The Hollywood couple's union was rocked earlier this month (Mar10) after tattoo model Michelle McGee went public with claims she romanced the married reality star for 11 months, including a period when Bullock was shooting The Blind Side on location.
A string of other women have since come forward with allegations of affairs with James.
The TV mechanic has not admitted to cheating on his wife, but broke his silence on 18 March (10) to apologise to Bullock for the "pain and embarrassment" caused.
The actress, who walked out on James after the scandal broke, is reportedly preparing to file for divorce - but he's now seeking professional treatment in a last-ditch effort to save their relationship.
His representative tells People.com, "Jesse checked himself into a treatment facility to deal with personal issues. He realised that this time was crucial to help himself, help his family and help save his marriage."
TMZ.com claims that James has checked into the Sierra Tucson facility in Tucson, Arizona which specialises in drug, alcohol and sex addiction.
The news comes just hours after James was shamed by the online leak of a photo in which he poses as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
In the shot, taken before he wed Bullock, tattooed James dons a military cap, stares menacingly into the camera and raises one arm in the air to give the Nazi salute, while mocking Hitler's infamous moustache with the fingers of the other hand.
And the release of the damning photo could not have come at a worst time for James - at the beginning of the Jewish Passover.
Millions of Jews were victims of Hitler's Holocaust during World War Two in the 1940s.
The W film-maker's new documentary show, Secret History of America, will focus on dictators including Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-tung, as well as events that shaped the United States' history.
And Stone is adamant he will put forward a new perspective on some of history's most evil men.
He says, "Stalin, Hitler, Mao, these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history. Stalin has a complete other story. Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good.'
"Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply. He's the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect... People in America don't know the connection between World War I and World War II.
"I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view. We're going to educate our minds and liberalise them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions."
The 10-hour series will air on The History Channel later this year (10).
The sexy star has become infamous for delivering stinging soundbites and curious anecdotes about her eccentricities, stirring up controversy this year (09) by comparing her Transformers director Michael Bay to Adolf Hitler and admitting to "bouts of schizophrenia".
But the 23-year-old actress reveals she's simply playing a game with the media every time she makes outlandish claims and comments - and then sits back as fans and critics alike try to figure out what's for real.
In an interview with New York Times magazine, she explains, "I've learned that being a celebrity is like being a sacrificial lamb. At some point, no matter how high the pedestal that they put you on, they're going to tear you down. And I created a character as an offering for the sacrifice.
"I'm not willing to give my true self up. It's a testament to my real personality that I would go so far as to make up another personality... The reality is, I am hidden amongst all the insanity. Nobody can find me."
Brad Pitt has declared battle against Tom Cruise for the title of best World War II movie -- branding the actor's recent film Valkyrie "ridiculous."
Pitt teamed up with director Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds, which was released released Friday -- less than a year after Cruise's 2008 drama about a plot to kill Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
However, the actor insists his portrayal of Nazi hunter Aldo Raine in Tarantino's violent film is no comparison to his rival Cruise's character.
He tells German magazine Stern, "The Second World War could still deliver more stories and films, but I believe that Quentin put a cover on that pot. With Basterds, everything than can be said to this genre has been said. The film destroys every symbol. The work is done, end of story... (Valkyrie) was a ridiculous movie."
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Pitt teamed up with director Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds, which was released this month (Aug09) - less than a year after Cruise's 2008 drama about a plot to kill Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
However, the actor insists his portrayal of Nazi hunter Aldo Raine in Tarantino's violent film is no comparison to his rival Cruise's character.
He tells German magazine Stern, "The second World War could still deliver more stories and films, but I believe that Quentin put a cover on that pot. With Basterds, everything than can be said to this genre has been said. The film destroys every symbol. The work is done, end of story... (Valkyrie) was a ridiculous movie.".
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Set in occupied France during the waning days of World War II Inglourious Basterds jumps back and forth between different storylines over the course of several chapters before bringing them together for one intense utterly preposterous climax.
The “Basterds” of the film’s title refers to an elite group of Jewish-American soldiers assembled by Lt. Aldo Raine a no-nonsense descendent of Southern moonshiners whose assignment for his troops is simple: Each of them is tasked with gathering the scalps of 100 dead Nazi soldiers before the war is over. With each shocking act of retribution the Basterds perform word spreads of their savagery and by the time they arrive in occupied France their reputation is known to every enemy soldier.
Meanwhile Shosanna Dreyfus a French Jew who narrowly escaped the Gestapo death squad that murdered her immediate family has relocated to Paris and established a new identity as the owner of a local cinema. As Nazi patrols blanket the city she toils quietly under an assumed name awaiting the day when her own chance at retribution will come.
The destinies of Shosanna and the Basterds converge when Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels decides to hold the premiere of his latest propaganda film Nation’s Pride at Shosanna’s theater. With the aid of Bridget von Hammersmark a German film star secretly working as a double agent the Allies learn that no less than the entire Nazi High Command including Hitler will be in attendance. Confronted with the opportunity to deliver their unique brand of justice to the Fuhrer himself and end the war in one fell swoop the Basterds concoct a bold scheme to infiltrate the premiere rig the theater with dynamite and incinerate its inhabitants with one massive explosion.
WHO’S IN IT?
Always known for his unconventional approach to casting Inglourious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino assembled a characteristically eclectic group of actors for his latest effort mixing veterans with newcomers Americans with Europeans and superstars with virtual unknowns. Sporting a ridiculous mustache and an even more ridiculous Southern accent Brad Pitt leads the pack in the role of Aldo Raine while horror director Eli Roth (Hostel I and II) makes his acting debut as Raine’s sadistic right-hand man Sgt. Donny Donowitz. Other notable Basterds include B.J. Novak (The Office) Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks) Paul Rust (I Love You Beth Cooper) and Omar Doom (Grindhouse).
It’s the cast’s European players who really distinguish Inglourious Basterds. German-born National Treasure star Diane Kruger makes the perfect 1940s matinee idol as the turncoat von Hammersmark while Irish-bred Michael Fassbender (Jonah Hex) oozes with old-school English haughtiness as her charming British co-conspirator Lt. Archie Hicox. Making an impressive English-language debut in Basterds as the quietly seething Shosanna is the luminous French star Melanie Laurent.
Rising above all of them with a truly Oscar-worthy performance is Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. Waltz is a revelation (to American audiences at least) as Col. Hans Landa the highly eccentric and brutally efficient leader of Nazi security efforts in France. Alternately hilarious and terrifying Waltz’s Landa is easily the most compelling big-screen villain since Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. Lest we forget Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his performance. (Waltz for his part already snagged the best-actor prize at Cannes earlier this year.)
Nobody executes dramatic shifts in tone more effectively and powerfully than Tarantino and Inglourious Basterds transitions breathlessly between moments of high tension and high comedy brutal carnage and lighthearted whimsy — all of which are peppered with the director’s distinctive dialogue and trademark wit. The film is easily his best work since 1994's Pulp Fiction.
At over two-and-a-half hours there are moments when the pacing of Inglourious Basterds seriously drags. Tarantino is above all else an actor’s director and there are times that he becomes so enamored with a performance that he’ll allow a scene to extend well beyond the point that its resolution has become a foregone conclusion. How such an obviously ADD-addled guy like Tarantino can exhibit such disdain for brevity is beyond my comprehension.
WHERE ARE THE BASTERDS?
Contrary to the film’s ad campaign the Basterds are actually minor players in the storyline. Only Pitt and Roth are given a substantial amount of dialogue; Novak and the others have only a line or two — if they speak at all.
I won’t give anything away but suffice it to say that Inglourious Basterds’ storyline features a decidedly revisionist take on the events of World War II. Obviously historical accuracy wasn’t a priority for Tarantino — and it probably shouldn’t be for the viewer either.
Laurent portrays the character of Shosanna Dreyfus in the film, a French-Jewish girl who goes on the run. She later becomes the owner of a cinema and hatches a plan for revenge on the German occupation.
The star admits she has harboured a hatred for Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler since learning about her own grandfather's Holocaust history, so she immediately connected with the challenges faced by Dreyfus.
And, after scoring one of the movie's leading roles, she is delighted to be seen as the "face of the Jewish vengeance".
She tells WENN, "When I read the script, I was like, wow, it's been my dream to kill Hitler since I was like four so I was kind of like Shosanna already.
"I'm Jewish. I read the script together with my grandfather and he told me, 'You have to make that movie, please.' So it was not just for me, it was for my family.
"And then he (Tarantino) picked me. I'm the face of the Jewish vengeance. I'm sure my grandfather will love the movie.".
The Jewish star appears in the upcoming issue of Heeb magazine serving up burned cookies, dressed as the former German dictator and sporting his famous moustache.
Barr explains she chose to make a statement because, "There is so much anti-Semitism in this world, it's not even funny. It is as everyday as baking cookies.
In a blog statement she adds, "Ignorance is not bliss. Recalling the horrors of the holocaust will not deflect or divert it as many Jewish people think.
The photos have upset some Jewish groups across America but Heeb publisher Josh Neuman insists he and his team never intended to cause offence.
He tells U.S. TV news show Extra, "We did this with satiric intentions and not for shock value.".
We all know Adolf Hitler did not die as a result of an organized assassination plot against him but this fact does not hinder the enjoyment of watching how that attempt by members of his own Nazi command plays out. Reminiscent of great ‘60s WWII conspiracy thrillers such as 36 Hours and Night of the Generals this film centers on the actions of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) a loyal German officer who nevertheless is horrified by what he sees Hitler doing to his country and is determined to find a way to stop him. In 1942 he tries to persuade senior commanders to overthrow Hitler and later in 1943 while recovering from combat injuries he joins the German Resistance a secretive anti-Hitler group comprised of several men in the highest ranks on the inside. Using Hitler’s own contingency plan labeled Operation Valkyrie to prop up the government should he die this group puts their assassination and take over plan in motion. As the eye patch-wearing SS colonel Tom Cruise is excellent. He comfortably manages to get to the heart of Stauffenberg and portray a man who clearly loves his country and feels it’s a patriotic duty to stop the madness. Wisely Cruise (who produced through his United Artists studio) surrounds himself with actors of the first stripe. Among those supporting the mission are: Kenneth Branagh in a relatively brief turn as an German officer; Bill Nighy as one of von Stauffenberg’s closest allies in the venture; and Eddie Izzard as a communications specialist charged with cutting Hitler’s contact to the rest of Germany. There’s also superb work from Terence Stamp as another high-ranking conspirator and the always great Tom Wilkinson as career officer Fredrick Fromm who seems to be playing all sides despite appearing to be a stern supporter of the Fuhrer. And as Stauffenberg’s loyal wife Carice van Houten (Black Book) looks lovely and hits just the right notes as her husband’s sounding board. Although he has guided big popcorn pictures such as Superman Returns and X-Mens director Bryan Singer has also given us intense thrillers like the Oscar winning Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil. So the command he shows in turning out this nifty thriller should come as no surprise. Clearly Singer knows how to grab hold of an audience and keep them on the edge of their seats -- no easy trick here since the outcome is never in doubt. He keeps this going like a speeding train ratcheting up the suspense at every turn and focusing his camera directly into the eyes and sweat of these courageous conspirators. Valkyrie is a pulse-pounding heart-racing excitement from start to finish.
Tom Cruise's German war drama Valkyrie has been delayed for a second time--with the film now pushed back to 2009.
The movie--the second from the United Artists studio, which Cruise runs with business partner Paula Wagner--was initially scheduled for a summer 2008 release but was bumped back to the end of the year after filming reportedly ran over.
But the picture has been rescheduled again, moving from its Oct. 3 slot to Feb. 13, 2009, to coincide with the President’s Day celebrations.
And studio bosses hope the holiday weekend release will give Valkyrie a major box office boost.
MGM distribution president Clark Woods says, "When an opening became available for President's Day weekend, we seized the opportunity."
In Valkyrie, Cruise plays a Nazi officer who is part of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
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