When ordinary people do strange things for no reason, it’s a David Lynch movie. When Julia Roberts does strange things for no reason, it’s Eat Pray Love. In this travelogue/rom-com, she walks out on both handsome Billy Crudup and sexy James Franco to go through the title’s three steps. It’s a journey that takes her across the parts of Italy, India and Bali most often seen in postcards. Some viewers may wonder what happened to reality—especially when her lithe Swedish companion complains about carrying a non-existent “muffin top.” Most, however, will swoon at the gorgeous locations and Roberts’s affecting way of swallowing her emotions. For those looking for pure escapist fare, it’s a satisfying feast. The guys who watch with them will thank Shiva for both Richard Jenkins and Javier Bardem, who contribute fine supporting turns as the men trying to thaw Roberts’s sphinx-like cool. Viewers seeking for a bit more testosterone this Thanksgiving may enjoy The Winning Season, a smart comedy starring Sam Rockwell as a drunkard coaching a girls’ varsity basketball team. Rockwell is terrific as a soak truly in love with hoops, but mystified by anything in a skirt—including star player Emma Roberts (Julia’s niece). The action skillfully evades cliché to wrap up in an unexpected comic finale. Right down to the final buzzer and without shameless cheerleading, The Winning Season proves itself to be a great movie about both sports and girls.
Extras:EPL contains an extended cut and commentary from director/Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
Roberts already has three children with husband Danny Moder, but a friend explains that she’d like to have more. “Julia has wanted more children for years. But her past pregnancies were fraught with complications and she was forced into an extended hospital stay right before she had her twins. After all she has been through, she realizes that adoption is perhaps the best way forward.” Julia also announced recently that she practices the Hindu faith ever since filming and “has a special affinity with India and has contacts exploring the possibilities,” the friend added.
rnrnIn an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Julia Roberts recounted how she got to stuff her face with pasta and other Italian deliciousnesses while on set for Eat Pray Love. The actress wistfully explained that, “By the time we would cut I’d be done with an entire pizza or a whole bowl of pasta. The take would just go on and on and I’d love it.” And here we sit, eating whole pizzas without a million-dollar movie contract, like a bunch of idiots!rnrnContinued Roberts, “When we were in Naples, we started shooting at 8 in the morning, and I think by 8:45 I’d eaten 8 or 10 pieces of pizza. Pizza was what I ate all day that day.” So, just so we’re clear, Eat Pray Love consists of Julia Roberts, the luckiest woman on earth, entering the bone zone with James Franco, Billy Crudup AND Javier Bardem, on top of eating an amount of fettuccine alfredo and piping hot pies that we’ve only experienced in our wildest fantasies? We’re just glad that it’s Friday, ’cause this news has us craving a drink (and a slice)!rn rn[Photo: Columbia Pictures]
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.
Did you read Eat, Pray, Love? We did – twice – and each time we curled up in the fetal position and wept, cursing our mundane Bali-less lives. After nursing ourselves out of the E,P,L coma with daily doses of Oprah and frozen Lean Cuisines, we’ve once again fallen victim to Elizabeth Gilbert‘s autobiography, only this time it’s come to life in the form of Julia Robert‘s massive mouth.
Yes, the trailer for the movie version of the bestselling book is here, and it’s jam packed with, well, what you’d expect: eating, praying and a whole lotta loving, with help from James Franco and Javier Bardem. Our tears also make a cameo. [via ONTD]