7 items from 2011
Back in 2003, people were surprised when Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, writers of “Cats & Dogs,” followed up that piece of fluff with the smart and filthy “Bad Santa.” Ficarra and Requa have gone to direct “I Love You Philip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and nobody talks about "Cats & Dogs" anymore. Then are there are people like Jay Scherick and David Ronn, a couple of writers who have willfully doled out garbage for more than a decade. From “Serving Sara” to “I, Spy” and “Guess Who,” the only team that can touch these trash men is Friedberg… »
The last time I watched Elizabeth Hurley was way back in 2002 when she starred in that awful Matthew Perry movie, Serving Sara. Her career hasn’t been that hot in recent years, only appearing in a couple of films. She co-starred in the Wonder Woman pilot earlier this year, but that burned up pretty gloriously. Now TV Line brings the news that she’s landed a gig on Gossip Girl.
Hurley will join the teen drama for multiple episodes as Diana Payne. Executive producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran describe her as a “a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with. Diana’s entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all our characters — including, and especially, Gossip Girl herself.” Sounds pretty typical of Gossip Girl. Everyone always seems to be causing somebody grief for some silly reason. Oh the drama.
- Brody Gibson
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the fourth of a six part feature... read parts one, two and three.
For over a decade filmmaker George Lucas had been developing a project which was a gender reversal of the Biblical story about Moses being hidden as a baby in the bulrushes. When asked to describe Willow (1988), Lucas called it “an adventure fantasy that takes place a long time ago in a mythical land.” Cast as the title character who becomes the guardian and defender of the wayward baby from an evil sorceress was Warwick Davis who made a name for himself playing the Ewok known as Wicket. “I was on holiday in southwest England when I got a call from George to come to Elstree – one of the major British studios – and audition for the part,” remembers Davis. “Actually, I did four auditions altogether; three in England and one in America. »
Los Angeles, California (X17online) -- Elizabeth Hurley will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of Gossip Girl, The CW has confirmed. Hurley will play Diana Payne, who producers describe as "a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with." Hurley became famous as a model, but also starred in the Austin Powers franchise and in films such as Serving Sara and Bedazzaled. She was playing a role in the Wonder Woman pilot set for fall, but the pilot was not picked up to series. »
It pays to remember your place on the Industry Food Chain.
The numerous events I have had the (somewhat) dubious privilege of being privy to over the years have born the inspiration to assist those new to the industry. Defining the primary roles that are involved in any production, can be a big help to those not in the know.
While these roles can be broken down into numerous positions, the guidelines that follow mercilessly pertain to each and every one of them. Knowing and following them to the letter will enable anyone to conduct themselves in a professional manner while working with their fellow teammates. Filmmaking, while creative and fun, is a business and that is one fact that must never be forgotten.
Executive Producer - The Ep or more commonly known Executive Producer is a role essential to any production as the project likely will never happen without one. »
“Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I’ll be playing the evil villain. Can’t wait.”
Not sure if fans of the comic book will be quite as thrilled to discover this. Away from cinema and TV screens for almost a decade now, this would appear to be something of a comeback for Hurley, but considering she appeared in the likes of Serving Sara and Bedazzled before her self-enforced semi-retirement, not sure if the phrase ‘comeback’ is appropriate.
Let’s hope she’s killed off in the first episode before executives at NBC go to the unprecedented length of cancelling a series at that stage, purely on the strength (or weakness) of one of its supporting players. »
- Adam Lowes
The British actress/model recently tweeted about her involvement in the not-too-anticipated TV series which follows the DC heroine's re-imagined life in the City of Angels. No other details were revealed except for what the Bedazzled star wrote via her Twitter account, which read, "Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait." Hurley is credited for her role in Mike Myers' Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, as well as co-starring in Serving Sara alongside Matthew Perry. The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a/k/a Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman »
- Kimberly Houston
7 items from 2011
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