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March 2001
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Jobs for the GirlsMadonna
What a (Shanghai?) surprise! Madonna has been given the starring role in new husband Guy Ritchie’s next gangster-themed movie. In The Mole, Madonna will play an American who comes to England and becomes caught up in an underworld battle where the hunt is on to find a police informer in one of the rival gangs. According to the singer’s press agent, Madonna and Ritchie wanted to work together to avoid the pressure of having separate job commitments.

The third movie in director Ritchie’s gangster trilogy, after Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, will be based in London near the couple’s home and starts filming in March. Let’s see if Madonna can break her run of movie flops under her husband’s guidance.

Pedro Almodóvar gets educatedEducation instead of Paperboy round
Pedro Almodóvar, the Oscar-winning director of All About My Mother, has revealed his next project will be a Spanish-language film based on his school memories, rather than his reported English-language début with The Paperboy. Almodóvar said that the title of his new film is La Mala Educacion/The Bad Education set in a school run by priests in the Sixties. In explaining the decision, Almodóvar said, “I think it would be very difficult for me to work in another language that is not my own.” It is unclear whether Almodóvar will pursue The Paperboy after wrapping his new film, which begins shooting in Andalusia in April.

Arnie Goes Intellectual
Arnie reflects on his career After the flop of The 6th Day, action man Arnold Schwarzenegger says he’ll turn his back on his tough guy image after completing Terminator 3 with Eddie Furlong and Famke Janssen. The Austrian muscleman, who shot to fame in blood and guts films like Predator and Commando, is desperate to revamp his image with more intelligent roles and wants to make ‘more intellectual’ movies.

He said, “In the Eighties, men were not very secure and were happy to see a man with muscles. Now no one is interested in that.” And Arnie has a definite plan about how to recreate himself: he’s planning a project with neurotic film-maker Woody Allen. He added, “We are talking about the script at the moment.”

Anjelica Huston: genius in the familyNo problem for Huston
Anjelica Huston is joining the cast of The Royal Tenenbaums for director Wes (Rushmore) Anderson. Huston’s addition makes the ensemble roll-call even more impressive as Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, brothers Owen and Luke Wilson and Bill Murray are all featured in the tale of a dysfunctional family of five geniuses who live under the same roof in New York.

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