Chihuahas bite the weekend in the US

When it was revealed that Disney was making a movie called Beverly Hills Chihuahua from the director of Big Momma’s House and Scooby-Doo, the movie world took a collective stand of disgust, but Disney sure knows what the people wants, and what they want is apparently to see chihuahuas talk on the big screen, making that movie the most successful of the weekend by far. The only other new release to make the top five was Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist, at number three. The other five big new releases more or less flopped, but none less than the comedy How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, which came in nineteenth place. Last week’s winner Eagle Eye slipped into second, while the fourth and fifth spots were filled with the romance Nights In Rodanthe and the western Appaloosa respectively. Another big winner which deserves a mention is the Anne Hathaway starrer Rachel Getting Married, which averaged nearly 32600 dollars per screen while showing in only nine cinemas.

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Short Ones: The Spider’s House, Angel Heart, Bourne spoof and more

Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising) will direct The Spider’s House, a romantic drama following two ex-lovers who meet again in 1950s Morocco, on a backdrop of growing tensions between freedom fighters and French colonials. It is adapted by newcomer Laurie Cooke from a novel by Paul Bowles (The Sheltering Sky).

The 1987 classic supernatural thriller Angel Heart is getting the remake treatment. The original film was written and directed by Alan Parker (The Life Of David Gale), based on a book by William Hjortsberg (Legend), and stars Mickey Rourke (Stormbreaker), Robert De Niro (Righteous Kill) and Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess) among others. Watch the original’s trailer below.

Jack Black (Tropic Thunder) will star in an untitled spoof of the Bourne films, from the screenwriters of Kung Fu Panda, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Black will play an amnesiac who’s convinced he must be a spy…FYI, this movie was already made last year into the very unfunny Code Name: The Cleaner.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War) will voice Max in Mary And Max, a claymation film about two penpals, an 8 year old Australian girl and a 44 year old Jewish New Yorker dude. In the meantime you’ll be able to catch him in the incredible looking films Synecdoche, New York (see the trailer) and Doubt (see the trailer).

British actor Michael Sheen (Blood Diamond) just signed onto two films: the new Alice In Wonderland movie from director Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street) and the terrorism-themed thriller Unthinkable from Australian director Gregor Jordan (Ned Kelly), also starring Samuel L. Jackson (Lakeview Terrace) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Disturbia).

Director Martin Scorsese (The Departed) is set to reunite with regular star Robert De Niro more than 13 years after the mob flick Casino. The new film will be based on the non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses from author Charles Brandt, as adapted by multi-award winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (American Gangster).

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Eagle Eye wins weekend in the US

As expected, Eagle Eye, the new thriller from Disturbia director D.J. Caruso took the top spot at the US box-office this weekend, making more than 29 million bucks. The romantic comedy Nights In Rodanthe came in second while last week’s big winner Lakeview Terrace dropped to third place. Finishing up the top 5 are the Christian-themed drama Fireproof, which did incredibly well consider its theater count, and Burn After Reading, which is holding quite well. Interestingly, Miracle At St. Anna, the World War II film from Inside Man director Spike Lee flopped big time, entering at number 9 with only three and a half million.

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Keira just can’t get enough period pics

Gorgeous British actress Keira Knightley (The Duchess) really needs to learn a thing or two about diversity. Not that her films aren’t good, but after playing tough girl roles for the most part of her early career, she’s now been churning out period drama after period drama at a seemingly frenetic pace.

The Oscar-nominated actress will now star in The Beautiful And The Damned, adapted from a novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby). Believed to be largely autobiographical, the story surrounds the love story of two writers in 1920s America.

The film will be directed by Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog) from a script adapted by newcomer Hanna Weg. Filming will start in April 2009.

Fun Fact: An Australian adaptation of The Beautiful And The Damned will premiere this October at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

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Truckload of Links of the Week

The /Filmcast and the /Filmcast: After Dark.

/Film‘s David Chen interviews Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso here and star Michelle Monaghan here.

Director M. Night Shyamalan is pondering an Unbreakable sequel here.

Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) will star in the thriller Dark Fields here.

Keira Knightley (The Duchess), Eva Mendes (The Women), Guillaume Canet (The Beach) and Sam Worthington (Rogue) will star in “modern love story” Last Night here.

Anna Faris (The House Bunny) drops out of pornstar biopic here and lends her voice to a new animated flick here.

Another Fantastic Four cast member is doubtful a third film will happen here.

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau (The Break-Up) will team up once again for Couples Retreat here.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore are game for a sequel to The Big Lebowski here.

Michael Douglas (King Of California) is a Solitary Man here.

Bruce Willis (the Die Hard films) will direct his first film here.

David Spade (The Benchwarmers) will star in Divorced Guys here.

Keira Knightley isn’t enthusiastic about Pirates 4

Britsh actress Keira Knightley, who plays Elizabeth Swann in the extremely successful Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy and owes much of her fame to those films, isn’t very keen to reprise her role in the proposed fourth movie.

“I think it was wonderful and an amazing opportunity and those films were just extraordinary and I was extremely lucky to be a part of them. But no. I think my pirating days may be over.”

I don’t think Keira needs to worry, as Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 will reportedly focus solely on Johnny Depp’s character Jack Sparrow, the Elizabeth Swann/Will Turner story arc having concluded in the last film.

Walt Disney wants to start production in 2009, but that may be pushed back as many details haven’t been set yet (director, script, cast, etc…). In any case, except a new Pirates movie by 2010/2011. As for Keira Knightley, her latest period drama The Duchess was released five days ago in the UK to generally positive reviews.

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