Placido Domingo, general director of the L.A. Opera, said he had been approaching movie directors to try their hand at opera. He said it took him four years to persuade Woody.
Pea soup at the opera?
The other two parts of Il Trittico
, "Il Tabarro" and "Suor Angelica," might very well feature rotating heads, projectile pea soup-vomiting, and general demonic fun. That's because they'll be handled by another American director, Exorcist
legend William Friedkin
He's currently the Supreme Deity Himself in Evan Almighty
, but soon Morgan Freeman
will morph into a (challenging) South Africa frame of mind for The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World
, in which he will portray the human-rights leader and South African president Nelson Mandela
. Set after the fall of apartheid, the film examines how Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was being hosted by South Africa, as a way to help stop the hatred that had existed for decades between whites and blacks.
"I have known Nelson Mandela personally for quite some time, and am continually in awe of his enormous presence in the world," Freeman said. "The opportunity to portray him in this film is a great honor."
Taking on 'Sicko' Michael Moore
, out stumping for Sicko
, his new docu about the health-care industry, had a verbal smackdown with Tom DeLay
this week, Variety reports.
On Thursday, the former House GOP leader, who refers to Moore as a "plus-sized publicity hound," called him "chicken" for backing out of a televised debate about health care, which was set to air tomorrow on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos.
"Guess he didn't expect anyone to seriously take him on," DeLay said.
Moore was unfazed. He says he wanted to debate Billy Tauzin, a former congressman who heads the pharmaceuticals industry lobby. He feels he was wronged when ABC proposed he take on DeLay, "a man who currently has nothing to do with the specific issues raised in the film Sicko and is under indictment" (for allegedly violating campaign finance laws).
Bob lovers take note
Columbia Records will release a 51-track, three-CD, four-decade career-spanning retrospective of Bob Dylan
's music on Oct. 1. The title? Dylan
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