HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Friday that credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules from the first movie in the comic book series show that Singer wasn't in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands.
Lindsay Lohan was in the hot seat on Thursday's "Watch What Happens Live" when host Andy Cohen grilled the actress about her sexual conquest list that includes names like Zac Efron, Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, James Franco and Adam Levine. "That was actually my fifth step in AA at Betty Ford," she explained. One actor who did deny the list was Franco, who shot down his inclusion on Lindsay's list in March while speaking with Los Angeles Magazine about his new poetry book.
Patrick Hughes, who's helming August's "The Expendables 3," has outlined some of the changes coming to his remake of hit Indonesian action film "The Raid." I think those are my favorite action films of all time, when you can balance the action and the emotion, and what [Gareth Evans] did with his first 'Raid' was phenomenal." "We're following a DEA task team, which was implemented by the Bush administration after September 11th when they realized that terrorism and the drug trade were so closely aligned."
The true story about an Italian Jew who grew up to become an Augustinian monk is to be produced by Steven Spielberg, with the "Schindler's List" man also in contention to direct. Also on board is Tony Kushner, who wrote the scripts for Spielberg's "Lincoln" and "Munich," though writing is "in the early stages," and will be adapting the David Kertzer novel for DreamWorks and the Weinstein Company, reports Variety. With Spielberg's last film, "Lincoln," having been released in 2012 and "Edgardo Morata" some way off, what's next for the Oscar-winning director? He's also on board for Latin American historical epic "Montezuma," still being written by Steve Zaillian of "Schindler's List," "Gangs of New York" and "Moneyball."
By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and movies played together even before sound revolutionized film during its infancy, and so it is at the Tribeca Film Festival where the documentary lineup is heavy on musical subjects, from hip hop star Nas to shock rocker Alice Cooper. And while documentaries have traditionally comprised as much as half of Tribeca's scores of offerings, films about musicians Bjork, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, James Brown and others have lent this year's festival a decidedly tuneful air. "We never program to an agenda," said Tribeca's director of programming, Genna Terranova.
Clint Eastwood's period piece "Jersey Boys" charts the phenomenal success of 1960s rock 'n' roll vocal group The Four Seasons. Based on the multithreaded Tony-winning musical play, "Jersey Boys" was reworked for cinema by "Gladiator," "The Aviator" and "Hugo" screenplay writer John Logan. Slipping into the shoes of charismatic lead singer Frankie Valli is John Lloyd Young, who already won a Tony and a Grammy for the same portrayal in the Broadway musical. Christopher Walken appears as crime boss Angelo DeCarlo, while "Boardwalk Empire" actor Vincent Piazza can be seen as Tommy DeVito, part of Valli's group, alongside two other vocalists from the stage production, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda.
By Dana Feldman and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who has sued filmmaker Bryan Singer, the director of the upcoming blockbuster action film "X-Men: Days of Future Past," for allegedly raping him as a teenager said on Thursday that his claims of sexual abuse went unheeded by authorities. Michael Egan, 31, who was an aspiring teen actor, said he and his mother told the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI in late 1999 and 2000 that Egan was being abused by an underage sex ring. "What happened was basically it fell on deaf ears," Egan said a news conference seated next to his attorney, Jeff Herman. "We didn't get anywhere and then I basically buried it in me as deep as I possibly could." Herman filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court in Hawaii, alleging that Singer, 48, used his influence as a Hollywood insider as well as a range of drugs and alcohol to force anal and oral sex on Egan while promising him film roles.