Thursday, February 26, 2009
Warner Bros. and a pair of top-tier production banners are in the early stages of a reboot of the 1980s children's fantasy classic.
The Kennedy/Marshall Co. ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and Leonard DiCaprio's shingle Appian Way are in discussions with Warners about reviving the 25-year-old franchise with a modern spin. The studio recently acquired rights to the property, clearing the way for a potential remake.
Born out of a German-language novel by Michael Ende, the film centers on a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux who discovers a parallel world in a book titled "The NeverEnding Story." As the boy, a loner, delves deeper into the book, he increasingly finds his life intertwined with the plot of the novel, in which a hero in the land of Fantasia must save the universe on behalf of an empress.
The new pic -- which original producer Dieter Geissler also will produce and Sarah Schechter and Jesse Ehrman will oversee for Warners -- will examine the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first pic.
Wolfgang Petersen directed and Neue Constantin produced the original for Warners, which earned a respectable $20 million when it was released in 1984. The film has had a long life on home video and an even larger influence on popular culture, prefiguring Harry Potter and other present-day children's fantasies.
A sequel directed by George Miller came out in 1990 and earned $17 million; a third movie followed in the U.S. in 1996 but quickly went to video.
Those familiar with the project emphasize that it is in its early stages and that writers have not been attached. (read more)
Monday, February 23, 2009
But it was not underdog Mickey Rourke (for The Wrestler) who took the Best Actor Oscar. That honor went to Sean Penn, for Milk, in which he played 1970s gay activist Harvey Milk.
"I did not expect this, and I know how hard I make it to appreciate me, often," Penn said in his impassioned acceptance speech – in which he also acknowledged his fellow nominee, whose career had faded away in the '90s. "Mickey Rourke rises again," said Penn, "and he is my brother."
Besides Penn's Oscar, his second as Best Actor (his first was for 2003's Mystic River), Milk was also singled out for its Original Screenplay, by Dustin Lance Black.
A breathless Kate Winslet was named Best Actress for her role as a troubled woman with a Nazi past in The Reader. She confided to the audience in her acceptance speech that she first pretended to win an Oscar when she was 8 and looking in the bathroom mirror, holding a shampoo bottle.
Only, Sunday night on the stage of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, she was holding a world-famous golden statuette. "Well," she said, "it's not a shampoo bottle now."
She also advised her sister "goddess" nominees just to accept the overwhelming fact that they were nominated in the same category as Meryl Streep.(read more)
Friday, February 20, 2009
In the film based on author Stephenie Meyer's book, Bella Swan (Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person.
"Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong.
"While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else.
"Those posts or writings under my name are frauds," the statement concludes.
Brown, 19, allegedly attacked girlfriend Rihanna, 20, in Los Angeles on Feb. 8. He was arrested and may face charges from the district attorney.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
“That was a very interesting rumor,” Rhimes said Thursday night at the 40th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. “And it’s not true.”
Rhimes was referring to a recent comment in the press attributed to Grey’s castmember James Pickens Jr., in which he was said to be confirming the departure of Heigl and Knight.
“That was absolutely taken out of context,” said Rhimes. “Things happen, and … I think rumors become fact very easily. And you know I don’t like to tell you what’s going to happen on the show — but that is a rumor,” she emphasized.
For his part, Pickens says he meant to wish the pair well in general.
“We’ve been living with these rumors for a long time,” he said before the NAACP’s awards show. “When the question was posed to me, I was more trying to congratulate Katie and T.R. on whatever they were going to do. But yeah, I don’t have any special info about it either way.”
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy took home three awards, including Chandra Wilson’s win for outstanding actress in a drama series. Wilson said she was looking forward to the show’s upcoming 100th episode — and insisted things were all good on the set.“We’re laughing at the rumors, as we always do,” Wilson said before the ceremony. “Stories come out, and [there are] these big quotes, and we go, ‘But that’s not exactly what I said.’ So, we’re busy doing our jobs, doing our work.”
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The singer, who plans to hit the road for her Circus tour next month, spent Tuesday filming the video for her upcoming single "If U Seek Amy," in which she plays a sexy housewife dressed in blonde '50s style wig, fitted pink top and white skirt.
"The video begins with Britney coming outside her house to hand the paparazzi an apple pie that she baked," says a source. "She acts like she wants to hook up. The video is very provocative."
In part of the video, Spears is accompanied by two adorable perfectly-groomed children and a straight-laced man wearing khakis and a sweater over his shoulders. But a source says there are also lots of dancers "dressed in skimpy outfits in metallic color" and revealing costumes for Spears included in the shoot.
According to several sources, Spears was very professional and upbeat on the set. "She was like the old Britney at the shoot. She was engaged and excited the whole day and seemed like her old self," says a source.
"If U Seek Amy" is the third single from the album Circus. Spears kicks off her new tour in New Orleans on March 3.
"YOU deserve BETTER," writes Jessica.
"I just want to say that I really hope you get better soon," says Morgan. "You are such a great and strong woman . . . . Turn your hurt into a song that can inspire everyone to be strong and it will get you through whatever life throws at you."
A fan named Leiahi'ena even offered the Barbados-bred singer (who hasn’t been seen in public since the Sunday morning incident) refuge in Hawaii.
"Keep shining that smile of yours!" says Leiahi'ena. "Need to get away for a while hit me back, my family owns some private beaches if you wanna wine down and relax with some of your family or friends."
Even celebrity pal Kanye West has spoken about the incident, telling Ryan Seacrest on his Tuesday radio show, "I feel like that's my baby sis and I would do any and everything to help her in any situation."
When it comes to their feelings about Brown (who is due in court March 5), Rihanna's fans offer mostly blunt words of advice.
Nicollette Sheridan’s saucy character Edie Britt will be leaving Wisteria Lane on Desperate Housewives, PEOPLE has confirmed.
“She had a great time on the show and is looking forward to her next project,” her rep says.
But don’t call the movers just yet. Her rep adds, “Her final episode doesn’t air until April.”The show’s finale is set to air in May. And there’s no word on how she’ll go out.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
|1||-||He's Just Not That Into You|| |
|4||-||The Pink Panther 2|| |
|5||2||Paul Blart: Mall Cop|| |
|7||6||Slumdog Millionaire|| |
|8||5||Gran Torino|| |
|9||3||The Uninvited|| |
|10||4||Hotel for Dogs|| |
|11||7||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans|| |
|12||8||New in Town|| |
Friday, February 6, 2009
"I'm very excited to work with these amazing actresses again," King says, "and would love to give everyone more information about the sequel… but I'm busy with my Sex life."
During press appearances in London three months ago, Cattrall told reporters she was certain a sequel would happen. "The fans keep saying, 'Yes, one more,'" Cattrall said. "The movie was so much fun to do and be part of again. I hope we're going to do it again."
The second movie will be shooting this summer and due in theaters summer 2010, reports E! Online's Marc Malkin.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
"Project Runway Canada is an amazing opportunity to get my face and clothing out there and become more of a household name. The mass public needs to know that I exist!"
Industry buzz has brought Brandon from struggling student to the style spotlight. A standout in the fashion design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Brandon received rave reviews for his designs at the school’s 2007 graduate presentation at Toronto Fashion Week. He also scored a lot of media attention when Victoria Secret model Andi Muise posed in his first lookbook. Brandon designs for women who want to be noticed. He believes that succeeding in the industry is all about creating clothes that make women look their best and use their credit card without regret.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Likewise, while creator and uber-fast screenwriter Michael Patrick King has yet to complete a script, he apparently does have an idea he wants to pursue. "It's going to be more comedic, and shorter, than the first," says the insider. But, in this economy, will it be as centered on the fabulous clothes, shoes, and other expensive accessories? To an extent, yes, because no one wants to mess too much with the SATC brand that is beloved by millions. But there will be care taken to not flaunt the Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Louboutin gear as much as before. And what about Mr. Big? Did he lose all his cash in the stock market? Uh, that would be a no. "There's still a need for escapism," the source says.