In his television series starring debut, Tim Roth has taken the lead role in Fox's one-hour pilot Lie to Me, today’s trades report.
Roth will play Dr. Cal Lightman, a scientist who pioneered the field of deception detection. A sort of human lie detector, he’s skilled at reading the human face, body and voice to uncover the truth in criminal and private investigations. Then again, the fact that the character can apply the same skills to his personal life complicates his relationships. The science in the show is genuine, based on the work of Dr. Paul Ekman, Variety notes
Lie has a 13-episode commitment at Fox and is being executive produced by Brian Grazer, who had been pursuing Roth for three months. He agreed to the role just this weekend.
Roth has previously appeared on British TV and just starred in Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth.
Quentin Tarantino has a strong feeling he was William Shakespeare in a former life.
The Pulp Fiction director feels he was born to write--because it's in his soul, and though he'd never seriously suggest he's prolific Shakespeare reincarnated, Tarantino can't rule the possibility out.
He tells GQ magazine, "I've always had a thought maybe that I might have been Shakespeare in another life.
"I don't really believe that 100 percent, and I don't really care about Shakespeare, I've never been into Shakespeare, but then people are constantly bringing up all of these qualities in my work that mirror Shakespearean tragedies and moments and themes.
"People have written lots of pieces about the parallels of my work and Shakespeare.
"I remember in the case of Reservoir Dogs, writing this scene where the undercover cop is teaching Tim Roth how to be an undercover cop, and when the actors came in to rehearse it, Harvey Keitel read it, and he thought I had just taken Hamlet's speech to the players and broke it down into modern words.
"I'd never read Hamlet's speech to the players."
The moviemaker also thinks he was a black slave in America and a Japanese gentleman in former lives.
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Movie moguls Francis Ford Coppola and Tom Cruise are set to reunite for the first time since 1983.
Cruise and his partners at the revamped United Artists studio are in talks to acquire Coppola's first film since The Rainmaker in 1997.
Coppola produced and directed Youth Without Youth after adapting the story from a 1976 novel by religious historian Mircea Eliade.
The film stars Tim Roth and Bruno Ganz and features The Rainmaker star Matt Damon.
The last time Coppola and Cruise worked together was when the former directed the latter in The Outsiders.
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Pretty people just don’t understand—you’re not safe anywhere and all the sadists are after YOU! As the two geniuses in The Hitcher Grace (Sophia Bush) and her boyfriend Jim (Zachary Knighton) learn real quickly a cross-country trek to New Mexico in a beat-up car is especially risky. During their first night out on the open road it’s raining cats and dogs when they almost run over a man (Sean Bean) who’s standing aimlessly in the middle of the street his car apparently broken down. The young couple decides against lending him a helping hand with it pouring down rain and all. Bad move. When they stop for gas later Jim and Grace cross paths with the man who goes by the name of John Ryder. He asks the couple if he might hitch a short ride with them to a local motel. This time they oblige. Bad move. One aspect the studio must’ve loved about The Hitcher: Being shot primarily in a car the cast cannot feasibly be more than three deep—four tops. That also means that said cast must wear the tension well if the camera is to be on them throughout. Bush (TV’s One Tree Hill) the movie’s biggest asset as far as its target audience is concerned shrieks well and most importantly is smokin'. And when it comes time to fight back she doesn’t look so bad doing it even if there’s scant giggling in the theater at the now clichéd image of a weapon-wielding hot chick. As the hugely sadistic villain Bean (GoldenEye the LOTR movies et al) is more than adequately creepy. There’s something to be said with most of The Hitcher’s viewers’ inability to recognize him because an A-list movie star just wouldn’t work in this role. Obscurity aside Bean his face lurking around every corner will simply creep the crap out of the young audience. As for Knighton he seems and looks like the garden-variety up-and-comer and try as I might there’s nothing wrong with his biggest role to date—except a scene of um tug-of-war that is tough to watch or look away from. Veteran actor Neal McDonough also pops in with a brief role as a sheriff caught in the proverbial crosshairs. These days it’s tough to come up with anything new in a horror film—so directors just don’t bother. Save for neo-horror maestro Eli Roth there’s no originality to be seen especially when seemingly 99 percent of horror movies are remakes and when they’re not remakes they’re Primeval or Turistas. The Hitcher is much better than those two but director Dave Meyers truly eliminates most of the psychological aspect of the original 1986 Hitcher in exchange for a polished contemporary feel. Of course Meyers is one the most renowned music video directors of the past several years so it's no surprise when he mistakes volume for thrills; in fact the decibels will be the chief reason for almost all of the audience’s screaming. Not that there aren’t scary moments however. The writers Jake Wade Wall (When a Stranger Calls) and Eric Bernt (Romeo Must Die) actually get the film off to a brisk smooth start but they ultimately turn John Ryder into more of a Terminator-like character and ask for too many leaps of faith and suspensions of disbelief—again not that their intended audience won’t indulge them. At least the studio had the guts to retain the intended 'R' rating!
Looks like Panic Room director David Fincher has settled on his next movie: the third installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, according to Variety. The intense Fincher, who also directed Fight Club and Seven, has been palling around with star/producer Tom Cruise in recent months, due to similar interests in the Columbia Pictures WWII project, They Fought Alone. Even though Cruise has since passed on the Columbia film, the two seem to have developed a genuine desire to work with each other. Voila! Mission: Impossible III is born.
The other two Mission movies were directed by Brian De Palma (1996) and John Woo (2000) and grossed $454 million and $546 million worldwide, respectively.
Actor/director and all-around funny guy Ben Stiller and his wife, actress Christina Taylor (The Brady Bunch Movie), welcomed their first child, a baby girl. No word on the baby's name or weight.
Actress Josie Bissett and her husband, actor Rob Estes--formerly co-stars of the primetime melodrama Melrose Place (boy, we miss that show)--have a new addition to the household: a 6-pound baby girl. Bissett gave birth to Maya Rose Estes on Sunday in Los Angeles, according to her publicist. The couple, who have been married for nine years, also have a 2-year-old son, Mason.
As if we ever had any intention of doing it, Madonna doesn't want to be called "Madge." Playwright David Williamson, who is currently working with the diva on the new London West End play Up For Grabs, told The Australian, "The English newspapers call her 'Madge' to try to domesticate her, and she hates it." He added that she has requested all the other actors to simply call her "M." And we call this news. The play opens in May.
Clint Eastwood has been OK'd. To do what, you may ask? Well, the politically minded Eastwood, who was the mayor of Carmel for a few years, has been appointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission by Gov. Gray Davis. The actor/director will sit on a nine-member panel, which meets about six times a year and governs policies for the more than 260 parks in the Golden State.
To the moon, Carmela! James Gandolfini wants to shed his Tony Soprano image for awhile and take on a new role: Ralph Kramden in the big-screen adaptation of The Honeymooners. Variety reports he has put out the word to Paramount and the producers that he is interested, looking to fill up his time during The Sopranos hiatus, which starts in May. The filming for the fifth season of the hit HBO show won't begin until January 2003.
Forget singing--Destiny's Child frontwoman Beyonce Knowles has gotten bit by the acting bug. Making her movie debut in this summer's Austin Powers in Goldmember, Knowles is positioning herself to star in The Fighting Temptations with Cuba Gooding Jr., about a rap producer who has to put together a gospel choir and lead it to success in order to get an inheritance.
Viacom's TNN: The National Network is looking at adult animation to fill up its programming schedule. It is developing a slate of new animated series, including Gary the Rat--about a lawyer who wakes up one day to find out he's turned into a 6-foot rat--voiced by Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, and Stripperella--about a stripper who moonlights as a superhero--voiced by Pamela Anderson. Now, that's a show we want to see.
MTV News reports former Van Halen lead singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar are going on tour together beginning May 29 near Cleveland. "Sammy and I are like fraternity brothers that have been through the same sh---y hazing," Diamond Dave said at Tuesday's press conference. "I think this tour is going to last a lot longer than Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love," who once toured together for nine shows.
Welcome to the world of the "press junket " that fascinating media circus where the press is invited to view a film before its opening and interview the people who made it. In this case the "stars" are Eddie Thomas and Gwen Harrison (John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones) a megastar Hollywood couple publicly on the outs. Their last film together is being held hostage by the highly eccentric director Hal Weidmann (Christopher Walken) so studio head Dave Kingman (Stanley Tucci) enlists the help of studio publicist extraordinaire Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal) to save the day. Lee needs to generate enough "buzz" to ensure the movie is a smash success by using any means possible including involving Kiki (Julia Roberts) Gwen's put-upon sister and assistant in a love triangle with Gwen and Eddie. The thing is Kiki has secretly been in love with Eddie for years and this becomes just the chance she's been hoping for.
With this stellar cast it can't get much better. Roberts hot off her Oscar win follows up with another finely tuned comedic performance. Her Kiki goes from plain Jane to spunky spitfire in a minute flat with hilarious results--and Roberts has the requisite chemistry with Cusack who prides himself on picking quality films that let him shine. No one is better than Cusack at displaying angst while at the same time falling in love. As Kiki's superstar sister Gwen Zeta-Jones oozes comfortably in her diva role (maybe a little too comfortably?) and has the unfortunate task of playing the unsympathetic character. She handles the part fine but she might not have done so well on her own without the support of a strong comedic cast. Tucci's studio head and Hank Azaria as a hunky Spaniard are superb. And then there's Walken. Maybe playing the eccentric is a cakewalk for him but his presence elevates any film.
Crystal who cowrote and produced the film and former Disney-head-turned-director Joe Roth hit the nail right on the head. But hey this is easy stuff folks. Industry players parodying themselves isn't rocket science. The only flaw could be that the film might be too "inside" for the average moviegoer with some of the really funny jokes going over their heads. But it's minor. There is enough going for the film to make it a big hit. Ironically Roberts' personal life is somewhat mirrored in the film due to her own public breakup with Benjamin Bratt which may make a difference at the box office.