"I would need a warehouse the size of North Wales to keep all the things that people think I would have taken from the set. Charities write to me asking for things for auction but I don't have anything. I don't have the guns and gadgets and none of the cars." Former Bond star Sir Roger Moore never kept any props from the 007 movies.
Police Academy star Bobcat Goldthwait has married his love of directing with his passion for Big Foot by making a new movie about a search for Sasquatch. The funnyman-turned-filmmaker shot Willow Creek in the remote Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, where Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin shot footage of what appeared to be Big Foot in 1967, and he admits he has become a big part of the community surrounding the myth.
But he confesses the chance he might stumble across the real thing while making Willow Creek turned him into an obsessive.
He says, "I shot the movie where the Patterson and Gimlin footage was originally shot, that footage where Big Foot's walking through and looks back. It's 17 miles down a dirt road; it takes two and a half hours to get there. There's no cell phones, there's no planes going over.
"You're in the middle of nowhere and when we were filming, we actually did see two mountain lions.... I'm out there and the idea of getting mauled to death wasn't lost on me - 'Bobcat killed by bobcat'... I was kind of insane when I made this movie... I was really obsessed."
Goldthwait admits he takes his love of Big Foot seriously, adding, "People bust my chops on this because I'm an atheist who believes in Big Foot, but I've met people who have heard and seen Big Foot... I'm accepted in the community; I've gone out looking for Big Foot with these guys on a number of occasions.
"I've been to Big Foot conventions and it's fascinating because most people in the Big Foot community believe Big Foot has a flat head, not a pointy head... This guy had a cardboard cut-out of a pointy headed Big Foot and the other guy comes over to him and he goes, 'You disgust me, look at his head!' And he goes, 'Really? I've seen Big Foot three times and you're never gonna see him 'cause you smoke!'"
Goldthwait's Willow Creek, in which actors Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson play Big Foot hunters interacting with town locals, is currently available as a video on demand. It will be released as a Blu-Ray/DVD later this year (14).
Tragic socialite Peaches Geldof was receiving treatment for heroin addiction for two-and-a-half years before her death. Bob Geldof's daughter had been taking heroin substitute methadone and undergoing weekly testing, but her husband Thomas Cohen told an inquest in Kent, England on Wednesday (23Jul14) he suspected she was back on drugs earlier this year (14).
He told the hearing he confronted his wife in February (14) and she retrieved a stash of heroin from the attic of their home and flushed it down the toilet as he watched.
The model/TV presenter died at her home in Kent in April (14) at the age of 25 in a chilling echo of her mother Paula Yates, who passed away from a heroin overdose in 2000.
Geldof's body was discovered by Cohen in a bedroom at the property on 7 April (14), and the inquest was told that when police later searched the home they discovered 6.9 grams (0.2 ounces) of heroin, several needles, and a burnt spoon.
The coroner, Roger Hatch, confirmed the death was drug-related.
He expressed his sympathy for the Geldof family but in a reference to the death of Yates, he stated the tragedy was not "history repeating itself" as Geldof had been trying to beat her addiction.
In 2011, Geldof sparked rumours she was on drugs after she was photographed at a fashion event in London with dark rings around her eyes and bruises on her arm, but she denied using heroin, claiming the marks were caused by skin condition psoriasis.
Model railway enthusiast Roger Daltrey is helping local officials in Britain set up a new toy train museum. The Who rocker has met with council leaders in Kent, England to share his expertise and discuss proposals for a new attraction in the town of Ashford.
A spokesman for Ashford Borough Council says, "Roger Daltrey attended a meeting at Ashford Borough Council with the leader of the council Gerry Clarkson and chief executive John Bunnett about a proposal to locate an international model railway museum in Ashford... This was a preliminary meeting to discuss certain aspects prior to a formal planning application being lodged in the very near future. We were delighted to welcome Mr Daltrey... and we had an excellent and productive discussion."
Daltrey has previously called model trains his "number one passion" in life.
MTV reality star Jenni Farley has given birth to her first child. The former Jersey Shore star, aka JWoww, and her fiance Roger Mathews welcomed a daughter on Sunday (13Jul14), according to Eonline.com. A representative for Farley says, "Jenni and Roger are so excited to welcome the newest 'guidette' (working class Italian American) Meilani Alexandra Mathews to the world weighing seven pounds and 13 ounces. "Meilani and her parents are doing great and are happy and healthy. Meilani is already looking to trade her baby bottle for barbells." A statement from a representative at MTV, the network which aired Jersey Shore, reads, "We're fist pumping in celebration of Jenni 'JWoww' Farley and Roger Mathews' new baby girl Meilani Alexandra Mathews. We're so excited for the new parents and to welcome the newest member to the MTV family." Farley announced her pregnancy in December (13). JWoww is the third member of the Jersey Shore cast to become a parent - Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi gave birth to baby Lorenzo in 2012 and is expecting a daughter later this year (14), while DJ Pauly D learned he had fathered a little girl named Amabella last year (13) after a fling with a Las Vegas waitress.
English actress Emily Lloyd is set to become a mum - the Wish You Were Here star is expecting her first child with boyfriend Christian Jupp. The 43 tear old is six months pregnant with a baby girl.
She tells The Sunday People, "I am so pleased. To be a mother was something I always wanted. I was so excited. I knew I wanted a child but realised at my age it might not be possible.
"Although it came as quite a surprise to us, we both knew we wanted this and that sometimes you can't plan when it happens."
The happy news comes seven months after the death of Lloyd's actor father, Roger Lloyd-Pack, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in January (14).
She continues, "I was amazed that I had fallen pregnant so soon after losing my dad. Maybe it was meant to be... I can't quite believe this is happening - after the sorrow I felt at the start of the year. We are just really looking forward to building a beautiful life for our beautiful baby."
When I was a kid, I decided — as many of the yet unjaded do — that I wanted my life to be about movies. I wanted to make them, critique them, talk about them, and watch as many of them as I could. The lucky ones don't grow away from this passion; the luckier still get the opportunity to make it a reality. But those occupying that small circle of unparalleled fortune often face something that might cast shade over the golden path that is a life devoted to the art of cinema. That plaguing question, "Does what I'm doing really matter?"
It's not a question that is specific to people who write about film, but it's one that hits our community hard. We're not curing diseases, we're not building houses, we're not defending the wronged or curbing crime. In fact, the average comments section of an article or string of Twitter responses to a hasty remark is wont to suggest that we're actually making people angry. With so much acrimony spawning from the conversations we set forth unto the Internet, we can't help but wonder if we are not only not making the world a better place, but perhaps making it a worse one. Are we further dousing this outrageous planet in hot venom? Are we devoting time that might be better spent building or curing to a plight of emotional infancy? Are we wasting our lives and everybody else's time? Many of us, at one point or another, wonder these things. As far as we can tell from Life Itself, Roger Ebert never did. He always knew that this was a worthwhile pursuit. And even if Ebert didn't always harbor that certainty, the documentary does. From beginning to end, Life Itself is sure that the world needs people like Ebert.
"Like Ebert" would be high praise with which to adorn any movies writer. Still, Life Itself doesn't treat him as an untouchable deity — poking good-natured fun at his audacity, his ego, his rivalry-turned-enmity-turned-friendship with Gene Siskel (their relationship is chronicled in what is probably the most engaging chapter in the movie) — but as a pioneer. An artist in his own right who approached the trade of "criticism" with a new point of view, giving way to a new means of thinking and talking about, and loving, movies altogether. In its portrait of Ebert's anti-establishment devotion to the Chicago Sun-Times, his heated on-air feuds with Siskel, his hearty support of new filmmakers, and his brazen takedown of the very same when they turn in what he considers to be trash (man, how he hated The Color of Money), Life Itself gives us a real character in Ebert.
I do not think it is any documentary's sole mission to sing the praises of its subject. Instead, a good biographical feature is driven to explain why someone made a difference. It wasn't that Ebert was a god, or a hero, or in any outstanding way an anomaly. He was someone — as so many of us who'll flock to this film are, and will be ever more after the inspiring song it sings — so devoted to his craft: the beautiful, wonderful, lucky drive to think about, talk about, write about, and watch movies. Because movies, be they like Life Itself or Boyhood or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are simply and essentially worth talking about. Ebert was someone who got that. He was someone worthy of our attention, respect, disapproval (sure, at times), and interest. Ultimately, Life Itself works to remind its viewers of one thing: Ebert is one of us. He's just really good at being one of us.
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British actress Gemma Arterton battled nerves ahead of her performance at a tribute concert for musical theatre legend Sir Tim Rice. The former Bond girl was joined a host of musicians including The Who star Roger Daltrey, Rufus Wainwright, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Rice's long-term collaborator Andrew Lloyd-Webber to celebrate the works of the Oscar-winning songwriter on Tuesday (08Jul14).
Arterton sang with an orchestra during the show at London's Southbank Centre, and she posted a picture of the stage on Twitter.com ahead of her big moment, adding, "My first proper public singing performance tonight. Here's me doing the soundcheck. No pressure..."
The tribute show, titled Tim Rice: A Life In Song, will be televised in the U.K. later this year (14).
Arterton will soon be showcasing her vocal skills on a regular basis in the Made in Dagenham musical, which opens in London in October (14).
Samuel L. Jackson has shot down rumours suggesting he endured an awkward silence with Victoria Beckham as they sat side-by-side at the Wimbledon tennis championships on Sunday (06Jul14), insisting they "had a ball".
A host of celebrities were spotted in the crowd at the Men's Singles Final in London as Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a nail-biting five-set match, but it was film footage of the movie icon and former Spice Girls star Beckham fidgeting through an apparent silence during the game that went viral on Monday morning (07Jul14).
The Vine.com clip showed the Pulp Fiction actor scratching his head and stroking his thigh during a break in the match as the two stars appeared to ignore one another.
However, Jackson has since taken to his Twitter.com account to dispel claims they failed to strike up a conversation. In a post on Monday (07Jul14), he writes, "Lotta Bulls**t goin' round (sic), I had a ball sitting next to @victoriabeckham at Wimbledon yesterday! Truly Lovely!STFU (shut the f**k up)!!"
Lotta Bullshit goin' round, I had a ball sitting next to @victoriabeckham at Wimbledon yesterday! Truly Lovely!STFU!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 7, 2014
Beckham had been joined by her soccer star husband David at Centre Court, while Sir Sean Connery, Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman were also seen in the audience, along with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.