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Elston Gunn's WEEKLY RECAP

Its the weekend once again and that means its time for ol' Father Geek to post up another fact filled WEEKLY RECAP from that soon to be Groom, Elston Gunn. With just a couple of weeks till the big day Elston's still churning out the Recaps for all of us. Hope he doesn't think we're going to give him his Honeymoon off? HA!!!

First, Father Geek has a couple of news briefs to fill you in on. The BBC has released a NEW episode of "Doctor Who" on the Internet, with Sylvester McCoy recreating his role as the seventh Doctor Who! It's not a fully-realized television episode however, its more like a visual radio drama. Just Click Here Now to enjoy the 30-minute long installment titled "Death Comes To Time" that requires you to have RealPlayer.

Then there's this info which found itself on my terminal this morning from Marshall Stack:

I'm currently working on a 70mm 3D film that is being directed by Joe Dante. It's based on a Haunted Lighthouse story by R.L. Stine (of the "Goosebumps" children's books fame) and a script adaptation by Sam Hamm. Evidently, it will premier at SeaWorld and/or Busch Gardens sometime near Easter 2002. The theaters that it will be shown in will have special effects such as water, odors, vibrating seats (shades of William Castle???) and other things.

Anyway -- we've been shooting on location at the Point Dume beach in Malibu for the past week and will be on a stage at Sony's Culver Studios for the next couple of weeks. The show stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson and has cameos by "Weird" Al Yankovic and Rachel Hunter.

COOOOOOOOOOOL!!! Father Geek loves 3-D flicks. Just saw CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in that format again at an Austin swimming pool a couple of weeks ago, and its rumored that we may be seeing a couple of old 3-D films at the QT 5 fest at the Alamo in August.

Well, that's it from Father Geek... Grab that cup of hot Java and those sweet munchies, sit back and prepare to enjoy another of Elston's wonderful Weekly Recaps of all the Hollywood news of the week...

TAKEN FROM VARIETY AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

CASTING

* Bernie Mac, Jennifer Tilly, William Shatner and Carmen Electra will lend their vocal talents to the animated pic LIL' PIMP, based on the original Web series on MediaTrip.com. Lil' Kim is in final talks to join the Revolution Studios project as well. It's about a 9-year-old, his pimp friends Fruitjuice & Nagchampa, and a gerbil with Tourette's Syndrome named Weathers. Creators Mark Brooks and Peter Gilstrap are writing, directing, producing, voicing as well as co-writing songs for the soundtrack with the Dust Brothers.

* Juliet Stevenson and Kevin Bishop will star in FOOD OF LOVE for director Ventura Pons (BELOVED/FRIEND). The pic is based on the David Leavitt novel THE PAGE TURNER, about a famous pianist's fascination with a young music student. Production begins July 30 in Barcelona.

* Catherine Zeta-Jones is in early talks to star in CHICAGO, the adaptation of the Bob Fosse musical Miramax is producing with Rob Marshall at the helm.

* Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz are in talks to lend their voices for the sequel to SHREK for DreamWorks--possibly receiving $5m a piece to return.

* Robert De Niro is in talks to play an agorophobic who is forced to leave home to save a woman's life in the comedy SCARED GUYS for director Dean Parisot (GALAXY QUEST). Jeff Nathanson (RUSH HOUR 2) wrote the script.

* Reese Witherspoon will topline the action comedy HONEY WEST, based on the short-lived TV series of the same name, for Miramax Films. Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith (LEGALLY BLONDE) will write the script for producers Marc Platt, David Siegel and Witherspoon's husband Ryan Phillippe.

* Robert Carlyle will star in BLACK AND WHITE for director Craig Lahiff about a man framed by the police. Production begins in South Australia in November.

* Brad Pitt will star in Joel and Ethan Coen's next pic TO THE WHITE SEA, an adaptation of the 1993 James Dickey novel, for Twentieth Century Fox, who is in final talks to distribute domestically. Shooting starts January 14 during an extended break from the Pitt/Darren Aronofsky sci fi project that begins production in the fall. Once Pitt finishes the Coens' movie, he'll go back to wrap the Aronofsky film. TO THE WHITE SEA is about a B-29 gunner who is shot down during a bombing mission over Tokyo and forced to parachute into enemy territory. When he heads for Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, he embarks on a violent journey that climaxes in the frozen landscape.

DIRECTOR/WRITER ATTACHMENTS

* Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi will shoot SUPPLEMENT, a sequel to his pic LIFE AS A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE, this summer.

* Bruce McCulloch (DOG PARK, SUPERSTAR) is in talks to direct a remake of the 1941 comedy IT STARTED WITH EVE for Imagine Entertainment. The story follows a young man who asks a woman to pose as his fiancee in order to please his dying father. Things get interesting when the father starts feeling better. Peter Tolan has penned the remake of "Eve."

* Marleen Gorris (ANTONIA'S LINE) will replace Jon Amiel as director for CAROLINA, the Mirmax Films project starring Julia Stiles as a young woman who leaves her Southern family for the West Coast where she must choose between two guys who have fallen for her. Alessandro Nivola will also star.

* Jonny Kurzman sold his action adeventure comedy script LEONARDO SECRET AGENT to producer DNA Films. The screenplay follows 15-century Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci as a secret agent.

* Artists Production Group and StudioCanal picked up the espionage thriller script THE AMERICAN from writer Aaron Feldman. The story follows a recent college grad who discovers a conspiracy involving the highest levels of the CIA after he begins working on investigations of illegal funding for terrorist groups.

* New Line bought the script DARKSIDERS, by Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein, about a group of bloodsuckers turned into a team of FBI operatives.

* Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez (THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR) will write BLOODLUST: LEGEND OF THE CHUPACABRA for Revolution Studios about animals mysteriously dying in Puerto Rico and the fear it's caused about the country's people.

* Elissa Wald will write the adaptation of her own novel HOLDING FIRE for producer Jeff Kleeman and executive producers Pierce Brosnan and Beau St. Clair. The novel is about a traumatized Vietnam hero, who has become a New York City fireman and aspiring writer who also works as a stripper to help make ends meet. The book will be published this fall.

* Philip Kaufman is in talks to direct a remake of the 1941 Hitchcock flick SUSPICION for Dimension Films and RKO Pictures. It's about a woman who marries a man after a short whirlwind romance but begins to suspect that he is trying to murder her for her money. Michael Browning (SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS) is writing the remake.

* Danny Cannon (I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER) will direct the English-language remake of the 1996 French thriller L'APPARTEMENT (THE APARTMENT) for Lakeshore Entertainment.

* Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (ROSETTA) will shoot LE FILS (THE SON) in September about a carpentry teacher in a rehab center.

* Danny Rubin (GROUNDHOG DAY) sold his comedy Western pitch THE HANGING TALE to Revolution Studios for Lightstorm Entertainment to co-produce. The story centers on a man who is about to be hanged and tells the crowd about his odyssey searching for Spanish treasures.

* Wim Wenders's next documentary, CELOS DE MI, will focus on 72-year-old Cuban jazz musician Rudy Calzado, who has been involved with the New York Latin jazz scene since the mid-50s when he left Cuba. Shooting begins next month.

* Mandalay Pictures will develop TRACKS, an action-thriller script from Willie Dreyfus, about four best friends who hop a freight train for thrills and soon find themselves in a imminent danger.

* Patrick Smith Kelly (A PERFECT MURDER scribe) will write and direct a feature adaptation of the 1997 BBC film TRUTH OR DARE for Regency Enterprises. It's about a young female attorney who is blackmailed and set up to take the rap for a murder by a trio of college friends who are out to score off of her perfect life. Joel Schumacher will produce with writer-producer Will Davies.

* Jim Henson Pictures has purchased Dan Chaimowitz's action/comedy script SQUISHED for Morton/Hymes Films about the mysterious transformation of three young boys and the world of strange creatures into which they are sent. Henson is expected to create CGI creatures for the pic.

* Mike Newell (DONNIE BRASCO) is in talks to direct GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier, for Intermedia Films. Shooting begins this fall in the Netherlands. Olivia Hetreed adapted the book, which is set in the 17th century and takes a fictitious look at Johannes Vermeer's portrait of an anonymous woman wearing a pearl earring. The novel takes centers on a 16-year-old who works for Vermeer as an housemaid to care for his six children, his jealous pregnant wife and a mother-in-law.

MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION TIDBITS

* Aardman Animations has delayed production of the DreamWorks pic TORTOISE VS. HARE due to script problems. The delay is expected to last around six months. Karey Kirkpatrick (CHICKEN RUN) and Mark Burton are working on the screenplay, though additonal writers will come aboard the project.

* Harbor Light Entertainment grabbed the remake rights to Akira Kurosawa's legendary 1950 pic RASHOMON for an English-language project to begin production in 2002. The remake is being developed as a contemporary thriller under the title RASHOMON: WHERE THE TRUTH LIES with Edwin Marshall and Stuart Calcote producing. The original pic centered on a nobleman's bride who is raped by a bandit. The nobleman is murdered, or possibly kills himself. The situation is shown four times from four characters' different points of view.

* Miramax Films is developing an American remake of the new French comedy from writer/director Francis Veber, THE CLOSET. The movie is about an accountant who discovers he's about to lose his job at a condom manufacturing company. He poses as a gay man and superimposes his head on photos taken at gay bars so he can say that they are letting him go due to sexual discrimination. The act lets him keep his job, but changes his life. Miramax also nabbed the remake rights to the Oscar-nominated Belgium pic EVERYBODY'S FAMOUS! about a father who kidnaps a pop singer to help his own daughter's singing career.

* Columbia TriStar and Dan Dare Corp. are developing a feature based on the animated TV series "Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future" which features Robbie Coltrane, Tim Curry and Charles Dance. It's based on the classic British comic-book hero described as the "007 of outer space."

* Gaylord Films has optioned the rights to New Jersey Police Chief Jerry Speziale's untitled manuscript, based on his experience as a New York police officer, for David Permut (DOUBLE TAKE) to produce. The manuscript chronicles Speziale's days as a New York cop who was recruited by the Drug Enforcement Administration and assigned to a drug task force whose goal was to take down the Cali drug cartel. He went against policy and sought the aid of an internationally blacklisted informant, and the relationship turned into the ultimate undercover operative. However, in time, Speziale found that his informant was betraying him all along.

* Twentieth Century Fox is moving the release date for the Martin Lawrence comedy from early 2002 to late November of this year. Gil Junger (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) directed.

* The lawsuits between Alec Baldwin and Paul Glasser over the fim THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER have been dropped and compromises were made sending Baldwin back to the cutting room to finish the pic. Both parties agreed that the film was good and there should not be much of a problem finding a distributor.

GUNN SHOTS

(NOT from the trades)

* There is word that Johnny Knoxville and Ice Cube will pair up in the DreamWorks pic THE BIG TICKET, a popcorn flick set in real time that follows an innocent parolee who carjacks a banker in order to save his lover, taking the police and media on a wild chase.

* Nick Palumbo's brutal slasher pic NUTBAG, that follows 10 days in the life of a serial killer, has just been released. For more info, visit Their Site .

* A new installment of THE TRUE STORY INVESTIGATION is up at This Location . Their FIRECRACKER stars Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, Sally Kirkland, Mike Patton, Brooke Balderson, TheEnigma, Selene Luna, Pleasant Gehman, Susan Traylor, James Russo, Joe D'Allesandro, Paul Sizemore and Deborah Harry.

* Chapters of their Ninjai movie NINJAI, THE LITTLE NINJA are being shown by the folks of This Site , a group of martial artists and stuntmen who have created this story in their spare time.

* The Team Effort Films original action adventure series SIRENS is featured at their website Just Click Here . Produced without the help of studios, but made by a "cast and crew of the highest calibre."

Wow. Remakes galore. IT STARTED WITH EVE, SUSPICION, L'APPARTEMENT, RASHOMON, THE CLOSET and EVERYBODY'S FAMOUS all hit the trades this week with their remakes in development at various studios. Amazing, huh? Congrats to all the screenwriters who sold original scripts this week.

Until next week...

Elston Gunn

elstongunn@hotmail.com

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  • July 14, 2001, 11:29 a.m. CST

    first?

    by dannyocean

    am I?

  • July 14, 2001, 11:29 a.m. CST

    RKO pictures still exists???

    by The_Black_Hair

    b

  • July 14, 2001, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Do we NEED another version of Rashomon?

    by Hardyboy

    Like many great films, Rashomon has been so often copied and imitated by other films, TV shows, and cartoons that its once-groundbreaking structure (telling the story through multiple perspectives) now seems familiar and conventional, and would probably look trite if used in yet another movie.

  • July 14, 2001, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Reese Witherspoon as Honey West?

    by KingKrypton

    Yecch. Like that dog-ugly chick could ever be a worthy replacement for Anne Francis. By the way, where's Buzz's weekly parody post?

  • July 14, 2001, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Ah, remakes! Now, where are those pills?

    by Chesty LaRue

    That's not how I remember it! My favorite updating of Rashomon would have to be the one they did on "Goodtimes" where everyone had a different story as to how the couch caught fire, and in the end it was just because Penny took a drag off of J.J.'s girlfriend's ciggy and then hid it underneath a sofa cushion. It cannot be topped by any manner of human art, so why even try? By the by, did ya'll know that Kevin Smith hates Reese Witherspoon? Good for him! I heard that somewhere, and I kind of believe it.

  • July 14, 2001, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Excuse me, er...um...where is that movie going to be showing?

    by Huneybee

    Uh...ya know...the one with the...ah ...<clears throat>...vibrating seats?______That first film with Lil' Kim needs to be called Lil' Stinker and what's with the gerbil? Do we really need to go THERE on this site? Oh, what the heck, why not? We've certainly covered every other topic under the sun lately (religon/censorship/abortion and let us not forget that oldie but goody...racism). And our site was held hostage!!!!!Dear God, where will it all end?____HuneyBee, not to be confused with HoneyWest

  • July 14, 2001, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Good to see Dante directing something again!

    by Regis Travolta

    He's talented, let him direct Dan Dare, Leonardo Secret Agent and Honey West he'd do a great job on all of them!

  • July 14, 2001, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Buzz Maverik's Weekly Recap -- Escape From Betty Ford.

    by Buzz Maverik

    TAKEN FROM REAL LIFE -- Yale. Skull N' Bones Club (that nifty building that looks like a giant, grinning skull with two narrow, white washed parking lots resembling bones. Inside, the bad news: "It's Dubya's daughters again." "Good heavens, the twins? Now what have those two little scamps done?" "They've gone and landed themselves in rehab in Palm Springs, near Frank Sinatra Drive." "Shit!" "I think they're rooming with Brad Renfro." "Double shit! What're we going to do for poor Dubya?" "We're getting them out." "Ourselves?" "God, no! We got lucky. Over at New World Order headquarters, they caught one of the Maverik brothers trying to hotwire a black helicopter." "Which one? Cav? Che? Scam?" "Buzz." "Oh, God, not that asshole!" "I was going to wire him with explosives and force him to go in, but he said he'd do it if he were allowed to steal patient files and sell them to the NATIONAL ENQUIRER or just post them on the AICN talkbacks if he was feeling generous." "AICN? They banned me for making fun of Quentin Tarantino." "Now, stiff upper lip, old chap. The point is, he's about to be dropped onto the Betty Ford Center at 2100 hours." "Dropped?" "Apparently he's a big fan of the novel STARSHIP TROOPERS and has developed his own drop capsle." "Drop capsle? I saw that movie. What the fuck is a drop capsle?" "It wasn't in the movie, so I don't know what the fuck he's talking about either, but the point is, he works cheap!" SEE YOU AT THE COMMITTMENT HEARING.

  • July 14, 2001, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Congratulations To Elston Gunn!

    by Buzz Maverik

    Good luck!

  • July 14, 2001, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I too like and miss Joe Dante

    by JonQuixote

    I don't know what happened to him. Maybe ripping himself off in Small Soldiers gave his career leprosy, but he needs to come back! _Matinee_ kicked ass!

  • July 14, 2001, 7:25 p.m. CST

    dr who

    by valdar

    not that anyone's been asking lately, but if they're looking for the best actor currently available who could pull off DR. WHO, it would be Craig Ferguson ("the Drew Carey Show"s Mr. Wick). He was fabulous in "Saving Grace" and has the look, the accent, the kooky demeanor...

  • July 14, 2001, 11:21 p.m. CST

    5tone's 2cents...

    by tommy5tone

    you wanted the best, you got five-tone*****'moulin rouge' proved you could get away with a cool musical, and if any old time song-and-dance production ever had a hope in hell of attracting moviegoers, it's 'chicago': sexy and amoral characters, bit of timely satire about celebrity crime, chicks in lingerie slithering around the joint (it does have chicks in lingerie, right?). if CZJ can sing and dance, she might be the go. get nicole kidman in for the second female lead (even though i don't think she's good for much of anything)...actually, why not get charlize theron? hugh jackman's been mentioned as the male lead, and why the hell not? the dude can actually sing and dance, and it'll do him good to play a shyster and show off a little of his versatility. Still, it could use a real film director (what's rob marshall ever done?). you know how'd be good? spike jonze, that's who. his bjork and fatboy slim clips show he knows how to stage big-ass musical numbers*****is it just me or would a sequel to 'shrek' kinda diminish all the good will towards the first one? particularly when you hear about myers, murphy and diaz getting the big bucks - kinda makes it look like a good marketing opportunity and not a chance to tell a good yarn. (oh, five-tone, you got naive while you were away.)*****remember when de niro movies used to hold the promise of great things? 'scared guys' sounds like something rob schneider would put in his 'maybe' pile*****you're probably wondering to yourself why five-tone's back in the weekly recap game after such a long absence. two words: reese witherspoon. three more words. must be stopped. jesus, have you read the interview with her in the latest 'premiere'? she sounds like such a motherhumpin' bee-yatch! cold, calculating, unyielding, et cetera, et cetera...you want all these qualities in a five-star general or contract killer, not an actor! lemme tell ya, i'm starting to think she wasn't acting at all when she played tracy flick in the exceedingly overrated 'election'. yeah, you heard me: 'election' was overrated. it was intelligent and thought-provoking, sure, but it was so damn petty and vindictive and unforgiving...i gotta tell ya, the more i think about it, the more i realise i loathed the fucker from beginning to end. and the more i read about reese witherspoon, the more i dislike her. kevin smith has the right idea: she should be known from now on as 'greasy reese witherspoon'. and her attempt to jump on the 'charlie's angels' bandwagon and fleece the saps outta their cash with a 'honey west' movie (complete with wire-fu and techno soundtrack, i'll bet) makes me kinda ill. OK, rant over*****whassup with pitt taking a break in filming aronofsky's 'last man' to make the coen bros' 'to the white sea'? i'm not complaining (who would be? two cool flicks, man), i'm just curious*****i swear, the kids in the hall must have a lot of fans in hollywood (they're not well-known down under, so could someone explain their appeal?), because how else do you explain bruce mcculloch STILL landing jobs behind the camera? yes, 'superstar' was funny in parts (esp. "supermodel documentary hour") but 'dog park'? what the fuck?*****'darksiders': sounds so crap it could be cool*****'leonardo secret agent': sounds so crap it's probably crap*****it's always a cause for celebration when a new phil kaufman project is announced*****it is never a cause for celebration when a new danny cannon project is announced*****danny rubin, writer of that comedy classic 'groundhog day', is back! woo-hoo!*****where can i see 'nutbag'? my life is incomplete until i see 'nutbag'!*****any major dude will tell you, now five-tone has too.

  • July 14, 2001, 11:23 p.m. CST

    oh, and elston?

    by tommy5tone

    congratulations, man. if you chose your bride as wisely as five-tone did, it'll be the best thing you did with your life.

  • July 15, 2001, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Shwek 2 will be gweat!

    by Public Enemy

    Shwek One was a mawvelous childwens moovie and I think it wowth 5 million a piece to get the owiginal lineup back to make a Shwek 2. Buzz Mavewick's week-wee we-cap was good and funny. I hope you have good wuck with the Betty Fowd heist. Othew than that is appeaws that Hollywood is vewy vewy slow this week? Whewe is everywone? On vacation? Getting some west so they can come back and make lots of moovies again? Congwatualtions to Uma on the new wittle baby, and hopefully everywone will be nice about it, not like on the Quentin Tawantino talkback. MR Tawantino will put out a movie someday, eveywone just needs to have patience. Congwatutlations Elston on getting Mawwied! But who's going to do the wecap? Buzz? Buzz should take ovew for a wittle bit Hawwy.

  • July 15, 2001, 4:18 a.m. CST

    I just got my day's first smile

    by lostoptimist

    '"SUPPLEMENT", a sequel to "LIFE AS A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE"'? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! (C'mon...that is some funny stuff)

  • July 15, 2001, 4:48 a.m. CST

    yes yes

    by gah rides again

    Kevin Smith wrote in an online column all about his comtempt for "Greasy" Reese Witherspoon. I'll see if I can find a link.

  • July 15, 2001, 4:54 a.m. CST

    found it

    by gah rides again

    http://newsaskew.com/va5/20001201ksmith.shtml

  • July 15, 2001, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith and Reese Witherspoon

    by La Dolce Vita

    Apparently, he does hate her. He mentioned that he was a fan of her debut in MAN ON THE MOON, but was not a fan of her personally after she described CLERKS and S.F.W. as being practically the same movie, and snubbed Joey Lauren Adams.

  • July 15, 2001, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Reese Witherspoon

    by Silver_Joo

    I don't mind her, she did two good movies: Election and Best Laid Plans with Alessandro Nivola. She can act but this Legally Blonde crap etc, she should steer clear of it all.

  • July 15, 2001, 8 a.m. CST

    please...

    by nemoburbank

    We need to stop making movies called "Black and White". I was at Blockbuster about a month ago and I heard these two moronic employyes bitch and moan about the fact that there were (at least) 2 movies called "The Patriot" and apparently they both get rented so much that it's a hassle getting the right one in the right place. Please, Robert Carlyle, if there's an ounce of decency in you, make them change the title, so I don't have to start punching people out at BBV. Well, more than I have to.

  • July 15, 2001, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Siren

    by Dohh!!!

    I checked out teameffortfilms.com and I thought the series was pretty cool. The lead is great and their was a pretty good fight scene. Did anyone else see it? What do you think?

  • July 15, 2001, 8:37 p.m. CST

    SLEWW SLEWW SLEWW...

    by Huneybee

    I got my Buzz Maverik fix and damn it was good. I flew for a while and as I started to come down I looked for another hit to maintain the high, but...no Seattle Sleww. I searched madly for a Hate Mail edition, even mugging a couple of people for information. "WHERE'S SLEWW?" I screamed, spittle flying from my mouth. They didn't tell me anything no matter how hard I kicked them (damn, old people are really fragile!) so I cruised the area, checking tb's. Nothing even resembling SS in sight. I returned to the weekly recap but nothing has changed. I decided to check myself into rehab. itssshhhardtootyyypewithttheseddtt''sss.

  • July 16, 2001, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Black and White

    by straxboy

    The title is the last of their worries....I had to read the script for my compnay and it's a dramatically retarded, amateurish and thoroughly repellent POS. Sub-Movie of the Week trash masquerading as meaningful true life tale. Honestly, they must have re written it cos it was appalling when I read it.

  • July 16, 2001, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Hollywood needs to die

    by Holycleo

    THey need to die. DO they think we can't watch the originals in different lanuages. For god sake are we that dumb as americans. I say find your own stuff hollywood stop stealing it from other countries.