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The actress turned lifestyle guru shared the candid pic to promote a conversation about ageing.
Cameron Diaz has taken to Instagram to share a makeup-free selfie, in order to promote a conversation about getting older in the age of social media ahead of the release of her new book.
The 43 year old star, who last featured in a movie in 2014’s Annie, wrote in the caption of her Wednesday night selfie: “I feel like ageing has gotten a bad rap. That’s why I wanted to write this book so that we could understand what ageing really is… So that we can all empower ourselves in our own quests to live well, and for a long time.”
Continue reading: Cameron Diaz Shares Makeup-Free Selfie
The New York premiere of 'Annie', held at the Ziegfeld Theater, was a star-studded affair, with appearances from producer Will Smith, star Cameron Diaz and singer Sia Furler - who has re-recorded original 'Annie' song 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile' - with her husband Eric Anders Lang.
The 42-year-old actress recently offered her opinion on how to make relationships last, and why she kept dating the wrong kind of men.
Cameron Diaz has dated an array of high-profile men in the past several years, but in the midst rumours claiming she is engaged to Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, the 42-year-old actress is happy to explain what makes a relationship last.
Diaz offered her opinion on how to make a relationship work
While speaking with Cosmopolitan's January 2015 issue, Diaz opened up about why her previous relationships didn't last, and revealed how to become lucky in love.
In a small New York orphanage, a group of children are united in their hatred for their hatred for their foster mother. But when young Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) falls in front of a bus and is almost killed, she is saved at the last moment by a mysterious man - Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Stacks is a politician, who's campaign is helped dramatically by the news that he saved a young orphan's life. After contacting her as part of a publicity campaign, he decides to better his image by adopting her; along the way, both Annie and Stacks realise that they can each learn a thing or two from one another when it comes to love, friendship and family.
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In between blockbusters, the summer box office looks disappointing.
It’s time for the most highly anticipated part of the weekend – for studios, anyway – the box office roundup! Excited yet? Well, neither were movie-goers this week. Apocalyptic sci-fi prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won this week’s race with $36 million on its second weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. That counts as a 50% drop from its debut, but the Fox sequel had no trouble staying on top over horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy and the Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape, which is currently bombing in both reviews and earnings.
Dawn is holding up at the box office in its sexond weekend.
Continue reading: The Apes Have Taken Over The World (And This Weekend's Box Office)
The clothes were kept on for the raunchy comedy’s L.A. premiere
Stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel led the red carpet at the premiere of their new movie, Sex Tape in Los Angeles. In the comedy, Diaz and Segel play a married couple, who decide to spice up their relationship by making their own x-rated ‘home movie’. However their plan goes awry when the film leaks, leaving the couple struggling to retrieve it from the Cloud network before they suffer a major embarrassment. But luckily for the film’s stars there were no embarrassing moments on the film's red carpet as the sun shone and they showcased their fabulous summer fashions.
First up was star Cameron Diaz, who played up on the film’s risqué tone, by sporting a semi-sheer jumpsuit. Featuring long sleeves and a polka dot pattern, the black silk jumpsuit was the perfect look for a summer night out and showcased Cameron’s incredible figure. The actress topped off the look by keeping her hair loose and wearing eye catching red lipstick.
Continue reading: Who Was Best Dressed At The ‘Sex Tape’ Premiere [Pictures]
The critics are unanimous - "Sex Tape" is as unsexy as it gets.
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s new R-rated comedy Sex Tape may be all about doing it, but it’s not doing anything for the critics. According to its stars, the main selling point of this latest answer to The 40-Year-Old Virgin is that it’s relatable.
Much like its protagonist in some scenes, Sex Tape's humor flops around a bit, before sputtering out completely.
When asked about the raunchier moments in a recent CinemaBlend interview, Segel explained: “I’m more excited about honesty. And I think that painful honesty makes audience members feel uncomfortable in a way that’s really fun.”
The 41 year-old actress admitted that she wanted to "vomit in [her] mouth," when hearing about the rumours claiming she slept with her 'Charlie's Angels' co-star, adding, "that's like saying I'm having sex with my sister."
Cameron Diaz are more like "sisters" then girlfriends.
The Hollywood actresses became very close after starting in 2000's 'Charlie's Angels,' and the sequel 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,' but this doesn't mean they become romantically involved with each other, despite what gossipers are saying.
Many people have speculated over the years that Barrymore has slept with Diaz
In her 40s, the actress has dropped expectations and lives for herself.
As a 41-year-old woman in Hollywood, Cameron Diaz is forced to do a lot of interviews about being a 41-year-old woman in Hollywood. Naturally, she has to answer the baby question quite a lot. In her recent cover interview with Esquire, the Sex Tape actress had Things to Say on the subjects of motherhood and aging in the public eye.
Diaz made a conscious decision against motherhood, but it wasn't an easy choice.
"I like being forty-one. I love it. So much s**t just falls away. Fear, mostly. It's the best age. That's when a woman knows how to work things, or she doesn't care about that anymore. You just stop being afraid. You don't worry about what men think. You just don’t worry that time registers anything awful," she explained.
Continue reading: Cameron Diaz - Baby-less And Happier Than Ever
The force was strong with the world of showbiz this week as 'Mean Girls' turned ten and 'The Other Woman' bodyslammed 'Captain America 2' at the box office.
'Star Wars VII': "Raahhgh uughguughhaahnr wrrhwrwwh!" - that's Wookiee for "That new Star Wars cast is dope, yo!" Star Wars fans of all ages were given a shot of sweaty-palmed anticipation this week when the cast of JJ Abrams upcoming Star Wars sequel, Episode VII, was announced. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and other original cast members will be joining a host of new faces, including Domhnall Gleeson, Max Von Sydow and Andy Serkis. See the photo of the new cast and find out more here.
Clooney Bagged: The air was filled with yells of envy this week as it was announced that actor George Clooney has become engaged to Amal Alamuddin after just a few months of dating. You'd be forgiven for being sceptical towards perpetual bachelor Cloonz's happy news but this time it's different. Find out how Clooney's family reacted. Amal isn't just another attention-craving bimbo: she's an accomplished human rights lawyer with unnaturally lustrous hair. For more info, check out our profile on Amal, AKA the one Clooney wouldn't let get away.
Even for a successful model like Upton, the industry has some strange hangups.
Kate Upton proves (yet again) that she can do high fashion just as well as Sports Illustrated on the cover of UK Vogue’s June edition. The model, now at the beginning of her acting career looks gorgeous and sun-kissed on the cover, shot by Mario Testino. The Upton/Testino/Vogue collaboration is a familiar one, but once again, it works. She is photographed in a vintage bikini, channeling her inner 50s pinup. Protographers and stylists tend to like that aesthetic on the SI covergirl, probably because she has the body type to pull it off.
Upton's figure is more of a barrier in film than in modelling.
Upton’s feature interview, however, is where things really get interesting. The 21-year-old woman, widely considered the curviest non-plus size supermodel at the moment, recalls that it was precisely her body that gave her trouble booking auditions. Her first role is as that of a perpetually bikini-clad gigglebox in the Cameron Diaz vehicle The Other Woman. The movie was generally ill-received by critics and doesn’t really provide a lot of opportunities for Upton to flex her hypothetical acting muscles. Even so, it’s a role she had to fight for, the model recalls.
Continue reading: Why Did Kate Upton Struggle To Book Auditions?
Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann were strikingly dressed as they arrived outside the New York screening for their girl power comedy 'The Other Woman' in which they star as three women who are unwittingly dating the same cheating boyfriend.
Cameron Diaz's new movie 'The Other Woman' may have knocked 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' off the number one spot in the US box office, but critics are not convinced.
We had high hopes for Cameron Diaz’s new movie The Other Woman. Both Diaz and co-star Leslie Mann have a proven track record for churning out some pretty decent comedy movies. While we weren’t sure about Kate Upton launching an acting career, the dynamic between the three in the trailer seemed promising.
Cameron Diaz and her The Other Woman co-stars, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton
Yet despite knocking Captain America: The Winter Soldier off the top spot, a feat which Rio 2, Transcendence and Draft Day all failed to do, critics have not been wholly kind about The Other Woman. Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent surmised, “The plotting is predictable, the cameo from Nicki Minaj is pointless and some of the humour is sadistic in the extreme, but the film yields at least a few chuckles along the way.” While not completely slating the film, Macnab certainly doesn’t seem entirely won over.
The Other Woman might not have found favour with the critics, but moviegoers flocked to see it this weekend. So can we start calling The Other Woman the new Bridesmaids yet?
Despite the critics being less than enamoured with The Other Woman, this weekend it stormed the US box office even managing to topple the mighty Captain America: The Winter Solider. So far the female driven comedy has, unsurprisingly, drawn both favourable and unfavourable comparisons with 2011’s breakout hit Bridesmaids. So can we start calling The Other Woman the new Bridesmaids?
The Other Woman, follows three women who form an unlikely bond after finding out they’ve all been wronged by the same man, Leslie Mann stars as Kate, a wife who finds out her husband has been cheating with Cameron Diaz, a high flying lawyer. The two ladies then discover that the lothario, named Mike, also has another woman on the go, twenty something Amber played by Kate Upton. Instead of being mad at each other the three women decide to team up and channel their anger by seeking revenge on the serial cheater.
Things were looking bright for 'Captain America' until 'The Other Woman' came along...
It may be easy to dismiss The Other Woman as an air-headed, girls' night-in, giggle-fest but its remarkable debut weekend performance has shown that this revenge comedy has a sting in its tail when it comes to the box office. The Cameron Diaz-led flick took $24.7m over the weekend, launching to the top of the movie charts ahead of last week's victor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which came in at second with $16.05m.
Cameron Diaz Comedy 'The Other Woman' Gives The Finger To Critics With Storming Debut.
Whilst it's unlikely that The Other Woman will have the same longevity or total gross as Captain America 2, its first weekend taking show that the comedy was underestimated by many, especially critics who largely gave the film laughably low scores. However, senior media analyst of box-office tracker Rentrak, Paul Dergarabedian, said he thinks the movie's PG-13 rating helped it snare the larger portion of the movie-going market.
Continue reading: 'The Other Woman' Does The Dirty On 'Captain America 2' At Box Office
"The Other Woman" is taking a beating in reviews this week.
The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Man, Nikolaj-Coster Waldau and Kate Upton in her acting debut, is yet to be released in cinemas, but is already floundering in the review department. The film lays on the clichés with a heavy hand – Coster-Waldau is the uber-confident, uber-annoying cheating husband, Mann is his neurotic wife, Diaz is his mistress and Upton is his younger mistress. Neither of the women knows about the other two. Until they find out, that is. The biggest twist to recommend this movie is that instead of the plot devolving into the tired old catfight cliché, the three band together to get even with the cheater. They go on a vengeance rampage, presumably because that’s what the writers think scorned women do.
The Other Woman shoots for originality, but ultimately stops at mediocrity.
The LA Times’ review gives credit where credit is due – the plot isn’t all that original, but the easy laughs are still abundant, at least in the beginning. Unfortunately, at some point The Other Women significantly dumbs down both its characters and its story, making it hard to watch through to the end. “Slyness, slapstick and sex can often be mixed to amusing effect whatever the specifics — the original "Hangover," for example, did a credible job of it — but "The Other Woman" is ultimately undone by its indecision,” writes Betsey Sharkey.
Continue reading: Nobody's Laughing With 'The Other Woman', Least Of All The Critics
Cameron Diaz waves at fans and photographers as she arrives at Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York City to present her new self-help book 'The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body'.
Cameron Diaz's new wellbeing book for women has a whole chapter dedicated to the positive aspects of pubic hair, titled 'In Praise Of Pubes'.
And she covers EVERY aspect of the body!
The Hollywood actress's first attempt in the world of publishing sees her delve into the issues women face with pubic hair, in fact a whole chapter covers it.
From the director of 'The Notebook' comes this unconventional girls-night revenge comedy.
It's the relationship scenario every woman dreads: you meet a new guy and he's handsome, funny and intelligent but your bubble of bliss is burst when you realise you're not the only one. The Other Woman does a wonderful job of exploring this nightmarish situation but turning it on its head in a hilarious revenge comedy.
Cameron Diaz plays a woman who finds said perfect bloke but soon discovers he is married to Leslie Mann's character. The pair initially clash in horror at the situation but after spending a little time together, realise they have more in common than previously assumed.
One woman thinks she's on a roll with the first serious boyfriend she's had in months; he's handsome, successful, rich. as well as a total liar. When he ventures off to his home in Connecticut to investigate a 'burst pipe', the woman goes round later to surprise him - only to find that the house is also occupied by his wife. In a bid to talk things over, the wife visits Woman A at her apartment and, before you know it, the girls are at a bar downing shots and generally being best pals. However, things get even more complicated when they discover their man is also seeing yet another woman - a gorgeous busty blonde - and the three cheated women decide to plot revenge. With the wife slipping female hormones into his morning beverages and all three women discovering his fraudulent business secrets, this man is about to realise that having mistresses is a very bad idea.
'The Other Woman' is a new comedy from director Nick Cassavetes ('The Notebook', 'Alpha Dog', 'My Sister's Keeper') which has been written by Melissa Stack ('Tependris Rising') in her full-length film debut. It is the live action film debut of Nicki Minaj (who previously voiced Steffie in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift') and it is set to hit the UK on April 23rd 2014.
This film proves that all the right ingredients don't necessarily make a movie work. Even with top-drawer filmmakers and actors, this dramatic thriller simply never grabs our interest. It looks great, and everyone is giving it their all, but the story and characters remain so badly undefined that we can't identify with either.
The story's set on the US-Mexico border, where a slick lawyer (Fassbender) known as "the Counsellor" has slightly too much going on in his life. He has just proposed to his dream woman Laura (Cruz), while he's planning to open a nightclub with Reiner (Bardem). For extra cash, he's organising a massive cocaine shipment with Westray (Pitt). And it's this drug deal that goes wrong, creating a mess that engulfs Reiner and Laura, as well as Reiner's shrewd girlfriend Malkina (Diaz). As his life collapses around him, the Counsellor scrambles to salvage what he can, even as he realises that it'll be a miracle if anyone survives.
There are problems at every level of this production. McCarthy's first original script is simply too literary, putting verbose dialog into the actors mouths that never sounds like people talking to each other. Fassbender and Bardem are good enough to get away with this, but Pitt and Diaz struggle. Both Fassbender and Cruz bring out some wrenching emotions in their scenes, but their characters are never much more than cardboard cutouts. In fact, no one in this story feels like a fully fleshed-out person. And the little we know about each character makes most of them fairly unlikeable.
Continue reading: The Counselor Review
After three weeks at the top, 'Gravity' may have finally been ousted from the top spot of the US box office by the latest 'Jackass' outing
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is predicted to earn close to $30 million at the box office in it's opening weekend, according to Deadline, making it the most likely candidate to finish at the top of the box office come the end of the week. This means that after three weeks of dominating the US box office, Gravity may finally be replaced as America's favourite movie at cinemas.
Bad Grandpa should be an easy weekend winner
Depending on what side of the $30 mil. mark it lands on, the film can become either the third or fourth most successful R-rated film of the year in terms of opening box office revenue. Should the film exceed expectations even further, it could potentially place even higher. The film already made an estimated $11 - 12 mil. on the opening day of the weekend - Friday, 25 October - and could be well on its way to exceeding the $30 mil. mark should the numbers continue to add up. Not bad for a film that only cost $15 million to make.
After playing comical sidekicks in rom-coms like No Strings Attached and What Happens in Vegas, Lake Bell emerges as a rising-star filmmaker with the smartest, funniest comedy of the year. Winner of the screenwriting award at Sundance, this script is painfully hilarious, drawing on the characters' personalities to take us into a previously unseen side of the movie industry. It's also a rare Hollywood movie that refuses to shy away from anything.
We're talking about voiceover artists here, specifically those who provide the rumbling commentary for movie trailers. The late Don LaFountaine was the voice behind all of those iconic "In a world..." trailers, and now a studio wants to revive them for a new epic quadrilogy. The top contender for the job is Sam (Melamed), a veteran who decides to let his protege, the egotistical womaniser Gustav (Marino), have the job. Then Sam's voice-coach daughter Carol (Bell) throws her hat in the ring, which is unthinkable because a woman has never narrated this kind of trailer. She prepares for the audition with the help of a love-struck sound engineer (Martin), but is distracted by issues between her sister and brother-in-law (Watkins and Corddry) and the fact that her dad's new girlfriend (Holden) is younger than she is.
Bell juggles all of these plot strands brilliantly as a writer, director and actor, generously giving her costars the most riotously funny dialog while Carol pings around between them. And since we see everything through her eyes, she emerges as a hugely engaging woman who is smart, skilled and also likeably flawed. Every performance is natural and amusing, with the kind of astutely witty dialog actors can really sink their teeth into. And there are some uproarious cameos along the way, including Offerman as a wry colleague, Davis as a studio head, Longoria as a vocal client and Diaz as the star of a Hunger Games-style saga.
Continue reading: In A World... Review
We take a look at the front-runners and underdogs for next year's Oscars ceremony.
Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?
It’s Oscars season.
We can't think of a more pleasing concoction.
In what can only be described as a monolithic prospect, screen stars Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender will unite to portray Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The French actress will play Lady Macbeth, while Fassbender fulfils the titular role.
Cotillard stars in David Bowie's video for The Next Day alongside Gary Oldman
Natalie Portman was set to play the powerful character in See-Saw Film’s cinematic adaptation of the classic, but given that she’s all set to helm her directorial debut - A Tale Of Love And Darkness – Cotillard has stepped in.
Continue reading: Marion Cotillard And Michael Fassbender To Share The Screen In Macbeth
Check out the sleek new trailer below.
It’s all very sleek; shiny cars, handsome people, phone conversations that don’t end with a goodbye. That’s the world Michael Fassbender lives in, probably in real life, but most prominently, in The Counselor, Ridley Scott’s taut looking new thriller, which has a sexy new trailer.
Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt in The Counselor
This is Cormac McCarthy’s screenwriting debut, and it’s a highly anticipated debut considering the success of his novels, and the subsequent translation of The Road from page to screen. Scott provides the visual pedigree, having helmed such cinematic behemoths as Gladiator and Prometheus.
Continue reading: Michael Fassbender In Too Deep In 'The Counselor' [Trailer + Pictures]
Cameron Diaz might be an odd choice, but let's just go with it.
If an Annie movie, produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and directed by Jay Z sounds a bit strange, wait till you hear this: Cameron Diaz has been cast as Miss Hannigan. According to Deadline, the actress has been selected to play the orphanage matron, who hates children, but loves boozing in a big screen adaptation of the comic strip turned musical. The actress has been showing a sassier (to put it mildly) side in films like Bad Teacher of late, but it’s still a bit difficult to picture her as the vitriolic Miss Hannigan.
Diaz is taking on a new challenge with her Annie role.
Diaz will reportedly partner up with Quvenzhane Wallis, who became the youngest Oscar nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Quvenzhane will be portraying Annie, while the role of daddy Warbucks has been handed over to none other than Jamie Foxx. The Oscar-nominated actor is currently knee-deep in promotional efforts for his new movie White House Down, but will presumably begin shooting later this year, since the release date for the Annie movie is set for 2014.
Continue reading: "Annie" Movie To Feature Cameron Diaz As Grumpy Orphanage Headmistress
'The Counsellor' tells the story of a naive lawyer who holds the belief that dabbling in drug-trafficking is the best way to earn a little extra cash. However, that dabbling evolves into full-blown dealing which consumes his life and infects with all the corruption, betrayal and pain he thought he could avoid. Now with some seriously ruthless criminals on his tail, he begins to realise that there is nothing that these people will not do to get what they want and the odds on his life begin to get higher and higher. Unless he can work out who his friends are, he has no hope of returning to his normal life, but in a world where disloyalty affects everyone's relationships, he begins to wonder if he really has anyone there for him at all.
Directed by the triple Oscar nominated Sir Ridley Scott ('Prometheus', 'Gladiator', 'Alien'), this high-energy, gritty thriller is all about corruption and how smalls mistakes can lead to major consequences. The screenplay has been written by novellist Cormac McCarthy ('No Country for Old Men', 'All the Pretty Horses') and it features an exciting, star-studded cast ensemble. It is set to reach UK cinemas everywhere on November 15th 2013.
The actress was spotted filming scenes with co-star Leslie Mann around Tribeca earlier this week.
Cameron Diaz is currently working on the upcoming film The Other Woman, with the blonde-bombshell set to appear in a still-unverified role in the revenge comedy. The film is still only gradually making it's way towards the cinema screen, however it is still on course to make it's planned spring 2014 release date.
The film will also star Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Knocked Up's Leslie Mann, with Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj also lined up to appear in their first proper acting jobs. The story follows one of Waldau's disgruntled lovers, who teams up with his wife to plot a mutual revenge when they find out that he isn't the man he claims to be, but is instead a notorious love rat who has scorned more than just the scheming two.
The pictures of Diaz were taken around Tribeca, New York City, and features Diaz with co-star Mann as they walk down a street whilst talking to one another. It is believed that Mann will star as Coster-Waldau's aggrieved wife, with Diaz possibly appearing as her friend - not another hard-done love interest. Diaz has previously been spotted filming scenes with Mann and Kate Upton on West Broadway between Chambers & Park Place earlier this year.
Continue reading: Cameron Diaz Begins Filming New Scenes For 'The Other Woman' [Pictures]
The show is expected to be aired mid-seaon following the recent announcement of CBS' fall line-up
With the fall line ups for television broadcasters across America being revealed gradually over the past weeks, CBS have thrown a curveball with the announcement of a new comedy series based on the Cameron Diaz vehicle Bad Teacher. Fringe's Ari Graynor is taking on the staring role of an angry divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next man.
The announcement has come a week after the network initially unveiled their fall line-up, that also included the comedy Crazy Ones, which boasts Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as its stars. The Bad Teacher re-working won't make it to the upcoming network line-up though, and is likely to be held off until mid-season at least.
Ari Graynor will be taking on Cameron Diaz's role
Continue reading: CBS Plan 'Bad Teacher' Series Based On The Cameron Diaz Film
The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off this week with the glittering red carpet premiere of The Great Gatsby, attended by filmmaker Bas Luhrmann and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. The film opened in America last Friday and in the UK this Thursday.
Mulligan also stars in another film in competition at Cannes: the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of a folk singer (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s New York. The eclectic, starry cast includes Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman. And to go with the Cannes world premiere, the film launched its first trailer this week. It looks pretty unmissable, and is being released to target awards season.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off, Coen Brothers' & James Franco Are Potential Award Winners, Michael Douglas Portrays Liberace In Behind The Candelabra And Much More!
'There's Something About Mary' star Cameron Diaz and 'Knocked Up' star Leslie Mann shoot three takes of a dramatic argument and make-up scene outside a restaurant in New York City whilst filming Nick Cassavetes' new comedy 'The Other Woman' which will also feature Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj and Kate Upton. The argument looks to get pretty physical as the women aggressively bump stomachs and shriek in each other's faces.
Subtitled "The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman", this outrageously colourful animated movie certainly can't be pigeonholed as a documentary or a biopic, even though there are elements of each. The filmmakers use recordings of Chapman reading the book about his life, then hire teams of animators to create a stream-of-consciousness 3D tribute. It's not particularly easy to follow, and the absurdly Pythonesque approach isn't always successful. But the film is such an oddity that fans won't want to miss it.
Whatever it is, this isn't a straightforward retelling of Chapman's life story, although it does loosely fill in the details, with each chapter animated in a distinctly different style. It begins with his rather odd childhood, followed by his years at Cambridge, where he met Cleese, Palin, Gilliam and Jones and formed Monty Python. Their TV sketch show was launched in 1969, an unexpected hit that propelled them to stardom. Along the way, Chapman determines that he's 70 percent gay, and indulges in all the alcohol and sex he could find. He died at age 48 of throat cancer in 1989.
The film is a riotous collection of animation styles, from stop-motion to paper cut-outs. Woven into these segments are TV clips, movie scenes and interviews from the archives, and the surviving Pythons supply the voices along with special guests like Stephen Fry and, yes, Cameron Diaz. It feels oddly rambling, going down random sideroads and indulging in moments that cross lines of taste and propriety. Some segments are sharp and pointed, while others take too long to get to their punchlines. But maybe these are inside jokes we simply don't understand.
Continue reading: A Liar's Autobiography Review
Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites!
I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites.
Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!
Continue reading: Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films
Remade from a 1966 romp starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, this con artist action-comedy is enjoyably silly but never much more than that. Part of the problem is a lack of chemistry between stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, and the film focuses on goofy slapstick instead of a coherent plot. So we may chuckle along the way, but it's hard to be interested in anything that happens.
Firth is at the centre as Harry, a London art expert who has a score to settle with his arrogant billionaire boss Lionel (Rickman). So he sets up an elaborate scam involving a fake Monet painted by his talented pal Wingate (Courtenay). But they need the help of a sassy Texan, PJ (Diaz), to make it work, and she doesn't play along as Harry imagines she will. Soon she's flirting shamelessly with Lionel while Harry sneaks around in the background setting up the con and struggling to pay for her extravagant stay in the Savoy. Meanwhile, Lionel is trying to make a deal with a group of hard-bargaining Japanese businessmen.
While the Coen brothers' script bursts with absurd wit, Hoffman directs the film as a mindless farce, missing every chance for black comedy. From the animated Pink Panther-style titles, the tone is light and frothy, the characters are paper thin and the plot's convolutions never seem to amount to anything. Most of the big set-pieces are irrelevant asides, such as a half-hearted scene involving the lion that's featured far too prominently on the movie poster. Or a long sequence in which Firth cavorts around the Savoy without his trousers. It certainly doesn't help that Firth and Diaz never generate even a spark of attraction between them.
Continue reading: Gambit Review
As big movies like Skyfall and Argo open in the USA and UK respectively, it's the smaller titles that are getting the most attention. The British independent drama My Brother the Devil won awards at Sundance and festivals in Berlin, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has garnered four-star reviews across the board from UK critics this weekend. Now the public gets a chance to see it.
In London, the stars turned out this week for the premiere of Gambit, a remake of the 1966 heist comedy. The film's stars Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay were on hand both for the red carpet premiere and a meet-the-filmmakers event at London's Apple Store.
Meanwhile, Helen Mirren has been doing Q&As in London for her new film Hitchcock, in which she plays Alma Reville, wife of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins). The movie traces the making of Psycho with Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), Vera Miles (Jessica Biel) and Anthony Perkins (James D'Arcy). A new trailer makes it look like a lot of fun. And a probable awards contender too.
Eccentric British/American comedy 'Gambit' premiered in London last night at the Empire in Leicester square. It stars Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth and Alan Rickman, and was directed by Michael Hoffman, with a script written by the Coen Brothers. With a line-up like that you can't really go wrong!
The remake of the 1966 film of the same name follows an art curator (Firth) who is sick of his boss (Rickman) and decides to take sweet revenge, in a variety of hilarious ways, aided by cowgirl PJ Puznowski (Diaz). Despite being written by Americans and directed by another American, it's a very British comedy.
On the red carpet Firth, Diaz and Hoffman spoke to ITN and the Daily Mail, and spoke about the trials and tribulations of working on the film. Cameron and Firth spoke to ITN about the nudity in the film, that has already been widely talked about. Cameron said "nothing's gratuitous, it's all for a purpose." Which was followed by a self-defacing quip from Firth who said: "My legs are there for gratuitous comedy, and they've been shamelessly exploited." Firth only really loses his trousers in the film, but Alan Rickman's character Lord Lionel Shabandar spends some of it in his birthday suit. The making of the film wasn't all levels of nudity, Cameron also got to try her hand at real life cow-girling, in an interview with the Daily Mail she said "I got to do a little lassoing, a little roping on the cattle." Adding, "It was a lot of fun."
Continue reading: Gambit Premier: Cameron Diaz And Colin Firth Talk Nudity And New Skills.
One of the big events of the weekend was the LACMA Film + Art Gala which saw some of the great and good of Hollywood in attendance to raise a glass in honour of the director Stanley Kubrick and artist Ed Ruscha. Cameron Diaz, Evan Rachel Wood, Robert Pattinson, Will Ferrell and Salma Hayek were just some of the names there for the event which cost between $5000 and $10000 a ticket.
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Rumours had been rife about the upcoming nuptials of Timberlake and Biel, who sound more like a 70's crime fighting duo than a A-list couple, but they are an A-list couple and they're getting married soon so we'll shut up. The couple threw a casual pre-wedding party on Wednesday in Puglia, Italy, at the Cala Masciola beach on the Adriatic Sea, as you do. Guests included comedian Andy Samberg, who co-starred with Timberlake in an Emmy-winning "Saturday Night Live" digital short and the film "Friends With Benefits," a romantic comedy. This is the first wedding for singer-actor Timberlake, 31, since his high profile dating relationships with Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz didn't turn into wedding bells. And it's same for actress Biel, 30. They announced their engagement at the beginning of this year.
"Most celebrities do a wedding in their home country first, to make it official, and then they have a symbolic ceremony in Italy afterward, so they file no paperwork in Italy," Italian wedding specialist Diana Sorensen, owner of Sugokuii Events told E! "Personally, with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, I do not feel they will have a legal ceremony in Italy. My feeling is that, like most celebrities, they've already done something in the United States."
Chelsea Handler returned with the season premiere of her new late night talk show 'Chelsea Lately' on Monday evening (October 15, 2012), calling in a couple of favors to give the programme an added boost.
Handler dipped into her bulging book of celebrity contacts, recruiting Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz to rap, Jennifer Aniston to cry about her recent engagement to Justin Theroux, and Sandra Bullock to strip in the staff showers. Yep, you heard us correctly. In a skit for the show, Bullock and Handler were shown road-toasting the studio's new facilities though the Oscar winning actress had a little advice for the talk show host. After telling her friend to stop calling herself the "white Oprah", Bullock said, "You have a responsibility to be a respectable talk show host. This comes directly from Oprah's mouth to my ear, to my mouth, out of my mouth, into your ear, down your body, out your vagina, up my vagina and out my ass." Nice. The actress also told Handler to stop sleeping with her guests, to which the host guiltily replied, "I don't sleep with that many anymore... just some of the rappers."
Handler's ability to land regular A-listers for 'Chelsea Lately' will be a huge advantage for the E! network as the show begins its new season. Catch it every Monday, at 11pm.
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz tried their hand at rapping in honour of fellow Hollywood blonde Chelsea Handler. The ladies slammed their friend for her sex life and drinking habits, though it was all done in good humor. While the rap did little for Diaz and Paltrow’s street cred, it was obvious that the actresses do not take themselves too seriously and enjoy a challenge once in a while. Diaz took on the part of a beat-boxer, while Paltrow was spitting lyrics like "You like black guys, white guys, whoever's around. Your bedroom looks like it's a lost and found. We kind of like you because you're blonde like us, but we can't hang with you in public 'cause you drink too much."
Though the starlets themselves are no strangers to heavy partying, the rap hints at some truths around Handler’s party history and contains lines like “Yo, Chelsea. We heard that you got a brand new studio. But we know that you got on TV by being a ho.”
The comedienne is far from just a party girl, however, having built an extremely successful career as an entertainer and TV presenter. At 37, she has performed as a stand-up comedian, acted in numerous works in TV and cinema, and is hosting her own talk show, Chelsea Lately. The 5th season of the show is set to air this autumn on the E! Network in the USA and re-runs of the show are broadcast on E! in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
In Atlanta, TV fitness guru Jules (Diaz) is about to reveal that she's pregnant by her celebrity dance show partner Evan (Morrison). Meanwhile, Holly and Alex (Lopez and Santoro) are looking into adoption even though they're not sure they're ready; Wendy and Gary (Banks and Falcone) are finally expecting after trying for years, only to be upstaged by Gary's dad (Quaid) and his much younger wife (Decker); and food truck operators Rosie and Marco (Kendrick and Crawford) rekindle their teen romance with unexpected results.
Continue reading: What To Expect When You're Expecting Review
What to Expect When You're Expecting is a comic adaptation of the New York Times' bestselling pregnancy advice book of the same name. The film centres around five couples whose lives are turned upside down when they learn of their forthcoming parenthood. Whilst Jules and Evan (a fitness guru and a dance show star, respectively) struggle to fit the demands of pregnancy into a busy showbiz lifestyle, the author Wendy finds herself in a spin when her body is held hostage by her rampant pregnancy hormones. Meanwhile, Wendy's husband Gary finds himself competing with his own father, who is expecting twins with his much-younger partner Skyler.
Kenneth Williams' famous quip "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got in for me!" has been named as the funniest line in movie history.
He uttered the words as Julius Caesar in the 1964 film Carry On Cleo.
Coming second in the poll for Sky Movies Comedy, which quizzed 1,000 film fans and critics, is the line "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy" from the Monty Python film The Life of Brian.
And apparently the third funniest words uttered in a film are the exchange between Robert Hays (Ted Striker) and Leslie Nielsen (Dr Rumack) in the 1980 hit Airplane! After Hays said "Surely you can't be serious" Nielsen quipped back "I am seriousand don't call me Shirley".
Other films with one-liners making it into the poll's top ten are lines from the slapstick comedy films Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary and The Naked Gun.
Top ten comedy lines
1) "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!" Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar Carry on Cleo (1964)
2) "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy." Terry Jones as Brian's mother - Life Of Brian (1979)
3) "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley." Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumack - Airplane! (1980)
4) "Remember you're fighting for this woman's honour, which is probably more than she ever did." Groucho Marx as Rufus T Firefly - Duck Soup (1933)
5) "Don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love." Woody Allen as Alvy Singer - Annie Hall (1977)
6) "Do you have a licence for your minkey?" Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau - The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
7) "Is that, is that hair gel?" Cameron Diaz as Mary Jensen - There's Something About Mary (1998)
8) "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room." Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley - Dr Strangelove (1963)
9) "Nice beaver! Thank you. I just had it stuffed." Leslie Nielsen as Lt Frank Drebin and Priscilla Presley as Jane Spencer - The Naked Gun (1988)
10) "When I met Mary I got that old-fashioned romantic feeling where I'd do anything to bone her." Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas - Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Continue reading: Carry On Joke Tops One-liner Poll
With WWF-style wrestling, vivid color schemes, a scary ogre who's not that scary, psychological evaluation by a talking donkey, loads of humor, and a simple and straightforward plot, Shrek zings along, providing fun and thrills at every turn. But the real treasure lies in Shrek's ability to subtlety poke fun at the mega-mouse corporation of Disney en route to providing a quick 85 minutes of pure entertainment. Torturing the Gingerbread Man? I'm sold.
Continue reading: Shrek Review
Sadly, it's a bit downhill from there. While Vanilla Sky is a solid effort, it's unfortunately short of genius. The very project is a bit curious. Is Cameron Crowe, the permanent teenager responsible for perfectly good yet light-as-a-feather comedies like Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, up to the challenge of remaking a Spanish psychodrama? Crowe goes through the motions, and from time to time he proves that he can handle heavier material, but Vanilla Sky is too murky to be much more than a holiday distraction -- far from the cult classic that the original Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) has become.
Continue reading: Vanilla Sky Review
The sequel begins where part one left off. Ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) and his now equally ogre-rific wife Fiona (Cameron Diaz) embark on a hilarious honeymoon montage, complete with mermaid-tossing. They return to find Donkey (Eddie Murphy) still fulfilling his role as "annoying talking animal." Before they can kick him out, however, they receive an invitation from Fiona's parents, King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews), who want to meet their daughter's new husband. Unfortunately, they didn't see the first film, and have no idea that their daughter is now permanently of the green persuasion, as is their new son-in-law.
Continue reading: Shrek 2 Review
There's only about 22 minutes of plot in "Any Given Sunday," Oliver Stone's innovative, bone-crunching ballet of sound and fury football, so lets get that out of the way right now:
Al Pacino stars as the embattled, old-school coach of a fictitious pro football team. Cameron Diaz, is the willful, profit-zealous daughter of the franchise's recently deceased owner. Jamie Foxx is a hotshot young quarterback whose know-it-all attitude and colossal ego threaten team unity. He's just replaced the injured, aging, Elway-esque veteran QB Dennis Quaid, whose compound back injury has spelled curtains for his career -- if only his ruthlessly ambitious, harpy of a wife (Lauren Holly) would accept that fact.
During the last two minutes of the fourth quarter of the Big Playoff Game that serves as the film's climax, each of these characters (especially the selfish ones) will have an epiphany about what's really important in their lives.
Continue reading: Any Given Sunday Review
Joseph McGinty Nichol explained the time when the cast of 'Charlie's Angeles' stripped for him in the back of a van.
The stars of 'Charlie's Angels' - Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu - are apparently so close to and comfortable with director McG that they once stripped off for him. McG, who's real name is Joseph McGinty Nichol, explained the incident when his leading ladies stripped in the back of a van while attending the Super Bowl of Motorcross.
The director recalled: "They're all very free with their physicality. They've all seen me naked, I've seen them naked. That's how we get down. We got a big limo van, put on old Motley Crue records, and Drew and I stripped down. It's sort of fabulous the way we all trust on another, most particularly Drew. Drew is very into the body, very natural. It's a splendid thing."
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