The Ghost actress' daughter Alex Martin walked down the aisle with husband Bernard Dean for a second time on 15 October (11), according to People.com.
The 37 year old and her partner held the renewal ceremony in Las Vegas, and Goldberg, her three grandchildren and the couple's close friends were there to help celebrate.
Martin is Goldberg's daughter with her first husband, Alvin Martin.
The Tourist is about as difficult to get through as spotting the vowels in the name of its director. Florian Henckel von Donnersmark was last seen receiving a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2007 for The Lives of Others which was about a couple living in East Berlin who were being monitored by the police of the German Democratic Republic. Its positive reception made way for the assumption that Donnersmark would continue to populate the USA with films of seemingly otherworldly and underrepresented themes. But his current project is saddening in its superficiality and total implausibility.
The film’s only real upside is its stars: two of our most prized Americans. Johnny Depp plays Frank Tupelo a math teacher from Wisconsin who travels to Europe after his wife leaves him presumably because of his weakness and simplicity. While en route to Venice he meets Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) who situates herself in his company after she receives a letter from her criminal lover Alexander Pearce (who stole some billions from a very wealthy Russian and the British government) with instructions to find someone on a train who looks like him and make the police believe that he is the real Alexander Pearce to throw the authorities and the Russians off his track. Elise picks Frank and after they are photographed kissing each other on the balcony of Elise’s hotel everyone begins to believe Frank is the real Pearce and so begins the chase.
While Donnersmark could not have picked two better looking people to film roaming around Venice his lack of faith in the audience is obvious. Every aspect of the characters is hammed up again and again as if Donnersmark felt burdened with the task of making us see his vision. Doubtful that we’re capable of getting to where he wants us he has crafted a movie completely devoid of subtlety. Elise’s strength and superiority over Frank are portrayed by close-ups and repeated instances of men burping up their lungs upon seeing her (as if her beauty is in any way subjective?). And in case we forgot that Frank is the victim in this story -- even though he’s been tricked chased and shot at - Donnersmark still felt the need to pin him with a lame electronic cigarette to puff on. Frank and Elise somehow manage to lack mystery even though we get very few factual details about each of them.
Nothing extraordinary comes to us in the way of the film’s structural elements either. There is very little of the action that The Tourist’s marketing led us to believe and the dialog is often painful. The plot itself is almost shockingly unbelievable especially when we’re asked to believe that Elise falls in love with Frank after a combination of kissing him once and her disclosed habit of swooning over men she only spent an hour with (yes that was on her CV).
The Tourist is rather empty and cosmetic. It’s worth seeing if you’re a superfan of Jolie or Depp but don’t expect to walk out of the theater with anything more than the stub you came in with.
There comes a time in every filmmaker’s career when it suddenly feels like they’re coasting. They’ve made a name for themselves had some success and challenged themselves in one way or another so now it’s time to take it easy do what they do best and give the people what they want. Perhaps they’re taking a break before they try to do something big again or maybe they’re paying off the debt of a previous flop but the one thing they’re not doing is taking any risks. It’s the same-old same-old and while it might please the fans the real admirers probably won’t be pleased. It happens more often than we’d like to admit but unfortunately it does happen.
This is the case with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs the latest from the director who gave us Amelie Delicatessen and City of Lost Children (the latter two co-directed with Marc Caro). Those films earned him comparisons to Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton but Jeunet proved he had a unique and witty cinematic style that he could call his own and with the international popularity of Amelie audiences everywhere took notice granting this very talented director a lot of leeway to make films in his own style. With his next film 2004’s A Very Long Engagement he decided to stray from the style of his previous films and attempt something more dramatic and though the film was generally well-received Jeunet decided to go back to the well of whimsy with Micmacs with very mixed results. While casual fans should be pleased anyone interested in watching a filmmaker grow artistically (as Jeunet had been) will shrug and leave disappointed.
Like his fellow fantasists Gilliam and Burton Jeunet’s detractors have often described him as a stylist first and storyteller second. I’ve never subscribed to that theory until now — I always felt a connection to his offbeat characters and stories — but with Micmacs he either has failed to help us make that connection or he simply doesn’t care enough himself. Part of the problem is that the film hangs on the flimsiest of plotlines: Homeless man Dany Boon seeks revenge on the feuding weapons manufacturers responsible for the landmine that killed his parents and the bullet in his head (a result a drive-by shooting) by teaming up with a rag-tag group of other homeless people all of them with their own set of special skills. A picture like this should hook us in from the very start or it’s never going to get off the ground and Micmacs’ opening already suggests that Jeunet isn’t breaking any new ground here; whimsy for whimsy’s sake will only yield limited results especially without a real story in place. Although it’s filled with a number of the filmmaker’s patented set pieces Micmacs is never as engaging as it would like to be. Numerous sequences that resemble Rube Goldberg meets Warner Brothers cartoons are definitely amusing to watch and offer some trademark Jeunet imagery but there’s no reason to care about what we’re seeing. Boon’s plight should be a moving one but for Jeunet it feels more like an excuse to shoot his regular co-star Dominique Pinon out of a giant cannon.
Pinon’s presence represents another problem with Micmacs: although the film is very well cast almost none of these characters register with the audience. Boon’s homeless “family” is filled with faces out of the Jeunet central casting book but we never really learn who they are nor do we understand why they follow Boon’s character through the lengths that they do. Just because they’re “characters” doesn’t really give them character to portray and though the film is energetically performed by all (with special recognition going to the charming Marie-Julie Baup) they’re just figures for Jeunet’s giant Parisian play set. There’s no question that there are certain pleasures to be found in Micmacs; it looks wonderful with some great production design and cinematography by Tetsuo Nagata and Jeunet’s use of classic Max Steiner music definitely adds to the fun. But these enjoyments are really surface-level only and the film doesn’t have enough weight to hold them up. I certainly wanted to like this one more than I did and I’m sure many of you will disagree with my assessment and enjoy yourselves anyway but Micmacs ultimately isn’t the best example of what Jean-Pierre Jeunet is capable of.
The Rev. Al Sharpton has filed a $1 billion libel lawsuit against the HBO TV network for airing an FBI surveillance tape recorded 19 years ago showing a conversation between him and a government agent posing as a drug dealer. The tape aired on the network's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Tuesday in a segment about former Columbo crime family boss Michael Franzese, who organized gambling for pro athletes. Sharpton says the recording is part of a smear campaign to disrupt his potential presidential run in 2004. According to Reuters, Sharpton is seeking $500 million in compensatory damages and $500 million in punitive damages from HBO Inc., HBO Real Sports, AOL-Time Warner, Inc., reporter Bernard Goldberg and Franzese, alleging "defamation, libel and slander." A spokesman for HBO called the lawsuit "unworthy of comment."
Filmmaker Woody Allen's lawsuit against producer Jean Doumanian has resulted in a tag sale of film props. Dan Meader, the owner of Elmwood Antiques in Haverhill, Mass., bought the contents of a warehouse in Queens, NY, where Allen stored props. Meader's purchase payment will be split between Allen and Doumanian, but Meader will keep the proceeds from the sale. Items--including bags of preserved autumn leaves, Manhattan street signs and old-fashioned refrigerators--will be sold this week at the Amesbury auction house through Sunday, The Associated Press reports.
Warner Bros. Pictures is forging ahead with its big-budget sci-fi epic The Fountain, Variety reports. Director Darren Aronofsky will helm the pic, which will star Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Ellen Burstyn. The film will be about the journey of one man in the present day as well as both 500 years in the past and into the future. Production is expected to begin in late October in Sydney, Australia.
Ben Affleck is in negotiations to star in and possibly direct a new film based on the novel Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane. Affleck, who with Matt Damon won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting, is also in talks to write the screenplay, Ananova.com reports. Gone, Baby, Gone is Lehane's fourth book about two private detectives, Kenzie and Gennaro, who live in the working-class Dorchester neighborhood of Boston where they grew up.
Could Everybody Loves Raymond be nearing the end of the road? Creator Phil Rosenthal seems to think so. CBS' deal for the series expires in May, along with star Ray Romano's contract, prompting discussion on the show's future. "You mine for gold as long as you can," Rosenthal told Variety. "But when we're out of stories, the show is over." Everybody Loves Raymond is entering its seventh season this fall.
Malcolm in the Middle actress Jane Kaczmarek's real-life pregnancy will be written into the show, the AP reports. The last time the 46-year-old actress was pregnant, the show's producers spent a lot of time camouflaging her expanding waistline. Kaczmarek is married to Bradley Whitford of The West Wing.
ABC has ordered a one-hour reality special titled The Ultimate Makeover, which will chronicle the makeovers of two women and a man over a 10-week period. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a leading Hollywood plastic surgeon will oversee surgical procedures done to the three participants, including facelifts, cheek and breast implants, tummy tucks and liposuction. The show is scheduled to air during November sweeps.
Two former members of Destiny's Child--LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson--have settled their lawsuits against the group's current members, its manager and Sony Music, the AP reports. The two were original members of the R&B group but left in 2000 over unhappiness with Mathew Knowles' control after their original manager died in 1997. They sued for breach of contract, defamation, libel and fraud over the lyrics in the single "Survivor," specifically the lines: "You thought that I'd be stressed without you/But I'm chillin'/You thought I wouldn't sell without you/Sold 9 million." Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.