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Year in Review: 3 of 5
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Disturbing Factoid: You're unlikely to spot Kate Winslet or Cate Blanchett on movie screens outside of Oscar season. Of Blanchett's 20 most recent films, a full 50% were released in December. Many from the other 50% were small films in which she had supporting roles. Kate works much less often but of her past 20 films (excluding voice work) 45% of her work debuted in Oscar's favorite month of the year. At this point aren't both of them more accurately described as Oscar Stars than Movie Stars?
In lieu of the traditional annual deep thoughts overview on the 2008 film year, I am opting to get something off of my chest regarding the imbalance of movie distribution. I'm tired of feeling overwhelmed every December. I want a steadier film diet. I am not bulimic and don't enjoy being treated that way by the studios.
I've discussed this »
- NATHANIEL R
Spill.com recently reviewed the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by director David Fincher (Heavy Metal, Zodiac) and starring Brad Pitt (Dirty Tricks, Burn After Reading), Cate Blanchett (The Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian). Synopsis: David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story, re-teams the director with Brad Pitt, who takes on the title role. What makes Button such a curious case is that when he is born in New Orleans just after World War I, he is already in his eighties, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse. This sweeping film follows the [...] »
- Brian Corder
Cate Blanchett shuns the Hollywood lifestyle - because her friends and family are so far removed from the whirlwind of fame that surrounds her.
And it is her stable family life Blanchett credits with her down-to-earth outlook on fame.
She tells America's Vanity Fair magazine, "I don't exist in that world. I observe it, but there's so much else to be thinking about.
"Maybe it's because I'm with someone who's not with me because of that; I'm not a trophy. He likes the vessel, but he also wants to make sure the vessel is full.
"The world of film can be so noisy, but the other aspects of my life are actually the noisiest parts of my life. My best friends are a social worker and a visual artist." »
Cate Blanchett is reluctant to have plastic surgery - because her husband of 11 years has vowed to divorce her if she goes under the knife.
The 39-year-old mum-of-three admits she's feeling her age after giving birth to son Ignatius in April.
But she insists she wouldn't trade her union with her writer/director husband Andrew Upton to keep her good looks.
She tells America's Vanity Fair magazine, "I haven't done anything, but who knows. Andrew said he'd divorce me if I did anything...
When you've had children, your body changes; there's history to it. I like the evolution of that history; I'm fortunate to be with somebody who likes the evolution of that history."
But Upton hasn't fully put Blanchett off the idea: "I'm not a spokesperson against the world of injectables. If you grow up in an environment where your mother gets you a boob job when you turn 18, what hope is there? But I didn't grow up in that world." »
Cate Blanchett has revealed that she keeps a careful distance from Hollywood, insisting that she does not "exist in that world". The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button star said that she prefers to live a quiet life in her native Australia with husband Andrew Upton and their three young sons. "I don’t exist in that world. I observe it, but there’s so much else to be thinking about," she told Vanity Fair. "Maybe it’s because I’m with someone who’s not with me (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Okay, so here we are. This article will basically amount to my capstone piece for the end of 2008 as I will now hand out what amounts to the first ever RopeofSilicon Awards. My hope for future RopeofSilicon Awards is that I can figure out some kind of nominating and voting system so you, the users, can award each of these categories by nominating films throughout the year, running mini For Your Consideration campaigns in the comment section and so forth. Unfortunately, such an endeavor is outside of my capacity at the moment so you will have to deal with my opinion on each category for now, but as always I want to hear your opinion on who you would award in the comments below. After all, my opinion is just the start of things in order to get you thinking and talking, it certainly isn't the end-all/be-all of opinions. »
- Brad Brevet
• In her Vanity Fair cover story, Cate Blanchett has come out against plastic surgery. Her reasoning: "If you grow up in an environment where your mother gets you a boob job when you turn 18, what hope is there?" Also, her husband would divorce her. • Mickey Rourke's short but harsh text-message review of Sean Penn's performance in Milk: "Thought he did an average pretend acting like he was gay besides hes one of the most homophobic people i kno" [sic]. And another feud begins. • Pete Wentz collected a bunch of year-end best-of lists from famous people including John Mayer, who lists "group youtubing" as one of his favorite »
Cate Blanchett offers her views on plastic surgery and Hollywood saying that in the entertainment business "you can become very self-obsessed, but you've got to keep looking outward." The actress tells Vanity Fair that in terms of cosmetic surgery, "I haven't done anything, but who knows. [My husband] Andrew said he'd divorce me if I did anything." She continues, "When you've had children, your body changes; there's history to it. I like the evolution of that history; I'm fortunate to be with somebody who likes the evolution of that history. I think it's important to not eradicate it." Blanchett says that as far as the Hollywood scene goes, acting is the only element she is a part of. "I don't exist in that world. I observe it, but there's so much else to be thinking about … The world of film can be so noisy, but the other aspects of my life are »
Jennifer Aniston's dog comedy 'Marley & Me' made an estimated $37 million in weekend ticket sales, lifting the movie's total gross to $51.7 million since it opened Christmas Day. The Twentieth Century Fox film -- also starring Owen Wilson, Alan Arkin, Eric Dane and Kathleen Turner -- already broke the record for the highest grossing film to ever open on December 25 when it brought in $14.7 million. The movie tells the story of a young couple in love that decides to bring home an adorable, but mischievous puppy named Marley. Finishing at No. 2 for the weekend -- with an estimated $28.1 million -- was Adam Sandler's family comedy 'Bedtime Stories,' a Disney film about a hotel handyman whose life changes when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true. Coming in third was Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett's romantic fantasy 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
20th Century Fox's pooch comedy "Marley & Me" has topped the box office with an estimated 3 day weekend take of $37 million and a reported $51.6 million from Thursday to Sunday performances. Owen Wilson makes his return, starring alongside Jennifer Aniston in the comedy helmed by “The Devil Wears Prada” director David Frankel. Film barked in an average of $10,632 per venue from 3,480 theatres. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ family offering “Bedtime Stories” starring Adam Sandler, held on for second place with $28 million over three days and $38 million with Thursday included. However, t he adventurous comedy pulled in less than Paramount’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” over the long weekend period. The Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett starrer brought in around $27 million from the standard weekend run but managed $39 million after four days. Bryan Singer helmed “Valkyrie” starring Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Thomas Kretschmann, Terrance Stamp and Eddie Izzard »
In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cate Blanchett's love interest is aging in reverse – something her husband would hate to see her do. In fact, after just a few weeks of dating, Andrew Upton proposed to Blanchett, now 39, and her reasons for saying "yes" speak volumes about their love affair. "I couldn't not," she tells Vanity Fair in its February cover story. "We were in exactly the same place at exactly the same time. He turned to me after a few days and said, 'Cate … ,' and I thought, 'Oh, god, he's going to ask me to marry »
- Kristin Boehm
Paramount Pictures released this movie poster from the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by director David Fincher (Heavy Metal, Zodiac) and starring Brad Pitt (Dirty Tricks, Burn After Reading), Cate Blanchett (The Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian). Synopsis: David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story, re-teams the director with Brad Pitt, who takes on the title role. What makes Button such a curious case is that when he is born in New Orleans just after World War I, he is already in his eighties, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse. This [...] »
- Brian Corder
The weather outside might have been frightful in much of the country and retail sales were down, but many responded to the tough times by heading to the movies during the Christmas holiday, where "Marley & Me," the tale of a big, lovable dog, scored a wow bow.
There were plenty of presents to go around: Fox's "Marley," Paramount's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Disney's "Bedtime Stories," all of which opened Christmas Day, immediately established themselves as the top-three Dec. 25 bows of all time with openings of $14.7 million, $12 million and $10.6 million, respectively. In terms of all-time best Christmas days -- irrespective of when a movie opened -- "Marley" ranked second only to 2004's "Meet the Fockers," which opened on a Wednesday but built to a single-day Christmas take of $19.5 million on its first Saturday.
Even MGM/UA's historical thriller "Valkyrie" shared in the holiday spirit, scoring a stronger »
- By Gregg Kilday
Note: I wanted to let you know you can also follow my predictions over at the Los Angeles Times in their Buzzmeter section as I join a large crew of Oscar prognosticators in predicting this year's Oscar nominees. Now, to the predictions... Well, I hope you all had a Happy Holidays and were able to get through the snow and into the theaters, at least here in the States I believe there was a point that 50% of the country was covered in snow, which I am sure made it tough for some to justify driving to the cinema. Either way, all of the major contenders have hit theaters at this point with the December 31 release of Defiance and Good marking the final installments for 2008, but neither of them are vying too hard for any of the top categories outside of what I hope will be a score nomination for James Newton Howard »
- Brad Brevet
There were no lumps of coal in Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston's stockings this Christmas. The former couple both had movies in competition for the top spot on Christmas Day, and while Aniston's film pulled in the most money, both movies were winners at the box office. Aniston's Marley & Me, a feel-good movie costarring Owen Wilson about a young family and mischievous dog, was the leader of the pack, grossing $14.8 million, the highest one-day total ever for a film opening on Christmas. But Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wasn't far behind. The film, about the life-long romance »
- Chris Willard
Mark Twain once quipped, “It’s a pity the best parts of life come at the beginning and the worst at the end.” It was this adage on which F. Scott Fitzgerald based his short story that lead to David Fincher’s adaptation, a chronological path of inspiration resulting in a timeless film.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells the story of a man aging in reverse. In the early stages of his life, Benjamin’s frail, elderly body houses the mind of a child, a paradox of age and maturity. As his wrinkles fade and his grey hair darkens, his natural curiosity gathers a wealth of knowledge from geriatrics at the nursing home, a drunken tugboat captain, a regretful married woman, and a beautiful ballet dancer named Daisy.
It’s a shame you’re in peak physical condition so early in life before you’ve accumulated life experience, »
- Jeff Leins
Cate Blanchett has revealed that all three of her pregnancies were a "surprise". The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button star and husband Andrew Upton have three children - seven-year-old Dashiell, four-year-old Roman and eight-month-old Ignatius. "My pregnancy with Ignatius was surreal," she told the Toronto Star. "He was a surprise. But they've all been surprises. "We didn't get married to have children. So when they've popped along it's been 'whoops!' but it's been (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Because of a crazy clock built to run backward, Benjamin Button Release Date: Dec. 25
Director: David Fincher
Cinematographer: Claudio Miranda
Studio Information: Paramount Pictures, 159 mins.
Because of a crazy clock built to run backward, Benjamin Button was born with a strange malady. This is not the sort of thing we question in a film like this. We simply accept it and move on. He starts his life with the wrinkled skin and arthritic joints of an old man and seems to look and feel younger as he ages. As Arthur says of Merlyn in Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot, "He lives backward. He doesn't age. He youthens." »
Photo: Paramount Pictures The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a story of a man born with the physical characteristics and appearance of an 80-year-old man. He grows younger and younger as the years pass on, which makes him an outsider to those that know of his affliction. However, that is not to confuse physical appearances with the heart, mind and soul of a man. Benjamin Button's aging process, as has been pointed out by others, is merely a metaphor for how the beginning and ends of our lives are no different whether lived backwards or forward with a focus on the importance of how we live the moments in between. Beyond that, I ask you to not even consider Benjamin's "curious" aging process and simply get involved in the story. Benjamin is born in beautifully recreated »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago ??? It turns out that skipping a ???blowout??? garage sale she was planning paid off for up-and-coming actress Taraji P. Henson after all, she told HollywoodChicago.com???s Adam Fendelman in a Chicago interview. Not being there netted an even grander sale for her acting career: Henson was cast as Brad Pitt???s surrogate mother in the Oscar-buzzing film ???The Curious Case of Benjamin Button???.
Photo credit: Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com
Rating: 4.0/5.0 The film, which was adapted for the screen by Eric Roth and is based on the 1920s short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, stars Brad Pitt opposite Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson and Tilda Swinton. It???s a curious film indeed about Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) who ages backward. He???s born old and grows youthful.
For Henson, auditioning for the part of Queenie (Benjamin Button? »
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