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American Psycho A Go GoHere's Leo
Producer Ed Pressman told Film Review all about the recent American Psycho machinations at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Pressman has been nurturing the movie version of Brett Easton Ellis’s controversial best seller for some years now. Originally to be directed by Mary (I Shot Andy Warhol) Harron and starring Christian Bale, all hell broke loose on the production front when heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio said he was interested. The budget shot up to $40 million on the Lionsgate production as a result until Leo pulled out to star in The Beach by the Trainspotting team of Danny Boyle, Andrew MacDonald and John Hodge. So American Psycho was officially ‘down-sized’ back to a small-scale indie movie, with Mary Harron allowed back on the project she had devoted two years of her life to. Pressman exclusively told us, “The reason why DiCaprio wanted to do it was because of Mary’s spectacular script. Because he couldn’t give us a definite start date, we had to continue without him. What Mary has done is focus on the social satire and made it very witty. I see it now as a contemporary American version of Ridicule [Patrice Leconte's superb movie about pre-French Revolution courtly intrigue]. People who are against us making it haven’t read her script which is marvellously scathing and lethally funny. It’s not porno violence at all.”

Shall We Dance?
Because the Japanese movie Shall We Dance? has now become the top-grossing foreign film of all time in America, Miramax have given the go-ahead to an all-star remake by director Jon (Phenomenon) Turteltaub. And the star everyone wants is Tom Hanks to play the depressed business man whose life takes on a new meaning when he begins ballroom dancing lessons. Hanks has agreed in principle but has such a full dance card himself on the movie front that this one will have to wait awhile.

The Darkest Light
Shooting has begun in North Yorkshire on the new film written by Simon Beaufoy, of The Full Monty fame. The Darkest Light is the powerful story of how a young girl’s desire and determination to save her brother’s life divides a whole community. Kerry Fox and Stephen Dillane star in a movie about faith, hope and miracles.

Angela's Ashes
Film Review fell at Emily Watson’s feet while she was on her publicity tour to promote Hilary and Jackie in which she stars as doomed cellist Jacqueline Du Pre. “We are always blubbering wrecks after seeing your movies, Emily. Please appear in something we know we won’t need a box load of Kleenex to get through!”. The star of Breaking the Waves, and Metroland laughed before she broke the sad news about her latest film, Alan Parker’s Angela’s Ashes based on the memoir by Frank McCourt. “Sorry, I couldn’t turn this one down and it’s probably the most wrenching part I’ve played to date”. Eek! Back to Boots for more hankies then. Angela’s Ashes tells the tale of the Irish author’s ne’er-do-well violently alcoholic father and his selfless wife's undying love for him. Although Liam Neeson was originally down to play the husband, Robert Carlyle has stepped into the difficult role.

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