"My favourite project of hers was an overlooked short film that she made earlier this year. She plays a very inebriated housewife defending her inebriated husband. And if you haven't seen it, you can go on YouTube." Comedienne Chelsea Handler pokes fun at her pal Reese Witherspoon's much-publicised altercation with a police officer in Georgia while honouring her at Monday's (21Oct13) Elle Women in Hollywood awards event in Beverly Hills. The actress joined Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Naomie Harris and Melissa McCarthy among the honourees.
Actress Penelope Cruz is the most jumpy woman in Hollywood - she has spent her life battling dozens of phobias. The Volver star has suffered from a slew of irrational fears since she was a young girl but she has vowed to keep the details secret because they are too "crazy" to make public.
Cruz says, "I have so many fears... I have become an expert in hiding them but I am so full of them. I'm not giving you examples because they are all so crazy. Everybody thinks I'm so centred and relaxed but it's so opposite to what goes on inside me. But I've been working on it all my life, so it gets better."
Actor Michael Fassbender felt awkward sharing steamy scenes with Penelope Cruz in The Counselor because her husband also stars in the movie. The Prometheus star admits it was uncomfortable shooting sex scenes with the Spanish beauty in Ridley Scott's upcoming thriller because Javier Bardem was present on set.
Fassbender tells the BBC, "Those scenes are always kind of awkward to be honest so it's not a threat to Javier, I'm sure he is very comfortable with his marriage."
The Counselor is scheduled for release later this year (13).
Actor Forest Whitaker is set to receive the Actor Tribute prize at the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Last King of Scotland star will be feted on 02 December (13) in New York.
A statement from Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project Joana Vicente reads, "We are thrilled to pay honor to a man whose work has played a significant role in the film world over the last 25 years.
"Breaking boundaries and challenging audiences with complex, multi-faceted roles, Forest Whitaker is a significant independent voice whose performances have only been elevated by his visionary work as a producer, director and humanitarian."
Previous recipients include Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Natalie Portman, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet.
Veteran Thunderbirds star David Graham is set to reprise his role as the voice of Lady Penelope's devoted chauffeur in the upcoming TV remake. The character actor, famous for uttering the words "Yes M'Lady" as driver Parker in the classic 1960s series, will feature alongside Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope.
He says, "I am triple chuffed to be on board the new series of Thunderbirds Are Go! and reprising my role of dear old Parker with such a distinguished cast. My driving skills are in good nick and I am delighted to be behind the wheel again with M'Lady."
Graham is the only original Thunderbirds actor to return to the modern revamp of the show, titled Thunderbirds Are Go!, which will air in the U.K. in 2015.
You're thrilled that will be a movie adaptation of your favorite book. You can't wait to see if what you imagined as you turned the pages translates onto the big screen. Then as you're viewing the film, your joy turns first to horror then to utter disgust as you realize that the entire book has been butchered worse than someone stuck in a room with Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees. You leave the theater with steam coming out of your ears.
Translating a book into a movie is tough, yes, because no one visualizes things the same way. That doesn't let Hollywood off the hook. since these following movies were ones where the creative decisions were truly terrible.
The Scarlet Letter
This movie took a classic novel and pretty much spat all over it. Demi Moore turns in a dull performance and not even the great Gary Oldman could save it. They took a situation that was supposed to be about the shame of adulturous sex and made it even more tawdry.What made matters worse was the fact that they changed the ending to a happier one. Moore even defended the movie by saying that not many people had read the book (I think every English teacher in the nation tore up the newspaper when they read that quote). Nathaniel Hawthorne was probably spinning fast enough in his grave to power Manhattan for 10,000 years.
Bonfire of the Vanities
If you want to look up the term 'surefire hit', this movie should have been in there. It had Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis. Admittedly, it was before they became TOM HANKS and BRUCE WILLIS, but they should have had the charisma to pull off this adaptation of the satirical Tom Wolfe novel. The problem was, they went with a comedy instead of making it a dramedy. Melanie Griffith was wasted, too. There were no Masters of The Universe here.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Nicolas Cage can act in a drama. Watch Leaving Las Vegas. He can do it. This was not a good drama for him. He especially can't convincingly play an Italian. There was no real chemistry between Penelope Cruz and Cage. It also deviated a lot from the book and the movie just seemed to set the stage for Cage to start taking weirder and weirder roles (with a couple of National Treasures sandwiched in between).
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp version)
I like how the Gene Wilder version did with the childhood classic book. Wilder played Willy Wonka as a whimsical sort who enjoyed confounding the people who entered his domain. Depp, an actor who has really embraced eccentric roles of late, made a high-strung pale ghoul who probably was nightmare fuel for every kid that saw the movie in the theater. It just changed the whole overall tone from the book and was a bad choice. I wonder if Depp's own children were like, "Um... Dad?" when they saw this.
The Great Gatsby (both versions)
I read "The Great Gatsby" a long time ago, but I had a fixed image of Jay Gatsby. It sure as heck wasn't Robert Redford, who played the titular character in the '70s version and I never saw Leo DiCaprio. For some reason, I also didn't have the music of Jay-Z blaring in my mind when I read the book either. The modern version actually did fairly well in the theater, but I didn't see it as a good adaptation, since it was too glittery.
Any live-action Dr. Seuss movie
I don't think Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, had Jim Carrey and Mike Myers (the SNL actor, not the homicidal slasher I mentioned in the introductory paragraph) in mind when he wrote "The Grinch Whole Stole Christmas" and "The Cat In The Hat" respectively. He might have had issues casting someone who thought high comedy was talking with his butt cheeks and another who devised a character who was morbidly obese and would scream things like, "GET..IN...MY...BELLY!!!!" I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
The dumbest decision in this movie was to remove the presence of the Greek Gods. You know, the ones that were a huge impetus behind the scenes for many of the events that took place during this epic? I think Zeus would have at least thrown a thunderbolt in the direction of Brad Pitt for making Achilles such a whiny, pouty prettyboy baby. There was such a big chance to make an epic movie and the creators punted on it; Such a shame.
I like Jack Black. I do. I loved School of Rock and found his turn in Tropic Thunder to be hilarious. When I saw that he was going to be doing a version of this classic tale, with several key points changed, my first, second and third instincts were, "Uh... no". Sure enough, it relied on kiddie humor and failed to carry anything from its original source.
Running With Scissors
This was a movie that I was actually looking forward to seeing, since I'm a big fan of Augusten Burroughs. Sadly, the movie took mental illness and had its characters act like cartoon characters. Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening and Joseph Fiennes all had their talent wasted in this movie. It was from a memoir too, which just made it worse. I found it a good opportunity vastly squandered.
I don't care that the Asimov estate approved of this movie, one that took only a couple of names from the book and made it a COMPLETELY different film. I think Isaac, if he were still alive, would have taken one look at the script and sneered at the writers, "You're kidding, right?" I don't think he pictured Will Smith sliding down a huge tower screaming at a sentient computer.
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Actress Sandra Bullock is set to receive the Hollywood Career Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards. The Blind Side star will be feted on 21 October (13) at the Beverly Hilton in California.
Hollywood Film Awards founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu, says, "We are honoured to present the Hollywood Actress Award to Sandra for her outstanding work in (new film) Gravity. Holding the screen alone for a large part of the film, she delivers a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood's most respected and popular actresses."
Previous recipients include Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.
Acclaimed Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar is set to be celebrated for his career at the 2013 European Film Awards. The Volver director has been selected by officials at the European Film Academy to be recognised for his contributions to world cinema during a ceremony in Berlin, Germany on 7 December (13).
A statement released by the Oscar winner reads: "I am very thankful for this award. From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award."
Almodovar, who is known for his work with Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas, is no stranger to the European Film Awards - he has won five prizes at past galas, while he also has two Oscars and five British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards to his name, among many other accolades.
New mum Penelope Cruz has shown off her post-baby body by going topless during a vacation in the French island of Corsica. The Volver beauty was photographed donning a string bikini as she hit the beach earlier this month (Sep13), displaying no signs of the pregnancy pounds she had gained before the birth of her second child, daughter Luna, in July (13).
However, the Spanish actress appeared unconcerned by the paparazzi presence as she later stripped off to go for a topless dip in the Mediterranean Sea with her husband Javier Bardem and their two-year-old son, Leo.
Actress Eva Longoria has reportedly split from her latest beau, just months after they got together. The former Desperate Housewives star was initially linked to businessman Ernesto Arguello in April (13) when they grew close during his stint on Ready For Love, the doomed reality TV show she produced.
Longoria initially denied the gossip, but then revealed they had in fact started dating, saying, "We truly started as friends. I guess we have the press to thank for pushing us to see something we didn't see!"
However, the pair has gone its separate ways after just four months, according to TMZ.com. The reason for the split has been put down to their hectic lifestyles.
Longoria has been unlucky in love since her divorce from basketball star Tony Parker in 2011. She went on to enjoy short-lived flings with Penelope Cruz's brother Eduardo and New York Jets football ace Mark Sanchez.