15 items from 2000
Gwyneth Paltrow (photos) wishes she could be as sexy as Jude Law (photos) and his wife Sadie Frost - because they're the most passionate couple she knows. Paltrow, who starred opposite Law in Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999), says she was impressed by how passionate his relationship is with his actress wife, even after three years of marriage. Paltrow says, "We were sitting around, and all of a sudden I looked over and he was holding the inside of her wrist up to his mouth, biting it in a really sexy, charged way. Their eyes were locked together. I thought, 'Here are these two gorgeous, interesting creatures, and they found each other. It's so beautiful. I'm going to join the Frost-Law clan, become one of the nannies, and just hang out with them all the time." »
Actor Jude Law really wishes he was uglier - so he could play interesting roles. Although the star is known for his devastating good looks, he'd love to be hideous for a while, according to friend and fellow actor Sean Pertwee. Sean says, "Jude always wanted to play someone with a hunchback and boils." And Sean claims this is part of the reason that Jude set up his own film company Natural Nylon, which includes wife Sadie Frost, Ewan McGregor, Sean and Jude himself, because no producer would cast him for ugly roles - "not with cheekbones you could open a letter with." »
Jude Law will fly to America next month to begin shooting Stanley Kubrick's unfinished movie A.I. (2001). Steven Spielberg took over the movie after Kubrick died last year and has now made the project his number one priority. Other confirmed actors include Sixth Sense, The (1999) star Haley Joel Osment - on a salary of $2 million and Mansfield Park (1999) actress Frances O'Connor. Law plays the major role of Gigolo Joe in this 21st century Pinocchio, set in a time after the polar ice caps have melted and man is dependent upon Artificially Intelligent robots to manage the earth. Haley Joel Osment plays a robot-boy who embarks on an emotional journey. Filming will take place in Los Angeles, other West Coast locations and The Caribbean. The movie is currently scheduled for release on June 21st 2001. Law's publicist confirms, "Jude's relaxing at the moment. Next month he flies over to the States to begin shooting with Spielberg. " He adds, "Spielberg has a tremendous visual imagination. He'll do a fantastic job of this movie." »
Mick Jagger has pin-pointed British actor Jude Law as his choice to portray him in a movie based on the Rolling Stone's life. The 57-year-old ex-husband of Texan model Jerry Hall has told friends that the Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999) Star Would be best suited for the film loosely based on the singer and the 1970s music scene. A friend of the singer said, "Jude has been pencilled in for the part - at least as far as Mick's concerned. Mick has already written the script and it's going to be filmed by Martin Scorsese. Someone suggested Jude to him, saying that the actor had the same kind of presence Mick had as a young man." Jagger says he has no plans to star in the movie himself - although he's acted with distinction in other films in the past. He says about the movie, "It's mainly about the Machiavellian deals and relationships in the record industry. " His company, Jagged Films, is currently working on its first project - a version of the Second World War thriller Enigma (2001), by ROBERT HARRIS, starring Titanic (1997) star Kate Winslet. »
Heart-throb actor Jude Law has the most kissable lips in the world - according to a survey to mark Britain's National Kissing Day. The poll, by beauty product producer Nair, shows the actor beat runners up David Beckham, husband of Posh Spice, and George Clooney by attracting 26 per cent of 500 female voters. Bottom of the stack was singer Tom Jones who took just one per cent of the vote. Actress Catherine Zeta Jones took the top spot in the women's category, beating sexy actress Cameron Diaz and model Gisele with 38 per cent of the male vote. Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson had the least attractive lips, with only one per cent of men voting for her. »
Actor Jude Law has become the quintessential British style icon thanks to his personal tailor - who believes he has saved Law from becoming just another scruffy star. CARLOS BRANDELLI, 32, who was recently nominated as one of GQ magazine's most eligible bachelors - has been carefully creating the polished and groomed look that has made Law the best dressed man of the new Millennium. He says, "Most stars today have no style whatsoever - no integrity. They arrive at celebrity bashes and premieres looking appalling. They look like they have just climbed out of bed. They are wearing baggy combat trousers and their hair is a mess. They really look awful." Given the amount of time it takes Brandelli to create a suit - three months in the case of Law's Oscars outfit - Brandelli has become a confidante to the majority of his clients, but he won't reveal any of their secrets. He says, "I do have very personal relationships with some very high profile people and because I have crafted their image over a period of years we have become very good friends. They entrust me with information that I cannot betray." »
British hunk Jude Law has been named Hollywood's sexiest actor by the readers of JANE magazine. Law, who starred in box office hit Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999), was named "Male actor you want creasing your sheets, " scoring a huge 67 per cent of the vote. Law, who's married to actress Sadie Frost, beat last year's winner Brad Pitt into second, with Ben Affleck, Wes Bentley and Denzel Washington following up. Angelina Jolie was named "Actress you either want to be or be with, " pulling in a massive 76 per cent of the vote. The luscious-lipped Girl, Interrupted (1999) star, who wed actor Billy Bob Thornton on Friday, beat Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore to the title. But Gwyneth Paltrow didn't fare so well - winning the Most Overrated Female Actor category, with Tom Cruise edging out LEONARDO DiCAPRIO for the male equivalent. »
Actor Jude Law has talents other than acting - he's been nominated for an MTV movie music award. His jazz duet with Matt Damon in Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999) has been nominated for Best Musical Performance. Other candidates include DR. EVIL and MINI ME from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) with JUST THE TWO OF US and ANDY WILLIAMS'S I CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU from TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. The foul-mouthed kids from SOUTH PARK THE MOVIE are also in with a chance. The MTV MOVIE AWARDS ceremony will take place on 3 June. Austin Powers and Matrix, The (1999) both received six nominations each. »
Actors Tom Cruise and Ewan McGregor are set to star in a new version of the COLDITZ story Other big names tipped for the movie include Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Jonny Lee Miller. Harvey Weinstein has already set aside $20 million just for cast fees and bosses at MIRAMAX are promoting the film as a GREAT ESCAPE for the new generation. The screenplay will be based on the memoirs of real-life Colditz escapee, MAJOR Pat Reid An insider says, "With stars like these and a company like Miramax involved, it would be one of the biggest films of its kind." »
During the next few months, about half a dozen British crime films are due for local release, but first out of the barrel is "Love, Honour and Obey", a fascinating blend of violence and humor that features some of the United Kingdom's best young acting talent, including Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Jonny Lee Miller, Rhys Ifans and Sadie Frost. The film works in fits and starts, and while well publicized in Britain, it will probably make a limited impact. UIP distributes here as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
"Love, Honour and Obey" is written, produced and directed by the team of Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis, who developed their improvisational style in the television comedy series "Operation Good Guys" and their first film "Final Cut" (1997), again starring Law, Frost and Winstone. Possibly to make the improv work easier for their actors, many of the film's characters have the same first name as the actor.
Jonny Jonny Lee Miller), who works in a dead-end job as a courier, persuades his best friend, Jude (Jude Law), to help him join the North London gang of Jude's Uncle Ray (Ray Winstone). Jonny takes to the gangster life with gusto and especially enjoys the conflict with the rival South London gang, led by Sean (Sean Pertwee). Jonny takes an especially strong dislike to one of Sean's bodyguards, Matthew Rhys Ifans, who played Spike in "Notting Hill").
Jonny and Matthew's personal battle eventually draws in both gangs and escalates in violence. This leads to a shootout at Ray's wedding to Sadie (yes, Sadie Frost), with Matthew killing one of Ray's men. Eventually, Ray and Sean decide to sacrifice the two men for the sake of peace between the rival gangs.
Though there is plenty of violence -- both physical and verbal -- most of it is off-screen. The aspects that work best are the humor and the ability of some of the supporting cast to have an impact on the story. The loose improv nature means that lesser cast members can develop easily. It is often their stories that bring the most satisfaction, with scenes between Anciano (as bouncer Dom) and Burdis (as bouncer Burdis) especially amusing as they discuss problems of Burdis' sex life.
Miller seems unable to develop his character fully, especially in terms of his transition from no-hope courier to gun-toting, hardened thug (though he may be hampered by the fact that he has to narrate the story while dressed in a clown outfit). Law brings his expected ease. As the rival gang bosses, Winstone is a subtle combination of menace and charm, while Pertwee gives one of his best performances ever. The women in the film are given little to work with.
The film is interspersed with scenes of various cast members singing along to a karaoke machine (supposedly from Ray and Sadie's wedding), with various actors displaying fine voices, especially Winstone, Miller, Pertwee and Kathy Burke. Costumes are all spot on, and other technical credits are fine, though at times the dialogue is a little muffled.
LOVE, HONOUR AND OBEY
BBC Films presents a Fugitive production
Producer-director-writers: Dominic Anciano,
Executive producers: David M. Thompson,
Jane Tranter, Jim Beach
Associate producer: Sadie Frost
Director of photography: John Ward
Production designer: `Nick Burnell
Costume designer: Ali Brown
Editor: Rachel Meyrick
Music supervision: John Beckett
Sadie: Sadie Frost
Jonny: Jonny Lee Miller
Jude: Jude Law
Ray: Ray Winstone
Kathy: Kathy Burke
Sean: Sean Pertwee
Maureen: Denise Van Outen
Matthew: Rhys Ifans
Running time -- 98 minutes
No MPAA rating
Jude Law is refusing to conform and move to Hollywood - because he wants his children to be brought up the British way. The actor who is married to Sadie Frost, has been offered countless film parts in Hollywood movies since his OSCAR nomination for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). But although he has to travel for much of the year to shoot his movies in LA, he would rather suffer the jetlag than have his children brought up in America. He says, "I won't move to America - never - and that has never been on the cards for me because I am a Londoner and proud of my roots... It's where I grew up and it's where I want my children to be brought up. Personally it's being an Englishman that keeps my feet firmly on the ground... I'm certainly not intending to move to LA and either Sadie or I are with the children at any time so we don't need to." »
Sadie Frost dyed her brunette locks blonde for a film - and had far more fun than she's used to. The actress dyed her hair for her new movie Love, Honour and Obey (1999), in which she stars with husband Jude Law - and she discovered when she changed her hair she changed her personality too. She says, "It was fun and I had a really good time and it's true - blondes really do have more fun. I became too extrovert at the time and went a bit mad." But she won't be keeping the exciting look. She explains, "It was something I've always wanted to do and I will be blonde in my next movie too... It was exciting because I've never dared to be blonde as Sadie but it's different when you have to do it for a part. I could only ever be blonde for my job and for a character." »
Best Supporting Actor nominees Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment are set to team up in Steven Spielberg's massive movie project A.I. (2001). Law has already signed up for the movie, and 11-year-old Osment is expected to join in the next week for a role in what would have been Stanley Kubrick's next film project. The pint sized Sixth Sense, The (1999) star has even tried to help Spielberg cast the actress who will play his mother - and asked Julianne Moore if she fancied the role during Sunday's Oscar ceremony. But Osment was disappointed, as Moore was unable to take on the commitment due to pre-arranged movie roles. Set in the future, A.I. (2001) is about robots with artificial intelligence who live in a time when the polar ice-caps have melted and New York is under water. »
Gwyneth Paltrow has given her studio the ultimate snub - by failing to turn up to their Oscar party. The actress who last year took home the gong for Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), decided not to join her MIRAMAX friends at their prestigious party in the famous BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL. And she wasn't the only high profile star to not turn up at the party they were expected at - Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999) heart-throb Jude Law also let down the Miramax organisers. An onlooker says, "Everyone was waiting for her and Jude to arrive all night and they just didn't show. "Gwyneth especially was supposed to be the belle of the ball but she must have been having too much of a good time at the other parties. "Everyone looked really disappointed and it certainly upset a lot of her Miramax friends." »
Real-life couple Jude Law and Sadie Frost refuse to take their romance onto the big screen and get steamy for the cameras - because it would be too dull. Filmmakers have been falling over themselves to make them the next Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton but to no avail. The pair appear together in Love, Honour and Obey (1999) but Sadie is seen romancing Ray Winstone while Jude just looks on. Sadie says, "I didn't do any scenes with Jude, we just worked alongside each other. "We've got a couple of projects with our production company NATURAL NYLON but not opposite each other because I think that would be boring for us and everybody else." »
15 items from 2000
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