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Marilyn Monroe in England

Here’s the trailer of a new film that covers a week Marilyn Monroe spent in England called “My Week with Marylin.” Michelle Williams plays Marilyn and this is the kind of role that could define her career. In many ways, Williams really captures Marilyn’s look, perhaps better than other actresses that have attempted the role. She’s getting a lot of buzz for her portrayal of the iconic actress. The movie is out later this month and everyone will get the chance to weigh in on her performance.

But just looking at the trailer you can see that Williams brings considerable talent to the role.

It’s also an interesting angle on Marilyn as it covers her time in England. This is a less well-known chapter in her life so it can offer a new take on the story. England is always a great setting for any film, and it changes the whole backdrop for this particular character. It will also spark renewed interest in travel to England as movies can move popular culture and remind people of places they want to see. London is always high on everyone’s list but we may see increases in interest in other parts of the country as people search for Brighton hotels or Cardiff hotels. All of England has always been a draw for Americans, and seeing the ultimate American icon and sex symbol on the big screen in England can only add to the romance of the UK.

It will be interesting to see how the film does. So far the reception has been good, and maybe we’ll see Michelle Williams at the Oscars!

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Mickey Rourke confirms what everybody else was already thinking

When you interview a guy like Mickey Rourke, you can be sure that you’re going to walk away with at least one or two tasty pull quotes, which is exactly what the actor delivered when Bob Westal sat down to talk to him about his new film, “Immortals.” But while he chatted extensively about working on the Tarsem Singh action fantasy, it was in a discussion about an earlier projects — the 1986 film “9 1/2 Weeks” — that made our day:

I never watched that movie until about five years ago… I saw it [again] about a year or so ago, like little pieces of it, and I said, “That fuckin’ Kim [Basinger] was hot as shit!” I used to go home with a boner every night. Really. That was no fun…

Head over to the Bullz-Eye Blog to read the full interview, including more about “Immortals,” his experience working with directors Darren Aronofsky and Francis Ford Coppola, and how he feels about some of the newer technological advances in film.

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A Christmas movie . . . already?

John Cho (L) and Kal Penn, cast members in the motion picture comedy “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”, attend the premiere of the film at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 2, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen

I’m not complaining, as we see John Cho and Kal Penn attend the premiere of “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But isn’t this a little early?

The movie should be fun as it has a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Jason Zingale agrees:

Following the disappointment of “Harold & Kumar Go to Guantanamo Bay,” not to mention co-star Kal Penn’s surprising decision to accept a job at the White House, the likelihood that fans would ever see another Harold & Kumar adventure again seemed pretty slim back in 2008. And yet here we are, three years later, discussing the newest film in the ongoing stoner buddy franchise. But while my expectations were relatively low going into “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” it’s actually a big improvement over the last sequel, hewing much closer to the spirit of the original film by refusing to take itself too seriously while still maintaining a certain level of tact that was sorely missing from the disastrous second installment.

I didn’t mind the second installment, but only because the characters are always fun. If the movie is better this time, this should be a crowd-pleaser.

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R.I.P. Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

Former “60 Minutes” TV commentator Andy Rooney died at the age of 92 in New York late Friday, November 4, 2011 it was announced on Saturday by CBS. He delivered his final regular commentary a month ago. He is shown in this file photo at the Living Landmarks Celebration at the Plaza Hotel in New York on November 3, 2004. UPI/Laura Cavanaugh/FILES

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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul stops by the show. Cool interview . . .

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

One of my favorite things about world cinema is that the filmmakers seem more willing to take risks, which is exactly how a movie like “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” gets made. Though it’s only a Christmas film in the vaguest sense of the phrase, the holiday genre could do with more original ideas like this. Set in present day Finland where a team of archaeologists have just unearthed the evil Santa Claus of local lore who eats the children that have been naughty, the movie follows a young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his reindeer-herding father Rauno (Jorma Tommila) as they inadvertently capture Santa in a wolf trap and hold him for ransom. But when the rest of the village children go missing and Santa’s little helpers begin wreaking havoc in town, Pietari and Rauno discover that there’s more to their prisoner than meets the eye.

But before you start thinking that “Rare Exports” is just another Christmas-themed horror movie like “Silent Night” (even if it seems to be heading in that direction early on), the film is actually more like a strange collaboration between Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg – a dark but whimsical father-son story about one child’s fascination with the Santa Claus myth and his attempt to earn the respect of his dad. Although it takes a while to get going for a movie that’s only 82 minutes long, director Jalmari Helander does a good job of holding the audience’s interest by slowly revealing pieces of the mystery until the film eventually shifts into adventure mode in the final act. “Rare Exports” probably could have done a lot more on a bigger budget, but that would have only taken away from its unique charm.

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Blu-Ray Round-Up: Imperialists and their Semitic Subjects Embroiled in Deadly Struggle — That’s Entertainment!

Today we’re talking about three deluxe Blu-Ray releases of three highly notable films, each hugely important and influential in their own way. Coincidentally, each film also deals with what happens when European powers decide they’d really like to control a piece of the Islamic and/or Judaic world.

* “Ben Hur”– I finally caught up with this most popular of religious epics many moons ago at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, where it was introduced by it’s then elderly but still fairly hale star, Charlton Heston. Heston might have still been in good shape in the late 1990s or early 2000s, but the 35mm print that was shown on the giant screen, theoretically the best then available, was washed out and wan.

That disappointment is now a thing of the past with a restoration made frame-by-frame from the original 65mm negative that was so painstaking this “50th Anniversary” edition of the 1959 film actually arrives 52 years after the original “Ben Hur” release. At last, the spectacle looks as spectacular as a spectacle should, even if it’s now on relatively small home screens. (My 42 incher is by far the biggest TV I’ve ever had, but it’s obviously not the Cinerama Dome.)

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Brett Ratner dishes on Olivia Munn

This is pretty funny. Olivia Munn let loose with some allegations, and then Brett Ratner responds in an interview promoting “Tower Heist.”

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The Twilight Trio at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Here’s a Hollywood tradition. Here’s actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at “The Twilight Trio” Hand/Footprint Ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

WWW.ACEPIXS.COM ************ November 3 2011, LA Actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at ‘The Twilight Trio’ Hand/Footprint Ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California

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CJ Parker video montage

Here’s a nice mental break – a montage of Pamela Anderson in “Baywatch.” If you think back to her career, Pam is definitely one of those models who made the most of her incredible looks. Hollywood is loaded with pretty girls who want to make it big in movies and TV, and there are always tons of roles for them, but few make it beyond a quick cameo and a nude scene.

The path today has more to do with reality TV, and frankly pure beauty is less important than notoriety. Of course Pam had a wild life off-screen that helped her celebrity, but she found a way to make it into scripted shows. The CJ Parker role was just perfect for her.

Can her success be replicated? Of course, but keep in mind that she was simply gorgeous. Yes, she had some enhancements, and you have to wonder what her breast implants cost. For the right price the talented doctors in Hollywood can make everyone look better.

If someone wants to make it in Hollywood, they have to look in the mirror and figure out what they bring to the table. If you’re into enhancing your looks, figure out what makes sens for you.

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