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Michael Caine Talks About Sex

1 December 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet and Michael Caine have been talking dirty - but it's all for a good cause. Philip Kaufman, the director of their latest film Quills (2000), about the risque Marquis de Sade made sure he got the best performance from his stars by whispering lewd thoughts into their ears just before their take - and they loved it. Rush, who plays the sexually shocking Marquis, says he just wishes he could remember all the gossip from the saucy shoot, because it would have come in useful in later life. He says, "I wish I'd kept a notebook of the things he said because they were quite extraordinary and gleeful." But Kaufman says he wasn't unaided in stirring his actors up to their sexual peak - he had a lot of help from Cider House Rules, The (1999) star Caine, who would lead discussions on sex. "Michael can tell a few stories about sex in the 20th century, that's for certain, " Kaufman says. And when the sexual discussions and whisperings didn't work, Kaufman had a foolproof way to get the best out of his actors. "Philip kept telling me that the Marquis was Mick Jagger, " Rush says. "That made sense." »

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Robin Williams To Play Liberace

25 August 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robin Williams is set to play Liberace in a new film about the flamboyant singer's life. Robin will also produce the movie titled simply "Liberace" which is to be directed by Philip Kaufman. Born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, the entertainer was a child prodigy who was a concert soloist at the age of 11 and performed with symphony orchestras in his teens. Liberace became a star in the 1950s with his records as well as television and film appearances. He made headlines in 1959, when he successfully sued Britain's Daily Mirror for implying he was gay. UPDATE: Williams' co-manager, David Steinberg of MBST Entertainment, denied rumors of Williams developing or starring in the Liberace project Friday, saying Williams was offered the project but has made no commitment to it as of yet. On the other hand, he did confirm that Williams would be taking the role of the narrator in Steven Spielberg's A.I. (2001), a project Spielberg took over after the death of Stanley Kubrick, who had been developing it. »

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