At 63 Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) has everything every guy wants: Money power and hordes of women under 30 throwing themselves at him. His current flame is Marin (Amanda Peet) whose mom famous Broadway playwright Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) has a sweet beach house in the Hamptons. The May-December couple has a romantic weekend in mind when they take the Long Island Expressway out to mom's fancy shack but their plans change when her high-strung mom and feminist aunt Zoe (Frances McDormand) turn up there too catching Harry raiding the fridge in his briefs. After such inauspicious beginnings it's not surprising that Harry and Erica are at each other's throats and shortly thereafter the stress gets to Harry and his ticker gives out. After consulting with hottie local doc Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves) the crew decides that Harry unable to travel will have to recuperate in the Hamptons and Erica gets stuck taking care of the reluctant patient in her home while trying to write her new play. It all gets complicated when Erica and Harry start to fall for each other Marin breaks it off with Harry and Julian gets a yen to play doctor with Erica.
A deliciously well-cast romp Something's Gotta Give offers the versatile Keaton a sexy funny role--something that's no doubt hard for a woman over 30 to find in a town like Hollywood where lipo-sucked hips puffed lips tucked tummies and bouncy boobs tend to get more screen time than intelligent successful fiftysomething women whose brains are their biggest asset. Keaton runs with the opportunity proving that post-menopausal women can still be sexy and turning in what may be her best comic performance since Annie Hall. If her character is just the tiniest bit familiar she makes up for it with impeccable timing and great delivery of the film's generally smart dialogue. For once Nicholson's performance is enhanced by sharing the screen with an actress instead of the other way around; Keaton is every bit a match for his legendary talent and often commands more attention than he does. Still when the movie falls a bit flat and it occasionally does it's in the chemistry between the Nicholson and Keaton--she and Reeves make a much sexier onscreen couple. McDormand is formidable and funny as Erica's sister Zoe but her character regrettably all but disappears after the first act. Peet and Reeves don't have much to do comically compared to their older counterparts but they do well playing it straight against the rest of the outrageous cast.
Director/writer/producer Nancy Meyers is known for making films like this one with strong female characters. From her first producing/writing effort with Private Benjamin in 1980 to 2000's What Women Want which she produced Meyers' choice of films has changed with the times but stayed true to her primary focus--intelligent comedies with great roles for women. If her 1998 directorial debut with The Parent Trap remake could have been better chosen she's redeemed herself with Something's Gotta Give. Women everywhere especially those of a certain age will find in this film at last a love story that makes sense--and moviegoers around the country should be thrilled to see Nicholson finally get wise and hook up with somebody his own age.
Despite his recent Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) told reporters at the Berlinale film festival Tuesday that he is "still unsatisfied to a large degree" about his work as an actor, Reuters reports. Crowe, who has three Oscar nominations on his resume, went on to say, however, he "think[s] that's a healthy thing to be as an actor."
There's a new documentary coming out about George W. Bush called Journeys With George, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 75-minute film shot by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of the new House Democratic whip Nancy Pelosi, chronicles Bush's 2000 campaign. It includes a scene where the not-yet-President drinks non-alcoholic beer, something other photographers weren't permitted to shoot.
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins will make a film about a British security officer who died in New York's Twin Towers while saving thousands of civilians, the BBC reports. Rick Rescorla, who moved to the U.S. at the age of 23, became a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran whose battlefield story is being told in the upcoming Mel Gibson film We Were Soldiers.
Matthew Perry is going slumming, leaving the comfy confines of Nielsen leaders NBC for upstart Fox--but only for a short visit. According to People magazine, in addition to his recent Friends renewal, Perry will guest star as a brash, cocky lawyer on two upcoming episodes of Fox's Ally McBeal.
Cary Grant will soon be the face of a first-class U.S. postage stamp, People reports. Expect the late, handsome actor to appear on perforated paper at a local post office near you in late summer or early fall.
George Harrison's final resting place was revealed Tuesday. Reuters reports the former Beatle died in a Hollywood Hills mansion that was once owned by Courtney Love and had been leased by Harrison's security guard while Love owned it. The current owner is listed as Mike Walley, who has owned the property just less than a year.
Rapper, producer, fashion designer and now actor Sean "Puffy" Combs "fit right in" with the cast of Monster's Ball, says no less an expert than co-star Halle Berry, The Associated Press reports. Combs plays Berry's husband who is ultimately executed during the film.
Puffy isn't the only one to match music and fashion: 'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick debuted his new clothing line FuMan Skeeto Monday night, as part of New York Fashion Week, the AP reports. The line specializes in women's vintage-chic style clothing, including novelty T-shirts and chenille patch jeans.
Musicians Sting, Michael Jackson, Randy Newman, Barry Manilow and Ashford & Simpson were announced Tuesday to be among those inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, the AP reports. The inductees will officially be honored at the 33rd annual induction and awards dinner, which takes place in New York on June 13.
Jodie Foster's played an English schoolteacher, an FBI agent and a rocket scientist. Now she'll stretch further as a one-legged nun in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys."
Reports today say the two-time Oscar winner has agreed to play a supporting role in the $15-20 million film for Initial Entertainment Group. She'll also produce.
Shooting's scheduled to begin May 1. Commercial director Peter Care will helm the script by Jeff Stockwell and Michael Petroni. Based on Chris Fuhrman's novel, the story's about a group of Catholic youths who get caught drawing an obscene comic book. Next, they outdo themselves by planning a heist that will make them legends.
NOW, STOP ASKING! The speculation is over. (Really.) Steven Spielberg has officially said thanks but no thanks to Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" -- the planned big-screen adaptation of the insanely popular "Harry Potter" kids' books. Although Spielberg never actually was on board, a London Times report (and lots of subsequent media coverage) indicated that the movie was high on his to-do list. With Spielberg out of the picture, new names being tossed around include Robert Zemeckis, Chris Columbus and Brad Siberling.
IN THE RING: And the winner is ... "The Insider's" Michael Man, who will coach Will Smith to boxing glory as Muhammad Ali in the Columbia biopic "Ali." The project, which has been in development for eight years, could start shooting in July for a summer 2001 release, Hollywood trade papers say. The script by "Nixon's" Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele covers the boxer's early days as Cassius Clay, his rise in sports and politics, his refusal to fight in Vietnam and his comeback bouts against Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
BACK IN 'BLACK': While he waits to become Ali, Will Smith will don the suit and ray gun again to star in the Universal Studios Florida attraction "Men in Black Alien Attack." Complete with monitors, ride cars, 30-foot bugs (but minus crusty ol' Tommy Lee Jones), the interactive adventure allows Agent Jay (with a little help from Rip Torn) to save the day -- and start prepping for the next episode. The ride debuts in April.
'TROUBLE' AHEAD: Attempting to put "Wild Wild West" behind him, director Barry Sonnenfeld has signed up for Disney's "Big Trouble." The ensemble comedy's set to begin shooting this summer in Miami, which means Sonnenfeld's out of the loop for Warner Bros.' "The Ugly Truth," a starring vehicle for ex-sweethearts Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow.
OUT FOR BLOOD: Look a little closer at "American Beauty's" Wes Bentley, and check out his molars. The hot supporting player might get the call of the wild as lead vampire Lestat in Warner Bros.' "Queen of the Damned," based on Anne Rice's novel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bentley would take over the role played by Tom Cruise in 1994's "Interview with the Vampire." This time, Lestat's a rocker whose tunes turn on the Queen of all vampires. He's also chased by a vampire hunter who's smitten by his bloodcurdling ways.
DECK THE HALLS WITH LAUREN HOLLY: Lauren Holly's set to complete the threesome in Paramount Pictures' "What Women Want." According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll star opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt in the romantic comedy that begins shooting this week. Directed by Nancy Meyers, it's the tale of a male chauvinist (Gibson) who suffers a freak accident that gives him the power to read women's thoughts.
NOT WILD FOR 'JUMANJI 2': Ken Ralston, the special-effects wizard responsible for the F/X in the first "Jumanji," has decided not to play with the animals as director on "Jumanji 2." Unlike the action-packed kids' pic, The Hollywood Reporter says the long-awaited sequel wasn't moving fast enough for Ralston, who parted on good terms with Columbia Pictures.