Comic book aficionado Nicolas Cage sold his personal collection for a cool $1.6 million at an auction in Los Angeles Thursday. The 400 items in the catalog included the 1938 rare Actions Comics No. 1 where Superman first debuted, which sold for $86,250, as well as the 1940 Detective No. 38, where Batman's sidekick Robin made his first appearance. That one went for $121,000. "He had a very good eye for quality," Heritage Auction chairman James Halperin told Reuters of Cage's meticulous collection. No explanation has been given as to why the Oscar-winning actor decided to auction off his comics.
Skynews.com reports that Brad Pitt and his wife Jennifer Aniston had to be rescued by the LAPD when they were trapped in an expensive Beverly Hills furniture shop. Seems throngs of press and adoring fans surrounded the store and the two couldn't get out. After the police escort got them back to their car, however, the fab couple discovered they had gotten a parking ticket, according to Sky News. Oh, the irony of it all.
Director Kevin Smith (Dogma; Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) will have a street named after him in Paulsboro, N. J. The Jersey native has been filming his off-beat love story Jersey Girl, starring real-life couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, in the small town, and as a show of appreciation, the mayor wants to rename a street in Smith's honor.
A London court of appeal today "reluctantly" found in favor of Vanessa Frisbee, Naomi Campbell's former personal assistant, according to court papers. This was Frisbee's second appeal of the summary judgement against her for breach of contract. A lower court found that Frisbee had breached her contract when she told the News of the World tabloid that Campbell had physically attacked her when she failed to cover up an alleged fling between Campbell and actor Joseph Fiennes. At the time, the court papers say, Campbell was still living with Formula One boss Flavio Briatore. Frisbee argued that Campbell had wrongfully terminated her contract and that Frisbee was therefore freed from her confidentiality clause. Frisbee also claims she was entitled to disclose the information because it was of "public interest."
WWII historian and author Stephen E. Ambrose, who worked as a consultant for Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and who was best known for his book Band of Brothers, which was made into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries, died Sunday after a six-month battle with lung cancer. He was 66.
Several large-scale props worth nearly $55,000 were stolen from the set of Mike Myers' The Cat in the Hat, including an 8-foot-long pair of dark blue glasses, a 4-foot golf tee and a blue golf ball 7 feet in diameter and weighing nearly 200 pounds. The police do not have any suspects, but Sgt. Rod Baker of the LAPD quipped to the Associated Press, "We have ruled out the Grinch."
Fox has inked a deal with actress Shannon Elizabeth to develop a series for the 2003 fall schedule. The American Pie star is leaning toward doing a comedy.
Shrek may be heading toward Broadway's bright lights. Get the full story at our sister site, www.broadway.com.
It's a movie's identity and its first point of contact with the world. So is it any surprise that coming up (and sticking) with a proper film title can be tough.
For instance, take "Lucky Numbers."
The film, about the get-rich-quick scheme of a down-and-out weatherman (John Travolta) and his galpal (Lisa Kudrow) to rig the state lottery was at one time known just as "Numbers."
Now maybe because it rolls off the tongue a little gentler or perhaps the new title better drives home the flick's theme, but it's anyone's guess as to why the studio decided to change the title of the film just months before its release this Friday. (Paramount, the film's studio, has declined to comment.)
Think we're splitting hairs? Allow us to present another case in point: Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous." Just to get a sense of the amount of sleep creative types presumably lose over a catchy name, the DreamWorks boutique project had reportedly gone through numerous trial titles -- including "Stillwater," "Something Real" and "The Uncool" - before finally sitting happy with its current incarnation.
And, of course, those are not the only films that have gone through the Hollywood name game. So without further ado, we bring you some films that were formerly known as titles unbeknownst to you:
"Men Of Honor" -- The upcoming Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. drama about a man's dream of becoming a Navy diver was once called, conveniently, "Navy Diver" and then "The Diver."
"Bring It On" -- The Kirsten Dunst pom-pom fest was originally called "Cheer Fever." The title "Jump" was also another alternative that was being thrown around.
"Red Planet" -- The Mars flick with Val Kilmer and "The Matrix's" tough chick Carrie-Anne Moss once went by the name "Alone." Perhaps figuring that that title has nothing whatsoever to do with the planet on which the story is based, Warner Bros. later changed it to "Mars," only to once again alter it to the more metaphorical "Red Planet."
"Reindeer Games" -- A case where the original title prevails: Dimension Films once toyed with changing the Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron thriller to "Deception," but thought otherwise and stuck with "Reindeer Games."
"Scream" -- Here's a bit of a movie trivia for horror fanboys: the first "Scream" movie was originally known as "Scary Movie."
"Scary Movie" -- Had enough self-reflexivity yet? The Wayans megaspoof was first known as "Last Summer I Screamed Because Friday the 13th Fell on Halloween" and then as "Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween." What happened next? Well, that's movie history.
"The Watcher" -- Trip out, dude. The cop and serial killer flick, with Keanu Reeves as the obsessed murderer with a certain leaning for James Spader's beat-up detective, was previously called "Driven."
Brace yourself Dr. Laura. This clueless teen queen (Natasha Lyonne) has it all: good looks a football captain boyfriend and a popular pair of pom-poms. But her candy-colored world crumbles when her panicked parents stage an intervention after finding a Melissa Etheridge poster that leads them to conclude she's a friend of Ellen. After being carted off to an anti-gay rehab camp for teens the perky princess must choose between the straight and narrow-minded or the love that dare not speak its name.
The quirky ensemble casting is half this film's fun. Lyonne is charming as the pepster tempted by T&A and she sparks onscreen with swanky and sexy co-star Clea DuVall who plays the butch femme fatale suitor (alarmingly reminiscent of Nancy McKeon's Jo from "The Facts of Life.") Drag queen supreme RuPaul is unrecognizable out of his high heels and even higher blond wig wearing a "Straight is Great" T-shirt as a macho militant ex-gay counselor. Cathy Moriaty is sweetly sinister as the homophobic headmistress and Mink Stole steals scenes as the uptight upright meddling mom.
Kudos to Jamie Babbit for tackling this hot-potato topic but this well-intentioned film too often misses its mark turning potentially comical scenes into unbearably awkward moments. Babbit fouls when tugging at the heartstrings but hits home runs when the humor is at its broadest.