Movie ex­tras pre­fer sugar-free fake blood

Montreal Gazette - - Arts - DOUG CAMILLI

Why movie tick­ets cost so much (No. 45,698 in a se­ries): Mak­ing this movie No Coun­try For Old Men, the writ­ingdi­rect­ing-pro­duc­ing Coen brothers had to im­port spe­cial fake blood from Eng­land at “some­thing like $800 a gal­lon,” Joel Coen told World En­ter­tain­ment News Net­work. You’ve got to love a movie that needs blood by the gal­lon.

Nor­mally, they just mix food colour­ing with syrup to get movie blood, but on the New Mex­ico set of this pic­ture “we had a lot of ex­tras that had to lie around in the bak­ing sun cov­ered with blood on the desert floor es­sen­tially for hours at a time.” Sugar-free blood was needed, says Co­hen, so th­ese ex­tras “wouldn’t be at­tacked by creepy bugs and an­i­mals that might oth­er­wise be at­tracted to the sugar.”

Still sounds fishy to me. Is there re­ally no sugar-free blood in Amer­ica? They de­serve each other: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes took baby Suri to see the Spice Girls at a re­hearsal in L.A. the other day, says Us Weekly. Suri, we are solemnly told, “danced along to the mu­sic.”

Just the other day, He­roes star­let Hay­den Panet­tiere was say­ing she’d love to have an af­fair with An­gelina Jolie, but now she’s say­ing she plans to have a bor­ing private life. Not, I add hastily, that there’s any­thing wrong with that. Bores are peo­ple, too, you know. Maybe les­bian is the new bor­ing. I must try to keep up bet­ter.

But I di­gress. Here’s what she told GQ mag, and it won’t win her any friends in Spot­light cou­ple: Heather Mills is see­ing David Shilling, a hat-maker turned sculp­tor, says the N.Y. Post. At a Fer­nando Botero ex­hi­bi­tion in Monaco, Dave even in­tro­duced her to Prince Al­bert of Monaco. Ac­tor Dustin Hoff­man ex­plains about ag­ing grace­fully: “I re­mem­ber when I hit 60, my fa­ther-in-law said to me, ‘How do you feel?’ I said, ‘Well, I ac­cept be­ing mid­dle-aged.’ He said, ‘Mid­dle-aged? How many peo­ple do you know who are 120?’”

Jes­sica Alba, aware the Hol­ly­wood writ­ers’ strike could be a pre­lude to an ac­tors’ strike next sum­mer, is con­sid­er­ing a gig on Broad­way, which will not be af­fected. Of course, there’s the Broad­way stage­hands’ strike to get out of the way, but surely by June ...

Any­way, she has a job of­fer – to play Karen in a new pro­duc­tion of David Mamet’s Speed the Plow. On Regis and Kelly the other morn­ing, Alba con­firmed “I have been asked. It’s per­fect tim­ing (if there is) an ac­tors’ strike in June ... if they don’t re­solve, I can do theatre.” cer­tain cir­cles: “You can’t sched­ule re­hab for me. And I don’t think you can sched­ule any DUIs. I think I’m go­ing to be one of those bor­ing girls.” She vowed not to be­come “the latest screwed-up girl in Hol­ly­wood.” Quote of the day: Kid Rock ex­plains, in the Bri­tish pa­per The Ob­server, why guys want to be rock stars:

“When your record sells 50,000 or 60,000 copies, you’re hook­ing up with ‘big­ger’ women in, like, south­ern Ohio. Then, 10 mil­lion, 15 mil­lion, when the sales went up, the girls got pret­tier.”

GARETH CAT­TER­MOLE GETTY IMAGES

Panet­tiere: No re­hab – she’s bor­ing.

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