Archive for July, 2009

A SURPLUS OF SCINTILLATING SUNSHINE…

Posted in Hot Video on July 31, 2009 by Miranda Wilding

scarlett-johansson-7

Summer is my favourite season.

Much as I adore the town where I was born and raised, we get a lot of rain. As in, a real lot…

Even during those precious few sweltering months. It has been improving. The last few summers have been pretty damn glorious weather wise.

But we’re in the midst of a heat wave like this city has never seen. I’m talking 100+ degree temperatures in the shade. Last I heard, it broke a record going all the way back to 1937.

That’s a long time…

If this were Cali or Arizona or New Mexico, then it would seem like nothing. I swear, I’m NOT complaining. It’s gorgeous. It’s just that we’re not used to it up here.

So it’s hot and getting hotter…

In celebration of all this wicked heat, I present one of the classic British bands that I adore – THE KINKS singing SUNNY AFTERNOON.

It’ll cool down eventually. But not too soon, I hope.

After all, it is the weekend. Summer was made for good times…

SERIOUSLY FUNNY: 24 COMEDIANS WHO PLAYED IT STRAIGHT

Posted in Film on July 31, 2009 by Miranda Wilding

11409884_gal
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,whoopi
1460266067_f41468ed98
GL556723-FB
britt-ekland-peter-sellers-0064
casino-royale-1967-peter-sellers-08-g
sellersimage2

Sad that comedic actors get very little respect – at least in comparison to their brothers and sisters in the profession that choose parts in dramatic productions.

MERYL STREEP is an actor who is equally excellent doing both. But when you have a phenomenal talent like hers, the gifts are limitless.

But would she be this highly respected icon, this elegant force of nature, if she had done comedic work principally instead of mixing it up?

I DOUBT IT.

To some degree, people would still revere her. But she wouldn’t be nearly as appreciated or acclaimed as she is now.

So, considering the reality, I’m grateful that she stuck with the plan.

Almost any performer who you talk to will tell you that comedy is much tougher and far more challenging. It’s all about timing and being able to work effectively with the other actors in the same scene.

It’s an exceptionally difficult, highly complicated balance. Drama is not always easy. But it’s a cakewalk compared to comedic acting.

It’s much more delicate and there are too many opportunities for it to go right off the rails.

Some famous performers had to take serious roles in so called substantial fare before they were fully given their respective due. They’re still known primarily for their comedic chops (even the ones who have left this world) but the dramatic parts allowed them to explore other dimensions. They were able to show the world their range and scope.

No one could ever sell them short after that.

EW has an exceptional slideshow of comedic actors who crossed over to the dark side…and showed the world what they were made of.

All of the performances that I list in this post are monumental. This is some of the best work that has ever been done in film.

This gallery includes…

WHOOPI GOLDBERG – THE COLOR PURPLE

PETER SELLERS – LOLITA

JACKIE GLEASON – THE HUSTLER

MARY TYLER MOORE – ORDINARY PEOPLE

ROBIN WILLIAMS – THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP

For the whole damn thing, please go here

THE 2009 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP

Posted in Film Festivals on July 31, 2009 by Miranda Wilding

ca_doro
hotel
venice
venice-hotel-villa-dori
venice-italy

FROM VARIETY

THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL has unveiled a refreshingly rich mix of established auteurs and lesser known helmers in its line up of 71 world premieres marked by prominent U.S. and European contingents (with a considerable amount of Asian entries).

There are even a robust number of participants from rarely represented countries such as Egypt and India.

In a year in which American titles were thin in CANNES, there are six entries flying the stars and stripes in VENICE competition berths and 17 spread around the official selection.

U.S. pics vying for a GOLDEN LION are: MICHAEL MOORE’S global meltdown doc CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, Werner Herzog’s BAD LIEUTENANT makeover BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS with NICOLAS CAGE and EVA MENDES, Todd Solondz’s long in gestation LIFE DURING WARTIME, which is a sequel of sorts to HAPPINESS…and former GUCCI creative director TOM FORD’S helming debut A SINGLE MAN with COLIN FIRTH.

STEVEN SODERBERGH’S THE INFORMANT – starring MATT DAMON as a price fixer – will debut out of competition, along with Grant Heslov’s military mind control satire THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, starring GEORGE CLOONEY, JEFF BRIDGES, KEVIN SPACEY and EWAN McGREGOR.

“Everybody thought that the writers’ strike and the economic crisis had created a stall in American cinema. Instead this year, like never before, we found such ample offerings coming from the U.S. – both from established directors like Steven Soderbergh and first timers like Tom Ford,” MARCO MUELLER commented at a packed press conference at ROME’S EXCELSIOR HOTEL on the Via Veneto.

But Mr. Mueller, now in his sixth year as director of the fest, also underlined that, during his tenure, VENICE has never seen so many countries represented — there are 25 this year — and also such a high number of first and second works.

First works at the fest include Egyptian helmer Ahmed Maher’s competition entry EL MOSAFER (THE TRAVELER), which marks OMAR SHARIF’S return to filmmaking in Egypt since the early 1990s. It is one of three Egyptian entries. Another from Egypt is Yousry Nasrallah’s new cut of his SCHEHEREZADE TELL ME A STORY, which stirred local controversy earlier this year for its realistic depiction of women, including their sexuality.

The wide ranging Euro roster includes the customary copious contingents from France and Italy.

Hot sci fi pic MR. NOBODY marks the English language debut of Belgian helmer Jaco van Dormael and stars DIANE KRUGER, SARAH POLLEY and JARED LETO.

As previously announced, the fest will kick off with BAARIA, Giuseppe Tornatore’s big budget Sicilian epic, VENICE’S first ITALIAN opener in two decades. It plays in competition.

Other ITALIAN pics looking to be LIONIZED are: Michele Placido’s 1968 themed IL GRANDE SOGNO (THE BIG DREAM), the Naples set drama LO SPAZIO BIANCO (THE WHITE SPACE) by Francesca Comencini and first timer Giuseppe Capotondi’s psychological thriller LA DOPPIA ORA.

FRENCH fare playing the fest includes: experimental auteur Jacques Rivette’s GALLIC/ITALIAN coproduction 36 VUES DU PIC SAINT LOUP, Claire Denis’ Cameroon set WHITE MATERIAL, starring ISABELLE HUPPERT and CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT and Patrice Chereau’s love triangle drama PERSECUTION with CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG.

Highlights of the more cutting edge HORIZONS section, which is becoming more high profile this year and being equipped with its own red carpet, include REPO CHICK, BRITISH bad boy Alex Cox’s REPO MAN sequel of sorts, set 25 years later during the credit crunch – with JACLYN JONES in the lead along with KAREN BLACK and ROSANNA ARQUETTE and ITALIAN director Luca Guadagnino’s IO SONO L’AMORE (I AM LOVE) with TILDA SWINTON as a high society dame who falls for a cook.

Here is the 66TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP…

IN COMPETITION

BAARIA – GUISEPPE TORNATORE (OPENING FILM)

36 VUES DU PIC SAINT LOUP – JACQUES RIVETTE

ACCIDENT – CHEANG POU SOI

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS – WERNER HERZOG

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS – VIMUKTHI JAYASUNDRA

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY – MICHAEL MOORE

LA DOPPIA ORA – GUISEPPE CAPOTONDI

IL GRANDE SOGNO – MICHELE PLACIDO

LEBANON – SAMUEL MAOZ

LIFE DURING WARTIME – TODD SOLONDZ

LO SPAZIO BIANCO – FRANCESCA COMENCINI

LOURDES – JESSICA HAUSNER

MR. NOBODY – JACO VAN DORMAEL

PERSECUTION – PATRICE CHEREAU

PRINCE OF TEARS – YONFAN

THE ROAD – JOHN HILLCOAT

A SINGLE MAN – TOM FORD

SOUL KITCHEN – FATIH AKIN

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD – GEORGE ROMERO

TETSUO THE BULLET MAN – SHINYA TSUKAMOTO

THE TRAVELER – AHMED MAHER

WHITE MATERIAL – CLAIRE DENIS

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN – SHIRIN NESHAT

OUT OF COMPETITION

ANNI LUCE – FRANCESCO MASELLI

THE HOLE – JOE DANTE

THE INFORMANT – STEVEN SODERBERGH

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS – GRANT HESLOV

NAPOLI NAPOLI NAPOLI – ABEL FERRARA

L’ORO DI CUBA – GUILIANO MONTALDO

PROVE PER UNA TRAGEDIA SICILIANA –JOHN TURTURRO/ROMAN PASKA

REC 2 – JAUME BALAGUERO/PACO PLAZA

SCHEHERAZADE TELL ME A STORY -YOUSRY NASRALLAH

SOUTH OF THE BORDER – OLIVER STONE

YONA YONA PENGUIN – RINTARO

CHENGDU, I LOVE YOU – FRUIT CHAN/CUI JIAN (CLOSING FILM)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

GULULAAL – ANURAG KASHYAP

DEV D – ANURAG KASHYAP

BROOKLYN’S FINEST – ANTOINE FUQUA

DELHI 6 – RAKEYSH O. MEHRA

VALHALLA RISING – NICOLAS WINDING REFN

GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

JOHN LASSETER & THE DISNEY/PIXAR DIRECTORS

TOY STORY 3D (NEW VERSION) – JOHN LASSETER

TOY STORY 2D (NEW VERSION) – JOHN LASSETER/LEE UNKRICH/ASH BRANNON

HORIZONS

FRANCESCA – BOBBY PAUNESCU (OPENING FILM)

ONE ZERO – KAMLA ABOU ZEKRI

BURIED SECRETS – RAJA AMARI

TENDER PARASITES – CHRISTIAN BECKER/OLIVER SCHWABE

ADRIFT – BUI THAC CHUYEN

CRUSH – PETR BUSLOV/ALEKSEI GERMAN JR./BORISD KHLEBNIKOV/KIRILL SEREBRENNIKOV/IVAN VRYPAYEV

REPO CHICK – ALEX COX

ENGKWENTRO – PEPE DIOKNO

THE MAN’S WOMAN & OTHER STORIES – AMIT DUTTA

PARAISO – HECTOR GALVEZ

IO SONO L’AMORE – LUCA GUADAGNINO

COW – GUAN HU

JUDGE – LIU JIE

PEPPERMINTA – PIPILOTTA RIST

TRIS DI DONNE E ABITI NUNZIALI – MARTINA GEDECK

INSOLACAO -DANIELA THOMAS/FELIPE HIRSCH

1428 – DU HAIBIN

I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU – MARCELO GOMES/KARIM AINOUZ

ONCE UPON A TIME PROLETARIAN: 12 TALES OF A CENTURY – GUO XIAOLU

VILLALOBOS – ROMUALD KARMAKAR

IL COLORE DELLE PAROLE – MARCO SIMON PUCCIONI

THE ONE ALL ALONE – FRANK SCHEFFER

TOTO – PETER SCHREINER

HORIZONS EVENTS

PROGRAM 1

THE DEATH OF PENTHEUS – PHILIP HAAS

FACES OF SOUL – GINA KIM

LA BOHEME – WERNER HERZOG

MUDANZA – PERE PORTABELLA

PROGRAM 2

DESERTO ROSA – LUIGI GHIRRI/ELISABETTA SGARBI

READING BOOK OF BLOCKADE – ALEKSANDER SOKUROV

ARMANDO TESTA – POVERO MA MODERNO – PAPPI CORSICATO

LA DANSE – LE BALLET DE L’OPERA DE PARIS – FREDRICK WISEMAN

HUGO EN AFRIQUE – STEFANO KNUCHEL

VIA DELLA CROCE – SERENA NONO

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO

POETI – TONI D’ANGELO

NEGLI OCCHI – FRANCESCO DEL GROSSO

IL COMPLEANNO – DANIELE ANZELLOTTI/MARCO FILIBERTI

DIECI INVERNI – VALERIO MIELI

COSMONAUTA – SUSANNA NICCHIARELLI

HOLLYWOOD SUL TEVERE – MARCO SPAGNOLI

IL PICCOLO – MAURIZIO ZACCARO

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO EVENTS

GUISEPPE DE SANTIS – CARLO LIZZANI

CONTROCAMPO/RETROSPECTIVE EVENTS

LOLA – GIULIO QUESTI

HOTEL COURBET – TINTO BRASS

HOT MALE CRIME FIGHTERS OF 2009

Posted in Entertainment News on July 30, 2009 by Miranda Wilding

clive_owen_06-742702
clive-owen2
cliveberlin1
clive-owen-pictures-1-0309-lg
img_2
Jimmy-Smits_l
oc_ryan
2003_the_oc_004
Benjamin-McKenzie-oc01

Just continuing on from yesterday with an EW slideshow of gorgeous guys that play heroic characters who keep the world safe.

I haven’t seen all of these television shows.

But these are some of my favourite men. I don’t need excuses to post flattering photos of these boys, do I?

This gallery contains pics of these gentlemen…

CLIVE OWEN (LOUIS SALINGER) – THE INTERNATIONAL

JIMMY SMITS (MIGUEL PRADO) – DEXTER

BENJAMIN McKENZIE (BEN SHERMAN) – SOUTHLAND

DYLAN McDERMOTT (CARTER SHAW) – DARK BLUE

SIMON BAKER (PATRICK JANE) – THE MENTALIST

For the whole damn thing, please go here

DIANE KEATON’S SEXY NEW SHOW FOR HBO

Posted in Feminism, Television on July 30, 2009 by Miranda Wilding

reds
KeatonReds2
A la recherche de Mister Goodbar
Looking-For-Mr-Goodbar-05
Manhattan8
diane-keaton-e-woody-allen-in-manhattan-26390

FROM EW

It looks like DIANE KEATON is moving her famously quirky battle of the sexes from the big screen to the small.

According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, the ACADEMY AWARD winning actor will do a new half hour comedy for HBO.

Ms. Keaton will portray a GLORIA STEINEM like character who tries to jump start national passion for the feminist movement by launching a sexually explicit womens’ magazine.

DIANE will also serve as executive producer to the show, which is as yet untitled.

HOT FEMALE CRIME FIGHTERS OF 2009

Posted in Feminism, Television on July 29, 2009 by Miranda Wilding

robin_tunney_01
Robin%20Tunney-3
tn2_robin_tunney_3
Robin-Tunney-pb01
hollywoodlandpubd
2006_hollywoodland_004

EW has an awesome slideshow filled with photos of hot female actors whose characters kick ass and keep the streets safe for humanity.

Tomorrow I’ll put up their male counterparts.

This list includes…

ROBIN TUNNEY (TERESA LISBON) – THE MENTALIST

JENNIFER CARPENTER (DEBRA MORGAN) – DEXTER

EMILY PROCTER (CALLEIGH DUQUESNE) – CSI: MIAMI

While I’m here, I must say this.

One of the great joys of having your own site is being able to promote films and performers that fly under the radar. I can make my readership aware of anyone or anything that I feel is important.

ROBIN TUNNEY has long been a big favourite of mine. I’ve loved her in everything that I’ve ever seen her in: particularly JULIAN PO, CHERISH and HOLLYWOODLAND.

She was robbed of a SUPPORTING ACTRESS nom for the latter. Shame, shame, AMPAS

I watch television so rarely now that I didn’t even know she was in Prison Break. But I am thrilled that she was cast in THE MENTALIST.

Now if I could only make time to watch…

But ROBIN is brilliant, gorgeous and has the goods. I wish that Hollywood would provide her with better opportunities. She deserves to be a big star.

What can I say…?

Green eyed Irish girls rule

For the whole damn thing, please go here

KRISTEN STEWART TAKES ON JOAN JETT’S STYLE

Posted in Style on July 29, 2009 by Miranda Wilding

gs_kristen_stewart_joan_jett_081204_m
stewart-jett
Michon+Schur+Fall+2007+Backstage+z73mIHbnW3kl
MR_15524pcn_Carmen01_0_0_0x0_381x500
joan-jett-and-kristen-stewart-photos

From dyeing her hair black to her new rock & roll style, KRISTEN STEWART is really getting into character.

While filming a JOAN JETT biopic, KRISTEN has adopted a uniform of vintage rock tees and skinny jeans – and has even gone so far as to hang out with the rock legend she is portraying.

While this new punk look is genres away from TWILIGHT’S Bella Swan, KRISTEN totally pulls it off.

She turned up at COMIC CON in another Chaser T shirt featuring early 80s hardcore punk band Minor Threat.