20 items from 2008
A day after a man was trampled to death at a Long Island Wal-Mart -- not by starving hoards rushing for the last can of Spam but by holiday shoppers desperate to save ten bucks on a cheap-ass made-in-China DVD player -- Entertainment Weekly posted a DVD roundup called “Shop 'Til You Drop: 20 Movies for Big Spenders” -- it’s a celebration of America’s obsession not merely with buying junk we don’t need, but with buying junk we don’t need as a recreational pastime that also serves to indicate our rank in the social pecking order. So -- to name three disgusting movies EW chose to highlight -- Jingle All the Way is about showing your children you love them by rampaging all over town on Christmas Eve so your kid can have the hot toy of the season in order to look good in front of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Our pal Christopher Campbell has put together a pretty cool top ten list over at Spout Blog. Inspired by the frenzy surrounding Paramore, who has been fortunate enough to land two songs on the Twilight soundtrack, he's put together a list of one hit wonders made by the movies. As memorable (and impossible to eradicate from easy listening stations) as Lookin' For Love, King of Wishful Thinking, and Stay (I Missed You) are, they're really just that one song from that one movie -- you know the one ... yeah, that movie! (By the way, the above three are from Urban Cowboy, Pretty Woman, and Reality Bites, respectively.)
The best thing about these lists is the debate they inspire. I disagree that Chris Isaak's Wicked Game fits the mold, as I think it's associated less with Wild at Heart than with a sandy and sexy Helena Christensen. In coming up with nominations of our own, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed One quick note regarding Criterion Collection's initial wave of Blu-ray releases. The company has delayed their first wave by nearly a month as Bottle Rocket, Chungking Express, The Third Man, and The Man Who Fell to Earth will now release on December 16 and The Last Emperor has now been set for January 6. However, there is some good news on the Criterion front... They have a sale going on right now giving you 40% off of everything on their site. Click here to take advantage. Now to today's DVDs and Blu-ray releases. Wall-e I just reviewed the Blu-ray version of this and I have to say, it is a very long review. So let me give you the short version: Buy It... On Blu-ray if you were wondering. Clicking the Buy Now button will give you a look at all the buying options over at Amazon. »
- Brad Brevet
Celebrities have sex, nudity and power on the brain when it comes to what movies they like. In the clumsily titled book, "Variety's 'The Movie That Changed My Life,' " out from Da Capo Press in March, Robert Hofler surveyed these movers and shakers about the flicks that jolted them:
* Seth Rogen, "Clerks" - "It was the first movie I saw where the characters were talking like me and my friends . . . about 'Star Wars' and [oral sex] and what have you."
* Steve Carell, "Ryan's Daughter" - "It was the first naked woman's breast I ever saw, »
Blu-ray.com has an interesting new update that says Paramount is set up to release the first six Star Trek films on Blu-ray, timed to hit shelves around the May 8 release of the new Star Trek as well as plans to release an extended version of the original Transformers film around the June 26 release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I didn't know it could get any longer considering the first Transformers timed out at 2 hours and 23 minutes. I highly doubt they left many effects on the cutting room floor so does this mean we get more Shia? Or perhaps more of the dog... If there are more shots of the robots I hope it is an extended scene of Bumblebee peeing on John Turturro or perhaps more of the robots hiding around Shia's house. Those scenes were off the chains! As for the Star Trek releases, those I am actually quite excited for. »
- Brad Brevet
Vivian Ward, Pretty Woman (1990) Who knew selling your body for sex was so much fun? Garry Marshall’s 1990 smash must be the most dubious romcom of all time, with Julia Roberts zipping up thigh-high boots to woo Richard Gere’s suit-inneed-of-a-soul. The movie that made Ms Roberts a megastar, it’s Cinderella meets Pygmalion. Charming if you don’t think too much; repellent if you do. Julian Kaye, American Giglo (1980) “His business is pleasure!” declared the tagline, suggesting a friendlier... .
Roberts' role as a 'hooker with a heart of gold' alongside Richard Gere catapulted her into Hollywood's A-list.
But she has no plans to return to the streets of Los Angeles, telling TV show Extra at a charity event in California on Monday night, "No one wants to see an old hooker! Do they?" »
After posing for photos on the red carpet, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Bruce Willis, and Tom Hanks were just a handful of the A-listers who performed last night in honor of Paul Newman. Joined on stage by the children from the Painted Turtle Camp, the actors got into costume and character as Jack Nicholson narrated The World of Nick Adams. While remembering Paul was a key element of the night, there were also plenty of jokes. Julia Roberts even touched on her role in Pretty Woman and when asked about a sequel, she said, "No one wants to see an old hooker! Do they?" While Julia was busy rejecting sequel ideas, Joaquin Phoenix declared that he's quitting acting entirely to focus on his music career. Both Julia and Joaquin are celebrating birthdays today, but it seems as if helping others is top of mind these days. To see an awkward »
We now take a focus on MGM's limited opener "The Other End of the Line," starring Jesse Metcalfe, Shriya Saran, Anupam Kher, Sara Foster, Austin Basis and Larry Miller. Filmed in India, the PG-13 rated romance is directed by James Dodson ("Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil" which wasn't half-bad) from the screenplay by Tracey Jackson (writer of the upcoming "Confessions of a Shopaholic" comedy starring Isla Fisher and High Dancy.) Opening on October 31, 2008. What's this about? Beautiful and radiant, Priya Sethi (Shriya Saran) indulges her infatuation with American culture by working at the Citi One Bank Card call center in Bangalore, India. Speaking in perfectly unaccented English, she tells her customers her name is Jennifer David and a native of San Francisco. Her conservative father Rajeev is unhappy that she is so eager to forsake her own culture for another, but will be pleased when she goes through »
British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley has topped a poll to find the best red carpet star of all time - for wearing a dress held together by safety pins at a film premiere.
Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn came second in the survey for her appearance at the 1954 Oscars wearing a white Givenchy dress.
Rounding out the top five of the poll, by U.K. department store Debenhams, was Jennifer Lopez with a plunging green frock she wore at the Grammy Awards in 2000. »
Actor Richard Gere refuses to read tabloid magazines - insisting they are a "waste of energy".
The Pretty Woman star decided to stop reading press articles about himself after one claimed he put a hamster up his bottom.
He says, "I stopped reading the press a long time ago. Lots of crazy things came up about me at first, especially from the tabloids. There is an infamous 'Gere stuck a hamster up his bum' urban myth.
"I expect that sort of thing but when reputable magazines started making up stories claiming I was in a country I had never been to with someone I didn't even know, I just decided not to pay attention to any of it. It's a waste of energy." »
The Hollywood titan, who financed hit films including Pretty Woman and L.A. Confidential, called upon his showbiz pals on Thursday night to toast the landmark celebrations of Israel as an independent state.
The bash, held at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, also acted as an awards ceremony, at which Israeli-born Milchan was presented with a lifetime achievement award from Israeli pro-democracy group Citizens' Empowerment Center.
Tennis ace Williams, whose Puma endorsement deal was brokered by Milchan, took to the stage to thank the producer, telling guests, "He was one of the people who always believed in me." »
Longtime friends Julia Roberts and Dave Matthews joined forces Wednesday night at the sold-out Stand Up For a Cure concert at Madison Square Garden to benefit lung cancer research. The singer – who said he was just 10 years old when his father died of lung cancer – movingly told the audience, "One day, we hopefully won't need to have events like this." Roberts started the night off by introducing her good pal and his band to the raucous New York fans: "I cannot tell you how excited I am to be in the greatest city in the world to introduce one of »
- K.C. Baker
- Year of the Fish is a film of simple ambitions. A Cinderella story by way of Chinatown, the pic is an unabashed fairytale told with a straight forward, modern-day charm in lieu of a meta-deconstruction approach – A Princess Bride or Amelie this is not. The film follows Ye Xian, a fresh-off-the-boat Chinese immigrant who arrives in the Big Apple with dreams of making a life for herself. Of course, little does she know the job opportunity arranged for her is at a “massage” parlor where she is expected to service the male clientele with a smile. Unwilling to debase herself, the Evil Aunt proprietor makes Ye Xian her whipping girl tasked with doing the parlor’s grunt work. It is in this capacity that she meets Johnny, an accordion-playing grandma’s boy with his own problems. Along the way she also crosses paths with a collection of fantastical characters »
The actor: Larry Miller, a venerable stand-up comedian, improviser, and character actor who can be counted upon to improve every film or television show he appears in. Since his breakthrough role as a store clerk in 1990's Pretty Woman, he's appeared in nearly a hundred movies and TV shows, including both Nutty Professors and Christopher Guest's Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. He's also lent his voice to Dilbert, Bee Movie, and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He can currently be seen in Get Smart, and he recently appeared in National Lampoon's Senior Skip Day, which is out on DVD. A schedule of his stand-up appearances can be found at larrymillerhumor.com. Fame (1982)—"Emcee" Larry Miller: I'll tell you something that's pretty neat. It's not necessarily an edgy story. My parents were staying with me—I'd just moved out about a »
- Nathan Rabin
I receive many emails asking me to promote various items, most of which I ignore - but when this email from Tara Settembre arrived in my inbox I knew that although it might take a little while to get to it, I’d have to post this up.
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a newly formed national initiative to help raise awareness and accelerate science toward finding an end to cancer. After all, cancer affects all of us. It kills more than half a million people a year in America alone. 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.
SU2C is inviting emerging filmmakers across the country to join the fight against cancer by turning their cameras on this disease. How has cancer affected your life? Show us your perspective, from the insightful to the irreverent, and take a stand. Each film »
- Vic Holtreman
A source tells America's the Globe, "Brad was all frantic about knowing if the rules for twins are different than raising or taking care of single babies. But Julia told him it's the same - only twice as hard."
Jolie checked into a Nice, France hospital on Monday where she will remain until she gives birth. Roberts gave birth to her twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel, three years ago. »
Crimes • Attempting to spin a story about incest and alcoholism into the feel-good movie of the summer • Featuring more Dramamine-requiring tonal shifts than the average Tyler Perry movie, with a ready-for-drag Jane Fonda as a bat-wielding, teetotaling Madea-type • Being so poorly conceived and executed that a boozed-up, out-of-control Lindsay Lohan somehow winds up being the best thing the movie has going for it. (She's still bad, though.) Defender: Director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, The Other Sister) Tone of commentary: Affably listless, with long stretches of silence and lots of mundane examples of "movie magic" at work. Marshall has long been one of the most personable, funny directors in Hollywood, but the synapses in his brain aren't quite firing like they used to, which leads to anecdotes and observations that tend to trail »
- Scott Tobias
Her film outings have been well-received and critics have been quick to compare her to Roberts, who also starred in a number of romantic comedies throughout her career.
But 29-year-old Heigl insists she is not out to copy anyone else's acting style.
She says, "I can't help but feel that's (the comparison) is a little insulting to Julia Roberts. There's not another woman who I look at and think, 'That's it, that's whose career I want to have.'
"I'm just me and trying to do the best I can in every decision in any given moment." »
Also included on the Tricks Of The Trade: 25 Hollywood Hookers list are Patricia Arquette for True Romance; Dermot Mulroney for his turn as a male prostitute in The Wedding Date; and Kim Basinger for her Oscar-winning performance in L.A. Confidential. »
20 items from 2008
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