Brad Pitt is now back in LA filming Oceans 13, tentatively subtitled "any excuse to see Pitt, Damon and Clooney onscreen together, even if Ellen Barkin is in it," and he's been bringing Maddox and Zahara with him to work! Pitt is taking advantage of the on-set daycare.
Our spies on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles say Pitt, on site filming "Ocean's 13," drops off Maddox and Zahara, his two adopted children with Angelina Jolie, at the studio's day-care center every day. "The day care is available to anybody working on the lot, including secretaries and executives," said our source. But, "The workers at the day-care center are very protective of Brad and won't let any of the other parents approach him or talk to him." A rep for Pitt said, "It sounds like Brad, but he would say 'Hi' to anyone who wants to talk to him."
That's cute! I wish they had daycare where my husband works.
Meanwhile these new pics on the Oceans set came out. There were just low-res versions before, but these huge pictures of the guys on set are making me swoon! There are plenty of pictures of Damon's cute butt too! Thanks to Simply Brad for the pics.
Life & Style Weekly cites an insider that says the couple are making every effort to keep their lives private once they move in. How you say? Soundproofing.
The insider dishes to the weekly magazine that neighbors needn’t worry about the lovebirds being loud. The couple are requesting extra soundproofing - in their bedroom!
“They asked that we change the design to include extra insulation between the bedrooms of the penthouse and the unit next door,” says a realty insider.
Josh’s rep tells L&S that the couple are not moving in together.
But the chatty real estate insider says it was Scarlett, 21, who scouted the 2,648-square-foot condo in Tribeca - which boasts three bedrooms, 2½ baths and two balconies...
And – a few days later, her father and Josh, 28, were seen poring over floor plans in a nearby café. “She seemed very pleased,” says the realty insider.
Scarlet and Josh lived together in Josh's Tribeca apartment from about December of last year until late March, when Scarlet is said to have spent $2 million on her own Tribeca condo. They've tried to keep a low-profile relationship, and that's great news that they're moving in together and giving it another try.
It could be true that just Scarlet's buying the place, but if she's requesting a soundproof bedroom there's got to be a good reason.
Here is Scarlet playing a journalist in "Scoop" with Woody Allen and hot Hugh Jackman. [via]
British hottie Jason Statham stars with Amy Smart in the action film "Crank" about a hit man trying to settle a score. I loved him in "Snatch," "The Italian Job," and even "The Transporter," and from the trailer this looks like a slick and entertaining film.
Statham is also revising his role as "Handsome Rob" in a sequel to "The Italian Job" to come out in 2008. It's called "The Brazilian Job," and Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def and Seth Green have all signed on.
Here are pictures of Statham in the movie with Amy Smart. "Crank" is out August 1st.
Sky.co.uk had these new pictures taken on the set of Oceans 13. They're rather small, but still drool-worthy. Just thinking about Brad, Matt, and George on-screen again - even in the most unwatchable film - gets me all woosy. Sky says there's this mystery new person in the latest Oceans installment. I don't know why they're getting all worked up about it, though. Everyone knows that the new actress in Oceans 13 is Ellen Barkin, who inexplicably gets an on-screen fling with Matt Damon. How did she get so lucky? Her billionaire husband cheated on her and dumped her. (Sorry I'm so bitter! You go Ellen.)
Danny Ocean's gang is back (yes girls, Brad Pitt, George Clooney AND Matt Damon) ...
... And this time it's even bigger.
By one person.
But just who that extra person is remains a secret.
Could it be Catherine Zeta-Jones' character, Isabel, or Vincent Cassel's mastermind criminal, François Toulour, from the previous film?
We'd like to see Brad's squeeze, Angelina Jolie, join in...
But as the main Ocean boys are back out filming, it won't be long before they're joined by their new inductee.
Here are the pictures on set. The linked versions are low quality. As soon as higher resolution versions come out, I'll post them.
Kate Hudson won a recent libel award from the British arm of The National Enquirer. Celebrities sue the British and Irish offshoots of US gossip magazines to get around US libel laws, which shield publications from damages unless it can be proven that they acted from malice. (So basically the US gossip rags can make shit up and no one can sue them.) Britney Spears is now suing 8 gossip magazines from offshore in the hopes of scoring some cash to feed her estranged husband's fast lifestyle.
Hudson was refuting a report that she was dangerously thin and that her mother, Goldie Hawn, was worried for her health. She won an undisclosed settlement from the magazine.
Here is Hudson looking like an elf at the July 23rd Australian premiere of "You, Me, and Dupree" with annoying Owen Wilson. She shouldn't wear her hair back because it certainly isn't flattering to her face. [via]
A guy got to see "Snakes on a Plane," the film that we've all been hyping due to its literal title and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson kicks ass. (It also doesn't hurt that filmmakers listened to the blogs, encouraged us, and are said to have incorporated our wishes into the film. This is unlike most marketers who e-mail me all obvious asking for coverage, or network executives who try to block "proprietary" content from the web where they're getting the best free advertising ever.)
The reviewer may have been influenced by his coveted status as the first guy who gets to comment on the film, but he seems totally believable to me and he has a good reputation on "Ain't it Cool News," which is a well-known movie review and industry news site.
After having to sit through this year’s overproduced, bloated, pretentious studio product that desperately tries to disguise its B movie roots… finally here’s a movie that hunkers down to give the audience a shameless good time.
Of course “Snakes On A Plane” is ridiculous, but it’s also nonstop fun.
These filmmakers aren't embarrassed to deliver everything exactly as promised. The only thing that will probably go unnoticed after the huge opening weekend grosses, as well as consternation from cinematic elitists, is that “Snakes On A Plane” is a much better movie than it has any right to be with such a crazy premise and ridiculous title.
“Snakes On A Plane” functions as both a competent thriller as well as a full-blown horror movie.
In some ways, the film shares a certain kinship with another movie set on a plane that I enjoyed: “Executive Decision,” which stretched credibility with great ingenuity in order to entertain.
Of course, that movie didn't feature the unnerving slither quotient that gives this film its now legendary distinction.
Believe it or not, “Snakes On A Plane” shares an unexpected kinship with Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” a film that was also derided as absurd upon initial release, wherein natural everyday anxieties, such as flying, are sent off the charts by an unforeseen element being thrown into the mix.
It’s bad enough to be on a rough flight, but imagine the floor around you filled with as many snakes as Indiana Jones was forced to contend with.
Believe it or not, “Snakes On A Plane” actually doesn't insult the audience. The director and screenwriters work hard to keep ratcheting up the suspense, both on the ground and in the air, and approach some of it with actual sophistication.
There’s actually some logic that comes into play throughout… and no one will be checking their watches during this movie. Like the venomous creatures that attack the passengers and crew… this movie is lean and mean.
Samuel L. Jackson is believable in a role which could otherwise seem over-the-top or beneath him. He says that line we've all been clamouring for, that was added after blogger behest.
Some of the online community is sick of "Snakes on a Plane" already and says that it's "so last month" and is bound to suck. It may have been a victim of its overpopularity and is experiencing a lull in buzz now that it's been covered so thoroughly. It comes out August 18, 2006, and we'll have to see how it does at the box office and if other reviewers agree that it really kicks ass.
I know, just like me you would be in a shock too after seeing Lindsay Lohan in between her guy’s legs, doing…you know what. However, after looking at picture carefully, I realized that it’s a movie shoot.
But I still find it a bit awkward, it might not be a new thing for Lindsay but her mum would land up in a shock if this scene makes it to the screen. Better known as Teen queen, Lindsay seems to be ready to do anything and everything to make it big in the industry. A few months back, she said she would go topless for an Oscar.
‘Friends’ star Jennifer Aniston revealed it lately that she was feeling a bit uncomfortable while filming a naked scene in her movie ‘The Break Up’ with her current beau Vince Vaughn. Jen says that she is comfortable with her body and don’t have much problems with being naked but not in front of everybody. She had to walk around naked for an entire day while filming the sex scene.
Her crew really supported her in that. She told Elle magazine that every time she used to come back to her room after a shot, her wardrobe assistants and make-up guys used to take off their shirts.
Is Jen sure that was a supporting gesture? That seems like an inviting signal to me. You never know with guys, as sex takes the topmost place in their mind.
This article was originally published on Celebguru and is used under a content share agreement while Celebitchy is on vacation.
According to the recent buzz around, Natalie Portman has been engaged to star in the forth and final Indiana Jones movie. Natalie would play the role of Indiana Jones’ daughter in the movie. Karen Allen, who played Marion Ravenwood, Indiana Jones’ love interest in Raiders of the Lost Arc will also make a come back with Indiana Jones 4.
After the screening of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, Allen told Indiana Jones fans that she has recently heard that Natalie will play Indy’s daughter. After a few moments, she realized that she should not have revealed it, so she changed the subject quickly.
People should dress to fit their body type and not try to deny that they're super-thin or carrying a few extra pounds. We call it a muffin top when chubby chicks try to wear tight jeans and short tops, and we need a suitable nickname for thin women showing off their concave chests. I was going to write something about Keira's "dead woman's chest," but figured that would be too cliche. Something about pancakes would be suitable, but it's not about flat chests as much as sunken sternums.
"I've got a lot of experience with anorexia — my grandmother and great-grandmother suffered from it, and I had a lot of friends at school who suffered from it," Knightley said. "I know it's not something to be taken lightly and I don't."
She said she was surprised by any suggestion that she had an eating disorder.
"(The press) said to me yesterday `How does it feel to be called anorexic?' and I had no idea that I was," Knightley said. "I'm not saying there aren't people in the film industry that suffer from it, because I am sure that there are. But I'm quite sure I don't have it."
She handled the question well by saying that she's glad she helped stir up interest in the issue and that it's good that people are talking about it.
She's obviously in denial that she's so thin, and shouldn't be showing off her tiny body. Kate Bosworth must realize how she looks because she wore a tight but flattering dress to the "Superman Returns" premiere and didn't look like the stick that she is.
"I'm trying to go 'Fuck it' and have bowls of pasta or whatever makes me happy. I haven't been to the gym since January and I'm drinking about half a bottle of wine a night. Fuck it, you've got one life - live it."
Knightley went on to admire the curves of other actresses like Scarlett Johansson whose body is about a million miles away from Knightley’s slender frame and who she was photographed with nude for the front cover of Vanity Fair.
She added: "That kind of decadent flesh is absolutely beautiful. How sexy is that on a woman?"
"We had such a laugh. Scarlett's a sweetheart. I'm not completely comfortable with my body but I just thought, 'Fuck it'."
It is was true that Knightley is eating "bowls" of pasta it would show on her frame. It's also very telling that she says she's not comfortable with herself, and calls Johansson's hot body "decadent flesh." Johansson is fit with curves and is not chubby at all. If Knightley thought Johansson looked good she would call her hot or curvy but instead she uses a description that is more suited to a side of beef. She obviously has problems with normal-looking women and isn't going to gain weight until she faces reality.
Here are some candids of Knightley in London on 7/2, at a "Pirates of the Caribbean" photocall with Orlando Bloom and at the UK premiere on 7/3. [via]
Here's a slightly different version of the trailer that someone recorded in the movie theatre
"Snakes on a Plane" (warning: site has music) asks the question "What if you were trapped on a 747 full of deadly snakes?" and stars Samuel L. Jackson. It opens August 18th.
This movie looks awesome, and I've been completely influenced by all the buzz. Try to market something to me, and I won't listen, but get all the blogs to carry it and I'm sold. "Snakes on a Plane" has taken advantage of all the Internet hype, and even offers a "Snakes" theme for your MySpace.
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 premiered at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on June 24th. The film draws inspiration from the ride of the same name at the Disney theme parks. Pissed off fans and press waited nearly 6 hours at Disneyland for a chance to see the stars, who were gone all too quickly:
There was a pre-party with grog and grub at the Blue Bayou and Café Orleans for the premiere guests. They could also ride the new Pirates ride that features characters from the film: Jack Sparrow, his nemesis Captain Barbossa, and the squid-faced Davy Jones and then fill three huge red, yellow and green bleachers to view the film scheduled to be shown on an outdoor screen at around 9 p.m.
But by 7:30, the fans out on the carpet were getting hungry and hoarse, children began whimpering and even the seasoned press was turning surly.
“We’ve been standing here 5 hours and we’ve not seen a single lead actor from the film,” groused a KTLA reporter. “This is insane. Why would they make us stand out here this long?” Even a befuddled German reporter asked, “Is this normal?..."
At 8:15 p.m., frenzied screaming came from the carpet entrance. Down the line, cameramen on step ladders reported seeing Depp, Knightley and Bloom’s heads. The actors are posing for photos, zig-zagging down the carpet, talking to TV crews, then running over to shake hands and sign autographs for fans. That’s why it’s taking so long.
But it's getting late, almost 9 p.m., and the very real fear is that the film's stars will be yanked away by publicists and taken into the party so the film can begin...
Desperate reporters, sensing doom, start to break ranks. Mutinuous USA Today, People and Us Weekly scribes climb over the metal bars and run down the carpet to try to talk to Depp, who is surrounded by Disney pubs, his personal pub, Robin Baum, and roughly two dozen black-suited security guards, wearing headsets.
”If you have movie tickets, go in and take your seats,” warns a stern guard. We’re taking him in. The movie has to start!”
The carpet has become a mob scene. Guards are getting nervous. Reporters are pleading with publicists. Cameras keep flashing. Fans are screaming, "Joooohnnnyyy!" Suddenly the situation implodes as the guards surround Depp and rush their celebrity charge down the carpet.
Reporters and cameramen have to run ahead of the Depp Delta Force, as if trying to outrun a molten lava flow. “Keep moving! Keep moving! Keep moving!,” the guards shout.
Just a few frenzied minutes later and it’s all over. Depp is gone. After waiting for six hours, disgruntled reporters pack up and leave. And countless disappointed fans only got a split-second glimpse of Depp’s fedora.
That's annoying that people were made to wait so long. Disneyland didn't plan it correctly and should not have told people to show up so early.
"Pirates of the Caribbean 2" opens on July 7th.
Here are pictures from the premiere of Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp, and Orlando Bloom. I really like Keira's dress and think it's a good choice for the premiere of this semi-spooky film. Also shown are Christina Applegate, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stacy Keibler, Daisy Fuentes and the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. [via]
Kate Bosworth and new super-hottie Brandon Routh attended the premiere of "Superman Returns" last night in LA. Kate was dashing in a floor length white gown, but her ears looked elvish and she should have worn her hair down.
"Superman Returns" opens this weekend and is sure to be a hit with critics and crowds. It has an astonishing 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics saying that it's "superb," "triumphant," and a lot of fun.
Here is an interview with Bosworth about her character, Lois Lane, in "Superman Returns." The narration voice-over is really loud, so be careful if you're watching at work.
Bosworth did all her own flying stunts with a harness in the film.
Bosworth is seen posing with her costar Brandon Routh, and with her flirty boyfriend, Orlando Bloom. People were saying that Bloom and Bosworth may have ended their tumultuous relationship after Bloom was caught nuzzling Claire Danes and having lunch with Sienna Miller.
Here are pictures from the premiere [via] and the film.
While touring to promote thier movie, 'The Break-Up,' the couple posed -- separately -- for a mob of media in Hamburg. This fits with their long-standing tendency to not be photographed together. But the German photographers wanted a two-shot, and loudly cajoled Vince to join Jennifer under the lights.
Finally, Vince did step forward, but only with the film's director, Peyton Reed, standing between Vaughn and Aniston. This teasing maneuver only further upset the media, whose voices swelled with groans and boos.
The videographer in this clip zooms in on Jennifer's right hand, possibly looking for an engagement ring. Despite media reports that the couple are engaged, sources tell TMZ that this is not true.
Jen and Vince may or may not be together. They were photographed enjoying dinner in Paris (above) [via] and at the French Open, but they don't seem happy or particularly into each other. That could just be how they always look, though.
"Lake House" is just about the weirdest premise for a romantic movie that I've heard of. Two lonely souls live in the same artsy house two years apart and end up communicating through letters they leave in a magic mailbox. It's supposed to be as boring as it sounds and not at all romantic.
The not-quite fully baked idea at the centre of "Lake House" is an appealing metaphor for romantic destiny: Two lonely souls who live in the same house at different times begin communicating across a distance of two years.
Adoring shots of building facades notwithstanding, the story's passion is subdued to the point of absence. And even within its wobbly framework of metaphysical logic, the payoff is such a cheat that viewers who aren't punch-drunk from being pingponged between the film's two time periods will be left only with questions -- but not the kind that will bring them back for second viewings.
Even the trailer is bad:
Sandra and Keanu are cute, though, and it's too bad they're starring in such a crappy movie.
People are saying she's bloated or whatever, but she really looks pregnant to me. Look how she poses defensively on the red carpet, holding her hands over her stomach and looking like she's trying to hide something. I think she's wearing a girdle here but still has a bump. It's below her belly button, not in the stomach area where it should be. If you look at the candid of her outside the Rodin museum, you can see a definite rounding. I may be wishing and hoping for this, since it would make such juicy gossip considering the situation, but I do believe it's true.
Life and Style Weekly is reporting that Aniston is pregnant. Yes I know that doesn't make it true, but someone else is reporting it!
Here is Aniston at a "Break Up" screening and photocall in Germany on June 12th and at the gardens of the Rodin museum in Paris on June 11th.
Brokeback Mountain and Wedding Crashers were the big winners, scooping five awards between them.
Jake Gyllenhaal took the trophy for best performance for his role in the gay cowboy movie, and his screen smooch with co-star Heath Ledger was named best kiss.
Comedy Wedding Crashers won the best film, best screen team and best breakthrough performance awards.
Among the other winners were: Steve Carell - who won best comedic performance for The 40-year-old Virgin, Christian Bale - who won best hero for his lead role in Batman Begins, Hayden Christian - who was named best villain for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt scooped best fight for Mrs and Mrs Smith.
Here is Alba on the red carpet, during the show and in her press room appearance. Everything about her is gorgeous - except for her hideous shoes! Pictures [via]
Jennifer Garner was offered the role of Pamela Ewing in the upcoming "Dallas" movie, but she decided not to do it after learning that J.Lo had already signed on to the project. Seems like Garner has a healthy fear of her husband's big-bottomed Latina ex:
JENNIFER GARNER reportedly turned down the role of PAMELA EWING in the forthcoming DALLAS movie, after discovering her husband BEN AFFLECK's ex-fiancee JENNIFER LOPEZ had signed to star in the remake. The ALIAS beauty started dating her DAREDEVIL co-star in July 2004 - seven months after the actor ended his high-profile engagement with J.Lo. British newspaper the Daily Mail claims Garner was in talks to play BOBBY EWING's wife Pam, but backed out when she realised Lopez would be playing JR's alcoholic wife SUE-ELLEN. A source says, "Jennifer Garner was really keen to be in Dallas, but I think she felt there would be a bit of a strain between them on the set and that could have led to awkward situations. "Both are totally professional, but there might have been a certain 'atmosphere' and Jennifer Garner didn't need to go there."
Garner has a happy relationship and a gorgeous baby with Affleck, the man who put a stop to J.Lo's lavish wedding and gradually dumped her through passive aggressive behavior. Now all J.Lo has is a skeletal husband and a fat stomach that she wears mumus over in an attempt to get people to think it's a baby bump.
It doesn't matter how rich or successful J.Lo is, Garner will always be happier and more content because she's just a genuinely kind, positive person. Judging from her decision to stay away from J.Lo, she has a lot of sense too.
Here's Garner on the set of "Gone Baby Gone," which Ben is directing, on 5/24. [via]
Liev Screiber, Julia Stiles, and Mia Farrow star in "The Omen," a remake of the 1976 horor film about a little kid who's the devil incarnate.
Here's the trailer: warning
This looks creepy as hell and you couldn't pay me to see this. (Unless it was three figures, then I'd go and cover my eyes.)
At the screening of "The Omen" last night in NY, Watts is wearing a loose-fitting dress, but I don't think she's pregnant unless it's early on. In some HQ photographs that came out a couple of weeks ago you can see her stomach through a sheer top and it's flat.
"The Omen" comes out, predictably, on 6/6/06.
Also shown are Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow, and creepy little Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.
A shaky teaser trailer taped live in the theatre for "Snakes on a Plane" has come out. "Snakes on a Plane" (warning: site has music) asks the question "What if you were trapped on a 747 full of deadly snakes?" and stars Samuel L. Jackson. You've undoubtedly heard of it since it's become an Internet sensation due to its literal title and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson kicks ass.
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss, who split up in 1997 after dating on and off for three years, may play ill-fated lovers Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates in a film about the INXS frontman's life.
Depp, who will play the late INXS frontman, split up with the supermodel in 1997 after a stormy three-year romance.
But he is happy for Moss to get close again, and play Hutchence's girlfriend Paula Yates in the rock movie.
An insider said: "Johnny was asked if it would be a deal breaker for him if Kate was cast."
"He said 'Not as far as I'm concerned.' He figures there's been enough water under that bridge.
"Obviously director Nick Egan hoping there's still enough chemistry between them that will translate to the screen.
"It has been claimed she never got over him and in the film they'll have to appear deeply in love."
Both Yates and Hutchence are now dead. Hutchence was found dead in November, 1997, in a hotel room in Sydney. He was naked and died of self-suffucation from a leather belt. Yates insisted that Hutchence's death was an accident, and that he was practicing dangerous auto-erotic asphyxiation, or trying to increase sexual pleasure through lack of oxygen. Yates died in 2000 from a heroin overdose. She was said to be distraught over losing custody of her three ridiculously-named daughters to her ex husband, Bob Geldolf. Yates and Hutchence are survived by a ten year-old daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. (Yes, that is her name.)
While Moss has her share of drug abuse and tragedy, which may help her relate to her character, it is unclear whether she can act. She has only bit parts to her credit. If she can act it will be an impressive role to add to her resume.
With Johnny Depp in the lead, people are sure to be interested in the film, and it could be an incredible story of the late Hutchence.
The verdict is partially in and Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn's new movie, "The Breakup," is said to be terrible:
Audiences expecting a good time will instead be rewarded with wildly unsympathetic lead characters and uncomfortably long stretches without a laugh in sight. While they might initially be drawn in by the marketing department`s promise of something a lot more entertaining, the end box office result will likely be less than amicable.
Initially meeting at a baseball game, Chicago tour guide Gary Grobowski (Vaughn) manages to persuade art gallery employee Brooke Meyers (Aniston) to dump her male friend and go out with him basically by buying her a hot dog.
Flash forward to the couple living in what isn`t exactly domestic bliss, with Brooke running around getting ready to host a dinner party for their families while Gary contentedly parks himself in front of the television.
With the cracks in their relationship finally reaching the breaking point, Brooke finally calls Gary for the jerk he is, but in her little schemes to make him realize the errors of his ways, Brooke only ends up matching him in the bad behavior department.
But what could have at best played out like a wilted "War of the Roses" ends up looking a lot more like Rob Reiner`s misbegotten "The Story of Us."
As for whether Aniston and Vaughn have broken up too, the verdict is still out. We reported that they seemed to be on the outs, at least according to Star Magazine, which said last week that Vince wanted time off from the relationship. US Weekly claimed to have an exclusive that they snuck off together after the LA premiere party, though.
Judging from the pictures at the Chicago premiere of "The Break Up" on Sunday, they still kept their distance. They were photographed together yesterday at the Cubs Reds game however, at which Vince threw the first pitch.
"Babel," directed by "21 Grams" director, Alejandro Gonzalez, stars Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, and Gael Garcia Bernal and is a multi-layered film about miscommunication in the modern world. It is in the running for the Palme d'Or, the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It is said to be in competition with Sofia Coppola's film starring Kirsten Dunst, "Marie Antoinette," and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver," starring Penelope Cruz. Pitt could not make it to Cannes due to the impending birth of his first child, but sent his regards.
Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in the powerful new film "Babel", an examination of linguistic, cultural and personal barriers that sweeps across three continents and tackles terrorism, immigration and suicide.
In competition at the Cannes film festival, the movie by Mexican "21 Grams" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is seen as one of the favourites for the coveted "Palme d'Or" prize, although there are eight films still to show.
Pitt and Blanchett portray a couple on holiday in Morocco when tragedy strikes, and their story is linked to that of two shepherd boys living in a remote village...
Blanchett praised co-star Pitt, who was not in Cannes due to the impending arrival of his child with Angelina Jolie.
An e-mail from him was read out to journalists before the briefing began.
"With the imminent arrival of the newest addition to our family, I am unable to join Alejandro, Cate, Gael and the rest of the cast and crew in introducing the film," he wrote, adding that he was "tremendously proud" of Babel.
Blanchett's words about working with Pitt were even warmer.
"In terms of working with Brad, it's like chocolate. He's glorious and wonderful and I really wanted to work with him for a long time."
"Babel" sounds like a rich, thoughtful film and with talent like Blanchett, Pitt and Bernal it's not surprising that it's a hit with the critics.
Here is Cate Blanchett with cutie Gael Garcia Bernal at the photocall for "Babel" in Cannes today. Her dress is a bit wild, but I really think it's lovely and suits her.
We know we're always saying people look pregnant. That's half the fun of looking at celebrity pictures so you can't blame us. Sarah Michelle Gellar wore three different loose empire waist dresses while promoting her film "Southland Tales" at Cannes. In some of the HQ pictures from Cannes, shown in the first row below, it really looks like she's trying to hide something. She also put her hand over her stomach while on the red carpet - a telltale sign!
Gellar is 29 and has been married to Freddie Prinze Jr., 30, since September, 2002.
I play Krysta Now who is an adult film star but she’s also a reality television star, she has an album, she has a soda drink…she’s a multi industry and she’s in love with Boxer Santoros played by Dwayne (Johnson).
It sounds pretty interesting. We'll have to wait and see how the film is, and if Gellar is actually pregnant.
The Stars of XMen 3 were on hand to promote the film at the Cannes film festival. Halle Berry, Rebecca Romjin, Hugh Jackman, Anna Panquin, and Famke Janssen were among the celebrities at a photocall for the movie today.
"You're in this beautiful place but, when you come with a movie, what I've realized is that it is not really a lot of fun and playtime. It is worktime for us. But I'm hoping that, with Brett here (playboy director Brett Ratner), there will be some parties, so if I just follow him, follow in his dust, I'll manage to get to some cool party I hope I can come back another year, next year, when I don't have a film here, and just be a spectactor and enjoy the festival."
Ratner is indeed known to party. He has been linked with Lindsay Lohan and was said to have made the teenager jealous when she found him in bed with a hot model.
Halle Berry asked a BBC radio DJ if he was "having a racist moment" when he inexplicably decided to impersonate a "big, fat, black guy" by his own admission. People are saying that Berry overreacted, but asking if someone is having a racist moment is a mild reaction, and seems justified based on the description of what happened.
Here are the pictures from the photocall. Halle Berry is shown with Brett Rattner in the inset picture.
We've been trying to figure out if Avril Lavigne is pregnant, or if she just has a little tummy and loves wearing stripes. In the pictures of her at the showing of "Over the Hedge" at Cannes, she looks somewhat pregnant in a striped dress. In a photocall for the film, she wears a slightly loose striped blouse and it's hard to tell. What do you think? Here are our other posts about Avril's upcoming wedding to Deryck Whibley and supposed pregnancy.
The actors also talked about the difficulties of doing voiceover work as opposed to appearing on camera. Lavigne admitted that she kept banging the microphone by accident because she was gesturing as though she were on screen.
“It's hard to be running or to be falling down the stairs and have to make that come out of your mouth but stay still,” she said.
Nolte joked: “I didn't know what was going on at all.”
But co-directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick said Nolte did his homework and came in with a thick stack of research on bears.
Willis, who worked on the project for 18 months, said he found it “very difficult to work without props, to work without cool clothes, to work without the other actors.
“It wasn't until I saw the final film and heard people laughing, actually laughing, that I felt we were on the right track,” he said.
Here is Avril with Bruce Willis and Nick Nolte at Cannes. Thanks to ALavigne.com.br for the high-res pictures.
New Bond Daniel Craig can't play cards or drive a stick shift, and he doesn't like guns or speedboats. He also demands baby lotion and nail files, and got a widdle rash while filming "Casino Royale" in the sun.
Producers of the new JAMES BOND movie, CASINO ROYALE, were forced to hire a personal trainer for star DANIEL CRAIG after he became obsessed with dumplings while filming in the Czech Republic. Craig sported a muscular physique when he was photographed earlier this year (06) in a bathing suit on location in the Bahamas. But since the production moved to Prague, the actor has reportedly piled on the pounds after becoming enamoured with the local cuisine, particularly dumplings and borscht. Producer BARBARA BROCCOLI was so alarmed by the star's weight gain she immediately hired a personal trainer. Film sources maintain the superspy is now back in peak condition.
OMG - he almost ruined his single qualification for playing Bond! He's back in shape now, though, but the guy doesn't have a clue. Maybe the movie will be hot, though, and we'll see it just to get a glimpse.
In what sounds like a response to critics panning her new film, "The DaVinci Code," French actress Audrey Tautou, best known as the cutesy meddler in "Amelie," says that she's going to quit acting:
The French actress told Grazia magazine: "When I started acting, I had the idea that I would continue until I'm 40.
"Now, after doing The Da Vinci Code, I'm probably ready to quit at 30.
"I know I'm not the best actress in the world and not the worst but I think that maybe I'd be happier doing something that doesn't leave me so exposed."
She sounds like a sensitive person and she's probably quite hurt by the bad reviews of "DaVinci Code."
Hopefully she's just being reactionary and won't quit anytime soon. One bad film is not a good enough reason to throw away an acting career. She's only 27, and has a good three years left in her by her own account, anyway.
Here she is looking cute and just a little bit flirty with Tom Hanks at a DaVinci Code photo call, and at the premiere and after party for the film. She is also shown in stills from the movie.
At Cannes, one scene during the film, meant to be serious, elicited prolonged laughter from the audience, and when the credits rolled, there was no applause, only a few catcalls and hisses. Things were no better Stateside, where the film screened for critics in New York.
The Hollywood Reporter headlined its review, " 'Da Vinci Code' an unwieldy, bloated puzzle."
"No chemistry exists between the hero and heroine, and motivation remains a troubling sore point," wrote reviewer Kirk Honeycutt, panning Tom Hanks' "remote, even wooden performance." Only co-star Ian McKellen managed to avoid criticism.
Director Ron Howard has blown off bad reviews, saying he hasn't read them and hopes additonal reviews will be "slightly more upbeat." He wants "Da Vinci Code" to be a crowd pleaser, and seems nonchalant about the religious controversy over the film's content. He told people that if the content would upset them, they should just stay away.
Author Dan Brown suggests that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene and had a child with her. Everyone from the Opus Dei cult to the nation of India is boycotting the film. All the protesting won't matter once the news gets out about how terrible the film is. No one will want to see it anyway.
I haven't seen the film yet of course, but I thought the book sucked. The writing was terrible. I don't remember any of the details because there were so many crammed in there. The action scenes were decent, but they couldn't save the lousy writing.
If ever there was a movie marriage made in hell it was that between novelist Dan Brown and film director Ron Howard. Brown's clunky, awkward prose is well matched to Howard's frighteningly earnest, spoon-feeding approach to cinema.
Here's the trailer:
DaVinci Code currently has an unprecedented 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That will probably raise slightly as lesser critics are wined and dined by the studio.
[Lindsay] cautiously confessed, she may try her first action film.
The people behind the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Japanese manga series "Sailor Moon" have sent her some materials to look at, she said, and fans have begun lobbying hard for Lohan to play the titular character, a rail-thin blonde known for her strong powers and sexy costumes.
"I read that [online] the other day," Lohan said of her supposed "Sailor" casting. "I haven't read the script; I don't even know if there is a script. ... I read a lot of things [online] that I don't know about myself that apparently people think are true."
It sounds like a Sailor Moon role is only a remote possibility for Lohan at this point, but if she's mentioning it in an MTV interview she must be interested.
On Monday we reported that it looked like Jessica Alba had a nose job based on HQs of her at two different events last week. She was at the premiere of "An Inconvenient Truth" last night, and her nose still looks different than it did at the ALMA awards, but not dramatically so.
We checked out earlier pictures of Alba, and it seems like the lighting at the ALMA awards was particularly unflattering.
She could be using some alternate method to shrink her nose, as was mentioned in the article we sourced. If she did have work done, it was subtle. At this point we don't think she had a nose job.
Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. "Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message," said Guggenheim. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely," said Gore.
Alba is concerned about the environment and drives a hybrid Prius. You can do your part by walking and riding your bike whenever possible, replacing your lightbulbs with energy star efficient bulbs, and reusing plastic bags. Minor changes do make a difference.
The critics have weighed in on Lindsay Lohan's new film, "Just My Luck," and the verdict is that it royally sucks. It only has a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In comparison Paris Hilton's horror film, "House of Wax," is rated a whopping 24%.
"Looking tired and sallow and drained of her customary glow, Lindsay Lohan marches grimly through this mechanical tween comedy as if it were a particularly tedious homework assignment." -- Ella Taylor, L.A. WEEKLY
"Every single scene is an abominable assemblage of mind-boggling stupidity, completely unmotivated behavior, and unfunny slapstick." -- Eric D. Snider, ERICDSNIDER.COM
"A romantic comedy neither romantic nor particularly funny."-- Dustin Putman, THEMOVIEBOY.COM
"A romantic comedy even more idiotic than its embarrassing (and somewhat creepy) poster would indicate."
-- Connie Ogle, MIAMI HERALD
"It's difficult to say whether [Lohan's character] is more grating when she's cursed and whiny or when she's blessed and oblivious." -- Sean Means, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Sorry, Lindsay, your movie sucks. People also apparently hate you. Lindsay topped a Star magazine poll of the most hateable celebrities, beating Paris Hilton and Kevin Federline by a healthy margin.
Here she is with "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis, who just celebrated his birthday with a celebrity-attended bash at Six Flags in LA on Thursday. [via] She's also shown shopping in Beverly Hills on May 10th [via]
Star Trek fans are pretty pissed by the rumor that Ben Affleck, whose career hasn't quite recovered from Gigli yet, may be in the running to play Captain Kirk in an upcoming Star Trek film directed by MI3's JJ Abrams. The editorial we read about it said that it's not such a bad idea.
Cinescape has an editorial today that has Star Trek fans in a tizzy: Ben Affleck may be in talks to be in J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek movie.
Pay close attention to the caveat from "Southie": "This isn't gospel, this isn't even confirmed....it's merely speculation on our behalf, but some pretty SOLID speculation from some solid sources."
And then he drops the bombshell:
...some others had heard that Ben has also been talking to Paramount about possibly playing a lead role in a new Star Trek film from J.J Abrams. Apparently Abrams is coming down to visit the set in a few weeks, to visit Michelle Monaghan, whom he directed in Mission : Impossible 3, so that might add some more fuel to the fire. If it comes off, he's apparently playing the hero. Don't know if that's Captain Kirk or some other nameless male protagonist...but that's the gist of it. So possible that Affleck's going to go onto doing a new Jack Ryan, and possibly a "Trek", after he finishes with this film.
It appears that most Star Trek fans are freaking out with the sentiment being summed up nicely by one commenter who wrote simply, "GOD HELP US ALL IF THIS COMES TO BE!"
I'm going to take the opposing point of view on this one, if Affleck is indeed going to play Captain Kirk. I think it's a good choice. Listen, William Shatner ain't De Niro, he's a...let's be kind...middle of the road actor who tends to overdo it on occasion. Affleck is a middle of the road actor who tends to overdo it on occasion. Seems like if they wanted to stay true to the franchise, trading in Shatner's toupee for Affleck's hair plugs would be a natural selection.
Affleck needs to get some kind of film role that isn't complete crap if he's going to get his career back on track. Two years ago he said he didn't want to make any more action films, which is probably why he hasn't made any decent films since. "Jersey Girl" was lukewarm glurge and "Surviving Christmas" was impossible to sit through. He doesn't have the chops for serious drama, except when he's typecast like in "Changing Lanes," and he's decent in comedy. He really shines in action movies, though, and he should embrace it and take the cash. He seems to enjoy spending it.
Affleck is shown above in a recent picture walking his daughter in a stroller, five month-old Violet. [via]
"Poseidon," a remake of the 1976 thriller "The Poseidon Adventure," premiered last night in LA. It features Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Jacinda Barret, Richard Dreyfuss, and Emmy Rossum.
While ringing in the new year aboard the cruise ship Poseidon, a giant wave crashes into the ship and flips it upside down. A ragtag group of survivors realize their only chance is to make their way to the deepest bowels of the ship, now at the top, if they are going to have any chance of getting out.
It's getting bad reviews, and from the looks of the trailer, below, it's a bit too scary for our tastes.
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas has a cameo in the film. She does not look pregnant in these pictures, but she does look plastic. She's wearing black so it's hard to see if she has a tummy buldge, though.
Here are Emmy Rossum, Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Mia Maestro, Salma Hayek, Fergie, Jacinda Barrett, Jerry Lewis, Kevin Dillon, Freddy Rodriguez, Emmy Rossum and Pamela Sue Martin at the premiere and after party.
According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll over the weekend when Mission: Impossible III opened to $47.7 million, about $12 million less than expected, the public has lost its loving feeling for Tom Cruise. When 1,013 adults were asked their opinion of Cruise, 35% were favorable and 51% unfavorable.
From Wednesday’s edition of USA Today:
President Bush’s approval rating has slumped to 31% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the lowest of his presidency and a warning sign for Republicans in the November elections.The survey of 1,013 adults, taken Friday through Sunday, shows Bush’s standing down by 3 percentage points in a single week.
It just goes to show you that acting crazy and hating psychiatric drugs is less damning that ruining the middle east and getting a lot of people killed. Now if only much-deserved impeachment hearings were started, we might get rid of world's worst pResident of all time.
It seems like low box office numbers could help tone down Cruise's career. Mission Impossible 3 isn't doing as well as expected. It's not exactly tanking, though.
According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll over the weekend when Mission: Impossible III opened to $47.7 million, about $12 million less than expected, the public has lost its loving feeling for Tom Cruise.
It would certainly be a welcome change if both Bush and Cruise would ride/fly off into the sunset.
Star thinks it has to do with Tom's controlling nature, but it sounds to us like Nicole Kidman just doesn't care:
The actress' kids, 13-year-old Isabella and 11-year-old Connor, haven't really been seeing a whole lot of their mom lately, and actually, the last time she was photographed with her kids was Christmas of 2004 at a Lakers game in L.A.
Proud papa Tom Cruise, 43, and stepmom-to-be Katie Holmes, 27, are regularly spotted making out in the stands at Connor's baseball games and Isabella's soccer matches, the kids' formerly ubiquitous mom seems conspicuously MIA. Although she has clearly spent some time with the children since then — and even introduced them to her groom-to-be, Keith, 38, over a casual, gigglefilled dinner at the Hotel Bel-Air in L.A. on Dec. 20 — it seems that Nicole just isn't as present in her kids' lives as she was before.'
A source claims, "Nicole probably isn't seeing as much of the kids as she'd like to, but her hands are tied."
"She's juggling traveling from movie sets to Nashville and Australia to be with her family. If she wants to see the kids, she has to come to L.A. and deal with Tom."
Also, Kidman's spokesperson told Star the actress avoids being photographed with her children for "privacy reasons".
But reports suggest that it may be Tom Cruise that is preventing his ex-wife from spending time with them.
A source says, "It's not like Tom's actively keeping her out of their children's lives, but it's in his nature to control things."
"He micromanages their schedule — sports, home-schooling, Scientology studies."
The source continues, "I think she knew when she and Tom divorced that she'd lose a certain amount of control over her kids' lives."
"But she deserves to play a bigger role. Maybe the best she can hope for is now that they're getting older, they'll start to make their own decisions."
Obviously the source is a friend of Nicole's and is making excuses for her absence from their lives. We aren't a fan of Tom, but couldn't Nicole make more of an effort to see her children?
The 'Gothika' beauty had no choice but to squirm all over a bed and act like her onscreen lover Willis was there, and the 'poor' crew were forced to watch the scene while playing a recording of Bruce's voice to portray that he is on the bed with her. Impressively, editors were later able to use the latest computer technology to make the actors appear to be together, and it's the first time ever that the technique was used for a sex scene.
A source onset says, "Halle wasn't phased performing solo. Although she, in effect, keeps her hands to herself, she is very convincing indeed in the love scenes."
Bruce Willis has said some flattering things about Halle, and is probably trying to make up for the fact that he had to skip out on their on-screen lovemaking:
He says, "I get all awkward. She's beautiful. It's almost like looking at an eclipse of the sun."
"You have to take a pin and poke it through a card and look at her through that."
"You could damage your retina."
Sure Bruce. Maybe you were so nervous around her that you couldn't show up. At least he's talking about Halle, though, and not about politics. He was probably off trying to find Osama while Halle was shooting her solo sex scene.
Here she is yesterday at the "Celebration of Diversity."
The swirling tabloid rumors are dangerous because she is no Paris Hilton, famous for being famous. Her situation is more like that of Colin Farrell, a fine actor who has worked with directors like Terrence Malick yet is still best known for drinking and womanizing. And while seriousness doesn't seem to hurt actors at the box office — being politically outspoken hasn't damaged George Clooney — out-of-control behavior can backfire, making the actor seem like some maniac you might stare at on a talk show, but wouldn't want to spend time with in a movie theater. Russell Crowe will probably think twice before tossing another telephone, even if that wasn't the reason "Cinderella Man" bombed.
There is probably a generational difference; Ms. Lohan's contemporaries may not care what she does off screen and may actually be envious. But being tabloid fodder isn't a template for a long career, and perhaps she is grasping that reality. She has certainly chosen her next projects well, including the high profile "Georgia Rule," a dark comedy directed by Garry Marshall, in which she plays a woman sent by her mother (Felicity Huffman) to stay with her grandmother (Ms. Fonda).
And it was recently reported — accurately it turns out — that she has been in talks to visit Africa, Hollywood's cause du jour, as part of the Bono-inspired "One Campaign." O.K., it's a move lifted straight from the Angelina playbook, and it won't happen anytime soon because she's booked up with work. But it's helpful news to have floating out there. Even if it never happens, at least she's moving up to a better class of rumor.
That Africa trip is just a vague idea now, and who knows if it will happen. Lohan could barely handle herself on Good Morning America and Total Request Live. How is she going to commit to a humanitarian mission?
Katie Holmes came to the Los Angeles fan screening of MI3 last night, and she looked gorgeous. She did pair white shoes with a black dress, though. (It's surprising that she couldn't find a better pair since she spent all that time shoe shopping in her final days of pregnancy. She must have realized too late that comfort matters.)
In the "this sounds fake to us" department, Katie Holmes was said to be slated for a role as a Bond girl in "Casino Royale" before her pregnancy kept her from taking the part.
As part of yesterday’s Mission: Impossible 3 city-wide publicity stunt, Cruise made an appearance at an uptown screening and took part in a live taping of the BET Show “106 and Park.” At one point, the show’s hosts encouraged him to dance and the awesomeness that transpired really can’t be done justice in print. Suffice it to say there were Frankenstein arms, some awkward knee-bending and a seriously scary pelvis.
Here are Tom and Katie engaging in their trademark public PDA at the MI3 screening:
Now that our faith in the gossip industry is waning, we're going to call it like we see it. (For a day or two at least.) The reporting paper where we read this tried to make out like Lindsay Lohan was in a catfight with Cameron Diaz since they both dated the same guy at some point, but it sounds like Cameron simply asked Lindsay to stop smoking when they were in the VIP section of a NY club together:
Star Magazine details the battle as it took place inside the VIP section of Shag club with this report.
Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan, and Cameron Diaz have a lot in common – including dating Jared Leto!
That fact still makes Lindsay seethe and she has made no secret of her ire for Scarlett – and even reportedly wrote some pretty nasty notes on an NYC bathroom wall about Scarlett...
On April 24th Lindsay also lashed out at Cameron Diaz, who asked her to stop smoking in the VIP section of Shag club. It really wasn’t about smoking but Lindsay’s lust after Jared Leto still a pal of Cameron’s.
There’s a lot of jealousy there!
Lindsay's a nasty skank who thinks she can get away with whatever she wants. It's been illegal to smoke in bars in NY for years now, so she should know better. She was probably pissed because she knew Cameron was right.
Meanwhile Lindsay still hopes to clean up her image with that humanitarian mission to Africa we told you about. She's only considering it, doesn't have a date planned, and it's clearly all about making her look good:
"Lindsay truly does feel for those who are suffering from AIDS and who are poor — she genuinely feels she needs to pay something back to the world for the fortunate life she's led," said the insider. "At the same time, she wants to be taken seriously as a person, and she's well aware of her image as a fluffy party girl. She sees working in Africa as a means to shed her 'naughty girl' reputation.
"Lindsay knows the esteem in which Angelina Jolie is held has increased immeasurably since she started her work with the poor for the UN — and she'd like to be seen as more than an airhead who doesn't care about anything but partying..."
While Lindsay's rep said no immediate trip to Africa is scheduled, the source added: "Lindsay's ready to show a new, very human side — one that cares deeply about the problems in the world."
Lindsay's ready to try to get some good press for once is all.
Here she is in St. Paul, MN yesterday for the world premiere of A Prarie Home Companion. Stars were "carried in horse drawn carriages led by the Highland Park Senior High marching band down Wabasha St."
Tom Cruise actually attended the Mexico City premiere of Mission Impossible 3 on Monday. He seems to care more about his fans than his wife and new baby. No other stars from the movie, not even secondary ones, appear in the premiere pictures so it can be assumed that he's the only one who went. If I'm wrong let me know.
After discussing the issue with Cruise, Holmes has decided her Christian name 'Katie' sounds too young for a 27-year-old and is now known to friends and family as 'Kate'.
Cruise explains, "Katie is a young girl's name. "Her name is Kate now she's a child-bearing woman."
Sure Holmes decided to change her name, the one she's been using her entire life and her entire career, just because it sounded better. My name is Katie too, and to me Kate always sounded like a nickname for a younger person. Whatever. Holmes has changed everything else for Cruise, she may as well let him call her what he likes, too.
And Cruise calls her "child-bearing." That's very specific, and very strange language that seems to add credence to the rumors that she was inseminated.
“If I had a choice between all my life’s achievements and my kids, it would be my kids every time, I’d give up everything else.”
“I’m very properly in love with Kate. She is amazing and spectacular and we can’t wait to get married now.”
“Katie and I have this ‘b and b’ thing down - she breast feeds and I burp and change nappies.”
“I don’t mind getting stuck in. I haven’t slept for a while, what with the new baby and the promotion for the movie, so it’s all a bit hectic, but a lot of fun. But I think baby Suri will be great. In fact I’d love to be my kids - they have a great life.”
He also mentioned plans to co-star in a movie with Katie: he starred in three films with ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
“I can’t wait to do a movie with Kate,” he said. “I don’t think working together is a bad idea at all, a relationship can definitely work under that pressure if you like someone enough.”
Who says things like "I'm very properly in love?" That's so strange and seems like an obvious put-on.
Cruise also attended the Paris premiere of MI3 yesterday. Michelle Monaghan attended, but the other big stars from the film were absent. Tom has a new baby at home but he still couldn't stay away.
Brad Pitt has reportedly used his considerable clout to get Catherine Zeta Jones dumped from Oceans Thirteen due to her hubby Michael Douglas comment and shot about Angelina Jolie and her "third world orphans."
Mike Walker [of the National Enquirer] reports that before the actor would agree to sign on to Ocean 13, Zeta-Jones would need to be dumped.
Not only did she need to be swept out of the third 'Ocean's' film, Pitt reportedly wanted her dead (in the film).
Walker writes: Before he'd agree to star in the film Brad decreed not only that Zeta-Jones be banned from reprising her role - he actually forced producers to write in a scene explaining that her character has dies a horrible death.
Cue the rep: Pitt's PR folks denied all and Walker says "curiously claims Brad is not even aware of the Douglas remarks."
Brad may seem like a pansy now that he's holing up in Namibia with Angelina, but he may be capable of being fierce when someone mocks him. Or maybe Angelina put him him up to it.
In her first comments about her relationship with her Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star, who divorced Friends actress Jennifer Aniston last year, Jolie tells Curry, "I don't talk about our — my relationship in public. But we also don't talk about it at home.
"It's one of those funny things that just happens, and you live your life, and you're a family. But you never actually discuss (it)."
The whole relationship question, Jolie says, makes her "giggle." It's "just kind of funny. If (Brad) saw this, he would probably understand why I was laughing. Because I just don't know how to address that kind of thing."
Jolie says she broke her silence with the media to further her latest cause: educational opportunities for children worldwide.
She also said she knows the sex of the baby, but won't reveal it.
Tom Cruise has said that the gossip columnists who make fun of his erratic behavior are simply unhappy people:
He explains, "When I look at the people who write or say these things, I realise it's not a lot of people doing it. "It's just a few people, trying to take advantage of sensationalism." The actor claims a few interviewers have tried to bait him into combative statements or behaviour, but insists, "You just have to be who you are." He adds, "Because when I meet these people, they really seem unhappy to me. And that's too bad. Because I'm happy." The media glare has become so overwhelming recently that the star has been forced to have bodyguards accompany him to all of his press interviews. Cruise adds the attention, "seems to come in phases. This just seems a little more intense lately."
The conversation was all smiles until reporter Bjorn Benkow insisted that experts say that dyslexia cannot be cured by Scientology as Cruise has claimed. There was an awkward pause, then Cruise burst into laughter. "I'm going to, in any case, admit that you have the courage of a madman," according to our translator. "This is something no journalist has dared say to me face-to-face. . . . Scientology is a religion without divinity. Its teaching is a spiritual liberation from life's problems that can only be reached through advice, courses and deep studies. Your cynical media colleagues cast doubt over all the good that we do by spreading a bunch of hocus pocus about us."
Tom then got pissed when the reporter mentioned Kidman and his adopted children and stormed off. At least the re are foreign journalists willing to state the obvious about Scientology. Tom certainly can't stand to be challenged, although he does give fabulous quotes!
Saying that someone is motivated by unhappiness is an obvious oversimplification. It's like a mom telling her grade school child that the bully is jealous of him. Cruise should stick to vague, happy quotes and try not to get upset or bring any more attention to the fact that he looks like a fool to everyone.
And here he is at a press conference for Mission Impossible 3 in Rome, and at the London premiere last night. Yes, he did attend, and supposedly Katie gave him permission.
Other stars pictured at the press conference and premiere include Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his supposed girlfriend, and Maggie Q.
Salma Hayek stars with Colin Farrell in "Ask The Dust," which opened in limited release in the US in March, and received mixed reviews. "Ask the Dust" is the story of the sadistic relationship between a struggling novelist and a Mexican waitress in the 1930s, and is based on the 1939 novel of the same name by John Fante.
The film opened in Madrid for its European premiere yesterday, and Salma Hayek attended. She also appeared at a photocall for the film today.
According to the Daily Star, Cruise said to the Roman crowd: “My mission impossible was to be here today.
“My daughter was just born, and I didn’t want top leave her and her mother..."
He added: “I changed her first: I change diapers all the time. I have to tell you, I love it.
“We have a whole system worked out. It’s the B and B – she does the breastfeeding and I do the burping and changing the diapers. It’s teamwork. It’s fun.”
My husband changed our baby a lot right after he was born, too. It's not that bad if they're breastfed. At least Katie is breastfeeding. We were concerned that she would use the barley-based formula that L. Ron Hubbard recommended. We were also worried that the baby would be abandoned for its first day in accordance with Scientology tradition, but that may not have happened.
"I wasn't going to come and then Kate said, you know, 'Go. Go.' ... So I'm here. And I'll be here for a few hours and then I'll get back on an airplane and go back home to Kate and Suri."
Something tells us it was one of those conversations where your girlfriend is saying you should go, but really means, don't even think about it. Or it would have been, if he hadn't upped Katie's dosage first.
The London premiere of Mission Impossible is tonight. We'll have to see if Tom attends that too.
Avril Lavigne is the voice of "Heather" in the upcoming animated film "Over the Hedge." "Over the Hedge" chronicles the adventures of a group of semi-wild animals in the suburbs, including a possum, squirrel and racoon. (I know because the trailer plays in the "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit" DVD that my son wants to watch every day.) It is coming out in theatres on May 19th.
Avril is seen in promotional pictures for the film, and at the Florida Chapter of the Recording Academy Honors 4/18. Pictures [via]
A contributor to Oh No They Didn't overheard someone on a bus in LA saying that they were working on the new Wonder Woman film and that Lucy Lawless is going to star in it:
Public transportation isn't always a drag. While showing my mom around our dirty city, I opened up my ears to the conversations around me. A music teacher (or so he claimed) was trying to pick up the girl sitting next to me. He was telling her that he's been working on the background music for Wonder Woman (due out in 2007), and that Lucy Lawless will be playing the lead roll.
I know there's been a lot of speculation of who will be given the roll, and I know you can't trust every long haired mack you meet on the bus, but Hollywood's also chock full of insider information, if you know where to look, so, take it with a grain of salt, but if he were making it up, he would have picked someone more appealing to a woman than Xena.
Lindsay Lohan is rumored to be in talks to play the anime action character Sailor Moon in an upcoming movie. It's a pretty weak rumor, but good enough for us to report:
We suppose this could be considered our first legitimate completely unsubstantiated rumor that'll probably turn out to be false scoop. We were recently passed on the information that a Japanese Magazine titled Animage, in their current issue, announced that Fox has acquired the rights to the popular anime series SAILOR MOON and is looking to Joss Whedon to presumably write and direct a live action film. Further, they're hoping Miss Can't Keep Her Genitals Inside Her Clothes herself Lindsay Lohan will star alongside Jennifer Garner (as the main villain) in an all non-Asian cast.
The source goes on to say that they really hope Lohan doesn't get the part. She certainly hasn't shown her acting skills yet, although it can't be too hard to jump around in costume and play an cartoon character.
You can see the full E! True Hollywood Story on Lohan on YouTube. Here are the links, which launch automatic video: [via]
Lindsay Lohan is starring in the romantic comedy, "Just My Luck," which is due for release on May 12th. It's a good thing she has several other films in the can, because the plot is rather dumb and familiar, and "Just My Luck" won't do much to bolster her film career.
Manhattan socialite, Ashley is the luckiest person in New York. Untill, one night she goes to a masquerade ball and meets, Jake. Jake on the other hand has the worst luck. After kissing Jake, Ashley is horrified to find out that she and Jake swapped luck.
The closing night feature film, The Proposition, directed by John Hillcoat with a script by rocker Nick Cave, will be screened at The Jaguar Theatre in Malibu. The film is set in the harsh and rugged Australian outback of the 1880s and is a tale of loyalty and revenge as a brother must make an impossible choice when he is offered the chance to save one brother from execution by tracking and killing his older brother.
And as a counterbalance to these serious pictures of Alba, here's a video of her in a bikini in Costa Rica:
We weren't entirely convinced that Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro were having relationship trouble until we read an unsourced e-mail report on Egotastic. There's something about those "I was there" stories that make them more convincing despite the fact that they're quite easily fabricated.
Carmen teased her hair all up on Monday and attended two events with Dave. They were seen at the Scary Movie 4 premiere and at SAAB's new concept vehicle launch in New York.
In this recent quote, she calls Dave her "friend," which usually doesn't bode well for a relationship:
Carmen Electra insists husband Dave Navarro is her best friend and that's why their marriage is so successful. The actress previously had a string of bad relationships, including a failed marriage to basketball player Dennis Rodman and a romance with Prince, but has found true love with the rocker.
She explains, "He's my best friend. He really lets me be who I am. It's the first time I've ever been able to travel and go to work and feel comfortable and be able to sleep at night knowing that my friend loves me and isn't hurting me. It's really nice."
Electra does plan on starting a family but, despite tabloid reports, the couple is taking their time. She adds, "I do look forward to being a mom, but I'm not rushing it. But that's what's crazy, there have been so many stories in the tabloids that Dave and I breaking up and now I'm getting pregnant. I'm going, 'Which is it?'"
She's not convincing us, but they'll probably work it out.
Here are pictures from the Scary Movie 4 premiere and one from the SAAB AERO X concept car launch. Other stars seen at the Scary Movie premiere include Simon Rex (who was booted from a party for trying to pee on the carpet according to Page Six), Regina Hall, and Anna Faris.
And here's the trailer for Scary Movie 4. This is the most we will ever see of this movie.
Mandy Moore stars in "American Dreamz," an American Idol parady that hits theatres on April 21st. Hugh Grant, who admittedly loved watching lots of reality TV in preparation for his role, plays the nasty Simon Cowell-based judge. Willem Dafoe stars as the chief of staff to the President (Dennis Quaid) who decides to guest judge on the reality show talent competition.
Despite some unflattering pictures of Moore that came out recently, she looked svelte and pretty at the March 26 press conference for the film in New York.
That afternoon, Mr. Valderrama, dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt and smelling of the cologne Drakkar Noir, was quite willing to discuss the women he has dated over the years. Mandy Moore was "the first love of my life," he said. "I was madly in love with her. She is one of the most wonderful women I've ever met; a real lady." He and his Ms. (Lindsay) Lohan, meanwhile, "had a really passionate relationship," he said. "There were so many factors that played into our breakup. We needed to do a lot of growing up on our own."
Valderrama also emphasized how he wants to take his career to the next level and challenge himself as an actor. Obviously talking about anal sex on Howard Stern is not going to get him far.
Here are Moore, Grant, and Dafoe at the American Dreamz press conference.
We know it's hard to believe that Kate Beckinsale is not in talks to play Wonder Woman since you read about it everywhere.
As we reported yesterday and are repeating so that we have an excuse to post these pictures of Beckinsale working out, the stories were based on an April Fool's blog post that got picked up by IMDB news. Here's what we wrote:
Site JoBlo.com ran a parody article stating that Beckinsale had been cast in the role and attributed obviously fabricated quotes to the director, like "I couldn't tell you how many actresses...I'm talking married women here, promised to blow me left, right and center if I gave them the part."
IMDB picked up the story and sourced JoBlo, changing the details so that Beckinsale was in talks for the role, but had not yet been cast.
Kate Beckinsale was the first celebrity Punk'd on this season's premiere of the MTV prank show on Monday. She was out to dinner with her ex, British actor Michael Sheen, when a fat guy hit on her while he was away from the table. When Sheen returned, he lashed out at another man, believing he was the one who was bothering Beckinsale. It sounds like a typical episode:
Sheen then got upset with another poolside diner, who he pretended to mistake for the man who bothered Beckinsale, hurling him into the pool as the actress protested, 'Mike, it wasn't him.'"
Distraught Beckinsale attempted to apologise, while Sheen fought with the original pest, throwing him into the pool as well. As he climbed out of the pool, looking to continue the fight, a mock waitress ran up to Beckinsale screaming, 'You've been Punk'd,' which left the relieved actress embarrassed and giggling.
That story about Kate Beckinsale being in talks to play Wonder Woman was a mistaken report based on an April Fool's blog post. Site JoBlo.com ran a parody article stating that Beckinsale had been cast in the role and attributed obviously fabricated quotes to the director, like "I couldn't tell you how many actresses...I'm talking married women here, promised to blow me left, right and center if I gave them the part."
IMDB picked up the story and sourced JoBlo, changing the details so that Beckinsale was in talks for the role, but had not yet been cast. Then we all repeated it, believing it to be true. It made sense, considering that everyone speculated before the news came out that she was the best actress for the part.
Here is Beckinsale out in Santa Monica with her husband, director Len Wiseman.
Antonio Banderas, his wife Melanie Griffith, and Alfre Woodard were among the stars at the NY premiere of "Take the Lead." The film sounds like Dangerous Minds on the dance floor:
The film is based on the true story of Pierre Dulaine, and international dance teacher and competitor who volunteers his time to teach ballroom dancing to a group of inner-city high school students serving detention. Banderas plays Dulaine and Alfre Woodard co-stars as the New York high school’s tough principal.
“I’m quite susceptible to reality television,” he confessed recently.
“I’m ashamed of that part of myself, as I’m sure we all are, but there are some good ones.”
“Wife Swap I particularly like. There was one where they took delinquent teenagers and put them through a 50s education, and another one where they put them through an army boot camp. Brilliant, really fascinating.”
Hugh Grant isn't the only one who feels guilty but can't look away. He sums up reality television well.
Here's Grant with Drew Barrymore on the set of their film, "Music and Lyrics By."
A new 25-second teaser trailer announcing the release date of the Simpsons Movie was shown at the premiere of Ice Age: The Meltdown. It features Homer in a skintight Superman T-Shirt and announces the release date of the new movie as July 27, 2007. Only 15 more months!
Lindsay Lohan struck out when she made her play for the newly-crowned Oscar winner at a nightclub in New York the other night. After overtly flirting with Clooney, Lindsay finally realized she wasn't getting anywhere -- so left the club.
While Clooney was totally polite and engaged in animated conversation with the 20-year-old starlet, he did not pick up at all on her obvious advances.
Later, a source close to Clooney told me he admitted that "even if I was attracted to Lindsay -- she's WAY too young for me.",
Plus the actor and director added he knew that if he had appeared to be interested in the Lohan -- "the tabloids would have yet another field day with me!"
Supposedly Lindsay introduced herself by saying "Hi! I'm Lindsay Lohan." There's nothing wrong with that, although the source seems to be making fun of her for it.
We think that Lindsay was just being friendly and that the exchange is misrepresented. She did show her ass to a bunch of kids this weekend, though, so you never know what that girl is thinking. Plus Clooney is always right, and the tabs would have picked up the story if he acted interested. Hell, he was a gentleman and the tabs will still pick up this story.
Here is Clooney on the set of his film Michael Clayton in NY on Saturday.
The movie ATL opened last night in Los Angeles. Will Smith was a guest at the premiere, but is not starring in the film, an urban coming of age drama about four friends trying to get out of the ghetto. ATL stars Tip "T.I." Harris, Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton, Albert Daniels, Jackie Long, and Evan Ross.
Directed by acclaimed music video helmer Chris Robinson and starring platinum-winning rapper Tip Harris, ATL is loosely based on filmmakers Dallas Austin and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins' experiences growing up on Atlanta's south side. In the midst of drug dealers, gangs and violence, their only escape was a local skating rink called Jellybeans, where every Sunday night from 8:00pm until 1:00am, the teens and their close circle of friends entered a world that allowed them to escape the pressures of everyday life for awhile in the music and excitement of the rink. Many of today's top hip-hop artists could be seen at Jellybeans every Sunday back then, including Atlanta-bred performers OutKast, Jermaine Dupri, Little Jon, Trillville and TLC.
And here are the pictures from the premiere, with guests and stars attending including Tyra Banks, Dallas Austin, Big Boi, Cedric the Entertainer, Tracie Ellis Ross, Evans Ross, Diana Ross, Gabrielle Union, Garcelle Beauvias-Nilon, Johnny Gill, Rickey Bell, Kelly Rowland, Nia Long, Paula Jai Parker, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, T.I., Brandy, Evans Ross, Jackie Long, Dania Ramirez, Bow Wow, Khadijah Haqq, Malika Hagg, and Lauren London.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is filming "Mostly Martha" in NY. "Mostly Martha" is a remake of a 2001 German film of the same name. I've seen the original. It's a thoughtful film about a single female chef who cares for her niece after her sister dies. The chef is a workaholic who avoids relationships and tries to express her emotions through cooking. Hopefully the remake will be as good as its predecessor.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas, are the latest celebrities to lend their star power to a cause for the United Nations. They will attend a UN dinner on April 4th to raise funds for landmine removal.
Hollywood must be running out of ideas for new sequels, because there are two Janis Joplin films in production. One of the Janis films will star Renee Zellweger, which we consider an odd choice but it could work, and the other, The Gospel According To Janis, is now casting for the lead. Actresses in consideration are Pink, Lindsay Lohan, Zooey Deschanel, Scarlett Johansson and Britney Spears. Spears has no chance, but the director says Pink is his first choice:
Director Penelope Spheeris has already met with Pink, Lohan and Deschanel and still wants to speak with Johansson. Spheeris says, "(Pink) would be my first choice, but she may have scheduling conflicts." Pink's rep confirms, "She would do just about anything to be part of that project!"
Regarding Spears, Spheeris says, "Her agent asked if I could meet with her. Music ability is important, but most of all, the actress must have the spirit of Janis. Each of the actresses who has expressed interest in the role (would) bring her own special talents to the part."
Obviously the director was being gracious and does not think Britney Spears has the "spirit" of Janis. She also cannot act for shit. We'd like to see Pink give it a shot.
The latest casting rumour regarding the anticipated 'Batman Begins' sequel is that British heartthrob Jude Law is being considered by producers for a role in the next blockbuster.
Interestingly, the 'Closer' star was considered for the lead role as the caped crusader for 'Batman Begins' but lost out to 'American Psycho' actor Christian Bale.
Rumour has it that Law is being touted for the role of D.A Harvey Dent in the sequel which, should it prove true, would also see him reprising this role in a second sequel as he would have to complete the transformation into Dent's evil alter ego, Two Face.
Law would make a decent Batman if he bulked up a little.
Lisa Kudrow has ruled out the possibility of the Friends cast reuniting any time in the near future.
The news puts paid to recent speculation that NBC was hoping to persuade the stars to return for a limited number of episodes later this year.
"It's not even a little bit true," Kudrow insisted in an interview for the Paul O'Grady Show. "Not even any part of it is true. It's just not possible."
A Friends reunion seems to be wishful thinking by fans, and it's too bad it's not happening. It seemed like it was being planned, but with all this conflicting information it may have been canned in the early stages.
Here is Kudrow last night in London to launch the 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She was promoting her film "Happy Endings."
The film features Kudrow as a neurotic counsellor at an abortion clinic, who is blackmailed over an affair with her now-gay step-brother.
The couple takes a cruise on a Japanese whaling ship, during which an assortment of sensuous, perplexing events unfold, including a tea ceremony that ends with the travelers carving each other into human sushi.
The music and visuals are supposed to be dreamy and other-wordly. It sounds fabulous and we would love to see it.
Bjork must be a siren in bed, because she's not much to look at as you can see in these pictures of her at the premiere. She's probably so creative and nasty that her husband doesn't even notice what she's wearing.
At the premiere Monday night, audience members kept cracking up at inappropriate times, like when Stone intones, "Not even Oedipus saw his mother coming!" "The only thing worse than the dialogue were Sharon's implants," shrieked one wag. During the full-frontal nude scene, Stone's bosom seemed lopsided.
Sharon, it looks like you've found the career that will bring you through your twilight years. Gay men everywhere will love and worship you as your looks fall prey to gravity and excessive plastic surgery.
Sharon Stone shows off how versatile cruelty can be by wearing her fur robe two ways at her appearance outside the Late Show with David Letterman yesterday. She also managed to soak up every waning drop of admiration at the NY premiere of her sex vehicle Basic Instinct 2: Fame Addiction later that night.
Sharon blew her last shred of credibility in a recent interview by claiming to be shy and saying that her sister encouraged her to flirt with strangers at a Marshalls store:
"Guys need encouragement and I don't give them any.
"My sister made me practise being more flirtatious. She took me to Marshalls (discount store) and made me practise with shoppers.
"Everybody flirts with my sister Kelly. She's a sex bomb. No one ever talks to me."
I didn't know they sold fur nightwear at Marshalls.
Out of respect for Jennifer Aniston's ongoing state of mourning, guests and cast members at the Friends with Money premiere last night in LA wore black. Among the black-clad attendees were Joan Cusack, Golden Brooks, Catherine Keener, and Jason Isaacs. Aniston was seen wearing a ring on the middle finder of her left hand, causing people to guess that Oprah must be pissed at her.
If you would like to sample some of Aniston's "I'm bored and will answer questions pertaining to my high paid job in a stream of consciousness" interview style, TMZ has a video of a so-called interview about her new movie. We would post the highlights, but they're not worth mentioning and kind of random.
Ever since the summer we have been discussing how Kate Beckinsale is a likely candidate for Joss Whedon's upcoming project Wonder Woman. When Whedon was asked on whether he had some likely candidates, the director mentioned that he was looking for a 'young' Wonder Woman for his 'coming of age' story.
Though we did not know how young he was talking about, we figured that it still would have been too risky to drop down to Peter Parker's age (Spider-Man, high school) and thought we'd best leave our fingers pointed at Beckinsale.
Hell, she was even caught wearing a Wonder Woman outfit while out one Halloween night.
Now that Lohan has received a lot of press for a prompted comment that she made way back in June (thanks to Egotastic for finding this) that she would be interested in playing Wonder Woman, it's only fair to point out that Beckinsale fills out the outfit a lot better and is a more experienced actress. She can also look fierce for the part as we've seen in Underworld, (ok, we're assuming) while we've only seen Lohan playing herself in some teen movies.
Here is Beckinsale with her husband of almost two years, director Len Wiseman, out in Santa Monica recently.
Even though it hasn't started shooting yet, Warner Brothers announced today that Oceans 13 is slated for release in July of next year. We thought that the only good things about Oceans 12 were the hot guys and the good music, which makes it hard to turn off the sound while you're watching. The plot was strung together loosely and we don't remember much about it except for some heists and the fact that the dialogue seemed too casual.
E! Online's incomprehensible Ted Casablanca seems to suggest that Pitt and Clooney can't agree on when to start filming the latest excuse to get their hot asses together on screen. Pitt wants to start soon so that he will be available for the birth of his child, while Clooney needs a break so that he can continue sexing up Krista Allen until he's ready to dump her next month. Matt Damon is presumed to be diplomatic as usual, despite the upcoming birth of his first child.
Here is Pitt flying in Avignon, France on Friday. He's certainly taking plenty of flying lessons and may get Jolie's approval soon.
The story's premise follows a couple that hits the seventh-year-itch of marriage. To inject some life into their union, they decide to take a two-week sabbatical from each other during which, within a set of agreed rules, they can do whatever they want. When the wife returns to the agreed-upon meeting place two weeks later, however, she discovers that her husband has disappeared.
In these pictures taken of Garner shopping in Santa Monica yesterday, she looks like she has slimmed down in preparation to go back to work. She has said that she is losing weight slowly instead of going on a radical diet in order to make sure that she and her nursing baby Violet, almost four months, are healthy.
Reese Witherspoon, who just turned 30 on Wednesday, is in London filming Penelope with Christina Ricci. Witherspoon is in a supporting role as a friend of Ricci, who plays a woman trying to overcome a family curse that left her with a snout like a pig. (Do you remember that episode of The Twilight Zone, "The Eye of the Beholder," when a surgery candidate was told she was deformed for having a beautiful face while everyone else had a snout like a pig? Ricci's look reminds me of that.)
Reese has said that she will be taking supporting roles in an effort to spend more time with her family. People are speculating that her six-year marriage to Ryan Phillipe is in trouble. With four movies in production and a record-setting salary, it doesn't look like Reese is serious about slowing down.
"Lonesome Jim" featuring Liv Tyler, Casey Affleck, Mary Kay Place and Seymour Cassel permiered last night in NY. It is directed by Steve Buscemi. REM frontman Michael Stipe also made an appearance at the premiere.
Casey Affleck plays Jim, a young man who, after deciding he can't make it on his own, moves back to his hometown in Indiana -- under his parents' roof. He's saved from his family's dysfunction by a local woman and her son, who sees him as a father figure.
"Inside Man" starring Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Clive Owen premiered last night in NY. The film is an action movie featuring Washington as cop negotiating with a bank robber who has taken hostages:
"Inside Man" is the story of a tough cop, Detective Frazier (Denzel Washington), who matches withs with a clever bank robber, Dalton (Clive Owen). As the dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds, a wild card emerges: Madaline (Jodie Foster), a power broker with a hidden agenda, who injects even more instability into an already volatile situation.
Initial reviews are positive despite the familiar plot, and with such a talented cast it should be a great film.
Foster, Owen, and Washington attended last night's premiere. Other celebrities pictured include featured stars Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Darryl Mitchell, and Kim Director. Well known names in attendance were Wesley Snipes, Jill Hennessy, Mariska Hargitay, Lynn Whitfield, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and Russell Simmons - without his annoying wife.
Girly-man Daniel Craig famously lost two of his teeth while filming a fight scene in the newest Bond film, Casino Royale. Craig's inability to drive a stick forced the franchise to make Bond's trademark Aston Martin an automatic, and he will also be driving an uncharacteristic Ford Mondeo. While filming beach scenes, Craig suffered a bad sunburn and got prickly heat. The first blonde Bond's on-set demands include "wet wipes, baby lotion and two nail files." Craig has also said that speedboats make him nauseous and that he dislikes guns.
The latest Bond film doesn't just suffer from the frailties of its lead. Casino Royale will not feature the gadgets Bond relies on in earlier films, will show Bond's weaknesses, and will be "nothing like" the 1953 Ian Fleming Novel.
What can save the doomed Bond film? Lots of sex and nudity.
Actor Daniel Craig has shacked up with Sienna Miller and Kate Moss, and soon the paying public will get to see his goods too. The smart female CEO of the series has realized that only graphic sex scenes can save this PR disaster:
The move to make 'Casino Royal' the sexiest 007 film ever has come from Barbara Broccoli, 45, who runs the Bond franchise.
The insider added: "She wants to show the world that Craig is all man. He has no problems with full-frontal nudity and it shows. Prepare for some jaw-dropping love scenes."
The hunky actor and co-star Eva Green have agreed to shoot full frontal sex scenes in the movie - dubbed "moonie-raker" by the crew because of the amount of flesh on show.
In one scene, Bond is seen naked on a yacht with French beauty Eva - who plays double agent Vesper Lynd - in just a sarong.
Craig, 38, then gets to whip off the skimpy garment before the pair go skinny-dipping.
Craig may be a metrosexual, but he's hot. We predict Casino Royale will do well at the box office.
Best pals Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz like to compete when they go out clubbing - by seeing who can pull off the worst dancing...
Hayek reveals, "We start competing about who can dance the worst and who can make the silliest dance, the most ridiculous moves, completely against the rhythm and it's not easy, not when you're Latin and naturally you have (moves). You have to fight your natural instincts."
Almodóvar is an Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter for About My Mother in 1999, and Talk to Her in 2003.
Volver will be in Spanish with English subtitles and is due for release in the US in June, 2006. The film opens in Spain on Friday and was screened for journalists today.
Penelope Cruz is drawing heat for starring in a different movie that celebrates bullfighting. Cruz plays the mistress of a legendary bullfighter in the film Manalete, which is filming now. Adrien Brody also stars. Cruz does not wear fur and is sensitive to animal rights, but feels that bullfighting is part of Spanish culture and should be portrayed. The producers are using old footage and computer-generated effects and promise no animals will be harmed.
Here are pictures from the film and from yesterday's photocall in Madrid. Pictures [via]
The British Empire Film Awards were held today. The awards are based on votes by the British public. The stars of Harry Potter were honored "for their outstanding contribution to the British film industry." Other winners included:
Best Actress - Thandie Newton (Crash)
Best Actor - Johnny Depp (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Best Movie - King Kong
Best British Movie - Pride & Prejudice
Best Directors - Wallace and Gromit
Best Sci Fi and Best Scene - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Best Newcomer - Kelly Reilly (Pride and Prejudice)
Lifetime Achievement - Tony Curits (presented by Roger Moore)
The Birth of Vader scene, in which the anti-hero Darth Vader learns that his wife has died, was mocked by critics from The Scotsman to the Toronto Star for making the central character resemble Frankenstein’s monster. The camera pulls back from Vader’s face as he throws his arms in the air and shouts: “Noooo!..."
The criticism did not deter the 25,000 voting members of the public, who preferred the scene to the dogfight in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit and the arrival of the first alien craft in War of the Worlds.
Maybe most of the people who voted didn't actually see the film.
Here are some pictures from the awards and the press room. Seven more after the jump.
Page Six is reporting that J.Lo's performance in the upcoming film "El Caliente" is Oscar-worthy. They also think it's big news that she fired her diva hairdresser:
Lopez's turn in "El Cantante," the movie she just finished filming with hubby Marc Anthony, is said to be "Oscar-worthy. Truly, it's amazing." Lopez may also be scoring a role in "Dallas," alongside Shirley MacLaine.
It must be such a stretch for J.Lo to play the wife of a Latin singer.
Here are J.Lo and Marc sunbathing, with Marc looking scary and threatening as usual. When are these two going to break up already? There are also silly pictures of Marc taking pictures of the paparrazi. That's so 2003. Pictures [via]
Halle Berry, Josh Lucas, Robert Duvall, and Aaron Eckhart attended the "Thank you for Smoking" premier after-party in NY at the MOMA last night.
"Thank you for Smoking" portrays a tobacco lobbyist in a positive light, and takes a humorous stance on the taboo subject of the dangers of smoking. Critics like the film, which is supposed to be side-splittingly funny.
William H. Macy, Rob Lowe and Katie Holmes are also featured in the film.
We cannot contain our delight at today's news that Cameron and Justin are taking advantage of the brief ice skating "craze" to create and star in a ice skating-themed romance movie:
Justin and Cam have thrown their acting hats into the rink and have begun developing an as-yet-untitled romantic skating flick with themselves as the leading couple.
By the time they finish this flop the public will not give a shit about ice skating. The Olympics are finished, Skating with Celebrities has wrapped, and no one will care about ice skating a month from now. The only reason people will watch this is to see Cameron in tiny outfits.
Everyone also knows that it's incredibly stupid to make a film with your significant other. The Sun recaps:
MADONNA and SEAN PENN’s Shanghai Surprise from 1986 is one of the worst movies ever made. They divorced three years later.
BEN AFFLECK and J-LO’s appalling Gigli came just before they split — and their careers have never recovered.
Eyes Wide Shut is not regarded as one of TOM CRUISE or NICOLE KIDMAN’s finest works. They divorced in 2001, two years after the film, STANLEY KUBRICK’s last, came out.
Matthew McConaughey was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame at a ceremony presented by the Austin Film Society on Friday. Other Texas natives honored included Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Cybil Shepherd.
McConaughy's film Failure to Launch also opened on Friday. The film has been panned by most critics, although some say that good comedic acting and a talented support cast make it worthwhile.
Here are some pictures of McConaughy at the event. Eleven more including the other attendees after the jump.
George Clooney is such a fucking cad. When you're 25 and you sleep around it's expected. When you're almost 45 and have never had a long-term, commited relationship you have a serious, debilitating problem.
Clooney is a typical example of a man who has too many choices and is too weak to pick one and stick with it. He can bang the hottest or the horsiest woman in Hollywood, it doesn't matter to him as long as he doesn't have to deal with her shit.
"It is to Teri's credit that she's telling a very courageous story to help others," Clooney says. "As for the tabloid part of the story, she would never say that. I know the story is attractive but it isn't true and it takes away from her brave decision."
Hatcher also responded to the newspaper's claims. "It is truly a shame that the importance of the issue in the Vanity Fair article is being obscured by tabloid sensationalism," Teri says. "[The paper] has twisted this story into a scandalous report about my personal life, which has nothing to do with George Clooney."
Please. This story is so obvious that there's no need to issue the obligatory denial.
Here is Clooney in NY on March 9th filming "Michael Clayton." Hopefully the staff on the film teased him mercilessly for treating Teri Hatcher like garbage.
"Ask the Dust," starring Salma Hayek and Colin Farrel, is the story of the sadistic relationship between a struggling novelist and a Mexican waitress in the 1930s. It is playing in limited release.
Hayek stars as the beautiful Camilla Lopez. She put on weight for her character by eating hamburgers and suffered hypothermia while filming an ocean-set love scene. Farrel was a gentleman on set and did not sneak a peek at Hayek while they were both naked while filming. He was also comfortable with his nudity, and did a little naked dance to help Hayek relax for the the scene. Hayek was so moved by her character's plight that she broke down and cried when she tried to read the book that the film was based on.
Celebrities in attendance at the party after the NY premiere last night included Hayek, Lindsay Lohan, Petra Nemcova, Iman, and Indina Menzel.
Matthew McConaughey was said to be wearing a gold band on his left ring finger in his Wednesday morning appearance on "Live with Regis and Kelly." This comes after speculation that his girlfriend of a year, Penelope Cruz, is pregnant. McConaughey wore a ring on his right hand to the "Failure to Launch" premiere. Life and Style reported that McConaughy was sporting a wedding ring a week ago, but they used a horizontally flipped photo to prove it.
Salma Hayek showed up at the "Failure to Launch" after party in New York last night. She looks gorgeous as always. We just wish Penelope could have made it.
Pictures from the "V for Vendetta" movie premiere in London March 8th, 2006. "V for Vendetta" stars Natalie Portman as a young woman working to incite revolution in a futuristic London and is produced by "Matrix" producer Joel Silver. Portman famously shaved her head for the role. It promises to be a thoughtful, action-packed and timely film.
Portman made headlines this week when she showed up at Columbia University to deliver a lecture on counter-terrorism. While her remarks weren't novel, she was lauded for her academic achievement.
The "Failure to Launch" New York Premiere was held last night at the Clearview Chelsea West Theatre in New York City. Initial buzz on the film is unfortunately negative, but there is a scene in which Terry Bradshaw, who plays Matthew McConaughy's father, bares his 57 year-old butt. We've already seen Kathy Bates semi-naked in "About Schmidt" and welcome the chance to see Bradshaw's assets too.
Failure to Launch will be in theatres March 10. It really looks like it's going to suck and the title could be prophetic, but I might watch it on DVD. The plot is genius. Here's the synopsis from the official movie site (which I had to transcribe and can't link properly because it's all Flash - what poor usability):
Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) has never been able to leave the nest. He's always had some reason or other, but now, his desperate parents have had enough. They hire the gorgeous and talented girl of his dreams (Sarah Jessica Parker) to get him to move out of the house
And they thought SJP was right for this role because...(?)
Failure also features Kathy Bates, Terry Bradshaw, and Bradley Cooper.
Update: Matt didn't have much to say when asked about his co-star SJP, and it's easy to infer from his comments that he didn't get along with her. Sarah blew off the suggestion that there were any problems on set.