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``The hardest working director in Hollywood,'' Steven Steven Spielberg is working on another sci-fi adventure When Worlds Collide.


The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a comedy about a middle-aged virgin looking for love, was the top-selling movie at the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, according to figures released Monday.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell, pulled in about US$16.2 million dollars in ticket sales, ahead of the Terry Gilliam-directed fantasy-horror pic The Brothers Grimm, which

debuted with US$15 million in sales, according to California-based Exhibitor Relations.

In third place for the weekend was Wes Craven's latest horror film Red Eye, which sold US$10.2 million in tickets, followed by the action-drama Four Brothers with US$7.8 million and The Cave, US$6.1 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were the comedy Wedding Crashers, with US$6 million, the summer sleeper hit documentary March of the Penguins with US$4.7 million in sales, The

Skeleton Key at US$4.5 million, Valiant at US$3.5 million, and The Dukes of Hazzard, which sold about US$3.1 million in tickets.

Robert Redford may soon be reunited on screen with Paul Newman but don't expect a sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Sting, which paired one of Hollywood's most popular double acts three decades ago. "All these years went by and nobody came up with any ideas that were anything but corny and kind of low grade so we just decided probably that wasn't going to happen," Redford said.

Good news for all the women out there, HBO has ordered a comedy series pilot that looks like a natural follow-up for its saucy hit Sex in the City, about a group of single women and their amorous adventures.

According to the trade paper Variety the new project will use a documentary style to follow a group of 30-something upper-class Manhattan women as they try to juggle motherhood with their careers, spouses and other responsibilities.

The main character will be a married mother who is confident about her career, but insecure about her parenting skills. Among her friends are singles, couples and parents, including a gay stay-at-home dad.

Actor Ryan Phillips is teaming up with Oscar winner Chris Cooper for the spy thriller Breach, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

The movie focuses on the mostly true story of an aspiring FBI agent (Phillips) who gets recruited into a new department entrusted with protecting classified FBI intelligence. He's working under a respected operative, Robert Hanssen (Cooper), who may actually be working for the other side. In real life, Hanssen was arrested in 2001 after more than a decade of providing information to the KGB.

Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) is directing the film. Phillips is currently shooting Flags of Our Fathers for Clint Eastwood. Cooper won his Oscar for Adaptation and will next be seen in Jarhead, Capote and Syriana.

Director Steven Spielberg is back and is taking on another sci-fi project about a clash with another planet, the Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

He is to produce the sci-fi remake When Worlds Collide and may also direct it, the report said.

The 1951 original focused on a group of scientists who discover another planet in collision course with earth and make plans for a small group of humans to leave the planet before the inevitable deadly collision.

Sometimes called "the hardest working billionaire in Hollywood," Spielberg is currently finishing Munich about the aftermath of the 1972 Olympic massacre. He is also a producer on Memoirs of a Geisha and The Legend of Zorro while also collaborating with George Lucas on Indiana Jones 4.

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