Nickelodeon regular Alexandra Shipp has replaced Zendaya Coleman in the upcoming Aaliyah biopic. Coleman pulled out of the project last month (Jun14) after she was bombarded with negative remarks following her casting as the late R&B singer.
Executives at U.S. TV network Lifetime put the film on hold following her departure, but now the movie is up and running again with Shipp as the lead and TV talk show queen Wendy Williams on board as a producer.
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is scheduled to debut on Lifetime later this year (14).
The singer was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in 2001.
Garcetti is also staging a fundraiser at the Fonda Theater next month (07Feb13), which will feature appearances from supporters Moby, Jimmy Kimmel and Will Ferrell.
The city councilman's chief opponent, former DreamWorks executive Wendy Gruel, has her own star power too - she's backed by DreamWorks founders David Geffen and Steven Spielberg, as well as Tom Hanks.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.
Top Story: Teri Hatcher Splits From Hubby
Actress Teri Hatcher has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly nine years, actor Jon Tenney, Reuters reports. According to court papers, Hatcher, 38, cited irreconcilable differences for ending her marriage to Tenney, 41. The couple has agreed to share custody of their 5-year-old daughter, who will live with Hatcher. The actress is best known for her role as Lois Lane in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which ran from 1993 to 1997. Tenney's screen credits include You Can Count On Me, Fools Rush In, Beverly Hills Cop III and the short-lived CBS cop series Brooklyn South.
Aguilera Fit for Versace
Raunchy pop singer Christina Aguilera is set to become the new face of Italian label Versace. Donatella Versace told Reuters her new outfits were inspired by Aguilera's singing and dancing. (The Italian designer said exactly the same of Britney Spears, who was guest of honor at the spring/summer collection show) "I watch the videos of Christina and I always die," Versace said. Not only has Aguilera moved into Spears' front-row seat at Versace, she will also be co-headlining a summer concert tour, Justified and Stripped, with Spears' ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
Cher Victim of Wig Larceny
Cher's production company has reported that a wig valued at $8-10,000 was stolen from the singer's collection of faux tresses during a Feb. 25 concert stop in Richmond, Virginia. Cher took off the wig, described as a braided half-black and half-teal number, after singing "All Or Nothing" and put it in a room where her other wigs were stored, police spokeswoman Christie Collins told Reuters. Larry W. Wilson Jr., general manager of the Richmond Coliseum, said, "We're still not 100 percent sure the wig was stolen out of our facility."
Son of "The Pianist" Releases Father's Songs
Andrzej Szpilman, whose father Wladyslaw Szpilman is the focus of Roman Polanski's Oscar-nominated film The Pianist, has spearheaded an album of his father's love songs, pop classics in Poland from the 1940s and 1950s, titled Wendy Lands Sings the Music of the Pianist--Wladyslaw Szpilman, Reuters reports. Famous in prewar Poland for his film scores and popular songs, Wladyslaw Szpilman performed Polish radio's last live music broadcast on Sept. 23, 1939, as German shells knocked out the station's power. When Radio Warsaw resumed broadcasting in 1945, it picked up exactly where it left off--with Szpilman playing the same Chopin nocturne he performed in 1939. He wrote his story down following the war, and it was published in 1946. The memoir was then banned by communist authorities and forgotten until it was reissued, due to his son's insistence, shortly before Wladyslaw Szpilman's death in 2000.
Role Call: Julianne Moore; Ashley Judd; Scary Movie 3; Molly Shannon
Variety reports...Double Oscar nominee Julianne Moore has signed on to star in the supernatural thriller The Forgotten for Columbia Pictures, with Return to Paradise helmer Joseph Ruben set to direct. Moore will play a grieving mother coping with the loss of her 8-year-old son when she is told by her psychiatrist that she created eight years of memories of a son she never had. Ashley Judd is negotiating to join Kevin Kline in De-Lovely, the Cole Porter biopic that Irwin Winkler is directing for United Artists. The pic will shoot in London starting May 5, giving Judd time to make the film and be back to begin rehearsals to play Maggie the Cat in a Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Old School's Jeremy Piven will join Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards in the third installment of Dimension Films' horror-spoof franchise Scary Movie 3. The studio has set an Oct. 3 release date for the film, which begins shooting this month in Canada. Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon has inked a deal to star in Fox's primetime comedy pilot Cracking Up. She will star as the mother of a crazy Beverly Hills family that takes in a psychology grad student.