My boyfriend, Clive Owen (oh, you didn't know we were together? Yeah, I thought we should try to keep it quiet, for the sake of my career...), is about to sign a pay-or-play deal to star in the "ultraviolent" Shoot-Em-Up, over at New Line. He was a little concerned about how I would feel about one of the film's key setpieces, described as a "shootout during a sex scene", but I assured him that any and all sex scenes involving him are very much okay with me.
John Waters calls the contractually obligated R-rated DVD release of A Dirty Shame "economic censorship." He tells Army Archerd that he had to shoot "an alternate version of every scene for 4-year-olds. I had to take out every four-letter word."
At a dinner thrown by Microsoft after the AFI ceremony in his honor on Thursday night, George Lucas copped to feeling a little bit "bewildered" over the lifetime acheivement hoopla. "If you count Star Wars as one film, I've only made three movies," he said. "I'm now ahead of Terry Malick for most praise for the fewest movies." Was that a joke, George? Why couldn't you have put a zinger like that in Revenge of the Sith?
Dreamworks and Paramount are throwing War of the Worldspremieres in cities all over the world ... but there will be no premiere in Los Angeles. Curious.
Paramount has snatched up movie rights to the story of Marla Ruzika, "a 28-year-old American relief worker killed in Iraq by a suicide bomber". In news that sends my Bad Idea sensor on overload, MTV Films (the folks that brought you Joe'sApartment) will co-produce.
Disney's going to make a film based on Ally Carter's teen novel, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, about an all-girls school where the students are secretly being trained in espionage.