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6 items from 2002


Russell Crowe Voted "Coldest Person in Hollywood"

27 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe has been named the "Coldest Person In Hollywood." The Gladiator star topped the annual poll by the independent movie website Film Threat. Previous celebrities who have topped the list include Robin Williams and Freddie Prinze, Jr. According to Film Threat, Crowe is "a wild boor, whose bad-boy Big Mouth and Redwood-sized chip-on-the-shoulder easily cost him an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind." Second in this year's poll was Winona Ryder followed by Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro and Woody Allen. »

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MGM, Gooding put contract on 'Don Cornelius'

14 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MGM has picked up Nick Guthe's spec script Don Cornelius, to be produced by Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tierre Turner through their Feel Good Films along with Tollin/Robbins Prods. The project reunites Gooding with Tollin/Robbins partners Brian Robbins and Michael Tollin as the trio is in preproduction on Revolution Studios' Radio, which Gooding will star in with Tollin directing and producing with Robbins. Cornelius, a potential starring vehicle for Gooding, centers on a repressed suburban accountant who finds out that his biological father is the head of the New York Mafia. When an attempt is made on the father's life, Cornelius ends up taking over the position. »

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'Radio' days for Winger, Woodard

9 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Revolution Studios has rounded out the cast for its upcoming drama Radio as Debra Winger and Alfre Woodard have signed on for roles opposite stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris. The film, which is being directed by Mike Tollin from a Mike Rich script, tells the story of a mentoring relationship between a prominent high school football coach and a mentally challenged man nicknamed Radio that divides, transforms and ultimately unifies a small South Carolina town. Winger, a three-time Academy Award nominee who has appeared in such classics as Terms of Endearment and An Officer and a Gentleman, will play the wife of the football coach. Woodard, who plays Radio's mother in the film, earned an Oscar nomination for her work in Cross Creek and has been seen in such films as Love & Basketball and Primal Fear. Radio, slated for a fall 2003 release, is being produced by Tollin and Brian Robbins. »

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Beyonce Hits Hollywood

18 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Destiny's Child babe Beyonce Knowles could be set for a full-time movie career, after landing her first leading Hollywood role. The sexy singer got her big-screen break alongside Mike Myers in the new Austin Powers flick - Goldmember. And now Beyonce is set to star with Cuba Gooding Jr. in new movie Fighting Temptations. Cuba will play the part of a hip-hop producer who takes charge of a gospel choir - with the choir's lead singer being played by Beyoncé. And she should not find the role too challenging - the 20- year-old started her career as a singer in a gospel choir, where she met fellow Destiny's Child founder member LaTavia Roberson. »

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Cuba's Movie Roles Dry Up

4 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Oscar-winning role in Jerry Maguire almost wrecked his career because casting directors were convinced his 'Show Me The Money' character was the only part he could play. The 34-year-old actor admits the years after his Best Supporting Actor win in 1997 were a lean time, until now. And Gooding Jr, who became only the sixth African-American to win an acting Oscar, admits his color didn't help. He says, "The hardest thing was for people to figure out where to put me as an actor. I met Oliver Stone and he said, 'You're Rod Tidwell, you're that character, ' and I realized that people didn't want the 'Show me the money' guy in a lot of the roles I was going for. It's sometimes a color thing too. No one ever tells me that to my face. They're doing this movie Daredevil and I really wanted it, I wanted to be this guy, but I didn't even get a meeting with the director." Ben Affleck will star in Daredevil. »

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Dogs Attack Cuba

14 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is still recovering from a dog attack on the set of his new movie Snow Dogs. Gooding went on location to icy Alaska for the Disney movie - about a New Yorker who inherits a team of racing husky dogs - but it wasn't the cold temperatures that the actor found most unpleasant. The Oscar-winner says, "They put these meat packets in the pockets of this red jacket and teased the dogs for a week with this jacket. "Then they put the jacket on me with all this padding and then I had to run and the dogs rip at the jacket and, of course, they found the one spot on my butt that didn't have padding on." »

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