Kill Bill Thrills…
American movie audiences with an impressive $25 million opening weekend, an eek over the original’s first-round take. Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein made genius on his plan to spilt Quentin Tarantino’s epic into two movies.
The flick starts with a recanting of the unholy revenge enacted by The Bride (the lean, mean Uma Thurman) in Volume 1, a journey of honor and bitterness and fine femmes beating the crap out of each other (among them Thurman, Vivica Fox and Lucy Liu).
Round two promises a more subtle albeit gut wrenching tale of The Bride finishing off her last two “vermin” (Michael Madsen and Daryl Hannah) and completing the task promised on the face of the franchise: Kill Bill.
Crazy Quentin has been saying for weeks that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the product, rumors of an animated series and graphic novels afoot. Next up for Tarantino is Inglorious Bastards, his self-proclaimed swan song.
Thurman is currently shooting Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty with fellow Tarantino-fave John Travolta and Mos Def.
What friends are for?
Cameron Diaz is in a rumored rush to find a script suitable for her and beau Justin Timberlake. Apparently Cam is so impressed with her Mousketeer’s work in the upcoming Edison that she wants a greenlight for a mutual project now, now, now!
International Movie Database said Drew Barrymore, Diaz’s Charlie’s Angels gal pal, is being squeezed by Cameron for a script. Barrymore, as hot producing commodity as she is movie-star product, is on the hunt.
“Justin has really impressed Cameron with his keenness to get into film, and they both said how great it would be to do something together,” said a friend of a friend of a friend of IMDB. “Drew thinks it’s a great idea and she’s promised to help.”
Timberlake is still in Vancouver shooting, Cameron’s right here in Philly on the set of In Her Shoes (taking up quite a lot of room in Olde and Center City) and Barrymore is resting on the laurels of her Sandler-buddy hit 50 First Dates.
Bits and pieces…
Christina Aguilera’s summer amphitheater tour will revisit old-school eras in glamour (20s, 30s, and 40s) and revamp them with a modern edge. La Aguilera shot video footage in flapper garb as revealed by Entertainment Tonight.
Her nationwide trek will kick off in Seattle, May 13, with rapper Chingy to open.
Sissy Spacek is splashing back onto the horror scene. The cult hit Carrie spawned her career and now The Hollywood Reporter said she’s just signed on for a supporting role in The Ring 2, sequel to the Naomi Watts screamer hit The Ring.
Nothing but hush-hush as to what she’s playing or what the damn movie is about-the tape kills you in seven days, Naomi Watts looks terrified a lot but has consistently great hair. Need I say more?
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