Miramax has apparently spiked Spike Lee's film version of the popular Broadway musical "Rent." Miramax has been working with Tribeca Prods. on a screen adaptation of the Jonathan Larson tuner.
In response to popular demand, Levi's Toronto Intl. Teen Movie Festival has extended its submissions deadline to Sept. 14, giving teen filmmakers more time to complete their projects.
Via its MGM discretionary fund, Hyde Park Entertainment has optioned novelist W.L. Ripley's thriller "Springer's Gambit," with Kurt Russell attached to star.
Bruce Davey and Mel Gibson's Paramount-based Icon Prods. has slapped down six-figures for the script "Don Wayne Wyoming," with "Saturday Night Live" thesp Will Ferrell attached to star.
Art director and production designer Perry Andelin Blake will make his feature film directorial debut with Revolution Studio's "Master of Disguise," starring "Saturday Night Live" alum Dana Carvey.
British director Danny Boyle returns to his roots with sparky results in "Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise" and "Strumpet," two low-budget, DV mini-features set among the underclasses of…
Warner Bros. Pictures is negotiating with Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow for the feature rights to their acclaimed 1992 comic book "Hard Boiled," with David Fincher attached to direct and Nicolas Cage…
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Columbia Pictures is doing barrel rolls over scribe Simon Kinberg, who's been hired to pen the actioner "Air Show" for Wonderland.
Gotham-based distrib Cowboy Booking Intl. will now be known officially as Cowboy Pictures. Company partners John Vanco and Noah Cowan have also made several key personnel changes and planned a move…
A minor-league comedy-drama about Major League Baseball hopefuls, "Summer Catch" is a modestly amusing trifle that likely will score a few runs in the megaplexes before heading into extra innings in…