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6 items from 2001


Grisham Rejects Will Smith

20 December 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Novelist John Grisham refuses to have Will Smith star in the big screen adaption of his latest book - even though his rejection is jeopardising the movie. According to an inside source for the Page Six website, the 46-year-old penman's hostility to having Ali star Will as the leading man in The Runaway Jury means the entire project could be scrapped. The source says the author's prejudices extend to all big-name Hollywood actors, explaining, "Grisham hated having Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief, even though the movie was a success." The 1993 picture grossed $100 million in America alone. But Smith's spokesman Stan Rosenfield insists Grisham's opinion has nothing to do with Will's failure to sign on the dotted line. He says, "Will Smith wasn't ready to commit to the project. There were differences of a creative nature. There were too many issues that were not acceptable." The source maintains that it was Grisham's frustration with having his preferences ignored before that made him insist on casting approval for The Runaway Jury. The project has languished in development since the book came out in 1996, when it was optioned by New Regency for $5 million. Sean Connery and Edward Norton have both been attached to the project, as well as directors Joel Schumacher and Philip Kaufman. »

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Cate Won't Quit The Movies

26 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen beauty Cate Blanchett has hit out at reports that she is to quit acting because she is pregnant. The Elizabeth star and her husband Andrew Upton are expecting their first child early next year. And Cate put back the filming of the new Joel Schumacher movie Chasing The Dragon in Dublin because of it. She says, "It's just a sexist notion that of course a woman's career ends once her body changes and she gives birth to a child. Andrew and I have to bring a child into this world, which is pretty major. But I'm not about to abandon my career." But Cate is planning on a break to enjoy her new baby - especially since her maternal instincts are already starting to surface. She reveals, "I've been waking up at 2am and tidying the kitchen. Life is about to change with bringing a baby into the world." »

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Blanchett In Dublin For Guerin Role

17 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has been in Dublin discussing her role in the new Joel Schumacher movie about murdered Irish reporter Veronica Guerin. Cate will play Guerin in the film, which begins shooting in February . Blanchett says, "The story is incredibly controversial. You get the sense that people are incredibly protective and defensive, and that they have a sense of ownership of the memory of Veronica. Iconic women like Veronica are much claimed and owned in our history, so it's an enormous responsibility to play her. I think she showed incredible bravery." »

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Coppola Going On The Road

22 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola is reportedly set to turn the classic Beat novel On The Road into a movie. The novel was written by Jack Kerouac in 1950, but has never been made into a film. Coppola bought the film rights to the book some years ago, but has only just found a suitable director, Joel Schumacher. Brad Pitt is reportedly being wooed to play the main role of Dean Moriarty, who was based on real-life Beatnik and car thief Neal Cassady. News of the movie comes at a time of renewed interest in the 50s Beat Generation, which also included writer William Burroughs and poet Allen Ginsberg. »

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Hopkins Signs Up For CIA Role

25 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hannibal star Sir Anthony Hopkins is set to appear in a new horror spoof. The Oscar-winning actor will be in Black Sheep, which tells the story of a Criminal Intelligence Agency (CIA) veteran (Hopkins) who has to make a top agent out of a fool, played by Chris Rock. The film will be directed by New Yorker Joel Schumacher, who was responsible for the Batman movies. »

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Anthony Hopkins to Try Comedy

12 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Anthony Hopkins is set to play a Cia boss in a $113 million comedy-thriller. The 63-year-old will star alongside American comedian Chris Rock in the Joel Schumacher directed movie Black Sheep, which starts shooting in Prague soon. Black Sheep's executive producer, Matthew Stillman says, "It's a fish-out-of-water comedy with a difference. This is one film shoot that promises to be a hoot." Hopkins will portray a hardman who has to transform a dumb lowlife Chris Rock) into a top agent, in a bid to foil an international conspiracy. »

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