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“He’s Just Not That Into You” premiere and preview

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On Monday (February 2), Jennifer Aniston was spotted at the premiere of “He’s Just Not That Into You” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles..

The “Marly & Me” sweetheart wore a tight-fitting black suit, lots of gold chains and a flirty ponytail. The fans screamed for her and she gave them plenty of waves and posing for photographers clamoring for the best shot.

The said movie will be release this Friday (February 6). “He’s Just Not That Into You” is an American romantic comedy film, based on the self-help book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, which, in turn, was based on a line of dialogue in Sex and the City. Produced by Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. Featuring an ensemble cast, it stars Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, and Bradley Cooper; and is being directed by Ken Kwapis.

Director Ken Kwapis said, “There are nine leading characters and part of the challenge of the film was trying to make a lot of story lines equally compelling to an audience. I felt I could relate to all of them.”

Enjoy the pictures of Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of “He’s Just Not That Into You”.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Premiere of “Bride Wars”

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On Monday (January 5), Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway pose for pics and meet/greet fans at the AMC Loews in Lincoln Square for the big New York City premiere.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Adam Sandler Tries His Hand at Family-Friendly Fare

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Funny man Adam Sandler, known for his crass, college boy humor in movies such as Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, as well as his surprising turn as a bona fide dramatic actor in films like Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish, tries his hand at a new genre: kid’s flicks. His latest project is Bedtime Stories, a heartwarming comedy aimed at families. The film is his first time to work with family entertainment empire Walt Disney Pictures.

Bedtime Stories, directed by Bringing down the House director Adam Shankman, does feature Sandler as an underachiever (a handyman for a fancy, super-sanitized hotel in Hollywood), a facet which comprises most of his past roles, but this time with a magical twist. When his character’s sister, played by Friends star Courtney Cox, loses her school principal job, she gets Sandler and her friend, played by Felicity sweetheart Keri Russell, to take care of her two kids, played by Laura Ann Kesling and Jonathan Morgan Heit. Sandler finds out that his only child-rearing skills lie in telling bedtime stories, so he sticks to this night after night. The kids have even taken to contributing to the stories, too.

Strangely enough, the stories start coming true, with Sandler experiencing parts of his bedtime stories in his real life. Naturally, hilarity ensues. Matt Lopez and Tim Herlihy’s screenplay is a great medium for Sandler’s comic genius, giving him a situation that allows for plenty of wacky characters and even wackier situations. As with any family film, the presence of a trained guinea pig also makes everything even lighter and funnier.

Besides Sandler, Cox and Russell, British actor Russell Brand also adds extra comic relief to the film, playing a hotel waiter and Sandler’s best bud. Seemingly miscast actors, however, include Guy Pearce as the hotel manager and Xena: Warrior Princess’s Lucy Lawless as Pearce’s sidekick.

At the end of the day, Bedtime Stories truly lives up to its name: a film full of imagination and crazy, impossible situations. Sandler’s talent, however, is as real as it gets. It seems that this man can take any genre and make it his own.

Monday, January 5th, 2009

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

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

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