The story might sound familiar. A goldfish falls in love with a human boy and is determined to live with him on land. This Japanese ‘toon is much more than a Little Mermaid retread, though. Its reservoirs of emotion seem like a force of nature, while Ponyo and Sosuke’s relationship plays out against a tsunami that devastates the boy’s seaside town. Adults will enjoy the story’s surreal touches and environmental message. With its adorable characters, stunning animation and catchy theme tune, it’s very much for kids, too. It might seem like they don’t make them like this anymore, but they do. Matt Damon and Tina Fey are among the voices. Be sure to seek out director Hiyao Miyazaki‘s other masterpieces My Friend Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Kiki’s Delivery Service, reissued this week by Disney.
Extras: Disney’s Blu-Ray combo includes an interactive visit to Japan’s cutting-edge Studio Ghibli, whose run of films inspired Pixar. There’s also a storyboard presentation and producer introduction.
– By C. Bottomley
Check out our exclusive DVD bonus clip above!
Think you can handle photos of Twilight lovers Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart without freaking out?! We hung out on the Remember Me red carpet with VH1’s lovely Janell Snowden, and got an eyeful of Robert Pattinson in all his awkward, hair-grabbing glory. We spent Saturday staring at him at the movie’s press junket as well, and can honestly say this: up close and personal, he doesn’t radiate sex as much as he does goofy cuteness. The dude has tiny features (his head seemed like it was the size of a grapefruit), and his humble, self-deprecating nature, while charming, totally comes across in how he carries himself. Don’t get us wrong, we found it totally refreshing, and we’d still do him in a heartbeat. But man, is this one awkward heartthrob.
We were happy that Rob’s cohort in introversion, Kristen Stewart, came out to support him, lurking on the red carpet in mustard-colored pants. If this doesn’t confirm for people that they’re lovers underneath the covers, we don’t know what will. Rob did pal around with co-star Emilie de Ravin on the carpet, but it seemed totally platonic. Her outfit was adorable up close (high five, stylist), and she is teeny-tiny and super sweet.
Not so sweet: the f*cking paparazzi. Holy crap, you guys, we’ve never heard people scream like the photographers did last night. And not just squeals of excitement; these were downright terrifying wails that channeled the voices and spirits of 1000 demons. “ROB! ROBBBBBBB! PUBLICIST, MOVE! WE NEED A SHOT OF ROB!” Yes, the fans were 100 % more polite in their screaming. It’s no wonder Rob and Kristen cower every time someone with a camera steps in their way. We were curled up in a ball on the red carpet, and no one was even trying to take our picture.
Check out more pics from the Remember Me premiere below, and if you have to scream, remember – inside voices only!
Was last night Hot Mess Night and no one told us? While the Character Approved Awards were confusing passerby in NYC, the Costume Designer’s Guild Awards was bringing the noise in Beverly Hills. Ladies like Anna Paquin, Emily Blunt, Kristen Bell and Anna Kendrick—not to mention fashion-forward fellows like Eddie Izzard and Alan Cummings—were on hand to celebrate those who keep actors looking great on screen. While you’d expect such stylists to make a big impression on the carpet, some—we’re looking at you (and quickly looking away), Mona May—might have been trying a little too hard. See who wore what in the gallery below.
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Clive Owen‘s film career has been something of a flop commercially (our last post about him asked if Duplicity would end his losing streak and…uh, it didn’t), but that doesn’t keep the Children Of Men actor from being one rugged Romeo. Seeing the studly Dudley saunter through the Giorgio Armani party at Milan’s Fashion Week yesterday got us all excited for next year’s promised The Inside Man 2, which may finally bring Owen the blockbuster he deserves (hopefully they won’t make him hide behind a mask this time).
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What. The. F-Word. USA (yes, the TV network) hosted something called the Character Approved Awards last night in NYC, which honors innovative players who are “shaping our culture.” Oddly enough, a strange mix of A Listers (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gabby Sidibe) and F-Listers (Tiffani Thiessen, Piper Perabo, Tinsley Mortimer, Constantine Maroulis and his butt-shaped chin) showed up to toast them, and everyone – regardless of their star power – looked like sh*t.
Let’s start with Piper Perabo’s bizarre, neck-contorting pose and swollen lips, which resulted in a horrific, unintentional Brittany Murphy impression (RIP). Then there’s Gabby Sidibe’s outfit, which would be appropriate for a gal shopping with her friends at the mall, but for an Oscar nominee?! She should be milking her buzz for what it’s worth, and what it’s worth is thousands of dollars of free designer clothes. And then there’s Maggie. Poor, frizzy-haired, ugly hipster dress-wearin’ Maggie. We’re taking back her Queen of Alt Fashion crown and selling it to our favorite vintage store here in Brooklyn. She does not deserve the honor anymore, what with this disastrous look.
Some of the other D-Listers lurking around looked fine, but what right do they have to even walk the red carpet anymore? No offense, Tiffani (AMBER) Thiessen, but you went out of style the second you ditched Zack Morris for your boss at The Max. Time to head back into obscurity where you belong. [Photo: GettyImages]
Either William H. Macy went crazy with the Botox or Matt Damon was sporting a slight ‘stache at last night’s Green Zone premiere in New York. The lipbrow wasn’t just some follicle fun, though—Damon apparently has a very important role coming that requires skeevy facial hair. Good thing Damon made Invictus and his new Iraq drama with Bourne director Paul Greengrass between The Informant! and his next ‘stache attack: we don’t want to get to the point where we assume he’ll be hiding the pretty behind one of these. His agent probably doesn’t want us to, either.
Also attending last night’s event were stars like Julia Stiles, Amy Ryan and Howard Stern. See what they wore in the gallery below.
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The fashion at the world premiere of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland was just as dark as his gothic interpretation of Lewis Carroll‘s classic tale. Aussie newcomer Mia Wasikowska (Alice) held her own alongside silver screen veterans Anne Hathaway (The White Queen) and Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen). Wasikowska wore an open-backed laced gown, Hathaway sex’d it up in a slinky bronze dress, and Bonham Carter donned an expectedly kooky ensemble. Which Wonderland star looked the most glamorous? [Photo: Getty Images]
More shots of Burton’s darlings below, as well as Johnny Depp, Avril Lavigne, and models Lily Cole and Daisy Lowe.
Angelina Jolie is hard at work on the Paris set of The Tourist, her new film with Johnny Depp, but the glow of her reconciliation with father Jon Voight shines on. Though his tendency to babble to the media is what got him exiled in the first place, the elder Oscar winner couldn’t help but tell Radar how happy he is after meeting up with Brangelina and the kids in Venice. “I’ve been waiting so long to hug my grandchildren and it was amazing, they are the most beautiful, loving kids you could imagine and I’m not just saying that because I’m their grandfather, they really are something special. Angelina and Brad are so happy together and they are the most amazing, loving parents I’ve ever seen. It truly moved me to see how Angie is as a mom, I am so proud of her—she has so much love to give and to share with the children and with Brad.”
This effusive praise is a far cry from when he accused Jolie of “serious mental problems” in 2002. “We’ve been working towards a full reconciliation for a while,” he admitted. “Angie had to feel it was the right time to bring me into the lives of her and the kids and after some work she decided the moment had arrived.” How long before he starts wearing a “MADDOX’S AND SHILOH’S AND PAX’S AND ZAHARA’S AND KNOX’S AND VIVIENNE’S GRANDPA” t-shirt?
Watch Angelina at work in the gallery below.
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Last year’s 2009 reunion of Matt Damon with his Ocean’s 11 director Steven Soderbergh failed to get the attention it deserves. Maybe it’s something to do with that moustache. Damon plays a senior VP at Archers Daniels Midland who gets wind that the food giant has been screwing its customers through price fixing. He approaches the FBI and agrees to get the dirt on his bosses. As Informant! progresses, however, it becomes clear that the shifty Whitacre is ducking, diving, and protecting his own secrets. Revisiting Erin Brockovich territory, this true story of corporate jiggery-pokery is always gripping. If the Julia Roberts movie was about human triumph, Damon’s brilliant award-worthy performance shows that doing the right thing isn’t the same as being a hero. Corporations and humans, it seems, are always going to be flawed entities. With Joel McHale, Scott Bakula and Melanie Lynskey.
Extras: Deleted scenes.
-By C. Bottomley