June 25, 2014 |
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and Starz are bringing an anthology series of "The Girlfriend Experience," based on Soderbergh's 2009 film of the same name, to cable. The movie starred porn's Sasha Gray as a pricey Manhattan escort. The series will offer 13 episodes about 13 different women in 13 different cities, possibly getting paid for 13 different positions. Writing and directing will be indie filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz . Co-executive producer Philip Fleishman said in a statement, "Many of these women are extremely accomplished.
August 29, 2013 |
Sorry, Eddie, but it ain't you. Fans of multitalented, multifaceted actor Eddie Murphy , 52, were sure he was a lock to play the late, great James Brown in a biopic. He won't. Variety says producer Brian Grazer and director Tate Taylor ( The Help ) have cast Chadwick Boseman , who is a couple of decades younger than Eddie. Boseman made his mark as Jackie Robinson in this year's hot baseball epic, 42 . The Brown biopic is being produced by Mick Jagger 's Jagged Films company and will begin shooting this fall in Mississippi.
September 12, 2012
LOS ANGELES - A jury Tuesday said that "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis should pay Steve Wynn $20 million in punitive damages for claiming that the casino mogul threatened to kill him and bury him in the desert. The same panel awarded Wynn $20 million on Monday, determining that there was convincing evidence that Francis slandered the casino mogul. He claimed that record producer Quincy Jones told him about Wynn's threats, but the Grammy winner denied it. Wynn is the CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd. and designed Las Vegas casinos such as The Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn and Encore.
September 11, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - A jury on Monday awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million in his slander case against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis, who claimed that the creator of some of Las Vegas' most upscale resorts had threatened to kill him over a gambling debt. In siding with Wynn, the jury determined that there was clear and convincing evidence that Francis had slandered the casino mogul and knew his allegations were false when he made them. Francis has built an empire based on videos of young women flashing their boobs on camera.
April 26, 2012 |
Politicians get interns from friends, relatives, donors and constituents, but there's one guy they don't want to get an intern from: Joe Francis. The "Girls Gone Wild" founder is reportedly offering a four-week internship in the office of Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor as part of the prize package for the winner of "The Search for the Hottest Girl in America. " Francis says he purchased the internship at an online charity auction for a Los Angeles synagogue. Pryor says he's asked the FBI to investigate who auctioned off the internship.
February 24, 2012 |
Sarah Palin 's admirers are lashing out against HBO's Game Change , a political drama about the 2008 presidential campaign, saying it is a biased and malicious smear of the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate. The film, which stars Julianne Moore as Palin, is an adaptation of the book by journos Mark Halperin and John Heilemann , which already has drawn fire from Palin's camp. Trailers for the film show Palin, who ran for veep on John McCain 's ticket, as a whiner who complains about her advisers and mumbles that she misses her kids.
February 2, 2011 |
LISTEN UP, LADIES: If you engaged in sexual activity for a "Girls Gone Wild" video, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals says you may sue founder/producer Joe Francis anonymously. If you merely flashed your teenage tatas and didn't go any further . . . your anonymity has not yet been decided. The appeals court decision yesterday vacated the order of a Florida federal judge who had rejected a request by four women plaintiffs to remain anonymous. The ruling allows the two sluttier girls (underage at the time, but now in their 20s)
December 30, 2010 |
SILVER FOX George Clooney is looking to become "the anti-genocide paparazzi" by helping to fund the Satellite Sentinel Project. Starting today, Clooney and Co. will rent out satellites to monitor potential violence in Sudan, anticipated because of a January referendum on independence. The project's initial funding came from Not On Our Watch, a human-rights organization that Clooney founded with Don Cheadle , Matt Damon , Brad Pitt , lawyer and Clooney BFF David Pressman and film exec Jerry Weintraub . "We want them to enjoy the level of celebrity attention that I usually get," Clooney told Time magazine about those contemplating a violent reaction to the January vote.
August 29, 2009 |
Joe Francis, allegedly gone wild Soft-porn magnate Joe Francis, best known for his avant-garde theater series Girls Gone Wild, is wanted by the L.A. Sheriff's Department for allegedly assaulting Playboy's Playmate of the Year '08 Jayde Nicole early yesterday morning at a West Hollywood club, say TMZ and RadarOnline.com. Jayde, who was at the club with her beau Brody Jenner of The Hills, says the fracas started when she spilled her drink on Joe because he was being "unrelentingly" harassing to another woman.
April 29, 2008 |
IS THERE NO honor among oversexed, drunken teenage girls? Ashley Alexandra Dupre (aka Kristen), the call girl linked to former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is suing "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis for more than $10 million. And to think that when she was a teen looking to catch some rays and an STD during Spring Break, he let her sleep on his bus. And probably shower. What thanks does he get? A lawsuit. Ashley filed suit yesterday in Miami, claiming she never gave Francis permission to use her name and likeness to advertise his GGW videos.