Universal Pictures is having a tough year. In fact, it's been a tough couple of years for the studio. The only profitable films it has released in 2010 are Get Him To The Greek and...wait for it...Leap Year. Losses abound, the distribution executives over at the recently remodeled company are racing to adjust their release schedule for the remainder of 2010 and the first half of 2011 to maximize profits. Courtesy of The Wrap, we've got the low down on when a handful of Universal's upcoming products will officially bow.
The biggest change is the George Nolfi-directed sci-fi romantic drama The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon as a rising politician who's affair with a stunning ballerina is thwarted by a shady organization. Based on the riveting short story by the inimitable Philip K. Dick, the film co-stars Emily Blunt, John Slattery, Daniel Dae Kim and Anthony Mackie and has been moved from a September 17th 2010 release to March 4th, 2011. Taking it's place is the M. Night Shyamalan-produced The Night Chronicles: Devil.
Next up is Neil Burger's The Dark Fields, which was set for March 18th 2011 but will instead be seen on January 21st 2011. The film centers on a copywriter who discovers a top-secret drug that enhances intellect and other abilities. As his usage begins to change his life, he begins to consider the drug's shadowy origins; meanwhile, a group of killers trail his every move. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star.
The dramedy Kids In America (which could be released under the title Young Americans), starring Anna Faris and Topher Grace, moves up from January 28th 2011 to December 3rd 2010, while the James Cameron-produced Sanctum moves up a month from March 4th 2011 to February 4th 2011.
Additionally, the studio has set release dates for a pair of films that previously were not on the slate, including The Strauss Brothers' thriller Skyline (November 12, 2010) and the Seth Rogen sci-fi comedy Paul, directed by Greg Mottola and co-starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Source: The Wrap
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay's bodybuilder father Mickey Hargitay has died after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
The Hungarian strongman, who was married to Jayne Mansfield, died last Thursday.
Hargitay was in the hospital being treated for a mystery illness when his daughter gave birth to her first child in June.
The actress had to dash from a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show earlier this summer to be by her father's bedside, and she broke down in tears as she paid tribute to him when she won her first Emmy Award in August.
She told reporters the best thing about winning an Emmy was "that my dad was gonna be really happy."
Born Miklos Hargitay in 1926, the bodybuilder fled his native Hungary in 1947 to escape the compulsory Soviet military draft.
Hargitay won the Mr. Universe bodybuilding title in 1955 and made his mark as a movie star in The Loves of Hercules after appearing in Mae West's New York revue.
Before gaining fame, he worked as a carpenter and plumber, and famously remodeled the Pink Palace--the Hollywood home he shared with Mariska's mother, Mansfield.
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Yoko Ono unveiled a seven-foot bronze statue of John Lennon on Friday commemorating the renaming of Liverpool's airport to "Liverpool John Lennon Airport," Reuters reports. Under the statue of the late Beatle are the words "Above us only sky" from the song "Imagine." Sculpted by local artist Tom Murphy, the statue overlooks the check-in hall in the newly remodeled terminal. Ono recently purchased Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool and donated it to the National Trust, which already owns Paul McCartney's childhood home.
The case brought against 20th Century Fox accusing the studio of damaging a tropical island in Thailand while shooting The Beach will be re-opened in a Thai court in May. In order to create an idyllic tropical setting for the film, the studio planted dozens of coconut trees at Maya Beach on Phi Phi Lek island in 1999. According to Ananova.com, the Krabi Provincial Administration and island residents filed a lawsuit demanding that the ecosystem be restored, claiming the beach has since been destroyed by monsoon rains because the studio destroyed the natural vegetation that once protected the beach.
Fox's Celebrity Boxing on Wednesday night scored some of the season's highest ratings for an entertainment special. The hour-long show, which featured boxing matches between Tonya Harding and Paula Jones, Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams and Vanilla Ice and Todd Bridges, won its 9 p.m. time slot with 15.48 million viewers, reports Variety. A second installment of Celebrity Boxing is under consideration but no decision has been made yet.
Rumor has it that Paul McCartney and Heather Mills will tie the knot in the Hamptons on June 6, Sky News reports. The two met in 1999 and announced last summer that they would get married some time next year, but gave no further details.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to revive two action franchises from Warner Bros., including a remake of Michael Crichton's Westworld and a third installment of the Conan the Barbarian series, reports Entertainment Weekly. Schwarzenegger is also starring in Warner Bros.' Terminator 3, which is slated for release in July 2003.
The Screen Actors Guild has told its members not to sign non-union contracts for Russell Crowe's Master and Commander, which begins filming in Baja, California, this summer. According to Variety, SAG is enforcing its "Global Rule One" which disciplines members who work non-union outside the United States.
Ethiopian officials have complained that the film Beyond Borders starring Angelina Jolie only shows the country's drought and starvation in 1984 and none of the progress made since, the Associated Press reports. A spokesman for the Ethiopian embassy in South Africa said that the media should "strive to include [a] positive image of our continent" and that "negative images about Ethiopia [do] not help the whole of Africa."
Daryl Hannah has joined the ensemble cast of Quentin Tarantino's next project Kill Bill. The film stars Uma Thurman and Warren Beatty. Lucy Liu is also in final talks to come on board. Shooting is set to begin in June in California, China, Japan and Mexico, reports Variety.
Singer Lauren Hill and magician David Blaine will join performers at the live auction benefit People and Places With No Name on Tuesday at the Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. The auction will feature fine art, photography and jewelry, with proceeds going to providing awareness and aid in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Angola, Launch.com reports.
U2 frontman Bono says he has a new name around the White House: "The Pest." Bono met with President Bush on Thursday to discuss AIDS and the administration's new initiative on U.S. aid to poor countries, AP reports. He told reporters, "I am a pest; I am a stone in the shoe of a lot of people living here in this town; a squeaky wheel."
On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death, his widow Yoko Ono made a vow that she would never leave the Manhattan apartment the couple lived in.
Lennon was gunned down by crazed fan Mark Chapman in front of the Dakota apartment building after arriving from a studio session with his wife on Dec. 8, 1980. Since then, Ono says she hasn't removed any of the ex-Beatle's clothes from his closet and hasn't remodeled, Reuters reports.
``Because his things are still there and he lived there, I feel his spirit very strongly,'' Ono said. ``All the memories of John are here, and I don't want to leave the place we created and things that he touched.''
Ono also said it would have made Lennon smile to know that the Beatles were still topping the charts 30 years after the band split. The band's latest release, "1," a compilation of all the Beatle's No. 1 hits, has reached No. 1 in 28 countries and is the fastest-selling album in history, having moved 12 million copies in less than a month.
In other Lennon news, a controversy is brewing over a 1 a.m. ET curfew imposed by New York City officials, which would limit Beatles fans' annual vigil to Lennon in Central Park.
Last year, police were able to disperse the crowd peacefully as the curfew time neared; however, this year they're expecting more than 1,000 people to pay tribute to Lennon in a small area of Central Park named "Strawberry Fields" and marked with a mosaic reading "Imagine" in Lennon's honor, Reuters reports.
Fans want the curfew lifted, but Mayor Rudolph Giuliani isn't budging.
``We don't keep the park open at night,'' Giuliani said at a news conference Thursday. ``It's a dangerous precedent to set. They can have their memorial until the park closes, and then when the park closes, the memorial is over."
A BUDDHIST WEDDING FOR MADONNA? Why not? She's already done the Hindu look. Reuters is reporting that Madonna and director-boyfriend Guy Ritchie will have a Buddhist ceremony when they tie the knot in a Scottish castle on Dec. 22.
The wedding site at Dornoch Cathedral near is a favorite wedding spot for the rich and famous.
Word is that Madonna, 42, wants a very peaceful ceremony without the glitz and helicopters that buzzed overhead at her first wedding in 1985 to actor Sean Penn.
So this time, the glitzy presence of white stretch limos are out, so are hats. The pop singer thinks they're old-fashioned. Uh, OK.
ZAPPA DAUGHTER THREATENED: A man who allegedly threatened to kill singer Moon Unit Zappa was arrested, The Associated Press reports. Mark Brownfield, 40, alleges that Zappa and her father, the late Frank Zappa, stole his lyrics for Zappa's 1980s hit "Valley Girl."
Brownfield mailed a package to the FBI's Santa Ana, Calif., office with documents on Oct. 30 in which he made the threat. He remains held without bail and awaits arraignment on Monday.
Episode 2. Modeling Agency or Modeling School?
(AIR DATE 01/24/2012)
Paul pays a visit to Fierce Models in Rapid City, South Dakota, and is outraged to learn that the agency's owner is running a modeling school for girls who don't stand a chance of ever becoming legitimate models. Meanwhile, Olga and JT, Director of New Faces for The Network, are in New York City with a few of The Network's models, setting last-minute meetings with designers in the hopes of booking a show for Fashion Week that could potentially launch their modeling careers.
Episode 3. The Gummy Bear
(AIR DATE 02/01/2012)
Paul tries to help Annelise land a major campaign. Paul faces resistance from the owner of an Orlando agency.
Episode 4. 3 Men and a Little Agency
(AIR DATE 02/08/2012)
The Network gets Meghan a meeting with Elle Magazine. Paul visits a Phoenix-based agency to see if it's Network material.
Episode 5. Attitude Adjustment
(AIR DATE 02/15/2012)
Recent discovery Shaughnessey gets a chance to walk in a major show. Paul visits a St. Louis agency that appears to have lost its mojo.
Episode 6. Sending the Wrong Image
(AIR DATE 02/22/2012)
Meghan lands a big campaign but isn't completely comfortable working with a male model. Paul debates letting a questionable Hermosa Beach-based agency join the network.
Episode 7. All in the Family
(AIR DATE 08/13/2012)
Paul tries to turn Haley into a star. Paul tries to help update an old-fashioned Ohio modeling agency.
Episode 8. Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em
(AIR DATE 08/20/2012)
Paul tries to save a Las Vegas agency. Only one of two sisters can achieve her modeling dream.