Turner Broadcasting has secured the broadcast-premiere rights for King Kong, scheduled to swing on to TV in 2008.... Universal Pictures is working on a big-screen adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Sigma Protocol, about an American economist targeted by professional assassins.... Per Variety, the current front-runners to be the Bond girl in Casino Royale are Eva Green (The Dreamers) and Olivia Wilde (The O.C.).... Crime author Patricia Cornwell is donating at least $500,000 to help researchers solve the mystery of the sinking of the Confederate submarine Hunley. If only she invested as much in the ending of Trace. Grrrr.
"I don't consider the naked body obscene," says acclaimed Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, when asked about the frank sexuality that permeates his latest movie, The Dreamers. "When you go and cover part of the naked body — that's when it [becomes] titillating and maybe obscene." As the backlash from Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" indicates, however, there are many who disagree with him.
That's why it's a bold move for Fox Searchlight — the studio overseeing the U.S. release of The Dreamers — to release Bertolucci's original NC-17 cut, instead of the R-rated version they initially planned on shipping to theaters. It's the first studio film since 1998's Orgazmo to be released with an NC-17 — a rating with a history of scaring away advertisers and theater owners