FORD: NEW INDY MOVIE "TAKING FORM"
The script for the next Indiana Jones installment is taking form, Harrison Ford has told the French daily Le Figaro. Acknowledging that at 67 he gets far fewer offers than he did at 45, he insists that he is "relatively happy." "It doesn't bother me to play old guys," he told the newspaper. "I'm actually delighted. Many actors have worked until their final breath. That's my ambition at the moment." He suggested that his next project might very well be Indy 5.(He'll soon be seen in Tom Vaughan's The Crowley Project. "The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form, Ford disclosed. "George Lucas and myself have agreed what the fifth adventure will be about, and George is actively at work. If the script is good, I'll be very happy to put the costume on again," he said.
COUPLE CONVICTED OF BRIBING THAI OFFICIALS
Hollywood's sub rosa practice of "greasing palms" in order to do business in some countries abroad may have to be reexamined following the conviction of producers Gerald and Patricia Green on charges of employing bribery and money laundering in order to land the contract for the Bangkok Film Festival. The couple, convicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, face up to ten years in prison. Government prosecutors claimed that the Greens paid $1.8 million to bribe the head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in their efforts to land a $13.5-million contract to run the film festival. In an interview with today's (Tuesday) Los Angeles Times, Gerald Green's attorney, Jerome Mooney, said that he thought the U.S. government was sending a warning to Hollywood. "We understand the government was taking a shot across the bow of Hollywood," Mooney said. "We just wish the shell hadn't landed on our clients' boat."
MADEA HOLDS SWAY AT BOX OFFICE
Tyler Perry's Madea character once again ruled the box office over the weekend as Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself landed in first place with $23.4 million. Focus Features' 9 also got passing marks with $10.7 million following a Wednesday start to take advantage of the 9/9/09 date. Its five-day total came to $15.1 million. Two other newcomers, however, tanked: Summit Entertainment's Sorority Row, which wound up with just $5.06 million, and Whiteout, which washed out with $4.92 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Lionsgate, $23,446,785, (New); 2. 9, Focus, $10,740,446, 1 Wk., $15,160,926 (From Wednesday); 3. Inglourious Basterds, Weinstein Co. $6,140,617, 4 Wks. ($103,903,469); 4. All About Steve, 20th Century Fox, $5,638,243, 2 Wks. ($21,650,628); 5. The Final Destination, Warner Bros., $5,522,377, 3 Wks. ($58,280,235); 6. Sorority Row, Summit Ent. $5,059,802, (New); 7. Whiteout, Warner Bros., $4,915,104, (New); 8. District 9, Sony/Tri-Star, $3,538,769, 5 Wks. ($108,456,233); 9. Gamer, Lionsgate, $3,293,055, 2 Wks. ($16,261,653); 10. Julie & Julia, Sony, $3,156,316, 4 Wks. ($85,216,398).
SWAYZE INTERVIEW TO AIR TONIGHT
ABC plans to air a Barbara Walters interview taped last January with Patrick Swayze, who died Monday in California at age 57 after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The network says the interview special, titled "Last Dance" and set to air tonight (Tuesday) at 10:00 p.m., turned out to be Swayze's last TV interview.