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18 items from 2002


Connery Will Play Jones' Father Again

17 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Minority Report director Steven Spielberg has ended months of speculation and confirmed that Sean Connery will feature in the new Indiana Jones film - but only "for a few scenes." And the veteran filmmaker is also hoping to reunite the globe trotting archeologist Indy with all his former love interests too. Karen Allen, who played Marion in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, is set to star for "one sound bite." Spielberg adds, "There are other Indy girls who had smaller roles who will come back." However, there may be trouble closer at home as script writer Frank Darabont has warned the Catch Me If You Can director that he may not be able to write in Spielberg's real-life wife Kate Capshaw, who played Willie Scott in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. Spielberg explains, "Frank Darabont, who is writing the script, called me and said, 'I'm not sure we can work her into the script too.'" »

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John Mills in Award Tribute

3 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary British actor Sir John Mills will be bestowed with a special honor at next year's British Academy Of Film And Television awards. The 94-year old Ice Cold In Alex star will take his place next to previous recipients, including Alfred Hitchcock and Sean Connery, of the Academy's special Fellowship award. Mills, who won an Oscar in 1971 for his performance in Ryan's Daughter, has always welcomed accolades. He says, "I'm not one of those who decry Oscars - ever since school I've always liked the idea of competition and prizes." »

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Bonds Old and New Meet Queen at Premiere

19 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Bonds past and present teamed up last night for the premiere of Die Another Day. Current 007 Pierce Brosnan was joined by predecessors Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby at the glittering bash - also attended by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The actors were among a host of screen favorites who turned out for the launch of the 20th Bond film at London's Royal Albert Hall - 40 years after the agent's first film outing. Moore, 75, who arrived with Swedish wife Kiki Tholstrup, said, "I'm delighted to be here for 40 years of Bond. He is the classic British character. I really enjoyed playing 007 and was even lucky enough to get some of his toys." Dalton, 56, said he still enjoyed the excitement of Bond premieres and added, "It's great to be here." Handsome Brosnan, 49, who stars alongside Oscar-winner Halle Berry, arrived with real-life wife Keely Shaye Smith. He said, "I really love playing James Bond. Unfortunately I'm just an actor. I'd really like to be the real thing. This role has been one of the best yet and I am very proud of the film. There's never been a film premiere like this." The only Bond missing from the gathering was Sean Connery, the first to play the secret agent. He was invited by organizers, but told them he would not be able to attend as he is filming in Prague, Czech Republic. The Queen met Brosnan, Halle - who plays US agent Jinx - and movie villain Toby Stephens, plus Madonna, who has a small role in the film and sings the theme tune. The Queen asked Brosnan, "So you're the modern James Bond are you? I've met the other three downstairs." »

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Connery in Director Bust-Up

18 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary British actor Sir Sean Connery has spoken about the huge arguments he's had on the set of his latest movie. Connery is at odds with Stephen Norrington on the set of his latest blockbuster The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman. The pair hardly speak on set - bringing many problems to the production. According to Britain's Daily Express newspaper, Connery admits, "There have been differences of opinion on almost everything. Professional differences, personal differences, you name it. But my philosophy has been to shoot the movie and talk about right and wrong afterwards. I just want to complete the picture. It has been very difficult. There is no question about that." A co-star on the film, an adaptation of Alan Moore's cult comic book, who refused to be identified, admits tensions on set have been high between the two strong characters. He says, "They both have really powerful personalities. Sean has really strong feelings about how he wants things to be done. He wants to get the shoot done. Stephen has not been around that long. Connery is not very pleased with how this is going. He is not used to being kept waiting on set." The movie, in which Connery stars as the adventurer Allen Quartermain, is due to open in America next summer. »

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Globes to honor Hackman's work with DeMille nod

15 November 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gene Hackman will receive the 2003 Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" at the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 19. Hackman won Golden Globe trophies for his work in The French Connection, Unforgiven and The Royal Tenenbaums and has been nominated five other times during his career. Hackman joins the company of such past DeMille winners as Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand, Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery and Sophia Loren. In other Golden Globe news, Dominik Garcia-Lorido and A.J. Lamas have been selected as Miss and Mr. Golden Globe for this year's awards ceremony. Traditionally, Miss and Mr. Golden Globe, who assist in the Golden Globes ceremony, are the daughter and son of well-known performers. Garcia-Lorido is the daughter of actor Andy Garcia and has appeared as an actress in the film Steal Big, Steal Little, while Lamas is the son of actor Lorenzo Lamas and has a regular role on the PBS weekly series American Family. »

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Connery's Bond Cameo to be Cut?

5 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sean Connery's surprise cameo in new James Bond film Die Another Day may be cut - after an inconsistency with the original Bond novels was identified. Connery, who was the first on-screen Bond in the sixties, filmed a small role as the father of the British spy, who is now played by Pierce Brosnan for the upcoming movie. However, just before the release of the action movie, the film's bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were advised that in the Ian Fleming novels which the successful franchise is based upon, Bond is an orphan. The producers are still considering whether to leave the footage in or not. »

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Connery suing Mandalay, Guber over 'Game' plan

10 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sean Connery is suing Mandalay Pictures and its co-founder and chairman, Peter Guber, for more than $17 million, claiming that Mandalay reneged on plans to film End Game, a CIA thriller that the actor had agreed to star in and produce. A complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of the actor alleges that Connery and Mandalay had agreed on a final version of the screenplay and were close to settling on a director, with filming anticipated for early 2002. But Guber and execs at Mandalay suddenly refused to cooperate with Connery and cut off all communication with him. According to the complaint, filed by the firm of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella, Mandalay was "nothing more than a house of cards," incapable of financing the Connery film. »

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Par 'Pathfinder' a route to action for Bartkowiak

8 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Action helmer Andrzej Bartkowiak has come aboard to direct Paramount Pictures' action feature Pathfinder for producer Mace Neufeld. A 2003 start date is being planned. Pathfinder, written by George Nolfi, is a cat-and-mouse picture about a military operative known as a pathfinder who must track down a rival pathfinder and keep him from wreaking havoc. The script was originally picked up by Paramount 6 1/2 years ago as a spec script for $550,000 against $750,000 (HR 10/20/95). Since then, the project has garnered interest from such high-profile talent as actors Sean Connery, Michael Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and Nicolas Cage and directors Christian Duguay, Jan de Bont and Martin Campbell. Bartkowiak, repped by ICM, previously directed the Joel Silver-produced action features Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds and the upcoming Cradle 2 the Grave. »

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Par 'Pathfinder' a route to action for Bartkowiak

8 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Action helmer Andrzej Bartkowiak has come aboard to direct Paramount Pictures' action feature Pathfinder for producer Mace Neufeld. A 2003 start date is being planned. Pathfinder, written by George Nolfi, is a cat-and-mouse picture about a military operative known as a pathfinder who must track down a rival pathfinder and keep him from wreaking havoc. The script was originally picked up by Paramount 6 1/2 years ago as a spec script for $550,000 against $750,000 (HR 10/20/95). Since then, the project has garnered interest from such high-profile talent as actors Sean Connery, Michael Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and Nicolas Cage and directors Christian Duguay, Jan de Bont and Martin Campbell. Bartkowiak, repped by ICM, previously directed the Joel Silver-produced action features Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds and the upcoming Cradle 2 the Grave. »

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Forman, Zaentz boost 'Amadeus' DVD release

1 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PRAGUE, Czech Repulic -- Czech director Milos Forman and producer Saul Zaentz took center stage at a crowded gala screening this past weekend of their 1984 Oscar winner Amadeus in the 18th century splendor of Prague's Estates Theater. Both were in the Czech Republic, alongside actor Jeffrey Jones -- Emperor Joseph II in the film -- and writer Peter Shaffer to boost Warner Home Video's European DVD launch of the Amadeus Director's Cut and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Now an American citizen, Forman was visibly moved by the tribute paid to him by his home city on Saturday night, and which also saw DVD pioneer and Warner Home Video president Warren Lieberfarb honored by the Czech Film Institute for his contribution to the movie industry. Sean Connery -- who is shooting a film in Prague -- also attended the event along with Pavel Dostal, the Czech minister of culture. »

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Ford Hopes for Old Indy Jokes

1 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood legend Harrison Ford is ready to play an older Indiana Jones in a new action film - as long as there's jokes about ageing in it. One consolation for the 60-year old hero is that Sir Sean Connery will be reprising his role as Indy's dad at the grand old age of 72. Ford jokes, "I can still whip Sean Connery with one hand tied behind my back. We want to preserve the spirit of the original but I hope we have some good jokes in there about getting older. It was always as much fun for the audience to see me get beat up as it was to see me beat somebody up. That's kind of unique." »

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Bond Goes Finnish

23 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Bond will continue to ask for his martinis shaken, not stirred in the next 007 flick - but will ask for Finlandia instead of the usual Smirnoff. Irish hunk Pierce Brosnan will drink Finlandia Vodka in forthcoming Die Another Day, which also stars Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune and Michael Madsen. Sir Sean Connery began drinking Smirnoff Martinis in the first movie in the 40-year franchise in 1962. A Smirnoff spokesman explains, "We are really looking to attract customers that are more in the 21 to 29 age group. "People in that age group socialize more." According to Smirnoff the Bond target audience is males aged between 25 to 45 who are not interested in socializing. However the film's studio MGM argues their audience is both sexes between 13 and 59, meaning the lower end of the scale should not be consuming alcohol at all. And Finlandia are delighted with their new product placement. Scott Reid, global marketing director for the drinks giant, says, "This is an unbelievable coup for us." »

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Tensions and Water Rises on Connery Film Set

24 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tensions has risen with the water on the set of flood-threatened film The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen - director Stephen Norrington has requested lead star Sean Connery punch him in the face. The pair's angry confrontation came after filming on location in Prague, Czech Republic, was thrown into chaos by severe flooding. An anonymous actor on the set reports that a frustrated Norrington walked up to the legendary star and shouted, "I'm sick of it. Come on, I want you to punch me in the face!" However, Connery declined, and left the set until the film-maker had calmed down. The source adds, "It's been a tough shoot. One of the film's sets in Prague was ruined because of the floods and Norrington was under pressure. It's not helped by the fact that he's always shouting and screaming at people, and some of the cast and crew are sick of it." »

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Roger Moore's Daughter Wins Bond Girl Role

22 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The daughter of former 007 Roger Moore has won a role in the latest James Bond film Die Another Day. Deborah Moore, 38, has a cameo as an air hostess in the 20th Bond film, which will be released later this year. Her character meets the British secret agent, played by Pierce Brosnan, but fails to fall for his legendary charms. Roger Moore played Bond seven times between 1973 and 1985 and Deborah has also had her fair share of acting roles. She had her first role in 1971 in The Persuaders alongside her dad and later appeared in the TV series Merlin with Jason Connery, son of another Bond, Sean. Deborah is Roger's daughter from his third marriage to Luisa Mattioli, which ended in 1996 after 27 years. »

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Connery Closes Film Company

14 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sean Connery has dealt a huge blow to the Scottish film industry by closing down his Los Angeles-based production company. Connery's Fountainbridge Films was a major supporter of Scottish movie projects and with its closing plans for a film about the life of Mary Queen Of Scots have been put on hold. Hollywood sources claimed Sir Sean's shock decision followed disputes with his business partner Rhona Tollefson. Fountainbridge Films was behind the hit flick Entrapment, which starred Sir Sean and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Connery's agent says, "Sean took the decision to shut down Fountainbridge Films because he just wants to concentrate on acting." Tollefson would only say, "Sean and I are no longer in business together." »

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Connery Refuses Bond Baddie Offer

9 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran star Sean Connery has ruled out returning to a James Bond movie to play a 'baddie'. The Scottish actor, who played the suave spy in six movies, had reportedly been approached by film executives to play an enemy agent in a future installment. But Connery said yesterday, "Absolutely no way - I could never be an enemy of James Bond." The 72-year-old also added that, from the four actors who have played the character since Connery, current Bond Pierce Brosnan impresses him most. "He has worked hard to take Bond back to the real character, be someone who can really be identified." »

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Connery's Bagpipe Quest

2 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Scottish actors Sean Connery and Ewan McGregor are teaming up to help break a world record involving bagpipes. The Hollywood heroes will take part in the Tartan Day parade in New York next weekend to mark the Declaration of Arbroath, which established Scotland's independence in 1320. And Connery will head a special parade featuring 10,000 bagpipers, hoping to break the record for assembling the most pipers in one place. »

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Connery Set To Star As Literary Hero

22 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sean Connery is in negotiations to play legendary adventurer Allan Quartermain in a new blockbuster which will bring together a handful of literary heroes. In The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman, Mina Harker from Dracula, The Invisible Man, Dr Jekyll, Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer and Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray will team up to stop a villain intent on turning the nations of the world against each other. The fictional force, based on From Hell creator Alan Moore's comic book, is brought together by Queen Victoria. No other names are linked to the project yet, but filming is likely to start in the Czech Republic and Morocco this summer. »

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