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Just Go With It – Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are joined by Brooklyn Decker and Nicole Kidman

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2010

I generally enjoy Adam Sandler’s films. They’re never totally brilliant, but I often chuckle at them – especially Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer. However, they seem to be going more and more the romantic comedy route. His latest features Sandler with Jennifer Aniston – her work in film seems to be going the same way – Forgettable romantic comedies with big name leading men who she seems to be photographed with an awful lot.

Just Go With It has Sandler recruiting Aniston to pose as his soon to be divorced wife, and her kids as his fake family. Sports Illustrated model, Brooklyn Decker (above), plays the girl Sandler falls for. No doubt in the course of the film there will be scenes of Sandler being hit in the balls by the kids, touching scenes of romance as he slowly realises that he loves Aniston’s character. Oh, there will also be a comedy pet or wild animal.

Variety have the news that Nicole Kidman is joining the cast in a small but vital comedic supporting role along the lines of Tom Cruise’s turn in Tropic Thunder.

The screenplay was written by Allan Loeb, Tim Dowling, Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. Dennis Dugan will direct. Production begins next month in Los Angeles with the film planned for Valentine’s Day weekend next year.

Happy Madison Partner Jack Giarraputo says, “The writers did a great job developing a scenario that is not only a romantic comedy, but a family comedy as well, and everyone gets a chance to score.”

Source: IESB

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Nine, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on February 7, 2010

Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Fergie, Kate Hudson

Score: 4 / 10

Reviewed by pjowens75

The movie NINE is based on the Broadway musical “Nine” which is based on the Fellini film “8 ½”, and if you add those together, you get 26 ½. This, of course, has absolutely no bearing on anything at all, except that I was thinking of all this nonsense during the movie itself.
It isn’t that NINE is a bad movie, it just has no spark. It’s like that old fast food commercial, “Where’s the beef?” And that’s too bad, because it’s gorgeous to look at. It’s set in Italy in the 1960’s, and director Rob Marshall and director of photography Dion Beebe have done a marvelous job of capturing the look and feel of the times. And if that were all this movie was about, it would score quite highly on the meter. Alas, there are actors involved, and that’s where things fall apart.

Daniel Day Lewis plays a renowned director about to embark on his latest project. Problem is he has no idea of what it will be. It seems he has lost his muse, which has always been the women in his life. And as he tries to recapture the spirit that has built his reputation, each one of these women makes an appearance, almost all inexplicably dressed in lingerie. And, since it’s a musical, each one sings a song…a truly forgettable song. Five minutes after the closing credits, you can’t recall a single melody. It’s as though each one phoned in their roles, from Penelope Cruz as his stereotypical current mistress, to Fergie, whose music videos have more life.

A spark of hope arose with the appearance of Sophia Loren as Lewis’ mother. Unfortunately, she was confined to the background and never given an opportunity. Look, if you are going to cast one of the greatest Italian actresses of her day in a film, for gosh’ sake, give her something to do. Here it seems her only purpose is to lend a note of authenticity to the entire proceedings. Even the always consistent Dame Judi Dench seems to realize she’s getting nothing back from her fellow actors, and tries too hard to make up for that.

If there is a bright spot, it is Marion Cotillard as his long suffering wife, who is finally getting fed up with his philandering. She is believable throughout her all too brief appearances, and manages to make her musical number (a solo without the scantily clad backup dancers) both poignant and convincing, although for the life of me I can’t remember either the words or the tune. It’s very sad that, in a film filled with beautiful women in lingerie, the only one worth watching was the one who remained fully clothed. She is the only one who invests anything into her role, including Lewis whose acting style just doesn’t work well with a musical, even though he looks like he belongs in sixties Italy.

Which brings us back to the heart of the matter, which is: there is no heart to this matter. Set in a time and place that should be bursting with life, this film has none.

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Nine – Korean Poster

Posted by LiveFor on November 21, 2009

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Nine – Trailer. Fergie is a whore..well that’s what it says

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2009

Directed by Rob Marshall (who is also going to be directing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Nine is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), a young American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson) and his mother (Sophia Loren).Out on 18th December 2009

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Nine – Trailer and Photos – If you liked Chicago then this one is for you

Posted by LiveFor on May 14, 2009

Here is a trailer and some photos for Nine. It is a musical in the style of Chicago which I thought was terribel, but that’s just me.
The musical tells the story of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), a producer, a mistress (Penelope Cruz), a film star muse (Nicole Kidman), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), and his deceased mother (Sophia Loren).
Nine is directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha). The screenplay was adapted by filmmaker Anthony Minghella and Michael Tolkin. The film is based on Federico Fellini’s masterpiece 8½.

So Fergie is in this, was in Wolverine and Taboo was in Street Fighter. What will the last Black Eyed Pea,, star in?

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Australia, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on November 19, 2008

Director: Baz Luhrman
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Brandon Walters, Bryan Brown
Running Time: 165 minutes
Score: 7 / 10

This review by Sandra Hall of the Sydney Morning Herald.

NOTHING succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde coined the phrase and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Baz Luhrmann has it embroidered on scatter cushions all over the house.

Not that he needs reminding. It is a mantra stamped on everything he does and Australia is the apotheosis. It has become the movie as superhero, charged with the job of rescuing the Australian film industry and giving us a new and shiny view of ourselves. And shiny it certainly is.

It’s also much too long at almost three hours, deliriously camp and shamelessly overdone – an outback adventure seen through the eyes of a filmmaker steeped in the theatrical rituals and hectic colours of old-fashioned showbiz. To quote Oklahoma, one of the few Hollywood classics not to lend its influence to Luhrmann’s style, or rather medley of styles, the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.

And so strong is his urge to celebrate the exoticism of old Australia that you half-expect to see the elephant, as well, lumbering across one of those majestic stretches of the Kimberley. Yet the film’s vigour and yes, its passion – that overused word – do engage you.

As you watch, memories of other movie moments flicker into view. The film’s orange skies conjure up Gone With The Wind. Yet Nicole Kidman’s transplanted English aristocrat, Lady Sarah Ashley, looks to be claiming kinship with Meryl Streep’s Karen Blixen in Out Of Africa.

Then the pitch changes again and she and Hugh Jackman as her rough-and-ready lover, the Drover, are embarking on unreliable imitations of a bickering Hepburn and Bogart in The African Queen.

But underpinning everything here is the ethos of the musical. David Hirschfelder’s score is so integral to the action that everybody seems perpetually on the brink of bursting into song. When Sarah, the Drover and their rag-tag band of riders decide to brave the odds to take 1500 cattle across the desert to Darwin, I was reminded of every Hollywood musical in which somebody has leapt up and said brightly: “Let’s put on a show and take it on the road.”

The film’s rapid changes of tone often make for a bumpy ride. Luhrmann has always had a taste for the cartoon and the opening scenes with their quick cuts, screen-filling close-ups and liberal use of slapstick, hark all the way back to Strictly Ballroom.

It is an effect that sits strangely with the lyricism of the film’s red and ochre expanses.

It is also tinged with condescension – as if were going to be looking down on the past as a place peopled exclusively by hams and buffoons. But it does make for some brisk passages of exposition.

Having come to the Northern Territory in search of her wayward husband, Lord Ashley, Sarah discovers first that she’s a widow. Then she rashly decides to take over her husband’s cattle station, Faraway Downs – a move that puts her up against Bryan Brown’s ruthless cattle baron, and his accomplice, played by David Wenham, laying on the deadpan menace with a lavish hand.

More important, she also forms a bond with Brandon Walters, doing an endearing job as Nullah, a mixed-blood Aboriginal boy, in danger of being forced into state care.

Anachronisms abound. Kidman and Jackman speak quaintly of doing a drove. There’s an action sequence that pushes the concept of the cliffhanger much further than it was ever meant to go, and Sarah’s romance with the Drover is rife with Mills & Boon moments.

There is even a role-reversal version of that much-loved romantic convention, the Makeover. This one has the Drover getting in touch with his inner-glamour boy by shaving off his beard and donning a white tuxedo to join his princess at the ball.

After the long, long lead-up, the big set-piece – the bombing of Darwin – seems oddly perfunctory, maybe because so much energy has been expended on the orgasmic task of bringing all plot strands to a simultaneous climax. But the agile camerawork bestows a dizzying sense of scale and distance. And once Kidman stops playing the easily shockable Victorian heroine, she and Jackman do start generating some heat, largely because they evoke a relationship which seems based on genuine affection.

As to whether the film is going to enjoy a success big enough to shed its radiance over the whole industry, who can say? I suspect the hype, and the budget, impose too heavy a load. A big-hearted melodrama, it takes a series of fascinating risks, some of which come off. But it’s no super-movie.


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Baz Luhrmann speaks about the Australia ending – He wrote 6 endings and shot 3

Posted by LiveFor on November 12, 2008

Baz Luhrmann has revealed that despite a week to go before Australia is to première, he hasn’t yet finished it and that after speaking at a film benefit he was honoured at, he would be heading back to the mixing desk to get on with it.

What’s more he refutes the recent speculation in the media and film sites that Twentieth Century Fox had forced him to change the ending are untrue.

Baz Luhrmann was speaking at the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit in New York which was honouring him and revealed that the film was unfinished. The BBC says that he had just a day spare to complete the film. Luhrmann said:

“We’re right up against it, I literally have to on Friday night push that button…going back to the mixing desk to finish it in 24 hours.”

Australia leads with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman and tells the story of an English aristocrat who arrives in Australia to find the cattle ranch that she has inherited. During hard times she has to move her entire cattle heard across Australia in order to keep the ranch alive, and at the same time encounter the beginnings of World War II. She wins over her rugged ranch hand, and on the journey the two fall in love. It promises to be set against stunning Australian backdrops.

However it looks tight to complete the film, and that’s not the only pressure he’s up against. According to recent reports his original film had an ending that was rather sad and negative. The studio hated this and requested that he change it to something happier, something that was a bit stronger than a request.

Baz Luhrmann won’t have any of this though and said on the matter:

“You really think that on my films people tell me what to do? I don’t think so – on my films I decide…I wrote six endings and I shot three…”

He also goes on to say that the ending of the film will be a surprise.

Source: Filmstalker

I think the ending will have aliens landing in the outback, Hugh Jackman will pop his claws and go snikty-snikt on the skrull faced monsters, then Nicole Kidman will unleash her botox forehead and head butt them all to kingdom come. Once that’s done they’ll then be joined by Rolf Harris and end the film with a big musical number of “Two Little Boys”. That’s a surprise ending.

To be honest the whole plot sounds like a revamped Crocodile Dundee set during World War II with a bit of City Slickers thrown in. What’s your take on this?


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Australia – Trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Epic

Posted by LiveFor on September 29, 2008

MSN has released a new trailer for Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, and written and directed by Baz Luhrmann. The epic opens in theaters November 26.
The story is set in northern Australia prior to World War II and centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.


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Austraila – Baz Luhrman’s latest

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2008

“Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.”

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