Madonna's well-connected gal pal, former-model-turned-Miami-club-owner Ingrid Casares, and her partner, Chris Paciello, have sold their life rights to DreamWorks, which plans to turn their real-life stories into a feature film directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry). Casares and Paciello were known in the '90s for creating such celeb-studded hotspots as club Liquid on Miami's South Beach. After Paciello was arrested in 1999 for a racketeering charge of felony murder and bank robbery relating to his involvement years earlier with the Bonanno crime family, speculation continued that he had created the Miami nightclubs as a front for continuing mob dealings, Variety reports. His cases are still pending. Paciello and Casares have structured deals that will allow them to be consultants as well as possible producers of the film.
Nirvana's Kurt Cobain filled many notebooks with his thoughts when he was alive--but he may not have wanted the world to read them. Regardless, Newsweek reports publisher Riverhead Books paid the Cobain estate up to $4 million for the late grunge singer's personal journals, in which he talks about everything from heroin addiction to the pitfalls of success, and will publish them in a book called Journals next month. Newsweek obtained excerpts and published them in their Oct. 21 issue. Wrote Cobain in one particular entry, "…The most violating thing I've felt this year is not the media exaggerations or the catty gossip, but the rape of my personal thoughts."
The Associated Press reports 83-year-old Andy Rooney admitted he probably should not have said what he did about female NFL commentators--but he didn't exactly apologize for his comments, either. During an interview on The Boomer Esiason Show earlier this month, Rooney stated he thought women have no business commentating from the sidelines at NFL games. "I wish I hadn't included all women covering football, some are quite good," Rooney told AP. "But most of the women are there because they're good looking, not because they know the game."
CBS has removed its TV movie The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron from the November sweeps due to scheduling problems. Airing the Enron movie Nov. 3 would have placed CBS ahead of the competition trying to get their own Enron films on the small screen, including the FX channel, but CBS will air the Bond flick The World Is Not Enough instead.
NBC has upped orders for the new dramas Boomtown and American Dreams, which have made Sunday nights a success story for the peacock network. However, NBC will axe the five-year veteran Providence in December because of its low ratings.
Growing tensions in Southeast Asia, particularly with the recent bombings in Bali and the Philippines, have halted several concert tours traveling there. Jazz guitarist George Benson and the rock groups Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oasis have canceled their dates in that region.
A man identifying himself as Kid Rock's personal assistant who was traveling on one of the rap rocker's tour buses was charged with drug possession after a West Palm, Fla., concert Sunday. Kevin Joseph McMahon was the only person on the bus when authorities pulled it over after being tipped off that there was drugs onboard. The police found cocaine and marijuana, which McMahon admitted were his. He was released from the St. Lucie County Jail Sunday after posting $16,000 bond.
Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.