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News 04/15/2007

After last weekend's disappointing box office results, the Weinstein Co. are considering splitting Grindhouse into two features, rather than continuing to bill Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the single title. The films are already being released separately overseas and will be divided for DVD and TV, but Harvey Weinstein stated he is waiting to see how Grindhouse does in its second weekend of release before making the decision.

With Spider-Man 3 opening on May 4, Tobey Maguire told Men's Journal that he's not sure he'd sign on to play the web-slinging superhero for a fourth film, though he's not ruling it out. "I don't really have a lot of formed ideas. It's more just thoughts," he told the magazine for its May issue, on newsstands Tuesday. "I might do another Spider-Man movie...I don't know."

Halle Berry has accused Parade of sensationalizing her suicide attempt of a decade ago in a recent profile, telling reporters she was "so beyond" that time in her life. "It's just not where I am today, and I really hate that it's been presented like it is," the Oscar winner said. The magazine issued a statement in response, accusing Berry of "backing away from what she originally told Parade."

Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in the upcoming action flick Body of Lies, with Ridley Scott directing, Variety reports. The project, about a CIA agent on the trail of an Al Qaeda operative, will reunite DiCaprio with scribe William Monahan, who also penned The Departed; the duo are also working together on the remake of the Hong Kong thriller Confessions of Pain.

Al Gore will open the Tribeca Film Festival on Apr. 25 as host of the global warming-themed SOS Short Films Program, featuring seven shorts and musical performances by acts appearing at Live Earth, a 24-hour worldwide concert on July 7, benefiting Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection.

Salma Hayek and MGM are forming a new production company with the aim of creating movies with Latino themes and talent that have mass-market appeal. The new venture, dubbed Ventanazul, is expected to release between two and four films each year.

Lucky and Flo, the DVD-sniffing Labradors who have so far uncovered about $3.5 million in pirated discs in Malaysia, are having their month-long stint extended "for the foreseeable future" in order to keep up the good work, a Motion Picture Association of America spokesman said Tuesday. In less tail-wagging news for the dogs, angry movie pirates reportedly still have bounties on the pooches' heads in a bid to stop them from further thwarting the illegal DVD trade.

A woman who claims Chris Rock is the father of her 13-year-old son withdrew a lawsuit she filed last month in Georgia and re-filed it in New York, per the Statesboro Herald. Kali Bowyer claims that she is trying to establish paternity in order to learn more about her son's biological history, after he suffered a recent grand mal seizure. According to her court documents, she is seeking child support, medical coverage, and attorney fees from Rock.

A devout Hindu has taken legal action against Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, claiming their "showcase" wedding in India last month made a mockery of his religion's sacred traditions. Vishnu Khandelwal complained that the couple allegedly drank alcohol prior to the religious rites and kissed in front of the sacred fire that Hindus consider witness to the wedding, and that Hurley wore leather footwear and dressed provocatively. His petition was filed under a section of the Indian Penal Code that makes it an offense punishable by up to three years in jail to "outrage" any group's religion with "deliberate and malicious intention."

Drew Barrymore has signed on the latest celebrity spokesmodel for CoverGirl, joining a roster of famous faces that includes Queen Latifah, Molly Sims, Christie Brinkley, Rihanna, and Keri Russell.

Will Ferrell will participated in the University of Southern California's 27th annual "Swim with Mike" swim-a-thon fundraiser Saturday, along with the USC football team and coach Pete Carroll, who will take on the actor in a "Pete vs. Will Challenge." Organizers of the event hoping to raise more than $800,000 for USC's physically challenged athletes scholarship fund.

Ben Affleck is slated to present the award for Outstanding Film at the GLAAD Media Awards Saturday, E! Online Planet Gossip columnist Marc Malkin reports. A telecast of the ceremony will air Apr. 21 on Logo.

Disney is planning to raise $3 million for the Make-A-Wish foundation by allowing the public to purchase tickets to the world premiere celebration of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End at $1,500 a pop. The event will take place May 19 at Disneyland, with Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom all expected to be in attendance.

Confirming the rumors originally reported by E! Online's Ben Lyons, Shia LeBeouf has officially signed on to the cast of Indiana Jones 4. "To be cast in an Indiana Jones film is like grabbing the brass ring and holding on for the ride," the actor said in a statement. The film is slated to begin shooting in June in Los Angeles.

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are reportedly in final negotiations to reunite for a prequel to the box office hit The Da Vinci Code, per the Hollywood Reporter. Sony Pictures is targeting an early January start date for Angels & Demons.

Rachel Weisz has dropped out of The Mummy 3 due to scheduling conflicts, per Universal. Brendan Fraser still planning to return for the latest installment in the action franchise.

Michael Jordan, Neil Diamond, and Steven Spielberg topped Forbes magazine's list of the 10 most costly celebrity divorce settlements of all time. Jordan's estranged wife, Juanita Vanoy, is in line to collect more than $150 million when the couple's divorce is finalized, while Diamond paid an estimated $150 million to his second wife, Marcia Murphey, when they divorced in 1996, and Spielberg shelled out about $100 million to Amy Irving when their marriage ended in 1989.

Nicole Kidman received Australia's highest honor Friday, the Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of her film career and work promoting women's and children's health. "It's a pat on the back, which, as a little girl, is something you dream of," Kidman told reporters.

The Los Angeles Times, Paramount Pictures, and Allied Advertising paid $75,000 to settle negligence claims stemming from last April's Mission: Impossible III marketing blitz gone awry, when L.A. denizens mistook the digital devices attached to newspaper dispensers, which were rigged to play the M:I theme, for bombs. The money was paid out Apr. 3 to Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West L.A., which was evacuated for 90 minutes after one of the suspicious devices was spotted on a nearby news rack.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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