Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) doesn’t know how lucky she has it. She’s smart beautiful and married to Gerry (Gerald Butler) a passionate funny and impetuous Irishman who loves her with every breath in his body. But when that breath runs out--Gerry dies unexpectedly from an illness--Holly’s luck runs out. Barely coping her salvation arrives in the form of letters from Gerry that come to Holly in unexpected ways--letters he wrote to her before he died to help her get through the pain and move on with her life and letters that always end with “P.S. I Love You.” A saint huh? Holly’s mother (Kathy Bates) and best friends Sharon (Gina Gershon) and Denise (Lisa Kudrow) begin to worry Gerry’s letters are keeping Holly tied to the past but in fact each letter pushes Holly on a journey of rediscovery and to show her how a love so strong can turn the finality of death into new beginning for life. Tissues please! Swank will be damned if she pigeonholes herself into always playing serious women who don’t wear makeup. P.S. I Love You is her stab at romantic dramedy and while the genre may not suit her best the Oscar-winning actress still has fun playing a spirited woman who wears designer clothes cute hats and gets to make out with a strapping Irish hunk. Actually Swank gets to bed TWO strapping Irish hunks in P.S. I Love You: The first is the yummy Butler of course and the other is Gerry’s old bandmate William played by American Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who’ll be seen in the upcoming romantic comedy The Accidental Husband with Uma Thurman). Lucky girl. Butler however is the one the ladies will sigh over the most. Having already given a powerhouse performance this year as the Spartan king in 300 the Scottish actor turns the tables to show his soft underbelly as the adorably romantic and fun-lovin’ Gerry. The abs still rock though. One can easily see why Holly is such a mess after he dies. Gershon and Kudrow add some genuineness as Holly’s friends (someone please find a Kudrow a TV show) as does Bates as Holly’s hardened mother. Harry Connick Jr. however seems out of place as Holly’s would-be suitor. She just needs to stick with the Irish guys. Hilary Swank teams up with her Freedom Writers director Richard LaGravenese once again for P.S. I Love You and it’s clear they have a symbiotic relationship. Swank probably likes the way LaGravenese accentuates her best features turning her into a glam leading lady while LaGravenese obviously enjoys gazing at her through his camera lens. Unfortunately the two really haven’t found the best material. Freedom Writers is the mother of all teacher-gets-students-motivated retreads while P.S. I Love You--based on a novel by Cecelia Ahern and adapted by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers--is just pure fluff with very little substance behind it. Not that the film won't inspire some romantic feelings or work up tears but its only real strengths are: 1) the players who somehow rise about the triteness of it all especially Butler and 2) the gorgeous landscapes of Ireland which should send any woman in her right mind straight to the Emerald Isles to find her perfect man. Seriously ladies book your trips NOW.
Singer-songwriter Billy Joel was released from the hospital Sunday morning after crashing his Mercedes-Benz into a tree next to a Long Island freeway Saturday night, Reuters reports. Firefighters had to extricate the musician from the totaled vehicle. A hospital spokeswoman would not comment on Joel's injuries. Police said Joel was not issued any citations nor was he given a Breathalyzer test.
In a poll conducted by the magazine Total Film, fans chose British actor Jude Law as the next incarnation of James Bond. Coming in a close second was Scottish Moulin Rouge star Ewan McGregor followed by Reign of Fire's Christian Bale.
Pop princess Britney Spears' troubles with a Japanese businessman against whom she is seeking a restraining order are due to a "cultural misunderstanding," according to the man's lawyer. Masahiko Shizawa, 41, who was extradited from the U.S. when his visa expired, had sent the singer photos of himself and a love note saying, "I'm chasing you," Reuters reports. Shizawa, reportedly a millionaire computer programmer, is "a VIP in Japan" and had "no intent" to disturb Spears, his lawyer says.
Veteran thesp Peter O'Toole will receive an honorary Academy Award for his nearly four decades in the film industry. The actor has been nominated seven times for Best Actor, including for his performances in Lawrence of Arabia and My Favorite Year, but has never taken home the prize. "He has appeared in some of the most unforgettable roles in the history of the medium," Frank Pierson, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told the Associated Press Friday in announcing the award.
Cedric The Entertainer will host the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards ceremony, despite some of the backlash he received from the character he portrayed in the film Barbershop. The character makes disparaging remarks about civil rights icons Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and has caused some controversy in the black community, getting complaints from Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others. The 34th annual NAACP Image Awards is set for Mar. 8 and will be broadcast Mar. 13 on Fox.
Three's Company star Suzanne Somers got her own Hollywood Walk of Fame star Friday. "And the nuns in Catholic school said I'd never get to heaven," AP reports Somers joked during the ceremony. "This is heaven and I'm just floating in it."
Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was injured in a traffic accident nearly two months ago, has been moved from a hospital to a luxury suite at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., AP reports. On Nov. 27, the 85-year-old actress was in the passenger seat of a car when it struck a light pole. Gabor suffered from broken bones and received stitches in her head, arm and legs.
Screenwriter Norman Panama, who co-wrote with partner Melvin Frank such classics as White Christmas and the hit Broadway musical Li'l Abner, died Jan. 13 of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 88.
After the success of Chicago and Moulin Rouge, Columbia Pictures is now jumping on the musical bandwagon by bringing an updated version of Bye Bye Birdie to the big screen. No cast or director has been set as yet. The original 1963 film starred Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret and Janet Leigh.