In French model and actress Laetitia Casta's case, she was definitely born with "it" -- "it" being the precise combination of beauty, talent and drive that sends her career everywhere from Victoria's...
British Oscar nominee Samantha Morton and Hong Kong director Peter Chan will join producer Michael Mann on the Venice Film Festival jury when the event kicks off in Italy next month (Aug12). Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman and French actress/model Laetitia Casta will also serve on the nine-person panel, which will determine the winners of the prestigious Golden Lion awards.
The other day, we got a look at the list of competitors in the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. But we've also got ourselves a fair share of promising premieres, with a slew of stars and directors alike that we're sure to get excited over.
Some of the big names we'll be seeing at this year's Sundance include Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Jeremy Irons in The Words, Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Lay the Favorite, Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Adam Scott in Bachelorette, Julie Delpy and Chris Rock in the Delpy-directed 2 Days in New York, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood in Celeste and Jesse Forever (co-written by Jones) and Josh Radnor, starring against Elizabeth Olsen, in Liberal Arts, which he wrote and directed.
2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon.
Arbitrage / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki) — A hedge-fund magnate is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire before the depths of his fraud are revealed. An unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most unlikely corner for help. Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta.
Bachelorette / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Leslye Headland) — Unresolved issues between four high school friends come roaring back to life when the least popular of them gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City and asks the others to be bridesmaids in her wedding. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer.
Celeste and Jesse Forever / U.S.A. (Director: Lee Toland Krieger, Screenwriters: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack) — Celeste and Jesse met in high school, married young, and at 30, decide to get divorced but remain best friends while pursuing other relationships. Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts.
For A Good Time, Call... / U.S.A. (Director: Jamie Travis, Screenwriters: Katie Anne Naylon & Lauren Anne Miller) — Lauren and Katie move in together after a loss of a relationship and a loss of a rent controlled home, respectively. When Lauren learns what Katie does for a living the two enter into a wildly unconventional business venture. Cast: Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, Mark Webber, James Wolk.
GOATS / U.S.A. (Director: Christopher Neil, Screenwriter: Mark Jude Poirier) — Ellis leaves his unconventional desert home to attend the disciplined and structured Gates Academy. There, he re-connects with his estranged father and for the first time questions the family dynamics. Cast: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips, Justin Kirk, Ty Burrell.
Lay The Favorite / U.S.A. (Director: Stephen Frears, Screenwriter: D.V. Devincintis) — An adventurous young woman gets involved with a group of geeky older men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage. Cast: Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall.
Liberal Arts / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Josh Radnor) — When 30-something Jesse is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a 19-year-old college student and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them. Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser.
Price Check / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Walker) — Pete is having trouble resolving a happy marriage and family life with rising debt and a job he hates. When his new boss pulls him into the maelstrom that is her life, money and opportunities come his way, but at what price? Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson.
Red Hook Summer / U.S.A. (Director: Spike Lee, Screenwriters: James McBride, Spike Lee) — A young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he's never seen before. Cast: Clark Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd.
Robot and Frank / U.S.A. (Director: Jake Schreier, Screenwriter: Christopher Ford) — A curmudgeonly older dad’s grown kids install a robot as his caretaker. Cast: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler. SALT LAKE CITY GALA FILM
Shadow Dancer / United Kingdom (Director: James Marsh, Screenwriter: Tom Brady) — Widowed mother-turned-terrorist Colette McVeigh has high-ranking brothers in the IRA. When she’s arrested in an aborted bomb plot she must make hard choices, testing family loyalties. Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Aiden Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, with Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen.
The Words / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal) — Aspiring writer Rory Jansen finds another man's haunting memories in a collection of lost stories and claims them as his own, propelling him to literary stardom. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde with Zoe Saldana. CLOSING NIGHT FILM
13 Notes: Paul Simon's Graceland Journey / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he sparked for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, designed to end Apartheid.
About Face / U.S.A. (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) — An exploration of beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels. Participants including Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall and Christy Turlington weigh in on the fashion industry and how they reassess and redefine their own sense of beauty as their careers progress.
A Fierce Green Fire / U.S.A. (Director: Mark Kitchell) — A definitive history of one of the most important movements of the 20th century, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the environmental movement’s fascinating evolution from the 1960s to the present.
Bones Brigade / U.S.A. (Director: Stacy Peralta) — When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too – as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.
The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia / U.S.A. (Director: James Redford) — While following a Dyslexic high school senior struggling to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college, The D Word exposes myths about Dyslexia and reveals cutting edge research to elucidate this widely misunderstood condition.
Ethel / U.S.A. (Director: Rory Kennedy) — This intimate, surprising portrait of Ethel Kennedy provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including Ethel’s life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap / United Kingdom (Director: Ice-T, Co-Director: Andy Baybutt) — Through conversations with Rap’s most influential artists – among them Chuck D, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, MC Lyte, Mos Def, and Kanye West – Ice-T explores the roots and history of Rap and reveals the creative process behind this now dominant art form.
West of Memphis / U.S.A. (Director: Amy Berg) — Three teenage boys are incarcerated for the murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. 19 years later, new evidence calls into question the convictions and raises issues of judicial, prosecutorial and jury misconduct – showing that the first casualty of a corrupt justice system is the truth.
Members of SAG presidential candidate Valerie Harper's Actors Moving Forward slate took out a quarter-page advertisement in a Sept. 19 issue of Variety that read, "Tracey Ullman says: VALERIE HARPER...EVERYONE'S PRESIDENT." Appalled that her name was used without permission, Ullman demanded the ad be removed. "That's very rude," Ullman told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's not that I have anything against Valerie--or Melissa Gilbert, for that manner. I am totally neutral. I know both ladies, and I admire them, but you can't use somebody's name without their permission." Ullman added that the election process has become a popularity contest. Ballots for the SAG presidential elections are due by Oct. 31, with election results to be announced on Nov. 5.
French actress and supermodel Laetitia Casta, 23, gave birth to daughter Sahteene between Thursday night and Friday morning in Paris, her publicist announced on Monday, Reuters reports. Casta and her partner, Stephane Sednaoui, have asked the media to "respect this happy, private event," the statement said.
Arnold Schwarzenegger received an honorary doctorate in business administration at the Imadec University in Vienna, Italy, on Oct. 22. Imadec University President Christian Joksh praised the actor as "a living example of what a person starting from nothing can achieve," the Associated Press reports.
Mexican soap actress Gloria Trevi might have artificially inseminated herself to become pregnant to avoid being sent back to her home country, police officers told Reuters on Tuesday. Trevi is currently serving time in a Brazilian jail on sexual abuse charges. According to local police, Brazilian laws have allowed inmates to remain in the country if they have a Brazilian child, but it is still unknown if the actress will be able to stay since the identity of her father is still unknown.
The 2001 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) will be held at the Park Lane Hotel in London on Wednesday. Among the biggest nominations are the best film nominees South West Nine and Sexy Beast, which is also nominated in the best screenplay category and earned actor nominations for stars Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, BBC News reports. The World War II drama Enigma also received a nomination for best actress Kate Winslet and best director for Michael Apted.
Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman celebrates his 65th birthday on Wednesday, Reuters reports. He told British papers that he plans to spend his birthday "quietly" on holiday with his third wife, actress Suzanne Accosta, and their children, Katie, Jessica and Matilda. In the past Wyman has pondered his health, saying, "I smoke, I eat lots of red meat, have loads of sugar and loads of salt."
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates filmed a guest spot for the 200th episode of Frasier, a spokeswoman for the show's producers told Reuters on Tuesday. In the episode, scheduled to air on Nov. 13, Gates shows up at Frasier's broadcasting show and ends up talking about Microsoft and its products.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said that the advertisement for the indie group Charlatans' single "Love is the Key" was not pornographic, Reuters reports. The band's label, Universal-Island Records, said that the photograph, which showed a man kneeling in front of a woman with his head close to her crotch, actually depicted a man kissing a wall onto which the woman's image was projected. ASA added that the photo was not sexually explicit and it was not targeted to children, thereby posing no risk of widespread offense.
On Thursday, Apple Computer Inc. unveiled a portable music player that can hold up to 1,000 songs in MP3 format and has a battery life of 8-10 hours, Reuters reports. Apple's "iPod" will hit the market on Nov. 10 at a suggested retail price of $399.
According to Nielsen Media Research, NBC was the most watched network of the week ending Oct. 21. Beating Friends for the first time in three weeks, ER was the most watched television show, its comeback conciding with the return of original cast member Sherry Stringfield. NBC continues to maintain an average of 12.2 million viewers, closely followed by CBS (12.1 million) showing CSI: Crime Investigation, Everyone Loves Raymond, and Survivor: Africa.
Won a countrywide vote to serve as the new face of France's Marianne. Caused controversy when it was revealed she allegedly moved to London for tax purposes.
Made feature film acting debut in French adventure comedy "Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar"
Named brand ambassador for cosmetics giant L'Oreal Paris
Played the French mistress of a fraudulent hedge-fund manager (Richard Gere) in financial thriller "Arbitrage"
Starred in French TV-movie "The Blue Bicycle"
Became one of the lead models for retail brand Victoria's Secret; named of the Victoria's Secret Angels in 1998
Landed successful ad campaign for Guess? Jeans
Portrayed Brigitte Bardot in "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life"
In French model and actress Laetitia Casta's case, she was definitely born with "it" -- "it" being the precise combination of beauty, talent and drive that sends her career everywhere from Victoria's Secret runway shows to high fashion ad campaigns and the most prestigious film awards ceremony in France. Her chance discovery in 1993 by a French modeling agency when she was just a teenager soon turned into a high-powered modeling career that landed her on the covers of magazines of <i>Vogue</i>, <i>Harper's Bazaar</i> and the legendary <i>Sports Illustrated</i> swimsuit issue. Her appointment in 1998 as brand ambassador for cosmetics giant L'Oreal Paris dovetailed with her coronation as a Victoria's Secret Angel and the new face of Marianne, the French Republic's symbol of liberty and equality. Casta traded photo shoots for film sets when she first appeared in the live-action adaptation of the popular French comic "Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar" (1999), which led to later roles as French blonde bombshell Brigitte Bardot in the Cesar-nominated "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" (2010) and a mysterious mistress in the financial thriller "Arbitrage" (2012). A vocal opponent of the prevalence of photo re-touching as well as a brown belt in judo, Casta juggles family, film and fashion with grace and aplomb, becoming a globally recognized star along the way.