Dawn (Jess Weixler) has grown up in the shadows of two giant nuclear power plant towers in a suburban American town and as she reaches the ripe age of sexual maturity she discovers that there are teeth in her nether regions. That kind of explains why her stepbrother Brad (John Hensley) has this love/hate relationship with her because as a child his hands wandered where they shouldn't have and he was bitten on his finger. Brad has grown up to be a tattooed sex renegade while Dawn has joined the teen abstinence movement The Promise and is one of their featured speakers. One of the Dawn falls for one of the Promise guys Tobey (Hale Appleman) as they try to resist their teenage passions for each other--to no avail. Yeah it isn’t pretty. Soon Dawn asks a gynecologist Dr. Godfrey (Josh Pais) to check her with equally devastating results. Can Dawn have a sex life without emasculating her admirers? Only the brave dare try. The cast of young actors is relatively unknown partly because director (and former actor) Mitchell Lichtenstein said it was hard to convince any actor to take the part. The girls would have the stigma of being "that girl" with the strange problem and the guys would--for the most part--be known for having their most private parts bitten off. Nevertheless Weixler does an astounding job taking a chance after her stint on daytime soap One Life to Live and a few other minor movie roles. Blonde innocent and with a quirkiness much like Anna Faris in the Scary Movie films Weixler is delightful. She plays Dawn like a bewildered superhero rather than a hapless victim. Likewise Appleman as the good-looking all-American horny teen is quite likable and Pais as the creepy gynecologist is completely hysterical. The guy who steals the show as complete creep however is Hensley (TV’s Nip/Tuck and The Sopranos). He's so evil when he finally gets his remarkable comeuppance (one that you'll talk about for a long time) cheers of approval and groans of disgust will most likely come from the audience. Writer/director Lichtenstein who you might remember from Ang Lee's Wedding Banquet deftly mixes horror and comedy within Teeth. The film is at once dark and frightening as well as being hysterically funny without turning campy. It’s a tall order to fill especially when dealing with a myth that has spanned ancient cultures worldwide and pits guys against their deep dark subconscious fears of castration but Lichtenstein crafts the story by incorporating other teen concerns such as the censoring of drawings of the female anatomy in high school science books and the movement by some teens to pledge themselves to stay virtuous until marriage. The director also knows how to push his actors into dark and uncomfortably humorous situations. All woven together Teeth is a comedic cautionary safe sex tale.
Anna Nicole Smith's longtime lawyer/companion Howard K. Stern is on the verge of losing the Bahamian home he shared with the tragic model after learning an eviction summons has been requested.
Attorney Godfrey Pinder is requesting Nassau officials evict Stern from the Horizons house he has occupied since August.
The Bahamian lawyer is acting on the request of his client, developer G. Ben Thompson, who insists he offered his house when Anna Nicole was looking for property in the Bahamas.
The request, filed on Wednesday, states Stern has been "trespassing" on Thompson's property since before Feb. 8, 2007--the day Smith died.
Pinder has told news show Access Hollywood, "I served a summons asking the Magistrate's court to give us an eviction notice against Howard K. Stern and to have him pay rent and legal costs and damages, if there are any damages in the place."
Pinder claims Thompson bought the house and had his lawyers draw up the papers for it in Anna Nicole's name--because she planned to buy it from him.
Thompson maintains his friend then declined to sign the mortgage or promissory note.
Pinder attempted to serve Stern with the notice at the property on Wednesday, but was forced to leave it at the entry gate.
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The attorney for tragic model Anna Nicole Smith has filed a robbery complaint with police after an ex-lover allegedly took computer equipment and other personal belongings out of her Bahamas mansion.
Smith died on her way to the hospital on Thursday after her nurse found her unconscious in her suite at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Now the Bahamas residence she had been living in up to her demise is at the center of an ownership dispute between Smith's estate and U.S. developer G. Ben Thompson, a former flame.
Smith's attorney, Wayne Munroe, re-took possession of the house yesterday after Thompson had the locks changed on Friday and put a chain on the gate.
His lawyer, Godfrey Pinder, insists the mansion was on loan to Smith and her death meant her claims to the mansion were no longer legitimate.
Munroe argues the former Playboy playmate bought the property in July for $900,000.
The Bahamas Supreme Court has arranged a hearing on the matter later this month.
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The Crusades were a series of religious wars in which the Christians tried to reclaim Jerusalem from the Muslims who had conquered the Middle East in the 7th century. With the battle cry of "God wills it! " thousands of Europeans answered the call and were able to retake the fabled Holy City in the 11th century. Kingdom of Heaven begins in 1186 between the Second and Third Crusades. A fragile peace prevails mostly through the efforts of Jerusalem's enlightened Christian king Baldwin IV (Edward Norton) and the military restraint of the legendary Muslim leader Saladin (Ghassan Massoud). But it's difficult to maintain the peace. There are extremists within the Christian brigades--known as the Knights Templar--who want to wipe every Muslim off the face of the Earth. On top of that King Baldwin's health is failing. Once he's gone war is sure to follow. If ever there was a need for a hero this is the time. Enter the young French blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) who is in deep despair over the loss of his family. He joins the Crusades after the father he never knew Godfrey (Liam Neeson) comes back from Jerusalem and convinces him it's a quest worth fighting for. As Godfrey passes his sword to his son he also passes on that sacred knightly oath: to protect the helpless safeguard the peace and work toward harmony between religions and cultures so that a kingdom of heaven can flourish on earth. No pressure or anything though.
Orlando Bloom carries his first major motion picture very well easily handling the chores of being such a gallant conscientious and morally upstanding knight. As Balian the Troy costar plays the gamut. He broods over his lost wife and child has father-son epiphanies upholds his knightly duties on a regular basis falls in love with a beautiful but troubled princess and finally bravely defends the Holy City from the encroaching Muslim army thus becoming a legend. Not bad for a day's work eh? There are even times especially toward the end when Balian is standing before the denizens of Jerusalem urging them to fight when you swear you can see a little of Bloom's The Lord of the Rings alter-elf Legolas creep in. The supporting cast also does an adequate job painting a picture of some trying times. Chief among them: Jeremy Irons as King Baldwin's right-hand man Tiberias; Marton Csokas (The Bourne Supremacy) as the evil leader of the Knights Templar; Massoud as the great warrior Saladin; and lovely Eva Green (The Dreamers) as Princess Sibylla King Baldwin's sister who captures our hero's heart but makes some bad choices with dire consequences.
Even if these sword-and-armor epics are all blending together you've got to give props to the directors who make them. These films are massive undertakings and Kingdom of
Heaven with the expert Ridley Scott at the helm is no exception. The Oscar-winning director of course has had his fair share of recreating history first with the classic Gladiator and then with the contemporary Black Hawk Down. But in recreating the Crusades Scott faces his toughest challenge to date and takes on the responsibility very seriously. He is painstakingly meticulous with details even as he is building a 12th-century Jerusalem or corralling 2 000 heavily costumed extras for the colossal climactic battle sequences. And it is always a good thing when a historical film can teach you something you may not have known like what the heck the Crusades were really all about. No Kingdom's biggest obstacle is timing. While it certainly has more substance than Alexander it is not nearly as intense and stirring as The Lord of the Rings trilogy or the granddaddy of them all Braveheart. Too many of its ilk has come before and the concept has unfortunately worn thin.
Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.