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bits and bobs from Academy Awards

David Seidler with Colin Firth

My father always said to me I’m a late bloomer. I think I’m the oldest person to win this award.
–David Seidler, Best Original Screenplay, The King’s Speech

I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.
— Colin Firth, Best Actor, The King’s Speech

Colin Firth is not laughing. He’s British.
–presenter Kirk Douglas

the BOB is IN again:

Scarlett Johansson:

Marisa Tomei:

Who I thought looked fantastic:

Mila Kunis [Black Swan]– she looks pretty in this frilly lavender Elie Saab dress with train

Jennifer Hudson— wearing orange Atelier Versace

Hailee Steinfeld [True Grit]– in a blush-colored Marchesa gown

Reese Witherspoon— classic black and white old Hollywood glamour in Armani Prive

Gwyneth Paltrow in a metallic Calvin Klein

Jennifer Lawrence [Winter’s Bone] in red Calvin Klein

Robert Downey Jr. [with wife Susan]

Mark Wahlberg [The Fighter] [with wife Rhea Durham]

Cate Blanchett in a lovely, one-of-a-kind design by Givenchy

Helen Mirren in steely Vivienne Westwood

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CELEBS: Fabulous Forty-somethings

Since I’m turning 41 on August 5, I thought I’d round up some female celebs I like who are in their 40s.

Renee Zellweger
Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Whole Wide World

Illeana Douglas
Grace of My Heart, Wedding Bell Blues

Halle Berry
Monster’s Ball, Things We Lost in the Fire

Juliette Binoche
Breaking and Entering, The English Patient

Parker Posey
Party Girl, Best in Show, Broken English

Julianna Margulies
The Good Wife

Christy Turlington
–model/ activist

Naomi Watts
The Painted Veil, Eastern Promises

Salma Hayek
Frida, Ugly Betty

Rachel Weisz
The Brothers Bloom, The Fountain, The Constant Gardner

Jennifer Connelly
Little Children, Blood Diamond, The House of Sand and Fog

Taraji P. Henson
Karate Kid, I Can Do Wrong All By Myself, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Marisa Tomei
Cyrus, The Wrestler

Lucy Liu
Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill Vol. 1

Portia de Rossi
Arrested Development, Ally McBeal

Vivica A. Fox
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kristin Davis
Melrose Place, Sex & the City

Helena Bonham-Carter
Alice in Wonderland, A Room with a View

Famke Janssen
Love & Sex, Nip/Tuck

Elizabeth Hurley
Double Whammy, The Weight of Water

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film review: War Inc.

“It’s the first war outsouced to private enterprises.”

This ironic, savvy political satire is set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation, Tamerlane, run by a former US Vice-President (Dan Aykroyd). John Cusack plays a hitman, a character not unlike that in one of my favorite Cusack films (mainly for the nostalgia of my high school class) Grosse Pointe Blank (a film he also co-wrote). His dry, sarcastic, breathy, rapid fire delivery is there as well as his dissatisfaction with his career choice. He seems to thrive on playing conflicted hitmen. In another war related film earlier this year, he wasn’t as strong as a widower whose wife died in Iraq in Grace is Gone).

Brand Hauser (Cusack) gets an assignment to kill the oil minister because his plan to build a pipeline will ruin the plans of Tamerlane, the company that controls every aspect of this country. As a cover, Hauser will run a trade fair in the Green Zone (aka Emerald City) that highlights capatilstic delights and features the marriage of pop star Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff) to the son of the Emerit.
This ironic, savvy political satire is set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President (Dan Aykroyd). In this Muslim Country, America is welcomed in tongue-in-cheek manner with American style diners, a Jack in the Box restaurant and shameless advertising. The details are brilliant: the battered looking villagers are wearing crocs! The military hummers have advertisements on them, like taxi cabs. An erratic zealot dispatches Cusack to kill a leader in Turaquistan and he really does not want to be there. He meets a liberal, sexy journalist (Marissa Tomei) and tries to help the Arab pop star version of Britney Spears.

Everything gets outsourced. The spread of commercialism throughout the war is on full display. There’s money in war which I think anyone who’s ever seen a 60 Minutespiece on security or the “re-building” of Iraq knows. War Inc. possesses an absurdity but also so many layers and clear thinking about the consequences of our actions on a global and national scale. It’s obvious in its anti-war stance but in a clever, entertaining manner.

We all love John Cusack. Any Gen Xer does and he succeeds in this outrageous, provocative film. Marissa Tomei has chosen some fantastic roles of late (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and I admire her for not relegating herself to the over 35-year-old mom roles. Joan Cusack plays a raving, over-the-top, eyes bulging, blabbering (saying everything we are thinking) assistant who cannot get out of this awful country fast enough.

Rated R, in limited release.

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