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Adam Green’s Frozen has attracted its three leading actors. According to THR, Kevin Zegers ( Dawn of the Dead ), Shawn Ashmore ( The Ruins ) and Emma Bell will star as college students stranded on a chairlift on a New England ski slope that has closed. The trio are forced to make life and death decisions or risk freezing to death. Green will direct from a script he penned. Shooting begins next week in Utah. Peter Block and Cory Neal of GreeneStreet Films/A Bigger Boat are producing.

Adam Sandler and his former Saturday Night Live cohorts Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, along with Kevin James, are planning to join forces for an all-star comedy flick due out Independence Day 2010. The film, cowritten by Sandler, follows five high school friends who reunite after 30 years for a July 4 holiday weekend, per Variety. Dennis Dugan (You Don’t Mess With the Zohan) will direct, with cameras slated to roll this summer.

According to THR Pierce Brosnan’s firm is developing a story about famed Hungarian photojournalist Robert Capa, attaching Paul McGuigan to direct. Born Andre Friedmann in early-20th century Budapest, Capa memorialized many conflicts, including the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The colorful journalist also helped found Magnum Photos and traveled in glamorous circles that included a friendship with John Steinbeck and an affair with Ingrid Bergman.

Oscar nominee Josh Brolin joins Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins in the ensemble cast for Woody Allen’s next picture, which the Vicky Cristina Barcelona auteur wrote and will direct this summer in London. No word on the plot or title.

Negotiators from the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and SAG met until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the AMPTP’s offices in Sherman Oaks. It was the first negotiating session since November; the parties were scheduled to resume their talks at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart and Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) are in negotiations to star alongside Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Rum Diary, the big-screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel.

Planet Terror writer-director Robert Rodriguez is going to commence work on his latest film Nerverackers for Dimension Films. according to Variety is calling it a sci-fi thriller. According to the trade paper, the story is set in 2085 and focuses on a character named Joe Tezca who is part of an elite unit dispatched to quell a crime wave in a theoretically perfect future society. Dimension will release the film on April 16, 2010.

Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington will join together for an action-packed adaptation of The Matarese Circle, a spy-vs.-spy thriller based on the novel by Robert Ludlum Bourne Identity. According to both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Cruise is in final negotiations to join Washington in the would-be blockbuster, which David Cronenberg will direct.

Geoffrey Gilmore is leaving his post as director of the Sundance Film Festival to take the job of chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises. The move leaves a void at the top of the fest he intimately shaped while also providing a jolt to one that’s still trying hard to find its niche.

According to Variety, John Malkovich will do a villainous turn in the big-screen version of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex. The flick stars Josh Brolin as a former Confederaete soldier-turned-bounty hunter who faces off against Quentin Turnbull (Malkovich), a wealthy Southern plantation owner out for revenge after his son is killed during the Civil War.

Casey Affleck is directing a documentary feature on Joaquin Phoenix, his friend and fellow actor who last spring decided to swap the acting business for music. Phoenix is embarking on a new path as a rapper, with an album to be produced by Sean Combs. He is scheduled to make his first public performance Friday at a Las Vegas club, which will officially kick off Affleck’s shoot. Affleck, repped by Endeavor and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is known for his work in front of the camera with such movies as Gone Baby Gone and the Ocean’s Eleven series. He directed a series of shorts for Sundance Channel in the late 1990s.

Ashton Kutcher is looking to tackle the football comedy Traded for Paramount Pictures. The actor would play a superstar NFL quarterback who magically swaps bodies with a 12-year-old middle school geek.


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