The 62 year old, who has been acting since she was nine, admits she's struggling to land decent film and TV roles because a select group of actresses, headed by Sarandon, are going for everything she'd like to be considered for.
Cartwright tells WENN, "There is a group of women that get all of the roles and it just doesn't seem fair when Susan Sarandon gets everything - and now she's willing to do TV. I want to get offered those parts."
But Cartwright feels her fortunes may be turning, thanks to a pivotal role as a terminal cancer patient in new thriller InSight and interest from Quentin Tarantino.
She explains, "I recently met Q coming back from England and we had a long talk and I told him I'd love to work with him. I heard that he made it mandatory for the cast and crew on Grindhouse to watch Macon County Line and my husband (the late Richard Compton) directed that... I thought, 'This is my intro into Tarantino'. I mean, this guy knew every movie that Richard had done.
"We were on this flight and he was on his knees talking to me. It was so cool... I introduced myself and he said, 'Oh, I loved The Invasion of the Body Snatchers!' He didn't know that I had been married to Richard."
Based on H.G. Wells' classic 1898 novel this War is set in a contemporary world where the threat of terrorism looms around every corner. But not even the brains at Homeland Security can prepare the human race for this kind of an attack. After a series of mysterious and powerful lightning storms strike all over the world giant three-legged war machines long buried beneath the earth rise up and start incinerating everything--and everyone--in sight. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) a divorced New Jersey dockworker horrifyingly witnesses the first strike in this catastrophic alien invasion. He is suddenly faced with protecting his estranged children--teenager Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and young daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning)--after they are left with him for the weekend. Traveling across the ravaged countryside Ray takes them on a journey to reunite them with their mother and gets caught up in a desperate tide of refugees fleeing from a seemingly inexorable and merciless enemy. But are they really unstoppable? Ha! We'll see who has the last laugh you nasty old susceptible aliens.
As I watched Tom Cruise run and hide from the invading aliens I didn't once think about Scientology antidepressant drugs or Katie Holmes. Not once. That's because no matter what kind of personal issues Cruise has going on at the moment he is a consummate actor drawing you into his on-screen world without missing a beat. As deadbeat dad Ray Cruise aptly exhibits an apathy to his prodigy only to then turn into a courageous American hero fighting to protect the ones he loves without one clichéd speech or false moment. Quite a feat. Of course he also has a lot of support from his co-stars especially Dakota Fanning as his daughter in keeping things genuine. While either playing terrified with fervent screams or deadly still from shock the young actress' tearstained face gives the whole horrific experience a very human quality. Man imagine what's she's going to do once she's an adult. Chatwin (The Chumscrubber) also does a fine job as the rebellious teen whose growing need to join the fight has his dad torn up inside. Tim Robbins makes a memorable appearance as a refugee on the verge of madness holed up in a bombed-out basement and ready to single-handedly take the aliens down. And finally as a nice touch we hear Morgan Freeman's deep resonate voice open and close the film with very poignant passages from H.G. Wells' literary masterpiece.
Spielberg's back--and what a relief! A War of the Worlds update is just what he needed to rejuvenate himself especially after his latest slate of tepid movies (i.e. The Terminal A.I.). I mean it has been a long time since we've seen the passionate Spielberg--the special-effects driven director who challenges himself to make the most visually stunning movies ever (Jurassic Park Raiders of the Lost Ark) or the finely tuned director who can create the most incredibly intimate movies against a historical backdrop (Saving Private Ryan Schindler's List). And nothing on this earth inspires Spielberg more than aliens especially now that he has grown older and wiser since his kindler gentler E.T. days. Keeping to Wells' original source material and paying homage to both Orson Welles' infamous 1938 radio play (both are set in New Jersey) and the original 1953 film (a marvel of special effects for its time) War is an absolute seat-gripping wonder to behold. From the beginning of the Tripod war machines' reigning terror disintegrating poor souls with their heat rays or snatching them up in the air with their tentacle extensions (to use for a very gruesome task indeed) it's shockingly realistic. The only small drawback is showing the actual aliens especially in this sophisticated day and age of Alien and Independence Day. It just isn't necessary and adds very little to the already mounting tension. But it's a small quibble. This War will give you nightmares for weeks.
The court battle between two British magazines over Catherine Zeta-Jones and
Michael Douglas' wedding photographs is set to continue at the House of Lords
after OK! were unsatisfied with the Court of Appeal's recent decision.
Last month the Court of Appeal in London allowed Hello! magazine's
appeal against last year's High Court judgment, which ordered the weekly
glossy to pay OK! $1.8 million in damages for publishing
unauthorized pictures of the Hollywood stars' 2000 wedding.
The magazine's chiefs confessed they used the photos to spoil OK!'s exclusive
coverage of the wedding, but argued "spoilers" are a common practice in the
media industry. OK! had a $1.8 million contract for exclusive wedding coverage
of the actors' marriage.
In 2003, Zeta-Jones and Douglas won a partial victory in their battle against
Hello!, when a High Court judge ruled Hello! breached their commercial
confidence by publishing the "unflattering" images of the couple's wedding day,
but the court rejected their claims of invasion of privacy.
Last month, OK! magazine were ordered to repay more than $3.6 million worth of damages and costs it had received from Hello!.
Despite the Court of Appeal's three judges Lord Phillips, The Master of the
Rolls, Lord Justice Clarke and Lord Justice Neuberger refusing OK!'s plea to
take the verdict to the Law Lords, OK! have petitioned directly and the case
will now go to the House of Lords later this year.
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