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A little chicken debuted at number one at the box office, as "Chicken Little" brought in $40.1 million this weekend. Coming in second place is "Jarhead" at $28.8 million and simultaneously still coming in are complaints about poster boards for 50 cent's new movie, "Get Rich or Die Tryin." LA communities don't care that the film was directed by 3 time Academy Award nominee, Jim Sheridan or written by Emmy-winning producer and writer Terence Winter. They just want the posters to come on down..... Guess these same people won't be standing in line November 22 to buy 50 cent's video game "50 Cent: Bulletproof" either. Oh, well! You can't make everyone happy!

New Line Cinema and Edward Norton know that all too well, as they fought director Tony Kaye over the final cut of "American History X," which was quite the scandal. Since then, his directorial career was considered a copout by Hollywood.

"There's a thing called 'Hollywood jail.' You can't see it but I was definitely in it. No one was going to let me make a film, and I didn't want to work with a lot of people. I also didn't think I could articulate my ideas to a collaborative group," said Kaye.

It turns out that anyone with enough talent, passion and determination can come back from the dead, as did Tony Kaye. Right on! Currently in pre-production is his latest project, "Reaper." The supernatural thriller is about Virgil, a private investigator recruited to work for Delia in a surreal underworld where boundaries of life and death as well as right and wrong are blurred. Produced by Media 8 Entertainment, casting for the two leads is still in the works.

No longer in the works is casting for "Lying," as Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry," "Shattered Glass"), recently joined Meryl Streep, Jena Malone, Leelee Sobieski and Henry Gummer, where they have begun shooting in upstate New York.

In the film, Sevigny plays Megan (great name), a New Yorker who invites her city friends up to the country for a weekend, where an unexpected pathological liar is discovered amongst the group.

And last on the upcoming "movie list announcements" at the American Film Market in my Santa Monica neighborhood is the thriller "Moscow Zero," starring Val Kilmer, Alicia Silverstone and Vincent Gallo. The story takes place in Moscow, and is about a group of homeless people dwelling in the catacombs - (underground caves).

With movie analysts speculating that people are starting to skip the theatre for DVD rentals, Hollywood hopes to prove them wrong!

Head of distribution at Universal, Nikki Rocco said, "I hope we get into the high-profile film season and they say 'I want to see that,' which will prove that they (audiences) just weren't happy with product line-up."

We shall soon see! Just remember today's lesson, Hollywood. It's the passionate artists who have the ability to bring you back from the dead.