Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Director Gabriel Range's faux-documentary "Death of a President" was a scandal before anyone even saw it. Set a year from now, the film is an investigation into the shooting "assassination" of President George W.

Behind the Schemes

He arrives at the very last second for his interviews, and he doesn't stick around afterward for small talk. As soon as the camera's off, he vanishes. "His crew wouldn't let anybody near the guy," says Jim Sell, a car salesman at the Criswell Dealership in Gaithersburg, Md.

A Pitcher's Last Flight

Like many of his former teammates on the Philadelphia Phillies this summer, Arthur Rhodes was angry with Cory Lidle. After Lidle was traded to the New York Yankees as part of a blockbuster deal Aug. 3, the outspoken 34-year-old veteran pitcher blasted his old teammates for lacking passion and a commitment to winning.

Newsmakers

The camera loves Cameron Diaz, but that doesn't mean that she cares much for cameramen. Last week Diaz filed a police report accusing a paparazzo of assault with a deadly weapon--the weapon being his car.

Movies: Ball Blunders

Sony's upcoming teens-in-juvy saga "Gridiron Gang," based on a 1993 documentary, is a quality flick. But how's the football ? "Gridiron Gang" is tripped up late by a series of gaffes that no serious sports fan would miss. (Sony declined to comment.) What does "Gridiron Gang" get wrong?

Documentaries: Money for Nothing

Depending on whom you ask, filmmaker Robert Greenwald is either a fearless chronicler of corporate greed or a lefty propagandist--Michael Moore with better manners.

The NASCAR Network

There are three notable differences between watching a NASCAR race from the grandstands and watching it in the Fox Sports production truck parked just beyond the speedway.

Q & A Jack Black

The actor-rocker will host the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 31. He spoke with Devin Gordon about the gig, his upcoming Tenacious D movie and his new son.Well, I am little zombiefied right now.Yeah.

Armistead And 'Tony'

In 1993, author Armistead Maupin befriended, via telephone, a 14-year-old boy named Tony who'd written a memoir about being sexually abused. Gradually, however, Maupin began to suspect that "Tony" was the woman who was claiming to be the boy's foster mother. (He was right.) In 2001, he wrote a novel about the experience called "The Night Listener." The film, starring Robin Williams, hits theaters this week.

Movies: 'Superman II': Take II

The off-screen saga of 1980's "Superman II" is as memorable in Hollywood as the film itself. After a bitter feud with his producers, director Richard Donner, who piloted the 1978 "Superman" into movie history, was booted off the sequel halfway through shooting.

Fast Chat: Imaginary Friend

In 1993, author Armistead Maupin befriended, via telephone, a 14-year-old boy named Tony who'd written a memoir about being sexually abused. Gradually, however, Maupin began to suspect that "Tony" was the woman who was claiming to be the boy's foster mother. (He was right.) In 2001 he wrote a novel about the experience called "The Night Listener." The film, starring Robin Williams, hits theaters this week.

The First Time Is The Charm

Three years ago, before the ink was dry on Gil Kenan's UCLA film-school diploma, industry titans Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg chose him to direct an animated family movie they were producing called "Monster House"--instantly making him the luckiest 26-year-old in Hollywood.

The NASCAR Network

There are three notable differences between watching a NASCAR race from the grandstands and watching it in the Fox Sports production truck parked just beyond the speedway.

Movies: Don't Look So Puzzled

Documentary film has always been a noble little corner of the movie industry, but it's still a business, and every business has its recipes for success. Hollywood has superheroes.

Rosemary's Babies

If you're a parent hoping to break your little boy or girl into movie acting, start by asking yourself the following questions: Does my child look at all like evil incarnate?

Red Carpet Burn

Did you hear about the "Break-Up" premiere last week? No? What a night. A red carpet was involved. City blocks were closed off. Jennifer Aniston looked ravishing--or, at least, as ravishing as a woman can look when she's surrounded by a hulking security team shielding her from a pack of teenage girls.

Movies: 'District' Derring-Do

David Belle has starred in just one film, a French urban action thriller called "District B13" that won't open on U.S. soil until next month. But during a preview screening last week at New York's Tribeca Grand Hotel, he was mobbed by 100 awestruck fans who greeted him as if he were Brad Pitt.

Hair Apparent

Is Michael Portman crazy? Two years ago, he had a solid, well-paying job and a comfortable pad in Los Angeles that he shared with his lovely new wife, Erin.

Bonds: Tough Call

As Barry Bonds nears Babe Ruth's career total of 714 home runs, play-by-play announcers are facing an awkward first: how do you call a jubilant moment that many people believe is, on some level, a fraud? "We've talked about it at length," says Vince Doria, news director for ESPN, which plans to air the eclipsing homer live. "It needs to be a call that recognizes the achievement, but tempers the moment." Adding to the complexity is that Bonds could be under federal indictment for perjury when...

Movies: Snakes on A What?

The script is pure Hollywood schlock. A witness under FBI protection is flying from Hawaii to Los Angeles. A mobster wants him dead before he can testify.

Horror Show

Once the credits roll and the theater empties, movie marketers go to the same place as the rest of us: the bathroom. Only they go to eavesdrop. "That's where you hear the good s--t," says Tim Palen, co-president of marketing for Lions Gate Films.

Newsmakers: Hugo Weaving, Teri Hatcher

This must be Weaving week. The Nigerian-born actor stars in both the new film "V for Vendetta" and a new production of "Hedda Gabler." He talked with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.In "V," you filled in at the last minute.

Why Bode's Been a Nobody

Four months ago, Bode Miller sat across from me in the bar of a New York City hotel and shared his idea of what a perfect two weeks in Torino would look like. "For me," he said, "the ideal Olympics would be to go in with all that pressure, all that attention and have performances that are literally tear-jerking, that make people put their heads down because they're embarrassed at how emotional they're getting, that make people want to try sports, talk to their kids, call their f---ing...

Torino By the Numbers

If you love sports, chances are you love statistics, too. Stats are, unscientifically speaking, 56 percent of the fun of sports. So let's take a look inside the numbers of these Torino games so far.

Hedrick vs. Davis

It isn't easy to put a jolt into long-track speed skating. Let's risk a few letters to the editor and be blunt: it's a boring sport to watch. Admirably challenging, yes.

The Americans: Burning Up the Ice

Even in Torino, thousands of miles from the Lone Star State, you don't mess with Texas. The U.S. team, aiming to top its record-setting medal haul at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, got down to business in a hurry on Saturday afternoon when long-track speed skater Chad Hedrick won the first American gold of these Games in the 5000 meters.

Day of Reckoning

With six days of the Torino Olympics in the books, here's a trivia question: which country has collected the most gold medals so far? Answer: the United States of America, with six.

The Slowrino Games

Perhaps it's fitting, in the region where the "slow food" movement began, that the Winter Olympics in Torino are suffering on all fronts from a dearth of speed.

DVDS: Let's Keep This Short

The author Dave Eggers and his pal Brent Hoff, an editor for Eggers's humor journal McSweeney's, are big fans of short films. Alas, says Hoff, "they're too short to show on TV, and they don't play in theaters because they'd rather show some great trivia about Adam Sandler." The two men had an idea: what if they launched a DVD "magazine," in which each new "issue" was a disc of short films?

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