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Baldwin testified that he'd never had a sexual or romantic relationship with the French-Canadian actress, telling the court that, after they met, she'd begun leaving dozens of voicemails for him at night, which soon began to include threats to show up at his homes, the AP reports.
The new MSNBC host says that he had a meal with Sabourin at a friend's request, where he provided her with an email address and phone number, which led to later communication about acting classes. From there, Baldwin says, she began to inundate him with as many as 30 voicemails a night and hundreds of emails that started out as "lovelorn and pleadings." However, they quickly escalated into threats to insinuate herself into his now-wife Hilaria Thomas' yoga class. »
Alec Baldwin testified Tuesday that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with a Canadian actress accused of stalking him, saying that after they met she began leaving dozens of voicemails for him at night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes. The 30 Rock star said at the Manhattan trial of the woman, Genevieve Sabourin, that he had a meal with her at a friend's request, gave her an email address and phone number and later communicated with her about acting classes. She began to barrage him with as many as 30 voicemails per night and hundreds »
- Associated Press
Film starring Johnny Depp opens in Britain this weekend as losses could reach $200m after scathing reviews
But Walt Disney has now warned that the film could instead go down as one of the year's biggest flops, predicting losses of almost $200m.
The Lone Ranger, which opens in Britain this weekend, stars Armie Hammer as the masked Texas lawman and Depp as his Comanche spirit guide. Budgeted at $225m, the film, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, suffered a tortuous production process and met with largely scathing reviews on its release in the Us.
Concerns over the odds of recouping the investment were reportedly voiced during production, and the shoot halted for several months »
- Catherine Shoard
Brad Pitt's star power helps his new film avoid disaster. So what does it take to make a genuine modern mega-flop?
You can almost taste the disappointment in the air: World War Z turned out all right, after all. "Advanced word said [it] was the walking dead. This was the giant zombie turkey, come screeching from the shadows to tear the careers of director Marc Forster and producer/star Brad Pitt to shreds," wrote Henry Barnes in this paper, before admitting the film to be "a punchy, if conventional action thriller".
As anyone who understands the ecosphere of Hollywood will know, this was most ungentlemanly of Pitt, the only thing keeping the press alive during the wall-to-wall marketing jamboree of the summer being the slim hope that one film will mount the diving board and execute a perfect triple summersault and twist, before going splat on to the concrete. With bear-baiting now illegal, »
- Tom Shone
Take a quick glance across the movie release schedule for 2013 and one thing quickly becomes clear: sci-fi movies are very much back in vogue. We're talking big-spectacle blockbusters with big superstars and even bigger budgets.
But what happens when sci-fi movies go wrong? Hollywood history is littered with epic genre failures - movies that fell short either creatively or financially. For every Avatar there's a John Carter, every Blade Runner a Soldier... and then there's The Adventures of Pluto Nash.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 science fiction movies that were bad news for all involved (including, in some cases, the audience). »
Perception is pretty much everything when it comes to films, and our verdict on the quality of a movie is usually just an intellectual alignment often dictated by its box office success, or failure.
However, some of the biggest box office hits in history are also some of the most awful movies ever made. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, anyone? And let’s face it, whilst Skyfall’s box office peformance has earned it the title “Best Bond movie ever,” it isn’t a patch on From Russia With Love, or Live And Let Die.
I find the stories surrounding Hollywood turkeys far more compelling than those of financial triumph. The making of notorious flops such as Cutthroat Island, Glitter and The Adventures Of Pluto Nash are ripping yarns that describe hubris and out of control ego and are usually more entertaining than the film itself.
Sometimes, though, a box »
- Basil Creese Jr
Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts
What is the most critically acclaimed film that was a box-office disaster on release?
The Fall of the Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann in 1964, is frequently cited as being the most intelligently written, the most strongly cast, and most capably acted of all the movies in the sword-and-sandal genre that was so fashionable in Hollywood in the 1960s. Yet it lost a then-record $14.25m at the box office, at a time when studios were not able to recoup some of those losses by video or DVD sales.
Since 1964, and allowing for inflation, only a dozen films have lost more money, and given that they include such turkeys as Heaven's Gate and The Adventures of Pluto Nash, it is safe to say that none of them are in the same league as Mann's »
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