A black man becomes president in a country which has suffered under white rule. He’s expected to make sweeping changes to right the imbalance caused by years of racial intolerance. Instead, he urges forgiveness and keeps some of the detested hallmarks of the old regime. How can the president instill hope in a broken people? The answer in director Clint Eastwood‘s award-winning drama is to promote the sporting achievements of South Africa’s rugby team. Mostly white and unloved by the black community, they face a crucial test in the 1995 World Cup. The president, of course, is Nelson Mandela. Morgan Freeman invests him with the necessary dignity and captures the political edge un-dulled by 27 years in prison. After years of voiceovers and second banana roles, it’s great to see him take center stage. Blonde Matt Damon is the captain of the Springboks rugby team, who needs some convincing about Mandela’s reforms. Invictus may lack the stirring musical montages of Rocky IV, but this smart sporting movie is very satisfying entertainment.
Extras: The Blu-Ray/SD combo offers two “making of” featurettes and a music trailer.
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Check out our exclusive video from the DVD of Eastwood and the cast discussing Freeman’s portrayal of Mandela.
Thank U, Gyllenhaal. Thank U, synergy. Thank U, corporate resurgence! Alanis Morissette was on hand for the Prince Of Persia premiere in LA last night, having recorded “I Remain,” the track that plays over the film’s closing credits. “I saw a screening of the movie and immediately felt compelled to write a song within 10 minutes,” she told USA Today. “It wrote itself.” Funny, we just assumed the producers remembered her bombastic City Of Angels track “Uninvited” when they needed something vaguely middle eastern for the credits, but her version seems a lot more flattering. Maybe she can make a whole album based on summer blockbuster video game adaptations! Look forward to her “A World Of Crafted War” in 2011.
An event honoring producer Jerry Bruckheimer coincided with the Persia premiere, giving pec-powered Persia star Jake Gyllenhaal the chance to mingle with action heroes like Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis. See photos of these stars and more in the gallery below (is it just us or does Billy Bob Thornton look like the dad from Gossip Girl these days?).
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Well hello there. We’d normally be in a snit if anyone dared replace our beloved Johnny Depp in anything. Ewan McGregor is the exception to rule because he puts the “mmmm” in yummmy.
Depp will be busy filming Pirates for Disney this fall, so Terry Gilliam has been forced to replace him with McGregor for his latest movie (which was aborted in 2000) The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Now if they’re going to stick to that original script, than Ewan McGorgeous will play a 21st century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th century Spain. There, he meets Don Quixote and then start the adventures.
Robert Duvall is on board too, replacing Jean Rochefort. Gilliam said, “Robert Duvall is one of the greats, no question – and he can ride a horse! And Ewan has gotten better over the years. He was wonderful in The Ghost. There’s a lot of colours to Ewan that he’s not been showing recently and it’s time for him to show them again. He’s got a great sense of humour and he’s a wonderful actor. He’s wonderfully boyish and can be charming – when he flashes a smile, everybody melts. He wields it like a nuclear bomb!”
Melt, melt, melt.
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Plans are well ahead with the making of a biopic about Winnie Mandela, even though the producers of the film have been receiving legal threats from the former wife of South African President Nelson Mandela about the script.
One of the producers, Andre Pieterse, has said that the “well-researched” screenplay will be made “without any influence from any of the main characters.” Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard have signed on to play the Mandelas in this $15 million drama which will span their lives over decades. They’re going to commence shooting later this month in Cape Town and Hudson said, “I felt as though her story was never told, and it’s worth being told.” It’s too bad Winnie disagrees with her!
Check out pics of a newly skinny Jennifer Hudson below.
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And the Naomi Campbell goes to…Biutiful! Amores Perros director Alejandro GonzÃƒÂ¡lez IÃƒÂ±ÃƒÂ¡rritu‘s new film inspired the world’s angriest model to step out in a dramatic golden gown that made her look like walking trophy. Also attending Biutiful‘s Cannes premiere were stars like Gael Garcia Bernal, Meg Ryan, Naomi Watts and Kate Beckinsale, catching plenty of attention with her right leg sticking waaay out of her high-slit skirt. See photos of the Cannes partygoers in the gallery below.
The butterfly effect that Katie Holmes‘ marriage to Tom Cruise had on the world was greater than we ever could have imagined. Holmes’ most high profile relationship before Tom was with Chris Klein, you know, the Keanu look-alike doof from American Pie who we had forgotten about…until now. Guys, Klein has gone crazy. We’re not blaming Katie, but imagine for a moment that they stayed together and remained the world’s blandest couple, riding off into obscurity together…Well, we probably wouldn’t have this newly excavated clip in our hands.
The video above is an audition tape of Chris Klein from 2008 that has only just surfaced. In it, Klein tries out for a role in Mamma Mia! (which later went to Dominic Cooper, who is currently dating his co-star from the film, Amanda Seyfried, so obvsies that was a good casting decision) and we’re not sure if he’s under the influence of drugs, still upset that Katie dumped him, or if this is how he usually is but, folks, it ain’t pretty. Klein manically (or maniacally - potato, potahto) talks about Mandy Moore, sings his way through some Abba and freaks us out with his coke eyes. There’s really no better way to cap off your day than to watch this a few times and thank God for quality casting directors.
The math isn’t perfect—you have to skip his TV movies, short films and anthology works like New York Stories (or keep New York Stories and skip the redubbed Japanese movie What’s Up Tiger Lily?)—but You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger is arguably the 40th feature full-length directed by Woody Allen. It’s an especially impressive feat considering he’s been directing for less than 50 years—the 74-year-old hasn’t gone a year without a film since 1981!
Though Stranger star Antonio Banderas was too busy pimping the latest Shrek in LA to celebrate with the Woodster at Cannes, co-stars like Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts were in attendance for this weekend’s premiere, along with well-wishers ranging from Diane Lane to Evangeline Lilly to Jean Claude Van Damme. See what everyone wore in the gallery below.
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June is just around the corner, which means hot temps, the occasional sunburn, and a major influx of movie releases. Many of us will beat the heat by noshing on some popcorn in a overly-air conditioned theater, but in the sea of blockbuster hopefuls, what’s worth our $12.50? What packs the heat, without causing pit stains? Considering the sex appeal of the stars, steaminess of the story, and cling of the wardrobe, we’re counting down a dozen flicks that’ll sizzle the summer months, from lukewarm to piping hot.
12. Sex and the City 2, May 27th: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis hit the Middle East in 5-inch heels, high-slitted designer dresses, and sparkly turbans. Beefcake and baby-less Aiden returns to tempt Mrs. Big.
The buzz from Cannes is that two biopics about Marilyn Monroe are now in the works. One is an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginary memoir ‘Blonde‘. Naomi Watts has been roped in to star in it, while. Andrew Dominik (‘Assassination of Jesse James’) is going to direct. The second biopic is going to be distributed by the Weinstein Co. It’s called ‘My Week With Marilyn,’ and is about the filming of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ , in which Marilyn starred opposite Laurence Olivier (who also directed and produced the movie). This Marilyn will be portrayed by Michelle Williams. Who do you think will work the role better?
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It feels like the Wall Street sequel has been like 25 years in the making…oh, wait, it has. But now the film that stars Shia LaBeouf as Gordon Gekko‘s greedy financial district protége is finally ready to premiere at Cannes, and there was an abundance of men in light-colored suits there to celebrate. We don’t often visit the south of France, so that look is probably the norm – one person who opted for a burst of color however was the film’s director, Oliver Stone, who appears to be slowly morphing into late 1970’s Marlon Brando. LaBeouf and his Money Never Sleeps co-star and girlfriend Carey Mulligan both looked stylin’ in the tropical heat though, as always Mulligan can do no wrong with her fashion choices.
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