Thursday 17 September 1998
Since filming began in 1996, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Harvey Keitel have had to pull out and the studio has found it difficult to quash rumours surrounding the film's tortuous gestation. Kubrick can count himself lucky, for instance, that one of the world's most-sought after stars, Tom Cruise, has kept his schedule free for the production - his last big-screen appearance was in Jerry Maguire and the actor was required for re-shoots earlier this year.
WITH MEL Gibson about to appear at a multiplex near you as Martin Lethal Weapon Riggs for the fourth time, news comes that Universal Pictures is gearing up for a fourth installment of the film that set the Australian on the road to Hollywood, Mad Max. Twelve years after the last of George Miller's post-apocalyptic adventures, the director has apparently been signed up to revive the franchise, according to reports in Variety.
Gibson's representatives, however, claimed not even to have been contacted about the possibility of their man sporting his Outback mullet for a fourth time. The actor has come a long way since Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and now commands a salary per film in excess of the total cost of the original trilogy. The 42-year-old has already stated that he's unlikely to line up for a Lethal Weapon 5, and if we're to believe that then a fifth Mad Max may be beyond Gibson.
BEST LEAVE the stuntwork to James Cameron and his box of CGI tricks. Police in Michigan, USA, have reported the drowning of a 25-year-old woman who allegedly decided to adopt Kate Winslet's spirit of ecstasy pose on the prow of Titanic in the film of the same name. The woman died when she lost her balance and toppled off the pleasure boat, banging her head as she did so.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
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