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Beautiful people

It's a big call. People magazine declares Kate Hudson to be its "most beautiful cover girl". What it really means is that Goldie Hawn's little girl tops its 100 most beautiful people list which, once again, doesn't include me. It does, however, include Salma Hayek, Mary J. Blige, Rumer Willis, Sarah Silverman (no doubt aided by her infamous Matt Damon video - go on, Google it), Christina Applegate and former Home and Away star Isla Fisher.

Mel Gibson's comeback

Will Hollywood forgive Mel Gibson for his anti-semitic rant when he was arrested for drink-driving in 2006? I guess it'll depend on how well his return-to-acting feature Edge of Darkness does at the box office. The thriller will be based on a British TV mini-series of the same name.

Telling it like it is

"Guns, tits, ass, no acting!" That's reportedly how Sienna Miller described the upcoming film GI Joe. She forgot to add, "and the actors got lots of money for all of the above."

Not so picture perfect

A television producer says he will never film in Queensland again, citing frustration with a lack of cooperation from the police service for a planned action movie called The Wateries. Terry Turner told AAP:

"Queensland is the only state or territory in Australia that (the police service) doesn't actually have a film or television policy. That's made it terribly difficult for us and it is the reason why there's never been a police-oriented action drama shot in Queensland before. It's just too hard. It took us over 18 months to get the permission. It's ridiculous. Dealing with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) has been like dealing with a sheltered workshop."

I seem to recall that two short-lived series of a decade ago, Fire and Medivac, were made in Queensland, and I guess they required some police assistance. Also, the state's powers-that-be seem to fall over in their efforts to help overseas producers to the point that Parliament House was even used as a location for Inspector Gadget II (no I didn't see it either). Still, if Turner is right about the situation he has faced, some serious and urgent action ought to be taken.

Jackie and Jet rock

The teaming of Chinese superstars Jet Li and Jackie Chan has paid off big time at the US box office, where their film The Forbidden Kingdom was the weekend's big opener. I'm not sure it's my kind of film but I think it's great to see a movie that's other than the usual Hollywood fare, and one starring Asian actors, do so well in America.

Right on, Rupert

Harry Potter film star Rupert Grint reportedly says he doesn't want to work in LA because its full of airheads like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

“I met Lindsay last summer and she talked about herself a lot. She said she was going to win an Oscar before she turns 25. I just kept thinking, ‘But you can’t act’. I haven’t met Paris and don’t want to either. She and Lindsay are the type of girls you need to stay away from.”

I disagree on one point. I think Lohan can act, she's just preventing herself from doing so by being self-destructive.

Bambi's 'father' dies

Ollie Johnson, the last of Walt Disney Stuidos' "Nine old Men" animators, has died. Johnson helped define the art of animation as we know it, and especially the Disney style. One of his finest accomplishments was the classic scene in Bambi, where the character's mother dies. There's more here and here.

Ironing time

Can a movie that's not even going to be released until the end of the year already suffer from over-exposure? That's what some bloggers are saying could be a consequence of the busy marketing campaign for Iron Man. I think I prefer The Onion's take on it:

Wildly Popular 'Iron Man' Trailer To Be Adapted Into Full-Length Film

Things that make you go ...

Do we really need to see 50-year-old footage of Marilyn Monroe engaged in a sex act? Vote yes, by clicking here or no by clicking here.

Lindsay and the L word

I know this will interest at least one regular reader of this blog: Lindsay Lohan has reportedly married her "gal pal" Samantha Ronson. It doesn't surprise me one little bit. The only thing left for Lohan to fit into jam-packed life is abduction by aliens.

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