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11 items from 2004


Snipes Sues New York City

21 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Blade: Trinity star Wesley Snipes filed a lawsuit against New York City yesterday, charging its officials with having no jurisdiction to arrest him as part of an Indiana paternity case. The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks a court ruling invalidating an arrest warrant issued by a New York family court judge. The Manhattan judge took the action on an interstate paternity petition filed in Indiana by a woman who says the actor fathered her young son. In his suit, Snipes accused the woman of being a mentally ill former crack addict who has made other claims she's the mother of many celebrities' children. He claims the woman began having delusions about him after watching his movie Blade. Emily Sweet, a lawyer for the city says, "The city has seen preliminary papers in this case. We are evaluating them thoroughly, but cannot comment further, as this is now a pending legal matter." The suit also names LaPorte County, Indiana, as a defendant. »

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Final boxoffice: 'Ocean's' breezes to top with $39.2 mil

13 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The pack is back. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve, a suave A-list ensemble action-heist comedy, hit the boxoffice beach with $39.2 million on its debut and easily slipped into the top spot, according to final figures compiled Monday. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed Ocean's Eleven sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, had the biggest December opening of all time with the exception of the three Lord of the Rings pictures from New Line Cinema. It also bettered the $38.1 million that Eleven palmed on its debut. Speaking of New Line, the distributor's Blade: Trinity, which stars Wesley Snipes as the half-vampire protagonist, opened in the second spot with $16.1 million, collecting $24.5 million since its debut Wednesday. The bow of the third film in the Blade franchise, directed by David S. Goyer, wasn't quite as sharp as Blade 2, which opened to $32.5 million. But a Wednesday opening can soften a weekend's impact at the boxoffice as it tends to siphon off some of the early fervent business. »

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'Ocean's' breezes to top of boxoffice

13 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The pack is back. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve, a suave A-list ensemble action-heist comedy, hit the boxoffice beach with an impressive estimate of $40.9 million on its debut and easily slipped into the top spot. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed Ocean's Eleven sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, had the biggest December opening of all time with the exception of the three Lord of the Rings pictures from New Line Cinema. It also bettered the $38.1 million that Eleven palmed on its debut. Speaking of New Line, the distributor's Blade: Trinity, which stars Wesley Snipes as the half-vampire protagonist, opened in the second spot with an estimated $16.1 million, collecting about $24.6 million since its debut Wednesday. The bow of the third film in the Blade franchise, directed by David S. Goyer, wasn't quite as sharp as Blade 2, which opened to $32.5 million. But a Wednesday opening can soften a weekend's impact at the boxoffice as it tends to siphon off some of the early fervent business. »

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'Ocean's' breezes to top of boxoffice

12 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The pack is back. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve, a suave A-list ensemble action-heist comedy, hit the boxoffice beach with an impressive estimate of $40.9 million on its debut and easily slipped into the top spot. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed Ocean's Eleven sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, had the biggest December opening of all time with the exception of the three Lord of the Rings pictures from New Line Cinema. It also bettered the $38.1 million that Eleven palmed on its debut. Speaking of New Line, the distributor's Blade: Trinity, which stars Wesley Snipes as the half-vampire protagonist, opened in the second spot with an estimated $16.1 million, collecting about $24.6 million since its debut Wednesday. The bow of the third film in the Blade franchise, directed by David S. Goyer, wasn't quite as sharp as Blade 2, which opened to $32.5 million. But a Wednesday opening can soften a weekend's impact at the boxoffice as it tends to siphon off some of the early fervent business. »

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Snipes' Alienated 'Blade' Co-Stars

7 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Wesley Snipes alienated everyone on new movie Blade: Trinity, because he spent the entire shoot in-character. Snipes, who reprises his role as vampire-slayer Blade in the second action sequel, is a method actor and insisted on continuing on-screen relationships with co-stars when filming ends. Castmember Ryan Reynolds recently complained Snipes was stand-offish and co-star Jessica Biel agrees. She says, "It's weird to see him in the morning and not quite know what to say. I get a little response. Does he hate me? Is he p**sed at me? There's a bunch of questions that go through your head at first. "So I think it was a little unnerving for me. "I think for everybody who hadn't worked with him before it took a little while to get used to that type of process for somebody. You get used to it. You go about your day and you go about your work and your habits your own way. He didn't impose on me and I didn't impose on him either so he didn't necessarily make my experience negative to any extent. "I respected him for what he had to go through." »

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Wesley Pulls Out of Press Duty

16 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Wesley Snipes has pulled out of all press duties for his third Blade movie Blade: Trinity. The moody actor was so insistent on not talking to the media about the movie, he signed up for another film in Bulgaria as soon as shooting finished and he has been incommunicado ever since. Trinity producer Peter Frankfurt says, "Wesley is in Bulgaria shooting a movie. He's done three movies in Bulgaria. Actually I haven't talked to Wesley. Wesley won't return my calls? He hasn't called me to talk about it. If he was genuinely unhappy with the film we would have heard something. There's a lot going on in his life and he's got a lot of issues at hand so who knows. The guy is an awesome Blade. We've made three movies. Sometimes the paths of communication between us are fantastic and sometimes they're non- existent. If Wes doesn't want to do press that's a career choice he's made." Snipes also insisted on having total control on the set, green-lighting all scenes in which he appeared, and he stayed in character as the brooding vampire anti-hero throughout the movie. Frankfurt adds, "Wesley has script and director approval of all the Blade movies. He had to sign off on absolutely everything we were doing." »

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Lopez Cried, But Still Failed To Avoid Sex Scene

13 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jennifer Lopez once broke down in tears in front of director Oliver Stone in an attempt to avoid having to film a raunchy sex scene. Lopez was terrified of shooting a love-making sequence, in which she appears topless, with co-star Sean Penn in Stone's 1997 movie U Turn. But, despite her theatrical protest, Lopez still ended up having to endure the uncomfortable moment. She says, "Urgh. Yeah, the sex scenes were bad. It was hard being the only woman on set with those strong men. I just started crying and fighting. But Oliver was like, 'Take off your top.'" Last week Lopez admitted her first on-screen sex scene in 1995 film Money Train with Wesley Snipes was "horrible". »

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Giglio filling 'Chaos' with action quartet

9 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wesley Snipes, Ryan Phillippe, Jason Statham and Justine Waddell are teaming to star in the action thriller Chaos for filmmaker Tony Giglio, sources confirmed. Shooting is scheduled to start March 17 in Vancouver. Giglio will direct from his own script, which is described as a bank heist tale of a rookie and veteran cop, played by Phillippe and Statham, respectively, in pursuit of bank robber (Snipes) who knows too much about the inner workings of the police department. Waddell plays a female officer who has a personal connection to one of the cops. »

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Paternity Test Arrest Warrant for Snipes

2 March 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood tough guy Wesley Snipes is a wanted man, after twice refusing to submit to a paternity test. The Blade star is said to have fathered a three-year-old Indiana boy following a romp with Lanise Pettis, 32, in a Chicago crack house in 2000. Snipes, 41, had a warrant for his arrest issued by a New York judge on July 25 last year, with bail set at $250,000. Pettis, a former prostitute and cocaine addict who claims to have known Snipes "all my life", says, "I don't think he might be the father because he's refused the test. It's because he and I had sexual activity. I would have thought that anyone who has denied it to the hilt would have done anything to clear his name." Police are believed not to be actively searching for Snipes as the order is bench warrant in a civil case, reports American website Pagesix. »

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Snipes returns to 'Hardwood' court

20 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wesley Snipes has signed on to narrate the Tollin/Robbins documentary Hardwood Dreams: Ten Years Later, a sequel to the company's 1993 docu about five basketball players from Southern California's Morningside High School. Veteran documentary filmmaker Fredric Golding -- who teamed with Tollin/Robbins to produce the Oscar-nominated documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream -- has writing, directing and producing credits for the next installment of Hardwood. The first documentary, also narrated by Snipes, followed five players from the California State Champion Morningside High School basketball team: Sean Harris, Dwight Curry, Dominic Ellison, Stais Boseman and Corey Saffold. Stars of their high school team, the players were all recruited by top colleges, but their lives didn't go quite as planned. Hardwood Dreams: Ten Years Later catches up with them a decade after high school. »

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Wesley Snipes Named As Halle Berry Abuser

15 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Wesley Snipes has been exposed as the abusive ex-lover of Halle Berry, who struck the actress so hard, she lost most of the hearing in her right ear. R&B singer Christopher Williams - who dated Berry in the early 1990s - has made the startling accusation against the Blade star after getting upset with the number of people who assume it was him who dealt the screen beauty the damaging blow. He tells entertainment news website Eurweb, "The stuff they wrote about (me) and Halle was totally false. They said something like I busted her eardrum, and I'm tired of it. I never said it (before) but I'm so tired of people thinking I'm the guy (who did it). Wesley Snipes busted her eardrum, not me." Williams, who has a child with ex-girlfriend Stacey Dash, also takes a swipe at Berry - insisting the twice-married star may have personality problems which have contributed to her string of broken relationships, most recently from Eric Benet. He adds, "I have (men) come up to me like, 'How could you just leave Halle Berry' I'm like, how could you just leave the last relationship you was (in)? (Halle) is just a woman, but because her name is in lights, people are damned near ready to bare their souls. "They would probably crucify Jesus again just to get with her. It's funny because the stars that get all of the good write-ups, you go and meet them and they are total a**holes." »

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