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Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria was so thrilled with boyfriend Tony Parker's surprise proposal she immediately wanted to share the news with her co-stars. The professional basketball player proposed last week, presenting Longoria with a five-carat emerald-cut diamond ring with 247 accent diamonds. She explains, "Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman and I are really, really close. Telling them was really exciting!" Longoria showed up on set shortly after the proposal and says, "Marcia came into my trailer and Tony was with me. She was like, 'Tony, what are you doing here?' And then she looks at my hand and goes 'Aaaaah!' She let out the biggest scream. We were laughing so hard.'" Huffman, who wasn't on set that day, was contacted by Cross and told to call Longoria immediately. She recalls, "I said, 'Is something wrong? Is she crying? What's the matter?' So I called going, 'Eva, are you ok, honey?' And she went, 'I'm engaaaaged!'" The happy couple have already set a wedding date - July 7, 2007 in Parker's native France. »
Eva Longoria and her on-off basketball beau Tony Parker are engaged. The Desperate Housewives actress, 31, and the French-born sports star, 24 - a point guard for the San Antonio Spurs - met in November 2004. Longoria's representative Liza Anderson confirms, "Eva and Tony are officially engaged. The couple have never been happier." The pair split briefly in September, but quickly rekindled their relationship after a romantic trip to Paris. This is the second marriage for Longoria, who was previously married to actor Tyler Christopher from 2002 until 2004. This will be Parker's first marriage. »
10 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Poor Will Ferrell. The popular comedic actor and proven boxoffice draw has taken a big risk with Stranger Than Fiction. Playing against type as Harold Crick, a sad sack who hears voices in his head, Ferrell has received high marks in early reviews, as have co-stars Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. But a little movie called Borat is likely to steal the thunder from Ferrell and Fiction. 20th Century Fox's Borat -- on its way to becoming a comedic phenomenon considering its stellar opening bow of $26 million from just 837 theaters -- has created something of a black hole for all other films bowing this weekend.
Expanding to 2,566 theaters today, Borat also is likely to eat up some of the grosses that would have gone to Fox's new entry, Ridley Scott's A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe. Industry insiders are pegging the second-week grosses for Borat in the $30 million range. Coming off a phenomenal first-weekend bow that saw a per-theater average of $31,607, the R-rated film surely will dominate the boxoffice. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, who has been likened to a modern-day combination of Peter Sellers and Andy Kaufman, Borat's midweek numbers have remained strong, averaging
$3 million each day.
That's not to say that Sony Pictures isn't trying with Fiction. Directed by Marc Forster and based on a screenplay by Zach Helm, the film won early accolades at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Bowing in 2,264 theaters, the PG-13 film centers on Crick, an IRS auditor who suddenly finds that his thoughts and actions are being narrated by a voice in his head. Praised for its smart script and strong performances, the film could open decently and hold on through a crowded end-of-year moviegoing season. Insiders are predicting the film will bow in the $8 million-$10 million range but could get into the low teens.
That's about the same number many are predicting for A Good Year. Crowe also plays against type as a romantic lead in the PG-13 drama set in Provence, France. Opening in 2,066 theaters, the Fox 2000 film centers on a high-powered British trader (Crowe) who learns that his uncle has left him a vineyard in France. Year, which co-stars Albert Finney, Freddie Highmore and Archie Panjabi, is based on the novel written by Scott's friend and Provence neighbor Peter Mayle. It evokes similar themes to Buena Vista's Under the Tuscan Sun, which bowed to $9.7 million in 2003. Expect similar numbers for the beautifully photographed Year.
Focus Features will open Rogue Pictures' The Return in 1,986 theaters. Starring horror queen Sarah Michelle Gellar, the PG-13 film from Asif Kapadia (The Warrior) centers on a woman who is troubled by vivid nightmares about the murder of a woman she has never met. It is expected to bow to single-digit millions.
MGM is going to be busy this weekend. The distributor will open Bauer Martinez's Harsh Times in 956 theaters. A high-profile acquisition out of last year's Toronto fest, the film comes from Training Day screenwriter David Ayer, making his directorial debut, and stars Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez. The gritty, R-rated drama centers on an Iraq War vet (Bale) who, upon being turned down for a job with the LAPD, recruits his childhood friend (Rodriguez) for a joyride through Los Angeles. Eva Longoria co-stars.
MGM also will open Copying Beethoven in limited release. The PG-13 film, from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, stars Ed Harris as the composer in the last year of his life. Agnieszka Holland directs, and Diane Kruger co-stars.
Picturehouse will open Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus on four screens in Los Angeles and New York. The film from director Steven Shainberg (Secretary) stars Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. »
9 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Poor Will Ferrell. The popular comedic actor and proven boxoffice draw has taken a big risk with "Stranger Than Fiction".
Playing against type as Harold Crick, a sad sack who hears voices in his head, Ferrell has received high marks in early reviews, as have co-stars Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. But a little movie called "Borat" is likely to steal the thunder from Ferrell and "Fiction". 20th Century Fox's "Borat" -- on its way to becoming a comedic phenomenon considering its stellar opening bow of $26 million from just 837 theaters -- has created something of a black hole for all other films bowing this weekend.
Expanding to 2,566 theaters today, "Borat" also is likely to eat up some of the grosses that would have gone to Fox's new entry, Ridley Scott's "A Good Year", starring Russell Crowe. Industry insiders are pegging the second-week grosses for "Borat" in the $30 million range. Coming off a phenomenal first-weekend bow that saw a per-theater average of $31,607, the R-rated film surely will dominate the boxoffice. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, who has been likened to a modern-day combination of Peter Sellers and Andy Kaufman, "Borat"'s midweek numbers have remained strong, averaging
$3 million each day.
That's not to say that Sony Pictures isn't trying with "Fiction". Directed by Marc Forster and based on a screenplay by Zach Helm, the film won early accolades at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Bowing in 2,264 theaters, the PG-13 film centers on Crick, an IRS auditor who suddenly finds that his thoughts and actions are being narrated by a voice in his head. Praised for its smart script and strong performances, the film could open decently and hold on through a crowded end-of-year moviegoing season. Insiders are predicting the film will bow in the $8 million-$10 million range but could get into the low teens.
That's about the same number many are predicting for "A Good Year". Crowe also plays against type as a romantic lead in the PG-13 drama set in Provence, France. Opening in 2,066 theaters, the Fox 2000 film centers on a high-powered British trader (Crowe) who learns that his uncle has left him a vineyard in France. "Year", which co-stars Albert Finney, Freddie Highmore and Archie Panjabi, is based on the novel written by Scott's friend and Provence neighbor Peter Mayle. It evokes similar themes to Buena Vista's "Under the Tuscan Sun", which bowed to $9.7 million in 2003. Expect similar numbers for the beautifully photographed "Year".
Focus Features will open Rogue Pictures' "The Return" in 1,986 theaters. Starring horror queen Sarah Michelle Gellar, the PG-13 film from Asif Kapadia ("The Warrior") centers on a woman who is troubled by vivid nightmares about the murder of a woman she has never met. It is expected to bow to single-digit millions.
MGM is going to be busy this weekend. The distributor will open Bauer Martinez's "Harsh Times" in 956 theaters. A high-profile acquisition out of last year's Toronto fest, the film comes from "Training Day" screenwriter David Ayer, making his directorial debut, and stars Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez. The gritty, R-rated drama centers on an Iraq War vet (Bale) who, upon being turned down for a job with the LAPD, recruits his childhood friend (Rodriguez) for a joyride through Los Angeles. Eva Longoria co-stars.
MGM also will open "Copying Beethoven" in limited release. The PG-13 film, from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, stars Ed Harris as the composer in the last year of his life. Agnieszka Holland directs, and Diane Kruger co-stars.
Picturehouse will open "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus" on four screens in Los Angeles and New York. The film from director Steven Shainberg ("Secretary") stars Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr.
7 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
NEW YORK -- The directorial debut of "Training Day" screenwriter David Ayer, "Harsh Times" is a similarly brutal portrait of life on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Starring Christian Bale as an Iraq War veteran who can't suppress his violent rages, the film's unrelenting bleakness and misanthropic tone is likely to be a turnoff to mainstream performances, but it provides its lead actor with another opportunity to display his riveting intensity.
Still haunted by his nightmarish experiences during the war, Jim Davis (Bale) is desperate to find work in civilian law enforcement. Between his job-seeking efforts, he drags childhood buddy Mike (Freddy Rodriguez) for daylong excursions that include plenty of drinking, pot smoking and violent encounters with a variety of lowlifes.
Mike, who has promised his yuppie wife (Eva Longoria) that he will spend his time on his own job search, can't resist his friend's entreaties despite becoming increasingly wary of his dark and extreme mood swings.
In a plot development that will not encourage trust of our nation's security forces, Jim is offered a job with the Department of Homeland Security, but his hiring is imperiled by his recent indulgence in marijuana. Meanwhile, he must wrestle with his feelings for the beautiful woman in Mexico whom he has promised to marry.
The episodic screenplay, apparently written years before "Training Day", ultimately adds up to little more than a series of emotionally and physically tumultuous set pieces demonstrating the increasingly unhinged Jim's propensity for self-destruction. But the director-screenwriter clearly has a knack for capturing the underbelly of urban life, with the characterizations and situations on display here having the ring of truth even at their most extreme.
Spending two hours with the lead character would be an untenable experience save for Bale's charisma, well displayed here in a performance that would generate award consideration in a weightier film. Rodriguez, though his character has far less to do other than provide increasingly aghast reactions to his friend's excessive behavior, delivers a highly sympathetic turn, while Terry Crews and J.K. Simmons, among others, register strongly in supporting roles.
Troubled couple Eva Longoria and Tony Parker are "trying to work things out" after a rocky few weeks in their relationship. The Desperate Housewives actress, 31, flew to Paris for a romantic reunion with her basketball player boyfriend, 24, over the weekend after her publicist admitted the couple were "going through a difficult time." After romantic walks by the River Seine and dinner at Le Coupe-Chou restaurant in the French capital, the couple believe they are back on track. Her publicist Liza Anderson says, "They're trying to work things out. There is a genuine love there." The couple started dating in January 2005 and went public at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards the following month. »
Eva Longoria was injured on Wednesday on the set of her hit TV show Desperate Housewives. Longoria, who plays saucy Gabrielle Solis on the show, was leaving her dressing room when she fell down some stairs. According to Longoria's publicist Liza Anderson, "Yesterday Eva slipped on one of the stairs coming out of her trailer. She was taken to St Joseph's hospital in Burbank (California) for x-rays. Nothing is broken, but her ribs are very bruised. She expects to return to work as scheduled." Anderson said the Texan beauty was still planning to fly to France to meet up with her boyfriend, NBA player Tony Parker. The star has denied reports that the couple have officially broken up and is joining him in Paris where he is playing in a few exhibition basketball games. This is the second injury Longoria has suffered on the Wisteria Lane soundstage. In August 2005, she was rushed to the hospital after being hit in the head by a falling pole. »
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is so desperate to save her relationship with Tony Parker, she is flying to France to try and patch things up. Longoria's publicist released a statement on Friday that the pair were going through "a difficult time" but did not announce that the couple had officially separated. The actress told E! News' Ryan Seacrest that her and Parker have not officially split and that she planned to fly to Paris on Wednesday night, where America's NBA star is playing exhibition games. Parker, a member of the San Antonio Spurs, was quoted this week in the San Antonio Express News as saying, "Everything's fine. A couple stuff happened, but that's nothing. Everything is fine." »
A publicist for Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has confirmed the actress and her French boyfriend Tony Parker are experiencing "troubles." Liz Anderson refused to confirm or deny rumors the couple have ended their 18 month romance, but she admits her client and the San Antonio Spurs basketball star are experiencing "a difficult time." She says, "Eva and Tony are going through a very difficult time right now, just like any other couple with extremely demanding careers." »
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BUENOS AIRES -- Araceli Gonzalez saunters across the sidewalk in pale pink pumps and a matching silk robe, chatting amiably with her assistant and garnering gawks from the grips. With her long legs, ivory skin and considerable cleavage, she is, physically speaking, the polar opposite of Gabrielle Solis. "When they told me they wanted me for the Eva Longoria role, I couldn't believe it, because I don't look anything like her," says Gonzalez, who stars as Gabriela Solis on Amas de Casa Desesperadas, the Argentine version of ABC's Desperate Housewives. The show has been an instant hit here since its Aug. 30 premiere on Canal 13, when 1.5 million viewers tuned in -- quite a feat considering its 11:30 p.m. Wednesday time slot and the fact that Argentina has a population of 38 million. »
Rumor Has It star Jennifer Aniston has nabbed the top spot on American publication People's annual Best Dressed List. Aniston, who recently appeared in summer hit The Break-Up opposite Vince Vaughn, won in landslide, with 54 per cent of readers voting her the best-dressed, citing her "impeccable taste" and brand loyalty. Follow-up winners included Catwoman star Halley Berry, Fantastic Four babe Jessica Alba, and Dreamgirls actress-singer Beyonce. The Best Dressed winners are as follows: 1. Jennifer Aniston; 2. Halle Berry; 3. Jessica Alba; 4. Beyonce; 5. Eva Longoria; 6. Charlize Theron; 7. Kate Moss; 8. Christina Aguilera; 9. Jessica Simpson; 10. Kate Hudson. »
Eva Longoria insists she will only star in feature films when her time on hit TV drama Desperate Housewives comes to an end. The 31-year-old Golden Globe nominee, who plays sexy Gabrielle Solis on the show, made her mainstream movie debut opposite Michael Douglas in The Sentinel earlier this year. She explains, "I would never leave Desperate Housewives. I love doing both (TV and film), but I would never do another TV show after Desperate Housewives." Longoria is currently filming the third season of the show and manages to find time to make films on the side. Her next feature film role, How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancee, is due in 2007. »
Despite a bold and promising title, "John Tucker Must Die" lacks the courage of its convictions. The teenage girls at the center of a revenge plot against a high school lothario are too unimaginative or maybe just too nice for the job. Writer Jeff Lowell and director Betty Thomas should have screened "Mean Girls" or "Heathers" if they wanted to see how these things can be done with real bite. Because instead of mean girls, they give us mild girls.
Young females are the clear target audience. With an attractive though underutilized cast, "John Tucker" should open with average or above-average numbers as counterprogramming to "Miami Vice" and "The Ant Bully".
The film begins with two seemingly unrelated situations. In one, Kate (Brittany Snow) suffers from "invisibility." Her single mom (Jenny McCarthy) moves to a new town every time a man dumps her -- which apparently is often -- so that Kate is the perennial anonymous newcomer at every school. She comes and goes without a ripple.
The other situation revolves around the amorous exploits of one John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe, Eva Longoria's boy toy on "Desperate Housewives"). Rich, handsome and smooth-talking, the basketball star has his pick of the hottest girls in school. And he usually picks them in threes. Because he is careful to select his girlfriends from different school cliques, no one is any the wiser to his serial dating.
Then his current trio -- head cheerleader Heather (recording star Ashanti), school reporter Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) and vegan fast girl Beth (Sophia Bush) -- all wind up in detention with our Kate. A subsequent exchange of information among these three results in the declaration that is the movie's title. But they only want John Tucker to die of humiliation.
This is where Kate comes in. Having watched her mom date one John Tucker after another, she knows his type backward and forward. The trouble is, all her schemes to bring John down backfire.
Now desperate, the trio persuades Kate to let them turn her into John Tucker's dream girl. They certainly know enough about his tastes and moves to do so. Their plan is for Kate to get John to fall for her, then kick him off her love boat with a concrete life jacket.
Here the movie turns into standard-issue teen romance, albeit one in which the girl has a tiny camera clipped to a bra strap so her advisers can monitor and record every stage of the romance. And here, too, the blandness of the characters is telling. John is so obvious and almost innocent in his serial dating that you wonder why anyone cares. You get what you buy into. And Kate is essentially too nice, never really that determined to crush this guy despite all her mother's disappointments in love. You never believe her capable of going through with the scheme.
The film's timidity is best expressed in a shot of two girls kissing in a car that is being exploited in the trailer. In the context of the movie, the scene is a hit-and-run, over so fast you may miss it. If you're going to go there, then go there.
Meanwhile, the filmmakers seem far too removed from the world of high school and social cliques to draw a convincing portrait of either. The twentysomething actors, besides not looking right, don't really have roles based in any reality. About as close as anyone comes is Penn Badgley, who plays John's younger brother Scott, who takes a fumbling, hesitant liking to Kate.
Production values on this Canadian-based production are serviceable.
JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE
20th Century Fox
A Landscape production
Director: Betty Thomas
Screenwriter: Jeff Lowell
Producers: Bob Cooper, Michael Birnbaum
Executive producers: Karen Lunder, Marc S. Fischer
Director of photography: Anthony B. Richmond
Production designer: Marcia Hinds
Music: Richard Gibbs
Costumes: Alexandra Welker
Editor: Matt Friedman
John Tucker: Jesse Metcalfe
Kate: Brittany Snow
Beth: Sophia Bush
Carrie: Arielle Kebbel
Scott: Penn Badgley
Lori: Jenny McCarthy
MPAA rating PG-13
Running time -- 89 minutes
Eva Longoria has begged her bosses on Desperate Housewives to stop making her take baths on the TV show - because she hates spending all day naked in water. The sexy star - who plays man-eater Gabrielle Solis in the show - has grown tired of being forced to strip off while her male cast mates parade through the set to ogle her naked body. She says, "I didn't realize how much lingerie I'd be in and how much time I'd spend in the bathtub. I actually had to go to the director and go, 'Can you please stop putting me in the bathtub?' It's a pain in the butt to shoot. You're naked and they just fill it up with bubbles and basically they put body make-up on you so you look beautifully tanned with flawless skin and then it just comes off in the water so you're sitting in this brown water all day. There have been times when they do all the tub scenes in one day, so I go out and in comes Ricardo Chavira, then in comes Jesse Metcalfe. I'm like 'Guys, can we space out the tub scenes?'" »
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is set to play a jealous, dead ex in new movie How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancee. The actress, who plays Gabrielle Solis in the hit TV series, will come back from the dead to haunt a psychic, played by Lake Bell, after the latter falls for the former's boyfriend. The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Paul Rudd will play the boyfriend stuck in the middle of the surreal love triangle. »
Four Desperate Housewives stars - Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan - are reportedly refusing to attend the Emmy ceremony next month , because they weren't nominated for any awards. The show was nominated for 15 Emmys in 2005, but received only one acting nomination this year - for Alfre Woodard as Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy. A source close to the actresses tells the Los Angeles Times, "None of them are going. Felicity Huffman may go as a presenter because she won the lead actress Emmy last year and they usually have last year's winner present this year's award. But the rest of them are definitely not going. If you're not nominated, you really don't have a reason to go. It's a lot of prep work to get in shape, all made-up, pick gowns and dressed up to these things. It's exhausting. And if you're not up for an award and it's just going to be embarrassing why go?" »
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban jetted to Tahiti on Monday for a private honeymoon away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi - only to find Eva Longoria staying at the same resort with boyfriend Tony Parker. Pictures of the Desperate Housewives star frolicking in the waves have already been published by paparazzi staking out the luxury resort. The 31-year-old and her French boyfriend are staying just feet away along the timber boardwalk from Kidman and Urban's over-water villa at the St. Regis resort in Bora Bora. Longoria and Parker's commercial flight touched down just minutes after Kidman and Urban landed in the main port city on their private Gulfstream jet from Sydney, Australia. The high-profile guests have sent the resort into high security mode, with staff on jet skis regularly patrolling the perimeter of the resort to discourage paparazzi. Kidman and Urban have been spending much of their time tucked away in their bungalow, which is equipped with a private pool. Meanwhile, Longoria and Parker have been seen regularly cruising around the island in one of the golf carts that guests at the resort use as transportation. Kidman and Urban are expected to stay in Bora Bora until the weekend, before returning to their home to Nashville, Tennessee. »
Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross married stockbroker Tom Mahoney on Saturday in San Gabriel, California. The wedding took place at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Parish late on Saturday afternoon. The 44-year-old bride wore a dress by Reem Acra and carried a bouquet of white peonies and white roses. Cross' sister, Ellen, played guitar and sang "Only Love Remains," while Marcia walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, Mark Cross. Marcia's other sister, Susan Hett, served as the maid of honor, nephew Jared Hett was the ring bearer and Mahoney's pal Ed McClaren acted as best man. Cross also had seven flower girls, ranging in age from three to 12 - the children of some of her closest friends. Among the 220 guests at the wedding included Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy. The reception was held in two ballrooms at The Ritz Carlton hotel in Pasadena, California. Cocktails were served in an all-white ballroom converted into a lounge with white curtains covering the walls and white couches. Dinner was served in the second ballroom decorated in bright colors. The newlyweds spent their wedding night in The Ritz Carlton's two-story Tournament of Roses suite. It is the first marriage for both. »
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria was left shaken up on a West Hollywood street on Tuesday after her new Range Rover was involved in a collision. The actress was leaving celebrity stylist Ken Paves' salon on trendy Robertson Boulevard with a friend when her vehicle hit a Ford Taurus. Longoria, who wasn't driving when the two vehicles collided, quickly left the scene in Paves' car. The actress' publicist says, "She's fine." Longoria insisted the show must go on after the car accident and attended a T-Mobile launch party for the new Sidekick phone three hours later, where she posed with another one of Paves' regulars, Jessica Simpson. »
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has scored the top spot in Maxim magazine's annual Hot 100 list for the second year in a row. The list names the most successful women in film, TV, music, sports and fashion who have "a tremendous amount of buzz surrounding them, undeniable beauty and a promise of greater things to come." This is the first time Maxim has bestowed the number one honor back-to-back. Longoria says, "I was actually really shocked last year when I made the list and then to get it a second time in a row - I just couldn't believe it." Jessica Alba claimed the number two spot, followed by Lindsay Lohan, Angelina Jolie, Stacy Keibler, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Kate Bosworth, Keira Knightley and Christina Milian. The list also includes Longoria's Desperate Housewives co-stars Nicollette Sheridan, at number 48, and Teri Hatcher, at number 73. Longoria adds, "I would have voted all of our Housewives on the list." The actress claims boyfriend Tony Parker is thrilled saying, "He's very proud. He thinks he's with a beautiful girl every day, so for him, it's you know, someone else solidifying what he already thinks." »
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