Is this an expression of genuine artistic interest, a motion of real penance, or a calculated move? Mel Gibson, a man who in 2006 told a cop “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” is teaming with Showgirls writer Joe Eszterhas on a script about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. Depending upon how that script turns out, Gibson may direct and act in the resulting film. Read More »

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Is Paramount doing some late in the game work to Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli‘s new film Area 51? Bloody Disgusting reports that Chris Denham has been hired to rewrite some of the film, the wrinkle being that Area 51 wrapped months ago. Reshoots will follow for the ‘found footage’ film that follows ” three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious Area 51 portion of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert.”

After the break, info on the return of Joe Eszterhas, who wrote Basic Instinct and became one of the highest-paid screenwriters ever to hit Hollywood until flops like Showgirls and An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn helped user an end to his career in Hollywood. Read More »

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Joe Eszterhas was once the face of Hollywood excess. The Basic Instinct screenwriter was equally famous for drugs, womanizing and his multi-million dollar paychecks for scripts that either languished unproduced or became films like Showgirls, Jade and An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn. But he quit the excessive lifestyle, moved to Ohio (much of his childhood was spent in Cleveland) and suffered throat cancer, the battle with which helped him find religion. Writing only one produced screenplay in the last few years (Children of Glory), he instead published a book about his new faith, the title of which, Crossbearer, manages to preserve his trademark self-aggrandizing tone. Now, according to Variety, he’s poised to return to screenwriting with a ‘labor of love’ script about the Virgin of Guadalupe. Read More »

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