Christopher Nolan, who has directed thrillers like Memento and Insomnia, said he likes to surprise his audiences, to USA Today:
"I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up."
There's just no accounting for taste, especially from a culture whose sole culinary invention is fish and chips.
The British, in a poll conducted by Heat magazine, named singers Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue the world's sexiest man and woman, respectively.
Williams won for the second year in a row, besting footballer--their football, not ours--David Beckham and genuine sexy Hollywood star Brad Pitt.
The ubiquitous J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez, to you people not in the know) finished a disappointing second behind Minogue in the voting, with British TV soap star Jessie Wallace in the show position.
Russell Crowe may have A Beautiful Mind, but he sure doesn't have a beautiful body. According to The Daily Star, Hollywood bigwigs have told the 37-year old porker to get himself back into the gym and into shape. Crowe "bulked up" 40 pounds after his split with pixie actress Meg Ryan.
Bruce Willis is still Moonlighting after all these years--as a rocker. The Hollywood hunk and his band The Accelerators are speeding their way through the U.S. on a 13-city tour, which begins in Atlanta on Friday and will include appearances in New Orleans, Austin and Dallas, USAToday reports.
Despite his off-color jokes last week, boxing legend Muhammad Ali is being honored for "illuminating our shared values of freedom, tolerance and democracy" and will be awarded the Broadcast Film Critics Association's inaugural Freedom Award. Bill Maher will emcee the BFCA's Jan. 14 event.
Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's and star of many, many Wendy's commercials, passed away Tuesday, Reuters reports. Details of his death were not immediately forthcoming.
In an exceptional move, the Screen Actors Guild has thrown out the election results from November's election, invalidating Melissa Gilbert's win over Valerie Harper, Eugene Boggs and Angel Tompkins. If only the Supreme Court would have shown the same integrity and resolve with the November 2000 presidential elections... The new voting period will run from March 15 to April 10.
What's in a name? The Cannes International Festival of Film has officially changed its name to the Festival de Cannes, or Cannes Film Festival, which is what everyone in the English-speaking world has been calling it anyway.
The mummy, she lives! Or, rather, the technology pioneered in the pair of recent Mummy movies will be reused to reanimate the Greek pantheon of gods and monsters in the upcoming movie The Argonauts. (We can't wait to see the Cyclops!)
It's court time for Michael Jordan, and we're not talking about NBA hardcourts. Jordan's wife Juanita filed for divorce last Friday, citing those ever-present "irreconcilable differences," after 12 years of marriage. Juanita is seeking permanent custody of the couple's three children, their mansion north of Chicago and--what else?--half of the family assets.
The bad boy of tennis is taking up television. John McEnroe, winner of 17 Grand Slam tennis titles, will host ABC's upcoming game show The Chair. We can only hope some of the contestants yell at McEnroe for being blind or missing a call.
CNN has pulled ads that called new anchor Paula Zahn "just a little sexy." (Of course, we think Paula is more than just a little sexy.) Walter Isaacson, CNN's chairman and CEO, said he was "outraged" by the piece and that Zahn has proved her credibility with her 20 years of experience. (We still think she's sexy.)
India.Arie says she "wasn't expecting [seven Grammy nominations] at all." Which is OK: we didn't expect her to spell her name with a period in the middle. India's nominations include album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist.
It's easy being green: Shrek has now pulled in $420 million in DVD and VHS sales after just two months on the shelves, DreamWorks reports. Add that to its global box office take of $472 million, and the green ogre (and DreamWorks) has to be feeling jolly about life.
Gagster Avery Schreiber (Robin Hood: Men in Tights, TV's The Ed Sullivan Show) died Monday of a heart attack. He was 66. Schreiber was a fixture on TV in the '60s and '70s, in a career that spanned four decades and covered TV, film and stage. His wife, Rochelle Isaacs Schreiber, survives him.
The Federal Aviation Administration inspector who gave Aaliyah's pilot permission to fly the plane that killed the R&B singer and seven members of her entourage committed suicide last week, officials told The Post on Wednesday. Officials will not release further information about his possible motive. .In other areas of the investigation, the charter plane's owner, Gilbert Chacon, has filed a complaint about pilot Luis Morales, saying that he "inappropriately logged hundreds of hours as 'pilot in command' when it was questionable whether he was even a pilot on the flights [he logged]," PageSix.com reported. But Gabriel Penagaricano, representing the Morales family, told the publication that the "wild allegations are only trying to deflect the blame, which falls squarely on the shoulders of the aircraft owner."
Arnold Schwarzenegger has sued International Game Technology, Inc. for the unauthorized use of his picture and voice on a Terminator-themed slot machine, the actor's attorney, Marty Singer, told Reuters on Tuesday. The suit claims more than $20 million in damages, which the actor says he could have received if he approved a similar licensing agreement. IGT representatives had no comment about the lawsuit.
Stars attending the 53rd annual Emmy Awards have been asked to wear business attire instead of formalwear to reflect the nation's somber mood, organizers told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Jennifer Price, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has confirmed that the celebrity arrivals won't be broadcast, either. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres has been confirmed as the host for the show; however, veteran CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite has been asked to open the ceremony. The awards show, to be seen 95 countries, will take a moment during its broadcast to thank people worldwide for their support of America.
Sports stars such as Tiger Woods and Venus Williams have donated items for eBay's "Auction for America." The auction site hopes to raise $100 million within 100 days. People's contribution's -- through buying, selling, or donating cash directly -- will go to benefit work of organizations like the September 11th Fund, The New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund and The Twin Towers Fund, an eBay spokesperson told Hollywood.com on Wednesday. Bidding for Wood's framed autographed pin flag from the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, has reached $10,000 since its starting date. The auction is set to end on Oct. 1st. Every auction will runs differently, with each seller having up to 7, or even 10 days, to sell their each item. The total of all auctions for "Auction for America." will be collected at the end of 100 days.
The major networks have started including the U.S. flag in their logos, or in many cases, altering their colors to include red, white and blue, Reuters reported. CBS is airing a three-second shot of the flag rustling in the wind as their transparent logo appears in the corner of the screen. NBC filled its feathers with the stars and stripes of the American flag. ABC added red, white and blue stripes to its alphabet sphere logo. WB has put three lightly shaded red, white and blue stripes behind its logo, and Fox's bug, includes an animated flag that turns into the transparent Fox logo.
Lou Waters, who has been a CNN news anchor since its launch in 1980, is leaving the network to become managing editor and on-air personality at NewsProNet, a company that produces prepackaged news features for Atlanta television stations, AP reported. Most recently, Waters and Natalie Allen anchored CNN Live Today on weekday afternoons.
Vivendi Universal said on Tuesday that its Universal Music Group record company will start issuing CDs in October equipped with software to prevent digital copying, Reuters reported. The company hopes that the software will improve poor record sales, which they blame at least in part on users burning copies of CDs from other users or acquiring digital files over the Internet.
American Pie star Jason Biggs is getting ready to hit Broadway as the lead in The Graduate. Biggs will play Benjamin Braddock, the character originated by Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Graduate marks the return to Broadway for Biggs, who starred on the New York stage 10 years ago opposite Judd Hirsch in Conversations With My Father.