Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.
Donna West's case against the actor/screenwriter was dismissed two years ago (08) after jurors in a Texas court found she did not have enough evidence to support her claim that Perry lifted material from her play, Fantasy of a Black Woman, to use in his 2005 blockbuster.
The playwright launched an appeal against the verdict but on Monday (23Aug10), the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was no improper conduct in the trial, according to the Associated Press.
West's play was performed three times in 1991 in Dallas, and she contended Perry could have gained access to the script in 1998 when he presented his plays at the Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
Perry's film took in more than $50 million (£33 million) at the box office.
The star passed away on Monday (09Aug10) in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
DiCenzo established himself as a character actor and appeared in over 30 movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, and The Exorcist III.
He starred as Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the trial of serial murderer Charles Manson, in the 1976 TV film Helter Skelter.
He became a Broadway star in the early 1990s when he appeared opposite Nathan Lane in the play On Borrowed Time, while he also became known for his TV roles in Murder, She Wrote and NYPD Blue.
DiCenzo also carved out a career as a voice actor and his vocals were used in commercials and cartoon series, such as She-Ra: Princess of Power, in which he played villain Hordak, reports Daily Variety.
He is survived by his wife Donna, a son, three grandchildren and a sister.
The Wild One star's remains were divided up among members of his family following his death from respiratory failure in 2004.
Brando's son Christian received some of the ashes, and following his death in 2008 they were allegedly kept by his then-girlfriend Donna Lopez Geon.
Now Christian's mother Kashfi, who divorced Brando in 1959, wants them back - she's filed legal papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court demanding Geon returns "a portion of the cremated remains of Marlon Brando."
Kashfi also claims Geon has her son's St. Christopher's medal, but Geon tells TMZ.com, "Christian wasn't close with his family and wouldn't have wanted his mother or anyone else to have his property when he died... When I found out they were coming after the property, I took some of the ashes I have and spread them in Franklin Canyon (Los Angeles)... Marlon loved that place."
The foursome, who rose to fame as Los Angeles County lifeguards in the '90s series, will co-star in Back to the Bay, a docu-comedy about the actress' new careers.
The series will chronicle Eggert's efforts as she works on exercise DVDs and raises her 12-year-old daughter, while Bingham is setting up her own dating service.
Nolin will also be followed as she promotes her a book about postpartum depression, having just given birth to her third child, while D'Errico is said to be "a conspiracy theorist" whose goal is to climb Turkey's Mount Ararat and search for Noah's Ark.
Executive producer Scott Stone tells trade paper Daily Variety, "These amazing women have all embraced the nostalgia of the 'Baywatch' phenomenon and are ready to show us all how to have a blast again."
An air date for Back to the Bay has yet to be set.
The former child star, who played the son of the monster family in the 1960s TV show, originally began corresponding with Donna McCall when The Munsters became a big hit in the U.S. and she would send fan mail to him.
The pair lost touch for decades but McCall reconnected with Patrick a few years ago and they agreed to meet for the first time at DraculaCon II in Pennsylvania earlier this year (10).
They embarked on a whirlwind romance and McCall, a former cheerleader for American football team the Philadelphia Eagles, recently accepted Patrick's marriage proposal.
McCall, 55, tells the National Enquirer, "My first crush was Butch Patrick. I met him for the first time, but I feel like I've known him forever.
"It's a great love story. We're very happy together."
Patrick, 57, has since set up home with McCall in West Chester, Pennsylvania after packing up his homes in Florida and Los Angeles.
The Poseidon Adventure filmmaker passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday (16Jun10), his friend Peter Bowes has confirmed.
Born in London to photographer Elwin Neame and actress Ivy Close, Neame began his career in the film industry as a messenger boy at the U.K.'s famous Elstree Studios, where he first met acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock.
He became an assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's 1929 movie Blackmail, before working as a cinematographer on 1933 musical comedy Happy.
He turned to directing in 1947 with Take My Life, and he worked with acting legend Alec Guinness on three of his films, The Card (1952), The Horse's Mouth (1958) and Tunes of Glory (1960).
But Neame will perhaps be best remembered for 1972's The Poseidon Adventure, which earned three Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters. The disaster movie, which also starred Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine, won in the two other categories it was nominated for - Best Song for The Song from The Poseidon Adventure, also known as The Morning After, and Special Achievement in Visual Effects.
During his lengthy career, Neame also worked with Judy Garland, Dirk Bogarde and Dame Maggie Smith, who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for her role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
He is survived by his third wife Donna Friedberg, who he wed in 1993; his son Christopher, a writer/producer, from his first marriage to Beryl Heanly; and his grandson Gareth, who works as a TV producer.
The organisation will present Cox with the prestigious Lucy Award at the Crystal + Lucy event this summer (10), a year after her best pal was honoured at the ceremony, which recognises women making a mark in the entertainment industry.
Avatar star Zoe Saldana has been previously announced as the recipient of the MaxMara Face Of The Future Award, while Universal Pictures' co-chairwoman Donna Langley and photography director Cynthia Pusheck will also receive trophies.
The ceremony will take place in June (10) in Los Angeles.
The actors kickstarted their careers on the 1980 series, in which they played roommates who dressed up as women to live in an all-female hotel.
Now they're set to join former co-stars Donna Dixon, Telma Hopkins and Holland Taylor 30 years later to accept TV Land's Anniversary Award.
The ceremony will mark the first time the cast has been seen together publicly since the show ended.
Late Dynasty and Charlie's Angels star John Forsythe, who died of complications from pneumonia on Thursday (01Apr10), will also be honoured at the event.
The Awards, to be hosted by funnyman Tim Allen, will air in the U.S. on 25 April (10).