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Kelli Garner To Play Marilyn Monroe In New Cable Series


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The Aviator star Kelli Garner has signed up to play Marilyn Monroe in a new U.S. cable mini-series.

The actress becomes the latest star to portray the screen icon after landing the leading role in Marilyn.

The four-hour miniseries, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, will also feature Susan Sarandon as Monroe's mother, Gladys.

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Film Score Boss Jailed For Underage Sex Search


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A film score producer who worked on The Aviator and REVOLUTIONARY ROAD has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after he was caught trying to organise sex with an underage girl.

James 'Jim' Dunbar approached a London ticket tout, Gary Thompson, in the street and asked for help finding a young girl aged between 11 and 15 to have sex with.

The tout tricked the 50-year-old New Yorker and set up a honey trap with a 16-year-old girl, who posed as an underage sex worker.

The teenager caught Dunbar on her video phone offering $675 (£450) to take her virginity and then passed the footage onto local police.

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Dicaprio Wore Waist-pinching Corset To Play Hughes


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Leonardo Dicaprio and Jude Law reeled in shock when they tried on their outfits for The Aviator - after the film's costume designer demanded they wore figure-enhancing corsets.

DiCaprio played eccentric Hollywood director Howard Hughes in the 2004 movie, while Law portrayed dashing swashbuckler Errol Flynn.

And the superstar pair was left aghast when they turned up to try on their period outfits - Oscar-winning designer Sandy Powell ordered them to slip into the waist-decreasing garments.

She tells Britain's Daily Express, "Everybody still thinks of him (DiCaprio) as Jack in Titanic, like a boy. But he's a big man, surprisingly. About six foot. I wanted that really nipped in, poker up the back look, as slick as Fred Astaire.

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Blanchett Skips Hot Fuzz Screening


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Cate Blanchett stunned organisers of the Australian premiere of new British film HOT FUZZ when she jetted back to her homeland to attend the event and then failed to show up.
The Aviator star, who makes a cameo appearance in the movie, was expected at the Sydney premiere on Monday night (12MAR07) after telling producers she'd be there.
But the Aussie actress opted out of the screening at the last minute due to a late night looking after young sons ROMAN and DASHIELL the previous evening.
The walk down the red carpet was instead led by the film's director Edgar Wright and lead actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Scorsese Grateful For Belated Oscar Recognition


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Director Martin Scorsese is glad he didn't receive an Academy Award for directing earlier in his career, because it might have changed the way he made movies.
Scorsese had received six nominations for directing and eight nominations overall in his 40-year career, before winning for THE DEPARTED last night (25FEB07).
He explains, "I've just been used to not winning. It's about getting the pictures made. But when you win something, you appreciate it."
After making The Aviator, Scorsese says he decided, "To just relax and make the best film we can."
He adds, "Good thing I didn't get (the Oscar) before, because maybe it would have changed the kind of movies I would have made.
"I don't know if I was strong enough. I'm glad it's taken this long. It's been worth it."

Stefani Auditioned For Mr + Mrs Smith Role


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Gwen Stefani was devastated when she didn't land the lead role in MR + MRS SMITH, but didn't take the rejection personally because she was passed over in favour of good friend Angelina Jolie.
The WIND IT UP star was looking to expand her acting career after her appearance as Jean Harlow in The Aviator and was thrilled to be called in for an audition.
Jolie met future boyfriend Brad Pitt during the shoot and the couple now have three young children together.
Stefani tells British magazine Elle, "I don't know if I almost got it (the role), but I certainly put a lot of effort in!
"They were clearly looking for a certain girl, and you couldn't get more opposite than me and Angelina."
Stefani refused to let the role affect their friendship and regularly schedules playdates between her son KINGSTON and Pitt and Jolie's daughter, SHILOH.
She adds, "They were like two little blobs when they met. Maybe they'll get married when they grow up? That'd be cute!"

Alda Explains Emmy 'Tantrum'


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Alan Alda has laughed off reports he was jealous when William Shatner beat him to the Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series gong at last summer's (AUG05) Emmy Awards, insisting he was staging a "mock tantrum".
The Aviator star, 70, was seen ripping up his acceptance speech in the audience when Shatner's performance in Boston Legal triumphed over Alda's acting in The West Wing.
However, Alda - who already has five Emmys to his name - insists he isn't bothered about winning, and was happy for Shatner.
He says, "I tore up my acceptance speech on camera.... People thought I was serious.
"It was just a silly joke."

DiCaprio Scotches Aviator Sequel Rumours


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Hollywood heart-throb LEONARDO DiCAPRIO has no intention of starring as Howard Hughes in a sequel to The Aviator, because he is convinced the story of the entrepreneur's later life is too dark.

The GANGS OF NEW YORK superstar would find it hard to portray the fallout after Hughes' severe mental breakdown - and he feels the tale would be more viable as a one-man stage show.

He tells EMPIRE magazine, "It would certainly make a great stage play, a one-man show. I think that's the reason that movie never got made.

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Bundchen Furious With Foxx's Win Over DiCaprio


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Gisele Bundchen is furious her beau LEONARDO DiCAPRIO didn't scoop the Best Actor trophy at the ACADEMY AWARDS - because she believes his did a "better job" than winner Jamie Foxx.

The Brazilian beauty attended the Hollywood ceremony for the first time on Sunday (27FEB05), and she admits she was far from thrilled to see Foxx pick up the coveted trophy for his efforts in RAY, beating out a list of actors including her boyfriend DiCaprio, star of The Aviator.

She says, "I was really there to support (DiCaprio). He's not just my boyfriend but he's an amazing actor. He's really talented and I was so proud of him. I figured I should go and support my man so I went there just for that reason.

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Vera Drake Sweeps London Critics' Circle Film Awards


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Controversial movie VERA DRAKE swept the boards at last night's (09FEB05) LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE FILM AWARDS - with honours bestowed upon actress IMELDA STAUNTON and director Mike Leigh.

The drama, about an illegal abortionist in 1950's London, won a total of five awards at London's Dorchester Hotel, including Best British Film, Best British Director and Best Actress.

Staunton beat off competition from Nicole Kidman to land her prestigious gong ahead of this month's (27FEB05) Academy Awards.

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