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14 items from 2002

Care jumps on MGM's 'Bones'

28 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys helmer Peter Care has closed a deal to develop and direct MGM's Bag of Bones based on the 1998 Stephen King novel. The deal -- closed pending approval from King -- will see Care directing the project, from the David Velos-adapted screenplay, centering on young novelist Mike Noonan, who is helped by the spirit of his dead wife from beyond the grave. Together, they excise the spirit of a murder victim, who has killed several children and now has her eyes on an innocent 3-year-old. Bruce Willis and Arnold Rifkin's Cheyenne Enterprises is producing, and Care's wife, Lorraine, is co-producing. At MGM, the project is being overseen by executive vp production Elizabeth Cantillon, vp production Quentin Curtis and director of creative affairs Stephanie Palmer. Care is repped by CAA, the Firm and attorney Craig Emanuel at Loeb & Loeb. He previously directed RoadMovie, a documentary on the rock band R.E.M., in addition to Altar Boys, starring Kieran Culkin, Emile Hirsch, Jena Malone and Jodie Foster, the latter of whom also produced. »

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H'wood fest lauds 'Minority'

2 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report have been chosen by the public for top honors at the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Movie Awards. The honors are to be handed out Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the first time, winners this year were voted on by fans via the Yahoo! Movies Web site, Entertainment Tonight's Web site and at Hollywood Video's stores and Web site. Voters could select from six nominees, determined by a festival panel, in each category. Minority, released by Fox, has earned $132 million at the domestic boxoffice. The futuristic thriller stars Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell. Hanks' latest starring role is alongside Paul Newman in Road to Perdition, released domestically by DreamWorks. Hanks is a two-time Oscar winner for his roles in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia. Aniston, best known for her role in the long-running sitcom Friends, stars in the recent Fox Searchlight release The Good Girl. Her other starring movie roles include last year's Rock Star and the upcoming Bruce Almighty. The winners join such previously announced honorees as Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster and MPAA topper Jack Valenti. Details: »

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ThinkFilm, CTHE pact on vid releases

5 September 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and ThinkFilm on Wednesday said they had signed a three-picture home entertainment distribution deal for the United States and Canada, beginning with the DVD and home video release of The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, which Jodie Foster stars in and produced. That release will be followed by CTHE handling the video releases of World Traveler, starring Billy Crudup and Julianne Moore, and Merchant-Ivory's Mystic Masseur, starring James Fox and Om Puri. The distribution arrangement was brokered by ThinkFilm president Jeff Sackman and Benedict Carver, vp of acquisition for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Newly launched ThinkFilm has offices in New York City and Toronto, and has a film release slate that includes Gus Van Sant's Gerry, The Event by Thom Fitzgerald, and Love in the Time of Money, by Peter Mattei. »

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Williams, Sayer join honor roll at H'wood fest

3 September 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Hollywood Film Festival has added Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams and Oscar-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager to its list of honorees at this year's festival. Williams and Sager will be feted along with such fellow winners as Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster at the sixth annual Hollywood Movie Awards ceremony Oct. 7. Williams will receive the Hollywood Humanitarian Award. She and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. She now serves as campaign ambassador for the ICBL. She has written extensively and speaks around the world about the land-mine issue. Sager won an Oscar for "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the 1981 film "Arthur." She has been nominated for a number of other film songs, including "Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Through the Eyes of Love" from "Ice Castles." She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. For information on the festival and awards, go to »

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Jodie Foster: I Will Not Dumb Down New Nazi Flick

3 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Jodie Foster promises she will not dumb down her new movie about controversial Nazi film-maker Leni Riefenstahl. The star and director of the movie is keen to point out that she is determined not to whitewash the life and work of Hitler's favorite film-maker, who produced propaganda such as Olympiad and Triumph Of The Will. And Panic Room actress Jodie, 39, has already felt a backlash from The Jewish Defence League, who protested at the making of the film outside the gates of Paramount Studios, Los Angeles. She says, "I hope people will trust that I'm strong enough morally to know how to take on something and guide it meticulously where it has something to say. If I was going to make a movie about Hitler or Mussolini would they all be happier because it's a guy? She p***** people off because she never said she was sorry." »

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Gibson And Phoenix Battle Over On-Set Pranks

2 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix launched a battle of wits on the set of new sci-fi thriller Signs - because the Gladiator star refused to fall for the Aussie's famous on-set pranks. Julia Roberts, Danny Glover and Jodie Foster have all been victims of Gibson's elaborate pranks, and Phoenix was determined to win every time. He says, "Mel is the perfect combination of a gentleman and a criminal. He's incredibly kind and generous as an actor but occasionally, when you go to your trailer door in the morning, there will be a large supply of Vaseline in your door handle." Phoenix admits one of Mel's pranks really freaked him out, but he refused to let his co-star see that he had got to him. He reveals, "We were doing this scene where I'm underneath the stairs and he comes down and he opens the door and says something to me. We go to shoot and I hear him come down the stairs and then there's silence and I'm waiting for him to come open the door, and then the entire set goes pitch black and I realize he's playing a practical joke and I refuse to lose. I didn't come out. I just sat there talking to myself. It was about 25 minutes before Mel came back and he just opened the door and said his line as if nothing had happened." Gibson admits Phoenix, who plays his brother in Signs, was "prime for pranks" and he thoroughly enjoyed listening to his co-star talking to himself under the stairs. He says, "Don't listen to him. He wasn't that calm. I got him. He was shouting out things like, 'I'll call my lawyer.'" »

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Kelly's 'Freaky' New Role

2 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kelly Osbourne is heading for Hollywood stardom - she's set to star in a remake of the '70s hit Freaky Friday. The pink-haired daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne is currently in negotiations with Disney Pictures, who have earmarked her for the part of the film heroine's musically inclined best friend. The original 1976 feature starred Jodie Foster as a teen who always argues with her mother. The pair, after revealing a desire to escape their lives, suddenly find themselves exchanging bodies. Lindsay Lohan and Annette Bening have been cast in the starring roles this time round. Meanwhile Kelly, who shot to fame in the hit MTV reality show The Osbournes, is expected to contribute at least one song to the film's soundtrack. »

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Jodie Foster Plays Hardball

15 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Panic Room actress Jodie Foster is renowned for her tough girl movie roles - and now she's started acting mean in real life too. The star, 39, reveals she has put herself in danger before trying to help victims of road-rage. She says, "I was walking down the street recently and there was this guy in a pick-up truck and a little man in front of him who stopped to turn right. Suddenly the truck guy was yelling and the little guy didn't know what to do. And then the trucker started bumping the little guys car. So I rushed up to him - I'm 5ft 3 in - and I said, ' You! Get out of the car and gimme your license!' My friends were pulling me away, saying, 'What the hell are you doing? He's some huge redneck and you're tiny.' When you make movies you think you can make things happen." »

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Foster To Concentrate On Kids

5 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jodie Foster has vowed to sacrifice her Hollywood career - for the sake of her kids. Jodie has closed her production company, Egg Pictures, and has vowed to scale down her acting commitments to one film every two years in order to raise her two sons, three- year-old Charles, and six-month-old Kit. Foster says, "There's something so pure about the way boys love you. Raising them is so much more interesting than anything else I do." »

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Foster Dumps Crowe

29 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jodie Foster has dumped Russell Crowe from her next movie project - because he can't raise his arm. Crowe was forced to pull out of Foster's latest directorial effort Flora Plum two years ago after badly injuring his shoulder. The film was pulled as a result. But now Foster is keen to revive the script - without her friend. She says, "We'll definitely do it but I don't think we'll do it with him. He had to have intensely painful surgery. He has many pins in his shoulder and he won't be able to raise his hand above his head, let alone hang, which is required for the part." But Foster insists her decision not to work with Crowe won't effect their strong friendship, because she thinks she understands the temperamental New Zealander more than most. She explains, "He's terribly talented and an incredibly charming guy, but I think when he gets nervous he gets incredibly serious. He's a very light, funny guy . He has a little leprechaun side to him. He has that glaciar intensity. He is truly intense." »

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Jodie Foster: Ask My Sons Who Their Father Is

4 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jodie Foster has declared that anybody who wants to know the identity of her sons' father, or fathers, should ask her kids - once they reach adulthood. The 39-year-old star has two children, Charles, three, and five-month-old Kit. And while she insists her children will be informed of the circumstances surrounding their conception, everybody else will have to wait a few more years - and hope that the boys are willing to share that information. Foster says of how she'll approach the subject with her offspring, "Of course I know what I'm going to say. But I'm not going to share it with America. So far they seem extremely content and well-adjusted. I have a big family and lots of male friends. I'm trying to do the best I can." She adds, "Someday, somebody can ask then directly about their lives, and they'll have something to say. You're welcome to call them up when they're 18." »

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Jodie Foster Slams Stars For Working, Not Living

5 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Jodie Foster has slammed her fellow stars for paying flunkies to lead their everday lives for them. The strong willed leading lady, who is a mother to two young children, is fiercely proud of her independence - and can't understand why her fellow Hollywood celebrities choose to pass on everyday life in favor of work. She rants, "Some actors pay for someone to pick up their mail and walk their dog and pick up the kids from school - but that's your life. So you're paying someone else to live your life so you can work more? I'd rather pay somebody to work for me!" »

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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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Jodie Foster To Make Rare TV Appearance

11 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reclusive Oscar-winner Jodie Foster is set to make a guest appearance on the TV series Law And Order. The respected actress, who played a gang rape victim in The Accused and a child prostitute in Taxi Driver, will take on the role of a battered wife who murders her husband. Foster is thought to be a close friend of the writers behind the series and admits the acclaimed drama is one of the few programs she follows. She says, "It's a class act, and there aren't many around. I have never been a snob and said television is beneath me. It is always a question of the role." »

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