Sunday, April 30, 2006

Paris Hilton, done it again

Now, is this really fashionable? We know our very own Posh Spice was spotted out with her pretty white bra showing earlier in the week... but come on. We gave Posh the benefit of the doubt and presumed her button had accidentally popped open. But this blatant display of bra from Paris Hilton is just wrong. It leaves nothing to the imagination and, quite frankly, we're a little disappointed. It's class with a k. Pairs Hilton. But on an evening when most of Tinseltown's glamorous, young things had showed up for the Hot Hollywood event - at least the bra display meant Paris was noticed. Have a rifle through the gallery above to see Paris and her more covered Hollywood pals. Jodie Marsh, Jordan, Orlaith... eat your heart out.

United 93

Who's in It: J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams, Cheyenne Jackson, Opal Alladin, Starla Benford

The Basics: The most horrifying day in American history gets the sober, somber, you-are-there treatment from respected director Paul Greengrass. That doesn't mean it will teach you anything new about the doomed flight. Or that you'll want to watch it.

What's the Deal? I haven't seen a movie this deeply upsetting in years. And I can watch just about anything. Here's the thing: It's very well-made and resists exploitation at every turn. And even though a lot of it reads as speculation (there's a scene in which the passengers appear to be killing two of the terrorists), it's not wildly propagandistic. But the last 30 minutes are so gut-wrenching and unbearable — the final cockpit-eye view of the plane hurtling toward the ground is especially horrifying — that it brought me to tears. It's the best-made film I never want to see again.

What's the Point? Because it's not yet five years since Sept. 11, 2001, there's no real historical perspective to be gained from the movie. It is docudrama: real and imagined events presented without serious bias. No wisdom to be gained from it. So it can only be seen as a memorial to the victims.

De-Mythologizing: "Let's roll" is minimized rather than Hollywood-ized. For that we can all be grateful. One Good Thing: Ten percent of the opening weekend's grosses are going to the Flight 93 Memorial Fund.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Things the Stars Say...

"There are assumptions made about the way you look. I'm always surprised when people don't think I'm smart." -Meg Ryan

"I do remember being at a petrol station in New York and a man was saying, 'Hey, man, you look like that Hugh Grant--no offense!'" -Hugh Grant, mocked for looking like...himself"

Hollywood could not write a better script for a happy ending." -Today show host Katie Couric, after Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields welcomed new children to the world on the same day

"I kept the prosthetic... I walk around the house with it; I can slap people with it." -Mark Whalberg still carries his infamous faux private part that was flashed at the end of Boogie Nights

"It's probably her greatest performance ever because she's playing a chef and she can't boil water." -Michael Douglas, on wife Catherine Zeta-Jones’ role as a cook in an upcoming film

"He's a crazy white man." -Ving Rhames, on his Mission Impossible: 3 co-star Tom Cruise

"We had a whole day where we had to learn how to open the door for the presidential limo and I thought, 'Well, this is going to be a waste of a day.' I didn't realize that the door for the presidential limo is 180 pounds. There's a very specific way they handle that." -Kiefer Sutherland, on the training he underwent to play a Secret Service agent in The Sentinel

"I have three daughters, and it's the Lindsay Lohan fan club at my house." -Meryl Streep, defending her Prairie Home Companion co-star

"When I was younger, I was considered very sexy. I even got the Bond Girl role. But I was never cast as 'the girl next door,' and now I am. I am so grateful for that change." -Teri Hatcher

"I used to have terrible sinus infections all the time. I don't get them at all anymore." - Tom Cruise , attributing his fortified immune system to the “tools” of Scientology