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What's in a name

"There's nothing weird about calling your baby Chewbacca if that's what you want to call your baby. It's no stranger than Sarah." So says Coldplay's Chris Martin, in defending Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's choice of Sunday for their baby girl - and, of course, his own choice with Gywneth Paltrow of the name Apple for their daughter. Of course Chris and Ketih and Nicole (although I'm not so sure about Gwynnie) probably never got their head stuck down a toilet at school because they had a stupid name.

Sunday's child

You want to ready about Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, the child of Our Nicole Kidman and Our Keith Urban who was actually born on a Monday? It's not here but it is here and here and here and hundreds of other places. Oh, and Madonna has issued a statement to People magazine saying she and Guy Ritchie are not getting divorced. She says: “I have learned over the years not to take accusations and the many false reports about me very seriously. I also appreciate how fiction and fact seem to be perceived as one and the same by people who read both newspapers and the Internet." So there.

Abba dabba do

Every boy who grew up in the 1970s and 80s remembers Agnetha and Annafrid (Frida) from Abba, possibly for how they looked and what they wore more than for their music. Well, I'm happy to report that they are live, well and mingling with Meryl Streep at the Mamma Mia premiere in Stockholm. The story and pictures are here.

Not so elementary

I can visualise Sacha Baron Cohen in the title role of a planned Sherlock Holmes spoof, as reported here. However, the idea of Will Ferrell as Dr Watson leaves me cold. Surely it's a job for an older character actor.

Critics' choice

"Far from being elitist, movie critics are actually a pretty good barometer of popular taste." That's the verdict from's Erik Lundergaard. His exhaustive analysis shows that, despite popular opinion, movies the critics like usually perform very well at the box office. The reason some ordinary big-budget films do so well is that they are released on to more cinema screens than critically praised art-house films, which usually take more money per-screen.

Insane name game

I don't often agree with Andrew Bolt, but he is spot on when he says the proposal to name a West Australian performing arts centre after Heath Ledger is "cheap" and an attempt by WA premier Alan Carpenter to advertise himself. Ledger was a good actor, but on the screen not the stage. It's as inappropriate to name a theatre after him as it would be to name a football field after me.
PS: On a similar subject, when is Brisbane going to get a theatre named after Queensland Theatre Company founding artistic director Alan Edwards?

Who's that Joker?

Heath Ledger is reportedly the best cinema villian ever thanks to his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. I haven't seen the film, so I'll reserve final judgment, but it seems to me that nobody would dare criticise his performance.
PS: I saw Get Smart and, along with everybody else in the packed cinema, I liked it. I didn't go expecting to see the TV series, which I love, so I wasn't carrying that baggage. Three stars at least, I'd say.

Failure on film

As titles for documentaries go, A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures is up there with the best. Filmmaker Chris Waitt set out to track down all his 55 ex-girlfriends to find out why he was the worst boyfriend in Britain. It's opening in UK cinemas this week. I reckon the whole thing is just a ploy to find woman No. 56.

Would you believe

... that the Get Smart film looks like being a box-office hit despite almost universally bad reviews. For more on the reviews, and some insights from people connected to the old TV show, visit the fan website.

Trivia time

The first entrant in the Internet Movie Data Base (, by number? Fred Astaire.

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