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Carla Gugino isn’t just a pretty face

We already know that Carla Gugino is smoking hot, but she’s also proven on numerous occasions that she’s a pretty good actress as well. (Her recurring guest spot on HBO’s “Entourage” is still one of our personal favorites.) And though Gugino has never been shy in front of the camera, the actress is always eager to show that she can play a variety of roles. She elaborated on the matter in a recent interview with Bullz-Eye’s Will Harris:

For me, it’s always been about that. It’s really about…you know, I’m so thrilled that ["The Mighty Macs"] is a G-rated family movie that everybody can go to, because that story is so appropriate for that. And I love that “Californication” is made for adults. It’s a totally different kind of humor and a different kind of… yeah, it’s a much sexier show and all those things. And then I’m about to go do an Athol Fugard play on Broadway with Rosemary Harris and Jim Dale, which is a decidedly different thing. So to me, aside from the people that I love, acting really is the love of my life. I want to be able to play everything and be able to disappear into roles and have people accept and believe me in those. I’m much more interested in that than my image as an actor. So it is thrilling to be able to mix it up, and I’m appreciative that I get to do that.

Head over to Bullz-Eye to read the full interview, including more about her new film “The Mighty Macs” and past projects like the short-lived TV series “Karen Sisco.”

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Mixed reviews for “Anonymous”

The reviews are pretty mixed for “Anonymous,” the new drama that tells a story of how Shakespeare wasn’t the guy writing all those plays you had to read in high school. The critics on Rotten Tomatoes only give it a 43% positive rating as of today, though the readers liked it more.

Bullz-Eye’s David Medsker liked it and gave it 3 stars out of 5:

On the surface, “Anonymous” appears to be a radical departure for director Roland Emmerich, who has made his bones destroying the world by way of natural disaster and alien invasion. Look closer, though, and you’ll see that “Anonymous” boasts many of the same qualities of his action-driven work. It’s bombastic, needlessly complex, and about as historically accurate as “2012” or “The Day After Tomorrow” are scientifically accurate (which is to say, not very). As a work of historical fiction, though, it’s quite entertaining, and Emmerich coaxes some remarkable performances from his cast. It’s all a bit ridiculous, yes, but one should never let facts get in the way of a good story.

It looks like something worth checking out.

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“The Rum Diary” premieres in New York

Johnny Depp arriving at the ‘The Rum Diary’ New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on October 25, 2011 in New York City.

Here’s Johnny Depp arriving at the “The Rum Diary” New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art. We would post a photo of Amber Heard at this event, but she wore a black dress that completely covered her up. It’s not quite the sexy outfit we enjoyed when she starred in “The Playboy Club.” Instead, here’s a photo of Amber with Johnny Depp from the film.

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Have a night to remember in London!

London has provided the setting for many memorable Hollywood films down the years and has a nightlife to rival any of the major cities around the world.

Canary Wharf hotels, Paddington hotels, West End hotels and hotels right throughout the English capital are busy all year around as people head to London from near and far to enjoy nights out in the various different boroughs, all of which offer something different.

Here, Premium Hollywood selects three of the best boroughs that get pretty lively when darkness falls in London.

London’s West End

Let’s start with London’s theatre district, or the West End as its better known. With a plethora of different theatres showing everything from Shrek to Les Miserables every night of the week, there’s bound to be a show to suit everybody’s tastes. Ticket prices can range from dirt cheap to dead expensive so be sure to be savvy when the time comes to part with your hard-earned money. There are several kiosks dotted around that sell discounted tickets and the box-office at the actual theatres may also be able to do you a good deal. Head to nearby Covent Garden to enjoy a few drinks before or after your show away from the huge crowds that descend on the West End or Leicester Square at night.

Soho

Another area near to the West End ideal for a drink or a bite to eat either before or after catching a show or staying in for an entire night is Soho. The labyrinth of streets that make up Soho are lined with an array of interesting pubs, bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Soho is an all-out assault on the senses and is a riot of colour and noise. It’s also home to the city’s gay village and a real cross section of different people hang out there, making it an even more appealing place to chill out and enjoy a few beers. The excellent Duke of Argyll pub is one establishment well worth venturing to as it has a fantastic ambiance and is also reasonably priced for a round or two, which is not always the case in pricey London.

Camden

If you like live music then make sure you go out of your way to visit Camden because it’s a thriving place to hang out in by day or by night. Again, revellers have plenty of choice available to them and venues such as Barfly, Electric Ballroom, Underworld and The World’s End all regularly stage gigs and are worth checking out. Fancy a bit of celeb spotting? Then head to The Hawley Arms, which is considered to be one of London’s most fashionable pubs. Also check the gig listings at the Camden Roundhouse and Koko as attract some of the biggest acts in the music industry.

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: Batman: Year One

DC Comics may be lagging behind its rivals at Marvel when it comes to their live-action movie ventures, but they’ve still utilized their stable of superheroes pretty well with Warner Bros.’ ongoing series of direct-to-DVD animated films. Lately, the studio has been digging into their back catalog to produce some of the label’s fan favorite storylines, and when it comes to the Caped Crusader, there’s no story more revered than Frank Miller’s 1987 miniseries, “Batman: Year One.” Though it actually focuses more James Gordon’s move to Gotham and his fight against police corruption, the tale also tracks Bruce Wayne’s early days as the masked vigilante Batman.

Those who aren’t familiar with Miller’s comic will notice several similarities between “Year One” and Christopher Nolan’s recent Batman films — particularly “Batman Begins,” which drew a lot of inspiration from the miniseries. Unfortunately, for as groundbreaking and influential as Miller’s story was during its initial release, it feels too fractured in animated form. The movie is also shockingly short at only 64 minutes, and though the animation is excellent, the voice acting leaves much to be desired. Ben McKenzie is horribly miscast as Wayne/Batman, and while Bryan Cranston was a great choice for Gordon, his line readings are also a little wooden. As a result, “Year One” isn’t as entertaining as it should be, but Batman fans will still enjoy the mostly faithful adaptation.

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Great Britain wants to impose tax on plastic surgery

I guess the cost of being a celebrity or glamour model is going up in Great Britain.

In a strange story, we’ve heard of proposals for a “boob tax” as the government scrambles to generate more tax revenues. It basically involves a new tax on plastic surgery, including stuff like breast augmentation, facelifts, tummy tucks and liposuction.

A Value Added tax of around 20% would be imposed on these procedures. I guess they think that celebrities and others who want this can afford it. Overall it should raise up to £500 million if enacted. Until now, only minor procedures like Botox would be taxed.

Naturally, this is big news for celebrities, particularly young starlets looking to garner some attention. Not everyone has a face like Natalie Portman, or her acting ability. Some need to make it purely on sex appeal. Basically, this won’t just affect the thirty-something actress who has made it and wants to maintain or even enhance her looks.

Places like the Nu Cosmetic Clinic have a ton of business from regular people and celebrities, so it will be very interesting to see how this development is received by the public. Will they think it’s fair? Plastic surgery has become much more popular, so this will affect a wide group of people.

Niraj Manglam, the owner of The Cosmetic Clinic, explains:

This Knee jerk reaction by Treasury will prove disastrous for the industry as a whole and will ultimately affect working class women.

If at all this proposal has to be implemented this should be done in a phased manner over 5-10 years so that industry can make reasonable adjustment without affecting top line.

This isn’t an issue that just applies to women. For men, hair loss is the biggest issue, though they are also starting to get other procedures as well.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: Red State

Kevin Smith’s first foray into the horror genre has been a long time in the making, but after finally watching “Red State” (which could have been titled “Why You Shouldn’t Troll for Sex on the Internet”), it’s easy to see why he had so much trouble securing financing in the first place. And no, it’s not because the film is especially violent or controversial – it’s just not very good. The whole thing is a half-baked idea at best, filled with characters so inconsequential that they don’t even deserve to be given names. Though the film starts out with a fairly promising setup – three teenagers are lured to the small town of Cooper’s Dell with the promise of sex, only to become the latest victims of a crazy religious cult – it quickly abandons the horror angle and devolves into a more generic action-thriller.

The fact that Smith promoted “Red State” as a horror movie may reek of false advertising to some, but it’s hardly the only sting of disappointment that you’ll experience from the film. The unpredictable detour that takes place at the end of the first act isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s very poorly executed, due in large part to the paper-thin story. There’s just not a whole lot to the movie apart from the initial setup, an unnecessarily long sermon delivered by Michael Parks’ zealous cult leader, and an even longer climactic shootout that might have seemed ridiculous if the film hadn’t already lost all credibility. The only saving grace is John Goodman as an ATF agent assigned to bring down the cult, but that’s mostly because he gets all the good lines. If there’s one thing to be grateful for, it’s that the movie clocks in at a brisk 88 minutes, because there aren’t many other reasons why you’d want to subject yourself to “Red State” beyond sheer curiosity.

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Steven Spielberg honored

Director Steven Spielberg is honored as Commander in the Order of the Crown by outgoing Finance Minister Didier Reynders at the Hotel Amigo in Brussels ahead of the world premiere of Spielberg’s new film – “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.”

20111022 – BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: US director Steven Spielberg is honored as Commander in the Order of the Crown by outgoing Finance Minister Didier Reynders (R) at the Hotel Amigo in Brussels ahead of the world premiere of Spielberg’s Tintin film ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ (Les Aventures de Tintin: Le Secret de la Licorne – De Avonturen van Kuifje) in the UGC cinema at the Brouckere square in Brussels, Saturday 22 October 2011. nm/belga/starmaxinc.com

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Ratings keep falling for “Two and a Half Men”

The ratings for “Two and a Half Men” keep dropping after the huge ratings for the opening two episodes. The reviews on the new character created for Ashton Kutcher have not been very good. Even with the drop, however, it’s still the top-rated sitcom, but we’ll see if the trend continues.

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“Real Steel” clings to lead at the box office

I have to admit that I wasn’t too excited about “Real Steel” when I saw the trailer. Sure, the special effects look great, and Hugh Jackman is an excellent actor. Also, the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” storyline had some appeal. But it looked like another typical crowd pleaser put together just because we now have CGI. It just wasn’t one of the new films of 2011 that I wanted to see.

But the movie delivers. It gives you exactly what you would expect, and it does it fairly well. That’s what we really want from movies, except for those rare instances where we don’t mind being surprised by a great film. Audiences are naturally responding, thus the success at the box office. Go see it at a good theater like the Leicester Square cinema.

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