2006 CANNES REPORT: #2

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Read the 2006 CANNES REPORT: #1 here.

Even more casting and directing goodness is coming out of the Cannes Film Festival via Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, but there is also some alternate festival snacks coming by the way of JoBlo.com who is back at it in Cannes and offering up some video this time as JoBlo himself is stalking the sexier celebs upon arrival and providing some fun coverage on the way. The site already has up three reports and you can get them here, here and here.

For now, let’s get back to the regularly scheduled report.

JOHANSSON IS BRILLIANT

Scarlett Johansson is either going to be the richest actress in Hollywood with all the films she is starring in, or she is just trying to get as many roles as possible as she adds yet another picture to her busy schedule.

Johansson is set to star in director Barry Levinson‘s heist pic Brilliant, a film which follows Johansson as a jewel thief who teams up with a conman to pull off the biggest heist in history. However, the duo’s relationship is fraught with twists and turns.

This flick will also head into production in September. for a wide release in September 2007.

SOURCE: Variety

GARCIA TO TOPLINE MAJESTY MINOR
The first 2006 CANNES REPORT told us that Vincent Cassel would be playing a god in Jean-Jacques Annaud‘s upcoming feature, His Majesty Minor and now in our second report we learn that French actor Jose Garcia will be the star of the mythological tale.

The film already has an expected release of July 2007 and is based on an original idea by the helmer’s longtime collaborator, Gerard Brach, and is co-written by Annaud.

Shooting begins September 4 at the new City of Lights studio near Alicante, Spain.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

BRITTANY MURPHY IS THE RAMEN GIRL

Brittany Murphy not only turns me on, but she is also set to star in the romantic dramedy The Ramen Girl for director Robert Allan Ackerman.

The pic centers on an American woman (Murphy) who finds herself stranded in Tokyo after a bad breakup. She decides to train as a ramen noodle chef with a tough instructor (Toshiyuki Nishida).

Murphy and Ackerman will both be producing the project which is expected to get underway this September for a 2007 release.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

DELPY TO DIRECT

Julie Delpy is ready to make her directing debut with Deux Jours — Two Days as it will begin filming in Paris on June 12.

Delpy penned the script and co-stars in the feature with Adam Goldberg in a story described as a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a couple whose relationship hits troubled waters during a brief stay in her native city. Delpy told Daily Variety, “It’s ‘Meet the Parents’ meets ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ — no, that’s a joke.”

The film also stars Aleksia Landeau and Daniel Bruhl.

Delpy also wrote and is expected to direct Bathory with Ethan Hawke set to co-star, but there was no word on that pic.

SOURCE: Variety

LOGUE HAS HIS SECOND COMING
Donal Logue will be directing his second feature, The Second Coming, early next year in Greenville, South Carolina and he has attracted the talent of Bill Paxton for the pic.

The film was adapted from Walker Percy’s novel of the same name by Logue and Jeff Kitchen, is the story of a depressed, suicidal widower who falls in love with a young woman who’s escaped from a mental institution.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

WATTS MAKES EASTERN PROMISES

Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Eastern Promises for David Cronenberg.

Watts will star alongside Viggo Mortensen in the crime drama center on the story of a 14-year-old girl who dies on Christmas giving birth in a London hospital. The hospital’s midwife (Watts) sets out to find the girl’s family for the orphaned child. Her search takes her to London’s shady Russian crime community and to a Russian crime boss (Mortensen) who is not what he seems.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

DEVLIN IS GHOSTING
Producer Dean Devlin is making some news as he steps away from the role of producer for his directorial debut with the effects-packed paranormal thriller Ghosting.

The pic centers on a crippled cop who works with a group of undercover investigators who temporarily paralyze hearts to move back and forth between the land of the living and the dead.

Shooting is expected to begin early next year from a Jessie Alexander script.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

Read the 2006 CANNES REPORT: #1 here.

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