Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways") has signed on to be Spider-Man's next foe in "Spider-Man 3." Director Sam Raimi has not revealed the character Church will play, leaving it up to fans to speculate.
"Superman Returns" began principal photography last Monday, March 21st under the direction of Bryan Singer, who helmed "The Usual Suspects" and the "X-Men" films.
Speaking of "X-Men," Oscar-winner Halle Berry has confirmed that she would very much like to reprise her role as "Storm" in the next film of the series. Her only condition is that Storm has a major part in the film. She felt her role in "X-men United" was little more than a cameo.
Porn has been very good for Courtney Love. Golden Globe nominated for her work as Althea Flynt in "The People vs Larry Flynt," Love is in discussions to play "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace. Lovelace, who claimed later in her life that she made the hard core classic under duress, died a couple years ago in an auto accident. Based on budget costs, "Deep Throat" is the most successful film in history. Made for $25,000 it has since grossed over $600 million.
As I write this, Terry Schiavo is still clinging to life. I try not to get to upset over things I can't control, but I can not for the life of me understand why her husband is so intent on having her die. It's not like he loves her any more. I'm sure that's what he's telling his new woman and the kids he's fathered with her. Plus, I understand he wants to have her body cremated! I guess out of sight, out of mind. I understand that Pope John Paul II is currently on a feeding tube. Hope Jesus doesn't make the hospital pull it out! (Terri Shiavo died shorty after Mike's Rant arrived, Thursday morning, March 31, 2005)
MONEY FOR MATT
Cable station Showtime has announced plans to produce a 13-part anthology series, with each chapter to be directed by a horror legend. Director's signed so far include John Carpenter, Roger Corman, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Joe Dante and Mick Garris. The series is to be titled "Masters of Horror." Hmmmmmmmmm, that sounds really familiar. I hope you copyrighted that name buddy!
WHY YES, I DO HATE YOU
Happy to see that Barry Bonds has finally snapped! In addressing the media last week he blamed them for all of his problems, including the fact that his children come home from school crying. Hey, Barry, maybe they're crying because they witnessed the beatings you used to give their mother. Or maybe they're crying because they just found out that your mistress of ten years is writing a book. Or maybe they're crying because they're afraid you'll go into a 'roid rage and take a gun to the whole family. Enjoy your rehab, 'roid boy. You won't be missed!
Johnnie Cochran, civil rights worker and attorney who rose to prominence when he succesfully defended O.J. Simpson, died this week from a brain tumor. He was 67.
A popular prosecutor early in his career, Cochran became a trial lawyer and single handedly became the focal point of the Simpson case when he coined a rhyme focussing on Simpson's innocence. When Simpson attempted to put on the bloody gloves found at the scene of the crime they were obviously too small. On seeing this, Cochran told the jury, "If the gloves don't fit, you must acquit." And acquit they did. 10 years later, OJ continues to search for the killers of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman. Unfortunately, he has focussed his search on the many golf courses in the country and has turned up nothing.
Paul Henning, who turned his memories of trips to the Missouri Ozarks into one of the most popular television shows of all time, died last week at the age of 93. Inspired by his adventures with the Boy Scouts Henning concieved a series about a "poor mountaineer" who suddenly strikes oil and moves to California. The show was "The Beverly Hillbillies." During its nine year run, it never fell out of the top 20 shows watched weekly.
Rod Price, founding member and guitarist for the band "Foghat" died at his home in Wilton, New Hampshire after falling down a stairwell. He was 57.
THE STORY OF JAWS - PART 12
Well, as Richard Dreyfuss likes to say, "the shark is not working," so this week we'll look at the actor chosen to play the crusty seaman Quint: the late, great Robert Shaw.
Born in Westhoughton, England in August 1927, Shaw first gained fame as a writer. At the age of 20 he was hired to write for the "Kraft Television Theater." He later wrote for the series "Highway Patrol." While writing for the small screen, he made a few appearances on various shows. In 1951 he made his film debut in "The Lavender Hill Mob," but didn't come to prominence until he played assassin Red Grant in "From Russia With Love" alongside James Bond himself, Sean Connery. He followed "Russia" with roles in "Battle of the Bulge," "Custer of the West" and "Royal Hunt of the Sun." In 1967 he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for "A Man For All Seasons." Returning to his writing, Shaw received a Tony nomination for "Best Play" for his "The Man in the Glass Booth." In the early 70s he appeared in "The Taking of Pelham One, Two Three" and then found himself swindled by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "The Sting." When "Jaws" producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown started casting the role of Quint they remembered Shaw, who had worked with the team on "The Sting." Not only did Shaw gain a legion of fans with "Jaws," but he is often credited with writing the majority of the "Indianapolis" monologue. Following "Jaws," he again antagonized Connery when he played the Sheriff of Nottingham alongside Connery's aged Robin Hood in "Robin and Marian." His other films include "Black Sunday," "The Deep," and "Force 10 From Navarrone." His final film, which co-starred him alongside Steven Spielberg's original choice for Quint, Lee Marvin, was "Avalance Express." Sadly, Shaw died during production on the film and the majority of his scenes were redubbed because of his illness. On August 28, 1978, Shaw died of a heart attack while driving with his third wife. He was survived by nine children and one stepson. His son, Ian, is a succesful actor in England. In his hometown of Westhoughton there is a pub named "The Robert Shaw."
Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!
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