The famous green ogre, voiced by Mike Myers in the films, was shown posing alongside scantily-clad models in the latest issue of Vman magazine, while other characters including Princess Fiona, Puss In Boots and Donkey also made appearances in the controversial images.
Puss In Boots was pictured being fed grapes by a bare-chested male model and Donkey was shown cuddling a brunette dressed in saucy lingerie.
Executives at Hollywood studio Paramount agreed to let magazine bosses use the characters, but admit they weren't impressed with the final result - insisting they wouldn't have signed up to the shoot if they had known about the sexy nature of the images.
A representative for Paramount says, "While we do respect Vman's creative vision, the shoot did not turn out the way originally envisioned when the idea was first presented by the magazine. In hindsight, we would have declined to include the Shrek characters in such a magazine spread."
The controversy comes just weeks before the next movie, Shrek Forever After, is due to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York later this month (21Apr10).
The celebrities will also be joined by Brooke Shields, Zach Braff, Selma Blair, America Ferrera, Peter Facinelli, Cheryl Hines and Justin Bartha on the 35-strong jury, which will oversee the six festival categories.
Jane Rosenthal, who founded the annual event with Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, says, "This year's jury features the same impressive range and depth as our films playing in competition. They are distinctive and accomplished storytellers, artists and entrepreneurs from the worlds of film, theatre, culture, fashion, television and new media - all of whom share a passion for film, a thirst for discovery and a spirit of independence."
Films up for consideration by the panel of judges include: Bastard, written and directed by Spider-Man actress Kirsten Dunst; Roots in Water, directed by Domenica Scorsese, Martin Scorsese's daughter; and Athena, by Dustin Hoffman's son Max.
The winners in each category will receive cash prizes, as well as a unique piece of art by the likes of Yoko Ono, Stephen Posen and Maira Kalman.
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on 21 April and runs until 2 May (10).
The intruder pried open the door of Evin Cosby's PB & Caviar boutique - which sells clothes, beauty treatments and home wares - and made off with the cash and a store credit card, but left racks of expensive clothes behind.
Police are currently investigating the break-in.
Evin Cosby is the funnyman's youngest daughter, and launched the store in 2008 in the TriBeCa area of the Big Apple.
Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives, about a group of transgender women who seek revenge after being beaten up, is due to be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April (10).
Its inclusion has angered members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), who are offended by the use of the word "trannies" and claim the film wrongly represents transgender females.
But festival executives have refused to bow to pressure from GLAAD and are sticking by plans to show director Israel Luna's film at the upcoming event.
In a statement, bosses say the Tribeca board of directors is "proud of its ongoing commitment to bring diverse voices and stories to its audiences".
The festival was founded by De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2002 in a bid to rejuvenate downtown Manhattan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
This year's (10) event kicks off with the world premiere of Shrek Forever After on 21 April and runs until 2 May.
DreamWorks is revving up a dramatic feature adaptation of Marshall Curry's documentary Racing Dreams, Variety reports. The duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing. The studio will attach a writer in the coming weeks.
The Curry film won best documentary at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. It follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series.
Steven Puri and Bobby Cohen are exec producing alongside Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson. Jack Turner, Bristol Baughan and Curry will also exec produce.
Kurtzman/Orci have a number of projects set up at DreamWorks including Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens along with Atlantis Rising and Deep Sea Cowboys.
In a lawsuit filed on Thursday (21Jan10), lawyers for property company M.R.A. Realities Inc. claim the former The O.C. star has ignored continued requests to pay rent for the last three months.
The star rented out the $7,000 ($4,300)-a-month pad in the Big Apple's trendy Tribeca neighbourhood on a one-year lease in September (09). She had planned to stay in the city while filming her now defunct TV show The Beautiful Life. The series was axed the same month (Sep09).
The landlords are seeking the outstanding rent as well as legal fees.
The pair split earlier this year (09) but sparked speculation of a reunion following a string of seemingly romantic dates in recent months.
And Long proved he still cares for Barrymore, who he dated for a year, by dashing to be at her premiere as his film debuted on the other side of Manhattan.
The two stars then attended the Tribeca Film Institute's fete for Everybody's Fine, while the cast of Serious Moonlight promoted the movie without Long.
Bosses at the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) ordered the actor to modify his Greenwich Hotel in June 2008 after he built the structure without the commission's approval.
Officials argue the building's architectural style does not fit in with the industrial Tribeca neighbourhood and have asked De Niro to modify the sprawling penthouse, which executives claim is 1,100 square feet bigger than the design approved in 2004.
The actor has yet to correct the building, blaming the non-compliance on "mistakes".
De Niro's business partners and team of architects were set to appear before the commission on Friday (09Oct09) to explain the delay in bringing the structure up to standard.
An LPC spokesperson would not confirm the meeting, citing "the ongoing application process".
The commission has yet to set a date for De Niro to reconstruct the hotel. According to the New York Post, he could be ordered to tear the structure down, costing an estimated $1.5 million (£1 million).
Spike Lee and Robert De Niro are teaming with Showtime to develop a drama series about Manhattan's Alphabet City. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project, titled Alphaville, will be written by John Ridley, with Lee on board to direct the potential pilot.
Alphaville is executive produced by Ridley, Lee, De Niro and his producing partner Jane Rosenthal. Tribeca Prods. will produce.
The ensemble drama, set in the ‘80s, will chronicle Alphabet City's gritty and tumultuous past before it became the gentrified East Village.
Along with its growing bohemian and celebrity population, the neighborhood was plagued by illegal drug activity and violent crime.
Local tensions culminated in the Tompkins Square Park riot of 1988, in which police clashed with anarchists and homeless activists.
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Actress Lucy Gordon has hanged herself at her Paris apartment.
The British star, who appeared in movies including Spider-Man 3, Frost and Serendipity, was found dead on Wednesday, just two days before her 29th birthday.
She is believed to have been devastated after the recent suicide of a close friend in the U.K.
Gordon's body was found at her apartment at la Rue des Petites Ecuries after her boyfriend alerted a nearby shopkeeper.
An unnamed detective tells the Daily Telegraph Online, "There were no suspicious circumstances. It appears that the young woman took her own life."
Another officer tells Sky News, "It was an horrific scene. The young woman had taken her own life in terrible circumstances. We are not seeking anyone else. It was a clear case of suicide."
Gordon had recently finished filming on Heroic Life, a biopic of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg in which she played British actress Jane Birkin. Trailers for the movie were broadcast at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week.
Director Joann Sfar and producers Marc du Pontavice and Didier Lupfer said in a statement: "(The film) owes a lot to the generosity, gentleness and immense talent of Lucy Gordon."
An agent for Miss Gordon confirmed she had "ended her own days."
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