And other short bits:
Page Six cites a recent David Cronenberg interview in which he expresses his frustration with Paul Haggis for also naming his 2005 film "Crash": "I’ve told [him] that he was a [bleep]hole basically for doing that.
And so have many other people… It’s very disrespectful, not only to me, but to J.G. Ballard,
who wrote the book… I made my movie… in a very respectful
way. Haggis just co-opted the title, and he knew what he was doing." Now, which is a bigger date night faux pas â€” accidentally renting the Haggis film when you wanted to rent the Cronenberg, or the other way round?
Also at Page Six (we’re classin’ up the joint today), an unconfirmed claim that Jennifer Lopez‘s "Bordertown," which reunited her with "Selena" director Gregory Nava and which was, the gloatier amongst you may recall, booed at Berlin while the singer/actress got a little teary, will be going straight to DVD.
The Red Sox are bringing "Gone Baby Gone" down in the box office, speculates the Boston Globe. "’Boston fans are not going to choose going to a Boston movie over watching their team,’ [a Miramax] official said, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the film. ‘There’s a real belief that people will catch up with it once the Sox are done playing.’"
MTV pays a visit to the set of "Repo! The Genetic Opera!", the dystopic splatter musical starring Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino and (according to IMDb, and we hope this is true) Sarah Brightman and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman of "Saw"s II-IV. We cannot look away.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, George A. Romero will make a sequel to his upcoming "Diary of the Dead," which premiered at Toronto and which will be released in the US next year. The follow-up will pick up where "Diary" left off: "Fighting their way out of a mansion through a horde of ravenous zombies, the survivors of ‘Diary’ escape to a remote island only to be plunged into another battle with the dead."
+ ‘CRASH’ & BURN (NY Post)
+ LOUSY BORDER (NY Post)
+ Sox driving down ‘Gone’ box office? (Boston Globe)
+ Top-Earning Dead Celebrities (Forbes)
+ Paris Hilton Is Addicted To Drugs, Organs In Macabre Musical ‘Repo! The Genetic Opera’ (MTV)
+ Another entry set for ‘Diary of Dead’ (Hollywood Reporter)