Actor Jim Carrey has joined the $13 million comedy Pierre Pierre. The film is a politically incorrect story about a self-indulgent French nihilist who moves a stolen painting from Paris to London.
Jason Reitman, the Oscar-nominated director of 2007’s breakout hit Juno, is attached to direct, according to trade papers Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
The script for Pierre Pierre, written by Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton, set off a bidding war in Hollywood before being purchased by Twentieth Century Fox specialty division Fox Atomic for $1 million.
Carrey, who is currently shooting A Christmas Carol for director Robert Zemeckis, will next appear--by voice only--in the animated version of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!. The film also features the voices of Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Dane Cook and Isla Fisher, among others.
After that, he’ll star in Yes Man, from The Break-Up director Peyton Reed. In the film, Carrey plays a man who has challenged himself to say yes to everything for a year. Zooey Deschanel, Danny Masterson and Terence Stamp also star.
As for Reitman, he will next produce the cheerleader-from-hell comedy-thriller Jennifer's Body, which Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) is directing. The script for Jennifer’s Body was written by Juno’s Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Former Baywatch hunk David Charvet and his fiancée, model-turned-TV presenter Brooke Burke, are celebrating after becoming parents to baby Heaven Rain Charvet.
The little girl was born in Santa Monica, California, on Monday.
It's the third child for 35-year-old Burke, who has two kids with former husband, TV plastic surgeon Garth Fisher.
Burke's publicist Nancy Iannois says, "Mother and child are doing great and resting at home now.
"Brooke had a very smooth delivery, with her fiancé David by her side. They are thrilled to be back at home now with their gorgeous baby girl. It's a very exciting time for them."
Burke and Charvet were engaged last summer. They're planning to wed this spring.
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In order to boost its chances to gather Academy Award nominations, The Associated Press reports Fox Searchlight is running ads for its drama Antwone Fisher that include not only favorable comments from prominent film critics but from political and social leaders as well.
Denzel Washington's directorial debut focuses on a sailor, played by newcomer Derek Luke, who overcomes a difficult childhood in foster care with the help of a Navy psychiatrist, played by Washington.
According to AP, the current campaign includes quotes from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's president Kweisi Mfume, who calls the movie, "Gripping, riveting and forceful," and Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, who says, "Antwone Fisher is a compelling testament to the strength of spirit and resilience of a remarkable child."
Fox Searchlight's marketing head Nancy Utley acknowledges the ads were primarily used to get the attention of Academy Award voters. They are scheduled to stop running as of Friday now that the Wednesday deadline for Oscar ballots has passed.
Utley hopes the film will get recognized in the Best Picture, Best Actor (Luke) and Best Director ( Washington) categories when the nominations are announced on Feb. 12. If so, Fox Searchlight will start running the ads again.
"Unfortunately, the critic thing has become a blur to people," Utley told AP. "Literally every movie is using quotes, including Kangaroo Jack. It becomes difficult when you have the real deal, when you have critical appeal, to get people to understand you're different, and you really do have people loving this movie."
Peter Rainer, chairman of the National Society of Film Critics and writer for New York Magazine, told AP he thinks Fox Searchlight also used this marketing tactic because Antwone Fisher has received mixed reviews since its December release, and has won no major critics' group awards.
"I don't think it's just being aimed at the average reader who's looking to see a movie. I think it's very much aimed at the Academy Awards," Rainer said, pointing out that the ads appeared only in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the trade papers Variety and The Hollywood Reporter--the main publications Academy voters read during the busy awards season.
"I think they've made a very astute decision to circumvent the critic blurb mill and appeal to a higher calling," Rainer told AP. "People will feel virtuous when they see this movie, that's what that's telling them: Do a good thing, see this movie."
German supermodel Claudia Schiffer is expecting her first child with her husband of three months, British producer Matthew Vaughn. According to Reuters, a spokeswoman for Schiffer said Monday, "We can confirm she is pregnant and has got through the first trimester." The couple married on May 25 in a lavish English country wedding.
Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster will receive the outstanding achievement in acting award from the Hollywood Film Festival. Foster will be honored along with Motion Picture Association president Jack Valenti, director Martin Scorsese, screenwriter Robert Towne, producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, composer Marc Shaiman, editor Pietro Scalia, production designer Harold Michelson and casting director Marcia Ross. The Hollywood Movie Awards Gala Ceremony will be held on Oct. 7.
Director John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) is near a deal to helm the historical epic The Alamo, Variety reports. Hancock would replace director Ron Howard, who bailed on the project after the studio had difficulty jump starting production. It also looks as though Russell Crowe, who was to star in the role of Sam Houston, will also exit from the project. Disney had an option on Hancock's next film and has been offering him everything in its arsenal. Now it looks as though Hancock will be landing the studio's biggest film.
Jack Nicholson is in negotiations to star in an untitled comedy for Sony Pictures written by Nancy Meyers (What Women Want), who is also set to direct. According to Variety, the film is about an older man who falls for the mother of his young girlfriend.
Paralegal Erin Brockovich, who inspired Steven Soderbergh's dramatic comedy Erin Brockovich, will host a reality-drama series titled Final Justice for the Lifetime TV cable channel. The show will present true accounts of real-life women who encounter injustice and take on the system, Variety reports.
'N Sync singer Lance Bass wants to turn three popular comic strips into a TV series through his California-based production company A Happy Place Prods., Variety reports. The strips include Glenn McCoy's The Duplex, Mark Tatulli's Heart of the City and Bill Hinds' Cleats.
A Jamaican court has issued an arrest warrant for American rapper Ja Rule for failing to appear on charges of using profanity during the country's Reggae Sumfest last year. According to The Associated Press, Ja Rule was in Jamaica this weekend to perform at the same festival and was served with a summons to appear in court Monday. However, Ja Rule apparently left the island Sunday. Judge Wilson Smith ordered his arrest warrant when the rapper, whose real name is Jeff Atkins, failed to appear. If convicted, he faces a maximum charge of...$20.
The Producers Guild of America bestowed its top honors on the musical extravaganza Moulin Rouge Sunday night at the 13th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The wild Rouge--about a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub and produced by Martin Brown, director Baz Luhrmann and Fred Baron--is also nominated for an Academy Award. PGA best picture winners have gone on to win the Oscar nine out of 12 times.
Other winners of the evening included NBC's The West Wing, winning best television drama, HBO's Sex and the City, winning best television comedy, and HBO's Band of Brothers, winning best television movie, miniseries or other long-form television.
Grammy winner Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert, India.Arie and comedian Cedric the Entertainer will kick off this year's Essence Music Festival at New Orleans' Louisiana Superdome. The three-day event starts July 4, while other performers such as Mary J. Blige, Al Green and comedian Steve Harvey will take the stage over the course of the festival.
Roger Moore, the suave '70s and '80s James Bond, will be taking on a new role in his next film--an over-the-top gay man. The 74-year-old actor will appear in the Cuba Gooding Jr. comedy Boat Trip, about two straight guys who end up on a gay cruise, due out this summer. Moore told the Associated Press he hopes his performance "will make the audience raise their eyebrows a little bit." Sounds like a good bet.
Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai is getting another Hollywood treatment from Miramax Films and MGM, Variety reports. The classic Japanese epic about a small village hiring seven samurai to protect them from thieving bandits was remade into 1960's The Magnificent Seven, starring Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Miramax Films co-chairman Harvey Weinstein described Samurai as "the mother of all 'guys on a mission' movies."
In the world of celebrity boxing matches (yes, apparently there is one), ice-skating terror Tanya Harding, who had her opponent Nancy Kerrigan's knee smashed prior to the 1994 Olympic trials, will fight Paula Jones, the first woman to accuse former president Clinton of unwanted sexual advances in 1991. Harding was supposed to have fought Amy Fisher, the young girl who shot her lover's wife in 1992. But no can do. It's Jones and Harding all the way. Fox Television will air the match March 13.
After the South African premiere of Ali, South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela praised the legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali as being one of the people he most admires. Mandela told Reuters, "He (Ali) brought a new kind of legend to boxing, and I am very happy indeed to be here to join you in paying tribute to my hero and the hero of millions right across the seas."
President Bush and leading politicians were treated to an evening of entertainment Sunday to showcase American pop culture. The gala event, held at the legendary Ford's Theater and hosted by Frasier's Kelsey Grammer, had an all-star line-up, including performers such as Stevie Wonder and David Copperfield.
U2 lead singer Bono met with White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to discuss African debt relief in his ongoing campaign against Third World poverty. He has been trying to get Washington to drop the debt of some of the world's poorest nations for many years and has been using the success of his band's music to help the effort. U2 just won four Grammy awards, including record of the year.
A documentary about the hard-rock band Metallica is looking to be as juicy as Madonna's Truth or Dare. Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have been trailing the band since last April, while the band was in the studio cutting a new album. Since filming began, however, traumatic events have shaken the band, including the departure of bassist Jason Newsted after 14 years this past January and lead singer James Hetfield's rehab woes. No release date has been set.
Pop star Will Young, the 23-year-old singer who was discovered on the reality-based TV show Pop Idol, has sold more than a million copies of his first record in a week, making it Britain's fastest-selling single ever. The single "Anything Is Possible/Evergreen" has sold 1,108,269 copies. Who is Will Young, you ask? Guess we'll get to know more about Will soon enough.
In regard to the death of a teenager at a Sydney, Australia, concert Jan. 26, 2001 where Limp Bizkit and other bands were playing, Alexander Murdoch MacLeod, Limp Bizkit's tour manager, blames the concert venue for being understaffed and poorly managed. At an inquest into the death of 15-year-old Jessica Michalik, who was caught in a rush to the stage and suffered a heart attack, he told the court he thought the staff was insufficiently trained for a crowd breakdown.