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David Hemmings: 1941-2003

4 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor David Hemmings, who became one of the iconic faces of the swinging London scene in the 60s with his performance in the groundbreaking Blow-Up, died Wednesday of a heart attack on the set of his latest film; he was 62. After finishing the final day's shots for Samantha's Child in Romania, Hemmings collapsed as he was heading back to his dressing room, and paramedics were unable to revive him. Hemmings started his career as a professional singer at the age of nine, and as he grew up made nightclub and stage appearances before moving to film in the late 50s. Early roles saw him as one of the many disaffected young men of post-war England, and he gained his greatest fame as the fashion photographer who may have photographed a murder in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966), the quintessential "swinging 60s" film and one of the most influential of the decade. He followed up that film with a scene-stealing turn as Mordred in the otherwise moribund film adaptation of the musical Camelot, and a role opposite Jane Fonda in the cult classic Barbarella. Innumerable character roles followed, and Hemmings also turned to directing in 1972, helming both movies and TV series through the following decades as his acting career waned. He returned to film acting in 2000 with Gladiator, and also appeared recently in Last Orders, Spy Game, Gangs of New York and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Hemmings is survived by his third wife Lucy Williams, their two sons, a daughter from his first marriage and a son from his second. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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Cameron's Zit Hell

11 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Cameron Diaz has spoken out about the acne hell that plagues her life - and forces her to become phobic about germs. The 31-year-old Charlie Angel's is well-known for her problem skin, which flares up at times of stress and even caused her to miss the London premiere of her film Gangs Of New York earlier this year for fear of being photographed looking less than perfect. She admits, "Of course I know I am an attractive girl, and I'm pleased about that. But even I have a flaw. My skin is so over-sensitive I get inflamed spots at the smallest thing. If it's possible I even touch door handles with tissues. On days like that I just stay away from the mirror." But Cameron has other qualities that make up for her troubles - she has no need to exercise to keep her famous figure in shape. She laughs, "I wear high heels - that's my only fitness training and it gives nice legs. Sometimes I want to start playing tennis or going swimming but I'm too lazy for that. I like my bed." »

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Diaz Surf Smash Breaks Her Nose

4 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cameron Diaz's surfing mishap in Hawaii has produced a far worse injury than initially thought - the Hollywood beauty has broken her nose. Diaz, the world's highest-paid actress, sustained the injury off Waikiki Beach as she celebrated her 31st birthday with close friends and family. But instead of fretting about the damage to her face, the Gangs Of New York star - who is wearing two tiny bandage strips on the bridge of her nose - is devastated she can no longer take to the seas. She reassures, "I'm fine. But I'm just totally bummed out because I can't go surfing any more." According to the actress, Diaz was surfing with her older sister Chimene and a couple of friends, when someone's foam board hit her in the face. »

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Cameron Diaz Looks To Stay On As Top Earner

28 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle star Cameron Diaz is determined to stay at the top of Hollywood's earning tree after breaking all the records to become the highest paid actress in Tinseltown. The 30-year-old girlfriend of pop hunk Justin Timberlake topped the list of the highest female earners with $40 million in one year, in a new survey compiled by the 2004 Guinness World Records. She beat off stars including former number one Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman, after taking top-paid roles in movies Gangs Of New York and Shrek. And the There's Something About Mary is expected to keep up her lofty pay packet, as there's no sign of her taking a break from her hectic schedule in the near future. She is currently making Shrek 2 and will follow that with the comedy Fun With Dick And Jane. That means Diaz is likely to earn a staggering $64 million a year, which will keep her at the top of the Guinness list. In the records taken from Forbes Magazine for the year 2001/2002, Diaz is hotly followed by J.Lo who took home a healthy $39.4 million, and then Sandra Bullock, who earned $32 million. Explaining Cameron's appeal, a casting director tells British tabloid The Sun, "Most actresses fit into one mould, either kooky or serious. But Cameron can do both equally well. It makes her much more marketable and means she isn't restricted to just one kind of film. Her possibilities are endless. She's very lucky. There are few actresses who can do both sorts of movies so well." In other records, Friends star Matthew Perry took home a staggering $816,000 for an appearance on axed show Ally McBeal - making him the highest paid TV guest star. »

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Tarantino Scared of 'Kill Bill' Cuts

21 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Quentin Tarantino split new movie Kill Bill in two to stop studio bosses at Miramax from forcing him to cut it. The Pulp Fiction movie maker shocked Hollywood this week by announcing the eagerly-awaited film - which stars Uma Thurman out for revenge against a fellow assassin - will be released in two parts. Part one will debut October 10, a date for the second installment has yet to be announced, although it could come two to six months later, according Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The move allows writer-director Tarantino to get his full story before audiences and avoid potential cuts to get it down to a more viewer-friendly length. Miramax has feuded with directors in the past on film edits, including Martin Scorsese on Gangs Of New York and Billy Bob Thornton on All The Pretty Horses. Meanwhile, Miramax claim they are happy to be accommodating with Tarantino. Miramax spokesman Paul Pflug says, "We believe in him. He's somebody we have a great track record with. He's one of the key factors why Miramax has become who it is." »

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Diaz Acne Attack Fears

3 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cameron Diaz was on the verge of pulling out of the Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle premiere in London on Monday night - because film bosses feared her acne would dominate photographs of the event. The girlfriend of pop star Justin Timberlake has made no secret of her skin problem, which tends to flare up at times of stress, and executives were concerned the rigorous amount of publicity Cameron has been undertaking would make the condition reappear. An insider explains, "Cameron's always been up front and honest about her condition so that's not the problem. But nobody would want to have their skin flare up and then face all that scrutiny. The worst thing is she can't control her skin. Like anyone else, it can take you by surprise." In January the stunning star was forced to miss the London premiere of Gangs Of New York due to her acne. The source continues, "Bosses were worried after the Gangs premiere that the same could happen again in London. She was missed at Gangs, but for her to be unable to make Full Throttle would be a disaster. It's about the three Angels girls as a unit." »

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IEG pulling out big guns

15 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- A year after the high-profile unveiling of Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York at Cannes, the film's producer-financier, Initial Entertainment Group, is flying high on the Croisette again after ramping up its slate. On the festival's opening day, the international production and distribution outfit said it had boarded the upcoming Uma Thurman-Brendan Fraser starrer The Accidental Husband, a romantic comedy budgeted at $30 million-$40 million. The new project joins a slate of star-studded projects from Scorsese, Rebecca Miller, Lasse Hallstrom and Peter Howitt. For Scorsese's next outing, which is being packaged, sources said Jude Law is on the helmer's shortlist to join the cast of his Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator. Law is being eyed for the role of Errol Flynn, though IEG topper Graham King said no decisions have been made. »

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Leonardo and Gisele Spotted Back Together

6 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Film hunk Leonardo DiCaprio is back with his former love, supermodel Gisele Bunchen - after she performed a sexy dance for him. The Gangs Of New York screen star and the Brazilian mannequin had called it a day last June after two years together, but reunited after bumping into each other at a party in New York over the weekend. Gisele was dancing with her galpals at celebrity hairdresser Harry Josh's bash - and her sexy moves caught the eye of her former Titanic beau. One onlooker tells British tabloid The Sun, "Gisele was enjoying herself so much she knocked over several cocktails. "Leo was watching open-mouthed from the side of the rooms and couldn't take his eyes off her. "After a few minutes, she moved over to where he was sitting and gave him a much closer view. He was left speechless. It obviously did the trick because they spend the rest of the night chatting and drinking together. "At around 1am they left together but then got into separate cars, not saying where they were going." But the gorgeous pair were spotted out together again the next morning, strolling around New York while walking Gisele's dog. A source says, "They looked like they were together again." »

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Cameron Diaz Gives Up on Men

5 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gorgeous actress Cameron Diaz has given up on men - following her split from actor boyfriend Jared Leto. The fiercely private pair had been in a serious relationship for three years but parted recently after 'drifting apart'. And now the luscious Gangs Of New York star is concentrating her efforts on nights out with the girls. A friend says, "Cammie has had it with men. She's rallying her girlfriends for girly nights out." »

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Soccer Girl Heads Off to 'E.R.'

28 April 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The star of hit Brit flick Bend It Like Beckham has landed a role in hit TV drama ER. Parminder Nagra famously rejected an arranged marriage to pursue a career in acting - and now with the backing of Gangs Of New York producer Harvey Weinstein she could strike gold in the Hollywood hills. Pretty Parminder, 27, who has just finished filming Ella Enchanted, says, "I want to break the glass ceiling. There's more to second-generation Asians than cultural conflict. I'm delighted. I've always loved the program and will be going out to shoot the next series in August." »

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DiCaprio Hooker Photo Confiscated by Police

24 April 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A photograph of Hollywood hunk Leonardo DiCaprio with his arms draped around two Brazilian prostitutes has been confiscated by police after a raid on a Parisian flat. Police found a snap of the Titanic star with his arms around two 20-year-old call-girls, who charge $90 per hour for sex, when they searched the flat of two men suspected of running a prostitution ring, according to British newspaper The Sun. However, police state DiCaprio - who is pictured at the French premiere of Gangs Of New York - did not know the girls were prostitutes, and did not pay them for sex. But David Barrett, one of the British men detained by police, alleges DiCaprio invited him back to his Parisian hotel room after they met at the premiere's after show party. He says, "I and several girls went to his hotel, where he chose two of them." Co-accused Ramsay Attalah's lawyer Olivier Dupont alleges, "There's no doubt DiCaprio invited the girls back to his suite after the party." »

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Nicole Kidman Considers Katharine Hepburn

9 April 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stunning actress Nicole Kidman is poised to play Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn on the big screen. The Oscar winning beauty, 35, is considering portraying the acting legend, who turns 96 next month. She'll tackle the role in Gangs Of New York director Martin Scorsese's forthcoming flick about movie producer Howard Hughes, The Aviator. And the Australian star is evidently researching the part in the event she accepts - she's been checking out one-woman show Tea At Five on Hepburn's life, which is currently playing at the Promenade Theatre in New York. »

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'Gangs' immigrating to USA Net

2 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- USA Network has acquired the basic cable rights to Miramax Films' Gangs of New York. The Universal-owned cable channel will air the Oscar-nominated film as early as March 2006, following a September 2005 screening in the broadcast window. Miramax has not yet sold Gangs to a broadcast network. The purchase is USA's first made directly from Miramax, said to Jane Blaney, the network's senior vp program acquisitions. "I hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with them," referring to chief operating officer Rick Sands and vp television sales Gary Perchick, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Miramax. »

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Intermedia books profit, looks at rosy future

27 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Coming off a strong fourth quarter, and with the megaopening of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines coming July 2, Intermedia hopes it has put the sour boxoffice memory of K-19 and K-Pax behind it. In official figures released Wednesday, Intermedia parent IM Internationalmedia AG said it booked operating profits (EBITA) of €3.1 million in the fourth quarter of last year, with revenue of €103.2 million. The end-of-the-year surge was largely because of the high-profile slate of multi-Oscar nominees produced by IM divisions Intermedia and IEG, including Gangs of New York, Adaptation and The Quiet American. »

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Bono Confirms U2 Oscar Appearance

18 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rocker Bono has confirmed that Irish supergroup U2 will perform at the Oscar ceremony on March 23. The band will make its Oscar debut by performing "The Hands That Built America" from the Martin Scorsese movie Gangs Of New York. The track has been nominated in the Best Song category. Singer Bono says, "It doesn't get much bigger than an Oscar nomination. For us it feels like you're breaking into somebody else's house and pinching their furniture because it's not our world, it's Hollywood. But we're going to go out there and trash the place anyway." »

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Oscar Organizers: "The Show Will Go On"

13 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscars organizers have repeated their vow to hold the Academy Awards later this month irrespective of a war on Iraq - although the "tone" of the bash will change. Producer Gil Gates informed a Beverly Hills, California luncheon - which included nominees Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sir Michael Caine and Nicolas Cage - that the ceremony will definitely go ahead in a fortnight's time. However, Gates also conceded that if America is at war with Iraq at the time, then the awards in the Kodak Theatre will be altered accordingly. He said, "If we are at war, the Oscar telecast will obviously reflect that reality. It will be reflected in areas that we can control as well as, no doubt, in the parts we can't control, such as your acceptance speeches. The show will go on and our purpose remains the same as it has for 75 years - to celebrate our art form and honor its most accomplished practioneers (sic)." Nominees Daniel Day-Lewis and Ed Harris agreed with Gates' sentiments. Day-Lewis, competing for Best Actor for his performance in Gangs Of New York, commented, "It would seem obscene if we were trouncing up a red carpet grinning and waving while all these people are dying somewhere in the world." The Hours supporting-actor Harris added, "You should still have it but the tone should change. The Oscars are not a political forum but a prayer for peace would be all right." »

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Backstage notes from the SAG Awards

10 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Miramax may not agree, but Catherine Zeta-Jones said audiences could've skipped Chicago, and she still would be over the moon about her experience on the Rob Marshall-directed musical. "I would've done this movie even if no one had seen it," the very pregnant winner for best supporting actress said. ... Best drama series Actor winner James Gandolfini did not have to wait long backstage before fielding questions regarding the suit he has filed against HBO about the upcoming fifth season of The Sopranos. But that did not mean he wanted to answer them. Gandolfini was relatively mum about the suit, which alleges that he was not notified when HBO agreed to pay series creator David Chase $20 million for the new season and in which he is asking to be let out of his contract. ... For a man who reportedly came out of retirement for his Actor-winning role in Miramax's Gangs of New York, you would think Daniel Day-Lewis would not be too keen on the awards circuit. Not so. "It is a lovely thing because I have been out of the running for some years now," Day-Lewis said after receiving the award for best lead actor in a film. »

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Verdict's in: 'Chicago' dances off with 3 SAG Awards

10 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In show-biz lingo, Chicago, the all-singin', all-dancin', all-murderin' musical, killed them at the ninth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Miramax Films adaptation of the 1975 Broadway show continued its awards season hot streak taking home three nods -- including trophies for actresses Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones and outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture -- at the ceremonies Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. There was no comparative sweep on the television side, though dark-themed dramas prevailed. HBO's mob hit The Sopranos claimed the female and male individual statuettes for stars Edie Falco and James Gandolfini, while the network's quirky mortuary dramedy Six Feet Under won the best cast in a drama series award. In similar fashion in the comedy field, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes of NBC's Will & Grace won best actress and best actor, respectively, while the cast of CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond was victorious in the ensemble category. While that other Miramax movie, Gangs of New York, earned best acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, it was Chicago that dominated. Speaking on behalf of that film's ensemble, Richard Gere -- the movie's one principal who wasn't nominated for an Academy Award -- said, "Look, I've been doing this since I was 19 years old. That's a long time. ... And I have never, ever had such fun in my life as an actor. I didn't know what it meant to really be an actor until I did this, and I think we all felt the same way." »

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Symposium offers insights with DGA award nominees

3 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ah the wonders of technology, well sort of. After some early technical glitches, a packed Directors Guild Theatre was treated to a four-hour symposium with the five nominees for the DGA award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film, which included a rare appearance by Roman Polanski, who was beamed in live from Paris via a satellite uplink. The discussion's moderator, Jeremy Kagan, coaxed and prodded the nominees -- Stephen Daldry (The Hours), Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Rob Marshall (Chicago), Polanski (The Pianist) and Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York) -- on a range of subjects that included the notion of survival in their films, the translation from script to screen, casting decisions and policies on rehearsals. »

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DGA honors 'Chicago,' 'Fosse' and all that jazz

3 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The late Bob Fosse may not have won an award from the Directors Guild of America for his feature film work, but his spirit seemed to hover over the DGA's 55th Annual Awards as first-time feature director Rob Marshall took home the top prize for his screen adaptation of Chicago, which Fosse originally created on Broadway in 1975. In addition, From Broadway: Fosse, presented by PBS' "Great Performances: Dance in America," earned the DGA's award for outstanding directorial achievement in a musical variety program for its director Matthew Diamond. Marshall's victory Saturday night at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City had to be considered something of an upset as Harvey Weinstein, co-chief of Miramax, while supporting Chicago, has been even more vocal in his hopes that Martin Scorsese will be recognized for directing awards for his work on Gangs of New York, which Miramax also produced. "I first have to thank the DGA for this unbelievable welcome -- it's astounding to me," a slightly stunned Marshall said. "I have to pay tribute to the original creator of this -- Bob Fosse on stage," he continued before going on citing such directors of movie musicals as Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Herbert Ross and Robert Wise who'd inspired him. "I'm here because of them -- because I watched their work and studied their work and loved their work." Beyond ratifying the return of the movie musical this year, the DGA award is significant because it is considered a fairly accurate harbinger of the best director Academy Award. On only five occasions since the creation of the DGA Awards 1949 has the winner of the DGA award failed to win the Academy Award. »

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