Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.
Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa-Marie Presley and granddaughter of the King himself, has nabbed a part in the new Mad Max film. Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic franchise, and will pick up the story shortly after where Beyond Thunderdome left off. Miller is producing the project with his Happy Feet collaborator Doug Mitchell. (Yes, the person who directed Mad Max also directed Happy Feet and Babe: Pig In The City. It’s a crazy world.)
Inception star Tom Hardy is stepping into Mel Gibson’s tight leather jacket, and Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult are also set to star in the film. Keough will play one of the “Five Wives”, a group of women who need Max’s protection. Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) play two of the other “Wives”, along with fellow rock star progeny Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet).
Keough’s first film role was this year’s The Runaways, with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. But the former model is recently in high demand, shooting The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom and taking over from Olivia Thirlby in Jack and Diane, both of which will be released in 2011. Mad Max: Fury Road, is set to begin production early next year.
The Mean Girls actress was sentenced to 90 days in prison for breaching her parole relating to a 2007 DUI arrest and she began her time behind bars in California on Tuesday (20Jul10).
Lohan's legal team did not challenge the judge's decision to send her to jail, and the star's father Michael is adamant her lawyers should have attempted to have the ruling overturned.
Michael's attorney, Lisa Bloom, also reveals her client offered to pay for the actress' appeal.
She tells talk show host Larry King, "She could have won an appeal perhaps, I saw some grounds for an appeal, but attorneys could differ on that... No one has done it (lodged an appeal). And Michael offered to pay for the appeal through me. He's offered to pay for it. He's offered to do anything possible to help his daughter."
Lohan is expected to serve just a fraction of her 90-day sentence and could be free as early as 1 August (10). She will then spend time in court-ordered rehab.
The Mean Girls star was jailed for 90 days on Tuesday (20Jul10) for violating her parole relating to a 2007 DUI arrest.
She is expected to serve a fraction of her sentence before being released to court-ordered rehab.
But Lohan's dad Michael, who also spent time in prison, is adamant jail will not help his daughter because she could suffer emotional trauma from her experiences inside.
He tells TV host Larry King, "(I feel) pessimistic in the way that I think that there's going to be some deeply rooted issues, some issues that are going to stem from being in prison, like there still are in my life, Larry. There's things I shoved deep down inside that's reared their ugly head sometimes, too. You have to swallow a lot when you're in there."
And Michael fears the actress, whose prescription pill regime was revealed in her probation report, won't be able to kick her addictions because will still have access to drugs while behind bars.
Asked by King whether his daughter will have access to prescription drugs in jail, he replied, "Yes, sir."
His attorney, Lisa Bloom, adds, "She gets them on limited quantities. So, that's an improvement."
During a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday (06Jul10), Judge Marsha Revel ruled the Mean Girls star had breached her probation relating to a string of drink-driving offences by failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes.
Lohan was ordered to surrender to court on 20 July (10) and will spend the rest of the summer (10) behind bars. After she is released, she must spent another 90 days in residential rehab.
But Michael Lohan is adamant his daughter does not belong in jail and has written a letter to Judge Revel asking her to reconsider the sentence and allow the actress to spend six months in a treatment program instead.
He tells TV newsman Larry King, "Any time in jail is harsh, especially for a young lady like Lindsay that doesn't need jail. I've been there myself, and I know jail didn't do anything for me with my addictions... I'm sorry. I'm just... a little upset...
"This girl needs a rehab. She needs help... If Lindsay's lawyer and Lindsay would have just listened to us, she would have been in a rehab, she would have been on her way to being clean and sober and have her life back. Instead, she got jail and - jail and rehab."
His lawyer, Lisa Bloom, adds, "I don't want there to be misinterpretation that Michael and I think the sentence was appropriate because we don't. And we sent a letter to the court today. We sent one previously, begging the court not to incarcerate her because I'm a pragmatist, Larry. What message does it send to someone if they go to jail for 84 minutes or for a day and a half?
"Mandated six months or longer in an in-patient treatment facility that knows what they're doing, a facility that will take her off all the drugs, the prescriptions, and otherwise, and then give her life back."
Lohan's mother Dina has also condemned the decision to send the star to jail, telling Popeater.com, "This is so not fair to do this to my child."
June is going home for her sister’s wedding toting a mess of car parts from a junkyard in Wichita apparently the best place in the country for scrap parts. At the airport she twice bumps into a mysterious fellow with dynamite bangs. Just when she feels she might be falling for him she returns from the airplane lavatory to find he has killed everyone onboard. What follows is 110 minutes of your life siphoned painfully from you that you can never reclaim.
Knight and Day is the pinnacle of studio laziness: two pretty people forcefully crammed into an empty vessel in the hopes that their celebrity will dupe more than a few rubes into buying a ticket. This movie is lifeless; it has no pulse from beginning to end. I’m not naive. I know why movies like this exist and I know that I am not the target audience. But what really burns me about Knight and Day is that it fails to deliver on the one note on which movies like this typically bank: cheap romance.
The principal design of a film like this is to provide masturbatory fantasies for people who read gossip magazines. When you are making a film in that vein the only requirement of you is to create chemistry and steaminess between your two leads. Knight and Day managed to fashion a film like that without spending a lick of effort to create sexual tension between the characters. At no point in the film did I feel like they had a relationship -- or that they were even interested in one another -- until I was explicitly told that it was true.
Most of the absence of heat between them is a product of two veteran movie stars who obviously could not care less about the film they are making. If you are a fan of either Tom Cruise or Cameron Diaz I would highly suggest taking a trip to Madame Tussauds and staring at their wax likenesses because they will offer more skilled performances cast in wax than they did on screen. If Cruise’s performance were any more phoned in AT&T would’ve sponsored the film. To counterbalance that Diaz is a complete doorknob. Her “fish out of water” routine more often than not devolves into completely inauthentic stupidity and emotionless non-reactions. And I’m sorry Tom but even you have to exert yourself just an iota to be charming.
The plot of the film isn’t just generic it’s insultingly stupid. Take the actors out of the film -- hell take away the fact that the film exists -- if you were to recount the plot points of Knight and Day to someone as if it were a story that person would think you a moron. MacGuffins about batteries characters identified by their naiveté suddenly becoming fully cognizant of complicated schemes and being pretty serving as the only criterion for graduating to superspy all expected to be swallowed as fact.
At least it’s an action film so there are moments of sheer entertainment right? Wrong! The action scenes are as bland and unsatisfying as the rest of the script and offer little more than sweet retreat from the idiocy of the plot and the inadequacy of its cast. Please do not waste your time money or brain cells on this unmitigated garbage. If we collectively say no to movies like this perhaps the next summer vehicle for pretty people will have the good decency to be mediocre.
The Mean Girls actress was ordered to appear before Judge Marsha Revel at Beverly Hills Courthouse on Thursday (20May10) after only completing 10 of her 13 court-ordered alcohol education classes, stemming from a 2007 arrest.
But Lohan found herself stranded in Europe on Tuesday (18May10) after losing her passport while attending the Cannes Film Festival in France.
And the star was convinced her dad was responsible for the lost document, telling GossipCop.com earlier this week (beg17May10), "My passport's been stolen. It's clearly an inside person who works with my father that has been sent to set me up. He's been threatening me."
But Michael Lohan has blasted the accusation, telling the New York Post, "No, I had nothing to do with her passport."
A warrant was issued for Lohan's arrest after she failed to attend the hearing, but she has escaped jail after posting the required bail money.
And Michael's attorney Lisa Bloom has now spoken out about the missing passport, insisting Lohan's dad did everything he could to help her get back to America to attend the hearing.
She tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "He's been in Los Angeles the last few days, so the accusation that he stole her passport in France is absurd... Michael has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to try to help his daughter, including trying to get her a private plane, trying to get her an expedited passport yesterday. He's also tried to get her to go to rehab for many months. And Lindsay doesn't like that. She doesn't like hearing that. Michael doesn't take her out partying. He doesn't support the lifestyle that she's in."
The 23 year old is next expected in court on Monday (24May10).
Though Garry Marshall hasn’t made a decent flick since 1990’s Pretty Woman he still apparently wields a not inconsiderable amount of clout in Hollywood. What else could explain the all-star ensemble of actors who gathered for Valentine’s Day? Among the major names found probing the turgid depths of the nearly 80-year-old director’s insipid rom-com are Julia Roberts Anne Hathaway Ashton Kutcher Jessica Alba Jamie Foxx Jessica Biel Taylor Lautner and various other prominent actors who either owe favors to Marshall or whose incriminating photos he holds in his possession.
A slice-of-life tale unfolding in Los Angeles over the course of a single Valentine’s Day the film chronicles the romantic adventures of a diverse cast of characters at various stages of relationships and encompassing virtually every conceivable demographic category. Their ages backgrounds and perspectives often dramatically differ but they each share one trait in common: Almost without exception they are all ceaselessly painfully disastrously unfunny.
Some temper their dishumor with a dose of the annoying like Kutcher whose dopey florist Marshall unwisely chose to anchor Valentine’s Day’s story around. Others add a dash of the preposterous like Roberts dressed in military fatigues in a laughable attempt to play a U.S. Army Captain on leave from the front. Still others add cloying sentiment to the mix like Bryce Robinson’s lovelorn 10-year-old whose grandparents played by Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo ply him with nostalgic romantic tips pre-fabricated for maximum inter-generational cuteness. Whatever your preferred method of cinematic torture may be you’ll undoubtedly encounter it in this film.
In addition to challenging the pain threshold Valentine’s Day offers a test of endurance as well its story requiring over two hours to satisfy the narrative demands of its swollen cast. If you didn’t despise Hallmark’s ersatz holiday before you certainly will after enduring this Bataan Death March of rom-coms.
Animal rights group PETA has handed the director a Proggy Award for Outstanding Feature Film for "the inspiring message in his blockbuster".
A PETA spokeswoman says, "Viewers will recognise how the plight of Avatar's catlike Na'vi people, who are faced with being driven off their land by a greedy corporation, closely echoes the real-life plight of animals on earth, many of whom continue to be torn away from their homes and families and locked up in cages in zoos, circuses, and laboratories.
"PETA also applauds the movie's stunning special effects, which beautifully illustrate how unnecessary it is to subject animals to the stress of a film production."
The group's Senior Vice President Lisa Lange adds, "We hope viewers will come away from Avatar with a new way of looking at the world around them and the way we treat our fellow earthlings.
"For helping animals with the positive message of this film, James Cameron is PETA's 'King of the World.'"
The Ghost star lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in September (09), less than two years after doctors discovered he was suffering from the deadly illness.
Niemi admits her late husband was mortified when he heard the bad news, because he knew he had little chance of surviving the aggressive cancer.
She tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "He was having some indigestion problems and then noticed he had some jaundice. And we immediately got him in (to see a doctor). And everything just kind of snowballed from there. I didn't know a lot about pancreatic cancer at that point, but he did. And when he got that diagnosis, the first thing he said (was), 'I'm a dead man.'
"It's a really tough, tough, merciless disease, especially, you know, in the advanced stages, which he was diagnosed. For us, every day, every week was a supreme victory."
While the actor's younger brother, Donny Swayze, adds, "I was there when he found out that it had, indeed, metastasized to the liver, which, as you know, that's even more of a death sentence. I was looking in my big brother's eyes and he didn't even flinch. I don't know what was going through his mind, but after about 15 seconds, his eyes narrowed and he said, 'Well, it's time to jam. It's time to get busy.'"