Happy Birthday Mike

Posted on Feb 17, 2000

Happy Birthday Michael! Enjoy it where ever you are.

Bombs Away Bombs Away Charlize Theron says no to ''Pearl Harbor'' — The actress explains why she's passing up a star-making role in Disney's high-priced epic 'SWEET' TALK Theron will star in the smaller ''November'' instead of the big-budget ''Harbor'' by Craig Seymour Industry buzz had it that Charlize Theron would likely become a female lead in ''Pearl Harbor,'' Disney's WWII epic whose $135 million preshooting budget makes it the most expensive film ever greenlit. But the increasingly hot Theron, who next stars opposite Ben Affleck in John Frankheimer's ''Reindeer Games'' (opening Feb. 25), tells EW Online that she's passing on the project. Instead she'll join Keanu Reeves in a remake of the '68 romantic drama ''Sweet November,'' which starts shooting at the same time as ''Harbor.'' ''Whomever is in it [''Harbor''] will probably become a huge star and the movie will do extremely well,'' says Theron. ''But I know I'm here [in my career] because I've always made decisions based on what felt right to me and what felt challenging to me.'' Theron denies that her choice was influenced by the negative hype surrounding ''Harbor'''s initial price tag, which dwarfs the greenlighted budgets of both ''Titanic'' (less than $100 million) and ''Waterworld ($65 million). ''I made my decision based on the character in 'Sweet November,''' she says. (We can see why: In the original version, Sandy Dennis plays a woman who takes a new lover every month.) So while ''Pearl Harbor'' still has ''Armageddon'' director Michael Bay at the helm, and lots of stunt people, pyrotechnics, and ''Titanic'''s water tank to re-create the infamous Dec. 7, 1941, attack, it's now short one soon-to-be A-list actress. But, then again, with a $135 million budget the producers can surely afford a new one. RenŽe Zellweger, perhaps?

Posted on Feb 11, 2000

My suspicions have been confirmed…Charlize Theron won’t play nurse. EW has reported she decided to pass on this project. Why? My opinion? She either didn’t like the money or her character in the plot. Then again, this is the same woman who came out in “Mighty Joe Young,” and “The Astronaut’s Wife” Am I missing something here??? Anyway, got this from EW online:

Bombs Away

Charlize Theron says no to ”Pearl Harbor” — The actress explains why she’s passing up a star-making role in Disney’s high-priced epic ‘SWEET’ TALK Theron will star in the smaller ”November” instead of the big-budget ”Harbor”

by Craig Seymour

Industry buzz had it that Charlize Theron would likely become a female lead in ”Pearl Harbor,” Disney’s WWII epic whose $135 million preshooting budget makes it the most expensive film ever greenlit. But the increasingly hot Theron, who next stars opposite Ben Affleck in John Frankheimer’s ”Reindeer Games” (opening Feb. 25), tells EW Online that she’s passing on the project. Instead she’ll join Keanu Reeves in a remake of the ’68 romantic drama ”Sweet November,” which starts shooting at the same time as ”Harbor.” ”Whomever is in it [''Harbor''] will probably become a huge star and the movie will do extremely well,” says Theron. ”But I know I’m here [in my career] because I’ve always made decisions based on what felt right to me and what felt challenging to me.”

Theron denies that her choice was influenced by the negative hype surrounding ”Harbor”’s initial price tag, which dwarfs the greenlighted budgets of both ”Titanic” (less than $100 million) and ”Waterworld ($65 million). ”I made my decision based on the character in ‘Sweet November,”’ she says. (We can see why: In the original version, Sandy Dennis plays a woman who takes a new lover every month.) So while ”Pearl Harbor” still has ”Armageddon” director Michael Bay at the helm, and lots of stunt people, pyrotechnics, and ”Titanic”’s water tank to re-create the infamous Dec. 7, 1941, attack, it’s now short one soon-to-be A-list actress. But, then again, with a $135 million budget the producers can surely afford a new one. Ren┼Że Zellweger, perhaps?

Brad Pitt eying Pearl Harbor

Posted on Feb 9, 2000

The HollywoodReporter says the following regarding Brad Pitt:

“…He’s also eying “Pearl Harbor…’The Mexican’ is likely to be Pitt’s first project of the millennium. However, that all could change if Pitt goes aboard “Pearl Harbor” for Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay.

Pearl Bucks

Posted on Feb 7, 2000

There’s an article in this week’s Entertainment Weekly regarding a general overview of the negotiations and casting notes. Click here to read it.

Gooding is all decked out for 'Pearl Harbor'

Posted on Feb 5, 2000

Cuba Gooding Jr. just can’t escape the Navy.

In the first casting for Disney’s “Pearl Harbor,” Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. — who next stars in Fox 2000’s “Navy Diver” — is in final negotiations to come aboard the Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay megabudgeted project.

The project has also garnered the interest of Kevin Costner, who is due to begin shooting the indie pic “3,000 Miles to Graceland” next month. The actor was expected to segue into Mandalay Pictures’ “Beyond Borders” for director Oliver Stone. However, “Borders” co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones fell out of the project last month, and the producers have not yet secured a female lead, thus pushing back the planned start date.

The Bruckheimer-produced “Pearl Harbor” will be directed by Bay from a script by Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”). The project will go before the cameras in April or May and shoot for about six months.

With “Harbor” proceeding full steam ahead, Gooding will take the smaller but pivotal role of the ship’s Dorie Miller, a mess attendant third class who was serving on the U.S.S. West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Like many sailors in the segregated U.S. Navy of World War II, Miller was assigned to kitchen duty. Navy archives say the powerfully built Texan was collecting laundry when the Sunday morning attack began.

Historical accounts show that two bombs hit the West Virginia deck, and the battleship suffered below-deck flooding as her crew endured five torpedo hits to the port side. During this, Miller carried wounded sailors to safety, helped the ship’s fatally wounded captain and then fired an anti-aircraft machine gun at Japanese planes for some 15 minutes until the gun’s ammunition was spent and abandon ship orders were given.

Surviving the attack, Miller’s unbridled courage earned him the Navy Cross in 1942. The war hero died in 1943 when the escort carrier he was serving on was torpedoed during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands. In 1973, a Navy frigate was named the U.S.S. Miller.

Gooding Jr., repped by CAA, won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in “Jerry Maguire.”

(Hollywood Reporter)