Archive for April, 2010

Ginnifer Goodwin on Set!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

By Dishin’ the Dirt

Ginnifer Goodwin looked her usual adorable self earlier today in New York as she grabbed coffee on her way to the ‘Something Borrowed‘ set.

We recently saw Mona Lisa Smile again and realized Gigi was one of the students in the movie – so yeah, basically she has always been cute as hell!

Photos by KRIEGER

Related Blogs

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Dancing With The Stars Elimination April 27

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Finally, time came for the elimiations on dancing with the stars 2010 last night and nobody could guess who would be kicked off. With Kate Gosselin eliminated last week the show people believed that the show had lost a bit of magic, even though she had never been much of a popular contestant. Last night and it was Jake Pavelka, “The Bachelor”, and Niecy Nash who were in the danger zone but it was Pavelka who was eliminated. holding back the tears, he thanked his partner in his emotional farewell. Aas the series goes on, the prospective winner is becoming less and less obvious. Nicole Scherzinger obviously shone right from the beginning but Chad Ochocinco, who nobody had much noticed at first, seems to be getting better and better. Indeed it was Ochocinco’s tango from the previous night that the judges chose to watch again. Why not let us know your thoughts.

Related Blogs

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Iron Man 2 review

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Simon Brew

Published on Apr 27, 2010Iron Man 2 is clearly a movie that has weighty expectations on its shoulders. After all, not only is it the first summer blockbuster out of the blocks this year, but also the maiden outing for Iron Man was a fairly massive critical and commercial smash. Common business logic suggests therefore that the second will be more popular, while comic book movie law also decrees that the first sequel tends to be better than the genesis story that precedes it.

And yet Iron Man 2 is, ultimately, an exception to that law. But it gives things a damn good go nonetheless.

The film kicks off at quite a tempered pace. Freed of the need to set up the character of Tony Stark and, as a consequence, Iron Man, it opens up the beginning of Iron Man 2 for director Jon Favreau to spend some time with his characters.

It’s time quite well spent too: the first act of Iron Man 2 manages to introduce Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko and set him quickly on the path to becoming Whiplash, while it also begins to examine and nibble at the character that Tony Stark has become. Significantly, it digs into Stark’s background and the relationship with his father, explaining some of the vulnerabilities in the character that the film subsequently explores.

As we join the film though, Stark is on top of the world. He’s boasting that he’s privatised world peace, while resisting attempts by the government – led by the brilliant, scene-stealing Garry Shandling as Senator Stern – to procure the Iron Man suit for itself as a weapon.

It’s not long though before Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux soon start to peel back the surface to explore the problems bubbling underneath. Stark’s world, after all, is propped up by public confidence and people’s belief in him, fickle beasts that soon start to be challenged. Furthermore, on a more pressing level, the palladium that’s powering Stark is also slowly killing him.

Thus, while in the opening act Favreau spends welcome time and beefs up the supporting characters, it’s fairly clear we’re on a crash course for destruction fairly soon.

The moment arrives with the film’s finest action sequence, the one that’s been heavily pushed in the trailers. Rourke’s Whiplash, driven by a hatred of the Starks passed down by his own father, makes his entrance in a grand prix scene in Monaco, and it’s one hell of a way to say hello.

Rourke is clearly having a ball here, putting across a very still villain at times, whose actions look simply spectacular on the big screen. He’s not a perfect movie foe: his mumblings are often hard to hear, and Whiplash is kept locked away for too much of the film’s running time. But when he’s unleashed, he’s a sight to behold.

Here’s where Favreau deserves immense credit, too. For he directs here an action sequence that you can both see and appreciate, freed of the desire for over-fussy cuts and too much use of the handycam. Instead, he fills the screen with a scale you’d expect and demand from a massive summer blockbuster, and Whiplash’s prowling around the track at Monaco is an outstanding piece of controlled action cinema. By contrast, the third act action that he melds together can’t measure up to the same standard: it’s still exciting, but there’s little sense of the threat about it that permeates Whiplash’s big entrance.

Worthy of note too is Sam Rockwell’s turn as Stark’s rival, Justin Hammer. While Tony Stark is reviving his father’s Stark Expo project, Hammer is keen to ingratiate himself with the defense department to snap up some of their business. It doesn’t take much to put Hammer and Stark at loggerheads, and nor does it take much selling that Hammer quickly becomes so interested in the carnage that Whiplash brings down.

All the while, Rockwell sells us a character that’s a little uneasy, once or twice a little over the top, but pretty much always compelling. Arguably he’s too much of a focal point for the ongoing story though, which is a problem for a film with so much to cram in.

For the by-product of a need to get through as much exposition as Iron Man 2 attempts is a really notable mid-section lull. It’s here that the film continues to peck away at the character of Stark, and the mounting problems in front of him. Furthermore, this inevitably has ramifications for the people around him, that the film is also keen to explore. Specifically, these characters include Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts (in a beefier role than first time round), and James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, now played perfectly well by Don Cheadle.

It’s hard to knock a film for wanting to flesh out side characters as well as developing the main faces, but there are moments where you can’t help thinking this is a luxury that Iron Man 2 can’t always afford. Because on top of all of this, it also has to squeeze in the introduction of Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman and deal with her character’s progression, too. And there’s the small matter of a meatier, more pivotal role for Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury as well. It’s as if an admittedly-intriguing trailer for 2012’s The Avengers movie has been wedged into the ingredients of a movie that already has too much in the mix.

Favreau and Theroux do, to their credit, get through a lot of storytelling in this part of the film, but the mid-story still slows things noticeably, before things are lifted again for the final act.

And, to be fair, Iron Man 2 does catch fire again. It packages in an exciting final third, which at times has you sitting back and simply appreciating the joys of a big, expensive, well-made blockbuster movie. It’s hard too to sniff at Robert Downey Jr, who once turns in fine work once more in the leading role.

Yet there’s no getting away from it: Iron Man 2 is a film that can’t quite recapture the magic of the first instalment. You can’t fault the fact that it tries: it throws as much as it can at you, admittedly stretching elements a little too thinly, but it’s doggedly determined to give you your money’s worth. There’s little doubt that you get it, too.

You also get confirmation that Jon Favreau is a director who can genuinely handle action and special effects with real skill (as was, of course, originally proven in the brilliant, underappreciated Zathura).

What you don’t get however, which may just have been a little unrealistic to expect, is perhaps what you most wanted: a comic book movie that can be mentioned in the same breath as The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2 or X2. Instead, by generous compensation, you do get a fun two hours, thanks to an ambitious movie that feels top to bottom like it was made by people who seem to love films such as these as much as you and I.

It might not be quite the Iron Man sequel that you were hoping for, but it’s still a fine way to kick off the summer blockbuster season, and a happily entertaining night out at the movies.


Related Blogs

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

J Lo Shops for the Twins

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By Stage Mom

Jennifer Lopez took a break from promoting The Back-Up Plan in Paris and went shopping for her twins at high-end children’s boutique Jacadi.  She dropped 2,700 Euros there — that’s almost $3600!

That’s mere pocket change to Jenny from the block.

Photos by ELIOT PRESS

Related Blogs

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

Jesse James out of rehab

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By Dishin’ the Dirt

Jesse James is back in Los Angeles again after a brief stint in rehab, wearing gloves to cover up his ringless left hand.

Also back are son Jesse Jr and daughters Chandler and Sunny.

We’re sure Jesse has been fully cured of his “addiction” to boning women who look like Nazi coloring books.

Good job!

EXCLUSIVE photos by SRV/EVA

Related Blogs

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: -1 (from 1 vote)

Ambrose Olsen Dead at 24

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
By: VAINstyle

We are always saddened to report on the passing of a member of the fashion family. The young and talented model, Ambrose Olsen, died unexpectedly on April 22, 2010, in New York City. Specifications on his cause of death have not been confirmed. Throughout his career, Olsen had been featured in campaigns and work with numerous designer brands including Hugo Boss, D&G, Nautica, Dior Homme, Armani Exchange, YSL, Louis Vuitton, GQ Style, V Man, Kim Jones and most recently, the Giorgio Armani Extreme Attitude fragrance. Check out some of Olsens photos from the Giorgio Armani campaign, as well as his feature in the commercial for the new scent. Our condolences go out to Ambrose Olsen’s friends and family as we remember his life and respected body of work.


Related Blogs

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

    Jersey Shore Short-Shorts!

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    By Dishin’ the Dirt

    Angelina “Jolie” Pivarnick, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola headed to ‘work’ at the gelato shop yesterday in Miami.

    Those are quite some shorts the girls are wearing!

    Photos by KADENAPIX

    Related Blogs

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

    Arnold’s Vintage Shopping Trip

    Monday, April 26th, 2010
    By: Dishin’ the Dirt!

    Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by the Ralph Lauren vintage store on Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue for some shopping earlier today.

    Recession? What recession?

    Photos by SRV/EVA

    Related Blogs

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

    Ron Burkle donated an amount of $50,000 to Celebrity Apprentice

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    Ron Burkle donated a whopping $50,000 to Celebrity Apprentice. Ronald Wayne Burkle was born on November 12, 1952 is a successful American businessman and a major political fundraiser. He was listed as the wealthiest man on the Forbes 400 with an estimated wealth of $3.5 billion in the year 2008.

    He own firm called the Yucaipa group of Companies. He donated $50, 000 to a reality show, Celebrity Apprentice 2010, Holly Robinson Peete on Sunday night during a challenge to raise the most money to create a fitness class for 24 Hour Fitness.

    “Holly Robinson Peete worked the phones as Project Manager for her team, and with just seconds to spare, she had a HUGE $50,000 donation come through from Ron Burkle. This allowed Holly Robinson Peete and Team Tenacity to rise over $200,000.

    Related Blogs

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

    The Beckhams Get Pinkberry!

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010

    By Dishin’ the Dirt

    David and Victoria Beckham took a family trip to Pinkberry earlier today with sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

    How adorable is little Cruz with his dad’s face on his shirt?

    So cute!

    Photos by RACHPOOT

    Related Blogs

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)