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For as long as I can remember, Tom Hanks has been the reigning champ of the romantic comedy genre. Oh, sure, upstarts have come along every few years to try and overthrow the dude’s throne, but if you’ve ever seen Splash, Sleepless in Seattle, or Bachelor Party (What? That’s not a rom-com? Well, what about the donkey?), you know that Hanks is pretty much undefeatable in these kinda roles: his everyman likability, his universal demographic appeal, his longstanding reputation as the nicest dude in Hollywood—it all adds up to a rom-com master. This year’s Larry Crowne, recently released on DVD, will do nothing to tarnish that reputation…but it also won’t do anything to advance it. Read on for the full review, after the jump. Here’s the thing about Larry Crowne: it’s harmless. As my editing overlords at Collider will almost »
- Scott Wampler
The compulsion to see movies you have already been warned to avoid is the central wiring defect in the male moviegoer's psyche
My son and I always go to see action movies together, usually on the night they come out. This is partly because of a psychological imperative known as the Scarface Protocol, a powerful directive governing the relationship between fathers and sons, stipulating that all action movies must be seen, even if they star Jake Gyllenhaal. But it is also because there are never very many movies worth seeing in the first place, and even the worst action movie is going to be more entertaining than watching Adam Sandler.
Last week, my son was out of town with some friends who wanted to see a new action movie. I will not disclose the name of the film, because I do not want to spoil things for everyone else. I »
- Joe Queenan
Model/actress Molly Sims shows off her bikini body on the January cover of Shape magazine.
The "Project Accessory" host had a lot to share, including how she stays fit and her favorite wardrobe staples.
Sims, who slipped into a tiny lime green bikini for the cover, said of her toned physique, "This does not come naturally. I have to work out 60 to 90 minutes at least five days a week and stick to a high-fiber, »
Model and actress Marisa Miller covers the latest issue of Women's Health, in which she spills her secrets for maintaining her amazing figure, keeping her marriage strong and making the switch from modeling to acting.
Here are some highlights from the interview...
Marisa on eating naked as a diet trick...
"Eating smart is all about having an awareness of your body. The most obvious way to do that is by seeing it. So when you're trying to lose weight, »
No, that image above is not a real Larry Crowne poster. But don’t you wish it were? The Hollywood Movie Poster has been on life support for a few decades now. Criterion Collection DVD covers are more creative. Amateur practitioners like Mondo have crossed over into the mainstream. And it turns out that freaking Poland makes better movie posters than we do. By comparison, the typical Hollywood poster can’t help but look bland…which makes it all the more impressive when something sticks out from the pack. In the video below, I round up the two best and »
- Darren Franich
The Best Actress – Drama list seems complete, though there are several possible runners-up: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis for The Help, Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn. That matches our SAG predictions last night — and the SAG nominations themselves earlier this morning. Those are also the likely Best Actress Oscar contenders.
The possible upsets are Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Emma Stone for The Help, and Sandra Bullock for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Kirsten Dunst is a runner-up runner-up for Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Due to her lesser star wattage, an even less likely contender is Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene. Like Crazy's »
- Steve Montgomery
Hollywood’s Black List was once an career-ending thing to be on, back in the 1950s’ Commie witch-hunt era. But Hollywood’s current Black List is actually a career builder, since this one refers to the annual compilation of the best unproduced original screenplays.
One such movie is now a step closer to being made.
Juno and Lars and the Real Girl were among those on previous lists, and one well-regarded title from the 2010 group was What Happened to Monday?, a sci-fi thriller about a group of adult, identical septuplets who are trying to stay hidden in a time when having multiple children is outlawed. »
- Anthony Breznican
Monika Bartyzel, film critic and my fellow Alliance of Women Film Journalists member, tweeted this recently: When was the last notable professional female character on film? Hoping I'm memory lapsing and that the last wasn't really Miranda Priestly. Television has done better with depicting women who are professionals, and depicting them in stories that are at least as much about work as they are about romance and family. Looking back over this year in film, though, I’m not seeing anything near the same attention devoted to women as people with lives beyond men. The Artist is as much about the rise of actress Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) as it is about the fall of actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin). Though most audiences won’t see it till next year, Albert Nobbs is about Glenn Close as a professional woman... though she has to disguise herself as a man to get away with that. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Briefly: The career of Julia Roberts has become a less predictable thing than it once was. The actress was once among Hollywood's most highly-paid talents, but as the cycle of concept versus star has swung economic power into the hands of 'concept,' Roberts has been one of many actors to be somewhat diminished. Roberts has averaged only one film a year for the last few years, and after this year's relatively disappointing Larry Crowne she has shot only one role for 2012, in Tarsem's Mirror Mirror. Now Roberts has set up a new starring vehicle for herself, and it sounds like one not too different from Larry Crowne: she'll produce and star in Second Act, a workplace comedy. THR  reports that the film is just in concept stage at this point, and follows "a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job." There is »
- Russ Fischer
Bruce the shark at Universal Studios Orlando Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror actioner Jaws may remain one of the biggest blockbusters ever, if inflation is taken into account. In fact, it's no. 7 on Box Office Mojo's inflation-adjusted list of top domestic box-office hits, having sold enough tickets to guarantee more than $1 billion in current dollars. But that's not enough for Universal Studios Orlando, which will be sending Bruce the Shark packing in order to bring visitors something New and Exciting — and to better compete with fellow Universal amusement park, Islands of Adventure. See below (via Facebook). Hey fans, we want you to be the first to know… Jaws! and the Amity area will officially close on January 2 to make room for an exciting, New, experience we’re planning for you. We know you love Jaws! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of »
- Zac Gille
Hollywood A-Lister Julia Roberts has picked up a new project which she will both star in and help produce. The Larry Crowne actress will play a woman who has never worked, and is suddenly forced to get a job.
The workplace comedy, called Second Act, will be produced by New Regency Productions along with Roberts' own Red Om Films label. And will be a collaboration between Roberts and her former agent and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. You will be able to next see Roberts as the Evil Queen in the highly anticipated Snow White story, Mirror Mirror, co-starring Lilly Collins and set to open in March.
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- Katie Workinger
Looks like Julia Roberts has caught the acting bug all over again. The “Pretty Woman” actress hasn’t done much films except for this year’s “Larry Crowne” film with Tom Hanks and even though her role as the evil queen in Tarsem Singh’s “Mirror, Mirror” isn’t coming out until March 16, 2012, Roberts has found her next role. The actress is attached to produce and star in “Second Act”, a New Regency workplace comedy project in development. Why do I get the feeling this’ll be like a reverse “I Don’t Know How She Does It” film but that’ll actually make money? In the film, a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job. Roberts will produce via her Red Om Films label. Since it’s just been announced, the project currently doesn’t have a writer or director on board. For 2012, Roberts »
[brightcove]970164244001[/brightcove] Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in workplace comedy Second Act. She will play a woman who has never had to work before, but is suddenly forced to step into the real world and get a job. Her last film, Larry Crowne (in which she starred alongside Tom Hanks), failed to set the box office alight, so it'll be interesting to see if Second Act will prove to be more popular. The film will be co-produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, but as yet there is no writer or director on board. She will next be...
- Tasha Wilson
Julia Roberts is going to have to buckle down and burn the midnight oil over the next few months, as she has just signed on to produce and star in "Second Act," a new workplace comedy currently in development.
Though details remain sparse (and there still isn't a writer or a director on board, which means there probably isn't even a script yet), the story focuses on a woman (Roberts) who has never worked a day in her life who is suddenly forced to take a job… topical!
In all fairness, who can't relate to the horror of having to (dun dun dun) get a job?!
While Roberts' last flick, "Larry Crowne," didn't fare so well at the box office, we have hope for this next act. If all goes well, it could be a cross between "Working Girl" and "Office Space." And we'd love to see Roberts banging out some Tps reports. »
- Elizabeth Durand
While she's been busy playing a gold-digging Evil Queen, in her next project, Julia Roberts will be getting back to work.
The actress is slotted to produce and potentially star in "Second Act," a workplace comedy in development, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film centers on a woman who, after a lifetime of not having a job, is thrust into the workforce.
It's kind of like "Erin Brockovich" in reverse.
How 'bout this for a starting salary? 42. That's how many pairs of shoes I own, eight of them are vintage, two have never been worn!
Besides playful (and baseless) speculation, details on "Second Act" are scant; the project is in its early stages and does not yet have a writer or director on board.
What do you think of Roberts' new working-girl gig?
For more, click over to The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Jessie Heyman
Do North American audiences care about Julia Roberts anymore? The last time Roberts starred in a movie that cracked $100 million dollars domestic that wasn't a franchise or cameo appearance was over 10 years ago in "Erin Brokovich." Yes, "Eat Pray Love" did solid business, but it did much better overseas. And all you have to do is look at the tepid reception of this summer's "Larry Crowne" -- featuring a seemingly one-two punch pairing of Roberts and Tom Hanks -- to realize that the actress' glory days are long behind her. She'll try playing a baddie of sorts next spring in Tarsem's ridiculous looking "Mirror Mirror," but she's developing another movie that she hopes will get her back in the good graces of fans. »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fresh off of her turn as an evil queen in the upcoming “Mirror, Mirror,” Julia Roberts looks to continue her comedic vibe by signing on to “Second Act,” a workplace comedy currently in development at New Regency.
THR, which broke the story, says the film’s premise “centers on a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job.”
At this moment, “Second Act” doesn’t have a writer or director attached, though with Roberts’ name on the concept, it’s sure to generate a flurry of interest. Roberts appears to be having a blast in the trailer for “Mirror, Mirror,” taking a broader comedic approach to the wicked queen than the »
- Sean O'Connell
It would be safe to say Julia Roberts is in a transitional period of her career. And while she no longer draws the crowd she once did, she’s proven she’s got a bit more going for her than that big ole smile (watch Duplicity or Closer, Avoid Larry Crowne for proof of this).
After that, Roberts is attached to produce and star in Second Act, a film about “a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job.” [THR] The project currently has no script or director, which doesn’t help what sounds like an extremely dated workplace pitch. A woman with no job forced to get one? Really? We’re still making those films? We »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Julia Roberts is attached to star in Second Act, a workplace comedy set up at New Regency. According to THR, the plot centers on "a woman who has never worked and is forced to to take a job." The project is still searching for a writer and director; Roberts will produce alongside Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Trudie Styler, and Celine Rattray. After a solid hit in 2010 with Eat Pray Love, Roberts is coming off the critical and commercial failure Larry Crowne, and heading into the very risky territory of the fairy tale farce Mirror, Mirror (the first trailer induces shudders). The logline for Second Act isn't especially promising, but that famous smile can work wonders with a simple premise. In the coming weeks, we'll see if this becomes Roberts' next movie. Roberts is also attached to August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and another collaboration with Eat Pray Love director Ryan Murphy, »
- Brendan Bettinger
She'll be attempting to win by nefarious, magical means in next year's Snow White adaptation Mirror Mirror, but Julia Roberts is looking to knuckle down to some serious work for a future project, attaching herself to star in and produce comedy Second Act.
Right now, little is known about the movie's plot, beyond the fact that it'll find Roberts as a woman who has never had to work a full day in her life suddenly becoming confronted with the prospect of taking a job. Topical!
It's all a little embryonic right now, merely an idea floating around in the head of the actress and her producing partners, including ex-agent Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Maven Pictures' Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray. But production company New Regency is on board to drum up financing for whenever they track down a writer and director to get things moving.
All involved will likely be »
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