News for 5/16/2006

Halle Berry prepares to turn the big 4-0

Star insists she will not get married, but may have kids

There is no doubt that Halle Berry’s new movie “X-Men 3: The Last Stand” will be a big deal when it comes out on May 26.

But as Access Hollywood’s Tim Vincent found out in his latest interview with the Oscar winner, there are much bigger things about to happen in her life.

“You’re coming up to your 40th,” Tim mentioned.

“Ugh, yes I am,” she laughed.

“How do you feel about that?” asked Tim.

“Great. I really do. I’ve learned so much and with each year, I get better and smarter and wiser,” she smiled.

“Do you think it helps that you look 20 as well?” Tim joked.

“Well, you know, I think so,” Halle said.

Just three months shy of her 40th birthday, Halle looks young, happy and up for the next phase of her life.

“I'm moving into a space where I need something more meaningful — another reason to wake up in the morning besides going to do a movie,” Halle explained. “It’s family and children that's the next evolution of my life. I'm putting out those thoughts, so I'm sure that it will manifest — if I adopt, if I have my own, if someone gives me one to take care of, I don't know. It will manifest itself somehow.”

But has Halle finally found the right man to have kids with — boyfriend of 7 months Gabriel Aubry?

The two have been super cozy ever since they met on a Versace photo shoot. Yet, the twice-divorced Berry is adamant — no marriage!

“Won’t be getting married,” Halle insists.

“Well if you do, invite me,” Tim joked.

“You will never get an invite to that,” she said again.

“Definitely, no marriage?” Tim asked one more time.

“No marriage,” she said.

So, if no wedding plans, what about babies?

Well, Halle told Oprah recently if by 40 “there’s no serious man [in my life], whoever I’m dating at the time, I’ll say ‘Hey would you like to have a baby?’” Halle said.

“But you do have a beau and if you are giving out that vibe, it could happen,” Tim suggested.

“Anything could happen,” she agreed. “You put that vibe out there and it will come. I've realized that to be true “

“All I’m going to say is that you are very good looking. He is very good looking. It’s amazing genes and we’re not talking Levis,” Tim said, drawing a final laugh from Halle.

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News for 5/8/2006

Fire Burns for Berry and Del Toro

Source: Variety

Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro will team in Things We Lost in the Fire for Paramount's DreamWorks Pictures, reports Variety. Danish helmer Susanne Bier (Open Hearts) is directing from a script by Allan Loeb.

The project tells the story of a woman (Berry) whose husband suddenly dies. She invites her husband's troubled best friend (Del Toro) to live with her family, and as the friend turns his life around, he helps the grief-stricken family confront their loss.

Sam Mendes is producing along with Sam Mercer. Pippa Harris is co-producing and screenwriter Loeb will take an executive producer credit.

News for 4/27/2006

Freeman and Berry Evaluate The Patient

Source: MTV

MTV talked to filmmaker Jean-Claude La Marre who says that Morgan Freeman and Halle Berry will star in his next project, the family Christmas film The Patient.

La Marre, who wrote the script and will direct, said, "It's like 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' meets 'K-Pax.'... Freeman plays a mental patient at a Harlem hospital psychiatric ward who believes himself to be Santa Claus. And Halle Berry plays the psychiatrist who's evaluating him."

When Freeman's character escapes the hospital and turns up at a Toys "R" Us, Berry wonders if the old man might just be telling the truth.

La Marre plans to begin shooting the film this summer and intends to have it in theaters for Christmas 2007.

Perfect Stranger Completes Principal Photography

Source: Revolution Studios

Revolution Studios has completed principal photography on Perfect Stranger, a suspense thriller directed by James Foley and starring Academy Award® winner Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, it was announced by Revolution Studios' New York-based partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. The film, which was shot entirely in New York City, will be released in 2007 by Columbia Pictures.

Perfect Stranger focuses on Rowena Price (Halle Berry), a reporter for a major New York City newspaper who goes undercover to investigate the unsolved murder of one of her childhood friends. The path leads her directly into the office and the personal life of multi-millionaire Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis), CEO of a powerful advertising agency. Investigating him from all angles, Rowena assumes new identities in life and on line. She then harnesses the devastatingly effective tools of cyberspace in an attempt to bring her victim to justice. The film also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Gary Dourdan, Patti D'Arbanville and Clea Lewis.

Perfect Stranger is produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Maid in Manhattan, Mona Lisa Smile"). Daniel A. Thomas and Stephanie Langhoff serve as co-producers. Ron Bozman (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Changing Lanes), Charles Newirth (America's Sweethearts," Christmas with the Kranks") and Deborah Schindler (Maid in Manhattan, Mona Lisa Smile") are executive producers. Stephen Eads (The Whole Nine Yards, Hostage) is associate producer. The original screenplay is by Todd Komarnicki (the upcoming Pathfinder), based on an idea by Daniel A. Thomas.

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Berry can’t escape ‘Catwoman’ at Harvard

Actress says Hasty Pudding award will go next to her Oscar

The Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Halle Berry had to write “I will not make ’Catwoman II”’ on a chalkboard four times Thursday in order to earn her pudding pot as Harvard’s Hasty Pudding woman of the year.

Berry’s performance in the 2004 action bomb earned her a worst-actress award in last year’s Razzies, a spoof of the Oscars that trashes Hollywood’s worst.

Berry also shook her hips in a comic faux dance competition to prove her superpower skills and to jokingly test her abilities as an action star.

Before she was given the traditional brass pudding pot during a roast at Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theater, Berry danced suggestively with a Harvard student dressed like a French poodle, which Berry’s presenter’s dubbed Dogman.

She also acted out scenes from “Monster’s Ball,” a film for which she won an Oscar and a SAG award in 2002.

Berry, 39, said she takes her Hasty Pudding award “very seriously.”

“It’s going to go right next to my Oscar,” she said.

Earlier Thursday, Berry rode in a silver Bentley convertible in the traditional parade through Harvard Square, flanked by two male Harvard students dressed in drag.

Berry, who also won an Emmy for her performance in the HBO film “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” will reprise her role as Storm in “X3,” the third installment in the “X-Men” series, due May 26.

Richard Gere is to be honored Feb. 24 as the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

The awards are given by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

Peter Dodd, one of the Harvard students who participated in the roast onstage with Berry, said the actress was picked for the Hasty Pudding honor because “she’s just such a good role model for anyone interested in the arts ... and she’s just so fun.”

Last year’s Hasty Pudding winners were Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tim Robbins.

News for 1/30/2006

Gere, Berry Are Hasty Pudding Recipients

Richard Gere and Halle Berry This Year's Recipients of the Annual Hasty Pudding Awards

The Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Richard Gere and Halle Berry are this year's recipients of the annual Hasty Pudding awards, given by a student drama group at Harvard University.

The awards, announced Thursday, are given to performers who have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment," by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

Berry will lead a parade through the streets of Harvard Square on Feb. 16, with students dressed in drag.

Berry, 39, won an Oscar and a SAG award for her performance in "Monster's Ball." She also earned an Emmy for her performance in the HBO film "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."

Berry will reprise her role as Storm in "X3," the third installment in the "X-Men" series, due May 26.

Gere, 56, won a Golden Globe for best comedy-musical actor, for "Chicago." His other work includes "An Officer and a Gentleman," "American Gigolo," "Internal Affairs" and "Pretty Woman."

Gere is also the founder of the Gere Foundation, which contributes to health education and human rights projects and is dedicated to promoting awareness of Tibet's endangered culture.

Last year's recipients were Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tim Robbins.

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News for 9/4/2005

Willis Makes 'Perfect' Co-Star for Berry

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)- Bruce Willis will join Oscar winner Halle Berry in "Perfect Stranger," a thriller set up at Revolution Studios.

Berry plays a woman who goes undercover to try to investigate a friend's murder. Her research leads her into several dark corners of the Internet, with Willis playing one of her online contacts and her top suspect.

"We are delighted that Bruce is joining our cast and we are excited to be working with him," says Revolution's Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas in a statement. "This is a movie about secrets, lies and Internet chatter where suspects and villains often change roles, and an actor of Bruce's caliber will certainly add layers of complexity."

The film, written by John Bokenkamp (with rewrites by Frank Rinzulli and Todd Komarnicki), will be directed by James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross") and is set to begin production in the first quarter of 2006.

Revolution's release says that Willis is currently in pre-production on "Die Hard 4.0." The actor's 2005 credits include "Hostage" and "Sin City." Up next for Willis are "Alpha Dog" and "16 Blocks."

News for 8/17/2005

Emmys Snag Berry, Stewart as Presenters

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) The Emmys has rounded up its first group of presenters, with Oscar winner Halle Berry, "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and "24" star Kiefer Sutherland agreeing to hand out awards.

"Law & Order: SVU's" Mariska Hargitay and "Two and a Half Men" stars Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen will also present at the 57th annual awards, which will air Sunday, Sept. 18 on CBS.

Four of the first six presenters -- Sheen and Cryer are the exceptions -- are also nominees this year. Berry and Stewart, in fact, are each up for multiple awards. Berry's nominations are for outstanding actress in a movie or miniseries for "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and as a producer of best TV movie nominee "Lackawanna Blues."

Stewart is up for individual performance in a variety or music program, where he'll face off with "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman, and Whoopi Goldberg and Tracey Ullman, both of whom had HBO specials last season. He's also nominated as part of "The Daily Show's" writing staff.

Sutherland earned his fourth straight nomination for playing the terrorist-hunting Jack Bauer on "24," which is also up for best drama series. Hargitay bagged her second straight nod for "SVU."

Earlier this week, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences scrapped a plan to pre-tape acceptance speeches for nominees in the writing and directing categories. The move was intended to save time in the telecast, but faced with the cost of taping 20-plus speeches and lingering resentment by some in the writing and directing communities, the academy decided to allow the winners to speak live.

Berry & Penn on Storm in X-Men 3

Source: V Life

Halle Berry talked to V Life, the new Variety magazine, about her role as Storm in the "X-Men" movies. The interview was done before she had agreed to come back for X-Men 3.

"I suffered through the two movies where die-hard fans would come up to me and say, 'How come you let them make Storm wimp out all the time?'" she says. "As if I have any control. Last time I asked them to let Storm do something more than drive the plane, and she drove the plane. Storm is a formidable fighter in the comic books; she has a cape and can fly. I've never flown anywhere in two movies except behind the wheel of that plane. I'd hate to not be part of the final film, but I won't spend five months standing around, even though we all stand to get paid a lot of money this time."

"X3" co-writer Zak Penn says Berry won't be disappointed.

"As one of the writers of the last film, I'd say it's true she ended up with mostly exposition and plane-flying," Penn says.

"There was a whole sequence at the beginning of the last film that showed the origins of her character in Africa, and it got cut simply because there are 14 characters to service. But 'X3' has a couple of big twists, and Storm is right in the center of them. The fact that Halle is a very good actress who was underused compounds the wish for her to have a better role.

20th Century Fox's X-Men 3, directed by Brett Ratner, is currently filming for a May 26, 2006 release.

News for 8/7/2005

Lair in the hills would easily fit 2

By Ruth Ryon
Times Staff Writer

This Catwoman is preparing to nest. Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, who starred last year as Batman's comic-book paramour, announced in May that she was ready to have a child. Now, she has purchased a nearly $6-million home in the Hollywood Hills from Frankie Muniz, star of Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle."

The 37-year-old Berry, who is single, may follow in the footsteps of actress Angelina Jolie and adopt a child, or else have a baby through artificial insemination. Berry, twice divorced, said on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that she had no plans to marry again.

The house, which she bought for its asking price, is Old World Tuscan in style. It was built in the 1920s but was extensively remodeled in 2003. The remodel, which took it down to the studs, resulted in high ceilings, archways, columns and bougainvillea-draped stucco walls.

The main house is about 4,500 square feet with four bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. There is a 1,400-square-foot guesthouse with one bedroom and two bathrooms. The yard has a spa, a pool with a stone "diving board" and two fire pits made of lava rock. The home has a 10-car motor court and five-car garage.

A focal point is the eat-in kitchen, which features terra cotta floor tiles from France. There are five fireplaces, some made of stone, others of brick; surround sound throughout the house; city views; and a media room. That room includes a plasma screen that is hidden to maintain the Old World look.

Muniz, 19, sold the house to scale back. Earlier this year, he bought a nearby home for $3.9 million. The three-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house he purchased has a theater, a fire pit, a pool and a spa.

After buying that house, the actor became engaged while filming "Stay Alive" in New Orleans. His fiancée is a hairstylist.

Berry bought a Malibu home for $8 million in October, area Realtors said at the time. The four-bedroom home, on 60 feet of beach frontage, is considered a retreat.

Berry is the first African American woman to win a best actress Oscar. She won it for her role in "Monster's Ball" (2001). A year later, she played Jinx in the James Bond film "Die Another Day," starring Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007. Berry provided the voice of Cappy in the animated film "Robots," released earlier this year

Max Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, handled the latest transaction.

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News for 5/11/2005

Berry Desperate for 'Housewives' Role, Motherhood

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Halle Berry, who recently ended her marriage with singer Eric Benet, can identify with the disgruntled women on the ABC comedy "Desperate Housewives."

In fact, in an interview with "Access Hollywood," the Oscar winner says she'd enjoy making a guest appearance on the show.

"I would love to come stir up some trouble on Wisteria Lane," says Berry. "That would be awesome."

The "Catwoman" star even proposes getting catty with the show's resident vixen. "I would be something naughty and I would love to get into some trouble with Nicolette Sheridan," she adds, referring to the actress who plays Edie Britt. "I would love to team up with her and do some damage."

In another interview, Berry reveals to entertainment newsmagazine "Extra" that she still wants to have a family, with or without the help of a man in her life.

"I'd love to have a baby, love to be a mom and if I don't have one, I want to adopt a child," she says. "I really need that in my life. So, hopefully the next decade can be dedicated to that."

Berry is also open to artificial insemination.

"I would. I know many people who have done it successfully and I respect their choice to say, 'I don't have someone in my life, but I still want to experience motherhood,'" she explains, adding, "There's also lots of babies already here that need mothers. So, I'll work it out. Somehow, I plan on making it happen"

The full "Access" and "Extra" interviews air on Monday night, May 9.

Berry was previously married to Cleveland Indians outfielder David Justice and later to Benet. Both marriages ended in divorce. Berry was reportedly close to India, Benet's daughter from a previous relationship.

Berry won a best actress Oscar for her role in 2001's "Monster's Ball." Her recent work includes "X2," "Gothika," "Catwoman," "Robots" and the TV movie adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

News for 5/4/2005

'X-Men 3' Director Talks up a Storm

By Hanh Nguyen

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - British director Matthew Vaughn has big plans for the character Storm for his upcoming Marvel franchise sequel "X-Men 3."

There's only one problem: Halle Berry -- who played the white-haired mutant in the previous two films -- has yet to sign on, leaving little before production begins in July.

"Halle's probably the only member of the X-Men I haven't spoken to yet," explains Vaughn during an interview to promote "Layer Cake," the hit gangster film opening limited release on Friday, May 13.

Word is that Berry was frustrated with Storm's limited role in the Bryan Singer-directed films and is reluctant to return unless she has a meatier part in the story.

"The only thing about Storm that was better in 'X2' than 'X1' was she had a better haircut," says Vaughn, referring to how her long, straight locks were updated into a layered 'do for the second movie. "So, it's not going to be hard to give her more to do. I've written her a very good role so hopefully [Halle] will be enthusiastic."

In the Marvel universe, Storm is the alias for Ororo Munroe, a descendant of an ancient line of African priestesses all with white hair and the ability to wield magic. She was deemed a local goddess when her psionic ability to control weather emerged and eventually was recruited into the X-Men. She can also fly, pick locks and is an excellent marksman.

Actors who will return to the mutant fold include Patrick Stewart as the telepathic Prof. X, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler and Famke Janssen, whose character Jean Grey died in the last film but will be resurrected as Phoenix.

The director would also like to see British soccer player Vinnie Jones -- who appeared in Vaughn's "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" -- in the role of Juggernaut, a superhuman being whose strength is mystic in nature. The brute wears a large, domed helmet that makes him appear even larger than his already formidable size.

"He's not confirmed yet. We're talking to him," says the filmmaker. Based on looks alone, however, he feels Jones would be perfect for the part. "Have you met Vinnie? He has the biggest head you've ever seen. He'll fit right in."

As a fan of the "X-Men" comics, Vaughn has a favorite character that he has little hope of seeing on the big screen.

"The character I want the most out of 'X-Men' is Stacy X," he reveals. The snake-skinned mutant has the power to deliberately release her pheromones, inducing feelings of pleasure in others. She plied her skills at the X-Ranch, a mutant brothel, before a raid brought her into contact with the X-Men.

"I think she's fascinating, but I think she's a little too risque for Fox," says Vaughn. When asked if he would include her if he was offered the next "X-Men" film, he just laughs and replies, "To do the R-rated version, yeah."

"X-Men 3" is scheduled for release in May 2006. Vaughn is also planning to do an Untitled Spy Project with "Trainspotting" writer John Hodge and is developing the children's fairy tale "Stardust," written by "Sandman" comic book creator Neil Gaiman.

News for 4/26/2005

Foley Directing Berry's Perfect Stranger

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

James Foley will direct Halle Berry in the psychological thriller Perfect Stranger for Revolution Studios, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The screenplay, by Todd Komarnicki from an original script by Jon Bokenkamp, tells the story of a woman (Berry) who gets caught up in the world of obsessive love and death online when she goes undercover to investigate a friend's murder.

The film is set to go into production this winter. Foley previously directed Confidence, Glengarry Glen Ross and At Close Range.

News for 3/18/2005

Berry bolts WMA over New Yorker article

Halle Berry has exited WMA, nearly 18 months after signing with the agency. It is understood that Berry's exit was prompted in part by a lengthy profile of her agent, WMA president Dave Wirtschafter, featured in the current issue of the New Yorker. In the article, Wirtschafter discusses with writer Tad Friend his rationale for negotiating a feature deal for Berry in which he proposed that the actress agree to lower her salary in exchange for a cut of the film's profits. Other comments attributed to Wirtschafter in the profile are said to have prompted Sarah Michelle Gellar's departure from WMA this week. On Thursday, Wirtschafter sent an email to WMA staffers saying that he "never intended to harm any of our colleagues or our clients" and that he wanted to "apologize for any hurt that has stemmed from it."