11 items from 2010
On Wednesday, December 22nd, CBS Television will broadcast “The 12th Annual A Home for the Holidays” special celebrating the joys of adoption and featuring performances by Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Melissa Etheridge, Ricky Martin and Nelly.
The hosts of “The Talk,” Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson-Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actress Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”) will be among the talent set to present.
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Woody Allen turns 75 today. I wasn't aware his birthday was any kind of internet event. Sure, the Diamond Anniversary of the birth one of the most influential American film directors of all time doesn't receive as much attention from the internet as something like Talk Like a Pirate Day, but it's getting some play. New York newspaper articles, the launch of the third season of independent web series duder, and the following spoof tribute on Comedy Central's Atom.com shows Allen maintains at least some degree of credibility in internet pop culture. In Woody Allen, This is Crazy, Tony Forkush provides the uncanny vocal impersonation of Allen (which is so good, there's even a disclaimer at the top of the video indicating it's not the real deal), while the very talented, Streamy Award-winning animator Dan Meth provides the visual effects, spot on dialogue, and Allen's picture perfect neurotic, »
- Joshua Cohen
Blake Lively exploded onto our television sets by playing Serena van der Woodsen, a name so long you have to watch the credits in widescreen. While Blake may have one of the longest character names in the biz, she also has some of the longest legs in Hollywood! Who cares that the 23-year old Gossip Gal isn’t appearing in The Great Gatsby remake? She gets all of the press she needs strutting her stems in her mile high hem lines. So this Thanksgiving we’re going to give you twenty more reasons to be thankful as we count down her twenty leggiest outfits ever! We’ve measured the outfits in Twiggys, the original Queen of the Mini Skirt. Pass the drumsticks! [Photo: WENN/Getty Images] 20. New Age Jackie 19. Boyfriend’s Button Up 18. Paper Mache 17. Tulip Stems 16. Night and Day 15. Embellished Lbd 14. Patch of Daisies 13. Shorts and Sequins 12. Feathered Delight 11. Zig-Zagging Romper 10. Tribal Queen »
- Jordan Runtagh
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino has renewed her call to end human trafficking, insisting American officials need to step up their efforts to break down the illegal slave trade.
The Mighty Aphrodite star has been involved with human rights organisation Amnesty International for many years and was invited to become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations after starring in 2005 TV movie Human Trafficking.
Sorvino admits the project fuelled her interest in the cause and she has vowed to continue fighting to make sure the barbaric practice is stamped out.
She tells U.S. TV host Larry King, "I was originally Stop Violence against Women campaign ambassador for several years. And underneath that canopy of abuse to women, both domestically and internationally, it was the subject of human trafficking, and right as we were starting to explore and do events about it, and give speeches about it, I was offered the film Human Trafficking... And I decided to take it on because it was a way to marry my activist and my artistic interests.
"And I became very, very passionate about this particular cause... In almost all trafficking situations whether it be any kind of labour trafficking, slavery or sexual trafficking, and usually if it's a female trafficking victim, that person will be a victim of rape. Whether or not they are a sexually trafficked person.
"They are constantly kept under the threat of physical harm to themselves, the threat - very definite threat to their family... They stay in their trafficking situations to protect their families because, as one victim said to me here in the states, she said, 'It was all I had left to give. I knew I was keeping my family safe by staying there, by not running away. I knew if I tried to run away, he told me he would kill them'." »
Legendary director Woody Allen has made a career of telling quirky and touching comedic stories on film. In fact, Allen's resume reads like a list of the some of the greatest comedies ever made including Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Zelig, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You and Sweet and Lowdown. In 2005 Allen moved his trademark cinematic setting from Manhattan to London for Match Point, which in a way rejuvenated his career. He followed that up with several other internationally shot films including Scoop, Cassandra's Dream, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and his latest movie, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which opens in theaters on September 24th.
The film is once again set in London and stars another exceptional group of actors including Naomi Watts (King Kong), Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex), Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Silence Of The Lambs), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro »
It's not just Woody Allen who's trumpeting an enthusiasm for May-to-December romances on the big screen. Should he, and his ilk, be berated? Or might they be helping save lives?
Once more, Woody Allen's genius has brought forth a poignant liaison between a dour but lovable greybeard and a naive but discerning tootsie. Or, to put it another way, a peevish old goat manages to cop off yet again with a complaisant babe.
If you've seen Manhattan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Mighty Aphrodite, you won't be surprised by the scenario on which Whatever Works relies. But Woody's aren't the only movies in which an older guy gets lucky.
You may have heard tell of To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, An American in Paris, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gigi, High Society, Love in the Afternoon, South Pacific, Rio Bravo, The Sound of Music, Last Tango in Paris, »
- David Cox
Review by: projectcyclops
Rating: 8 out of 10
Kevin Kline plays Henry Harrison, a down at heel, eccentric writer turned 'Extra Man' to elderly society ladies. For the price of a good dinner and some entertainment, he will provide conversation and companionship. Having spent his entire inheritance on a wild ten-year trip to Europe he now lives in a little Manhattan apartment and rents out his spare room, secretly dancing in the mornings and sharing an uneasy friendship with his neighbour, Gershon (John C Reilly). Paul Dano is a prep school English teacher called Louis Ives who, after being caught trying on a bra by his colleagues, has been ushered from his job and decides to give New York a try, possibly because in NY there might be people who understand why he tried on a bra, »
Duck! It’s a drive-by blogging!
These Teeth have got to chatter quickly, my dears – they’re due to take a chunk out of study for my finals. But who says dot points can’t be cerebral? Let's find out!
Snack on this! New True Blood preview!
Remember when True Blood creator Alan Ball promised us the “gayest” season yet? "Come one, come all!" called the ringmaster. "See the amazing gay Lafayette finally snare a boyfriend – he’s just that deft, ladies and gentlemen! Marvel as sexual boundaries disappear before your eyes – the erotic undertones of the vampire genre let loose to play outside their straight prison! And see as our writers daringly do more than intimate the polysexuality of most our principal cast!"
Anybody catch a whiff of any of that elusive gay in this promo? “Ultimate fan preview” my tush! Maybe you just have to have a preternatural sense of smell… »
Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino has turned down a series of lucrative roles over the last few years - because she doesn't want her children to be raised by nannies.
And Sorvino admits she has missed out on some "intriguing" acting work to ensure she is at home while her kids grow up.
She tells Parade magazine, "I don't want to take time away from my kids. I used to work all year long and basically live in hotel rooms. Kudos to women who can pull that off, but I don't want my kids raised by nannies. I have the best children and husband. I'm really, really blessed.
"I've made many professional decisions where I've been offered pretty intriguing situations both financially and career-wise. But they just required being away from home and I couldn't be without my children.
"My mother was a stay-at-home mum. She was amazing, always there for us. Somewhere I guess there is a middle ground, but you see your kids suffer when you leave them with someone else." »
London, May 6 – Actress Mira Sorvino has admitted that she struggles to be sarcastic.
“I can be [sarcastic] but it was a late acquired skill,” she laughed.
“My family are the least sarcastic family.
“I didn’t even know what sarcasm was until I got to college and then I started to learn it – but yeah I can do it if I have to.”. »
New York, May 2 – Mira Sorvino has said that she is much happier not caring about how big or small an actor she is.
The mother of three lives in New York and claims that being a mom has not really affected her career.
“It has revolutionized my life because I love my children so much,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.
“I’m a much happier person. »
11 items from 2010
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