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NEWS ABOUT BEN
- Ben has once again been selected to appear in People Magazine's annual 50 Most Beautiful People issue.
- New release dates for you: Bounce - October 13, 2000 and The Third Wheel - Spring 2001.
- With vintage World War II planes rumbling overhead the stars, director and producer of Disney's $135 million epic Pearl Harbor kicked off their Hawaii filming schedule on Sunday, April 2, with a solemn wreath laying ceremony on the Arizona Memorial. The movie, which will use high-tech special effects to recreate the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, is expected to showcase the battle for a whole new generation of moviegoers. "It is something we have to pass on to future generations", said producer Jerry Bruckheimer at a news conference after the ceremony. "It's a seminal film in my career, to get this". Pearl Harbor will star Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett, all of whom attended the ceremony Sunday. They were joined by Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, Admiral Thomas Fargo, commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Richard Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. "It was a very moving, very humbling and profound experience for me. It was an added reminder that you owe a great debt to the men and women who died in the attack", said Affleck, who had not previously visited the memorial, which was built over the sunken battleship Arizona. The movie to be directed by Michael Bay is expected to be released on Memorial Day 2001. The plot will follow the lives of two pilots who are best friends. The pilots, played by Affleck and Hartnett, both fall in love with an Army nurse, played by Beckinsale. The fictional story will be interwoven with actual events. "We've done enormous amounts of research", Bruckheimer said. "It will be very accurate. We're trying to toe a very strict line". Several of the film's key stars said they were so moved by the film's message, that they agreed to be paid later. "All of the key people have taken no money because we really like the script", Affleck said. "The story seemed important, it seemed to resonate. It seemed like the right thing to do". Much of the filming will take place on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. During the attack, U.S. battleships were berthed all around the tiny island and were easy targets for Japanese dive-bombers. The filmmakers have brought in about 15 vintage aircraft and will stage explosions on several inactive Navy ships currently stored in Pearl Harbor. Scores of additional aircraft like the P-40 Warhawks that flew a missing-man formation Sunday, will be added through digital effects. Additional ships and harbor action will be created the same way. Five Pearl Harbor Survivors Association members -- all veterans of the attack -- attended the ceremony, including Ralph Lindenmeyer, who praised the script. "Even though we have a speakers bureau this will reach far more people", he said. "The legacy of December 7 is being pushed forward by this film".
- The release date of Bounce has been pushed up to July 7.
- Ben has been nominated for Favorite Actor - Comedy/Romance [for Forces of Nature] at this year's Blockbuster Awards; airing on Fox this June. Ben is up against Richard Gere, Runaway Bride; Hugh Grant, Notting Hill; and Freddie Prinze Jr., She's All That.
- Another addition to the cast of Pearl Harbor: Tom Sizemore [Saving Private Ryan].
- British actress Kate Beckinsale [Brokedown Palace] has committed to star as Evelyn, the female lead in Pearl Harbor. In Pearl, Beckinsale plays a Navy nurse who meets Rafe [Ben Affleck] during a medical exam. After they fall in love, she is shipped off to Pearl Harbor to join the Pacific fleet.
- Good Will Hunting: the TV series? Not exactly, but sources say Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been shopping around a reality show that takes viewers behind the scenes of an indie movie. The Oscar-winning duo [and their Miramax-based production company] plan to recruit an indie auteur via the Internet who would then allow cameras to capture his vision coming to life. "They were pretty passionate about the idea," said one Big Four exec. "I think they wanted to do it based on their experience [making] Good Will Hunting. They want to give somebody else that kind of shot." Affleck and Damon had no trouble getting the nets to hear their pitch, but finding a buyer is a different story; one exec says Miramax is asking too steep a price for a 13-episode order [though Affleck and Damon did promise to appear in some episodes]. But even if the show doesn't get picked up, the actors have still created a stir: "I rarely get flummoxed by people," says one exec. "And I definitely was flummoxed by them."
- Alec Baldwin and Kate Beckinsale are both in talks to co-star in Pearl Harbor.
- Some more info about Pearl Harbor...
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2001
CAST THUS FAR: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Cuba Gooding Jr. [Dorie Miller], Gene Hackman [FDR]. Two key roles have yet to be cast.
DIRECTOR: Michael Bay [Armageddon, The Rock, Bad Boys].
PLOT: This movie is based upon the events that happened at the Pearl Harbor naval base on the morning of December 7, 1941; including both the time before it, and the events that followed. Set against the setting of the raid on Pearl Harbor, this is the tale of two brothers [Ben and Hartnett]; one an aviator in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and the other in the British Royal Air Force [American pilots were recruited by them before the U.S. entered WWII]; who find themselves in love with the same woman. The emphasis on the film is said to really be on the love stories; with history the amazing and tragic backdrop.
BUDGET: $145 million, which makes it the most expensive budgeted movie ever.
PRODUCTION: Filming began on April 4th, 2000, with locations including Hawaii [April 4 - May 10], Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baja California [the gigantic water tank set built for Titanic], and England [February 28, 2001]. The Pentagon has granted the filmmakers permission to film on government property on Oahu, including Middle Loch Naval Hospital, Wheeler Field, Fort Shafter Army Base, and Ford Island [March 10, 2001). Apparently, some filming will also be done in Corpus Christi, TX.
- Ben has signed on for Pearl Harbor, the latest brainchild from Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay [those Armageddon guys].
- Dogma has been given a video release date of May 2.
- Word from the man himself: Ben recently broke his ankle during a friendly game of basketball.
- The hottest party ticket at Sundance turned out to be Andrew Lazar's Deer Valley condo party, where such actors as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Neve Campbell, Heather Graham and boyfriend Ed Burns, and Emilio Estevez mingled past 3:00 a.m., fighting for breathing space and anything to drink.
- Attendees of this year's Sundance Film Festival were treated to the debut of Boiler Room; a thriller about yuppie stockbrokers. First-timer Ben Younger directs the Long Island-set film.
- Bounce has been given a release date of July 28, 2000.
- Some sort of truth is emerging at Warner Brothers and Disney, and it may be The Ugly Truth, a project getting serious consideration from director Barry Sonnenfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck. Written by Nicole Eastman, Truth tells the story of a romantically challenged woman who receives lessons in love from a sloppily dressed, sexist television personality.
- Ben is currently developing Peter Lefcourt's "The Dreyfus Affair", with director Betty Thomas. Affleck would play a happily married shortstop with kids and a dalmatian, who falls in love with his black second baseman. [Wesley Snipes has long been suggested for the latter role].
- Ben has denied published reports that he is likely to become the screen's next Batman and that he wants his friend, Gwyneth Paltrow, to play Catwoman. In a note posted at affleck.com, Affleck said: "As I'm sure most of you might infer, this story is absurd. There is no Batman script, no movie being planned, they have not called me or my agent and Gwyneth is much more the Electra another comic-book character type. I really have no idea where they get this stuff. It is as if someone sits in a room and quite literally invents it."
- Ben Affleck has been fined for driving with his license suspended in Massachusetts. The 27-year-old Academy Award-winning actor was accompanied by onetime companion Gwyneth Paltrow on Thursday, December 23, as he slipped quietly into court to pay the $135 fine. Court personnel say Affleck was stopped for speeding in Lee on August 11. Affleck was reportedly en route to visit Paltrow, who was acting in a play at the nearby Williamstown Theater Festival. Affleck's lawyer David Hoose said Monday that the actor actually had a valid California license and was unaware his license was suspended in Massachusetts.
- The official Boiler Room site is up, at http://www.boilermovie.com.
- The name of Ben's upcoming film Deception, formerly called Reindeer Games, has now been changed back to Reindeer Games. Whew!
- Warner Bros is considering Ben to play the role of the Caped Crusader in a revival of the Batman franchise, syndicated gossip columnist Liz Smith reported Tuesday, December 21, without naming sources.
- The Score scorecard has a last minute scratch: Ben Affleck has abruptly dropped out of the film he was scheduled to costar in with Robert De Niro for director Frank Oz. Sources said an offer was quickly put out to Brad Pitt, who is available and looking to work in a commercial picture. Affleck had no definitive replacement project, but several strong possibilities. One is Cinderella Man, about a depression-era boxer, is taking shape as a co-production between Universal and Miramax with Billy Bob Thornton a possible director.
- The release date for Daddy and Them has been pushed back to the Summer of 2000.
- Ben will star opposite Robert De Niro in The Score. The script tells the story of an older thief who hopes to retire and live off his riches, when a young kid blackmails him into doing one last heist.
- "Touched by an Angel" triumphed over Dogma as ads for the satirical movie were pulled from newspapers and radio because of CBS' complaint that its family series was being exploited.
"Get Touched by an Angel" was the slogan used to tout the Kevin Smith movie, which has drawn fire for its depiction of the Roman Catholic church.
In a November 12 letter to Lions Gate Films, CBS said it received calls from people confused about whether a link exists to "our family oriented television series and your irreverent movie that apparently belittles every religious tenet embraced by our show".
CBS said the promotion exploits the show's name and demadned the ad campaign stop. Lions Gate made the letter public Tuesday; a CBS spokesman said the company had no further comment.
"We've instantly changed our ads", said Mark Urman, co-president of Lions Gate Films. "Sometimes capitulation is the most sensible thing to do. It's not a very big deal. We think it's kind of hilarious, in fact".
The slogan has been featured for several months on Dogma publicity posters, Urman said Tuesday. "We never meant to harm or infringe upon them", he said.
Dogma has been the focus of controversy since before its release. An outcry by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights over the script prompted Disney subsidiary Miramax Films to withdraw as distributor.
Smith, whose previous films include Clerks and Chasing Amy, has said the film is aimed at open-minded Catholics, using two gun-toting, sinner-slaying angels [Ben Affleck, Matt Damon] to satirize zealots who see violence as a path to heaven.
"Touched by an Angel", CBS' top-rated series, stars Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye as benevolent angels dispatched from heaven to help troubled people.
- In its' opening weekend, Dogma sat pretty at Number 3, bringing in $8.8 million. Its' solid per screen average of $6,935 was the second highest in the top 10, behind Pokemon's. [Pretty scary, huh?]
- Here are some highlights from Ben's Playboy Interview, courtesy of Playboy Enterprises: "Actor Ben Affleck is experiencing the kind of meteoric rise to fame that young actors dream about. In the December Playboy Interview, he shares his thoughts and feelings on what is often a startling reality. As part of his dating adventures, Affleck was offered and tried the much-talked-about drug Viagra: 'One of my biggest disappointments was Viagra. I figured it's this old-guy drug, if you can't get a hard-on you take Viagra. But then these guys start telling me, 'No, no, no, you can take it too, and it's like you were 14 and jerking off six times a day'. So, somebody gave it to me. I took half and felt like I almost had a heart attack. I had to sit down and all it did was make me sweat and feel dizzy. And really unnerved. I felt no sexual effects whatsoever. So maybe I'm immune to Viagra. That was a huge disappointment for me. I thought I'd be able to recapture those days when I was 15'."
- The title of Ben's upcoming film, Reindeer Games, has been changed to Deception. Kinda generic, huh? At any rate, further down these News & Notes, when you see the title Reindeer Games, go ahead and substitute Deception for it. They are one in the same.
- On October 4, hundreds of Catholic protesters staged a rally at a venerable arts institution, where a controversial film about fallen angels premiered. Singing, praying and holding aloft placards that read "Stop blasphemy", the demonstrators gathered outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where the movie Dogma was shown as part of the prestigious New York Film Festival. In Dogma, Academy Award-winning actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck play two fallen angels who are scheming to get back into heaven. The film, directed by Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith, also stars Linda Fiorentino and Salma Hayek, as well as comedian Chris Rock as a hitherto unknown 13th apostle. "We are here to tell people that we're looking for more respect and love, and less criticizing of each other's faith", said Bev Santini of Garden City, New York. "We're praying for Michael Eisner and Disney and Miramax so that they stop ridiculing Christians and Catholics in the world", she said. Disney is Miramax's parent company, but the film is being released by Lion's Gate which distributed last year's Oscar-winning film Gods and Monsters. Miramax Films' Bob and Harvey Weinstein bought Dogma from Miramax, which backed the film's production, and Lion's Gate agreed to distribute it. Officials at Disney, Miramax, Lion's Gate and the film festival could not be reached for comment. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, which joined the Catholic League and others at Monday's rally, said in fliers that Dogma, "mocks everything we hold sacred -- God, the Church, the Mass and Mary's virginity. It condones what we condemn -- murder, obscenity, violence, profanity, drugs, drunkenness and rebellion!"
- Ben served as co-host for "The Concert of the Century for VH1 Save the Music", which was broadcast live October 23. VH1's Save the Music program raises funds to re-establish music programs at schools across America.
- Actor-director Tony Goldwyn and thesp David Paymer have signed on to Miramax's Bounce. Goldwyn will play a stranded traveler who swaps plane tickets with another passenger (Ben) in order to get home to his wife (Gwyneth Paltrow), unknowingly booking himself on a doomed flight.
- Ben spent one night in Vancouver General Hospital, and suffered a mild concussion after falling and hitting his head while filming a fight scene for the upcoming Reindeer Games.
- Miramax Films is near a deal to bring Ben and Gwyneth aboard Bounce, a drama with romantic overtones to be shot this fall by writer/director Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex). Ben would play a womanizer who gives up his seat on an airplane to a guy who wants badly to get home to his wife. After the plane crashes, Aflleck's character develops guilt over the other man's death and becomes an alcoholic. One year later, he resolves to check up on the dead man's widow (Paltrow). As they slowly fall in love with each other, she unaware that he played a role in her husband's death.
- Dogma has been deemed "inappropriate" by the Walt Disney Company, and Disney officials say Dogma shouldn't be released under a Disney label. So, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of Miramax, say they will acquire all rights to the film and sell it to another distributor. The movie is described as a satire which deals with religious issues. Harvey Weinstein says Disney didn't directly ask him to shelve the film, but indicated there was a problem. The film is said to include such hot-button material as a foul-mouthed apostle, a discussion of whether Joseph and Mary had sex and a descendent of Jesus who happens to work in an abortion clinic. For his part, Smith, a devout Catholic, said he felt Dogma was not in the least bit offensive. "I wrote the film, I directed the film, I have seen the film many times -- in my opinion, Dogma is in no way blasphemous or worthy of the mild controversy that seems to be brewing around it", he said in a statement.
- Ben and Matt Damon have signed on for supporting roles in The Third Wheel, a comedy-romance about a guy, his friend, his dream girl and the con artist who messes up a big night. Ben will play the role of the friend, while relative unknown Jay Lacopo, who also wrote the script, is set to star as the con artist. (Lacopo's wrote I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney, which Ben directed). Damon's onscreen involvement will be limited to a cameo. Behind the scenes, Matt and Ben will serve as executive producers for the $10 million indie flick.
- In between his hectic schedule, Ben and buddy Matt Damon are working on their Castle Rock feature Half Way House, a drama in which Matt will reportedly play a patient, and Ben a counselor, in a facility for the mentally impaired. The writing duo are also said to be working on the romantic comedy Like a Rock, in which Ben will take the lead role; payback for Matt getting the bigger role in Good Will Hunting.
|NEWS ABOUT JOSEPH|
- In a holiday fantasy poll released by the Blockbuster video chain, Joseph was named the fourth most kissable actor, following #1 Brad Pitt, #2 Bruce Willis, and #3 Cuba Gooding Jr. [Mike Myers was fifth].
- Joseph has signed with Creative Artists Agency. Previously represented by the William Morris Agency, Fiennes will next month begin work on producer Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates, about the epic battle of Stalingrad, for Mandalay.
- Director Jon Avnet is hoping that Joseph Fiennes and Universal can get into production his long aborning pic Uprising. The Paul Brickman-scripted pic concerns the group of Polish teens who defied Nazi SS troops in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII.
- Seven Years in Tibet director Jean-Jacques Annaud is getting ready to shoot another fact-based wartime film. Enemy tells the true story of a World War II duel between a young Russian sniper [Jude Law] and a German officer [Ed Harris]. Joseph Fiennes will play the Russian's best friend, and Rachel Weisz is in talks to play the woman they both love. The action is set against the epic battle of Stalingrad. Annaud collaborated on the script with Alain Godard, who wrote Annaud's The Name of the Rose. Annaud's other credits include Wings of Courage, The Lover and The Bear.
- Honorees at the Concept: Cure gala benefit to fight breast cancer, on September 9 included Joseph Fiennes. The benefit was held at the Eurochow Restaurant.
- Forever Mine was one of over a hundred films showing at the 24th Toronto Film Festival, which ran September 9 - September 18.
- On July 27, Bloomsbury USA presented Joseph, Ralph and Sophie Fiennes reading from "Blood Ties" by Jennifer Lash (aka Mother Fiennes). The reading took place at 7:00 pm, at the Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, NYC.
|NEWS ABOUT ETHAN|
- Ethan and Uma were presenters at the 72nd annual Academy Awards.
- Joe the King is now available for home video rental.
- Attendees of this year's Sundance Film Festival were treated to the debut of Hamlet; a modern day telling set in New York. Director Michael Almereyda [Nadja] also leads Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles through Hollywood's latest attempt at Shakespeare.
- Hamlet has been given a release date of May 12, 2000.
- In its' first weekend of wide release, Snow Falling On Cedars finished 10th in the North American Box Office, with an estimated $4,000,000 weekend gross.
- Anyone see Ethan's recent appearance [without moustache!] on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno? Seems our boy has lightened up a bit/gotten over his "brooding" stage, which is nothing but good news to us!
- Recently on Entertainment Tonight, Ethan [with moustache!] shed a little light into his and Uma's parenting style: Uma gets up at night to care for Maya. She then sleeps while Ethan cares for Maya through the morning and afternoon. Ethan said it's amazing to watch a human being develop.
- Ethan spent his most recent birthday signing copies of "The Hottest State" in San Francisco's "A Clean Well Lighted Place For Books".
- Former New York Knicks basketball star Bill Bradley recently brought his presidential campaign to his old home court at Madison Square Garden, where a raft of former teammates and opponents pledged their support. Hollywood also got in on the act, with Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel and Ethan Hawke on hand, as well as Grammy winning musician Bruce Hornsby.
- The East Coast premiere of actor Frank Whaley's directorial debut Joe the King opened this year's Independent Feature Film Market. The Trimark Pictures release stars Ethan Hawke, Val Kilmer and John Leguizamo. Whaley won this year's Waldo Salt screenwriting award at Sundance for the script, which depicts a teen-age boy's attempt to rise out of the mire of his unhappy family.
- Ethan may star in Angels, for director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals) and Platform Entertainment, about an ex-con who joins a desperate single mother on a cross country road trip. Dens Johnson adapted his own novel.
- Snow Falling On Cedars received its' world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which ran from September 9 - September 18.
- Ethan recently appeared at the Williamstown Theater Festival; starring in Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real". The play has been described as a dreamlike vision of lost souls trapped on a royal route turned pedestrian pathway. Clive Barnes noted in The New York Times, "there are people who think that "Camino Real" is Tennessee Williams' best play and I believe that they are right. It is a play torn out of a human soul". The play also featured Blair Brown, Hope Davis, Richard Easton, and Mary Lou Rosato.
- Ethan and Uma were among the packed house at the Broadway opening of Patrick Marber's hotly anticipated "Closer".
- Miramax has acquired all rights to Hamlet, a modern update of the Shakespearean tragedy. In this updated version, set in New York, Ethan plays a brooding filmmaker and heir to the Denmark Corporation. The film also stars Kyle McLachlan as Claudius, Sam Shepard as the ghost of Hamlet's father, Diane Venora as Gertrude and Bill Murray as Polonius. Michael Almereyda, whose previous work includes the vampire tale Nadja, and Trimark's upcoming mummy movie Trance, adapted the Bard's play and directed.
- Ethan has signed on to play the lead in Hollywood's latest remake of Hamlet. The film will also star Kyle MacLachlan as Claudius, Sam Sheperd as the ghost and Bill Murray as Polonius.
|NEWS ABOUT VINCE|
- Vince was a presenter at the 50th annual Eddie Awards on February 27, 2000. The event took place at the Beverly Hilton.
- You know Vince had to make an appearance at Sundance, taking time to attend a post-screening celebration for Love and Basketball.
- The Cell has been given a release date of August 18, 2000.
- Vince was recently seen at the El Capitan, for the premiere of Touchstone's Play It to the Bone, starring Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson.
- Swingers duo Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn will next spring reunite for the first time since that 1996 cult hit when they star in and produce a gangster flick. Made tells the story of two wanna-be Los Angeles mobsters who work as club boxers and construction workers. The pair is sent to New York in a comic and dramatic attempt to become "made" men. Artisan Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to the film. "The chemistry between John and Vince onscreen and off is incredible", said Artisan president Bill Block. "Swingers was such a critical favorite and when Made came to us we acted quickly to bring this film into the Artisan fold". Favreau and Vaughn had intended to work together on Favreau's Guam Goes to The Moon at Paramount, but the duo has fallen off that project.
- Amber Benson [Can't Hardly Wait] has joined the cast of New Line's The Prime Gig, starring Ed Harris and Vince Vaughn, for director Gregory Mosher.
- Dean Norris has joined the cast of New Line's The Cell, starring Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn.
- Vince will be doing time with Jennifer Lopez in The Cell. Lopez plays a scientist who digs into the mind of a comatose serial killer in search of a young girl he kidnapped. Vaughn will star as an FBI agent tracking the case.
- Vince has signed to play the lead in The Prime Gig.