Top Story: Depp Film Release Pushed Up
In an attempt to capitalize on Johnny Depp's overwhelming popularity after Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sony Pictures is releasing his latest thriller Secret Window April 12 instead of the original date of March 23rd, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jeff Blake, Sony's president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said of the decision, "We just had our first screening of the film, and it went great; Johnny Depp is terrific in this film, adding that the media campaign for the film would begin February 1st, Super Bowl Sunday. The film stars Depp as a novelist terrorized by a man (John Turturro) who insists the book Depp is writing was stolen from him. Jurassic Park scribe David Koepp wrote and directed the film based on a Stephen King novella.
Stone Bars Reporters From Alexander Set
Volatile director Oliver Stone has barred reporters and onset photographs in an effort to avoid "distractions" while the film is being shot in Thailand, Associated Press reports. Cast and crew are also banned from taking photos of the battle scene in which Alexander (played by Colin Farrell) does battle with King Porus during his invasion of India in 325 B.C.E. According to an actor in the production, "We've been warned that if Oliver sees us with a camera, he'll storm over, stomp all over the camera and personally escort you off the set." Production on the epic, which also stars Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie, and Anthony Hopkins, began in September of last year in Morocco and in studios near London. The film is due to be released in November of this year.
Jackson Customized Bentley To Be Sold
Michael Jackson's Bentley Arnage Red Label Turbo will be auctioned off this weekend unless the auction house is notified otherwise by the singer, AP reports. Jackson entered into a contract to sell the 2001 Bentley with the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction house in October of last year before the singer was arrested on charges of child molestation. The auction house is now unsure whether the singer still wishes to sell the car. "We just want to do what he wants us to do and we don't know what that is," the house's Craig Jackson (no relation) said adding he has spoken with Jackson's management team, but, "These discussions have resulted in mixed directions about the car's status for the auction." Since the agreement to sell the car was signed by the singer, unless he specifically tells the auction house he wants to keep the car it will be auctioned off this weekend. The Bentley model would ordinarily be valued at $150,000, but with the additional customization and celebrity signatures as well as the fact it was used in the Jackson video for "What More Can I Give," the price should significantly increase. Says the auction house's Jackson, "It could bring a half a million dollars."
Singer Art Garfunkel was arrested Saturday for marijuana possession after the limousine he was riding in was pulled over for speeding, Reuters reports. The 62-year-old former member of the '60s duo Simon and Garfunkel was riding in the back of the limo when a state trooper pulled the driver over for diving 61 mph in a 45 mph zone, and noticed the scent of marijuana coming from the back of the limo. The trooper, who did not recognize the singer-songwriter, discovered small amount of pot in Garfunkel's jacket pocket. Garfunkel faces a $100 fine if convicted of unlawful marijuana possession next Wednesday in the Town of Hurley Court in New York State. Garfunkel's driver received a speeding ticket.
Mother of Combs' Son Wants More Child Support
Misa Hylton-Brim, mother of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' 10-year-old son Justin, is asking for a raise from the $5,000 a month in child support she receives to $30,000 a month, AP reports. Ms. Hylton-Brim's lawyer Brett Kimmel said in New Rochelle, NY, Family Court his client needs the extra monthly income to pay for the private school Justin attends, as well as a nanny and 24-hour security for the boy. Says Kimmel, "This child's needs specifically relate to his father being who he is." Combs did not appear in court nor did his lawyer, Peter Galasso, comment on the case. Model Kim Porter, the mother of Combs' other son, 6-year-old Christian, receives $30,000 a month for support. Combs runs Bad Boy Entertainment as well as owning numerous other business ventures including restaurants and a clothing line.
Music Industry Sues Hundreds For Piracy
The Recording Industry Association of America has filed four separate suits against 532 users of unnamed Internet service providers (ISP), Reuters reports. The group will issue subpoenas to the ISPs requiring them to turn over the names attached to the numerical addresses of music downloaders. Cases involving music downloaders have already been settled in separate cases with downloaders paying $3,000 a piece. In recent years the music industry has seen a decline in CD sales, leading the giants to crack down on downloaders who get songs for free off such peer-to-peer trading programs as Kazaa and Limewire. Napster one of the original peer-to-peer music sources has become a service with agreements with record labels where downloaders pay a monthly fee for music.
Role Call: Cameron Back to Sci-Fi
Director James Cameron hopes to being shooting a new sci-fi project later this year, his first film since Titanic six years ago, Reuters reports. The film, financed by 20th Century Fox, will be shot using high-definition 3-D cameras. Cameron describes the untitled project as, "a big-budget science-fiction film with a pile of special effects." Though he has not made a narrative film since Titanic, Cameron has made two documentaries about shipwrecks, Ghosts of the Abyss about the visiting theTitanic wreckage, and Expedition: Bismarck about the sunken German battleship.
How would you like Elvis Presley's 1976 blue Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz parked inside your garage? Lovely thought isn't it? Dream no further--the car can be yours if you bid on eBay, and you have enough money in the bank.
The online auction house eBay Motors is offering a stable of celebrity-touched cars to the highest bidder in the "Cars of the Stars" auction, which closes on Thursday.
"The eBay Motors category is the fastest growing category on eBay," said Kevin Purseglove, a PR representative for eBay. "People who have sold their cars online have gotten more traffic than anywhere else."
Along with Presley's Caddie, John Lennon's 1970 Mercedes-Benz limousine, Tim Allen's 1960 Chrysler 300F convertible, Reggie Jackson's 1970 Chevrolet Nova and Jerry Garcia's custom 1994 Dodge van are also on the auction block.
Other auction houses are jumping on the celebrity bandwagon. According to the Associated Press, the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Los Angeles also auctions celebrity cars. Currently on auction are Wonder Woman Linda Carter's 1984 Jaguar XJ6, a 1975 Lincoln Continental once owned by Elvis Presley and a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by The Sopranos' Tony Soprano during the first series of the HBO mobster series.
Elton John auctioned off 20 classic cars from his personal collection last Wednesday at Christie's auction house in London. The singer received $2.75 million dollars for his cars and released a statement claiming he was surprised at the results. "When the bidding kept going up and up way above the estimates, I was both thrilled and surprised. There's obviously a lot of money to be made from second-hand cars!" John said in the statement.
"Bidders have the chance to drive away in a car from some of our most beloved icons," Simon Rothman, vice president of eBay Motors told the Associated Press.
Purseglove adds that most of the cars auctioned off are listed on eBay by the estate, the celeb's next of kin, or automobile collectors who buy cars because of the individual who owned it or because of their passions for cars.
Since the birth of eBay in 1996, users have found themselves bidding on items ranging from clothing to music to antiques. Three years ago, cars were included on eBay.
According to Purseglove, celebrities are finding that they can get a great deal of attention by selling their items on eBay, simply because it's a flexible marketplace. It's easy to sell merchandise, and it attracts a lot of media attention.
Many sell their goods for a charitable cause. Tiger Woods is auctioning a 2001 Buick Regal he drove during the week of his Masters golf win. According to the Associated Press, the buyer will also receive an autographed plaque, a Buick Nike golf bag and clubs. All proceeds benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, who regularly sells her show memorabilia to benefit the For All Kids Foundation, has gained significant recognition for her organization, Rosie's Charity Auctions, founded in 1997 to help support the intellectual, social and cultural development of at-risk children across the U.S. According to O'Donnell's Web site, the Foundation has awarded over 500 grants to nonprofit organizations for children and families across the country.
" [eBay] has a pretty good relationship with Ms. O'Donnell," Purseglove said. "Sometimes guests that go to her show will bring autographed items for her to sell online."
O'Donnell, whose eBay seller name is "4allkids," is currently selling a pair of size 9½ Nike sneakers, an I-Zone camera, autographed pictures of herself and guest Martin Short, and her notes from Thursday's show.
The National Trust in London is selling off the house where ex-Beatle John Lennon lived with his aunt for 18 years before he achieved stardom in 1963. The four-bedroom property, valued at 150,000 British pounds is expected to sell for a higher sum. Ron Burkey, the son of Ernest Burkey, who owned the house, told London's Sunday Mirror on June 11 that the house was for sale because his father hated the fans who turned at the gates of his home. "We'll advertise it on the Internet," he told the publication. "There are a lot of fans in Japan and America who are incredibly passionate about John Lennon."
Years after Earth is destroyed by a hostile alien race (when aren't they
hostile?) a strapping young buck named Cale (Matt Damon) is recruited
for a mission to locate a spaceship that holds the key to human
survival. With the alien baddies on their tail Cale and company are in
a race against time to secure a new home for the Earthlings who have
been left homeless by the Drej.
This brilliant animated sci-fi adventure has the added benefit of a
stellar cast. Other than John Leguizamo who renders a whimsical voice
for the nonhuman navigator Gune the cast refrains from altering their
normal voices instead injecting their regular speech with the type of
emotion sincerity and charm you'd expect from a live-action feature. In
addition to Damon Drew Barrymore is Akima the pilot who catches Cale's
eye; Bill Pullman is the authoritative captain; Nathan Lane is the
suspicious first mate; and Janeane Garofalo is a weapons specialist with
(surprise!) a bad attitude.
In addition to producing "Anastasia " veteran animators Don Bluth and
Gary Goldman are known for creating some of the most popular laser disc
interactive video games and it shows in "Titan A.E." The brilliant
graphics and sophisticated animation here will prompt more than one
double take as you wonder whether what you're seeing is real or
animated. The tapestry that surrounds the characters -- particularly in
the final moments of Earth -- is nothing short of the best animation
ever to hit the big screen. Just one question: What's up with Cale's
naked butt scene and Akima's shower sequence? We haven't seen this much
animated skin since Shelley Winters evacuated the Poseidon.