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Posted: 29 May 2010 11:19 PM PDT

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Posted: 27 May 2010 11:57 PM PDT

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On Thursday's The Real Housewives of New York City, Kelly Bensimon attempts to explain her infamous May 20 show meltdown -- but only leaves her pals even more confused.

Sitting with Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps and Jennifer Gilbert, Bensimon, 42, says she lashed out at costars Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan and foe Bethenny Frankel during a trip to the Virgin Islands because they were gossiping too much.

"From the minute we were together, it was everything that I hate – talking badly about people," she begins.

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(Oddly, she then starts gossiping about Frankel, 39: "She's, like, a cook and everything like that, and I'm thinking to myself, 'I mean, not one person that I know has ever hired her as a cook.'")

Bensimon says she was "so over tired" and "feeling sick" when she snapped (among her quips: She called Frankel a "ho bag"). "I was drinking this wine – I never drink wine – and I was sitting in this room with these women. I just wanted to get out of there," she says. "... It was an out-of-body experience."

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In the end, the ladies still had no clarity about what actually went down.

Says de Lesseps, 45: "By the end of Kelly's story about the trip, I was so confused. I mean, I just didn't get it. I had to hear the other side of the story."

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Summer Movie Preview - MAY - 'Iron Man 2,' 'Robin Hood,' 'Sex and the City 2,' 'Prince of Persia' - Examiner

Posted: 28 May 2010 11:10 AM PDT

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This May will likely be the most successful movie-going month of the year. Opening the season will be the highly anticipated return of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in "Iron Man 2," which will be followed by a new grittier version of "Robin Hood" starring Russell Crowe, the final chapter in the successful "Shrek" franchise, Jake Gyllenhaal in the big-budget adaptation of video game classic "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and the return of Carrie Bradshaw and ladies in "Sex and the City 2."



IRON MAN 2 (May 7)
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson
Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language)

Based On: The Marvel Comics character of the same name; Sequel to 2008's "Iron Man"
Box Office Prediction: $160 million opening; $450 million final

PLOT: In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

MY TAKE: Five years ago, would anyone have predicted that the biggest movie of 2010 would star Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke? Unlikely! Downey Jr. had squandered a good chunk of his career on drugs and in rehab while Rourke also battled drug-addition, was broke and considered washed up. But thanks to "Iron Man" and "The Wrestler" respectively, the duo are on top of the world, and things are about to get better with this highly anticipated sequel, arguably the most anticipated film of 2010. With the first "Iron Man" film exploding past expectations in 2008 – both critically and commercially – the anticipation for this sequel has hit the stratosphere. So much that the opening weekend box office record of $151.8 million currently held by "The Dark Knight" is likely to be shattered on May 7. Box office aside, I'd like to point out that unlike most people, I wasn't too fond of the first film. Sure, Downey Jr. was great, but when hasn't he been good? What bugged me about "Iron Man" was that it was over-praised. Take Downey's performance out of the equation and the movie was merely a decent comic-book picture. The villain (played by Jeff Bridges) was weak, the plot about taking control of Stark enterprises was, let's face it, lame and the film's climactic battle in the end was lackluster. For all its pleasures, "Iron Man" largely felt like a setup for a great superhero film. Now with the setup out of the way, here's hoping this sequel is that great film. I just hope it isn't another "Spider-Man 3," (too many villains, too little character development) because no one wants to end up castrating a franchise with a turd like that.




Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong
Rated: PG-13 (for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content)

Based On: The Robin Hood legend
Box Office Prediction: $35 million opening; $140 million final

PLOT: Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self—preservation, from his service in King Richard's army against the French. Upon Richard's death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

MY TAKE: More "Gladiator" than "Prince of Thieves," this reinvention of the Robin Hood legend is the fifth collaboration between Crowe and Ridley Scott, his director on the aforementioned "Gladiator," "American Gangster," "Body of Lies" and "A Good Year." Like Crowe, Scott is best when working on epic period pieces, as he proved with his Oscar-winning "Gladiator" and the vastly underrated "Kingdom of Heaven." While the original premise, titled "Nottingham" featuring a reformed Sheriff of Nottingham chasing a villainous Robin Hood, sounded far more interesting, things reverted back to traditional territory after Crowe and Scott came on board. While it's definitely disappointing that the film didn't move in that direction, it's not necessarily a bad thing as unlike some purists, I definitely don't mind seeing Robin Hood reinvented as a Maximus-like hero. It IS a legend after-all. The trailers have been impressive (even if they are too "Gladiator"-like and the acclaimed cast which also includes Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Max Von Sydow and Mark Strong (Hollywood's new go-to-guy for bad guy roles), is promising. Plus when your film is selected as the opening night feature of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, you have to be at least a little bit confident with its quality, right? Then again, "The Da Vinci Code" opened the festival in 2007 and look how that turned out.




Directed by: Mike Newell
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal,Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina
Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)

Based On: the award-winning Ubisoft video game of the same name, itself based on the iconic 80s video game series created by Jordan Mechner.
Box Office Prediction: $50 million opening; $160 million final

PLOT: From the team that brought the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME, an epic action—adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (GEMMA ARTERTON) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

MY TAKE: Movies based on video games so far have either been bad ("Tomb Raider," "Max Payne") or really bad ("Doom," "Alone in the Dark") but if anyone could buck that trend, it's Jerry Bruckheimer. While Bruckheimer has had more than his share of stinkers (think Michael Bay), he did transform a ride at Disneyworld into a multi-billion dollar franchise ("Pirates of the Caribbean"). "Prince of Persia" may not be the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" – It doesn't have a trump card like Johnny Depp – but the hiring of British director Mike Newell ("Donnie Brasco," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") and series creator Jordan Mechner as screenwriter have given me hope. Trailers for the film have matched up the stylish action, romance and comedy quite well and while the film is unlikely to launch Gyllenhaal into a superstar akin to what the "Pirates" franchise did for Johnny Depp, maybe those cool parkour sequences will reinvent him as an action hero.




Directed by: Michael Patrick King
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Rated: R (for some strong sexual content and language)

Based On: the Emmy-winning HBO television series based on the book of the same name; Sequel to 2008's "Sex and the City"
Box Office Prediction: $70 million opening; $180 million final

PLOT: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster.

MY TAKE: Although this franchise (and television series) is far, far, away from the television and movies I usually watch, I'll admit that the trailer for this sequel is one very slick piece of work. It's got everything for the ladies: the crazy costumes, the gorgeous locales, the drama, the men, more crazy costumes and yes, the sex. Maybe I'll never understand what the fascination with this show is until I'm forced at gunpoint to watch it but I'm certain of one thing … it's going to make a ton of money. After the first film grossed a scorching $57 million in its first weekend, breaking the opening weekend record for an R-rated comedy and romantic comedy, this one will only go higher. Combine this with the fact that it's opening on Memorial Day weekend, I say the "Prince of Persia" crew have a lot to worry about when it comes to grabbing that female demographic on opening weekend.

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Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Starring: (voices of) Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas
Rated: PG (for mild action, some rude humor and brief language)

Based On: the Oscar-winning 2001 film "Shrek;" Sequel to 2004's "Shrek 2" and 2007's "Shrek the Third"
Box Office Prediction: $80 million opening; $250 million final

PLOT: Shrek is feeling over-domesticated in the fourth installment. He has lost his roar. It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches. To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin. The pact goes awry and Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. That translates into Donkey being forced into cart-pulling duty, fat and lazy Puss in Boots trading his sword for a pink bow and the underhanded Rumpelstiltskin ruling the kingdom.

MY TAKE: I may be in the minority here but can the "Shrek" franchise be put to bed already? The franchise has become the equivalent of the Arabian Nights – a bedtime story that's going on and on and on (but sans the wit, energy and originality). Recent features like "Kung Fu Panda" and "How to Train Your Dragon" have illustrated that Dreamworks may have finally realized that maybe (just maybe) story is more important than celebrity voices and pop-cultural references. "Shrek Forever After" is being billed as the last film in the franchise and if so, I'm hoping the series ends on a high instead of a whimper (A "Puss N' Boots" spinoff is already in the works). Regardless of how good or bad it is, "Shrek the Fourth" will still pull in a chunk of change before it sails off into the sunset. Whether it'll be the last we see of Mike Myers is a discussion for another day.




Directed by: Jorma Taccone
Starring: Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig
Rated: R (for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity)

Based On: the Saturday Night Live skit of the same name, itself a spoof of the 80s TV show "MacGyver"
Box Office: $15 million opening; $45 million final

PLOT: In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he's the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts--Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)--MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.

MY TAKE: One word – Ridiculous! I still can't understand how Will Forte, Lorne Michaels and crew convinced Rogue Pictures, a division of Universal Pictures to green-light a movie based on a one-joke (albeit hilarious) SNL skit. That too, a summer movie! According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, so was MacGruber creator and star Will Forte. Thus instead of playing up the single joke, he modeled the film on 80s action pictures instead. It may sound just like any other spoof of action movies but here's the case for "MacGruber": The trailers have been good. It co-stars Kristen Wiig (who's just about the best performer on SNL). Early reviews have been surprisingly solid (That's already one step higher than most big-screen adaptations of SNL skits). And best of all: Val Kilmer plays an over-the-top German megalomaniac named Dieter Von Cunth! Cased closed!




Directed by: Gary Winick
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal
Rated: PG (for brief rude behavior, some language and incidental smoking)

Based On: the book of the same name by Lise and Ceil Friedman
Box Office Prediction: $20 million opening; $55 million final

PLOT: When a young American (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1951, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love and sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined.

MY TAKE: Since making her debut with "Mean Girls" in 2004, actress Amanda Seyfried has slowly been rising in stature with leading roles in "Mamma Mia," "Jennifer's Body," "Chloe," Dear John" and a role on the acclaimed HBO television series "Big Love." All she needs now is the right role to break-out into a full-fledged star. While I'm not so sure "Letters to Juliet" is that film (what's the difference between this film and "Dear John" again?), the added presence of Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave and acclaimed Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal in the cast should give it some much-needed weight.




Directed by: Sanaa Hamri
Starring: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton
Rated: PG (for some suggestive material and brief language)

Based On: an original idea by Queen Latifah; written by Michael Elliot
Box Office Prediction: $15 million opening; $45 million final

PLOT: Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common). All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, forcing her to choose between the gig and the tug-of-war inside her heart. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to the affections of Leslie's childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. Is Leslie destined to play the role of "best friend" forever or will Scott finally see that what he always wanted is right in front of him?

MY TAKE: While I wouldn't consider myself a big fan of the Queen, she clearly exudes the charm and class of a star while being a perfectly fine actress (she didn't earn an Oscar nomination for nothing). Even if the premise isn't exactly reinventing the wheel, I was surprised by how much I liked the trailer. The chemistry between Common (in his first leading role) and Latifah actually comes off realistic (for a romantic comedy) as opposed to the crap that Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez dish out. Yeah, haters will say there's no way in hell Common would go for Queen Latifah over Paula Patton but this is a romantic comedy we're talking about here. It's a genre more rooted in fantasy than fantasy itself. Plus it's refreshing to see Common finally taking center-court in a film that has nothing to do with music or the underworld!



MICMACS (May 28)
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié
Rated: R (for some sexuality and brief violence)

PLOT: Bazil (Danny Boon), a man whose father was killed by a roadside bomb, is hit by a stray bullet in a freak drive-by shooting incident. When he gets out of the hospital without a job or any money, he falls in with an ex-con who lives in a scrap dump and makes plans to get revenge on those responsible.

MY TAKE: Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is most famous for his masterful 2001 romantic comedy "Amelie" which earned five Oscar nominations. Since then, he's only directed two films – the well-received and beautifully-shot romantic drama "A Very Long Engagement" – and this caper comedy "Micmacs" which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival where it was very well-received. Aside from the obvious "Amelie" comparisons, the film's quirky trailer (see below) makes it look like a cross between "Ocean's Eleven" and "Mouse Hunt" which in my opinion could only mean great things.





BABIES (May 7): Self-explanatory. This documentary chronicles the first year in the life of four babies across three continents – Asia (Mongolia, Japan) Africa (Namibia) and North America (San Francisco, CA). Cute overload! Trailer.

MOTHER AND CHILD (May 7): Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson star in this drama about three women coming to terms with motherhood. Trailer.

SOLITARY MAN (May 21): Michael Douglas plays a dirty old man who sleeps with his new girlfriend, her daughter and her daughter's friend too and then decides to mentor a dorky hipster teen (Jesse Eisenberg) on dating. Trailer.





May 7
Iron Man 2
Mother and Child (limited)

May 14
Just Wright
Letters to Juliet
Robin Hood

May 21
Shrek Forever After
Solitary Man (limited)

May 27
Sex and the City 2

May 28
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time









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