Legally-blonde

Madonna offers Advice to J.Lo

Madonna offers advice to J.Lo

Pop diva Madonna thinks J.Lo and Ben Affleck got their just desserts in having to cancel their wedding due to the media attention. Madonna revealed, on US TV show Access Hollywood that, “To a certain extent, they courted the media attention.” Madonna?s advice to Lopez and Affleck included considering a marriage as “a part of the relationship that you keep private.” She said that she’s not judging them, but added, “If you have a strong relationship, a lot of media attention can break it up.” Good advice from the woman that has been in the pubic eye for almost 20 years now and has been happily married to director Guy Ritchie for the last 3 years!



Wolverine turns into Bond

Hugh Jackman has been tipped as the new industry favourite to take over from Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond. The Aussie hunk will have even more women drooling if he dons the famous superspy tuxedo. The role will be vacated by the devishly handsome Pierce Brosnan after the next Bond installment. The X-Men star is thought to be top of the list of potential replacements. “A list of possible successors has been drawn up, and Hugh is at the top,” said a source at 007 moviemaker Eon. “He’s got everything the producers are looking for — dark good looks, an athletic build, a sense of humour and box-office clout. At 35, he is also the right age.” Bond director Lewis Gilbert said: “You can’t have someone too young playing Bond because they would never be believable in the part.” You can have our vote any day Hugh ? after his latest gig on Broadway maybe he could it be the man with the golden taps shoes?



Legally Blonde has baby number 2

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe have just welcomed baby number two, a little boy they named Deacon. The pair already have a daughter, Ava who is four years old. Deacon Phillipe was born on October 23, at a LA hospital. “The family is very happy and doing well,” publicist Nanci Ryder said. But now that little Deacon has joined the Witherspoon-Phillippe household, the new parents plan on spending some quality family time together. ?I want to be with my baby and my little girl,” Witherspoon said. “I want some real family time, because I’ve been working a lot over the last two or three years. I love to stay home with my family, to hang out and be a mom and organize my daughter’s life. That feels very natural to me.”



Baby Beatle

Sir Paul McCartney and new wife Heather Mills have confirmed they have become parents of a baby girl named Beatrice. The couple has said they are ecstatic, adding: “She is a little beauty.” The newest little Beatle was born in a north London Hospital and weighed in at a healthy 7lbs. Apparently Sir Paul and Heather knew the sex of the youngster all along and had even chosen her name, proving some stars can keep a secret when they want to.

November 4, 2003

DVD Reviews : Legally Blonde & Calamity Jane

Legally Blonde

This is a story of a different kind of blonde ambition. Indeed the path that Reese Witherspoon takes in Legally Blonde from baffled bimbette to legal eagle is not too dissimilar from the one taken by its Australian director Robert Luketic.Luketic was a local film school graduate who had gone against the grain by producing sunny light entertainment while his classmates made deep and meaningful art. His classmates must be kicking themselves these days as Luketic’s broad sensibilities led him to make Titsiana Booberini, a short film starring Tanya Lacey as a dowdy check-out chick with dreams beyond her station. When the film was exhibited at Sundance it was a sensation and the director was mobbed as he left the cinema. In true Hollywood style, he gained an agent and representation in less time that it took to screen the film.

Their faith seems well rewarded as Legally Blonde, his first feature film, went to number one in its first week out in America. It’s not hard to see why. The film sparkles with good-natured exuberance yet still manages to make a meaningful statement of its own: don’t judge a book by its cover and beauty should never be an impediment to brains.

Reese Witherspoon plays a valley girl type who follows her boyfriend to Harvard in the hope that transforming herself into a more serious young woman might win him back. Witherspoon is, as always, stunning. She recalls the best blondes that came before her like Marilyn Monroe and Judy Holliday who like Witherspoon had the intelligence and timing to play dumb brilliantly. You sense that Witherspoon has depths that we haven’t yet explored. Indeed she deserves to inherit the mantle worn by other aging America’s sweethearts like Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, except you sense her range might be even greater than anyone has imagined, just like her character in Legally Blonde.

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Calamity Jane

If you thought Doris Day was a prim and proper epitome of ’50s virginity, think again. Here Day plays a boisterous uber-tomboy, the fiery hellcat of the Old West in this musical comedy cum romantic western that lost none of its charm over the years (although it has gained some interesting new interpretations).

In Calamity Jane, Doris Day dons buckskins, boots and a scout cap to play the legendary forntierswoman who tries to save the local saloon from ruin by bringing back to her backwood town Adelaide Adams, a star from Chicago. Unfortunately she mistakes her maid Katie for the artist herself. After a disastrous debut, Katie settles in town and sets up home with Calam until it looks like she’s moving in on the man Calamity loves but will never have. After much soul seaching and stirring singing, the paths of true love converge and Calamity gets her man (although not the one she was initially hoping to lasoo).

Calamity Jane crackles with good humour and excellent songs, the most memeorable being ‘Secret Love’. The song went on to win the Academy Award as best song of the year and the recording sold over a million. As Wild Bill Hickock, Howard Keel was in a class of his own when it came to playing robust roles in musical comedies and here he shines most brightly especially during his rendition of “Higher Than a Hawk”. Other highlights include ‘The Black Hills of Dakota’, ‘I’ve Got a Heart Full of Honey’, ‘Keep It Under Your Hat’ and ‘I Can Do Without You!’, not to mention ‘A Woman’s Touch’, in which Katie and Calam set up house together, that has contemporary audiences howling for its camp undertones.

Calamity Jane is such a sunny and endearing entertainment one wonders why no-one has bothered to bring it to the stage in recent years. No calamity there, cause you can own a copy of it yourself of DVD.

May 21, 2002