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SPYGLASS TO DELIVER MEMOIRS AND LEGENDS

SPYGLASS TO DELIVER MEMOIRS AND LEGENDS

2004-07-27 : 09:55:06

The eagerly awaited Memoirs of a Geisha as well as the action sequel The Legend of Zorro will be co-financed by Spyglass Entertainment.

Spyglass has a first-look, non-exclusive production agreement with Columbia Pictures and holds all international rights to both pictures. Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) will distribute in select markets for Spyglass. Both films are scheduled for release in 2005, reports Screen Daily.


In a joint statement Spyglass co-chairmen and co-chief executive officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum (pictured)said: “We are excited to kick off our partnership with Sony with these two spectacular titles.”


Based on Arthur Golden's best-selling novel, Memoirs Of A Geisha tells the story of an 18-year-old Japanese girl who must learn how to be a geisha girl so that she can survive.


Director of multi-Oscar winner Chicago, Rob Marshall, will find himself in the director’s chair for the first time since his 2002 success, while Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce through their Red Wagon label with Steven Spielberg.


Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones will be re-united in The Legend of Zorro the follow-up to the successful 1998 hit The Mask of Zorro.


Martin Campbell will again direct and Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will resume their executive producer roles.


Memoirs Of A Geisha and The Legend Of Zorro are projects with tremendous foreign appeal and we believe these properties will deliver extraordinary entertainment value to audiences worldwide,” Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Amy Pascal said in a statement.


Pascal added that the first-look deal provides Spyglass the opportunity to co-finance high profile projects with the studio.


Other Spyglass productions include Bruce Almighty, Seabiscuit, The Sixth Sense and The Insider.


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WILL SMITH’S STRIP STIRS WIFE

2004-07-27 : 11:35:30

Will Smith's wife reportedly flew in to a jealous rage when she learned he would be stripping off in his latest movie I Robot. The actor, who had previously managed to keep most of his clothes on during his successful film career, admits Jada Pinkett-Smith was furious when she discovered he would be filming steamy shower scenes with his co-star, Bridget Moynahan. He said: "She didn't like it when I came home with my skin all baby soft after performing nude." The 35-year-old star only managed to calm his wife down by convincing her it was all in the name of his art. "I got away with the shower scene when I explained I wasn't with Bridget and the nudity was relevant to the movie, " he confessed.


KINKY BERRY

2004-07-27 : 10:57:44

Catwoman star Halle Berry claims kinky sex is the only way to keep a man faithful. She revealed to Britain's News of the World newspaper: “What is it a woman would have to do to get a man stay faithful? She'd have to be Everywoman. She has to be a friend, she has to be independent, she has to be like a lady and shy - yet she has to be a freak in bed.” Actor Michael Ealy who Halle is now dating, is a very lucky man indeed.


BOB HOPE HONOURED

2004-07-27 : 10:37:04

A plaque commemorating the legendary British-born comedian Bob Hope will be unveiled today, exactly a year after his death. It will be unveiled in a Bristol park where Hope used to play as a child, by comedian Eddie Large and Bob Hope's cousin, Sidney. Hope, who died of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, California, two months after his 100th birthday, lived in Bristol for two years before moving to America with his family at the age of four.


POPE'S LIFE

2004-07-26 : 23:58:53

Polish actor Piotr Adamczyk, 32, will play the part of John Paul II in a film about the life of the Polish-born Pope by Italian director Giacomo Battiato. The film, titled Karol's Story, is to be shot from September in Poland and will be shown on private Italian television station Canale 5 next year. Adamczyk, who acts at Warsaw's Wspolczesny Theatre, played the title role in a biographical film on the 19th-century Polish composer Frederic Chopin.


BORNE SUPREMACY BOX OFFICE HIT

2004-07-26 : 23:09:10

Halle Berry's Catwoman has been de-clawed over the weekend, proving a flop in the face of spy thriller The Bourne Supremacy. Catwoman took a disappointing £4.9 million at the US box office, compared to the £15.7 million raked in by the Matt Damon blockbuster. Catwoman and its star Berry were mauled by the critics ahead of its opening, with the New York Times calling it a "howlingly silly, moderately diverting exercise in high, pointless style".


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