News Roundup: Aug. 12


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The Associated Press reports that Nicolas Cage and his off-again, on-again girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley were married in a private ceremony on a beach in Hawaii on Saturday. Hotel staff told The Honolulu Advertiser that Lisa Marie’s kids–Danielle, 13, and Ben, 10–attended the ceremony along with her mother, Priscilla, and Cage‘s 12-year-old son, Weston. The marriage is not the first for the celebrity couple. Cage, 38, was previously married to Patricia Arquette for six years, while Presley, 34, was married to Michael Jackson for two.


Speaking of Nic Cage, his directorial debut, Sonny, will have its world premiere at the Deauville Festival of American Film in France, which kicks off Aug. 30, Variety reports. The drama, which stars James Franco, Brenda Blethyn and Mena Suvari, is about a man who is trained from early adolescence on all aspects of being a male prostitute, the family trade. Sonny will compete for the grand prize and jury prize at the 28th annual event.

One film that won’t be making its way through the festival circuit is Nicole Kidman‘s The Hours, which will not be ready in time for this year’s Venice Film Festival for technical reasons, the AP reports. The Miramax film, an adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s successful novel, had been in competition for an award. The Venice Film Festival runs from Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

Multihyphenated entertainer Jennifer Lopez is teaming up with Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin to develop a film adaptation of the unpublished novel Dirty Girls Social Club, Variety reports. The novel, by journalist Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, focuses on six college friends who reunite 10 years after graduating from college and continue to meet every six months.

New Line Cinema has tapped director Larry Guterman (Cats & Dogs) to direct the follow-up to the 1994 pic The Mask, which launched the careers of Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Son of the Mask is not being billed as a sequel, just a second installment of the franchise. Carrey and Diaz are not expected to reprise their roles in the film, which follows the premise of the character-altering mask.

Enron, WorldCom, Martha Stewart–a film was bound to happen. Marlee Matlin is teaming up with director Simon Gornick to produce and star in an action feature that satirizes contemporary corporate scandals, Variety reports. In Bad Ass, Matlin will play an accountant who stumbles across some information she shouldn’t have, survives a hit by her bosses and tries to go after the execs that set her up.


Michael “Mikey” Houser, the guitarist for the rock band Widespread Panic, died Saturday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the AP reports. Houser was 40. He released a statement last month, explaining his illness and saying he would not participate in the band’s summer tour.

Veteran rock band Aerosmith will kick off a three-month tour Tuesday in New Jersey, with some more appropriate acts in tow, Reuters reports. Among the supporting acts will be Run-D.M.C. and Kid Rock. Guitarist Joe Perry is hoping the acts will help erase fans’ memories of the band’s family-friendly version of “Walk This Way” at last year’s Super Bowl, which included Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, Nelly and Mary J. Blige.