Chan avoids WTC Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan was scheduled to film scenes from his latest film, “Nosebleed,” atop the World Trade Center the same day as the terrorist attacks. The Internet Movie Database reported that the film, which involves a window-washer thwarting a terrorist plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty. A late script prevented the 7 a.m. shoot. Studio reps are not sure whether they will go ahead with the film, or what script changes will be made.
“Chopper” star may play Hulk Australian comic Eric Bana, best know for his turn as the title character in last years ultra-violent “Chopper,” may suit up as both Bruce Banner and his greener alter-ego in the upcoming “The Incredible Hulk.” Zap2it.com reports that Bana is the current front runner in the special-effects extravaganza, which is to be directed by Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
Networks join for telethon ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX are joining forces for a two-hour commercial-free telethon to raise money for the post-terrorist attacks relief fund. TV Guide reported that the unprecedented event will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. on the east coast. Celebrities appearing at the event include Bon Jovi, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Sheryl Crowe, Tom Cruise, Robert Di Nero, Billy Joel, Clint Eastwood, Julia Roberts and many others.
Spielberg may direct third “Potter” film Steven Spielberg, who turned down the opportunity to direct the first two “Harry Potter” films, said that the third book in the series touched him creatively. The Internet Movie Database reported that the director was a fan of author J.K. Rowlings work, and that if he was asked to direct a film of the third “darker, more esoteric” novel, that he”d have to say yes.
Abc nixes crash footage TV Guide reports that ABC has decided not to re-run any footage from the World Trade Center crash last week unless it is crucial to the story. A representative said that repeated use of the footage was inappropriate and that it is no longer a public service to air them.
Christian film may be the answer Gener8Xion Entertainment announced that their latest film, “Megiddo” will come out as planned next Friday, September 21, zap2it.com reports. The film, sequel to “The Omega Code” is a Christian film supposedly based on the Book of Revelations. The company had qualms about releasing a film about apocalyptic violence so soon after the World Trade Center attacks, but a spokesman said that they prayed on it, and decided the film may be the answer to the strife of many Americans. Studio execs believe that scheduling the beginning of the first film two years ago was pre-ordained by God so that the release of “Megiddo” would coincide with the terrorist attacks.