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15 items from 2001

Spacey Joins British Stars For Fundraiser

20 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American actor Kevin Spacey flew to London to join a host of British talent to raise money for the victims of the terrorist attacks last night. The American Beauty star opened Unite For The Future at London's Old Vic theatre by singing The Beatles classic Hey Jude. Dame Judi Dench, Jude Law, Sophie Dahl, Art Garfunkel and Mick Hucknell all took part in the star-studded bash to raise money for the World Trade Center Disaster Fund and Open Minds And Medicines Sans Frontiers In Afghanistan. Tickets to the show cost up to $682 each and over $520,000 was raised before the party commenced. »

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McCourt Helps Newman With Accent

8 October 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt has helped screen legend Paul Newman with his latest role. Newman plays a veteran Irish mobster in The Road To Perdition, which also stars Tom Hanks, Jude Law and Alfred Molina. Paul says, "I got Frank McCourt to put all my words on tape. He's been in the US a long time, but there's still that hint of the accent. I invited him around to my house and asked him to read the script. He did and he was very kind." »

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Jude And Sadie Don't Have Professional Rivalry

19 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jude Law and actress wife Sadie Frost manage not to be competitive, despite media suggestions. Jude, who has been married to Sadie for four years, says he's in awe of his lover and her achievements. He says, "The media might like to set us against one another, but we've never really been competitive. Sadie's got so many other things going on. She develops a lot more stuff than me, she writes more than me. She's got another company, a clothes company. She's also had three children in 11 years. If you look at it individually, she's living a completely different life to me, though, thank God, we're linked." »

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Mendes Drops Out Of National Race

17 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winning director Sam Mendes has dropped out of the running to become head of London's National Theatre. Mendes and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry were among the front-runners expected to apply for the post, but their names are missing from the latest shortlist. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) broadcaster John Wilson called Mendes and Daldry "two great young hopes of British theatre," whose removal from the running will disappoint a large amount of the artistic community. Mendes is currently filming with Jude Law and Tom Hanks, while Daldry is finishing the Nicole Kidman biopic about novelist Virginia Woolf called The Hours. »

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Ewan's Voted Number One

16 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ewan McGregor has been voted Britain's coolest man. Ewan came in at the top of a poll by Esquire to find Britain's answer to Johnny Depp - who was voted America's trendiest man. Second in the list is Victoria Beckham's soccer star husband David, followed by Jude Law. Also in the top ten is British director Sam Mendes, of American Beauty fame. »

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No Deauville For Spielberg

15 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary director Steven Spielberg has pulled out of next month's Deauville Film Festival in France. Spielberg is blaming post-production problems on Tom Cruise's latest outing Minority Report and is expected to cancel his appearance at the Venice Film Festival as well. A Deauville spokesman says, "We were looking forward to having him so we are a bit disappointed." Steven was to attend the September 8th screening of A.I., but delays on his current flick have held him back. Venice Festival chief Alberto Barbera says, "I am still waiting for official confirmation that Spielberg will not be in Venice, but I've been aware for some time of problems due to his commitment on Minority Report." However Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment are expected to attend the showing. »

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Depp Is The Man For Us

31 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood has defended the casting of Johnny Depp as romantic English poet Lord Byron in a new film. British actor Jude Law turned down the role of the man who kept a bear as a pet at university and slept with his half-sister. Producer Billy Clark has said that only Depp was good enough to take on the complex part. The film Byron is likely to also star controversial actress Angelina Jolie as Byron's sister-lover. It won't be the first time an American has played the English poet. Richard Chamberlain played him in the 1972 movie Lady Caroline Lamb. »

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Hanks Fears Hollywood Stars To Be Replaced By Robots

9 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Hanks is worried he and his Hollywood colleagues are going to be replaced - by computer-generated actors. The Oscar-winning star is concerned new technology could be used by film studious to replace humans with more compliant and cheaper electronic characters. Speaking as Hollywood prepares for the release of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within which stars Aki Ross, a computer-generated actress, Hanks says, "I am very troubled by it. But it's coming down, man. It's going to happen. And I'm not sure what actors can do about it." Aki Ross, a pretty brunette with sparkling eyes, is being hailed by Hollywood bosses as the first truly convincing digital actor. But Hanks' concerns have been rejected by Star Wars director George Lucas. He says, "I believe that I have used more digital characters than anyone else but I don't think I would ever use the computer to create a human character. It just doesn't work. You need actors to do that." And Steven Spielberg, whose current film A.I. stars Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment as robots, agrees, "It's a non-issue." »

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Law Furious Over Gallagher Tribute

28 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Jude Law is angry over nice comments made about him by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. Law saw red after Noel announced that he numbered Jude among his closest personal friends. A source says: "It's not that Noel is being nasty. It's just that Jude hardly knows him and he doesn't understand why this bloke should be telling the newspapers about how they are bosom buddies. Jude feels like he was used for some purpose, and he is far from happy about it." The comments were made in the same interview that saw Noel rip into the London party scene, of which Law, as well as his ex-wife Meg Matthews is a leading light. "Jude is furious," the source continues. "What gives Noel the right to diss an entire group of people and say only one person is cool? He can't bear Noel and the way he treated Meg. Besides, Jude's only met him about twice." »

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Kubrick's Legend Lives On Through Spielberg

30 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary director Stanley Kubrick may be dead, but his influence lives on through Steven Spielberg. Spielberg reveres the late A Clockwork Orange film-maker and is determined to honor Kubrick's memory on the set of his new movie. Oscar-winner Spielberg is currently making futuristic epic AI - a project Kubrick himself was developing when he died in 1999. And since taking over, Spielberg has insisted on the same high levels of secrecy Kubrick himself employed on seminal films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey. British pin-up Jude Law has been ordered to cover up while on the set, walking around with an umbrella so aggressive paparazzi can't snap pictures of him in character. Law says, "Kubrick's movies were always made under these rules and Steven just wants to respect that. I had to walk around with an umbrella during shooting so people couldn't see what I looked like. The week before we started shooting there was the release of photos of all the characters from the new Star Wars set and Steven really didn't want any photos going out." So I had to walk from the trailer to the studio with an umbrella." »

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Jude Law To Play Young Hannibal

22 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie pretty boy Jude Law is being lined up to play the young Hannibal Lecter. Studio bosses are said to be keen to recruit the fine-boned British actor to star in a remake of the original Hannibal film, Manhunter. The film, based on Red Dragon, the first of the Thomas Harris books to feature the cannibalistic serial killer, was filmed in 1986 with Brian Cox taking the lead role of the fiendish villain. Ted Tally, who wrote the screenplay for The Silence Of The Lambs, is working on the script and is thought to be keen to snap up the British actor. »

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Jude Law Buys His Son A Gun

16 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Politically correct parents Jude Law and Sadie Frost relented and bought their son Rafferty some toy guns - after he started pretending all his other toys were firearms. Jude, who plays a sniper in his upcoming film Enemy at the Gates and Sadie had decided to keep their little boy away from toy guns in the hope he wouldn't develop violent tendencies. But they soon discovered their decision didn't really count for anything. Law says, "You know what, my son is four, and I made this decision when he was two. Me and my wife were like, 'Right, we're not going to buy him guns.' And he just kind of did that thing where he picked up a pen and made it a gun. But it's kind of bizarre, there seems to be this natural, inherent, genetic thing in boys. And someone told the same story about a girl where they said, 'We're not going to buy our daughter dolls because we think that you shouldn't have gender-led toys.' And she picked up a pillow and wrapped it in a blanket and it was her doll. So, yeah, he's got a couple of guns." »

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Jude Law Scared By Fame

9 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jude Law is worried by his rise to stardom - because he thinks fame is dangerous. The heartthrob British actor, who stars in the upcoming Enemy At The Gates, has already hired himself an American publicist - but claims he's not looking forward to receiving even more attention from the media. He explains, "I don't want to be too available for everyone to get a piece of my life. Fame can be dangerous. I don't particularly want to be recognised everywhere. And I don't want to keep reading about myself in magazines. It makes me uncomfortable." Law adds, "I am not a celebrity. Celebrities now are quiz-show winners, sportsmen, other actors and, occasionally, politicians. I am just not in that category." »

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Jude Law Kept Working By Son

26 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jude Law's son Rafferty loved his dad playing a soldier in his new film Enemy At The Gates - so much so he kept his dad working off set. Law found that his four-year-old son wouldn't let him relax from his role - by making him act like a soldier at home, as soon as Law had left the movie set. Law says, "When I got home I had to be a soldier for him too. "We were crawling around the floor and I was like, 'God, I have to do this at work!', but he didn't understand that." »

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Gladiator Director Plans Captain Kidd Movie

7 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actors Jude Law and Sadie Frost are among an array of British stars set to headline Ridley Scott's pirate movie based on the story of Captain Kidd. Lena Headey Ewen Bremner and Rupert Graves are also being eyed by Scott to star in the film. Miranda Richardson is set to briefly reprise the Queen Elizabeth I role she once played for laughs in the British Blackadder TV series. Kidd's sworn enemies in the movie would be Alan Rickman as an admiral and James Coburn as a rival buccaneer. Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are keen to point out that their Disney-backed movie is definitely not a comedy. A senior source explains, "They are looking at something in the mold of Errol Flynn in The Sea Hawk. But with special effects, computer graphics and the like they can achieve so much more. "But the studio would like an ensemble cast, very young and glamorous, to rival some other movies being made like Ocean's Eleven." »

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