Now happily married to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, the Boys Don't Cry star recalls presenting a former love with a short story he had written for her only to discover she'd met someone else.
The actor tells WENN, "I was at Bard College. It was around eight o'clock at night and Valentine's Day was the next day. I drove all the way down to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill through the night and arrived in the morning.
"I showed up on this girl's front step and I had written a short story to read to her, which was slightly ripped off from another writer.
"A guy who played for UNC Chapel Hill was there with her; he was a very large gentleman and that was her new boyfriend.
"I took off and went to a Tears For Fears concert and wept all the way through it."
Hotel boss Stanley Bard agreed to let his movie star pal stay at his place for a month after Hawke returned to the Big Apple from Europe, where he had been filming Before Sunset - on the understanding he took the time to repair his shattered marriage.
Hawke tells WENN, "I was in Paris and my marriage was completely falling apart and I knew I didn't have a place to live when I finished the movie, so I called Stanley up and he said, 'I thought you might be calling me. Boy, you screwed up that marriage!' I said, 'I know that, but do you think you have a room? I need two rooms because I've got my kids.'
He said, 'Here's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna give you a room for free for a month so you could get your wife back. Go get her back, just don't even worry about it.' I'm like, 'Alright Stanley, that's very sweet, but it's probably gonna be more than a month.' He said, 'No charge, you just save your marriage.'"
Hawke, who directed 2001 movie Chelsea Walls which features the famous Manhattan landmark, failed to save his marriage. Hawke appears in Abel Ferrara’s new documentary Chelsea on the Rocks, about the hotel and its famous guests.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
For real estate broker Peter Klaven the bride wasn’t hard to land; it’s finding a best man that’s proving the real challenge. After he gets engaged to sweet Zooey he realizes he has no close male friendships so he sets off on a series of “man dates” to rectify the situation until he finally stumbles upon Sydney Fife a care-free bachelor and Peter’s polar opposite. An immediate best-buddy connection is formed as the two bond to Rush music and engage in honest mano et mano conversation. But when the bromance gets a little too intense it causes ripples in his relationship with Zooey and threatens the wedding.
WHO’S IN IT?
With a cast who mainly cut their teeth in TV sitcoms and improv this is can’t-miss comedy providing the best role Paul Rudd has had to date. Playing Peter as the ultimate female-loving straight guy a potential bride’s dream because he likes to cuddle up on the couch and watch chick flicks like Chocolat Rudd is hilarious especially later on as he tries the male-bonding thing with Sydney -- using hip phrases and non-sequiturs he is incapable of uttering with any level of competence. There’s a grounded sweetness to Rudd in this role and he never loses sight of the character. Rudd and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) are sensationally funny together -- the best movie buddy team in years. That’s largely because Segel also is down-to-earth in a role that could have soared over the top but never does. The two are always believable and that’s key to making the comedy work as well as it does. Rashida Jones is refreshingly likeable and sweetly understanding if frustrated as Peter’s fiancée. As her BFFs are: Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) who is always battling with her hubby (a riotous Jon Favreau) and Sarah Burns as the awkwardly man-hungry Hailey are highly amusing. SNL’s Andy Samberg is surprisingly understated as Peter’s gay brother and there are nice moments from J.K Simmons (Juno) and Jane Curtin as their parents. And watch out for Thomas Lennon who steals his few scenes as Doug a spurned early “man date” of Peter’s. The original Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno also turns up as himself in a wryly amusing running gag.
This is a broad comic premise but it’s never allowed to careen out of control allowing everyone to create three-dimensional human beings despite the hijinks going on around them. The bits with Rudd and Segel jamming on Rush songs are great and so is the endless stream of corny catchphrases such as Rudd’s "we’re just chillaxin’" and Segel’s "Dude Von Dudenstein."
Considering the smart instinctual comic chops that writer/director John Hamburg (Along Came Polly) displays here he could have cut back on the raunch which gets piled on a little thick at times for the film’s own good; although compared to last week’s dreadful buddy bomb Miss March this is Disney stuff.
There are too many to name but the Chinese restaurant engagement dinner is a comic knockout particularly when it comes to Segel’s toast -- full of thinly disguised and totally inappropriate sexual innuendo.
Online bookseller Amazon has revealed it was the buyer behind the purchase of J.K. Rowling's unique volume of fairytales--as a "thank you" for her contribution to literature.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard--first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--is a handwritten and illustrated book of tales relating to the boy wizard's final adventures.
Only seven copies of the book are in existence--six of them were handed out by Rowling as gifts to those "most closely connected" to the Potter series since its conception, with one put up for auction on Thursday to help raise money for her Children's Voice charity, raising $3.9 million. Until now, the identity of the buyer has remained a secret.
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, says, "Even before establishing her charity, J.K. Rowling had done the world a rare and immeasurably valuable service, enlarging forever our concept of the way books can touch people--and in particular children--in modern times."
Damien Peachy, a company spokesperson, adds, "The company bought the book as a thank you for everything J.K. Rowling has done for literature, and for encouraging children to read and for parents to read with their children. We wanted to celebrate that."
Amazon now hopes to find a way to convey the book's five fairytales to a wider audience without infringing any of the copyright issues surrounding the unpublished work. Peachy adds, "We want to enable people to see it and to hear the fantastic stories, and one of the things we're looking at is doing readings in schools."
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Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) is expected to become her family’s next debutante but--much to her mother’s dismay--she would rather be the next great female soccer star. When her high school cuts the girls soccer team however Viola tries out for the guys team. She thinks maybe she has an in because her boyfriend Justin (Robert Hoffman) is the captain. But alas they laugh her off the field. So Viola decides to assume her twin brother Sebastian’s (James Kirk) identity at his new school and lead the boys soccer team to a win against her now ex-boyfriend’s team. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with her new roommate Duke (Channing Tatum) who happens to like Olivia (Laura Ramsey) who actually likes Sebastian but doesn’t know Sebastian is actually Viola. Oh what a tangled web. Cutesy Bynes (What A Girl Wants) isn’t very convincing disguised as a boy. She unsuccessfully tries to compensate her lack of ability by using awkward facial expressions and adopting a deep voice that sounds more hillbilly than anything else which she can’t even keep consistent. You’re actually embarrassed for her. On the flip side with unbelievable good looks Channing Tatum (Coach Carter) is great eye candy. He can also play the sensitive good guy making you root for him the whole way whether on the soccer field or when he’s getting the girl. And it would have been nice to see James Kirk as the real Sebastian for a little longer than five minutes. He seems to have most promise. Depending on which way you look at it director Andy Fickman could have either tried harder to bring this Twelfth Night-inspired film up to date or he could have cut it way down. The beginning starts out pleasantly enough moving pretty quickly with a few quirky laugh-out-loud moments. The montage scene in which Duke is teaching Sebastian (who is really Viola) how to improve his (her) soccer skills is entertaining. It’s probably because no one is speaking and all you can hear is the rockin’ soundtrack which includes songs from the All-American Rejects and The Veronicas. Definitely the best part of the movie. But soon She's the Man is dragging to the point where it should have ended--successfully--five times over.
Yeah. Right. Like I'm going to criticize Shakespeare. What I will say is that director Michael Almereyda's screenplay adaptation brings excitement to a film that could have been dusty and dry. This Hamlet presents a portrait of a disenfranchised 20-something who spends more time playing with his camcorder than taking care of business. This film takes a dead-on look at a bored generation sedated by watching life go by on a television screen.
Hawke is well experienced at doing the classics. He scored in the underrated 1998 version of "Great Expectations" and takes to Hamlet like he's the first actor to deliver the lines. Hawke broods and wears funny knitted hats as he walks down the aisles at Blockbuster muttering "To be or not to be " bringing it all together convincingly. Captivating Julia Stiles finally finds herself in a film that doesn't completely bite as pouty Ophelia but the real treat here is watching Bill Murray as the perfectly pompous Polonius.
Almereyda energizes this 400-year-old play making it dynamic and exhilarating for modern audiences. Sure the dialogue is straight out of English class but the visuals do more than complement the bard's words -- they tell a story of their own. He gives us a Hamlet who lives in a loud multimedia saturated New York populated with Polaroids fax machines and computers. Almereyda's gutsy vision isn't scared to veer far from our expectations of the play.
Jim Carrey redeemed? The "Me, Myself & Irene" star is looking to play the lead in the romantic comedy "Bijou," Daily Variety reports.
Directed by Frank Darabont ("The Green Mile"), it's about a young amnesiac who is mistaken for the estranged son of a local movie theater owner. Whatever that means.
JACKSON CHANGES 'LANES': Variety also says that Samuel L. Jackson is close to joining Ben Affleck in "Changing Lanes."
NO MORE BARD: The Shakespearean-minded Kenneth Branagh will star in the low-budget "Rabbit-Proof Fence," The Hollywood Reporter says. The historical drama follows three aboriginal girls who escaped from Australian authorities after being taken from their families in 1931.
Johnny Depp TOP ‘AMERICAN’: Sydney Pollack has signed on to produce "The Quiet American" starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser, Daily Variety says.
OF A GHOSTLY DIMENSION: Dimension Films will co-finance the $75 million adaptation of Marvel Comics’ "Ghost Rider," Daily Variety columnist Michael Fleming informs us. The studio is said to be baiting Johnny Depp for the lead.
Call him Al Pacino, indie filmmaker. The Hollywood Reporter says that "The Insider" thesp’s second directorial foray, "Chinese Coffee," has been picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight.
The shoestring-budget flick, shot over the course of three years, was financed by Pacino himself. It cast Jerry Orbach opposites Pacino in a story that pivots on a conversation between a struggling New York writer and his mentor.
Before the feature project, Pacino had made his directorial debut in 1996 with "Looking for Richard," a doc about the Bard.
LET IT BURN: Variety says that Paramount Classics has paid more than $2 million for the domestic distribution rights to "Sidewalks of New York" -- a project penned and directed by and starring Edward Burns. The romantic comedy costars Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci and Rosario Dawson.
THE FOURTH MUSKETEER: The Reporter says that French legend Catherine Deneuve is in final negotiations to join the Gary Oldman and Mena Suvari in the indie project "D'Artagnan," a story about the fourth Musketeer.
COOL LIKE ICE: Rapper-actor Ice-T is joining the cast of NBC’s "Law & Order: Special Victim Unit," the Reporter says.
NO BULL: Actor Ryan O’Neal will play the recurring role of a father in the new TNT series "Bull." The drama debuts Aug. 15.
The guy who directed the buzzable parody short "George Lucas in Love" has made good on the buzz, landing his first Hollywood picture deal. Joe Nussbaum will helm the comedy "How to Eat Fried Worms" for Nickelodeon Films, today's Hollywood Reporter says.
"George Lucas in Love," produced in 1999, is a goof on "Shakespeare in Love," featuring the young "Star Wars" guru (circa 1967) looking for inspiration for a screenplay, a la the Bard.
HOW DOES THIS GUY KEEP GETTING WORK? Mumbler Giovanni Ribisi is in talks to co-star with Cate Blanchett in Miramax's "Heaven," a drama about a woman (Blanchett) bent on finding her husband's true murderer.
WHAT A CROC: Shooting is slated to begin in August on "Crocodile Dundee III," starring the weathered-looking star of the first two only-in-the-'80s comedies, Paul Hogan.
Does an Oscar win equal prestige? Yes. How about a career jump-start? Gwyneth Paltrow Well, er ... Most of the time.
For every, say, Kevin Spacey who escapes indie fringedom to Hollywood stardom after bagging an Oscar (for 1995's "The Usual Suspects"), there's a Marisa Tomei whose film career seems jinxed following a win (for 1992's "My Cousin Vinny").
That said, let's take a look at what the Oscar has done for last year's winners. Or they Marisa Tomeis or Kevin Spaceys?
ROBERTO BENIGNI: After accomplishing the seemingly impossible task of sugarcoating the Holocaust with humor in "Life is Beautiful" and taking two Oscars (including the Best Actor trophy) for his feat, the larger-than-life Italian comic seems to be taking a smaller-than-life approach to things these days. After staking a supporting role in the comic-book fantasy "Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar," a Euro production that still hasn't been released in the States, Benigni has contented himself to a lecturing tour on Dante in Italy. "To be frank, I have had some offers. A lot of offers," Bengini said of his on-screen absence to the Los Angeles Times last week. "But I didn't like very much these offers. Unluckily it wasn't so easy to find something for an Italian actor."
Word has it that the actor intends to reteam with writing partner Vincenzo Cerami for his next project, in which he'd also direct and star.
Marisa Tomei or Kevin Spacey? Not applicable. He'll always be huge in Italy.
GWYNETH PALTROW: A British accent did for a Yank, Gwyneth Paltrow, what it couldn't do for fellow Elizabethan clone (and real-life Aussie) Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth") -- namely, secure a win in the Best Actress race. After playing muse to the Bard in "Shakespeare in Love", Paltrow did like Benigni and went the supporting-actor route, portraying the expatriate girlfriend of Jude Law in "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Paltrow will be back in the star way in two upcoming 2000 films: the romantic-drama "Bounce" with ex-beau Ben Affleck and "Duets," where she does karaoke under the direction of pap Bruce Paltrow. Marisa Tomei or Kevin Spacey? Too soon to tell.
JAMES COBURN: One would have to look to the direction of the tube in order to find Coburn following his surprise Best Supporting Actor win as the belligerent lush in "Affliction." Since Oscar Night 1999, Coburn has been a TV exclusive, working steadily in mini-movies like "Noah's Ark," "Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder" and "Shake, Rattle & Roll: An American Love Story." Well, that is if you don't count his uncredited cameo in the Mel Gibson flick "Payback." Marisa Tomei or Kevin Spacey? When you've been around as long as Coburn, it doesn't matter and you don't care. You got your stinkin' Oscar.
JUDI DENCH: After nabbing the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her brief, but apparently pretty effective, portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love," Dench has been seen since playing James Bond's boss, M, in "The World is Not Enough" and doing ensemble work with Cher and Lily Tomlin in "Tea with Mussolini." Marisa Tomei or Kevin Spacey? Not applicable. She's always be huge in theater.
STEVEN SPIELBERG: What another Best Director Oscar confirms is just the man's virtual omnipotence in Hollywood. Since that mother lode of a war movie that was "Saving Private Ryan," the self-made auteur has been picky, picky, picky about picking his follow-up project. After passing on helming the adaptation of "Harry Potter," Spielberg only this month announced he'd made up his mind and would fill the directorial shoes of Stanley Kubrick in the sci-fi "A.I." He also underwent emergency surgery to remove one of his kidneys in February. Marisa Tomei or Kevin Spacey? Steven Spielberg is always Steven Spielberg.
MIRAMAX FILMS: In 1999, this quasi-indie studio perhaps scored the best Oscar success story of all time by thwarting the anticipated stronghold of DreamWorks' "Saving Private Ryan" and taking the Best Picture trophy for its giddy "Shakespeare in Love." Miramax could do it again this year with "The Cider House Rules," which literally came out of nowhere to claim seven Oscar nominations, second only to DreamWorks' eight noms for "American Beauty." Overall, though, 1999 was a pretty lousy year for the studio (not including Oscar night). It gambled big -- and lost big -- with pricey Sundance films like "Happy, Texas," and saw its prized "Talented Mr. Ripley" come up short at the box office and at the Oscar nominations. All that, plus its gregarious leader Harvey Weinstein was waylaid by a bacterial infection for months. Marisa Tomei or Kevin Spacey? Marisa Tomei (at least to date).
--With additional reporting by Joal Ryan.