Gotham doing monster location biz
NEW YORK — “Godzilla” invades Gotham next month as Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin (“Independence Day”) come to town for a monthlong shoot on Sony’s revival of the Japanese cult classic.
Although “Godzilla” crews will be filming wide shots — including such landmarks as the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building and Central Park — local residents will not have to share the sidewalks with the monster.
“He’s staying home,” quipped Patricia Reed Scott of the Mayor’s Commission for Film, Theater & Broadcasting.
“Godzilla’s” arrival is good news for the city’s production community, which has been suffering from the winter doldrums. The absence of big-budget studio pics during the first three months of the year prompted some industry execs to speculate that Hollywood’s enthusiasm for the Big Apple was on the wane after three boom years.
What’s in a name among ‘Friends’?
CNN talker Larry King may want to bone up on his research next time he’s doing a celebrity show. Monday’s show featured the cast of “Friends” and King made a few gaffes during the show.
Among the more notable goofs were King calling David Schwimmer “Richard” for some unknown reason. Schwimmer gently reminded King that his name was David. King replied that Schwimmer “looked like a Rich-ard.” A few seconds later Schwimmer called King “Steve” to even the score.
Real names weren’t King’s only problem. He also misidentified Matthew Perry’s character “Chandler,” calling him “Charles” and mispronounced Lisa Kudrow’s last name.