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News 06/11/2006

Sean Connery was honored with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday in a ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. The onetime 007 was toasted and roasted by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Andy Garcia, and a kilt-wearing Mike Myers, who cracked that "men want to be him, women want him, and in my case I both want to be him and want him."

The New York Post is quoting Jack Marx, a reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, as saying Russell Crowe wined and dined him, took him to a rugby match and ultimately manipulated him into writing a positive profile of the actor. Apparently feeling guilty, he wrote a follow-up piece admitting he fell for Crowe's charm act.

News 06/08/2006

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt told reporters they have no plans to wed anytime soon. "There is nothing in the air. The focus is the kids, and we are obviously extremely committed to the children and as parents together," Jolie said Wednesday.

Opening on Tuesday, 6/6/06, proved to be a good omen for The Omen, which took in $12.6 million, the largest Tuesday opening in motion-picture history. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the only good news for the film, which was panned by critics.

Hugh Jackman has been tapped to take over the role vacated by Russell Crowe in Baz Luhrmann's untitled, long-gestating Gone with the Wind-style Australian-based epic set to begin shooting early next year.

In an unprecedented move, the Chinese government is ordering theaters to stop showing The Da Vinci Code, movie industry officials said Thursday.

The creators of "24" have signed with 20th Century Fox to adapt the show into a feature film that will serve to tide fans over while the series is on hiatus next summer.

News 06/07/2006

Hairspray is ending its run in Las Vegas after just four months due to low ticket sales, making it the second Broadway hit to flop in Sin City in two months. The musical had been expected to play at the Luxor hotel-casino for four years.

News 06/06/2006

People magazine has paid a reported $4.1 million to publish the first pictures of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in its upcoming issue, while U.K. counterpart Hello! magazine paid a similar sum for the international rights to the photos. Unfortunately for the high-bidding publications, a number of blogs, including perezhilton.com, socialitelife.com and Defamer.com, are already publishing scans of the Hello! cover featuring Shiloh and her parents.

The Hallmark Channel has bought the basic cable rights to March of the Penguins, Troy, and 37 other film titles for around $30 million. The family-friendly net said that the Brad Pitt film will be heavily edited to remove sex scenes and will run with a parental advisory.

News 06/05/2006

The Break-Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, topped the box office with $38.1 million, demoting X-Men: The Last Stand to second place with $34.35 million, according to studio estimates. Perhaps the most surprising performance of all was that for the Al Gore global-warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which grossed an estimated $1.3 million in just 77 theaters for a ninth place finish in its second week. The French action flick District B13, co-written and produced by Luc Besson, came in sixteenth place with an estimated $410,000 in its opening weekend in 151 theaters.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made the announcement that they will sell off the first photos of little Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt and donate the proceeds to charity. The images, taken at a private photo shoot, will be distributed by Getty Images, the photo agency said Monday. Meanwhile, Jon Voight, the estranged father of Angelina Jolie and grandfather of Shiloh, appeared on MSNBC to discuss his feelings on becoming a grandfather again and express his hopes that he will one day reconcile with his daughter.

After dating for about a year, Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey have parted ways due to busy work schedules, People reports.

After six years together, Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix made it official by tying the knot over the weekend, People reports. The couple has a two-year-old son named Indiana August.

Woody Harrelson and his wife, Laura Louie, welcomed a daughter Saturday named Makani Ravello; she's the couple's third child together.

Wedding Crashers, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, won three awards at the MTV Movie Awards Saturday, including Best Picture. Brokeback Mountain won two awards, including Best Kiss for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The ceremony will air on Thursday on MTV.

Pakistan has banned The Da Vinci Code out of respect for the feelings of the 3 percent of the country's mostly Muslim population that is Christian. Even so, the film topped the foreign box office for a third weekend in a row, with a total gross of $410 million to date.

In an effort to lure Japanese moviegoers into seeing Mission: Impossible III, Tom Cruise is planning to re-create an action scene from the film at the June 20 Tokyo premiere, at which he will arrive in a motorboat being pursued by a helicopter. He'll then join 150 fans on board a bullet train bound from Tokyo to Osaka, where they'll take in the film.

Arthur Widmer, who developed some of the most important special-effects technology used in films today and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar last year, died of cancer May 28 at the age of 92.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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