This week, I Am Number Four hits theaters and there’s only one thing that I can grasp on to about this movie: damn, that alien dude is hot. But hey, it’s not a bad hook. How many movies feature hot alien girls? So many movies do. So why not some hot alien dudes? I see no downfalls to this idea. There are fewer alien dudes that inspire something a little less like disgust and horror and more like the warm and fuzzies, but they’re out there. After a thorough excavation of alien men on film, here are my findings and a thorough report of their notable assets.
Johnny Depp as Spencer Armacost
The Astronaut’s Wife
This 1999 movie drew me to the theater for one reason and one reason only: Johnny Depp. He plays NASA Astronaut Spencer Armacost and pulls off the blonde look way better than his attempt in Secret Window. Anyway, Spencer goes on a mission to space, gets possessed by aliens and eventually transmits his alien form to his poor wife. Creepy right? But I mean, come on, it’s Johnny Depp. He’s even attractive when he dresses up as Willy Wonka. Alien babe, number one.
Zachary Quinto as Spock
I never thought I would say this, but in 2009, I walked out of the movie theater after having watched Chris Pine on screen for two hours and my first thought was, “Holy crap, Spock was hot.” True story. Zachary Quinto wasn’t anyone’s radar who wasn’t a Heroes fan, for the most part, but once he donned those pointy ears and that blue Starfleet jumper and started romancing Uhura, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who started to take notice.
Brandon Routh as Superman
Maybe you forgot because he’s America’s favorite superhero, but Superman isn’t even American; he’s an ALIEN. Yup, and a good looking one at that. If this were two years from now, I’d probably have to bump Routh for the soon-to-be replacement, Henry Cavill, but this isn’t about future alien babes. Routh is almost cartoonishly handsome and looks pretty amazing in that suit; just keep the kryptonite away from him, okay?
Sam Worthington as Jake’s Avatar
Okay, okay nerd patrol. I get that in the movie Jake is a human and the blue, muscular dude is his avatar, but clearly we’re being as superficial as possible here and if we want to get technical, he was still attractive at the end when he chose to go full Na’vi. This about looks and in the movie Jake’s avatar is strangely and undeniably attractive. (This is okay because he’s a humanoid creature. It’s not weird. I swear.)
Matt Dallas as Kyle
Who needs a belly button? Certainly not Kyle XY. I’ll admit, a show about an alien teen who arrives on earth with less knowledge in his head than a newborn baby is a little ridiculous, but that’s not why anyone was watching. They were watching because even without a belly button, Matt Dallas is a babe. End of story.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tommy
3rd Rock from the Sun
Before you get creeped out, I should point out that we’re talking about the last few seasons of the show, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was 19 and 20 years old, not the first few seasons when he was still 15 and chubby-cheeked. (To be fair, I was in middle school when the show was on, so I was allowed to think he was dreamy at the time.) Anyway, older Tommy (post 2000) was a certifiable cutie. There was no way we could have known he would end up looking like this by the time he reached his upper 20s, but he was definitely crushable.
David Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton
The Man Who Fell To Earth
Now, if you’ve never thought that David Bowie was attractive then feel free to skip on by this entry. In his feature film debut, Bowie played this alien who was sent to Earth in order to figure out a way to send water back to his home planet. Of course, he falls in love with a human while living on Earth, but he soon discovers the effects of greed and success. Yes, the film explores the darker side of life, but just look at that bone structure.
Jeff Goldblum as Mac
Earth Girls Are Easy
He may have looked like a taboo love child conceived after a weird experience for some dude and a parrot (or something) when he first falls from space into Geena Davis’ pool, but once they take him to the beauty parlor he looks just like a human under all that stuff! And he’s got all those lean muscles! And even though he’s Jeff Goldblum the fact that he’s an alien bumps him up into the hot echelon. Who knew?
Brenden Fehr as Michael Guerin
This is really along the same vein as I Am Number Four, except this was a WB show. Roswell gave us three teenagers who were humanoid aliens sent to Earth to help one day save their dying race, but oh how those pesky teenager problems complicate things. The great thing for Michael and his fellow alien Max is that one of their alien powers allows them to hear people just by touching them which means MAJOR TEENAGE LUSTY GROPING in almost every episode. Some people may have chosen Max over Michael, but I’d tell them that he has HUGE ears. Blondie wins.
Matt Smith as the Doctor
He’s a super smart, time-travelling alien Time Lord, he makes bowties look sexy, and get this: he’s British. Ding, ding, ding: we have a babe. I’ve also taken a moment to verify that he’s the most attractive actor to portray the Doctor yet (here’s hoping this becomes a habit). You should know that Doctor Who has enjoyed 11 versions since 1963, seeing a face new each time due to the fact that the Doctor can regenerate his body when he nears death. I know changing is part of his deal, but I think it’d be cool if they let the Doctor stay in Matt Smith form for a good long while. Can I be his companion? GERONIMO!
As much as his stint on MTV's Jersey Shore has given him, The Situation has continued to express a desire to transition into movies and last night in Dallas, he told an E! News reporter that "it's like Michael Jordan. There's only so long you can keep winning them rings." Even though the show's fourth season will take him to Italy, where he'll be introduced to a bunch of women who are sure to be even less interested in talking than he is, he hopes that by the end of the year he'll have scored a part in his own movie. "There's only so long you can rule the reality world. You gotta move on and try something different. I love to be in front of the camera; I love performing; I love entertaining so movies is definitely the next step." How lucky for each and every one of us.
Source: E! News
Making an earnest cinematic argument for the immortality of the soul and the existence of an afterlife without delving into mushy sentimentality is a difficult task for even the most gifted and “serious” of filmmakers. Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson discovered as much last year when his sappy grandiose adaptation of the ethereal bestseller The Lovely Bones opened to scathing reviews. Critics by and large tend to bristle at movie renderings of what may or may not await them in that Great Arthouse in the Sky.
And yet filmmakers seem determined to keep trying. The latest to make the attempt is Clint Eastwood who throughout his celebrated directorial career has certainly demonstrated a firm grasp of the death part of the equation. His filmography with a few notable exceptions practically revels in it: of his recent oeuvre Invictus is the only work that doesn’t deal with mortality in some significant manner. With his new film Hereafter Eastwood hopes to add immortality to his thematic resume.
The film's narrative centers on three characters each of whom has intimate experience with death and loss. Their stories in true Eastwood fashion can ostensibly be labeled Sad Sadder and Saddest: Marie (Cecile de France) is a French TV news anchor who’s haunted by disturbing flashbacks after she loses consciousness — and briefly her life — during a natural disaster; George (Matt Damon looking credibly schlubby) is a former psychic whose skills as a medium are so potent (the slightest touch from another human being triggers an instant powerful psychic connection a la Rogue from X-Men) they’ve left him isolated and alone; Marcus is a London schoolboy who retreats into a somber shell after losing his twin brother in a tragic car accident (both brothers are played rather impressibly by real-life twins Frankie and George McLaren).
Humanity offers little help to these troubled souls surrounding them with skeptics charlatans users and deadbeats none of whom are particularly helpful with crises of an existential nature. Luckily there are otherworldly options. Peter Morgan's script assumes psychics out-of-body experiences and other such phenomena to be real and legitimate but in a non-denominational Coast-to-Coast AM kind of way. Unlike Jackson’s syrupy CGI-drenched glimpses of the afterlife Eastwood’s visions of the Other Side are vague and eery — dark fuzzy silhouettes of the departed set against a white background. Only Damon’s character George seems capable of drawing meaning from them which is why he’s constantly sought out by grief-stricken folks desperate to make contact with loved ones who’ve recently passed on. He’s John Edward only real (and not a douche).
Marie and Marcus appear destined to find him as well but only as the last stop on wearisome circuitous and often heartbreaking spiritual journeys that together with George’s hapless pursuit of a more temporal connection (psychic ability it turns out can be a wicked cock-blocker) consume the bulk of Hereafter’s running time. We know the three characters’ paths must inevitably intersect but Morgan’s script stubbornly forestalls this eventuality testing our patience for nearly two ponderous and maudlin hours and ultimately building up expectations for a climax Eastwood can’t deliver at least not without sacrificing any hope of credulity.
It should be noted that Hereafter features a handful of genuinely touching moments thanks in great part to the film's tremendous cast. And its finale is refreshingly upbeat. Unfortunately it also feels forced and terribly unsatisfying. Eastwood an established master of all things tragic and forlorn struggles mightily to mount a happy ending. (Which in my opinion is much more challenging than a sad or ambiguous one.) After prompting us to seriously ponder life’s ultimate question Eastwood’s final answer seems to be: Don’t worry about it.
Ever hear of Jessica Chastain? Well, you’re about to, because she’s nabbed some big roles lately, starring opposite Brad Pitt in Tree Of Life and joining DreamWorks' adaptation of The Help.
The 29-year-old actress has appeared in a number of TV shows, from Veronica Mars to Law and Order, and made her big-screen debut two years ago in indie drama Jolene. Despite her relative newcomer status, Chastain is making waves. Besides Tree Of Life, she’s appearing in Al Pacino’s production of Oscar Wilde play Salome, Ralph Fiennes’ Shakespearean Coriolanus, and in two films with Avatar hot property Sam Worthington.
Chastain’s most recently announced project, The Help, adapts the best-selling “sleeper hit” by Kathryn Stockett that follows the lives of African-American maids in 1960’s Mississippi. Chastain will play Celia Foote, a lower-class white woman who tries to break into southern society. She will join Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer, who have already been cast. The Help is being produced by Chris Columbus, Brunson Green, and Michael Barnathan. Walt Disney Pictures will distribute.
We haven’t seen any of Ms. Chastain’s work, but we’re excited to see what all the fuss is about. It’s not every day that Hollywood gets a new actress who can actually act.
We've trawled through the happenings and the hits, the flops and the fuss to bring you the last 12 months in quiz form.
So, as we ring in 2010, here's your chance to test the old grey matter with 30 posers about the closing year.
Best of luck...
1. Name Kate Hudson's former baseball beau.
a. Alex Rodriguez
b. Derek Jeter
c. Manny Ramirez
2. Who won the 2009 Oscar for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role?
a. Sean Penn
b. Brad Pitt
c. Mickey Rourke
3. And who won Oscar gold in the Actress in a Supporting Role category?
a. Amy Adams
b. Penelope Cruz
c. Viola Davis
4. Name the actress who won damages from U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail after the publication called her "the most irritating actress".
a. Kate Winslet
b. Dame Judi Dench
c. Kate Hudson
5. Name the Russian who gave birth to Mel Gibson's baby in October.
a. Petra Nemcova
b. Oksana Grigorieva
c. Anna Kournikova
6. How many kids does Mel Gibson now have?
7. Which actress fasted for 12 days to highlight the plight of refugees in Darfur?
a. Angelina Jolie
b. Charlize Theron
c. Mia Farrow
8. Which great Brit recovered from a late 2008 coma to start work on his 74th film role this past summer?
a. Christopher Lee
b. Lord Attenborough
c. Sir Ian McKellen
9. Which top TV actress said, "I was named after my great-grandmother. If you look it up it's Greek, but my grandmother was apparently named after an Irish Catholic saint, who had an indiscretion with the Greek god Zeus and was kicked out."
a. Vivica A. Fox
b. Penelope Cruz
c. Calista Flockhart
10. Which movie star quit acting to become a batty rapper?
a. Hugh Grant
b. Joaquin Phoenix
c. Mark Wahlberg
11. Which Irish actor became a dad for the second time this year?
a. Colin Farrell
b. Colin Firth
c. Daniel Day-Lewis
12. She played TV chef Julia Child and Fantastic Mr. Fox's wife in two 2009 films. Name the Oscar winner.
a. Nicole Kidman
b. Julia Roberts
c. Meryl Streep
13. The castmembers of which famous TV sitcom reunited for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?
14. Which sexy star inhabited Jennifer's Body?
a. Megan Fox
b. Eva Mendes
c. Kate Beckinsale
15. Which Charlie's Angels star died on the same day as Michael Jackson?
a. Cheryl Ladd
b. Jaclyn Smith
c. Farrah Fawcett
16. Which 2009 movie did George Clooney not appear in?
a. Fantastic Mr. Fox
b. The Men Who Stare At Goats
c. The Blind Side
17. Which funnyman had heart surgery in 2009 to replace a heart valve?
a. Robin Williams
b. Pierce Brosnan
c. Alec Baldwin
18. Which box office smash hit featured balloons, an old man and a boy scout?
c. Monsters Vs. Aliens
19. Jaime Pressly, Claire Danes, Marla Sokoloff and Anna Faris all had what in common in 2009?
a. They got married this year
b. They had a baby this year
c. They spent time in rehab
20. Which actress was unceremoniously ditched from the Twilight franchise?
a. Ashley Greene
b. Dakota Fanning
c. Rachelle Lefevre
21. And which filmmaker's daughter will replace her in Eclipse next year?
a. Bryce Dallas Howard
b. Jessica Capshaw
c. Eva Amurri
22. Which Beatle does Aaron Johnson portray in Sam Taylor-Wood's directorial debut Nowhere Boy?
a. Paul McCartney
b. Ringo Starr
c. John Lennon
23. Which British actress was left "mortified" when Esquire magazine named her the year's Sexiest Woman?
a. Kate Winslet
b. Katie Price
c. Kate Beckinsale
24. Name the director of Inglourious Basterds.
a. Steven Spielberg
b. Ron Howard
c. Quentin Tarantino
25. Which British actor played the roles of Scotty in Star Trek and an adventurous mammal in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs?
a. Hugh Laurie
b. Simon Pegg
c. Colin Firth
26. And which original Star Trek castmember was 'beamed up' for the summer sci-fi epic?
a. Leonard Nimoy
b. William Shatner
c. George Takei
27. Name the apt title of tragic movie star Patrick Swayze's memoirs.
a. The Time of My Life
b. No More Dirty Dancing
c. Next of Kin
28. Who will co-host the Oscars in March?
a. Brad Pitt and George Clooney
b. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman
c. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin
29. Which former heavyweight boxing champion played himself in hit comedy The Hangover?
a. Muhammad Ali
b. Mike Tyson
c. Lennox Lewis
30. And, here's a real toughie to finish on... Name Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's surrogate, who carried and gave birth to the couple's twins.
a. Kim Cattrall
b. Katherine Ross
c. Michelle Ross
“The first thing McG ever said to me was, ‘I don't want to make a McG movie. I want to make a Terminator movie,’ and that's what he's done,” says Sam Worthington of his Terminator Salvation director.
The new trailer and exclusive clips had Comic Con buzzing this weekend as McG, Worthington, Common, Bryce Dallas Howard and Moon Bloodgood stopped by the convention to talk to fans and press about the fourth film in the franchise. Hollywood.com went the extra mile to put together the top 10 Terminator tidbits we learned at the Con.
1. The machines might be a futuristic fantasy, but they are based in a physics reality:
McG: “Well here's the thing, all the machines you see in this film are physics based…what you're going to see is not built that I'm aware of, but based in physical reality. It's not just like hovercraft and simple dopey things. I mean all day long we're out there with ospreys out in New Mexico. Ospreys are those aircraft that takeoff vertically like helicopters, then midflight rotate and move to fly like a fixed wing aircraft. And you just watch that, that's influencing us all day every day.”
2. Expect lots of stunts and make up effects (if you weren’t already):
Sam Worthington: "It's not that hard to sit in the makeup chair and allow the other guys to do their job. You know it's their -- they're the artists making you look good so I just sit there…In this movie I've been blown up, shot at…you know name it, I've f**king had it. And how do you prepare for that? You just get in and do your job, simple as that."
3. The film will look and feel grittier thanks to a custom film stock provided by Kodak:
McG: "So as far as the look and what we want to do with this, I wanted to create a new film language. We talked to Kodak about creating a new stock that had never been photographed before. I told you about how we're adding three times as much silver to a color stock that had ever been added and that gives it an ethereal sort of quality that suggests something's off. Something is wrong with the world that we're living in. And I just wanted to create a very, very gritty language. I'm tremendously influenced by Children of Men, hats off to that picture…I must say we're very, very pleased with the way the film looks and feels and you guys be the judge…I'm hoping it has that grit that I speak of."
4. Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan (Chris Nolan’s little brother) helped write the film:
McG: "Jonah Nolan is an extraordinarily cerebral guy. So when you got Jonah Nolan on your left and Christian Bale on your right and Sam Worthington kicking you in the head right in front of you, it'll definitely keep you on your toes…Jonah is, I would have to characterize Jonah as the lead writer of the film…he's just a very, very cerebral guy, you know. And he and Chris behind Memento and The Prestige and certainly the Batman pictures. They are deep, deep thinkers."
5. There are no perks in this post-apocalyptic playground:
Common: "Well, we're living in a post-Apocalyptic world so it's about survival. Day to day, you know we're not eating as often as people would like. Obviously we're not getting the meals and we don't have lifestyles that we have as luxuries over here. And when I thought about that going into this character I was thinking about there's people out there that's living like that really, that don't have like proper clothing, proper roofs over their heads, they don't have you know food every day or clean water. So I mean it was something for me to get into that mindset a little bit. But at the same token, we're living in a war…that's the mindset and this is about survival so that's what I worked on to get there are those things."
6. James Cameron is cool with the project:
McG: "He knows that I respect him a great deal. And like I said, I did not want to move forward on this picture if Jim Cameron were like ‘fuck you. You know what are you doing? You know you have no business moving forward on this.’ Very simply I would have acquiesced and said, ‘You're right. You're the creator of what it is and I respect that.’ And he was very encouraging and we talked at length about the story. We talked about Sam and most particularly we talked about his experience on Aliens and the idea of you can't live in fear. You've got to move forward. I remember when I was on Superman and people were kicking the shit out of me and saying what kind of guy calls himself McG?"
7. McG thinks star Christian Bale is a stand up guy:
McG: "I'm delighted to speak about Christian…He's the most professional, passionate actor you're ever going to find. I mean it's just that simple…He loves his wife, he loves his child, he loves being an actor. He's not interested in materialist things. He wants to come to work prepared…And just for the record he's a big hearted good guy and I've worked with a lot of people and that's just simply who he is."
8. Kyle Reese will return, this time played by Anton Yelchin rather than Michael Biehn:
Anton Yelchin: "The great thing about Michael Biehn's performance is that it's very layered and you get a very complex character…So it makes it even more interesting for me to come and look at that complex character and say, well, hey, how do you get there? You know how did he become the guy that says to Sarah Connor you know I don't feel pain, but I do…There's so much to everything that he says and everything that he does…there's the Kyle Reese that's obsessed with the Sarah Connor picture. Why is he so obsessed, you know? Why does he have this almost, it's almost, it's infant like, you know. He doesn't talk about her as a sexual object. He talks about her like this woman. He's so in love with this picture, you know so I looked at that and said god, this guy grew up and never had any relationships with any girls. What does that say about him, you know? Look at how angry he is here, what's that say? It's just there's so much. There's such a vast wealth of info to go through."
9. Bryce Dallas Howard takes on the role of John’s wife Kate Connor:
Bryce Dallas Howard: "Yeah, well my character Kate Connor is married to John Connor and she's also, she's a physician…in the imagining of a post-Apocalyptic world you do have unfortunately a lot of references that we can go to today of you know war torn countries and third world countries where people just don't have access to kind of basic, I don't know, basic clean food and water and accessories and medical provisions. And I mean that's something to kind of examine for us. To say okay yes, we're making a picture about totally devastated circumstances but the fact that it does reflect things that are going on currently in this privileged world that we're living in where there hasn't been an apocalypse and robots haven't taken over the world. I mean I think that's something definitely for us to reinvestigate and that we continue to make choices for our own future to take that into consideration."
10. PG-13 or R, it doesn’t really matter to McG:
McG: "I have no problem with a PG-13 picture. I just saw the Dark Knight and I thought it was a work of art, I thought it was immaculate and I thought it was made comprise free. I don't think Christopher [Nolan] had to go, damn it, if I could just do what I want to do and get that R that I want, the picture would be better. So I am saying I'm not afraid of a PG-13 rating at all. We're not rooting for anything. And I'm not going to let the fan base down trying to target a rating…So the film will rule the day. We'll all be looking at rough cuts together and we'll make those decisions. And if it just comes down to oops, there's too much blood on the head of the Marcus character and that's what pops you into an R, I don't think that makes the film infinitely more valuable so I could back to a PG-13. If they want to get rid of, oh, ‘You can't have T-600s carrying mini-guns,’ well then no, it's an R because there are certain things that are part of the iconographic nature of the film."
Terminator: Salvation opens in theaters May 22, 2009
Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Steven Spielberg were among the mourners at former Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) President Jack Valenti's funeral in Washington, D.C., yesterday.
The Hollywood giants joined top politicians like John Kerry, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, among others, to pay tribute to the 85-year-old, who died last week after suffering complications from a stroke in March.
Valenti traversed the worlds of Hollywood and politics--before serving as MPAA President, he served as a leading White House publicist for John F. Kennedy and assistant to his presidential successor Lyndon B. Johnson.
He was partly responsible for handling the press during President John F. Kennedy's ill-fated trip to Dallas in 1963.
At yesterday's Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle service, mourners read selections from Valenti's memoir, This Time, This Place, which will be published in June.
And Kirk Douglas, a fellow stroke victim, spoke fondly of his late friend.
The film veteran said, "If you were Jack's friend, your troubles became his troubles. When the time comes for me to be upstairs waiting for St. Peter to see me, I expect Jack to find me and bring me to the big man."
Valenti is to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., next week.
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Music maker Dallas Austin has alleged female pop stars Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone offered to perform sexual favors in exchange for his producing skills on their albums.
The Grammy-winning songwriter - who has produced songs for Michael Jackson, Madonna and TLC - accuses the singers of being so desperate to work with him, they would offer their bodies to him and his friends - including Aguilera's now husband, Jordan Bratman.
In the interview with Rowdy TV, the 36-year-old reveals details of his friends' sexual exploits with the female singers and alleges the “Ain't No Other Man” star fantasized about having a threesome with him and Bratman.
Austin produced tracks on Aguilera's Stripped in 2002, when Bratman headed the A&R department at his DARP record label.
He says, "Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone... all these bitches be f**kin' for tracks. You go in the studio with the regular girls like Ciara and them, they just want to get their work done. F**k all these bitches f**kin' for tracks!"
In the controversial interviews, Austin claims Stone, 19, had sexual relationships with former Lucy Pearl singer Raphael Saadiq and rapper/producer Novel while she recorded her latest album Introducing Joss Sonte.
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Movie star Luke Wilson is begging the producers of his new movie, Dallas, to reconsider making the film in Florida--because he thinks his home state of Texas deserves another look.
Wilson, who will play Bobby Ewing opposite John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in the movie adaptation of the hot 1980s soap series, admits he's disappointed that Dallas won't be filmed anywhere near the Texas city.
Texas officials went out of their way to present filmmakers with an attractive deal if they filmed in the state, but producers Michael Costigan and Peter Cramer have decided Florida is a better pick.
Wilson says, "The people of Dallas were proud of the series. You never heard people say, 'Well, Dallas isn't really like Dallas the TV show.' We loved it. I was a fan of the show growing up.
"I was just back home and they have a whole campaign: 'Shoot J.R. in Dallas.' They really want the movie shot in Dallas. I know the mayor has called the studio and they really want to get it done there.
"But apparently Texas doesn't have the tax break deals like Louisiana or Canada, but they're trying to bend the rules a little so we can film in Dallas."
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The forthcoming movie version of TV hit Dallas could be made in Florida, to the fury of officials in Texas, where the 1980s soap was set.
John Travolta, Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the rumored cast for the big budget update on the tales of the Ewing family.
But the Dallas itself looks set to be snubbed when shooting begins later in the year, because the city can't compete with financial incentives on offer to take the shoot elsewhere.
Florida state film commissioner Pail Sirmonds reveals his state has offered a 15 per cent refund on all money spent there up to $2 million--an offer that looks certain to tempt producers to the Sunshine state.
Sirmonds says, "We're not out to try to steal Dallas from Texas. They came to us. Also, the actor being cast in the lead, John Travolta, lives in Florida. And the person who designed or built (Dallas ranch) Southfork built a duplicate near Jacksonville (Florida)."
Dallas movie producer Michael Costigan confesses, "Honestly, Dallas was never high on the list, because it didn't seem like a feasible, economic place to do the movie."
But Dallas Film Commission head Janis Burkland says, "It will be a horrible black eye to the state if Dallas isn't made in Dallas."
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