HOPKINS PLAYS AGING BLADE IN NEW `ZORRO'.
Byline: Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith
Anthony Hopkins Noun 1. Anthony Hopkins - Welsh film actor (born in 1937)
Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins, Hopkins and Antonio Banderas are finally wrapping work in Mexico on ``The Mask of Zorro zorro: see fox.
masked swordsman, defender of weak and oppressed. [Am. Lit.: comic strip (1919); Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 794; TV: Terrace, II, 461–462]
See : Disguise ,'' after a five-month shoot that saw the budget bulge enough for Sony to have to cough up extra millions for what was originally slated to be a $65 million feature.
``It's a big picture, with big explosions,'' says an insider.
It also marks a big departure for Hopkins. He plays Zorro from age 40 to 60-something and, after extensive coaching from experts in their fields, has ended up as a whiz at both fencing and the bull whip. As the story goes, Zorro is jailed at 40, and, after his release 20 years later, runs into a man he had known as an 8-year-old boy. He teaches him - Banderas - to be the new Zorro.
As if this weren't action enough for Hopkins, he managed to use two one-week breaks from ``Zorro'' to play John Quincy Adams in ``Amistad,'' with Steven Spielberg Noun 1. Steven Spielberg - United States filmmaker (born in 1947)
Spielberg directing. And, oh yes, Spielberg - executive producer of ``The Mask of Zorro'' - showed him a rough cut of ``The Lost Children of Berlin,'' the director's HBO Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)
A form of oxygen therapy in which the patient breathes oxygen in a pressurized chamber.
Mentioned in: Ozone Therapy documentary about a group of Jewish children in Berlin during World War II, and the reunion they held in that city. Hopkins volunteered to be its voice - and squeezed in narration of the film before returning to ``Zorro.''
And now, with ``The Mask of Zorro'' wrapped, is he looking forward to a break? No way. Next week he starts ``Meet Joe Black,'' a remake of ``Death Takes a Holiday,'' with Brad Pitt, playing a deaf global media mogul. It's supposed to be yet another departure for the actor for whom there seems to be no bounds.
A long trail home
Shari Belafonte Shari Belafonte (born September 22, 1954) is an American actress, model, writer and singer. The daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, she is known for her role as Julie Gilette on the 1980s television series Hotel is finally realizing her dream of bringing the lives of America's black cowboys to screen.
She reveals she has a go-ahead from Showtime for what could be a series of black cowboy movies and that ``we've got a full 26 stories lined up, waiting to go.'' Forest Whitaker, Vanessa Williams, Queen Latifah
Belafonte, who's taking a two-week break from her black cowboys project while she co-stars in a syndicated two-hour ``Babylon 5'' TV movie, reports the initial western film will be ``about Mary Fields - better known as Stagecoach stagecoach, heavy, closed vehicle on wheels, usually drawn by horses, formerly used to transport passengers and goods overland. Throughout the Middle Ages and until about the end of the 18th cent. Mary. She was the first black stagecoach driver.''
Shirley MacLaine will be making her feature film directorial debut with the romantic comedy-drama ``Kingdom Come'' - and she's been so determined to get the project going, she's turned down a couple of major film offers. MacLaine, who co-wrote the ``Kingdom Come'' script with Christopher Lofton, is doing a bit of script polishing now, and is starting the casting search. With any luck, the movie, which is being made for producers David Kirkpatrick and Bernie Williams Bernabé "Bernie" Figueroa Williams (born September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and a guitar-playing jazz recording artist.
A switch hitter, Williams has played his entire career (1991-2006) with the New York Yankees. , should come before the cameras by summer's end.
David Schwimmer's been a busy guy during his ``Friends'' hiatus - with parts in the big-screen ``Apt Pupil'' and small-screen (HBO) ``Silicone Wars.'' Now comes word he'll jump into another movie in Chicago in July. Called ``Kissing a Fool,'' the picture deals with a group of guys who lose one of their buddies to - gasp! - marriage. Sounds sort of ``Friends''-ian.
The videoland view
The in-the-works HBO/NYC ``Pentagon Wars'' project will turn the real-life saga of the misbegotten mis·be·got·ten
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b. Not lawfully obtained: misbegotten wealth.
2. Bradley Fighting Vehicle into what might be called a black farce. Danny DeVito's Jersey Films is partnered in the production, which aims to show - wittily - the behind-closed-doors behavior of the ambitious, greedy, amoral a·mor·al
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2. Lacking moral sensibility; not caring about right and wrong. people who would push military equipment that is actually hazardous to the soldiers it's supposedly designed to protect.
Jay Leno's minions have been casting for a Marv Albert Marv Albert (born June 12, 1940) is an American television and radio sportscaster, honored for his work as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and is commonly referred to as "the voice of basketball". From 1967 to 2004, he was also known as "the voice of the New York Knicks". look-alike, a Frank Gifford look-alike and an Al Gore look-alike for some soon-due ``Tonight Show'' mischief.
Photo: (1--2) In ``The Mask of Zorro,'' Anthony Hopkins, left, plays an older Don Diego, who after a 20-year prison term, reunites with Antonio Banderas and trains him to be the new Zorro.
(3) Shirley MacLaine is set to make her directing debut in ``Kingdom Come,'' a comedy-drama.