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8 items from 2001

Jodie Foster Gives Birth

3 October 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Jodie Foster has given birth to her second child - a baby boy named Kit. Jodie's new offspring arrived on Saturday, weighing 6 pounds and 3 ounces, in Los Angeles. The newborn will be a younger brother for her three-year-old son Charles Foster, 38, has not revealed the name of Kit's father. »

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French Can Foster Film After Fest Flap

23 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jodie Foster's new film has been rejected by the Cannes Film Festival -- as payback for the actress bailing out of a prestigious judging gig at the fest. The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys, a drama with Foster about students at a 1974 Georgia parochial school who draw an obscene comic book, was widely expected to premiere at this year's festival. But it was conspicuously absent from the list of films -- an unusually large number of them from America -- released Thursday in Paris. Industry experts say the French were aghast after the actress accepted the presidency of the festival's jury in January -- then abruptly dropped out only three weeks later to replace an injured Nicole Kidman in The Panic Room. One knowledgeable source says, "The French considered offering the position to Foster as an olive branch to the Hollywood studios, who have been reluctant to show films in Cannes in recent years. They were really insulted when she backed out, even if it was to accept a $12 million acting gig. So they ditched her film." »

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Jodie Foster Pregnant Again

5 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reuters reports Jodie Foster's publicist has confirmed that she is pregnant with her second child, but was tight-lipped about most details other than it is due in November. Speaking to noted gossip columnist Liz Smith, Foster said she was happy about being pregnant again and happy the baby's astrological sign would likely be Scorpio. She refused, on the other hand, to discuss who the father of the child is, even refusing to answer whether it was the same anonymous man who fathered her first child, her son Charlie. (This story was compiled by IMDb editors) »

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Russell Crowe Makes Album

14 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hunky actor Russell Crowe is focusing on a music career in the run up to this year's Oscars. The Gladiator star is has recorded an album with his band, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts, after writing and recording in Austin, Texas, America - and it features a song about one of his leading ladies. He says, "We have 18 brand new songs. At the moment, my favourite track is called Other Ways Of Speaking, which I wrote about Jodie Foster." »

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Jodie Foster Withdraws From Cannes Jury

5 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jodie Foster has turned her back on the Cannes Film Festival - she'll no longer be judging this year's Grand Jury Prize. The Oscar-winning actress had agreed to head the jury at the 54th Cannes film festival, but has dropped out after being offered a leading movie role. Foster is replacing Nicole Kidman in David Fincher's The Panic Room after Kidman dropped out of the production with a knee injury. The actress says filming of the movie will conflict with the festival that runs from May 9-20 this year - and although she's heartbroken, she has no choice. She says, "I hope with all my heart that this is only a delay and that I will be able, if the festival will do me the honour of asking me again, to be one day - and this time for sure - the president of the jury at a festival to which I owe so much." When Foster accepted the title in January, she said that the awarding of Cannes' top prize, the Palme D'Or, to the 1976 Martin Scorsese movie Taxi Driver was what had "truly launched" her career. »

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Nicole Kidman's Knee Costs Her $10.5 Million

30 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Nicole Kidman's injured knee is threatening to rob the actress of $10.5 million. The wife of Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise may have to pull out of her latest film Panic Room, The (2001) after badly hurting her leg, with studio bosses already considering Angelina Jolie, Jodie Foster and Robin Wright as possible replacements. Kidman originally injured herself during the making of Moulin Rouge (2001) in Australia, and failed to give herself long enough to recover before starting on her new and demanding role. Her publicist Catherine Olim confirms, "Nicole's knee has never really got a chance to heal."


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Hannibal Should Leave Film Fans Smiling

11 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The mastermind behind Hannibal (2001) thinks his human-flesh eating anti-hero is something of a comedian. Gladiator (2000) director Ridley Scott says the psychotic Dr. Lecter character, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, is always looking to "get a laugh" even when he's about to pounce on another helpless victim. Scott says what struck him most when he saw the first manuscript for the new film were the humor and charm of the man. He says, "Hannibal's not just a ruthless killer. Absolutely not. Thomas Harris's book is genuinely full of wit and I hope we have translated that into the movie. I shall be very disappointed if I hear that people aren't smiling - when they're not screaming!" And Scott is ecstatic at the performances in his new movie - including that of Julianne Moore, who replaced Jodie Foster in the lead role. "Julianne is simply sensational and Anthony Hopkins is quite terrifying when he puts his mind to it. What's weird about Tony is that you're chatting to him one moment over a cup of tea and then you're watching him through a camera and feeling your hair stand on end. He was brilliant in Silence of the Lambs, The (1991). So he's brilliant again." »

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Cows Scared Julianne More Than Hannibal

10 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Julianne Moore has revealed the thing that scared her most during the filming of horror film Hannibal (2001) was a herd of cows. The actress who has taken over the role of FBI agent Clarice Starling from Jodie Foster in the follow-up to Silence of the Lambs, The (1991), reveals she cracked up the film crew with her fear of cows. She says, "They couldn't believe, after all the things I had done - the guns, the boars, the running, the falling - that what scared me most was these big, stupid cows!" However, Julianne had a brilliant time on set, and says she was sorry to wrap up the Ridley Scott film, which co-stars Anthony Hopkins as the evil Hannibal Lector. She says, "This was one of the few movies I've been on where I hated to see it end." »

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