The Producers (2005) Review

The musical version of the extremely popular film from Mel Brooks, two producers realise that you can make more money with a flop than with a hit show on Broadway.

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News: Gilliam: ‘Ledger Inspired Me To Finish Fantasy Film’

I think thats really inspiring that Heath’s death inspired this movie to be completed.

Terry Gilliam has credited Heath Ledger with saving The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, insisting the actor’s untimely death pushed him to finish the fantasy film.

Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in January of 2008 – halfway through shooting the movie.

Director Gilliam was devastated by the tragic news and nearly shut down the set – but his memories of the late actor kept him from abandoning the project.

Instead, Gilliam revised the original script, recruiting actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to fill in Ledger’s last role.

He says, “The closing credit says ‘By Heath and Friends’ because the film changed with his death. He forced me to make changes and we wouldn’t have finished it if it wasn’t for Heath…

“Fortunately, I was surrounded by really good people who insisted that… we had to go out and find a way of finishing the film for Heath.”

And the filmmaker insists Hollywood lost an enormous talent in Ledger, who inspired the entire cast and crew on set.

He adds, “Heath was enjoying himself so much and he was ad-libbing a lot, which I don’t normally allow… but Heath was just brilliant at it and he got everybody else going.

“Everybody was just energised by Heath. He was extraordinary. He was almost exhausting because he had so much energy.”

News: Night At The Museum Crumbles Competition At U.S. Box Office

I think everyone could have predicted this coming. Night At the Museum when it came out on Boxing Day a few years ago now was a massive hit, and releasing this pre-summer and in a usual slow period was good.

Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller are laughing their way to the top of the U.S. box office – their new film Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian has toppled the competition in its opening weekend (22-24May09).

The comedians co-star with Amy Adams, Owen Wilson and Hank Azaria in the film, which took in $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend.

The win was a shock for movie reviewers, who insisted Terminator Salvation – the fourth movie in the sci-fi franchise – was poised to take the top spot after scooping more than $13 million (£8.7 million) on its first day of release. But the film came in at second with $43 million (£28.7 million) in earnings.

The new Star Trek movie followed at third, with nearly $22 million (£14.7 million) in earnings and now boasting a three-week total of $183.6 million (£122.4 million).

Rounding out the top five are Tom Hanks’ Angels & Demons and new comedy spoof Dance Flick, which took in $21.4 million (£14.3 million) and $11.1 million (£7.4 million) respectively.

News: Shields: ‘I Wish I’d Lost My Virginity Sooner’

I think thats very honest of her, but possibly not a good thing for young girls to read about? 22 is quite an older age.

Brooke Shields regrets losing her virginity at the age of 22 – insisting she waited too long to have sex for the first time.

The actress refrained from getting intimate with a man until she was in her early twenties because she wasn’t confident about her looks.

And, if she could do it all again, Shields is adamant she would experiment sexually at a much younger age.

She tells Health magazine, “(I regret) not learning to love the way I looked earlier. I think I would have had sex a lot earlier.

“I would have lost my virginity earlier than I did, at 22, (because) I would have been much more in touch with myself. To me, that’s a health regret.”