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Sharon Stone Was Furious Over ‘Basic Instinct’ Scene

Sharon Stone in 'Basic Instinct'Sharon Stone "slapped" her Basic Instinct director the first time she saw her infamous leg crossing scene.

The 55-year-old actress had been reluctant to remove her underwear for the provocative moment but had been assured by Paul Verhoeven that nothing would be visible - so she was furious when she watched the 1992 thriller in the cinema for the first time and realized just how much she had exposed.

"When we did it, it was going to be an innuendo and the director said, 'We're seeing the white of your underwear, I need you to take them off.' And I'm like, 'I don't want you to see anything and he's like, 'No, no you're not going to.' So I gave him the underwear, put them in the pocket of his shirt, and he said, 'Now watch on the monitor...' In those days... it's not like now where everything is high definition, and when I looked at the monitor you really couldn't see anything. So when I saw it in the theater, with a bunch of other people, I was like [in shock]. When the film ended I went in the booth and I slapped him and I said, 'You could have showed me this to me by myself.'"

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Cate Blanchett for New Woody Allen Movie?

Cate BlanchettWoody Allen wants Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper for his latest movie.

The legendary director - who is notoriously reluctant to release details of his films ahead of production - is said to be eyeing Danish capital Copenhagen as the setting for his new movie which will feature Cate as the star and Bradley as part of an ensemble cast.

Although he has focused on his directing work in recent years - winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar this year for his work on Midnight in Paris - it was recently revealed Woody will play an aging escort in Fading Gigolo, an indie comedy written and directed by John Turturro. John will also star as a gigolo in the movie, which tells the story of two "cash-strapped best friends" who go into the escort business and find their local Hasidic Jewish community suspecting them of unusual goings-on, Variety reports.

Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone are set to play two of the women who pick up the ageing men. It will be the first time Woody has acted in a film since Picking Up The Pieces 12 years ago.

James Franco to Play Hugh Hefner?

James FrancoJames Franco is in negotiations to play Hugh Hefner in Lovelace.

The 127 Hours actor may portray the Playboy magazine founder in the movie starring Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace - best known for her starring role in porn movie Deep Throat - after passing on the opportunity to play her husband Chuck Traynor.

The role would be a cameo and only require one day of shooting, but talks have not yet been completed to find a date suitable for him, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A heavy-hitting cast including Sharon Stone, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Noth and Juno Temple are already signed on to star.

Production on the project is already underway, with shooting in Los Angeles beginning last week. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are directing the picture.

James - who earlier this year put in a turn as presenter when he hosted the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway - has a number of movies coming up, including Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful and Spring Breakers.

Quote of the Day: Sharon Stone’s Backhanded Compliment for Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

“I think that’s why is working so much, because she looks like a woman we can all relate to… I look at her and I think, ‘I’m chasing my kids, I’ve moved my parents in with me, I’m coping with food spills - that looks like me in real life’. Meryl looks like an unmade bed, and that’s what I look like. To me, that looks true.”

- explaining how Meryl Streep’s looks have helped her nab so many roles.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 22, 2009

Observe and Report DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Battle for Terra: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hot Fuzz: Blu-ray
  • Lymelife: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Observe and Report: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Shaun of the Dead: Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection: DVD
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: DVD, Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 8, 2009

Crank 2 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks: DVD
  • Catwoman: Blu-ray
  • Crank 2: High Voltage: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Creepshow: Blu-ray
  • Dance Flick: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dead Calm: Blu-ray
  • Freddy vs. Jason: Blu-ray
  • Friday: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Local Color: DVD
  • Menace II Society (Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The New World (The Extended Cut): Blu-ray

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Sharon Stone Apologizes for China Remark

Sharon Stone, Cannes Film FestivalWhat a difference a year makes. In 2007, was serving on the jury of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Today, that same organizing committee has banned her for life.

This stiff decision was a result of Stone’s controversial remarks about the Chinese earthquake; it follows a large theater chain’s proposed boycott of the star’s films.

As part of the fallout, one of Stone’s own employers has had to take swift action to repair the damage. In addition to dropping the 50-year-old from their Chinese ads, fashion house Christian Dior has released a statement from the Casino actress:

“Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people. I am willing to take part in the relief work of China’s earthquake, and wholly devote myself to helping affected Chinese people.”

So Sharon’s insensitive remarks caused her to lose work? Now, I think that would qualify as karmic retribution.

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China May Boycott Sharon Stone Films

Sharon Stone, Cannes Film FestivalWhile it’s not unusual for to make her presence known, controversial remarks made during the Cannes Film Festival currently have her in China’s spotlight.

While speaking to the Cable Entertainment News of Hong Kong, the Tibetan supporter lent her thoughts on China’s devastating earthquake. And while her comments seemed less offensive toward the end, most only heard what she said in the beginning. (You can see that full interview after the jump.)

The 50-year-old admitted she wondered if karmic retribution played any part in the May 12th event. “I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else.” She then said, “And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

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