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By Michelle Orange
A right-minded woman from England once said, "I write about love and money. What else is there?" And if Jane Austen were alive and running a movie studio today, she'd find her two-pronged sensibility more sensible than ever -- particularly that second bit. Long a plot lynchpin for any number of genres -- heist, noir and western in particular -- money and how to get it has been the focus of a fistful of this year's films, suggesting a niche of their own for these tough times: The Recession Jam.
Whether it be by dint of timing or more prescient design, several films either touched on or took as their central focus the plight of Americans living on the economic edge, and what lengths they will resort to to make ends meet. The following is a list of films that provide a little company for your misery, »
- Michelle Orange
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Over 130 stars have weighed in on the SAG strike authorization, coming out firmly against. Citing the economy, the A-listers “strongly” urged SAG members not to authorize a strike, and instead “take the high road … unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and … three years down the line … make a great deal” when all the union contracts expire roughly simultaneously.
In addition, SAG President Alan Rosenberg was forced to cancel the emergency in-person National Board meeting he had scheduled for this Friday, after SAG activists pointed out in the strongest terms that Rosenberg had no right under the SAG constitution or state law to require that the meeting be in person, rather than by videoconference. »
- email@example.com (Jonathan Handel)
But she insists her performances are no match for the legendary actresses touted among the director's muses because she could easily be replaced.
She tells Allure magazine, "I don't inspire the work that Woody does. I'm just lucky to fit into the 'young woman' category in his movies. But make no mistake, I know that if it wasn't me, it would be somebody else." »
Never mind that Leo guy. When it comes to hot costars, Kate Winslet prefers a more mature man. "Eli Wallach is my very own Sexiest Man Alive!" Winslet gushed Sunday night at a gala honoring her friend and fellow actor Wallach, 92. "The truth is," she told guests at Tavern on the Green in New York, which included Wallach and his longtime wife, actress Anne Jackson, "Annie, if I had been around 60 years ago, you would have had some tough competition!" Winslet, 33, attended the 80th anniversary gala dinner for the famed New York acting school, The Neighborhood Playhouse, to give an »
- Natasha Stoynoff
By Matt Singer
If it feels like Russell Crowe is in every movie Ridley Scott directs these days, that's because he is. After winning a Best Actor Oscar for "Gladiator" in 2000, Crowe reeled off three Scott pictures in three years: 2006's "A Good Year," 2007's "American Gangster" and this year's "Body of Lies." And the two are already at it again: Scott recently announced that "Nottingham," his long-stalled adaptation of the Robin Hood legend, will move forward with Crowe taking on both roles of the legendary archer and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Most of the greatest directors in history have important collaborations with actors who come to be synonymous with their work. Though each partner has had careers apart from one another, they come to represent a single creative entity in our minds: when we imagine a John Ford movie, we think of John Wayne in Monument Valley; when you say Toshiro Mifune, »
- Matt Singer
Actress Diane Keaton initially passed up the chance to own her dream home - because it needed too much of an overhaul.
Keaton actually bought the famous Ralph Flewelling Roxbury Drive mansion when it was first placed on the market in 2000, but backed out because the job of renovating the 80-year-old property was too great.
She says, "I got cold feet."
But the actress got a second chance to buy the estate in 2006, and didn't think twice.
She has since worked with pal and designer Stephen Shadley to recreate the Spanish Colonial home's glory days.
She adds, "I wanted to bring the house back to its core simplicity."
The pair's work features in the pages of the new Architecture Digest as Keaton opens up the doors to her home for the publication. »
Elisabeth Moss is about to make her Broadway debut in a role originated by one of the most famous women in the world, but is she concerned about comparisons? "I couldn't care less who's played the role before me," she says. "And there have been many others besides Madonna." Yes, her predecessor in Speed-the-Plow, a bitingly funny Hollywood morality tale, is none other than the Material Girl. But Moss never saw that production, and for her the bottom line is that she is appearing in a David Mamet play, "and I get to act with Jeremy Piven and Raúl Esparza on Broadway." Likewise, James Barbour in A Tale of Two Cities and David Rasche in To Be or Not to Be, both on Broadway, are stepping into the shoes of celebrated actors who previously played their roles, in this case on film. Each role has its own challenges, but they »
- Simi Horwitz
This film was not screened in advance for American critics. Here are excerpts from a review in the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald:
Diane Keaton chalked up so much credit during her Woody Allen years that I've been looking on her benignly ever since. But this time, sadly, she's gone too far. She's turned herself into a mother-in-law joke.
- By SANDRA HALL
By Neil Pedley
If the old maxim "What I really want to do is direct" still holds true, this week's releases confirm that the filmmaking game is more open than ever. Anyone can have a crack at it; actors, teachers, digital artists, preachers. Perhaps you should have a go yourself. Hell, if Paul W.S. Anderson can get work doing it...
Offering up the most unlikely fairytale you're ever likely to see, Icelandic filmmaker Olaf de Fleur Johannesson draws on his documentary background with this endearing low-budget, semi-improvised Cinderella story. As a young Filipino lady-boy, the spunky, pre-op sex worker Raquela longs to be the belle of the ball as she trawls the Internet looking for love. When an American suitor pledges to be her Prince Charming and proposes a meeting in France, Raquela departs for her long-awaited date with destiny under the glittering Paris skyline. »
- Neil Pedley
Here's a look at the new poster for the Liv Tyler starrer SMOTHER, a film that revolves around an everyday guy (played by Dax Shepard), who when fired from his job, faces pressure from his wife to have a baby and from his mom, who has decided to move in with the young couple.
Diane Keaton also stars in the film, which is released on September 26th. »
"Why is life worth living?"
Photo: MGM Home Entertainment So many people say the greatest movie of all time is Citizen Kane. Whether they say this because they truly believe it or because AFI says so or because they think that is what they are supposed to say really doesn't tell me anything. If you I were to ask someone what the greatest movie of all-time was and they responded, "Citizen Kane," I would then follow that up asking, "Okay, then what's your favorite film?" If they then said Citizen Kane again I would have to stab them with a spoon just to make sure they were alive. Because either a) they have only seen one movie and it is in fact Citizen Kane, or b) this is someone that just looks at film purely from a technical perspective and doesn't have much to offer me in terms of conversation on the sbject. »
- Brad Brevet
There is a certain caliber of actor for whom acting is not required: All they need to do is be themselves, the intensity of their "self" either dialed up or dialed down depending on the movie. Think of it, if you can without inducing nausea, as the Larry The Cable Guy School Of Acting. Much in the same way that Larry The Cable Guy always plays Larry The Cable Guy, Jack Nicholson always plays Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams always plays Robin Williams, Dane Cook always plays Dane Cook, and Jennifer Aniston always plays Jennifer Aniston (except for that one movie where she had a terrible Southern accent, then she was Jennifer Aniston with a terrible Southern accent)—only the words and the wardrobe change. In some ways, being part of the Larry The Cable Guy School Of Acting is a sign of success. Your public persona or comedic »
I haven't heard much of the upcoming Diane Keaton vehicle (?!?) Smother, but I think the poster is pretty cool. It features certain design principles that are rather unique in the world of movie poster design--i'm just not smart enough to comment on them. In the film, Dax Shepard plays a decent-looking guy with a hot wife (Liv Tyler) who loses his job, only to have his mother (Keaton) move in and, well. smother him. If I were Dax and my mom was Diane I would love for her to move in with »
- Daniel Barna
Rock + Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier are working on an original score for the stage spectacular - which is scheduled to debut in San Diego, California next summer - on its way to a Broadway run.
Holland-Dozier-Holland are responsible for some of the soul world's biggest hits - they penned tunes for The Supremes and the Four Tops, among others.
Both the 1996 movie and the new musical are adaptations of Olivia Goldsmith's novel. »
Beloved moviemaker Woody Allen sparked reports suggesting Jennifer Aniston is set to become his new muse after inviting the former Friends star to dine with him and his wife in West Hollywood on Tuesday night.
The actress and a mystery date joined Allen and his wife Soon Yi in the shadows at top restaurant Madeo.
After the dinner, Aniston slipped out the back of the diner, while the director and his wife encountered the paparazzi out front.
There's no explanation as to why Allen and Aniston were dining together, but the filmmaker has been known to create roles for his favourite leading ladies. These have included Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton, and more recently, Scarlett Johansson. »
It's now question of who isn't attending Stand Up to Cancer, the Sept. 5 multi-network TV charity event that's raising money to fight the disease. New additions to the line-up include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Jack Black, Abigail Breslin, Kate Bosworth, Sheryl Crow, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Garner, Brad Garrett, Angie Harmon, Tony Hawk, Marg Helgenberger, Diane Keaton, Rob Lowe, Mandy Moore, Sharon Osbourne, Josh Peck, Mekhi Phifer, Keanu Reeves, Jimmy Smits, David Spade and Carrie Underwood. They are joining a long list that includes Casey Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Josh Brolin, David Cook, Dana Delany, »
- Michael Y. Park
By Matt Singer
As far back as last February, the press began speculating about a supposed lesbian tryst between the stars of Woody Allen's new film "Vicky Christina Barcelona." Under a headline reading "Sapphic Steam," the New York Post's Page Six announced that they'd learned from an anonymous source that the scene between Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz was "extremely erotic" and that when the film reached theaters audiences would "be blown away and even shocked." Various news agencies picked up the story. Some even distorted it further; one website assured its readers in no uncertain terms that "Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz will have lesbian sex in Woody Allen's new film," as if the actresses were bypassing any notion of dramatic pretense and doing the scene purely for their own sexual gratification.
Even after "Vicky Christina" played the Cannes Film Festival last May, rumors of the combustible chemistry between the stars continued, »
- Matt Singer
Indie distributor Variance Films is launching with the theatrical release of the dark comedy "Smother" starring Diane Keaton, Dax Shepard and Liv Tyler and exec producer Terry Bradshaw's Hurricane Katrina football documentary "Walking on Dead Fish."
Former ThinkFilm distribution and marketing director Dylan Marchetti wants Variance to bridge the gap between producers self-releasing features and traditional distributors, avoiding the direct-to-video trap that many indies encounter.
Part of Marchetti's strategy is to avoid conventional New York/Los Angeles platform releases, instead looking to rollouts tailored to each film's target audience. He will be scouting for more Variance projects at next month's Toronto International Film Festival.
Franklin Martin's "Fish", a co-release with Dutchmen Films, follows New Orleans high school students who overcome natural disaster to form a winning football team. The film, narrated by Fox NFL studio analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bradshaw, opens there Sept. 5, followed by a regional expansion Sept. 19.
- By Gregg Goldstein
Scarlett Johansson denies she has become director Woody Allen's latest muse.
But Johansson rejects claims she has become a muse for the moviemaker, insisting they only work together to "have fun".
She says, "I'm not his muse. Every single junket that we've done so far (for Vicky Cristina Barcelona), we always get the muse thing and we always say no, it's not that way.
"Woody and I both appreciate how wonderful it is to work with your friends, and it's fun and we always have a great time when we do it, we entertain each other, we understand each other and we poke each other." »
The odd couple has gone on to make three films together, including new movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Allen says, "I had Kate Winslet right up to the last week in pre-production. Then she said she couldn't do the picture because she had worked continually and had spent no time with her child.
"I forgave her and understood that completely but I didn't know Scarlett from a hole in the wall. I thought she was too young; she was only 19 years old at the time.
"But I was in a hole and had to get someone fairly quickly. I knew Scarlett was a great actress and a beauty but I didn't know if she was really what I had written. I hired her and became totally captivated by her."
He adds, "I would always call her, as I did with Diane and Mia for years. Mia was a wonderful actress and she never let me down. The same would be true with Scarlett." »
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