Movie News in 60 Seconds: Spielberg and Moses, Biblical Warrior; Russell Brand, Hauntrepreneur; Nicol Williamson and James Farentino Die

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Spielberg and Moses, Biblical Warrior; Russell Brand, Hauntrepreneur; Nicol Williamson and James Farentino Die

Jan 26, 2012

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Biblical Steve: The very busy Steven Spielberg may be close to committing to direct a bio-pic of Moses -- yes, the Biblical Moses -- next year for Warner Bros., which wants a “real warrior story,” like Saving Private Ryan. We’re trying to picture Moses crossing the Red Sea, Spielberg-style ... (see above). (Deadline)

New Job Title: What on Earth is a Hauntrepreneur? It’s a man who is an entrepreneur who tries to bring a family together by creating a … wait for it … haunted house. Russell Brand is now attached to star in the title role; we hope the film is intended to be a comedy, because we can’t take that premise seriously. (Showblitz)

British Great is Gone: The great Nicol Williamson, 73, has died of cancer. He gave an electrifying performance as Merlin in John Boorman’s Excalibur and portrayed a unique Sherlock Holmes in The Seven Percent Solution; he was widely recognized for his work on stage. (The Daily Mubi)

American Actor Passes: We’re sorry to report that James Farentino has also died, in his case from heart failure after a long illness. He was 73. Well-known for his many television roles (notably Dynasty), he also made a mark as the star of cult faves The Final Countdown and Dead & Buried. (Chicago Sun-Times)

It’s a Dog’s Life: It’s been a great year for canines in cinema, and one of them has decided to go out on top. Uggie, the Jack Rusell terrier who is a co-star of Academy Award-nominated The Artist, will retire at the end of awards season; he is 10, which is “mid-70s in small dog years.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

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