Thursday, August 30, 2007

Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Kevin Bacon turns into a killing machine seeking revenge for his son’s murder in Death Sentence, and he tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that getting his character’s look just right required some assistance. Bacon explains, “I have a shaved head as I turn into this vengeful killer. I had to do it myself on camera in one take, and I wasn’t looking in the mirror. Afterward, [director] James Wan came running with a pair of clippers and gave me a touch up. That’s the first haircut I’ve ever gotten from a director.”

HOLLYWOOD – Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie enjoyed taking his own spin on his upcoming remake of the horror classic Halloween, and he tells Jeanne Wolf he’s a Halloween pro. Zombie says, “We live in a neighborhood that’s so trick-or-treat heavy, it’s mind-boggling. Last year we had over 1,000 trick-or-treaters. We would always run out of candy, so last year we had a garbage can full. Finally I went, ‘Shut the light off. We’re done. Here’s your candy, get off my grass’”

HOLLYWOOD – Handsome hunk Ryan Reynolds is starring in the family drama Fireflies in the Garden in 2008 alongside Julia Roberts, but his on-screen relationship with the Pretty Woman wasn’t exactly what he was hoping for. Reynolds tells Jeanne Wolf, “I can’t believe that Julia Roberts is playing my mom in the movie. I’m like, ‘Couldn’t we have a hot romance instead?’ It’s so sad. I have to tell my friends that I’m getting to act with the old Julia Roberts.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actress Kelly Preston is John Travolta’s wife, but it wasn’t long ago when Travolta was Preston’s fat housewife while preparing for his role as Edna Turnblad for Hairspray. Preston tells Jeanne Wolf, “I miss Edna. I loved watching the evolution of her because at home, John would try out everything with me from her physicality to her voice. I’m kind of mad that she’s not real. I’d like to go out and have a tea party with Edna.”

HOLLYWOOD – Kelly Preston has it tough playing the wife of a man who turns into a killer after their son is murdered in Death Sentence, but being John Travolta’s wife in real life can be tough for Preston too, especially during trips to Wal-Mart. Preston tells Jeanne Wolf, “Wal-Mart can get a little crazy. It’s like, ‘John Travolta is on Aisle 6!’ And they all start charging, literally. But we can pretty much go anywhere else [without that happening].”

HOLLYWOOD – Funnyman Dan Fogler plays a washed-up professional ping-pong phenom in the upcoming comedy Balls of Fury, and he swears to Jeanne Wolf that he’s a ballmaster on and off-screen. Fogler jokes, “I trained with Olympic bronze medalists in ping-pong. They actually trained Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump. I became, I guess, a master ping-pong player. I got to the point where I surpassed my trainers. And then I hurt a man. I hurt a man in Reno, dislodged his retina by accident. Now I just don’t play anymore. It’s very sad.”

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