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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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In filming a biographical movie about a modern or historical figure, a director has the opportunity to present a new vantage point of the individual in question: to hone in on little known facts, showcase obscure life chapters, craft the "untold story," as it were. Or, of course, they can just go for broke and recreate all of the spotlit stuff that made the person famous in the first place. The latter choice seems particularly off base in the Princess Diana biopic Diana, considering it was that very material that resulted in the Princess' undoing, and then death, back in the late 1990s. The new trailer for the picture doesn't seem to sink its teeth into Diana's backstory or humanitarian work, but instead just focuses on the juicy stuff: her affair.
And while it would be dishonest to craft a movie about England's Rose without discussing her untimely passing, making one that seems so vehemently focused on the high-profile romance between her and Dr. Hasnat Khan could tread the line of bad taste. The trailer seems to approach the story hungrily, with the same attitude that the paparazzi upheld in their upheaval of the Princess' secret in the first place. Of course, we'll have to see how exactly the film itself handles the delicate material — at least it has Naomi Watts going for it.
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Actress Nicole Kidman will not pressurise her children to follow her footsteps into the acting industry. The Moulin Rouge! star, who has two adopted children - Connor, 18 and Isabella Jane, 20 - from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise and two daughters - Sunday Rose, five, and Faith Margaret, two - with husband Keith Urban, is adamant her offspring should be left to find their own career path.
She tells Australia's ABC radio, "I loved acting... my heart was truly affected by stories and characters; it was innate... Keith was never pushed into (music); he just sort of started teaching himself at about five or six years old."
The Oscar-winning actress is currently promoting her film Stoker in Australia, in which she plays widowed mother Evelyn Stoker.
Zac Efron's upcoming comedy Townies has been renamed as Neighbors. The film, co-starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen, focuses on a young couple with a newborn who live next door to a noisy fraternity house.
Edith Piaf has been branded a liar and "an insatiable seducer" in a new biography set to document the truth behind the singer's life. The book, titled Piaf: A French Myth, which is due to be published in France later this year (13), questions many widely held beliefs about Piaf's personal life and poor upbringing.
Writer Robert Belleret revealed the information after he gained access to unpublished archives which included 110 private letters the singer wrote to a close friend.
He tells The Australian newspaper, "Piaf's duplicity was without limits. She lied profusely about her life, starting with her own birth."
He alleges Piaf, who was famous for her extravagant lifestyle, exaggerated a childhood condition by claiming she was blind between the ages of three and seven, an incident famously documented in the Oscar-winning film, La Vie En Rose.
Belleret adds, "The fact is that she was never blind; at the most she suffered from a viral infection for a few weeks."
The writer also slams Piaf's claim that she smuggled fake French identity papers into Nazi Germany and enabled 200 French prisoners to escape during World War II, adding, "My aim isn't to put Piaf on trial, but her account is pure fantasy, it allowed her to avoid punishment after the war.
"She changed the numbers. At first she said she helped 118 prisoners escape, then 147, then more than 200... But not one of them ever surfaced to thank Piaf publicly and to say she deserved a medal. And can you imagine how difficult it would have been to make so many fake identity papers?...
"Every time she meets a new lover she writes that this is the man she's always been dreaming of, but then a month or a year later he's become a rotter... She writes of having two or three lovers at the same time and when she wants to break with a lover she makes him think that he's the one who wants to end it.''
Piaf, also known as The Little Sparrow, died in 1963 aged 47 at her home in Grasse, France, after suffering from liver cancer.
Rapper Kanye West has opened up about the first time he met girlfriend Kim Kardashian and instantly fell in love. The Jesus Walks hitmaker sat down with his future mother-in-law Kris Jenner to tape an interview, which aired on her talk show Kris on Friday (23Aug13), and revealed it was love at first sight when he met her daughter.
He told Jenner, "I'm trying to remember if it was her being in the studio when she was Brandy's assistant and I think she brought us in something to drink, something you can't drink on daytime television, or it might have been when I was doing Brandy's video. I remember asking my manager like, 'Who's that girl right there?' and he's like, 'Oh you mean Kim?'"
West proclaimed he knew Kardashian was 'the one' and spent the next few years pursuing her, despite the fact they were both in other relationships - she romanced Reggie Bush and briefly wed basketball star Kris Humphries, while he dated model Amber Rose.
He says, "I remember seeing pictures of her, I think she was in Australia with Paris Hilton, and reading her name and telling my friends like, 'Man, have you ever seen Kim Kardashian?'"
West eventually cast her as Star Wars character Princess Leia in his failed TV pilot Alligator Boots, and finally plucked up the courage to speak to her one day on set.
He explains, "I remember I had this TV show that had puppets in it, like a modern day Jim Henson vibe, and we were doing this skit where I was playing, like, a Star Wars character and I wanted her to be Princess Leia because she was my dream girl.
"So she came to the show and I just remember being so nervous around her and so in awe that she was actually in front of me and we shot the scene and I was able to start talking to her and just speaking with her... I was in love with her before I ever got to talk to her."
Kardashian and West have been together for over a year. In June (13), they welcomed their first child together, a daughter named North West.
A new Guns N' Roses track featuring bassist Tommy Stinson on lead vocals has been leaked online. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the previously unheard song, titled Going Down, surfaced briefly on YouTube.com earlier this week (beg19Aug13) before it was quickly taken down.
It is not clear if the track, which reportedly features frontman Axl Rose on backing vocals, is brand new or from sessions recorded for the band's last album Chinese Democracy.
Guitarist Ron Thal has confirmed the tune is a Guns N' Roses track, but his tweet was also deleted, according to Blabbermouth.net.
Rose and his bandmates have not released any information about new recordings, but the singer took to social media networks earlier this month (Aug13) to announce, "At this time, we have no information on tours, albums, or DVDs. When things get confirmed, we will let you know. Thank you for your patience."
Rapper Curren$Y missed his pal Wiz Khalifa's marriage to Amber Rose because he was too stoned to attend. The Young, Wild & Free hitmaker wed model Rose in a low key ceremony in July (13) and they threw a huge party to celebrate with friends and family over the weekend (17-18Aug13).
But close pal CurrenSy - real name Shante Franklin - missed the bash because he got too high on marijuana to bother attending.
He tells TMZ.com, "We were totally like baked and I totally just smoked off my appearance. But he knows it's love and we definitely spoke and it's all good."
Johnny Depp once helped One Direction get into a wild Hollywood party because they were too young to go out clubbing in the U.S. The Hollywood actor invited the Best Song Ever hitmakers to his home in Los Angeles to meet his daughter Lily-Rose, who is a huge fan of the boy band.
Singer Louis Tomlinson admits the visit was "a bit awkward" at first, but the Brits eventually relaxed and enjoyed a tour of Depp's mansion.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "We didn't perform, we just hung out. We were round there for a good two or three hours - he's a top bloke. The first 20 minutes were a bit awkward but then it was fine. We didn't talk much about work, just how we were finding it all. His house is so cool though, as you can imagine."
To thank the boys for coming over, the Pirates of the Caribbean star arranged for them to attend a boozy bash thrown by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez - and Tomlinson insists it was a memorable night.
The pop star recalls, "We were asking where we could go - not being legal to drink (in the U.S.) - so Johnny sorted it. He couldn't go but said it was fine for us to and I'm pretty sure it was Sin City director Robert Rodriguez's bash. It was a crazy party - really full-on, so Hollywood, like in the movies."