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Paparazzo Apologizes to Nicholson

17 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jack Nicholson has received an apology from the paparazzo who tried to "run him off the road" and then sued him when the movie star attacked his car with a golf club. The Chinatown star still regrets losing his temper in the encounter and shattering the photographer's windscreen with his two-iron. Nicholson still can't go into details about the incident because there are legal issues attached to the settlement - but at least he's had a written apology from the snapper. He tells Men's Journal magazine, "After years and years, he wrote me a letter of apology, which speaks well for him... (but) he didn't give me the money back." »

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'Bull' roars on new AFI list

21 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"Raging Bull" and "Vertigo" are up, and "The Graduate" and "On the Waterfront" are down.

On Wednesday night, the American Film Institute revealed a new list of the 100 greatest movies of all time as part of the CBS broadcast "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies --10th Anniversary Edition."

With votes cast by 1,500 filmmakers, critics and historians, the AFI compiled a new list of greatest movies as a mirror to the rankings it unveiled in 1998. The qualifier in the update is that the movies under consideration were narrative films with significant American elements.

Although some tastes may have changed, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" topped both lists.

But this time around, Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" battled their way into the top 10, at No. 4 and No. 9, respectively. In the original list, "Bull" ranked No. 24 and "Vertigo" was No. 61.

They supplanted "The Graduate", which fell from No. 7 to No. 17, and "On the Waterfront", which sank from No. 8 to No. 19

Of the 43 films from the past decade, 1996-2006, that were on the 400-film ballot, only four made the cut: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (No. 50), "Saving Private Ryan" (71), "Titanic" (83) and "The Sixth Sense" (89).

New additions to the list from previous decades included "The General" (No. 17), "Intolerance" (49), "Nashville" (59), "Sullivan's Travels" (61), "Cabaret" (63) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (67).

John Ford's Western "The Searchers" moved up the most of any film, going from No. 96 to No. 12. "City Lights" and "Unforgiven" also improved their standings.

The top 10: "Citizen Kane", "The Godfather", "Casablanca", "Raging Bull", "Singin' in the Rain", "Gone With the Wind", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Schindler's List", "Vertigo" and "The Wizard of Oz".

AFI's  100 Years...100 Movies

1. Citizen Kane, 1941

2.The Godfather, 1972

3. Casablanca, 1942

4. Raging Bull, 1980

5. Singin' in the Rain, 1952

6. Gone With the Wind, 1939

7. Lawrence of Arabia, 1962

8. Schindler's List, 1993

9. Vertigo, 1958

10. The Wizard of Oz, 1939

11. City Lights, 1931

12. The Searchers, 1956

13. Star Wars, 1977

14. Psycho, 1960

15. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

16. Sunset Blvd., 1950

17. The Graduate, 1967

18. The General, 1927

19. On the Waterfront, 1954

20. It's a Wonderful Life, 1946

21. Chinatown, 1974

22. Some Like It Hot, 1959

23. The Grapes of Wrath, 1940

24. E.T. »

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'Soph' hop for Barton with Willis

15 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Mischa Barton and Rumer Willis have been cast opposite Bruce Willis, Rumer's father, in the dark comedy "The Sophomore" for Yari Film Group.

In this teenage take on "Chinatown", Barton plays the most popular girl in her Catholic high school. She persuades a sophomore reporter to investigate the theft of SAT exams, but after he reveals that the school's president and top jock are responsible, a more sinister conspiracy emerges.

Rumer Willis plays the troublemaking sidekick of Barton's character. Bruce Willis plays the school's twisted principal, a Desert Storm veteran who can't let go of his glory days in Kuwait.

Bob Yari is producing the feature with Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment. Elsie Choi serves as co-producer. YFG production exec Brad Jenkel is overseeing the project, which was brought to the studio by YFG development exec Eric Umali. Vertigo co-produced "Addicted", starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, with YFG.

The film (previously titled "Assassination of a High School President") will be directed by Brett Simon and written by Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski, who all are making their feature film debuts. »

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