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Stone and Pesci Love Scene Voted Worst Ever

31 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Sharon Stone's romp with vertically challenged tough guy Joe Pesci has been voted the worst love scene of all time. The scene from Martin Scorsese's 1995 movie Casino beat out competition from Entrapment, in which Sean Connery bedded Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40 years his junior. Third in the poll - voted for by readers of American magazine Film - came the controversial 1972 movie Last Tango In Paris in which Marlon Brando frolics with Maria Schneider. Describing the Casino sex scene, one reader said, "Could there be a more repulsive combination than these two? It's like one of the munchkins got a shot at Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz." Other scenes to make the top 10 include Madonna's candle wax session with Willem Dafoe in Body Of Evidence, and Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball. »

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Angelina Fury Over Adoption Scandal

29 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie is facing a huge legal battle to remain the mother of her adopted son Maddox. The Tomb Raider beauty, 28, was shocked to hear her two-and-a-half-year-old child may not be an orphan and could have been sold by his birth mother in a desperate attempt to escape a poverty-stricken life. The FBI have already closed down the Seattle, Washington, agency Seattle International Adoptions Inc, used by Angelina to adopt Maddox, after its former owner Lynn Devin pleaded guilty to false claims some children the agency handled were orphans. Angelina has told a friend, "I will never give my little boy back. I've given him a home, I've given him love and he's mine." Ironically Angelina's ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton voiced concerns about Maddox's parentage before they separated in July 2002. A pal explains, "Billy Bob voiced strong fears the poor Cambodian women were being taken advantage of. His serious doubts about the whole adoptions process contributed heavily to the break-up of their marriage. Now his words have come back to haunt Angelina." »

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Black steps into 'Lights' for Berg, Uni

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

Lucas Black, who appears in the upcoming Cold Mountain for Miramax Films, will star as the quarterback in Universal Pictures' football drama Friday Night Lights for director Peter Berg. Brian Grazer is producing through Imagine Entertainment. Billy Bob Thornton is toplining Lights, which is based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream, by H.G. Bissinger. It chronicles the 1988 football season of the Odessa (Texas) Permian High Panthers, capturing the struggles and hopes of a financially troubled town that pins all of its dreams on the team's Friday night games. Black will play Winchell, the quarterback. The movie will be shot in and around Odessa early next year. Black recently completed lead roles in Bullwork Entertainment's Killer Diller and Halcyon Entertainment's Deepwater. The actor's other credits include Sling Blade and All the Pretty Horses. He is repped by MBST Entertainment, UTA and the law firm Ziffren Brittenham Branca Fischer Gilbert-Lurie & Stiffelman. »

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Globe-al reactions: Minghella, Eastwood, more

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

Anthony Minghella was in Australia, sleeping, when he was awakened by a call from his publicist. "I'm obviously delighted that the film is getting attention because it isn't even released yet," he said of Cold Mountain, which garnered eight nominations, including noms for Minghella's directing and writing. ... "When people get what you are trying to do, the small nuances of the movie or the performance, that is so unbelievable. That has been the greatest thing," Monster star and best actress nominee Charlize Theron said. ... Clint Eastwood got the news that Mystic River earned both best drama and best directing nominations by fax at his home in Carmel, Calif., on Thursday morning. Audiences have responded to the film, he figured, because "it's a straight-ahead picture -- actors acting, writer writing, cinematographer cinamatography-ing," he said. ... Billy Bob Thornton had a tough time waking up to news of his best comedic actor nomination, mostly because he had just gone to bed. "I am in Phoenix, where I did a concert last night with Alice Cooper," he said. "We had a little fun after the concert, and the more fun we had, the later it got. I had only been asleep for maybe an hour or two when the phone rang." »

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Bad Santa

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

Opens

Nov. 26

If "Elf" proved too nice for the naughty set, "Bad Santa" should handily fit the bill.

Quite likely the most subversive Santa movie ever made, this twisted take on conventional holiday fare stars Billy Bob Thornton as a defiantly slovenly man in the red suit -- a perpetually soused department store Kris Kringle who likes kids only slightly better than he cares for his own miserable life.

While that less-than-cheery tone shouldn't exactly come as a surprise given that it was directed by Terry Zwigoff ("Ghost World", "Crumb") and based on a one-line concept by the Coen brothers, not everybody's going to be prepared for the kind of unmistakably R-rated brand of take-no-prisoners comedy that would have made Scrooge blush.

Fortunately, it also happens to be extremely funny -- at times sidesplittingly so -- thanks to Zwigoff's way with raw irreverence and Thornton's perfectly pitched, ready-for-anything performance.

But even with Zwigoff's following, Dimension's marketing department has a tough job to do. "Bad Santa" is the kind of film that's going to rely heavily on positive word-of-mouth to build its audience, not to mention the fact that, aside from maybe the successful "Bad Boys" and "Bad News Bears" movies, having the word "bad" in your title isn't usually a good idea.

Displaying a deviously mean-spirited streak that they didn't exactly hint at in "Cats & Dogs" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action", the screenwriting team of John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have cooked up a clever little bit of business here.

Each holiday season, safecracker Willie T. Stokes (Thornton) partially emerges from a hazy, booze-induced hibernation to team up with 3-foot-tall mastermind Marcus (Tony Cox) and, under the benevolent cover of Santa and Elf, clean out the particular department store in which they happen to be employed.

But this year, Marcus has more to contend with than the distinct possibility of Willie either being passed out cold behind the fake snow or giving female customers an early present in the fitting rooms.

First of all, there's the nosy highly methodical store manager (John Ritter in his last role) who reports his suspicious findings to his intrepid mall detective (Bernie Mac).

Meanwhile, Willie becomes distracted by the perky Sue (Lauren Graham), who has a major Santa fixation (she makes him do it while keeping his hat on), and, unwittingly, by a pudgy, snot-nosed 8-year-old (played by natural-born scene-stealer Brett Kelly), who invites the unpleasant Santa to live with him and his grandmother (Cloris Leachman) in their big, empty house.

It is to Zwigoff's credit that, despite all the shocking bits, he manages to pull off key moments of syrup-free pathos where they count, but the casting is what makes "Bad Santa" sing.

Summoning up the late, great curmudgeonly Wallace Beery (or at least Beery unencumbered by the Hays Code), Thornton's Willie T. Stokes is a comic blast, especially when he lets loose with the ennui-dripping sarcasm.

Even more potent are his interactions with Cox as his abusive partner in crime and, especially, newcomer Kelly, who willingly endures all of Thornton's profane diatribes without the slightest blink of an eye.

Production values reflect the desired dispirited tone, from Sharon Seymour's humbly tacky production design and costume designer Wendy Chuck's sad-looking, understuffed Santa suit to David Kitay's quirky, not-exactly-festive score.

Bad Santa

Dimension Films

Dimension Films presents a Triptych Pictures productionA Terry Zwigoff film

Credits:

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Screenwriters: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Producers: John Cameron, Sarah Aubrey, Bob Weinstein

Executive producers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Director of photography: Jamie Anderson

Production designer: Sharon Seymour

Editor: Robert Hoffman

Costume designer: Wendy Chuck

Music: David Kitay

Casting: Mary Vernieu, Felicia Farsano

Cast:

Willie T. Stokes: Billy Bob Thornton

Bob Chipeska: John Ritter

Gin Slagel: Bernie Mac

Marcus: Tony Cox

Sue: Lauren Graham

Grandmother: Cloris Leachman

The Kid: Brett Kelly

Lois: Lauren Tom

Running time -- 94 minutes

MPAA rating: R »

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Thornton to get name in Uni's 'Lights'

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

Billy Bob Thornton is in negotiations to head the cast of Universal Pictures' Friday Night Lights, which is being directed by Peter Berg. Brian Grazer is producing through Imagine Entertainment. Lights, based on the book by H.G. Bissinger, chronicles the 1988 football season of the Odessa (Texas) Permian High Panthers, capturing the struggles and hopes of a financially troubled town that pins its dreams on the team's Friday night games. Thornton will play the team's coach. The movie will be shot in and around Odessa. Thornton is currently starring in Dimension Films' black comedy Bad Santa, which has proven an unexpected hit, grossing nearly $20 million during its first eight days, and becoming the top film in the market during the past few weekdays. Thornton was nominated for a best actor Oscar for 1996's Sling Blade and for best supporting actor for 1998's A Simple Plan. (He won an Oscar for adapting Sling Blade.) His numerous credits include Monster's Ball, The Man Who Wasn't There and Bandits. Thornton next appears in the Walt Disney Co.'s The Alamo. He is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Bob Myman. »

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Thornton to get name in Uni's 'Lights'

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

Billy Bob Thornton is in negotiations to head the cast of Universal Pictures' Friday Night Lights, which is being directed by Peter Berg. Brian Grazer is producing through Imagine Entertainment. Lights, based on the book by H.G. Bissinger, chronicles the 1988 football season of the Odessa (Texas) Permian High Panthers, capturing the struggles and hopes of a financially troubled town that pins its dreams on the team's Friday night games. Thornton will play the team's coach. The movie will be shot in and around Odessa. Thornton is currently starring in Dimension Films' black comedy Bad Santa, which has proven an unexpected hit, grossing nearly $20 million during its first eight days, and becoming the top film in the market during the past few weekdays. Thornton was nominated for a best actor Oscar for 1996's Sling Blade and for best supporting actor for 1998's A Simple Plan. (He won an Oscar for adapting Sling Blade.) His numerous credits include Monster's Ball, The Man Who Wasn't There and Bandits. Thornton next appears in the Walt Disney Co.'s The Alamo. He is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Bob Myman. »

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Love Actually

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

Opens

Friday, Nov. 7

Love Actually reminds you of an elaborate Christmas card that tumbles apart with pop-up figures, silly/charming greetings and perhaps even a jingle. It probably cost more than the gift it heralds, and you can't help but laugh at the audacity of such an aggressively cheerful card. Clearly, the gift giver wants to love and be loved, and only a Scrooge would deny him his reward. But you also wish he'd heard the phrase "less is more."

The gift giver is Richard Curtis, a writer (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) and, for the first time here, director of comedies that focus on the pursuit of love. Curtis' real gift is that of sharp, rapid-fire dialogue, easily recognizable characters, a benign view of humanity and a knack for making sentimentality feel righteous. This movie, for all its calculation and manipulation, comes from a true believer. He really does believe -- as Oscar Hammerstein II once insisted a composer such as himself must -- in "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens." Audiences should respond to the determinedly feel-good nature of Love Actually as a top-flight cast of (mostly) British actors sells its love message very well.

The movie is less a traditional story than an elaboration of a theme. This gets pronounced by a narrator at the opening as you watch friends and family tearfully greet at London's Heathrow Airport: "General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. Seems to me that love is everywhere."

The movie flips among myriad stories in the weeks before Christmas, none terribly original or compelling in itself, but in the aggregate they illustrate Curtis' theme. A new bachelor prime minister (Hugh Grant) walks into 10 Downing Street and is immediately smitten with a staff member (Martine McCutcheon). A recently widowed stepfather (Liam Neeson) struggles to forge a deeper relationship with his late wife's son (Thomas Sangster). An executive (Alan Rickman) encourages a female employee (Laura Linney) to act on her longtime crush on a fellow worker (Rodrigo Santoro), even as he debates the wisdom of falling into an affair with a most willing colleague (Heike Makatsch), thus betraying his wife of many years (Emma Thompson).

A bride (Keira Knightley) comes to realize that her husband's best mate (Andrew Lincoln) is madly in love with her. A cuckolded novelist (Colin Firth) flees to the south of France only to become infatuated with the Portuguese maid (Lucia Moniz) despite their inability to speak each other's language. An aging rock star (a hilarious Bill Nighy) launches a comeback with a Christmas song he knows is crap and freely says so on a truth-telling tour.

Squeezed between these subplots are eminently disposable ones such as two movie stand-ins who shyly fall in love while entirely naked or a food vendor who believes a trip to any bar in America will yield a bevy of beauties to fall for his English accent.

These plot threads (and they really are threads) contain little substance. Each is intriguing, but with the exception of the widower and stepson, none achieves any resonance. All are too fragmentary, though containing enough clever dialogue and sexy moments to distract from the sheer flimsiness.

The production is a winning one, with London turned into a winter wonderland with a side excursion to a rather summery-looking France. As always with a Curtis comedy, the stories pivot around major set pieces -- a wedding, funeral, a school Christmas pageant and an implausible news conference in which the British PM dresses down an arrogant American president Billy Bob Thornton). Curtis imbues his tales of broken hearts and ecstatic adoration with a festive passion and a cheerful optimism that sweeps the viewer up. It's only afterward that you wonder when the writer fell in love with the maid or why a prime minister would have no social life or how the wife forgave her wandering husband.

LOVE ACTUALLY

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures and StudioCanal present a Working Title production

Credits: Screenwriter-director: Richard Curtis

Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Duncan Kenworthy

Executive producer: Richard Curtis

Director of photography: Michael Coulter

Production designer: Jim Clay

Music: Craig Armstrong

Costume designer: Joanna Johnston

Editor: Nick Moore

Cast:

Prime Minister: Hugh Grant

Karen: Emma Thompson

Harry: Alan Rickman

Billy Mack: Bill Nighy

Daniel: Liam Neeson

Jamie: Colin Firth

Juliet: Keira Knightley

Natalie: Martine McCutcheon

U.S. President: Billy Bob Thornton

Sarah: Laura Linney

Rufus: Rowan Atkinson

Mark: Andrew Lincoln

Judy: Joanna Page

Aurelia: Lucia Moniz

Running time -- 135 minutes

MPAA rating: R »

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Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell Dating?

24 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie has reportedly fallen for Irish movie lothario Colin Farrell. The couple, co-stars on new movie Alexander, were spotted dancing raunchily at the capital's Cafe Royal nightclub on Saturday night, before dashing off to Jolie's suite at the nearby Dorchester Hotel - and friends say they have been dating in secret for weeks. A source close to the couple says, "The chemistry between them was amazing. They've never been so open in public before. Up until now Angelina and Colin have gone to great pains to avoid being pictured together." Friends of the Irish actor, 27, say he fell for Jolie on the Morocco set of Alexander - and used his legendary charms to win her over. Speaking at the premiere of his new movie Intermission in London last night, Farrell kept tight-lipped about a fling with Jolie - but revealed her parenting skills with adopted son Maddox were a particular inspiration to him. The actor, who has a two month old son James with ex girlfriend, model Kim Bordenave, gushed, "Angelina's been giving me tips on being a good parent. I love watching her with Maddox. She's gorgeous." Jolie has been single since splitting from ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton last year - but she recently revealed she had ended a period of self-enforced chastity with a secret suitor. »

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Thornton Film Shocks Disney

18 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Billy Bob Thornton's new Christmas movie has infuriated Disney bosses - because it portrays Santa Claus as a sex-crazed, foul-mouthed alcoholic. Bosses at the studio - famous for making kids movies - were "totally horrified" after a screening of Bad Santa, insisting the film's content would have appalled the firm's founder, Walt Disney. Dumbstruck executives were stunned by images of Father Christmas having sex while children line up outside his grotto, and appalled by further scenes featuring the mythical icon making youngsters cry and informing them he doesn't really exist. The movie - produced by Disney offshoot Miramax Films - also includes a shoot-out, a murder and a police car chase. A source close to Disney chief executive Michael Eisner rants, "Nothing appears scared anymore. This is not in the spirit of Walt Disney." Another studio insider adds, "This movie borders on being sick." Bad Santa - directed by Terry Zwigoff - hits American cinemas next Friday. »

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Dis' 'Alamo' not ready for Oscar battle

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

The crowded field of year-end releases with Oscar aspirations just got a little less crowded. The Walt Disney Co.'s The Alamo, starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton in a retelling of the siege of the famed Texas fort, directed by John Lee Hancock, will not open Dec. 25 as had been planned. Instead, the Touchstone Pictures production will be released in April, Disney Studios chairman Richard Cook said Tuesday. In a statement the studio issued late in the day, Cook said the move came at the request of the filmmakers, "who felt they needed additional time to complete" the movie. »

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Intolerable Cruelty

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

Screened

Venice International Film Festival

VENICE, Italy -- The Coen brothers had a golden opportunity to make a darkly humorous, deliciously clever battle of the sexes, and they let it slip through their fingers. Instead, the duo behind such irreverent and perverse comedies as "Fargo" and "Raising Arizona" settled for a broad farce that is long on manic, cartoonish behavior and short on intelligence and wit. Given the palpable chemistry that exists between stars George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, this proves doubly disappointing.

A public accustomed to broad, undemanding Hollywood comedies filled with sitcom characters and buffoonish situations may react more kindly. Considering the star wattage here and the fact that audiences are starved for a good romantic comedy, Universal can expect a modest hit.

Clooney plays ace divorce attorney Miles Massey, whose killer charm and underhanded tactics have won more cases for more clients than any matrimonial lawyer in all of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills included. But after years of nothing but success, Massey has gotten bored. Something is missing from his life. At the very least, he needs a new challenge.

Enter Marylin Rexroth (the devastatingly gorgeous Zeta-Jones), about-to-be ex-wife of Massey's client Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann). Thanks to caught-in-the-act photographs by private eye Gus Petch (Cedric the Entertainer), Marylin has an ironclad case. Or so she thinks. Massey uncovers some dirt on her, and she ends up with zip.

Surprisingly, Marylin doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Massey. She even goes to him to write a prenup for her next, very hasty marriage to oil billionaire Howard Doyle Billy Bob Thornton). Massey, who was smitten with the elegant, unflappable Marylin the moment he laid eyes on her -- an attraction cemented when they trade Shakespearean barbs over dinner (the film's only example of witty repartee) -- tries to dissuade her from the marriage, which she clearly means to abandon at the earliest, legally permissible moment.

He fails, but when the inevitable happens and she leaves Doyle, Miles is waiting, and the two run off to get married. It turns out that the clever Marylin has a few tricks up her tastefully tailored sleeve, however, and Massey, truly and hopelessly in love for the first time in his life, is hung out to dry. He vows his own revenge, and soon the two are engaged in their own rehash of "Prizzi's Honor".

Clooney has the potential to be another Cary Grant, and perhaps, given the right script and direction, he could succeed -- think of Grant and Irene Dunne in one of the great romantic comedies of all time, "The Awful Truth" -- but here he becomes increasingly bug-eyed and goofy as the movie wears on, as if he is playing Miles as another version of his character in the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The script doesn't help. Aside from a couple of very funny lines, the dialogue is undistinguished, lacking the zing and wit that made the likes of Preston Sturges and Noel Coward such a delight.

Known for much blacker and more perverse humor than that exhibited here, director Joel Coen and producer Ethan Coen (who share screenwriting credit with Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone) can be forgiven for trying a more conventional type of film, but it's disappointing to think they meant it to be quite this broad and generic. The stereotypical slapstick of the opening scene, in which a TV hack played by Geoffrey Rush catches his wife with the brawny but brainless pool guy, is lazy and witless. Hermann as Marylin's ex and Paul Adelstein as Massey's worshipful associate are an embarrassment.

Amazingly, the audience at the Venice International Film Festival laughed through much of the movie. Maybe viewers no longer require a sharp script or incisive humor. George Cukor, Howard Hawks and Billy Wilder must be turning over in their graves.

INTOLERABLE CRUELTY

Universal Pictures

A Brian Grazer production in association with Alphaville

Credits:

Director: Joel Coen

Screenwriters: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Producers: Ethan Coen, Brain Grazer

Exec producer: James Jacks, Sean Daniel

Director of photography: Roger Deakins

Production designer: Leslie McDonald

Music: Carter Burwell

Co-producer: John Cameron, James Whitaker

Costume designer: Mary Zophres

Editor: Roderick Jaynes. Cast:

Miles Massey: George Clooney

Marylin: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Donovan Donaly: Geoffrey Rush

Gus Petch: Cedric the Entertainer

Rex Rexroth: Edward Herrmann

Freddy Bender: Richard Jenkins

Howard Doyle: Billy Bob Thornton

Wrigley: Paul Adelstein

Running time -- 98 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13 »

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Jolie Adopting Again

17 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Angelina Jolie has confirmed she is in the process of adopting another child. The Tomb Raider beauty, who adopted Cambodian orphan Maddox shortly before the meltdown of her marriage to Billy Bob Thornton last year, is ready to become a mother again - and she's willing to temporarily ditch acting for domestic duties. She says, "I'd like more kids, so I'm beginning the adoption process again at the moment. When Maddox starts school will probably be the best time, and I'm trying to figure out how I can balance it all. It's hard having a child and working. I'd love to have seven kids, but I want to make sure I can do it. I'm filming Alexander in Pinewood, England, right now with Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer. I don't think there will be a Tomb Raider 3, but I'm trying to do as much as I can right now. Then I'll have another baby, and then I'll take some time off and learn to fly a plane." »

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Thornton Still Puzzled About Angelina Split

8 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star Billy Bob Thornton has poured his aching heart into his new album, but still can't figure out why he and ex-wife Angelina Jolie. The Oscar winner and the Tomb Raider star split last summer and haven't spoken since, so Thornton is still lost for an explanation. Speaking exclusively to AP Radio, he says, "I don't think either one of us know why we split up. It was like, say you're going into a nightclub one night with your friends and you're in line and the next thing you know, there are guys in helicopters and there's machine gunfire and you don't know what happened. That's kind of what our break-up was like." But the split helped give Thornton the inspiration he needed for his second album, The Edge Of The World. He adds, "I realized while I was in pain that I was healing at the same time and I thought, 'You know what? That's what this record's going to be. It's about a broken person.' I'm still broken but I'm on the way to healing." »

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Is Angelina Jolie Back with Jonny?

21 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood bombshell Angelina Jolie has reunited with her first husband Jonny Lee Miller, according to reports in Britain. Since she moved to Britain with her two-year-old adopted Cambodian son Maddox, she and Trainspotting star Miller have had a string of secret dates, according to the London Evening Standard newspaper. The Oscar-winning beauty Tuesday night attended the premiere of the second Tomb Raider movie, The Cradle Of Life, with Jonny - and admitted, "We are very, very close. We see each other a lot. Jonny is wonderful." The pair - who met while filming Hackers in 1994 - flirted and cuddled for more than three hours at the party at the In And Out Club in Piccadilly. A close friend of the couple says, "It's early days - but they are very much back on each other's radar. They have met up for quite a few dates since Angelina has been living in Britain. They seem to be starting off where they left off. They are soulmates." And an onlooker adds, "At the start, they were talking to separate people but kept breaking away to give each other a reassuring touch, then as the night wore on, they were locked in conversation and no one else could get a look in. They looked so comfortable - there was no doubt they were much more than friends." In a recent interview, Jolie revealed that she had turned to Miller for comfort and support following her divorce from Billy Bob Thornton earlier this year. She and Miller had separated a year after they wed in 1996, mainly because Miller had had enough of Hollywood and returned to Britain. But Jolie is now living in the UK - and said last night, "I'm doing flying school here and sending Maddox to school here - and yes, I have just bought a home in Buckinghamshire." »

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Angelina's Ready for Sex Again

23 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie hasn't had sex in a year since splitting with ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton - and she can't wait to make love again. The Tomb Raider babe has made much of her single status since parting ways with the Monster's Ball actor last July - despite reports linking her with first husband, British actor Jonny Lee Miller. She recently said, "I haven't had sex in a really long time. I am beginning to think I am really supposed to be alone and that's OK." But she now admits the novelty of a chaste life is wearing thin; "I'm single. I haven't been dating. I haven't had sex for over a year. It's horrible. God help the next person. I'm looking forward to the next time, of course." »

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Tarantino Scared of 'Kill Bill' Cuts

21 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Quentin Tarantino split new movie Kill Bill in two to stop studio bosses at Miramax from forcing him to cut it. The Pulp Fiction movie maker shocked Hollywood this week by announcing the eagerly-awaited film - which stars Uma Thurman out for revenge against a fellow assassin - will be released in two parts. Part one will debut October 10, a date for the second installment has yet to be announced, although it could come two to six months later, according Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The move allows writer-director Tarantino to get his full story before audiences and avoid potential cuts to get it down to a more viewer-friendly length. Miramax has feuded with directors in the past on film edits, including Martin Scorsese on Gangs Of New York and Billy Bob Thornton on All The Pretty Horses. Meanwhile, Miramax claim they are happy to be accommodating with Tarantino. Miramax spokesman Paul Pflug says, "We believe in him. He's somebody we have a great track record with. He's one of the key factors why Miramax has become who it is." »

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Jolie: "Billy Bob Isn't My Friend"

10 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Angelina Jolie's intense love for husband Billy Bob Thornton is well and truly over - they're not even friends following their acrimonious divorce. Their bizarre marriage - which began in 2000 and ended in May last year - saw the pair bragging about their sex lives and wearing vials of each others blood around their necks - but the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life babe insists there's no affection left between the couple. She says, "We are not friends, no. It was like we just changed, we became very different people, and I wouldn't know what to talk to him about." The Oscar-winning actress spilled her heart to interviewer Barbara Walters in a chat to be aired on American TV this Friday. She admits her troubled union to the Pushing Tin star has soured her impression of marriage - something she never plans to commit to again. She adds, "I think I will never get married again. I don't really know if I'm meant for marriage." »

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Jolie: I Haven't Had Sex for Ages

3 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stunning actress Angelina Jolie's status as a single woman has taken its toll on her nocturnal activities - it's been an extremely long time since she last had sex. The Girl, Interrupted beauty, who recently divorced eccentric actor Billy Bob Thornton, is now mother to her two-year-old adopted son Maddox, which has taken away the focus of dating and finding a new man. And since embarking on her calmer lifestyle, Jolie is amused at the way fans still view her as an icon of sexiness. She says, "Considering I haven't had sex in a really long time, I find that really funny!" But Jolie does have moments when she feels sexy - but it's usually when she's in the least appealing places for passionate lovemaking. She explains, "I feel sexy when I feel really wild. I feel sexy when I'm sweaty and hot in the middle of the jungle, or in the middle of the desert." »

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Jolie and Sutherland an Item?

20 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood sex bomb Angelina Jolie and 24 actor Kiefer Sutherland have sparked reports they're "more than just co-stars" - after being spotted enjoying a romantic meal together. The pair - who are currently filming new movie Taking Lives in Quebec, Canada - were seen acting intimately at trendy restaurant Cafe De La Paix. And the gorgeous Tomb Raider star was seen carrying a dozen red roses as the pair left the plush eaterie. An onlooker tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "They were staring into each other's eyes the whole night. Everyone was saying how they must be more than just co-stars." Angelina, 28, divorced Billy Bob Thornton last month. »

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