Thursday 20 August 1998
Lucas says he is not interested in breaking box-office records and that he wants the new film to be a "quality presentation and a positive group experience".
FIVE YEARS ago, the idea of Wes Craven directing Meryl Streep would have been little more than a delicious joke. Today, however, the double- Oscar-winning actress could do with a hit.
The director of 50 Violins, which is a big-screen adaptation of the Oscar- winning documentary Small Wonders, originally had Madonna lined up for the lead role.
The singer had been due to play a single mother who, drawing upon her experience as a violin teacher in east Harlem, established an unlikely but successful music programme for inner-city children.
A month before shooting began, however, Madonna dropped out. Streep, perhaps scenting a third Oscar in the tale's sentiment, has been signed up to replace her.
WOODY HARRELSON'S attempts to secure a retrial for his father, convicted of murder in 1979, have hit the buffers thanks to a game of basketball.
The US District Judge Fred Biery had been due to preside over a hearing to decide whether Charles Harrelson should be granted a new trial. The problem arose when Biery admitted to having played a 30-minute game of "one on one" with Woody a couple of weeks before.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
The Top Ten: Horrible buildings
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Meet the contestants from Lauren Goodger to Kellie Maloney and Audley Harrison
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians