22 June 2000
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Christian Bale Has Miserable Time On Captain Corelli
is having a miserable time filming Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
- and he's losing weight fast because The Food
's so awful. The British heart-throb is on the remote island of Kefalonia filming the romantic movie with Nicolas Cage
and Penelope Cruz. But friends of the American Psycho (2000)
star claim he's very unhappy and only took the movie because his character Mandras was supposed to swim with dolphins. But a pal says, "That's the only part of the book, they've cut out from the film, so he's not going to get his chance to swim with dolphins. He hates The Food
and I get e-mails every day from him saying that's he's lost another 5 pounds (2. 3kg) because he can't eat anything. He says the weather is too hot as well, he's not enjoying it at all."
Sharon Stone And Husband Adopt Baby Boy
Basic Instinct (1992)
star Sharon Stone
and her journalist husband Phil Bronstein have adopted a baby boy. Roan Joseph Bronstein, who was born to Texas teenagers on May 22, is the first for Stone and Bronstein, executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner. The couple who had been working with an adoption attorney since early spring, flew to Texas in a private jet a week after his birth to pick the boy up. Roan is Celtic for seal, a magical creature in that culture's mythology, while his middle name comes from Stone's father, a retired Pennsylvania factory worker. Stone says, "He's my wonderful, precious little Buddha. He eats like a champion. He sleeps peacefully - and he's the apple of his daddy's eye."
Dr. Who Would Be A Dream For Stephen Fry
British actor Stephen Fry
thinks taking the part of Doctor Who would be dream come true - and thinks it would be like visiting Buckingham Palace The BBC is discussing plans for a big screen version of the cult science fiction show, which was hugely popular throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Neither a script nor director has yet been chosen for the project, but Wilde (1997)
star Fry is among the favorites for the part - because the producers insist the Doctor must be played by a Brit. And Stephen says he would love to portray the intergalactic doctor. He says, "Of course Dr. Who would be a dream role because you know as a child I grew up like everyone else hiding behind the sofa and it's a bit like finding yourself in Buckingham Palace - It's a kind of British heritage. We'd all die to say the Doctor Who lines - it's like being in a James Bond film." Fry is bound by strict secrecy about the project and says he cannot confirm whether he is to take the role.
Parenthood Affects Cindy Crawford's Sex Life
's sex life has been ruined since she had a baby - she and her husband have to make love in silence for fear the tiny tot's nanny will hear them. Crawford and husband Rande Gerber became parents last year when the supermodel gave birth to Presley, her first child. And the stunning supermodel admits the couple's sex life has "become very different" because full-time parenting means they can no longer be "spontaneous". Crawford says, "Our love life is really different. We can't be so spontaneous because we don't want the nanny to hear us. We manage but it is a big change - we can't scream and yell like we used to." But Crawford admits husband Gerber will be outraged when he hears his wife has been talking openly about their love life. She adds, "Rande will be really cross - he is going to kill me for talking about this."
Seinfeld Puts 14 Students Through College
Dad-to-be Jerry Seinfeld
is getting a headstart on his fatherly duties - he's putting 14 students at his local school through college. The millionaire comedian, who is expecting his first child with wife Jessica Sklar later this year, had planned to give out five college scholarships to seniors at Manhattan's La Guardia High School in New York where he served as principal for a day. But unable to choose between the 14 students selected to compete for the prizes, the big-hearted funnyman decided he'd be giving all the finalists cash for college. Seinfeld's agent refused to comment on exactly how much the students were getting, but added it was "a lot more" than the vintage Porsches the star collects.
Zellweger Refusing To Drop English Accent - Even In Time Off
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
star Renee Zellweger is so smitten with her role as the English PR girl - she's refusing to revert back to her native Texan even in her spare time. Zellweger, who's being coached by Barbara Berkeley, the voice-guru who perfected Gwyneth Paltrow
's speech for Sliding Doors (1998)
, never drops her middle-class British tones, even in the canteen. The film's spokesperson Stacy Mann explains, "Whenever I see her she's speaking in the English accent. It's extremely convincing - and it fooled the publishers where she did two week's undercover work experience. Renee's got the same voice coach as Gwyneth Paltrow
. She's on set at all times, listening to everything Renee says. And if necessary they take time out to do voice exercises. They stretch different facial muscles to get the accent."
Mini Me Has Eye Surgery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
star Verne Troyer
underwent a laser operation to correct his nearsightedness and he's made it clear he had no ailment connected with his size. Troyer, the tiny actor who stole the show in last year's Austin Powers flick, emerged from three hour surgery in the Los Angeles Laser Eye Surgery Center last week wearing dark sunglasses saying the procedure on his cornea had been a success. Troyer's spokeswoman says, "Verne is over the moon with the surgery. He feels great and had good vision twenty four hours after the operation. He wanted it made clear that his time in hospital has nothing to do with his size. He had his eye sight corrected just like so many people do. He is not suffering from any other ailments."
Billy Crudup: "Titanic" Would've Sunk My Life
Actor Billy Crudup
lost the Titanic (1997)
starring role to Leonardo DiCaprio
- but he's glad because he hates the intrusion that Dicaprio still suffers. In hindsight the star of Without Limits (1998)
has no regrets because he believes the role would have sunk his privacy. He jokes, "I don't quite understand what the benefits are of the level of popularity in being in a six billion dollar movie. I guess I'd be able to go to different parties, but I wouldn't know anybody at those parties. And I guess I'd get offered twenty million dollars to do something where I'm a specialist in blowing things up. Or even better, I can have people hanging outside my apartment waiting to get a picture of me getting toilet paper. Now that would be awesome."
Stars To Make Method Work At Actors' Studio
Hollywood heroes Al Pacino
, Harvey Keitel
and Ellen Burstyn
have taken over the leadership of the world's best-known theatre workshop - the Actors' Studio. The 53-year-old New York school, founded by the late Lee Strasberg
, was based on the principles of Constantin Stanislavsky, who preached assimilation of character through mental exercises rather than the conventions of the 19th century. Marlon Brando
was its best-known student but others include Paul Newman
, James Dean
and Montgomery Clift
But Newman, a former president of the studio says, "I found everything that was taught fascinating, but I could never really make it work for me." Pacino, Keitel and Burstyn have been named as co-presidents to replace the director Arthur Penn
who is leaving to produce a television series.
New Bollywood Poster Boy
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Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan
is set to lose his number 1 heart-throb status to a new pin-up - Hrithik Roshan
. Roshan has had just one box-office hit but he is already a pin-up with his tall bodybuilding physique and aquiline features. The new heart-throb, son of a celebrated Bombay director has been spotted by Coca-Cola and is said to be changing the face of Bollywood. Hrithik's father believes that the future of the Bollywood film industry lies in Hollywood-style action films. Khan's supporters eagerly await this weekend's release of Josh (2000)
, an adaptation of West Side Story (1961)