Paris Hilton’s Interview About Repo!

    It didn’t take Paris Hilton long after being bounced from the clink to get back to work. Last week, the celebutante star of The Simple Life and the feature House of Wax has landed a leading role in Repo! The Genetic Opera, a musical thriller co-financed by Saw producers Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed the last three Saw movies, including the upcoming fourth installment. The socialite tells EW Repo! is a sort of Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Moulin Rouge-type deal in which she will sing, dance, and wear prosthetics for her role. Intrigued yet? Read on.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So we read about your casting in Repo: The Genetic Opera.

    Can you tell us how you got involved with that?
    Almost a year ago, I got a call — or actually, I met Mark Berg, one of the guys from Twisted Pictures, and he told me that he had produced all the Saw movies and that the director and him were talking about me for the lead girl, Amber Sweet, in the movie and the director thought I was perfect for it and he really wanted to meet me. So we set up a meeting, and then I came in, met him, and then, like, a month later we did auditions where I sang and I danced and did it with the other character that I’m doing my big scenes with and they love me! [Laughs]

    So they made you try out as if you were auditioning for a Broadway musical, almost.
    Oh yeah, it was a process.

    Did you have to prepare songs from the show or did you do stuff that you had already worked on?
    They just gave me the script and the CD of the song, how it sounded, and I worked with my voice coach every day and my choreographer and then went in and did it and they said I blew everyone else out of the water, so it was really exciting.

    So that’s why they like you. Why did you like them? What was it about the role and the project that made you think it would be cool to do?
    There’s nothing else like it. It’s like a movie I’ve never even heard of. I love musicals, like I love Moulin Rouge, and I love horror films, and putting those together, it’s like Rocky Horror Picture Show, Moulin Rouge with the director of Saw, and the script is really great, and I have Paul Sorvino playing my father, and he’s a great actor, and it’s an honor to be working with him.

    So is it going to be a campy, Rocky Horror-style — is that the tone that they’re going for?
    It’s gonna be a scary horror film, but a musical as well, with really cool characters and a very cool storyline. The music is awesome as well. It’s really new age, cool music.

    In terms of your singing, is that kind of singing different for you than the more pop singing that you’re used to?
    Yeah, definitely. I’ve been working with this new voice coach, Roger Love, and he’s really incredible. All the exercises we do have really strengthened my voice. The music’s pretty hardcore. My character’s, like, insane, so it’s fun to play with the character and do that. Totally not like me at all.

    Was there ever a moment where you hesitated because the whole project sounded so weird?
    No, not for one minute.

    I knew with Darren [Lynn Bousman] being involved it was going to be a great movie. He’s an amazing director and he knows what he’s doing. He already showed me a little short — they shot it in like two days — a little short of what they wanted to do with it and it was just so awesome.

    So when does production start?

    You’re working on your voice. Is there anything else you think will be a big challenge for the role?
    Probably just all the prosthetics and make-up, just sitting in the chair for hours because every scene I’m going to look completely different. There’s five different looks for me, I always look completely different. I’m excited for that transformation, because he wants to make it so you can’t even tell — like, that’s really Paris?

    Posted: August 2nd, 2007
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    Paris Hilton And Scott Storch Determined To Make Second Album Even Better

    Scott Storch: “We haven’t started [working on her second album], but I would like to.”

    Scott Storch and Paris Hilton spend hours chatting with each other last night.

    Looks like the beats on Paris Hilton’s album are going to put the ones on her debut to shame – after all, what else could she have been talking about with Scott Storch until 3:30 AM? And this wasn’t some idle conversation, either – by the time Paris took off for her Malibu beach house, the dynamic duo had already been chatting (or whatevering) away for hours, even changing venues from Paris’ house to the Beverly Wilshire!

    With all this personal attention from a hitmaker like Storch, Paris’ album is sure to be a success – no wonder Scott seemed so sure of its success when we asked him about it last week!


    Posted: August 1st, 2007
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    Paris Hilton About Simple Life: “I Have A Lot Other Projects In Works”

    Time to move on, fans!


    Posted: July 31st, 2007
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    Repo! Producer: I Am Not Crazy For Casting Paris Hilton

    Producer Darren Lynn Bousman has this to say to haters:

    Associated Press has just started spreading its report about Paris Hilton in Repo!, but unfortunately, it’s being crushed by Nicole Richie.

    Ok, it’s true. Paris Hilton is in REPO! Before everyone flips out, starts screaming, or slams my inbox with mail – let me tell you something. I have been working on this movie for many years. It has been in my head, my dreams, and my nightmares. I am not dumb enough to cast someone in this movie who isn’t absolutly perfect.

    Hold your judgments, just for a beat…

    This movie is not RENT, or DREAMGIRLS… It’s not SAW either…

    You think Paris is crazy… You haven’t seen anything yet…

    Keep watching for more INSANE casting news!


    Posted: July 31st, 2007
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    Hilton Set To Launch A Line Of High-End Footwear

    Clearly a little run-in with the law isn’t slowing down the Paris Hilton licensing machine. As if sportswear, watches, handbags and fragrances weren’t enough, Hilton now is launching an eponymous line of high-end footwear. “My goal is to create a stylish and fun fashion line from head to toe,” said Hilton in a statement from Antebi Group, a footwear manufacturing company based in New York, which is producing the shoes. “Antebi Group really understand my vision for this line as well as the needs for the fashion-forward young woman.” Platforms, stilettos, wedges and other signature Hilton styles will hit stores early next year. There will also be a sport line — all the better if one has to walk a straight line for Los Angeles Highway Patrol.

    Posted: July 31st, 2007
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    Paris Hilton Was Not Likely Filming A Music Video With David LaChapelle

    Things make a lot more sense now.

    Apparently, Paris Hilton was doing a photo shoot for lachapelle’s next gallery exhibit. I also know that she has been doing many photo shoots these days. So it wasn’t for a music video. I received this information from someone who claims to have been at the photo shoot.

    This probably makes a lot more sense since she still isn’t ready for a new album, and she’s not likely to release a single from her debut album. Shooting a music video in a studio doesn’t make much sense either.

    Also, the paparazzi clearly received a false information, and it quickly spread on the internet. TMZ and Splash were wrong.

    Posted: July 31st, 2007
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    Paris Hilton Happy To End The Simple Life Series

    Confirmed Report

    Paris Hilton has responded to the cancellation of her hit reality series The Simple Life, insisting she’s happy to end on a high note.

    The wealthy socialite proved a huge hit on the show with close pal Nicole Richie. But despite spawning five seasons, network E! revealed on Monday The Simple Life would be dropped from next year’s lineup.

    Hilton is unperturbed by the news, saying, “It’s been a great five years and we had so much fun. I’m happy to end it at that.”

    Posted: July 31st, 2007
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