political future for a an acting legend?
Actor and legendary lothario Warren Beatty has told the
New York Times that
hes seriously considering running for the US presidency next year. The
Democratic party member admitted that hes unhappy with current
front-runners for nomination Vice President Al Gore and former senator
Bill Bradley, saying, There certainly should be someone better. I have
very strong feelings on a lot of things that arent being spoken," he
added, the most important of which at the moment is campaign finance
reform: its tentacles reach into every other issue.
Surely the thought of a charming ladies
man, whos made a living out of faking emotions for the camera, becoming
President is a little far-fetched (a little bit of Film Review satire).
But if Beatty does run for the Democratic nomination, it would surely warrant a
re-issue of his recent Bulworth, playing a liberal
politician whose impending death-by-hitman triggers a spree of political
Rhys on the Rise Never far from a cinema near you
After his show-stopping performance as the slobby Spike in
Notting Hill (now the most successful British
film ever - Web Ed), Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has landed his first
Hollywood role in The Replacements opposite
Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. Ifans will play a wild ex-soccer
player who joins a misfit US football team as their top kicker. Reeves will
play the team leader and Hackman the teams grizzled coach. Ifans has also
signed on to star alongside Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke in
Kevin and Perry: The Movie, the big-screen
spin-off of a character sketch from the Harry Enfield and
Friends BBC TV show. Ifans plays Eyeball Paul, a disco DJ, in the movie
currently shooting in England and Spain.
Smuggler Smith Re-write for Wills actioner
Dies and The World is Not Enough
co-scripter Bruce Feirstein has been brought in to rewrite Warner
Brothers action thriller Smugglers
Moon as a starring vehicle for Will Smith. The actor-cum-rapper
will play real-life jet fighter pilot Bill Jones and the film charts his
experiences in the military and later as an international aircraft repossession
man for US banks.
The Next Best Thing? Schlesinger upsets the locals
Cowboy) Schlesinger, who has just wrapped The Next Best Thing starring Madonna and
Rupert Everett, will direct another gay-friendly comedy.
Two Gentlemen Sharing, based on the novel by
William Corlett, takes place in an English village that is turned upside-down
by the arrival of a theatrical producer and his free-spirited young boyfriend.
The mutual culture shock leads to a number of revelations in the seemingly
tranquil town. Producer Susan Landau has likened the new project to
Schlesingers 1995 cult comedy Cold Comfort
Farm by saying, This picture is filled with an array of funny,
eccentric and touching characters.
Just a taste of Alan Jones' extensive news section.
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