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Hilton hosts the wedding celebration of Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo

Christina Cox and Grant Mattos - Hilton hosts the wedding celebration of Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 28th June 2014

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Christina Cox and Janina Gavankar - Christina Cox and Janina Gavankar Los Angeles, California - Famous Cupcakes Beverly Hills grand opening Wednesday 7th October 2009

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Christina Cox Friday 18th September 2009 'Family Guy' Pre-Emmy Celebration held at the Avalon Hollywood Hollywood, California

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Million Dollar Baby Review


Extraordinary
When did Clint Eastwood find the time to pour his heart and soul into Million Dollar Baby? Between stumping for last year's Mystic River and collecting accolades from critics groups coast to coast, all signs pointed to this off-the-cuff project being a half-baked, rushed-into-awards-season castoff by a respected filmmaker still basking in the glow of his last well-received piece.

Eastwood may be fresh off his Oscar-nominated Mystic River, though "refreshed" gives a more accurate description. With Baby, the master storyteller strips away the cumbersome tools of his trade to tell a captivating, gritty story of struggle built from basic building blocks of narrative structure.

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Better Than Chocolate Review


Grim
To paraphrase Bob Dylan, Hollywood knows when something is happening, though it seldom knows what it is or why it happened.

Nobody knows why gay love stories have gone from being taboo to trendy, but the film industry is belatedly ready to exploit the new homophilia with Trick and Better Than Chocolate, a Canadian import by director Anne Wheeler. Gay love stories have momentarily joined the list of bankable film premises, along with Julia Roberts and dog-poop gags. Formerly alternative screenwriters and directors, probably concerned that the 15-minute stopwatch is ticking, are rushing in with product. So far, the results are mostly forgettable.

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Million Dollar Baby Review


Good

Director Clint Eastwood pulls no punches in "Million Dollar Baby," a devastating, gritty film-noir boxing drama that gets at the callused heart of the sport while also spiraling into an emotional tour de force.

Narrated with gravelly gravitas by Morgan Freeman, playing a washed-up fighter now mopping floors at a washed-out gym, the film stars Eastwood as a fatigued former cut man who reluctantly agrees to coach a novice woman boxer (Hilary Swank) running as hard and fast as she can from a white-trash upbringing that's still tethered to her with a psychological bungee cord -- the more she pulls away, the harder her past snaps back and hits her from behind.

Blessed with fearless, evocative performances, each with thick layers of leather-hide humanity, this near-masterpiece has a sweaty noir eloquence in its look (hard shadows fall across every corner of Eastwood's gym), in its dialogue (courtesy of screenwriter Paul Haggis, adapting two short stories from F.X. Toole's "Rope Burns" collection) and in its nothing-ever-comes-easy plot.

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The Chronicles Of Riddick Review


Grim

Writer-director David Twohy creates an uncommonly vivid and comprehensive science-fiction universe in "The Chronicles of Riddick," complete with genuinely otherworldly planets and detailed cultural mythologies. But he spends so much time and energy on such minutiae that the film fails to live up to the promise of it all. His manifold details serve a standard action-star-against-an-army plot with substandard catch-phrase dialogue.

The title character and reluctant hero -- a ruthlessly efficient, prison-buffed mass-murderer with night-vision eyes played by thunder-voiced, chrome-domed Vin Diesel -- was first seen in Twohy's "Pitch Black," a seat-gripping, even more vivid and otherworldly alien-swarm horror flick from 2000 that helped launch the actor's tough-guy career.

Riddick saved a few crash-landed space-transport passengers from being eaten alive by spectacular CGI monsters in that movie, but when "Chronicles" picks up five years later, bounty hunters are still hot on the trail of the coldblooded escapee. The biggest reward isn't being offered for his capture, however. One of the "Pitch Black's" survivors (Keith David) is seeking Riddick's vicious muscle to help save his homeworld from an unstoppable evil.

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Better Than Chocolate Review


OK

"Better Than Chocolate" is a lesbian, coming-out, romantic comedy-dramawith a few endearing twists that make it somewhat more memorable than mostmovies of its ilk.

What sets it apart certainly isn't the script -- whichfollows a Screenwriting 101 story arch of conservative moms, sexy, tentativefirst-time love scenes and generic tolerance conflicts, and wraps everythingup right on cue with an all-too-tidy finale of acceptance and understanding.

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