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BVIT, Irish b'caster extend deal

21 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Buena Vista International Television said Monday that it has extended its output deal with Irish terrestrial broadcaster RTE, covering rights to such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Chicago and Calendar Girls. The package also includes the Quentin Tarantino revenge saga Kill Bill-Vol. 1 and Kill Bill-Vol. 2 and such television series as Desperate Housewives and Lost. The deal was announced by Alison Homewood, BVITV vp sales Europe, Middle East and Africa, and RTE director of broadcast and acquisitions Dermot Horan. »

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Reilly Begs for 'Guys and Dolls' Role

10 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star John C. Reilly has shamelessly urged Miramax movie-makers to recruit him for their big screen version of Guys and Dolls. The character actor, who starred in the studio's Chicago and Gangs of New York, spent his early career on the stage in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof and Brigadoon - and he's eager to show off the skills required for these shows once again. He says, "Guys and Dolls - that's my favorite. I know Miramax are supposed to be doing the movie of it and boy I want to be in on that, because I just love it." »

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Language Problems on 'Geisha' Set

10 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Chicago director Rob Marshall is finding filming on his latest movie Memoirs of a Geisha complicated, because his cast all speak different languages. Sony Studios refused to cast non-Asian actresses in the big screen adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling book about the life of a Japanese geisha, and boasts Chinese Ziyi Zhang and Li Gong, Malaysian Michelle Yeoh and Japanese Cary-hiroyuki Tagawa and Ken Watanabe amongst its stars. An insider on the Japanese set tells American gossip site Pagesix.com, "They hired a 'Pan-Asian' cast. So now they have Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other Asian actors and they have had to hire a load of interpreters, especially since there are like 15 Chinese dialects. It is costing a lot of time to do anything." Producer Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick adds, "We have a Chinese and Japanese interpreter. The movie may or may not be a day over schedule, but we are brilliantly on time for an epic and on budget." »

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Ontario hears from its biz

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

TORONTO -- Thousands of Ontario film and TV production workers descended Wednesday on the steps of the Ontario provincial Legislature to lobby for an increase in tax breaks for Hollywood producers shooting here. A coalition of Toronto-based film and TV workers and business owners urged Ontario's tax authorities to help a struggling local film industry that finds itself increasingly unable to compete with rival Canadian provinces, or such foreign locales as Prague, Sydney and Louisiana, which offer more generous film incentive packages. "Surely this government doesn't want to be down on the dock waving goodbye as this industry sails off, perhaps never to return," Oscar-winning producer Don Carmody (Chicago) told about 4,500 local film technicians, actors, equipment suppliers and others dependent on U.S. runaway shoots for their livelihoods. »

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Queen Latifah Petitions Over Film Rating

17 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah has successfully charmed the Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) ratings board into changing her upcoming film Beauty Shop's rating from R to PG-13. The Oscar-nominated Chicago star was furious when her latest film received an R rating - meaning under 17-year-olds require a guardian, so she flew to Los Angeles and successfully petitioned the board herself, reports website Pagesix.Com. Latifah co-produced the comedy and is urging fans 13 and over to go and see it when it hits cinemas in March. »

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Club Owner Tells Zeta-Jones To "Pick On Someone Her Own Size"

27 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The owner of the Nevada strip club being sued by Catherine Zeta-Jones has fired back at the actress, telling her to "pick on someone her own size". Spice House boss Kent Wallace is shocked by the Oscar-winner's lawsuit, which was filed at a Los Angeles court last week after the club used images of the actress on their website. The Chicago beauty is seeking unspecified damages from the Reno nightclub and an order barring further use of her likeness. Wallace fumes to American website Pagesix.Com, "It's absurd. If I wanted, I could get pictures of Catherine Zeta-Jones butt-naked. Catherine, pick on someone your own size - no pun intended. This is a frivolous lawsuit. Let's be honest, the most famous cleavage in Catherine Zeta-Jones' family is on the chin of her father-in-law (Kirk Douglas). The photo was only up for a few weeks and as much as we would love to think that we get tons of traffic, we are the Spice House in Reno. We were not getting any hits (with or without Zeta-Jones' photo). It is what it is. It's a website that belongs to a small topless cabaret in Reno. We're just sort of in shock." »

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Strip Club Says Zeta-Jones Should Be Flattered

26 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A strip club has hit back at Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones - by declaring she should be flattered her image was used for advertising promotion on its website. The Chicago star is suing The Spice House - which bills itself as "Reno's friendliest topless cabaret" - and its owner, Wesglow Resources, for displaying her picture on "numerous pages" of its website without her permission, according a lawsuit filed last week in Us District Court in Los Angeles. A designer for the club's website downloaded pictures of Zeta-Jones from a German website which offered "royalty-free" graphics, says Kent Wallace, the club's marketing director. He explains, "It was an image of a beautiful woman. We had no idea it was Catherine Zeta-Jones; one wouldn't think (her image) would appear in a free graphics website. She should have been flattered, as far as I'm concerned." Wallace says the club immediately took down Zeta-Jones' images when it was contacted by her attorney. The Intolerable Cruelty star seeks unspecified damages and an order barring further use of her likeness. »

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Gere Interview Horrifies Reeve Fans

14 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Richard Gere shocked American viewers of morning TV show Live With Regis And Kelly by joking about a horse-riding accident, only days after Christopher Reeve's death. The Chicago actor recorded an interview about his recent horse-riding injury with hosts Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin last week, which was aired on Tuesday. When asked if he broke his hand by falling off a horse, Gere joked, "Men are not thrown off horses." Viewers were horrified to what appeared to be Gere's "insensitivity" to Reeve, who was paralyzed from the neck down after he was thrown from his horse in Virginia in 1995. Superman star Reeve died on Sunday after suffering cardiac arrest. »

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Cameras Permitted in Zeta-Jones Pretrial Hearings

5 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pretrial hearings for the woman accused of stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones will be televised after a judge's ruling - except when the proceedings involve witness testimony. Attorneys for the Chicago star filed a 104-page motion asking the court to bar cameras because they believe media coverage would taint the jury pool and encourage copycat crimes. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department filed a motion asking judge David Mintz to bar cameras from the trial itself, which is scheduled to begin on November 10, because some witnesses are undercover detectives. Mintz yet to rule on that request. Dawnette Knight, 33, is charged with one count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats for allegedly sending threatening and violent letters to Zeta-Jones' actor husband Michael Douglas. One letter reads, "We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs." If convicted, she could face up to 19 years in prison. »

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Gere in Horseriding Accident

4 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood veteran Richard Gere is nursing a broken hand after a horse-riding accident, following his failure to heed his wife's good advice. Carey Lowell told the Chicago actor to take a cell phone with him when he went on a horse ride around the couple's estate in Westchester, New York, but he ignored her. Gere was unaware that the saddle was loose until his horse's foot got caught in the straps, causing it to buck. Gere decided to jump off before things got too hairy and unfortunately landed on a rock, breaking his hand. The 55-year-old had to endure a painful walk back to his house where he was finally able to use the phone to call for help. »

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Zeta-Jones Stalker To Plead Not Guilty

1 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The woman accused of stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones will plead not guilty when she appears in court in two weeks time. Dawnette Knight is due to stand trial on November 10 on one charge of stalking and 24 charges of making criminal threats to the Chicago actress. Knight is currently being held in police custody, but her lawyers are appealing for bail, claiming she is only facing criminal proceedings because the case involves celebrities. Her lawyer Richard Herman says, "I'm afraid that we've gone much too far in something that's just greatly overblown. She's been in long enough. We all know that she's no threat to anyone." Welsh-born star Zeta-Jones, 35, who is married to actor Michael Douglas, said the "satanic threats" - which she received while she was filming Ocean's Twelve in Amsterdam last year - left her on the verge of a nervous breakdown. »

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Zeta-Jones' Alleged Stalker To Be Examined

11 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The woman accused of stalking Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta- Jones has had a psychiatrist appointed to examine her. Los Angeles Superior Court judge John Wiley has ordered that 32-year-old Dawnette Knight be examined by Dr. Kal Sharma by September 15. The psychiatrist will determine whether Knight is competent to stand trial and work with her lawyer. The examination will be conducted in jail, where Knight is being held on $1 million bail. Knight, who wrote numerous letters threatening the Chicago star, is charged with one felony count of stalking and 24 felony counts of making criminal threats. A hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to put Knight on trial was suspended last month when defense lawyer Richard Herman requested the psychiatric exam after an incident in which he suspected his client attempted suicide. Knight was too drowsy for a court session in July and told her lawyer she had taken sleeping pills, Herman said - but he suspected she tried to overdose on barbiturates. Knight recently apologized for writing the letters and claimed she had been infatuated with Douglas. »

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Yeoh and Li Go 'Geisha'

2 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Asian movie stars Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li have signed to appear alongside Zhang Ziyi in Steven Spielberg's eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of Arthur Golden's book Memoirs Of A Geisha. Malaysian star Yeoh, 41 and Chinese actresses Gong, 38, and Ziyi, 25, will be directed by Chicago film maker Rob Marshall in the drama, which starts filming in Japan in September. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon beauty Ziyi is set to play lead role Sayuri - a young woman who is sold by her poverty-stricken parents to a geisha house in Kyoto. Executive producer Spielberg bought the film rights to the 1997 bestseller many years ago and has been searching for the perfect actresses. Superstar Madonna's geisha look in her 1998 video "Nothing Really Matters" was inspired by Golden's story and the singer always said she would love to star in the movie. »

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Douglas Kept Quiet About Stalker for Two Years

30 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood legend Michael Douglas protected his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones from violent threats made by couple's alleged stalker Dawnette Knight, a Los Angeles court heard Wednesday. The Wall Street actor learnt his father Kirk Douglas and offices linked to the glamorous couple had received letters and phone calls referring to the Chicago beauty in March 2002 and only told his stunning spouse in March this year. Knight, 32, was arrested last month and faces one felony charge of stalking and 24 felony charges of making criminal threats. Child psychology student Knight and her fiance Ronald Calvin have apologised for the distress caused and Knight's lawyers insists his client is "normal" and only had a "girlish crush" on Douglas. At the hearing yesterday, Zeta-Jones said, "I am here to testify against the alleged defendant who has been stalking me and my family for the last tw0 years. I became aware of the threats around the second week of March this year. I was in Bermuda at the time. My husband brought me into the living room, asked me to sit down and said he needed to speak to me about something pretty serious. He sat me down and said, 'I need to tell you that you have been for some time receiving serious threats to your life.'" As Zeta-Jones recalled the moment she learnt of Knight's alleged threats, she tried desperately to fight back the tears at the stand. She continued, "I was stunned, shocked. I was trembling. He said they were of the nature and death threats and a lot had been going to my father-in-law Kirk Douglas. I took it very seriously." Douglas said the first threat was a phone call to the Ariel Sands hotel in Bermuda, near his family home on the island. He said, "I asked the receptionist what the person on the phone had said. I was told she was going to kill Catherine. I was shocked, scared and stunned." The hearing continues. »

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Pitt and Zeta-Jones Fail To Sizzle In Love Scenes

26 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jennifer Aniston's fears husband Brad Pitt was attracted to Ocean's Twelve love interest Catherine Zeta-Jones have proved unfounded - they've reportedly got no on-screen chemistry. The Fight Club hunk reprises his role as sexy conman Rusty Ryan in the George Clooney-starring thriller, and the Chicago Oscar-winner is his sweetheart Isabel Lahiri. But movie bosses have been left scratching their heads after seeing their scenes together, which allegedly fail to set the screen alight. And producers are particularly confused as the duo have become firm friends off- camera. A source explains, "They work well together but there's definitely no spark. Producers are trying to work out ways of injecting a bit of sizzle into their scenes." »

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Zeta-Jones Doubles Home's Value Before Moving In

26 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood stunner Catherine Zeta-Jones has doubled the value of her lavish new home to $4 million - and she hasn't even moved in yet. The Chicago Oscar winner, 34, and her actor husband Michael Douglas are busy celebrating after making a profit of $2 million on the property - which took more than two years to build - in her home city Swansea, Wales. Welsh estate agent Alison Morris says the suburb's house prices have soared by 90 per cent because of the glamorous pair, she adds, "Money goes to money and that is certainly true in this case. We have never had a £2 million house come on the market anywhere in Swansea. It could sell easily to a specialist buyer simply because of who Catherine is and its fabulous location. We are all so pleased she hasn't forgotten her roots and has built it right here." »

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Zeta-Jones' Creature Discomfort

11 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Catherine Zeta-Jones was struck with fear during an appearance on comedian Lay Leno's chat show last night - because she feared she'd have to face snakes and rats. The Chicago star, wife of Michael Douglas, made an appearance on Leno's show to promote her new movie The Terminal and was worried to learn that wild animal-loving Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin was also a guest. She told Leno before Irwin stepped out, "You're lucky I haven't passed out because anything with bones and all that stuff... I'm not good with blood. Steve's on the show tonight and I just said to your researcher, 'Please don't say there's snakes or rats or dinosaurs coming on the set tonight!' He has those animals that you think are prehistoric and all of a sudden he's wrestling with 'em." Leno went on to tease the tense Zeta-Jones by claiming a python was locked in a cage on the stage. And although Irwin made his way onto the stage without any of his usual creature companions, he still managed to horrify the Welsh actress by talking about his broken finger. As Zeta-Jones buried her head in her hands in disgust, Irwin quickly apologized, adding, "I didn't bring dinosaurs though!" »

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Weinsteins in Talks with Fox?

3 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heavyweights Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein are reportedly planning to quit Disney and take their Miramax studio to 20th Century Fox. The brothers are thought to have fallen out with Disney bosses after they rejected Michael Moore's Palme D'Or-winning film Fahrenheit 9/11 - reportedly fearing the controversial anti-George W. Bush movie would jeopardize alleged tax breaks afforded to their Florida theme parks by the state's governor, George's brother Jeb Bush. And now they are considering striking a deal to take the hugely successful studio - behind hits Chicago, Shakespeare In Love and Good Will Hunting - to Rupert Murdoch's Fox. A source tells American newspaper the New York Daily News, "There are four scenarios. They could stay with Disney. They could leave Disney with the name but not their 500-film library. They could leave Disney with the library but not the name. Or they could leave with nothing and start over. Notice that three out of the four involve leaving Disney." »

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Zeta-Jones and Douglas Prepare for Baby Number Three

9 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood supercouple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are reportedly trying for a third child together. The devoted duo are already the proud parents of Dylan, four, and Carys, one, but broody Catherine wants to add another child to their family. And in a bid to improve her 59-year-old husband's chances of impregnating her, the Oscar-winning Chicago beauty, 34, has been feeding him a diet of liver and avocados, says Britain's Star magazine. »

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Zeta-Jones Bidding for Murderess Role

5 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is desperate to bring Welsh killer Ruth Ellis to the big screen, in a bid to win the same success as Oscar winner Charlize Theron. The Welsh Chicago star hopes starring in a film fueled by "gritty realism" will heighten her chances of scooping a Best Actress Academy Award, according to Britain's Daily Express tabloid. And she cites the movie based on Ellis - who in 1955 became the last woman to be hanged in Britain - as the perfect vehicle to show off her talents as a leading lady. A source says, "She wants to show the world she's a great actress. She's seeking out more meaty roles and she'd be perfect to play Ruth Ellis because she is Welsh." Earlier this year Theron's critical acclaimed portrayal of American murderess Aileen Wuornos in Monster landed her the Best Actress prize at the Oscars. »

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