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Dunst and Gyllenhaal Back Together

19 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk Jake Gyllenhaal and his actress ex Kirsten Dunst are back together again - only five months after splitting. Jake's sister Maggie Gyllenhaal - who co-starred with Dunst in Mona Lisa Smile - introduced the handsome couple in 2002 and they dated for two years before splitting in June. The forthcoming issue of American magazine Us Weekly has exclusive pictures of the reunited pair in Los Angeles, who were spotted kissing in a car last Tuesday. And according to gossip site Pagesix.Com, later on last week Dunst and Gyllenhaal were partying at Brent Bolthouse's bash in LA's Concorde Club, were according to onlookers, "They were making out like crazy." »

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Goodwin walks Cash 'Line' for Fox 2000

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

Ginnifer Goodwin has been cast opposite Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Fox 2000's Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line for director James Mangold. Mangold's wife, Cathy Konrad, is producing along with James Keach. Phoenix plays the country music legend, and Witherspoon portrays his wife and bandmate. Goodwin plays the part of Cash's first wife, Vivianne, who tries to deal with his infidelity and distance but eventually divorces him. At Fox 2000, Line is being shepherded by Carla Hacken for Elizabeth Gabler. The screenplay is by Mangold and writing partner Gil Dennis. Goodwin's credits include Revolution Studios' Mona Lisa Smile and DreamWorks' Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! She is shooting the indie feature Love Comes to the Executioner. Goodwin is repped by WMA and Michael Gendler. »

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Stiles To Appear on London Stage

30 March 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mona Lisa Smile actress Julia Stiles will make her London, West End debut in a controversial sexual harassment play. The actress, 23, will co-star with another Hollywood star - Aaron Eckhart - in the London revival of David Mamet's male-female conflict play Oleanna. According to the Empireonline website, Stiles is already in rehearsals for the play - in which she plays a struggling student who accuses her unconventional university professor (Echkart) of sexual harassment. The play has already provoked strong reactions from audiences - especially when the professor uses strong language to describe his student. Stiles hopes the play will garner the same reaction from London audiences as those in her native America, she says, "Oh, I do hope so. I will have done my job." »

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Roberts and Newell's Onset Friction

27 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mona Lisa Smile director Mike Newell got engaged in a war of words with leading lady Julia Roberts on the film's set - when he tried to change her acting style. The Four Weddings And A Funeral film-maker forgot who he was dealing with while giving out instructions for the feminist drama, but strong-minded Roberts soon put him right. And rather than getting angry by her insistence of doing things her way, Newell found the results of her work the perfect demonstration of why she was right. He says, "She is a very bright and a very, very good actress. She knows why people love her: What she brings to the set is immaculate, complete, finished. The mistake I made was that I wanted to fiddle about: I was shooting from the hip, thinking with my mouth open. Most big actors don't want that." »

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In'tl boxoffice: 'School' rocks to U.K. top

10 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Thanks to solid-but-fading holdover business, The Last Samurai and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King again held fast as the No. 1 and No. 2 overseas boxoffice leaders, respectively, but left the door open for a batch of new titles to surface in individual markets. In the United Kingdom, for example, the top three entries over the weekend were, in order, School of Rock, Something's Gotta Give and Big Fish. In Germany, Mona Lisa Smile held first place for a third week in a row. The Haunted Mansion headed the chart in Spain for a second week; the three leaders in Australia were Big Fish, Along Came Polly and Something's Gotta Give, respectively; and Japan embraced Return in previews, welcomed Love Actually heartily and clung happily to Samurai for a 10th weekend. In France, Italy, Korea and Hong Kong, local films were the big scorers. »

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New titles getting chance as 'Samurai,' 'King' hold

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

The Last Samurai and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, both remarkably potent in holdover runs, maintained their leadership of the overseas market over the weekend, but opportunities arose -- though not on as grand a scale as that enjoyed by the titans -- for several titles to snatch the No. 1 positions in scattered countries. The start of late-winter school holidays in a number of territories might be helping a number of family-oriented films or romantic comedies find audiences, notably Mona Lisa Smile, Brother Bear, The Haunted Mansion, Along Came Polly, Scary Movie 3 and Big Fish. Samurai grossed an estimated $23.3 million this past weekend from 5,925 screens in 45 markets, representing six new openings (Venezuela, Finland and four small Eastern European and Middle East sites) and 39 holdovers. According to Warner Bros., Samurai crossed the $100 million mark in Europe, making the Tom Cruise starrer the company's highest-grossing film in the region. »

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Boxoffice preview: From TV buddies to movie rivals

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

The media have already dubbed this weekend's boxoffice showdown as the Battle of the That '70s Show Stars. But despite the fact that two of that sitcom's regulars, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace, headline the two new wide releases, the contest is really one between vastly different genres. Kutcher's The Butterfly Effect is a spooky, time-traveling, psychological thriller, and Grace's Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! is a lighter-than-air, teen-centric romantic comedy. Kutcher is, of course, much more of a proven boxoffice commodity than Grace. Although Grace has appeared in such ensemble films as Traffic and Mona Lisa Smile, his individual appeal has yet to be tested. Kutcher can boast of the unforgettable Dude, Where's My Car? ($46.7 million) and January 2003's surprise hit Just Married ($56 million). (The August release My Boss's Daughter, which flatlined at $15.5 million, is best forgotten.) Still, it's the genre, not the stars, that may determine this weekend's returns. »

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Julia Roberts Accused of Discriminating Against Women

22 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Julia Roberts is being sued by four female jazz musicians who are accusing the Hollywood star of paying them less for appearing in her movie Mona Lisa Smile than their male counterparts. The New York quartet - Jeanne Daly, Jill McCarron, Ada Rovatti and Lauren Sevianhave - have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court claiming they were paid half of what they were promised. But Roberts and her production company have hit back - they're counter-suing the foursome, claiming they tried to "harass, embarrass and annoy defendants in order to extract a sizeable settlement". However, angry Daly spits, "Julia Roberts plays a professor who gets women to stand up for themselves and break out of their stereotypical roles. And here we are being discriminated against. It's pretty pathetic." Daly insists the female musicians had been initially offered $790 for each eight-hour shift, but when they arrived at the set the offer was changed to $395 for 12 hour stints. Meanwhile, the women claim they discovered that male jazz players in the movie were each getting $630 a day. »

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