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9 items from 2003

'Gun' script hits spot at Bull's Eye

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

Bull's Eye Entertainment has optioned Brian Horiuchi's original screenplay The Glass Gun. Glass Gun, described as a contemporary Chinatown, is the story of a man plunged into a mystery in which he must discover who is responsible for killing the friends he cares most about. The project will be produced by Bull's Eye's Cathy Schulman, Bob Yari and Tom Nunan. "Brian is a tremendously talented and gifted screenwriter, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have landed such an intriguing project," Schulman said. "This promises to be a great moviemaking experience, and we will be seeking a top-tier director in the very near future." Horiuchi, repped by the Gersh Agency, Untitled Entertainment's Jennifer Levine and attorney Howard Abramson, most recently set up at Warner Bros. Pictures an untitled thriller as a vehicle for Paul Walker to star in that Nine Yards Entertainment and Mayhem Pictures are producing (HR 4/30). He is writing a remake of This Island Earth for Alphaville Pictures. He co-wrote the indie feature America So Beautiful, which has played at the Berlin and Los Angeles film festivals. Bull's Eye is in production on its inaugural feature, Employee of the Month, starring Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn and Christina Applegate. Its second feature, Thumbsucker, begins production next month. »

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Paltrow and Martin Engagement Celebration

12 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay rocker Chris Martin celebrated their engagement at a star-studded party in New York last week - at Paltrow's mother's insistence. Actress Blythe Danner was so happy when she heard her daughter's intention to marry the British singer she quickly organized a celebratory get together at the family home - inviting stars including Meg Ryan, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, Mike Myers, Christina Applegate and Sheryl Crow. A source tells Britain's Now magazine, "Blythe's overjoyed about the engagement. She adores Chris and thinks he's been a godsend for her daughter, so she shot into action to whip up the engagement party. It was a small, intimate affair for Gwynnie's closest friends and for Blythe to show off her engaged daughter. After all she's had two false starts to the altar and her mother will be thrilled to see her finally get there." The family friend adds that the pair will marry in a lavish ceremony in New York this December. They say, "Gwyneth's going to have a proper white wedding in church and her godfather Stephen Spielberg will give her away. Then there will be a reception and dinner, possibly at the Waldorf Hotel. Expect a classy, traditional wedding with most of Hollywood turning up to toast the new bride." »

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Applegate works at 'Anchor' desk for DreamWorks

15 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Christina Applegate will star opposite Will Ferrell in DreamWorks' Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for director Adam McKay. Production begins in the summer. The project reunites the actress with the studio, for whom she is in production on the comedy Surviving Christmas. The 1970s-set film sees a local news anchorman with perfect hair and an inflated ego (Ferrell) who believes he is ready for a national network job falling in love with a cutthroat feminist reporter (Applegate) also out to further her career and who threatens his job. Anchor was written by Ferrell and McKay. Adam Goodman is DreamWorks' creative executive on the project. Applegate, repped by CAA and manager Tami Lynn, recently appeared in Miramax's View From the Top as well as last year's The Sweetest Thing from Columbia Pictures. »

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Bull's Eye 'Month' targeting Dillon, Zahn, Applegate

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

Matt Dillon and Steve Zahn are in negotiations while Christina Applegate is in talks to topline Bull's Eye Entertainment's dark comedy Employee of the Month, written by TV scribes and actors Mitch Rouse and Jay Leggett. Rouse will make his directorial debut on the project, which will go into production June 2 in Los Angeles. Employee is being described as in the vein of Raising Arizona with a twist ending not unlike The Usual Suspects. It stars Dillon as David Wells, whose day spirals from bad to worse when he gets fired from his dream job at the bank and is dumped by his fiancee Sara (Applegate) after she discovers that he's been cheating on her with a co-worker. David's best friend Jack (Zahn) tries to convince him it's for the best, but the opposite occurs when bank robberies and millions of dollars become part of the day from hell. »

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Paltrow Hates Her New Film

28 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gwyneth Paltrow is so embarrassed about her new movie View From The Top - she's dubbed the film "A view from my a**". Paltrow stars alongside Christina Applegate, Mike Myers and Rob Lowe in the much-delayed romantic comedy about a woman's dream to become a flight attendant. Critics have not been kind to the film - which was released in America last week. A New York Post review called it "a dire stewardess comedy that's the movie equivalent of airline food." And it seems the movie's lead has similar opinions about her latest work. A source tells gossip site The Scoop, "Paltrow thought it was sort of awful even while she was shooting it. She was calling it that until she was asked to stop. The people making the movie thought it wasn't a very supportive thing to be doing." »

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Knoxville, France on 'World' voyage

14 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Johnny Knoxville and 2003 Cesar Award winner Cecile de France have signed to star alongside Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan and Jim Broadbent in Walden Media's upcoming Around the World in 80 Days. A big-screen adaptation of the classic novel by Jules Verne, 80 Days begins shooting this month in Thailand and Berlin, with Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) at the helm. Hal Lieberman and Bill Badalato are producing. De France will play Monique de Grave, a young French artist who decides that a trip around the world would be a perfect cure for her lost inspiration. Knoxville plays an eccentric hobo met during the highflying adventures of de Grave, Phileas Fogg (Coogan) and Passepartout (Chan). The star of Jackass: The Movie, Knoxville has been cast in a spate of starring roles lately for such projects as writer-director Tom Bezucha's Hating Her and Grand Theft Parsons, with Christina Applegate and Marley Shelton. De France recently won a French Cesar as most promising actress for her role in writer-helmer Cedric Klapisch's Euro-student comedy L'Auberge Espagnole. Knoxville is represented by CAA and the Firm. De France is repped by Artmedia. Overseeing the project for Walden, which is headed by Cary Granat, are senior vp production Alex Schwartz and director of development Kisha Cameron. »

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Jealous J.Lo Angry About Ben's Secret Dance with Applegate

21 February 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Angry Jennifer Lopez stormed out of a surprise lunchtime meeting with fiance Ben Affleck because she felt sure she'd wandered into a clinch between her man and his new sexy co-star. Affleck was rehearsing a scene for new movie Surviving Christmas with actress Christina Applegate when he started chatting to her about her role in celebrity burlesque revue The Pussycat Dolls. But just as Applegate was giving Ben a taste of her sexy dance act, Lopez walked in on the couple, and promptly marched off. Set sources claim Affleck ran after his wife-to-be and managed to calm her down before the couple disappeared to spend some quality time together in the actor's trailer. »

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J.Lo Improves on Her Tips

3 February 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jennifer Lopez's engagement to Ben Affleck appears to have affected her in a big way - she's now picked up her fiance's penchant for leaving oversized tips at restaurants. On January 20, while in Chicago visiting Affleck, who's currently filming Surviving Christmas with James Gandolfini and Christina Applegate, J.Lo feasted with friends on sesame chicken and ginger ale at the Windy City's Ben Pao restaurant. According to a source, the 32-year-old New York native slept restlessly later that night "knowing that her party had only tipped 20 percent." The next day, the source tells American magazine Us Weekly, one of her dinner companions made their way back to the restaurant and left her server an extra $100 and said, "Jennifer was talking about it all night. She felt terrible because she felt she had made a mistake." A restaurant representative says, "We were excited to have her with us and impressed with her generosity." »

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Stars Show Off Their Platinum Hearts

31 January 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Barbra Streisand, Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandon and Gisele Bundchen have designed platinum pendants for charity. The one-of-a-kind celebrity creations are up for auction on Sothebys.Com, as part of the Platinum Guild International USA's second annual Women With Heart program. Bidding, which runs until February 10, began at $500 to $1,000. More than $120,000 was raised last year. The stars, who also include singer Brandy and actress Christina Applegate, first sketched their pendants then gave them to top platinum jewelry designers to create. Streisand's double heart pendant features cut white diamonds and a pink marquise diamond in the centre. She says her inspiration was: "Flowing lines of art nouveau jewelry and my love of pink diamonds and the remembrance of my mother." Streisand, whose mother Diana Streisand Kind had Alzheimer's disease and died last year, has chosen the Alzheimer's Association as her benefit charity. She says, "I know the pain of caring about someone who is still alive but is forever beyond any meaningful contact." »

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