Bon Appétit! "Julie and Julia" Movie Review, Plus See Recipes Inspired by the Film! From Herb-Roasted Chicken to Butter Poached Maine Lobster! YUM! 


Ah summer. It’s a time for big blockbuster movies and Meryl Streep. The greatest living American actress must contend with a new title – box-office queen. Streep scored in summer of 2006 with “The Devil Wears Prada” and then in 2008 with “Mamma Mia!” Now, she’s getting ready for a three-peat with her meaty performance in “Julie and Julia.”


Streep stars as Julia Child, the woman who forever changed the way America cooks and eats. But before she became a household name, Child was an American housewife living in Paris in 1948. “Julie and Julia” captures Child’s rise to culinary fame from her humble beginnings as a student at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school to her game-changing cooking show, “The French Chef.” Read More...

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We Told You So! Paramount Denies Critics Sneak Peek of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" 


Last week, while I was trying to mend my wounded heart, I posted that Paramount told me "G.I. Joe's" a no go for critics! So, yeah, that hurt me a bit. Being a fan of the cartoon, not the dolls :happy

Read what I said about that here.

Now, it's all over the blogosphere and the inter-web!

And I wonder why Paramount won't show it! From what I've heard, "G.I. Joe" is not that bad -- definitely a film made for fanboy. So was "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," and I actually enjoyed that film!

But here's what the Associated Press is saying about the critics being dissed!

And this one's from Variety.

Oh well, I guess I just have to review "Julie and Julia" this weekend. Time to cook!

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Hugh Jackman to Star in Musical "The Greatest Showman on Earth" 


Hugh Jackman is attached to star in 20th Century Fox's new musical "The Greatest Showman on Earth."

The actor will play American showman P.T. Barnum in this original contemporary musical to be written by Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City").

"Dreamgirls" producer, Laurence Mark, will oversee production. This new musical is a product of Mark and Jackman's collaboration at the 81st Academy Awards.

Barnum was known as the creator of the three-ring circus, and more importantly, popular for being called the showman. He was also infatuated with the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind.

Their inspiration for the Lind character is actress Anne Hathway.



The best part? British singer-songwriter Mika is in talks to write music and lyrics. Fox wants "The Greatest Showman on Earth" to have a contemporary musical score, and I think Mika's a great choice!

Jackman really wants to make several big-screen musicals. Besides "The Greatest Showman on Earth," the actor is also attached to star in a "Carousel" remake for Fox 2000.

And yes, Jackman also wants Hathaway to be his on-screen partner for the musical remake as well. Wow, they really hit it off with their song-and-dance number for this year's Oscars huh?

But I do agree. Jackman and Hathaway have palpable on-screen chemistry! But then, the Sexiest Man on Earth can make any actress look good :happy

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Sorry "Twilight" Fans, You Won't See "New Moon" Vampires Naked! 


Jamie Campbell-Bower revealed to MTV that his character Caius, along with two other actors (Michael Sheen and Christopher Heyerdahl) would be taking off their clothes, not just the shirts mind you, for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." (Check out the full interview here)

But hold on, Campbell-Bower might have just been a little cheeky! Director Chris Weitz has publicly said that the Volturi vampires "are always -- as in the book -- fully clothed."

Summit Entertainment even sent a note from the director to clear up Campbell-Bower's joke. The note says:

Dear all, I would like to put everyone's mind at rest and let them know that the Volturi are not naked! Jamie (Campbell-Bower) has what you might call a dry sense of humor and almost managed to convince me - which is why he's such a good actor. Anyway, be assured that, even though we do want the look of the Volturi to be a bit of a surprise, they are always - as in the book! - fully clothed. best, Chris Weitz


So no vampire ding dongs on the big-screen, sorry :wink

So what did Campbell-Bower exactly say in the previous MTV interview?

"We just all sit there, completely naked, for one scene... It's me, Michael Sheen and Christopher [Heyerdahl]; we just sit there, naked."

"It's a full-body shot, and then Peter comes in, and it all gets a bit awkward."

Those comments didn't sound like jokes to me...

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Steven Spielberg to Remake "Harvey" 


Steven Spielberg's next film will be a remake of the 1950 classic "Harvey" starring James Stewart as a mild-mannered man who happens to have an invisible friend in the form of a 6-foot rabbit.

The original won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Josephine Hull. Stewart was nominated for Best Actor but lost to Jose Ferrer in "Cyrano De Bergerac."

The Spielberg film will focus more on the Mary Chase 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play than an all-out remake of the 1950 movie. It will be a co-production between 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks.

The director will be working from the screenplay by bestselling novelist Jonathan Tropper ("How to Talk to a Widower," "Everything Changes"). This will be the author's first script.

"Harvey" is a perfect film for Spielberg to do. It's about the incredible power of the imagination, and why it's better to be nice than smart. Both themes evident in the director's oeuvre.

May I suggest Tom Hanks for the lead role of Elwood P. Dowd? He's the James Stewart of our generation, and certainly possesses the "aw-shucks" charm necessary for the character to be believable.

For now, let's take a look back at the "Harvey" trailer:



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