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Sep 03 08

Matthew McConaughey's upcoming aptly titled film "Surfer, Dude" has released its new underage-restricted trailer on the Web. It is expected to show in limited theaters on September 5.

The new comedy teaser isn't really kid-friendly, containing some nudity and lots of smoking. But aside from that, the trailer is just like the film's earlier released version in July.

McConaughey plays "soul-surfer" Steve Addington, who returns to his Malibu hometown for the summer only to find that the sea has been devoid of big waves. With the aid of his manager (Woody Harrelson), his mentor (Scott Glen), and his guardian angel (Willie Nelson), he then joins Virtual Reality Video Games and Reality TV to earn some cash.


Sep 03 08

Late horror film director Nobuo Nakagawa and animator Ub Iwerks are to be posthumously honored at the Future Film Festival next year, the organizers announced.

Nakagawa, died in 1984 at the age of 79, had been famous for the folk tale-influenced horror films he made in the 50s and 60s. One of his most recognized work in the 1960 Japanese horror film "Jigoku," which he also co-wrote.

Iwerks, a two-time Academy Award winning animator who died in 1971 at the age of 70, had famously worked for Walt Disney. His works included the "Steamboat Willie" in 1928, a Disney classic cartoon that made Mickey Mouse famous.


Sep 02 08

The Times BFI London Film Festival, one of the most highly regarded and anticipated events in Europe's cultural calendar, attracts leading international film makers with large public audiences. The festival, celebrating its 52nd year, is held every year by the British Film Institute and is currently sponsored by The Times newspaper.

Celebrity News Service believes it is time for film fans to mark their calendars for the U.K.'s largest film festival which will run from October 15 - 30. The festival is two action-packed weeks of movies, celebrity sightings, guest speakers and is a don't-miss-this London experience.

The Festival showcases selected new films from the full spectrum of world cinema, with an extensive schedule of industry and public forums, education events, lectures and celebrity interviews.


Sep 02 08

Hollywood's King of Voiceovers Don LaFontaine has died of complications from Pneumothorax, the presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity, on Monday. He was 68.

LaFontaine was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last week, citing blood clot in his lungs.

The unseen star of the industry may have the most recognizable voice in the industry, providing voice-overs for over 5,000 movie trailers, and 350,000 TV commercials, network promos, and video game trailers.


Sep 02 08

British artist Steve McQueen has been honored with the 2008 Gucci Group Award for his directed film "Hunger" at the Venice Film Festival.

"Hunger," which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, is about the last six weeks of the life of Provisional Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands.

McQueen said as he received the award, "I am very pleased and honored to receive this award from the Gucci Group. And the fact that the award recognizes the efforts of an artist who has broken into a different genre gives me great pleasure."


Sep 01 08

Natalie Portman has been honored with the first Movie for Humanity Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Portman, 27, is the first recipient for the award, given to film artists devoted to humanitarian causes. As part of the special accolade, she also received a trophy and a $50,000 cash prize, which she donated to a charity in Tanzania.

The "Star Wars" prequel trilogy star makes her directorial debut in the short film "Eve," which is being screened at the film festival.


Sep 01 08

"Tropic Thunder" remains strong as the comedy war flick holds onto the top spot at the box office for a third straight week.

The Paramount Pictures' film - starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black - grossed an estimate of $11.5 million during the Labor Day weekend in U.S. and Canada. It's total so far now reaches $83.8 million.

Vin Diesel's new film "Babylon A.D." places second place with a gross of $9.7 million, while "The Dark Knight" finishes with $8.8 million. The latest Batman franchise has now passed the $500 million mark in its seventh week in theaters.


Sep 01 08

The latest in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Bastards" casting: "Troy" actress Diane Kruger is joining Brad Pitt and others in the WWII flick, she confirms reports.

Kruger, 32, shares her "excitement" in working with Pitt again.

They have worked together in 2004's epic film "Troy," wherein she played the beautiful Helen.


Sep 01 08

Russell Crowe is to star as Sherlock Holmes' sidekick Dr. Watson. The "American Gangster" actor will team up with Robert Downey Jr., who is to play the fictional British detective, in a new movie by Guy Ritchie.

Russell, 44, was had agreed to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Nottingham," a retelling of the story of Robin Hood - but after the project was put on hold he was able to commit to Guy's film.

A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Russell wants the part, Guy wants Russell. All they've got left to do is dot the i's and cross the t's."


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