In This Means War – a stylish action/rom-com hybrid from director McG – Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) star as CIA operatives whose close friendship is strained by the fires of romantic rivalry. Best pals FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are equally accomplished at the spy game but their fortunes diverge dramatically in the dating realm: FDR (so nicknamed for his obvious resemblance to our 32nd president) is a smooth-talking player with an endless string of conquests while Tuck is a straight-laced introvert whose love life has stalled since his divorce. Enter Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) a pretty plucky consumer-products evaluator who piques both their interests in separate unrelated encounters. Tuck meets her via an online-dating site FDR at a video-rental store. (That Lauren is tech-savvy enough to date online but still rents movies in video stores is either a testament to her fascinating mix of contradictions or more likely an example of lazy screenwriting.)
When Tuck and FDR realize they’re pursuing the same girl it sparks their respective competitive natures and they decide to make a friendly game of it. But what begins as a good-natured rivalry swiftly devolves into romantic bloodsport with both men using the vast array of espionage tools at their disposal – from digital surveillance to poison darts – to gain an edge in the battle for Lauren’s affections. If her constitutional rights happen to be violated repeatedly in the process then so be it.
Lauren for her part remains oblivious to the clandestine machinations of her dueling suitors and happily basks in the sudden attention from two gorgeous men. Herein we find the Reese Witherspoon Dilemma: While certainly desirable Lauren is far from the irresistible Helen of Troy type that would inspire the likes of Tuck and FDR to risk their friendship their careers and potential incarceration for. At several points in This Means War I found myself wondering if there were no other peppy blondes in Los Angeles (where the film is primarily set) for these men to pursue. Then again this is a film that wishes us to believe that Tom Hardy would have trouble finding a date so perhaps plausibility is not its strong point.
When Lauren needs advice she looks to her boozy foul-mouthed best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler). Essentially an extension of Handler’s talk-show persona – an acquired taste if there ever was one – Trish’s dialogue consists almost exclusively of filthy one-liners delivered in rapid-fire succession. Handler does have some choice lines – indeed they’re practically the centerpiece of This Means War’s ad campaign – but the film derives the bulk of its humor from the outrageous lengths Tuck and FDR go to sabotage each others’ efforts a raucous game of spy-versus-spy that carries the film long after Handler’s shtick has grown stale.
Business occasionally intrudes upon matters in the guise of Heinrich (Til Schweiger) a Teutonic arms dealer bent on revenge for the death of his brother. The subplot is largely an afterthought existing primarily as a means to provide third-act fireworks – and to allow McGenius an outlet for his ADD-inspired aesthetic proclivities. The film’s action scenes are edited in such a manic quick-cut fashion that they become almost laughably incoherent. In fairness to McG he does stage a rather marvelous sequence in the middle of the film in which Tuck and FDR surreptitiously skulk about Lauren's apartment unaware of each other's presence carefully avoiding detection by Lauren who grooves absentmindedly to Montel Jordan's "This Is How We Do It." The whole scene unfolds in one continuous take – or is at least craftily constructed to appear as such – captured by one very agile steadicam operator.
Whatever his flaws as a director McG is at least smart enough to know how much a witty script and appealing leads can compensate for a film’s structural and logical deficiencies. He proved as much with Charlie’s Angels a film that enjoys a permanent spot on many a critic’s Guilty Pleasures list and does so again with This Means War. The film coasts on the chemistry of its three co-stars and only runs into trouble when the time comes to resolve its romantic competition which by the end has driven its male protagonists to engage in all manner of underhanded and duplicitous activities. This Means War being a commercial film – and likely an expensive one at that – Witherspoon's heroine is mandated to make a choice and McG all but sidesteps the whole thorny matter of Tuck and FDR’s unwavering dishonesty not to mention their craven disregard for her privacy. (They regularly eavesdrop on her activities.) For all their obvious charms the truth is that neither deserves Lauren – or anything other than a lengthy jail sentence for that matter.
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Josh Holloway, a.k.a. Sawyer, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about working with Tom Cruise on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and the powers (and hardships) that come along with his signature stubble.
Barbara Walters showed up on The Late Show to debate the merit in many of her Fascinating People with Letterman, touching upon the Kardashians and Donald Trump. But the most mysterious part was the secret name of the Most Fascinating Person of the Year, whom nobody knows about...but Letterman thinks he cracked the code.
Dana Carvey appeared on The Tonight Show in character as Ron Paul, Barack Obama, Billy Crystal, Regis Philbin, Rain Man and more.
Finally, back on The Late Show, Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader stopped by to prove that he's funny no matter what he's talking about: he told a story about a family ski-trip from his childhood that went awry and resulted in a Swedish man coming to the rescue.
Earlier this year (11), ABC network bosses announced All My Children will come to an end in September (11) after 41 years on air, while One Life To Live will also be scrapped following a 43-year run.
But the shows look set to dominate the 38th annual Daytime Emmys - All My Children, which has 13 nominations, is up for Outstanding Drama Series, competing against The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, while its stars Alicia Minshew, Debbi Morgan and Ricky Paull Goldin will all do battle in the Leading Drama Actor categories.
All My Children's Melissa Claire Egan will go up against One Life To Live actress Bree Williamson for Best Supporting Drama Actress title, alongside the likes of Julie Pinson (As The World Turns), Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful) and Tricia Cast (The Young and the Restless), while Williamson's co-star Brian Kerwin will fight for Best Supporting Drama Actor, a category which includes Jonathan Jackson and Jason Thompson from General Hospital.
Medical drama series General Hospital leads the nominations with 21, while The Young and The Restless garnered 20 and children's show Sesame Street earned 16.
Comedienne-turned-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is also set for a big night after taking 12 nods, including Outstanding Talk Show - pitting The Ellen DeGeneres Show against The View, Regis & Kelly and Rachael Ray.
DeGeneres' hit programme also gained recognition for direction, set design and make-up, although the star herself failed to land a nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host - a title she has won four times before. Instead, The View's star-studded line-up - consisting of Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters - will battle against the presenters of Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray, The Doctors and Dr. Oz for the top TV category.
The nominees for the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards, which celebrate the best in U.S. TV production, were announced early on Wednesday (11May11).
The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in Las Vegas on 19 June (11). Actor/comedian Wayne Brady will host.
Bonham Carter's turn as beloved author Enid Blyton in Enid earned her the honour, while Walters received a double nod in the category - she has been nominated for her role in Mo, which saw her play British Labour Party politician Mo Mowlam, and drama A Short Stay In Switzerland.
The actresses, who both appear in the Harry Potter movie franchise, will compete with Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in Mrs Mandela.
The male acting category is also a battle of the Harry Potter stars - Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), John Hurt (An Englishman in New York) and Brendan Gleeson (Into The Storm) will go up against David Oyelowo (Small Island) for the Best Actor trophy.
Okonedo also received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for drama Criminal Justice - she's up against Rebecca Hall (Red Riding 1974), Lauren Socha (The Unloved) and Imelda Staunton (Cranford).
Featured in the Best Supporting Actor category are Benedict Cumberbatch (Small Island), Tom Hollander (Gracie!), Gary Lewis (Mo) and Matthew Macfadyen (Criminal Justice).
Simon Cowell's hit TV contest Britain's Got Talent will compete with The Graham Norton Show, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Newswipe with Charlie Brooker for Best Entertainment Programme, while True Blood, Family Guy, Mad Men and Nurse Jackie are nominated for Best International Show.
The winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony in London on 6 June (10).
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
See Jane dance and flirt. See Jane exchange witty repartee. See Jane fall deeply in love with the wrong boy. But mostly see Jane become the beloved Victorian romantic author we’ve come to know. In a “what if” scenario Becoming Jane combines bits and pieces of the real Austen’s life gathered from letters she wrote to her sister with a somewhat fictitious account of her life as a 20-year-old emerging as a writer thinking way ahead of her time and dreaming of doing what was then nearly unthinkable--marrying for love. The young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) meets her match in Londoner Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy). Despite her parents’ urgings to marry someone who could assure her future social standing—and Jane’s initial disregard for the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom—the two soon fall head over heels for each other. Their romance bucks all the sense and sensibility of the age but reality hits hard when it’s clear they will risk everything that matters--family friends and fortune--if they marry. According to Becoming Jane Jane’s love dilemma and inevitable heartbreak (the real Austen died a spinster) is what inspires her to write her tomes. A self-proclaimed Jane Austen enthusiast herself Hathaway fits right in as the budding author perfecting the British accent and Victorian look. The actress’ own free-spirited nature and spunkiness seen in her films The Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada seep right through in Becoming Jane. The girl just can’t help herself. Some ardent Austen scholars--who believe the real Austen was much more subdued in her demeanor--may scoff at how Hathaway plays Jane much like the author's most famous heroine Pride & Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet but it works for the movie. Matching Hathaway every step of the way is McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland) as the young suitor Tom Lefroy. His devil-may-care attitude draws Jane in as the two would-be lovers spar like champs. But once he falls hard for Jane McAvoy breaks your heart. He too would have made a dashing Mr. Darcy. Becoming Jane’s supporting players also keep up especially consummate actors Julie Walters and James Cromwell as Jane’s parents. They play the elder Austens with much affection. But despite the fact that they married for love Walters’ Mrs. Austen doesn’t want the same life for her daughter. “I don’t want you to pick potatoes like me!” she exclaims. Women of that age had little choice. With the countless adaptations of her work—including the most recent Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley—Jane Austen has proven to be gold for movie and television studios alike. A biopic on the author herself was unavoidable. Even though Austen remained unmarried her whole life many believed she must have experienced some kind of love to be able to write as she did. Becoming Jane’s screenwriters Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams therefore use their imagination incorporating what little was known of Austen’s young adulthood and creating an Austenite world with Jane as its romantic star. Much like Finding Neverland it’s great fun recognizing characters and situations that may have inspired Austen’s novels. Adding to the mix is British director Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) who frames the English countryside with a loving eye and captures the late 18th century/early 19th century period just as well as any Merchant-Ivory film could have. The only thing Becoming Jane lacks is a wonderfully weepy happy ending in which the dashing gentleman strides across a field to proclaim his love for the heroine. But Jane says it herself in the film: Even if she can’t have love and fulfillment by God she’ll make sure all of her novels’ heroines have theirs.
Rosie O'Donnell kicked off her first day on talk show The View by interviewing old friend Jessica Simpson and giving away a luxury cruise to every member of the audience.
O'Donnell walked onstage arm-in-arm with TV veteran Barbara Walters this morning, announcing to the crowd, "Like it or not, here I am!"
She received a standing ovation from the studio audience as she took her seat alongside co-hosts including Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
O'Donnell pointed out that a large floral arrangement at the foot of the stage was a special gift from "very nice guy" Tom Cruise.
During the show's regular Hot Topic segment, Walters denied reports she had been upset by O'Donnell's online comments as reported in Newsweek magazine, saying, "I have never read a blog."
O'Donnell apologized, saying she'd never write about the show again without first running her messages past Walters.
She explained, "When I read it I just started laughing. Because it's like 'Barbara Walters is furious after reading Rosie's blog.'
"I'm like, 'She doesn't know how to open Internet Explorer! What are they talking about? Read my blog?'
"It was really just about my feelings. I was saying that I felt powerless and that I was a little scared to come on The View and that it's a new chapter in my life.
"I was just being dramatic and emotional."
She also pointed out that she no longer has "the haircut that scared America," a short chop with shaved sides.
O'Donnell added her hair is "going to be long from now on. And I'm taking my medicines, so everything's going to be fine".
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Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross was furious with Barbara Walters when the talk show host asked her about lesbian rumors in front of her parents.
Cross married businessman Tom Mahoney in June, but had previously battled tabloid reports that speculated about her sexuality. And Walters decided to raise the issue during Cross' appearance on chat show The View earlier this year.
The star was shocked by Walters' decision to bring up the issue, saying, "Honestly? I was not happy about it. I handled it very well at the time.
"My parents were in town. My father, who's eighty-something, and my mother were in the front row of the audience (in the TV studio).
"When I got backstage, Barbara Walters came up to me and said (beforehand), 'You know, I have to ask you about this.'
"And I said, 'Why do you have to ask me about this?' And she said, 'Well, it's news.'
"At which point my publicist came in and we sorted out how to deal with it. And then, thank God--my mouth and my thoughts really came together and I felt like I spoke well at the time."
Cross claims the incident made her lose respect for the veteran newswoman, adding, "I have to tell you that I am not a huge Barbara Walters fan. That ended for me.
"My dad was in the front row going, 'What did they say? Are you a what?' I just thought, about Barbara, 'You didn't have to ask me that question. That was tabloid-y of you.'
"I felt really used. So now I don't really like looking at Barbara Walters!"
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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are planning an Independence Day weekend wedding if changes to their marriage registry list at department store Neiman Marcus are to be believed.
The couple, listed as Katherine Holmes and Thomas Mapother—Cruise's birth name, are only asking for Neiman Marcus gift cards at this stage, but they have set the date for July 7—four days after the War of the Worlds star's 44th birthday.
Cruise's newly appointed publicist, Paul Bloch, is refusing to confirm or deny the latest development, giving a firm "no comment" to all inquiries.
Cruise proposed to Holmes at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, in June and recently told TV host Barbara Walters he was planning to exchange vows with his fiancée next summer or autumn.
Details of the couple's wedding are being kept a closely guarded secret.
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British royal Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has been given the seal of approval by America's top TV broadcaster Barbara Walters, who has voted her the most fascinating person of the year in her annual list.
The revered former news anchor and TV host placed Prince Charles' new bride above Tom Cruise, Lance Armstrong, Dakota Fanning and Kanye West on her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005 list.
In naming Camilla as her top pick when she aired her annual list on TV on Tuesday night, Walters explained, "She did not change the world as we know it, she did not cure a disease, nor win the Nobel Prize.
"What she did was love someone, with no demands and no deadline... I've met Camilla several times. In person, she is warm, down to earth and unassuming."
Walters' decision to name Camilla at the top of her 2005 list is a tonic for the royal, who fared badly in polls during her recent trip to the US.
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