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17 items from 2003

Film critic Gore sets indie parody

13 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Film Threat critic Chris Gore has turned writer-producer with the feature My Big Fat Independent Movie, a parody of the indie film world starring Paget Brewster, Neil Barton and Eric Hoffman. Described by Gore as being in the vein of the Scary Movie franchise, Fat includes satirical takes on such indie fare as Amelie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Memento, Secretary, Pulp Fiction, Run Lola Run, Swingers and others. Gore co-wrote the Fat screenplay with Adam Schwartz and Yoni Berkovits. Philip Zlotorynski is helming the project, in production with locations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Fat is being financed through Aloha Pictures. "The film is a love letter to the indie community and those who take the kinds of risks that Hollywood traditionally avoids. It's a low-brow comedy for the high-brow crowd," Gore said. Zlotorynski's credits include the short films Sway and Walkentalk. »

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'Mambo' coming out party

19 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Take one big, fat, noisy ethnic family. Substitute lasagna for souvlaki. Instead of a spinster daughter looking to marry a handsome WASP, add one gay son in the process of coming out. By altering the recipe that made My Big Fat Greek Wedding the indie crossover smash of 2002, Samuel Goldwyn Films is betting it can cook up something of a hit with Mambo Italiano, a comedy directed by Emile Gaudreault about a Canadian-Italian family struggling to come to terms with its gay son. Even though no one at Goldwyn is claiming that this is another Greek phenomenon in the making, the company still has big plans for the comedy, opening today, which it would like to see develop into the widest gay-themed release since Paramount Pictures' In and Out, which starred Kevin Kline in 1997. But to do that, Goldwyn will have to reach well beyond the gay community if it hopes to generate substantial grosses because the average gay film on the specialty films circuit rarely grosses more than $2 million. The challenge has been to develop a strategy targeting both gay and straight audiences without alienating either. »

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Corbett Loses His Luck

1 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

My Big Fat Greek Wedding star John Corbett's good fortune has run out - his new critically acclaimed show Lucky has been canceled by TV network bosses. Executives at cable network FX have reluctantly decided against renewing the show for a second season - despite it picking up an Emmy nomination for outstanding comedy writing. Ratings for the show, which centered on a compulsive gambler trying to ditch his addiction while still surrounding himself with temptations, drew a modest 2.5 million viewers when it premiered in April. By the fourth week, the series had lost more than half its audience, shrinking even more in June. The final segment of the 13-episode season was screened on July 1. »

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Hartnett Wins Sexy Veggie Poll

16 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hunky actor Josh Hartnett has been voted the world's sexiest vegetarian in a new People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) poll. Thousands of animal lovers voted at the organizations' website, and selected the Black Hawk Down star over British actor Jude Law. In the hottest female vegetarian poll, model Lauren Bush beat out PETA campaigner Pamela Anderson. Other stars who fared well in the poll were My Big Fat Greek Wedding star John Corbett, Kelly Osbourne, Sir Ian McKellen and rap mogul Russell Simmons. Previous poll winners Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman also featured in the respective top 10s. A thrilled Hartnett admits his decision to go meat-free came several years ago and happened in an instant. He says, "One day I was cutting up a chicken for my mom, and I hit a tumor with the knife. There was pus and blood all over the place. That was enough for me." »

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Zwick adding 'Fat' to his diet

29 June 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

My Big Fat Greek Wedding helmer Joel Zwick is in talks to direct Fat Albert, a live-action feature based on the famed '70s cartoon for 20th Century Fox. Bill Cosby and studio-based John Davis are producing the project, which follows Fat Albert and his posse of friends, who come to life when they walk out of the cartoon and into the real world. Cosby and Charles Kipps wrote the original draft of the screenplay, which is inspired by Cosby's long-running CBS cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Zwick's arrival to the project comes just more than a year after preproduction on Albert began, originally with Forest Whitaker directing and Omar Benson Miller starring in the title role. However, the project came to an abrupt halt over a conflict of visions between Cosby and Whitaker (HR 4/5/02). At this point, no actors are on board. Zwick is repped by Irv Schechter Co. »

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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Stars Demand More Money

24 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The cast of sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding have joined forces to demand a larger share of the movie's huge profits. According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, the stars of the romantic comedy have asked Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson and the movie's other producers to hand over a bigger cut of the $350 million the surprise hit made at the box office. A source explains, "Nia Vardalos, who wrote the script and starred in the movie, negotiated a percentage of the profits, but the rest of the cast locked themselves into a flat salary. As a result, most of the cast walked away with less then $100,000 each. You can imagine their chagrin when they learned that Nia's 10 per cent deal earned her $35 million, while they barely got enough to pay their bills. So certain members of the cast sent a letter to Tom and Rita, as well as producers Gary Goetzman and Steven Shareshian, asking for some small reward for their work in making the film a success." The letter was signed by Andrea Martin, Lainie Kazan and Louis Mandylor. Goetzman says the cast members will get additional compensation, although he's refusing to say how much each star will receive. »

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Outfest sets 'Monster' opener

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

Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival, has announced its 21st annual roster, which includes 189 features, documentaries and short films to be screened at the fest from July 10-21. The fest will open with a July 10 showing of Strand Releasing's Party Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloe Sevigny, Dylan McDermott, Natasha Lyonne, Wilson Cruz and Wilmer Valderrama, at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Closing Outfest 2003 will be Emile Gaudreault's Mambo Italiano, a gay romantic comedy in the vein of My Big Fat Greek Wedding that is also scheduled to screen at the Orpheum. »

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Liotta finds himself in the 'Family' way

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

Ray Liotta is set to star in Family of the Year, to be directed by My Big Fat Greek Wedding helmer Joel Zwick, Armada Pictures said Sunday. Shooting is scheduled to begin in August. The $15 million project, supported and backed by German media fund VIP, centers on a family that moves to a new town, only to get along much better with their new neighbors than with themselves. Further casting will be announced soon. Armada president Chris Sievernich will produce with vp production Matt Milich. Executive producer credits will go to VIP's Andreas Schmid and Andreas Grosch as well as Marc Warren. Armada is handling worldwide distribution, with rights deals completed in Cannes with Tot Media in Spain and Portugal and with Eastern European Acquisition Pool in that region, Armada said. Negotiations for other territories are under way. »

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'Bend It Like Beckham' Scoring Big

8 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British movie Bend It Like Beckham is continuing to rise in the American box office - living up to experts' estimates that it is on course to be a big smash. The soccer movie quietly broke into America's top 10 over the weekend during the eighth week of its run - putting it on course to cross the $11 million mark. After opening in just six theaters in early March, the movie is now playing in 483 locations across America - far fewer than any other movie in the top 12. Film studio Fox Searchlight plans to continue to roll the movie about a young Indian girl who drams of being a soccer star out at a slow pace. It will expand to more than 500 theaters this weekend. The film's rise is much like 2002 comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding which eventually scooped $225 million. »

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ABC nets, Turner tie the knot with 'Greek Wedding'

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

ABC, ABC Family and Turner Broadcasting have exchanged vows with HBO for TV rights to the indie megahit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. ABC will get first crack at the romantic comedy, starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett, in 2005 for three airings over two years. The movie, which grossed $241 million at the domestic boxoffice, will then go to ABC Family for a year and will move to Turner's TBS or TNT for a year. After another year on ABC Family, the film will return to HBO's corporate sibling Turner for two more years. The license fee for the entire seven-year TV window for Greek Wedding was pegged by sources in the neighborhood of $20 million. That's a fat dowry in the current economic environment for broadcast and cable theatrical film license deals but a far cry from the 15% of domestic boxoffice gross that was the benchmark for such licensing deals just a few years ago. »

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InDemand sets HDTV channels

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

NEW YORK -- Pay-per-view giant InDemand is venturing into the linear television business, announcing plans to launch as many as three high-definition TV channels. On Sept. 1, InDemand will introduce INHD, a 12-hour mix of licensed programming including movies and sports that will run twice per day. Two more networks are expected by the end of the year. With top cable operators Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications holding ownership stakes in InDemand, the new channels are assured carriage, according to Rob Jacobson, chief operating officer at InDemand. "We expect they will all carry us when we launch," he said. "We will look to get distribution from others, too." InDemand is in negotiations with various movie studios, sports leagues and other HD-content providers to acquire product for INHD. INHD will join a growing list of HD-exclusive cable channels, including HDNet and spinoffs from Discovery, ESPN and HBO. "We want to help jump-start the industry's transition to HD," Jacobson said. The network will not be connected to InDemand's recently announced high-definition video-on-demand platform, which began this month with titles including My Big Fat Greek Wedding. »

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Bo Derek and John Corbett's Trial Marriage

28 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

10 beauty Bo Derek and her Sex And The City hunk beau John Corbett have decided to take their romance up a notch higher - by embarking on a trial marriage. The lovebirds have set up house together in Corbett's West Hollywood, California, condominium and are now checking out life as a married couple, say friends. A neighbor says, "They certainly are not hiding their romance. You can often see them laughing and kissing as they walk hand in hand through the lobby of the building. They're friendly and smile at everyone." According to American tabloid the Star, the move comes after Derek spotted Corbett's co-star in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos, licking his face backstage at an awards show. Derek reportedly gave her lover an ultimatum to choose her or Nia. Now pals say Derek, 46, and her 41-year-old beau are planning to make it official. A source says, "John and Bo are really into each other. She moved in with him about a month ago and they're always kissing and cuddling. They've been dating for about a year and they are moving things forward by living together in a trial marriage. The next step is to actually tie the knot." »

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Equinox sets sales for 'Mambo'

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

TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Equinox Films said it has sold the feature comedy Mambo Italiano to Icon Pictures for the United Kingdom and Australia, Lola Films for Spain and Italy, Splendid Films for Germany and Shani Films for Israel. Directed by Emile Gaudreault, Mambo Italiano is a coming-out comedy centering on a first-generation Canadian who tells his loving, dysfunctional Italian immigrant family that he's in love -- with a guy named Nino. It stars Paul Sorvino, Mary Walsh and Luke Kirby. Rounding out the cast are Peter Miller, Claudia Ferri and Sophie Lorain. Yves Dion, vp of distribution for Montreal-based Equinox Films, negotiated the deals after last month's American Film Market. The movie, which was shot last summer in Montreal, will screen in the Cannes market. Mambo was produced by Denise Robert and Daniel Louis of Montreal-based Cinemaginaire, and is based on the stage play by Steve Galluccio. Equinox distributed the boxoffice hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, also a family-themed ethnic comedy, in Canada, where it brought in CAN$29 million. The company said no deal for US. distribution of Mambo Italiano has been set as yet. »

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Fox leads week in demo; CBS tops in viewers

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

Viewers embraced Greeks and gold diggers as networks bid adieu to a freaky February sweep. The wrap up of the reality smash Joe Millionaire pushed Fox to its record fifth straight week atop the key 18-49 demographic, while My Big Fat Greek Life gave CBS its most-watched sitcom debut in nearly seven years. Greek Life, a spinoff of last year's movie hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, hosted 22.9 million viewers, with a 7.4 rating/16 share in 18-49, in its post-Everybody Loves Raymond Monday bow, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week ending March 2. The sweep ended Feb. 26. Fox took the demo for the week (5.0/13), followed by NBC (4.3/12), CBS (4.1/11) and ABC (3.4/9). CBS -- whose Thursday repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was the week's most-watched show (22.9 million viewers) -- carried the week in total viewers (13.6 million), trailed by NBC (11.5 million), Fox (11 million) and ABC (8.7 million). »

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Record 23 films grab Reel nods

28 February 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nielsen EDI handed out its Reel Awards on Thursday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, honoring distributors with films that grossed more than $100 million during the past year. Top distribution executives from all the major studios were on hand to accept their statuettes along with newcomer IFC/Gold Circle Films, whose indie smash My Big Fat Greek Wedding was the Cinderella story of 2002. This year's 23 films crossing the $100 million mark represented a record for the 14 years since the measurement company created the award. In his opening remarks, Nielsen EDI's Tom Borys stressed the importance of blockbusters to the business. »

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'Chicago' Dominates SAG Nominations

28 January 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

It's getting hotter and hotter in the Windy City, as the razzle-dazzle musical Chicago made off with five nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Four members of said cast -- Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah -- nabbed individual nominations as well, leaving only poor John C. Reilly out in the cold. He's in good company, though -- award nominee maven Meryl Streep was noticeably absent from both the lead and supporting races for her work in The Hours and Adaptation (though she's included in the ensemble nominations for both movies). Other surprises included box office hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding supplanting critical favorites Gangs of New York and About Schmidt in the Best Performance by a Cast category, and Michelle Pfeiffer, previously ignored by most critics' groups, grabbing a Supporting Actress nomination for her turn as a murderous mother in White Oleander. Winners will be announced on March 9. Get the entire list SAG Award film nominees in IMDb's Road to the Oscars®. »

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'Big Fat Wedding' Dress Up for Sale

20 January 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The wedding dress which appeared in the hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding is being made available to brides-to-be - for $1.5 million. The gown and other items of memorabilia from the film, including a script signed by stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett and producers Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, are up for sale. The seller, 44-year-old bachelor Steve Boloven, bought the items last April in an internet auction to benefit a children's charity. He's now placed classified advertisements in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Detroit News. »

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