We've seen a pretty steady stream of news making its way off the set of Transformers 3 in the last two weeks as production has gotten underway, but all of that information can get overwhelming! Here, we bring you the most important, most up-to-date gossip, as well as at least one more unnecessary photo of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Transformers 3 will be in 3D:
Although Michael Bay previously dismissed 3D as "a gimmick," adding "the way I shoot is far too aggressive for 3D cameras," the director has reportedly had a change of heart… probably after noticing how Avatar (3D) and Alice in Wonderland (3D) grossed $2.7 billion and $1 billion respectively from higher ticket sales.
Plot details confirmed:
Bay will be filming a number of scenes in Washington D.C. for the third Transformers, which deals in part with the space race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War. Apparently, the presence of giant alien robots had more to do with Sputnik and Buzz Aldrin than we originally thought.
Speaking of plot, Bay is adamant that the final chapter of the Transformers trilogy will have considerably more drama and less goofy humor than in the first two films. "One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the 'dorky comedy,'" the director said recently. "So the twins, the two bumbling, slang-spewing robots? They're basically gone." And while John Turturro will remain on-hand for comic relief, Bay says, "the movie is more of a mystery. It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened. As a trilogy, it really ends. It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending." That killer ending will involve the film's confirmed villain, Shockwave, who will menace both Shia and audiences with his (its?) single robotic eye and laser-gun-equipped robo-arm.
Michael Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura apologize for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
"We tried to do too many things in the second movie, which didn't give enough time in any one of them," Di Bonaventura said in a recent interview. "We were constantly jumping to the next piece of information, the next place."
"I'll take some of the criticism," Bay added, even as he attempted to dodge the blame. "It was very hard to put [the sequel] together that quickly after the writers' strike [of 2007-2008]. ...This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings."
Bay's optimism appears to be validated by reports from insiders close to the director, who have confirmed that the script for T3 is significantly better than that of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
And one last bit of "news" to leave you with something to think about:
Megan Fox's replacement, Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, reportedly wore a white, transparent lingerie top and panties for her love scene audition with Shia LaBeouf. At that point, Huntington-Whiteley already had the part, but Michael Bay wanted to make sure that she and LaBeouf "gelled." Apparently they did indeed "gel." Don't even think about it, LaBeouf! Huntington-Whiteley already has a boyfriend, and his name is Jason Statham. You don't mess with that guy.
The sports hunk was giving interviews to a pack of reporters in Italy, where he is currently playing for soccer giant AC Milan, when prankster Elena Di Cioccio pushed through the throng of journalists and pounced.
Cioccio grabbed at Beckham's crotch before he was bundled away by his security, who then kept the wacky TV host away from the star.
Later, when her show Le Iene (The Hyenas) aired on Italian TV, Cioccio showed viewers the video, before telling them she planned the stunt to check if Beckham measured up to his famed underwear adverts for Emporio Armani.
She said, "Off the pitch we have seen fascinating photographs of David Beckham in his underpants and seemingly very well endowed and even his wife says that he is well equipped and calls him Golden Balls.
"Well the image may have slipped slightly as he has been replaced in the Armani campaign by a younger footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, but we wanted to find out if he was as well endowed as the pictures suggest or if they were touched up."
And the presenter insists Beckham may have received some help in the trouser department: "I touched it but it's small. David you have conned us all. What did you use, cotton wool? It's all a trick."
The British hunk achieved celebrity status after romancing a string of Hollywood's hottest women, including Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney's former lover Lisa Snowdon.
But Sculfor has shocked fans after he was spotted in a same-sex clinch in a Los Angeles swimming pool.
However, women can breathe a sigh of relief - the gay smooch was for his new film, Di Di Hollywood.
The model plays a homosexual in the latest film by Spanish director Bigas Luna.
Phil Carlo optioned the rights to his novel The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, which tells the tale of vicious mob hitman Richard Kuklinski.
The author struck a deal with Hollywood producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura - the brains behind Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - but the 18 month option expired in July (09).
Carlo has now denied Bonaventura's request to extend his hold on the story until he could secure financing - because of a disagreement over casting.
The writer admits movie bosses wanted Tatum to tackle the role of Kuklinski, but he would have preferred to see Mickey Rourke take the lead - and the feud now means the book is unlikely to make it on to the big screen.
Carlo tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "I had to turn him down. I really hated the idea of Channing Tatum. I told di Bonaventura that this is not the guy to play one of the most feared killers of the 20th Century. I think Mickey Rourke would really be good. He's got that sense of danger, and there's a similarity between the two. But it's not Channing Tatum.".
Inspired by the 1944 Sant Anna di Stazzema massacre perpetrated on an Italian town by the Nazis Miracle at St. Anna focuses on four members of the 92nd Infantry Division African Americans also known as Buffalo Soldiers who served in Italy during the final year of WWII. These four find themselves in compromising positions when they befriend a frightened young Italian boy in a remote village that is about to come under attack by the German SS. The fact that this village has likely never seen a black man before becomes the centerpiece of the story that seeks to highlight the color barriers that can separate us--and bring us together--especially under extraordinary pressure. As the town gets to know these individuals they find that they all must band together to fight the common terror associated with a horrible war. Spike Lee has assembled a first-rate cast of young African-American actors led by Derek Luke (Catch a Fire Antwone Fisher) as Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps the conflicted leader of the division whose confusion about his place in America drives his actions. Luke has emerged as one very promising actor and further cements his growing reputation with a complex portrayal of a black man in the midst of war. Michael Ealy as Sgt. Bishop Cummings captures all the bravado of a shoot-from-the-hip character out for himself using street smarts to survive a battle he doesn’t think he belongs in. As the reluctant radio operator Hector Negron Laz Alonso plays a Puerto Rican living in Harlem who finds himself sent to war with an all-black unit. Towering above all the rest though is Omar Benson Miller a dead ringer for Forest Whitaker who plays the “gentle giant” Sam Train the one who takes the boy under his wing. His relationship with the young man Angelo played beautifully by Matteo Sciabordi is what gives the film its heart and soul. Several name actors including John Turturro Joseph Gordon-Levitt Kerry Washington D.B. Sweeney and Robert John Burke have relatively brief screen time and there’s a very strange cameo early on from John Leguizamo that seems like it belongs in another film altogether. A host of fine Italian actors including Pierfrancesco Favino and Valentina Cervi add to the flavor and authenticity Lee is going for. Coming off his biggest box office hit ever Inside Man and his Emmy-winning documentary on the aftermath of Katrina When the Levees Broke Lee continues his streak with this very accomplished and humane WWII epic focusing on African Americans we don’t often see depicted in American war movies. Lee makes this point forcefully in the film’s present-day prologue where we meet one of the soldiers now an older man cynically commenting on the all-white cast of the 1962’s The Longest Day as he watches the movie on TV. There is no question Lee is a skilled and extremely talented filmmaker. The many battle sequences in the film are violent and expertly choreographed. Lee’s work with the large cast is also top-notch letting James McBride’s forceful script breathe with plenty of room for the human element missing in many films of this type. Although the picture running at 160 minutes could have benefited from some judicious editing (particularly in the opening and closing sequences) overall it’s a worthy effort from Spike further proof of his new maturity as a filmmaker at the peak of his talents.
Oscar-nominated Italian director Dino Risi has died at the age of 91.
Risi died at his home in Rome on Saturday following a long spell of poor health.
He received two Academy Award nominations for his 1974 picture Profumo di Donna (Scent of a Woman), and the 1993 remake gained Al Pacino a Best Actor Oscar.
Rome's mayor Gianni Alemanno paid tribute to the moviemaker--insisting his loss will be greatly felt by the film industry.
He says, "His legacy is pages of minute work by someone who loved the world and his country.
"We have lost one of the masters of the most beautiful and intense seasons of the Italian comedy, which gave the world so much."
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Imagine only being able to communicate through blinking. Now imagine trying to dictate your memoirs in this grueling and time-consuming fashion. That’s how Jean-Dominique Bauby had to put his life and thoughts down on paper. The editor of French Elle suffered a stroke so severe that it rendered him almost entirely paralyzed for the remainder of his short life. He died less than 18 months later just days after the publication of his 1997 memoirs. Making amends for his laughable adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera Ronald Hardwood pays homage to Bauby’s remarkable achievement with an eloquent screenplay that examines the power of the mind over the body. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly begins on the day when Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) wakes up from a coma and is alarmed to find himself in a hospital completely paralyzed and unable to speak. But his mind is sharp as it ever was. Flashbacks reveal Bauby to be a man who lived life to the fullest and relished every challenge that came his way. So being stuck in a body that no longer functions as it once did is clearly pure hell for Bauby--until his therapist Henriette (Marie-Josee Croze) teaches Bauby to communicate by blinking his left eye. Bauby suddenly decides to honor a book contract he had signed before his stroke--and in the process he discovers his raison d’être. Like My Left Foot’s Daniel Day-Lewis before him Amalric indelibly proves that the mind can and will thrive even when the body is broken and beyond repair. Amalric though has less to work with than the wild-eyed Day-Lewis who had the luxury of drawing you into his performance by tapping into Irish author Christy Brown’s abrasive personality and larger-than-life presence. It’s mesmerizing to watch the intrepid Amalric at work even though he’s practically motionless for the entire film bar for a few flashbacks. While the rest of his face remains frozen solid Amalric eloquently expresses Bauby’s innermost hopes and fears through the mere blink of his left eye. There’s never a time when you don’t know how Bauby feels. And his narration is laced with gallows humor which helps keep Diving Bell free from drowning in sentimentality. As Bauby’s therapist Croze personifies patience dedication and resourcefulness we all expect and demand from health-care professionals but don’t always receive. Emmanuelle Seigner maintains a brave face as Bauby’s neglected wife Céline. You wait for Céline to crumble especially as Bauby never stops asking about his mistress but Seigner reveals Céline to be caring and forgiving. The most heartbreaking moments come between Amalric and Max von Sydow who plays Bauby’s father who is much trapped inside his apartment as Bauby is inside his body. There’s great sadness and regret to be found in von Sydow’s every word as he comes to the painful realization that he will outlive his rich and successful son which no father wants to do. Yes Diving Bell is the latest in a long line of inspirational fact-based films about physically and/or mentally challenged people mastering their disabilities. But director Julian Schnabel distinguishes himself and the film by shooting the first act solely from Babuy’s perspective. We see everything Bauby sees through his one good eye from the moment he comes out of his coma. What follows is confusing disorienting and taxing. And darkly humorous as evidenced by Bauby’s admiration of his females nurses. Schnabel’s approach though works to dramatic effect because we receive a greater understanding and appreciation of what Bauby’s experiencing. Stay the course and you will be rewarded for your patience. Once Bauby comes to terms with his fate and refuses to spend the rest of his days wallowing in self pity Schnabel finally turns his camera on Bauby to reveal his post-stroke physical appearance. It’s a quiet but ingenious way for us to accept Bauby as he accepts himself. Schnabel then concentrates on Bauby’s Herculean effort to dictate his autobiography which is occasionally interrupted by poignant flights of fantasy (it’s not hard to guess what the diving bell and the butterfly symbolize). Equal amounts of joy and regret are be found in Bauby’s reminiscing but Schnabel never tries to romanticize his subject or ignore to his past transgressions. Diving Bell doesn’t set to turn a flawed man into a hero but Bauby’s will and determination ultimately reinforces the notion that anything’s possible if you set your mind to it.
Cartoon characters the Smurfs and G.I. Joe will make their movie debuts following the success of summer blockbuster Transformers.
The animated creatures will be joined by Alvin and the Chipmunks and He-Man as a wave of television cartoon characters of the past are reworked for the big screen.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, co-producer on Transformers, said a script for all-American war hero G.I. Joe was being written and Paramount has earmarked November 2008 for the release of the first full-length animated Smurfs movie.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is planning to produce movie adaptations of He-Man and Thundercats, while Fox is working on a script for Alvin and the Chipmunks.
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Poor Shrek (Mike Myers). The irascible ogre just can’t catch a break. First he has to leave his beloved swamp to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz). Then he marries her and has to go meet the in-laws. NOW he’s stuck in Far Far Away as its de facto ruler after the frog king croaks. Oh and he finds out Fiona is pregnant too. All this throws the great green one into a tailspin because 1) impending fatherhood scares the bejeezus out him and 2) he believes he has no business being king. So Shrek sets out with his pals Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) to fetch Artie aka Arthur (Justin Timberlake) Fiona’s cousin and next in line for the throne. Thing is Artie’s just a teenager—and kind of a loser one at that; he really doesn’t want to be king either. Meanwhile on the home front Fiona and her merry band of princesses have to defend the castle against the vain Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) who’s hell bent on getting revenge and taking over Far Far Away. And so the high jinks ensure. But it’s OK it all works out in the end. Certainly part of Shrek’s charm is its vocal talent. Myers Diaz and Murphy are all old pros by now—which is actually a good and bad thing. They are definitely more comfortable with their roles but Shrek isn’t nearly as charmingly irritable as he once was and Fiona not as feisty. Guess they are growing up. And Murphy used to get all the best lines as the jittery Donkey. Now that job has been delegated to the likes of Banderas as Puss as well as side characters such as the Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon) Pinocchio (Cody Cameron) and the Three Little Pigs (also Cameron). Also adding to the humor are the various princesses especially SNL alums Amy Poehler as the sardonic Snow White and Maya Rudolph as turncoat Rapunzel plus Amy Sedaris as the dimwitted Cinderella. Timberlake is sweetly goofy as Artie while Brit comic legend Eric Idle voices the New Age-y on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown Merlin the magician with aplomb. It’s these characterizations that make Shrek the Third zing. Much like Shrek 2 this third installment ultimately comes off as a retread. They just haven’t been able to recapture the magic created in the original. Instead the filmmakers regurgitate the same comic set ups and in some cases the same jokes. Maybe they won’t ever be able to reach that same plateau. But you’ve still got to give the Shrek franchise props for being the granddaddy of fairy-tale spoofs. Even if the sequels don’t measure up the Shrek phenomenon on the whole has set the bar creating a certain charisma in the let’s-make-fun-of-traditional-lore milieu. Shrek the Third highlights include: Worcestershire High School where Artie goes to school which is full of John Hughes teenagers talking in medieval oh-thou-di’nt-just-say-that speak; Charming being relegated to doing third-rate dinner theater; Pinocchio trying to talk his way around not lying and more. Oh who cares what us dumb critics say anyway. Kids are going to love Shrek the Third regardless of whether it hits the mark or not.
Nicole Kidman was reportedly questioned by America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over private detective Anthony Pellicano's alleged, illegal wiretapping.
A recording of the Cold Mountain actress talking to her ex-husband Tom Cruise was found in Pellicano's office in 2002, reports gossip site PageSix.com. The recording was made shortly after the golden couple announced they were splitting in February 2001.
During their divorce, Cruise hired Los Angeles matrimonial lawyer Dennis Wasser--who had often used Pellicano's services--while Kidman was represented by New York lawyer Bill Beslow, who consulted private detective Richie Di Sabatino.
Sabatino admits he was stunned to hear Kidman had allegedly been taped, saying, "We swept her phones and put on an encryption device, so she couldn't be wire-tapped. We tried to keep one step ahead. (The tapes the FBI heard) was probably from Tom's phone. Pellicano used to tap his own clients.
"They (Cruise and Kidman) settled quietly and relatively fast, and nothing came out except for one story in the National Enquirer, which was Pellicano's tabloid of choice."
Pellicano, 61, pleaded not guilty last month to charges of racketeering, interception of electronic communications and other offences in a Los Angeles court.
Besides Kidman and Cruise, Pellicano has also been accused of tapping the phones of Sylvester Stallone, Keith Carradine and producer Aaron Russo.
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