Saturday, February 17, 2001
Kirk breaks the blacklist
Screen tough guy Kirk Douglas, at the Berlin film festival to collect an award for his lifetime achievements, said ending Hollywood's anti-communist blacklist in 1960 was his proudest moment.
The three-time Academy Award nominee ï¿½ for "Champion" (1949), "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952) and "Lust for Life" (1956) ï¿½ and honorary Oscar winner is being feted with a retrospective at the Berlin festival. Friday, he was to receive the Golden Bear, the event's top prize. Frightened Hollywood studio heads established a secret blacklist of those named as communists in congressional hearings or even just suspected of leftist leanings. The blacklist was broken in 1960 when writer Dalton Trumbo was hired by Douglas to write "Spartacus."
Crouching titles, hidden dialogue
Ang Lee, director of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," says he never considered dubbing his Oscar-nominated film.
The Mandarin-language movie, with English subtitles, is at the crest of a wave of well-regarded Asian films that are finding mainstream success in America.
Lee told reporters recently that 70 percent of an actor's performance comes from the tone of his voice.
"Even the slightest hum shows characters, shows where they're at in a very implicit way, the subtext, so I hate to use subbing," the Taiwanese-born director said.
The film is nominated for 10 Oscars.
Divorce is on Cruise control
The divorce of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman after 10 years of marriage "is going to get so ugly," a friend of the actress tells People magazine. As more comes to light about the breakup, it seems clear that Cruise, 38, is calling the shots. His decision to file for divorce on Feb. 7, just two days after the couple announced their separation, left Kidman, 33, "high and dry" and humiliated, says a friend.
Cruise "is playing hardball," family-law attorney Lynn Soodik told People. In his plea, Cruise, who did not have a prenuptial agreement with Kidman, states that the marriage ended in December and lasted precisely nine years and 11 months. California judges look differently upon marriages that last at least a decade when it comes time to divide up the estate.
'Hannibal' devours Harvard
Anthony Hopkins bit into a comedic role when he was crowned Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.
To earn the coveted brass pudding pot, the actor had to read a line from "The Silence of the Lambs" ï¿½ while mimicking Sean Connery, Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson ï¿½ don a wig and a bra, and defend one of his presenters from a man in a dragon suit.
Hopkins received the award Thursday from members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, an undergraduate dramatic organization, who roasted his career.
The 63-year-old actor won an Oscar for his portrayal of the psychotic killer Hannibal Lecter in "Lambs." He also stars in the film's sequel, "Hannibal," now in theaters.