Bergman’s island home up for sale
The secluded island home where Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman spent his final years is up for sale.
Several bidders have expressed interest in the 34-hectare property on the small Baltic Sea island of Faro, according to Joachim Wrang-Widen at Christie’s Great Estates in London, which is managing the sale.
Bergman, who died on July 30, 2007, is famous for cinema classics such as The Seventh Seal and the Oscar-winning Fanny and Alexander.
He lived in the main house alone after his wife, Ingrid, died in 1995. The building is partly designed by Bergman and is surrounded by pine forest and meadows. The estate also has other buildings, including a whitewashed barn where he had his private cinema and a writing lodge.
“We’ve had requests from France, Sweden, Germany, and several from the U.S.,” Wrang-Widen said Wednesday.
He declined to put a price tag on the property.
Aykroyd reveals Ghostbusters 3
The ghostbusters are set for a new round of paranormal policing.
Ottawa native Dan Aykroyd tells the Los Angeles Times there will be a third Ghostbusters film starring himself and original cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.
Aykroyd says production could be under way by winter.
The Saturday Night Live alumnus and Ramis co-wrote the first two films in the sci-fi comedy franchise, about eccentric paranormal exterminators in New York City.
The hit 1984 debut and its 1989 sequel also starred Rick Moranis and Annie Potts and were directed and co-produced by Ivan Reitman.
The next instalment is penned by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who also write for the TV series The Office.
In a report on the L.A. Times website, Aykroyd says Reitman is too busy to helm the third incarnation of Ghostbusters, so Ramis might direct instead.
Voice of Mickey Mouse silenced
Wayne Allwine, the actor who voiced Mickey Mouse for more than 30 years, has died.
The Walt Disney Co. says Allwine died Monday of complications from diabetes, with Russi Taylor, his wife of 20 years and the voice of Minnie Mouse, by his side. He was 62.
A Southern California native, Allwine joined Disney in 1966 when he took a job in the mail room. He went on to work in the sound effects department and began voicing the company’s main mouse in 1977.
His falsetto can be heard in 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit and at Disney theme parks around the world.
Allwine was the third man behind Mickey’s voice.
The first was Disney himself, then Jimmy MacDonald, who became Allwine’s mentor and passed him the reins after voicing the mouse for 30 years.
“He said, ’Just remember kid, you’re only filling in for the boss,”’ Allwine once recalled.
“And that’s the way he treated doing Mickey for years and years.”
Former beauty queen sues
LOS ANGELES — A former British Columbia beauty queen has sued International Creative Management, claiming the firm and one of its top talent agents subjected her to unwanted sexual advances.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Claire Robinson alleges ICM and agent Jack Gilardi exploited the former Miss British Columbia and that she was sent to auditions for roles that didn’t exist or weren’t available to her. She alleges one of Gilardi’s friends, John Rockwell, introduced her to the agent and in 2008 threatened and raped her.
The talent agency denies Robinson’s allegations.
The class-action lawsuit also seeks to end a practice it calls “hip pocketing,” in which an agent claims they will represent a person but never actually takes them as a client.
Robinson’s suit also claims that Gilardi inappropriately touched her while en route in an ICM limousine to a stuntmen awards show in 2007.
The lawsuit seeks millions in damages and a judge’s order to end “hip pocketing” at ICM, which the suit claims has been going on for years.
While it is the practice of many media outlets not to publish the names of alleged sexual assault victims, Robinson’s lawyer says his client has made a conscious decision to identify herself.
Lawyer Perry Wander told The Canadian Press that Robinson wants to help protect other women who may come to Hollywood.