9 September 2005
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Egoyan Loses Threesome Appeal
The producers of director Atom Egoyan
's controversial new film Where The Truth Lies
have lost their appeal to overturn the restrictive NC-17 rating the movie was awarded. The film, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada next week, features a threesome sex scene between Kevin Bacon
, Colin Firth
and Rachel Blanchard
, which censors have deemed "sexually explicit." Thrusting in the scene required the rarely used NC-17 rating, usually reserved for the most overtly controversial movies. The rating means no one under age 17 can see the film in theatres. Egoyan and Blanchard appeared before censors in Los Angeles on Wednesday to boost the appeal but a panel of judges refused to be swayed. Egoyan insists the rating is "an unwarranted response given the story it's telling and the way it needed to be told."
Munich Terrorist Hits Out at Spielberg
has been criticized by the only surviving Palestinian terrorist behind the massacre at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, because the director failed to consult him over his new movie dramatization of the tragic events. Mohammed Daoud was a member of terror group Black September in the early 1970s and was responsible for the deaths of 11 Israelis in Munich's Olympic Village. He has been on the run ever since. But Daoud is so angry with Spielberg's supposedly pro-Israel stance in new film Munich
, he contacted news agency Reuters to put forward his side of the story. He says, "If someone really wanted to tell the truth about what happened he should talk to the people involved, people who know the truth. Were I contacted, I would tell the truth. (Israel) carried out vengeance against people who had nothing to do with the Munich attack, people who were merely politically active or had ties with the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization)."
Sean Penn: "My New Orleans Efforts Were Sincere"
Movie star Sean Penn
has hit back at reports he used the Hurricane Katrina tragedy as a publicity stunt. The Oscar-winning actor and activist has been charged with taking a personal photographer and crew to New Orleans, Louisiana - so they could document his efforts. But angry Penn insists his motives were all good - he hired a boat and helped ferry 40 stranded locals to safety. On Wednesday, he told CNN host Larry King
, "We went in, a couple of friends of mine, on our own. Certainly we had the attention of some photographers. We tried to do what we could."
Foxx Furious Over 'Miami Vice' Race "Joke"
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx
erupted on the set of his new movie Miami Vice
after learning of a racist prank played on his stand-in. The Ray
star reportedly insisted that two insensitive crew members were dismissed after they approached David Brown holding nooses, suggesting that he and Foxx were heading for a Ku Klux Klan-style lynching. Publicists for the movie confirm the incident took place but refuse to comment further. But an insider on the set tells US tabloid National Enquirer
, "Jamie was absolutely infuriated with the blatant racism. To him and David, the joke was a reference to the common practice of lynching black people in the American south during slavery days. Jamie came stomping out of his dressing room and demanded an explanation from the crew members involved. They realized they had gone too far with the joke but an apology was far too little and too late for Jamie."
Paltrow Enjoyed Benefit From Her Plane Troubles
was relieved by her recent plane woes - because it meant she didn't have to spend a single day apart from her daughter Apple. The Shakespeare In Love
star was preparing spend her first full day away from the one-year-old on Sunday to fly to the Venice Film Festival to promote her new movie Proof
. But technical problems prompted Paltrow's plane to return to New York City. She says, "I was supposed to leave her for the first time ever this weekend... I was nervous about leaving her, but I sort of plucked up the courage and I packed and I got on the plane. I was not going to see her for one day. It is a big deal. I was nervous about it. I got to the airport and got on the plane and I was sort of calming myself down and then the plane was delayed an hour because the pilot said they were loading 3,000 pounds of US mail onto the plane. We took off and we got about an hour over the Atlantic and then the pilot came on and said what you really don't want to hear when you're a passenger on a plane, which is, 'Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem.' It turned out that all the navigational systems on the plane were not working and each one was saying we were in a different spot. So we had to turn around and go back." But the plane journey back was just the start of Paltrow's crazy day: "I had this crazy drive to eastern Long Island to go try catch up with my husband and daughter. I had this very sweet driver who didn't speak a word of English. He went into a 7-11 (grocery store) parking lot for like 15 minutes at 2 (o'clock) in the morning and left me in the back of the car... He was doing something. He emerged from the bushes in front of the car 15 minutes later. I got (to my family) at about 3.30 in the morning."
Protesters Slam Lopez at Premiere
's latest film premiere was marred by angry animal activists in New York on Wednesday when protestors staged an anti-fur demonstration outside the screening. People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) members hurled abuse and held up posters outside the An Unfinished Life
premiere. The posters featured images of animals slaughtered for their fur with the slogan 'Here's Another Unfinished Life.' Lopez incurred the wrath of PETA earlier this year when she featured fur designs as part of her new Sweetface clothing line.
Rolling Stone Prints Hunter's Suicide Note
Editors at music bible Rolling Stone
have published a note written by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson
days before he committed suicide in February. In what is believed to be the final thing the Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
author wrote before he shot himself at his home in Colorado, Thompson clearly states he's nearing the end of his life and doesn't want to be "greedy" by demanding more time on earth. The suicide note, titled 'Football Season Is Over', reads, "No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt." Thompson reportedly wrote the note four days before he killed himself and left it for his wife Anita. The writer's friend and biographer Douglas Brinkley
suggests the title of the note explains why Thompson lost the will to live. He writes, "February was always the cruelest month for Hunter S. Thompson. An avid NFL (National Football League) fan, Hunter traditionally embraced the Super Bowl in January as the high-water mark of his year. February, by contrast, was doldrums time." Rolling Stone
magazine was the primary publishers of Thompson's celebrated journalism.
Johansson Warns Against Weight Worries
has warned budding starlets to eat healthily when they head for Hollywood, as the pressure to be thin can cause irreparable damage. The Lost in Translation
blonde beauty is proud of her voluptuous curves, and has no intention of letting image-obsessed Los Angeles force her to change her natural shape. She says, "Everyone in Hollywood is so damn skinny, and you constantly feel like you're not skinny enough. But I have 'fat days' and I accept that I'm never going to be rail thin. I try not to let the pressure get to me but Los Angeles is a very hard place to be unless you have people here that love you. It can be very, very lonely and it can eat you up if you don't take care of yourself."
'Lost' Cast Members Have Odor Problems
Actor Dominic Monaghan
has a huge problem working on the set of hit TV show Lost
- all of his cast mates smell after a few weeks of shooting. The show features a host of characters who are stranded on a deserted tropical island after a plane crash, and have only the clothes they're wearing. And the authentic nature of their look translates into unpleasant odors, according to the Lord Of The Rings
star. He says, "Obviously, the characters have no real showering system on the island... I think I've only changed (clothing), like, three times on the island. We're stinky, but we live with it. It's part of the charm of the Lost
cast. You bring visitors on set, and they're very excited to see everyone - until they get within three or four feet. Then they realize we all stink."
Rowling Fights Piracy with Potter Downloads
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Author JK Rowling
is selling her famous Harry Potter
books as audio downloads in a desperate attempt to stamp out piracy. The British writer decided to allow her work to be made officially available for purchase on Apple's iTunes website, after Potter fans spotted bootleg versions on the internet. She says, "Apart from the fact that they are illegal, the Potter content of these can bear very little resemblance to anything I've ever written. Many Harry Potter fans have been keen for digital access for a while, but the deciding factor for me in authorizing this new version is that it will help combat the growing incidents of piracy in this area." Rowling has also attacked online auction giant eBay for failing to take responsibility for fake autographs purporting to be signed by her which were on the site. She says, "As far as I could tell on the day I dropped in, only one of the signatures on offer appeared genuine. There seem to be a lot of people out there trying to con Harry Potter fans." eBay spokesman Hani Durzi says, "It's the responsibility of the copyright owner to report any listings that violate their rights. When they do, we take those listings down immediately."