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Julia Roberts Announced As New Face Of Givenchy


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Hollywood star Julia Roberts has been named as the new face of Givenchy's Spring 2015 campaign, and for anyone wondering why the 47-year-old actor was given the modelling gig, the fashion brand's creative director Riccardo Tisci thinks she "represents such a mature woman."

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Julia Roberts Says She Put Her Career At Risk By "Not Having A Face Lift"


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As well as being one of Hollywood's most talented actresses, Julia Roberts is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, but unlike many of her fellow colleagues she has never opted to undergo a facelift, a decision that could have potentially damaged her career.

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Roberts has never had any cosmetic surgery done

In the midst of the media frenzy surrounding the obvious change in Renee Zellweger's facial appearance, Roberts offers her explanation as to why there is a lot of pressure on female stars to go under the knife.

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Celebrities attend 10th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire.

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Julia Roberts - 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th August 2014

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Julia Roberts - 66th Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th August 2014

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Julia Roberts - Glamorous Hollywood A listers took to the red carpet for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 26th August 2014

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"What's A D-k Turd?" Celebs Read Mean Tweets Is Back With Episode 7!


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Get ready to rub your hands together with glee and cackle at the daily abuse celebrities have to field via Twitter. For Jimmy Kimmel's famous "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" is back for a bigger, badder and long-awaited seventh episode. Matthew Mcconaughey, Julia Roberts, Gary Oldman, Ashton Kutcher, Courteney Cox, Andy Garcia, Mindy Kaling and Emma Stone are all included in the new video.

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Matthew McConaughey Gets Confused Over A Critics Choice Of Insult In The Latest "Mean Tweets."

We're pretty confident that we're not the only ones who use the Jimmy Kimmel Live comedy segment as a legal high and we certainly weren't disappointed by episode seven as even more irrationally irate Twitter users were named and shamed on the US late night entertainment show.

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Video - Julia Roberts Spotted At 'The Normal Heart' NY Premiere


'August: Osage County' star Julia Roberts looked super smart with a black blazer over her dress at the New York premiere for upcoming TV movie drama 'The Normal Heart'.

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Julia Roberts - 'The Normal Heart' at Ziegfeld Theater on May 12, 2014 in New York City. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th May 2014

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New Face Of Lancome, Lupita Nyong'o, Hopes To Cultivate "Symbiotic Relationship" With Cosmetics Company


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Lupita Nyong'o is the face of new Lancôme, the French cosmetic company confirmed on Friday (4th April). Campaigns featuring the 31-year-old actress will be released in September.

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Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave.

Nyong'o has enjoyed a busy year having starred as Patsey in the award winning historical drama 12 Years A Slave for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible performance. After years working behind the camera as a production assistant, writer, producer and director, Nyong'o has been catapulted into the spotlight owing to her incredible performance and beauty. It's no wonder the cosmetic company has singled her out as the new face of their brand.  

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Cate Blanchett's Oscar Tattoo, And Other Surprising Celebrity Ink


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Cate Blanchett really wanted to commemorate her Oscar win on Sunday, and what better more permanent way is there then getting yourself a tattoo? The actress was seen leaving a tattoo parlour with a bandage on her wrist opening speculation as to what special ink the ‘Blue Jasmine’ star might have had done. While we were a little surprised at the image of Cate getting tattooed she’s not the only celeb sporting some unlikely ink.

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Firstly none other thank Dame Helen Mirren has gone under the tattoo needle. The actress sports some ink on her left thumb of all places. The Dame said she got it when she was very drunk, a long time ago before tattoos were cool and mainstream, which is why she hates it now. She told ‘Good Morning America’ back in 2010 "I was very, very drunk. It was a very, very long time ago, when only sailors and Hell's Angels were tattooed, honestly, and prisoners. And I decided to get a tattoo because it was the most shocking thing I could think of doing." Seems Helen was always ahead of her time.

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Yep, The Oscars Pizza Guy Was Real, And He Got Tipped $1,000


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The Oscar pizza guy who turned up at the 86th Academy Awards to deliver Ellen Degeneres, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep some premium cheesy goodness walked away with a $1000 tip.  Edgar, the owner of Big Mama's & Papa's pizza in Los Angeles appeared at the Dolby Theatre and in front of millions watching at home and delivered pizza to the A-listers in the first couple of rows at the Oscars.

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The order came in 24 hours before the Oscars though Edgar assumed he would be delivering pizza to the writers, producers and backstage crew. However, when he arrived, he was led to the auditorium and found himself waiting for a tip from Pitt, Streep and company.

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Julia Roberts and Whoopi Goldberg - Julia Roberts at Golden Globes 2014 vs. Whoopi Goldberg at Oscars 2014: Who wore it better? - United States - Monday 3rd March 2014

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Julia Roberts - The 86th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 1st March 2014

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Julia Roberts' Half-Sister Nancy Motes Left Suicide Note Which Ranted About Their Strenuous Relationship


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Nancy Motes, the half-sister of Julia and Eric Roberts, was found dead in the bathtub of her apartment this past Sunday (Feb 9th).

The cause of death is suspected to be a drug overdose, but toxicology test results are still pending.

Despite initial reports stating that this wasn't a suicide case, a source close to the investigation has told NY Daily News an EMT discovered a suicide note at the scene.

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Julia Roberts Half-Sister Found Dead, But Who Was Nancy Motes?


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Nancy Motes, the younger half-sister of Julia Roberts, was found dead on Monday from a suspected drug overdose. According to a source for the New York Daily News, the 37-year-old was discovered by her fiancé in the house where she had been pet-sitting. Motes was a professional dog walker and pet sitter. The home she was found in was rented by a surgeon. She was surrounded by both prescription and non-prescription drugs.

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Roberts' sister was discovered on Sunday, but the announcement was made Monday.

According to a source at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the suspected cause of death is suicide, however confirming or denying this may take weeks. Part of the problem is the lack of evidence – according to the Daily News’ source, there was no note, nor any evidence of foul play found at the scene. Police and paramedics responded to the call at around 2PM on Sunday. according to a spokesperson for the local fire department. However, the case was reported to the county coroner as a suicide, said Craig R. Harvey, chief of coroner Investigations for Los Angeles County for the Daily News.

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Julia Roberts - "August: Osage County" New York Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Thursday 12th December 2013

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Julia Roberts - California - West Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

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Julia Roberts - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 19th January 2014

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julia Roberts - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

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Julia Roberts - Celebrities attend the 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards Ceremony LIVE on The CW Network at The Barker Hangar. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 16th January 2014

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Julia Roberts - 71st Annual Golden Globes - Red Carpet Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th January 2014

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Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor - 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Backastage - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 4th January 2014

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Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper - 25th Anniversary Palm Springs International Film Festival held at the Palm Springs Convention Center - Arrivals - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 4th January 2014

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August: Osage County And Meryl Streep Win Big At Capri, Hollywood Film Festival


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After early predictions pegged the Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts starrer August: Osage County as a frontrunner for awards season 2014, the film has now picked up four awards at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival.

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Streep received the Best Actress awards, possibly setting her up for a successful awards season.

The film centers on the reunion on a dysfunctional family in which Streep plays the prescription drug addicted matriarch Violet. The Tracy Letts adaptation won Film of the Year, while Streep (naturally) won the Best Actress award for her role. The cast also picked up the Best Ensemble award. Co-star Chris Cooper was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.

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Julia Roberts and Kevin Huvane - The Weinstein Company Presents The LA Premiere Of "August: Osage County" - Los Angles, California, United States - Monday 16th December 2013

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Julia Roberts and Harvey Weinstein - The Weinstein Company Presents The LA Premiere Of "August: Osage County" - Los Angles, California, United States - Tuesday 17th December 2013

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Julia Roberts wearing an emerald and diamond Wilfredo Rosado necklace - The New York premiere of August: Osage County held at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 12th December 2013

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George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen Among Most Colorful Honorees At BAFTA LA Britannia Awards


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Last night’s BAFTA LA Britannia awards were definitely George Clooney’s time to shine. Except for the prank that actor Sacha Baron Cohen couldn’t help himself from pulling, that is. Clooney and Baron Cohen were both honored alongside a handful of other stars – including Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kathryn Bigelow and Idris Elba - for various achievements in film, USA Today reports.

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Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the award with grace and... no, not really, but it was pretty funny.

But on to Cohen’s rather startling prank. When the actor went on stage to be presented with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, things got very out of hand very quickly. As Baron Cohen accepted the award – a Chaplin-esque cane e from an elderly woman in a wheelchair, introduced as the oldest living actor to have worked with Chaplin himself. In the spirit of the award, the actor did a clumsy little tap dance, during which he tripped, and sent the woman flying to the shock of the attendees. If you’re curious to see the moment, Tune in to the show tonight on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET to see how she fared (she survived, folks, its all good).

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A Week In Movies: Festival Films Create Oscar Buzz For Meryl, Judi, Kate And An Emaciated Matthew Mcconaughey


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As the Venice Film Festival wrapped up last weekend with its surprising award winners, led by the Roman ring-road documentary Sacro GRA, the Toronto Film Festival got underway in Canada. Both festivals are launching pads for movies seeking awards momentum, so the stars were all out promoting themselves on the red carpets.

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One of the big attention-grabbers out of Venice was Philomena, the true story of a woman's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption. The film won two top awards at Venice, and Judi Dench has leapt to the top of the list of Oscar hopefuls with her sensitive, emotionally raw performance. The film opens in November in the UK and in January in America. Watch the trailer for Philomena.

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'August: Osage County' May Have Ending Change After TIFF Grumbles


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After premiering at this week's Toronto International Film Festival, it has been speculated that the ending of the Meryl Streep-starring August: Osage County could be changed ahead of its wide release late this winter. Director John Wells adapted Tracy Letts' prize-winning play but made the unfortunate mistake of slightly changing the ending which has caused some discontent at TIFF.

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The Relationship Between Streep's Vi And Roberts' Barbara Is Crucial To The Plot.

Those who have seen the play performed onstage will recall that the final scene shows the Weston family's harsh matriarch, Vi sitting alone on the stairs of her now empty house after her daughters can't deal with her constant berating and have left the house. The scene is contemplative and loaded with metaphor, but changes drastically if you take the situation from Julia Roberts' Barbara's view as she's driving away - as Wells chose to do.

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A Week In News: Miley's Wrecking Ball, Jurassic World And Arsenio's Back!


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Wrecking Ball: Hurtling through the pop world this week like a.well, wrecking ball, is of course Miss Miley Cyrus. The 20-year-old, who's been mired in controversy over the past few weeks, has turned things up a notch with the release of her new video, a collaboration with Terry Richardson. Check out the Wrecking Ball Video Here.

Jurassic World: Just when you thought Hollywood was done with taking risks, out comes the release date and title for the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World. Directed by the relatively unknown filmmaker Colin Trevorrow (in blockbuster circles at least), this movie is sink or swim for Universal Pictures. Check out the Jurassic World details here.

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'August: Osage County' In Toronto: Why This Darkly Funny Drama Won't Win Oscar Hearts [Trailer + Pictures]


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August: Osage County premiered at this week's Toronto International Film Festival to a storm of excitement from early critics and Oscar nudging. However, a few days later the dust has settled around John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' award-winning play and we are able to catch our breath and collect our thoughts.

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Director John Wells' movie has been praised for its immersive scene setting and its out-of-the-park performances from an all-star, yet respected cast that includes Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Abigail Breslin.

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Time To Rearrange Oscars Thoughts? 'August: Osage County' Impresses Without Stunning [Trailer + Pictures]


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With an all-star cast – an overused but truly relevant phrase for this film – and a hit, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway stage play providing the architecture, August: Osage County looked to be nailed on for Oscar success. But the early Toronto reviews are in, and while it’s hard to find a critic that slates it, a five-star turn around is equally rare.

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The film surrounds tragedy in three of its foulest, alliterate forms: disease, drugs and death. Violet (Streep) suffers from oral cancer, leading to or at least catalysing a newfound drug addiction. Her husband – Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard) is an alcoholic poet.

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The Weston family know they are probably one of the most dysfunctional families around, but they do understand that sometimes it's best to stick together. Violet Weston is the family matriarch suffering from mouth cancer and heavily addicted to prescription drugs which only gets worse after the apparent suicide of her husband Beverly. As the funeral approaches, Violet's three daughters Barbara, Ivy and Karen and their families arrive at the house they grew up in, along with some other estranged relatives, hoping to get the whole ordeal over and done with fairly quickly. However, things don't go as smoothly as they, perhaps naively, hoped as they discover a whole load of closet skeletons they'd rather have not known about.

'August: Osage County' is a remarkable dark comedy directed by multi-Emmy winning John Wells ('The Company Men') and based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name by Tracy Letts ('Bug', 'Killer Joe'). It has been produced by George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein and is a warts-and-all story about the trials and tribulations of family affairs, uncovering both the heartwarming and the heartbreaking secrets that underline all families. It is set to be released in the UK on January 3rd 2014.

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Dramatic Features Rule At This Year's Toronto International Film Fest, Offering An Early Preview Of Oscar Season


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From August: Osage County, to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the lineup for this year’s Toronto Film Festival looks like one big preview for the Oscars. Among the debuts is the highly anticipated adaptation of the Julian Assange/Wikileaks story The Fifth Estate. The drama, directed by Bill Condon, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange with Daniel Brühl, David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney and Dan Stevens in supporting roles. Two other upcoming premieres, scheduled for the festival also feature Benedict Cumberbatch – August: Osage County, the Tracy Letts play adaptation. In it, Cumberbatch is part of a star-studded cast, which includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor. There’s also Twelve Years A Slave, Steve McQuin’s follow up to the 2011 Shame.

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Cumberbatch stars in three whole films at this year's festival.

Drama (of the onscreen kind) seems to rule this year at TIFF, with Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley both starring in upcoming genre productions. Winslet’s Labor Day tells the story of a single mother, battling depression, who takes in a convict.

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Emma Roberts And Evan Peters' Representative: Domestic Violence Arrest Was "An Unfortunate Incident"


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Emma Roberts and Evan Peters had an "unfortunate misunderstanding" which led to the 22-year-old actress' arrest in Montreal. Police were called to the Montreal hotel, in which the couple were staying, after receiving reports of a dometic violence.

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Emma Roberts and Evan Peters at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globe after-party, L.A. 

According to TMZ, attention was drawn to the couple after a fellow hotel guest complained about noise issuing from the couple's room. 

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Emma Roberts Arrested For Domestic Violence After, Allegedly, Biting Evan Peters


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Emma Roberts was arrested following an incident of domestic violence in Montreal, Canada. She, allegedly, attacked her boyfriend Evan Peters. The incident occurred on July 7th, according to TMZ.

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Emma Roberts and Evan Peters at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, New York.

The Montreal police were called after hotel staff became concerned at the noises issuing from the couple's room. According to reports, when the police arrived, Peters was sporting a bloody nose. Another source reported Peters had a bite mark, although sources close to the couple deny this. 

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After Arrest For Drunk Boating, Erin Brockovich Has Issued A Public Apology


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Erin Brockovich, the high profile legal clerk and environmental accident, was involved in a less flattering incident recently, when she was arrested for drunken boating last Friday. She has since apologized for her behavior in an official statement.

'At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk,' she said in a statement. 'That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake. I know better and I am very sorry,' she said about the arrest.

According to the Daily Mail, 52-year-old Brockovich was struggling to dock the boat at Lake Mead, Nevada, when her fumbling attracted the attention of a local game warden. She later explained her actions with an underestimated amount of alcohol.

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Erin Brockovich Tries To Moor Boat While Drunk – Sunny Day Is Her Downfall


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We’ve all been there; it’s a sunny day, we have a few too many spritzers on the boat and forget to eat. Hang on, no, sorry, we’re confused, this is Erin Brokcovich’s life. That’s right, the activist famously portrayed by Julia Roberts tried to moor her boat while having twice the legal blood alcohol level.

A 52-year-old Brokovich was spotted struggling to manoeuvre her boat by a game warden at Las Vegas Boat Harbour near Boulder City. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Edwin Lyngar said: "She was obviously struggling to put the boat in the slip, and if you've had any experience, it's a simple enough operation. Too many people think drinking and boating go together. We don't have a problem if people drink. Just have a designated operator." What a weekend; she was booked into Clark County Detention Center on Friday night, made bail the next day after posting the required $1k, then released a statement of apology, probably still hungover. "At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk," she said. "That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake, I know better and I am very sorry.”

The activist, whose legal battle with Pacific Gas & Electric over the pollution of a Californian town’s water supply was turned into a film, blamed a day in the sun for her nautical naughtiness. "After a day in the sun and with nothing to eat it appears that a couple of drinks had a greater impact than I had realized," she explained.

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August: Osage County Unites A Stellar Cast Of Actors, Headed By Meryl Streep


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The trailer for August: Osage County hit the airwaves today and, if you didn’t know that was a film you wanted to see, you should now. Generally, just the presence of Meryl Streep on the castlist is enough to get a film onto the list, but August has a lot more going for it as well, with a cast, absolutely packed with star power - Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch all star in this tale of a family reunion and a family breakdown and (hopefully) one final reunion. The film, directed by John Wells, centers on a dysfunctional Oklahoma family whose drug-addicted matriarch, Streep, is dying of mouth cancer.

The trailer shows some trademark Streep moments in the film, but it also highlights the roles of Roberst and Lewis as antagonistic sisters and everyone seems to work well enough together to create a believable picture of a family on the brink of collapse. The film is based on Tracy Letts’ 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which received shining praise on its release in 2007. When "August: Osage County" played at the Ahamson Theater in 2009, Times theater critic Charles McNulty wrote: "The play’s pedigree could be expanded in ways both high and low, but 'August' brews its own distinctive mix of tragicomic gravitas and florid pop." The film adaptation is due for an early November release. Did someone say Oscar bait?

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New HBO Drama With Mark Ruffalo And Julia Roberts, Hitting 2014


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These days, whenever Julia Roberts does something you know it's worth being excited about (Valentines Day is an exception). Her female characters defined the aspirations of the woman of the 90s and she was once the highest paid woman in Hollywood. Now, it has been confirmed that she'll be appearing in an adaptation of Larry Kramer's autobiographical play 'The Normal Heart', and will begin production this year, to air in 2014.

The Normal Heart is about Kramer's experience of New York in the early 80s, during the boom of HIV/AIDS. As the Hollywood Reporter says, Ryan Murphy will be directing, who is the co-creator of popular shows such as Glee, Nip/Tuck and The New Normal, all of which have strong homosexual themes, and which make him ideal for this production.

"We are so proud to be involved with this monumental project," says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. "Ryan has assembled an extraordinary cast to bring Larry Kramer's landmark theatrical achievement to the screen for the first time, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring this important film to HBO." 

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Steel Magnolias Remake Pulls In The Viewers


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The Steel Magnolias remake, aired on Sunday (October 7, 2012) achieved impressive viewing figures, proving to be Lifetime’s most successful show since at least 2004, reports MTV News. It was the third-most watched original telecast ever for the channel.

A remake of the 1989 feature surrounding the lives of six resilient female friends of various ages - this time with an all African American cast led by Queen Latifah - delivered an average of 6.5 million total viewers in its premiere, according to Nielsen. "We couldn't be happier with the great response "Steel Magnolias" and "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" received from viewers this weekend," said Rob Sharenow, Lifetime's executive vice president of programming in a statement. More specifically, The Sony Pictures Television-produced film averaged 3.2 million adults 25-54, which, being a key demographic is great news for Lifetime. On Saturday (October 6, 2012) the premiere of the Lifetime original "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" also generated strong viewership, earning 4.1 million total viewers, but Steel Magnolias was the clear winner; the film scored the studio’s best audience since Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story in 2006 and was the top cable movie among total viewers since 2007.

The diversity of the cast demonstrated the universal nature of the themes, with the story being virtually identical to the original feature film, which, having been filmed in the late 80’s, features a predominantly white cast. Julia Roberts and Sally Field, for instance, starred in the 80’s version.


‘Steel Magnolias’ Producer Sues Lifetime Over Queen Latifah Remake


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Victoria L. White, the producer who worked on the tearjerker movie ‘Steel Magnolias’, is suing Lifetime over a television remake, claiming she isn’t getting the cash – or credit - that she deserves, reports TMZ.com.

White, an executive producer of the 1989 film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Shirley Maclaine, filed a suit against Sony Pictures and Lifetime Television over a new television film starring Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad. The legal documents show that White claims to have a “television agreement” that entitles her to a co-producer of co-executive producer credit on any television project based on the film, as well as a $15,000 fee and 3.75% of profits. She alleges that Sony is fully aware of her television deal, mainly because the studio has already adhered to the terms once before. White was listed as a co-producer for the 1992 CBS television movie based ‘Steel Magnolias’. Why Sony and Lifetime have chosen to ignore the contract this time around is unclear.

Though the producer is suing for competition, she also wants an injunction to stop the movie from airing altogether, which seems a little dramatic. The film is set to air on October 7 – i.e. in four days – so we’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s still going to air, anyway.


Larry Crowne Review


OK
A painfully squishy centre completely undoes this rom-com, although it's difficult to know what might have made it less goofy. The diminished dual star-wattage of Hanks and Roberts just about makes it watchable.

After being sacked for his lack of a degree, Larry (Hanks) enrols in a community college. There isn't much else going on in his life, so he dives into his studies: Mercedes (Roberts) teaches speech, while Dr Matsutani (Takei) teaches economics. When Larry downsizes to a scooter to save money, he befriends the cool scooter-riding Talia (Mbatha-Raw), who gives him a style makeover. He also joins her biker gang, led by her boyfriend Gordo (Valderrama). Meanwhile, Mercedes is struggling with her marriage to Dean (Cranston). So maybe she and Larry can help each other outside the classroom as well.

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Larry Crowne Trailer


Larry Crowne is one of the best employees at the local big-box store where he works and he's been named as 'store employee of the month' for the past 8 months, however when Larry meets with his bosses he receives some unwelcome news. In an effort to downsize the company Larry is laid off.

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Eat Pray Love Review


OK
An intriguing story brimming with possibilities is softened beyond all meaning by this glossy Hollywood production. Without a sharp edge in sight, the film is merely a cute romp that touches on serious issues but never breaks the surface.

When New York writer Liz (Roberts) decides she's tired of her loving-but-aimless husband (Crudup), she has a rebound romance with a young actor (Franco) before deciding to travel the world to find herself. Her sassy friend Delia (Davis) thinks she's crazy, but Liz takes off for Rome, where she discovers food and friends (Novotny and Argentero). In India she seeks inner peace with a fellow traveller (Jenkins). And in Bali she studies with a guru (Subiyanto) and falls for a Brazilian (Bardem) who has baggage of his own.

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Eat Pray Love Trailer


Liz Gilbert always thought that being successful in her work and home life would be enough to keep her content throughout her life but can't help but feel confused want more. Now divorced and ready to take a new approach to life, Liz decides to embark on a worldwide trip of self discovery. In each country she visits she learns more about herself and finds the inner peace and balance that her life has been missing.

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Duplicity Review


Very Good
It doesn't take much to make the life of a spy look great. The travel, expense account, sense of danger, all that role-playing -- it's catnip for most people, whose greatest investment in daily skullduggery tends to be making their boss believe they're actually working. In Duplicity, however, writer/director Tony Gilroy ups the ante by reveling in all of the above while throwing in a keen sense of fun and maybe even a dash of honest-to-god romance. It's a dashing and bright entertainment that aims to please without scraping the floor for your approval. In other words, about as different a world from Gilroy's Michael Clayton as could be imagined.

The film starts with a quick meet-cute at an American consulate 4th of July barbecue in Dubai, where MI-6 agent Ray Koval (Clive Owen) is flirting with Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts). He doesn't figure out that she's a CIA agent until much later, long after she absconded from his room with a parcel of secret documents and he has woken up from the drugs she knocked him out with. Years later, the two are thrown together again when Koval takes a private security job with Equikrom -- a Unilver-like corporate giant that produces everything from shampoo to diapers -- only to find Stenwick already in place as a deep-undercover operative working for rival firm Burkett & Randle, which is on the brink of a delivering a paradigm-busting new product that Equikrom wants badly.

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Charlie Wilson's War Review


Good
Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made two exceedingly smart choices in adapting George Crile's book Charlie Wilson's War. First, they consented to a brisk 95-minute running time, rather than fall prey to the "prestige" mentality that can saddle such projects, and that bloats them out to beyond two hours. The other choice was leavening their material with a snappy, devil-may-care attitude -- a sure-fire strategy to skim over their story's weakest areas of story and character development.

Charlie Wilson's War is entertaining, and that's about the extent of it. Nichols and Sorkin's end result is decidedly a gloss on Crile's account of how the eponymous Texas congressman managed to supply military support to the Afghan Mujahideen fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980s. While their movie mostly avoids the Hollywood trappings of political correctness and underdog sentimentality, it also doesn't have the chutzpah of its own conniving characters to offer much in the way of an incisive interpretation of those events.

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Hook Review


Weak
In Hook, Steven Spielberg's rather odd and flat update of Peter Pan, Robin Williams plays an adult Peter Pan as one Peter Banning, a big-money mergers and acquisitions attorney who drinks too much and misses his son's little league games because there's always that one last call on his cell. It's trying to be a modern and hip fantasy with the idea that Peter is a yuppie and has completely forgotten the magic and wonder of what we know to be his rather unique childhood.

But Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) hasn't forgotten. Since it's Peter's fault he has a hook instead of a hand, he wants revenge, so he kidnaps Peter's children. Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) appears. She knocks Peter on the floor, ties him into a bed sheet, and then, in a lumpen image if there ever was one, flies him over the rooftops of London into Neverland where she drops him like a sack of coal (it is Christmas) so he can rescue his children from the evils of Hook, Smee, and the rest of the gaudily-costumed pirate crew.

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Charlotte's Web (2006) Review


Good
That's sooooooooooooooooome Dakota Fanning!

It's only a mild heresy to turn a beloved children's book and animated film into a star vehicle for the wee Miss Fanning, the go-to child actress who has become Hollywood's only A-list star under the age of 13. The only real surprise is that she doesn't have her own production company yet.

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The Ant Bully Review


Weak
The ants bustling through the colony refer to Lucas (Zach Tyler) as "The Destroyer." The nickname is well-deserved. Because he is picked on by the neighborhood bully, the pint-sized Lucas vents his frustrations on someone (or something) quite below his own stature - the insects that crawl beneath his feet.

Well, the ants have had enough of Lucas' sweeping kicks to their hill. They've grown tired of his garden hose flooding every chamber of their elaborate home. And for once, they have a plan. Zoc (Nicolas Cage), the colony's kooky chemist, has perfected a potion that will shrink Lucas down to bug level - teaching him, in the process, why it's best to pick on someone your own size.

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Runaway Bride Review


Very Good
Julia Roberts has made a career out of being one of Hollywood's most irresistible glamour dolls. Dress her up in any role and she'll flash that wide smile, deliver her awkward laugh, and expose a peculiar giddiness, which gives her a sense of vulnerability that fans have come to adore. Ever since the Cinderella story Pretty Woman ten years ago that catapulted her career to mega-stardom, her roles have all been typecast around her good looks and charismatic personality (Steel Magnolias and My Best Friend's Wedding). Runaway Bride is no exception to the rule. However, as the old saying goes; if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Runaway Bride brings writer Garry Marshall back together with Roberts, Richard Gere, and memorable Pretty Woman costar Hector Elizondo for another unlikely love story.

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My Best Friend's Wedding Review


Very Good
An out-and-out blatant chick flick from the first frame on, My Best Friend's Wedding will be as enjoyable to its female patrons as it is frustrating to its male ones. Yes, Julia Roberts is back, and in fine form -- playing Julianne, the bad girl, against Cameron Diaz's squeaky-clean bride-to-be (Kim). The best friend in question is Michael (Dermot Mulroney), Roberts's long-time confidant. When Michael reveals his imminent marriage, Julianne develops a jealousy to be reckoned with, and makes it her life's work to break up the couple.

In addition to its problems with alienating male viewers, the real flaw in My Best Friend's Wedding is the lack of chemistry between the Mulroney and Roberts. While I'd probably be a little shy smooching on Julia, hey, that's no excuse for a seasoned pro. Then there's also the minor detail that the trailer tells the story better than the film -- leaving some gaping plot holes -- but who's quibbling? Roberts is the one to watch here, along with Rupert Everett as her gay editor and co-conspirator in this mess. It's really these two that make this picture fun -- and funny. And it's in Wedding's fall-down funny moments that the picture really shines.

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America's Sweethearts Review


Weak
Would you believe -- in real life, I mean -- that if you were Julia Roberts, that you'd be the ugly underdog to your sister, the creepy Catherine Zeta-Jones?

Let me tell you what reality is. Reality is that you are megastar Julia Fricking Roberts and your brother is Eric Roberts, and he picks up whatever crumbs of stardom fall off your coattails as you blaze across the sky in a golden chariot.

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Review


Very Good
'Tis the season for pillorying the TV stars of yesteryear. After Bob Crane got his comeuppance in Auto Focus, George Clooney takes the director's chair for the first time to bring us Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the "unauthorized autobiography" of Chuck Barris, the man responsible for some of the most enduring and trashiest TV shows ever, including The Dating Game and The Gong Show.

Sam Rockwell (best known for show-stealing turns in Charlie's Angels and Galaxy Quest) makes for an engaging and wildly funny doppelganger for Barris, owning the character so completely it's hard to tell where the source material ends and Rockwell's interpretation picks up. With Barris appearing in almost every scene, the film takes us down his road from TV-producer wannabe to master of the 1970s game show. Oh, and not to mention, a stint as a freelance assassin for the CIA.

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Sleeping With The Enemy Review


Weak
Sleeping with the Enemy made over $100 million in 1991, and you can bet every penny came from the presence of Julia Roberts. This was when she was truly America's sweetheart thanks to that smile, that hair and a winning performance in Pretty Woman. At that time, you could have put her in a movie with a Sweathog and Scott Baio and it would have topped $85 million.

When I was 13 and first saw Sleeping with the Enemy I was under that spell, like every other heterosexual male in America. Having recently watched it again, I realize how duped I was.

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Pretty Woman Review


Excellent
Every cliché has at least one perfect example: An "Exhibit A" that makes the hidden good side of the cliché come to light and makes the jaded tired old story new again. For the tale of the hooker with the heart of gold, the perfect example is Petty Woman.

You have a dapper, somewhat older wealthy man (Richard Gere), a surprisingly attractive prostitute (Julia Roberts), a toadie type (Jason Alexander) bent on breaking up the high roller and the ho, and the kindly gent (Hector Elizondo) who teaches the trailer trash how to hang with the upper crust.

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Closer Review


Bad
Love and romance are tough stuff. Leave it to Mike Nichols and his adaptation of the callous play Closer to make it even tougher.

The setup holds promise: Four characters in dreary London couple and de-couple, falling in and out of relationships over a four year span. The story is told piecemeal, as it focuses on brief events in the couples' lives, separated by months or years. It begins as American stripper Alice (Natalie Portman) meets British obituary writer Dan (Jude Law) by happenstance. A year later, Dan encounters photographer Anna (Julia Roberts), whom he immediately begins to lust after. Later, Dan plays an internet prank on dermatologist Larry (Clive Owen), which unexpectedly sends him into the arms of Anna. They marry, and Anna promptly starts an affair with Dan. Dan confesses to Alice, she becomes a stripper again. Anna confesses to Larry, and she leaves him, sending Dan to Alice for the first time. And round and round we go until everyone's had a shot at everyone else.

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Conspiracy Theory Review


OK
Hitting theaters shortly, with surprisingly little fanfare, is Conspiracy Theory, a very long and very scattered production which introduces the never-before-used plotline that the government is full of bad guys.

I was intrigued at first: as the ads tout, a conspiracy nut (Mel Gibson) suddenly learns one of his theories is true, and everyone's out to get him. And in the process, he has to protect a redhead (Julia Roberts). That would normally be enough for me, but without spoiling the movie for you, that just ain't what the movie is about.

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Michael Collins Review


Good
The time between 1916 and the 1920s saw the worst of a revolt that caused the creation the IRA and heightened the fight for independence between Ireland and the crown in London. At the head of this fight, like it or not, was Michael Collins, a demagogue/saboteur/freedom fighter that lived as a hero and died a martyr.

Read it once again -- this is not Braveheart. Braveheart took place something like 600 years earlier, and just a stone's throw across the North Channel, in Scotland.

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Hook Review


Weak
In Hook, Steven Spielberg's rather odd and flat update of Peter Pan, Robin Williams plays an adult Peter Pan as one Peter Banning, a big-money mergers and acquisitions attorney who drinks too much and misses his son's little league games because there's always that one last call on his cell. It's trying to be a modern and hip fantasy with the idea that Peter is a yuppie and has completely forgotten the magic and wonder of what we know to be his rather unique childhood.

But Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) hasn't forgotten. Since it's Peter's fault he has a hook instead of a hand, he wants revenge, so he kidnaps Peter's children. Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) appears. She knocks Peter on the floor, ties him into a bed sheet, and then, in a lumpen image if there ever was one, flies him over the rooftops of London into Neverland where she drops him like a sack of coal (it is Christmas) so he can rescue his children from the evils of Hook, Smee, and the rest of the gaudily-costumed pirate crew.

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Something To Talk About Review


Weak
This is one of those reviews that's going to garner plenty of nasty mail from disgruntled readers, but I feel it's my obligation to let you know exactly what you're getting into with Something to Talk About.

If you are a female, preferably married, preferably Southern, preferably jilted by your husband, and preferably interested in horses, you'll love this film. If not, you're screwed. Something to Talk About is the story of a married, Southern, jilted female, Grace (Julia Roberts), who works for her father (Robert Duvall) at his horse-breeding ranch. When she finds husband Eddie (Dennis Quaid) with another woman, she dumps him like week-old halibut and heads off into the land of reckless self-indulgence, revenge, and wacky hijinks with her dysfunctional family.

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Steel Magnolias Review


Good
Overly saccharine, yet somewhat satisfying tale of southern romance and tragedy. Julia Roberts hams it up.

Ocean's Twelve Review


OK
Danny Ocean and his crew of master thieves are back on the hunt in Ocean's Twelve, but damn if you won't have a hard time mustering up an opinion about it.

Twelve picks up 3 1/2 years after the surprisingly delightful original (er, remake), with our heroes living high on the hog on the spoils from robbing Terry Benedict's (Andy Garcia) Bellagio casino. Abruptly, Benedict finds them all -- Danny (George Clooney) is married to Tess in the suburbs, Frank (Bernie Mac) is running a nail salon, and so on -- and demands his money back in two weeks.

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The Mexican Review


Good
Brad and Julia! Julia and Brad!! Together for the first time!!!

Or not. The Mexican has the distinction of being a romance that manages to keep its lovey-dovey costars further apart than any film since Sleepless in Seattle. Not that there was any way around it. Brad Pitt's Jerry is a completely hapless bagman for a shifty mob boss (Bob Balaban), sent from L.A. to Mexico to retrieve the titular objet d'art -- an antique pistol.

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Erin Brockovich Review


Very Good
Besides having the hardest-to-type title of a movie since Being John Malcovich, what will be the legacy of Erin Brockovich, an unabashed Julia Roberts star vehicle that, coincidentally, also tells the story of the largest direct-action legal settlement in American history?

It won't be for its aura of jurisprudence. As a primer on the U.S. legal system, Erin Brockovich is not terribly compelling. The legal mumbo-jumbo is all there and feels accurate enough, but the heart of the movie simply doesn't rest with the details of the case, which features Pacific Gas & Electric poisoning 600 people in a small California town with chromium (and then telling them it's good for them).

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Ocean's Eleven (2001) Review


Extraordinary
In the words of George Peppard from his immortal role on TV's The A-Team, I love it when a plan comes together, and, man, does it ever come together in nearly every possible way in Steven Soderbergh's very clever, stylish, slick, and engrossing remake of the Rat Pack ensemble heist film Ocean's Eleven.

Since his feature debut with sex, lies and videotape, Soderbergh has walked the tenuous line between art and entertainment. He very rarely insults his audiences' intelligence or sense of humor or style -- even when he busted into the Hollywood big time. Now, a year after picking up his Oscar for the epic Traffic, he shows his range by dipping back into his old cheeky, seductive comedic bag of tricks last seen in Out of Sight. He even brings back Sight leading man George Clooney as crew boss Danny Ocean.

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Mona Lisa Smile Review


Good
For most of us, a satirical review of the stuffy attitudes and strict behaviors of the 1950s as seen in Mona Lisa Smile provides a refreshing contrast to our relaxed manners today. Unfortunately, this is all I got from Smile, despite the film's best intentions to present themes of feminine independence. It's an excellent message for young women that should be embraced; yet the film completely betrays this mission by giving us a one-sided central character with a very narrow-minded viewpoint.

Smile stars Julia Roberts as Katherine Watson, a new teacher who has accepted a position to teach art history at Wellesley - the all women college in Massachusetts. Much to her dismay, the progressive thinking taught in California is not embraced by the stiff administrators at Wellesley, and prompts comments like, "You didn't come to Wellesley to help people find their way, you came to help people find your way."

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Stepmom Review


Bad
One of the worst atrocities of American cinema in recent memory, here we get a one-two punch from two women (Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts) who really should have known better. The setup: Ed Harris is leaving his dried-up wife for a younger dish (see if you can guess who plays who), but mom won't leave well enough alone after she discovers stepmom is incompetent. A cancer diagnosis ensues, but there'll be lots of singing and cleansing tears before the funeral. Shiver. Just thinking about this story makes us throw up in our mouths a little bit. Chris Columbus's most notorious work.

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Ocean's Twelve Review


Good

Casino boss Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) has caught up with Danny Ocean's merry band of hipster crooks, and he wants his $160 million back -- with interest.

As "Ocean's Twelve" begins, the disbanded gang that cracked Benedict's "impenetrable" Las Vegas vault in 2001's Rat Pack remake has been backed into a collective corner and given two weeks to pony up. But that's the least of their troubles.

A cunning, foxy Europol detective (Catherine Zeta-Jones) -- and former love of the group's card shark (Brad Pitt) -- is barely half a step behind them (and sometimes half a step ahead) as they reunite to execute a string of elaborate heists on the Continent, hoping to hold off Benedict with the proceeds. What's worse, the Night Fox (Vincent Cassel), the world's most notorious cat burglar, is making a spiteful habit of hitting every safe and museum on their itinerary just hours (if not minutes) before Ocean's would-be plunderers arrive to do their thing.

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Full Frontal Review


Good

After going from esoteric art house darling to Oscar-winning mainstream mogul without losing his soul, it was probably inevitable that Steven Soderbergh would eventually make an industry farce -- and "Full Frontal" is the consummate ironic marriage of his two worlds.

The cinematic equivalent of an Escher painting, it's movie within a movie within a movie within a movie that keeps folding in on itself. Low-budget ($2 million) but awash in big names (Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, David Duchovny), it's also a joke within a joke within a joke. Sometimes the joke is on Hollywood mucky-mucks. Sometimes the joke is on fans of his mainstream success ("Erin Brockovich," "Ocean's Eleven"). And sometimes the joke is on art film snobs who can't understand why Soderbergh, the artuer behind left-field flicks like "Schitzopolis," "The Limey" and "sex, lies & videotape," would have ever "gone Hollywood" to begin with.

On one level "Full Frontal" is an over-lit, digi-video, fly-on-the-wall guerilla-style picture following several cross-pollinating characters both inside and on the fringes of the filmmaking industry. David Hyde Pierce plays a melancholy milksop writer for Los Angeles Magazine whose first screenplay is being produced. Catherine Keener is his petulant, borderline-lunatic wife, a human resources director who torments nervous employees in erratic, interrogation-style interviews by day, and by night becomes a Hollywood hanger-on with delusions of significance. Mary McCormack plays her sister, a manicly depressed massage therapist who gets sexually harassed by a bigwig movie producer (David Duchovny), who wants help with his autoerotic fantasies.

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Erin Brockovich Review


Good

Sporting a back-combed, two-tone mane, spike-heeled Candies and the wardrobe of a trailer park tart, Julia Roberts has somehow never been more appealing and charismatic than she is as "Erin Brockovich."

The heroine of inventive auteur Stephen Soderbergh's latest Hollywood-deconstructing dynamo, Brockovich is real-life law office file clerk who in 1993 rallied a small desert town against the Goliath public utility that had for decades knowingly poisoned its water supply.

Brazen, tactless and utterly magnetic in Roberts' increasingly talented hands, this struggling single mom is short on job skills and long on lip. She starts the movie in the middle of a frustrating job hunt in which she keeps giving interviewers a piece of her mind.

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Notting Hill Review


OK

I think I might have really enjoyed "Notting Hill" -- an unlikely,light and lively romance between a Hollywood superstar (Julia Roberts)and a the owner of a tucked-away London book shop (Hugh Grant) -- but forone huge obstacle that I just couldn't get past:

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Mona Lisa Smile Review


Terrible

"Mona Lisa Smile" is such an appalling waste of talent it actually made me mad. Scratch that -- furious.

An ironically conformist piece of mock-intellectual fluff about a forward-thinking art history professor (Julia Roberts) rocking the boat at uppity, conservative, marriage-grooming Wellesley College in the 1950s, I'd call it an estrogen-infused "Dead Poet's Society," but even that would be giving the picture too much credit for originality.

To wit, the opening voice-over in which we're told "this bohemian from California...didn't come to Wellesley to fit in. She came because she wanted to make a difference." This gives way to a parade of Eisenhower-era stock characters, like the school's board of directors who bristle at Roberts' "subversive" audacity for, among other things, suggesting that "Picasso will do for the 20th century what Michelangelo did for the Renaissance."

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Closer Review


OK

A sexually charged drama of cross-pollinating infidelity from director Mike Nichols -- whose best work has always tapped into such raw and sensitive areas of the human psyche -- "Closer" derives all its fascination from the nitty-gritty, down-and-dirty character nuances brought to life with discomforting veracity by its foursome of fine actors.

Julia Roberts (as Anna, an aloof but respected photographer), Clive Owen (as Larry, a smarmy doctor), Jude Law (as Dan, an obituary writer and failed novelist) and Natalie Portman (as Alice, a punkette-lite stripper who blows with the wind) are all strangers as the film opens in modern-day London. But as the story leaps forward to pivotal episodes over several years, a series of dates, marriages, illicit liaisons, break-ups and jealous traps shape their boomeranging romantic lives.

The cunning direction of Nichols ("The Graduate," "Carnal Knowledge," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf") viscerally plugs into the emotional voltage of these edgy, passionate, dishonest, desperate, sometimes sweet but often brutally frank relationships in almost every scene. But the film begins deceptively like a romantic comedy as Dan charms the alluringly unfettered Alice on her first day in London, coming to her aid when she's hit by a taxi. "Please remember our traffic tends to come from the right," he glints with all this English panache after realizing her injuries aren't life-threatening.

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Ocean's Eleven Review


Good

Leave it to the sublimely inventive Steven Soderbergh to do a remake the right way around -- starting from a mediocre movie that didn't live it to its potential, then setting out to make it better.

Looking to have a little fun after his back-to-back successes of "Erin Brokovich" and "Traffic," Soderbergh gathered a gang of his favorite actors who were willing to work cheap and set his sights on a high-tech retooling of the forgettable Rat Pack casino heist caper "Ocean's 11."

Made in 1960, the original starred Las Vegas habituates Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford, who just showed up, said their lines and brought their joking, drinking and womanizing personalities with them. The movie had character and style, of course, but little else.

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America's Sweethearts Review


OK

As a showbiz satire, "America's Sweethearts" is pretty pallid. It's a comedy about a bitterly broken-up, superstar acting couple being forced back together as a promotional tool for their last film as man and wife. But the plot gets co-opted by an apple-cheeked romance between the star who got dumped (John Cusack) and the put-upon, personal-assistant sister (Julia Roberts) of his spoiled, paranoid and egocentric ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones).

In short, it's more "Pretty Woman" than "The Player."

The love story is winsome enough, all right. Roberts smiles busily, flushed with rosy Byronic cheer. Her adoration helps Cusack bounce back from that thing he does in darn near every movie, moping outside his ex's window in the rain. They're terribly cute together, but they could do these roles in their sleep.

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