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6 items from 2005


Wonder Woman Becomes a "Mama"

15 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter is hitting the London's West End to join the cast of hit musical Chicago later this month. The 54-year-old beauty is swapping her spandex shorts and lasso-wielding ways for the role of suit-clad criminal matriarch Mama Morton in the sexy show. Carter can be seen in Chicago at the city's Adelphi Theatre for a six week run which starts September 26. »

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Carter Battled Secret Booze Addiction

29 August 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter spent years battling a secret alcohol addiction after worldwide fame from the 1970s TV series left her unable to cope. The 54-year-old actress was so consumed by her booze dependency, she even prayed for death to end her misery. She reveals, "I kept thinking I could control it and handle it, but alcoholism is a disease. It creeps up on you. I would never kill myself, but I thought that if I just died by accident it would be better." »

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Warner Bros. puts up its 'Dukes'

7 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the boxoffice in a weakened state, Hollywood won't be luring as many moviegoers as possible back to the theaters this weekend because it is fielding only one new wide release. That being said, Warner Bros. Pictures is sure to continue its strong summer with the bow of The Dukes of Hazzard in 3,785 theaters. Holdovers from the past few weeks will fill out the top 10, with Sony Pictures' Stealth, last weekend's disappointment, likely to free-fall on its way out of theaters. Starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as the "closer than brothers" cousins in the film version of the popular '70s show, the PG-13 Dukes is looking to bring in the teenage crowd and people looking for a little nostalgia. The real lure of the film seems to be the 1969 orange Dodge Charger named the General Lee and singer Jessica Simpson as the scantily clad Daisy Duke -- both likely to appeal to the NASCAR demographic. Willie Nelson co-stars as Uncle Jesse, while Burt Reynolds plays the boys' nemesis, Boss Hogg. Also making a return to the big screen is Lynda Carter, playing Uncle Jesse's love interest. The film, from director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), has received added press from actor and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who played the wisecracking mechanic Cooter in the iconic TV series. Jones has been on a campaign to stop people from seeing the film, saying it's "a sleazy insult." But it's highly unlikely his activism will have any impact on the film's boxoffice, particularly because most of the series' other stars have given the feature film their blessing. Industry sources are putting the film's opening gross in the $25 million-$30 million range. Most have said that if the market weren't in its depressed state, the film would likely gross more than $30 million. »

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Warner Bros. puts up its 'Dukes'

5 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the boxoffice in a weakened state, Hollywood won't be luring as many moviegoers as possible back to the theaters this weekend because it is fielding only one new wide release. That being said, Warner Bros. Pictures is sure to continue its strong summer with the bow of The Dukes of Hazzard in 3,785 theaters. Holdovers from the past few weeks will fill out the top 10, with Sony Pictures' Stealth, last weekend's disappointment, likely to free-fall on its way out of theaters. Starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as the "closer than brothers" cousins in the film version of the popular '70s show, the PG-13 Dukes is looking to bring in the teenage crowd and people looking for a little nostalgia. The real lure of the film seems to be the 1969 orange Dodge Charger named the General Lee and singer Jessica Simpson as the scantily clad Daisy Duke -- both likely to appeal to the NASCAR demographic. Willie Nelson co-stars as Uncle Jesse, while Burt Reynolds plays the boys' nemesis, Boss Hogg. Also making a return to the big screen is Lynda Carter, playing Uncle Jesse's love interest. The film, from director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), has received added press from actor and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who played the wisecracking mechanic Cooter in the iconic TV series. Jones has been on a campaign to stop people from seeing the film, saying it's "a sleazy insult." But it's highly unlikely his activism will have any impact on the film's boxoffice, particularly because most of the series' other stars have given the feature film their blessing. Industry sources are putting the film's opening gross in the $25 million-$30 million range. Most have said that if the market weren't in its depressed state, the film would likely gross more than $30 million. »

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Warner Bros. puts up its 'Dukes'

4 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the boxoffice in a weakened state, Hollywood won't be luring as many moviegoers as possible back to the theaters this weekend because it is fielding only one new wide release. That being said, Warner Bros. Pictures is sure to continue its strong summer with the bow of The Dukes of Hazzard in 3,785 theaters. Holdovers from the past few weeks will fill out the top 10, with Sony Pictures' Stealth, last weekend's disappointment, likely to free-fall on its way out of theaters. Starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as the "closer than brothers" cousins in the film version of the popular '70s show, the PG-13 Dukes is looking to bring in the teenage crowd and people looking for a little nostalgia. The real lure of the film seems to be the 1969 orange Dodge Charger named the General Lee and singer Jessica Simpson as the scantily clad Daisy Duke -- both likely to appeal to the NASCAR demographic. Willie Nelson co-stars as Uncle Jesse, while Burt Reynolds plays the boys' nemesis, Boss Hogg. Also making a return to the big screen is Lynda Carter, playing Uncle Jesse's love interest. The film, from director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), has received added press from actor and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who played the wisecracking mechanic Cooter in the iconic TV series. Jones has been on a campaign to stop people from seeing the film, saying it's "a sleazy insult." But it's highly unlikely his activism will have any impact on the film's boxoffice, particularly because most of the series' other stars have given the feature film their blessing. Industry sources are putting the film's opening gross in the $25 million-$30 million range. Most have said that if the market weren't in its depressed state, the film would likely gross more than $30 million. »

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Zeta-Jones and Bullock 'Too Old' for 'Wonder Woman'

1 August 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauties Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sandra Bullock have been dismissed as too old to play superheroine Wonder Woman in a new movie version of the TV series - by the show's original star. Lynda Carter, who starred in the original 1970s show, would prefer to see Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon cast a young actress in the lead role rather than any established stars who have been linked with the part. She says, "It should be an unknown actress who's about 20." The OC's Mischa Barton and Tom Cruise's fiancee Katie Holmes are said to be amongst Whedon's prime candidates for his 2007 release. »

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