The couple spent Christmas (12) in Europe and found time to view the historic sixth century Saint-Germain-des-Pres abbey and the Saint-Sulpice cathedral, which are both being considered as possible settings for the stars' nuptials, according to Us Weekly magazine.
A source tells the publication, "Halle was stunned by their beauty. This wedding will be a dream come true!"
The insider adds, "Halle wants to marry Olivier in Paris. She knows how special it will be for him to celebrate at home."
Berry, who has been married twice before, has been dating the actor since 2010. They became engaged last year (12).
She recently had a legal request to relocate from Los Angeles to Paris with her young daughter Nahla denied by a judge in her ongoing custody battle with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.
Playing second fiddle to a more famous sibling can be rough. Just ask Fred Claus (Vaughn) a regular guy who has had to grow up under the shadow of his little brother Nicholas Claus (Paul Giamatti) aka Santa. That’s a big shadow to say the least both figuratively and literally. As an adult Fred has pretty much steered clear of his family but when he finds himself in dire need of some fast cash he calls his brother. Pleased as punch to hear from him Nicholas nonetheless makes him a deal: If he comes up to the North Pole for a visit and to help out the few days before Christmas then Fred can have the money. Fred reluctantly agrees and soon he’s being whisked off in Santa’s sleigh by head elf Willie (John Michael Higgins). But once Fred gets to the North Pole nothing seems to go right and soon he is the cause of much chaos--which unbeknownst to Fred causes Nicholas even more stress since his North Pole operation is one step away from being shut down by a cold-hearted efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey). Can Fred quit being bitter in time to save his brother’s livelihood? Of course he can. Hmmm Vince Vaughn minus the R-rated Wedding Crashers/Old School irreverence? It’s a stretch. Seeing the comic actor playing it PG is a little weird but you might enjoy how Vaughn infuses his unique energy into Fred Claus. From getting all the elves to boogie down in Santa’s workshop to going on one rant after another (on his brother: “He’s a clown a megalomaniac a fame junkie!”) to pilfering money on the street and then being chased by Salvation Army Santas it’s all good. Giamatti too seems a little out of his comfort zone as the saintly St. Nick. The actor who usually plays such endearing sad sacks has already played against type to great effect this year as the maniacal bad guy in Shoot ‘Em Up but he isn't nearly as successful in doing the flipside of that in Fred Claus. And what the hell is Kevin Spacey doing in this? As the villain of the film he fills the shoes nicely but he is almost too good at it (natch) for such a feel-good family film. Even Higgins--a character actor who is usually so hilarious in films such as The Break Up and all of Christopher Guest’s movies—has to shed the cheekiness and sugar himself up for Fred Claus. There’s also Rachel Weisz as Fred’s beleaguered girlfriend (you heard right) and Kathy Bates as the Claus boys’ mother who always sees Fred as inferior to her other son to fill out a cast of big names doing family fare. Director David Dobkin is a Vince Vaughn favorite having directed him in Wedding Crashers and Clay Pigeons but like his muse Dobkin seems a little out of place guiding this material. Granted Dobkin creates a pretty magical North Pole complete with an entire city of little dwellings a Frosty Tavern and a huge domed Santa’s Workshop. The montage of Fred delivering presents on Christmas Eve—falling down chimneys stuffing cookies in his face zooming around in the sleigh—is also well done. But overall Fred Claus is a Vaughn vehicle—even as sugary sweet and family-friendly as it is--and all Dobkin really does is turn the camera on and let the man do his stuff. Dan Fogelman's script is also so very bland full of any number of holes and only picks up once Vaughn starts to improvise. Bottom line: If you’re looking to take the kids to a sweet Christmas movie and are a Vince Vaughn fan then Fred Claus is for you.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are keen to buy a home in France, and have viewed a 127-year-old property once owned by legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
The Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-stars, who found love in the wake of Pitt's split from former Friends star Jennifer Aniston, are reportedly keen to follow in the footsteps of actor partners Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis and make the European country their permanent base.
The luxury property, named Chateau Gabriel, has nine bedrooms and is situated along the Normandy coast.
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FBI special agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) is on his final assignment after which he plans to retire and live happily ever after with his wife Maria (Samantha Mathis) and their young son. But as any avid moviegoer knows last assignments always go wrong: A sting operation to nab a contraband firearms dealer results in the unintended death of Bobby Saint the son of Tampa Bay crime syndicate boss Howard Saint (John Travolta). The grieving Saint and his lovely wife Livia (Laura Herring) want the man responsible for their son's death to pay and use their underworld ties to carry out a massacre at a Castle family reunion. But unbeknownst to the Saints Frank survives the carnage and launches a mission of blood vengeance. Sporting a black T-shirt printed with a white skull given to him by his son (to supposedly ward off evil spirits) Frank becomes The Punisher with only one goal: To destroy Howard Saint and everything he stands for. Holed up in a dilapidated tenement Frank meticulously plots on a perfect revenge scheme--and finds unlikely allies in his motley neighbors Mr. Bumpo (John Pinette) Spacker Dave (Ben Foster) and Joan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos).
As with any comic book adaptation the most important factor is how aptly the actor portrays the superhero or in this case antihero. Jane who last appeared in Dreamcatcher but had a more memorable supporting role as a stringy cocaine addict in Boogie Nights pumped up for the role of the Punisher making him a good physical representation of the comic book character and a convincing military combatant. Travolta's performance as Frank's foe Howard Saint is slightly derivative of the Gabriel Shear character we saw in the 2001 actioner Swordfish: a cold-blooded fanatical underworld villain. It's interesting to note that Howard Saint was not introduced in the comics but is an original character created for the big-screen adaptation. But the addition of Travolta to the cast brings much-needed bigwig star power to this otherwise lesser-known cast. Also introduced in the feature film are Frank's three neighbors Mr. Bumpo (Pinette) Spacker Dave (Foster) and Joan (Romijn-Stamos). These three quirky outcasts add a bit of comic relief to an otherwise grim storyline although the attempt at a love connection between Romijn-Stamos and Jane doesn't ignite any sparks. Look for an entertaining cameo appearance from professional wrestler Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash as "The Russian " sent to reduce Frank to a pile of flesh and broken bones.
The Punisher has quite a few obstacles to overcome in order to be embraced by moviegoers one of them being the 1989 straight-to-video version starring Dolph Lundgren which was just absolutely terrible. Not only did Lundgren look nothing like the comic book version of the Punisher but the film deviated too much from the original storyline. Writer Jonathan Hensleigh who makes his feature directorial debut here remains truer to the comic book's roots not counting the addition of some new characters and the crafting of Frank as an FBI agent. These variations on the comic book work however and help make the story a more character driven one. One element that misses the mark however is the setting sunny Tampa Bay Fla. Although the Saint's waterfront mansion is appropriately seething with opulence there is something "off" about a comic book story not set in Gotham or some other menacing metropolis. But despite the Tampa boo-boo Hensleigh's screenplay provides enough significant moments for moviegoers unfamiliar with The Punisher comic book franchise to latch onto and turns them into a pretty compelling story.