22 May 2006
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Willis Confirms 'Die Hard 4' Nearly Ready To Roll
Hollywood actor Bruce Willis
on Friday announced filmmakers are ready to start shooting a fourth Die Hard
movie, and they hope to have it in cinemas next year. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Willis - who stars as policeman John McClane in the Die Hard films - revealed the highly-anticipated sequel is expected to start filming soon. He said, "We're as close as we've ever got to getting Die Hard 4
started. It won't be called Die Hard 4
but that will be the story. Hopefully it will be out next summer." The movie's plot had to be rewritten after last year's Hurricane Katrina tragedy - the original screenplay involved an oil tanker explosion that sends huge waves flooding into New Orleans, Louisiana. Die Hard
was released in 1988 and made Willis a star. Two sequels followed - Die Hard 2: Die Harder
in 1990 and Die Hard With A Vengeance
Richie and Goldstein To Wed
and Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein
are planning to marry, according to socialite's famous father Lionel Richie
. On the same day US reports claimed the pair had split for the second time in five months, Richie told reporters in London they will marry and he will provide the entertainment. Speaking at the Prince's Trust charity concert on Saturday, the hitmaker revealed, "I told her, 'Honey, you do what you want and just send me the bill.' Of course I am going to be there for her, and I'll be singing - there's no way I couldn't. I'm really happy that it's working out for her." Richie and Goldstein have been dating since 2003. They split in December last year, but reunited earlier this year. On Friday a US publication alleged Goldstein had dumped Richie.
Sir Elton John: "Photographers Should Be Shot"
Sir Elton John
has launched a verbal attack at the press from the Cannes Film Festival, saying all photographers "should be shot" during an award presentation. The singer spoke out while presenting the Chopard Trophy to Transamerica
actor Kevin Zegers
. He said, "He (Zegers) is only 21 years old, already he showed incredible talent and maturity. I sincerely believe he will be a huge star and a great actor for many, many years to come." But John snapped when photographers interrupted his speech, shouting, "If you saw Transamerica ... I'm talking ... you f**kwit, f**ing photographers you should be shot, you should be all shot. Thank you."
Potter Car Found
Harry Potter's stolen flying car has been found in perfect order outside a ruined castle in Cornwall, England. The magical vehicle, driven by Potter and his pal Ron Weasley in 2002 movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
, disappeared from a Cornish film studio last October. The 1962 blue Ford Anglia was initially found abandoned in a lock-up garage in the village of Mount Hawke earlier this week by a group of travelers. But after failing to sell the car, as it was missing its number plates, the gang dumped it outside a 14th century castle at Carn Brae near Falmouth. Police Constable Tim Roberts says, "It seems we have now located the Harry Potter car. I'd love to think Harry had driven it there to take part in some adventure at the castle but the reality is probably a little less interesting. It seems to be in good order. I would guess whoever left it there did so with their tongue firmly in their cheek."
Hilton's Ex Attacks Lohan
's former lover Brandon Davis has launched a scathing attack on the hotel heiress' nemesis Lindsay Lohan
. Davis was videoed making the comments during a night out earlier this week, according to the New York Post. In his tirade against the Mean Girls
star, Davis attacks Lohan's personal hygiene, lifestyle and lovers. He rants, "I think she's worth about seven million. Which means she's really poor. It's disgusting, she lives in a motel." And Davis goes on to racially insult Lohan's ex-boyfriend, actor Wilmer Valderrama
, saying, "Is he in a mariachi band?"
Rose and Hilfiger in Birthday Bust-Up
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose
and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger
got into a furious row at actress Rosario Dawson
's birthday party on Thursday night. The pair were at The Plumm nightclub in New York City, where Rose played a surprise acoustic show, when they got into a heated argument which ended with Hilfiger allegedly hitting Rose. The designer was promptly escorted out of the club by security guards, according to PageSix.com. Rose told his side of the story yesterday morning during an interview with Kroq radio station in Los Angeles, explaining that the fight started when he politely asked the designer to move his date's drink so it wouldn't get spilled. Hilfiger allegedly went ballistic, "smacking" the singer in the arm and cursing at him. According to Plumm owner Noel Ashman
, Hilfiger took two swings at Rose. He says, "Axl was a gentleman and had the good sense not to retaliate, as he would have done some serious damage to Hilfiger." Dawson's mother Isabelle told Tmz.com the designer politely told Rose to watch out for his date's drink, which caused Hilfiger to begin screaming and swearing at him. She goes on to say that Hilfiger stood up and started punching Rose, getting in a few good shots before his own security guards escorted him out. The singing star filled out a police report and later dedicated the song "You're Crazy" to "My good friend Tommy Hilfiger." Birthday girl Dawson was unaffected by the scuffle and thrilled with the band's surprise performance saying, "They've never played all acoustic, this is history in the making, how much does this f**king man rock?!"
Lange and Loren's Kids Campaign
Screen stars Sophia Loren
and Jessica Lange
have teamed up to raise awareness of children who are HIV-positive in Russia. The actresses-turned-UNICEF ambassadors spoke out at the Heart of Gold ceremony in Russian capital Moscow today, during which money was raised to fund heart and brain operations for kids. The pair, who have been visiting orphanages and children's hospitals in the city, are determined to stamp out the stigmatization of HIV sufferers and help them live more fulfilled lives. Lange said, "Nationwide, tremendous work has to be done for children, specifically for HIV positive children. They are stigmatized. They have no possibility of being adopted, or to have equal education." Loren added, "If I can do something for those in need, I'm always ready to do so."
Bounty Hunter Wed After Tragedy
Reality TV star Duane 'Dog' Chapman
wed his Dog The Bounty Hunter
sidekick Beth Smith
on Saturday, only a day after his daughter was killed in a car accident. The 53-year-old bounty hunter was devastated to discover his 23-year-old daughter Barbara Katy Chapman died near her home in Fairbanks, Alaska on Friday night. After discussions with his 10 surviving children, Chapman decided to go ahead with his wedding as planned on Hawaii's Big Island, but included a memorial to Barbara during the ceremony. Michael Feeney
, senior vice president of A&E television network which broadcast Chapman's show, says, "They all decided unanimously they should celebrate the wedding and her life." The couple have postponed their honeymoon to Fiji following Barbara's death.
Stone Pours Cash Into UK Films
Actress Sharon Stone
is planning to team up with a British movie production company, and launch a $100 million fund to make new films. The Basic Instinct
star has always been enthusiastic about the UK movie industry, and has finally found a way to get involved first-hand. A source tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "Stone has always been a shrewd businesswoman first and foremost. She has come to Cannes to meet with Brass Hat, one of the UK's leading film production companies, which has just co-produced Sandra Bullock
's new film Premonition
. She's been keen to be involved in the British film scene for a few years now, having already produced seven films in the United States. This is the perfect opportunity for her."
'Desperate Housewives' Cast Cuts Confirmed
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Hit series Desperate Housewives
will see massive cast cuts at the end of season two, according to actor James Denton
. Denton, who plays Wisteria Lane's hunky plumber Mike Delfino, claims many of the show's major characters, including himself, have had to take a back seat among too many new faces, but this is about to be remedied. He explains, "You're watching the second season and Mike doesn't have much to do... but I just got the main storyline for season three and I'm pleased that Mike features more prominently. Our cast grew too much this year and some of the characters got lost in the shuffle. But we'll be losing a handful of actors at the end of this series and I don't think they're going to be replaced."