Archive for November, 2008

Four Christmases

Four Christmases

| November 30, 2008

Upon exiting my second viewing of Four Christmases this weekend, I suddenly realized the secret key ingredient to enjoying this movie- hating your family. I personally despise my immediate family. Spending Christmas with them is like someone smothering me with a pillow for a long period of time and yet I just won’t die. My […]

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Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras

Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras

| November 28, 2008

My Take: Go out and buy! For a man who admits he is good at giving love but not receiving because he puts up barriers, Elton John shifts gears and allows his partner and director of Tantrum and Tiaras, David Furnish, to break through these walls. It was 1995, the year of John’s most successful […]

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Rod Lurie Returns to Cinematic Politics

Rod Lurie Returns to Cinematic Politics

| November 28, 2008

Ex-critic and journalist Rod Lurie is at his best when it comes to exporing cinematic politics, from The Contender to his short-lived TV series Commander-in-Chief. He returns to the political fray with his powerful new drama, Nothing But the Truth, in which Kate Beckinsale plays a reporter whose story results in the outing of a […]

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Kate Has New Respect for the Press

Kate Has New Respect for the Press

| November 28, 2008

Beautiful Brit Kate Beckinsale has no difficulties, it seems, finding roles that get her juices flowing. Her latest, as a journalist whose outing of a CIA operative results in incarceration, is a case in point in the new political drama Nothing But the Truth. The Los Angeles resident is busy juggling motherhood, acting and still […]

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Amanda Peet Holds Her Own in Male-Dominated Thriller

Amanda Peet Holds Her Own in Male-Dominated Thriller

| November 28, 2008

Amanda Peet grew up in New York with her older sister and their parents; Charles, a lawyer; and Penny, a social worker. She made an unconventional stage debut at the age of three, when she jumped onto the stage during a play. Yet, despite this early start, she later studied acting more as a hobby […]

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Kristin Chenoweth: Funny Girl

Kristin Chenoweth: Funny Girl

| November 28, 2008

Bubbly and funny Kristin Chenoweth may be best known as one of Broadway’s hottest performers, but she has certainly made inroads into Hollywood of late. The Tony Award-winning actress, whose latest Broadway hit was Wicked, can be currently seen in what might be the last season of TV’s idiosyncratic Pushing Daisies, and hits the big […]

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Michael Rapaport Is Very ‘Special’

Michael Rapaport Is Very ‘Special’

| November 28, 2008

Michael Rapaport stars as a meter maid who thinks he has superpowers, but this is not your average superhero movie. Rapaport, who recently starred in the TV sitcom The War at Home, in addition to stints on My Name Is Earl and Prison Break, completed this movie back in 2006 and is gratified it is […]

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Baz’s Australian Passion

Baz’s Australian Passion

| November 28, 2008

When it comes to defining an original voice in film today, Australia’s Baz Luhrmann leaves a unique stamp on conventional genres, from musicals to Shakespeare and with his latest film, the much talked about Australia, comes his ambitious take on the classic romantic epic. 46-year-old Mark Anthony Luhrmann grew up in rural Australia and it […]

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Bryan Brown: Australian Nemesis

Bryan Brown: Australian Nemesis

| November 28, 2008

Bryan Brown has been an entrenched part of Australian cinema since its resurgence in the late ’70s. From small roles in the likes of the classic Newsfront, the rugged Aussie won acclaim for starring roles in Breaker Morant, Stir, Winter of Our Dreams, Far East, TV’s A Town Like Alice and The Thorn Birds, where […]

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Jackman Returns to His Aussie Roots

Jackman Returns to His Aussie Roots

| November 28, 2008

Ten years ago then Australian-based journalist Paul Fischer met Hugh Jackman, who was promoting a new Australian film, Erskineville Kings. A decade on, and Jackman has returned to the industry that began his own journey to stardom, and reflects on a career that culminates with his starring role in the new epic Australian romance, Australia. […]

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