14 items from 2008
Leonardo DiCaprio sat with Lukas Haas to watch the Lakers defeat the Kings on Friday night. Leo has a lot to smile about this week with Revolutionary Road scoring four Golden Globe nominations including a Best Actor nod for Leo, which he celebrated by calling fellow nominee and good friend, Kevin Connolly. He recently sat down with Kate Winslet for an adorable interview with Entertainment Weekly and talked about their post-Titanic life, Academy awards and reuniting over a decade later. Here are some highlights: On young stars like Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron gaining Hollywood fame so quickly: "That's the interesting thing about being an actor. You are also a public figure. Early on I made it my policy that a certain amount of publicity is good — you promote your job, you do your movie, you retain your private life, you don't divulge everything about yourself. And when I »
Meg Ryan is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement honor by Germany's Bambi Awards on November 27.
The annual ceremony, organized by Hubert Burda Media group since 1948, has branded the 47-year-old actress as the "queen of romantic comedy."
A spokesperson tells Daily Express, "Meg Ryan is among the most attractive, talented and successful female stars that Hollywood ever produced."
"Her smile is irresistible, her comedic talent delightful and her performance in 'When Harry Met Sally' unforgettable."
Berlin -- Meg Ryan will receive a lifetime achievement award as best international actress at this year's Bambis, one of Germany's top media honors.
"Meg Ryan counts among the most attractive, talented and successful female stars that Hollywood has ever produced, her comedic talent is staggering and her performance in 'When Harry Met Sally' unforgettable," the Bambi jury said Tuesday.
Ryan is scheduled to collect her golden Bambi in person at a gala ceremony in Germany on Nov. 27.
- By Scott Roxborough
Actress Meg Ryan will be honoured with Germany's Bambi lifetime achievement award for her longrunning Hollywood career.
Ryan has been named as the winner of the lifetime achievement for best international actress gong in this year's Bambi awards - an annual ceremony for the entertainment industry organised by Germany's Hubert Burda Media group since 1948.
Bambi organisers named the star as the deserving honoree because she "made film history" with her fake-orgasm scene in her 1989 hit movie When Harry Met Sally - branding the actress as the "queen of there romantic comedy".
A spokesperson for the awards says, "Meg Ryan is among the most attractive, talented and successful female stars that Hollywood ever produced.
"Her smile is irresistible, her comedic talent delightful and her performance in When Harry Met Sally unforgettable."
The actress is expected to collect her prize at the gala ceremony in Munich, Germany on 27 November. »
400 Screens, 400 Blows is a weekly column that takes an in-depth look at the films playing below the radar, beneath the top ten, and on 400 screens or less.
Considering Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married (133 screens), Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky (60 screens), Penelope Cruz in Elegy (21 screens) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (52 screens), Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long (20 screens), Meryl Streep rising above the ineptitude of Mamma Mia! (178 screens), and several others, it has been an exceptionally good year for roles for women -- all except The Women (164 screens). To date, I've spent a good deal of time railing against that movie, without ever asking: what happened to some of those amazing actresses that they should end up here?
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
Zack and Mirir Make a Porno
Directed by Kevin Smith
Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been friends forever. They've been roommates for years. But that's the extent of their relationship. They've never dated or had sex and the subject has never really come up. It's like they never heard Billy Crystal's theory in When Harry Met Sally.
Zack and Miri are not exactly upwardly mobile people, and they've been floating on their collective debts for some time. That's bad news for roommates. The water in their apartment is turned off. Next is the electricity, which the pair tries to circumvent by setting newspapers on fire in an oil drum they've put in their living room; it's kind of an indoor Hooverville. They fear that they'll be evicted between Christmas and New Year's if they can't make the rent, »
- Colin Boyd
Estelle Reiner, wife of comedy legend Carl Reiner and mother of director Rob Reiner, passed away last Saturday at the age of 94. Reiner was perhaps best known for her cameo in the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally..., in which she uttered the line "I'll have what she's having," after Meg Ryan's infamous orgasm-faking scene.
Reiner enjoyed cameos in several other films, including The Man with Two Brains and Fatso. She also dabbled in music and painting.
Reiner is survived by her husband and three children.
Link | Posted 10/30/2008 by Thomas
- Thomas Leupp
She became a Hollywood legend for her cameo role in the 1989 romantic comedy in which she uttered the immortal line to a waiter at a New York delicatessen after Meg Ryan's character faked an orgasm.
The fame which followed Reiner's appearance in the film was a huge boost to her career as a jazz singer. She went on to record six albums and continued recording and performing until as recently as last year.
Reiner is survived by her husband and three children. The cause of death had not been released as WENN went to press. »
When you hear the words "action-adventure", you may not immediately think of Rob Reiner, who's perhaps best known for his portrayal of "Meathead" on "All In The Family" and his directing work on the legendary mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap and romcoms like When Harry Met Sally. But Reiner is getting into the chair for the unfortunately titled Book Of Shadows (which is unrelated to the ill-received Blair Witch sequel of the same name). The story, from Reiner and »
- Dave Davis
Rob Reiner is switching gears, directing his first action-adventure movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reiner, whose career had really been foundering over the past fifteen years before The Bucket List became a smash, is on board to helm Book of Shadows, which, we take it, is somehow different from the sequel to The Blair Witch Project that also bears the name.
The story goes that Reiner had a basic idea he'd been kicking around, and he brought it up in a meeting with writer Zoë Green. Green, in turn, wrote the screenplay around that idea and sold it to Castle Rock, the production house co-founded by Reiner back in the 1980s.
Here are the basics: A young male protagonist, "a perilous journey of first love" (whatever the hell that is), a dangerous quest, and a mythical book that can restore balance to the world.
Man, there was a time »
- Colin Boyd
To mark the release of Sony Pictures Classics' "Rachel Getting Married," we've thrown together what we think are some of the best wedding toasts seen in film. "Rachel Getting Married" stars Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Mather Zickel, Anna Deavere Smith, Anisa George and Tunde Adebimpe. Hathaway has grown up from the "Princess Diary" days and shows her true value as an actress who is most adaptable. Anne's had her time with some of the best of Hollywood, most recently in this summer's strong performer "Get Smart" starring Steve Carell. From comedy, family, drama, horror, animated, romance and more, Hathaway is the poster child for talent and versatility. What's "Rachel Getting Married" about? This is a contemporary drama with an aggressive sense of humor about the return of an estranged daughter to the family home for her sister's wedding. Kym's (Hathaway) reemergence throws a wrench into the family dynamics, »
Private Ryan and Quaid have refused to divulge the details of their split, which shocked Hollywood eight years ago, but now the actress once dubbed 'America's sweetheart' is talking to InStyle magazine about the dark days that followed her divorce.
She tells the upcoming October issue of the publication, "Dennis was not faithful to me for a very long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that after I was divorced."
The When Harry Met Sally star was blamed for the break-up of the marriage - after she appeared to be romancing Russell Crowe, but she insists the tabloid scandal wasn't what it appeared to be - and her former beau, Crowe, took too much blame.
She adds, .I think he took a big hit, but Russell didn.t break up the marriage. He was definitely there at the end, but it wasn.t his fault. I was a mess. I hurt him too at the end. I couldn.t be in another long relationship, it wasn.t the time for that. So I got out."
Eight years later, she's upbeat about the hit she took as her marriage fell apart: .My time as a scarlet woman was really interesting. As painful as it was, it was also incredibly liberating. I didn.t have to care about what people thought.. »
Ryan reveals it wasn't until after the dissolution of her ten-year marriage in 2001 that she learned details of Quaid's alleged infidelity, adding that she blamed herself for the pair's split long after their separation.
She tells U.S. magazine InStyle: "When the woman cheats, it's the woman's fault. When the man cheats, it's the woman's fault."
The When Harry Met Sally star insists she felt like "a scarlet woman having a reckless affair that destroyed my marriage" after being attacked by the media for straying from actor Quaid.
Although she remains quiet on many of the details, Ryan did admit on U.S. TV show Good Morning America: "The truth is I had a very complicated marriage... the last few years I've confused a lot of people really.
"I'm not interested in opening up my marriage, I just feel like every now and then you have to fill in the gaps for people... We're not friends really, but we're friendly."
Ryan and Quaid have a 16-year-old son, Jack Henry. »
PARIS -- Romantic comedy is clearly identified worldwide as an all-American genre. Ma vie n'est pas une comedie romantique is a French attempt to add a Gallic touch to the recipe. It works out quite well. In fact, the debut feature by Marc Gibaja quotes openly some successes of the '80s and '90s, such as When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle. But the adaptation to the French environment undoubtedly adds a cynical touch and cold humor to the romance.
An eloquent example of the characterization of a classical situation is how and where the two characters meet: at the supermarket, in front of the toilet paper. This awkward setting -- chosen to illustrate the French poster -- clearly states the film is not always going to be of the finest taste. Some sequences, especially those involving the hero's best friend, a fat guy working as a videogame tester who keeps eating potato chips, are borderline gross humor. Overall the film is really funny, which could, together with the interest worldwide audiences have for the genre, open markets to this low-key movie.
After the opening sequence in which Thomas is dumped by his girlfriend, the film, like every good romantic comedy, really gets started when the two characters meet. So there he is meeting Florence, an old and forgotten friend from school, who invites her for dinner in the splendid house her husband is so proud of. Thomas makes a mess during dinner, and causes a separation between the spouses. It will take the whole movie for Thomas and Florence to understand they were made for each other.
The directing is not particularly remarkable except for the funny documentary-like New York based sequences of the end credits. Mostly, the film relies on terrific actors' performances. Good news: Gilles Lellouche and Marie Gillain are at their best. Lellouche has somehow become the new ordinary face of commercial French cinema, alternating villain parts in thrillers (Tell No One) and supporting roles in big productions (Paris, Family Hero). He obviously took a lot of pleasure in portraying a loser who will be saved by love. The sequence in which he sings Sinatra's "Let's Fall in Love" is a must-see. Marie Gillain has the freshness of her sparkling eyes. She is astonishing in avoiding cliches as the model wife torn between her newly born love and the voice of wisdom.
With its homage sequences on the edge of pastiche (such as a walk in the forest on a ground covered with autumn leaves), its omnipresent jazzy music and its conscientious respect of all the codes of romantic comedies, My Life proves some American formulas are better exported than others.
MY LIFE IS NOT A ROMANTIC COMEDY
Agat Films & Cie, France 3 Cinema, StudioCanal
Director: Marc Gibaja
Writers: Marc Gibaja, Laurent Sarfati
Producer: Nicolas Blanc
Director of photography: Gilles Porte
Production designer: Severine Baehrel
Costume designers: Chouchane Abello-Tcherpachian, Cecile Dulac, Claire Begin
Editors: Sabine Emiliani
Music: Vincent Courtois
Thomas Walkowic: Gilles Lellouche
Florence Baron: Marie Gillain
Gros Bill: Laurent Ournac
Lisa: Stephanie Sokolinski
Pascal: Philippe Lefebvre
Secretaire Super Gamer: Frederique Bel
Running time -- 92 minutes
No MPAA rating
14 items from 2008
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