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'Apocalypse' wows in lackluster boxoffice race

14 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Score one for the living this weekend. Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Apocalypse, a sci-fi horror-actioner in which star Milla Jovovich goes to battle with zombies, got off to a roaring start with a better-than-expected opening of $23 million. The debut was livelier than the $17.7 million debut of the original Resident Evil and marked the fifth-biggest opening in September. New Line Cinema's Cellular rang up $10.1 million on its North American debut. The R-rated thriller, starring Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and William H. Macy, was the frame's only other wide release. While Apocalypse opened strongly and Cellular debuted moderately, the weekend altogether was somewhat of a disappointment, relative to the rest of the year. The total boxoffice for the 107 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter was $79.3 million and was the lowest-grossing weekend of the year to date. »

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Weekend falls under 'Evil' Spell

13 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Apocalypse racked up a winning score at the boxoffice this weekend, exceeding expectations with an estimated $23.7 million to claim the top spot. The R-rated sci-fi-horror-actioner, starring Milla Jovovich and helmed by first-time director Alexander Witt, was the third-best opening ever in September and outstripped the first film's $17.7 million debut. The boxoffice signal from New Line Cinema's Cellular, while not exceptional, was clear and in the area anticipated on its opening frame. The Kim Basinger starrer, from director Davis Richard Ellis, dialed up an estimated $10.6 million to take the second spot and marks a personal best for Basinger in a starring role. Chris Evans and William H. Macy co-star in the taut thriller. Paramount's Without a Paddle continues to swim strongly at the boxoffice with low week-to-week percentage drops. The low-budget comedy starring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard was in the third spot with an estimated $4.6 million, down just 35% from a week earlier, moving the cume to an estimated $45.6 million. »

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Weekend falls under 'Evil' Spell

13 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Apocalypse racked up a winning score at the boxoffice this weekend, exceeding expectations with an estimated $23.7 million to claim the top spot. The R-rated sci-fi-horror-actioner, starring Milla Jovovich and helmed by first-time director Alexander Witt, was the third-best opening ever in September and outstripped the first film's $17.7 million debut. The boxoffice signal from New Line Cinema's Cellular, while not exceptional, was clear and in the area anticipated on its opening frame. The Kim Basinger starrer, from director Davis Richard Ellis, dialed up an estimated $10.6 million to take the second spot and marks a personal best for Basinger in a starring role. Chris Evans and William H. Macy co-star in the taut thriller. Paramount's Without a Paddle continues to swim strongly at the boxoffice with low week-to-week percentage drops. The low-budget comedy starring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard was in the third spot with an estimated $4.6 million, down just 35% from a week earlier, moving the cume to an estimated $45.6 million. »

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Basinger Gets Courageous with Daughter

8 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Kim Basinger credits her eight-year-old daughter Ireland with helping her become more courageous. The agoraphobic screen star, who shares custody of her offspring with ex- husband Alec Baldwin, recently spoke at a school benefit at her daughter's urging - something she would never have considered a few years ago. She says, "We've been through a lot together, but she has given me so many gifts." The 8 Mile star even admits her child has ignited her new passion for pop culture, gadgets and fashion. She adds, "(Ireland) made me try on these teeny jeans the other day, the kind that show off your navel." »

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'Door' finds passage into San Sebastian

28 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Tod Williams' The Door in the Floor has been added to the official section competition lineup at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the closing ceremony, festival organizers said Friday. The movie's star, Jeff Bridges, and Williams are expected to be on hand to support the film, an adaptation of the John Irving novel A Widow for One Year. Bridges stars with Kim Basinger in the film about the destruction of a marriage after the death of a couple's two teenage sons Istvan Szabo's Being Julia is the final title to be added to the official section, organizers said Friday, though it will screen out of competition. Julia stars Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel The Theater, the film tells the passionate life of a theater actress in London in the 1930s. The festival runs Sept. 17-25. »

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'Door' finds passage into San Sebastian

27 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Tod Williams' "The Door in the Floor" has been added to the official section competition lineup at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the closing ceremony, festival organizers said. The movie's star, Jeff Bridges, and Williams are expected to be on hand to support the film, an adaptation of the John Irving novel "A Widow for One Year". Bridges stars with Kim Basinger in the film about the destruction of a marriage after the death of a couple's two teenage sons. Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia" is the final title to be added to the official section, organizers said Friday, though it will screen out of competition. "Julia" stars Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel "The Theater", the film tells the passionate life of a theater actress in London in the 1930s. The festival runs Sept. 17-25. »

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'Door' finds passage into San Sebastian

27 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Tod Williams' "The Door in the Floor" has been added to the official section competition lineup at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the closing ceremony, festival organizers said. The movie's star, Jeff Bridges, and Williams are expected to be on hand to support the film, an adaptation of the John Irving novel "A Widow for One Year". Bridges stars with Kim Basinger in the film about the destruction of a marriage after the death of a couple's two teenage sons. Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia" is the final title to be added to the official section, organizers said Friday, though it will screen out of competition. "Julia" stars Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel "The Theater", the film tells the passionate life of a theater actress in London in the 1930s. The festival runs Sept. 17-25. »

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The Door in the Floor

9 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Adapting John Irving novels to the screen is a tricky bit of business.

When the elements come together successfully, the results can take the generally pleasing forms of The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules (for which Irving himself handled screenplay honors).

When they don't, you're stuck with the lumpy Hotel New Hampshire or the treacly Simon Birch, which was loosely based on Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Breaking the tie, The Door in the Floor -- taking its cue from the first part of Irving's A Widow for One Year -- falls satisfyingly into the plus category.

A tragicomic rumination on life and death and love and sex (but not necessarily in that order), the production is graced by bold performances, lyrical visuals and, most notably, Irving's own words, which have made the transition quite intact thanks to a faithful but still filmic adaptation by writer-director Tod Williams.

With its tragic emotional underpinnings and complex characters, the Focus Features release would have seemed more at home in the fall release schedule rather than taking on potential blockbusters like I, Robot and King Arthur, but the counterprogramming gambit could work in the picture's favor, giving it a neat jump on all those upcoming awards hopefuls.

As with the earlier section of Irving's 576-page novel, Door chronicles a fateful summer in the splintering lives of an East Hampton couple still struggling to cope with the tragic deaths of their two sons.

While free-spirited Ted Cole (a terrific Jeff Bridges), a successful children's author and illustrator, has seemingly moved on from the mourning process by indulging his weakness for infidelity, his wife, Marion (Kim Basinger), remains in a troubling state of withdrawal.

The pallor over their seaside household has forced their 4-year-old daughter, Ruth (Elle Fanning, Dakota's equally capable little sister), to grow up fast.

But a coastal disturbance soon arrives in the form of Eddie O'Hare (Jon Foster), a young man who's ostensibly hired on as Ted's intern but quickly develops a major crush on Marion. Much to his surprise, his feverish sexual yearning is reciprocated, though their steamy affair doesn't exactly lead to a tidy emotional recovery for the damaged family unit.

Williams, who made his feature debut with "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" and is working on a remake of To Have and Have Not for Benicio Del Toro, does a careful job of extracting and reshaping the Irving material, never shying away from the book's more overtly sexual elements, without detracting from the film's own separate identity.

Key to that success is a strong ensemble playing flawed characters that essentially dare the audience to like them.

The fundamentally likable Bridges gamely pushes all that goodwill to the far edge as the unorthodox Ted, logging one of his best performances in the process.

Basinger, meanwhile, who shared the screen with Bridges in Robert Benton's Nadine, really immerses herself into her character's complex layers with similarly impressive results.

Also doing gutsy work is Mimi Rogers, who has been given very little to hide behind as the needy, hot-blooded object of Bridges' daytime affections.

Behind the camera, cinematographer Terry Stacey (American Splendor) is responsible for some truly lovely compositions, movingly underscored by Marcelo Zarvos' eloquent music.

The Door in the Floor

Focus Features

Focus Features and Revere Pictures present a This Is That production

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Tod Williams

Based on the novel A Widow for One Year by: John Irving

Producers: Ted Hope, Anne Carey, Michael Corrente

Executive producers: Roger Marino, Amy J. Kaufman

Director of photography: Terry Stacey

Production designer: Therese DePrez

Editor: Affonso Goncalves

Costume designer: Eric Daman

Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Cast:

Ted Cole: Jeff Bridges

Marion Cole: Kim Basinger

Eddie O'Hare: Jon Foster

Eleanor Vaughn: Mimi Rogers

Ruth Cole: Elle Fanning

Alice: Bijou Phillips

Eduardo Gomez: Louis Arcella

MPAA rating R

Running time -- 111 minutes »

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Baldwin's Legally Allocated Time with Daughter

24 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk Alec Baldwin will lose his rights to visit daughter Ireland if he ignores his ex-wife Kim Basinger's detailed custody deal. The Cooler actor, 46, has been handed a strict timetable dictating when he can see his child and the number of minutes he can spend on phone calls to her - he is also ordered to have "personal female assistance" on standby when the eight-year-old visits. Oscar-winning Basinger, 50, was given primary custody by a Los Angeles judge - who says Baldwin can spend the first and third weekends of the month with Ireland. The couple have also agreed not to put each other down in front of their daughter and to communicate by phone or fax to avoid more arguments - as part of the legal arrangement. Basinger and Baldwin met on the set of The Marrying Man in 1991 and divorced in 2002. »

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Basinger Wanted To Kill Baldwin

21 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Kim Basinger yearned to kill ex-husband Alec Baldwin during their vicious custody battle for daughter Ireland. The 50-year-old actress confesses she found it "nearly impossible" to forgive Baldwin and fantasized about his death during their violent battle for the eight-year- old when she was branded a "black widow spider" and "nutcase" for accusing the Beetlejuice star of drunken wife battery. Basinger admits, "Forgiveness is a hard thing to practice when the person keeps repeatedly doing what he's doing - sometimes you want to go out and kill somebody. It's a tragedy that there are so many divorces and messed-up family relationships, and that certain adults put their emotional illnesses on their children." The pair met while filming 1991 movie The Marrying Man and divorced two years ago but now have joint custody of their child. »

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The Door in the Floor

18 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Adapting John Irving novels to the screen is a tricky bit of business.

When the elements come together successfully, the results can take the generally pleasing forms of "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules" (for which Irving himself handled screenplay honors).

When they don't, you're stuck with the lumpy "Hotel New Hampshire" or the treacly "Simon Birch", which was loosely based on Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany".

Breaking the tie, "The Door in the Floor" -- taking its cue from the first part of Irving's "A Widow for One Year" -- falls satisfyingly into the plus category.

A tragicomic rumination on life and death and love and sex (but not necessarily in that order), the production is graced by bold performances, lyrical visuals and, most notably, Irving's own words, which have made the transition quite intact thanks to a faithful but still filmic adaptation by writer-director Tod Williams.

With its tragic emotional underpinnings and complex characters, the Focus Features release would have seemed more at home in the fall release schedule rather than taking on potential blockbusters like "I, Robot" and "King Arthur", but the counterprogramming gambit could work in the picture's favor, giving it a neat jump on all those upcoming awards hopefuls.

As with the earlier section of Irving's 576-page novel, "Door" chronicles a fateful summer in the splintering lives of an East Hampton couple still struggling to cope with the tragic deaths of their two sons.

While free-spirited Ted Cole (a terrific Jeff Bridges), a successful children's author and illustrator, has seemingly moved on from the mourning process by indulging his weakness for infidelity, his wife, Marion (Kim Basinger), remains in a troubling state of withdrawal.

The pallor over their seaside household has forced their 4-year-old daughter, Ruth (Elle Fanning, Dakota's equally capable little sister), to grow up fast.

But a coastal disturbance soon arrives in the form of Eddie O'Hare (Jon Foster), a young man who's ostensibly hired on as Ted's intern but quickly develops a major crush on Marion. Much to his surprise, his feverish sexual yearning is reciprocated, though their steamy affair doesn't exactly lead to a tidy emotional recovery for the damaged family unit.

Williams, who made his feature debut with "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" and is working on a remake of "To Have and Have Not" for Benicio Del Toro, does a careful job of extracting and reshaping the Irving material, never shying away from the book's more overtly sexual elements, without detracting from the film's own separate identity.

Key to that success is a strong ensemble playing flawed characters that essentially dare the audience to like them.

The fundamentally likable Bridges gamely pushes all that goodwill to the far edge as the unorthodox Ted, logging one of his best performances in the process.

Basinger, meanwhile, who shared the screen with Bridges in Robert Benton's "Nadine", really immerses herself into her character's complex layers with similarly impressive results.

Also doing gutsy work is Mimi Rogers, who has been given very little to hide behind as the needy, hot-blooded object of Bridges' daytime affections.

Behind the camera, cinematographer Terry Stacey ("American Splendor") is responsible for some truly lovely compositions, movingly underscored by Marcelo Zarvos' eloquent music.

The Door in the Floor

Focus Features

Focus Features and Revere Pictures present a This Is That production

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Tod Williams

Based on the novel "A Widow for One Year" by: John Irving

Producers: Ted Hope, Anne Carey, Michael Corrente

Executive producers: Roger Marino, Amy J. Kaufman

Director of photography: Terry Stacey

Production designer: Therese DePrez

Editor: Affonso Goncalves

Costume designer: Eric Daman

Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Cast:

Ted Cole: Jeff Bridges

Marion Cole: Kim Basinger

Eddie O'Hare: Jon Foster

Eleanor Vaughn: Mimi Rogers

Ruth Cole: Elle Fanning

Alice: Bijou Phillips

Eduardo Gomez: Louis Arcella

MPAA rating R

Running time -- 111 minutes »

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Basinger Sells Off Baldwin Ring at Auction

21 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Kim Basinger has sold her 3.7 carat diamond engagement ring from ex-husband Alec Baldwin for $59,750. The 8 Mile star, a noted animal rights activist, auctioned the modern Tiffany & Co ring and some other jewelry at Christie's to raise money for The Performing Animal Welfare Society. The group runs a California refuge for abused, retired and surplus elephants, lions, bears and other captive wildlife. The engagement ring, estimated to fetch between $30,000 and $40,000, was the top-priced item in the auction. The only other gift on offer from actor Baldwin - whose nine-year marriage to Basinger ended in 2002 - was a multi-gem necklace which went for $20,315. Christie's had predicted it would fetch $8,000 to $10,000. Yossi Dina of South Beverly Wilshire Jewelry & Loan, who says his clients include George Hamilton, Liza Minnelli and Winona Ryder, estimates he paid 30 per cent more than the ring was worth. He says, "I got it for a fan. They'll pay crazy money for that." »

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Basinger To Auction Jewelry from Baldwin

6 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kim Basinger is selling all the dazzling jewelry her ex-husband Alec Baldwin gave her during their nine-year marriage - except for her wedding ring. The Oscar-winning actress, 50, is auctioning the gems at Christies in New York, in aid for the Performing Animal Welfare Society. Items on sale include a Tiffany engagement ring worth an estimated $40,000, given to Basinger on the set of The Marrying Man, and a diamond and platinum 'eternity band' worth $3,000. Basinger's spokeswoman Annet Wolf says, "It's a good cause. And how many women do you know who wear their ex-husband's jewelry after they've divorced?" The LA Confidential star is hoping to raise thousands of dollars to help the charity support retired lions and tigers. »

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Baldwin Plans Divorce Guide

5 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star Alec Baldwin is considering turning his messy divorce with Kim Basinger battle into a new guide for warring dads. The Pearl Harbor star has only just completed his latest court battle with his sexy actress ex-wife for custody of his daughter Ireland - and he thinks his ongoing problems would make interesting reading. Baldwin tells New York magazine Gotham, "My own divorce experience has triggered me to want to write a book about divorce. I have a publisher that wants to work with me. It's going to be a compilation of essays from people who have been through the divorce experience from every aspect to share their hope and strength about how they got through that situation." »

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Baldwin and Basinger Resolve Child Custody

5 March 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Alec Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger have resolved their bitter custody battle over their eight-year-old daughter, Ireland. Baldwin, who lives in New York, was seeking an "equal share" of parenting with Basinger, who lives in California. Baldwin's attorney Dennis Wasser will only say that the case has been resolved, but reports are circulating that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the Hollywood actor. Baldwin and Basinger appeared in the downtown courtroom last week, but the judge barred media coverage. The Hollywood pair were married in August 1993, and Basinger filed for divorce in 2001. Her petition sought physical custody of Ireland, but also stated the two would share joint legal custody and Baldwin would have visitation rights. »

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Alec's Post-Oscars Bash

4 March 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin had no time to lament his defeat at the glitzy ceremony - he had to settle his court battle with ex Kim Basinger and fly to New York to prepare for a Broadway play. The movie star spent Monday in court in Los Angeles fighting for custody over his daughter Ireland with his LA Confidential ex-wife. He then hopped on a plane and headed for New York, where he's preparing for a run in a Broadway play opposite Anne Heche. Baldwin's day in court was worthwhile - he has been granted additional visitation rights, but the case's judge urged him and his ex, "Both of you need to put your hearts into doing what's best for Ireland." »

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Baldwin Hopes for Rapid End To Custody Battle

25 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin is hoping his custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger will be over soon - because it's the only problem in his otherwise happy life. At the time of their 2002 divorce, Basinger had physical custody of their eight- year-old daughter Ireland, but the two agreed they would share would share joint legal custody, with Baldwin having visitation rights. But Married To The Mob star Baldwin has since complained that Basinger has blocked a number of his attempts to see their child, resulting in their current courtroom battle. He says, "I just hope everything works out. It's the only thing in my life that is a problem right now. Everything else is pretty good actually, so I'd like to get that resolved and get the out of the way. It's tough." »

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Media Banned from Baldwin and Basinger's Custody Trial

24 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lawyers for warring ex-couple Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger have won their battle to keep the media out of the courtroom during their upcoming custody battle. Judge Roy Paul ruled that no press will be allowed to sit in on next week's proceedings to ensure that Ireland - the duo's only child - isn't adversely affected by the legal wrangle. In recent months the battle between the LA Confidential actress and her Oscar-nominated ex has become increasingly bitter. They divorced in 2002 after a nine-year-marriage, and have been unable to reconcile their differences for the sake of their child. Judge Paul told the court, "We have an eight-year-old child who is the subject of this dispute. The detrimental effects to her outweigh the right of the public to be present." However, he did agree that some parts of the case, which did not concern the youngster, would be made available to reporters. »

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Baldwin Upset Over Birthday Snub

19 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Alec Baldwin is dragging his ex-wife Kim Basinger back into court after she refused to invite him to their daughter's birthday party. The couple have been at war with each other over the custody of daughter Ireland for years, but recent developments have fired Baldwin up again. In legal papers leaked to American tabloid The National Enquirer, Baldwin claims he wasn't invited to his daughter's October 23 birthday party in Los Angeles, "even though our daughter wanted me to attend." He adds, "Petitioner (Basinger) refused to permit me to go trick or treating with our daughter on Halloween. I was forced to secure a court order." Baldwin continues his ex-wife refused him permission to take their daughter to the premiere of his family film The Cat In The Hat - even thought it fell on a scheduled visit to Los Angeles." Basinger's attorney Neal Hersh fires back, "She doesn't want him on the property." Meanwhile, the actor's lawyer, Vicki Greene, insists the whole affair is "very sad." »

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Date Set for Baldwin and Basinger Custody Battle

14 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A judge has set a trial date for the custody battle over Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's daughter Ireland - the showdown will kick off on February 23. The screen stars were granted a divorce in September 2002, but they're now fighting over custody of their eight-year-old offspring. Baldwin sparked the new court battle after learning that an independent evaluator had recommended that Basinger gets permanent custody of the girl. The couple have now sued and countersued each other, claiming physical and drug abuse. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Roy Paul has refused to make documents of the upcoming court battle available to the public, pending a January 23 hearing on a motion to seal them. Basinger's attorney, Neal Hersh, and Baldwin's attorney, Dennis Wasser, have both declined to comment on the hearing. »

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