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Meyers Laughs Off Johansson Rumors

3 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

English actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has laughed off reports he is romancing his latest co-star Scarlett Johansson, insisting he already has girlfriend. The Bend It Like Beckham star, 27, is currently filming the untitled Woody Allen British movie alongside 19-year-old Johansson in London. After photographs were published of the couple 'kissing', Rhys Meyers insists the snaps were taken during a movie scene. He says, "All the rumors are ridiculous. I have a girlfriend who I live with. We played lovers in a film but that was it, honestly. We didn't even do any off-set practice or anything." Johansson has recently been linked to Cameron Diaz's ex-boyfriend Jared Leto. »

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Wyle Quits 'ER'

13 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

ER heart-throb Noah Wyle is quitting the American medical drama after ten years. Wyle, who plays Doctor John Carter and has outlasted actors George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles since the show's birth in 1994, plans to spend more time with his wife Tracy and son Owen. He says, "I've got family and friends who said goodbye to me 12 years ago and are wondering when I'm coming back." The actor is keen to make way for a younger generation of actors, including Bend It Like Beckham star Parminder Nagra who joined the show in 2003 to play Neela Rasgotra. He adds, "Names like Parminder are a thing of the future." »

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Philips, Greenspun set sail with prod'n firm Voyage

25 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Actress Gina Philips and producer Amy Greenspun have teamed to launch the feature film and television production entity Voyage Entertainment. The company is in production on its first feature, Thanks to Gravity, being directed by Jessica Kavana and starring Philips alongside Adam Rodriguez, Angelo Spizzirri, Shirley Knight and Azura Skye. Other casting is expected to be announced soon. Gravity is described as the coming-of-age story of Jordan Landa (Philips) and the gridlock she encounters on her road to adulthood, pegged as a cross between Bend It Like Beckham and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. »

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CEO Perry to leave the Works

25 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Aline Perry will quit her post as CEO of film sales house the Works during the summer, Works owner Civilian Content said Monday. After three years running the outfit involved with selling such independent films as Whale Rider and Bend it Like Beckham, Perry said she had decided to "pursue an independent career in the industry. My departure couldn't be more amicable, and I am looking forward to continuing the strong relationships that have been fostered with filmmakers, distributors and valued colleagues," Perry said in a release. Before her stint at the Works, Perry was president of PolyGram Film International. »

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Beckham Becomes an American Idol

17 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Soccer star David Beckham has finally achieved stardom in America - he's to be the first British sportsman to appear on the cover of US fashion bible Vanity Fair. The Real Madrid player will be snapped by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz for July cover shoot - which will place him amongst the likes of superstars Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and George Clooney. But, more importantly, it will increase his profile stateside - where he already adorns billboards advertising Police sunglasses and a film dedicated to him, Bend It Like Beckham, has been a box office hit. Last summer Beckham and his former Spice Girl wife Victoria Beckham failed to capture the attention of the American media while Victoria was modeling for Damon Dash's Rocawear fashion line - but since then the star has wowed Spanish football fans and stunned the world with allegations of infidelity with his former assistant Rebecca Loos. A source at Vanity Fair says, "You know you've cracked America when you get on the cover of Vanity Fair. David Beckham should feel honored. The theme of the shoot is to show how David is a true icon." »

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Chadha set to reopen 'Closet'

3 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Bend It Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha will direct a remake of Francis Veber's French-language comedy The Closet (Le Placard) for Miramax Films and producer Lorne Michaels. Closet follows a bland accountant, on the verge of being fired, whose next-door neighbor devises a plan that may enable him to keep his job if he can successfully convince his boss that he is gay. Miramax released the original Veber version, which starred Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu, in 2001. Paul Mayeda Berges will adapt the screenplay with Chadha. Michaels will produce, with Jill Messick executive producing. »

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Chadha set to reopen 'Closet'

2 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Bend It Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha will direct a remake of Francis Veber's French-language comedy The Closet (Le Placard) for Miramax Films and producer Lorne Michaels. Closet follows a bland accountant, on the verge of being fired, whose next-door neighbor devises a plan that may enable him to keep his job if he can successfully convince his boss that he is gay. Miramax released the original Veber version, which starred Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu, in 2001. Paul Mayeda Berges will adapt the screenplay with Chadha. Michaels will produce, with Jill Messick executive producing. »

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Beckham bent for 'Pink Panther'

26 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

David Beckham is in negotiations to join the cast of MGM's The Pink Panther. The world's most celebrated soccer player would play a cameo role as -- what else? -- a soccer player in the film, which follows a detective solving the murder of a famous soccer coach and the theft of the Pink Panther diamond. Talks for Beckham to take the role are hinging on resolving a scheduling conflict that MGM and Beckham's manager are trying to iron out. Beckham recently relocated to Spain, where he now plays for Real Madrid. It would be the first feature film appearance for Beckham, who was featured only in archive footage in the aptly named Bend It Like Beckham, directed by Gurinder Chadha. In Pink Panther, Steve Martin stars as Inspector Clouseau, with Kevin Kline, Beyonce Knowles and Jean Reno also cast. Bob Simonds is producing, with Shawn Levy directing. The film is due to go into production in May and is scheduled for a July 2005 release. »

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Intent embraces Asian philosophy

19 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Convinced that hit films like Monsoon Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham prove that Hollywood is primed for an influx of Asian culture and ideas, Indian film director Shekar Kapur and best-selling self-help author Deepak Chopra are teaming up to create a multimedia conglomerate to deliver projects from the region to U.S. and international audiences. The joint venture, called Intent, is seeking to initially raise $1 billion from venture capital sources in India, the United Kingdom and the United States to invest in film, television, music, video games and new entertainment technologies created by Asian, and especially Indian, talent. "We feel right now that people who are really alert will see there is a cultural and economic invasion coming into the entertainment world from the East, but you've got to have your antennae up to see that is happening," said Chopra, a widely known self-help guru on spirituality and alternative medicine who has sold more than 30 million copies of his 45 books worldwide. »

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Intent embraces Asian philosophy

19 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Convinced that hit films like Monsoon Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham prove that Hollywood is primed for an influx of Asian culture and ideas, Indian film director Shekar Kapur and best-selling self-help author Deepak Chopra are teaming up to create a multimedia conglomerate to deliver projects from the region to U.S. and international audiences. The joint venture, called Intent, is seeking to initially raise $1 billion from venture capital sources in India, the United Kingdom and the United States to invest in film, television, music, video games and new entertainment technologies created by Asian, and especially Indian, talent. "We feel right now that people who are really alert will see there is a cultural and economic invasion coming into the entertainment world from the East, but you've got to have your antennae up to see that is happening," said Chopra, a widely known self-help guru on spirituality and alternative medicine who has sold more than 30 million copies of his 45 books worldwide. »

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Chadha commits to 'Wives'

16 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gurinder Chadha, director of last year's indie hit Bend It Like Beckham, is attached to helm Nine Wives, a romantic comedy at New Line Cinema that Neal Moritz is producing with Michael Pierce, Mark Williams and Tania Landau. Wives is about a commitment-phobic guy who breaks up with his longtime girlfriend and begins to wake up every morning with a different wife. It marks the third project the director has attached herself to since her indie soccer film hit the big time, scoring $32.5 million at the domestic boxoffice. She is developing I Dream of Jeannie at Columbia as well as Tucker Ames at Fox 2000. The original draft for Wives was written by Scott Fifer. The project is now out to writers for a rewrite, and Chadha will work with them to develop the project. Stokely Chaffin, George Waud and Jeff Katz are overseeing the project at the studio. The ICM-repped Chadha is completing Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood musical version of Pride and Prejudice, for Pathe U.K. and Miramax Films. »

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No Assistant for "Lazy" Keira

10 March 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Teenage actress Keira Knightley has refused to join her Hollywood peers and hire an assistant - because that would allow her to be lazy. The Bend It Like Beckham star admits it's often a struggle for her to get out of bed in the morning unless she's working on a movie, and hiring an aide would give her no momentum. She explains, "If I got an assistant now, I think my growing up would stop at 18, and that kind of terrifies me. I'm the laziest cow in the world. I wouldn't do anything." The actress tells Vanity Fair magazine her refusal to hire help is one of many reasons why she could never live in Los Angeles. She says, "I couldn't handle the rejection. If you're walking around LA, you're seeing all these perfect people and you start to think, 'I've got to be like that.' I'll have to be much stronger before I go over there, I think." »

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Smaller pics penciled for WGA nominations

23 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Smaller films from specialty film companies dominated the nominees for original screenplay Thursday in the 56th annual Writers Guild Awards, while several of the year's larger releases, including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Cold Mountain, featured prominently among the best adapted screenplays. Original screenplay nominees are Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Bend It Like Beckham, a lighthearted look at women's competitive soccer; Steven Knight for Miramax Films' Dirty Pretty Things, a gritty immigrant story; Jim Sheridan and daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan for Fox Searchlight's In America, an intimate portrait of a family struggling with the loss of a child; Sofia Coppola for Focus Features' much-honored Lost in Translation; and Tom McCarthy for Miramax's moody drama The Station Agent. Adapted screenplay nominees are Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman for HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor, based on the comic book series by Harvey Pekar and novel by Pekar and Joyce Brabner; Anthony Minghella for Miramax Films' Civil War-era drama Cold Mountain, based on the novel by Charles Frazier; Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson for New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; Brian Helgeland for Warner Bros. Pictures' Mystic River, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane; and Gary Ross for Universal Pictures' Seabiscuit, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand. »

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WGA movie noms: niche originals, adapted giants

22 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Smaller films from specialty film companies dominated the nominees Thursday for original screenplay at the 56th annual Writers Guild Awards, while adapted screenplays were nominated from several of the year's bigger releases including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Cold Mountain. Nominated for original screenplay were Gurinder Chadha, Paul Berges and Guljit Bindra for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Bend It Like Beckham, Steven Knight for Miramax Films' Dirty Pretty Things, Jim Sheridan and daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan for Fox Searchlight Pictures' In America, Sofia Coppola for Focus Features' Lost in Translation, and Tom McCarthy for Miramax Films' The Station Agent. Adapted screenplay nominees were: Robert Pulcini and Shari Berman for HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor, based on the comic book series by Harvey Pekar and novel by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner; Anthony Minghella for Miramax Films' Cold Mountain, based on the novel by Charles Frazier; Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson for New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; Brian Helgeland for Warner Bros. Pictures' Mystic River, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane; and Gary Ross for Universal Pictures' Seabiscuit based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand. »

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