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11 items from 2001


Fans Forced To Wait For Planet of the Apes Sequel

13 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie bosses are waiting until 2003 to release the next Planet of the Apes flick - to ensure audiences are desperate to see it by the time it arrives. The summer blockbuster, which starred Hollywood heart-throb Mark Wahlberg and British beauty Helena Bonham Carter, will definitely have a sequel, but bosses want the public to hunger for Ape action before it's released. Producer Richard Zanuck says, "We don't want to rush the film into theaters next year - we'd rather buy extra wanna-see time for the sequel. Right now, we're tossing around ideas for the story. We want to take our time and get it right." Wahlberg made a deal with Zanuck to make two Planet of the Apes films, before signing up for the first picture. »

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Helena And Tim: It's Official

26 October 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Helena Bonham Carter is officially dating her Planet Of The Apes director Tim Burton. The English rose has been linked to the movie maker since his high-profile split from his fiancee of eight years, actress and model Lisa Marie. A representative for Helena says, "She has been seeing him for the last two 1/2 weeks. It is a baby relationship. They're taking baby steps." But the spokesperson is keen to emphasise that the affair didn't started during filming - when Helena was dressed head to toe as an ape. Yet jilted Lisa is still bitter, according a friend of the blonde actress. The pal explains, "He was a real a**e. They went out for years. They went to the Planet premiere together. Shortly afterward, he called to tell her it was over." Citing Bonham Carter's role in the break up of Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson's marriage, the pal snides, "Doesn't Helena Bonham Carter break everyone up?" »

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Bruce Jets Into Britain To Steal The Show

23 October 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bruce Willis is flying in the face of fears about air travel by jetting over to Britain for the premiere of his movie Bandits. Bruce will take center stage on November 15th at the screening of his latest blockbuster at the London Film Festival, where he'll be joined by director Barry Levinson and co-star Cate Blanchett. The 16-day event aims to give a snapshot of the best in world cinema, with premieres from 46 different countries. Stars expected at the festival include Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Kristin Scott Thomas, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, Michael Caine and Helena Bonham Carter. »

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Helena Bonham Carter Wants To Be In A Musical

6 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

English rose Helena Bonham Carter has aired hopes of a part in a musical, after revealing singing ambitions. The Planet Of The Apes star, usually cast in period drama, has proved her flexibility with her characterisation of the main ape Ari - leading to reports of a sequel. Helena says, "I'd love the chance to act and sing at the same time. A role in one of the classic musicals would be great. I'm always singing to myself, and not just in the bath." »

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Helena: Planet Of The Apes Was Like Childbirth

7 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Helena Bonham Carter's marathon make-up sessions for Planet Of The Apes were so painful she compares them to childbirth. The British actress, who plays Ari in the hairy movie, spent so long being transformed for her role during filming that she only had four hours a day to eat and sleep. She shudders, "It's like childbirth, because afterwards you forget what it was like. It's fine now. But there were days when it was absolutely torturous." »

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Helena Gets Sexy To Forget Ape Look

27 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Helena Bonham Carter is delighted with her raunchy new look in men's magazine Maxim and admits she would never have gone so far had it not been for the months she spent in an ape outfit. The actress underwent hours in the make-up chair every day for her role as Ari in Planet Of The Apes and she was keen to show the world she was a real woman underneath the fur. She says, "I spent the last six months being an ape and I actually started thinking that people preferred me as an ape. But the Maxim spread is as far as I go - there's no way I'd ever strip off completely." Bonham Carter's sexy Maxim spread features the actress posing in an assortment of classy lingerie. »

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Burton Blasts The Internet

27 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Tim Burton is going ape - he's furious at the entire internet after a website gave away the ending of his new film Planet Of The Apes, just days before its US release. The hot new film was shrouded in secrecy - until, that is, website The Drudge Report revealed some essential plot details. Burton rages, "This is why the earth is doomed. Ultimately, that's the scary thing about this whole internet. What's the point anymore as a filmmaker? The internet is really negative - so many negative thinkers are running it. People think I'm dark - these internet people are as dark as they come. We're killing ourselves and we don't know it. Don't they realize that the printed word destroys lives? A lot of lives worked on this movie for a long time. I try quietly in my soul to keep going and not let it disturb me, but as a filmmaker, half your day is wasted responding to internet rumors. On this movie I had to tell the studio, 'No, Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter's characters are not having a three-headed ape baby.'" »

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Tim Burton: Last-minute Tinkering Nothing New

25 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Tim Burton claims reporters have over-reacted about his last-minute fiddling with Planet Of The Apes - because all good films are worked on until the last second. The big-budget remake of the classic 1960 sci-fi film, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter, had the media panicked after reports of Batman helmer Burton's frantic alterations ahead of Friday's release date. But the director fumes, "I mean, how is this news? What person who's working on a film isn't, like, going crazy or working on it right to the end? Those last two weeks you're wanting to kill yourself. They have to grab the film can from your clenched fist. "What would be a lot more interesting would be if you found a filmmaker who says, 'Great, I finished my movie and handed it to the studio two weeks before release. I'm going on vacation now.'" Apparently the tinkering is over, studio publicists had prints available for press screenings earlier this week. »

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Helena Bonham Carter Went To Ape School

24 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Helen Bonham Carter was sent to an ape academy to prepare her for her role in the upcoming of Planet Of The Apes. The British actress, who plays Ari in the update of the 1968 original, spent hours in make-up to be transformed for the role. But director Tim Burton was so determined his stars got their simian moves just right he sent the cast to ape school to learn how to walk and talk like a simian. Bonham Carter says, "Ape school was very illuminating. At first I flunked because I was way too hyper. But there are lots of things in finding your inner ape that can be quite useful to real life. The cast and crew soon got used to the sight of apes lounging around and eating lunch." »

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Burton's Ape Aches

25 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Tim Burton has had enough of working with monkeys after filming Planet Of The Apes movie remake. Tim says the primate stars of the forthcoming film were far harder to deal with than their human counterparts. He says, "They would start humping my leg, and if I didn't pay attention to them, they'd spit at me or throw [bleep] at me. They have an insane, psycho quality. One day I caught one of them staring at me ... and I thought, man, if a human ever looked at me like I that I'd run in the other direction. I felt like I was in some weird gay bar and some sleazy person was checking me out." The movie, which stars homo sapiens actors Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth, premieres in late July. »

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Steve Martin In New Comedy Romp

18 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Helena Bonham Carter is to star with Steve Martin in a new comedy about a dentist. In the film Novocaine, funnyman Martin will play a successful dentist whose life is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of his wayward brother. The $26 million movie will also star Laura Dern as Martin's fiancee, and Elias Koteas as his brother. Planet Of The Apes star Bonham Carter plays a patient who seduces Martin, causing further chaos. The film, due for release later this year, has been written and directed by David Atkins. A movie source says, "Helena is hysterical. She has been waiting for a good comedy venture for some time." »

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