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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.
“The success of The Godfather  went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart  suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas, »
Randy Quaid has said that he believes Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine were the victims of "star whackers" in Hollywood. The actor, who has sought refuge in Canada with wife Evi, told reporters outside an immigration hearing that he believes there are a fraternity of people in Los Angeles that are killing high-profile figures for their money. Quaid said: "We believe there are to be a malignant tumour of star whackers in Hollywood. How many people do you know personally who have died suddenly and mysteriously in the past five years? "I have (more) »
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Randy Quaid spoke to reporters outside the Vancouver immigration office, where he claimed his life was being targeted.
The actor, who is seeking refugee status in Canada following his arrest with wife Evi last week in Vancouver, claimed his ...
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Troubled actor Randy Quaid has offered up a new conspiracy theory surrounding the deaths of his famous friends - he believes they were "star whacked".
Holding back tears during an impromptu press conference following an immigration hearing in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday, the Brokeback Mountain star stated he believed Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine were all murdered for being famous.
On Wednesday, the actor and his wife were released from custody in Vancouver, where they were being held on a California warrant issued after they failed to show up for an arraignment into a felony vandalism case earlier this month.
And Quaid wasted no time in suggesting he had become a victim of the same type of people who killed his famous friends.
He told reporters, "We believe there are to be (sic) a malignant tumour of star whackers in Hollywood. How many people do you know personally who have died suddenly and mysteriously in the past five years?
"I have personally known eight actors, all of whom I have worked with and was close to - Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine among them. I believe these actors were whacked and I believe that many others, such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson are being played to get at their money."
The Quaids have been dogged with legal problems in the past year. The couple's woes began when they left a luxurious Santa Barbara, California resort without settling their bill. Their latest issue stems from allegations they were trespassing on an estate they once owned. The Quaids insist they still own the property. »
Either a shadowy group responsible for murdering Hollywood celebrities is out to kill actor Randy Quaid and his wife, or the celebrity couple are suffering from paranoia-fueled delusions triggered by substance-abuse. Or perhaps something else altogether.
Most believe it's the latter two. And by most, we mean everyone except Dog the Bounty Hunter (and we seriously doubt he believes their story, either—more on that in a bit).
The older brother of actor Dennis Quaid was arrested last Thursday in Vancouver by several Canada Border Service Agency officials and police officers on outstanding warrants from the United States. Randy Quaid's 47 year-old wife, Evi, was arrested, too.
The couple appeared to be living out of a 10 year-old Toyota.
The couple reportedly failed to show up for a court hearing in Santa Barbara, Calif., on allegations they were squatting in the guest house of a Montecito home they once owned in the 1990s. »
Randy Quaid (Independence Day, Kingpin, Christmas Vacation) and his wife Evi are wanted in the Us on vandalism charges after they failed to appear at a mandatory court hearing for illegally squatting in a home they owned years ago. Randy and Evi traveled to Vancouver, Canada were officials immediately found out that the couple has arrest warrants out for them in California. But during a rambling presentation at an immigration hearing, they begged for refugee status with Evi stating that eight of her husband's acting friends had been murdered in recent years and they fear that Randy would be next. Some of the named murdered friends are David Carradine, Heath Ledger and Chris Penn, despite that Carradine hanged himself in an auto-erotic situation, Ledger took too many pills, and Penn succumbed to heart disease. "We feel our lives are in danger," Evi told the Immigration and Refugee Board. "Yes, we »
The saga of Randy and Evi Quaid has taken an even stranger turn -- into Canada.
The Oscar-nominated actor and his wife were taken into custody in Vancouver earlier this week on immigration violations. At a hearing Friday (Oct. 22), the couple said they wanted refugee status so they can get away from people who are trying to harm them.
What kind of people? We'll let the Quaids' lawyer explain: "We are requesting asylum from Hollywood star whackers," the attorney told the press during a break in Friday's hearing, according to RadarOnline. He didn't elaborate or take questions.
The Quaids say they fear for their life, citing the "unusual murders" of actors Chris Penn (who died of heart failure in 2006), Heath Ledger (a 2008 overdose) and David Carradine (found hanging from a rope in Thailand last year) and other people close to Quaid.
They were freed on bond after the hearing and »
The 1998 comedy Rush Hour will finally be making its Blu-ray debut on December 7. This new Bd will be priced at $24.98 and you can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film stars Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Chris Penn and Tom Wilkinson.
"Ain't never gonna have no partner," Lapd Det. James Carter insists. He gets a partner. And since that partner is played by dynamic martial arts legend Jackie Chan and motor-mouthed Carter is played by wisecracking Chris Tucker, Rush Hour zooms along with gleeful chemistry under the dynamic directorial hand of Brett Ratner. The case: rescue the kidnapped daughter of a visiting Hong Kong official. The result: amazing stunts (Chan does his own) and verbal wit (well, Tucker does his own, too!) that delivered a kick to the buddy-cop genre - and gave Chan his long-awaited, mainstream-u.S. breakthrough.
Commentary by Director Brett »
With King of New York and Bad Lieutenant, Abel Ferrara was the chronicler of New York at its grittiest. But what happens when that city no longer exists? Compromise is not an option, he tells Andrew Purcell
Of all the great New York movie directors, none has captured the city's nervous energy better than Abel Ferrara. But while Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese have become establishment figures; and Spike Lee and John Cassavetes are celebrated outsiders, Ferrara has largely been ignored. Although he has never stopped making films, it is now more than a decade since his last cinematic release. His best-known movies, Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, are set in the dangerous but fertile period that began in the hip-hop late 70s and ended with the influx of corporate money in the mid-90s. His antiheroes are gangsters, junkies and cops, living on the margins in the heart of Manhattan. »
- Andrew Purcell
Craig here. I've been given free reign on this week's Tuesday Top Ten. So, to keep it Actressexual I thought I'd offer up Ten Great Jennifer Jason Leigh moments. Here are some choice (short) cuts from the career of Ms. Leigh. They're in no order (chronological or preferential) and I've referred to Jennifer as Jjl because, well, it saves time. Where's Margot at the Wedding? Where's The Anniversary Party? Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Synechdoche, New York, A Thousand Acres or The Machinist? Well, Nathaniel spoke about these and more in his interview with Jjl a few years back. We're keen on avoiding any overlap.
1. Amy Archer, by Proxy: Goooooooo Eagles!!! Jjl trying to avoid letting on that she's not really a Muncie girl at heart in The Hudsucker Proxy. She takes parodic period comedy to a higher level - not counting the Mezzanine.
2. The Mansfield Method: I'm sure we'd »
- Craig Bloomfield
Remember our latest Footloose report where we talked about Thomas Dekker, who was, at the time, the top candidate to play Bacon’s classic character from the original film? At the time, yeah, exactly. Because he’s no longer actual!
And, yes, that does mean this guy knows how to dance, but can he act, that’s the question now. Not much of experience, but, let’s give him a chance! What’s the worst that could happen? At least we do expect to see some great moves.
Wormald is professional dancer who has appeared in music videos for Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown and Nelly Furtado and also had a starring role in the straight-to-dvd film Center Stage 2.
But, that’s not all, »
After several potholes, Paramount.s remake of "Footloose" is back on track.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Brewer is writing and directing. 25-year-old dancer Kenny Wormald, a newcomer to film who is best known for his appearances on the MTV series "Dancelife," has been cast as Ren. Kevin Bacon played the role in the 1984 original.Dennis Quaid will play Reverend Moore, the role John Lithgow played in the original, and Miles Teller will play Willard, originally played by Chris Penn. Julianne Hough ("Dancing With the Stars") had previously been cast in the role of Ariel, originally played by Lori Singer.Craig Zadan, a producer on the original "Footloose," is producing along with Neil Meron, Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers.Oscar-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford, »
- Adnan Tezer
Former dancer Kenny Wormald was confirmed as the new lead earlier this week (beg21Jun10), replacing Chace Crawford, and Julianne Hough will play his love interest, Ariel, who happens to be the daughter of Quaid's religious character.
Get ready to finally kick off those Sunday shoes … again … because it looks like that long-in-the-works Footloose remake has finally found its cast. It was originally supposed to star Chace Crawford, but that version of the film died earlier this year. Paramount then brought on Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow) to direct, and the search went out for a new lead actor. Today, the studio has announced (via press release) that newcomer Kenny Wormald will play the role of Ren, originated by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 film. Joining Wormald will be Juilianne Hough as Ariel, Ren's badass, rebellious love interest, Dennis Quaid as Reverend Moore (played by John Lithgow in the original) and Miles Teller as Willard (played by Christopher Penn in the original). I kind of like how they're...
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Writer-director Craig Brewer has landed his leads for his remake of Footloose, which is set for April 2011 Paramount release. Newcomer Kenny Wormald will play Ren (the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original), Julianne Hough (Dancing With The Stars) will play Ariel (the Lori Singer role), Dennis Quaid is Reverend Moore (John Lithgow) and Miles Teller is Willard (Chris Penn). Back to help with the remake are producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), who will produce with Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers. Original screenwriter and song writer Dean Pitchford will executive produce. Jamal Sims will choreograph; he worked with Madonna on her latest tour as well as on the August 2010 Hollywood Bowl production of Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris. »
Wormald (pictured right) has played a dancer in the dance movies Center Stage 2, Clerks II, and the timeless classic You Got Served, so he has some moves. However, it’s surprising director Craig Brewer and the studio didn’t (or weren’t able to) find a more recognizable Hollywood name, especially since they were considering Zac Efron, Chace Crawford, and Thomas Dekker.
Provided some “star power” for these two relatively unknown dancers is Dennis Quaid »
- Jeff Leins
"The Motorcycle Boy Reigns." With a few shots of a blasted urban hellscape and that graffiti on a few different walls and signs, the director immediately drops you into the world of "Rumble Fish." There's nothing real about it. The dialogue in the first scene (between Lawrence Fishburne, Vincent Spano, Tom Waits, Nic Cage, Chris Penn, and Matt Dillon) is stylized and heightened and musical, supported by the percussive bells of Stewart Copeland's impressive score. A challenge has been thrown down. A threat has been made. Rusty James has got to go meet someone in a vacant lot that night at midnight, and »
We all remember this 22-year-old actor from Nightmare on Elm Street remake, so maybe he could be just the perfect guy to play Ren McCormak, a “dance-happy outsider who shakes up a small town” well-known character from the 1984 original.
So what do we actually know about this project so far? We know that Hustle and Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to direct a remake for Paramount, the project that initially had been set up for High School Musical director Kenny Ortega and envisioned as a lighter, musical-theater-style piece.
Brewer sought to return the film to its original drama, wrapped up in teen angst, parental control, religious repression, and small-town malaise.
When it comes to cast, we know that Zac Efron and »
After Zac Efron and Chace Crawford signed on for and then subsequently dropped out of the forthcoming remake of the dance flick Footloose, the nostalgia piece has been in need of a rhythmic star. Paramount may have just found one in Thomas Dekker. The 22-year-old Dekker has been building a name for himself with series stints on Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and recently starred in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Plus, good buzz surrounds his role in the Cannes film Kaboom, so Dekker has merited consideration for the lead role of Ren McCormack.
In the 1984 original, it was a young Kevin Bacon who played Ren, a “dance-happy outsider who shakes up a small town” [24 Frames]. Like his HSM star, director Kenny Ortega boarded then departed the remake over the last year, while Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) took over the reins. Paramount just announced a casting call for »
- Brendan Bettinger
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino is an awesome director and doesn’t need any kind of curse associated with the actors from his films. To date, Chris Penn, former “Reservoir Dogs” actor died young of an enlarged heart at age 40.
Now, Michael Madsen, 52, of both “Kill Bill” and “Reservoir Dogs” is on suicide watch after a nine-day bender in U.K. He was found knocked out on his hotel doorstep according to The Sun. Madsen is across the pond shooting a horror film.
A source at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro tells the Sun: “He was held under Common Law rules on mental health. If he had attempted to leave he would have been sectioned. He was a high-risk »
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