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Michael Caine Had Female Stunt Double On The Italian Job


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Sir Michael Caine had a female stunt double when filming The Italian Job because he couldn't drive.

The veteran actor has revealed his body double's wife took his place in the movie's legendary Mini Cooper chase scene because she was the only other crewmember with fair hair.

Caine was interviewed on stage at a charity event in London on Wednesday (01Oct14), and recalled the truth behind the epic scene.

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Historic Movie Studio Saved From Wrecking Ball


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Britain's famed Twickenham Studios has been saved. Twickenham -- where such films as the Beatles' Help and A Hard Day's Night were filmed (as well as such classics as The Private Life of Henry VIII, Alfie, The Italian Job (1969), Blade Runner, A Fish Called Wanda, An American Werewolf in London , Interview with the Vampire and The Iron Lady) -- had reportedly been marked for possible demolition and redevelopment as a housing tract and office site after falling into bankruptcy and being taken over by new owners. Homebuilders Taylor Wimpey confirmed in March that it was in talks with the owners to redevelop the site "for a mixed-use scheme, providing employment space alongside a mixture of residential dwellings." The reports touched off a petition campaign to save the 99-year-old studio -- one of the oldest in the world -- that collected nearly 5,000 signatures, including those of such well-known film figures as Steven Spielberg (who shot last year's War Horse there) David Cronenberg, Stephen Daldry, Terry Gilliam, Colin Firth, Michael Apted, John Landis, Terry Jones, Peter Boyle, Julie Walters, and Paul McCartney. Sky News reported on Tuesday that the new owners, headed by businessman Sunny Vohra, have abandoned plans to redevelop the site and instead intend to invest in additional staff, refurbishments and other improvements.

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Legendary Twickenham Studios To Shut Down


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Britain's 100-year-old Twickenham Studios, the home of such classics as the Beatles' Help and A Hard Day's Night, the Michael Caine movies Alfie and The Italian Job , John Landis's An American Werewolf in London , Ridley Scott's Bladerunner and, more recently, War Horse and My Week with Marilyn, is being forced to shut down. Faced with continuing losses, the studio said that it plans to find down production over the next months, then sell the studio before June. The studio lost about $600,000 during its fiscal year ended March 2011. "I think it is a real shame that Twickenham's closing," key grip Rupert Lloyd Parry told the BBC. "It's one of our older studios. It's nice when you work where you feel like there's a real sort of tradition of the British film industry. ... The film industry is buoyant at the moment, there is work coming in. There doesn't seem like there is any reason for it to shut."

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Jason Isaacs Would Have Done Anything To Star In Cars 2


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Jason Isaacs would have "sharpened pencils" to be in 'Cars 2'.

The actor was "thrilled" to be asked to voice the characters Siddeley and Leland Turbo in the Disney Pixar movie and admits he accepted the job before finding out exactly what was entailed because John Lasseter was the director.

Speaking at the UK premiere of 'Cars 2' in London's Whitehall Gardens yesterday (17.07.11), Jason told BANG Showbiz: "If John Lasseter had asked me to come and sharpen pencils I would've done that. I am thrilled to be in a Pixar film.

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Michael Caine Got Drunk On Alfie


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Sir Michael Caine was drunk while filming his first scene with Shelley Winters in 'Alfie'.

The 78-year-old icon appeared as the lead character in 1966 hit '- remade in 2004 starring Jude Law- and he has revealed that he was so nervous working with American star Shelley that just before their scene was about to start his mouth had "gone dry with nerves", leading to him accidentally drinking vodka on set.

He told Empire magazine: "I remember the first scene I did with Shelly, in the studio. We had a lot of dialogue and I was a bit nervous. I was just about to start and my mouth had gone dry with nerves. I had a quick sip of her water and it was straight vodka! This was 8.30 in the morning! I was p**sed by the end of it."

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Fast And Furious Series To Relaunch As Action Franchise


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The 'Fast and Furious' franchise is set to be rebooted as an action series.

Although the latest film 'Fast Five' starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker will only be released in the UK this week, plans are already underway for a sixth installment even though bosses are aware viewers will eventually tire of the street racing storyline of the first five movies.

Universal's Adam Fogelson said: "We've heard so many people say, 'I've never seen one, and I've never wanted to see one'. So if these movies were still about street racing, there was probably a ceiling on how many people would buy tickets. We wanted to see if we could raise it out of about racing and make car driving ability just a part of the movie, like those great chases in 'The French Connection', 'The Bourne Identity', 'The Italian Job'.

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The Italian Job Is Britain's Best Film


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SIR Michael Caine's movie The Italian Job has been voted the greatest British film ever made.

The 1969 heist classic, about a group of criminals who attempt to steal a van full of gold, notched up 15 per cent of votes in a survey of 1,000 film fans to find the best movie to come out of the U.K.

Monty Python's Life of Brian came in second, while The Full Monty trailed in third with six per cent of votes in the Sky Movies HD poll.

Meanwhile, Sir Anthony Hopkins was crowned Britain's favourite actor with 12 per cent of the vote and Laurence Olivier was a close runner-up with 10 per cent. The Italian Job's lead actor Caine rounded out the top three.

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Wahlberg And Sutherland's Fart-off


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Film legend Donald Sutherland engaged in a farting contest with The Italian Job co-star Mark Wahlberg on the set of the 2003 film, after passing wind in front of the star's girlfriend.


After Sutherland grossed out Rhea Durham, Wahlberg defended her honour by challenging the M*A*S*H star to a fart-off.


Wahlberg reveals to Moviefone.com, "He farted in front of my girl, so he started it. It got a little crazy."

Wahlberg's Love Was 'Sex At First Sight'


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The Italian Job hunk Mark Wahlberg was overcome with emotion when he first met fiance RHEA DURHAM - but it was 'sex at first sight' rather than love.

The Boogie Nights heart-throb was physically attracted to the gorgeous model when first laid eyes on her but after a while the couple discovered each other's hidden depths.

And Rhea - who recently gave birth to their first baby ELLA RAE - impressed the actor so much after he got to know her that all previous lovers paled in comparison.

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Italian Job Stars Become Backgammon Addicts


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AUSTIN POWERS star Seth Green regrets introducing his The Italian Job co-stars to backgammon, because it turned the set into boardgame battleground.

Green is hooked on the game and thought it would be a great idea to play in between takes with his co-stars.

He says, "It became the unofficial sport on set. Charlize Theron was very good, although she was a sore loser. I beat her a couple of times and she yelled, 'You're rubbish.'

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