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Tom Cruise Wanted Money Mountain

26 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise was set to play Jude Law's character in Cold Mountain before he demanded too much money, according to producer Sydney Pollack. The Last Samurai star was the first choice to take the lead in the American Civil War drama, but passed on it when a financial agreement could not be settled on - meaning he missed the chance to star opposite his ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Pollack says, "It was a combination of timing and egos. There was a huge problem in terms of what they wanted to get paid. This went on until Tom reached a point where he said, 'You know something? I don't want to do this any more.'" But Cruise says, "It was not the film I wanted to make at the time." »

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Law Heavily Hints at Early Marriage Strife

12 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk Jude Law has heavily hinted his problems with ex-wife Sadie Frost were going on for much longer than originally thought. Reports that the star's marriage was in trouble surfaced at the beginning of the year amidst persistent- but repeatedly denied - reports Law had grown particularly close to his Cold Mountain co-star Nicole Kidman whilst filming the upcoming movie last year. However, whilst the pair didn't officially separate until this summer, Law has now revealed filming Cold Mountain in Romania months before his last child with Frost - Rudy - was born in September was a welcome escape from personal pressures. He says, "It was a very hard, difficult long shoot, but it was a chance to escape from obvious pressures. It was a wonderful opportunity to concentrate on work. We were all able to lose ourselves in the film, and I think it came at a time when all of us were open to appreciate that kind of existence and could leave behind the traps we think we can't escape from." »

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Connolly joins 'Lemony' film for Silberling

8 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Billy Connolly is the latest actor to sign on to the highly anticipated feature adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. Connolly will play Uncle Monty in the Brad Silberling-directed film, which is based on Daniel Handler's children's book series and is set to star Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law. The film follows the Baudelaire orphans on a series of adventures and unfortunate turns while mixing it up with the evil Count Olaf. It was adapted by Handler, with a rewrite by Robert Gordon. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor are producing. Connolly appears in Timeline and The Last Samurai. He also has appeared in such films as White Oleander, The Boondock Saints and An Everlasting Piece. Connolly is repped by Gene Parseghian of Parseghian Planco and Tor Belfrage of Julian Belfrage & Associates. »

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Jude and Sadie Plan Christmas Truce

5 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Divorced couple Jude Law and Sadie Frost are planning to put their differences behind them - to give their children a happy family Christmas. The Talented Mr Ripley actor has agreed to spend Christmas morning with Frost and their children Rafferty, Iris and Rudy, and Frost's son Findlay from her previous marriage to Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp. But the pair will go their separate ways again later in the day when Jude returns to the home he shares with new lover Sienna Miller, whom Frost has banned from ever entering her house. A source close to the former spouses says, "Sadie is so relieved that she and Jude are on more civil terms but she draws the line at playing hostess and being all chummy with his new girlfriend. She and Jude have been speaking again and hopefully the worst of the bitterness is behind them. Christmas day will be the first time they've all been together since the divorce started in February. They have made a pact not to argue or say horrible things to each other in front of the children." Since their divorce was finalized in October Sadie has found love again with guitar player Jackson Scott, while Jude is reportedly besotted with Miller, his co-star in upcoming remake Alfie. »

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Kidman Meets Kravitz's Ex-Wife

4 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman took another important step in her relationship with rocker Lenny Kravitz last weekend - she met his ex-wife. The Moulin Rouge star and Kravitz spent the weekend at the singer's Miami, Florida, mansion with Lisa Bonet and 15-year-old Zoe her daughter with Kravitz - and, according to a source, the visit was a roaring success. The pal says, "Lenny and Lisa have no bad blood, so having Nicole and Lisa click was real important." Kidman will be seen onscreen later this month in Cold Mountain, opposite Jude Law and Renee Zellweger. »

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Kidman and Law Aim To End Romance Rumors

24 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Nicole Kidman and Jude Law have finally put paid to reports they had an affair on the set of new movie Cold Mountain in a TV interview. The pair sat down with American newswoman Barbara Walters to talk frankly about the rumors, which ended with Kidman winning a large settlement from Britain's Daily Mail. Law simply shook his head when he was asked by Walters if there had been a romance, while Kidman admitted she felt someone got carried away with their kissing and lovemaking scenes on the set. She explained, "We know each other in a very deep way now. I've kissed the man when the cameras were rolling, I've laid there when the cameras are rolling. I mean that's not the norm - but nothing gets crossed over into your personal life." Cheeky Walters admits she would have been tempted to fall for Law if she was on a movie set with him. After conducting the interview for news show 20/20, she said, "He's awfully cute. I might have done him." »

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Portman for Lois Lane?

20 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars beauty Natalie Portman is the frontrunner to play Superman's leading lady Lois Lane in the upcoming blockbuster, according to reports in her native America. The brunette actress has been named as studio Warner Brothers' first choice to play the intrepid journalist, who is saved from tragedy by her superhero boyfriend. When asked if Portman has inked a deal with director Richard Donner - who has replaced Charlie's Angels filmmaker McG - her agent replied "nothing's conclusive". The project has been beset by problems, and actors Jude Law and Josh Hartnett have both turned down the chance to play the man of steel. Brendan Fraser is the latest star to be linked to the role. »

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Jude Law & Sienna To Marry?

12 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jude Law's relationship with new girlfriend Sienna Miller is so serious pals reckon the pair will marry next year. Only weeks after securing a divorce from ex-wife Sadie Frost, 30-year-old Law has reportedly bought a flat in New York with sexy actress Sienna, who stars alongside him in the Alfie remake. An insider says, "It's serious between Jude and Sienna - very serious. They won't be rushing into things with indecent haste, but we think there will be an announcement next year." Hunky Law will next be seen onscreen in Cold Mountain, co-starring Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger. »

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Guzman joins Ferguson in 'Lemony' cast

10 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Luis Guzman and Craig Ferguson have scored roles in the Brad Silberling-directed Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. The role is a fortunate turn for Guzman as his Fox sitcom Luis was canceled after four showings. Guzman and Ferguson join Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law and Jennifer Coolidge in the film, which is based on Daniel Handler's children's book series and is being produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor. Emily Browning and Liam Aiken round out the cast. »

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Zellwegger Dumped for "Bridget Baggage"

10 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Renee Zellwegger has split from rocker Jack White for good - because he hated her Bridget Jones's Diary routine. The American star has piled on the pounds again to play the neurotic title character in upcoming sequel The Edge Of Reason - and her 'becoming' Bridget proved too much for edgy White Stripes frontman Jack, who's finally walked away from their on-off relationship. Insiders say Jack was worried Renee's middle-of-road Bridget persona would affect his own work, making him less dynamic. A source on the film's set reveals, "It looks like it's all over for Renee and Jack - and for good this time. Things have looked bleak for a while but there have been plenty of phone calls to give them hope, falsely as it now turns out. The bottom line is that Jack didn't want to lose his creative edge. Cuddly nights in with piles of junk food are just not for him. He's told her to get in touch after she's finished this project and shed the Bridget baggage. Jack sees it as a lifestyle choice, that combined with the distance between them equals a temporary dead end. Renee thinks he's just being shallow. There's no way she'll go back for more." The pair met while filming Cold Mountain, the hotly-tipped Jude Law and Nicole Kidman film that was Jack's Hollywood debut. »

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Jude Law Moves In with Sienna

4 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The ink is barely dry on his divorce papers, but Jude Law is moving in with new love Sienna Miller already, according to reports. The Road To Perdition hunk - whose marriage to Sadie Frost officially ended last week - is moving into a 'love nest' with his Alfie co-star in New York, once filming moves from England to the American city next week. According to British newspaper The Daily Express, Brit Law, 30, plans to share an apartment with Miller, 20, for the three weeks of filming so their burgeoning romance can blossom away from prying eyes. A source says, "They are planning to move into a small apartment in a quiet area of New York for the three weeks of filming so they can have a romantic private time. They can't wait to go somewhere where they will be more anonymous and able to walk down the street holding hands without being photographed. Jude will also be away from the responsibility of his children and can throw himself into his work and new romance." Jude's ex-wife Sadie - with whom he has three young children - has already dismissed his relationship with Miller as a "silly fling." She is currently dating 22- year-old musician Jackson Scott. The new lovebirds will return to Britain on December 3 once filming has finished on the Michael Caine remake. »

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Coolidge joins adventures of 'Lemony' film

31 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jennifer Coolidge, who hit theaters twice this summer with Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde and American Wedding, is set to join Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law in the Brad Silberling-directed Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The project, an adaptation of the Daniel Handler children's book series, is a Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks co-production. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor are producing. The book follows the Baudelaire orphans -- Violet, Klaus and Sunny -- on a series of adventures and unfortunate turns while mixing it up with the evil Count Olaf. Carrey is set to play the Count, with Streep starring as Aunt Josephine and Law acting as narrator. Liam Aiken and Emily Browning round out the cast as two of the three orphans. Shooting starts next month. Handler adapted the material, with a rewrite by Robert Gordon. Coolidge is repped by the Gersh Agency. In addition to her onscreen work, which also includes A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, she has a talent holding deal with NBC. »

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Frost: Jude Made Me Sick

30 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Sadie Frost has accused former husband Jude Law of making her ill during their turbulent marriage. The screen beauty - whose six year union with the Road To Perdition hunk was officially terminated at London's High Court yesterday - claims Law treated her so badly, she was forced to seek medical help. Sadie was granted a quick divorce on account of the actor's admitted unreasonable behavior, and, according to friends, she wanted "the world to know" her motives for splitting with Law. In her sworn affidavit, she wrote, "The respondent's behavior increased the effects of postnatal depression, leading me to have to take treatment three times." A pal of the designer says, "She wrote this knowing it would be made public. She wanted the world to know what kind of person Jude is and how she had to go to hospital with baby blues as a result of Jude's bad behavior." »

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Law and Frost To Divorce Today

29 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen stars Jude Law and Sadie Frost will finally end their marriage today, following months of angry feuds. According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, the acting duo will be granted a divorce in London's High Court - which will be finalized in six weeks - on account of Law's admitted unreasonable behavior. Trouble within their five-year union reached its peak earlier this year when police were twice called to the home of the couple in Primrose Hill, London, after some violent bust-ups. Sadie subsequently filed for divorce from the Road To Perdition star. A pal says, "It is very sad that it has come to this but Sadie felt she had no other choice." The actress-turned-designer recently described her split from her husband as a trip "to hell and back". »

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Law Sweeps Miller Off Her Feet

22 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Jude Law has swept his new co-star Sienna Miller off her feet - with his sublime dancing skills. The suave star - who is currently filming Alfie opposite Miller - has been taking dancing classes for his performance in the title role, but according to the gushing actress Law is already a sublime mover. She says, "He's such a great dancer already. He hasn't stepped on my toes once." And the rising star admits to being swept off her feet by the whole experience of shooting the film alongside stars like Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei. She gasps, "I'm having so much fun at the moment. Everything is so exciting. I feel overwhelmed." »

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Jude Law KO's Beckham Film Deal

25 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cold Mountain hunk Jude Law has pulled out of a film deal with high-profile couple David Beckham and Victoria Beckham after becoming concerned of the amount of press the move would bring him. Jude, 30, has been left shell-shocked by the huge amount of tabloid coverage given to the break-up of his marriage to Sadie Frost and is reluctant to get involved in the media circus which surrounds the soccer hero and his singer wife. Earlier this month the Oscar nominee had met up with the Real Madrid player after a football match and they talked over an idea to make short films together via Jude's production company Riff Raff UK Ltd. A source tells British tabloid The Daily Mirror, "Jude thinks David is a top guy but he's decided not to go ahead with it. Jude values his privacy and doesn't want to get caught up in the whole Beckham circus. They'd only discussed various projects briefly during the meeting and were horrified when their plans were leaked. Jude said he had not spoken to anybody about their conversation and is furious that it got out so soon. He says it's not worth it." »

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Mariah's Photo Fury

24 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Brett Ratner found his famous friends most amenable when he decided to release a book of candid photos - except for singer Mariah Carey. The Red Dragon film-maker has created Hillhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures, a new book containing shots his A-list pals have taken of themselves in the black-and-white photo booth he bought for his Hollywood home. Most of those who posed - a star-studded list which includes Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, Paris Hilton, Kim Cattrall, Sean 'P Diddy' Combs, Jude Law and Heidi Klum - were more than happy to okay the book. But Ratner laughs, "Everybody in the book is a personal friend, so I didn't have to contact anyone for permission. But some people had vanity issues. "I had to send Mariah Carey - who's a very good friend of mine - the pictures to let her know which ones I would use. Some of them have to have image control." »

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Roberts 'Closer' to Blanchett Role

23 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Superstar Julia Roberts is in talks to play the lead in new film Closer after Cate Blanchett dropped out from the role. Blanchett last week quit the film after announcing she's pregnant with her second child, so The Graduate director Mike Nichols approached the Pretty Woman actress to take over in his adaptation of Patrick Marber's play. Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen are also on board for the film, about the tangled relationship between two couples after a man from one and woman from the other have an affair. Blanchett is currently wrapping up Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, a Howard Hughes biopic. She will then go to Italy to shoot Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic alongside Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston before her baby is due next year. Roberts will next appear in Mona Lisa Smile, followed by Ocean's Twelve, Steven Soderbergh's follow-up to his 2001 heist flick. »

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Blanchett Awaits Baby Number Two

18 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings beauty Cate Blanchett is expecting her second child with screenwriter husband Andrew Upton. The Oscar-nominated Australian actress was forced to withdraw from upcoming movie project Closer - in which she was to team up with British superstar Jude Law - due to her condition. Cate, 34, already has a two-year old son called Dashiell. Despite being one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses Blanchett and her family live in England and recently relocated from the capital London to south coast seaside resort Brighton. The baby is expected to arrive in Spring 2004. »

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Jude Law and Kids in Fire Fright

16 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie hunk Jude Law has been comforting his distressed kids after they were caught up in a fire scare at their hotel in Manchester, England. The Talented Mr Ripley actor and his children, Rafferty, seven, and Iris, two, were forced to flee the Lowry Hotel when an alarm sounded on Saturday evening. But caring Jude hugged the tots outside the five-star establishment, before firemen confirmed it had been a false alarm. An onlooker says, "Jude was clearly very concerned about the fire alarm and had his kids close by him all the time. But he was very calm and kept them safe in his arms." The actor is in the city filming Alfie, a remake of the 1966 classic starring Michael Caine. »

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