Hollywood Digest

By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter   |   March 12, 2002 at 5:00 PM   |   0 comments

NO LONGER UNTITLED

Producers have finally announced the title for the upcoming James Bond movie -- which had a working title of "Bond 20," since it is the 20th picture in the series that began 40 years ago when "Dr. No" transformed Sean Connery into an international star.

The picture -- starring Pierce Brosnan in his fourth go-round as 007 -- will be called "Die Another Day."

Producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced the title in a prepared statement.

"'Die Another Day' carries on the tradition of the Ian Fleming stories," said the statement, "and reflects the excitement and mystery of our latest script."

The title may be public information now, but the script and storyline remain closely guarded secrets. The picture is due in theaters Nov. 22.


PREVIEWING WINONA RYDER'S NEW VIDEO

Although it hasn't officially premiered, Winona Ryder's new video has apparently been screened for some newspaper critics, who declare that it doesn't make her look like a shoplifter.

The video -- shot by surveillance cameras in Beverly Hills last December -- somehow got leaked to the Los Angeles Times and the TV tabloid show "Extra." Both have reported that the footage shows Ryder on a shopping spree, but contains no conclusive evidence to support police allegations that she was caught on-camera clipping security tags from the merchandise.

The Oscar-nominated star of "Little Women" (1994) and "Girl, Interrupted" (1999) pleaded innocent last month to shoplifting and drug possession charges arising out of her arrest at Saks Fifth Avenue. She was released on $20,000 bail.

Ryder is charged with trying to steal about $4,800 worth of apparel, handbags and hair accessories. The drug charge was filed over an unmarked container of painkillers police found in Ryder's purse, allegedly without a prescription. Ryder's lawyer said the actress does have a prescription for the painkillers.


SAG LEADERS OKAY NEW PACT WITH AGENTS

The national board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild voted 57-44 to recommend that the actors' union rank and file ratify the tentative agreement with the Association of Talent Agents that changes the basic rules governing actor-agent relations that have been in place for more than six decades.

The agreement permits agencies to share ownership with companies -- including advertising agencies or major sponsors -- that make decisions regarding employment of actors.

Newly elected SAG president Melissa Gilbert supports the changes, but Valerie Harper -- Gilbert's main challenger in the election -- had urged members to reject the deal. Harper said it created a conflict of interest for agents and could lead to an employer-employee relationship between agents and actors.

SAG board member Richard Dreyfuss told the Los Angeles Times the deal could easily present conflict-of-interest problems for actors and agents.

"This will compromise actors completely," said Dreyfuss. "If you're an actor going out on (auditioning for) a Pepsi commercial and your agency is owned by Coca-Cola, you have a problem."

The ATA board of directors unanimously approved the deal last week. In a statement, the ATA said that it and its New York counterpart -- the National Association of Talent Representatives -- "are united in supporting this tentative agreement, as it assures continued uncompromised representation while allowing agencies to grow their businesses to generate more opportunities for clients."

A referendum ballot will be sent to SAG members on April 3. Union officials expect to announce the results on April 21.


STARS COME OUT FOR OSCARS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey and Mel Gibson will appear as presenters on the 74th Academy Awards telecast on March 24.

Spacey won for best actor for "American Beauty" (2000) and supporting actor for "The Usual Suspects" (1995). This will be his fourth appearance as a presenter at the Oscars.

Gibson has two Oscars, for directing and producing "Braveheart" (1995). This will be his seventh appearance as a presenter.


OSCAR TRAILER COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU

The motion picture academy has shipped 14,000 prints of a one-minute trailer to movie theaters nationwide, intended for exhibition to help promote the 74th Academy Awards telecast.

The trailer features 15 clips, representing nominees for best actor and actress and best picture.


LANGUAGE!

The Bravo cable channel plans to rerun 90 episodes of the Emmy-winning HBO comedy, "The Larry Sanders Show," with minimal editing of the show's salty language.

Ed Carroll, executive VP and general manager of Bravo and the Independent Film Channel, told Daily Variety that only the most offensive language will be bleeped.

"We'll allow adult dialogue and mature situations because kids don't watch Bravo," said Carroll. "We'll edit the show to 'South Park' standards."

Variety reported that Carroll was smiling when he said that, but he was serious when he said that basic cable is still not ready for "the F-word."

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