September 03, 2003 12:52pm EST
Charlie's Angels star Cameron Diaz, who was seen Tuesday sporting two tiny bandage strips on the bridge of her nose, said she broke her nose Saturday during a surfing accident off Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. "I'm fine," Diaz told The Associated Press. "But I'm just totally bummed out because I can't go surfing any more." The nautical mishap happened on her first day of her two-week Hawaiian vacation, also her 31st birthday. Diaz said she was surfing with her older sister and a couple of friends when she wiped out and hit someone else's board--with her face. Her sister, Chimene, told the AP it could have been worse had the board not been made of foam. According to the 2004 edition of the Guinness World Records, Diaz, who earned $42.2 million in 2001, has replaced Julia Roberts as Hollywood's highest paid actress.
Actors To Test for Batman Role
Holy razor's edge, this is going to be a close shave! Over the next three days, some of Hollywood's hottest young actors will congregate at Warner Bros. to test for the role of the Caped Crusader in the next Batman film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson, Cillian Murphy, Henry Cavill and Eion Bailey are all expected to test for the part. The Batman film, to be directed by English filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento), is scheduled to start shooting in February.
Johnny Depp Loves Freedom Fries
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl star Johnny Depp, who lives in the south of France with his wife, French model/actress Vanessa Paradis, and their two children, told the German news magazine Stern that the United States is "a stupid, aggressive puppy" and he would not live there until the political climate changed. According to Reuters, Depp, 41, also slammed George W. Bush's administration for its criticism of French opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, adding: ""I was ecstatic they re-named 'French fries' as 'Freedom fries.' Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots."
Limo Owner Sues Rapper 50 Cent
The owner of a limousine service in Mobile, Ala., has sued rapper 50 Cent, claiming he suffered bruised ribs, fear and emotional distress after some of the star's security guards hijacked his vehicle following a March 13 concert at the University of South Alabama's Mitchell Center, the AP reports. Johnny Bonner alleges that when he tried to take a different route back to the hotel after a crowd of fans surrounded 50 Cent's motorcade, the security men attacked him, threw him in the rear seat of the GMC Yukon and drove "recklessly" back to the hotel. He seeks unspecified damages from 50 Cent, the three unidentified security men and unidentified parties responsible for hiring and supervising the men.
Macaulay Culkin Happy Where He Is
Former Home Alone child star Macaulay Culkin says he has no regrets about rising to fame at such a young age. Culkin, now 23, tells Barbara Walters in an interview with airing Friday at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC's 20/20 that he wouldn't trade any of his experiences for anything in the world. "I'm very happy with who I am, and where I've ended up and I wouldn't change one thing," he said. "Because if you change one thing in the past, everything else is different." Culkin, who married actress Rachel Miner in 1998 when both were just 17 but separated two years later, also denied he plans to marry his girlfriend, actress Mila Kunis from the Fox's That '70s Show. Culkin stars as New York club kid Michael Alig in the upcoming biopic Party Monster.
Universal Re-Releases Scarface
Universal Pictures is re-releasing Al Pacino's Scarface this month for a 20th anniversary run in theaters in New York; Los Angeles; Boston; Chicago; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; Dallas; Miami and San Francisco, Reuters reports. Jack Foley, president of distribution for Universal's specialty film label Focus Features, said the new prints have been copied from restored film and will feature a new digital soundtrack to boost the audience experience. The film's re-release comes in advance of a new DVD version of Scarface.
Gone With the Wind's Rand Brook Dies
Actor Rand Brooks, who played Scarlett O'Hara's first husband, Charles, in Gone With the Wind died of cancer Monday at his home in Santa Ynez, Calif., with his wife, Hermaine, at his bedside, the AP reports. He was 84. In the 1940s and '50s, Brooks became known as sidekick Lucky Jenkins in the Hopalong Cassidy movies and Cpl. Randy Boone in the TV series Rin Tin Tin. After he left show business, Brooks ran an ambulance service that eventually became the largest private ambulance provider in Los Angeles County. He sold the company in 1994 and retired to the Santa Ynez Valley, where he bred champion Andalusian horses.
The animated Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas has all the great adventure of the story wrapped up in a sappy little package for the kiddies. Taken from the ancient tales of the Arabian Nights Sinbad is a rogue who cares only about what is in his and his crew's best interest--and little else. As the film begins he unsuccessfully tries to steal the Book of Peace--which keeps order in the world--from his childhood best friend Proteus the Prince of Syracuse who is sailing to the city to return the sacred book. Although the two are estranged it's clear they still have a kinship. When the Book of Peace is actually stolen by Eris the goddess of chaos she frames Sinbad for the theft. Proteus stands up for his friend and makes the council give Sinbad one chance to find and return the precious book or Proteus will die on his behalf. Disbelieving the threat the pirate decides to blow the whole thing off but Proteus' beautiful betrothed Marina who has stowed away on Sinbad's ship has other plans. Marina has Sinbad's crew on her side and it could turn mutinous if the guy doesn't fulfill the mission. OK so he'll go get the book. Eris doesn't make it easy for our reluctant hero--dispatching both monstrous creatures and the elements to do battle along the way. But ultimately the brave Sinbad learns a few life lessons falls in love and wins out by following his heart. Aww!
See what a little success in the animated world can get you? These days an animated film can demand the attention of any A-list actor to provide the voices not just your occasional Robin Williams. We have Finding Nemo with the voices of Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres and now Sinbad which attracted huge names such as Brad Pitt (Sinbad) Catherine Zeta-Jones (Marina) Michelle Pfeiffer (Eris) and Joseph Fiennes (Proteus). It could also be the fact DreamWorks' animation king Jeffrey Katzenberg has the clout to rope them all in. Pitt as Sinbad is roguishly clever infusing the pirate with the requisite amount mischievousness and rebellion while Zeta-Jones provides the adventurous Marina with the right amount of bravado and vulnerability. Fiennes as the stiff but honorable Proteus is fine but you can tell right away who has the most fun with her character; Pfeiffer's Eris is a pure delight in sound as well as sight. She is able to take her Catwoman persona from Batman Returns and elevate it to a well celestial level. In the supporting roles Dennis Haysbert does a nice job as Sinbad's right-hand man Kale as does Adriano Giannini the son of legendary actor Giancarlo Giannini as the ship's lookout Rat. Kudos all around for a job well done.
As a self-proclaimed fan of those cheesy 1970s Sinbad movies including The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger--where the stop-motion special effects of wizard Ray Harryhausen made it all worthwhile--the idea of an animated version of Sinbad seems perfectly fitted for the genre. Now the mythical creatures could be fully realized in vivid Technicolor where the DreamWorks' animators spare no expense in providing their own visions of things such as sirens sea monsters and giant birds of prey. The artwork for Eris is a particular stroke of genius with the flowing black hair and beautifully evil features; the film definitely comes alive when she is onscreen. As well the action sequences are as exciting as any car chase or gun battle you'll see in a live-action film. The drawback for the adults is the film's slightly schmaltzy story about friendship and of course true love. It's not entirely clear why computer-animated films such as Shrek and Finding Nemo are now becoming the only animated films that appeal to everyone adults and kids alike. It used to be traditional hand-drawn classics such as The Little Mermaid and The Lion King did the trick but now it seems animated films need only provide spectacular visuals--without a great story and snappy dialogue to back them up.
A truck carrying hazardous materials accidentally drops one of its containers into a small lake contaminating it and its delicate ecosystem. Trouble arises when the wacky town entomologist feeds his collection of exotic spiders contaminated crickets which act as a sort of spider "steroid." The result is a horde of giant hairy spiders that prey on the town's unsuspecting inhabitants. Sheriff Sam Parker (Kari Wuhrer) doesn't believe her son Mike (Scott Terra) when he tries to warn her about what's going on but blames his "media-induced paranoid delusional nightmare" on too much boob-tube watching. Then when mining engineer Chris McCormick's (David Arquette) aunt gets spun--literally--into one of the spider's webs he enlists the help of Sheriff Parker and paranoid radio announcer Harlan Griffin (Doug E. Doug) to fight off the eight-legged freaks. Armed only with rakes ski poles and chainsaws the townspeople fight off the spiders in a losing battle before Chris comes up with a master plan that will blow the arachnids to smithereens.
Prankster Arquette (See Spot Run) tones down his funnyman routine in Eight Legged Freaks and takes on the role of the humble hero. It's refreshing to see Arquette playing a more subdued character with less of a slapstick edge although I half expected him to start yelling at people to "dial straight down the center." As the sheriff Wuhrer (Berserker) plays her dual role well as a headstrong single mother of two and the town leader. Sure she looks a little too hot to be a chief law enforcement officer but maybe some sheriffs really do look like that in small-town America. While the laughs may not have been coming from Arquette there were enough to be had thanks to Doug whose most memorable role to date has to be Sanka Coffie from the 1993 comedy Cool Runnings. His radio announcer in this film believes the government is conspiratorial and that the spiders are the alien invasion he has been warning people about for decades. Doug delivers some of the movie's funniest lines.
New Zealander Ellory Elkayem (Larger Than Life) wrote and directed Eight Legged Freaks a sort of homage to mid-1950s B-movie sci-fi thrillers like Tarantula or Earth vs. the Spider. But while these cult films were funny merely by accident--Tarantula director Jack Arnold probably wasn't being intentionally campy--Eight Legged Freaks at times seems to try too hard. Packing in one joke after another takes away from the spiders' scariness making them seem more like a practical joke than a potentially annihilating threat. The special effects are extremely slick however and the spiders are well done with techniques approaching those in the 1997 sci-fi actioner Starship Troopers (but none of the gigantic CGI spiders are as scary as the real-life tarantulas caged up in terrariums at the start of the movie). Although at 99 minutes the film moves quickly the final scene in which the townspeople are being chased through a labyrinth of mining tunnels drags on a bit too long.