Theodore Twombley is a reserved man going through the hardest time of his life with his divorce from his childhood sweetheart Catherine. One day, he decides to buy a new kind of OS that has an artificial intelligence that can evolve into having almost human like feelings. He chooses a female identity for his OS and thus meets the disembodied Samantha who offers him company with her witty and insightful remarks and frequent flattery. When he finds out his friend Amy has also made a friend out of her estranged husband's OS, he begins to feel that his feelings towards Samantha may not be so strange at all and allows himself to fall deeply in love with her. However, as much as they have managed to bond, he starts to worry about the consequences of limitations of their relationship and begins to wonder just how genuine their relationship really is.
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The cover of this month's Empire Magazine gets the fangirls/boys in all of us thoroughly excited.
New Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster! Sorry, excitement like this does not allow for proper grammar. But you get the idea, Marvel have released a new promotional image for the 2014 flick and it offers not only a good look at Captain America’s new suit, but also a full preview of the brand new villain – Bucky as The Winter Soldier.
In case the trailer wasn't cool enough, check out this new promo image below.
Spike Jonze's 'Her' Sees Joaquin Phoenix Falling Into A Different Kind Of Love.
To get your head round Spike Jonze's delicate new sci-fi movie, Her, you need to believe absolutely and unequivocally in the premise: that a sad and lonely man is capable of falling in love with a computerised operating system, think Siri 10 years down the line, and forming a sincere attachment.
Joaquin Phoenix Plays A Man Seeking Love In An Unlikely Place In 'Her.'
"Delicate" is rarely a word you'll hear attributed to sci-fi movies but Jonze's masterful new film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, is both a strange tale of human attachment and a potentially troubling insight into the future of technology.
Spike Jonze's 'Her' won big at the National Board of Review, but history suggests it will fall short at the Oscars.
Spike Jonze's off-beat romantic-drama Her was unexpectedly named best film of the year by the National Board of Review on Wednesday (December 4, 2013). The long-established and well respected educational organisation also gave Jonze the best director award for the movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as an office worker who falls in love with his computer system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze's 'Her'
Jonze also wrote the script, but was denied an awards hattrick when the NBR's best original screenplay award went to the Coen Brothers for Inside Llewyn Davis. The Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street took the award for best adapted screenplay, capping an evening of surprise winners that must all now be mentioned in Oscars discussions. Until now, the likes of 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and Captain Phillips had dominated nominations talk, though with American Hustle winning best movie at the New York Critics awards earlier this week and Inside Llewyn Davis beating 12 Years a Slave at the Gotham Awards, we probably need to start rethinking our speculation for the major ceremonies.
Continue reading: Wait, Should We Be Calling Spike Jonze's 'Her' An Oscar Contender?
Fans finally get to see The Hunger Games sequel, as the casts of Black Nativity, Dallas Buyers Club and Her walk red carpets. Also, new trailers bow for Bieber's Believe, Frost's Cuban Fury and Crowe's Noah...
This week is pretty much all about The Hunger Games as Catching Fire arrives in cinemas around the world. After last week's world premiere in London, the cast headed back to America for back-to-back premieres in Los Angeles and New York. Meanwhile, a range of clips and short online features have whipped up fan frenzy to potentially record-breaking box office potential. Take a look over all the best bits of the American premiere's here or our The Hunger Games: Catching Fire critics round up here or just read our own review here.
Slightly less flashy was the New York premiere of the Christmas drama Black Nativity, attended by stars Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, all caught by paparazzi on the red carpet looking very glamorous. The film opens in time for the holidays. Check out our videos from the event Jacob Latimore and Angela Bassett arrive, Jennifer Hudson shows off her stunning pixie crop and Forest Whitaker takes his family to 'Black Nativity' NY Premiere.
'Don Jon' actress Scarlett Johansson is seen talking to the press as she hits the red carpet the Rome International Film Festival premiere of her new movie 'Her', in which she plays the voice of an advanced computer operating system.
'The Master' star Joaquin Phoenix and 'The Avengers' star Scarlett Johansson pose together on the red carpet at the Rome International Film Festival premiere of their new film 'Her'. They are then joined by co-star Rooney Mara, director and writer Spike Jonze and producers Megan Ellison and Vincent Landay.
Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey received Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the 2013 Rome Film Festival.
The 44 year-old actor won an award for his Oscar tipped role in 'Dallas Buyers Club' where he plays an aids activist from the 1980s.
McConaughey plays a Texas Cowboy called Ron Woodroof, who is HIV positive in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
With this writing-directing debut, Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers a remarkably assured comedy-drama while also giving himself a role that's far against his usual type. It's raucously hilarious but also surprisingly involving as it reveals the vulnerabilities of a strutting hard-man. And we're having so much fun that we barely notice that the script's approach to addiction is somewhat simplistic.
The title character is such a dude that his friends call him "the don", in reference to New Jersey gangsters. And Jon (Gordon-Levitt) has his life figured out, with a list of things he cares for: his body, home, car, family, church, friends and girls. In that order. But above everything else, his main obsession is porn. Then while hanging with his friends Bobby and Danny (Brown and Luke) he spots Barbara (Johansson), a perfect "dime" who's worth playing the long game for. Except that she has zero tolerance for pornography, so he has to hide his addiction from her, only confessing to his parish priest and an unexpectedly sympathetic fellow student (Moore) at night school.
Like a character from Jersey Shore, Jon is such a charming loser that we can't help but love him. But despite the macho swagger and gym-honed physique, he's also deeply devoted to his parents (the fabulous Danza and Headly) and happiest when he's cleaning his flat. Gordon-Levitt wouldn't be the first actor you'd think of in this role, but he plays it perfectly, letting us see the little boy behind the tough-guy posturing and making us believe that he's fallen for the charms of this idealised woman (Johansson is simply hysterical).
Continue reading: Don Jon Review
Despite some strong competition this weekend, Don Jon could be the one to see
Tomorrow is Friday, which - considering everything we’ve been taught - makes today Thursday, November 14. And what better way to spend a Friday night than seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s smug grin on a massive screen? We’re not even being sarcastic.
Meatheads: Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tony Danza
And neither were the critics when they lauded praise upon this, Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, in which he also stars as the lead alongside Scarlett Johansson. Don Jon is a handsome, cocky young chap with an irresistible charm. His vice: pornography, which comes back to haunt him when he meets a girl strong enough to challenge him.
Continue reading: Don Jon's Out Tomorrow! Should You Go And See It?
The star of 'Don Jon' doesn't share the same mindset as her character
Scarlett Johansson stars as the romance-loving, porn-weary female lead in actor, writer and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first feature presentation Don Jon. Whilst her character in the film is well and truly opposed to the adult entertainment industry, Scarlett herself is actually a little more open minded in her opinions on pornography.
Scarlett's views on porn differ greatly to her character's
The stunning actress appears as the cover star of the next edition of Marie Claie UK and in her feature interview pornography - a prevalent and key theme from Don Jon - was inevitably one area where the magazine wanted her opinion on. Her opinion might have surprised a few people though, because not only does she think that porn is a viable business venture, but she also believes that it can be "enjoyed" and be "productive" for both men and women.
The People's Choice Awards this year welcome back the usual suspects.
It’s that time of the year again – time for the most important awards of the season, the People’s Choice Awards (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) This year the favorites are easy to pick out from the crowd. The award show will be held in January and today was the day that the nominees were finally announced.
The super successful Katy Perry is the favorite in several musical categories.
In the world of TV, Glee is the favorite, with eight nominations, proving that nothing can keep this show down. That may or may not be a good thing. Meanwhile, Katy Perry seems to be the people’s favorite when it comes to music. The Roar singer has nabbed five nods. Coincidentally, that’s also Sandra Bullock’s number. The Gravity actress heads up the movie division.
Continue reading: Teen Choice Awards List Nominees Anounced: The Usual Suspects
Something for fans of the Cap to tide them over
This week saw Marvel up the ante by releasing a new trailer for Captain America: Winter Solder. And it’s no accident that USA Today should - a few days later -reveal a new story for the superhero.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Released in a comic book format, the new five-issue, Marvel miniseries adventure will be written by trusted steed, Rick Remender. It will be illustrated by Punisher: In The Blood collaborator Roland Boschi.
Following events during World War II and his confrontation with Nazi adversary the Red Skull, Steve Rogers awoke 70 years later to find that the world had changed almost beyond recognition. He is now reluctantly a part of superhero law enforcers S.H.I.E.L.D., led by Nick Fury who more than once makes Steve question the ethics of the group and epitomises the blurred line between good guys and bad guys. There are people he can trust though, namely Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow; a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. spy who embarks alongside him on a mission to tackle the latest global threat. However, when a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is attacked, they find themselves in mysterious circumstances and start to wonder if someone's keeping something from them. As Rogers fights off a myriad of assassins, the real threat starts to surface in the form of the Winter Soldier.
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is the sequel to 2011's 'Captain America: The First Avenger'. Based on the Marvel comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, it has been directed by Primetime Emmy-winning brothers Anthony Russo, Joe Russo ('You, Me and Dupree', 'Community') with a screenplay by collaborative writing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ('Thor: The Dark World', 'The Chronicles of Narnia', 'Pain & Gain'). It is set to hit the UK on March 28th 2014.
Chris Evans is back as the all-American hero, and the first official trailer for his return was released this week
Captain America: The Winter Soldier had its first official trailer go viral this week (24 Oct.) and whilst it gives us a reasonable look at what we can expect from the the return of Chris Evans as the first Avenger, there may have been certain elements that you could have missed in the action-packed preview.
The Winter Soldier trailer leaves plenty of questions
We get to see plenty of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L Jackson returning as Nick Fury. In all it looks as though the film has a strong S.H.I.E.L.D. presence, but this doesn't give us a great indication of what the film might offer. As for the potential bad guys, it looks as though Robert Redford might have a few sinister ideas up his sleeve and the masked badass we see here and there might be his accomplice, but what does it all mean?
Scarlett celebrates seven years of sexiness thanks to Esquire but reveals the green-eyed monster sometimes makes an appearance.
Actress Scarlett Johansson has been crowned Esquire magazine's sexiest woman alive for the second time after her first victory in 2006. She can now celebrate the unique accolade of being the only woman to be crowned more than once. Go you, Scarlett!
Scarlett Crowned Esquire's Sexiest Woman.
However, the Avengers actress has revealed that despite being widely considered the world's most attractive female, she is just like everyone else when it comes to feeling protective over their significant other. Speaking to Esquire in her latest interview, Scarlett revealed that her husband-to-be Romain Dauriac brings out a side in her she never thought existed.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson, Twice Sexiest Woman Alive, Suffers Jealousy Issues
Scarlett Johansson has several high profile movies coming up.
Scarlett Johansson has been named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive for the second time, seven years after her first win.
The actress, 28, joins Mila Kunis, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Minka Kelly, Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron and Jessica Biel as Hollywood stars who have scooped the prize since its inception in 2005, then as part of Esquire's Women We Love issues.
In conversation with the magazine about becoming the only woman to win World's Sexiest on two separate occasions, Johansson explained, "You know, I gotta hustle. I'm a twenty-eight-year-old woman in the movie business, right?" she says. "Pretty soon the roles you're offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work-theater, producing, this thing with Esquire."
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Is Esquire's Sexiest, But How's The Acting Career?
The screen siren was declared 'sexiest alive' by Esquire magazine for the second time, making her the first person to be crowned twice
Scarlett Johansson has been crowned the 'Sexiest Woman Alive' by Esquire magazine in a new poll published in the November issue of the magazine. The is the second time the awe-strikingly beautiful actress has been handed the title by Esquire, her first coming in 2006, which makes her the first person to be awarded the accolade more than once. Who else was it going to be?
The 28-year-old actress, who is currently engaged to former French journalist Romain Dauriac, was also interviewed by the magazine and featured in an extensive photo-shoot in which she showed off her credentials to be crowned 'Sexiest Woman Alive.' During the interview, the actress discussed her love life, the jealousy that sometimes arrises from it and her ever-soaring career.
"I didn't think I was a jealous person," she says in the interview (via USA Today), "until I started dating my current, my one-and-only. I think maybe in the past I didn't have the same kind of investment. Not that I liked my partner less, I just wasn't capable of it or caring that much."
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Crowned 'Sexiest Woman Alive' In New Poll
Everyone loves Scarlett Johansson, but Esquire readers seem to be especially fond of her.
If you watch any film with Scarlett Johansson, it is abundantly clear that the lady is actually a talented actress, although all that tends to get overshadowed by her constantly topping of any and every “Sexiest Woman Alive” list around. Case in point: this month’s edition of Esquire, which has named ScarJo as its reigning queen of sex appeal for the second year in a row.
No one can argue that she doesn't deserve the title.
Of course, it’s not like the actress minds the repeat honor. She joins the likes of Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the exclusive two-timers club of Esquire. It is so exclusive, in fact, that Johansson is the first woman to be voted “sexiest” twice. Of course, she had to comment somehow – and she received the title with grace, poise and general awesomness, as well as a bit of brutal honesty. "I'm the only woman to win twice right? You know, I gotta hustle," Johansson tells the magazine. "I'm a 28-year-old woman in the movie business, right? Pretty soon the roles you're offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work-theater, producing; this thing with Esquire."
'Don Jon' released in the US today (27th September) has been described as fine feature directing début from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Don Jon, ahead of its US release today (27th September), has received positive reviews despites its graphic and somewhat controversial topic.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the New York premiere of Don Jon.
Don Jon explores the dangers of internet porn addiction, specifically how it helps develop "unrealistic expectations." Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) stars as Jon Martello, renowned amongst his friend for his promiscuous and 'Don Jon' like behaviour, being able to attract a different woman every weekend. Sadly for Martello he is unable to find fulfilment owing to his obsession with internet pornography. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) - a woman who yearns for old fashioned romance- their cultures and expectations collide. Gordon-Levitt has written and directed the comedy which has received positive reviews. Supporting Gordon- Levitt and Johansson, in this surprising comedy are Julianne Moore (The Hours), Tony Danza (Crash) and a host of other US actors.
Continue reading: 'Don Jon', Released Today, Praised Highly By Critics
It seems like Don Jon has a one way ticket to the independent spirit awards.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt proves himself to be a natural filmmaker with his debut Don Jon, which critics agree tells a funny and engaging story, though isn't the complete movie that many perhaps naively expected from the Dark Knight actor.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt [L] as Jon and Scarlett Johansson [R] as Barbara in 'Don Jon'
Gordon-Levitt also plays the lead, Jon Martello, a strong, handsome guy who has no problem with the ladies. However, not even the most beautiful women in the bar can compete with the bliss he feels in his own bedroom, watching pornography. He meets a bright and pretty girl named Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) who is determined to find Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Of course, things begin to go awry when Barbara discovers Don's unsavoury secret.
Continue reading: 'Don Jon': Christopher Nolan Warned Joseph Gordon-Levitt NOT To Make It.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows he is one of Hollywood's most innovative creators in the upcoming comedy 'Don Jon'.
Joesph Gordon-Levitt shines in the upcoming comedy 'Don Jon' which already has received unanimously positive reviews from screenings at the 'Sundance Film Festival' on January 18th 2013 and more recently at the 'Toronto Film Festival' on Septmber 10th 2013.
What makes this more impressive is that the 32 year-old establishes himself as one of Hollywood's most versatile talents, a triple threat talent to be exact- as well as being the star of the movie, he also wrote and directed it.
Continue reading: Joseph Gordon Levitt's Directorial Debut 'Don Jon' Eclipses The Hype
Having been spotted with a huge diamond ring on her left hand and according to certain sources, Scarlett Johansson is engaged!
Scarlett Johansson recently told an interviewer that she is too caught up in her exciting career to think about settling down and starting a family, but what she didn't say in said interview is that she wasn't considering moving towards having a family-life some time soon. It looks like this might be the case though, as Scarlett has reportedly taken those first few steps towards becoming a family woman, by supposedly getting engaged to her boyfriend Romain Dauriac.
Scarlett at the Venice Film Festival, wearing the ring on her left hand
The Under the Skin beauty and her French journalist other half have apparently been engaged for about a month, according to People, and have been keeping the fact that they've taken the next step in their relationship to themselves throughout the summer. A source who claims to be close to the actress, 28, and Dauriac, 30, has told People that they have been planning their marriage like it is some clandestine operation and revealed "they're engaged and very happy."
Continue reading: Are Scarlett Johansson And Romain Dauriac Engaged?
Under the Skin depicts an unsettling look into our world through an alien's eyes.
Scarlett Johansson flaunts her seductive body in her new movie 'Under the Skin' but this only proves too well that looks are deceiving as the once named 'sexiest women alive' is almost unrecognisable in this disconcerting tale. Yes, you do see her semi naked, but in a never before seen manner.
Our world is seen through the eyes of an alien played by Scarlett Johansson
Under The Skin's director, Jonathan Glazer, returns to the frontier of film making, waiting nine years after the release of the obscure drama Birth in 2004. The film premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival to very mixed reviews.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Strips Down In New Alien Movie 'Under The Skin'
Laura is an alien in human form sent down from her planet to harvest human beings as meat in any way she can. Confused by the strange new world she has landed in and by her own appearance, she walks the streets of Scotland seducing and drugging her targets - which are mainly unsuspecting men - before taking them back to the rich corporation she works for to be reduced to food.
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Scarlett Johansson appears to drive Jonathan Glazer's latest movie - but is that enough?
Under the Skin, the third movie from Jonathan Glazer, has severely divided critics at the Venice Film Festival with some calling it astonishing, one of the finest films of the year, and others bemoaning it as silly and throwaway.
Premiering earlier on Tuesday (September 3, 2013), the drama was certainly divisive, though as the boos and heckles rang around the Italian auditorium, some critics were already scribbling hugely positive reviews.
Filmed on location in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands, Under the Skin stars Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as an alien in a sleek black wig who feasts on innocent ramblers. As Robbie Collin of The Telegraph writes in his five-star review, "She takes care to pick off men who won't be missed: lonely souls out late at night with no girlfriends or wives to come looking for them. They get into her van, and the next we see of them they are walking into a black room, naked and visibly aroused, tempted forward by Mica Levi's metronomic score and Johansson's impossible body."
James Spader has joined the cast of Marvel's Avengers. Spader will be playing the villain in the upcoming 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.
James Spader has been cast as the villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel announced Spader will be playing the evil robot set against the Avengers team in the upcoming sequel of the superhero film. Spader is best known for his roles in such television series as Boston Legal, The Office and The Practice.
James Spader has been cast as Ultron the robot.
In Marvel lore, according to Entertainment Weekly, Ultron is a robot intent on acquiring power. His qualities include super-strength, mind control, genius intellect and a coma ray. Considering he has these qualities and happens to be a robot may make this a difficult role to play for Spader. It has not been announced if Spader will be providing the voice or playing the role with the help of motion capture.
Continue reading: James Spader Joins Avengers Cast As Villain Ultron
Another five films set to take the festival by the scruff.
Okay, all right; you’ve heard everything there is to hear about Gravity, watched the trailer and read the mountain of glowing reviews for Alfonso Cuaron’s latest offering. It’s special. It’ll win… ninety Oscars and probably become… the 45th President of The United States.
But how about some other films?
The auctioneer's silver hammer came down...
The news has experienced a bit of a John Lennon frenzy in the past few days. The late Beatles guitarist has made headlines - or at least relics of him have - as news that someone wants to clone him from a rotten tooth and that his blue jacket have been sold at auction has emerged.
John's Lennon Jacket Fetched £7,000 At Auction.
The jacket, which was expected to reach between £8,000 and £12,000 at a Derbyshire auction, was passed from Lennon to Jo Jo Johns, the band's former PA, after she acquired it after a 1971 clear-out of Lennon's house, reports BBC News. Johns then gifted the teal long blazer-style garment to her friend Tony Goddard as a birthday present and it was Goddard who chose to set the item now after 25 years of displaying it in his home.
Ultron will be the set against the Avengers in the 2015 superhero film. Producer Joss Whedon discussed with an American entertainment website how he humanised a robot with super-human strength and intelligence.
Joss Whedon has chosen Ultron to face The Avengers in the next movie. The hugely anticipated sequel to the 2012 block office sensation is due to be released in cinemas in 2015. Filming of the superheroes film will begin next year. Whedon has discussed how he intends to make Ultron, an omnipotent machine into a character who can interact, effectively, with the superheroes. According to Entertainment Weekly, Ultron is a robot intend on acquiring power, something he will most likely almost acquire before being foiled by the Avengers. His qualities include super-strength, mind control, genius intellect and a coma ray.
Joss Whedon at the premiere of The Worlds End in L.A.
Whedon, speaking to the entertainment website, said "I knew right away what I wanted to do with him, he's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he's got a bee in his bonnet. He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we'll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [Scarlet Witch, a new character] who's a witch."
Continue reading: Joss Whedon Discusses Humanising Machines For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
Check out the new 'Her' trailer below.
In Her, Spike Jonze’s highly anticipated new movie, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodor – a recently divorced man living city life alone until a new piece of technology enters his life: Samantha (Scarlett Johansson).
Joaquin Phoenix in Her
Samantha is a computer program: a Siri-like entity that accompanies Theodor in his professional and personal life. Their relationship soon turns from user/product to a more romantic one, as our protagonist falls in love with his new toy.
Continue reading: Joaquin Phoenix Falls In Love With EWoman In 'Her' [Trailer + Pictures]
Theodore Twombley wasn't exactly having the best time in his life. He never socialised, seldom spoke to his family and he had just been through a distressing marriage separation. That was, until, he met Samantha; a computer operating system designed to fit his every need. With a voice more human than you could imagine from a machine and a witty, caring but slightly nosey personality, Theodore becomes more and more attached to her. However, soon the distinction between man and machine becomes evident when he begins to fall deeply in love with her, despite the fact that she knows little about how human relationships work. With her gradually reciprocating love, Theodore gets caught in a crisis when he is forced to come to terms with the fact that the only person he wants to spend the rest of his life with isn't even a physical entity.
This romantic sci-fi tells the heart-breaking but troubling story of the relationship between human beings and their beloved machines. With a thoroughly talented cast, it has been directed and written by Spike Jonze ('Where the Wild Things Are', 'Being John Malkovich', 'Adaptation.') and it set to feature in cinemas in the US on November 20th 2013.
Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman has been successfully treated for cancer.
Actor Dustin Hoffman can now breathe a sigh of relief after the surgery he underwent to treat his cancer was a success. With little confirmed information regarding the nature or type of cancer, Hoffman's fans should simply be relieved that the twice Oscar-winning actor is still alive and well.
Dustin's Wife Lisa Has Supported The Actor Through Cancer.
In a statement reported by People magazine, Hoffman's publicist Jodi Gottlieb confirmed that the 75 year-old is doing well: "It was detected early and he has been surgically cured," she said, "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health." Apparently the actor and director will undergo doctor-recommended preventative treatments to minimise any chance of a recurrence of what was allegedly throat cancer in the future.
Continue reading: Dustin Hoffman Gives Cancer The Slip After Being "Surgically Cured"
Dustin Hoffman is "feeling great" after undergoing treatment for cancer, his representative announced yesterday (Tuesday 6th August).
Dustin Hoffman has undergone successful cancer treatment, his representative announced on Tuesday 6th August.
Dustin Hoffman at the AFI Festival's screening of Quartet, held at Grauman's Chinese Theater, L.A.
His representative, Jodi Gottlieb, announced Hoffman's cancer "was detected early and he has been successfully cured." However, reports suggest the 75-year-old will continue with preventative treatments in the next few years, as recommended by his doctor. Further details on the procedure have, as yet, not been disclosed to the press.
Continue reading: Dustin Hoffman "Feeling Great" After Cancer Treatment
The stars talk geek at Comic-Con 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was one of the many geek franchises to enjoy Comic-Con this weekend. The film’s stars, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson were happy to talk about the film, although Jackson was more interested in chatting Comic-Con than anything else.
Continue reading: Captain America Stars Talk Comic-Con At Comic-Con
Nobody really knows what to expect from Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'
George Clooney's new movie Gravity, about two astronauts stranded in space, will open the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2013. The 3D movie by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron, will hit theaters in the U.S. on October 4, 2013 and is already drumming up anticipation thanks largely to an intriguing teaser trailer.
"It is a very odd film, really," Clooney told USA Today in 2011, the year before Gravity was originally set to be released. "Two people in space. No monsters. It's more like 2001 (A Space Odyssey) than an action film." It's been a long road to get the movie to screen, with Robert Downey Jr originally pencilled in for the male lead before dropping out of the project and opening the door for Clooney.
Producers originally settled on Sandra Bullock for the female lead after reportedly testing French actress Marion Cotillard and mulling over the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively. Natalie Portman was apparently offered the role without a screen test following her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan, though passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Continue reading: George Clooney's 'Odd Film' 'Gravity' To Open Venice Film Festival
The buzz is building up. Will you be watching?
The Tony awards are approaching! This year’s award show, to be held this Sunday at Radio City Music Hall, is sure to hold a lot of surprises and a lot of amazing performances. Starting with the venue itself – the Tony’s return this year to their rightful home in RCMH after two years at the Beacon Theatre. This of course means a bigger venue, a bigger stage and plenty more space for those clever producers to work their magic. Speaking of space, the bigger venue also offers the chance for the castmembers of several beloved to team up for a number of collaborations. And if there’s anything music theatre fans love unconditionally (besides a good umbrella number,) it’s collaborations.
"You'll see different shows interacting with each other," along with musical numbers from proven hits, among them Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, says co-executive producer Ricky Kirshner for USA Today. "In many other worlds, like the music world or TV, everyone is off doing their own thing. But here, they're all friends."
And to add to the hype, audience favorite Neil Patrick Harris returns to host again this year, for what will be his fourth time at the Tonys. Clearly, the producers couldn’t get enough of the witty, multi-talented performer and frankly, who can. Harris, who is a busy father of two, will also be hosting the Emmys later this year. On the occasion, he recently tweeted: Pulling the bi-fecta."But the Tonys have even more to offer this year, especially in the way of nominees. Several Hollywood screen actors have made a more or less successful transition to the stage in recent years and this year’s award show might be honoring some of them, Like Tom Hanks for Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy this Sunday ("Tony loves movie stars when they're game and credible," wrote USA TODAY's Elysa Gardner) and of course, there’s ScarJo. No, sadly the actress got looked over for her part in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, along with the likes of Bette Midler, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes and Alan Cumming. However, in the name of sportsmanship, Johansson will take a break from shooting Captain America: Winter Soldier, to stop by and present an award or two. And with such a star-studded cast and producers who have been working for a year to make this happen, it’s almost certain that this year’s Tony Award ceremony will go all out.
Continue reading: Tony Awards Keep Getting Bigger And Better With Each Year
The admiration of ScarJo's fans is already bordering on illegal.
It would seem like a compliment, having a respected French author write about you, but Gregoire Delacourt’s use of the name Scarlett Johansson in his new book is, in fact, a "breach and fraudulent use of personal rights." Or at least that is what the actress claims, according to Yahoo!News. Far from being just the femme fatale we’re acquainted with from her films, Johansson is also no stranger to the courtroom, having sued over nude photos stolen from her hacked phone and fabricated quotes in Cosmopolitan magazine. This time the issue is a bit murkier, however, as Scarlett’s name has only been used to describe a doppelganger of hers – the actual person of Scarlett Johansson isn’t involved at all.
The book in question, 'La première chose qu’on regard' ('The First Thing We Look At'), was published in March. It concerns a mysterious woman who looks just like Johansson, who asks for help at the house of a car mechanic in a village in the Somme, in northern France. In fact, Delacourt thinks the actress should be flattered by what he perceives as a compliment.
“I am also very sad,” he told 'Le Figaro'. “I was hoping that she might send me flowers because this book is, in a way, a declaration of love.” He also added some much more precise compliments: “She is an archetypal beauty of our times, very human with a touching fragility. She is a wonderful, iconic actress.” The main thing for Delacourt, however, is that Johansson seems to have missed the message of his work. La premiere chose qu’on regard is intended as a satire of celebrity culture. As such, it name checks several other celebrities as well – people like Ryan Gosling and Gene Hackman.
The first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon is here.
Joseph Gordon Levitt [L] and Scarlett Johansson [R] In Don Jon
If you'd taken time to read any of the articles about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon, you would have been forgiven for assuming it was an expose of the dark side of porn addiction. It is that, but it's also a comedy and from the looks of the first trailer, a funny one at that.
As well as serving as writer-director, Gordon-Levitt also plays the movie's lead Jon Martello, a young guy who enjoys his swish apartment, working out, driving his car, going to church, socializing and...watching porn. Watching a lot of porn. His subsequent expectations of sexual relationships mean he is unable to build a long-lasting relationship with anyone, despite his friends dubbing him Don Jon for his ability to land any woman.
Jon Martello enjoys his routine lifestyle which involves working out, maintaining his apartment, driving a flash car, seeing his family, going to church, hanging with his boys, pulling pretty girls and, crucially, watching porn. The expectations he builds watching X-rated internet videos is a massive contribution to the fact that he doesn't have long lasting relationships with anyone, despite his friends nicknaming him Don Jon for his ability to take home a stunning woman whenever he likes. However, after setting eyes on a beautiful blonde at a club, he has more than just a one night stand on his mind and arranges to meet her for a date. When they appear to begin seeing each other regularly (to the delight of his grandchild-less mother) things seem to be going better for him than ever before; that is, until, she catches him enjoying his daily dose of obscene web action. Jon now realises he has a lot of lessons to learn if he wants to be with the woman of his dreams.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('Looper', 'Lincoln', 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight Rises') stars in his directorial feature debut 'Don Jon' which also marks his first full-length screenplay. It's a comedy about a seemingly normal New Jersey guy who, though happy as he is at the present, could be slowly destroying his future. It will hit UK cinemas in the Autumn on November 15th 2013.
Johansson is only the latest actor to make the crossover.
The path from actor to director is a well documented one (with varying degrees of success) and Scarlett Johanson is about to undertake it with an adaptation of Truman Capote's posthumously discovered debut novel, Summer Crossing. The film will tell the story of a 17-year-old Protestant debutante who begins an affair with a Jewish parking-lot attendant while her family vacations in Paris during the summer of 1945. Obviously, a controversial story and one that will be difficult to adapt, but Johansson is confident in the success of the project, which is currently being pitched to potential investors at Cannes.
"Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skyler to adapt Summer Crossing, an inspired early work of Truman's which has long captured my heart," said Johansson in a statement. "Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege." Johansson might be taking her cues from celebrities like James Franco, whose trailer for his sophomore directorial work As I Lay Dying, a Faulkner adaptation, recently hit the web. Capote himself was far from proud of Summer Crossing during his lifetime, calling the work “thin, clever, unfelt”. Though the novel definitely works in terms of style - it’s easy to see how Johansson could make a solid film out of it.
The actress will have to juggle her directorial duties with filming for the upcoming 'Avengers' films.
Chris Evans returns as Captain America in the Russo brothers' sequel 'The Winter Soldier'.
Early plot details for Marvel studios Captain America sequel 'The Winter Soldier' have emerged. Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently began principal photography on the movie, with Chris Evans back as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson slipping back into her Black Widow cat-suit. The good guys at Marvel also revealed a brief plot synopsis, as well as the first promotional image - check it out below.
Chris Evans As Captain America In 'The Winter Soldier'
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel's The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C," read a statement. Meanwhile, we know that Samuel L Jackson is retuning as Nick Fury and Hollywood veteran Robert Redford has signed on to play a senior SHEILD leader. It's shaping up to be a pretty strong cast, with Emily VanCamo, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie bolstering the supporting end of things. A tentative release date of April 2, 2014 has been pencilled in, though there's every chance Mravel and the Russo's will make the deadline.
Continue reading: Marvel Reveal 'Captain America 2' Plot And First Photo
Actress Scarlett Johansson gives a revealing interview to US magazine Marie Clare.
Scarlett Johansson rarely gives interviews in which she will delve into her personal life, but in the upcoming May edition of Marie Clare the actress has given a one off glimpse into her life in a tell-all interview. In the exchange the gorgeous star opens up for possibly the first time about her 2010 divorce from Ryan Reynolds, addresses her current relationship status and talk about why she is shy towards social media hype.
Scarlett Johansson recently appeared on stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Wearing a floral bodysuit for the front cover of the magazine, Scarlett continued her trend of never looking remotely unattractive to great effect and although her talk wasn't as revealing as she is beautiful, Scarlett did tentatively answer all that was asked. Since the star's divorce from movie hunk Reynolds both have remained hushed on the topic until now, but Scarlett's talk revealed that she has finally begun to feel as though she is ready to leave that part of her past behind, even though it was still a relatively recent event. She went on to say, "I continue to get to know myself better as I get older, and that helps me in my relationships."
Do you remember when Joseph Gordon-Levitt wasn't hot? No? Well, he wasn't. There was a time in the long distant past where he was, for a while, type-cast as a nerd. Remember 3rd Rock from the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You? He was in those! And he was absolutely great in them, but he was a nerd. And he had long hair. Anyway, now he has written, directed, and starred in his very own movie. A raunchy, morality-driven film called Don Jon's Addiction, in which he plays, not a nerd, a stud.
Don Jon, played by Gordon-Levitt, is a lothario, a rake who can score any girl he wants and spends his entire life focused on 'things' (cars, his body, women...) and porn. "I think it's true that a lot of guys are learning what they think love and sex are supposed to be from the unlimited amount of porn available on the Internet," Levitt said at a press conference for the Sundance Film Festival. "I wanted to tell a story about love, and in my observation what's always getting in the way of love is how people objectify each other."
Co-starring is Scarlett Johansson, whose character champions the equally problematic traditional notions of Disney romance. She manages to create something that is something of a simulation of 'love', she doesn't sleep with him straight away, and she makes him work for it. Part of what she makes him do in his pursuit of sex is to join a night school. There they meet the moral root of the story; Esther (Julianne Moore), a mature student who smokes pot.
Continue reading: Joseph Gordon-Levitt' Don Jon's Addiction: A Feminist Movie About Porn
Scarlett Johansson is A Serious Actress. We know this, because she has awards on her mantelpiece for her serious acting. She’s a revered screen star and has also been held in high acclaim for her work on the stage, winning a Tony Award in 2012 for her performance in A View From The Bridge. Regardless of this, much of the attention surrounding her new play, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which opens on January 17, 2013, has focused on the smouldering poster campaign (pubished here by The Daily Mail) that has been used to promote the Broadway play.
‘Scarlett Johansson in a sexy, plunging slip’ you say? Well, let’s just get ourselves down to the theatre then. That, of course, is the response that is required of the public, with the creation of the black and white posters. And by and large, that’s been the response that most media outlets have provided. That’s despite the actress’ recent assertions that the sexuality of her character is over-played. She recently told Associated Press that Maggie’s sexuality “is often overplayed and over-appreciated. It’s such an unimportant part of this story,” she explained during morning rehearsals recently. “I mean, it comes with the circumstance, of course, and the setting and the words – that's already there. There's no need to drape yourself all over the stage and roll around in a satin sheet.”
Fair enough, but if you wouldn’t mind just draping yourself in a sexy slip and posing for these promo shots, so we can get the crowds in… thanks, darling.
The Hollywood hacker who leaked photos of Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis is now finding that what he presumably thought was nothing much more than an amusing prank and a brief shot at a quick buck, is something all the more serious.
E! Online reports that Christopher Chaney, a man who had managed to hack into the phones and steal private pictures of more than 50 celebrities, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $66,179 in restitution. Hope those pictures were worth it, Christopher. During the court case, which was presided over by US district judge S. James Otero, it also emerged that the hacker had disturbingly managed to get into two non-celebrity phones as well, suggesting that this obsession was a little darker than first thought.
Chaney was originally arrested last October in what was dubbed Operation Hackerazzi, part of an FBI investigation into phone hacking scandals. In court he was told that he had a “callous disregard for victims”. He has previously gone on record as apologizing, saying it "was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy someone could experience." However his apologies have gone unnoticed, and he could have had it a lot worse, with wide reports suggesting he could have gone to jail for up to 60 years.
The Premieres section of The Sundance Film festival, which includes 18 films in 2013, historically includes some of the festival's highest-profile projects.
Ashton Kutcher's turn as Steve Jobs in 'Jobs' is one of several projects in the festival's noncompetition section that is headed by a mainstream stars. Festival director John Cooper believes Kutcher's portrayal of the enigmatic Apple founder will resonate with viewers. "Ashton Kutcher's performance I thought was quite remarkable," Cooper said. "It's a very formidable performance by him and it seemed like he really tried to grasp all the nuances of who Steve Jobs was." Since Kutcher's casting in Jobs was revealed in April, interest in the project has steadily grown. The Joshua Michael Stern-directed biopic was written by Matt Whiteley and also features Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
Other projects feature Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with all three appearing in Don Jon's Addiction. Shia LaBeouf (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman) and Amanda Seyfried (Lovelace) also feature. Don Jon's Addiction sees Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, but the Looper actor also wrote and stars in the film, which is about a self-centered porn-addict attempting to reform his ways. Continuing the rise of music documentaries in the last several years, Foo Fighters' musician Dave Grohl looks at the history of Sound City studios in California, where Grohl's former band Nirvana had recorded their classic 1991 album "Nevermind."
On Tuesday (November 27, 2012), Scarlett Johansson fulfilled a lifelong ambition.
What more could the 28 year-old BAFTA Award-winning actress possibly want out of life, we hear you cry (other than maybe a Golden Globe... or an Oscar). Well, according to Entertainmentwise, the Lost In Translation star has always wanted to be a weather girl and Al Roker’s well-timed absence from The Today show gave her the perfect opportunity to do that.
Johansson was appearing on the daytime show to promote her new movie Hitchcock and jumped at the chance to read the weather for them, as Al Roker was suffering from laryngitis. When asked if she had enough experience to take on the momentous task of filling Roker’s shoes for the day, Scarlett joked “I have a lot of experience with the weather, yes.” She then said that it was “a dream come true,” to do with the weather with Al Roker, before she was hastily corrected: “oh no, you’re doing the weather FOR Al Roker!”
Scarlett Johnasson has a pretty impressive dating history, which is no surprise given her flowing golden locks and incredible body. In the past she has been linked to Josh Hartnett, Justin Timberlake and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Plus, she was married to Ryan Reynolds for three years, from 2008 until 2011.
Recently it was reported that the year long relationship she shared with Nate Naylor, the New York advertising executive, had ended. However, now the New York Post reveals that she's already seeing someone new. The lucky man is a French journalist, Romain Dauriac. We'll give him his due, the quintessential French chiselled features are pretty nice. A source told the NY Post about the new relationship. "They were very lovey-dovey and holding hands under the table all night," they said. "They were holding each other while outside smoking in the cold." We're told that Johansson's new guy was "dark-haired and slightly taller than her but skinny" and that "he may have been speaking French at one point."
Apparently, they were introduced by a mutual friend, tattoo artist Fuzi Uvtpk. Fuzi has given Johansson a lucky horseshoe on her ribs, and reportedly Dauriac has 'Lost Illusions' scribed somewhere on his body. The Frenchman was the editor of art magazine Clark and now runs a creative agency. He seems a nice chap, fingers crossed they last longer than the standard 5 second Hollywood relationship. Only time will tell. Lately, Scarlett's been all over the place plugging her new movie 'Hitchcock', in which she appears as Janet Leigh.
Alfred Hitchcock was in his sixties and struggling to come up with a fresh idea for a new movie; that was until the notoriously terrifying story of 'Psycho' by Robert Bloch came along in 1959. Arguably one of his best ideas for a movie to date, the Oscar nominated Hitchcock set to work pulling it together despite the extreme scepticism of his wife Alma Reville and Paramount Pictures who disapproved of the degree of horror the movie maker was planning to utilise. In fact, he was so confident that he was willing to pour in thousands of dollars for the film to be made when he was refused his usual budget from the studio; an action that Alma found irresponsible and rather worrying.
'Hitchcock' is drama biopic strongly focused on Alfred's often strained though very loving relationship with his wife and has been based on the book 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho' by Stephen Rebello. Directed by Sacha Gervasi ('Anvil: The Story of Anvil' documentary) and written by BAFTA nominee John J. McLaughlin ('Man of the House', 'Black Swan'), this is story of how 'Psycho', one of the greatest films of all time, was made including its inspiration from real-life Winconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein. It is set for release on February 8th 2013 in the UK.
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Hopkins, James D'Arcy, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ralph Macchio, Toni Collette, Judith Hoag, Danny Huston, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Richard Portnow, John Rothman, Tara Summers, Helen Mirren.
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Alfred Hitchcock biopic ‘Hitchcock’ is set to be in line for an Oscar this year as Fox Searchlight reveals the 2012 release date.
Fox Searchlight Pictures are known for producing and distributing independent, mainly British films many of which have been successful Oscar winners or nominees including ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Juno’. ‘Hitchcock’ could be set to be their latest jewel as the previously expected 2013 release date has been moved to November 23rd 2012 making it a serious contender for an Academy Award this year.
Unlike the actual Alfred Hitchcock movies, which were largely suspense-driven thrillers, the film is comedy drama based on the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s hit 1960 blockbuster ‘Psycho’ and the relationship the director had with his wife Alma Reville. It focuses on the major controversy surrounding the film’s sexual and violent content and Hitchcock’s battle with financing and censorship. It has been adapted by screenwriter John McLaughlin (‘Black Swan’) from Stephen Rebello’s biography ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’ with Sacha Gervasi (‘Anvil: The Story of Anvil’) in his feature film directorial debut. If this wasn’t enough to make a big impression at The Oscars, then the flick’s all-star cast is bound to be a winner. With Academy Award sensations Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren playing Hitchcock and Alma, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel playing ‘Psycho’ stars Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, the spectacular mix of both American and British actors is sure to appeal to most culturally singular film lovers.
When mischievous Loki (Hiddleston) steals the tesseract from top-secret agency Shield, director Nick Fury (Jackson) and his sidekicks (Gregg and Smulders) call in their superheroes: Tony (Downey), Steve (Evans), Natasha (Johansson), Bruce (Ruffalo) and Clint (Renner), better known as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and Hawkeye. And Loki's brother Thor (Hemsworth) also turns up. But calling them a team is misleading, as they find it tricky to put rivalries and mistrust aside to save the world from Loki's apocalyptic plan.
Continue reading: The Avengers Review
After his wife dies, Benjamin (Damon) is struggling to keep his kids - 14-year-old Dylan (Ford) and 7-year-old Rosie(Jones) - happy, mainly because he has lost the daredevil storyteller within himself. So against the advice of his goofy-but-sensible brother (Church), Benjamin buys a run-down zoo and moves there with his children to get it up and running again. Zookeeper Kelly (Johansson) and her team (including Macfadyen and Fugit) don't think he'll stick it out. And indeed, it's more of a challenge than he ever imagined.
Continue reading: We Bought A Zoo Review
Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with superhuman threats. One day, an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. The problem is made known to Nick, who decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem. starts looking all across the globe.
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Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, a law enforcement and espionage agency that deals with threats that can be perceived as superhuman. One such threat is made known to him one day, when an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. Nick decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem and starts looking all across the globe.
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The generally limp script by Josh Friedman starts off smartly, setting us up for the bruising friendship between the stars, a couple of L.A. cops who also happen to be boxers and get paired up for a publicity-machine fight that touts them as "Mr. Fire and Mr. Ice." Ice is "Bucky" Bleichart (Josh Hartnett), a cool and low-key guy charitably described as a loser who gets his shot at a good chunk of change as well as reassignment to the LAPD's hotshot Warrants department for agreeing to the fight. Fire is Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), one of those bigger-than-life cops who cuts corners with aplomb and seems happy enough to bring Bucky on as his partner after knocking his teeth out (literally) in the ring. Further binding the two men together, besides work and friendship, is Kay Lake (Scarlett Johansson), the sultry blonde dame on Lee's arm who takes a shine to Bleichart that doesn't seem to be entirely platonic.
Continue reading: The Black Dahlia Review
Unlike the romanticized "starving artist," Vermeer's household (in 1600s Netherlands) was extremely well-off, though little much else is known about him. Based on the popular novel, the film imagines the circumstances that might have led to the creation of Vermeer's most famous painting, "The Girl with a Pearl Earring," produced in 1665.
Continue reading: Girl With A Pearl Earring Review
I am serious. And while The Island isn't exactly a great film, the case for Johansson as action starlet has been made, handily.
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Purslane "Pursy" Hominy Will (Scarlett Johansson) has lived most of her 18-year life without the mother from whom she's estranged but whose memory she cherishes. As a teenage independent she's become hardened and jaded beyond her years. When her live-in boyfriend tells her that he received word of Lorraine's death several days after the fact, she rages at the dumbshit for neglecting to let her know right away. She storms out of the house with all her possessions and buses her way from Florida back to the town she grew up in and to her childhood home, a day too late to make the funeral.
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Whatever else may be said, this film is the work of consummate professionals, and that doesn't mean it's soulless but competent hackwork. Writer/director Paul Weitz showed with his wonderful, glowing adaptation of Nick Hornby's About a Boy that he could tell heartwarming stories that didn't insult the mind and could inject just enough acidity into a romance to keep a movie from flopping into a messy, Love, Actually-style mess. The directing and writing here are superbly crisp, and one really couldn't ask for better performances, both from the stars and supporting cast.
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Since the beginning of time mankind has posed the most difficult questions: "Is the Earth round or flat?" "Is there life after death?" "Why is junk food so tasty?"
But no question elicits quite the same response as: "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"
The answer, of course, is the star of Nickelodeon's enormously popular cartoon series "SpongeBob SquarePants," which enjoys nearly as many adult fans as it does children. After five years on television, the little sponge now hits the big screen with the aptly titled "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie."
Continue reading: THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE Review
"A Love Song for Bobby Long" is set in New Orleans among a community of alcoholics, has-beens and screw-ups, where one can get away with shambling down to the neighborhood dive bar while wearing a dingy, once-white suit and no shoes.
John Travolta plays the title character, a drunken former literary professor with fuzzy gray hair. Bobby shares a run-down house with Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht), a once-promising writer whom Bobby claims to be mentoring.
Scarlett Johansson co-stars as Pursy Will, a trailer park dweller who inherits the same house from her long lost mother. Pursy moves in and each side begins trying to intimidate the other into moving out. But of course, the three misfits become fast friends.
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A truck carrying radioactive waste, a sleepy driver, a rabbit in the middle of the road and a subsequent crash near a dilapidated roadside attraction called Taft's Exotic Spider Farm are all it takes to make the opening scene of "Eight Legged Freaks" feel packed with comedy-horror promise.
For the most part, this tongue-in-cheek homage to 1950s monster-bug movies lives up to that promise, bringing hordes of giant mutant spiders to the screen to prey on B-list stars like David Arquette ("Scream," etc.) Kari Wuhrer ("Anaconda"), Scarlett Johansson ("Ghost World") and Doug E. Doug ("Operation Dumbo Drop") -- all of whom happily exhibit their best B-movie bombast.
Long on cheese, refreshingly short on gore (spiders don't bleed, they ooze green goop), "Freaks" maintains a balance between creepy scares that startle, silly scares that get a laugh and moments that make you go, "Ewww!" The movie never aspires to anything more than eventually getting the entire (surviving) population of a Southwestern small town into their run-down shopping mall, where they try to beat down enormous arachnids with sporting goods and mannequins.
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Film doesn't get any more passionately personal than writer-director Eva Gardos' semi-autobiographical "An American Rhapsody," the deeply stirring story of a Hungarian family torn apart by Cold War persecution, reunited through immigration and tested by the stubborn determination of a teenage daughter to explore her roots.
Gardos lived with guardians in rural Hungary until she was 6 because her aristocratic Budapest parents -- publishers by trade -- had to leave their infant daughter behind in order to escape arrest in the wake of the 1949 Communist coup d'etat.
Resettled in suburban Los Angeles after an arduous, dangerous trek across barbed-wired borders to Switzerland, her mother persevered by persistently petitioning every politician and aid organization she could find for help securing little Eva's transport to America. When she finally succeeded, the girl was spirited from the arms of the only family she'd known to be flown to a strange new world of subdivisions, televisions, big sisters and Elvis Presley songs.
Continue reading: An American Rhapsody Review
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