Sharon guns for Rambo film makers
LOS ANGELES Sharon Stone has sued two producers claiming breach of a $14 million oral contract to reprise the murderous lead role in "Basic Instinct II," the defunct sequel to the sexy 1992 film that made her a star. She claims she turned down other film offers, even"moving to a health and fitness spa to achieve the physical effect requested by defendants."
Stone's attorney, Bert Fields, filed a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit Wednesday. The action seeks more than $100 million in damages from Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar of C-2 Pictures. The duo made the "Rambo" action series starring Sylvester Stallone and "Total Recall" with Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stone's lawsuit claims she was promised $14 million in advance against 15 percent of gross receipts, estimated at $93.3 million, along with "her customary perks, billing and (script and co-star) approvals." The lawsuit claims she is entitled to the money from the film, "regardless of its title or who plays plaintiff's role." Stone also is seeking a court declaration indicating each party's rights and obligations. The script, by the writers of "Desperately Seeking Susan," was to be filmed last fall for release later this year or early 2002. (AP)
Paroled priest shares his words of earthly love
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Allan Boesak, the flamboyant anti-apartheid cleric who saw his reputation destroyed when he was imprisoned for fraud and theft, announced plans Thursday to publish a book of love poems dedicated to his wife. Boesak was released on parole May 22 after serving a third of this three-year-sentence for stealing $400,000 from donations made to his Foundation for Peace and Justice charity. Boesak wrote most of the 34 poems dedicated to his wife Elna while in jail. Written in Afrikaans, the collection is likely to be in bookstores by Christmas, Boesak's literary agent Dawie du Toit said. "I think it shows a new dimension of the image people have of Dr. Boesak," he said. "It's very personal, a very soft side, I would say."
Boesak, who continues to proclaim his innocence, also caused a scandal in the early 1990s when he had an extramarital affair with Elna Botha and was forced to resign as president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. He divorced his wife, Dorothy, and married Elna Botha in 1991. Elna campaigned vigorously for his release and wore black for the duration of his imprisonment. (AP)
A model royal get-together
LONDON Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson joined royal families from across Europe on Thursday to mark the christening of Prince Achileas of Greece. Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband Prince Ernst August joined Queen Sofia of Spain and members of the Spanish Royal Family to celebrate the christening at the Greek Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Bayswater, west London. Nine-month-old Prince Achileas Andreas is the third child of Crown Prince and Princess Pavlos, and is the grandson of King Constantine of Greece.
When Crown Prince and Princess Pavlos married in 1995, their wedding was attended by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and many members of the British Royal Family. However, none of the British royals was able to attend Thursday's service. Prince Achileas was born on August 12 last year in New York Hospital, New York, where his parents live. (AP)
Hankering after Hanks
PORT SHELDON, Michigan Residents near this lakefront town are keeping a lookout for Tom Hanks as he shoots scenes for an upcoming film. Employees at Spectators Bar & Grill in Saugatuck are getting ready in case Hanks wants to stop in for a meal. People have been calling the Rosemont Inn in Douglas, where Hanks was rumored to be staying. "We are trying to lure him," said Jen Lacy, a Spectators waitress.
The star of "Cast Away," "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump" arrived Sunday to spend four days filming scenes from the movie "Road to Perdition," said the film's publicist, Amanda Brand. Hanks plays Al Capone's hit man Michael O'Sullivan. Set in the 1930s, the film portrays O'Sullivan and his son setting off across Depression-era America in search of the killer of several members of their family.
The bulk of the filming is being done at a cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan. The U.S. Coast Guard will be on hand to clear the waterway of boats and personal watercraft. Brand doubts there will be many sightings of Hanks around town. "I can't swear he won't [stop by], but it's unlikely. He has a lot to do in four days," Brand said. (AP)