If so, he's going about it in the wrong way: witness the woefully ill-advised, increasingly irritating tough-guy persona. Three months ago, in an LA restaurant, Tarantino attacked Natural Born Killers co-producer Don Murphy, whose partner Jane Hamsher wrote the Hollywood tell-all Killer Instinct (which portrays Tarantino as a sleazy, devious egomaniac who can't spell, and quotes Murphy as saying he would "openly celebrate Quentin Tarantino's death"). Murphy filed a $5m lawsuit after Tarantino bragged about the attack on national television. Appearing on the Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, the director proudly reenacted the brawl, and crowed, in the manner of an ex-video store clerk who's watched a few too many blaxploitation movies, "A little bitch-slap don't hurt nobody."
Mere hours after attending last week's premiere for his new film Hard Rain, Christian Slater turned himself in to Los Angeles police to begin a 90-day sentence imposed for a recent drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage. Slater's proving quite adept at damage control, though: actively promoting the new movie, he's been giving frank, apologetic interviews - a la Hugh Grant, post-Divine. A cross between a bad heist movie and a worse disaster movie, Hard Rain is, for the record, one of the stupidest, most insultingly formulaic films ever made, though, at one point (prison authorities may want to note), Slater pulls off a Houdini-worthy escape from a flooded jail cell.
Jerry Seinfeld announced last month that the current season of his hit sitcom would be the last, and, in the ensuing flood of premature obituaries and anxious business-page analyses (millions in lost revenue, etc), the biggest winner turned out to be ER. When NBC TV realised it was losing its top comedy, the network swiftly went into negotiations to safeguard its top drama, and Warner Bros, the company that produces ER, ended up with a gobsmacking $13m-an-episode deal (it currently earns a relatively paltry $1.5m). NBC now owns the rights for the medical series through 2001. That's three more seasons, which, at 22 episodes per season, will cost nearly $1 billion in all.Reuse content