The actress roped in her famous pals, including Jude Law and Ben Stiller, to pose for photos wearing a "magical" headpiece for the tome in aid of the Golden Hat Foundation, which she set up to help her friend's autistic son Keli.
Winslet's mission came to a halt when she underwent a minor operation - but she refused to take doctors' advice and rest up, and instead headed out to a party in a bid to land former U.S. President Clinton for her book.
She tells Ladies' Home Journal, "You wouldn't believe some of the things I did to get that hat to people. Like, I gatecrashed a private function to get the hat to Bill Clinton.
"It was a dinner party of about 30 people, and my friend foolishly gave me a ticket. I'd just had minor surgery and I had stitches, and I was like, 'I don't care, I need Bill Clinton, f**k it.' So I hobbled in to this party in my cocktail dress, and begged. Unfortunately he was surrounded by handlers who wouldn't let him put it on. But I needed to try. And most of the time it was fine.
"A lot of the time it was just me racing around the city to different events. Once my children and I made a road trip to watch Michael Phelps swim in Baltimore, so we could get him into the hat. I was terrified of losing it - and I was sure I'd lost it several times. See, at some point I want to auction it off to raise more money."
The book, entitled The Golden Hat, is set for release in April (12).
The Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines star confessed to the driver he didn't have enough cash or credit to pay the $84 (£52.50) bill as soon as he arrived at his destination so the cab man flagged down a nearby police officer.
According to TMZ.com, law enforcement officials then picked up Stahl for the misdemeanour and took him into custody.
He was reportedly released on Saturday (28Jan12) after posting $500 (£312.50) bail.
The nautical heist thriller Contraband is a remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam an Icelandic film from 2008 which admittedly I’ve yet to see. (It’s curiously difficult to find stateside.) Presumably there must have been something about it that was compelling enough to warrant the effort and expense of an American adaptation. Whatever it was it didn’t survive the no doubt complicated process of translating it into a proper Mark Wahlberg vehicle.
Wahlberg plays Chris Farraday once a legendary New Orleans smuggler but now happily law-abiding as a home-security contractor. The same however cannot be said of his punk brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) who runs illegal shipments for a tattooed hoodlum named Tim Riggs (Giovanni Ribisi). When Andy makes the unwise decision to dump his valuable narcotics cargo in advance of a Customs raid earning the dreaded pay-up-or-die ultimatum from his unsavory boss Chris tries in vain to intervene on his behalf only to be rudely rebuffed. Which leaves him with only one option to save Andy’s skin: One Last Job.
The director of Contraband Baltasar Kormakur actually starred in Reykjavik-Rotterdam – a piece of trivia which unfortunately proves far more interesting than anything found in his remake. It seems his familiarity with the material bred banality if not necessarily contempt. His approach is a kind of Bourne-lite: the shaky-cam is restrained enough to minimize audience headaches but the ultimate result is stultifyingly generic.
Essential to any successful Mark Wahlberg film from Boogie Nights to The Fighter has been to surround Wahlberg with more accomplished and versatile actors thereby allowing him to focus on his core competencies of scowling cursing and otherwise radiating his unique brand of low-watt charisma. Kormakur assembled capable-enough performers for Contraband only to saddle them with uniformly bland characters.
Having grown accustomed to Kate Beckinsale as the leather-clad heroine of the Underworld films I found it odd – and a bit disappointing – to see her reduced to the role of the protagonist’s fretful wife. Ribisi’s novel strategy for transcending his miscasting as a clichéd white-trash villain is to adopt a bizarre high-pitched accent presumably Southern in origin but unlike any Southern accent I’ve ever witnessed. Ben Foster plays Wahlberg’s best friend an ex-con and recovering alcoholic who seems doomed to relapse on both fronts if only because he’s being played by Ben Foster. Diego Luna J.K. Simmons Lukas Haas are underutilized in one-note roles.
I confess to be unfamiliar with the vagaries of illicit foreign-goods transport but I have to think it’s more exciting than what unfolds in Contraband. No one expects it to rival the glamour and of say casino robbery but Kormakur depicts smuggling with all the verve and panache of a tax audit. The film’s lone fireworks occur on land during a stop-off in Panama City when Wahlberg’s character is forced by the local crime boss (Luna) in an armored-car hold-up. A heist-within-a-heist if you will. But soon it’s back on the boat where the momentum ceases and the movie sinks.
Christopher Meloni, just over six months removed from his abrupt Law & Order: SVU departure, has signed up for a regular role on HBO's True Blood.
The veteran actor will join the hit series beginning with season 5, and he'll play "an ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands," according to the series' creator, Alan Ball (as told to TV Line).
Meloni is no stranger to HBO, having played Chris Keller for three seasons on the network's prison drama, Oz. He'll soon be seen on the big screen, too, as Col. Hardy in 2013's highly anticipated Superman movie, Man of Steel.
Source: TV Line
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Did Hollywood have anything to do with the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement? The whole thing seems a little bit convenient. Last month saw the behind-the-meltdown docudrama Margin Call and the sci-fi metaphor In Time. Now we have Tower Heist a comedy that pits the blue collar staff of the Trump Tower against a thieving Bernie Madoff-esque tenant. The movie's an Ocean's 11 for the 99% with a sense of timeliness that makes the simple plotting and wisecracking that much more effective.
Ben Stiller stars as Josh Kovacs overseer of all the goings-on at the Tower. He wakes up before dawn and heads home after sunset spending his day catering to the occupants of the ritzy apartment complex and managing his eclectic crew—including former Burger King cook Enrique (Michael Peña) Jamaican maid Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) and his slacker brother-in-law Charlie (Casey Affleck). The crew's greatest concern is multi-billionaire Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) the penthouse resident Tower board member and thanks to attention paid trusted friend of Josh.
Trusted...until the FBI busts Shaw for stealing millions including the Tower employees' pensions.
Like all good tower heists Josh's titular harebrained scheme is prompted by a drunken night out with lead investigator Claire (Téa Leoni) who tips the irked manager off to Shaw's hidden stash: a possible eight-figure sum hidden somewhere in his apartment. In pursuing the American dream of revenge Josh recruits his slighted co-workers along with distraught former-millionaire Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) and Josh's childhood friend-turned-thief Slide (Eddie Murphy). Together the motley crew concocts a plan to retrieve what's rightfully theirs—all while sinking Shaw in the process.
Tower Heist isn't as slick or intricate as the Ocean movies but its straightforward take on the crime genre is strengthened by Stiller Murphy and the rest of the cast's ability to inject ridiculous humor into sympathetic characters. When Josh realizes his decade spent commanding the operations of the Tower were for naught he wigs out marching up to the top floor to beat the crap out of Shaw's priceless convertible (it was owned by Steve McQueen in case you were wondering why anyone would keep an antique car on the top floor of a building). Not entirely realistic but relatable which sums up every over-the-top satisfying scenario these characters find themselves throughout the film.
Most importantly Tower Heist delivers on the funny. Playing the straight man is an art and Stiller's one of the masters (although you'd never know it from his Night at the Museum shtick or wackier roles like Zoolander) riffing off his co-stars while giving them ample time to be complete weirdos. The movie is being touted as a comeback for Murphy but he wisely steps into a supporting role delivering on his character's manic charm while never trying to steal the spotlight. The one who really steals the show is Broderick whose clueless neurotic Fitzhugh can't help relapsing mid-heist into memories of luxurious trips to Greece.
Credit goes to director Brett Ratner who cranked out three Rush Hour movies and an X-Men threequel while never really nailing down what it takes to make a group dynamic work. Here he pulls it off finding the right beats to make Tower Heist funny and thrilling. There are moments during the actual heist scene set during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade that cause quite a stir—a rarity in today's run-of-the-mill thrill rides.
Tower Heist is the definition of a cinematic softball avoiding risky choices and utilizing each actor to their previously known (and successful) traits without feeling lazy. As the holidays roll in and families look for something they all can enjoy Tower Heist delivers a little something for everyone. Except maybe Bernie Madoff.
Clinton pulled out of a planned trip to Europe this week (begs31Oct11) to be with Dorothy Rodham as she battled an undisclosed illness, but she lost her fight for life in the early hours of Tuesday (01Nov11).
Rodham's family were by her bedside in Washington as she passed away.
A statement from the Clinton family reads, "She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was.
"A warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
"Dorothy is and always will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton."
Sarah Michelle Gellar's new CW series Ringer brings us back to great memories past when we'd look forward to Buffy the Vampire Slayer every week. For those of us who were fans of the series, Ringer is giving us a treat: visiting the show in a guest role will be Buffy alum Amber Benson. Benson played Tara, Willow Rosenberg's (Alyson Hanigan) true love. In Ringer, Benson will play a stripper who doubles as a police informant for Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell). Benson will appear on the tenth episode of Ringer's first season. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. -TVGuide
Fans of Star Wars will rejoice: an ambassador from Cloud City is coming to ABC. Bill Dee Williams, famous for his Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi roles as Lando Calrissean, and for playing Harvey Dent a.k.a. Two-Face in the 1989 Batman film, has signed on for a guest role, playing himself, on the ABC sitcom Man Up!. The series follows three men (Dan Fogler, Mather Zickel and Christopher Moynihan) on a pursuit for masculinity. Man Up! premieres Tuesday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. -EW
In a miraculous twist of fate, we might be seeing the Cheers reunion that so many of us have long hoped for. ABC is developing The Manzanis, a family sitcom about a stereotypical loud-mouthed Italian-American family moving to (and clashing with the residents of) a quiet, white collar neighborhood. Kirstie Alley will play the lead, Angela Manzani, while her fellow Cheers veteran Rhea Perlman will be playing her mother-in-law. This sort of thing gives hope for cameos from old castmembers. I know Ted Danson is pretty busy, but he can make time, right? -TVLine
The state became only the sixth to allow gay unions in June (11), and couples, including designer Michael Kors, have rushed to take advantage of the new law and marry.
The Devil Wears Prada star, whose older brother Michael is gay, is delighted to see the success of the ruling, and she tells America's Interview magazine she's hoping New Jersey officials decide to pass the law as well.
Hathaway says, "They need to get on the New York bandwagon and legalise gay marriage. But I think everybody should do that. It's not a specifically Jersey thing."
Fellow actors Cheyenne Jackson, Anthony Edwards and Yeardley Smith will also be among the cast members of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's play, 8, read through.
The production focuses on the legal efforts by officials at the American Foundation for Equal Rights to overturn the controversial Proposition 8 bill, which outlawed gay unions in the state, just months after its legalisation in 2008.
The play will be directed by Joe Mantello and take place at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on 19 September (11), according to trade paper Variety.
This week, Hollywood resurrects one of the deadliest on-screen heroes of all time: Conan the Barbarian. In both the 1982 original (starring the one-and-only Arnold Schwarzenegger) and this week's flashy remake, Conan embarks on a quest to pummel slobbering, axe-wielding solider after slobbering, axe-wielding solider and avenge his father's death and the slaughtering of his village. Simple enough.
But why is it always the men who get to have all the fun duking it out with deadly foes and seeking bloody vengeance? No offense to Arnie or new-Conan Jason Momoa, but just because you're a dude covered in muscles and straggly long hair, doesn't mean you're the only person who can unleash furry upon those who have wronged you. The ladies deserve their time in the spotlight too.
Female-driven action movies may never be the norm in Hollywood (let alone female-driven revenge tales), but thankfully a few have trickled through the system and stand out as prime examples of women taking matters into their own hands:
The Bride in Kill Bill
Perhaps the most unrelenting of all vengeance-seeking fems is Beatrix Kiddo a.k.a. The Bride, member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and victim of boss man Bill's violent attack. Bill puts a bullet in Kiddo's head after she abandons the assassin group, but she miraculously survives the attack and goes on a killing spree against her double-crossing teammates. One-by-one, The Bride picks each killer off until she reaches her final goal: Bill. The encounter is more painful than a ninja sword to the eye, with the Bride delivering a one-two punch of emotion to Bill…before actually slapping him with the life-ending Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.
Erica Bain in The Brave One
Jodie Foster spun her own version of the classic Charles Bronson thriller Death With in this gritty 2007 film, that focuses on a widow who takes to the streets to avenge her husband's death.
Instead of doing what most people in her situation would do (grieve), Foster's Erica Bain buys an illegal hand gun and goes on the hunt for the thugs who murdered her hubby. In the process, she knocks off a handful of auxiliary goons—which doesn't quite fly with the police. Thankfully, Erica's situation is relatable enough that the one detective who uncovers her vigilante actions (Terrence Howard) helps her finish off the baddies and lets her walk away.
Take that, law.
Ruth Patchett in She-Devil
To be fair, Hell hath no fury like a woman or a man scorned, but the movies tend to focus on the lady's point of view. In the case of the movie She-Devil, Roseanne Barr's Ruth isn't simply pissed because her marriage fell apart, but because her idiot husband went at her with an emotional dagger.
After falling love with the beautiful novelist Mary (Meryl Streep), Ruth's husband Bob declares her a terrible mother and ends there already-bumpy marriage. Not content with letting the self-centered, slimy scumbag off the hook, Ruth goes the extra step and plots to destroy his entire life. Home, family, career and freedom—the four aspects of Bob's life Ruth obliterates, first by burning down Mary's mansion then spinning a web of deceit that lands Bob in jail.
So yes, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but mostly because they're more clever.
Carrie White in Carrie
Torturing the weird girl in high school is never a good idea—they always come back to get you. But it's an especially unsound demonstration of social rank when said weird girl has psychic powers.
Carrie takes a lot of crap from the world, balancing routine pranks from her classmates and feeling God's wrath every night when she returns home to her religiously militant mother. But when she finds herself doused in pig's blood at prom, Carrie finally lets all the rage out, in an array of vicious psychic attacks. She burns the prom-goers, stabs her Mom in the face with knives then puts a cap on her own chaos by collapsing her house.
Sometimes sweet revenge isn't about elaborate plots and more about just causing a ruckus.