News: Douglas Oversees Weapons Debate

I love that Michael is doing that to try and make the world a better place 🙂

Hollywood legend Michael Douglas is using his celebrity status to help rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The actor chaired a debate between experts at the Italian embassy in Washington D.C. earlier this week (beg18May09), and used the occasion to question whether U.S. President Barack Obama is addressing the issue.

Robert Gallucci, a former U.S. diplomat who was chief negotiator during the nuclear crisis with North Korea in 1994, told the forum recent talks between the United States and Russia show promise – but there is still concern over the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Douglas has supported the sponsors of the event, the Ploughshares Fund – dedicated to a nuclear weapons-free world – since becoming a member of its board of directors in 2005.

News: British Films Stormed 2008 Box Office

I always love it when British films do well, so that they stormed the box office in 2008 is just brilliant !!!

Batman and James Bond helped make 2008 a bumper year for U.K. movies – British films raked in more than $3.75 billion (£2.5 billion) at the global box office last year.

The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, was the top earner, with just over $1 billion (£666 million) in sales and Quantum Of Solace took $576 million (£384 million) worldwide.

Abba movie musical Mamma Mia!, featuring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, also proved a box office smash, taking $602 million (£401 million) since its release in July.

Other Brit films in the top 10 earners of 2008 include fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian which took $419 million (£279 million) and The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Natalie Portman, which garnered $75 million (£50 million).

John Woodward of the U.K. Film Council says, “That’s a phenomenal achievement and a measure of film’s contribution to the wider economy.”

Movies are classified as British if they meet criteria on whether the stars, directors, producers and funding come from the U.K.

News: Cooper Faces Up To A-team Rumours

Bradley seems to be wanted for a lot of roles at the moment . . . and I for one am certainly not complaining about that, haha.

Actor Bradley Cooper has set the record straight about the upcoming A-team movie – insisting he has not been signed up to play Faceman in the new film.

Cooper was recently linked to the big screen role of Lieutenant Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck, made famous by Dirk Benedict in the hit 1980s TV series.

But the star insists comments he made about the project were taken out of context – as he hasn’t even read a script for the A-Team picture.

He tells Chud.com, “A guy came up to me and asked about the character Faceman in The A-Team. I said ‘Oh, that’s out there already?’, but my point was that news about the film is out there. Literally that people knew about the remake, that’s it. I haven’t read a script or met (director) Joe Carnahan.”

The film, scheduled for release in 2010, is rumoured to boast an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Woody Harrelson and rapper Common.

News: King Kong To Roar Again At Universal

Oooo I think that sounds like it would be really cool 🙂

Bosses at Los Angeles movie landmark Universal Studios are to rebuild the King Kong tourist attraction that was destroyed in a 2008 fire which briefly closed the themepark.

The blaze claimed a handful of sets familiar to backlot tour visitors, but the New York street scene, housed in a hangar, was the most famous victim of the fire, which was sparked by company employees using blowtorches to apply roof shingles.

The studio tour was briefly closed but has since been reconfigured to avoid the worst hit fire damaged areas.

And now Universal bosses plan to rebuild the King Kong set ready for a grand re-opening next summer, as part of a digitally upgraded backlot tour.

Universal Studios publicist Audrey Eig says, “King Kong has been an integral part of the studio tour for years. We are happy to be able to bring him back. No one can destroy the great ape.”

The set originally opened in 1986 and has become one of the themepark’s most famous attractions. The new-look King Kong set will be based on that of the 2005 film, which starred Jack Black and Naomi Watts.