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Len Wiseman To Direct 'The Mummy' Reboot

September 25th, 2012 12:50pm EDT
Len Wiseman
Director Len Wiseman is preparing to bring The Mummy movies back to life in a scary new reboot.

Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser starred in the original 1999 movie and its 2001 sequel, although the British actress dropped out of the third installment and was replaced by Maria Bello.

Underworld moviemaker Wiseman - who recently remade Total Recall - has now revealed he is preparing to reboot The Mummy series and he is planning to make the new film much darker and scarier than its predecessors.

He tells, "When I first heard Universal was re-launching this, that is the image ...

Nicole Kidman Replaces Rachel Weisz In 'The Railway Man'

March 5th, 2012 8:40am EST
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman has stepped in to replace Rachel Weisz in upcoming movie The Railway Man after the British actress dropped out.

The Mummy star was due to play Colin Firth's onscreen wife in the new drama about a prisoner of war who reunites with one of his Japanese captors 30 years later.

However, Weisz was forced to exit the project to complete extra filming on upcoming action movie The Bourne Legacy, and Kidman has stepped up to take her place, according to

The Railway Man will start shooting in Scotland later this year, before moving to Australia's Gold Coast. It is due ...

Happy 40th Birthday, Rachel Weisz!

March 7th, 2011 8:19am EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz proves she's still a yummy mummy after four decades - the British beauty turns 40 on Monday.

Starting her career in the drama department of Britain's posh Cambridge university, Weisz soon caught the eyes of casting directors around the world and has become one of the U.K. most glamorous exports.

From action queen to indie dream, Weisz has fought ancient enemies in "The Mummy" films, proved her comic timing in Fred Claus and provided an Oscar-winning turn in "The Constant Gardner."

And as the actress moves into her forties, we have come up with 10 terrific facts to quench you...

Rachel Weisz And Darren Aronofsky Split

November 9th, 2010 7:43am EST
Rachel Weisz
British actress Rachel Weisz has split from Darren Aronofsky after eight years together.

The Mummy star began dating The Wrestler director in 2002 and the pair became engaged in 2005. The couple, who share a four-year-old son, Henry, separated "some months" ago, according to the stars' representative.

A spokesperson tells, "Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky have been separated for some months. They remain close friends and are committed to raising their son together in NYC (New York City)."

They are reportedly seeking joint custody of their son.

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Brendan Fraser Is A Little Chubby

October 4th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Brendan Fraser
We spotted "The Mummy" star Brendan Fraser looking a little fuller in the tummy area. The actor's face also looked a little rounder as he took part in a photoshoot in New York's TriBeCa district this morning.

The actor gave photographers a broad smile as he walked in the rain. Brendan is in New York rehearsing for his Broadway debut in the play "Elling."

What do you think about Brendan? Does he need to lose the weight or does he look just fine? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Weisz Wants Role In A Judd Apatow Movie

July 28th, 2010 10:51pm EDT
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz fears she may have killed her chance to land a role in a Judd Apatow comedy - because the filmmaker hasn't called since she drunkenly confessed her "passion for him" at a Hollywood party.

"The Mummy" star admits she's a big fan of the "SuperBad" producer, and has been desperate to work on one of Apatow's films for years.

But she worries she went overboard when she professed her love for his work and is now convinced she's lost the opportunity to collaborate with him for good.

She says, "I worship Judd Apatow. I think he's extremely funny. His work is ground-breaking... I lov...

'Journey To The Center Of The Earth' Sequel Shaping Up Without Brendan Fraser

July 20th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Josh Hutcherson
Journey to the Center of the Earth looked like another Brendan Fraser franchise where he’d fight magical creatures, a la The Mummy. However, the sequel is going ahead with Josh Hutcherson as the star. Hutcherson played the son in Fraser’s adventure, so now he’s taking the lead.

“The movie’s going to be based around Josh, based around him now as a 17-year-old,” director Brad Peyton said. “The idea is that in the first one, he was kind of like a little kid. Now he feels like, ‘I didn’t get credit for that. I was just along for the ride but now I want mine.’ We try to bring it back to what I ...

Rachel Weisz Wants Botox Banned

February 25th, 2010 10:22pm EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz is calling on movie bosses to ban Botox for actors, comparing the popular age-defying injections to illegal "steroids for sportsmen".

"The Mummy" star will turn 40 on Oscar night (March 7th) but she still refuses to follow the Hollywood trend.

And Weisz is appealing for her fellow stars to stop the cosmetic procedure and start accepting their real age and wrinkles if they want to give award-winning performances.

She tells Life & Style magazine, "It should be banned for actors as steroids are for sportsmen... Acting is all about expression."

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Rachel Weisz: 'Motherhood Drives Me Crazy'

November 23rd, 2009 12:12pm EST
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Rachel Weisz counts herself lucky to have close girlfriends because she would struggle with the trials of motherhood without the support of her female pals.

The Mummy star, who is engaged to director Darren Aronofsky, became a first-time mom to son Henry in 2006 and has found it difficult juggling her Hollywood career with raising a kid. And she admits she would go mad if it weren't for the support of a group of fellow moms.

She tells Redbook magazine, "I think one of the things that mothers aren't allowed to talk about enough to one another is the times when you're pulling your hai...

'G.I. Joe' - The Latest In A Long Line Of Mediocre, Nostalgia Mining Blockbusters

August 5th, 2009 9:55am EDT
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
It's been over a month since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen raked in $62 million on its opening day. Michael Bay's second installment to the Transformers series went on to make much more than that, currently cashing in over $796 million worldwide. Despite a phenomenal performance in the box office, Revenge of the Fallen was ripped apart by fans and critics alike. Critics balked at the movie’s obtuse premise that stretched for over two hours, while fans cringed at incomprehensible fight scenes, sloppy storytelling and dull characters. Even though Revenge of the Fallen suffered near unan...

Rachel Weisz Refused Nude Body Double

May 19th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Rachel Weisz
British actress Rachel Weisz was determined to shape up after giving birth, so she could strip off for a new movie role. The Mummy star welcomed her first son with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky in 2006 and immediately set about shedding the pounds so she could bare all in upcoming movie Agora.

And Weisz had no qualms about the naked scenes, even refusing a body double to step in for her.

She tells Britain's The Daily Mail, "It was all me, (I) never even thought of using a double... I was thinking about baby fat but I think most of it had gone by the time I went before the cameras."

Vin Diesel & Paul Walker's 'Fast & Furious' Muscle Cars On Display At Universal Studios

March 13th, 2009 12:19pm EDT
Fast & Furious Cars
The high-octane muscle cars featured in Universal Pictures' upcoming action-thriller Fast & Furious are on display exclusively at Universal Studios Hollywood as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. adds the exotic street racers to its world-renowned collection of authentic movie picture cars and props.

The 1987 Buick Grand National and a 2009 Subaru WRX STI that are driven by the stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are parked inside the theme park within arm's reach of fans and car aficionados.

1987 Buick Grand National -- driven by "Fast & Furious" star, Vin Diesel

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Anjelica Huston Calls For Fake Apes In New Tarzan Flick

January 27th, 2009 8:53am EST
Anjelica Huston
Ape lover Anjelica Huston has penned a letter to The Mummy director Stephen Sommers in a bid to keep real monkeys out of his new Tarzan movie.

The Oscar winner has asked Sommers to use computer-generated animals instead of the real thing. She insists ape actors are emotionally and physically abused during their film and TV careers, and spend the rest of their lives in zoos.

Huston writes, "Critics lauded King Kong in particular for the emotional depth that the giant ape displayed - without any real apes suffering in the process. Can I please hear that you similarly plan to use onl...

Rachel Weisz: Hot Or Not?

November 18th, 2008 10:24am EST
Rachel Weisz
British actress Rachel Weisz has managed to fly under the radar in Hollywood while starring in films such as The Mummy and The Constant Gardner. We think the 37-year-old actress is definitely hot. What do you think? Peruse our photo slideshow, and let us know in the comments!

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'The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor' Conquers DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 16

November 10th, 2008 6:00pm EST
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The awe-inspiring adventure of the year with breathtaking visual effects is available to own on December 16, 2008 when The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor hits store shelves in a Deluxe two-disc Edition on DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The latest chapter in one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor includes riveting action, non-stop suspense, epic battle scenes, cinematic pyrotechnics and an international all-star cast: Brendan Fraser (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D), Jet Li (The Forbidden K...

'The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior' Arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 19

August 8th, 2008 3:15pm EDT
The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior
Experience pulse-pounding action and see how the Scorpion King legend was born when the highly-anticipated prequel The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior comes to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on August 19 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. An adrenaline-fueled adventure of epic proportions, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior takes viewers back to the beginning of the saga of Mathayus, the young warrior who would become the fearsome Scorpion King. Directed by Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction, Highlander), the film stars world-renowned, five-time Ultimate Fighting Championship...

Despite Jet Li's Would-Be Resurrection, 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor' Still Flops

August 1st, 2008 9:26am EDT
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
(Hollywoodchicago) – The threequel that culminates with “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” is so hackneyed that the main star of the previous two films – Brendan Fraser – wasn’t even enough any more to sell audiences on a third return. Universal Studios needed to enlist co-star Jet Li to even stand a fighting chance and take the mood the Asian way.

Jet Li as the vicious emperor comes back to life in “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” which races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the spectacular Himalayas.

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'Mummy' Cast & Crew Shared Battleground With Chinese Army

July 30th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Tomb of The Dragon Emperor
The cast and crew of the new Mummy movie frequently had to halt shooting for Chinese army maneuvers. Director Rob Cohen filmed the new action movie, Tomb of The Dragon Emperor, on land owned by the army in Shanghai - and had to agree to stop shooting when soldiers went on the march.

The film's star Brendan Fraser says, "One particular location in China was the desert battlefield for the epic collision of the good undead and the evil undead. That was actually the training facility for the Chinese army that we leased from them. Every now and then they would run a maneuver, not with tanks...

Brendan Fraser To Greet Guests At Universal Studios Hollywood This Sunday

July 25th, 2008 9:21am EDT
Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser, star of Universal Pictures' eagerly anticipated summer blockbuster, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor makes a special guest appearance at Universal Studios Hollywood to meet fans and join them for a spin on the popular " Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride" thrill ride roller coaster on Sunday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Flanked by a brigade of marching mummies, Brendan Fraser will greet fans at the "Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride" and entertain their many questions as well as preview a clip of the film. Guests attending the event will also have a chance to win tickets to atte...

Get Ready For The Next Exciting Chapter Of 'The Mummy' Adventure

July 4th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The blockbuster global Mummy franchise takes a spellbinding turn as the action shifts to Asia for the next chapter in the adventure series, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O'Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who...

Director Rob Cohen Slams Rachel Weisz

May 7th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Rachel Weisz
Director Rob Cohen has criticized British actress Rachel Weisz for refusing to return for the third installment of The Mummy trilogy. The 37-year-old shot to international stardom after appearing in 1999's original movie The Mummy.

And, despite appearing in 2001 follow-up The Mummy Returns, she turned down a role in the forthcoming sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - blaming the location for her decision. Her representative insisted the actress didn't feel comfortable spending five months shooting in China as her son Henry is not yet two years old. But the film's director C...

The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

May 7th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....

Dennis Quaid Joins Cast Of 'G.I. Joe'

January 30th, 2008 12:10pm EST
Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid is helping to bring action figure G.I. Joe to life in a much-anticipated new war movie. The actor has signed on to join Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Rachel Nichols and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the star-studded blockbuster, which is set to hit cinemas in 2009.

The Mummy filmmaker Stephen Sommers will direct the film, based on the popular action figure and TV series.

Quaid will portray General Hawk in the movie, while Miller will play femme fatale Baroness.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Brendan Fraser Praises Mario Bello For Reviving 'The Mummy'

January 20th, 2008 3:00pm EST
Brendan Fraser
Hollywood star Brendan Fraser is pleased his former Mummy co-star Rachel Weisz will not Appear in the third installment of the movie - because her replacement Maria Bello "adds interest" to the set.

Weisz turned down the opportunity to play complete the trilogy as Evie in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor and was replaced by Bello.

And Fraser has praised the 40-year-old for bringing new energy to the film franchise.

He says, "The show must go on and to work with Maria is a new experience that adds interest to the role. We needed someone for the part. We didn't want to cha...

The Rock Wants Matt Damon-Style Action Roles

September 20th, 2007 9:30am EDT
The Rock
Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is taking a break from action movies because Matt Damon has set the bar too high after his Jason Bourne films.

Johnson was tipped to become the next Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger when he started his movie career with The Mummy franchise and spin-off The Scorpion King, but he admits action films have become a little lame and the scripts have to be better.

He says, "I love action movies but with what Matt Damon was able to do with the Bourne series and how kick-ass those movies were, he raised the bar. Whatever ma...

'The Mummy' Filmmaker To Tackle G.I. Joe

August 24th, 2007 2:32pm EDT
Stephen Sommers
The Mummy moviemaker Stephen Sommers has been given the task of bringing action toy G.I. Joe to life on the big screen. Sommers will direct the live-action movie, based on toy firm Hasbro's action figure line, in 2009.

The director was given the job on the spot after pitching his idea for the film to Paramount Pictures executives at a meeting on Wednesday.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

The Search Is On For A New Scorpion King

August 16th, 2007 11:48am EDT
The Scorpion King
The producers of a planned prequel to period action film The Scorpion King are looking for an unknown to play a young Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the project.

Casting is underway on "The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian," according to, and filming will start in South Africa in October. Director Russell Mulcahy will take charge of the film, a spin-off from The Mummy franchise.

An insider says, "There is no requirement to look exactly like a young Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, but we still need an exotic quality, Polynesian, mixed race, Arabic, brunette. We also nee...

Rachel Weisz Lands 'The Lovely Bones' Role

June 14th, 2007 10:11am EDT
Rachel Weisz
The Mummy star Rachel Weisz has beaten a host of Hollywood's leading ladies to land a coveted role in the big screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's 2002 masterpiece The Lovely Bones. Oscar winner Weisz will play the mother of a young girl who disappears in the movie, which will shoot in Pennsylvania and New Zealand later this year.

The project will be directed by Lord of The Rings moviemaker Peter Jackson, who has been fighting to bring the book to cinemas for years.

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Luke Ford Signed To Play Brendan Fraser's Son In 'Mummy 3'

May 1st, 2007 4:09pm EDT
Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser is set to play a daddy again in the latest Mummy sequel - actor Luke Ford is set to play his character's son in The Mummy 3. Director Rob Cohen claims Aussie Ford can become the future of the franchise.

He says, "By getting an actor who is in his 20s and not a teenager, we can put the future on his shoulders."

Freddie Boath played Fraser's young son Alex in The Mummy Returns. Rachel Weisz, who played Fraser's love interest in the first Mummy movie and his wife in the first sequel won't be returning for The Mummy 3.

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Rachel Weisz Drops Out Of 'Mummy 3'

April 12th, 2007 1:23pm EDT
Rachel Weisz
Oscar winner Rachel Weisz has turned down a role in The Mummy 3, leaving her co-star Brendan Fraser without an on-screen wife. Weisz and Fraser played love interests Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell and Rick O'Connell in Stephen Sommers' Egyptian action movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

While Fraser has signed on to star in a second sequel, Weisz is unable to commit due to a scheduling conflict. The Fast And The Furious director Rob Cohen is set to take over from Sommers for the third movie, which is scheduled for release next year.

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