Rob Lowe is giving the big screen another go by signing on to Mark Pellington's ('Henry Poole Is Here') indie thriller 'I Melt With You.' He'll be joining Jeremy Piven and Thomas Jane in the dark story that follows the interconnecting lives of four men and focuses on the pain of the modern male psyche, deals with mortality, aging and friendship, according to TheWrap. Lowe will play a doctor who has to deal with deep personal loss and drug addiction. The very low budget production --pegged at less than $1 million -- begins next month near Big Sur in Northern California.
Fairy tale characters are hot. Hollywood is currently enamored of 'Sleeping Beauty' villain Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), Tinkerbell (Elizabeth Banks), a live-action reimagining of 'Cinderella,' and 'Red Riding Hood' (with Catherine Hardwicke directing Amanda Seyfried. Now add to the list a 3D live-action 'Hansel and Gretel,' which is being put together by Michael Bay's commercial production house The Institute along with Kalliope Films. According to TheWrap, 'Avatar' lead character designer Joseph C. Pepe will design the characters. Production is scheduled to begin next spring in Germany.
'Borat' and 'Bruno' director Larry Charles will take on another misanthrope by signing on to direct Jim Carrey in 'Pierre Pierre,' a comedy about an obnoxious Frenchman who transports a stolen painting from Paris to London. The project is being shopped around to several studios but shouldn't have a hard time finding a home, according to Deadline Hollywood.
CBS Films, home to such mediocre outings as 'Extraordinary Measures' and 'The Back-up Plan,' has teamed with Sony on 'It Takes A Village,' a comedy pitch that Keenen Ivory Wayans will write and direct, according to Deadline Hollywood. The story centers on a 30-something white single career-obsessed woman who tries to adopt a child from a South Pacific island but first must get the approval of the tribe's chief and seven elders, who move in with her when she returns to the states.
Charles Martin Smith, who graduated from starring in 'American Graffitti to directing 'Air Bud,' will direct 'Dolphin Tale,' a family film inspired by the true story of "Winter" the dolphin and the young boy who befriends her after she lost her tail in a crab trap. According to Variety, Winter will play herself in the movie, set to film in Florida beginning Sept. 27 at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter lives.
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