The studio is being revamped under Ross, the former president of Disney Channels Worldwide, and he has decided the planned big budget adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea will not float.
Reports suggest Will Smith turned the Nemo role down. No casting decisions had been made, but McG's Terminator: Salvation star Sam Worthington made it clear he'd like to be considered for the role.
He recently told MovieHole.net, "McG and I haven't discussed it seriously. I wrote him an email and he wrote back saying, 'I don't think you have these qualities, blah, blah...' and I wrote back saying, 'It's your job as a director to bring it out of me.'"
Movie gossip sites suggested Worthington was being considered for the part of Captain Nemo in the film after Will Smith reportedly turned the part down.
The Aussie insists the reports aren't true - but he'd love to reteam with McG for the epic Jules Verne tale.
He tells MovieHole.net, "I actually saw that (story) online... and I'm like, 'Hey, how come you’ve never talked to me about this?'
"I might get into it a bit more and start writing online, saying, 'I want this job...' We haven’t discussed it seriously. I wrote him (McG) an email and he wrote back saying, 'I don’t think you have these qualities, blah, blah...' and I wrote back saying, 'It’s your job as a director to bring it out of me.'"
When award season rolls around there’s only one show that no one in Hollywood wants to be a part of ... the Annual Razzie Awards. The only competition honoring the best of the worst in film.
Even the biggest stars can’t dodge the occasional stinker and this year Mike Myers’ was no different. His summer flop The Love Guru received seven nominations, including worst picture, worst actor and worst screenplay for Myers. Ouch!
Myers shouldn’t feel too bad, Paris Hilton didn’t fair much better with nods for worst actress and worst screen couple for Hottie and the Nottie and worst supporting actress for Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Hilton’s Hottie and the Nottie will also compete for worst pic alongside The Love Guru, The Happening, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and spoof flicks Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans.
The 29th Annual Razzies, determined by the 687 members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, will be announced Feb. 21, the morning before the Academy Awards.
And the nominees are:
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
The Hottie and The Nottie In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
The Love Guru
Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
Mike Myers, The Love Guru
Al Pacino, 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg, The Happening and Max Payne
Jessica Alba, The Eye and The Love Guru
Cameron Diaz, What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton, The Hottie and the Nottie
Kate Hudson, Fool's Gold and My Best Friend's Girl
The entire cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Meg Ryan)
Uwe Boll, 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Postal
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer for Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam, The Hottie and the Nottie
Marco Schnabel, The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening
Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll (as himself), Postal
Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!
Ben Kingsley, The Love Guru, War, Inc. and The Wackness
Burt Reynolds, Deal and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Verne Troyer, The Love Guru and Postal
Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Paris Hilton, Repo! The Genetic Opera
Kim Kardashian, Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski, 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans (jointly) - written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
The Happening - written by M. Night Shyamalan
The Hottie and the Nottie - written by Heidi Ferrer
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - screenplay by Doug Taylor
The Love Guru - written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy
Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll & any actor, camera or screenplay, 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Postal
Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton & either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore, The Hottie and the Nottie
Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy & Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
Worst Rip-Off, Prequel or Remake
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans (jointly)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Bookies Bet on Quick End to Lopez-Anthony Marriage
British bookmakers offered odds of 3-1 Monday that singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and her new husband, singer Marc Anthony, would divorce by the end of the year, Reuters reports. The fact that Lopez, 33, has already been through two short-lived marriages, as well as having broken off her A-list celebrity engagement to actor Ben Affleck, bookmakers are also offering 10 to 1 odds that "J-Lo marries more than eight times in her life, beating Elizabeth Taylor," a bookie spokesman said. Anthony, after getting a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic a week ago from his wife of four years, married Lopez over the weekend in a small ceremony at Lopez's Beverly Hills home.
Hasselhoff Arrested for Intoxication
Actor David Hasselhoff was arrested over the weekend in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, The Associated Press reports. The former Baywatch star was arrested late Saturday night on Ventura Boulevard in the Encino section of the San Fernando Valley, police confirmed. He was released the next morning. No further details were immediately available. In 2002, Hasselhoff checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for alcoholism treatment.
MTV Eyes Diaz, Muniz Series
Cameron Diaz and Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz are among the celebrities whose shows are vying for slots on MTV's lineup next season, Reuters reports. Diaz's project, known as Trippin', involves her and famous friends like Drew Barrymore traveling to faraway lands to spotlight environmental issues. Muniz's is Granted, in which he'll help viewers live out their fantasies. The music cable network has ordered 10 pilots for consideration for the 2004-05 season.
"Mini-Me" Wants an Annulment
Verne Troyer, best known as Mini-Me from the Austin Powers film series, is seeking an annulment from a model who claims she is married to the diminutive actor, Reuters reports. Troyer's attorney said his client filed papers Feb. 23 seeking to annul Genevieve Gallen's marriage claims, which he said are fabricated and financially motivated. "There is no valid marriage. That's why we're asking for an annulment," Troyer's lawyer told Reuters. It was widely reported last summer that Gallen and Troyer, 35, were engaged, with some gossip accounts saying they later broke off their relationship. It is not clear on what grounds Gallen was asserting the marriage to Troyer, Reuters reports.
Halle Berry's Ex-Hubby Wants Spousal Support
Halle Berry's estranged husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, filed papers last week in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging their prenuptial agreement and seeking spousal support, Reuters reports. According to documents posted on the Web site thesmokinggun.com, Benet, 33, is asking the 37-year-old Oscar winner to shell out for his legal bills and spousal support. The two wed in January 2001 and have no children. Berry filed for divorce from Benet, her second husband, in April of this year, citing irreconcilable differences. But in a recent appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Berry told the host Benet had been unfaithful to her and was being treated for sexual addiction. Berry's previous marriage to Cleveland Indians outfielder David Justice ended in divorce in 1996.
Midnight Oil Frontman Could Move Into Political Arena
Peter Garrett, frontman for the defunct Australian rock band Midnight Oil, could run in the next federal election. Garrett has become the highest profile candidate for the Labor Party seat of Kingsford Smith in Sydney, Australia, since Laurie Brereton announced last week he would retire at the next election, which could come as early as August 7. Garrett, a leading environmentalist and longtime political activist, has served as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation and has served on the international board of environmental group Greenpeace. Midnight Oil's can you find out what year that was? protest song about Aboriginal land rights, "Beds Are Burning," became a hit around the world.
Role Call: Ferrell in Talladega Nights, Warner Nabs Rule of Four
Columbia has paid close to $4 million for the pitch Talladega Nights, a comedy set in the world of professional stock car racing, starring Will Ferrell and directed by Adam McKay. Ferrell and McKay will also serve as co-writers and executive producers on the project, which is aiming for a summer 2006 release with production set to begin next year … Warner Bros., meanwhile, has bought screen rights to Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's novel The Rule of Four, about four Princeton brainiacs who have cracked secrets behind the 15th century manuscript Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. The text contains embedded codes that reveal the whereabouts of a fabled buried Roman treasure, but when the students get close, murders start occurring on campus.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.