News Roundup: Oct. 11


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Here we go again. Miramax film says it will release the Martin Scorsese-directed period drama Gangs of New York earlier in the U.S. than previously scheduled. Although a firm date has not yet been reached, the studio is looking at dates earlier than its original Dec. 25 domestic debut, including Dec. 6, Dec. 13, or Dec. 20, according to Variety. Miramax may have reconsidered its domestic approach to the movie since Gangs star Leonardo DiCaprio has another film coming out Christmas Day–DreamWorks’ Catch Me if You Can.


Christina Aguilera is denying rumors that she and ‘N Sync singer Justin Timberlake have hooked up. “I can clarify that we are not going out–never would,” she said of Timberlake. “We see each other occasionally, but there’s nothing there. I’m single … but always looking.”

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has dropped Leonard Nimoy from its Oct. 23 fund raiser because of images of partially dressed women in his art photography book Shekhina, the Associated Press reports. Nimoy, a Jew who grew up in an Orthodox household and is now Reform, said he was shocked at the decision. The cover of the book shows a woman with her left arm wrapped in phylacteries, a prayer accessory traditionally worn by men, and wearing a sheer garment through which her right breast is visible.


Bruce Willis may star in a fourth installment of 20th Century Fox’s Die Hard franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal is part of a title swap between Fox and the producers of Willis‘ latest project at Revolution Studios, titled Man of War. The title is actually Fox property but the studio agreed to fork it over when Willis‘ production company Cheyenne Enterprises agreed to commit to a fourth installment.

Fox may have a more pressing issue to deal with than Die Hard 4. The studio is considering whether to push back the release date for its upcoming low-budget thriller Phone Booth starring Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland, Variety reports.The film is about a man who inadvertently gets caught in the crosshairs of a deranged sniper who traps him inside a phone booth. The film release comes as fatal sniper shootings continue to terrorize people in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.


ABC has cancelled the first two shows of the fall season, pulling the plug on Push, Nevada and That Was Then. The Ben Affleck-produced Push, Nevada, an interactive drama offering viewers a chance to win $1 million prize, will air through Oct. 24. ABC will post details on how viewers can get a shot at the prize money on their official Web site soon, the AP reports.


Global music sales declined in 2002 and the International Federation of the Phonographics Industry blames weak economic conditions and the widespread availability of free music via the Internet as the culprit. Sales fell 9.2 percent in the first half of 2002 compared to the same time last year and the IFPI said it sold 11.2 percent fewer records, compact discs and cassettes.