant, Pepper Potts.

Media Events 06.21.07

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Thursday 06.21.07
WHAT: Opening night screening of L.A. Film Festival
WHO: Kasi Lemmons, Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Martin Sheen, co-chair Andy Garcia Cuba Gooding Jr. and many others.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mann Village Theatre
WHY: Because, once again, Fantastic Four blows.

FRIDAY 06.22.07
WHAT: Film premiere of Ratatouille
WHO: Celebs include Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Garrett, John Ratzenberger, Lou Romano, Peter Sohn, celebrity chef Thomas Keller, Julius Calahan, Jake Steinfeld, producer Brad Lewis, writer/director Brad Bird; plus Denise Richards, Hayden Patettiere, Natalie Maines, Adrian Pasdar, Andy Garcia, Hector Elizondo, Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka and many others
WHEN: 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kodak Theatre
WHY: Because it’ll delight you … and keep you from ever eating at a French restaurant again.

Sunday 06.24.07
WHAT: Reading of essay anthology DAMAGE CONTROL
WHO: Sam Dunn Camp, Rachel Resnick, Francesca Lia Block, Emma Forrest and others.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
WHERE: Chateau Marmont
WHY: As Camp says, “Appetizers, the requisite celebrity sightings at the Chateau, a good book and my talented women pals… Such a deal!”

In The Trades: Writers, Talkers, Cross Words

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The Writers Co-Op, a sort of joint venture for screenwriters, has gotten 19 top scripters to sign up. John Wells has offered office space and staff support for the production entity, and Warners has offered a first look deal to the Co-Op. Writers will take cuts in their high upfront salaries for the reward of receiving first-dollar gross, the right to participate as producers and a guarantee they will not be rewritten without their consultation and approval, and will get imput all the way from development to post-production. Since the parties involved are all A-listers, many of whom also direct, they’ll want to write commercial projects that will net the Co-Op producers’ fees as well as their own shares of the gross, so the reasoning goes.

Bunim-Murray, the reality (Real World, Road Rules) titans, are moving into theatrical documentary, under Sasha Alpert’s guidance. First film out is Autism: The Musical.

Margaret Thatcher is the subject of a BBC Films feature, to be produced by Damian Jones. Helen Mirren, get ready!

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Steven Bochco enters the online community with Cafe Confidential, a sort of tell-all show with real people telling all about various subjects. Metacafe hosts the series.

Dolemite returns to the big screen. Rudy Ray Moore, created the characrter and will EP the film with Bill Fishman directing. No casting announcements yet.

Merv Griffin Entertainment’s newest game show, Let’s Play Crosswords, has cleared enough TV markets for a 2007-08 debut. It’s a return to quality, according to execs.