The race for 2002's worst films and acting performances got off to a roaring start as the nominations for the Golden Raspberry, or Razzie, Awards were announced Monday. The actress category included Madonna's performance in Swept Away, which also snagged a nod for worst film, as well as Jennifer Lopez for her turns in Enough and Maid in Manhattan. Also on the list were Winona Ryder for Mr. Deeds, Angelina Jolie for Life Or Something Like It and Britney Spears for her debut in Crossroads, which also made it to the worst film list. Rounding out the worst films were The Adventures of Pluto Nash, the Italian film Pinocchio and Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones. Actors included Eddie Murphy for Pluto Nash, Roberto Benigni for Pinocchio, Adriano Giannini for Swept Away, Steven Seagal for Half Past Dead and Adam Sandler for his dual performances in Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights and Mr. Deeds.
Michael Jackson wants to strike back at Martin Bashir, the British interviewer who, he claims, betrayed him in the documentary on his personal life which aired last week. The King of Pop has authorized the release of video footage to prove Bashir was misleading and unfair. "I am bewildered at the length to which people will go to portray me so negatively," Jackson said in a statement.
The Associated Press reports Star Wars creator George Lucas is planning to build a $300 million special effects campus in San Francisco, Calif. for his company Lucasfilm Ltd. in hopes to give the coastal city recognition as a major player in filmmaking. The 850,000-square-foot project is scheduled for completion in 2005.
Maybe Ryan Phillippe thinks his star is dimming a bit in the glow of his successful wife Reese Witherspoon? Variety reports Phillippe has fired his agents at the William Morris Agency and his management company Brillstein Gray Entertainment. He is currently considering other representation.
George Clooney lost his usual cool while answering questions about his film Solaris at the Berlin International Film Festival Saturday. According to Reuters, a journalist from Turkey commented to the actor at a press conference that he thought the film, which received mixed reviews in the U.S., was "boring." Clooney responded, "You crack me up, man. You just wanted to get up and be a rat, you know that? You just wanted to get up and say something rotten. What a jerk! I mean honestly, you know, what a (expletive) thing to say!"
George Clooney may not have been enjoying himself there, but perhaps his colleagues at the kickoff of the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival this past weekend were. Variety reports the festival attracted a more than a few celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Dustin Hoffman. The well-respected festival has made a concentrated effort to boost star power this year.
Renee Zellweger has denied she and co-star Hugh Grant are gearing up for a sequel to their hit comedy Bridget Jones's Diary. According to BBCNews.com, when asked about Jones' sequel at the Berlin Film Festival, the actress replied, "Neither of us has seen scripts, neither of us has a start date and neither of us has committed because there is nothing to commit to."
Eminem says he will do only one concert this year, in his hometown of Detroit, Mich. According to AP, the July 12 show, at the new Detroit football stadium Ford Field, will also feature Missy Elliot and 50 Cent.
Hollywood types hope their best work will be remembered when that other awards show announces its nominees Tuesday. But unfortunately, their worst work won't be forgotten either, not if the Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation has anything to say about it.
At least "Wild Wild West" knows it won't walk away honor-less. Last summer's Will Smith stinker, along with the blockbuster "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace", topped the nominations for the 20th Annual Razzie Awards, announced today.
"Wild Wild West" and "Phantom Menace" are up for eight Razzies each. The digs at "West" include nods for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Kevin Kline), Worst Screen Couple (Kline and Smith), Worst Director (Barry Sonnenfeld), Worst Supporting Actor (Kenneth Branagh) and two nods for Worst Supporting Actress (Salma Hayek and Kline as a prostitute).
The flick will duke it out for Worst Picture dishonors with "Phantom Menace," as well as "Big Daddy," "The Haunting" and "The Blair Witch Project.".
The Golden Raspberrys also announced nominations for the worst actor and actress of the entire blinkin' 20th century. The uncoveted races will pit the likes of Kevin Costner against Pauly Shore, and Madonna against Brooke Shields.
Past multiple Razzie winners "Striptease," "Showgirls," "Hudson Hawk," "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn!" and "The Postman" are all in contention for the title worst picture of the 1990s.
Some of today's picks reveal the Razzies' "pet" performers. Consider the Sofia Coppola worst supporting actress nomination for "Episode I." (Blink and you missed her as one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens. And what were her lines, other than, say, "Yes, your Majesty"?) And what about Sylvester Stallone's nomination for Worst Actor of the Century -- noting he deserves the nod for "99.5% of Everything He's Ever Done." (Ouch.)
The most curious dig: Madonna's nomination for Worst Actress of the Century. According to the Razzies, her bad-movie resume includes 1980's "Endless Love." But, was she even in the film? (No comment yet from the Razzies on that apparent typo.)
Oh well: Like Madonna would show up to the ceremonies, which, for the record, are scheduled for March 25 -- 24 hours before the real-deal Academy Awards -- at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The actual award, a gold-spray-painted plastic raspberry atop a mangled Super 8 film reel, reportedly is worth about $4.27.
Here's the complete nominee list for the 20th Annual Razzie Awards:
"Big Daddy" "The Blair Witch Project" "The Haunting" "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" "Wild Wild West"
Kevin Costner, "For Love of the Game" and "Message in a Bottle" Kevin Kline, "Wild Wild West" Adam Sandler, "Big Daddy" Arnold Schwarzenegger, "End Of Days" Robin Williams, "Bicentennial Man" and "Jakob The Liar"
Heather Donahue, "The Blair Witch Project" Melanie Griffith, "Crazy in Alabama" Milla Jovovich, "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" Sharon Stone, "Gloria" Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Entrapment" and "The Haunting"
Worst Screen Couple
Pierce Brosnan and Denise Richards, "The World Is Not Enough" Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Entrapment" Kevin Kline and Will Smith, "Wild Wild West" Jake Lloyd and Natalie Portman, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" Lili Taylor and Catherine Zeta-Jones, "The Haunting"
Worst Supporting Actress
Sofia Coppola, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" Salma Hayek, "Dogma" and "Wild Wild West" Kevin Kline (as a prostitute), "Wild Wild West" Juliette Lewis, "The Other Sister" Denise Richards, "The World Is Not Enough"
Worst Supporting Actor
Jar Jar Binks (voice by Ahmed Best), "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" Kenneth Branagh, "Wild Wild West" Gabriel Byrne, "End of Days" and "Stigmata" Jake Lloyd, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" Rob Schneider, "Big Daddy"
Jan DeBont, "The Haunting" Dennis Dugan, "Big Daddy" Peter Hyams, "End Of Days" George Lucas, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" Barry Sonnenfeld, "Wild Wild West"
"Big Daddy" "The Haunting" "The Mod Squad" "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" "Wild Wild West"
Worst Actor of the Century
Kevin Costner The Artist Formerly Known As Prince William Shatner Pauly Shore Sylvester Stallone
Worst Actress of the Century
Elizabeth Berkley Bo Derek Madonna Brooke Shields Pia Zadora
Worst Picture of the Decade
"An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn!" "Hudson Hawk" "The Postman" "Showgirls" "Striptease"
Worst New Star of the Decade
Elizabeth Berkley Jar Jar Binks (voiced by Ahmed Best) Sofia Coppola, "The Godfather Part III," "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" Dennis Rodman, "Double Team" and "Simon Sez" Pauly Shore