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8 items from 2009


Aloe's 'Mary' has its Joseph

5 August 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado has been cast as Joseph in Aloe Entertainment's "Mary, Mother of Christ."

He joins Camilla Belle, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole and Julia Ormond in the action drama about the biblical journey of young Mary and Joseph during the terrible reign of Herod the Great. James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross") is directing from a script by Barbara Nicolosi and "The Passion of the Christ" co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald.

The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.

Morgado turned up at the end of a global search to cast the lead.

"We saw a huge amount of young actors and a couple were great," Foley said. "We thought we had finished our search when a tape appeared with this incredible guy. A major future star walked in the room, and I knew we had found the one."

Morgado, repped by the Park Noack Agency in the U. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Mel Gibson Settles Passion of the Christ Lawsuit

25 May 2009 6:30 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald sued Mel Gibson and several film companies involved with "The Passion of the Christ" for $10 million in February 2008, claiming that Gibson and others vastly understated the budget for the 2004 blockbuster, which went on to earn over $610 million. The writer's suit claimed Gibson told him the budget for the movie would be in the $4 million to $7 million range, but that it was significantly higher ($30 million). Fitzgerald also claimed that Gibson told him he would not receive any money from the film, but considered it a gift of his faith. His attorneys also claimed Gibson spent tens of thousands of dollars on his children's education while filming in Italy and paid a chiropractor $78,000. They contended those expenses lowered payments to Fitzgerald. Attorneys for the actor and Academy Award-winning director contended that Gibson did not know the intricacies of the film's budget. Now, a settlement has been reached and the »

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Gibson settles 'Passion' writer lawsuit

19 May 2009 5:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson has settled a lawsuit brought by a screenwriter over his 2004 movie The Passion Of The Christ. Writer Benedict Fitzgerald had sued Gibson for $$10 million in February 2008, claiming that the star had substantially understated the budget for the blockbuster, leading him to accept a lower salary than he would normally. Legal papers had alleged that Gibson claimed the budget would be $$4 million to $$7 million, but that it actually ended up being between $$25 million and $$50 million. Fitzgerald added that he was later blocked (more) »

- By Lara Martin

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Gibson Settles Passion Suit

18 May 2009 6:30 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mel Gibson has settled a lawsuit with the screenwriter of his religious epic Passion Of The Christ.

Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote the 2004 film, filed suit against the actor/director in 2008, maintaining the superstar had cheated him out of millions of dollars in potential earnings.

He alleged he was only paid $75,000 (£50,000) and had to borrow hundreds of thousands from Gibson to cover his expenses. The Passion Of The Christ went on to gross an estimated $600 million (£400 million) worldwide.

Fitzgerald claimed he should have been paid a fee more in line with the true cost of the movie, and asked a judge to force Gibson to come up with the accounts.

The matter was settled on Monday, reports TMZ.com. No details were released. »

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Big Mel Gibson News...No, Not That

18 May 2009 2:20 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Mel Gibson has one less headache to deal with now. The Oscar winner has managed to avoid a potentially embarrassing trial and settled a lawsuit filed by the screenwriter of Gibson's hugely successful The Passion of the Christ. Benedict Fitzgerald had claimed he was seriously underpaid by Gibson and producers for the 2004 hit that grossed more than $600 million theatrically worldwide, and the scribe was seeking a minimum of $10 million in make-good money. Jury selection was set for June 3. But in a three-page filing obtained by E! News, Team Mel on Friday asked the judge to scrap the trial, announcing a settlement had been agreed to but still needed to be formalized. Terms of the deal remain »

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DVD Playhouse--May 2009

11 May 2009 11:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—May 2009

Paramount Centennial Collection Paramount Studios releases two more classic titles from its library on special edition DVD: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is John Ford’s last masterpiece (although he would go on to direct two more very good films) from 1962: about an Eastern lawyer (James Stewart) who travels west only to find primal brutality in the form of sadistic bandit Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin, great as always) and pragmatic brutality in local rancher Tom Doniphon (John Wayne), each two sides of a coin that represent a way of life slowly dying out as Stewart’s modern brand of civilization tames the West. A perfect film, period. Howard HawksEl Dorado is essentially a remake of his earlier classic Rio Bravo, with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and a young James Caan as lawmen joining forces against corrupt cattle barons. Great fun. Two disc sets. »

- Allen Gardner

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Writer Demands Revised Accounts In Gibson Case

15 April 2009 5:10 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The writer suing Mel Gibson over The Passion Of The Christ has asked a Los Angeles judge to order a more thorough accounting of the movie's finances.

Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote the 2004 film, filed legal action against Gibson last year, claiming the superstar cheated him out of millions of dollars in potential earnings.

He alleges he was only paid $75,000 (£49,340) and had to borrow $200,000 (£131,580) from Gibson to cover expenses. The Passion Of The Christ went on to gross an estimated $600 million (£400 million) worldwide.

Fitzgerald claims he was told the film's production budget was between $4 million and $7 million (£2.6 million and £4.6 million).

Gibson recently provided the court with evidence that the movie's budget was actually around $30 million (£20.7 million) - but Fitzgerald is adamant the real numbers are much higher and has asked the judge overseeing the case to order a re-evaluation of the picture's accounts.

Fitzgerald claims he should have been paid a fee more in line with the true cost of the movie, according to TMZ.com. »

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Camilla Belle starring in MGM/Aloe's 'Mary'

5 February 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In a bid to attract the same faith-based moviegoers that made "The Passion of the Christ" a smash in 2004, Aloe Entertainment is producing "Mary, Mother of Christ," which MGM will release in spring 2010.

Camilla Belle, who is onscreen in "Push," which opens Friday, has been cast as Mary. Jonathan Rhys Meyers will take on the double role of Gabriel and Lucifer, while Peter O'Toole is set as Symeon, who meets Mary and her family in the temple shortly after Jesus' birth.

The filmmakers are seeking Al Pacino and Jessica Lange for the respective roles of Herod and Anna the Prophetess.

Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti ("The Lake House") will direct the film, scheduled to begin shooting in May in Morocco with production partner Dune Films. Benedict Fitzgerald, who co-wrote "Passion," wrote the "Mary" screenplay with Barbara Nicolosi.

Mary Aloe and Rodrigo Berlanga are producing. The executive producers are Mike Dolan, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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