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Apparently every female in Hollywood is clamouring for the lead in the planned movie of Wonder woman.

Apparently every female in Hollywood is clamouring for the lead in the planned movie of Wonder woman.

Jennifer Love Hewitt is pushing for the role along with other Hollywood stars Megan Fox, Eliza Dushku, Sandra Bullock and Beyonce Knowles – who have all been rumoured to be of interest to studio heads.

Hewitt, who starred in ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and its sequel and can be seen on TV in ‘Ghost Whisperer’, is now pleading with studio bosses to hire her for the part.

The 31-year-old said “I’m fighting so hard. I think Warner Bros is getting ready to make Wonder Woman and I really want to play Wonder Woman. I am obsessed with Wonder Woman.”

So who do you think should be wonder Woman, or was Lynda Carter perfect?

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Sarah Brightman will be performing “Shall Be Done”, Panasonic’s official campaign song at a Panasonic reception in Vancouver on Feb 11 (today).
This event is open to the media only.

Earlier in the day, Panasonic will be announcing this song and unveiling the 3D video of Sarah performing the song at the launch of the Panasonic Olympic Pavilion at LiveCity Vancouver Yaletown, official celebration site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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Kate Winslet has accepted £25,000 libel damages over a claim that she publicly lied about her exercise regime.
The 34-year-old Oscar-winning actress was not at London’s High Court for the settlement of her action against Associated Newspapers.

Her solicitor, Rachel Atkins, told Mr Justice Eady that she had sued over an article entitled “Should Kate Winslet win an Oscar for the world’s most irritating actress?”, which appeared in the Daily Mail in January.

Ms Atkins said the story, which was accompanied by several naked photographs of the actress in various films, was offensive in tone.

She said: “The claimant has frequently asserted the right of women to accept the way that they look and by accusing her of trying to mislead the public, the defendant caused her a great deal of distress. It was simply not true.”

She added that the newspaper published an apology in September, accepting that Winslet had not been duplicitous, and had agreed to pay the damages and costs.

A statement issued by the actress said: “I am delighted that the Mail have apologised for making false allegations about me.

Kate Winslet“I was particularly upset to be accused of lying about my exercise regime and felt that I had a responsibility to request an apology in order to demonstrate my commitment to the views that I have always expressed about body issues, including diet and exercise.

“I strongly believe that women should be encouraged to accept themselves as they are, so to suggest that I was lying was an unacceptable accusation of hypocrisy.”

Kate recently took the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Reader and also went back to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio for the movie Revolutionary Road – which was also directed by husband Sam Mendes

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Sarah Brightman is currently shooting a ‘romantic comedy’ movie along with Richard E Grant – yes its true! The movie is titled Cosi and is based on Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte.

Cosi is Directed by BAFTA winner Chris Menaul and the screenplay was apparently the last written by Sir John Mortimer, of Rumpole fame, who died in January.
Stephen Evans is the producer, whose credits include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and The Madness of King George. His 14 feature films have garnered 11 Oscar nominations and won two Oscars.

Sarah, who plays Celia, is no stranger to musicals having starred in the likes of ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘ but she isn’t quite so well known for her acting skills although she became a cult hit after appearing as ‘Blind Mag’ in the horror/sci-fi rock opera Repo: The genetic opera.
However, producer Selywn Roberts said that she and her fellow cast members have put in some top drawer performances so far.

Blind Mag“Obviously everyone knows Sarah has a cracking voice but she is excelling with her acting and she is a natural comedienne”.

The filming is expected to finish around Christmas time and be premiered at Cannes next year.

Rumor has it that Sarah has dug deep into her own pockets to save the £5m film from collapse, according to insiders on the movie.
Producers were facing financial difficulties and the project was in doubt right up until the last minute. But shooting is now under way at the palatial Manderston House in Berwickshire.

An insider involved in the film revealed Ms Brightman, the former Mrs Andrew Lloyd Webber and dancer in Hot Gossip, saved the day in a deal that involved up to £400,000 of her own money.

The film’s official spokeswoman Wendy Kidd initially said the producers would not discuss any aspect of the budget.

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Kate Winslet has vowed to never to show her breasts again on the big screen.

The Oscar winning actress has stripped off in several films, including Titanic. However, she has conceded that she’s too old to be going topless in front of the cameras.

Winslet told Harpers Bazaar, “I’ll be 34 in October. I can’t keep getting away with it.

“There was so much of it in The Reader because the story required it, but people have seen enoughof my butt and my boobs. I have to put them back.”

Kate – who raises two children with her director husband Sam Mendes – doesn’t believe in the typical idea of romance, explaining she would rather be given something simple and meaningful than a flashy, expensive gift.

kate winsletShe explained: “Romance to me is spontaneity. It’s not diamond earrings – it’s a bunch of daffodils that are freshly picked from the field. Or just a little thing like Sam calling me at three in the afternoon, saying, ‘I’m coming home now.

I’m done for the day.’ It’s romantic because he just thought, ‘I’ll go home. I want to be with Kate and the kids.’ ”

Kate hinted that she is taking a break from movies.
She told Hello, “I think I have to take time of. I’m sick of me and I’m sure everyone else is too.
“I would love to do some theatre. It would be a good challenge.”

Kate recently took the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Reader and also went back to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio for the movie Revolutionary Road – which was also directed by husband Sam Mendes

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Tonight it was revealed that Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding has landed a role in the upcoming movie St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, and she will appear alongside David Tennent, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.

The cast will also includes Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley, Jodie Whittaker, Juno Temple, Tamsin Egerton, Celia Imrie and Fenella Wollgar, alongside newcomers Ella Smith, Zawe Aston and Montserrat Lombard.

Sarah Harding, appeared fleetingly in the first St Trinian’s film in 2007.

Sarah_Harding02The film see the girls embark on a rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold, which sees them face the villainous Pomfrey, played by Tennant, and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.
It is being produced by Everett, Nigel Green, James Spring, Paul Brett, Tim Smith and Chris Smith. It has been written by Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth. Entertainment Film Distributors will handle the UK distribution rights. It is being made in association with the Aegis Film Fund and Prescience.
The first instalment of St Trinian’s grossed $25m at the UK box office.

Harding has said she is determined not to be another pop star who fails at acting. The 27-year-old is making her TV debut in hard-hitting drama Freefall next month.

“I don’t want to try too much too soon, I’m taking baby steps,” she told the Sun.
“I’m working my way into acting gradually – I don’t want people to think I’m just swanning in there.
“There is a stigma attached to people who go from singing to acting.”
“People like to see you as just one thing and find it hard to take if you try something different.”

Freefall is a drama concentrating on how the credit crunch is affecting Britain. It airs on BBC2 on July 14 at 9pm.

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I’m currently going through a Raquel Welch phase after watching 1 Million Years BC on the TV a few weeks ago. One of the more bizarre films I’ve watched with her in to date has to be ‘Myra Breckinridge’.

The film is odd in the way only a real 60’s movie can be odd, and the subject matter is not something you would expect. Adapted from the Gore Vidal novel of the same name, in which a gay man, Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed), undergoes a sex-change operation before setting of – as Myra Breckinridge – on a mission to Hollywood to “destroy the American male in all its particulars”.

The film is notorious for the scene in which Raquel Welch rapes a handsome young actor with a strap-on. The film was even branded pornographic over this scene (which isnt graphic at all).

myraFull plot synopsis:

The story begins soon after the homosexual film critic Myron Breckinridge has a sex-change operation. As Myra, she moves from New York to Hollywood so she can immerse herself in the industry, con her uncle Buck Loner out of half a million dollars and symbolically destroy the American male.

Myra calls on Buck, a former B-film cowboy star, and tells him that she is the widow of his late nephew Myron. She’s there, she says, to collect on Myron’s share of the property on which Buck’s acting academy is built (which had passed on to Myron on his mother’s death).

Buck is appropriately suspicious (“I never knew that Myron had an eye for feminine pulchritude”) and says he’ll have his lawyers look into it. To occupy Myra until things are resolved, he offers her a job teaching posture and empathy, which she gladly accepts.

Next Myra identifies the dim-witted Rusty Godowsky, a strapping young former football player in her posture class, as her sacrificial bull. Rusty is an easy target, for he has a posture problem worthy of Myra’s “special attention,” as well as a highly leveragable criminal record.

In the posture class with Rusty is his beautiful blonde girl friend, Mary Ann Pringle. Myra initially views her as an annoying air head, noteworthy only because of her association with Rusty. In time, however, much to her own surprise, Myra becomes quite smitten with her.

myra1Enter Letitia Van Allen, a hard-as-nails talent agent with a bed in her office. When Letitia comes to the academy one day to see Buck, Myra introduces herself and makes quite an impression. The two women — who each in her own way uses men as men typically use women — become fast friends.

Myra notices that Mary Ann has a beautiful singing voice and persuades Letitia to talk with her. During their conversation, Mary Ann mentions Rusty and shows a picture of him to Letitia. Taken with Rusty’s good looks, Letitia sees her own opportunity with Rusty and invites the young couple to a party at her house.

Meanwhile, Myra’s plot to destroy Rusty is working quite nicely. In addition to picking on him during virtually every class session, she makes substantial progress during a private session in her office. Then she goes in for the kill with the climactic after-hours dildo rape in the school’s infirmary.

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The tortured Rusty takes out his anger toward Myra on poor Mary Ann, who is hurt, and the horny Letitia, who is delighted with his new rough love-making (he had always been very gentle with Mary Ann). Ironically, Mary Ann turns to Myra for support, and Rusty, who can’t stand the fact that Mary Ann is with Myra, stays with Letitia.

Myra is shocked with the progression of her feelings toward Mary Ann. From initial indiscretions meant largely to further insult Rusty’s manhood, Myra proceeds to all out love for the beautiful girl. Mary Ann at first resists completely but in time warms to the idea.

Myra’s feud with Buck over his property reaches a crescendo when she tells him that she is Myron Breckinridge. To prove it, she lifts her skirt and shows him the scars from her sex-change operation. After nearly falling out of his chair, Buck caves in and gives the money to Myra.

Next Myra is seriously injured in a hit-and-run car accident (Buck? Rusty?) and hospitalized for several days. In addition to physical injury, the wreck causes a hormone imbalance, and, suddenly, Myra’s growing a beard and assuming other male characteristics.

myraexposedMyra’s terrified of what Mary Ann will think. Oddly enough, when Mary Ann realizes that Myra was, in fact, a man, all her reservations about truly falling in love with him evaporate. They marry and live happily ever after.

The special Edition is availible from Amazon and features an interesting commentry with Raquel Welch about the production and various backstage arguments.

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The current Hollywood trend of producing re-makes has brought some truly awful moments in cinema (see Death Race as an example) however some movies – even in the super hero genre , have been half decent – see ‘The Dark Knight’.

Hot on the heels of major disappointment ‘Watchmen’ will be ‘Red Sonja’.
This movie is based on Marvel’s comic book heroine and stars Rose McGowan as the red haired Barbarian. Its produced by Robert Rodriguez – unfortunately not directed by him, but by the director of ‘Highlander: Endgame’ Douglas Aarniokoski.

For those that don’t know there was a movie of Red Sonja produced in 1985 which starred Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen in the lead along side Arnold Schwarzenegger – this was a typical 80s flick along the lines of Schwarzenegger’s Conan performances.

The plot for the ‘new’ movies is as follows;

In her return we find Red Sonja, a young girl risen from the ashes of tragedy to become the most feared woman warrior of all time. The mythical red-head blindly seeks vengeance on those who destroyed her family. In her path of destruction she discovers a larger purpose for her unearthly powers: to save all Hyrkania from the villainous Kulan Gath.

rose-mcgowan-bathRodriguez and McGowan were going to re-make 60’s Classic Barbarella but the project was cancelled. According to an unnamed source for The New York Observer, “It’s sort of embarrassing for everyone involved. … No one thinks Rose can carry the movie, but Robert won’t listen.” The paper adds that producer Dino De Laurentiis “wants to back Robert and his vision. But Robert’s vision is blurred by Rose.” The studio reportedly wants a bigger name star such as Halle Berry or Jessica Alba.

Rodriguez disputes this claim, saying they were “blown over” by McGowan’s audition and citing the project’s ballooning budget as the reason for Universal’s pullout. “Universal had initially signed on for $60 million,” Rodriguez explained, “but then when we were done with the script it wound up at closer to $82 million, and they had just financed a Will Ferrell movie [Land of the Lost] that was a $130 million and they even cut that down to $100 million.”

McGowan of course starred in both Rodriquez and Tarantino’s  Grindhouse movies.

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