Some gossip, rumors and silliness, as it’s Friday.
Sylvester Stallone‘s continuing and seemingly publicist-unfiltered fanboy Q&A session at Ain’t It Cool News is one of the more audacious (if vaguely desperate) publicity bids we’ve ever come across. We adore it. It’s like warming your hands over the flames of a car wreck. One item, in which he recounts an apparent long-running, mustard-fueled feud with Richard Gere ("He even thinks Iâ€™m the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true, but thatâ€™s the rumor") was picked up by MSNBC‘s gossip columnist Jeannette Walls, but it’s pretty much all gold. We’re rather fond of second-to-latest round, in which Sly dusts off an old biz rumor:
Hi Sly! Iâ€™m your true fan from Russia, and here is my questions:
Is it true, that at one point you should be director and a star in â€œThe Godfather, Part IIIâ€? What was your part, and why it never happens?
Charlie Bluhdorn, who was the head honcho at Paramount and a really colorful character, approached me while I was working on STAYING ALIVE. He had actually had a huge poster made up, saying â€œTHE GODFATHER III – Written, Directed By and Starring Sylvester Stallone.â€ I said, â€œWhy donâ€™t you just rent a blimp, fill it full of old pianos and drop them all squarely on my face – because thatâ€™s what the critics will do.â€ Coppola created masterpieces, and I was going to cover them in sludge? Not likely. So naturally I turned it down, but was extremely flattered. Coppola went on to do the third one, which had my favorite form of assassination – the ever-faithful, never to be doubted, man-size serving of poison cannolis.â€
Via Richard Johnson at Page Six:
The famed folkie’s pit bull lawyers have fired off a letter to producers Bob Yari and Holly Wiersma, and screenwriter Aaron Richard Golub, demanding the flick not be released – or even screened – until they see it to determine if Dylan, who they say has "deep concerns," has been defamed.
But nary a complaint that he’s being played by Hayden Christensen? The Dylan character is called "Billy Quinn" and is supposed to be a composite of Dylan, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger, but, as Dylan’s lawyer writes, "You appear to be laboring under the misunderstanding that merely changing the name of a character or making him a purported fictional composite will immunize you from suit. That is not so. Even though Mr. Dylan’s name is not used, the portrayal remains both defamatory and a violation of Mr. Dylan’s right of publicity…"
At the British Comedy Awards, Oliver Stone tried to make a joke about (urgh) the yet-to-be-caught Suffolk serial killer who’s already murdered five prostitutes (via the Press Association):
Taking the stage, he quipped: "It’s great to be back in England. I feel like Jack The Ripper days are back. Nothing ever changes here."
But his attempt at comedy was met with jeers and gasps of horror from the celebrity audience.
Realising his joke had bombed, Stone sneered: "You’re a lovely crowd."
"I think when people hear 50 Cent they directly associate it with the music and the aggressive content in the music. I think they might be disappointed when they see my character and he doesn’t have the same aggressive edge that they’re familiar with from 50 Cent, the music. So I told them to use my real name but put 50 Cent in the middle."
As Nathan Lee noted in his Village Voice review of the film, Mr. Cent’s character does still manage to take a burger place hostage in a fit of PTSD-fueled rage. On the scale of glamorous violence, that does fall somewhat short compared to having one’s entourage tussle with The Game’s outside Hot 97.
Why SÃ¼skind has finally relented after all these years for an adaptation of his most renowned book, is not clear. [Bernd] Eichinger, who has written the screenplay, says he kept asking and that in 2000 was told the â€œnoâ€ had finally turned into a â€œmaybeâ€. Eichinger was then told exactly how much money it would cost for the rights. Before that, there were rumours that SÃ¼skind had hoped that Stanley Kubrick would shoot the film, but Kubrick tragically died in 1999.
When the film was finally announced, SÃ¼skind, as reclusive as ever, did make one thing clear â€” he was not willing to participate in the movie in any way.
+ Lucky Round #13 – Sly’s off to the Premiere in Philly, yet still answers your questions exclusively on AICN!!! (AICN)
+ Paris defends Britney’s â€˜partying ethicsâ€™ (MSNBC)
+ DYLAN: FLICK NEEDS A-CHANGIN’ (NY Post)
+ Stone shocks people with Ripper joke (Press Association)
+ 50 Cent Uses Real Name for New Movie (WENN)
+ Sour smell of success (London Times)