It's been a whirlwind day here in tinseltown, with deal's happening left and right, up and down and all over town. We've also had some juicy rumors come our way regarding ladies' man George Clooney and a rather testy Mike Meyers... So read on, dear entertainment fans... read on.
Clooney & Solaris: A rumor has come our way regarding the shooting of a hot and steamy love scene on the set of Steven Soderbergh's Solaris. Word is, the actress in the scene was a so shocked at how much big George was getting into the moment, that she had to leave the set to recover! Well. Isn't that special.
Mike Meyers: An insider calling himself Seeker, tipped us with this juicy anecdote: "As you know, make-up guru Rick Baker has left The Cat in the Hat due to 'creative differences,' but I have the real info on why he left... Meyers gave out explicit instructions as to what he would and would not put up with in terms of the necessary prosthetics. Baker, I would say is the foremost expert after his brilliant work on films like The Grinch, and The Nutty Professor. Well, Baker told Meyers what would and would not work. Meyers again laid out his parameters. Baker did the make-up tests according to Meyers demands and the 'Cat' looked, um... bad. So Baker went in, handed them a video of what it would look like if they did it Mike's way and calmly quit the project."
Meyers and Imagine Films have a bit of a sordid past with that huge publicity nightmare/near multi-million dollar lawsuit that was Dieter... The case never went to court. Dreamworks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg came in as a mediator and worked out a deal... the details of which were never made public.
I wonder if the deal was that Meyers would "owe" a picture to Imagine. Perhaps they used their option on Meyers (much the way Paramount has recently used their option on Ed Norton) forcing him to do Cat in the Hat. If so, that may be the reason he's being difficult.
More when we get it.
Alamo: Ron Howard's remake of The Alamo has finally made the production listings in the Tuesday edition of The Hollywood Reporter. As of this writing, there has been no announcement made as to whether or not the film has a greenlight from Disney. There is also rumor that the film, which had a tentative start date around the first of September, may now start as much as a month later.
Hugh Jackman: What is up with this guy's agent? He's a really good actor, a super-nice guy and he deserves better than crap such as Someone Like You, Kate & Leopold and Swordfish... He's gearing up to reprise his role in the sequel to the hit film (and his best so far) X-Men.
Now we get this news from Variety (I'd give you the web-link, but it's a pay site): Universal Pictures is gearing up Van Helsing for director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns). The project is set in the late 19th century and finds Dr. Van Helsing (previously played by Sir Anthony Hopkins in Bram Stokers' Dracula) summoned to a distant European land to once agin fight evil.
Universal is opening it's monster vaults again for Sommers, and allowing him the use of such classics as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man for the project. Actor Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to play the lead.
Jennifer Garner: Kick-ass spy chick. Golden Globe winner. Big screen version of Elektra (God give her a spin-off film)... What's next? The female version of Big. Garner would earn her biggest payday yet (about $3 mil) to topline 13 Going On 30. The film is about an unpopular 13 year-old girl who, during her birthday party, goes through a rather humiliating game of 'seven minutes in the closet,' and refuses to come out. When she finally emerges she finds herself five days before her 30th birthday, very popular and extremely hot.
No director is attached at this time, and Garner is said to have approval over whomever fills that slot.
Coyote Ugly 2: File this under "Oh, God why?" Bruckheimer Films have signed Gina Wendkos to write a sequel to their hit film Coyote Ugly. The first film cost $45 million to make and grossed more than $100 mil. So, um. Yeah.
The Italian Job: Actor Jason Statham (Snatch, The Ghosts of Mars) will join Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton and Charlize Theron in the F. Gary Gray film.
Christopher Walken: Fresh off his work in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, Walken has signed on to join Jack Black and Ben Stiller in Envy for director Barry Levinson.
Thanks to: 'Seeker,' 'JM452,' Variety, 'Shining1,' and The Hollywood Reporter
From Somewhere on the Beach...~Jane Doe