A musical based on 8 ½, the impenetrable Federico Fellini film from 50 years ago? God knows what anybody was thinking–aside from hoping that maybe this tuner would repeat the success of the Oscar-winning Chicago. The songs are pretty unmemorable and the story is as underpowered as an Audi on bricks, but there are some good things here. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the genius movie director who has run out ideas. Seeking refuge from his producers and the press at a seaside spa, he is both tormented and delighted by visions of the women in his life. Day-Lewis is as watchable as ever; Penelope Cruz does a pole dance, and Fergie is an unexpected surprise as a prostitute singing “Be Italian” like her next plate of pasta depended on it. Judi Dench warbling in a basque, however, is enough to make one drive nails through their eyes.
Extras: Commentary track, three music videos and plenty of “making of” featurettes.
- By C. Bottomley
It’s no secret that we, along with millions of rabid fans, love Robert Pattinson. We’ve even had the pleasure of sitting within arm’s length of the gorgeous hair-fusser at the Remember Me roundtables. Sure, we drooled and our hearts raced as he entered the room, but it wasn’t his looks (okay, solely his looks) that resonated after his wrangler dragged him from the interview. It was his shocking modesty and charm that kept our butterflies aflutter. Despite his throngs of screaming fans, the dude genuinely seemed baffled why anyone gives a sh*t.
It’s because of this personal interaction that we refuse to believe the rumors that Mr. Nice Guy himself was a diva during the re-shoots of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse last week. Apparently Rob showed up a day late and gave director David Slade ‘tude throughout the following three 16-hour days on set, making the entire atmosphere tense. We can’t imagine Rob doing much more than workin’ his mop and giggling adorably, but even if he wasn’t happy as a clam, who would be chipper under the circumstances?
These re-shoots (or “pick-up shoots” as Summit is cautiously calling them) usually don’t bode well for a film’s quality. Let’s hope Eclipse just needed more gratuitous beauty shots of RP’s pretty face, a la Remember Me, to overshadow subpar acting. We went there, Twi-hards! [Source: E!; Photo: Getty Images]
Eclipse stills below.
“The Kennedys” is going to be the History Channel’s first scripted miniseries and they recently announced that Katie Holmes will portray Jacqueline Kennedy while Greg Kinnear is taking on the role of President John F. Kennedy. (What, was Tom Cruise busy?) Barry Pepper has been cast to play Robert Kennedy, who served as U.S. attorney general in his brother’s administration while Tom Wilkinson is taking on the role of the patriarch, Joseph Kennedy.
According to the channel, the eight-hour miniseries, which will air on the History Channel in 2011, will include the family’s personal drama along with major events of their time. Katie’s going to have to bring back the bob – and also her acting skills. Do you think she has what it takes to play the most famous First Lady ever?
“Ok, who just called me a fat Gerard Butler? Who said that? Bring the heathen to me!” It’s too soon to tell if Russell Crowe still has enough action fans to make his Robin Hood a hit (only his American Gangster has passed the $100 million mark in the decade since Gladiator), but if he’s willing to play around with a sword while promoting Spain, expect to see even crazier shenanigans when the film opens stateside next month—maybe they’ll get him to perform at Medieval Times. Are you excited to watch Russell play the Prince Of Thieves? Check out more photos of the 46-year-old swashbuckler in the gallery below.
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It’s official: Bill Condon will direct the final Twilight Saga movie(s?), Breaking Dawn. The guy’s got a solid resume: he directed Dreamgirls and Kinsey and is also an Oscar-winning screenwriter (he won for Gods and Monsters, was nominated for Chicago). Impressive, yes – but can he handle the vampire f*ck-fest/violent stomach-tearing vampire birth/creepy Jacob-Renesmee love affair that is Breaking Dawn? (Er, spoiler alert.)
What do you think about the latest directorial choice, Twi-hards? Did you want Summit to bring back Catherine Hardwick, Chris Weitz or David Slade instead? Will Condon click with his romantically linked stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson? Most importantly, will he give us the R-rated sex scenes we so desperately want to see?! (Don’t lie, you know you want to see them in all their bed-splitting glory too.)
Amanda Peet didn’t let pregnancy keep her off the red carpet, so why should she waste any time getting back on once the kid was born? The Whole Nine Yards star attended the premiere of her new movie Please Give at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, only eight days after the birth of Molly June, her second daughter with husband David Benioff. Molly’s birth came early enough that Peet had to cancel a Letterman appearance scheduled the day after—maybe she was supposed to be preggo for this photo op too. See photos of Peet and more in the gallery below.
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We can’t wait to bust out a couple of cosmos for this one! Liza Minnelli, who makes an amazing cameo in the highly anticipated Sex and the City 2, thinks that the movie is going to be a “blast.” She’s in good company; also popping into the movie are Penelope Cruz and Miley Cyrus.
Miz Minnelli sparkles in her sing-and-dance role (it’s all in the SATC2 trailer) and reveals this, “[It] was so much fun! It’s a wonderful number. We had a blast..It’s rock and roll. Everything is moving! And I just got a whole new knee, so I can promise you everything is moving!” Can’t wait to see Liza shake things up!
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam is not a lucky man. The director is beloved by fantasy fans for the skewed vision on display in films like Brazil and 12 Monkeys. But he’s had movies taken away from him by studios and even had a production wiped out by a flood. Imaginarium was no exception. Star Heath Ledger died from a fatal overdose halfway through shooting. Fortunately, friends Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell agreed to fill the breech. The imaginarium is a mirror through which people can see their heart’s desires, and Ledger is the mysterious stranger who joins Dr. Parnassus’s caravan. The motley ensemble—including Austin Powers‘s pint-sized star Verne Troyer—are hounded by a devil in the form of Tom Waits, who intends to claim the doctor’s daughter (Lily Cole) for himself. Gilliam fills the movie with eye-popping visuals and knockabout comedy; imagine Avatar, but with a world filtered through Victorian cartoons rather than Yes album covers. It’s a fitting tribute to a star and director who both dared to let their reach exceed their grasp.
Extras: An audio interview with Ledger and footage from his wardrobe test. Gilliam gives an introduction and commentary. Deleted scene, 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes stuff.
- By C. Bottomley
Check out TheFABlife’s exclusive DVD bonus clip above, an audio interview with the late Heath Ledger.
Are Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber auditioning for a new super-hero movie? We thought Liev was terrific as Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the NY premiere of Naomi’s new film Mother And Child might not have been the place to show off their dramatic duds. Normally, the rainy weather would explain his trenchcoat (though not his fondness for low-cut shirts), but he looked more than a little overdressed next his partner in crime (and parenthood), who chose to combine puffy, pleated knee-high pants with a tight black sleeveless top. We don’t know what comic book teams a Simon Cowell-esque vampire with a sexy genie, but we don’t want to read it anyway.
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