Madonna, Mind the Gap!

Madonna, mind the gap!

Has Madge become the Material Merchandiser? According to London’s Guardian Unlimited, Madonna has finally gone all commercial on us! Following the well-trodden path of fellow fashion-endorsing celebs, the Material Girl is set to spruik for US clothing label Gap. Both Madonna and hip-hop funkster Missy Elliot are the latest recruits for the retail giant?s upcoming next campaign, aired in the US in later this month. Word has it that TV commercials will feature Madonna’s Eighties dance hit Into the Groove while the queen of song bops along in khakis, t-shirts and jeans. No one at Gap would go into the specifics about the deal but needless to say it?s bound to be worth more than a few free pairs of cargo pants to old Madge.

J.Lo is soooo faithful

Jennifer Lopez wants the world to know that she was never unfaithful to her second husband Cris Judd! She?s also made it clear, in a Reader’s Digest interview published last week, that she definitely didn’t sleep with new fianc? Ben Affleck until she had separated from husband number two. In case you were wondering, (which we weren?t) J.Lo wants the world to know that she was, in fact, “a very faithful person.” Lopez and Affleck, one of Hollywood’s most-talked-about couple, met in 2001 on the set of the soon-to-be released comedy Gigli, but according to the 32-year-old singer/actress/entertainer/model she and Judd were already having problems at that point in their marriage. Lopez filed for divorce from Judd in July 2002, after less than a year of marriage, and became engaged to Affleck, 30, four months later. Lopez said that after two failed marriages, she was working hard at her new relationship. “We talk about everything (with) brutal honesty? And when you do that nothing’s left to chance,” she said. Let?s hope so for everyone?s sake!

Brolin leads Lane down aisle

Looks like actress Diane Lane is ready to give up the single life – she has just become engaged to spunky fellow thesp Josh Brolin(Goonies). The Unfaithful babe said yes to Brolin?s proposal on the fourth of July weekend. The couple, who like to keep their private lives private have not revealed any details about proposal nor the forthcoming nuptials. Bummer we love news of a good romantic proposal!

Hopefully it will second time lucky for both of the actors who have each taken a stroll down the aisle once before. Lane was hitched from 1988 to 1994 to Highlander actor Christopher Lambert, with whom she had a daughter, Eleanor. Brolin, who grew up in Hollywood, (his father is legendary actor James Brolin) was married to actress Alice Adair from 1989 to 1992. He was also engaged to Matt Damon?s ex- British actress Minnie Driver – the pair set to tie the knot in 2001. The nuptials were called off, and with no official reason given, the rumour mill spun into overdrive citing a supposed spat between Minnie and Brolin?s step-mother, none other than the Queen of Divas herself, Barbra Streisand, over the wedding plans. Ohhh wouldn?t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that catfight?

Honeymoon baby for Russ and Danielle

The recently hitched Mr and Mrs Crowe have finally confirmed, through TV host Ray Martin that they are in the family way. Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, star of epic films including Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind is set to star in his biggest role to date, that of dad. New wife Danielle is reportedly 14 weeks pregnant and apparently feeling all the effects. Last year, the former Miss Spencer vowed to make Rusty a dad before his 40th birthday, and with a bundle of joy due in January 2004, she is going to make good with her promise. Crowe turns 40 on April 7, next year, which is also the couple?s first anniversary.


July 22, 2003

Movie Review : A Beautiful Mind

It’s a rare thing when you see all the principal participants in a film do their career-best work. But that’s what happens in A Beautiful Mind. And when you consider the careers of those impressive thing and that’s why it was so honoured at this year’s Oscar ceremony.Ron Howard made the transition from actor to director effortlessly and he has brought an assured sensibility to many movies across many genres, and has been one of the most reliable commercial directors of the last few decades.

His direction here exudes confidence and feels like a work of great distilation and refinement. Russell Crowe has moved through Hollywood in recent years like a supernova with his off-set antics almost eclipsing his acting career if he wasn’t such an extraordinary player himself. Here Crowe truly gets under the skin of his character and helps us identify with this complicated man. And then there’s Jennifer Connelly who has been a star in the making since she was a teenager in Labyrinth. She simple radiates off the screen and easily equals Crowe in what should have been a fairly standard role.

They are brought together by one of the most elegantly insightful screenplays in recent years from Akiva Goldsman. It tells the true life story of John Nash, a mathematician whose mind lends itself as easily to sanity as to genius. He is in pursuit of a breakthrough, the one unique idea that will make his name and change history.

While at Princeton, he hits upon a principle that has revolutionised mathematics and economics, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematical game theory. These principles are beautifully described in the film, as are the elements of his madness that almost cripple his heart and mind.

A Beautiful Mind is the best bio-pic in many years, with rare intellect, considerable taste and unusual warmth. A beautiful film indeed.

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Baz Lurhmann’s Red Curtain Trilogy Australian director Baz Lurhmann is if nothing else truly a man of vision. And now we have a chance to see his vision as it has extended across his first three groundbreaking films with the DVD box set of his so-called Red Curtain Trilogy.

Although it has become commonplace in Australian film today, the quirky comedic touch that Lurhmann refined with his first film Simply Ballroom was so effervescent and exhilarating when it premiered in Cannes that it had people dancing in the aisles. It drew on the balletic skills of Paul Mercurio and the acting abilities of a cast of Australian royalty.

Best of all it introduced a peculiar flavour of film, a quality that was uniquely Australian that blended both the ocker and the camp. His next film far exceeded Simply Ballroom in every department and dared take on the most famous work by the most revered writer of all time and give it a dazzling pop cultural spin.

Romeo + Juliet was awesomely adventurous, taking risks at every turn and turning on a young audience to one of the great works of literature with its breathless take on the Bard. It furthered the superstar status of Leonardo DiCaprio and thrived on its music video sensibility by meshing a rollicking soundtrack with Shakespeare.

It laid the path for his most triumphant film yet, the incendiary Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge dared revive the most reviled of all movie genres, the musical, and bring it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. It demanded much of its audience but delivered an astonishing sensual experience that owed more to Bollywood than the Hollywood.

And it finally made Nicole Kidman a superstar.

It’s easy to forget that director Baz Lurhmann has had such a short career, such is his status as one of the greatest directors alive. Open the curtain on this incredible collection and you’ll start to see why.

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October 30, 2002