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Trade Round-Up: September 7, 2007

will smith.jpegSmith for Seven Pounds
Will Smith is pursuing a major reteam with the creative minds behind The Pursuit of Happyness. The actor has inked to star in Seven Pounds, Variety reports. The project reunites him with helmer Gabriel Muccino and production company Escape Artists along with Smith’s own Overbrook Entertainment. Variety‘s Tatiana Siegel and Michael Fleming write that the story centers on a man who inadvertently falls in love while attempting to kill himself.

Lynton, Pascal On Top in Variety
Will Smith is known as a bit of a showman himself, but Variety has instead selected Sony chairmen Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal as its Showmen of the Year. The VPlus special breaks down their business styles and backgrounds, citing a “team concept that also allows the experts the freedom to do what they do best.” In other words, keep making Spider-Man movies that keep them atop of the studio heap.

Michael Clayton’s Fashion Turn for Clooney
Variety may not be the first place you look for fashion coverage but Diane Clehane delivers a story about George Clooney‘s lawyer duds for his new pic Michael Clayton. It’s a fresh look at the process to get Clooney outfitted by costume designer Sarah Edwards in suits (Armani or Gucci) that best fit his character in the film, which just premiered overseas. Get the fashion goods here.


Maguire on Robotech Trek
Tobey Maguire is no stranger to blockbuster adaptations and the Spider-Man star is ready to go down that road again, THR reports, with a deal to produce and possibly star in Robotech for Warner Bros. Pictures. The project is based on an anime classic and features giant robots. That Transformers movie must’ve had a big impact on Hollywood.

New Releases
It’s the weekend again, and that means looking into the box-office crystal ball over at THR which says the films gunning for top spots this weekend are 3:10 to Yuma from Lions Gate and the actioner Shoot ‘Em Up from New Line. Which one is likely to take No. 1? Read the story here.

- CHRIS GARDNER

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