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13 items from 2001

Kate Winslet Dating Sam Mendes?

8 October 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Only a month after Kate Winslet split from her husband, speculation is rife that she is seeing another man - director Sam Mendes. Kate separated from her husband of three years, Jim Threapleton, at the beginning of September, with him citing Kate's devotion to her work as the main cause. Kate and Jim have a one-year-old daughter, Mia, but Kate is said to be finding comfort in the arms of the Oscar-winning American Beauty director. The pair met when discussing the possibility of working together on two plays. A friend of Kate's says, "They have a lot in common and Sam has huge regard for her professionally. There is a lot of mutual admiration there." Mendes split up from his girlfriend Rachel Weisz in March, and has also been linked to Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart and former girlfriend Jane Horrocks. »

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Rachel Weisz's Insane Advice

8 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rachel Weisz credits a drama teacher for her acting abilities - even though he was "absolutely bananas". The 30-year old beauty admits she learned most of what she knows from Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts-trained maverick Ken Campbell, when she spent a summer in London with him at the age of 18. Of her one time mentor she says, "He was absolutely bananas, but also a visionary. He's always saying the most ridiculous things about aliens or time. And when you say, 'Do you really believe that?' he replies, 'No, but I can suppose.'" »

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Mummy Actress Escapes Death

31 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Mummy star Rachel Weisz narrowly escaped death when the taxi she was travelling in was hit by a truck. Rachel, 30, was on her way back from the doctor's in London, England, after pulling out of the play The Shape Of Things with an illness said to be a cold. The dazed actress sat in the back of the wrecked taxi before slowly clambering out and standing on the pavement for 15 minutes before going to her home in nearby Primrose Hill, north London. One onlooker said, "It was a miracle she wasn't seriously injured. Just a split second later and the lorry would have hit the back of the cab where Rachel was sitting." A spokesman for the actress said that she "was obviously very shocked by the accident. But please tell everyone that Rachel is fine." »

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Weisz: I'll Never Do Another Mummy

6 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stunning actress Rachel Weisz has refused point blank to ever return to The Mummy movies. Despite the fact that The Mummy Returns is currently making pots of money, Weisz says she's got nothing left to offer in the role. She says, "I wouldn't even do another film for $200 million. I don't do this for money, and I'm not for sale. I've played the character, and I have nothing left to add to her. Two Mummy movies is enough. I did it because I thought it was a fantastic role for a woman, and it reminded me of Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Romancing The Stone." »

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Rachel Weisz Talks To Elvis Presley

15 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rachel Weisz talks to the late Elvis Presley if she ever needs advice. Rachel admits the late rock and roll star acts as her touchstone whenever she's in stressful situations. She says, "I hang out with friends and if all else fails I'll just sit in my apartment and talk to Elvis. He'll take care of me." The brunette admits she much prefers rock and roll stars to her movie star contemporaries. She explains, "I don't get starstruck that often but give me a rock and roll legend and I lose it. I think if David Bowie and I were in the same room, my knees would give out. And Elvis is my God. My house is covered with pictures of Elvis." »

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Rachel Weisz Sick Of Stardom

9 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rachel Weisz is sick of stardom - because it makes her insecure about her appearance and her ability. And The Mummy Returns star thinks Hollywood's obsession with body size is ridiculous. She says, "Things in this profession can make you so insecure. You're being judged all the time. It's hard to stay grounded. It's so f***ed up all these stick-thin people." But she admits her insecurity also stems from her parents break- up during her youth. The 30-year-old adds, "When my dad first met my stepmother it was shocking because I thought I was the most important woman in his life. But we're close now." »

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Cast Suffer On The Set Of The Mummy Returns

4 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Mummy Returns stars Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Patricia Velazquez were forced to endure bad weather and multiple injuries during filming of their new movie. The cast had to contend with blinding sandstorms and torrential rains during the seven-week shoot in the Sahara Desert. It got so bad that 90 crew members were airlifted to safety in a Moroccan army helicopter. Director Stephen Sommers says, "It was like something biblical. It was a quarter-mile-high wall of brownness. Then it rained, and a river opened up." Luckily nobody was seriously hurt, and some of the Moroccan soldiers and horses got to be extras in battle scenes. But Sommers admits he was a far from good host for Fraser. He continues, "I blew up Brendan's knee, broke one of his ribs, and tore a disc in his back. Every once in a while, when you see a pained look on Brendan's face, he ain't faking it." He adds, "Rachel and Patricia will never be hand models. Their fingers are all scarred up from the film's spear fights." »

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Rachel Weisz Tipped To Play Mae West In Stage Comedy

3 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Mummy Returns actress Rachel Weisz is being tipped to star as Mae West in a new stage comedy. The British beauty is in line to star in Dirty Blonde, the tale of screen legend West - known as much for her wit as for her looks. The comedy is due to transfer to London's West End from New York's Broadway later this year or early next year. And Weisz can't wait for the chance - because, as she proves in the sequel to her hit flick The Mummy, she likes variety in her work. She says, "It's important to me not to be seen as just a pretty young thing. I was this feisty librarian in the original, but for the sequel I have to get very physical and get myself into fighting shape for Egyptian hand-to-hand combat. I spent five months learning Japanese martial arts. It was a real challenge but I am proud of the result." »

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Young Film Star Prefers Mummy To Harry Potter

23 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A young actor rejected a chance to land the role of the year in Harry Potter - to appear in The Mummy Returns. Freddie Boath was too busy filming the horror sequel alongside Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz to audition for the role of the child wizard - despite its being the most prominent young role in movies since Anakin Skywalker. Freddie admits, "Actually, I was going to go to the auditions but then I changed my mind. I didn't really want the part because I was doing this film and it was going to a long time to make the Harry Potter film." The nine-year-old South London schoolboy plays Fraser's son in the follow-up to The Mummy - and adores the original so much that he knows every line. Brendan, who plays Rick O'Connell, confirms, "Freddie has seen The Mummy 58 times. "His mom has told me he watches it endlessly and I know that to be true because whenever we have a question about anything that happened in the first film, we asked Freddie. He knows all the lines, all the plot points, he remembers them chronologically and he can also describe the rooms." »

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Weisz Terrified By Al Green's Preaching

16 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Rachel Weisz has tasted the fire & brimstone preaching of soul legend Al Green - and admits it's a terrifying experience. A lifelong fan of the singer, who is now a gospel minister in Memphis, Tennessee, Weisz felt she had to see her hero in action during a recent road trip from New Orleans to New York. She says, "We stopped off at Graceland to buy Elvis Presley necklaces, and then we saw Al Green preach at this church. It was an incredible experience. He sang and he preached. He said, `Hands up everybody who wants something from the Lord, ' and we were just standing at the back looking round and we didn't put our hands up. "He said, 'You two ladies at the back, you don't want nothing from the Lord?' and we just threw our arms in the air and we were like, `Yeah we do, honestly we do.' There was also this visiting preacher - a little eight-year-old boy in a pin-striped suit talking about how you have to shake the snake - the snake being the devil." »

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Mummy Makers Fear Boob Jokes

16 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The makers of The Mummy Returns have been forced to change ancient Egyptian history - because they don't want their film to become one long-running joke about breasts. Rachel Weisz's archaeologist character in the sequel actually turns out to be a reincarnation of Nefertiti, the wife of King Amenhotep IV but director Stephen Sommers feared the Egyptian queen's name would be used for boob gags. Weisz explains, "They changed my name to Nefeteri and I thought it had something to do with superstition, but they were just worried that Nefertiti sounded like 'titties'." »

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Rachel Weisz Vows She Will Not Return To Mummy 3

13 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rachel Weisz has bowed out of a third Mummy movie - before the second film in the series has even been released. The British actress, 29, who stars in the sequel alongside Brendan Fraser says making the second movie was a lot of fun - but although there is already talk of a third Mummy feature, sexy Weisz insists she will have no part in it. She says, "If there is another one it will be without me. I loved doing The Mummy Returns because it was like a wonderful family reunion. And my character has really evolved, so it was also quite challenging. But twice is definitely enough!" »

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Rachel Turns More Heads As A Blonde

8 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rachel Weisz has revealed how going blonde for her latest film role affected her more than she expected. Rachel was forced to dye her shoulder length dark hair platinum blonde for her new movie Beautiful Creatures (2000). And she admits, "It did make me feel different... fluffier. But more important was how it makes people react to you. With men, it's like a reflex action - you walk down the street and they swivel. They don't even know they're doing it. Men just have a thing for blondes." »

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