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Sam Elliot believes the Catholic church killed off any chances of a sequel to The Golden Compass, but the truth may be far simpler
After the success of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy looked a dead cert for epic fantasy book franchise success. In 2007, when first installment The Golden Compass was released, it looked to have all the right ingredients: moppet actors, spectacular battles, a sexy baddie, Ian McKellen, snow. But no sequels were made. Why?
Actor Sam Elliot thinks he knows. According to an interview in the Evening Standard, Elliot – who basically played himself in The Golden Compass – is pinning the failure of the series directly on the Pope, saying: "The Catholic church happened to The Golden Compass, as far as I'm concerned. It did incredible at the box office. Incredible. It took $85m (£52m) in the States. »
- Stuart Heritage
It seems that Cameron Diaz has found a new man after she broke up with model Paul Sculfor. The "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" actress has been spotted on Sunday night, December 6 hooking up with an unidentified guy while she was going out in Sevilla, Spain along with some friends.
Said to be "definitely smitten with the man", the 37-year-old was caught jumping up on him and wrapping her legs around his waist in a full-body hug. Having dinner together, the guy was said sitting by Diaz when she chatted with her friends. Throughout the night, the co-star of Tom Cruise in "Knight & Day" was reported showing him "little signs of affection."
Report of Cameron Diaz and Paul Sculfor's split first emerged in May. At the time, the couple was said calling off their relationship after they reportedly "didn't see each other enough" since August 2008. A source said, "They have fallen out of love. »
With pictures of Kristen Stewart as a stripper in the upcoming Sundance player "Welcome to the Rileys" hitting the Internet last week, we decided to take a look back at five Hollywood actresses who starred as a stripper in the past, and how the decision impacted their careers. Some were launched into success stories, while others took a sharp downward turn. Hopefully, Stewart will take some pointers from those who came before her and avoid squashing the success "The Twilight Saga" has given her. If that's even possible.
One unusual fact that's worth noting: three of the five names on this list -- Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan and Heather Graham -- all followed up their stripper appearances with roles in the Emilio Estevez-directed film, "Bobby." It's hard to say what that means, though three counts as a trend. Apparently, fake stripping drives female actors to Emilio Estevez. Go figure. »
- Terri Schwartz
Glamorous detective trio Charlie's Angels are on their way to the small screen once again, with Us network ABC about to commission a pilot from Sony Pictures TV.
Josh Friedman will write and executive-produce the new series, reports Variety.
Also involved are original Charlie's Angels producer Leonard Goldberg, who launched the series with Aaron Spelling in 1976, as well as Drew Barrymore, who starred in and produced the 2000 film version and its sequel.
Spelling has twice before attempted bringing the show back to the small screen, with Angels 88 - which never got off the ground - and a second bid in 2004.
There have been two films: Charlie's Angels in 2000 and »
- David Bentley
Showing that he still is an actor, Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder screenwriter Justin Theroux has joined the cast of Universal's Your Highness, a fantasy-themed comedy now filming in Ireland. Theroux is playing the film's villain to Danny McBride's hero.
Set in a world where there's feudal kingdoms and magic, McBride is a prince who wants nothing more than to enjoy his privledged status and do nothing all day long but is forced to go out and perform a quest to save his father's kingdom. Theroux is playing a bad wizard named Leezar who kidnaps a princess (played by (500) Days of Summer's Zooey Deschanel). David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is directing the movie which is being aimed for a 2011 release.
Since 2008 Theroux's acting career has been on the backburner while he turned his attention toward his writing assignments. Past credits for the 38-year-old actor include American Psycho, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, »
- Patrick Sauriol
We live in a marvelous age, one where technological advancements have made it relatively easy to produce a film in which computer-generated guinea pigs interact seamlessly with flesh-and-blood humans. What's extraordinary is that a film can have all that and still be boring. Eighty years ago, people were delighted just to see movies talk. In 2009, you can watch animated rodents save the world and still think, "Meh. What else you got?"
G-Force is the subject, a harmless and good-natured family flick that unfortunately relies so much on its central conceit -- small animals have been trained as government spies!! -- that it forgets to do anything else. Take the animals out of the equation and you're left with an exceedingly generic secret-agent adventure -- which may be no surprise, given that the screenplay is by the husband-and-wife team of Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, who also wrote the National Treasure movies, »
- Eric D. Snider
"Terminator Salvation" director McG told The Guardian that he is no strangers to on-set rants (like Christian Bale's), admitting that Bull Murray previously headbutted him. "I don't think there's been a film I've made where there hasn't been some kind of physical fight," he said. "I've been headbutted by an A-list star. Square in the head. An inch lower and my nose would have been obliterated." He added: "I probably shouldn't - but it was Bill Murray. Y'know, it's a passionate industry." McG and Murray worked together on the original "Charlie's Angels" movie. Ironically, Murray withdrew from the sequel, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," to be replaced by the late Bernie Mac. »
And McG claims his professional relationship with Murray was marred by a vicious fight, which ended in the star headbutting the director in the face.
McG says, "I don't think there's been a film I've made where there hasn't been some kind of physical fight. I mean, I've been headbutted by an A-list star. Square in the head. An inch later and my nose would have been obliterated. I probably shouldn't (reveal who it was).
"But it was Bill Murray. Y'know, it's a passionate industry." »
It seems that Drew Barrymore is ready to date another man. The "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" actress was seen hanging out with a guy in Palm Springs, California on Monday, May 25. Drew and the unidentified man were spotted chatting and drinking ice tea.
Drew Barrymore split from Justin Long, her co-star on movie "He's Just Not That Into You", in July 2008. The couple broke up even though they were said planning to tie the knot the same year. "Drew Barrymore is ready to reboot her love life, the actress has split from Justin Long," Us Magazine reported.
Two months ago, Drew and Justin reportedly rekindled their love as they were rumored engaging in full Pda for hours at Hollywood hotspot Bar Marmont. However, the 34-year-old beauty soon denied the rumors admitting she was still single.
"I love it! It's great!" she talked about her single status. "I get to be »
Seen on: May 21, 2009
The plot: John Connor (Christian Bale) leads the human resistance through the battle against the machines after Skynet has destroyed most of the world.
Our thoughts: Sure, McG’s “Terminator Salvation” is not as good as I expected, and it’s by far not as awesome as the new “Star Trek,” but I also admit I don’t really feel all the bad press the film’s been facing. I agree the fourth installment in the popular “Terminator” series has its problems, but to be honest, I found it quite entertaining. »
- Franck Tabouring
The R&B star, who broke up with Chris Brown after being injured in a violent argument, is now reported to be dating Canadian rapper Drake.
Asked whether he was interested in a third movie, McG indicated he wanted to stay in the sci-fi genre.
He told Mania: "I haven't thought about it. I'm trying to grow and work in genres that I'm most comfortable working in.
"I got started in Charlie's Angels, and I wish them every success with another sequel, but these are the films that I grew up feeling very passionate about: Terminator, Blade Runner, the Kubrick pictures."
As he »
- David Bentley
The wait is over. Wait, I think I used that for Star Trek, didn't I? Alright, this week the wait for another entry into the Terminator franchise is over, brought to you by the same guy who has delivered such gems as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and We Are Marshall. In Terminator Salvation, John Connor is all grown up and he looks a lot like Batman, he's facing off with foes with faces new -- soon-to-be-mega action star Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright -- and old, and he's fighting to save the current live of his future father from the past, Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin). And chances are that if you saw it in theaters, you might actually know what all of that means. If you haven't seen it in theaters and you'd like a little primer, we've got you covered with the following articles: Terminator Salvation Theatrical Trailer The Movie Watcher's Guide to Terminator by Robert Fure »
- Neil Miller
Not despite Charlie's Angels, but because of it (the first one, anyway), I really like McG as a filmmaker. Say what you want about his undeservedly but oft-criticized nickname, but the guy has the chops - and then some - to make blockbuster spectacle look, well, spectacular. Given his existing filmography, he's only made one serious creative misstep, the disastrous Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, since the first Angels movie was an exhilarating thrill ride and 2006's We Are Marshall a heartfelt and powerful drama.
Aiming for the A-list credibility enjoyed by the likes of Christopher Nolan, McG has unleashed his muscular, bombastic creativity on Terminator Salvation, which should certainly resuscitate the franchise even if it doesn't quite distinguish the director from other fanboy punching bags like Michael Bay and Brett Ratner. As part of Cinematical's special Summer Interview Series with different directors, we sat down with McG at the film's »
- Todd Gilchrist
This past weekend I caught part of Steve-o: Demise and Rise on MTV, which documents Steve-o's downward spiral into drug and alcohol addiction and subsequent intervention from the Jackass crew. It was sad to see one of the greatest actors of our time squandering all his skateboarding and rapping talent, but the whole time I kept thinking, "Please Steve-o, keep it together long enough to make Jackass Number Three... or at least another season of Wildboyz". Fortunately he will live to huff nitrous oxide another day, but the truth is, a lot of his best buds have already started to move on without him. Believe it or not, Steve-o's Wildboyz partner Chris Pontius has just landed a pretty sweet gig that could possibly be his ticket to bigger and better things. According to The Hollywood Reporter , Pontius will star in Sofia Coppola's next film Somewhere. He will play Sammy, »
McG was at the helm of the 2000 big screen version of the classic TV series, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, and returned to direct the sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, in 2003.
Barrymore confirmed earlier this year that the three angels are set to reprise their roles for another film.
He tells Mania, "I'm trying to grow and work in genres that I'm most comfortable working in. I got started in Charlie's Angels, and I wish them every success with another sequel, but these are the films that I grew up feeling very passionate about. The Terminator. Blade Runner. The Kubrick pictures." »
The "Jackass" trouper will play Sammy, best friend of the character played by Stephen Dorff, a decadent, bad-boy actor living at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood who begins to re-examine his life after a surprise visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).
Coppola, who wrote, directed and produced "Marie Antoinette" and "Lost in Translation," is doing the same for "Somewhere." Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Roos and Paul Rassam are executive producers on the American Zoetrope/Focus Features production.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Explaining his concerns he says, "There's a hurdle for starters, working with somebody called McG. And listen he's the first to admit that. He's a great man who's happy to call himself McG because he got a hurdle right from the get-go with that. I was a real sceptic. I just felt like there was no need for any more chapters in this anthology, but he had some great ideas.
"He asked me to take a leap of faith... and I think he's managed to pull it off." »
The Transformers star had a minor role in the 2003 film, and was granted his own relaxation area during the shoot.
The 22-year-old actor was delighted - as his room overlooked Diaz and Liu's private quarters, and he set about "peeping" through the window.
"I'd put down the blackout shade just enough to have my eye peeping through and get them in my crosses." »
Joseph "McG" McGinty Nichol has come a long way from his humble beginnings shooting still photos of local bands in Newport Beach, California. McG's still photography led to him shooting music videos and music documentaries before Hollywood came a-calling in the form of Drew Barrymore's big-screen adaptation of the classic TV series Charlie's Angels.
The McG-directed films Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle were both financial successes, but McG immediately tried to distance himself from those films in favor of "more substantial material." If McG's latest project, Terminator Salvation, is even half as good as the trailers, the film's release should obliterate any further references to Angels when discussing McG's work.
There are many elements that go into making a film both a critical and a financial success, but arguably one of the most important factors is hiring the right actors to bring the story to life. »
- BrentJS Sprecher
He was once dubbed the unluckiest man in Hollywood - and here's why...
almost cast as the new James Bond, losing out to Daniel Craig
close to landing the part of Batman that went instead to Christian Bale
among contenders to play Superman in the shelved Justice League movie
He later became involved in the Superman: Flyby project, dropping out when his phobia of air travel clashed with Warner Bros' desire to film it in Australia. So Flyby never flew anywhere.
Speaking to »
- David Bentley
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