Blaine emerges from Box
Web site www.imdb.com reports headline grabbing stunt-puller and former Darryl Hannah flame David Blaine emerged from his box above the River Thames in London last week.
The magician claimed to gain important life lessons from his time inside, but left a stunning 56 pounds lighter. EMT’s rushed Blaine to a nearby hospital to recover from some 50 odd days of starvation. 56 pounds? I’m suspending myself in a box from the Bell Tower, effective immediately.
‘Massacre’ Slaughters Box office
Horror lovers flocked to Buena Vista’s remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre last weekend to give it an impressive opening weekend of $29.1 million.
Former WB queen Jessica Biel, no doubt enjoying the success, could gain some earning clout later next year with a supporting role in the third Blade flick. Kill Bill is still showing vital signs with a steady $12.5 million take for its second weekend in release.
Both films face heavy competition next weekend from Scary Movie 3 and Radio.
Electra to be attacked by giant monster
The Hollywood Reporter says Carmen Electra has been cast as herself in an upcoming MTV original movie. Electra will play the host of a beach concert that’s crashed by a giant monster who later captures her.
A scantily-clad supporting cast will spend the duration of the movie trying to rescue her. MTV slated Monster Island for an early 2004 debut.
From Meadow to Ho
Web site www.Zap2It.com says Jamie Lynn DiScala (nee Siegler), who plays the bratty daughter of mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, is moonlighting for the USA Network. DiScala is set to star as infamous Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss in Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss.
The flick will track Fleiss’ humble beginnings as a wealthy teen, leading up to her dramatic prison sentence for laundering money and tax evasion as the leading sex supplier to elite Hollywood males.
Sylvia, the biopic of power-angst poet Sylvia Plath. Since Focus Features approved the Gwenyth Paltrow vehicle, the project has seen wicked storm clouds of cringe-worthy buzz.
Publicly denounced by Frieda Hughes, daughter of Plath and fellow poet Ted Hughes, the stage was set for the flick to falter but reviewers have been surprisingly gentle to Paltrow’s turn as the suicidal feminist icon. Time will tell if Oscar will grace Gwenny once again.
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