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Fantastic Four Movie News

Buffy writer/director Doug Petrie exclusively revealed to Zentertainment that he is working on the screenplay for the upcoming superhero film Fantastic Four.

Following previous aborted screenplays from Sam Hamm (Monkeybone/Batman) and Michael France (Goldeneye/Cliffhanger), Petrie landed the job after meeting director Peyton Reed (Bring It On) through mutual friend Christophe Beck – composer of Buffy’s incidental scores for several years. Fantastic Four is due to reach cinemas some time in 2003

Ewan McGregor Talks Episode II

Here’s a piece of Ewan Mcgregor’s recent inverview with Empire Online.And what about the other, oft-mentioned project, Attack of the Clones? ‘Star Wars 2 is looking really, really good,’ he enthused. ‘I saw a lot of my stuff while we were doing the looping and it looks really full-on. The title’s not a good title but there we are. He keeps that completely to himself George. No one ever knows what it’s going to be called and then one day it’s just announced and he doesn’t let anybody know.

When I initially heard about it I was doing a press line up in America and somebody went, ‘What do you think of Attack of The Clones’ and I said ‘I didn’t see it.’ So they said ‘No, what do you think of that?’ And they hadn’t even fucking told me, you know? So I said ‘I think it sounds terrible, because it does sound like a sort of 40s

Drew Barrymore and Tom Green wed – Who Cares?

This time, they say it’s for real. “”Charlie’s Angels”” star Drew Barrymore formally married actor-comedian Tom Green in a small outdoor ceremony last weekend, her publicist said Tuesday. “”It was a more formal ceremony, something they wanted to do for close friends and family,”” said Eddie Michaels. “”It was a beautiful, low-key event. They wanted to keep everything as private as possible.””

The couple has routinely joked about being married on talk shows and during other public appearances in recent months. Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, Barrymore’s co-stars from “”Charlie’s Angels,”” attended the reception after the Saturday wedding, along with Barrymore’s mother, Jaid. Green’s parents flew in from Ottawa. Barrymore, 26, and Green, 29, were engaged in July 2000. Green said in April that they had eloped in March. It was Green’s first marriage and Barrymore’s second.

Finally, Something We All Can Get Behind

A small band of online consumer advocates is attempting to turn this Friday the 13th into a nightmare for exhibitors and movie studios. The activist group, calling itself WeCanDoThis.com, is spreading its message via e-mail and its Web site pleading that consumers not see a movie Friday in order to protest the high price of tickets. It’s calling the effort the National Ticket Picket. WeCanDoThis.com expected its site to be up and running by Tuesday; its online home has been at IdeaTown.com. “”Thousands and thousands visited the site in the past 24 hours,”” said spokesman Mark Jonathan Davis, and hundreds of e-mails were sent asking that recipients pass the word along to boycott movies Friday.

(Not) Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

As a result of the tragic events that unfolded in New York on Tuesday, several upcoming Hollywood productions were postponed, altered or canceled. Here’s a short list of the moves Hollywood made after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center:

– Teaser trailer for Sony’s “”Spider-Man,”” which features the hero stringing bank robbers up on a web between the Twin Towers, has been pulled from theaters and the Web. USA Today reports that the filmmakers also will airbrush the buildings out of the final film.- Tim Allen’s comedy “”Big Trouble”” has been rescheduled for 2002, based on a subplot involving a character who sneaks a bomb onto an airplane.- “”Collateral Damage,”” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest about a fireman who loses his wife and son in a terrorist attack, has been postponed indefinitely. – Ed Burns’ (“”She’s The One””) romantic comedy, “”Sidewalks of New York,”” reportedly has been moved back from September until November.- An upcoming Jackie Chan film, “”Nosebleed,”” is being altered as a result of the attack. The original concept involved Chan as a window washer at the Trade Center who foils a terrorist’s plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty. The plot will be re-worked.The television industry also made some major moves as a result of the attack. The Emmy’s, scheduled for Sunday night, have been postponed. And Thursday morning, NBC announced that they will delay the launch of their Fall Television schedule, and urged the other networks to so the same.– Sean O’Connell

Lord Of the Rings – Takes in 18 Million

Despite its three-hour length and dark themes, New Line Cinema’s PG-13 epic “”The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”” racked up $18.2 million in its Wednesday domestic bow.In 13 overseas territories, including the U.K., France and Germany, the film collected $11.5 million in its first day.The domestic start puts the pic on track to become the biggest December opener in history. Most industryites foresee a five-day total in the $70 million-$80 million range.

Pic, which opened Tuesday at midnight to sold-out theaters across the country, is playing on 5,700 screens and 3,359 theaters, with a strong average of $5,104 per engagement.Better than expected””These numbers well exceed our expectations,”” said New Line distrib chief David Tuckerman. The studio had estimated a $10 million take per day, or roughly $60 million for the Wednesday-Sunday frame.Warner Bros.’ “”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,”” the corporate cousin to which “”Rings”” often is compared, grossed $23 million on its first Friday in release on the way to a record $90.3 million three-day bow. “”Harry”” opened on an unprecedented 8,000-plus screens and a record 3,672 theaters.This story comes from Variety.