Moore announces Fahrenheit 9/11 sequel
It was bound to happen. Director Michael Moore is planning a sequel to his anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which will be set for release about the time of the next presidential campaign, a spokeswoman for distributor Lions Gate Entertainment said Thursday. Titled Fahrenheit 9/11 and ½, the sequel will revisit the same issues as Moore‘s original documentary, which the director hoped would sway the outcome of the presidential race against President Bush. The Republican incumbent won the election with 51 percent of the vote to Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s 48 percent. “We want to get the cameras rolling now and have it ready in two (to) three years,” Moore told Daily Variety‘s Army Archerd. “Fifty-one percent of the American people lacked information (in this election), and we want to educate and enlighten them. They weren’t told the truth.” Moore, whose documentary grossed nearly $120 million at the U.S. box office, added: “The official mourning period is over today and there is a silver lining–George W. Bush is prohibited by law from running again.”
Hugh Grant tired of acting
Hugh Grant, who plays heartthrob Daniel Cleaver in the new sequel Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, told London’s Evening Standard‘s Metro magazine Thursday he considers film acting a miserable experience. “It’s so long and boring and so difficult to get right,” the 44-year-old actor said. “I am sort of semi-retired. I keep thinking I’m going to write a brilliant script.” Grant showed up to this week’s London premiere of the film with his new girlfriend, heiress Jemima Khan, but told the magazine he didn’t feel pressure to settle down.The Four Weddings and a Funeral star gained international notoriety when he was caught in a car with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown in 1995. He was dating actress Elizabeth Hurley at the time.
Fans line up for Madonna book signing
Hundreds of Madonna fans lined up for 24 hours outside a central London bookstore Thursday, hoping to get a signed copy of the pop icon’s new children’s book, The Adventures of Abdi. But according to the AP, only the first 250 hopefuls were allowed into Selfridges on Oxford St. to for Madonna‘s book reading. The Adventures of Abdi is the fourth book in Madonna‘s five-book children’s series for Callaway Editions. The company has already published The English Roses, Mr. Peabody’s Apples and Yakov and the Seven Thieves, while the fifth book, Lotsa de Casha, is due for release next summer. Madonna later gave 10-minute reading to a group of 30 school children from St. Winifred’s Catholic Junior School in south London.
Bill Cosby talks race on CNN
Bill Cosby, who has publicly criticized some black children for not knowing how to read or write, told CNN’s Paula Zahn in an interview that aired Thursday night his opinions are consistent with what he’s done as an entertainer for more than 40 years. Cosby, 67, said that as a young comic in the 1960s, he didn’t want to be like other black comedians and talk about race issues. “I don’t play that. You’re not going to laugh at the color of my skin. You’re going to laugh with me at our similarities, and some of our differences,” he said. “But I’m not going to have you, because this is not the time in this United States of America, where you’re going to laugh at what my people are suffering with.”
The life of Blake’s slain wife to be Movie of the Week
There’s a made-for-television movie in the works on Robert Blake‘s murdered wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. As the murder trial against Blake proceeds, Dying for Stardom: The Absolutely Unbelievable True Story of Bonny Lee Bakley will tell the story of the woman’s turbulent life–but it does not attempt to answer the question of who killed her. “Whether Robert Blake pulled the trigger or whether he had someone pull the trigger … we leave that up to one’s own determination,” producer Larry Thompson, who managed Blake in the early 1980s, told the AP. Actor Steve Railsback, who played Charles Manson in the 1976 television drama Helter Skelter, will play Blake. Bakley’s role hasn’t been cast as yet, nor has an airdate been set.
Eric B. & Rakim album tapped as the best
Eric B. & Rakim’s album Paid in Full tops Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the greatest all-time rap albums, Reuters reports. “Paid in Full made hip-hop a true art form, doing for rap what Bob Dylan did for rock in the mid-’60s,” the magazine said of the 1987 album, which it praised for its technical intricacy and poetic metaphors. Coming in second was the 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul, followed by Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G. from 1994. Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. make up the rest of the Top Five.
Jeunet fights for film’s French credentials
Despite being set and filmed in France as well as employing French actors, extras and technicians, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is in court to prove his latest film, A Very Long Engagement, is indeed French. Reuters reports Jeunet is battling a group of by rival producers who want to block his new film from French government subsidies because they say it received U.S. funding. “The producers are obsessed because there’s a new studio and they don’t want to share the cake,” Jeunet said. “It’s very cynical, very hypocritical.” The film, which stars Amelie‘s Audrey Tautou, follows a woman who refuses to believe her fiancé was killed in World War I and embarks on a search to find him.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.