The actress' Belle Gray store, which she runs with husband Harry Hamlin, has been targeted twice in as many weeks - burglars broke into the shop on 5 October (10) and made off with $100,000 (£66,600) worth of clothing and accessories.
And on Monday (11Oct10), purses and jewellery were stolen in another raid.
Rinna has handed over surveillance footage to the authorities and is desperate to catch the culprits - because she's determined not to let another break-in ruin her Sherman Oaks shop.
She tells TMZ.com, "I wish I knew, I really wish I knew (why the store was targeted twice). I hope to God they do (catch the burglars). I hope that we can find them because this needs to stop. It's happened twice in a week. I hope it doesn't (happen again) but we have a lot of work to do to fix whatever the problem is."
Police investigating the two burglaries believe they may be connected.
The pair's Belle Gray store was hit by thieves early on Monday morning (11Oct10), while Rinna and Hamlin were taping interviews to promote their new reality TV show just three miles away.
Burglars who broke into the shop last week (beg04Oct10) made off with $100,000 (£66,600)-worth of clothing and accessories.
A surveillance tape of Monday's break-in has already been seized by cops investigating the robberies.
Website TMZ.com has obtained the footage, which shows an intruder pulling up outside the store in a white pick-up truck. He used a crowbar to open the back door.
Hamlin, who insists neither of the break-ins are publicity stunts, reveals purses and jewellery were taken in Monday morning's raid.
Police believe the two burglaries may be connected.
The U.S. TV stars were promoting their new show Harry Loves Lisa and their books on a New York breakfast show when they first received word their store Belle Gray had been burgled in the early hours of Monday (04Oct10).
Hamlin actually took the call from an assistant while he was on air on TV news show Today, and revealed $100,000 (GBP66,600) of goods had been stolen.
The media was immediately cautious to report the tale because many outlets thought it was just a publicity stunt to get Hamlin, Rinna and their projects into the news.
But angry Hamlin insists that's not the case: "If I was going to do a publicity stunt... I would get a big balloon and I'd put the whole family in it and then I'd get lost somewhere over the Pacific (Ocean).
"I'm not gonna rob a few things from my store. I think a little bit bigger than that."
Their Belle Gray store was the victim of burglars, who made off with more than $100,000 (£66,600)-worth of clothes and accessories, on Monday morning (04Oct10), and Hamlin and Rinna can't believe their bad luck.
Belle Gray has been hit many times and the couple is so worried about becoming victims of gun-wielding robbers, they've fitted bulletproof glass - and they're now considering gating off the Ventura Boulevard store after shopping hours.
U.S. TV star Hamlin tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "Most stores get burgled eventually, particularly on Ventura Boulevard. We were burgled when we first opened, three times right away. We had windows then that were shatterable and we now have bullet proof glass in the entire store.
"They were able to break down the front door (on Monday). You couldn't get through the glass but you could break the door down."
Rinna adds, "A lot of people on Ventura Boulevard have those gates that come down. We never really wanted to go there because they're ugly and we probably were just stupid about that.
"Most people on the street have those gates so that tells you something right there. It was just an unfortunate situation. They snatch and grabbed. They grabbed the first two racks and grabbed what was off the table and got it. They probably did it in three minutes tops. It happens. It's small business so you deal with it."
And the couple is asking questions of its security company - because the alarm didn't appear to trigger.
Angry Hamlin says, "We have a security company with an alarm that goes off but we don't think it went off because it wasn't going when our manager got to the store. There were no police there because the alarm company called the wrong police department!
"I was on hold for so long with this company and when a human being finally answered the phone I said, 'OK, everybody's dead! It took me this long to get through to you guys.' It's like calling 911 and being on hold for 10 minutes."
The stars were promoting their books and reality series Harry Loves Lisa on The Today Show, which tapes in New York, when they learned their Sherman Oaks clothing store Belle Gray had been burgled at approximately 7.15am Pacific Standard Time.
The Clash of the Titans actor told the anchors he was informed about the incident during a commercial break.
Clutching his phone he explained, "I have to tell you I have to keep my cell phone on, because our clothing store is being robbed as we speak."
Seconds later, Hamlin's cell phone rang and he could be heard asking the caller, "The store is being robbed? They take much? They took piles from the first two racks, yes?"
After ending the call, Hamlin told The Today Show presenters, "No one was hurt, and the police are coming."
The couple opened Belle Grey in 2003. They launched a second store in nearby Calabasas, but closed that location down last year (09).
The stars are urging fans to wear a special Ralph Lauren t-shirt branded with the Pink Pony logo to promote the organisation's 10th anniversary.
Navratilova, who won her battle against the disease earlier this year (10), is calling for women to have more check-ups so doctors can detect cancer early.
She tells Britain's Marie Claire magazine, "The treatment was the hardest part. Now, I want to use my experience to raise awareness and emphasise the importance of having routine scans and regular check-ups."
Harry Potter star McCrory is pictured wearing the t-shirt on the set of Martin Scorsese's new film Hugo Cabret. She says, "We have to take the same advice we would give a friend. If something feels wrong get it checked out."
Salt the propulsive new thriller from Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger Patriot Games) has been dubbed “Bourne with boobs ” but that label isn’t entirely accurate. In the role of Evelyn Salt a CIA staffer hunted by her own agency after a Russian defector fingers her in a plot to murder Russia’s president Angelina Jolie keeps her two most potent weapons holstered hidden under pantsuits and trenchcoats and the various other components of a super-spy wardrobe that proudly emphasizes function over flash.
But flash is one thing Salt never lacks for. Its breathless cat-and-mouse game hits full-throttle almost from the outset when a former KGB officer named Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) stumbles into a CIA interrogation room and begins spilling details of a vast conspiracy. Back in the ‘70s hardline elements of the Soviet regime launched an ambitious new front in the Cold War flooding the western world with orphans trained to infiltrate the security complexes of their adopted homelands and wait patiently — decades if necessary — for the order to initiate a series of assassinations intended to trigger a devastating nuclear clash between the superpowers from which the treacherous Reds would emerge triumphant.
The Soviet Union may have long ago collapsed (or did it? Hmmm...) but its army of brainwashed killer orphan spies remains in place and if this crazy Orlov fellow is to be believed they stand poised to reignite the Cold War. It’s a preposterous — even idiotic — scheme but no more so than any of our government’s various harebrained proposals to kill Castro back in the ‘60s. As such the CIA treats it with grave seriousness even the part that that pegs Salt who just happens to be a Russian-born orphan herself as a key player in the conspiracy.
Salt bristles at the accusation but suspecting a set-up she opts to flee rather than face interrogation from her bosses Winter (Liev Schreiber) and Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor). A former field agent she’s been confined to a desk job since a clandestine operation in North Korea went south leaving her with a nasty shiner and a rather unremarkable German boyfriend (now her unremarkable German husband). She’s clearly kept up her training during while cubicle-bound however and in a blaze of resourceful thinking and devastating Parkour Fu she fends off a dozen or so agents of questionable competence and takes to the streets where she sets about to clear her name and unravel the Commie orphan conspiracy before the authorities can catch up with her. That is if she isn’t a part of the conspiracy.
The premise which aims to resurrect Cold War tensions and graft them onto a modern-day spy thriller is absurdly clever — and cleverly absurd. But Kurt Wimmer’s screenplay isn’t satisfied with the merely clever and absurd — it must be mind-blowing. Salt is one of those thrillers that ladles out its backstory slowly and in tiny portions every once in a while dropping a revelatory bombshell that effectively blows the lid off everything that happened beforehand. No one is who they seem and every action every gesture no matter how seemingly trivial is imbued with some kind of grand significance. The effect of piling on one insane twist after another has the effect of gradually diluting the narrative. When anything is possible nothing really matters.
But spy thrillers by definition trade in the preposterous and the principal function of the summer blockbuster is to entertain. In that regard Salt more than fulfills its charge. Noyce wisely keeps the story moving at pace that allows little time for asking uncomfortable questions or poking holes in the film’s frail plot. And he has an able partner in the infinitely versatile Jolie who having already exhibited formidable action-hero chops in Wanted and the Tomb Raider films proves remarkably adept at the spy game as well.
It’s well-known that Jolie wasn’t the first choice to star in Salt joining the project only after Tom Cruise dropped out citing the story’s growing similarities to the Mission: Impossible films. But she’s more than just a capable replacement; she’s a welcome upgrade over Cruise not least because she’s over a decade younger (and a few inches taller) than her predecessor. Should Brad Bird require a pinch-hitter for Ethan Hunt he knows where to look.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Although The Great Buck Howard is not the literal story of the once popular (in the '60s and '70s) entertainer known as the Amazing Kreskin the film makes it known this is a pretty thinly disguised tribute to the man who made 88 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show before fading into obscurity on the dinner theater circuit. Writer/director Sean McGinly who worked briefly as Kreskin’s assistant has reinvented him essentially as Buck Howard a “mentalist extraordinaire ” who once strode in the limelight with numerous TV and Vegas appearances but now plays faded community centers and hasn’t filled a theater in decades. As his new assistant law-school dropout Troy Gable quickly learns it isn’t easy working for Buck who still sees himself as a big star but when a quirk of fate intervenes and he really does get a second chance at the national spotlight neither one is quite prepared for what comes next.
WHO’S IN IT?
John Malkovich is a fine actor but he isn’t exactly known for comedy. As Buck Howard however he has the role of a lifetime and he’s simply amazing wryly funny as the has-been mentalist who would never admit he isn’t still every bit the top celebrity he used to be. Although Malkovich plays him somewhat pompously he’s ultimately quite touching as a celeb who once commanded great attention and still craves it on his own terms. As his new unwitting assistant Colin Hanks drolly underplays most of his scenes with Buck and effortlessly shows the quiet desperation of a wannabe writer who’s not exactly sure what he should be doing with his life. Emily Blunt is lovely as a publicist who helps engineer Buck’s surprising comeback; and there are also small but fun bits with Steve Zahn Griffin Dunne and even Colin’s real-life dad Tom Hanks whose company bankrolled the movie.
In the same sweet but low-key vein of My Favorite Year McGinly paints a portrait of the less glamorous aspect of showbiz when an outsized personality starts traveling on the downside of the entertainment world. Clearly his days with Kreskin gave him an entree into this life and his film is nicely observant and respectful. But still very funny.
The film plays it all a little too safe. It doesn’t seem to want to be anything more than a snapshot of life after huge success has faded; adding a little more complexity might have offered an even richer role for Malkovich. It’s pleasant but there’s not a whole lot of depth.
Buck hypnotizes a large crowd of volunteers but gets sidetracked and neglects to snap them out of it. It’s pricelessly funny and captures the ego of the guy perfectly in the expert hands of Malkovich.
Vivian (Agnes Bruckner) works at a chocolate shop but she also has a craving for something else. She's part of a pack of werewolves living in Bucharest who gather once a month when the moon is full to chase a human and tear him to shreds after they all transform into wolves. The human who makes it to the river at the edge of the woods will be spared but so far no one has ever made it. All Vivian really enjoys is the running part. In fact she’d like to separate herself completely from the wolf shapeshifters or loup garoux but instead is relegated to becoming the next new bride of their leader Gabriel (Olivier Martinez). Things are about to change however. While lounging around in an old abandoned church she meets Aiden (Hugh Dancy) a talented graphic artist and researcher obsessed with her kind. She tries to avoid him he tries to forget her but their paths inevitably cross too many times to ignore. He finds her at the chocolate shop and they end up having a secret romance. And when Aiden becomes the next contestant in the werewolf run Vivian is helpless to stop it. It's hard not to like Martinez. It may seem like the role of a werewolf tribe leader is a bit beneath him after Unfaithful and Before Night Falls but he is deliciously commanding and powerfully wolf-like in his role. He saunters and moves like a wolf through the film showing that perhaps the Wolf Camp that the actors went through before the shooting of the film actually had some major impact on him (they also worked with real wolves on the set which added to the realism). Bruckner (Blue Car) does the strong female hero well but something about her performance seems lackluster. She's only vibrant and interesting to watch in her scenes opposite Dancy. Dancy (Ella Enchanted) on the other hand is superb and a good comic relief. German actress Katja Riemann as Vivian’s sad and aging aunt is stellar in her performance as an ex-lover of Gabriel cast aside while Bryan Dick (Bleak House) as Rafe is particularly evil and comes across as Harry Potter's blond nemesis Draco Malfoy only deadlier. What a fine accomplishment for German director Katja von Garnier. She has delved into the traditionally all-male world of directing a genre monster movie and turned it into a Romeo & Juliet with style. There's a distinct lack of gore and the violence isn't overbearing while the astounding art direction and overall moodiness of the movie is only heightened by filming on location in Romania a perfect backdrop for the heavy gray feeling of Blood and Chocolate. Even when the couple in love is happy there's a brooding nature that permeates the streets even in daylight. Most amazing is the graceful and poetic transformation of the humans into their alter wolf egos. They run into a frenzied pitch and then leap into the air and become real wolves rather than the usual cheesy werewolves accentuated by special effects. It’s quite breathtaking.
Based on British mystery writer P.D. James’ rather downbeat novel Men takes place in the not-too-distant future where the world is definitely not right. In fact society is facing extinction since the human race has lost the ability to reproduce; there hasn’t been a new child born in 18 years. But as the tagline reads “…all that can change in a heartbeat.” While the rest of England is unraveling as civil unrest runs rampant a young woman named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) is found miraculously pregnant and Theo (Clive Owen) a disillusioned government agent agrees to help secretly transport her to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of mankind. So sets in motion a race against time fraught with many horrific obstacles. Children of Men collects a first-rate cast. Leading the pack is Owen as yet another reluctant antihero. It’s a good part for the somewhat depressive actor who seems at ease when everything is going to hell around him (see Inside Man Closer etc.). Theo is initially drawn into the Kee conflict because his ex-wife a terrorist/activist--played with brief but quiet determination by Julianne Moore—asks him to. See they share their own personal tragedy so saving Kee and the baby becomes even more important to them. Newcomer Ashitey shines as Kee who really doesn’t understand at all what is happening to her but has a fair amount of spunk anyway. Other standouts include Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots) as one of Moore’s compadres with his own nefarious agenda and Michael Caine as an old friend of Theo--a throwback to a more peaceful time. Representing both old and new school Ejiofor and Caine are actors you can simply put in any film and somehow they will make them that much better. But Children of Men’s true brilliance comes from its creator. Co-writer/director Alfonso Cuaron is simply one of the most exciting cinematic storytellers working today. No genre is out of his reach. He has done kiddie flicks (A Little Princess) sexy coming-of-age dramas (Y Tu Mama Tambien)—and even a splashy Harry Potter installment (Prisoner of Azkaban probably the best one so far). And now Men a futuristic thriller that he crafts with absolute bone-chilling effect. Cuaron’s world is not a very happy place with the skies consistently gray with pollution and violence injustice and human cruelty around every corner. When Theo and Kee are on the run you’re expecting the worst at any moment but that’s not really where Cuaron’s head is at. He wants us to have hope. As the director puts it in the film’s production notes “Humanity has an amazing talent for destruction. But also we can show solidarity and an ability to come through problems together. In the end Children of Men isn’t so much about humanity being destructive—its more about ideologies coming between people’s judgment and their actions that is at work in this story.” I couldn’t have said it any better.