Ifanss career goes to hell
Slobbish behaviour has paid off for Rhys Ifans,
star of Notting Hill. The 30-year-old actor has landed a leading role in
Hollywood superstar Adam Sandlers next
comedy as the Devils far more evil son. The Welshman will pick up at
$1 million for appearing in Little Nicky which starts shooting in
Rhys, who shot to fame in the low-budget
gangster drama Twin Town, was hand-picked by Big Daddy Sandler
after he watched his scene-stealing performance in Notting Hill. A
source close to Sandler said, This is Rhyss biggest role to date.
Adam loved him in Notting Hill and immediately decided he wanted Rhys in
his next movie. In Little Nicky, Sandler plays a young demon who
refuses to take over the family business. He embarks on a journey from Hell to
New York to find his runaway older brother, played by Rhys, who is now wreaking
havoc on Earth. The brother had left home after a fight with their father,
Satan, who will be played by Harvey Keitel.
Patricia Arquette is also in the cast.
Rhys is on a roll after
just finishing work on both Harry Enfields
Kevin and Perry: The Movie and the Keanu
Reeves comedy drama The Replacements.
Tycoon Winslet Kate cracks the whip!
currently shooting the Marquis de Sade story Quills with
Geoffrey Rush: Those whipping scenes really
hurt, she said recently, has signed a money-spinning deal to both star in
and produce her next film. Therese Raquin, based on Emile Zolas
classic tale of sex, death and psychological torture, will start filming next
summer with a $10 million budget.
Kate, who has accepted a
fraction of her usual fee, will receive a large percentage of the profits. The
actress said, Ill be getting my hands dirty. I wont be taking
the executive producer title just for the sake of it. Kates
husband, Jim Threapleton, said the move into
production was one his wife always intended to take. I wouldnt say
Kate is becoming a tycoon exactly, but she has a natural ability at business.
She hasnt had any training other than keeping her eyes and ears open
while she is making films. But she has learnt everything she needs to know in
order to produce: I know shell be as good at this as she is at everything
else she does.
Ryan Joins the Millionaire's Club Phillippes in the money
Cruel Intentions heart throb
Ryan Phillippe is being paid $1 million to star in
the MGM thriller Anti-Trust. Phillippe has seen his stock rise thanks to
his success in 54, Playing By Heart and the upcoming Way of
the Gun and plays a computer programmer whose dream job at a Silicon Valley
firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless
means of disposing of problems and even people. The film begins production on
January 5 under Peter (Sliding
Doors) Howitts direction from a script by
Howard Franklin who wrote Someone to Watch Over
Me for Ridley Scott.
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