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1) SNL’s Myers Says No To ‘Dieter’ Script
June 9th, 2000
If you’ve been waiting for Mike Myers’ Saturday Night Live character ‘Dieter’ to finally hit the big screen and you might have to wait a little longer. After being presented with a script he felt unacceptable because Myers requested production be delayed. According to CNN’s Showbiz News, Universal Pictures has taken Myers request as a breach of contract, and are currently suing him for $3.8 million.

2) Mission: Impossible-2 Tops at the Box Office
June 9th, 2000
Mission: Impossible 2′ maintained it’s #1 position for a second week bringing in another $27 million, winning marginally over the debut of Big Momma’s House” at #2 kicking off with $25.7 million. Even with M:I-2 dropping 53 percent from last weekend, the Tom Cruise flick’s 12-day gross is a hefty $130.7 million. Though the John Woo sequel is projected to earn more than $200 million in its U.S. run, don’t expect it to be #1 for long. Jerry Bruckheimer’s Gone in 60 Seconds is likely to score the top spot after it’s opening June 9th.

3) Internet Film Debuts Won’t Count For Oscar
June 16th, 2000
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors recently ruled that a film will not be eligible for an Oscar if it screens on the internet before its theatrical release. The board compared Internet film transmissions of streaming video with a television broadcast, which disqualifies the new movie if the transmission takes place before it runs (and qualifies) in Los Angeles County. Other changes the Academy recently made include the renaming of the Original Song Score category to Original Musical.

4) Shaft Only the Tip of the Iceberg for Samuel L. Jackson
June 16th, 2000
Samuel L. Jackson is set to have a pretty busy summer ahead. His latest film, the bound-to-be hot Shaft, just hit theatres and is no doubt going to take over the number one position in short order. Hollywood’s Walk of Fame is celebrating Jackson’s career with his own set of prints. After recently completing roles in the upcomingCaveman’s Valentine, which he also was executive producer, and Unbreakable, he is now gearing up to take on the role of Mace Windu again in the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode II. Before the year is out, Jackson will also star in the indie film 51st State.

5) Mental Health Organizations Say Irene Offers Bad Taste
June 16th, 2000
Mental health organizations in the United States and Canada have come out against the upcoming Jim Carrey film Me, Myself and Irene, saying that based on the trailers, the movie appears to give a negative and incorrect view of schizophrenia, split personality disorder and mental illness in general. The U.S. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill claims the 20th Century-Fox comedy’s marketing campaign (along with its “from gentle to mental” tagline) shows “gross ignorance and insensitivity” to people with mental illnesses and their families. The Alliance plans to protest the movie when the film opens June 23 across North America.

6) Spielberg To The Rescue?
June 16th, 2000
A twist to the recent turmoil between Mike Myers and Universal Pictures over the troubled Dieterscript has presented a possible solution. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, diplomat that he is, has offered to act as mediator between Myers and Universal, to help settle their differences. Spielberg became involved in the project after his DreamWorks co-captain Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is currently working on another project with Myers, asked for his help.

7) MVP Shaq Catches Heat for Disneyland Spot
June 23th, 2000
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL got himself into trouble with the striking actors’ unions SAG and AFTRA by shooting a nonunion commercial for Disneyland. Only minutes after being named MVP of the NBA Championship Series, O’Neal could be heard saying the now famous ad line “I’m going to Disneyland”, and actors supporting the two-month strike disapprove.
The unions, representing over 100,000 actors, want to revise the way actors are compensated for network and cable TV commercials residuals. O’Neal’s reason for crossing the line was that the entire paycheck he earned for the Disneyland spot goes to the Shaquille O’Neal Charitable Fund for Underprivileged Kids.

Not all athlete superstars have ignored the strike. Golfer Tiger Woods said no to a Nike commercial after the strike started in May, and Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra turned down a Dunkin’ Donuts ad, claiming he had respect for what the unions were attempting to do.

8) Singer John Mellencamp Tries His Hand at Acting
June 23th, 2000
The low-budget film After Image will feature singer/songwriter John Mellencamp, but as an actor only. The rocker’s songs won’t be part of the movie score, which is being composed by Rochester local, Richard Tuttobene. Mellencamp portrays a disillusioned police photographer returning home to live with family. When he falls in love with a psychic, he finds himself caught up in a weird triangle with a treacherous killer.
Directed by another Rochester resident, Bob Manganelli, After Image was made for the modest price of $1.4 million.

9) Jack is Back
June 23th, 2000
In his first role since 1997, Jack Nicholson is lined up to be in Sean Penn’s next directorial venture, The Pledge. The film is a 1950s-era crime drama based on a novel by critically acclaimed Swiss author Friedrich. Helen Mirren is set to play Nicholson’s psychiatrist, and Aaron Eckhart will also star in the project.
Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn last worked together in 1995’s The Crossing Guard.

10) Sixth Sense Star To Play in WWII Film
June 23th, 2000
Academy Award-nominated actor Haley Joel Osment is set to star alongside Willem Dafoe in Edges of the Lord. Writer-director Yurek Bogayavicz is slated to start production in July. Edges is told through the eyes of a brave Jewish boy (Osment) trapped in Poland during the Nazi years. Dafoe plays an eccentric, understanding priest that helps guide a group of children living in a ravaged community.
Osment will also be working under the direction of Steven Spielberg this summer in A.I. for Warner Bros. The production will get underway in July.

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