Archive for December, 2008

“Bride Wars” Anne Hathaway Dishes on Weddings

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In keeping with her latest film Bride Wars, which will be out in theaters on January 9, lovely young actress Anne Hathaway shares a bit about the weddings that she has experienced thus far. It seems, despite the love troubles she had undergone in recent months, that she has nothing but fond memories of nuptials. One of her favorite memories occurred in her older brother’s nuptials to his boyfriend.

“At one point, he and his husband were standing up there, and my mom got up to sing. She was just beaming straight love into them, and everyone felt it, and it was just this really beautiful moment.”

She then goes on to say, “When Mike and Josh booked the place, it was before daylight savings time, and the sun was pretty high up in the sky. Now it was at eye level, and it was blinding! Burn-your-retina bright! [So] we sent my cousin’s boyfriend down to Canal Street [in New York City] with $250 to buy as many sunglasses as he could, and we put them on every other seat. Everybody just put on their sunglasses, and we have some great pictures of that! It’s all about crisis management, isn’t it?”

As for her own future walk down the aisle, she confesses that music will be a key factor to the whole experience, though it will not be coming any time too soon. “I haven’t thought about the food; I haven’t thought about the look; I haven’t thought about my dress. I haven’t really thought about the guy … but every once in a while, I’ll listen to a song, and I’m like, ‘I want that at my wedding!’”

Hathaway has been constantly praised as a good example of young Hollywood actresses, opting for a relatively reserved, clean-living lifestyle ever since her big break in Disney’s The Princess Diaries. Even her highly publicized split this year from Raffaello Follieri, who was arrested for wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy, just proved her knack at showing grace under fire. A marriage may not be in the works for her any time soon, but it looks like she is handling things just fine.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

The anticipating release of ‘X-men’ movie franchise is due on May 1, 2009 with the story of how Hugh Jackman as the title character became Wolverine.

The film is directed by Gavin Hood. It is a prequel to the X-Men film trilogy, a superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Wolverine, focusing on Wolverine’s violent past, seeks revenge against Victor Creed (who will later become Sabertooth) for the death of his girlfriend, and ultimately ends up going through the mutant Weapon X program.

Enjoy the pictures of Hugh Jackman.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Simon Cowell Predicts Male Idol Domination

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Simon Cowell, the notoriously sharp-tongued judge on American Idol, claims that the show’s upcoming 8th season will place the male contestants on the forefront. “The guys overall, maybe about five or six of them, were just stronger and stood out more than the girls,” Cowell divulged recently to the press. “But I’ve said this in the past and been wrong. Anything can happen.” Besides the battle of the sexes, he also feels that the new batch of aspiring singers will be a more interesting and animated bunch than the previous season’s.

“Last year, it was sort of like battle of the blondes, and they all looked the same,” Cowell said. “This year, there seems to be more personality. They’re definitely standing up for themselves more, which I like, and they’re different from people that we’ve had before.”

Cowell also feels positively about the inclusion of a fourth judge in singer-producer Kara DioGuardi, a woman has actually had professional relationships with past Idol winners such as Carrie Underwood and the latest victor, David Cook. The fact that she has done so, Cowell feels, is evidence that she has no qualms about finding bona fide talent through the reality television format. “She’s got experience,” he adds. “She’s written hit songs, she’s got an opinion - which is very, very important - and she talks a lot.”

Other factors that make Cowell excited for the upcoming season is the return of the wild card strategy, which he claims will lead to “more fun” later on in the show’s run. The fact that the “Idol Gives Back” charity drive has taken a break is also a good thing in his eyes, as it will allow viewers to concentrate on working for their own bills during the recession.

The recent suicide of past Idol contestant Paula Goodspeed, however, has seemed to taint the hype on the upcoming show a bit. Cowell described the incident as “awful.”

“My regret in all of this is we didn’t know how troubled this person was, and if I could go back in time and know what she was going through, we could have spent time trying to help her,” he admits. “But we genuinely didn’t know.”

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Wrestler Rourke’s Redemption Film

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Mickey Rourke has redeemed himself. Taking on the title role in Darren Aronofsky’s drama The Wrestler has proven to be the jolt he needed to put his acting career—and his life—back on track. He has recently received a Golden Globe nomination for the said role, and continues to rake in more nominations and award-related buzz. The critical acclaim he has been receiving appears to stem from the fact that he finds a number of parallels between himself and his character, who happens to be a former star past his prime.

“I think my face tells a million stories now and a lot of them don’t have happy endings,” he explains in a recent interview. “But life is on an upswing. I’m grateful for the second chance, or am I on my third or fourth chance? But I am working hard every day. I really fell back in love again with acting on this film, and that is a great feeling. These guys are not wrestling anymore and they have to figure out how best to live a life when they can no longer do what they love, and some of them have a very hard time letting it go. I related to that.”

Rourke also believes that his director practically saved his life. “I was a screw-up, and I am really, really lucky that Darren Aronofsky liked Angel Heart so much and that he took a chance on me and thought I was right for this,” he said.

Moving smoothly along after his current success, Rourke’s next project is the film 13, a rehash of the award-winning French thriller 13 Tzameti. Ray Winstone, Jason Statham, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Ray Liotta co-star. “We’re a bunch of badasses,” he said. “It is going to be a very fun movie. It’s an action-thriller about one guy who assumes the identity of a dead man, and in doing so, he gets wrapped up in the dead guy’s dangerous, violent life. This group gambles with actual human lives….There’s a lot of testosterone on that set. More so than in [The Wrestler], even.”

Enjoy the preview of “The Wrestler ” starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Lily Allen Heading for a Major Comeback

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Quirky, headstrong singer-songwriter Lily Allen has had her share of tragedies the past year or so, but she is now bracing herself for an amazing comeback in more ways than one. 2009 heralds a brand-new album and tour, as well as a second season for her music-themed talk show Lily Allen and Friends. This is leaps and bounds away from her state earlier this year, when Allen suffered a miscarriage, a break-up from Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers, low ratings for the aforementioned show, and bad press after presenting an award with Elton John at the 2008 Glamour Awards of the Year while she was a bit too drunk for public consumption.

The latter, however, has not stopped British network BBC from signing her up for a second season. Money has also been a non-issue with her.

“It was a period when I decided not to be a singer or go on tour,” she tells the press. “I made a lot of money out of it. Thank you, licence-payers - that was very nice of you. You think Russell Brand is your problem. Actually, it’s me.”

The young Grammy award nominee went on to say, “I’m thrilled that we’re going to make a second series. It’s been such a laugh. I want to say a huge thank-you to everyone who tuned in to the first one and I can’t wait to film series two.”

A BBC insider explains the popularity of Allen’s show despite it being called a major flop, ratings-wise. “Not everything has to be a massive ratings success on the BBC. Lily’s show was aimed at younger viewers who don’t read newspaper reviews - or care about them. We were happy with how the program performed and it was a good effort for someone who has never fronted a television show before.”

Allen’s sophomore album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, the follow-up to the 2006’s critically-acclaimed Alright, Still will be released in February 2009. Her first single, “The Fear,” has already been getting airplay online.

Enjoy the pictures and VIDEO of Lily Allen out at the studio (December 17).

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Jim Carrey Jumps Right Back into Comedies

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It’s a “yes” for Jim Carrey! The actor, who was first known for his highly animated comedic film roles but has branched out to dramas and thrillers in the past decade, is back to what he does best in the new comedy Yes Man. The role is not unlike his past characters in films like Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty, which were definite box office hits, generating over $180 million and $240 million, respectively.

The return to his home genre may prove a bit of a relief to fans and critics alike. His last film, the brooding, psychological thriller The Number 23, did not sit that well with the audience, taking in a relatively scant $35 million. Dramas such as The Majestic, and darker, more disturbing comedies such as The Cable Guy were also misses more than hits for the actor.

“It really comes down to thinking about someone sitting in a seat laughing,” said Carrey during promotional interviews for Yes Man. “And that’s it, when you do a movie like this. It’s really that that gets me off.”

Besides jumping back into comedy, Carrey did a little bit more jumping of his own during the actual production. In lieu of a stunt double, Carrey offered to do a bungee-jumping scene himself, a shot that was taken at the end of the production in case something went awry. Carrey told the filmmakers that he would say “yes” to bungee-jumping just for that instance, “so you might as well get it on camera.”

The stunt was certainly in keeping with Yes Man’s actual premise. The film revolves around a loan officer who decides to take a turn for the better and start saying “yes” to any and every opportunity offered him, be it learning to speak in Korean or piloting a plane on his own.

Saying “yes” to everything, of course, does have its dangers, especially in the love department. Zooey Deschanel, indie cutie and one half of recent music sensation She and Him, plays his love interest in the film. She is, however, a tad too spontaneous for his new philosophies, and this spells that brand of wackiness all Jim Carrey film fans have come to love.

Enjoy the preview of “Yes Man” starring: Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper and Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Peyton Reed.

Friday, December 19th, 2008