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'Sopranos' Star Divorces

20 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Sopranos star James Gandolfini is a single man again after a New York, judge granted him a divorce from his wife Marcy yesterday. The couple settled disputed issues without a trial and Judge Judith Gische, who presided over the high-profile splits of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover and Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower, granted the divorce in favour of Gandolfini's ex. The couple wed three years ago and have a three-year-old son. Friends expected the divorce to be among Hollywood's messiest, but the former couple's attorneys insist their clients were very friendly. Gandolfini's lawyer Robert Stephan Cohen says, "It was one of the friendliest divorces I've ever seen and it was done in almost record time." »

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Boxoffice preview: 'Analyze' might have boxoffice shot

6 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Tony Soprano may have finally walked out on his therapist, but Warner Bros. Pictures, which struck an unexpected comic nerve when it first paired Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal as a mobster and his shrink in 1999's Analyze This, isn't ready to abandon the therapist's office just yet. The result: an R-rated comedy sequel, from Warners and Village Roadshow, conveniently monikered Analyze That, that reunites De Niro, as wiseguy Paul Vitti, and Crystal, as therapist Dr. Ben Sobol, along with director Harold Ramis and screenwriter Peter Tolan (with writer Peter Steinfeld joining the mix). The original on which it's based opened on a March date to a good $18.4 million and, in a less contested playing period, stuck around awhile to collect $107 million domestically. But That may face a tougher road than This. »

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Russell Crowe Voted "Coldest Person in Hollywood"

27 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe has been named the "Coldest Person In Hollywood." The Gladiator star topped the annual poll by the independent movie website Film Threat. Previous celebrities who have topped the list include Robin Williams and Freddie Prinze, Jr. According to Film Threat, Crowe is "a wild boor, whose bad-boy Big Mouth and Redwood-sized chip-on-the-shoulder easily cost him an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind." Second in this year's poll was Winona Ryder followed by Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro and Woody Allen. »

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De Niro to Entertain the Troops

12 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood legend Robert De Niro is the last star to entertain the U.S. forces. The Godfather II actor is flying to Tampa, Florida to visit the Macdill Air Force Base - headquarters for the U.S. Central Command on December 4. De Niro will open a special screening for 1,500 troops of Analyze That, the sequel to his 1999 comedy hit Analyze This. »

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Washington goes into the 'Fire' as child's protector

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

Denzel Washington is in negotiations to reteam with his Crimson Tide helmer, Tony Scott, on the thriller Man on Fire. The project, a Regency Enterprises/Fox 2000 collaboration, is due to start shooting in February, with a location yet to be decided. Scott has been shepherding the project for nearly 20 years. Based on the A.J. Quinnell novel -- first published in hardcover in 1980 -- and adapted by Brian Helgeland, Fire centers on an American ex-soldier living out his days in Naples, Italy. He reluctantly agrees to protect an Italian child whose parents are threatened by a rash of kidnappings. Unexpectedly, the caustic loner befriends the girl only to see his life take another turn when she is kidnapped. Robert De Niro had most recently been attached to star in the title role. »

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Dushku staked out for 'Buffy'

29 August 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's good news for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fans: Evil vampire slayer Faith is set to return to the UPN drama series. Eliza Dushku has signed on to reprise her role as Faith this season in five episodes of "Buffy" and three episodes of the WB Network's spinoff "Angel," both from writer-producer Joss Whedon and 20th Century Fox TV. Dushku appeared on "Buffy" alongside the show's star Sarah Michelle Gellar from 1998-2000. She also guest-starred as Faith on "Angel." The actress' busy feature schedule has kept her away from the "Buffy" franchise, but now she has committed to appear in the final five episodes of the original series this season. There has been speculation that this might be "Buffy's" last year, but reps for the studio stress that no decision has been made. Dushku's feature credits include "Bring It On" and "Soul Survivors." The actress, who is shooting "Wrong Turn," next appears in "City by the Sea" opposite Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand. She is repped by ICM and the Firm. »

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City by the Sea

26 August 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As with last year's "Monster's Ball", there's an aching sins-of-the-father theme running deeply through "City by the Sea", an exceptionally acted, quietly affecting cop drama set against the decaying backdrop of the once bustling resort destination of Long Beach, Long Island.

Taking its cue from a 1997 Esquire magazine article by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael McAlary, the scenario concerns a veteran New York City homicide detective who finds himself having to do the right thing as both a law enforcer and a parent when a murder suspect turns out to be his estranged junkie son.

Despite an exceptional cast -- headed by Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand and James Franco -- that has been beautifully directed by Michael Caton-Jones, the picture's rather bleak subject matter makes for a tough sell for Warner Bros. Pictures, which, after the disastrous "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" and the anemic "Blood Work", is looking to get back into the boxoffice groove.

De Niro, reuniting with his "This Boy's Life" director, is in fine, introspective form as Detective Vincent LaMarca, a man whose committed career with the NYPD has served to help block out a painful personal past.

His steady girlfriend, Michelle (McDormand), knows about an ex-wife (Patti LuPone) who lives back in Long Beach. But she's unaware of the young son he had left behind and of the emotionally distant LaMarca's own traumatic childhood -- his father was given the electric chair for kidnapping a baby from a wealthy family. The child accidentally suffocated in the back seat of his father's car while he was waiting for the ransom money.

But when LaMarca's now drug-addicted son, Joey (Franco), is at first implicated in the murder of a dealer and then is the prime suspect in a cop killing, his long-buried past comes back to haunt him, with the news media floating the notion of the existence of a "murder gene" that is passed down through the generations.

The turn of events has brought father and son face to face for the first time in 14 years, but the tricky outcome depends on the choices the elder LaMarca must make as a parent and an officer of the law.

What starts out as a generic, gritty crime thriller gets more interesting as it goes along as Caton-Jones and screenwriter Ken Hixon ("Inventing the Abbotts") carefully add on all the layers of intrigue.

Hitting it all home in expertly modulated performances is a uniformly excellent cast. While De Niro and McDormand are a treat to watch together -- as fascinating for the choices they don't make as the ones they do -- the always interesting Franco, who made for such a convincing James Dean in the TNT movie of the same name, is equally believable as De Niro's son. He also manages to avoid the usual physical tics that go with the junkie turf.

Also doing fine work are LuPone, George Dzundza as De Niro's partner and Eliza Dushku (who also appeared in "This Boy's Life") as the struggling mother of Franco's young son.

On the technical end, cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub and production designer Jane Musky take effective advantage of the dilapidated seaside setting (with neighboring Asbury Park, N.J., subbing for the similarly shabby Long Beach), while John Murphy's low-key score gently rocks the emotional boat.

CITY BY THE SEA

Warner Bros. Pictures

Franchise Pictures presents a Brad Grey Pictures production

A film by Michael Caton- Jones

Credits: Director: Michael Caton-Jones; Screenwriter: Ken Hixon; Based on the article "Mark of a Murderer" by: Michael McAlary; Producers: Brad Grey, Elie Samaha, Michael Caton-Jones, Matthew Baer; Executive producers: Andrew Stevens, Dan Kores, Don Carmody, Roger Paradiso; Director of photography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub; Production designer: Jane Musky; Editor: Jim Clark; Costume designer: Richard Owings; Music: John Murphy; Casting: Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond. Cast: Vincent LaMarca: Robert De Niro; Michelle: Frances McDormand; Joey LaMarca: James Franco; Gina: Eliza Dushku; Spyder: William Forsythe; Reginald Duffy: George Dzundza; Maggie: Patti LuPone.

MPAA rating R, running time 108 minutes.

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City by the Sea

26 August 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As with last year's "Monster's Ball," there's an aching sins-of-the-father theme running deeply through City by the Sea, an exceptionally acted, quietly affecting cop drama set against the decaying backdrop of the once bustling resort destination of Long Beach, Long Island.

Taking its cue from a 1997 Esquire magazine article by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael McAlary, the scenario concerns a veteran New York City homicide detective who finds himself having to do the right thing as both a law enforcer and a parent when a murder suspect turns out to be his estranged junkie son.

Despite an exceptional cast -- headed by Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand and James Franco -- that has been beautifully directed by Michael Caton-Jones, the picture's rather bleak subject matter makes for a tough sell for Warner Bros. Pictures, which, after the disastrous The Adventures of Pluto Nash and the anemic Blood Work, is looking to get back into the boxoffice groove.

De Niro, reuniting with his "This Boy's Life" director, is in fine, introspective form as Detective Vincent LaMarca, a man whose committed career with the NYPD has served to help block out a painful personal past.

His steady girlfriend, Michelle (McDormand), knows about an ex-wife (Patti LuPone) who lives back in Long Beach. But she's unaware of the young son he had left behind and of the emotionally distant LaMarca's own traumatic childhood -- his father was given the electric chair for kidnapping a baby from a wealthy family. The child accidentally suffocated in the back seat of his father's car while he was waiting for the ransom money.

But when LaMarca's now drug-addicted son, Joey (Franco), is at first implicated in the murder of a dealer and then is the prime suspect in a cop killing, his long-buried past comes back to haunt him, with the news media floating the notion of the existence of a "murder gene" that is passed down through the generations.

The turn of events has brought father and son face to face for the first time in 14 years, but the tricky outcome depends on the choices the elder LaMarca must make as a parent and an officer of the law.

What starts out as a generic, gritty crime thriller gets more interesting as it goes along as Caton-Jones and screenwriter Ken Hixon (Inventing the Abbotts) carefully add on all the layers of intrigue.

Hitting it all home in expertly modulated performances is a uniformly excellent cast. While De Niro and McDormand are a treat to watch together -- as fascinating for the choices they don't make as the ones they do -- the always interesting Franco, who made for such a convincing James Dean in the TNT movie of the same name, is equally believable as De Niro's son. He also manages to avoid the usual physical tics that go with the junkie turf.

Also doing fine work are LuPone, George Dzundza as De Niro's partner and Eliza Dushku (who also appeared in "This Boy's Life") as the struggling mother of Franco's young son.

On the technical end, cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub and production designer Jane Musky take effective advantage of the dilapidated seaside setting (with neighboring Asbury Park, N.J., subbing for the similarly shabby Long Beach), while John Murphy's low-key score gently rocks the emotional boat.

CITY BY THE SEA

Warner Bros. Pictures

Franchise Pictures presents a Brad Grey Pictures production

A film by Michael Caton- Jones

Credits: Director: Michael Caton-Jones; Screenwriter: Ken Hixon; Based on the article "Mark of a Murderer" by: Michael McAlary; Producers: Brad Grey, Elie Samaha, Michael Caton-Jones, Matthew Baer; Executive producers: Andrew Stevens, Dan Kores, Don Carmody, Roger Paradiso; Director of photography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub; Production designer: Jane Musky; Editor: Jim Clark; Costume designer: Richard Owings; Music: John Murphy; Casting: Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond. Cast: Vincent LaMarca: Robert De Niro; Michelle: Frances McDormand; Joey LaMarca: James Franco; Gina: Eliza Dushku; Spyder: William Forsythe; Reginald Duffy: George Dzundza; Maggie: Patti LuPone.

MPAA rating R, running time 108 minutes.

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De Niro Sues Over Birthday Photo

21 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robert De Niro is suing for $1 million over a photo of him and Sean Penn blowing out their birthday candles. The picture was taken at a private party for the actors, who share the same birthday - August 17 - last year. De Niro was celebrating his 58th birthday and Penn his 41st at De Niro's Tribeca loft during a rooftop party in Manhattan at the time. De Niro's lawyer, Tom Harvey, said a photograph was offered for sale by photo agency Celebrity Vibe and appeared in at least one newspaper and one national magazine. He says, "Our contention, as we hope to prove in the lawsuit, is that someone snuck into a private residence and took unauthorised pictures for profit." Jeffrey Boyard, a co-owner of Celebrity Vibe who is named in the lawsuit, said the agency did nothing wrong. He said, "Our photographer was invited." »

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Scarlet Diva

16 August 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Its release timed to coincide with "XXX", the first big American splash made by Asia Argento, "Scarlet Diva" is a lurid, silly and sometimes fascinating autobiographical debut effort directed, written by and starring this sultry Italian actress.

A disjointed and episodic account of the adventures of a celebrated Italian actress and model who bears more than a slight resemblance to Argento (the daughter of noted horror filmmaker Dario), the film, while not exactly assured in its execution, is notable for its sheer audacity and openness. Argento's newfound American fame and the extensive nudity (reflected in the ad campaign) should ensure a certain amount of interest in the film, which is playing an exclusive engagement at New York's Cinema Village.

The story concerns the globe-trotting travails of Anna Battista, an actress coping with career troubles, personal turmoil and the lecherous advances of nearly every man and woman she comes across. These include an overweight, randy film producer who tries to pitch her on a project in which she'll play Cleopatra opposite Robert De Niro's Marc Antony; a literary idol who turns out to be a pathetic heroin addict; groping fans at an Italian cafe; and a bodacious woman who shows up unannounced at her door.

Anna, of course, is just a sensitive, misunderstood girl looking for love, which she thinks she's found in the person of a hunky Australian rock star who seduces her, makes her pregnant and thereafter ignores her.

Otherwise, Anna, who is trying to get her own project off the ground, spends her time at modeling sessions, doing publicity chores and generally globe-trotting (the film includes episodes shot in Rome, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, among other locations). Some of her more unpleasant episodes include her efforts to help a girlfriend involved in an abusive relationship and a bad drug trip on Special K. The latter provokes a series of flashbacks involving Anna's drug-addicted mother (played by Daria Nicoldi, Argento's actual mom).

Shot, as has now become the indie norm, on ugly digital video, the brazenly titled "Scarlet Diva" is not overly impressive on any technical or formal level but rather for the willingness of its creator to bare herself, both emotionally and physically. Argento, while not a conventional beauty, has both charisma and raw sexuality to spare, and despite her lapses into self-importance and self-aggrandizement, she manages to give the film a naked honesty that can't be denied.

SCARLET DIVA

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Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Asia Argento

Executive producers: Giancarla Curti, Adriana Chiesa DiPalma

Producers: Claudio Argento, Dario Argento

Director of photography: Frederick Fasano

Editor: Anna Rosa Napoli

Music: John Hughes

Production designer: Alessandro Rosa

Cast:

Anna Battista: Asia Argento

Kirk Vaines: Jean Shepard

Veronica: Vera Gemma

Pierre: Fabio Camilli

Mr Paar: Joe Coleman

Quelou: Luce Caponegro Selen

Running time -- 91 minutes

No MPAA rating

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Stars Line Up To Pay Video Tributes To Frankenheimer

1 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro were among the Hollywood heavyweights who put their schedules on hold to pay a special tribute to late movie mogul John Frankenheimer on Monday night. The movie stars joined veterans Donald Sutherland, Janet Leigh and Michael Gambon to share their recollections of working with the director, who died earlier this month, at Hollywood's Directors' Guild Association. Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise played host of the evening, which De Niro actually attended - to pass on his personal condolences to his friend's family. American cable channel HBO plans to air the starry tributes as part of a documentary about Frankenheimer's career. The director died from a stroke following complications after spinal surgery. His film achievements include Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate and Birdman Of Alcatraz. »

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J.Lo Files For Divorce

26 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jennifer Lopez yesterday filed for divorce from her second husband Cris Judd - just 10 months after they tied the knot. The couple announced they were separated last month, but friends claim they have been living apart for much of the summer. The court papers list the date of separation as June 2, five days before news broke of the split. In papers filed at Los Angeles Supreme Court, Lopez cited irreconcilable differences the reason behind the split. She has asked that Judd doesn't receive spousal support and lawyers for both claim all issues arising out of their marriage have been resolved. A statement issued by the lawyers reads, "Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd have announced they have resolved all issues arising out of their marriage. The resolution was extremely amicable. The two will remain friends." J.Lo had initially turned to Judd for support after her relationship with rapper Sean 'P Diddy' Combs collapsed last year. The actress's first marriage, to Ojani Noa, ended in divorce in 1998 after a year. The news of divorce proceedings will further fuel rumors of a romance between Lopez and Gigli co-star Ben Affleck, who was a guest at her birthday in New York on Wednesday night. The couple have spent every day together this week, dining at Robert De Niro's Nobu restaurant in New York on Monday and spending time together on the set of J.Lo's new movie The Chambermaid. Affleck also threw a surprise lunchtime birthday party for his girlfriend hours before a planned bash, where he presented her with a Harry Winston diamond bracelet. »

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Samuel L. Has Fun at the ESPYs

12 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Samuel L. Jackson took over the home of the Oscars last night to host the 10th annual ESPY Awards in Hollywood. But in addition to paying homage to the past year's American sporting achievements, the Pulp Fiction star was out to have some fun. The movie star recreated his most famous roles from Star Wars, Pulp Fiction and Shaft in a series of hilarious short films where he pretended his characters had once been sporting coaches to future legends like Derek Jeter and Shaquille O'Neal. Jackson also popped up in clips from a handful of great sporting films, including Jerry Maguire, Rocky, Chariots of Fire and Raging Bull, in which he beat up Robert De Niro with a baseball bat. The actor rounded off his night by dueting with Snoop Dogg on a rousing version of P-Funk's "We Got The Funk." Elsewhere in the show, Dennis Quaid's The Rookie beat Ali to claim the first ever Best Sports Movie award; Tiger Woods claimed the Best Male Athlete award and Venus Williams claimed the Best Female Athlete prize. The Los Angeles Lakers claimed the Best Team honor. »

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Aspiring Actress Dies on 'Analyze That' Set

21 June 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

An aspiring young actress has died mysteriously after invading the camera truck on the set of Robert De Niro's new movie Analyze That. Connecticut native Amanda Winklevoss, 23, was not involved in the sequel to De Niro and Billy Crystal's 1999 hit Analyze This but came across the production on Manhattan's 10th Avenue last Friday night. A source told the New York Post, "The movie was being filmed in the building, and there was a camera truck on the street with a ramp leading from the truck to the street." Winklevoss, ignoring her friends' protests, allegedly walked into the truck uninvited. The source continues, "The people in the truck asked her to leave, and the next thing they knew, they heard her scream." The camera crew rushed the unconscious Winklevoss to St. Vincent's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. A Warner Bros. insider says, "She fell from the truck - they don't know if she had a seizure, or what happened. Winklevoss entered an area where she was not supposed to be. She was an uninvited guest." Friends believed she may have been electrocuted - one pal recalls, "It was rainy and horrible that night. When she left the truck Amanda stepped into a puddle, and there was a cable in it. Her parents are very genteel old money in Greenwich and don't want to cause a stink, but we want to know if she was electrocuted." A Warner representative says, "Our hearts go out to Miss Winklevoss' family and friends. We are cooperating fully with the investigation into the cause of this terrible tragedy." Police are investigating and an autopsy was performed before her funeral Wednesday. A police source adds, "From what we understand, pending the toxicology report, the doctor at St. Vincent's who pronounced her dead said Winklevoss had the look of a cocaine or alcohol-type overdose." »

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Grant Out-partied By Old Man De Niro

13 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hugh Grant was out-partied by movie veteran Robert De Niro when the pair shared a lad's night out recently. De Niro, who co-produced Grant's latest film About A Boy, proved he had more staying power than the Brit, who is 17 years his junior - as well as being a greater hit with the ladies when they socialized around London's premier night-spots. Grant says, "Normally when I go into a club people notice me and pay attention to me, but with Bob I am ignored, almost pushed to one side! He is the center of attention, he's the one they are interested in. Let's say he hits it off with the women of 20 or younger, I hit it off with the over sixties." But Grant has an excuse for why De Niro had more staying power during their marathon party spree. "You'd be in the car and say, 'That was a wild club, '" Grant claims, "and you turn to Bob and he's going 'Zzzz' fast asleep! He has this way of nodding off between clubs. Very handy." »

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Robert De Niro: What Did Queen Write Again?

15 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro can't name one of rock-group Queen's hits - despite backing the new musical about the legendary band. The star embarrassed himself at a press conference when he was lost for words after being asked his favorite number by the rockers. He said, "I'm not very up on their music, so I'm not sure." But the handsome actor, 58, has clearly not forgotten how to shop - he was spotted splashing out on Dunhill watches on a shopping spree in London's Bond Street. »

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De Niro Backs Queen Stage Musical

27 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robert De Niro has helped launch a new musical based on the songs of British rock group Queen. The Hollywood star has ploughed his own money into the show, which will open at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End on May 14. De Niro says, "It's an adventure. I've been involved in this for a long time. It went through a lot of stages and finally got to this stage - it's going to be terrific." The musical was originally going to be based on the lives of the bandmembers, including late frontman Freddie Mercury. But guitarist Brian May says that idea would have been too "embarrassing" for the figures involved. "We just couldn't make it work," he says. British writer and comic Ben Elton has been drafted in and has created a world which, through globalisation, has become homogenized and where musical instruments have been banned. A group of rebels set out to find mythical electric guitars which have been set in stone many years earlier in a bid to resurrect rock 'n' roll. »

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De Niro Opens His Wardrobe To The Public

8 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reclusive Robert De Niro is opening his wardrobe to the public for a New York exhibition. The actor and restaurateur showcased the clothes he wore in 21 of his most memorable films at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, Thursday. The collection, Robert De Niro: Costume & Character, consists of over 3,000 items including his Zippo lighter from 1990's Goodfellas, his leopard skin robe from Raging Bull and the suspenders and corduroy pants he wore as a young Vito Corleone in 1974's The Godfather: Part II. De Niro says, "I kept the stuff because I used to go to wardrobe fittings and I'd see something from this movie and that movie, and I'd ask myself, `Jeez, why don't they try to hold on to it and preserve it?' There are things I lost because I wasn't thinking at the time. Now, I'm very protective of it, and I keep all my stuff." De Niro, who is hoping eventually to donate all his costumes to a museum, admits he's not quite as dapper as most of his characters. He adds, "I'm very casual - dungarees, I sometimes wear a jacket, that's it." »

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Willis And Parker Mix Genders To Pick Up Puddings

30 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker have been awarded American Harvard University's coveted Hasty Pudding award. Bruce and Jess will have to take part in bizarre rituals to accept the awards - given to actors who have made "a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment." Harvard's theatrical society - the nation's oldest undergraduate organization - will present the traditional brass Pudding Pot statues to Parker next month after she has led parade of a male society members dressed as women through Harvard Square. Willis however, will have to dress in drag himself when he receives his award before the Harvard troupe's opening night performance of Snow Place Like Home, on Valentine's Day. Previous Hasty Pudding recipients include Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford. Last year's winners were Drew Barrymore and Anthony Hopkins. »

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Denzel Washington Desperate To Lighten Up

24 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Denzel Washington is dying to put a smile on his fans' faces with a comic role. The lauded actor is sick of being cast in dramatic roles, and has been talking to wise-cracking star Eddie Murphy about the possibility of a big screen collaboration. But Denzel is aware that a role in a comedy could pose a real challenge. He admits, "I've got to be careful, because comedies aren't easy. I'd like to back door my way in there like Robert De Niro, where he plays himself and somebody else is the real comedian." Denzel's first feature film role was actually a comedy - Carbon Copy, alongside George Segal - but he soon moved into drama and found success there. His other comedies include 1990's Heart Condition and 1996's The Preacher's Wife. All three comedies score a 5 or lower on a 1 to 10 scale, based on votes by IMDb users. »

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