Oscar winner Adrien Brody has sued the producers of the 2008 European thriller Giallo in order to collect $2 million he has yet to be paid for starring in film. A judge has issued an injunction banning Brody's image from being used to promote the DVD sales of the film until he receives the compensation he is entitled to. Brody said he filed the lawsuit reluctantly but feels he has been taken advantage of. Click here for more
If you want your inner Man With No Name to finally come out of the closet, trying a shopping spree at Spaghetti Western Replicas, which offers an endless array of facsimile clothing, hats, gun belts and other essentials based on your favorite Western movies. (Half-chewed, cheap stogie cigars are not yet available, however) Click here to access.
Vegas legend Wayne Newton and his wife are contemplating turning their lavish home into a Graceland style museum that is open to the public. Newton envisions he will even perform on certain days to entertain the paid visitors. Many of the Newton's neighbors are not saying "Danke Schoen", however. They fear that the serenity of their community will be disrupted by a carnival-like atmosphere. Newton's penchant for high living is legendary, even if his taste sometimes makes Liberace look like Cary Grant. Newton's plans are also thought of as tasteless by many due to the fact that he has been accused of dodging debts to everyone from small businessmen to the IRS. Newton claims many of these accusations are false. Click here for details
It's been quite a few years since the legendary swashbuckler The Scarlet Pimpernel graced the big screen. Most memorably, he was played by Leslie Howard in the 1934 film version of Baroness Orczy's classic novel. The Pimpernel is the mysterious alter-ego of 18th century English nobleman Sir Percy Blakeney, who pretends to be a cowardly elitist by day to cover his nighttime activities as a heroic fighter for justice. Inspired the recent success of Sherlock Holmes on the screen, the producers hope to make the Pimpernel equally relevant to modern audiences. The film will boast many major stars in cameo roles. Click here for more
Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter in Planet of the Apes: among poll responders choices for films that are superior to the source novel.
In answer to the old cliche that virtually every movie is inferior to the source novel it is based on, The Huffington Post is conducting a poll of readers to find out what movies are actually better than the books they are derived from. Click here for the full list and see if you agree
Here's a real-life mystery with Hollywood sci-fi overtones. In 1980, a team of U.S. Air Force men were sent into wooded areas near an American airbase in Britain to investigate reports of strange lights. Newly-released tapes recorded by the airmen reveal they witnessed the lights as well as inexplicable damage to the forest - and felt that whatever was causing the lights was moving toward them, as the forest became deathly still. The Telegraph of Britain reported the following regarding analysis of the tapes:
It is clear that they thought they were witnessing some type of phenomena, with descriptions of "strange" lights in sky and odd damage to pine trees 15ft to 18ft off the ground.
One of the Americans is heard to say: "I hear very strange sounds of farmers - barnyard animals. They're very, very active, making a lot of noise.
"Straight ahead. There it is again. Straight ahead. What is it? A strange small red light.
"It looks maybe half a mile further ahead. Go back to the edge of the clearing, see if we can get a look at it... the animals have gone quiet now... It is deathly calm."
He adds in hushed tones: "There is no doubt about it - it is a strange flashing red light ahead.
"I saw a yellow tinge in it too. Weird. It's coming this way. It's definitely coming this way.
"There is no doubt about it. This is weird."
The mystery has never been solved. For the full article click here
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1 has smashed the North American opening weekend gross for the series, bringing in $125 million. It also made claim to being the sixth biggest opening weekend in North American film history. Click here for more
With the recent revelation that actor Eric Stoltz had originally been cast in Forrest Gump only to be replaced by Tom Hanks, the Huffington Post was inspired to create a fantasy universe in which Stoltz was replaced in other prominent films. Click here to view
Film critic Nathan Rabin of the AV Club examines 15 high profile films that were critical and commercial failures, but which he thinks were deserving of a better fate. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has a soft spot for the wonderful retro super hero flick The Rocketeer as well as Michael Cimino's overblown, over-budget, but fascinating Heaven's Gate. Click here to read
Something far more frightening than a witch is threatening Dorothy: Warners is planning a big screen remake of The Wizard of Oz.
Fans of The Wizard of Oz will hope that the Wicked Witch of the West will drop a house on Warner Brothers studio executives who are mounting a live action remake of the 1939 MGM classic. Robert Zemeckis is said to be on board as director. The plan is to follow the original script, which will lead to the inevitable questions of why a perfect film would have to be remade if there isn't a new angle. The answer is profit. The studio obviously feels that the effects-obsessed director can utilize today's CGI technology to improve on the original. Purists will be outraged, but the film will inevitably make a fortune. Click here for more
New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis pays tribute to director Arthur Penn, who died recently but whose legacy seems assured among those who treasure classic movies. The article sheds new light on a man whose achievements were often underrated, perhaps due to his shy nature and aversion to personal publicity. From The Left Handed Gun to Bonnie and Clyde and Night Moves, Penn was as diversified as he was talented. Click here to read
Fox, in association with Tim Burton, have landed the rights to the novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in which Honest Abe is transformed into a revenge-obsessed vigilante who hunts down the vampires who killed his mother. We're not making this up, folks. Burton will produce the pic, which had been the object of intense bidding among studios. We're saving our money to bid on the rights to Herbert Hoover: Male Prostitute. For more click here
Actor Butch Patrick who gained fame in the 1960s by playing young Eddie Munster on The Munsters TV series, has entered rehab for what his agent termed a lifetime of substance abuse. Patrick is one of many child actors who found it difficult to cope when they fell out of favor with producers. Patrick recently moved to Philadelphia to take up with a woman who was a die-hard fan, but the relationshp broke up recently. For more click here
Playboy is unlocking its vault of over 20 million photos. Many iconic shots from the archive will be auctioned at Christies including rare photos of Bardot and Marilyn Monroe. Many of the photos include Hugh Hefner's editorial remarks and instructions. Click here for slideshow and details.
Heart stopper: Harvey Weinstein is battling the MPAA over the rating for Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
By Lee Pfeiffer
The Motion Picture Association of America implemented the voluntary movie ratings system in 1968 to avoid the government establishing an officer of censorship similar to those in other countries. Although the system has precluded government interference in marketing of films, it's been controversial since day one with studios and directors complaining about double standards. Mogul Harvey Weinstein has enlisted high profile legal help to battle the MPAA's NC-17 rating for the new movie Blue Valentine. Even though newspapers, magazines and TV stations sell sexual imagery continuously, many still refuse to advertise films with the NC-17 rating - in essence lumping these adult dramas in with porn films. The rating is therefore the kiss of death on studio marketing efforts. Weinstein is appealing the ruling, arguing that the MPAA is holding to a double standard in which love scenes are treated more severely than grotesque violence. He said, “How did Piranha 3D get an R and Blue Valentine gets an NC-17?” he asks, citing the August horror film released by TWC’s own Dimension label (run by his brother, Bob Weinstein). “If [Piranha 3D] got an NC-17, I’d be the first going, ‘All right, we gotta cut some of that stuff.’ It’s ridiculous — a penis got coughed up in the movie by a piranha! They show more in four scenes [in that movie] than we do in [all of Blue Valentine]! And ours is a serious love story. I don’t understand it.” Click here for more
Filmmaker Christian Marclay has fashioned an amazing film that runs 24 hours and consists of snippets from movies in which there is a reference to every minute of the day. The film is showing through November 13 at the White Cube gallery in London, where you can watch it 24 hours a day. It will then begin touring England. Click here for the amazing details. (Thanks to James Page for the head's up)
Cher in her glory days. The diva says she hates the aging process because it's slowing her down.
In a new, profanity-laced interview with Vanity Fair, Cher shows she still possesses the ability to be controversial, sounding off on everything from her anger at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, her late husband Sonny, Sarah Palin, the aging process and coping with her daughter's recent sex change operation. She seems angry even at the people she likes. Referring to Meryl Streep's ability to age with style and grace, she calls the Oscar winner a "stupid bitch", though this may be Cher's way of expressing affection! Click here to read her outspoken comments.
Cruise in the original 1995 Mission Impossible film.
Looks like Tom Cruise not only portrays fearless men of action on screen, but also possesses guts in real life. For his next Mission:Impossible film, Cruise dangled sans stuntman 2700 feet from the ground atop a skyscraper in Dubai, as the nervous film crew recorded the action. Click here for coverage and photos.
One quip about an electric car being sarcastically referred to as "gay" in the new Ron Howard comedy The Dilemma is causing a major flap in the film industry. The gay rights group GLAAD persuaded Universal to cut the line from its trailer for the movie, saying it reflects negatively on a minority. However, Ron Howard has refused to go a step further and remove the line from the actual film. Howard is an unlikely target for such criticisms, as his liberal leanings are well-known. He says in no way endorses gay-bashing but draws the line at bending to censorship from activist groups, saying that doing so would lead to a slippery slope with major implications for filmmakers. GLAAD says it isn't being thin-skinned, but is trying to make audiences more sensitive to gay rights in the wake of several high profile crimes against homosexuals. Is Howard being insensitive or is GLAAD making a mountain out of a molehill? Judge for yourself by clicking here to read the full story.
The latest news releases from George Lucas will do little to diminish criticisms that he keeps finding new ways to recycle old properties. In the wake of news that he'll convert all six Star Wars movies to 3-D comes word that he'll do the same with the four Indiana Jones films. One can only wish that Lucas might spend some of his time trying to create a "down-to-earth" movie as good as his 1973 classic American Graffiti. Then again, Lucas is probably trying to figure out to how expolit that film as a 3-D event. Click here for more