The actress was spotted furniture shopping at Beverly Hills' exclusive Kreiss showroom on Tuesday (15May12) with in-demand interior decorator Kathryn Ireland and a camera crew - and now reports suggest her spending spree will feature on reality TV show Million Dollar Decorator later this year (12).
An insider tells HollyScoop.com, "The show will air in America this coming fall."
Ireland is not new to celebrity demands - her clients have included Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and director/playwright David Mamet.
The website reports Lohan's shopping spree at Kreiss was a big hit and the actress went home with two St. Regis sofas, two St. Regis armchairs, a pair of Venetian table lamps and two cast bronze candlestick lamps and an array of outdoor furniture.
Lohan is currently prepping her new Beverly Hills home after moving out of her former pad in Venice, California, where she spent a period under house arrest last year (11).
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Mike (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a true purist a master Jiu-jitsu teacher who along with his wife Sondra (Sonia Braga) operates a rundown academy. At great cost to himself Mike is not a sellout but his refusal to train his students for the more commercial aspects of the mixed martial arts game leads him into trouble after a freak accident: A wacked-out lawyer (Emily Mortimer) accidentally shoots a cop’s gun at the window sending his life and business into a tailspin. When he coincidentally meets and bails out movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen) the grateful guy offers him a big job and some expensive bling an act that actually sends him further into debt and into the unwelcoming arms of some very shady dudes including a loan shark (David Paymer) and a fight promoter (sleight of hand artist Ricky Jay). This leads to something he once thought untenable--an invitation to return to the ring for a quick $50 grand and financial salvation. You can never go wrong with Chiwetel Ejiofor (Talk to Me) one of the leading young actors of his generation who obviously jumped at the opportunity to do Mamet on film. His commanding presence as this stoic but conflicted character makes Mike’s increasingly desperate situation human. Ejiofor is totally convincing as a master of Jiu-jitsu a sport with legions of fans who could easily spot a phony but won’t be able to tell the actor apart from the real thing. It’s also nice to see Sonia Braga back on screen with a role that has meat on its bones. Reliable pros like Emily Mortimer as the hyper lawyer Paymer and Mamet regular Joe Mantegna--who turns up working for Chet--all add color to the proceedings as does Mamet’s real-life wife Rebecca Pidgeon playing Chet’s wife. Oddest casting would seem to be Tim Allen but he blends right in as a film star who has been around the block a few times. The most accomplished David Mamet screenplays such as The Untouchables The Verdict Glengarry Glen Ross and Wag The Dog have been handled by other directors. But Mamet’s own coolly detached directorial talents have been used to good effect on fine efforts like 1987’s splendid House of Games (his debut) and 10 years later on the fascinating The Spanish Prisoner. Others like Spartan Oleanna and Heist had problems. So does Redbelt. Here again tackling his own script he’s certainly right at home in the Jiu-jitsu world and hard-core fans will probably be enthralled but the detail and clear devotion he has for the sport may actually have the effect of distancing the rest of audience from his film. He’s a little TOO into this stuff. It ain’t Rocky or all 900 of its imitators and its not meant to be but the rooting factor just isn’t there despite Ejiofor’s fine work. You watch at arm’s length. Certainly aspects of his gritty story probably reflect Mamet’s uncompromising personality his own view of the world. That’s admirable but it’s not enough to make this well-acted movie anything more than a nice try.
Sanitized Sex? No thanks, say the networks. HBO recently pitched edited repeats of its Emmy Award-winning comedy Sex and the City to all four major networks, but ABC, NBC and Fox have all passed on picking up the series, Variety reports. While CBS hasn't ruled it out, it isn't expected to bite either. Insiders said the networks balked at the whopping $3 million an episode price tag, given that the first few seasons of Sex are available on DVD and the show is rerun repeatedly on HBO. Network executives also expressed concerns that scheduling Sex might be perceived as a vote of no confidence in their own comedy development. HBO will run 12 additional original episodes of the series this summer, then eight more starting in January 2004. After that, the series is set to end.
Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst, who posted a message on his band's Web site about his warm and fuzzy feelings for Britney Spears saying, "Anybody out there who has a serious problem with my feelings for Britney should just chill," is changing his tune, People.com reports. In an interview on TV's Access Hollywood, which aired Monday, Durst said Spears's life is too much for him to get involved with. "She has a life like Michael Jackson. It's, like, out of control ... The people around her, pulling at her, people around her that are full of (expletive), just agreeing with her, like, it's kind of crazy, she almost can't see what's real and what's not."
Benjamin Curtis, better known as Steven in the Dell computers' "Dude, yer gettin' a Dell" commercials, was arrested in New York on Sunday for marijuana possession, Reuters reports. Police said they spotted Curtis late in the evening on a street corner in Manhattan's Lower East Side holding a plastic bag filled with marijuana. The complaint did not say how much marijuana was in the bag. At his arraignment Monday, a Manhattan criminal court judge adjourned the case for one year and said the charges could be dismissed if Curtis, who lives in New York City, stays out of trouble for the next 12 months.
Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and producer Laura Bickford, who worked together on Traffic, are reteaming for the racetrack heist thriller Monkeyface, Variety reports. The film, directed by Stephen Frears, revolves around a couple of criminals knocking off a racetrack. Douglas and Zeta-Jones play conniving hustlers who are at first adversarial. Monkeyface will shoot in Miami in late September.
Tim Allen is in negotiations with Paramount to develop and star in the studio's remake of Father Knows Best, based on the classic 1950s television series that starred Robert Young. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the draft, which is likely to undergo some rewrites in the coming months, centers on a child who lies about his dad's credentials when he enters him in a father-of-the-year contest. Dad first vows to tell the truth but keeps up the ruse when the woman giving the prize turns out to be a beauty.
Producers of ABC's game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? plan to resurrect the once-hit series for the WB network with a slightly meatier jackpot. According to Reuters, Michael Davies--who imported Millionaire from British TV--is close to a deal to create a similar show for the WB network in which contestants have a chance to win $1 billion. There was no official comment from the WB, a part of AOL Time Warner Inc. But the source confirmed a report in Variety that Davies' Diplomatic Productions was developing the new show as a two-hour live special to air in September.
Matthew Perry will make his professional stage debut next month in a London revival of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, a chronicle of life on the carnal warpath in 1970s Chicago. Perry joins Hank Azaria and Minnie Driver in director Lindsay Posner's production, which starts previews May 3 at the Comedy Theater and opens its 13-week stand May 12, Variety reports.
The video for American Dream, the single from Madonna's new album due April 22, depicts the "catastrophic repercussions and horror of war," her publicist Liz Rosenberg said Monday. "It is an antiwar video, but the purpose of the video, as with a lot of Madonna's work, is to be thought provoking," she told Reuters. The video is "a panoramic view of our culture and looming war through the view of a female superhero portrayed by Madonna," Rosenberg said "(Then) it just starts to go haywire and goes into other things ... it kind of takes it into a more violent direction."
Lollapalooza is back! After a six-year hiatus, the traveling music festival will once again hit the road this summer with some of the top names in rock, organizers said on Monday. Jane's Addiction, the alternative rock quartet who conceived the event in 1991 as a way to mark its brief swan song, will headline with emerging acts Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age and Jurassic 5 joining them, Reuters reports.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced Tuesday that an impressive assemblage of celebrities have indicated that they will attend the 26th edition, scheduled for Sept. 6 to 15. They include Hannibal stars Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore; Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker in the next Star Wars episode; directors Jean-Luc Godard, David Mamet and David Lynch; rock star Mick Jagger; comedians Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Danny DeVito and Tim Allen; actresses Glenn Close, Mira Sorvino, Salma Hayek and Uma Thurman; and actors Denzel Washington, Ben Kingsley and Richard Harris.
Is The Curse of the Jade Scorpion vintage Woody Allen? Or has the director lost his edge? We asked our reporters about the film and what ranks as their favorite Allen film.
Hollywood.com: Does The Curse of the Jade Scorpion live up to the Woody Allen standards?
Kit Bowen: Sure does. He is simply one of the funniest writers out there. The only minor drawback to the film was his decision to cast himself as the lead. I love him to death, but he's getting a little old to be playing the romantic lead. I hate saying that, but it's the truth.
Noah Davis: Too old? Is Sean Connery too old to be a lead? Jack Nicholson too old? It's not that Woody's too old; he's too much of a nebbish ever to have been a leading man. Regardless, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is like a loaf of bread that never rose when baked. It had plenty of potential, and even seems OK to swallow, but lands heavily on the tongue and stomach, affecting a result not quite so palatable. (Can you tell I'm hungry as I write this?) Oh, all right. Woody is too old and wizened to play leading man to Helen Hunt. At least Woody acknowledges that it would take a hypnotist to get them together.
Kit Bowen: Good lord, you do go on. Talk about nebbish.
Noah Davis: Smart is as smart does. Go back to your nonsensical humming.
Hollywood.com: Neither of you really answered the question. Does this fall on the clever, witty side of Allen's pantheon with Sleeper and Annie Hall or the more mundane, high-jinks side with Broadway Danny Rose and Manhattan Murder Mystery?
Noah Davis: David Ogden-Stiers (the bad guy) hypnotizing Allen and Hunt, and having them do his bidding, is a wisp of a clever idea. But Allen, coming off the intricate and funny Small Time Crooks, has regressed to the leaden high-jinks mode of Broadway Danny Rose and Manhattan Murder Mystery. Allen's once sharp, prankish, wry touch has gone soft.
Kit Bowen: Poor Noah. I'm always having to help him understand film ... dearest, Broadway Danny Rose and Manhattan Murder Mystery are some of Allen's better films, not the opposite. But I have to agree with you on Curse. It certainly has some great and witty dialogue, but it's not a true Allen classic.
Hollywood.com: OK, seems like there's a bit of contrast on Allen's work here. What's your favorite Allen film?
Kit Bowen: Hmmmm, it's always a hard question for me. I'm a real fan. But I think Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters are my absolute favorites. True, true gems in filmmaking. I also really laughed hard at Bullets Over Broadway...
Noah Davis: Woody Allen's best movies always seem to entertain by bringing comedy to serious, philosophical themes. Sleeper, Zelig and Annie Hall are my top three Allen films, though there are many more that could be mentioned. Educated audiences, which would probably exclude my esteemed colleague, recognize and appreciate Allen's idiosyncratic blend of philosophy and autobiography.
Kit Bowen: In the words of Bullets' Helen Sinclair, "Don't speak."
Hollywood.com: Woody Allen never seems to want his films to be too popular. For every segment of the fans he entertains, Allen seems intent on upsetting an equal amount of people. Does he still have the ability to portray tough issues with moral zeal?
Noah Davis: Like David Mamet to a certain extent, Allen loves to tweak Hollywood's collective nose, and our own preconceived prejudices and neuroses. The more popular his films become, the more Allen must be questioning his own ability. Scorpion never really addresses any tough issues head on, but I don't think Allen has lost the ability to create dialogue that sheds painfully humorous insight on our own prejudices. I only hope that we get to see that in his next movie, and less of Allen as a suave, debonair, leading man, which he never was.
Kit Bowen: OK, that was well said. But that's all I'm going to give you. There's one thing Woody likes to do with films: please himself. And he hopes the audience chimes in. That's it, really. Sometimes he feels philosophical, sometimes biting, sometimes downright silly. But I think, as he's gotten older, he has mellowed. Now he just wants to relax.
Most end-of-the-year "best of" lists from critics deplore the current state of movies before telling you about the few nuggets that came out that were actually (according to them) worth your time. The year 1999 was different. The critics didn't complain, and rightfully so.
The last of the 1900s marked a groundbreaking revolution in cinema. Films like "Three Kings," "American Beauty," "The Sixth Sense" and "The Blair Witch Project" expanded the boundaries of what traditional generic films could become. True oddballs like "Being John Malkovich" were made and even turned a profit. Sequels like "Toy Story 2" didn't suck.
Overall, going to the movies was about as dreadful as living through Y2K. Instead of suffering through a bunch of bummers, audiences were treated to a diverse, colorful celebration of life as we live it, and where it's headed.
Here is our list of the Top 10 films that quickened the pulses, stimulated our minds and sent us soaring. In an era of yuppie-fied java-pushing theater concessions, these babies required absolutely no additives to achieve maximum effect.
THE HOLLYWOOD.COM TOP 10
1. "The Insider": Who would have guessed that a story based on the cigarette industry could be so excellent, let alone interesting? Arguments could be made that director Michael Mann's absorbing and powerful tale about a "60 Minutes" producer and a tobacco-industry whistleblower is even more thrilling and consistently involving than his crime epic masterpiece, "Heat." No explosions or gun battles needed here. Believable human drama, real relationships and a time-tested theme about a thing called truth are all that's needed, plus some of the best performances of the year.
2. "Anna and the King": That's right. We'll chalk this one up as being the most unrecognized, unheralded classic in the making. Some would say the story's been done before -- but so what? This one, sans music, gets to the basics of the inherent poignancy of the relationship between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. As portrayed by Chow Yun-Fat (our vote for best leading man of the '90s) and reliable Jodie Foster, the couple is a doozy. Add in some amazing cinematography, and this affecting period piece's built to last for future generations.
3. "Toy Story 2": As with its predecessor, "Toy Story 2" proves that the best cartoons are those made for kids and adults. Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang made it back for another amazing, hilarious adventure. The pop-culture in-jokes were a bonus. The most surprising thing here was how much the people at Pixar and the voice talent (led by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) could make you care about a toy's feelings. With a thing this good, another manufactured product doesn't sound half-bad.
4. "American Beauty": Praised for its blunt appraisal of suburban dystopia, this feature debut from theater director Sam Mendes burned with creative fervor, not to mention a cast working at the top of its collective talent. Kevin Spacey continued to show why he's America's favorite satirical Everyman, and newcomer Wes Bentley shone as the odd, mysterious peeping Tom next door. Every shot was a marvel to behold, and the movie itself was unlike any middle-American drama ever released. It's the Cleavers gone to hell -- and then some.
5. "The Winslow Boy": David Mamet fans had a hard time believing he could be responsible for this G-rated period piece set in proper Britain circa World War I. But the street poet is one smart cookie who realizes great drama and tension when he sees it. This tale of a court case to redeem a boy and his family's honor made perfect sense as a Mamet tale. It was also highly entertaining and enthralling, using the powers of subtlety and things left unsaid to sell its boiling dynamics. Combined with a command performance from Jeremy Northam, the film and its accompanying love story made for powerful, memorable stuff.
6. "Liberty Heights": Barry Levinson complimented his Baltimore trilogy ("Diner," "Tin Men," "Avalon") with another personal bit of filmmaking set in his hometown. Dealing directly with issues of racial separation in the 1950s, the director and his cast of fresh-faced talents provided painful, funny truth-telling. The look and feel was right, and Joe Mantegna gave the production the right air of fallible humanity as the patriarch of a Jewish family dealing with issues in an imperfect America.
7. "Bowfinger": Overlooked by the Golden Globes nominating committee was Steve Martin's dead-on, affectionate lambasting of the Hollywood industry and all its assorted characters. Martin's smart screenplay and Frank Oz's good direction were simply the trimmings. Eddie Murphy provided the final coup, playing both a lovable, earnest dummy and an egotistical action movie star. The scenes between Martin and Murphy were worth the price of admission alone. Same goes for the scenes with just Murphy.
8. "Last Night": Never seen or heard of it? Stay tuned to your local independent movie house, which could be showing this amazing gem from Canada, the winner of the country's equivalent of the Oscar for best picture and several other awards. Forget "Armageddon," "Deep Impact" or any other Hollywood-derived disaster flick. This movie's the real deal about what people would say or do to each other if the world were really going to end in six hours. Expect the unexpected from this defiantly independent and haunting film.
9. "The Hurricane": Denzel Washington's performance as real-life boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, imprisoned for 19 years for murders he didn't commit, was a true phenomenon. Norman Jewison told the story in expert fashion, and the supporting cast was excellent, especially Vicellous Shannon as a boy who sets out to help free Carter. But Washington rose above his (lofty) surroundings with a charismatic portrayal that is the embodiment of dignity and integrity. It's a landmark performance that ranks on par with his work in "Malcolm X" and his Academy Award-winning part in "Glory."
10. "Go": Largely overlooked by youth audiences and twentysomethings, this second effort from "Swingers" director Doug Liman was the perfect follow-up to "Pulp Fiction," and blew away all the hack, "Pulp" wannabes. Instead of copping Tarantino entirely, Liman cast a talented group of young actors including Sarah Polley and Taye Diggs, and threw them into a believable world of wild all-night raves and quick trips to Vegas. The end result was colorful, decadent, energetic and wonderfully cinematic. "Go," more than any other film of '99, captured the millennial spirit of the party in all its gross, absurd and youthful glory.
One thing's certain, there are as many critics out there as there are movies.
Following critics from New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto, the Florida Film Critics Circle has unveiled their top film choices for the year... with pretty much the usual suspects.
Golden boy Steven Soderbergh continues his run as critics' darling, scoring a best director nod for both "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic." That border-crossing drug flick also nabbed best picture and best supporting actor for hot stuff Benicio Del Toro.
The Florida folks named Geoffrey Rush best actor for his work as the Marquis de Sade in "Quills," and Ellen Burstyn got the best actress nod for her strung-out turn in "Requiem for a Dream."
Frances McDormand was the Florida critics' top pick for best supporting actress based on her roles in both "Wonder Boys" and "Almost Famous."
In other categories: David Mamet's comedy "State and Main" took best screenplay and ensemble cast; best animation went to DreamWorks' "Chicken Run"; and martial arts flick "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" earned both a cinematography award and best foreign film.
MORE AWARDS: The Joan Allen starrer "The Contender" will receive the Broadcast Film Critics Association's annual Alan J. Pakula Award for outstanding film of social and political significance, Reuters says.
The prize will be presented to the film's writer and director Rod Lurie and the cast at the group's sixth annual Critics' Choice Awards luncheon Jan. 22.