Amber Valletta - The Art of Elysium presents Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler 2016 HEAVEN Gala - Arrivals at 3LABS in Culver City - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th January 2016
Amber Valletta - People's Choice Awards 2016 held at the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater, People's Choice Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 6th January 2016
Amber Valetta - People's Choice Awards 2016 - Arrivals held at the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live at Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live, People's Choice Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 6th January 2016
Tiffany Siart, Nicole Lorey, Kate Nichols, Laura Lizer and Amber Valletta - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 17th April 2015
The reason for this is simple. Unlike the rest of us, 13-year-old boys haven't yet developed an immunity to mindless spectacle. They haven't been around long enough to realize it's their job as moviegoers to cluck and fuss every time a director tries to pull one over on the audience. Instead of feeling cheated when implausible scenarios pile up and ridiculous actions beget even more ridiculous reactions, 13-year-old boys hoot in approval. The explosions, the fights, the hot chicks, that's enough for them. It's a good thing, too, because that's all The Transporter 2 has.
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But when this good-natured Wall Street mega-titan puts his life on the line to save a convenience store from a firefight, he makes a big mistake. Because that kid with the pistol (Don Cheadle) is no ordinary hoodlum -- he's some kind of wacky angel or ghost-of-Christmas-in-a-parallel-universe or something. And little does Jack know, as he lay himself down to sleep on Christmas Eve, that he'll wake the next morning to the life he could've had if only he'd married his college girlfriend (Téa Leoni, Deep Impact) instead of following his ambition to become one of the world's richest, most powerful men.
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Smith plays the titular hero, a guy who's so smooth he turned it into a career as a "date doctor," helping a succession of schlubby but good-hearted guys make it into the arms of gorgeous women who otherwise wouldn't have looked twice at them. But although he's like a consultant for romance, Hitch doesn't use his powers to find true love for himself, leaving marriage and lasting relationships for his clients. This leaves him with plenty of energy to devote to his newest project: Albert (Kevin James, very funny), a nervous, fumble-thumbed accountant desperately in love with one of his clients, the ridiculously wealthy and beautiful heiress Allegra (Amber Valletta, who comes closer to approximating an actual actress in each film she's in) and needs help getting her to notice him. A few quick lessons from Hitch, which include a nicely-played Cyrano scene (and a dancing tutorial that contains most of the film's few true laughs), and Albert begins to blossom into a confident, impressive romantic who looks sure to make Allegra fall for him. It's light stuff, to be sure, but often played with a disarmingly sweet touch by both James and Valletta and enjoyable enough. But then the film feels the need to add in a whole other storyline, and that's where the problems start.
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Lesson number one: Take time to acclimate the audience to the characters. Unlike The Perfect Storm, What Lies Beneath completely absorbs the main character's personalities into the dramatic mix- frailties and all, through an intense look into their psyche, practically forcing the audience to become emotionally attached. This is not an original concept in cinema, but after watching Clooney and Wahlberg jump on that fishing boat and mournfully pronounce their goodbyes as if they already knew the ominous storm was on its way, you can't help but root for the ship to capsize.
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Few bad movies are more aggravating than a sequel that betrays everything which made its predecessor entertaining.
The B-movie, wild-ride brilliance of 2002's "The Transporter" stemmed from the filmmakers (producer-writer Luc Besson, co-writer Robert Mark Kamen and especially director/fight-choreographer Cory Yuen) not letting the plot get in the way of the tongue-in-cheek, out-sized action of incredible car chases and slick kung-fu. The flick embraced its own simplistic silliness -- revolving around a glibly stoic ex-Special Forces operative who makes a living delivering anything, anywhere with no questions asked -- and had a ball doing it.
Star Jason Statham retains his scruffy but well-dressed, bad-ass smirky-cool in "The Transporter 2," but he's continually tripped up by ridiculous, amateur-hour car chases and crashes (on the level of old "CHiPs" episodes), by over-choreographed fight scenes (so badly shot and edited that all you can comprehend is motion), and by the insultingly half-baked machinations of a convoluted screenplay.
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Even when presented with a reasonably original idea for a kids' movie like "Max Keeble's Big Move," Disney can always find a way to bleed all the color out of it and give the resulting product that Mouse House assembly-line feel.
Max (Alex D. Linz), our hero, is a diminutive, idiosyncratic seventh-grader with a rubbery face and a hurricane hairdo, who starts junior high on the wrong foot, running afoul of two bullies and the conniving school principal on the first day of class. The original idea in here is that just when he's sure he's in for a miserable year, his father announces the family is moving away, and Max realizes he has a golden opportunity to assert himself and wreak some havoc without any consequences.
Max concocts a plan to humiliate the bullies, expose the principal's illicit designs for the school budget, and make time with a ninth-grader (Brooke Anne Smith) so babelicious that she gets Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)" as her very own theme song.
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All the wicked charm and confident charisma that makeWill Smith a movie star are present in spades in "Hitch," a brightand sharp-witted -- if predictable -- romantic comedy about a matchmakerwho coaches lovestruck schmendricks in the wooing of otherwise unattainablegirls of their dreams.
Letting go his action-hero persona, Smith's winning waywith clever come-ons and witty rejoinders becomes the pulse of this smarter-than-averagecrowd-pleaser that revolves around two archetypal love stories told withamusingly atypical details.
One of the romances is orchestrated by Alex "Hitch"Hitchens (Smith) on behalf of a client -- a hapless, nebbish nice-guy accountant("The King of Queens'" Kevin James) who has fallen from afarfor an out-of-his-league heiress (ex-model Amber Valletta), whose assetshe helps oversee.
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At its heart, "Raising Helen" may be another shopworn story of a harried, young Cosmopolitan Career Gal in for a cosmic life lesson about her priorities. But in terms of cliché-baiting, it's more important what this movie is not:
It's not a Hollywood pat on the head that insincerely extols the nobility of a modest life in which family takes precedent over hustle and bustle. This film's conflicts aren't quite that easily resolved.
It's not a movie in which said Career Gal (Kate Hudson) has to stand up to her harpy of a boss who is too supercilious and self-absorbed to care about her employees' problems -- and either get fired or quit dramatically as a result. The problems and the boss (Helen Mirren, giving the role a feisty touch of dry comedy) are more complicated than that.
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