Monday, October 8, 2007

1st\NW Quadrant 10/15 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 15, 2007

Scorsese's Film Stalled

Mary McSweeney of M & G reported that Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. are fighting over a suitable co-production arrangement for director Martin Scorsese's next potential project "The Wolf of Wall Street" reports The Los Angeles Times.

Leonardo DiCaprio is cast as the lead in the adaptation of the just-published cash-coke-and-corruption memoir being adapted by Emmy-winning "Sopranos" writer-producer Terence Winter.

The autobiography follows New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, a flashy, drug-abusing, hooker-hiring, model-marrying master of the universe sent to jail for securities fraud and money laundering in the '90s.

The catch is the project is setup at Warners, not Paramount where Scorsese has his directing deal. If Scorsese were to make a film at Warners, Paramount has the option to own half of it and co-distribute.

DiCaprio and Scorsese are looking to make this their next project and hope to finish before next year's strike. But the film's future remains up in the air, whilst Scorsese has four other features in development at Paramount.

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu Fired

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu, who was to have sung the title role of Mimì at the Lyric Opera of Chicago performances of Puccini's "La Boheme," has been fired for missing most of the rehearsals, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

"Miss Gheorghiu has missed 6 of 10 rehearsals, including the piano dress rehearsal and both staging rehearsals with the orchestra. She missed one of the most critical stage-orchestra rehearsals when she left the city for New York without permission, a direct violation of her contract." Gheorghiu also refused to attend fittings for the new costumes she herself had demanded, said Lyric general director William Mason in a statement.

According to the Associated Press, Gheorghiu said she left Chicago to spend time with her husband, who is singing at the Met in Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" with soprano Anna Netrebko and rehearsing for Puccini's "Madama Butterfly."

"I asked Lyric Opera to let me go to New York for two days to be with him, and they said, 'No.' But I needed to be by Roberto's side at this very important moment," Gheorghiu said in a statement. "Coming back from New York, I caught a cold -- a most unfortunate coincidence." (Chicago Tribune)

According to New York Gheorghiu is headed to New York to sing same role at the Met.

Clinton Cackles to Avoid Issues?

It was January 2005, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton had just finished a solemn speech about abortion rights — urging all sides to find “common ground” on the issue and referring to abortion as “a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women.”

Stepping offstage, she took questions from reporters, and found herself being grilled about whether she was moderating her own pro-choice position. And suddenly it happened: Mrs. Clinton let loose a hearty belly laugh that lasted a few seconds. Reporters glanced at one another as if they had missed the joke.

But nothing particularly funny had occurred; it was, instead, a deployment of the Clinton Cackle. At that moment, the laugh seemed like the equivalent of an eye-roll — she felt she was being nitpicked, so she shamed her inquisitors by chuckling at them (or their queries). (NY Times)

“The Daily Show” on the Clinton Cackle.

"Caligula": Three-Disc Imperial Edition DVD

Plot Summary: The rise and fall of the notorious Roman Emperor Caligula, showing the violent methods that he employs to gain the throne, and the subsequent insanity of his reign - he gives his horse political office and humiliates and executes anyone who even slightly displeases him. He also sleeps with his sister, organises elaborate orgies and embarks on a fruitless invasion of England before meeting an appropriate end. (IMDb\ Michael Brooke)

"Caligula": Three-Disc Imperial Edition DVD DVD features:
  • Alternate Pre-Release Version of the Film,
  • Never Seen Before Revealing New Full-Length Audio Commentaries with Stars Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren
  • Candid New Video Interview Features with Director Tinto Brass and Actors John Steiner and Lori Wagner
  • Startling Audio Commentary with On-Set Writer Ernest Volkman
  • The Making of Caligula Documentary (Two Versions)
  • Hours of Deleted and Alternate Scenes and Behind-the-Scenes Footage Hundreds of Astonishing, Never-Before-Seen Photographs from the Set
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • DVD-ROM Extras Including Gore Vidal's Original Screenplay, Three Penthouse Magazine Features, an Interview with Bob Guccione and More
  • Collectible Packaging with New Liner Notes Booklet (DVD Talk)

High-Waisted Jeans

FabSugar said, “The 70s are back! What with wide legged jeans in full force and now high-waisted jeans, it is clear the skinny and low rise have competition,” and according to the Budget Fashionista , “Yep.. you heard right.. break out the mommy jeans, the high waist is back.”

Admittedly, the high-waist is not for everyone. The style can look amazing on hour glass and super slim shapes since the waist is the focal point, but all that material can be very unforgiving if you carry your weight in the middle. However, no matter what body type you’ve inherited, choose your high waists wisely (i.e. if you’ve got a curvy hip and thigh, step away from the prominent front pockets!). (Smarter)
(Photo courtesy of The Fashion Police)

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