9 January 2006
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'Brokeback Mountain' Banned from Utah Cinema
and Jake Gyllenhaal
's acclaimed new movie, Brokeback Mountain
, has been banned from a cinema in Utah due to the actors' gay sex scenes. A Salt Lake City cinema, owned by Larry Miller - the man behind basketball team the Utah Jazz, changed its screening plans last week and decided not to show the controversial western, which currently leads the race for this year's Best Picture Oscar. The R-rated gay romance story was supposed to open on Friday at the Megaplex at Jordan Commons in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The management of the cinema has refused to comment further on its reasons for pulling the film. Mike Thompson, the executive director of the state's leading gay rights advocacy group Equality Utah, says, "It's just a shame that such a beautiful and award-winning film, with so much buzz about it, is not being made available to a broad Utah audience because of personal bias."
Tarantino Upset with Bond Producers
has slammed James Bond producers for failing to contact him following his request to direct forthcoming 007 movie Casino Royale
, because the remake had been his idea. In 2004, the Pulp Fiction
film-maker suggested producers remake Ian Fleming
's original 1953 storyline, after screenwriters Robert Wade
and Neal Purvis
, who penned The World Is Not Enough
and Die Another Day
, publicly announced they were struggling to write a third script. Tarantino had hoped to direct Casino Royale and had advised the Bond team to "go my way and do it a little differently", while maintaining he could still be trusted with the legendary superspy series. But he was upset not to be contacted when Goldeneye
director Martin Campbell
was instead chosen to direct the new 007 thriller starring Daniel Craig
. Tarantino says, "I'm annoyed that the James Bond producers never called me to talk about it because I can tell you that they would not be making Casino Royale if I hadn't talked about it first. "They should have called me. Especially since they are taking my idea and they are taking the publicity I gave them towards that idea. "They should have at least had the courtesy to have coffee with me."
Weisz's Mummy Dreams Complete
star Rachel Weisz
has confirmed she's five months pregnant with movie-maker fiancé Darren Aronofsky
's baby. The British actress, who admitted last year she became "broody" while playing a pregnant woman in acclaimed movie The Constant Gardener
, revealed all about her happy news on Friday night's The Tonight Show
in America. Her announcement ends a month of speculation about Weisz's pregnancy, but it stalls her plans to wed her director boyfriend. She explained, "I'm supposed to have organized the wedding but we got a little ahead of ourselves... It's a slightly modern situation... I'm trying to figure it out now." After wearing a prosthetic stomach to play pregnant Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener
- opposite Ralph Fiennes
- Weisz revealed, "I loved it and I would definitely like to do it for real." Weisz emigrated to New York to live with Aronofsky in 2002 after a year of dating.
Lachey and Simpson Sell 'Newlyweds' Home
Former golden couple Nick Lachey
and Jessica Simpson
are selling the home made famous in their reality TV show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
. The pop stars split in November after three years of marriage and Simpson has since filed for divorce. U.S. magazine People
reports the couple have placed their Calabasas, California, Mediterranean-style home on sale for $3.75 million through Sotheby's International. Lachey is still living in the home, while Simpson has recently moved into a $3 million home in Beverly Hills.
TV Bosses Call on Security After Death Threats over 'Daniel'
Bosses at an Indiana TV station posted security outside their studios on Friday night after receiving death threats for airing controversial new religious drama Book Of Daniel
. Executives at Warner Brothers affiliate WB42 picked up the show about a drug addicted Episcopalian minister - played by Aidan Quinn
- and aired the debut on Friday night after rival network Wtwo dumped the show. Furious viewers, who had not seen the show, then bombarded the station with complaints about the content of the new drama, which features visions of Jesus Christ, drug dealing, alcoholism and gay storylines. WB42 station manager Gary Robbins says, "We've had hate mail, we've had hate phone calls... but there's no profanity in this show, there's no indecency, there's no nudity." Meanwhile, the cast of the show are baffled by the outrage their show is causing. Quinn states, "It's not nearly as controversial as it's being made out to be."
Naveen's Love Child Confession
star Naveen Andrews
has confirmed reports he fathered a love-child while briefly separated from his long term partner Barbara Hershey
. The couple separated for a "brief period" last year during which Andrews had an affair with another woman, but he is determined to do the honorable thing. He says, "I have every intention of assuming appropriate responsibility for the child."
Nightmare Torture Scenes Gave Hernandez Bad Dreams
Crazy/Beautiful star Jay Hernandez
suffered nightmares while he was filming torture scenes in new horror movie Hostel
because he couldn't get the film's gruesome images out of his head. In the movie, the actor plays one of many young Americans who are lured into a hotel that doubles up as a torture playground. And he can understand why so many cinemagoers, who have caught test screenings of the film, are so disturbed by what they see because he had trouble shaking off the images himself. Hernandez explains, "I was handcuffed to the metal chairs for one of the torture scenes and we were doing it over the course of three days. "It was torturous. I had dreams that were tied into the movie. The dreams were kind of creepy because it was so appropriate to what my character was going through. "I dreamed that I was in a hole, trying to get out, and seeing the light but not being able to reach it and slipping back into the hole." The actor was able to get to the bottom of what his dreams meant because Hostel's director/writer Eli Roth
's father is a psychologist and he was on hand to talk about his sleeping thoughts.
Foxx Lands TV Special
Oscar winner-turned-R&B crooner Jamie Foxx
has landed his first U.S. TV music special, where he'll perform tunes from his chart-topping new album Unpredictable
. The Ray
star, who found success with his own TV comedy show in the 1990s, will now get the chance to show off his singing talents on upcoming special Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable
. The hour-long show, which will air on the NBC network on January 25, will feature special guests like Stevie Wonder
, Mary J Blige
and Snoop Dogg
. The show was secretly filmed at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre just before Christmas. Foxx has started 2006 on a high - his new album has sold over 800,000 copies in two weeks to claim the number one spot on the U.S. album charts.
Hatcher Swears Off Marriage
Actress Teri Hatcher
has sworn off marrying again, after surviving two divorces. The Desperate Housewives
beauty, 41, was married to Marcus Leithold for eight months in the late 1980s and divorced actor Jon Tenney
- the father of her daughter Emerson Rose - in 2003. Hatcher says, "I'm a big fan of monogamy, but I don't think I'll ever marry. "I would have a spiritual ceremony in front of friends, but I don't think I need a wedding license. "I did not marry bad guys, but ultimately I didn't make good choices."
Phoenix Laughs Off Singing Career
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix
has laughed off reports he is launching a singing career after playing country music legend Johnny Cash
in movie biopic Walk The Line
. Phoenix, who sang in the film and on the accompanying soundtrack, admits he toyed with the idea of expanding into music while working on the movie, but ditched the idea as soon as it was over. He says, "While I was filming I was really tempted. "I'd go home and read about John, or sing, or record. "But as soon as the job was done, I was through."