Demi Moore Memoirs Coming Out
Demi Moore's memoirs will be (tentatively) published by HarperCollins in 2012, according to The Associated Press.
Moore, whose age is reported to be 47 – old enough for her to write a book of memoirs, it seems – is best known for movies such as St. Elmo's Fire (1985), with Rob Lowe; Ghost (1990), with Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg; A Few Good Men (1992), with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson; Indecent Proposal (1993), with Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson; and Ridley Scott's flop G.I. Jane (1997), in which she co-starred with Viggo Mortensen. Recently, she has had roles in The Joneses and Happy Tears, and has done quite a bit of twittering.
Moore's book will reportedly cover both her life and career. Moore was married to Bruce Willis for a number of years. Her current husband is fellow twitterer Ashton Kutcher, whose Killers opened to so-so business this past weekend.
According to HarperCollins, Moore's memoirs will be “framed by her complicated relationship with her mother, Virginia King.”
Photo: Ghost (Paramount)
Penelope Spheeris & Henry Selick: Student Academy Award Presenters
Along with The Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner, Oscar-nominated animator Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach) and director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World, The Decline of Western Civilization) will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 37th Annual Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 12. The 2010 ceremony will take place at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
As per the Academy's press release, “the awards ceremony is the culmination of a week of industry-related activities and social events that the Academy will host for the 13 student filmmakers from across the United States and one from the United Kingdom who have been selected as winners this year.”
Also from the Academy's press release:
While U.S. winners know they will each receive an award, their placement - Gold, Silver or Bronze - will not be revealed until the June 12 ceremony. Gold Medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners receive $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners receive $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner receives a $1,000 cash grant.
The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region was permitted to send as many as three finalist films in each of four award categories. Academy members then screened the films and voted to select the winners.
The U.S. winners represent 10 U.S. colleges and universities, including for the first time the Kansas City Art Institute (Missouri) and Parsons The New School for Design (New York). The Honorary Foreign Film winner was selected from a record pool of 61 entries representing 36 countries. A complete list of this year's winners can be found at http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/winners/2010.html.
The 37th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 12 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.
Penelope Spheeris photo: Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Henry Selick photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Guillermo del Toro Out. Who'll Direct 'The Hobbit'?
Guillermo del Toro is out. Who will be directing The Hobbit when – or perhaps if – it goes into production, remains a mystery. Names mentioned as possibilities include Alfonso Cuarón, Sam Mendes, Darren Aronofsky, Tim Burton, and, of course, Peter Jackson. But that's all speculation and wishful thinking – until an official announcement is made.
“We have been caught in a very tangled negotiation,” del Toro remarked at a news conference a few days before he publicly announced he was no longer going to direct The Hobbit. “Now I have been on the project for nearly two years. We have designed all the creatures, the sets, the wardrobe, animatics and planned action sequences and we are very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered. We don't know anything until the MGM situation is resolved.”
The Hobbit (to be split into parts one and two to be shot back-to-back) has been a project “in the works” for about four years. Del Toro has finally called it quits (at least as the film's director), partly as a result of MGM's troubled finances. (The latest James Bond has been another casualty.)
The old studio, founded in 1924 as an amalgam of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Productions, is both up for sale and $3.7b in debt. It also co-owns (with New Line Cinema) the film rights to The Hobbit, which was scheduled to start production late this year.
Del Toro has told The Lord of the Rings fansite TheOneRing.net, that both The Hobbit films are still slated for release in Dec. 2012 and Dec. 2013. He added that he'll continue to work alongside Peter Jackson and fellow screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
Also at TheOneRing.net, Peter Jackson explained that “the bottom line is that Guillermo just didn't feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years.”
Jackson, the director of the three Lord of the Rings film adaptations released in the early 2000s, is at this point an unlikely replacement for del Toro.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Jackson's manager Ken Kamins informed them that “as for Peter directing, that's not something he can consider at this time as he has other commitments to other projects. But make no mistake, Peter and Fran's commitment to the franchise is total and will do everything necessary to protect the films and the investment made by New Line, [parent company] Warner Bros. and MGM.”
And here's a brief explanation about The Hobbit, found in The Guardian:
It's one of those tedious Lord of the Rings books, isn't it? Full of portentous fantasy and made-up place names. It's the original novel to which TLOTR trilogy is the sequel.