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July 2001

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diary
Gwyneth PaltrowWhile she may look glum here, we’re certain there’s a smile on her face as Miramax Films is set to turn Alex Witchel’s upcoming novel Me Times Three into a romantic comedy with Gwyneth Paltrow starring. Touted as an American version of Bridget Jones’s Diary (sounds a bit scary), the heroine of Witchel’s book isn’t in PR but it’s close. She’s an assistant editor at a woman’s magazine during the 1980s, devoted to a Wall Street moneyman who personifies all her yuppie fantasies. That is, until she discovers he’s secretly engaged to at least two others. Betrayed, she suddenly becomes devoted to making the magazine bigger and better than anything else. Paltrow will produce with Bobby Cohen, whose Cohen Pictures has just wrapped the comedy View From the Top starring her as an aspiring flight attendant.

Brosnan Defiant
Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan is set to produce and star in Defiance, an action adventure film in which he will play the leader of a renegade band of soldiers battling a totalitarian government. Brosnan and partner Beau St. Clair will produce the film, written by Todd Baker and set in the near future, under their Irish Dreamtime banner. The actor had been expected to star in the Renny-Harlin directed adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder for Warner Bros, but the script went back for a rewrite. Then he was offered Basic Instinct 2 but decided to concentrate on his projects instead before reprising his role of James Bond in the 20th instalment of the 007 franchise, Beyond the Ice, in January.

Rupert EverettAppealing Ealing
Oliver Parker’s The Importance of Being Earnest starring Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Frances O’Connor has become the first film since 1957 to shoot under the legendary Ealing Studios banner. The Ealing banner has not been used since Michael Balcon ran the venerable British studio in the 1950s, turning out classic English comedies such as Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets.

More Yuppie Nightmares
American Psycho II: The New Franchise

Mila Kunis: Psycho boots?Lions Gate Productions will make American Psycho II, a sequel to the controversial thriller that starred Christian Bale. Actress Mila Kunis, best known for her role in the Fox television series That 70s Show (left), will star in the film, which will be directed by Morgan J Freeman (not the actor, but the director of the ensemble comedy Desert Blue). Unlike the Mary Harron directed original, in which the titular psychotic was Wall Street yuppie Patrick Bateman, the sequel will feature young co-ed Kunis as the rampaging killer. The picture takes place on a present-day college campus, with Kunis as a sexy college freshman and deranged Bateman survivor...

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