All posts by susan

brother bear

this was an enjoyable disney feature with excellent casting and exceptional score by phil collins who is a personal favorite

standout performances by rick moranis and dave thomas as the mckenzie brothers disguised as two moose

give this one a b

Oscar-Winning Actor De Niro Diagnosed with Cancer

Oscar-Winning Actor De Niro Diagnosed with Cancer
1 hour, 5 minutes ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Academy Award winning actor Robert De Niro (news), 60, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (news – web sites), but his prospects for a full recovery are good, his publicist announced on Monday.

“Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular checkups,” publicist Stan Rosenfield said in a statement. “Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery.”

De Niro won an Oscar as best actor in 1981 for “Raging Bull,” and was named best supporting actor in 1975 for his role in “The Godfather: Part II.”

The native New Yorker, who shot to prominence in Martin Scorsese (news)’s 1973 film “Mean Streets,” has received four other Oscar nominations as best actor in “Cape Fear” (1991), “Awakenings” (1990), “The Deer Hunter” (1978) and “Taxi Driver” (1976).

He was last seen in movie theaters reprising his comic turn as mobster Paul Vitti in the film “Analyze That” with Billy Crystal (news).

here’s some dirt on j lo, brad, jen & nicole

Demanding Diva
J.Lo causes more drama in Britain. Plus is Jen worried about Nicole?

She may have played a chambermaid in her last movie and she may claim she has more in common with her ‘domestic help’ character than her superstar persona — but Jennifer Lopez is far from us regular folk. And it’s becoming crystal clear that she has less and less sympathy for the ones who have to put up with her demanding diva ways.

Case in point: To promote Maid In Manhattan, our little Jenny recently dragged her entire entourage (rumored to be 20-35 people) to Britain where the gang checked into several luxury suites at London’s posh Metropolitan hotel. British papers claim her entourage included security guards, hairdressers, a personal fitness trainer, a dietary adviser and make-up artists.

The hotel management was — of course — presented with a very long list of demands which included Cristal champagne in her suite, white curtains, white linen, white lilies, humidifiers and pricey Diptique candles. Chefs were also put on high alert and told that Ms. Lopez wanted eggs for breakfast… but they were only to use egg whites.

Okay, fine — she’s a control freak — but here’s where it gets real funky. According to the UK’s The Mirror, Jen flew into a rage when she overheard hotel staff saying that she’d been checked into the same room used by P. Diddy the last time he was there. She said there was no way she’d stay in the same room as her ex and demanded that all of her baggage and chotckies be moved into another suite as far away from the one used by Mr. Diddy.

“The whole thing was a farce,” says a disgruntled staff member. “We had to lug all of her stuff from one room to another — it took forever. “It wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t taken so long to do up the first room just the way she liked it… no one had the guts to tell her to grow up and stop being so silly. Everyone was just bending over backwards to keep her happy.”

Soon after throwing the fit at the hotel, J-Lo greeted fans outside the Maid In Manhattan premiere in London’s Leicester Square and claimed: “I started out in the Bronx, I know what it’s like to get on the train everyday, work 9-5 and have dreams and aspirations. I definitely see a lot of me in the character.” Yeah right.

This is coming from a diva who still has Germany spinning from her visit last week. On that little excursion she was once again accompanied by her huge staff — including, not one, but two eyebrow specialists, a hairdresser, color adviser, personal trainer and a ‘life’ coach. Perhaps someone should coach her that life is far more enjoyable the simpler you make it — at least on the servants!

Jen and Brad and the Curse of Kidman?
Holy smoke! Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman are becoming man and wife! Well, on the big screen anyway. Yep, the two are currently in negotiations to star in a new flick entitled Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which is about a bored married couple who add spice to their marriage when they find out they are enemy assassins hired to bump each other off.

All this news may be good for Brad Pitt fans, but it looks like Brad’s wife isn’t all that happy about it. While rumors spread that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s three-year marriage is in fragile condition, according to The Sun, the Friends star has told her friends, “This is the last thing I need, my husband spending lots of time alone filming with her.”

Not that she’s a hussy or anything, but it has been stated — more than once — that award-winning Kidman has a habit of hooking up with her co-stars. She was recently linked with her Cold Mountain co-star Jude Law, after word of his marriage to Sadie Frost was getting icy and there were tons of allegations about her and Ewan McGregor getting up-close and personal while filming Moulin Rouge.

All this background info probably doesn’t make Jennifer feel any more secure. In fact, a source tells The Sun, “She’s worrying herself sick and given recent events you can’t blame her. Nicole is irresistible to her leading men… Jennifer is very wary about Nicole. A lot of women in Hollywood are. Nicole is quite simply a man’s woman. Men simply adore her.” Let’s hope for Jen’s sake that Brad is no mere mortal!

Celebrity Bits and Pieces
Speaking of Brad… hey, maybe he can resist the temptation of a temptress; it looks like he already possesses super human powers. Hello magazine reports that the 39-year-old star was smoking a cigarette outside a Los Angeles restaurant when he spotted a car that was out of control and heading straight for a woman. She didn’t see it coming, but like some sort of superhero Brad sprang into action and pushed her out of the way. “I’m so happy to be alive, and even happier it was you that saved me,” said the woman. Brad’s modest response was “glad to be of service.”

Legendary singer Engelbert Humperdinck (66) recently confessed to People magazine that he has just one complaint about his female fans’ habit of throwing their panties onstage: “I usually think it’s a waste because none of the underwear fit me!”

Kevin Costner Marrying His Girlfriend

Kevin Costner Marrying His Girlfriend
Jun 26, 12:27 PM EST

“Dances With Wolves” actor Kevin Costner is marrying his girlfriend of four years, Christine Baumgartner.

Costner, 48, and Baumgartner, 29, announced their engagement Thursday. No wedding date was set, publicist Paul Bloch said.

It’s the second marriage for the actor, the first for Baumgartner.

The couple met four years ago and have been dating ever since, Bloch said, noting they both once attended California State University, Fullerton � but at different times.

Costner is presently promoting his upcoming film “Open Range,” which will be released Aug. 15. Baumgartner will soon launch a new high-tech couture company that incorporates her handbag designs, Bloch said.

In addition to 1990’s “Dances With Wolves,” which won seven Oscars, Costner’s movie credits include “No Way Out,” “The Untouchables,” “Bull Durham,” “Waterworld,” “Tin Cup,” “JFK” and “Field of Dreams.”

hollywood homicide

i might be the only one who liked this film, but so be it…

very cute movie with excellent performances by harrison ford and josh hartnett as cops moonlighting as real estate agents and yoga instructors…..and some great cameos here and there…
have to give this film a b

Fifth Harry Potter Due on June 21

Fifth Harry Potter Due on June 21
2 hours, 19 minutes ago Add Entertainment – Reuters to My Yahoo!

By Dan Lalor

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Potter (news – web sites) fans will get a weighty fifth installment in J.K. Rowling (news – web sites)’s series about a boy wizard when “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is released on June 21, her publishers said on Wednesday.

Bloomsbury of Britain and Scholastic of the United States said the manuscript has finally been delivered for the book, which will be a third longer than the series’ fourth installment, the 734-page “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

Potter fans have had to wait three years for “Order of the Phoenix,” now set for release in Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia and other countries on the same June Saturday.

“Goblet of Fire,” published in July 2000, was the fastest-selling book in history on the first weekend of its publication. Movie versions of the series’ first two books, which adapted Rowlings’ world of witches and wizards living in a world hidden to ordinary humans (known as Muggles) for the big screen, have grossed more than $1.7 billion.

“We expect it to be as popular as the previous four, and it will probably be more expensive and have higher margins (because of its size),” said SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst Frank Gristina.

MUGGLE SHARES RISE

Shares of Bloomsbury and Scholastic climbed on Wednesday as investors were relieved that the book’s release was on the horizon at last. The series makes up a substantial portion of the publishers’ revenues.

Since “Goblet of Fire” was published, Rowling has gotten married and is pregnant. Her baby is due this spring.

“The risk was that she is due to deliver her child in February, and if she hadn’t gotten the manuscript in before that then the book might have been delayed,” said Merrill Lynch analyst Lauren Rich Fine.

“It’s always good to have a title in the summer — you’re catching kids during summer break and that’s when they do their pleasure reading,” Fine added. “Luckily my kids aren’t at the stage any more where I needed to FedEx (the books) to them at summer camp.”

Bloomsbury’s stock rose 27-1/2 pence, or 4 percent, to 720 pence on the London Stock Exchange. Scholastic shares were up $2.88, or 8.34 percent, to $37.41 in late-afternoon Nasdaq trading, on a day when most U.S. media stocks were in negative territory.

“We knew the book was coming but the timing was not set,” said Gristina. “Publishers trade on a multiple of forward earnings; now Scholastic can trade on Harry Potter earnings.”

GLOBAL APPEAL

The British bookseller Waterstone’s said that within two hours of the announcement “the interest has been phenomenal.”

Like “Goblet of Fire,” “Order of the Phoenix” is being released on a Saturday. So eager fans will not have to miss a day off school or work to buy the new book.

By then, most will likely know the first few sentences — “The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.” — by heart.

All four Harry Potter books — “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” as well as “Goblet of Fire” — are still on bestseller lists around the world.

For Scholastic Corp., a New York-based publisher of children’s and educational books and the top operator of book fairs in U.S. schools, Potter has been a huge success.

The four titles generated combined U.S. hardcover and paperback sales of about 80 million copies, Scholastic spokeswoman Judy Corman said. It was their dominance of the U.S. fiction market that prompted the New York Times to launch a bestseller list for children’s titles.

“In fiscal 2001 when this title peaked, it contributed $200 million in sales … about 10 percent of their total sales” Merrill Lynch analyst Fine said. That year, the fourth title was published in hardcover and the second title in paperback.

The success of the series has also been a significant driver for Scholastic’s stock, which topped out at nearly $57 in April 2002, up nearly three-fold during the main run of the first four books.

But the company’s bottom line and stock price have suffered in recent quarters as the “Order of the Phoenix” launch was pushed back into Scholastic’s fiscal year 2004, beginning this June 1. (Additional reporting by Adam Pasick in New York)

Disney to Begin Renting ‘Self-Destructing’ DVDs

do you believe this…

Disney to Begin Renting ‘Self-Destructing’ DVDs
2 hours, 54 minutes ago Add Technology – Reuters to My Yahoo!

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – This disc will self-destruct in 48 hours.

That is the warning The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS – news) will issue this August when it begins to “rent” DVDs that after two days become unplayable and do not have to be returned.

Disney home video unit Buena Vista Home Entertainment will launch a pilot movie “rental” program in August that uses the self-destruction technology, the company said on Friday.

The discs stop working when a process similar to rusting makes them unreadable. The discs start off red, but when they are taken out of the package, exposure to oxygen turns the coating black and makes it impenetrable by a DVD laser.

Buena Vista hopes the technology will let it crack a wider rental market, since it can sell the DVDs in stores or almost anywhere without setting up a system to get the discs back.

The discs work perfectly for the two-day viewing window, said Flexplay Technologies, Inc., the private company which developed the technology using material from General Electric Co.(NYSE:GE – news)

The technology cannot be hacked by programmers who would want to view the disc longer because the mechanism which closes the viewing window is chemical and has nothing to do with computer technology.

However, the disc can be copied within 48 hours, since it works like any other DVD during that window.

Buena Vista did not disclose pricing plans but said the discs, dubbed EZ-D, would be available in August in select markets with recent releases including “The Recruit,” “The Hot Chick,” and “Signs.”

bruce almighty

saw this over the weekend…very cute movie with morgan freeman as god and jim carrey as well, jim carrey disguised as a character named bruce…

has some very adorable bits especially morgan freeman spoofing on jim carrey….you should really love it if you adore jim carrey’s schitck, which i personally do not like, i still do prefer his acting in the majestic even if no one else liked it….

although carrey’s act does work well in this…enjoyable comedy with jim carrey as a down his luck tv reporter who god endows with his powers for a while….

i did enjoy the whole film…even the last twenty minutes that everyone seems to hate…

oh and wait a while before leaving the theatre..let the credits roll and wait until they get a little ways into it…you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you get…

i’d give this a b

finding nemo

loved this film…it’s not either of the toy stories or a bug’s life or monster’s inc. but it was good in its own right….

takes place in sydney australia and holds attention throughout…great with or without kids, although some situations may be too dark for very young ones…

animation is fantastic and fluid…thoughly enjoyable

give this an a