Poor Catherine. For the last year she’s been obsessively waiting for the release of “New York, I Love You,” originally slated for last Valentine’s Day, but now being released sometime this fall. And what do you know? The day the official trailer and the first movie poster pop up on the web (or at least our radar), she’s out of the office! Well, guess she’ll have something to look forward to watching when she gets back.
The film is a series of vignettes by different directors, all telling a uniquely New York story, taking place in a different neighborhood or borough. The cast is stupendous: Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson, Shia LaBeouf, Hayden Christensen, Orlando Bloom, Blake Lively, John Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Cloris Leachman, Drea de Matteo, seriously, the list goes on and on. Check out the trailer, after the jump… Keep reading »
The Movie: “Paper Heart” The Trailer: Charlyne Yi doesn’t believe in love and so she travels around America interviewing real people, trying to find out what the big deal is. Then in walks Michael Cera who develops real life feelings for Charlyne and their budding romance is captured on film by the documentary crew (who are actually actors). It’s not really clear how much of the movie is documentary and how much is part of the script penned by Yi and director Nick Jasenovec. As Entertainment Weekly says, “The movie’s hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another — an arresting notion of the heart that’s much more than paper-deep.” [EW] The Hitch: So, so excited. Not just for the hipster love connection, or the spillover cast from “Knocked Up,” but also for the Applebee’s and hot wings girl, I have a feeling that I have much to learn from her.
The Movie: “Julie and Julia” The Trailer: A movie based on a book based on two women’s parallel lives, “Julie and Julia” was inspired by Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name. Julie (Amy Adams) needs inspiration for her blog and decides to recreate all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie’s story runs parallel to Julia Child’s (played by Meryl Streep), based on her posthumously released autobiography, detailing her years learning to cook at Cordon Bleu in post-WWII Paris. And though both characters have refreshingly healthy marriages, this is not a romantic comedy, which is pretty new for director Nora Ephron.
The Hitch: Finally! So excited for this movie! Meryl Streep perfects the role of Julia Child and you have to love movies about bloggers…especially when there’s a year-long menu of amazing food involved. Both women took private cooking lessons before the movie started filming and of the foodie experience Amy Adams says, ”Ooooh, butter! I didn’t eat nearly enough butter before this movie!” [EW]
The Movie: “G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra” The Trailer: Apparently the movie isn’t based on the animated series, but instead on the comic books which came out in 1982. And producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (of “Transformers” fame) wants to stress that it’s not about American foreign policy, “It’s about a team of skilled operatives fighting an evil organization that’s trying to take over the world. There are no politics in it at all.” Huh. Okay. There is also no character named Joe in the movie, as the name was the 1940′s military version of John Doe. The good guys consist of Duke (Channing Tatum), Hawk (Dennis Quaid), and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) while the bad guys are played by Baroness (Sienna Miller) and Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The Hitch: I was going to write this one off as another macho explosive movie, actually I’m still going to do that but my curiosity peaked when I heard Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing the masked villain, because that could be amazing. Paramount didn’t let any reviewers catch the movie before it came out, but it’s up in the air whether that means it sucks or not.
Why is this pug puppy stuck in a toilet while its owner films him? Well:
“I wanted to snag her up out of that toilet immediately but I thought this was too priceless not to videotape, not to mention I don’t think she’ll ever do it again, LOL! Seriously guys … don’t leave the toilet seat up!! Especially if your pug is used to hopping up onto it while you brush your teeth!! Otherwise tragedy like this could happen!”
Hopefully this isn’t a reflection of the entertainment value of the movie he’s filming with co-star Jennifer Aniston (who seems to have fallen asleep herself). [Sleepy Hollow, NY, 8/7/09] Keep reading »
In the coming days, many people will write touching tributes about John Hughes, the director of seminal ’80s movies “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty In Pink,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” who died yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 59. But I’m sure none will be as moving as the one written by Alison Byrne Fields, his fan-turned-pen-pal. From 1985-87, Alison and Hughes wrote to each other often, her impact on him perhaps as vital as his impact on her. It’s a wonderful story that truly illuminates who Hughes was a man, as well as a director. Read it here. Keep reading »
So, a 32-year-old South Korean hypnotist walks into a bar, or something, and offers to put his 27-year-old blind date (which was arranged by a matchmaking service) into a trance. She finally agrees and he starts “hypnotizing” her by saying, “Black hole! You will plunge deeper into a trance. You will feel thrilled all over your body and if my hand touches your body, you will feel intense pleasure.” Only she’s not hypnotized, and when the “hypnotist” swoops in for the kiss, the woman freaks out and pushes him away. And files a sexual harassment suit and the guy gets fined three million won. Which might just be $2,453, but that’s still one seriously expensive kiss! [AP]
Sure, it’s a sleazy method of seducing a lady, but if a date trying to kiss you is sexual harassment, I’ve got a long day of legal matters to settle. What do you think: Is faux hypnosis totally deplorable or do you think this punishment is a tad harsh? Keep reading »
Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Inc., is being sued for $1 trillion for allegedly plagiarizing part of author Damon Lloyd Goffe’s book, A Tome of Poetry, in her internet-published book Pieces of my Soul. The copyright infringement suit was filed on July 31, and Goffe says that Winfrey even admitted to using his book a year ago. “In April 2008, Oprah confessed to seizing original works of authorship.” And since Winfrey allegedly sold 650 million copies of her book online for $20 each, Goffe thinks he deserves $1.2 trillion in damages. [Starpulse] Keep reading »
In episode five of “MERRIme.com,” Merri’s online dating adventures are starting to become a full-time job, as she goes on multiple dates in one day. In fact, she’s starting to mix up her various gentleman admirers, but I guess that’s what happens when you accept every date you’re asked out on. Also, Merri is busted still wearing her engagement ring. Girl, NO. When the ex and I broke up, I took mine off immediately, though I have to admit, I did pull it out from time to time. My advice — put that bad boy in a safety deposit box and don’t pull it out until you’re ready to sell. Oh, and things are looking up for Merri … here comes Patrick. [MERRIme.com] Keep reading »