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BRUCE WILLIS says he has still not yet discovered
why his marriage to DEMI MOORE broke up although he
thinks the pressures of Hollywood may have played
a part. ``It's difficult for any couple to keep their
marriage intact under the best of circumstances and
our marriage was under a huge magnifying glass the
whole time,'' he tells US Weekly. Willis, who is starring
in Unbreakable, fathered three children with the actress.
He says: ``I still love Demi. We're very close,''
but added: ``Things change. People grow at different
British actress KATE BECKINSALE could find herself
among the ranks of the world's highest paid actresses
if DAN AYKROYD is right about her next film, Pearl
Harbour. Aykroyd, who co-stars in it with Beckinsale,
BEN AFFLECK and JOSH HARNETT, says of the big-budget
Second World War saga: It's going to be bigger than
Titanic - the biggest movie in the history of the
CRAWFORD is talking with cosmetics companies about
promoting her own line of skin care products now that
Revlon will not be renewing her contract when it expires
in February. Once the highest paid model in the world,
34-year-old Crawford feels Revlon did not move with
the times with their advertising. ``I don't have to
be shot with red lipstick on white background,'' she
tells USA Today. ``It would have been easy for Revlon
to capitalise on my evolution - I'm a mother, married
now and my image is a business person. They might
have used me in a more modern way.'' Crawford, who
is married to bar owner Rande Gerber and is the mother
of 18-month-old Presley, added: ``Revlon don't want
the story out that they're firing me because I'm too
old because that will alienate a lot of customers.''
MURPHY is to star in a film version of the 1960s'
television series I Spy, which featured ROBERT CULP
and BILL COSBY as tennis-playing secret agents. Murphy,
who is filming D. Dolittle 2, will play a professional
athlete who is pressed into helping a top-secret government
agent assigned to recover a missing jet. The TV series
was on the air from 1965 to 1968.
JANSSEN, who made a memorable film debut as the Bond
villainess with the killer thighs in Goldeneye, may
next be menacing ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER in Terminator
3. The actress is the frontrunner to play the female
terminatrix who targets Schwarzenegger and Eddie Furlong's
characters in the second sequel to the Terminator
saga created by Titanic film-maker JAMES CAMERON.
Cameron, however, will not be involved in Terminator
3 and a director has yet to be hired.
LOWE will take advantage of a break in filming the
television series West Wing to take a brief but high-profile
role as an airline pilot in A View From the Top. He
will have some intense love scenes with GWYNETH PALTROW,
who plays a flight attendant infatuated with Lowe's
character. CANDICE BERGEN, KELLY PRESTON and CHRISTINA
APPLEGATE also star in the comedy, which is being
directed by BRUNO BARRETO for Miramax.
JOHN MALKOVICH is to take over the role of the sociopathic
killer Tom Ripley for a follow-up to last year's The
Talented Mr Ripley, which featured MATT DAMON in the
title role. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel,
Ripley's Game will show an older Ripley exacting a
terrible revenge on man who insulted him years before
at a party. The British actor DOUGRAY SCOTT is set
to co-star as Ripley's victim.
FORD COPPOLA is not worried about coming second in
the race to bring the story of Mexican painter Frida
Kahlo to the screen, according to sources at MGM,
where he is planning the movie. The Oscar-winning
director is banking on being able to enlist LEONARDO
DiCAPRIO, RICHARD GERE and MADONNA - all of whom are
avid collectors of the work of both Kahlo and her
lover Tina Modotti - to join him and his star JENNIFER
LOPEZ in the project. A rival film to be directed
by JULIE TAYMOR with Latina actress SALMA HAYEK playing
Kahlo, ASHLEY JUDD as Modotti and ED NORTON as a young
Nelson Rockerfeller, is due to go before the cameras
early in the new year. ``We are not in the least concerned
about competition,'' said a Coppola representative.
GRANT is likely to star in the film version of British
writer Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy. Filming is
due to begin in the UK in March with CHRIS and PAUL
WEITZ, the brothers behind the hit American Pie set
to direct. Grant would play the wealthy, 36-year-old
layabout whose fear of commitment leads him to seek
out relationships with single mothers on the grounds
that they are easier to leave.
DAFOE had to develop a Slovakian accent and endure
four hours of make-up daily for his role as the vampire
actor Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire. The 45-year-old
actor is being widely tipped for an Oscar nomination
for his part in the film, which co-stars EDDIE IZZARD
and is based on the making of the classic silent horror
film Nosferatu. Dafoe's daily costume included platform
shoes, a corset, padded shoulders, a moulded headpiece
and long, twisted fingernails. ``I was always looking
for a caring assistant,'' he recalls. ``I had to plan
my biological functions very carefully.''
TAYLOR HACKFORD insists he had no idea RUSSELL CROWE
and MEG RYAN were having an affair while on location
with him in Ecuador for the film Proof of Life. ``I'm
so focused that I want to be oblivious to the irrelevant,''
he tells Premiere magazine. ``If those things don't
affect the performance, so what? I've made films with
people who were shooting heroin or freebasing cocaine.
``Some have given good performances and some haven't.
Anything can happen in a movie but I didn't know about
them and I didn't care.'' In Proof of Life Crowe plays
a hostage negotiator attempting to free an American
engineer who is kidnapped by terrorists. Meg Ryan
plays the engineer's wife.
Travolta has agreed to pay 607,400 dollars in taxes
in arrears to settle a dispute with the Internal Revenue
Service dating back more than five years, according
to court records. The dispute stemmed from unspecified
losses Travolta claimed from 1993 to 1995 for one
of his companies and which the IRS had said were improper.
Filming of the Las Vegas casino robbery movie Ocean's
11 has been put back until the end of January to allow
BRAD PITT to finish work on Spy Game in London. The
remake of the 1960 comedy-thriller which starred FRANK
SINATRA and his Rat Pack, will feature an all-star
cast, including Pitt, GEORGE CLOONEY, JULIA ROBERTS,
MATT DAMON, ALAN ARKIN and DON CHEADLE. CASEY
AFFLECK and SCOTT CAAN joined the cast this week and
will play Mormon brothers who join the plot to rob
three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously during a boxing
match. Clooney is confident the new version will be
far better than the original. ``The guys in the original
film are great but the movie doesn't really work on
any level,'' he says.
The British scriptwriting team of DICK CLEMENTS and
IAN LA FRENAIS have been hired by producer ALAN LADD
JR for a new TV series based on the Orient Express.
The duo, who created the TV series Porridge, will
write the pilot and supervise the rest of the 22 hour-long
episodes. The series will be filmed on board the train
and at Orient Express hotels throughout Europe, Australia
and Asia. Most of the interiors will be shot in Luxembourg.
The stories will centre on a European playboy who
is a troubleshooter for the luxury rail line and a
female cop. Filming will begin in April when the train
resumes running after closing down for the winter.
WARNER is to don an ape suit again, 34 years after
he dressed as a gorilla to disrupt his ex-wife's wedding
in Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment. This time
the British actor goes ape for his role in the Planet
of the Apes remake in which he plays a member of the
apes' Senate and the father of HELENA BONHAM CARTER's
character. Another British actor, TIM ROTH, plays
his political opponent, the ape leader who considers
the human captives - played by MARK WAHLBERG AND ESTELLA
WARREN - to be animals.
Films and the BBC are joining forces to co-finance
Iris, a film which will star JUDI DENCH as the Alzheimer's-afflicted
novelist IRIS MURDOCH. The film, to be directed by
RICHARD EYRE, is adapted from the account of Murdoch's
decline and death by her husband, John Bayley. The
project has attracted a lot of attention in America
where SIDNEY POLLACK and SCOTT RUDIN were among the
producers who expressed an interest.
CAGE feels he has a connection with the Second World
War Italian army officer he plays in Captain Corelli's
Mandolin, not just because of his Italian heritage
but because of his musical background. Cage, who had
to learn to play the mandolin convincingly on screen,
tells the Los Angeles Times: ``There are two conductors
in my family: my grandfather Carmine and my father
Anton. Carmine was also a composer so I feel that
is in me. ``Though I've never been musically trained,
I felt that came naturally to me.''
love scenes with KATE WINSLET made filming Quills
an added pleasure for GEOFFREY RUSH, who stars as
the Marquis de Sade. ``With Kate, I met a down-to-earth
playful friend - a mate,'' he told interviewers at
the film's Los Angeles premiere. ``Kate is one of
the best people in the world to muck around with.
Tongue-kissing her was a pleasure.'' In Quills The
British actress plays a laundry maid who smuggles
the Marquis's writings out of the mental asylum where
he is imprisoned.
of CATHERINE ZETA-JONES's next film, America Sweetheart
will be looking for a new co-star for the Welsh actress
now that ROBERT DOWNEY JR is in trouble once again.
Downey was arrested for drug possession at the weekend,
three months after being released from prison on drugs
charges. He was due to have co-starred with Zeta-Jones,
JULIA ROBERTS and BILLY CRYSTAL in the comedy about
husband-and-wife film stars trying to hide the fact
they detest each other. MEL
GIBSON, too, may have to change his plans for next
year. He was set to direct Downey in a Los Angeles
stage production of Hamlet, which will have to be
cancelled if he is returned to jail. When he was arrested
in a Palm Springs hotel, the 35-year-old actor was
halfway through shooting the ninth episode of 10 Ally
McBeal shows he had contracted to appear in.
hottest young actresses are vying for the role of
Spiderman's girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, in the much-anticipated
film about the comic book superhero. ALICIA WITT,
MENA SUVARI and supermodel-turned-actress JAMES KING
are among those reported to be front-runners for the
role which, says a showbusiness insider, ``every girl
in town wants''. TOBEY MAGUIRE will play Spiderman,
WILLEM DAFOE was recently cast as his arch-enemy,
the villainous Green Goblin and others rumoured to
be close to signing on include former pro wrestler
RANDY MACHO MAN SAVAGE as Bone Saw McGraw, JAMES FRANCO
as Harry Osborn and JK SIMMONS as newspaper editor
J Jonah Jameson.
JACKSON has revealed he used to disguise himself with
a ``fat suit, wig, beard and glasses'' to distribute
copies of the Jehovah's Witness magazine Watchtower
in shopping malls and to homes in Southern California.
``I loved to set foot in all those houses and catch
sight of the shag rugs and lazyboy armchairs with
kids playing Monopoly and grandmas baby-sitting and
all those wonderfully ordinary and magical scenes
of life,'' he writes in a statement posted on a religious
website. He reveals that as a child, he loved to perform
but was ``rarely happy and anything but carefree''.
Jackson also writes on belief.net, which describes
itself as a multi-faith e-community: ``That little
boy may have had every material need fulfilled, but
he did not have playtime and he did not have freedom.''
OSEARY, the head of Madonna's Maverick Records, has
written a book called Jews Who Rock which gives biographical
sketches of Jewish rock stars. The Israeli-born Oseary
names BOB DYLAN as ``the Jew of all time'' and rock
star BECK as the most surprising. ``Most people are
blown away by the fact that Beck is Jewish,'' he says.
``And Billy Joel. I didn't know he was Jewish.'' Others
mentioned in the book include rocker MARK KNOPFLER,
the late Mama CASS ELLIOTT and SLASH of Guns 'N Roses.
Oseary says he has now been contacted by other musicians
- including GAVIN ROSSDALE of Bush, JASON KAY of Jamiroquai
and CHRIS ROBINSON of Black Crowes - complaining because
they have been left out.
BANDERAS could be going home for his next film. The
Spanish-born actor is in talks to star in Fu Manchu,
an English language thriller to be filmed in Spain
by Spanish director Alex de la Inglesia. Banderas,
who has repeatedly expressed his desire to work in
Hollywood and Spanish productions, would star as Nick
Smith, an amnesiac FBI agent on the trail of the evil
Dr Fu Manchu.
Columbia Pictures is anxious to rush a sequel to Charlie's
Angels into production as quickly as possible, executives
are rumoured to be considering hiring three new actresses
for the leading roles. To rehire DREW BARRYMORE, CAMERON
DIAZ and LUCY LIU and also bring back BILL MURRAY
and director McG would cost more than 30 million before
any film is shot. So, to keep the costs down, each
sequel could feature new actresses, according to sources.
The producers also intend to save money on the script.
Instead of 17 writers who worked on Charlie's Angels
they intend to hire only one writer for the sequel.
Emmy-winning star EDDIE IZZARD has landed yet another
major Hollywood film role. Cross-dressing Izzard has
been cast as Charlie Chaplin in upcoming feature film
The Cat's Meow. The film, set in the 1920s, tells
the story of one of Hollywood's most famous and scandalous
real-life murders and cover-ups. Actress JENNIFER
TILLY takes the role of gossip queen Louella Parsons
and KIRSTEN DUNST plays Marion Davies, the mistress
of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, aboard
whose luxury yacht the murder occurred. The movie
has just started shooting in Germany and Greece and
already has the inside buzz as a strong Oscar contender.
Izzard can soon be seen starring with Friends star
MATT LeBLANC in Second World War drama/comedy All
the Queen's Men.
BULLOCK admits she thought she'd killed her British
co-star MICHAEL CAINE on the set of their new movie
Miss Congeniality. Bullock, who produced the film,
says her heart was in her mouth when Caine accidentally
fell into a 12ft deep pit of razor-sharp steel lighting
equipment during one scene. ``We all rushed over and
we could just glimpse his purple shirt through all
the metal,'' Bullock recalls. ``I thought, `Oh God!
I've killed Michael Caine!''' Luckily, the 67-year-old
Oscar-winner sustained no serious injuries and was
back to business as usual on the set the very next
WILL SMITH and TOMMY LEE JONES are to don the Ray-Bans
again for Men in Black 2 which will begin shooting
in early June. Director BARRY SONNENFELD hopes to
get as many shooting days as possible in the can before
the planned actors' strike starts at the end of June.
He intends to first shoot the scenes with Smith and
Jones that will need special effects work so that
the footage can be worked on by these crews who will
not be affected by the strike.
COPPERFIELD blames the break-up on his six-year affair
with supermodel CLAUDIA SCHIFFER on their non-stop
work schedules. ``We're married to our careers and
we basically cheated on our careers by stealing time
to be together,'' said the magician, who is now dating
Belgian model AMBRE FRISQUE. He tells the Los Angeles
Times: ``We had a good time. I had a six-year relationship
with someone I really care about. I guess people wrote
about it so much because they don't know how to write
producer MARK BURNETT, who hit the jackpot with Survivor
is planning to enlist some of America's fighting forces
for Combat Missions, a new seek-and-destroy reality
series for US television. The series will pit eight
four-person teams made up of existing and former members
of US military and police combat units, including
the SEALS, Green Berets, SWAT teams and Marines, in
missions to test their skills and compete for a cash
reward. The recruits will live on a secret military
base as they undertake challenges such as hostage
rescues, sniper attacks and urban assaults. The participants
will drop from helicopters into staged street battles,
take on make-believe terrorist groups and even respond
to a hostage takeover on a 747. ``It's something I've
thought about for many years,'' Burnett, a former
British paratrooper, told Daily Variety. ``We are
making it so viewers feel like part of it, and know
what's in the minds of the people doing these missions.''
Burnett, who is in Australia working on the Survivor
2 TV series, acknowledged that the show ``might be
a bit violent''.
O'TOOLE, MICHAEL CAINE and ALBERT FINNEY are among
the actors who have expressed interest in taking over
from ALAN BATES in the hot off-Broadway show The Unexpected
Man, according to the New York Post. Bates is contracted
only until January 28 but his British leading lady
EILEEN ATKINS has signed for the duration of the play's
run. The Scottish actor GERARD BUTLER, who has the
title role in WES CRAVEN's latest horror film Dracula
2000 was delighted when filming finally finished.
On the last day, his role called for him to be tied
to a pole in a Louisiana swamp while an alligator
lazed 25ft away from him. ``People were feeding the
alligator and I'm lying in the water,'' says Butler,
who co-stars with JONNY LEE MILLER, JERI RYAN and
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER. ``By then I'd had quite enough
JACKMAN, who co-starred as Wolverine in X-Men, will
play a time traveller in his next film, Kate and Leopold,
a romantic comedy in which MEG RYAN will be his leading
lady. Jackman will play a man who travels from the
19th century to present day New York to woo a contemporary
woman played by Ryan.
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