July 14, 2004
Superman director drops out
Los Angeles — Superman needs some direction.
Charlie's Angels director McG has dropped out of the long-
stalled project to bring the man of steel to the silver screen in a
dispute with Warner Bros over the movie's 200 million dollar budget
and its filming location, according to the Hollywood Reporter
The report said that the studio wanted to film the movie in
Australia while McG insisted that filming take place in New York.
"When I flew to New York to scout, I became enamoured with our
greatest American city," McG, whose real name in Joseph McGinty
Nicol, said in a statement. "It was clear to me that this was
Metropolis. As a filmmaker, I felt it was inappropriate to try to
capture the heart of America on another continent.
"I look at Superman as a character that embodies all that is
beautiful about America."
Legendary blue movie set for revival
Los Angeles — Oscar winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful
Mind) will focus his skills on some beautiful bodies for his next
According to Daily Variety, Grazer is set to produce Inside
Deep Throat, which it describes as "a celebrity-studded, sexually
graphic documentary that examines the cultural impact of the 1972
porn classic starring Linda Lovelace".
The movie reveals how anti-porn crusaders ironically ended up
ensuring the legendary success of the movie and its Mafia
enforcers, and make it, in Grazer's words, "the most litigated,
most profitable movie ever".
The movie includes interviews with Warren Beatty, Jack
Nicholson, Carl Bernstein, Hugh Hefner, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal
and John Waters.
O'Donnell sails on gay family friendly cruise
New York — Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell has launched a
new venture: a cruise line catering to gay and lesbian families.
The first cruise departed from New York for a week long cruise
to Florida and the Bahamas.
The comedian founded R Family Vacations with her longtime
partner, Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell, to promote getaways that are
gay family- friendly. Other upcoming trips include ski vacations,
fishing trips and safaris.
The couple married in San Francisco earlier this year. The duo
are raising four children together and are strong advocates of gay
marriage and adoption.
Bobby Brown jailed and released
Houston — R&B; singer Bobby Brown was jailed briefly on Sunday
night on charges that he beat his singer wife Whitney Houston. He
was released on a $2,000 bond several hours after turning
In May, a judge had ordered there was enough evidence for Brown
to stand trial on misdemeanour battery charges for allegedly
hitting Houston in the face at their home near Alpharetta, a suburb
north of Atlanta.
Simple battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a
$1,000 fine. Normally on a first offence in domestic-violence
cases, the charge is dismissed if the defendant undergoes
Schwarzenegger TV movie planned
Los Angeles — American cable TV channel A&E; is planning a biopic
movie called see Arnold Run about the rise of Arnold
Schwarzenegger from an unknown Austrian bodybuilder to the
According to the Hollywood Reporter Monday, A&E; is in
negotiations with German actor Jurgen Prochnow (The English
Patient) to play the role of a contemporary Schwarzenegger and has
already signed up Roland Kickinger (Son of the Beach) to play a
younger version of Schwarzenegger.
The project is scheduled to begin shooting next month in
Sharon Stone is to revive most famous
Los Angeles — Actress Sharon Stone is to revive her most famous
role in a bid to jump start her flagging career. She will once
again portray bisexual novelist and murder suspect Catherine
Tramell in Basic Instinct 2, a sequel to the 1992 original which
earned her the reputation of one of Hollywood's sexiest ladies.
Stone had been pushing a 14 million dollar lawsuit against the
producers of the movie for allegedly repeatedly postponing
production of a planned steamy sequel. But according to
entertainment website E Online!, she has now dropped the lawsuit
after being promised a similar sum in advance for appearing in the
According to the report no actor has yet been cast to co-star in
Apple sells 100 million songs online
San Francisco — Apple Computer Inc. said Monday that it had sold
more than 100 million songs from its iTunes Music Store.
The 100 millionth song, Somersault (Dangermouse remix) by
Zero7, was purchased by Kevin Britten, 20, of Hays, Kansas on
Sunday, the Company said in a press release.
The music site, which features more than 700,000 songs available
for download, claims to be the biggest legal music site in the
The site is so far available to computer users in the U.S.,
Britain, France and Germany.
The success of the store, one of the first to offer legal
downloads, has come amidst a global crackdown on illegal song-
swapping over the internet.
"As we cross this historic milestone, we want to thank our
customers, the artists and the music labels who have embraced our
dream for iTunes," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.
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