Disgraced blockbuster filmmaker John Mctiernan is hoping to make a major comeback with a new film starring John Travolta. The Predator and Die Hard director, who was jailed for his part in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal, revealed his professional plans to a judge during a bankruptcy dispute with bosses at First Interstate Bank, who want to foreclose on his ranch in Wyoming.
McTiernan, who spent 10 months behind bars after pleading guilty to lying to law enforcement officers investigating him for hiring private eye Pellicano to wiretap a producer, is battling to save his home and declare bankruptcy, and, during a hearing on Wednesday (27Aug14), the director told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Peter McNiff all about his comeback plans.
In a bid to prove he'll soon be cash rich again, McTiernan's lawyer revealed his client has "north of $2.5 million on the projects he has on the table," adding, "One of them is sealed and in the bank," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Testifying in court, the moviemaker said, "I want to re-establish my career and rebuild my life."
He revealed he has completed work on three screenplays and the "sealed" deal is a film called Warbirds, which will star Travolta and potentially feature Johnny Knoxville and Queen Latifah, who have been offered roles.
An executive at Hannibal Pictures, the company behind the film, has confirmed the project has been given the go ahead.
McTiernan added, "They (producers) offered (me) a million so far (to make the film), my agent is still hoping to get one million and a quarter."
The director also revealed he is trying to convince producers on another potential project not to hire Arnold Schwarzenegger, explaining, "It's a bad idea. I have to convince them not to."
And it seems his movie talk impressed the judge, who stated, "It is very interesting to hear you", as he stepped down from the witness stand.
Harrison Ford put his health problems behind him by launching himself down a 2,500 foot (762 metres) slide on Tuesday (19Aug14). The Indiana Jones star was hospitalised in June (14) after his left leg was crushed on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor has spent weeks recovering from the injury and finally looked ready to head back to work as he walked the red carpet unaided at The Expendables 3 premiere earlier this month (Aug14).
The 72 year old appeared to prove his fitness this week (beg18Aug14) by tackling the thrilling slide ride, where fun-lovers can reach speeds of 30 miles (48 kilometres) per hour, just days before he is due to return to filming the sci-fi installment in London.
Pictures obtained by TMZ.com show the actor taking the plunge on the Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming during a day out with his family.
Actress Sandra Bullock celebrated her 50th birthday on Thursday (24Jul14) by partying with friends including U.S. chat show host and comedienne Chelsea Handler. The group was spotted having a pre-birthday bash at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and taking in a performance by country group Southern Soul Allstars.
Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is to play James Franco's lover in a new biopic.
Franco will portray gay rights activist-turned-pastor Michael Glatze in the Justin Kelly film, adapted from a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.
Glatze went on to denounce homosexuality as a minister in Wyoming. Emma Roberts is also attached to the project.
Actress Sandra Bullock has obtained an emergency protection order against a man suspected of attempting to break into her Los Angeles home. Joshua Corbett, 39, was arrested and booked on suspicion of residential burglary after he was allegedly caught trying to gain access to the Gravity star's property early on Sunday morning (08Jun14), hours after she attended the Guys Choice Awards in Culver City, California on Saturday (07Jun14).
A representative for Bullock, who was home at the time of the incident, has assured fans she is "fine" and "unharmed", but the actress has since taken legal action to ensure the suspect doesn't get too close for comfort again.
According to TMZ.com, the Oscar winner, mother to young son Louis, obtained the restraining order shortly after the incident.
Corbett is currently being held on $50,000 (£31,250) bail.
He is not thought to have a history with Bullock, but the actress has reason to be fearful - she has previously been granted permanent restraining orders against overzealous fan Thomas James Weldon, who began harassing her in 2003. She had the court order renewed in 2010 and he was subsequently committed to a mental institution in Wyoming.
Bullock also had to obtain a protective order against another obsessed devotee, Marcia Valentine, in 2007 after the fan dumped pieces of animal fur in the star's backyard and hurled abuse at her then-husband Jesse James when he tried to note her car licence plate.
Director Quentin Tarantino rounded up some of his most famous collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell to participate in a live reading of his leaked script The Hateful Eight on Saturday (19Apr14).
In January (14), the Pulp Fiction filmmaker scrapped plans to shoot the Western after an early draft of his screenplay made its way online without his permission. Despite the axe, Tarantino teamed up with organisers at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Film Independent programme to oversee a one-night live reading, starring Jackson, Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, who have all appeared in at least one of Tarantino's films.
At the the event at the Ace Hotel, Tarantino fit the bill by donning a black cowboy shirt and hat and told the crowd, "After the script was leaked I had no desire to make it... I'm working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we're reading from the first draft. The (script's) Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever."
The saga, set in a snowy Wyoming a few years after the American Civil War, was performed across three hours, with Tarantino reading stage directions and even stopping actors to re-read lines or "stick to the page" if they started to stray from the script. Tickets to the event were sold for $150 to $200 (£89-£119), with all proceeds benefiting Film Independent.
Die Hard director John Mctiernan has been released from prison after serving time for lying to federal agents. The filmmaker was ordered to spend a year behind bars in 2010 after he was convicted on two counts of making false statements to authorities at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of their probe into crimes committed by jailed Hollywood private detective Anthony Pellicano.
He turned himself in to police last April (13) to begin his sentence, but he was allowed to walk free from Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota on Tuesday (25Feb14) after spending 328 days in detention.
He will serve the remainder of his 12-month term under house arrest at his family ranch in Wyoming.
McTiernan is refusing to give up the fight to reverse his conviction after previously trying and failing to withdraw his guilty plea in 2012. Following his release, his spokesperson revealed the disgraced filmmaker was planning to file a complaint with the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility to have the alleged crime wiped from his record, claiming prosecutors and other officials acted improperly.
A statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter reads: "McTiernan's attorney, Hank Hockeimer, said he has told the 9th Circuit Court that his client was in prison 'not only for a crime he did not commit, but for conduct that simply is not a crime,' and that 'Prosecutorial contortions and judicially-created procedural walls have been employed and erected throughout these proceedings to block out a simple fact: an innocent man sits in federal prison.'
"McTiernan, though incarcerated, has never been given proof of any evidence the government alleged to have against him. McTiernan's sentence for a false statement was influenced by the allegation of the government that wiretapping occurred on his behalf."
McTiernan initially admitted to hiring Pellicano to illegally record movie producer Charles Roven's phone conversations and lying to authorities about it. He was also convicted on one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge during the period when he wanted to withdraw his earlier guilty plea.
Actor-turned-musician Frankie Muniz has been forced to step down from his role as a drummer in rock band Kingsfoil due to conflicting schedules. The former Malcolm in the Middle star has been enjoying life on the road with the group since joining the line-up in 2012, but he announced he was no longer a member of Kingsfoil in a candid post on his Facebook.com page on Thursday (20Feb14).
He writes, "Very sad to announce that Feb 7th at the University of Wyoming was my final show performing as the drummer of Kingsfoil. Due to scheduling conflicts in the coming months, the guys in the band decided to replace me as the drummer a few weeks ago. Although I'm sad about not being a part of the band, I understand their decision and support them moving forward!
"I want to thank all my fans and the fans of Kingsfoil for supporting me while I got to live out one of my dreams. Playing drums in a touring rock band was incredible, and I will remember the times I was lucky enough to experience forever!"
Muniz, who is currently filming a Western called Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2, has yet to reveal what projects he is lining up for the near future, but he hints that it will be something completely new.
He adds, "I've been extremely fortunate to be a part of some amazing things in my life. As an actor, race car driver and musician, I couldn't ask for a better first 28 years of my life! That being said, look for some exciting news from me in the next couple of weeks... that may include another NEW CAREER path I'm embarking in!"
Since finding fame as a child star, Muniz has also branched out into motor racing - he has competed in the Formula BMW USA series, the Formula BMW World Final and the Champ Car Atlantic Series.
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One of the most respected authorities on the greatest films of all time is the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Movies" list, first presented in 1998 and revised in 2007. For those who want to view some of the films considered the greatest ever, Netflix has you covered, providing viewers with 13 titles on the list through their streaming service. Take a look at what's available.
The General (1926)
Buster Keaton's silent comedy epic based on the true story of a train conductor during the Civil War may not appeal to most modern audiences (and it didn't to critics upon its release either) but it is now considered one of the greatest films of all time.
High Noon (1952)
The classic Western stars Gary Cooper as a retired sheriff who steps up to protect a frontier town from a notorious outlaw and Grace Kelly as his Quaker wife who wants him to stay out of it.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Considered one of the greatest examples of film noir, Double Indemnity tells the story of an insurance investigator (Fred MacMurray) who gets roped into a murderous insurance scheme by a conniving woman (Barbara Stanwyck).
Another quintessential Western, it stars Alan Ladd as wandering gunslinger Shane who ends up in the middle of a deadly Wyoming land dispute.
The oldest film on the list, D.W. Griffith's silent epic tells four parallel stories relating to morality through history.
Duck Soup (1933)
The classic Marx Brothers' comedy tells the story of Rufus. T. Firefly's (Groucho) appointment to leadership of the fictional, bankrupt country Freedonia which is on the brink of war.
The African Queen (1951)
Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar as a Canadian riverboat captain traveling with uptight missionary Katharine Hepburn down an African river to blow a hole in a German blockade during the onset of WWII.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Paul Newman and Robert Redford cemented their place in cinema history with their portrayal of the legendary outlaws.
Forrest Gump (1994)
You can re-watch the smash hit starring Tom Hanks as the Alabama man with an IQ of 75 for the 100th time.
Yup, the disaster epic that might be more popular to hate than like made the list. It's not as bad as people say. I'm sure millions of women who were teenagers in the late '90s would agree.
Oliver Stone's tale of a young soldier in the Vietnam War has gained acclaim as one of the greatest war films of all time.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
This Tarantino instant classic telling several sordid, interconnected tales revolving around a surreal L.A. criminal underworld is one of the most widely-loved films of recent decades.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Spike Lee became an icon with his tale of racial tension erupting in Brooklyn.
The Modern Family just got a bit bigger, but not in the way you would expect. Accoding to Deadline, ABC is in early talks to spin-off its hit comedy and perennial Emmys victor. While there aren't any firm details as to what the new show will be about just yet, reports indicate that it might focus on Rob Riggle's character Gil Thorpe. The last thing Modern Family needs is more main characters to manuever its sitcom plots around. The show already balances the madcap madness of three families, each of whom could easily star in their own self-contained sitcom, and combines them into a medley of family comedy, so the fact that this spin-off would exist somewhat outside the realm of everyone else is a great idea. So what will this Modern Family spin-off be about exactly? Here are our two ideas.
Lily PrimeIn the first two seasons of Modern Family, Lily was a delightfully mute adopted baby that always had the best one expression for every situation. In Season three, this little acting master was cruelly replaced by an overly sarcastic imposter who spouts quippy lines like a cynical 40-year-old. The new Lily has none of the deft subtly that the old Lily possessed. The new spinoff should be a sci-fi drama about the old Lily trying to prove to Mitchell and Cam that new Lily is some Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-style imposter, all the while not saying a single word.
In The Moonlight: The SeriesDylan and Haley 4Evah! Dylan was Haley's first and only true love, and a spin-off chronicling his adventures would be amazing. We've seen Dylan working in Wyoming on a dude ranch, working as a mascot in Disney Land, and even working as a limo driver throughout his appearances in the show, and somehow always managing to bump into the Dunphys. Clearly, he is a Renaissance man of many talents. We would like to see a series about Dylan moving from career to career, hoping to bump into his first love once again... after he forgets how to get to her house. It already has a theme song.
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