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Although Monjack was given an executive producer and "story by" credit on Hickenlooper's 2006 movie "Factory Girl," the director says it's just not true.
Just hours after Murphy died, Hickenlooper posted the following on Hollywood Elsewhere.
"Simon Monjack did not produce 'Factory Girl.' He sued his way onto the project for a title and stole 150K out of my budget. He is a con man and a bad guy. When Brittany married him I warned her and warned her as did so many others. I only hope to God that this creep wasn't instrumental in her sad sad demise. What a wonderful wonderful girl she was. I really really cared for her."
He claims »
The sad, startling death of Brittany Murphy raises many questions about the actress's health and mental state in the months leading up to it. As we mentioned earlier, as recently as last April she was thin, but in seemingly good, fake-Limey spirits on a visit to The Late Late Show. But The Wrap reports that more recently the actress had been fired from The Caller, a horror film shooting in Puerto Rico, and that on another recent shoot -- for an indie thriller called Something Wicked -- Murphy was reportedly unfocused and barely able to complete her takes. The La County Coroner said "foul play is not suspected," despite the presence of investigators at her home. (No illegal substances were found, but "a lot" of prescription drugs were.) And TMZ reports that in the hours before her death the actress was "very ill ... with flu-like symptoms," and had been vomiting Sunday morning. »
Brittany Murphy was not one of the world's great actors. Nor, in recent years, was she even especially visible. But she was a performer of immense charm, with a knockout smile and a chuckling, bee-bop voice it was difficult not to be won over by.
For a spell in the early 90s, Murphy established herself as one of Hollywood's freshest, most engaging mainstream leads – a doll-eyed ditz with a hint of vaguely filthy goofiness. She was Scarlett Johansson a half-generation older: she shared that actor's old-school Hollywood glamour, the big curves on a little frame, and the brains behind the fluff. Both even had singing careers. But while Johansson teamed up with some solid mentors, and got films of real credibility under her belt, Murphy struggled to cement a career that, »
- Catherine Shoard
Who is the man behind the curtains? Before the shocking death of Brittany Murphy threw him into the spotlight Sunday as a grieving husband, Simon Monjack was a only known as a minor-league screenwriter. His IMDb résumé includes just two films: a story credit on Factory Girl, the 2006 biopic of Andy Warhol sidekick Edie Sedgwick, starring Sienna Miller; and as writer-director-producer of the U.K. indie drama Two Days, Nine Lives. But not part of the British-born Monjack's biography was his history of financial issues, including several evictions, prior to marrying his famous spouse. Records obtained by E! News show that Monjack was booted from four separate apartments, dating back to »
Various sources broke the news this morning that actress Brittany Murphy has died. The 32-year old actress was found unconscious in the shower this morning by her mother, and was deemed to be in full cardiac arrest by paramedics who responded to the call. She was pronounced dead of a heart attack at 10:04am at La's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
As of 3pm Cst, the Lapd is said to have launched a death investigation, and a rep for Murphy's family told TMZ "In this time of sadness, the family thanks »
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When documentarian Alex Gibney (who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side) learned via his Jack Abramoff “Google Alert” that director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) had decided to name his fiction film starring Kevin Spacey as corrupt Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff Casino Jack, Gibney had his lawyer send a legal letter (dated November 10) asking Hickenlooper not to use the title, to which Gibney states he had prior claim, citing “violations of federal and state unfair competition laws”: While there seems little reason to doubt that your mimicry of the Film’s title is knowing and intentional, there can be no doubt of the likelihood … »
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Lots of contests going on here after we laid low for a while… Next up we have a G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra DVD Prize Pack to give away.
G.I. Joe comes out today (November 3rd) on DVD and Blu-ray and thanks to the folks at Paramount Home Entertainment we have not only the two-disc DVD, but also some cool goodies to go along with it.
Here’s the official G.I. Joe DVD/Blu-ray announcement:
The ultimate elite fighting force hit the big screen to defend the world and ended up conquering it in the worldwide smash hit G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which earned over $280 million at the global box office. The action-packed, visually arresting adventure »
- Vic Holtreman
New York, NY (November 1, 2009)- Sony Pictures Classics announces its acquisition of United States’ rights to Rodrigo García’s Mother And Child from Wme Global. The film debuted at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Presentation, where it was actively pursued by several Us distributors.
Mother And Child is the moving tale about the choices we make, the chances we miss, the opportunities we seize and the power of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child.
The film was written and directed by Rodrigo García (Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her and Nine Lives) and produced by Lisa Maria Falcone through her Everest Entertainment and Julie Lynn via her Mockingbird Pictures. The films’ director of photography is Xavier Grobet (City Of Ember, The Woodsman, Nacho Libre,) Steven Weisberg edited (Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Permanent Midnight), with music by Ed Shearmur (Wings Of The Dove, »
The British pair - who started a romance on the set of 'Alfie' in 2004 but split two years later after Jude had an affair with his children's nanny - have had a series of secret meetings in New York where they are both currently starring in Broadway shows.
A source said: "Sienna and Jude have met up a few times and got on really well.
"Sienna had her heart broken by Jude, but she was young and it was the first time she'd fallen in love.
"What people don't realise is that they always remained close, so who knows where this will lead to next."
Jude recently hit the headlines after fathering a daughter, new born Sophia, following a brief fling with aspiring model Samantha Burke, and insiders claim they want to keep their romance under wraps to avoid further controversy. »
Sienna Miller received a guarded welcome to Broadway Thursday night, as critics measured her performance in the drama After Miss Julie, an update - to 1945 - of August Strindberg's 1888 play about sex and class. "In a theater season that has felt like a boys' club of male movie idols from abroad (Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain, Jude Law in Hamlet), wouldn't it be gratifying if one fearless woman - with fewer stage credentials than the guys but almost as much tabloid exposure - walked away with the laurels?" writes Ben Brantley of The New York Times. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is set to hit DVD and Blu-ray on November 3rd from Paramount Home Entertainment in a single disc edition DVD, Two-Disc Edition DVD and Two-Disc Edition Blu-ray. M&C has teamed with Paramount Home Entertainment to give away prize packs from the film! Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra stars Channing Tatum (Public Enemies), Marlon Wayans (Dance Flick), Sienna Miller (Factory Girl), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer), Rachel Nichols (.Alias.) and Ray Park (X-Men), as well as veteran actors Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point) and Christopher Eccleston (Gone in Sixty Seconds). The G.I. Joe team travels the world from the Egyptian desert to the polar »
- Patrick Luce
This Saturday the Screamfest Horror FIlm Festival will be hosting the west coast premiere of Lionsgate's Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, which takes place 5pm at the Mann Chinese 6 theaters in Hollywood, CA. In the sequel, the killer virus comes out of the woods and has a date at the high school prom. Stars Noah Segan (The Brothers Bloom, Brick), Alexi Wasser (Factory Girl, Dirt), Giuseppe Andrews (Cabin Fever, 2001 Maniacs), Thomas Blake Jr. (The Passing) and Michael L. Nesbitt. (Mississippi Damned) will all be on hand, come by and see the show! In addition, beyond the break Bloody Disgusting scored your first ever look at some early art for the sequel to Eli Roth's groundbreaking indie film. No official word on a DVD release yet. »
The New York Times listed the late star and rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs as previous boyfriends of the Factory Girl actress.
Bosses at the publication have now apologised for claiming she was more than just friends with both stars.
An apology in the newspaper reads, "An article about Sienna Miller mis-states the nature of the relationships that she had with Heath Ledger and Sean Combs. She was friends with both of them; she did not have romantic flings with either of them." »
Miller realises she has made mistakes, but insists she is still learning and doesn't possess the ability to make smart choices - unlike Knightley, who has managed to avoid such attention.
She says, "I haven't been as bright in some of the decisions I've made. Keira's just a more evolved person. I feel we live in the kind of culture now where you have to be very smart to navigate the right way, and I just don't have those smarts. I think with age and time it will change, but I can't obsess about it." »
Finkelstein died on 2 October due to complications of pneumonia and emphysema, according to his wife.
He chronicled his years as the pop artist's house photographer during the 1960s in books including The Andy Warhol Index, Andy Warhol: The Factory Years, 1964-1967, Andy Warhol: A Portfolio, and most recently in 2006's Edie Factory Girl.
At the time of his death, Finkelstein was putting the final touches on his own memoir, The Fourteen-Ounce Pound.
In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by a brother, Howard. »
I’m going to the qoute-well again with this one … knowing is half the battle and since we now know the details on the extras packed on the Blu-ray of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (due out Nov. 3), I guess the other part of the battle shall be whether or not the movie is bought, rented or skipped. Here’s the news release …
The ultimate elite fighting force hit the big screen to defend the world and ended up conquering it in the worldwide smash hit G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which earned over $280 million at the global box office. The action-packed, visually arresting adventure based on Hasbro’s immensely popular action figures including Duke, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and the Baroness makes its eagerly-awaited Blu-ray and DVD debut in two-disc sets and a single-disc DVD on November 3, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy »
- Jeff Bayer
The ultimate elite fighting force hit the big screen to defend the world and ended up conquering it in the worldwide smash hit (but critically panned) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which earned over $280 million at the global box office. The action-packed, visually arresting adventure based on Hasbro’s immensely popular action figures including Duke, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and the Baroness makes its eagerly-awaited Blu-ray and DVD debut in two-disc sets and a single-disc DVD on November 3, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra stars a hot young cast including Channing Tatum (Public Enemies), Marlon Wayans (Dance Flick), Sienna Miller (Factory Girl), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer), Rachel Nichols (Alias) and Ray Park (X-Men), as well as veteran actors Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point) and Christopher Eccleston (Gone in Sixty Seconds).
The G.I. Joe team travels the world from »
- Diego Mondesi
The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce their craft honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards. The festival and awards will mark their return on October 21 for a weeklong series of screenings, competitions and awards.
Cinematographer Roger Deakins, A.S.C., will receive the "Hollywood Cinematographer Award," Composer Alexandre Desplat, Bmi, will be given the "Hollywood Film Composer Award," editor Dana Glauberman, A.C.E., will be honored with the "Hollywood Editor Award," production designer Rick Carter, A.D.G., will receive the "Hollywood Production Designer Award" and costume designer Colleen Atwood, C.D.G., will be honored with the "Hollywood Costume Designer Award."
The Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009.
"We are honored to have these exceptionally talented artists honored for their outstanding work and creative vision at this year's festival, »
Miller, who spent her infancy in New York before her parents packed up and moved to the U.K., has moved to the Big Apple for her four month stint in the play.
And the 27 year old admits she's considered making the city a more permanent home.
She tells Gotham magazine, "I think you always have an affinity with the place where you were born... (I) love any excuse to be in New York. It's such an amazing, exciting vibrant place to be... I think I'm going to fall so in love with being in New York that I probably won't leave when we finish the play." »
The Hustons are like the Wayans, only less annoying and prone to making crappy movies. The latest Huston to enter the world of cinema is Jack, who has appeared in “Factory Girl” with Sienna Miller and more recently in “Outlander” with James Caviezel. You’ll be able to see him next as a vampire in David Slade’s “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, the third in the teeny bopper vampire franchise. THR says Huston will play Royce King II, a human that lived during the Great Depression. One presumes he was vamped while waiting in line for bread or some such, but probably not, though that would be kind of cool. Or at least, funny. Huston joins a cast that already includes stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. Bryce Dallas Howard, offspring of Opie, has also join the cast in the franchise’s most controversial move since they threatened to fire young Mr. »
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