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Coming soon….my year of the diva!

From wikipedia:

diva is a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular music. The meaning of diva is closely related to that of prima donna.

The word entered the English language in the late 19th century. It is derived from the Italian noun diva, a female deity.  The basic sense of the term is goddess.

(My definition includes actors, playwrights, novelists and any form of artistic expression.)

Jennifer Hudson

 

 

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Read all about it – The Paperboy is trash!!!

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times as part of his review for Lee Daniel’s (Precious) new film The Paperboy mentioned this quote from critics guru Pauline Kael – “the movies are so seldom great art that if we can’t appreciate great trash, we might as well not go at all”. This piqued my interest and Ebert gave the film the thumbs up – this coming from the man who co-wrote one of my favorite trash movies Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls directed by trashmeister Russ Meyer.

The film divided critics when it premiered at this years Cannes film festival. It has been described as a pot boiler with high camp moments – I’m lining up already!!!  Any film that features Zach Efron in white undies for a big chunk of the film, and Nicole Kidman as a trashy tart urinating on him surely has to be worth the price of admission? Lee Daniels in an interview stated that Nicole applied her own makeup for the film – I wonder if she also kept up the botox injections?

I am unsure as to when it will be released in Australia so keep your eyes out for it and lets hope it doesn’t go straight to DVD.

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Overpaid, overated & overdone?

Forbes magazine have released their top 10 most overpaid actors list for the year.

Based on what they earn and how much their movies make worldwide (not including voice-over work for animation).

So here is the list with the last movie I saw featuring or starring the actors.

1. DREW BARRYMORE

For every $1 she earns,her movie have returned .40 cents

Last movie I saw was the dreadful “Charlie’s Angels – Full Throttle” (2003) by default I did see the TV movie Grey Gardens (2009) which I loved, but it doesn’t count.

2. EDDIE MURPHY

$2.70 for every $1

Last movie – “Dreamgirls” (2006) and that’s because I love the musical and had to see it.

3. WILL FERRELL

$3.50 for every $1

Last movie – “The Producers” (2005) reason? it’s a musical again but a not a very  good one and he didn’t help one iota!!

4. REESE WITHERSPOON

$3.55 for every $1

Last movie – “Water For Elephants” (2011) The only one in the list of who I am a true fan.

5. DENZEL WASHINGTON

$4.25 for every $1

Last movie – “American Gangster” (2007) though a good actor, of late he has been making too many action flicks that I have no interest in seeing.

6. NICHOLAS CAGE

$4.40 for every $1

Last movie – “Adaptation” (2002) I used to love watching him in a variety of roles, lately his movie choices have no interest for me.

7. ADAM SANDLER

$5.20 for every $1

Have NEVER seen an Adam Sandler movie, and i doubt i ever will, the trailers turn me off, the only chance is if he turns up in a musical!!!

8. VINCE VAUGHAN

$5.20 for every $1

Last film – “Into The Wild” (2007) loved the film but I forgot he was even in it, very small role.

9. TOM CRUISE

$6.35 for every $1

Last movie – “Tropic Thunder” (2008) seen because of Robert Downey Jr’s Oscar nomination, certainly not for Tom (Thumb).

10. NICOLE KIDMAN

$6.70 for every $1

Last movie – “Rabbit Hole” (2010) I tend to see a lot of her movies even though I am not a fan of her acting, she works with interesting directors on interesting projects. She is a lucky lady I guess. And she was Oscar nominated for this role, and i must admit she wasn’t bad.

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So damn happy!

I am so thrilled for Jacki Weaver and her Oscar nomination today – Best Supporting Actress for “Animal Kingdom”. She deserves it so much.

This was one of her reactions

“I’m elated to the point of euphoria. I feel like I’m in a walking dream,” she said of her supporting actress nom for “Animal Kingdom. “I’m so relieved that all those millions of Australians who wanted me to get this nomination aren’t disappointed. Happy Australia Day.”

Indeed!

It is a very good showing this year  for all the Aussie nominees walking the red carpet with Jacki.

Geoffrey Rush – Supporting Actor in “The King’s Speech” (His fourth nomination, he has won once for “Shine”)

Emile Sherman – Producer for “The King’s Speech” – Best Film

Nicole Kidman – Actress for “Rabbit Hole” (Her third nomination, she has won once for “The Hours”)

Shaun Tan – Best Animated Short Film for “The Lost Thing”

Kirk Baxter – Editing for “The Social Network”

Ben Snow – Visual Effects for “Iron Man 2”

Aside from the thrill of the Jacki and Co. nominations I was also very happy with the showing for “The Winter’s Bone” – 4 noms (best film, actress, supporting actor & adapted screenplay) after its best film win at the Gloscars! I hope it does well at the Oscars 🙂

Very pleased that “Tron:Legacy” missed out on a nomination for Art Direction and happy that “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Pt 1” was nominated.

Pleased that “I Am Love” got a nomination for costumes, and disappointed that “Black Swan” missed out on a nom for Art Direction.

Overall no real surprises at all – unless you count Javier Bardem – Best Actor for “Biutiful” but I am sure he is deserving, he is a superb actor.

My prediction of the winners will come the week of the Oscar ceremony, which will be presented on February 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

 

 

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A new coat of paint for our Nic *groan*

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman seems to be in high career mode once again. After starring in the critical flops “Australia” & “Nine” (aren’t most of her films flops?) she has a couple of projects that will put her back in favour. Gotta hand it to her, she just keeps on keeping on.

Her latest film “Rabbit Hole” just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, to good reviews for both the film and her performance. They are talking another Oscar nomination.

Now a Broadway stint is on the cards. She will star in a proposed revival of Tennessee William’s 1959 play “Sweet Bird Of Youth”. The play will be directed by New York director of the moment – David Cromer, whose acclaimed off-broadway production of  Thornton Wilder’s”Our Town” is about to close after a long successful run.

She will play faded, often tanked, movie star – Princess Kosmonopolis aka. Alexandra Del Lago, who accompanies a younger gigolo, Chance Wayne to his home town. The reason he returns to his home town is to get back what he had in his youth- his old girlfriend, whose father had run him out of town years before. Kidman at 43 might seem young to play a faded movie star, but back in the play’s original premiere and subsequent Hollywood movie, the great actress Geraldine Page brilliantly played the role (alongside Paul Newman) and she was only 35 (38 when film made)  at the time. No casting has been announced for the role of Chance Wayne. Years ago (in 1985/6 I think) I saw a production of the play here, in Australia, that starred Lauren Bacall as the princess and Colin Friels as the gigolo. Ms. Bacall would have been in her 60’s at the time. I was a huge fan of hers and she was fabulous. Liz Taylor played the part in a tv movie directed by Nicolas Roeg back in 1989 (aged 57).

I really can’t see Nicole in this particular role, the mind boggles. She seems to pop up in the most miscast roles, but she keeps on popping up! The last & only time Kidman performed on the Great White Way was in 1998 in David Hare’s “The Blue Room”, where she famously took her kit off – for a mere 3.6 seconds. It was a sell out. I am sure the producers are hoping for the same, I can image the critic’s claws will be well sharpened.

Paul Newman & Geraldine Page in the film version.

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