Hollywood's cruel casting secrets

Producer Dino de Laurentiis and "The Silence of the Lambs" star Jodie Foster gave dueling reasons why she didn't play Clarice in "Hannibal": She says she thought the movie too violent; he says she was too expensive and too old.

But rumor has it that a number of other stars were rejected for the following reasons, reports the San Francisco Chronicle: Calista Flockhart and Hilary Swank, both on grounds that they are too skinny and that stories about eating problems would become a running joke. Ashley Judd and Gillian Anderson wanted too much money. Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett were too tall.

Costner's princess picture

Kevin Costner has revealed that he was planning to make a movie with Princess Diana, and that he received the script on the day she died, reports Empire Online.

In an interview with the BBC, Costner says he had spoken with Diana a few times and that he "explained to her that I was going to try to make this movie for her, and she was genuinely interested."

Confirming rumors that have been circulating for a long time, Costner admits that the proposed film was to be a sequel to the 1992 romantic thriller "The Bodyguard." The film featured Costner guarding Whitney Houston.

Sigourney looks after Love

In "Heartbreakers," the new mother-daughter caper comedy starring Sigourney Weaver (as the mom) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (as her daughter), the seductive team victimizes Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta and Jason Lee.

For Hewitt, playing a nasty role was a kick, she told People magazine. "I think every part I play ends up having a lot more of me than I ever intended. I think the great thing about actors is that we are people born with a thousand different personalities all in one body."

Weaver, however, tried to skirt a certain issue. Says Hewitt: "She always wanted me to make my dresses longer. She'd say, 'Please add more material. Put a coat on her.' She would have fits when I walked on set and tell me, 'You look like a hussy.' "

Rimes loses contract lawsuit

LeAnn Rimes was singing the blues after a judge in Nashville, Tenn., refused to let her out of a recording contract approved at the request of her and her parents when she was 12 years old. "I hate you," the singer said to her father, Wilbur Rimes, after the ruling Friday. Rimes is suing her father in their home state of Texas over another issue, alleging he and a former co-manager have cheated her of $7 million in earnings.

The singer's lawyers last month asked the judge, Davidson County Chancellor Irvin Kilcrease, to set aside a contract order he signed in 1995 allowing Rimes to sign a long-term contract with Nashville-based Curb Records.


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