A new song written and performed by US actress Beverley Mitchell has taken on a very special meaning for the Saw II star - it has become her own personal tragedy anthem.
The 26-year-old actress was inspired to write country song ANGEL after her character in US TV drama 7TH HEAVEN lost her best friend.
And bosses on the drama liked the touching tune so much, they urged Mitchell to sing it as heartbroken LUCY CAMDEN after her beloved character discovered she had lost her baby twins on the show.
Mitchell admits the song, which appears on her debut country album, has always been attached to terrible tragedies.
She says, "It was a very emotional and intense episode for me."
The next installment in the SAW series of horror films is set for release next Hallowe'en (31OCT07) after SAW 3 experienced the best opening yet for the gory horror franchise last weekend (ends29OCT06).
Film-makers announced that a third sequel to the surprise horror hit of 2004 would go into production based on Saw 3's $34.3 million (GBP19 million) debut at the US box office.
The three-day total compares to an opening of $31.7 million ((17.6 million) for Saw II last year (05) and $18.3 million (GBP10.2 million) for SAW in 2004.
After the initial success of the first low-budget movie, film-makers have turned the franchise into an annual ritual with quickly produced sequels each Hallowe'en.
The movies follow the diabolical schemes of psycho killer JIGSAW, played by Tobin Bell, who stages elaborate, bloody games to test the moral fibre of his victims.
The new film is expected to be a prequel to the first film, according to website Moviehole.net.
Horror flick SAW III slashed the competition at the US box office and debuted in the number one slot taking in $34.3 million (GBP19 million) over the Hallowe'en weekend (27-29OCT06) for the third straight year.
The three-day total compares to an opening of $31.7 million (GBP17.6 million) for Saw II last year (05) and $18.3 million (GBP10.2 million) for SAW in 2004.
The film easily took over the top spot at the box office, bumping last week's winner, THE PRESTIGE, into third place with $9.6 million (GBP5.3 million).
Martin Scorsese's mob tale THE DEPARTED held steady, taking in $9.8 million (GBP5.4 million) to place second for the third-straight weekend, raising the film's total take to $91.1 million (GBP51 million).
Clint Eastwood's World War II epic, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, took fourth place with $6.35 million (GBP3.5 million).
CATCH A FIRE, the South African drama about a black family man driven to rebel against the apartheid system in the 1980s, premiered weakly with $2 million (GBP1.1 million).
BABEL, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, had a huge opening in limited release, grossing $365,801 (GBP203,000) in only seven theatres.
The film traces the consequences of a tragedy in the Moroccan desert back to families in Africa, Mexico and Japan.
The Dixie Chicks documentary SHUT UP + SING debuted solidly in limited release, taking in $50,798 (GBP28,000) in four theaters.
Rock star and director Rob Zombie picked up a Chainsaw Award for Best Movie for his horror flick THE DEVIL'S REJECTS last (15OCT06) night in Los Angeles.
The Killer Movie award was presented by Robert Englund, best known as A Nightmare On Elm Street villain FREDDY KRUGER, as part of the first televised Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, which honour the best films and actors in the horror genre.
Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon, and actor Bill Moseley won the Relationship From Hell award for The Devil's Rejects.
Saw II also won two awards, for Best Butcher (Best Villain) and Looks That Kill (Best Make-Up).
The ceremony airs in the US on cable TV channel Fuse on 22 October (06) and will feature "black carpet" arrivals before the show.
Actor Tobin Bell often has to reassure waitresses that he really isn't terrifying psychopath JIGSAW from the SAW horror movies as they run from him in restaurants. Bell has become a cult figure since donning the mask for the first Saw film, and he'll return later this year (06) in SAW III - even though his character was left badly beaten and cancer ridden at the end of Saw II. But he admits that playing such a terrifying character isn't always a good thing - especially when he's ordering food and the waitress recognises him. He says, "She finally said, 'Oh my God, you're him. I'm freaking out.' "She ran over to the other side of the bar. I told her, 'Come right here.' I shook her hand and said, 'It's just a movie, hon. Just a movie.'"
The Phoenix-native was admitted to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital overnight after complaining of neck pain. Lions Gate Entertainment, who distributed his latest films, issued a statement on Monday (05DEC05), declaring he had died of natural causes. However, an autopsy is pending.
Hoffman's tragic death comes less than two months after Saw II hit the top spot in the US box office, grossing $85 million (GBP47 million) since its October (05) opening.
Continue reading: Saw II Producer Dies
Disney's movie adaptation of the CHICKEN LICKEN fable has stunned America by storming to the top of the box office with a whopping $40 million (GBP22.2 million) opening weekend.
The animated film, Chicken Little, which features the voices of Zach Braff and Joan Cusack, beat Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx's Gulf War drama JARHEAD - which took $28.7 million (GBP15.9 million) - to the top of the new box office list.
Last week's number one film Saw II fell to three with an impressive $17.2 million (GBP9.5 million) second weekend take, and sequel The Legend of Zorro fell from two to four with a $10 million (GBP5.5 million) weekend.
Continue reading: Disney's Chicken Film Races To The Top Of The Box Office
It also easily outdid the 2004 horror hit SAW, which opened with $18.3 million (GBP10.1 million) over last year's (04) Hallowe'en weekend.
Continue reading: Saw II Cuts Down Competition
Boogie Nights hunk Mark is executive producer of the HBO show, which follows a Hollywood actor and his entourage and is loosely based on his Hollywood lifestyle.
Older brother Donnie, who stars in horror sequel Saw II, believes the glossy entourage on the show are too clean-cut compared to real-life Tinseltown hangers-on.
Continue reading: Donnie Wahlberg Unimpressed With Brother's Show
Adverts for horror movie Saw II have been banned by American censors for showing images of severed body parts.
Ratings organisation The Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) has reportedly told Lions Gate Films to remove footage featuring dismembered fingers from websites.
The sequel to 2004 hit SAW stars Mark Wahlberg's brother DONNIE as a detective trying to track down a man who forces his victims to kill each other.
Continue reading: Horror Saw Sequel Ads Banned
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