Ryan Gosling is to blame for killing off his movie mum Kristin Scott Thomas in new film Only God Forgives because he dreamed up a bizarre ending for her mean character - and director Nick Cassavetes loved it. When the trio started making the film, it wasn't clear if The English Patient star's nagging Crystal would live or die at the end of the movie. Cassavetes was open to ideas and when Gosling suggested a sick death, the director added it to the script.
The actor recalls, "Nick said, 'I think she should die. What do you want to do? When you see your dead ma, do you want to cry, laugh? What do you want to do?'
"As kind of a joke, I said, 'Why don't I cut her open and look at her womb?' and he was like, 'Cool, is that what you want to do? OK we'll do that!' Then he called the effects guy and they got a pig's stomach from the butcher and that's what we did."
Scott Thomas admits she was a little taken aback by her character's gruesome end: "We changed so much. I mean I got to Bangkok and suddenly I was gonna die in the end! We didn't really have a satisfactory exit for Crystal and I was totally unprepared for that.
"Some people have interpreted that as reclaiming your identity and other people have seen it as sexual and you keep going on about penetrating your mother!"
Actor Scott Haze almost drove himself crazy spending three long months sleeping in caves in the chilly mountains of Tennessee in preparation for his role as a violent killer in James Franco's new movie Child Of God. The film, an adaptation of author Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel of the same name, revolves around Haze's character Lester Ballard, a troubled man who retreats into the caves and descends into madness and murder, killing women and having sex with their bodies.
Haze reveals he became a real-life caveman himself, surviving on only one piece of fish and an apple each day, in an effort to fully understand Ballard's mindset - and he only quit the exercise when the weather became too cold for him to continue.
He tells the Associated Press, "I knew that this was a role that I had to go to crazy extreme lengths... I slept in caves many nights with bats all around. It was crazy. I let everything go, just hung out with the hillbillies and stayed as isolated as possible."
The fish and fruit diet caused his weight to plummet from 195 pounds (88 kilograms) to 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and his dedication to the role surprised Franco, who had no idea his leading man had literally become a caveman until Haze turned up for the first day of filming, looking and acting completely in character.
Speaking at a press conference for Child of God at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Saturday (31Aug13), Franco said, "(Haze) didn't really talk to anyone, stayed to himself, and was like that for the whole shoot."
Franco also hailed 25-year-old Haze's acting in the movie as "the performance of a lifetime".
Writer McCarthy based the character of Ballard on real-life Wisconsin murderer and body snatcher Ed Gein, the notorious 1950s criminal who also served as the inspiration for Psycho's Norman Bates and Leatherface in the horror hit The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Rapper Jay Z's Made in America Festival documentary has been acquired by U.S. network Showtime. The film, directed by Ron Howard, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on 7 September (13), and air on Showtime in America on 11 October (13).
A statement from Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins, reads, "Ron Howard and Jay Z have crafted an inspirational portrayal of American resilience, drive and creativity, interwoven with an incredible showcase of musical talent."
The film follows the creation of the rapper's new two-day musical festival, which he launched last year (12) with performances from the likes of Jay Z, Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Run D.M.C., Jill Scott and Eve.
The second annual Made in America Festival will be held this weekend (31Aug-01Sep13) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The line-up will feature Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails.
Rappers Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar have been slammed by a U.S. sheriff ahead of their gig at a Florida University. Law enforcement officer Mike Scott has sent an email to the president of Florida Gulf University, Wilson Bradshaw, stating the two stars should not be invited to perform at the Eaglepalooza event held at the college on 24 November (13) because of the extreme language in some of their songs.
He also fears the gig could erupt into violence.
Scott tells Florida's Naple News, "I am completely confused, and I asked Dr. Bradshaw, a black man, to please explain how (race row chef) Paula Deen uses the word (n****r)... and gets nationally excoriated and these people use the word every single day, every other word out their mouth, in every single song and we are going to welcome them to a county park with the endorsement of FGCU."
In an email reply to Scott, Bradshaw states that Ludacris and Kendrick have performed at more than 200 colleges and universities and no incidents of violence have been reported, and he ensures that there will be 75 to 100 security officers on site for the gig.
TV chef Deen was dropped by the Food Network in June (13) over her use of racial slurs.
The new-look Stone Temple Pilots have slightly changed their moniker as Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington joins the band for upcoming tour dates and record releases. Bennington joined the group three months ago after his new bandmates fired former frontman Scott Weiland and now the rockers have announced plans to release a new EP as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.
High Rise will be released on the band's own label, Play Pen/ADA, on 5 October (13), and will include the group's first single, Out of Time.
Bennington made his STP debut in May (13) at the KROQ Weenie Roast in California. The new-look act will kick off their first U.S. tour at the Sands Casino event center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania next month (Sep13).
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Our day just got a little bit brighter.
After being treated to a quirky delight of a trailer last month, we get yet another taste of The Secret life of Walter Mitty by way of an official poster that’s just as satisfying. In the upcoming film based on a short story by James Thurber, Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty, an office drone with his head in the clouds. Mitty lives out various adventures through his frequent daydreams but has to leave his dreams behind once adventure beckons in the real world. Joining Stiller are Patton Oswalt, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Sean Penn.
The poster showcases Walter, briefcase in tow, running through a sun-soaked skyline, no doubt racing to his next big imaginary adventure. The film looks like the perfect injection of whimsy for a work weary world. Since Ben is doing all the heavy lifting for this project (directing, producing, and starring in the film) he might want to take a break and do some daydreaming himself after the movie comes out.
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Jamie Foxx paid tribute to singer Harry Belafonte and Motown boss Berry Gordy during an emotional speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic 'I have a dream' civil rights address in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (28Aug13). The Oscar winner was among several famous faces who joined African-American leaders and politicians at the National Mall for the celebrations, but his speech was one of the day's most impressive as he urged the youth of today to respect their elders, like he respects the elders who marched with King.
Foxx recalled a touching recent meeting with Belafonte when the veteran entertainer served up a life lesson for the Ray star and his teenage daughter.
The actor/singer told the crowds gathered for the day of remembrance, "I said (to my daughter), 'Listen, if you want to get inspired, come listen to this man speak.' When I sat with Mr. Belafonte, he asked my daughter, 'How old are you?' and my daughter said, '19'. And I said, 'Mr. Belafonte, what were you doing at 19?' and he said, "I was coming home from World War Two and when I got back to America I wasn't allowed to vote... I realised I had more work to do, so myself, Al (Sharpton), Jesse (Jackson) and Martin (Luther King), we marched.
"I said, 'Wait a minute, man, you sound like you're naming a boy band group. What do you mean...? And he looked at my daughter and said, 'Martin Luther King, have you heard of him?' And we sat there and we cried."
Foxx added, "What we need to do now is the young folks (need to) pick it up now, so that when we're 87 years old, talking to the other young folks, we can say it was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington (who made a difference)."
Ironically, Belafonte recently targeted Jay Z over claims the rap mogul and his wife Beyonce weren't doing enough to address modern civil rights issues.
Foxx also noted that Belafonte also bailed Martin Luther King out of jail "so that he could march" and paid for his widow Coretta Scott King's bills "as long as she was on this planet".
The Ray star concluded his stirring speech by paying tribute to another African-American icon, Berry Gordy, explaining, "We have to salute Mr. Berry Gordy because Mr. Berry Gordy put Dr. King's speech on an album and put it out on Motown Records and after he did that, he turned around and gave those reels and those tapes back to the King family."
Chinese censors have given filmmaker Baz Luhrmann the green light to open his latest movie The Great Gatsby in the nation's theatres after realising it's largely an Australian film. The director admits he has been handed the job of opening the film in China at short notice - the movie will open this weekend (beg30Aug13) - after industry bosses there determined his The Great Gatsby wasn't an American film, and therefore wasn't subject to the same scrutiny as Hollywood projects.
He tells BroadwayWorld.com, "A very rare amount of (Hollywood) films are selected for China, and Gatsby wasn't going to be, and then all of a sudden the Chinese said, 'Yes, Gatsby, go.' So, I had to scramble my whole team, and we're all on a plane, and off we go to Beijing.
"I do believe that they didn't realise that we had made the film in Australia; that it was an Australian film, and it had to do with their (film) quotas. But, I'm not sure that's entirely the reason of course. You know, everything in China is quite mysterious."
Ironically, Luhrmann's ambitious adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book was inspired by a train trip that began in China, during which he read the novel and came up with the concept for the film.
The director adds, "It is absolutely full circle."
Australian TV presenter Bill Peach has lost his battle against cancer. The pioneering journalist and traveller died in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital at the age of 78 on Tuesday (27Aug13) after suffering with lung cancer.
He was best known as the presenter of Australian current affairs show This Day Tonight and was hailed as the country's first news anchor.
The ABC's managing director Mark Scott praised him as a "courageous, pioneering" journalist leading a programme that "broke more ground, created more controversy and caused ABC management more trouble than any other program in the ABC's history".
Peach was born in New South Wales and trained as a teacher before scoring a traineeship with ABC radio in 1958. He went on to win an award for Outstanding Contribution to Television in 1975.
He is survived by his partner Pam and two children.
Artemis Fowl has been a very long time in the making, but it looks like the film is finally happening! The best-selling teen book about a boy genius's interaction with the fantasy world was in talks to become a film 12 years ago. Only recently has Disney announced its partnership with Harvey Weinstein in resurrecting the film. Michael Goldenberg, who adapted the script for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is set to write for it, and Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro will executive produce the film.
Patient fans of the books have been eagerly awaiting the cast list. Many fans believe Asa Butterfield, of Hugo and the upcoming Ender's Game, should play the eponymous Artemis. Fowl author Eoin Colfer has stated his preference for Irish actress Saoirse Ronan to play elf Holly Short, the female protagonist. Colfer says he wants the cast to be Irish, which is why he favors Ronan, but fans have pointed out that from the book’s description, Holly Short is a woman of color. No release date has yet been set for the film.
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