Tuesday, August 3, 2010

“France's First Lady Films Woody Allen Movie in Paris - NBC Miami” plus 3 more

“France's First Lady Films Woody Allen Movie in Paris - NBC Miami” plus 3 more


France's First Lady Films Woody Allen Movie in Paris - NBC Miami

Posted: 27 Jul 2010 10:59 PM PDT

By MICHAEL PRESTON
Updated 2:15 AM EDT, Wed, Jul 28, 2010

The First Lady of France is bringing her je ne sais quoi to Woody Allen's newest film.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has already built a successful career as a singer and supermodel, will add actress to her resume when Allen's Jazz-Age period piece, "Paris in Midnight," hits theaters.

Bruni-Sarkozy shot several scenes this week around the Pantheon in the City of Light with co-star Owen Wilson, according to People.

Allen first pitched the role to her last year and then met with her and French President Nicholas Sarkozy to iron out the details of the shoot.

She officially took on the role last November. In the film, which also features Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Adrian Brody, Bruni-Sarkozy will play a director of a Paris museum.

Though she's not trained as an actor, she said she couldn't pass up the chance to work with one the great directors of contemporary cinema.

"I go into everything blindly, or I'd never do anything at all," she said in an interview on France's Canal+ network. "I am not an actress at all. Maybe I'll be completely hopeless, but I can't miss an opportunity like this one in my life. When I'm a grandmother, I'd like to be able to say I made a film with Woody Allen."

First Published: Jul 28, 2010 1:04 AM EDT

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Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough: "Salt" Movie Date - The Gossip Girls

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:16 PM PDT

While they've remained coy as to the extent of their relationship, Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough were side-by-side for a movie date in Culver City, California on Sunday (August 1).

Having just recently arrived in the States, the former "Girls Aloud" singer joined her "Dancing with the Stars" beau in heading to the local cinema to catch Angelina Jolie's CIA thriller "Salt".

As previously reported by Gossip Center, Miss Cole is fresh off of a lengthy recovery from a bout with malaria - of which she credits Hough for her recovery.

She reportedly told a friend, "Derek saved my life. If he hadn't spoken out to the doctors and told them he thought something was seriously wrong I would probably have died."

Cheryl added, "I thought I had a bad case of flu and everyone else agreed. I was even told to stay at home and get some rest. The doctors were so certain it was not serious, and I believed them."

Enjoy the pictures of Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough out at the movies in LA (August 1).

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Angelina Jolie's movie-star charisma puts spice in absurd action flick 'Salt' - MLive.com

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 09:42 AM PDT

Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:40 AM Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010, 9:19 AM

Without Angelina Jolie, "Salt" might be typically feculent Hollywood hogwash.

But as it stands, Jolie holds us in the steely grip of her formidable presence, her tough-sexy charisma mostly eclipsing the heaps of blatantly implausible situations she navigates here. She plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy, and therefore forced to go on the run and make all U.S. intelligence agencies look as if they're being led by Moe Howard.

Salt, claiming she wants to find and protect her husband, manages to escape CIA headquarters by MacGyvering a nasty weapon out of a fire extinguisher and common household cleaning products, then steals a motorcycle, jumps off an overpass onto a tractor-trailer, leaps to another truck and barely clings to it with her fingertips, as government buttheads crash their black SUVs into guardrails and each other. If she and Jason Bourne were to mate, they could start a super race of unbreakable humanoids, thus ending the health care crisis forever.

Speaking of which, "Salt" would feel like Bourne-again rehash if it wasn't for its old-fashioned Cold War plot, complete with nukes and vodka-quaffing Russkies. The truth of Salt's motivation and background is revealed in pieces, the screenplay parsing out flashbacks and having government sternfaces -- e.g., Chiwetel Ejiofor's Stalwart and Earnest Counter-Intelligence Guy or Liev Schreiber's Suit-and-Tie Who Barks Orders While Standing in Front of a Bank of Computer Monitors -- factoidally debrief each other.

Her true allegiance remains in question until well into the film, when the president of Russia is risking assassination by attending the funeral of the U.S. vice president. Of the impermeable perimeter surrounding the ceremony, Stalwart and Earnest Counter-Intelligence Guy says, "If she tries anything here, it'd have to be pretty amazing."

Well. Is it? Amazing? That's one word for it. "Salt" isn't a film to back down from such a threat/promise, and it continues to twist and turn as our tush-whupping heroine kicks, punches, headbutts and judo-chops her way toward fulfilling her goals, all hidden behind Jolie's beguilingly dispassionate stare.

What unfolds can be effectively surprising at times, although engaging even a single brain cell while viewing means relegating our suspension of disbelief to the rubbish bin. The story is so absolutely absurd, we have no choice but to go with it, to see it through to its violent, ridiculous end. Fighting against our enjoyment of the film is director Philip Noyce (helmsman of serviceable 1990s actioners "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger"), who unfortunately embraces the modern jittery-cam approach to action sequences, sacrificing clarity for confusion.

But Jolie holds it together. I'm tempted to say she keeps her feet on the ground, but the truth is, she rambunctiously Rambos, ninjas and Chuck Norrises her way through "Salt" like only she can. The plot may lack credibility in the realm of human endurance and the known physical world, but we never, ever doubt Jolie's awesomeness.

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Movie Review: 'Inception' is Original Filmmaking at Its Finest - Associated Content

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 09:44 AM PDT

We have seldom seen any good movies that cover the topic of dreaming from such an interesting angle and so adequately well. Aside from the Nightmare on Elm Street films, which are really more along the lines of horror integrated with dream elements, we really haven't had any memorable dream-based films. The masterful director behind the two latest Batman films, The Prestige, and Memento brings us what could be described as an interesting hybrid of Ocean's Eleven meets The Matrix in a film called Inception.

The story is set in a near future where technology has made it possible to enter the human mind and steal ideas. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a dream extractor named Dom Cobb who is emotionally muddled by the death of his wife which has cost him his family and citizenship. However, he's given a shot to get back to his old life in exchange for one final job -- He is to not steal but plant an idea in the mind of a corporate worker, a process known as an inception, something which has proven to be much more difficult to accomplish, according to Cobb. Not making this any easier for Cobb is the fact that his dead wife often appears in his dreams, trying to sabotage his extraction plans, it's something which has become difficult for Cobb to block out of his mind.

The technology that makes this all possible centers around a device which administers a sedative to its dream participants, all of whom are seated in close proximity of each other, allowing them to share the dream world together and build whatever their minds desire. Pretty much anything is possible here, from runaway trains smashing through the city streets to movable walls and floors. Multiple levels of a dream can be built as well, such as if you wake up from one dream, you end up in the next one, simply by increasing the effects of the sedative in the device. You can also feel pain in the dream world but if you die, you simply wake up.

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