Clints Bits – 6/8

Cue the ‘Kotter’ theme if you will.. ‘Welcome Back’…ok, that’s enough. Today’s bits include a DVD update for “Roswell” buffs, A challenging new role for Reese, the full Directors cut trailer of “Cabin Fever”, a few director switcheroo’s and a couple of title changes.

  • Dark Horizons has a link up for a site that could be harbouring the teaser poster for the third “Mummy” movie here. Some say it could just be an ad for the upcoming theme park ride.

  • Rance Howard [Ron’s Dad] is tipped to star in “Aimee Semple Mcpherson”, about the acclaimed 1920′s female evangelist who did a disappearing act, and was later called to trial for adultery amidst other scandals, according to Dark Horizons.

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned feature film rights to Phillip Ardagh’s family adventure novel “A House Called Awful End" for Circle of Confusion to produce as a live-action feature. It’s part of a trilogy.

  • Daryl Hannah will reunite with her “Casa de los Babys” Director John Sayles for “Silver City”, which starts shooting next month.

  • According to Variety, “Constantine” screenwriter Frank Cappello has will write and direct “Voices” for New Regency Productions. The thriller, based on his original pitch, centers on a cop who discovers that the voices heard by a serial killer are real.

  • Patricia Velazquez is set to star as the wife of Emilio Zapata in Alfonso Arau’s long-in-development biopic “Zapata”, says The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Lindsay Lohan is in talks to reteam with “Freaky Friday” director Mark S. Waters in Paramount’s upcoming teen comedy “Mean Girls”, about an adolescent girl who has been on safari with her zoologist parents but must navigate new terrain when she moves to an Illinois public school and falls in love with the ex-boyfriend of one of the most popular girls. Things turn ugly when she’s reduced to using the same mean-spirited methods as the other girls.

  • Jim Broadbent [“Moulin Rouge”] is in talks to join Jude Law and Keira Knightley in the period romance “Tulip Fever”, says The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Reese Witherspoon will play Amy Biehl, a 26-year-old Stanford student and Fulbright scholar who was murdered in 1993 by rioting South African youths in “Mother to Mother”, says The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Michael Bay is developing “Do Not Go Gently”, a Revolution Studios drama about a scientist from the Smithsonian who fulfills a lifelong dream to travel in space.

  • Brett “Make up your mind will ya?” Ratner has taken over for Director John Stockwell on the Pierce Brosnan heist flick “After the Sunset”.

  • Superhero Hype has a nice detailed rundown of this week’s “Punisher” press conference that happened in Tampa here.

  • The Z Review reports that Stephen Norrington won’t be directing the live-action “Akira” movie anymore – he’s dropped out of all his Hollywood development deals.

  • Jason Statham will play the kidnapper in the Kim Basinger thriller “Cellular”.

  • A Directors Cut version of the “Cabin Fever” trailer is online here

  • Dark Horizons reports that the Ben/JLo flick “Gigli” might be released under the “Tough Love” title in some territories, whilst reporting that Heath ledger starrer “The Order”, will be released under the “Sin Eater” title in Australia.

  • John Travolta has teamed up with four of his siblings to form Los Angeles-based Travolta Family Films, with a remake of “Black Beauty” just one of the films on their schedule.

  • Damn! Channel 9’s “Micaleff Tonight” was axed yesterday because of flagging ratings. Funnily enough, “White Collar Blue”, which aired at the same time, has also been axed.

  • Claudia Karvan won’t be back for a fourth series of “The Secret Life of Us”, she tells The Herald Sun. Vince Colosimo told Moviehole yesterday that he too has opted not to return for series four.

  • According to E Online, Charisma Carpenter will be guest starring on Alicia Silverstone’s new series “Miss Match”, this season.

  • Robert De Niro is leaving “Rule Number 3” for the Hughes Brothers “Hide and Seek” says The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Ben Affleck is set to star in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”, for Betty Thomas, about a bachelor who goes to his younger brother’s wedding, where he is visited by the ghosts of his past girlfriends.

  • Eugene Levy will play a Truant officer in the new Olsen Twins movie “New York Minute”, says The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Crashdown.com reports that the music licensing business is all taken care of, and that the first season of “Roswell” should be hitting DVD early 2004.