Movie producer Martin Bregman fears Alec Baldwin's stalker will struggle to cope with life behind bars. Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin was convicted of stalking and harassing the 30 Rock star on Thursday (14Nov13) following a dramatic four-day trial in New York City.
Sabourin was sentenced to 180 days in jail, plus 30 more days for contempt of court for repeatedly heckling Baldwin and his wife Hilaria during their testimonies.
Scarface producer Bregman was dragged into the case over claims he set the actor up on a date with Sabourin, and he has now spoken out about her conviction, admitting he fears she will crack under the pressure of life in jail.
He tells the New York Daily News, "She's not a tough person. She's not going to last at Rikers (prison in New York). She thinks it's going to help her career. I believe that's what she thinks. She's famous now. It's a hell of a way to get there, kid."
Bregman, who is married, also dismissed allegations that he was having an affair with 41-year-old Sabourin, adding, "I'm 87 years old and that (reports of an affair with Sabourin) is very flattering, but that's all it is."
Alec Baldwin's accused stalker has been ordered to spend 30 days behind bars for contempt of court after continually interrupting proceedings in her ongoing trial. French Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin is currently facing charges of bombarding the 55-year-old actor with emails and voicemails, and making unwelcome visits to his Big Apple homes after enjoying a meal with him in 2010.
Baldwin denied ever engaging in a romantic relationship with Sabourin during testimony in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday (12Nov13), and called her alleged pestering "nightmarish" as he broke down on the stand.
His claims prompted a number of outbursts from the 41-year-old suspect, who loudly accused the actor of "lying" on multiple occasions. Judge Robert Mandelbaum ordered her to stay quiet and threatened to hold her in contempt of court for her actions, before she was bundled out of the courtroom by her lawyer, Todd Spodek.
When she returned to court on Wednesday (13Nov13), she was marched off to jail after disobeying Judge Mandelbaum's warnings by interrupting her own attorney.
In another trial twist, movie producer Martin Bregman has also accused Baldwin of lying under oath after the actor told the court he only met Sabourin for dinner as a favour to the veteran filmmaker, who had reportedly been having an affair with the woman.
The former 30 Rock star, who grew emotional during the hearing, claimed 41-year-old Sabourin was the married Scarface producer's longtime mistress - an allegation that stunned Bregman and prompted him to speak out to the New York Daily News.
He says, "He's lying... To sidestep any involvement with (Sabourin), he made up a report."
Branding the move "pretty stupid", he added, "I'm 87 years old and that (reports of an affair with younger woman Sabourin) is very flattering, but that's all it is."
Tuesday's court proceedings also featured testimony from Baldwin's wife Hilaria, who told the court she once tried to reason with Sabourin over the phone in a bid to persuade her to leave the couple alone.
Recalling the conversation, Hilaria, who wed Baldwin last year (12), said, "She starts shrieking at me, 'You b**ch! You b**tch! You b**ch! You b**ch!' Over and over again."
The trial continues.
Actor Alec Baldwin grew emotional in court on Tuesday (12Nov13) after coming face-to-face with his accused stalker as he testified about the "nightmarish" harassment he has suffered since 2010. French Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin stands accused of bombarding the 55 year old with emails and voicemails, and making unwelcome visits to his New York homes after they enjoyed dinner together in 2010.
The former 30 Rock star maintained in Manhattan Criminal Court that the meal was purely business, claiming he gave her career advice as a favour to his friend, Scarface producer Martin Bregman, who had been romantically involved with Sabourin.
However, he began fearing for his family's safety when Sabourin showed up on his doorstep on multiple occasions, and even turned up in the Hamptons on the day he proposed to his now-wife, Hilaria, in April, 2012.
Fighting back tears, he recalled, "I ran to tell my wife not to go near the door because I wasn't sure if she had a gun or a weapon or where we were at this point, and then I called the East Hampton police."
Baldwin insisted he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Sabourin and described the alleged harassment as "nightmarish".
His denials prompted a number of outbursts from Sabourin, who repeatedly interrupted Baldwin's testimony and even shouted out, "You're lying", as the judge threatened to hold her in contempt of court. She was subsequently bundled out of the courtroom by her lawyer, Todd Spodek.
In hearings last week (ends08Nov13), prosecutors shared a number of emails Sabourin had reportedly sent to Baldwin, including one in which she expressed her desire to conceive a "mini Baldwin" on St. Patrick's Day in 2012.
Spodek claims his client only contacted Baldwin seeking closure for their "crumbling" romance.
New mum Hilaria Baldwin is also expected to testify in the case.
A great cast can be a powerful weapon. In the case of the new family dramedy The Oranges it's the saving grace.
The formula for a quirky suburban dissection is on full display in the feature from TV veteran Julian Farino and first-time writers Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss which follows two best friend couples Terry and Carol Ostroff (Oliver Platt and Allison Janney) and David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener) whose BFF relationship implodes when David strikes up a romance with the Ostroff's daughter Nina (Leighton Meester). The scandalous affair lights a fire under the well-to-do New Jersey families and when David realizes that his connection with Nina is deeper than just a one night stand their white picket fence lives completely crack.
Even with a divisive subject matter (to follow love or to stick with family?) The Oranges floats by without much edge. David and Nina's romance begins with passion but is entirely void of sexual fire. As it evolves they become complacent and boring — everything David hated about his first marriage. That would be a great twist but The Oranges isn't satire. The conflict comes with the scowling world around the unlikely pair the Ostroff's distraught over their daughter's choices Paige off exploring other options for her own now-single life and David's daughter Vanessa (Alia Shawkat) juggling her own aimless path as a furniture designer. For a risky life choice David and Nina's decision to declare their love for one another doesn't come with many repercussions even in the "squeaky clean" land of Jersey.
But the cast turns The Oranges into one to watch. Laurie has a life beyond the uptight Dr. House playing David as a compassionate conflicted acceptedly selfish man. It's easy to see why he falls for Meester's Nina who isn't simply a 20-something with an interest in older guys. They both see qualities in each other that are apparent to the audience and they play it with energy not present in the material. There's a been-there-done-that feeling to Platt and Janney in The Oranges but only because they're continually perfect as the hilarious overbearing parents. Sadly Keener goes to waste; another indie vet she spends most of the time of screen until one momentous outburst that arrives without build up.
Farino adeptly directs The Oranges and avoids the eye-rolling tropes that go hand and hand with movies of this nature (I'm looking at you head-on shots featuring Linus-like characters moping about). He knows how to let his actors play and when you have a man like Laurie in the lead that's a must. The movie never peels back the rhine to find something new to say about the 'burbs but with great actors in tow The Oranges rises above the lookalikes.
The popular 1983 crime drama, which starred Pacino as Cuban gangster Tony Montana, was a remake of Howard Hawks' 1932 film starring Paul Muni as an Italian who takes over the city of Chicago, Illinois.
Now movie bosses are planning to revive the format for a third time, according to Deadline.com.
The website reports executives at Universal Pictures are planning a new version of Scarface with producer Martin Bregman, who worked on the Pacino film, with a new character and setting.
Say hello, again, to my little friend. Deadline has revealed that Universal is planning a modern update of Scarface. The new film will not be remake or sequel to Al Pacino's gloriously overblown 1983 gangster classic, itself a remake of Howard Hawks' eponymous 1932 film. Instead it will borrow only the basic premise of those films -- an immigrant outsider rises to the top of a criminal syndicate, only to be consumed by his own ambition and exaggerated accent -- and the invaluable brand recognition the title Scarface bestows. No word yet on whether Tony Montana will be revived as well. Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 version, will produce the update alongside Marc Shmuger.
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The man-child: a staple character for modern comedy and notoriously known for being played one-note. They get the laugh they get out.
But turning the lovable goofball or zoned-out knucklehead into something more is no easy task—which makes Paul Rudd's work in Our Idiot Brother that much more impressive. Rudd's Earth-friendly farmer Ned (the closest thing to a new Lebowski we've seen since the original) finds himself down on his luck after being entrapped by a police officer looking for pot. After a stint in jail he abandons his rural hippie commune for the big city to take shelter with his three sisters. Unfortunately for Ned his three siblings Liz (Emily Mortimer) Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) are as equally displaced and confused from the ebb and flow of life—albeit with severely different perspectives of the world.
Liz struggles to put her kid in private school and keep her marriage to documentary filmmaker/scumbag Dylan (Steve Coogan) intact. Miranda claws her way to the top of Vanity Fair's editorial staff and shuns her flirtatious neighbor (Adam Scott). Natalie stresses over her commitment issues with girlfriend Cindy (Rashida Jones) leaving little time or patience for Ned's bumbling antics. Sound like a lot of plot? While the manic lives of Ned's sisters click symbolically with his journey to get back on his feet it makes for one sporadic narrative.
Like a series of vignettes Our Idiot Brother never gels but when director Jesse Peretz finds a moment of unadulterated Nedisms to throw up on screen the movie hits big. Whether it's Ned teaching his nephew how to fight accidentally romancing his sister's interview subject or infiltrating his ex-girlfriend's house to steal his dog Willie Nelson the movie relies heavily on Ned's antics and its smart to do so. But thin throughlines for its supporting don't hold a candle to Rudd doing his thing.
And its a testament to Rudd's versatility—the man has done everything from Shakespeare and raunchy Judd Apatow comedies after all—that makes the movie watchable. Rudd gives dimensionality to his nincompoop character allowing darker emotions to creep in when necessary. There's a point in the film when Ned gives up fighting for his type-A sisters' affection and it's some of the best material Rudd's ever delivered. But like one of Ned's lit joints Our Idiot Brother can quickly fizzle out leading to plodding plot twists and sentimental conclusions. Mortimer Banks and Deschanel are great actresses—here they drift through their scenes and come out in the end changed. Because they have to.
Our Idiot Brother tries to take the Apatow model to the indie scene and comes through with so-so results. Only Rudd's able to find something to latch on to to build upon to warm up to. In an unexpected twist it's the man-child who seems the most grown up.
The veteran actor signed up to play a bank robber in the 1975 drama in a role that won him an Academy Award nomination, but he changed his mind during a booze-fuelled night out.
Producer Martin Bregman refused to give up on Pacino and eventually was able to persuade the actor to return after ordering him to quit drinking.
Pacino tells talk show host Larry King, "It was during one of those episodes of drinking in London that I turned down Dog Day. I actually turned it down. I said I don't want to go into a bank, rob a bank and do all of that stuff...
"I actually turned it down after I said yes. And I was very lucky I had someone like Marty Bregman and (director) Sidney Lumet around...
"They understood I wasn't going to do it. I quit and they got somebody else. During the course of this time, Bregman was on me, on me, on me. I said, 'Marty, I don't want to do this'. He said, 'If you stop drinking for a while - could you just stop for a while... and read the script'. I said, 'OK'. He said, 'No, I mean it, just don't drink'.
"I didn't drink for a couple (of) days and I read the script. It was clear. I said, 'Why am I not doing this? I should be doing this'. And I called him, I said, 'You know, Marty, you're right, this is a great script'. He said, 'OK. Talk to you later'. Boom. And he got on it. And he somehow wangled and wiggled as only he can... and I was very lucky I had him there."
Deadline reports that actor Steve Coogan, who played a misguided film director in Tropic Thunder and a delusional drama teacher cum director in Hamlet 2, is joining the cast of My Idiot Brother as a "self-righteous documentary filmmaker." I don't know what it is about Steve Coogan, but he's somehow become the go-to guy to play directors with personality disorders. Coogan joins Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, and Rashida Jones in the film, "about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them."
My Idiot Brother is the latest indie comedy from director Jesse Peretz (The Ex) and a team of producers (Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub) whose credits include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Miss Sunshine - a fact that I hope speaks to the film's prospects. Novice writing team Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall penned the script.
Rudd will play an idealist (and titular idiot) who must deal with his overbearing mother when she crashes at the houses of his three ambitious sisters, presumably resulting in both comedy and catharsis for all involved.
Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer and Rashida Jones will join Paul Rudd in My Idiot Brother, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedy is to be directed by Jesse Peretz and produced by Anthony Bregman's Likely Story and Big Beach's Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub.
The film centers on an idealist (Rudd) dealing with his overbearing mother who crashes at the homes of his three ambitious sisters and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.
Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer will play the sisters, says THR.
Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall wrote the screenplay. The film is set to start shooting next month in New York.