9 items from 2002
Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey has been enjoying a secret romance - with a 22-year-old waitress. The A Time To Kill star McConaughey, 33, met brunette Michelle Smith at the Whiskey Bar in Los Angeles, where she works. A source tells American magazine Us Weekly that the two Texas natives, who have been enjoying an undercover romance for the past seven months "are pretty serious." The source explains, "He flew her over to New York a bunch of times while he was making the movie How To Lose A Guy with Kate Hudson, and they also took a trip together to Canada. They're just returned from a camping trip in Northern California - they're both outdoorsy types." »
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David Paymer, who recently finished filming a role in the indie Max and Grace, has joined Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson and Sophie Marceau in the Rob Reiner-directed Loosely Based on a True Love Story, formerly known as Alex and Emma. The Franchise Pictures project, which is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, centers on the frantic efforts of a man and woman (Hudson and Wilson) to compose a novel within 30 days in order to pay off a gambling debt. Paymer will star as John Shaw, a character from their novel who comes to life as a wealthy suitor to marry Marceau's character. »
Goldie Hawn and daughter Kate Hudson are set to go head-to-head in cinemas across American this weekend in The Banger Sisters and The Four Feathers - but they're making the family rivalry work for them. Almost Famous star Hudson admits mom and daughter are thrilled that their latest projects are released on the same day. She says, "We are doing press together and traveling together. We keep passing in the hallways!" »
Hollywood wedding bells may be ringing for hot couple Jennifer Connelly and her A Beautiful Mind co-star Paul Bettany. After winning an Oscar and losing a boyfriend almost simultaneously, the stunning actress found comfort in the muscular arms of British heart-throb Bettany. And last week the sandy-haired hunk was seen in the shop of LA jeweller Neil Lane, who has created nuptial baubles for Madonna, Debra Messing and Kate Hudson. Evidently Bettany did much more than just window-shop. He is reported to have settled on a rather specific piece of wedding equipment - a diamond ring. »
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The closing-night film of the Deauville American Film Festival on Sept. 8 and slated soon for a theatrical release by Fox Searchlight, The Banger Sisters is an uneven comedy about two old girlfriends -- once legendary groupies -- reuniting in an initially unpleasant fashion when one of them is financially down-and-out and the other is trying to forget their wild pasts. It's got more frank talk about sex than most youth comedies, while its portrayal of a model American family almost disintegrating is some kind of new boomer fantasy/nightmare.
Starring Goldie Hawn -- in one of her best performances -- and Susan Sarandon as the title characters who are not related but teamed up to seduce many of the rock music icons of the 1960s, writer-director Bob Dolman's first feature manages to celebrate middle-aged women and revel in them as fully dimensional and sensual while also making a welcome defense of the era in which they flourished.
Its commercial prospects are subject to the vagaries of critical response, marketing department patience and awards consideration.
Where the film fails to find many contrasts between people and things from then and now beyond the transformation of Sarandon's character into a strict mom, Sisters lets clunky plotting and an uninteresting character creep into a potentially funnier and more endearing scenario. Not to knock the professionalism of Geoffrey Rush, but his performance as a depressed screenwriter who hasn't had sex in 10 years is a mood killer.
Much of the mood of Sisters is orchestrated by Suzette (Hawn), a big-hearted honey who never settled down. Still working on the Sunset Strip at the Whisky a Go Go, where decades before she had as lovers the likes of Jim Morrison and Jimmy Page, Suzette is like an old baseball catcher watching younger players run on and off the field. Her glory days are over, but with a little money, maybe she can hang around and keep watching.
With no advance warning, Suzette drives to Phoenix to borrow money from Lavinia (Sarandon). The two haven't seen each other in 20 years, and each is surprised by how the other has turned out. But first, cashless Suzette takes on a passenger who offers to pay for gas. A fussy eccentric who quickly gets the picture that Suzette is a frank-talking, aggressive female who feels sorry for him, Harry (Rush) has an old manual typewriter and a gun with one bullet.
To his credit, Harry comes around and realizes what a grand time a loveless guy like him can have with Suzette, but the plot machinations needed to keep him in the picture underscore Dolman's overall lack of a strong central theme. Similarly, though individual scenes are hilarious and the performances are more than adequate, the way Suzette crashes into Lavinia's life and causes turmoil is satire reminiscent of American Beauty but with even less cogent results.
When it's Goldie vs. Susan, with the former's character scoring many points early for being upfront and genuine, Sisters has the feel of a classic movie in the making, but Dolman and cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub are unable to keep the momentum going. Eventually, in a partly successful scene, Lavinia can't bear it when her teenage daughters, Hannah (Erika Christensen) and Ginger (Eva Amurri), and lawyer husband Raymond (Robin Thomas) laugh at the thought that she was ever rebellious or "less than perfect."
Snapping back to her old ways, Lavinia cuts her hair, borrows some clothes and goes dancing with Suzette. Getting in the groove with the Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House," Lavinia proves that Bob Seger was right: "Rock 'n' roll never forgets." Later, she brings out a box of mementos, including an old joint and a fistful of Polaroids. The latter, rock star "cock" shots, are the stuff of a straitlaced clan's meltdown, which almost occurs when the rest of Lavinia's family bursts in on the stoned gals.
Although Raymond is largely silent and unseen, Lavinia's daughters provide an easy entry into the less-than-perfect younger generation. Hannah is on every page of the high school yearbook and pessimistic on the eve of delivering the school's graduation speech. In their somewhat forced introduction at a hotel, Suzette helps her get through a bad acid trip and later checks out the tush of her boyfriend (Matthew Carey) when the youngsters are caught making love in the family pool.
Sarandon's daughter in real life, Amurri in Sisters plays a much shriller sibling than the charmingly upbeat daughter she plays in the upcoming Made-up. Here, she's loud and physical and almost steals the show. As for the big sisters, Sarandon goes through a bigger transformation, but she has less raw charisma than Hawn, who dominates the film. It's impossible not to think of Kate Hudson, Hawn's daughter, in Almost Famous. Only in movies can one cheer a mother for burning up the screen as a sexy woman, showing one way to survive in a tough business.
THE BANGER SISTERS
A Gran Via/Elizabeth Cantillon production
Screenwriter-director: Bob Dolman
Producers: Mark Johnson, Elizabeth Cantillon
Executive producer: David Bushell
Director of photography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Production designer: Maia Javan
Editor: Aram Nigoghossian
Costume designer: Jacqueline West
Music: Trevor Rabin
Casting: Sheila Jaffe, Georgianne Walken
Suzette: Goldie Hawn
Lavinia: Susan Sarandon
Harry: Geoffrey Rush
Hannah: Erika Christensen
Ginger: Eva Amurri
Raymond: Robin Thomas
Jules: Matthew Carey
Running time -- 98 minutes
MPAA rating R
Hollywood beauty Kate Hudson won't be winning prizes for patriotism anytime soon - she's sick of Americans. After three months filming Le Divorce in France, Kate admits she has developed a dislike for her countryfolk after running into Americans in Paris and London. She explains, "Sometimes I'll be walking down the street and I'll hear some American and I'll just go, 'Of course they hate us, of course they can't stand us. We're the most annoying, boisterous creatures in the world.' I mean we come in and we eat mounds of food, and we're like, 'Where's the ketchup for our French fries.' I'm like, 'Shut up.'" »
Kate Hudson proved she's no B-list in the wealth stakes by splashing more than $100,000 on a trip to Paris. Kate called up the top designers in France and asked for a series of private viewings - a luxury usually reserved only for royalty and billionaire socialites. The designers were reportedly a little shocked by the precocious request, but were more than happy to receive the Oscar-nominated beauty's cash. »
Youthful actress Goldie Hawn is realizing the negative side of getting older - her grown-up children have left her lonely. Goldie, 56, has three children - Oliver Hudson, 25, Kate Hudson, 21, and 15-year-old Wyatt. And with two grown-up children living on their own and her third constantly busy with his fledging ice hockey career, Hawn is distraught at the amount of time she now spends alone. The screen beauty, who has been living with longterm love Kurt Russell for several years, says, "The other day at home, I was outside by the pool. We have a large house and no one was home, just me and the dogs. I laid out there and I started to feel very sorry for myself because I really was hearing the children and the memories, everyone that hung out the house, the parties. And there I was all by myself - even Kurt was gone. I thought, 'This is the saddest picture.' I mean, it's just me in this big house. But then I thought that I have so many blessings. Emptiness is very real, no matter how great we may have it, it's a very real thing." »
An American fashion pundit has naming The Weakest Link host Anne Robinson as 2001's Worst Dressed Woman. In his damning list, style guru Mr Blackwell describes the British TV presenter as looking like "Harry Potter in drag." Pop princess Britney Spears is next on his 42nd annual worst list, for outfits he calls "belly-baring bombs". Actress Juliette Binoche boasts the dubious honour of coming third, and is termed "Le Gauche Binoche." All three members of Destiny's Child share fourth place on Blackwell's list, in recognition of their "Off-Pitch Kitsch." Numbers 5 to 10 are singer Bjork, Monaco's Princess Stephanie, actress Kate Hudson, Briton's Camilla Parker Bowles, and actresses Cameron Diaz and Gillian Anderson. On the positive side of his fashion spectrum, Blackwell names actress Julia Roberts as the winner of his "Fabulous Fashion Independents for 2001," followed by TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey and TV journalist Diane Sawyer. »
9 items from 2002
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