A striking brunette who moved from Poland to Brooklyn, New York at age seven, Dagmara Dominczyk fell into acting when she accompanied a friend on an audition, but quickly proved a natural talent, earn...
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Lonely Hearts is really two stories set in post WWII America. The main story is about Ray Fernandez (Jared Leto) a small-time swindler who bilks war widows out of their insurance money and life savings by getting them to fall in love with him. He then marries them and kills them once he has control of their assets. His neat little scam is thrown off kilter when he discovers that one of his targets Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) is penniless. He tries to dump her but she figures out his scheme and they become lethal lovers and partners in crime. The other story is about the detective (John Travolta) who tracks them down. He is picking up the pieces of his own tragic life after his wife commits suicide. His son (Dan Byrd) is a distant and difficult teenager and his girlfriend (Laura Dern) is trying to help him get on with his life. Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream) is excellent as the greasy playboy who seduces and kills lonely women. He plays the sleazy charm and indecisive weakness of Ray Fernandez perfectly. But the standout performance of the film is Salma Hayek. Although Martha Beck on her best day never looked anywhere near as good as Hayek does on her worst the actress makes the cold-blooded character her own doing whatever it takes to get her hands on the ill-gotten gains. The image of a bloody and frustrated Hayek in a frumpy housecoat sucking on a cigarette with a hacksaw in hand complaining about the tenaciousness of one of their victims is priceless. John Travolta is either miscast or misused as the tortured tough guy detective Elmer Robinson. This wasn't a cool character and Travolta is a cool star who seemed to be straight jacketed by a character who is almost completely reactionary. James Gandolfini and Laura Dern do their best in their supporting roles. Writer-director Todd Robinson turns in a serviceable job behind the camera but falls down on the script. Lonely Hearts' main problem seems to be his inability to wiggle away from the facts to create an engaging movie. Robinson is actually the grandson of the real-life detective who brought Fernandez and Beck to justice. Robinson never gets beyond the made-for-TV luridness of the basic story. Gandolfini gets stuck in the role of narrator which would have been much more engaging if Travolta's character would have been the one talking to the audience. Robinson never lets the audience inside the characters long enough to make the film a more emotional experience. This is a problem with true stories; the writers are often not able or willing to be creative with the lives and motivations of the characters who have done extraordinary and well-documented things.
Rock Star's origins lie in the rise to fame of Tim "Ripper" Owens who supplanted Judas Priest singer Rob Halford after toiling in a tribute band to the British metal mavens. Not that Owens is too happy with Rock Star. Director Stephen Herek and writer John Stockwell present Wahlberg's Chris Cole as a hired hand willing to live out someone else's dream. It's also a cliched cautionary tale about fame and fortune. In his cover band Cole lives to bang out perfect renditions of the loud and proud heavy metal fashioned by the Def Leppard-ish Steel Dragon. Instant fame arrives when Steel Dragon hires Cole to replace their departed singer. Cue the barrage of women illicit drugs and wrecked hotel rooms followed by the exit of Cole's long-suffering girlfriend Emily (Jennifer Aniston). He must now decide between life in the fast lane or Emily and his growing desire to be taken seriously.
How much of a stretch is it for the former rapper known as Marky Mark to portray a wide-eyed dreamer who succumbs to sex drugs and heavy metal? He did it once as Boogie Nights' porn star and aspiring rocker. He has the abs the flowing mane of hair the well-packaged leather pants the mascara and eyeliner the high shriek and the stage presence to make you believe that he can rock day and night with Motley Crue. He also displays an innocence that's ripe for corruption. Aniston's job is to ensure that Walhberg remains unaffected by fame. There's a steeliness and determination in Aniston that she's never displayed before. Yet her beauty undermines her. She's the kind of girl Wahlberg could only get when famous not while rocking in obscurity. Of the band only road manager Timothy Spall displays any wit or personality. He's a hoot as a grizzled veteran with plenty of sage advice to dispense.
Herek must have seen every episode of VH1's Behind the Music. Like the subjects of that series Rock Star rocks hard parties harder and then crashes louder than any Judas Priest anthem. He even bookends Rock Star with Walhberg reflecting on his wild ways. There are the requisite overproduced rock concerts TV interviews orgies drug binges and recording studio screaming fits. Just what you would expect from Reagan-era rockers. Herek handles all this with panache--Rock Star is as fast glossy and entertaining as any MTV video--but it burns out suddenly and unsatisfactorily. It just isn't clear whether Herek and Stockwell are out to honor condemn or satirize rock's excesses. Also just like last year's Almost Famous Rock Star's fictional band barely seems part of the proceedings. You never get a true sense of the band's mechanics or of what made them metal gods to begin with.
Played Mercedes in Kevin Reynolds' remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo"
Was the understudy for Anna Friel's Alice in the Broadway production of "Closer"
Discovered acting when she accompanied a friend to an audition
Portrayed Lady Caroline Bramble in the Broadway play "Enchanted April"
Moved with family from Poland to Brooklyn, New York at age seven, following the exile of her freedom-fighting father (date approximate)
Featured in two episodes of the NBC drama "Third Watch"
Cast in "Running with Scissors" based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs
Had a memorable supporting role in "Rock Star"
Featured in the psychodrama "They"
Cast in Bill Condon's "Kinsey" a film about the life of Alfred Kinsey, played by Liam Neeson
A striking brunette who moved from Poland to Brooklyn, New York at age seven, Dagmara Dominczyk fell into acting when she accompanied a friend on an audition, but quickly proved a natural talent, earning acting awards and recognition at New York's famed LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing Arts and Pittsburgh's Carnegie-Mellon University, where she was granted a full scholarship. Dominczyk made her Broadway debut in 1999, working in the acclaimed drama "Closer" as the understudy for Anna Friel's Alice. Called in to cover for Friel on several occasions during the play's run, Dominczyk was given the opportunity to work opposite Natasha Richardson, quite a coup for a performer with her minimal experience. In 2001, Dominczyk was featured in two episodes of the popular NBC drama "Third Watch" and made her feature film debut with an unforgettable role as the sexy and mysterious PR agent for fictional heavy metal band Steel Dragon. in the charming "Rock Star" (2000).
Exiles from their homeland because of her father's status as a Solidarity leader, the Dominczyk family experience was shaped by struggle against and revenge for the wrongs done by Communist aggressors (who killed Dagmara's grandfather). This background was called upon by the actress, who was cast as the lovely Mercedes in Kevin Reynolds' adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic revenge tale "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002). Blessed with good looks as well as talent, Dominczyk had more of a serious demeanor than her homegrown Hollywood starlet counterparts and lent a convincing gravity to her turn as the leading lady whose beauty and grace turns Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) into a jealous monster capable of setting up Edmond Dantes (James Caviezel), his friend and her betrothed. Later that year, the actress was featured in a cast of fellow up and comers in the night terrors-themed psychodrama "They" (also 2002).
Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing Arts
Dominczyk on landing her role in "The Count of Monte Cristo": "I had to show I was vulnerable and emotional. It was a pretty weepy audition. I had to be bold from the inside." -- to New York's Daily News, January 6, 2002.
"I feel I have so much drive and motivation because of my parents. I have so much riding on my shoulders. I'm not just doing it for fun things like this (interviews for 'The Count of Monte Cristo') or for premieres. I'm doing it to go back to Poland one day and help out my friends and help out my family." -- to Toronto Sun, January 25, 2002.
Fluent in Polish, semi-fluent in Spanish and French.