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NEW YORK -- Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are co-hosting a Dec. 29 Aspen, Colo., screening of Robert Mulligan's classic 1962 adaptation of the Harper Lee novel To Kill A Mockingbird for Grand Classics, a film series initiated after 9/11 to bring artists to lower Manhattan. Held at Aspen's Wheeler Opera House, the showing will benefit Hawn's Bright Light Foundation charity and feature sponsorships from such companies as Infiniti and J. Mendel. It's part of Grand Classics' program revolving around actors screening films that have inspired them. Launched by Katrina Pavlos and Vanessa Wingate of the production company Indyssey Entertainment in April 2002, Grand Classics has expanded to include screenings in London, Los Angeles and its current debut in Aspen. Plans for similar events in Miami and Paris are in the works. The organization has held screenings hosted by actors including Jude Law, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine, Tim Robbins and most recently Gwyneth Paltrow, who introduced a London showing of Woody Allen's Annie Hall on Dec. 12. Grand Classics' efforts also benefit motion picture preservation through its contributions to the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute. »
Comedian Chris Rock has officially ruled himself out of the running as host for next year's Academy Awards. Rock took on Oscar-hosting duties for the first time in February, and while he drew younger viewers his jokes skewering stars like Jude Law, Tobey Maguire and others alienated some members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His comments prompted Sean Penn, when he took the stage later, to defend Law as "one of our finest actors". And following months of speculation over whether Rock will return for the March 5 ceremony, his publicist Matt Labov says, "He is not hosting the Academy Awards." Labov adds that Rock doesn't want to do the show "in perpetuity" but would "like to do it again down the road." A spokesman for the Academy has declined to comment about the hosting duties, although an announcement on the selection is expected in the next few weeks. »
Jude Law and Sienna Miller are trying to rescue their relationship after agreeing to put their infidelities behind them. The Alfie co-stars split after Law admitted having an affair with his children's nanny Daisy Wright in March, and British tabloids claimed Miller was secretly dating new James Bond star Daniel Craig. But the British beauty was thrilled when Law attended the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie Casanova on Sunday and she confirmed they're trying again. She said, "It's fantastic to have him here to support the film and we're working things out. We've had a rough ride." »
Actress Sienna Miller has rubbished reports she forgave former fiance Jude Law after his affair with nanny Daisy Wright, insisting she ended their relationship three months ago. British newspapers at the weekend claimed Law had ditched Miller after discovering her alleged affair with actor pal Daniel Craig. But the Alfie actress insists she ended the engagement immediately after finding out about Law's fling with the nanny in July. The 23-year-old star says, "I dumped Jude three months ago. I just could not forgive him for what he did to me. We managed to remain friends but he really hurt me." Rumors of a reconciliation between Miller and Law, 32, were prompted by the fact they were still living together in his London home. But the beauty maintains their co-habitation was just for convenience while she acted in her West End show. She adds, "I moved in with Jude and rented my own flat out. When things got difficult between us I had nowhere else to go. And I've been really busy acting in As You Like It and had no time to find another place. So we have still been living in the same house. It has been really difficult but we've managed to get through." »
Sienna Miller has become so terrified of the British paparazzi she is considering turning her back on acting. The Alfie actress became a prime target for photographers when her partner Jude Law's infidelity grabbed newspaper headlines in July. And, even though Miller has forgiven the Closer star, she is still struggling to cope with the constant invasions of her privacy. The 23-year-old says, "London is getting worse and worse. What I have most of the time is me running down the street in pitch black with eight grown men sprinting after me. The way it has been for a while now... it's reaching a level where it's actually not worth it to be an actress. I love my work, but I can't live my life like that." »
- A History of Violence While this film looks more like a Tarantino insane murder spree fresco a la Kill Bill rather than a Cronenberg film, this is a pure feast for the extravagant and the exquisite just like Cronenber's previous films. God knows how he does it, but Cronenberg has been attracting major commercial actors for his latest projects (Ralph Fiennes, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Don McKellar, ...). This time it's Viggo Mortensen (Lotr) and the sublime Maria Bello (Assault on Precinct 13) who play the lead roles and this casting choice couldn't have been better. Their roles fit them like a glove and they make the perfect twisted Cronenbergian couple on the blood-shattered silver screen. Every second of this film is enjoyable; especially the few violent scenes that made the few women present at the screening react very loudly. Awesome. Le Fil à la Patte (The Art of Breaking »
Jude Law whisked Sienna Miller off for an evening at London hotel The Savoy last night, sparking fierce speculation their romance is back on. The pair were photographed coming out of the Wyndham's Theatre holding hands after Miller's performance in As You Like It, before they leaped into a waiting car which sped them straight to the glitzy hotel. An onlooker tells London newspaper the Evening Standard, "The two of them came out looking very relaxed and happy, hand in hand. When they left she looked really coy but pleased and he basically looked very happy with himself - like he'd finally won her back. Jude whisked her off to the Savoy." »
Former golden couple Sienna Miller and Jude Law were left red-faced Yesterday when they both booked a table at the same restaurant. Miller was dining with British designer Christopher Bailey, while Law enjoyed a meal with long-term pal producer Damon Bryant at The Wolseley in London. The Layer Cake beauty even approached her estranged fiance in a bid to prove to onlookers the troubled twosome are on speaking terms, but the pair hotly deny the chance meeting was anything other than a bizarre coincidence. Spokesperson Ciara Parkes insists, "It was completely unplanned that they would be there at the same time." »
Sienna Miller insists she has received invaluable support since the shock of finding out about her partner Jude Law's infidelity - particularly from Law himself. The Layer Cake beauty is feeling stronger than ever, but has bemused fans by praising Law's kindness during her ordeal, even though he was the one who broke her heart in the first place by having a month-long affair with his children's nanny, Daisy Wright. She says, "I'd be lying if I said that it hasn't been a really rough Couple of months. But at the end of the day I've got a huge support system. My mum, my sister, all my best mates and Jude have been really supportive of me. Actually it's you know, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." »
Screened out of competition at the Venice International Film Festival
VENICE -- Movies with the name Casanova in the title have almost always been stinkers so it's bold of Lasse Hallstrom to call his film simply "Casanova" but it turns out to be a welcome exception to the rule as it's a smart and sophisticated comedy romp.
It has been a while since a sensible sex comedy of this entertaining sharpness has been around, but Hallstrom's film is a genuine crowd-pleaser that should have exhibitors everywhere smiling along with huge numbers of moviegoers.
The city of Venice has never looked so scintillating on screen and the glorious setting is the perfect background for a tale of love and lust and mistaken identity that never stoops to the ludicrous posturing and leering typical of most period farces.
Richard Lester's excellent Musketeer movies come to mind along with a little Monty Python but the screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher and Kimberly Simi, from a story by Simi and Michael Cristofer, borrows cleverly from Shakespeare too in its pleasing symmetry.
The film delights in a time when even in so flourishing a city as Venice, individuals are known only by their names and not their faces. It's happily foreign to today's world where image is everything and it allows for deception at the highest level, which the film exploits to the full.
Many of the principal characters in "Casanova" pretend to be someone else for assorted reasons, mostly lust, and it's a source of great merriment that their undoing is an early version of one of the most ubiquitous institutions of modern times: advertising.
It is 1753 and Casanova (Heath Ledger) is so celebrated a lover that he is lampooned by players in St. Mark's Square and puppet shows all over Venice. The Inquisition has him on its most-wanted list for debauchery and when they raid a nunnery in pursuit of him, Casanova flees his complicit novitiate and every nun in the place blows him a kiss on his way out.
His protector, the Doge (Tim McInnerny) tells him that to be saved from the Inquisition, he must leave Venice forever or get married, and so Casanova and his manservant Lupo (Omid Djalili) go in search of the perfect bride.
Meanwhile, Francesca Bruni (Sienna Miller) is awaiting the arrival of her fiance, Paprizzio, the lard mogul of Genoa, whom she has never met but must marry at the desperate wish of her mother (Lena Olin). Francesca's brother Giovanni (Charlie Cox) spends his time ogling the local virgin, Victoria (Natalie Dormer), but cannot bring himself to approach her.
When Casanova and Victoria meet, she blossoms with a lust so pulsating that she snaps thick wood with her fingers, and the two become engaged. Annoyed by this development, Giovanni challenges Casanova to a duel although not realizing he is the notorious seducer.
Knowing her brother is not a good with a sword, at least not one with a blade, Francesca takes his place and fights Casanova to a draw. Only when the duel ends is she revealed as a beautiful woman and Casanova is immediately smitten. When he discovers that she favors the writing of a philosopher whose books espouse a woman's point of view, he employs that philosophy to pursue her, little knowing that she is in fact the writer of those books using a nom-de-plume.
In the tradition of great farces, the story then tumbles delightfully along its eccentrically logical path with wonderful figures showing up including Paprizzio (Oliver Platt) and the chief inquisitor Pucci (Jeremy Irons), and there's many a twist before the tale is finally told.
Ledger provides a well-measured comic counterbalance to his grimly gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain", and Miller finally emerges from the publicity furor of her relationship with Jude Law to show that she is a beautiful and highly capable screen actress for whom stardom clearly beckons.
Irons is an Ice Pick of drollery and Pratt has great fun mimicking Orson Welles in his Mr. Creosote period, while the remainder of the cast -- including veteran Paddy Ward, with a couple of lovely Edward Everett Horton moments -- take advantage of a clever script and a director having the time of his life.
Touchstone Pictures presents a Mark Gordon Company-Hallstrom/Halleran production.
Credits: Director: Lasse Hallstrom; Screenplay: Jeffrey Hatcher and Kimberly Simi; Story: Kimberly Simi and Michael Cristofer; Producers: Mark Gordon, Betsy Beers, Leslie Holleran; Executive producers: Su Armstrong, Adam Merims, Gary Levinsohn; Director of photography: Oliver Stapleton; Production designer: David Gropman; Editor: Andrew Mondshein; Music: Alexandre Desplat. Cast: Casanova: Heath Ledger; Francesca Bruni: Sienna Miller; Andrew: Lena Olin; Victoria: Natalie Dormer; Giovanni Bruni: Charlie Cox; Pucci: Jeremy Irons; Paprizzio: Oliver Platt; Guardi: Phil Davies; Donato: Stephen Greif; Lupo: Omid Djalili; Vittorio: Paddy Ward; Dalfonso: Ken Stott; Doge: Tim McInnerny; Casanova's mother: Helen McCrory; Mother's lover/Tito: Leigh Lawson.
No MPAA rating. Running time: 108 min. »
Jude Law and Sienna Miller have been seen in public together for the first time since the Cold Mountain actor confessing to having an affair with his children's nanny last month. The couple, who have been meeting in private in a bid to salvage their engagement, took a walk across London's Hampstead Heath yesterday in a public show of unity. A friend of Miller's tells British newspaper The Sun, "Sienna hasn't totally forgiven Jude but she is doing her best to work things out with him. She really loves him and is devastated by his betrayal. He has been doing everything in his power to convince her he made a stupid mistake and it won't happen again." »
Gwen Stefani has rubbished reports she's set to join Sienna Miller in the upcoming movie Factory Girl. It was reported last week that the "Rich Girl" singer, who portrayed Jean Harlow in The Aviator, had signed on to join Jude Law's fiancee in the film. It was said Stefani would play Richie Berlin, the roommate of Andy Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick played by Miller. But the blonde beauty insists, "That's a big rumor. I'm not doing it." Stefani's husband Gavin Rossdale is reportedly set to star in the movie, however. »
Jude Law's ex-wife Sadie Frost has split from her boyfriend of two years Jackson Scott. Fashion designer and sometime actress Frost last month received a $10.8 million divorce settlement from Law, with whom she has three children. She also has a child from her previous marriage to musician/actor Gary Kemp. Frost began dating flamenco guitarist Scott in the aftermath of her separation from Cold Mountain star Law. A spokesman says, "I can confirm that Sadie and Jackson have agreed to take some time out of their relationship. The split is amicable and they remain in close contact." An insider adds, "Sadie is 40 with four children and Jackson is 24 and they are at very different stages in their lives. The settlement means that Sadie can start life again and unfortunately she did not want Jackson to be part of her future. Although she loves him very much they want different things out of life." »
Jude Law will be shocked to learn Daisy Wright, the nanny he admitted to cheating on fiancee Sienna Miller with last month, will appear on American TV to talk about her former boss. Daisy Wright is set to tell three of America's top showbiz programs about the hurt she suffered at the hands of the Alfie star following their month-long fling earlier this year. Wright explains, "I want people to see what the real me is like. Jude is a huge star in America and I will be able to explain how I was left with no choice but to tell my story because I lost the nannying job I had been doing well for a year simply because he and I had been sexually involved." »
Sienna Miller is six weeks pregnant with estranged fiance Jude Law's child, according to an American magazine. Star claims the couple told their parents the happy news just two days before revelations Law had an affair with his children's nanny emerged. The pair split following the claims, and Law's admission he slept with Daisy Wright while filming movie All the King's Men in America last year - but they reportedly met in private in England for secret talks in a bid to rescue their relationship. Miller has refused to comment on the pregnancy claims. »
Actor Jude Law and his fiancee Sienna Miller reunited on Friday for the first time since July 17, when the hunk admitted he had an affair with his children's nanny - sparking speculation the couple are working to save their relationship. Miller stopped wearing her engagement ring following Law's admission he enjoyed a month-long fling with Daisy Wright, 26, three months after his romantic Christmas Day proposal to the Layer Cake beauty. But she finally agreed to meet the Cold Mountain heart-throb at his retreat in England's rural Cotswolds region, amid reports of a reconciliation. An insider tells British newspaper The Sun, "Jude and Sienna had a good talk. They both love each other, but Jude knows it will take a lot for Sienna to forgive him. He is desperate to marry her and have children and he is trying to prove that he won't cheat again. The fact that Sienna agreed to even meet him was a step forward as far as he was concerned. He's more confident they will get back together now." »
Actress Sienna Miller has won back her role as pop artist Andy Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick in forthcoming movie Factory Girl - two months after movie bosses reportedly dumped her from the production in favor of a "bigger role". Earlier this year British newspapers reported Jude Law's fiancee Miller lost the part because she was not famous enough, although the English beauty insisted the film clashed with her role in London play As You Like It. But movie insiders claim Miller's celebrity status has been helped by Law's admission he had an affair with his children's nanny Daisy Wright three months into his seven-month engagement to Miller. The 23-year-old will now play drug-addict Sedgwick in the forthcoming movie, reports British newspaper The Daily Mirror. A movie insider says, "This is not the way Sienna would have liked to have won the role of Edie Sedgwick or a big action role. But she is not going to kick a gift horse. Professionally speaking, being so badly treated by Jude is the best thing that's happened to Sienna. Now she's deemed A-list famous. If you're in the papers you've made the grade and American movie producers want you." »
Kate Bosworth has reportedly fallen back into the arms of her Australian model lover following Orlando Bloom's return to the UK. Bloom was photographed cuddling up to heart-broken actress Sienna Miller on Sunday following her split from Jude Law - and it appears Bosworth has rekindled her romance with Lundi Shackleton. Bosworth met Shackleton on the set of the new Superman Returns movie where he works as an assistant to director Bryan Singer, and they enjoyed a string of dates until Bloom's arrival in Sydney last month. Bosworth put Shackleton to one side to enjoy spending time with the Troy hunk - but now he's returned home it appears Bosworth and Shackleton are an item again. An insider tells Australian website Entertainment.news.com.au, "They meet for lunch everyday and are often all over each other. It's commonly assumed that they are in a relationship." Bosworth and Bloom enjoyed a trans-Atlantic romance for two years before splitting earlier this year to concentrate on their careers. »
Hollywood heartthrob Orlando Bloom is still dating actress Kate Bosworth and is only "friends" with Sienna Miller, according to the actor's sister. The Lord Of The Rings star, 28, and Beyond The Sea beauty, 22, announced they were ending their two-year relationship in January to concentrate on their careers, but were spotted together in March. Last month Bloom flew to Sydney, Australia to visit Bosworth on the set of Superman Returns, where she had reportedly struck up a brief romance with director's assistant Lundi Shackleton. Sydney newspapers claimed Bosworth ended her fling to reunite with Bloom. After Bloom was photographed cuddling up to ex-lover Miller - only a week after she discovered her fiance Jude Law had cheated on her with his children's nanny - his actress sister Samantha Bloom insists her famous brother is only in love with Bosworth. Samantha says, "They've been together for two years and they are still very much together. Of course they (Sienna and Orlando) kissed - they are friends and he always kisses his friends." »
Heartbroken actress Sienna Miller has reportedly ended her eight-month engagement with Jude Law, telling the actor she never wants to see him again. The 23-year-old beauty, who started dating 32-year-old Law in October 2003, was devastated last week to read newspaper revelations about the Oscar-nominated star's month-long affair with his former children's nanny Daisy Wright. After taking off her engagement ring last week, Miller has apparently told Law there is no chance of a reconciliation, reports British newspaper The Sun. A friend of the couple says, "Jude is desperate to see Sienna so they can talk things through - but she point-blank refuses to see him. She is too angry to forgive him. She's told him in on uncertain terms that she never wants to see him again." Yesterday, Miller invited Law's All The King's Men co-star Sean Penn and his wife Robin Wright Penn to watch her perform in the London West End production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, before dining together at J Sheekey's fish restaurant. »
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