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That's Mrs Jodie Foster to you: Photographer Alexandra Hedison

Posted: 25 Apr 2014 02:35 AM PDT

Here comes the bride. Here's comes the other bride. Oscar-winner Jodie Foster's rep confirms that she's married photographer Alexandra Hedison.

Jodie Foster has married photographer Alexandra Hedison, a representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirmed on April 23. E! News, which first reported the marriage, said the couple wed over the previous weekend.

Notoriously private, Foster, 51, publicly acknowledged that she's gay during a televised speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, and referred to her "ex-partner in love" Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons.

Ending speculations that had dogged her for years, she joked during her acceptance speech of the Cecil B. DeMille Award: "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age."

Hedison, 44, who dated Ellen DeGeneres about a decade ago, is also an actress. She appeared most recently in Showtime series The L Word, about the lives and loves of a group of gay women. 

According to E! News, rumours about the two started streaming through the Internet grapevine last summer when they were photographed at a "technology seminar" at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, and then out at "dinner with friends" a few days later. – Reuters

'Gordon's alive!' Fox inks deal for 'Flash Gordon' remake

Posted: 25 Apr 2014 01:05 AM PDT

Twentieth Century Fox has signed a deal to resurrect forgotten American sci-fi hero Flash Gordon for a new remake that cult fans have been waiting for. 

In many ways an ancestor to the modern-day cast of Marvel and DC superheroes, Flash Gordon first appeared in a 1934 comic strip of the same name drawn by Alex Raymond.


Nice duds: The original Flash Gordon drawn by comics artist Alex Raymond.

Without any super powers, the hero – who was originally a polo player and Yale graduate – undertook a mission to save Earth from the invading armies of Ming the Merciless, a bloodthirsty tyrant from the alien planet of Mongo.

Installed as screenwriters for the remake are JD Payne and Patrick McKay, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with producer John Davis about to close the deal with Fox.

Though Payne and McKay may not be widely known, they are regarded as hot property in Hollywood, as the team behind the script for a proposed third film in the rebooted Star Trek series.

Although discussions of remaking Flash Gordon have been going around for the past few years, this is apparently the first one that's actually entered actual development. Whether or not it will actually become a reality is still anyone's guess. 

The hero has seen action many times on the small and big screens, beginning with a trilogy of 'film serials' made between 1936 and 1940 starring Buster Crabbe as the title character. There have also been a few animated versions and a 21-episode Syfy channel TV series that ran through 2007 and 2008.

Early incarnation: Buster Crabbe (left) was the original cinematic Flash Gordon.

But it was the 1980 cinematic version directed by Mike Hodges that captured the public's imagination – and subsequent derision – with its campy dialogue, outlandish costumes and phallic spaceships. It didn't help that the movie downgraded Flash to a football player played by Playgirl-centrefold model Sam J. Jones who was nominated for a Razzie Worst Actor award. 

Cult favourite: Poster for the 1980 film version of Flash Gordon, directed by Mike Hodges.

The 1980 flick was also memorable for Max von Sydow's over-the-top performance as Ming, Timothy Dalton during his pre-James Bond era, and Golden Globe double-winner Chaim Topol as Dr Hans Zarkov. But the star of the film would be the soundtrack composed by British rock band Queen, especially the theme song Flash.

Although it did moderately well during its time, the film found a bigger audience after the 1980s as a cult favourite. Self-professed fan Comedian Seth MacFarlane even featured Sam J. Jones in a cameo in his 2012 hit comedy Ted

The crucial question now is: Who should be the new Flash Gordon? – AFP/RelaxNews

'The Hobbit: There And Back Again' is now something else

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:55 PM PDT

Filmmaker Peter Jackson reveals that the third film in The Hobbit series now has a new title.

The film formerly known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again has a new title.

Director Peter Jackson announced via his Facebook page Thursday that There And Back Again will now be titled The Battle Of The Five Armies when MGM and Warner Bros release it later this year.

"When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title," Jackson wrote. 

"We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate. And so: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies it is." 

Five Armies marks the third and final film in Jackson's Lord Of The Rings prequel trilogy.

Fan site TheOneRing.net reported last week that New Line had registered the title Into The Fire for the next Hobbit installment, along with Five Armies. Jackson also posted that fans of the film's original title may see it "used on a future box-set of all three movies".

The Oscar-winning director is currently editing Five Armies, while also overseeing work on an extended cut of last year's hit, Desolation Of Smaug. According to Jackson, the latter will feature more than 25 minutes of "new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore". The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies arrives in theatres Dec 17, 2014. — Reuters

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