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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Hey, Scott Stapp is growing his hair back out! Oh wait, that bad-ass in the shades, soul patch and leather jacket is Adrien Brody, reminding everyone at yesterday’s Iron Man 2 premiere that, despite winning an Academy Award for playing a Polish classical musician in The Pianist, “A-Bro” is just a dude from Queens at heart. Dude is totally not going to wuss up Predators at all! So what if he was in the worst Wes Anderson movie? Ayyy!
It’s a shame Brody didn’t think to pose next to Masters of Macho Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone, who spent time mugging with Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., frightening us with their matching colored sunglasses. See these stars and others like Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Cheadle in the red carpet gallery below.
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Last year, we were pretty sure that Christie Brinkley was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs after the sordid details about her divorce from Peter Cook went public. (You remember, that’s the case where he slept with an 18-year-old and they both demanded that the other get sent to prison – classy!) It’s nice to see that one of Christie Brinkley’s divorces hasn’t ended in complete sleaze though, just look at how happy she and her beret are to be hanging out with ex-husband Billy Joel and their daughter Alexa Ray.
They were all together for the premiere of Last Play At Shea at the Tribeca Film Festival chronicling the Piano Man’s final concert at Shea Stadium before it was torn down. Also in attendance? Joel’s other ex, Katie Lee, whom he divorced last summer. Now that just seems awkward. Or is is sweet? We’re so used to divorces ending badly that all this supportive, nice behavior is weird.
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Amanda Seyfried is definitely a star on the rise—we’re not even halfway through 2010 and she’s already starred in three films. Following the Nicholas Sparks weepie Dear John and the Atom Egoyan sex thriller Chloe (which came out internationally in 2009) is Letters To Juliet, one of those whimsical “Americans in Europe” movies about indecisive romantics that give away the entire plot in the trailer, because apparently the audience for these films need to know exactly what the happy ending will be. Anyhow, Seyfried, joined by boyfriend Dominic Cooper, showed up at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere wearing a suit jacket with pleated shorts. Call us boring, but we think she looked lovelier walking the dog. See photos of Amanda and more in the gallery below.
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Okay Twi-hards, let’s get to it. We just watched the new Twilight Saga: Eclipse trailer and we gotta be honest – we have some complaints (don’t hurt us, just hear us out!). Allow us to present them to you now, in order of “BOOO!”-ness.
1. Is the make up artist trying to make Edward increasingly paler in every movie on purpose? By the time we get to Breaking Dawn he’ll be transparent, which will really suck for those of us who are holding out for those bed-breaking Brazilian love scenes.
2. Kristen Stewart‘s wig, you make K-Stew’s atrocious Joan Jett haircut look luscious. Did they make the poor girl to sleep in a hat every night to flatten that thing out even more? Why David Slade/Summit didn’t force Kristen to get extensions and dye the goth look is beyond us. Bring back Bella’s old hair!
3. WHERE IS THE KISSING? The making out? The snuggling to keep warm? The tent full of sexual tension? The Edward and Bella dry humping? This movie is for GIRLS (and er, grown women) and sure, we gals like action but we like ACTION a lot more (especially action that involves a shirtless Robert Pattinson, pleaseeeee).
Okay okay, now that our rant’s over we’re ready to gush. We’re excited to finally see some drama and danger (much improved from the motor bike snooze-fest that is New Moon), Bryce Dallas Howard looks badass as Victoria and OMG! The engagement ring!
Check out our gallery of screen-grabs from the trailer below and feel free to put us in our place in the comments. We know you can dish it and we can definitely take it.
The average woman spends hours each week blowing out, straightening, or curling her locks and stresses every two months about the next haircut and color – but not these 15 courageous movie stars and musicians. From Natalie Portman getting buzzed in V For Vendetta to Britney Spears‘ breakdown to Amber Rose amping up her outrageous outfits with a bleached ‘do; each one of these celebs threw to the wind what so many women consider to be a defining part of their appearance. With little more than some extra eye makeup, they pull it off. Here are 15 cueballin’ babes who made bald hot. [Photos: Getty Images]
Kristen Stewart opens up about why she won’t let us in.
We reported early Thursday morning on the controversy surrounding Kristen Stewart’s smoking (literally) new spread in Flaunt Magazine. We’ve finally learned what she’s dishing on in the feature, and it’s a side of Kristen Stewart we’ve never seen before.
Read the full story at LimeLife.
Jennifer Lopez walks a red carpet as often as we buy gum, so the bootylicious star is bound to fall into some posing habits. She’s clearly decided that whatever you’d call the facial expression in the above gif is working for her, and has hence given the ‘tude to every photographer ever. Want to give it a whirl? Here are three simple steps:
1. Squint eyes as if you’re trying to read size 8 font.
2. Part lips. (You better be wearing heavy lip lacquer!)
3. Suck in cheeks.
Repeat 16,459 times. [Photos: Getty Images]