entertainment friDAY, mAY 14, 2010
James Cameron: 3-D Larry Birkhead opens
will become standard format up about life after Anna Nicole
SEOUL, South Korea: Avatar director James Cam- LOS ANGELES: When Larry Birkhead took his 3 year-old
eron said Thursday that 3-D will replace 2-D as the daughter Dannielynn to the Kentucky Derby this year, it was life
standard, mainstream format for film, television and coming full circle because in 2004 he met the toddler’s mother,
online content in less than 25 years. Anna Nicole Smith, at the famous horse race.
Viewers will soon not only enjoy films in 3-D the- Now, as he prepares to sell her memorabilia at an upcoming
aters but all forms of entertainment, including sports auction in Las Vegas, Birkhead hopes he can begin to put some of
and music shows on TVs and laptops, Cameron said at the past behind him and move forward with his life.
a technology forum in Seoul. “When Anna first passed away, i had to take every single
Cameron directed the 3-D epic Avatar, which won thing out of the house and put it away in storage,” he told reu-
three Oscars and is the highest grossing film in history, ters. “it was too hard emotionally for me to be around those
with $2.7 billion in worldwide ticket sales to date. He memories.”
has also directed other blockbuster films such as Titanic At first, when Smith died in 2007 of an accidental drug over-
and Terminator. dose, Birkhead said he never thought he could sell her things, but
Avatar has proved that 3-D technology is not just as storage fees and his own home came to look like something of
a fad but a revolution changing how the audience memorabilia museum, he decided to let go.
chooses to consume media and entertainment con- “i don’t know that my daughter is going to need every single
tent, the 56-year-old director said in a speech to the thing that was her mothers. maybe it’s right to share some of
Seoul Digital forum, an annual technology and media Anna’s legacy with her fans.”
gathering. The items will be sold by Julien’s Auctions at the Planet Hol-
“Quite simply, where they had a choice, the audi- lywood resort and Casino on June 26 in Las Vegas. Going under
ence was selecting for the best possible way to see the the hammer will be much of Smith’s furniture, wardrobe, art-
movie,” he said. “And they saw 3-D as the premium work and even a car.
viewing experience.” What he refused to sell were two Kentucky Derby dresses
Cameron likened what he called the 3-D renais- she wore when they met -- he has since loaned them to the Ken-
sance to the advent of sound and color in motion pic- tucky Derby museum -- photo albums, diaries and a Swarovski
tures. But he said full adoption of the enhanced format crystal encrusted gown Smith wore to mimic her idol, marilyn
will require less time than the 25 years it took for color monroe.
movies to become standard. “i kept that for my daughter because i know it was really
Pointing to the popularity of 3-D films, Cameron FILE - James Cameron special to Anna -- she would never part with it,” said Birkhead. “i
envisions the film, technology and consumer electron- also kept Anna’s jewelry because every little girl likes jewelry.”
ics industries rapidly moving toward mass adoption of 3-D content to watch, Cameron said.
the enhanced format. “if you play all the 3-D movies in existence on Life After Anna Nicole
That could come as soon as “in a couple of years,” your fancy new 3-D TV, it will keep you entertained for for Birkhead, life is still very much about Smith, making it
but “definitely less than the 25 years it took color mov- about 3 days,” he said. “This content gap is the biggest difficult to move forward personally and professionally.
ies,” he told reporters at a press conference after the hurdle for the rapid adoption of 3D TV.” “Not a day goes by where don’t i get a call from a publicist
speech. Asked about the prospects for internet streaming or a fan or there’s some court case,” said Birkhead. “So it’s been
Television makers Samsung Electronics Co. and Pa- of 3-D movies, Cameron said he was upbeat. hard to go and do my own thing.”
nasonic Corp. started selling 3-D TVs this year in hopes “3-D laptops are already here,” Cameron said. Though he worked steadily as a celebrity photographer when
of riding one of the next big waves in consumer elec- “i’ve already seen some very good ones.” he met Smith, he gets few assignments now because his former FILE - Larry Birkhead and his 3 year-old daughter Dann-
tronics. Cameron also said he intends to personally dedi- contacts only want pictures of Dannielynn. ielynn
movie studios Universal and Disney have released cate himself to helping the industry adopt 3-D without His photography is now private work and he has been invest-
3-D films on Blu-ray, such as Coraline and The Polar creating a consumer backlash. ing in real estate. He’s also had offers to star in reality TV shows, His one-time nemesis, Smith’s lawyer and former boyfriend
Express. Discovery Communications and ESPN previ- That will include continuing to create quality 3-D but producers “want conflict and chaos,” which he refuses to en- Howard K. Stern whom he battled in court over paternity and
ously announced they will launch their own 3-D ca- content, like a sequel to Avatar, which he estimated gage in. guardianship of Dannielynn, is now a regular in his life.
ble television networks, with ESPN first broadcasting will take about 3 years to make - 18 months less than Birkhead said he is protective of Dannielynn, and that means “At one time he and i were not so friendly,” Birkhead admits,
World Cup soccer in 3-D next month. it took the first. having to hire security. Between curious on-lookers and pa- rather wryly. “But now we get along. Howard is the executor of
The biggest hurdle to rapid mainstream adoption of The release date will be announced in a few months, parazzi, going to the playground means “you’ve got ten camera Anna’s estate so we spend a lot of time talking about estate busi-
3-D is not technological shortcomings, but the lack of he said. -AP phones in your face and your every move is on Twitter.” ness.” -reuters
Facebook not 3 Idiots front-runner for IIFA honors
enough to bring Betty MUMBAI: rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idi-
ots is the clear favorite at next month’s
international indian film Academy (iifA)
White to Oscars
awards with fourteen nominations, in-
cluding best film, at india’s version of the
Colombo plays host in June to the an-
nual awards which are held in a different
LOS ANGELES: facebook fans brought Betty White city each year - a sign of Bollywood’s ef-
to Saturday Night Live, and now they’ve got their eyes forts to broaden its global appeal.
on the Oscars. 3 Idiots, the highest-grossing film of
A page on the social networking website, called Of- 2009, wooed audiences with its endear-
ficial Page for Getting Betty White to Host the Academy ing tale of three friends at an engineering
Awards, has collected more than 56,000 fans. college and earned Aamir Khan an iifA
One commenter wrote that “Betty White would be nomination for leading actor.
one of the best hosts ever!!!!!” Also in the running for awards in ma-
But the Academy of motion Picture Arts and Sciences jor categories are films like Paa, an un-
says it isn’t ready to let facebook make casting decisions usual father-son story revolving around
for film’s biggest night. progeria, frothy romance Love Aaj Kal
Spokeswoman Leslie Unger says the academy plans and the caper Kaminey. many of indian
to continue with its protocol of allowing the producers to cinema’s biggest names including Am-
select the host that will best serve the show they’re trying itabh Bachchan are expected to attend
to put together. -AP FILE - Screen grab from the movie 3 Idiots the awards ceremony. -reuters
The funniest relationship on TV? Colbert and House Katherine Heigl to
NEWYORK: The funniest relationship on TV might
be the clandestine, cross-network affair between The
“in the end, we’re both always right.”
The House photo (now more visible because
The report broadcasts in high-definition) has stuck
become ageless in love story
Colbert Report and House. The shelf behind Colbert’s C-shaped desk contains around, Colbert said in a recent interview, because the
if you look carefully, you can spot a small, framed a collection of odd objects that he has found reason show noticed it would frequently show up on camera LOS ANGELES: Katherine Heigl will get to live every movie
photograph of Hugh Laurie, the star of fox’s House, to keep by some twist of the show’s bizarre comedic over his shoulder. star’s dream of never growing old in The Age of Adaline.
on the set of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. meanderings. The House photo currently rests, Col- “We said we’ve got to keep that - we can’t get rid The epic love story, which is eyeing an October start date, centers
House has reciprocated the gesture with a photo of bert noted, “in a place of honor next to my coin purse of the picture of House,” he said. on a young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, who is rendered
Colbert that sits on Dr. Gregory House’s desk. made from a bull scrotum.” When he saw that “House” responded in kind, Col- ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a
On monday’s Report, Stephen Colbert said Colbert first placed the photo on his set in June bert said he was “honored because i’m such a fan.” man who might be worth losing her immortality.
House’s photo sits on his shelf because he’s a huge fan 2006 after Colbert (the real one) received an honor- in an e-mail Wednesday, Laurie said he was “huge- The producers, Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel
of the TV doctor. ary degree from Knox College. This made him a doc- ly flattered by mr. Colbert’s tip of the hat.” Entertainment, are out to directors and talent, including actors for
“House and i have a lot in common,” Colbert, in tor, Colbert claimed, and next to his degree, he placed “People sometimes ask whether i have anything the male lead.
mock pundit character, said on the show. “We both photos of three other TV doctors: House, Noah Drake in common with the character i play, and i answer as Heigl next stars opposite Ashton Kutcher in Killers, which Lion-
refuse to play by the rules, never consider the con- from “General Hospital,” and Dr. Cliff Huxtable from truthfully as i can: House and i are the same height sgate opens June 4, and recently wrapped the comedy-drama Life as
sequences of our actions, and are horribly abusive to The Cosby Show. and we both have a worshipful obsession with Stephen We Know It for Gold Circle and Warner Bros. -reuters
Colbert,” said Laurie. “That’s it. And even the height
part isn’t quite right. i am actually one inch taller than
House. But it seemed to us completely and satisfyingly
consistent for House to curl up in front of Colbert after
a hard day’s healing.”
The connection between the two fictional charac-
ters is fitting because it mirrors a real-life link. Both
are comedians with a fondness for wordplay and an
extraordinary talent for embodying a character.
American audiences are less familiar with Laurie’s
earlier sketch comedy work on British television, in-
cluding the beloved, acclaimed series Blackadder and
“A Bit of fry and Laurie,” and his portrayal of P.G.
Wodehouse’s empty-headed Bertie Wooster in the
PBS series Jeeves and Wooster. Colbert says he’s par-
ticularly a fan of “A Bit of fry and Laurie,” which co-
starred Stephen fry (also Laurie’s co-star in Jeeves).
“i love it when people say, ‘Oh, i saw Hugh Laurie
on SNL. He was funny!’” said Colbert. “Yes, there was
something he did before House.”
But that’s background that Colbert - or Laurie -
would never even wink at on TV. No, instead Colbert
continues to play up his character’s love of House.
“i spend a lot of time praising the larger-than-life
figures who shape our nation, be they President Bush,
Vice President Cheney or House,” Colbert said on
a 2006 show. “When will that hospital learn just to FILE -
trust his instincts? They already give him the hopeless Katherine Heigl
FILE - Cast photo of House cases.” -AP