Writer Paul Haggis' Honeymoon With Harry, considered by many to be one of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood, is again showing signs of life after years of false starts. Deadline reports that Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper sat down at De Niro's Tribeca Production offices two weeks ago to read the lead roles in a run-through organized by New Line. Now, director Jonathan Demme (Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, Silence of the Lambs) is circling the project for his next feature, meaning Haggis' script may finally be gaining the momentum it needs to enter development.
In what Deadline calls a "James Brooks-style look at two characters who loathe one another but are stuck together at a time when each is in desperate shape," Cooper read the role of a "formerly self-centered womanizing booze-hound who changed his ways when he met a girl and fell in love." De Niro read as "the girl’s father, who recognizes himself in the young man, and tries to break them up." The two get engaged anyway, but the girl dies tragically just before their wedding day, leaving the groom to go on their honeymoon alone, where he drowns his grief in booze. There, he runs into his would-be father-in-law, who has come to spread his daughter's ashes on the beach.
New Line and producer Mike Karz began developing the project, which has both comedy and drama elements, in 2004, when the studio bought an unpublished novel by Bart Baker, and assigned screenwriter and director Paul Haggis (In The Valley of Elah, Crash) to write the screenplay. Haggis eventually signed on to direct as well, and had Vince Vaughn and Jack Nicholson lined up to star. Unfortunately, the project fell apart amidst the chaos of the New Line shakeup in 2008 and the 2007-2008 writer's strike.
Luckily, Cooper became interested in the project, and brought his pal De Niro (with whom he just wrapped production on The Dark Fields) onboard as well. Though no deals have yet been made, it looks like Honeymoon With Harry may finally be edging towards development. With its stars attached and Demme circling to direct, it's beginning to sound like we'll actually get to see what all the fuss is about one day.
The actress will play herself in a story which see her present an Academy Award to both Bart Simpson and his dad Homer, according to EW.com.
Producer Al Jean tells the website, "It’s a bit of a satire of the different Oscar acceptances where two people clearly race to the stage to get there first, and Homer and Bart are fighting to be the one that accepts."
The episode is scheduled to air in early 2011.
I Love You, Man star Paul Rudd has also been added to the list of stars who will get animated for The Simpsons. He'll play a therapist, called Dr. Zander.
The Rosemary's Baby filmmaker has been confined to his Swiss chalet since December (09), following his September (09) arrest in Zurich - more than three decades after he fled America and skipped sentencing on a charge of having sex with a minor.
Los Angeles lawmakers ruled last month (Apr10) that Polanski cannot be sentenced in absentia and must return to California to receive his punishment after pleading guilty to bedding 13-year-old Samantha Geimer at a party in 1977.
The Oscar winner's lawyers, Chad Hummel and Bart Dalton, recently filed a request to submit the testimony of the case's original prosecutor, retired Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson, to Swiss authorities to help them determine whether the director should be sent back to the U.S.
They believe the sealed testimony given by Gunson earlier this year (10) will prove the extradition request is based on false and incomplete statements by officials at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
But Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Walgren argues the request is simply part of Polanski's legal team's campaign to win the support of the public.
In his court filing, Walgren writes, "The defendant... obviously running out of options to avoid extradition, makes completely baseless and reckless allegations apparently orchestrated as part of a public relations campaign, rather than being premised on any legal or factual foundation."
A judge is expected to hear the case on Monday (10May10).
The Rosemary's Baby director has been confined to his Swiss chalet since December (09), following his September (09) arrest in Zurich, 32 years after he fled America and skipped sentencing on a child-sex charge.
Lawmakers in an appeals court in Los Angles ruled last week (23Apr10) that the Oscar winner cannot be sentenced in absentia and must now return to California to receive his punishment after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer at a party in 1977.
And on Thursday (29Apr10), the star's lawyers, Chad Hummel and Bart Dalton, requested permission to submit the testimony of retired Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson to Swiss authorities.
Gunson testified earlier this year (09) in a conditional examination but L.A.'s Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza kept the transcripts sealed.
Polanski's attorneys claim the transcripts will prove that the extradition request is based on false and incomplete statements by officials at the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
The Hours star insists it's always best to confront your partner if you suspect infidelity - before turning to others for help.
In Chloe, Moore hires a prostitute, portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, to test her husband (Liam Neeson).
But the actress hopes suspicious women don't take the movie home with them.
She says, "Having been married for a long time and having friends who were married a long time I can't tell you the phone calls I've gotten from somebody saying, 'Listen, I have to talk to you about this because I think he's doing X.'
"You say to them, 'Have you talked to him about it?' and they haven't. I think women do that a lot. I think we turn to our friends and say, 'He was out really late? Do you think he's seeing somebody?'
"I think there is a tendency within relationships to sometimes turn out for information with a girlfriend before you talk to your husband about it. I have seen that a lot; people asking outside the marriage for advice."
Moore has been married to second husband Bart Freundlich since 2003.
The redhead beauty's nine-year marriage to actor John Gould Rubin ended in 1995, and she had vowed never to walk down the aisle again.
But Moore changed her mind after an eye-opening therapy session in 2003, following the birth of her second baby with Freundlich.
She says, "For me the only reason to get married was my children. I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family."
Moore, who shares 12-year-old son Caleb and seven-year-old daughter Liv with the filmmaker, now admits her second marriage is a grounding force amid her hectic Hollywood lifestyle.
She adds, "Freud says you need love and work, and a family and a job give you a balance... One element can't give you everything. You can have friends in movies and plays you make, but they're not your family. And you can't expect family to give you the stimulation work is going to provide, because that is not their responsibility."
The British beauty has taken charge of Fashion for Relief and has called on pals including Christy Turlington and Marc Jacobs to take part in the event.
But Campbell insists she would not have been able to organise the event at such short notice without the help of celebrity designer Charlotte Ronson - who graciously gave up her original time slot to aid the Haitian relief effort.
Campbell explains, "Fashion for Relief only works if everyone comes together and makes it work."
And the supermodel's philanthropy has won her high praise from IMG Models agency boss Ivan Bart.
Bart says, "Naomi is a superstar and has a lot of connections. She can make some phone calls and put on a show."
Items from the charity fashion show, which will feature a specially-designed Louis Vuitton handbag by Jacobs, will go on sale on the Net-a-Porter website in March (10) and all proceeds will be donated to the CARE organisation, which works to fight global poverty.
New York Fashion Week kicks off next week (begs08Feb10).
Caleb, The Hours actress' son with director husband Bart Freundlich, has become a big winter sports enthusiast growing up in New York.
But he was forced to take some time off from the slopes after crushing his wrist in a fall during a recent excursion.
Moore says, "My son is an active snowboarder and he just broke his wrist snowboarding."
The concerned mum insists the teen is recovering quickly - but she's more concerned about her son's hygiene than his broken bones
She laughs, "Let me tell you - nothing compares to the smell of a 12-year-old's cast when it comes off. They just emanate an odour at 12 - it's incomparable."
According to the Associated Press, attorneys Chad Hummell and Bart Dalton are accusing the district attorney of official misconduct while trying to extradite Polanski from Europe to the U.S. to face sentencing over his 1977 charge of unlawful sex with a minor.
Polanski pleaded guilty to the charge but fled to Europe in 1978 before he could be handed his punishment, and remained a fugitive until he was arrested in Switzerland last year (09).
Now the star's lawyers allege District Attorney Steve Cooley has made mistakes in the extradition process, claiming he was "directing or at least condoning his office presenting a false record to the Swiss government, all in an attempt to extradite Mr. Polanski without revealing facts that render extradition impermissible."
They added, "The only unique circumstance in this case is its notoriety. Politics seems to be interfering with the just administration of the law."
The lawyers have now filed a request to hold a hearing for witnesses to testify against the prosecution.
Polanski has asked an American judge to pass sentence on him while he remains under house arrest in Switzerland, which his attorneys maintain will end the legal battle.
His attorneys add: "To allow Mr. Polanski to be sentenced in absentia could finally end this case without Mr. Polanski needing to return to the jurisdiction."
A judge will rule on Friday (22Jan10) whether or not Polanski can be sentenced in absentia.
"I can't draw The Simpsons strictly to template. If I walked into The Simpsons animation studio in disguise and took the test, they wouldn't hire me. There are now rules to drawing The Simpsons, but I don't actually draw that way. I don't know if Bart has nine points of hair or whatever." THE SIMPSONS creator MATT GROENING is out of practice.