Seven bulls being used on the set of a film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz have broken free in Spain and slightly injured two people.
Cruise and Diaz were not at Sunday's rehearsal. The actors are scheduled to arrive in the city of Cadiz in southwest Spain for the filming of the "Knight & Day" movie next weekend.
Two unidentified women were slightly injured by the bulls as they broke free from the downtown location and ran through streets to a nearby beach. It was not immediately clear if the women had anything to do with the film.
Movie director Jose Luis Escolar told reporters he doesn't know how the bulls escaped.
Filming in Cadiz was to begin Monday, but local government spokesman Ignacio Romani says it has now been suspended until further notice.
Richard Linklater will thankfully never be pigeonholed as a genre director. His body of work ranges from indie films such as the counterculture defining Slacker, to studio projects like School of Rock, to the socially conscious and unapologetic Fast Food Nation. His latest project, Me and Orson Welles, veers in an utterly new direction. Adapted from an historical novel based on actual events, the story takes place during a whirlwind week of preparation for Orson Welles’ famed 1937 remix of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theater in New York City. Seen through the eyes of an ambitious teenager hired for the production (Zac Efron), the film’s narrative thrusters which propel the story at a frenetic pace include a love triangle with a career-minded production assistant (Claire Danes), mishap-riddled rehearsals for opening night, and Welles’ very own famed ego.
AFS will premiere Me and Orson Welles in Austin this winter. I met with Richard Linklater to discuss the project at the filmmaker’s production office (Warning: this article contains spoilers).
Director: Jorge Blanco Javier Abad
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel
Studio: TriStar Pictures
The Plot: The inhabitants of Planet 51 live in fear of alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Chuck Baker (voice of Dwayne Johnson) arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, he has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and try to return home.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON
Director: Chris Weitz
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Studio: Summit Entertainment
The Plot: When Bella's blood is shed at her birthday celebration, Edward's intense reaction to the event causes his parents to pull up stakes and leave Forks, Washington for the sake of the young lovers. Heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black (Lautner). Danger in different forms awaits.
THE BLIND SIDE
Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
The Plot: A disadvantaged teenager is taken in by a conservative family who see tremendous promise in the young man. Despite certain obstacles, the attention and inspiration he receives helps him mature into an athletically and academically successful NFL prospect.
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
The Plot: Blind screenwriter Harry Caine (Homar) reveals the secrets of his past to a young associate, from his former life as a filmmaker working under his given name, to the accident which claimed his sight and led to a break-up with Lena (Cruz), a now-famous actress who lives in a gilded cage with her wealthy older partner.
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, Marife Necesito
Studio: IFC Films
The Plot: Leo (Bernal) is a web entrepreneur on a business trip to Thailand. When his life takes an unplanned turn, the ripples reach back to his family in New York City, where his wife (Williams) and daughter have a close relationship with their Filipino nanny (Necesito).
BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser
Studio: First Look Pictures
The Plot: Terence McDonagh (Cage) is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.
Oprah Winfrey will announce on Friday that her popular daytime talk show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," will end its run in 2011, Tim Bennett, the President of Harpo, announced in a letter released to ABC affiliates on Thursday.
"Tomorrow, Oprah will announce live on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history," he wrote in the letter, obtained by Access Hollywood. " The sun will set on the 'Oprah' show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011."
Director Wes Anderson is featured in this profile of his screen work and the enigma of directing an animation film called The Fantastic Mr Fox. The premise is can Anderson reclaim his auteur status a decade after he produced grand movies like Rushmore and The Royal Tanenbaums.
Are they or aren't they a couple? That's the multimillion-dollar question fueling the "Twilight" franchise.
According to gossip magazines, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been hooking up, breaking up, making up and shacking up for the past year. And as long as Pattinson and Stewart manage to keep fans guessing about the status of their relationship, they will manage to keep them captivated, helping to drive the box office sales for a movie that could have one of the biggest opening weekends of all time.
"Rob and Kristen become significantly less interesting as they confirm their love. The intrigue over Rob and Kristen stems from their youthful lust, and passion, and on-and-off, whirlwind relationship," said Jared Shapiro, executive editor of Life & Style Weekly, the first weekly magazine to put Rob and Kristen on their cover. "It's part of the fascination, that while real, they are also part fantasy."
Looks like "Land of the Lost" has earned star Will Ferrell the dubious distinction of being the most overpaid actor in show business, according to the list makers at Forbes magazine.
Forbes looked at 100 top actors based on their widely released films over the past five years. It factored in the production costs of those movies against how much boxoffice, DVD and other revenue they generated in order to come up with an operating income for each film, which it then compared with the salaries the stars earned.
In Ferrell's case, the actor's films earned just $3.29 for every dollar he was paid. That's a pretty poor contrast to the $160 that Shia LaBeouf's movies returned to the studios for every buck he earned.
Hell hath no fury like a geek scorned, and there is no species of geek more dedicated or passionate than the Trekkie (or Trekker, as they prefer to be called). Roger Guyett, the visual effects supervisor for Paramount's "Star Trek" prequel, knows this all too well.
"Sometimes I wonder if I'll meet someone on a dark and stormy night and he'll come at me with a machete because I didn't do something the way some hardcore fan would've done it," says Guyett, in a deadpan tone that suggests he's not quite kidding.
Guyett is not the only one facing this fear. From franchise reboots ("Terminator Salvation") and sequels ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") to adaptations of time-honored classics ("Where the Wild Things Are," "Watchmen"), many of this year's visual effects spectaculars have mined preexisting works for inspiration, and each one has its own legion of persnickety hardcore fans.
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