Monday, March 31, 2008


Note to self: Cosmopolitans and cupcakes and lollipops and Smarties do not mix well.

Spotted: Yours truly, turning into an HTML at Friday’s Winter Music Conference single launch party for Madonna’s “4 Minutes” at The A/X Lounge in the penthouse of The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach.

(An HTML – abbreviation of Hot Tranny Mess Lollipop – always has a fun time, but usually pays the piper after the taxi ride home. The term is a variation of this.)

The party featured remixes of M’s hit single, featuring Justin Timberlake, by Junkie XL, Tracy Young, and Bob Sinclar.

It was, clearly to some, quite a lot fun – as was the tall glass of water and long night of beaming sleep that followed.

Photo: Confidential Source.

Update: I just remember this bit of scoop: Save May 1 on your calendar. That’s when tickets for M’s upcoming tour will go on sale, or so I was told. Or perhaps that’s just when something we’ll be announced. Remember – HTML....

Friday, March 28, 2008

You Gotta Bet Big to Win Big

21, an Ocean’s Eleven for the post-MTV generation, is based upon the true story of how a handful of the brightest young minds in the country took Las Vegas for millions.

Ben Campbell (Across the Universe’s Jim Sturgess) is a shy, brilliant M.I.T. student who, needing $300,000 to pay for med school, realizes his entire future just may be in the cards – literally.

He is recruited by Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey), an…unorthodox…math professor and stats genius, to join a team of gifted students that flies out to Sin City on weekends, armed with fake IDs and the know-how to turn the odds at blackjack in their favor.

By counting cards and employing an intricate system of signals, they can beat the casinos big time.

Seduced by the money, the lifestyle, and by his very smart and sexy teammate, Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth, looking better than she has in the last two of years), Ben begins to push the limits.

Although counting cards isn’t illegal, the stakes are high, and the challenge becomes not only keeping the numbers straight, but staying one step ahead of the casinos’ menacing enforcer: Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne), who is not amused he’s being replaced by state-of-the-art technology.

21 is adequate entertainment, but its main problem is it needed to be tighter, more precise.

The scenes in Las Vegas are obviously the most fun, but it’s a bit of a drag that once Ben and the team go back to M.I.T., he has to deal with the consequences of his actions.

That’s real, and necessary, but the filmmakers should’ve stepped away from the editing booth while they were ahead. Like in blackjack, there’s a limit they should’ve kept in mind.

Or, at the very least, they should’ve hidden their wild card (a twist I saw coming quite early on) a lot better.

My Rating **1/2

Photo: Sony Pictures.
The Wicked Mind of the Married Man

Fickle pickle Felicity Porter (Felicity – own all four seasons, out now on DVD) was once told by her counselor that sometimes it is better to be kind than honest. This after she’d revealed she may have cheated on her boyfriend.

To understand why I said “may” you’d have to be a fan of the show, so go…become a fan.

But I digress.

That kind-honest pearl of wisdom resonated with me way back when I first heard it, and again when I read the synopsis of director Ira Sachs’ Married Life.

Chris Cooper stars as Harry, the center of the film, which earlier in March premiered at the Miami International Film Festival. Harry is a typical 1950s man: hard-working, caring…and conflicted.

Torn between two women, he has decided he must kill his wife, Pat (Patricia Clarkson), in order to be with his much-younger girlfriend, Kay (Rachael McAdams, pictured at left with Cooper).

For Harry, his situation is a “sometimes it is better to be kind than honest” situation. He loves Pat too much to let her suffer when he leaves her. Killing her down, he believes, is the best thing he can do for her.

When he shares his outrageous plan with his best friend Richard (Pierce Brosnan), he’s met with disbelief, natch, but also with curiosity…and with quiet encouragement. (Richard has meet Kay, and he has decided he’s going to let Harry go ahead with his plan because he now has fallen for her.)

Ah – a love square.

As the four are overwhelmed by their passions – oh yeah, the women have secrets, too – and they struggle to avoid hurting one another, Married Life stylishly captures an era, and reveals stirring commentary on the nature of marital commitment.

Cooper told me he was attracted to the role of Harry because he was trying not to repeat himself.

“I thought he was a very interesting character,” he said. “I thought there were aspects I thought no one would see. It’s kind of comforting – it’s the security blanket that I put over myself as far as an internal life for the character. I just hoped some of that might come through.”

For her part, the lovely Clarkson – I told her so, just as italicized as I wrote it, by the way – felt there was a true sense of mystery about all four characters.

“I think they are filled with intrigue and that’s what actually gives the movie greater suspense. They are truly multifaceted people. And they are real. You can almost reach out and touch Harry, and yet he’s trying to murder his wife for a very specific reason. It’s so interesting to me.”

There certainly is a sense of pathos to Married Life a grown-up audience will enjoy. The film is an intimate piece; like the relationships it portrays, it isn’t perfect, but it’s worth sticking by it.

On a related note, and this is FYI, natch: Cooper also told me when we met that he had just decided that morning he is next “going to do New York, I Love You with Robin Wright,” while Clarkson’s “gonna work with Scorsese. I’m going to do Shutter Island.”

My Rating ***

Photo: Sony Pictures Classics.
Teasing the Video

This just in: Madonna has a sense of humor.

Like, duh.

I’ve just been told that in her video for “4 Minutes,” which features Justin Timberlake, Madonna rips off his shirt– and then he rips part of her bustier.

How does she come up with this stuff? (Ha!)

I’m also told the video, which was directed by French duo Jonas & François, may be available for purchase, on iTunes, before it debuts on MTV et al. on April 7.

I guess we are still living in a material world, after all. And I love it.

Photo: Osoblog.TV.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Rock the Boat

I’ve allowed a week to pass since the last installment in the completed-before-the-writers-strike batch of eight episodes of Lost, “Meet Kevin Johnson” aired. You know…to process it.

This winter finale – the show comes back on April 24 (now at 10 p.m.) – marked the return of Michael (Harold Perrineau), who was…uh…revealed to be Ben’s “man on the boat.”

It tried to fill in the gaps of what happened to the character since he and his son Walt were allowed to leave the island, and featured not one but two deaths (one very shocking by the way, although the editing was so off I couldn’t help but call it as soon as the first scene was shown).

This episode felt rushed – that’s why I said “tried” – and the only sense of urgency it provoked was the one I now feel for a new, better one.

And that’s the dumbfounding beauty of Lost. It leaves us wanting more, more, more.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Meet Snake Eyes

Paramount Pictures has released two photos of Ray “Darth Maul” Park’s character in the upcoming G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes.

“He’s the world’s greatest ninja, but he’s also next-generation,” director Stephen Sommers told USA Today. “He’s not afraid to use a sword one second, and a split-second later he’s pulling out his Glock.

“His chief nemesis is arguably the world’s other great ninja, Storm Shadow. The two grew up together, were blood brothers, and now are mortal enemies.”

G.I. Joe, co-starring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, and Sienna Miller, opens in August 2009.

Photo: Paramount Pictures.
Let’s Get Political

One of the most beautiful and exciting and talented actresses working today, Elizabeth Banks, is going to the White House.

Banks is close to signing on the dotted line to be the Laura Bush to Josh Brolin’s George W. Bush in W, Oliver Stone’s biopic on the life and presidency of the best POTUS ever. Not!

Production will begin late next month in Louisiana.

Stone has said he plans to make “a fair, true portrait” of Bush, focusing on his relationship with his father, President George H.W. Bush, his wild youth, and his conversion to Christianity.

Banks recently was seen in Definitely, Maybe. Up next is Meet Bill and Kevin Smith’s comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

With a Name Like...

In his next film, Meet Bill (a comedy about someone you know), Aaron Eckhart plays the titular role of a man whose life is less than impressive.

Obviously, this is going to be a stretch for this talented tall glass of water.

Anyway, Bill has had it – he’s had it! – with his job and his cheating wife (Elizabeth Banks), so he rather reluctantly accepts to mentor a rebellious teen – and that’s when his own life begins to turn.

The film, which co-stars Jessica Alba, opens in limited release on April 4.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Day the Music Died

Chapter 27, the long-delayed film about Mark David Chapman, finally opened in limited release last Friday.

The film (the title of which comes from The Catcher in the Rye, which was an obsession of Chapman’s – and ended at chapter 26) has received mixed reviews at best.

It unfolds over the three days in December 1980 when Chapman stood outside the Dakota apartment building in New York, waiting for John Lennon to emerge so he could shoot him, and the friendship he developed with a young fan played by Lindsay Lohan.

Jared Leto, who gained 60 lbs. to play Chapman, is equally praised for his physical commitment to the role as he is criticized for certain choices (like the “annoyingly gimmicky whisper-scream he uses for his interior monologues”).

The kindest thing a review of Chapter 27 I just read said was, believe or not, about Lohan, calling the film “a bittersweet snapshot of a simpler time for the magnetic young actress.”

See – she’s still got it (I just hope she can keep it).

Photo: Peace Arch.

Monday, March 24, 2008


Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z kicked off their anticipated “Heart of the City Tour” at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, and I just had to be there.

I needed to be there – I needed it like a heart needs a beat.

And boy if MJB wasn’t the beat, the hope, the passion I needed.

She’s the undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop Soul for a mighty good reason, people: She has a voice that just won’t quit.

Her performance on Saturday was nothing short of amazing. She had on her sparkly opening number, her big sunglasses and oversize hoop earrings, her high-heeled boots – she felt like a woman and she was letting everyone know it.

Complemented by a 22-member band that included a 12-piece string-and-horn ensemble, MJB belted out hit after hit after hit. She didn’t need to change into dazzling costume after dazzling costume or even have a drink of water. Her batteries were charged.

If only she’d done “Smoke” and “Come to Me (Peace),” especially, I’d call her 90-minute set quite perfect.

Yeah, tears formed behind my eyes (but I did not cry) when I realized the night wouldn’t include what has been my favorite song since Christmas – or anything that that entails – but I wasn’t disappointed. Thanks to her, I was at peace.

Jay-Z did great, too, but I’m just not that into him. He’s Jay-Z, and he’s good and fun, with or without special guests Kanye West and Timbaland, but this was MJB’s night.

I made a memory on Saturday – and I never say silly things like “I made a memory.”


Update: MJB performed “Come to Me (Peace)” in her episode of VH-1’s Storytellers.

Obviously, the song is an emotional one for her – she had to take a moment during her introduction.

I can only imagine how she would’ve shaken the AAA had she performed it there.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Is Our Show Headed to Broadway or the Silver Screen, Buffy Fans?

The cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – including star Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Emma Caulfield, Seth Green, Amber Benson, James Marsters, Michelle Trachtenberg, and the show’s mastermind, Joss Whedon – reunited for the first time since 2004 yesterday at the William S. Paley Television Festival.

So that’s where I should’ve been last night.

Gellar reminisced about being cast on the show – after auditioning 11 times.

“All my friends felt sorry for me because I was on a midseason replacement on a network no one had heard of on a show based on a movie that wasn’t all that,” she said.

For his part, Whedon said he has spent “time daydreaming” about bringing BtVS to the Great White Way someday.

Can I book my ticket now?

He also acknowledged that “so many stars would have to align” in order to pull off a possible BtvS movie. “But,” he added, “I think it would be really cool.”


Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Perfect-ish Score

The oh-so-studly Jason Statham stars in the based-on-a-true-story heist movie The Bank Job.

I wanted to mention this fact right off the bat because it surprised me how much The Bank Job just was not the typical adrenaline-crazy entry in Statham’s oeuvre I anticipated it to be.

The actor plays Terry, a car dealer with a dodgy past, a wife, and two daughters, who always avoided major-league scams.

Saffron Burrows plays Martine, a beautiful model from his old neighborhood who offers him the lead on a foolproof bank hit on London’s Baker Street.

After mulling it over, Terry recognizes this is the opportunity of a lifetime – Martine just gave him the key to a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry…how could he refuse, right?

What he and his crew don't realize, however, is that the boxes contain a major mother lode: dirty little secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal that spans London’s criminal underworld, countless high-ranking British government officials, and the Royal Family itself.

The Bank Job is the true story of a heist gone all the right ways.

It reminds me of The Italian Job (in which Statham also appeared), but the historical context (it is set in the 1970s) gives it another dimension.

The script, I thought, was quite cheeky. I found this a wee bit odd, but in the end the movie worked, although it could have been a few minutes shorter. This one is For Entertainment Only.

My Rating ***

Photo: Lionsgate Films.
Have Your Heard, Buffy Fans?

In May, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Michelle Trachtenberg will sink her teeth into a multi-episode role on The CW’s addictive Gossip Girl.

Trachtenberg will play Georgina Sparks, a character who appears in the novels on which the show is based. She will roll into Manhattan from rehab, shaking up the life of It Girl Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively).

I’m so glad good the writers strike is over and TV has reclaimed the season.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Meanwhile, Across the Pond…

Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her new shorter do during an appearance yesterday at The Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards in London.

And that concludes the most must-have-been-a-busy-day post I ever wrote.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

MC=Guilty Pleasure

And now, a confession: I like Mariah Carey.

I know of at least one BFF who just died a little.

The truth is I own a couple of her CDs, and although I’m not going to rush to get her latest, E=MC², when it comes out next month, I wouldn’t mind owning a copy of the super-successful The Emancipation of Mimi.

Her latest single, “Touch My Body,” has proven to be a grower, not a shower. Seeing her perform it on SNL last weekend even made like her version more than the piano-only I found on YouTube, which, by the way, is rather gorge.

So yeah – I’m one of her “lambs.” (That’s what she calls her fans. Cute? Condescending? Discuss.)

You have to admit, Carey has a good set of pipes, and she’s looking infinitely hotter than she has in years.

All those years of jumping into pools (when instead, as Sandra Bernhard put it, she should have been swimming out into the ocean) have paid off.

R.I.P. Talented Mr. Minghella

The filmmaking world has lost one of its best and brightest stars.

Fifty-four-year-old Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning British director of films such as The English Patient (which earned him the honor), The Talented Mr. Ripley (co-starring Jude Law, pictured at right with his director), and Cold Mountain, has died.

Details are not yet available.

Minghella’s last completed film is The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which he shot in Botswana.

According to, he was at work on New York, I Love You, and set to begin work on The Ninth Life of Louis Drax.

Photo: Miramax Films (Cold Mountain).

Monday, March 17, 2008

Missing Patrick Wilson

I very recently got to thinking about Little Children, and consequently, naturally, about the hotness that is Patrick Wilson.

I miss PW. He was so underserved by Evening last year. I trust that’ll change in the next few months.

This fall, Wilson will star in Life in Flight, and in Lakeview Terrace alongside Kerry Washington as an interracial couple targeted by an LAPD officer played by Samuel L. Jackson.

And then next year, he’ll appear in Watchmen, a graphic novel adaptation that’s sure to be a big hit.


Where in Madonna’s World is Guy Ritchie?

With a new album about to debut, Madonna has been stepping out quite a bit lately, but someone has been conspicuously not at her side at recent events like her star-studded benefit for Raising Malawi and UNICEF or her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

That someone is her husband, Guy Ritchie.

A quick search on revealed the last time Ritchie and the missus where photographed together was back in December (meeting Gwyneth Paltrow for dinner in New York).

Is there trouble in paradise? I hope not. They appear so happy here, don’t you know, don’t you know.

After all, Madonna did say, in I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, that her husband defined true love for her.

“It’s not easy having a good marriage,” she said. “But I don’t want easy.

“Easy doesn’t make you grow. Easy doesn’t make you think.

“I thank God every day that I’m married to a man that makes me think.

“That’s my definition of true love.”

I feel as though Ritchie certainly has made the singer a better woman, so I’d be sort of sad if she were keeping him “Miles Away,” which is, by the way, the name of a Hard Candy song she debuted on Japanese TV over the weekend.

Jeez – talk about a non sequitur.


Update 1: I’m told – and this is an obvious rumor! – M already may have told her people to think of ways to spin the news of a split, and that she wants to be moved back stateside within the next 18 months.

Update 2: On an somewhat related note, the Queen of Pop’s newest single, “4 Minutes,” debuted officially today.

Update 3: Oh, snap! Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s publicist, has shut down the rumor, saying, “I am delighted to confirm that Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ritchie remain happily married.”


But can they please go on a date soon? They’re only going to get busier, and the proof is in the pudding.

Update 4: The Ciccone-Ritchies took my unasked-for advice and went out on a date the day after I suggested it. And now all is well in the world.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Just Because, Pt. 13

Daniel Craig – so, so, so hot! – almost made a splash as Bond, James Bond, when he jumped from a moving boat while filming Quantum of Solace in Panama yesterday.

So, question: Is production still going to Peru or what? Because I will hop on a plane faster than you can say “restraining order.”

The new 007 adventure arrives in theaters on Nov. 7.


The cover for Madonna’s upcoming album, Hard Candy, has been revealed, and I love it.

Uhh…where can I get that belt?

I can’t wait for it to “kick my ass.”


TiVo & Me: Our First Fight

Something terrible happened last night: TiVo failed me.

Like, bad.

Because of a programming mistake, of which I take partial responsibility – my digital recording device did not record “Ji Yeon,” a Jin/Sun-centric episode of Lost.

Instead, it treated me to an episode of Reaper, a show I granted a Season Pass but never watched.

I already told myself and TiVo (I had to reassure it I would not dip it in cold water) this was – alright – my fault, but still – shouldn’t it have known better?

No, it shouldn’t have.

And that is today’s lesson: A machine is a machine is a machine. It cannot think for me, and if I want to watch my stories, I have to make sure it will record them. Or I should just “Quit!

This is one more thing for me to do in this so-called easiest time of our history.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Man on the Comeback

So why was Jim Carrey all smiles as he sat in the audience of last night’s American Idol?

Well, perhaps it has got something to do with Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, the sure-to-be-blockbuster opening tomorrow.

It seems that after a couple of flops – like 2005’s Fun with Dick and Jane, and 2007’s The Number 23 – and some projects that were put on hold or scrapped, the funny guy’s back on track.

Later this year he will appear in Yes Man, and he is attached to what I think is a stop-motion – à la Beowulf – remake of A Christmas Carol.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mama’s the Word

In April 25’s Baby Mama (I love that title), Tina Fey – Tina Fey, how I love you – plays a successful, single businesswoman from New York City who dreams of having a baby.

But when she discovers she’s infertile, she hires a working-class woman from South Philly (Amy Poehler) to be her unlikely surrogate.

Hilarity ensues.

And how could it not, really, with former SNL co-stars Fey and Poehler teaming up for what has to be one of the sleeper hits of spring.

Photo: Universal Pictures.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Basking in the Spotlight

Calling her the “shot in the ass when we really needed it,” Justin Timberlake inducted Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night, in what easily was the highlight of the evening.

At first, the Queen of Pop was so visibly overwhelmed it could not have been cuter.

But then, once she found her confidence, her heartfelt speech got even better – as she reminded us why she can be imitated, but she can never be duplicated.

Her outfit was…questionable…but it was fantastic as usual to see her on a stage.

She thanked many of the people who have helped her along the way, including those who never thought she’d amount to something.

Click here to watch the entire segment. It’s a must for any fan.

Praise Damien Rice

One of my absolute favorites, Damien Rice (pictured at right), performed for Leonard Cohen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, and he did an amazing job.

Rice took on Cohen’s “Hallelujah” just after Cohen’s induction. Afterward, he talked to Billboard backstage about what makes the song so special for him.

“There’s an amazing connection between sex and spirituality, and it’s something Leonard Cohen hints at in that song,” he said. “It’s almost like a Buddhist master giving you a hint, but not the whole story. You have to take that hint and go sit with it.”

Click here to watch Rice’s performance.


Monday, March 10, 2008

From Justin to Madonna

My beautiful-stranger spy has sent me part of the speech Justin Timberlake will deliver tonight when he inducts Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Want to read it? Want to?

Here’s part of it…. Talk about a frakkin' exclusive.

“You know, I got to co-write and co-produce half the tracks on Madonna’s new record, Hard Candy, working with Timbaland and Danja.

“People are already asking me what it’s really like to work with Madonna. They want to know if she’s a total control freak – as some have said. Well, all I know is that she’s the only Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to ever personally administer a B-12 shot in my butt.

“That’s right – Madonna had B-12 shots with her in a zip lock bag just in case some started to feel ill.

“That’s what’s called being a professional. And maybe that’s what Madonna has been and will continue to be for all of us – a shot in the ass when we really needed it.

“Madonna and I even got to write and sing together on her lead-off single called “4 Minutes To Save The World” and in a sense that’s what Madonna has always done – save the world, one great four-minute song at a time.

“Ladies and gentleman, the world has long been full of Madonna wannabes – and I might have even dated a couple – but there is only one Madonna.

“So right now it is one of the true thrills and privileges of my life to stand on this stage and induct Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Iggy & The Stooges will perform two songs in honor of the Queen of Pop. Madonna should be inducted around 10 p.m.


“Hot Mess Tranny,” Indeed

Well, you know you’ve made it when Saturday Night Live lampoons you.

Hands down – or up in applause, actually – the best part about Christian Siriano (pictured at left) winning the fourth season of Project Runway was seeing Amy Poehler play him flawlessly, down to the “hot mess tranny” quotes, last Saturday.

The super-funny sketch, a promo for Fierce: The Hot Mess Make-over Show, Siriano’s would-be new Bravo show, is a hoot and a half. Click here to watch it.


Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is quite the just-dahling film about a governess who goes on yet another assignment, and sees her life change forever.

It is the eve of England’s becoming involved in World War II, and Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand), a middle-aged woman who is rough around the edges, finds herself once again unceremoniously dismissed from the job.

Without so much as severance pay, she realizes she must – for the very first time in 20 years – live for a day, if anything so she can eat.

While at an unfortunately familiar employment agency, where she is told in no uncertain terms that she unemployable, she does just this when she intercepts an assignment as the new social secretary for Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams).

Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of the American entertainer.

Within minutes, she finds herself swept into a rather heady high-society milieu, and within hours, she finds herself living it up.

Taking her new role to heart, though, she strives to help her new friend Delysia navigate a career and a love life well-complicated by three different men: the one who can help make her career, the one who can keep her in the lap of luxury, and the one who loves her (Lee Pace of TV’s Pushing Daisies).

For her part, Miss Pettigrew herself is blushingly drawn to a gallant man tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven who senses the social secretary may be out of her element.

Over the next 24 hours, Miss Pettigrew and Delysia will support and empower each other to discover their romantic destinies.

And for 92 minutes, the simply-stunning-to-look-at Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day will make you enjoy a charming time at the movie theater.

It’ll make you laugh, it’ll even make you cry weep perhaps, and it’ll remind you that you should never judge a book by its cover because you risk not learning about the wonders that lie within.

My Rating ***

Photo: Focus Features.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Calendar Girl

Late last year, during Art Basel Miami Beach, I got to meet beautiful Eva Mendes on behalf of Miami Living magazine to discuss her exclusive starring role in the 2008 Campari Tales Calendar.

Hey – somebody’s gotta do it.

FYI: The large-format, limited-edition storybook calendar was shot by photographer Marino Parisotto on location in Rosignano, Italy, over five days last year.

For the actress, the 12-month portfolio was an opportunity to “play all these fantastic characters” and sort of update what it means be a woman in a fairy tale.

That’s just great – you should read all about it in Miami Living, on stands now – but here’s what she told me about what’s coming up for her in 2008.

“I just finished a film called The Spirit with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s a comic book film, and I play a jewel thief, which was fun,” she said.

“And I did a remake of The Women I’m really excited about. I play the role Joan Crawford played in the 1939 original. We updated the film a little bit to make it more modern. I tried to make my character a little funny because I think women now are different in the sense that we’re more aware. Maybe we’re funnier now, too.”

I cannot wait for this one, but I’ll have to: It doesn’t open until Oct. 10.

Photo: Miami Living.
She Is a Fighter and She Ain’t Goin’ Stop

Take a first look at this new photo of Madonna.

I don’t know what it’s for, where or when it’ll appear, or who took it. It was waiting for me in my inbox this morning.

All I know is the Queen of Pop’s ready for a fight – and I’d gladly take a punch.

Photo: Confidential Source.

Update: MadonnaTribe reports that frequent Madonna collaborator Steven Klein took this photo for next month’s Interview magazine.
O Juliet, Juliet!

The Other Woman,” last night’s Juliet-centric episode of Lost, didn’t offer much action or many answers – I know, shocker! – (although somewhat significant tidbits were thrown, like an update on the status of the kidnapped kids from the tail section of Oceanic 815), but it sure did offer long-simmering passion.

Perhaps a little too long-simmering – the plot seemed to suffer from it, and not even Elizabeth Mitchell’s complex and pitch-perfect and wonderful performance could distract from that fact.

Having said that, next week’s installment sounds like it’s going to be a good one (I think we’ll finally get to meet Ben’s “man on the boat”).

Get Ready To Reset Your (TV) Clock

Fox is reportedly developing a two-hour 24 prequel to help bridge the two-year gap between the show’s sixth and seventh seasons.

The show, which did not air at all this year because of the writers strike, will return in its traditional 24-episode format next January.

Eight episodes were in the can before the strike began, but Fox decided against airing a partial season and breaking up the flow of the real-time drama, opting instead to hold them, with the prequel set for fall to whet fans’ appetites.

Production on the remaining episodes of the seventh season, which features the show's first female president, played by Cherry Jones, will resume next month.

Anything that brings Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) back to TV is fine with me – just as long as the masterminds behind the show have found a way to make up for the major suckage of the sixth season.


Thursday, March 06, 2008

She’s Not Coming Out, Buffy Fans, But…

As every Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan knows, Buffy Summers’ great adventures have translated from life as a cult classic on TV to life as a cult classic as a comic – the Joss Whedon-overseen Season 8 is currently underway.

Yesterday, issue No. 12 came out – and what do you know, so did Buffy. A little.

You read that right: In the new issue, Buffy sleeps with a fellow slayer named Satsu.

The story line, Whedon says, “evolved naturally.”

And lest you think Whedon doesn’t know what he’s doing – has he ever disappointed? – he is quite clear his team knows where this is headed.

“We’re not going to make her gay, nor are we going to take the next 50 issues explaining that she’s not. She’s young and experimenting, and did I mention open-minded?”

Note to self: I have got to get my hands on this comic for once and for all.


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Leona Queen

Last week, a BFF and I were having Mexican food after the gym – don’t you judge us – when this song came on the radio, right.

We were both like, “I know this song,” but neither of us could name it.

The next day, I was having breakfast, watching VH-1, when the video for the song came on – it was Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love,” which you can find on her debut, Spirit.

I had heard about how this Brit (the winner of the third season of the U.K.’s television talent show The X Factor) was like, the best thing since sliced bread, but I hadn’t gotten around seeking out any of her songs until now.

I’m sort of infatuated, I have to say.

Nostalgia, Pt. 19

“I was yours /
You were mine /
It seemed we’d last forever, oh yea /
I’d be the one you need /
You would be the one I marry /
And I’m just trying to invite my way back in your heart /
And I'm telling you to... /

Come to me /
I’ll restore freedom /
I’ll carve away the worries in your heart.”

I cannot wait for March 22. And yeah – I am totally this song’s bee-yotch.


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

That’s So Iggy, M

Alright, so Madonna will not perform at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 10, after all, but Iggy & The Stooges have been tapped to pay tribute to the Queen of Pop during the show.

My beautiful-stranger spy tells me the band will play two songs – a really, really hot one from Madonna, her first album, and a really popular one from her Grammy Award-winning Ray of Light.

Think about it.... Think about it....

Now, what’s the connection between Madonna and Iggy Pop’s band?

Well, aside from the formative years spent as struggling musicians in Manhattan’s Lower East Side – they both come from the same musical influence: punk – both are Detroit natives, and he opened for her at the Dublin date of her “Re-Invention Tour” in 2004.

Among the other performers scheduled for the induction ceremony are Damien Rice (for Leonard Cohen), Patti LaBelle (for Gamble & Huff), and John Mellencamp and the Ventures, both of whom are being inducted.


Update 1: So have you figured it out? “Don’t put me off ‘cause I’m on fire.”

Update 2: My, it’s “Burning Up” and “Ray of Light,” of course.
Simply Irresistible, Pt. 26

The producers of the new TV show New Amsterdam call him “the Great Dane,” and from the looks of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, they have good reason to do so.

Although the show hasn’t had the smoothest of rides toward its premiere tonight, the Copenhagen-born actor, who plays John Amsterdam, an immortal cop who has called the New York area home for 366 years, deserves our tuning in because…well, because he’s just so hunky.

Color me shallow, already. And stay between the lines.

He also is quite charismatic (I still remember him stealing scenes in Wimbledon), and talented, I’m sure.

But let’s face it – if you want to buy a new car, you kick the tires. If you want to commit to a new TV show, you must a have an at-first-sight reason.


Monday, March 03, 2008

It’s Hard Out Here for a Robot

Meet WALL-E, the star of the new Disney/Pixar animated film, WALL-E (opening on June 27).

In the film, we are asked to wonder what if mankind had to – uh oh – leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off?

WALL-E, spends every day doing what he was made for, but soon, he will discover what he was meant for as he ventures across the galaxy chasing his dream.

Photo: Disney/Pixar.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Saving the World One Hot Track at the Time

OMG, Madonna’s “4 Minutes,” featuring Justin Timberlake, has leaked on French radio.

Vive la France, y’all.

This track is sooo hot it might as well be summer. (How gorge does she look on the cover of the latest Dazed & Confused, by the way?)

It’s totally making me want to get up and do my thing.