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The Reverend Ted Haggard preaches in the documentary Jesus Camp.


Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark (徿克) will make a rare foray into the horror genre and direct the third installment of the The Eye series, his wife said yesterday.

The Eye 3 will be about a woman haunted by visions after her husband is killed in a diving accident, Tsui's wife Shi Nansun (施南生) said.

Fellow Hong Kong director Peter Chan's (陳可辛) Applause Pictures, which produced the first two installments, will work on the latest Chinese-language film as well, said Shi, who is also the executive director of Tsui's production company.

Shi did not reveal the cast of the movie.

The series began with The Eye, (見鬼) directed by twin brothers Oxide and Danny Pang. The film was about a young woman who sees the visions of a dead woman whose corneas she inherited in a transplant.

The remake rights to The Eye have been sold to Paramount Pictures, with Renee Zellweger reportedly cast in a starring role.

Tsui's repertoire is broad, encompassing animation, comedy and action. But he isn't known as a horror specialist.

Organizers of an evangelical summer camp for children featured in the documentary Jesus Camp are discontinuing the camp because of negative reaction sparked by the film and recent vandalism at the campsite in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

"We have decided to hold different activities in future," Pentecostal pastor and camp organizer Becky Fischer said.

Fischer was the central figure in Jesus Camp, a documentary about Pentecostal evangelical Christians, some of whom send their children to summer camp where they pray, "speak in tongues" and are urged to campaign against abortion.

In the months since the film was released the campground was vandalized and Fischer was inundated with negative e-mails and phone calls.

In one of the film's scenes, a cardboard effigy of US President George W. Bush is placed on stage before an assembly, so attendees can pray he make America "one nation under God."

The film has no voice-overs or narrative. Heidi Ewing, who directed the film with Rachel Grady, said the aim was to show a slice of American culture unfamiliar to many in America and abroad.

When it was released in May, a Variety magazine reviewer said, "Liberals might also be alarmed by images of seven-year-olds in camouflage face-paint performing spiritual war dances."

The film also features scenes with disgraced evangelical leader the Reverend Ted Haggard, who resigned as pastor of the 14,000 member New Life Church in Colorado Springs last week after a gay sex and drug scandal.

An adult book by best-selling children's author Daniel Handler about love — gay and straight — will be turned into a film, his agent said on Tuesday.

Handler, who uses the pseudonym Lemony Snicket for his mock-gothic award-winning children's books A Series of Unfortunate Events, will write the screenplay to Adverbs, a collection of 17 interrelated stories on the complexities of love.

The film rights to Adverbs have been sold to New York-based independent film company GreeneStreet Films, his agent Charlotte Sheedy said.

Sheedy would not say how much the deal was worth.

Borat star and creator Sacha Baron Cohen is being lined up to star in a remake of a French comedy, the movie industry trade press reported Tuesday.

Cohen, basking in the glow of a record box-office opening for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan last weekend, has been penciled in for a part in a re-telling of Le Diner de Cons, to be titled Dinner with Schmucks.

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