'Australia' bosses deny dispute with Luhrmann

Movie executives have played down reports that a feud with director Baz Luhrmann over his epic film 'Australia' has put the project in jeopardy just days before its world premiere.

Movie executives have played down reports that a feud with director Baz Luhrmann over his epic film 'Australia' has put the project in jeopardy just days before its world premiere.

The Moulin Rouge director has spent four years filming the $130m (€102m) project, starring Australian actors Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman - who play lovers during the Second World War.

Luhrmann admitted this week that he must fly from the US to Sydney, Australia to finish editing the film, refuting claims studio bosses demanded he reshoot the ending.

A source who has reportedly seen a rough edit tells the New York Post, "Fox wanted more love scenes and development between Nicole and Hugh's characters, so they tried to splice that in. Now it's disjointed."

But a Fox spokesperson has denied the last-minute rift, adding: "It's far from a mess, and other than Oprah's (Winfrey) audience, who saw a rough, unfinished print, no one has seen it yet."

The film is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday.

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