Affair of the Necklace
Written by John Sweet and directed by Charles Shyer. Stars Hilary Swank, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Jonathan Pryce, and Christopher Walken.
In Brief: Controversial true story based on the life of Jeanne De La Motte Valois, a countess who was stripped of her name by the Royal Family in the 18th century. The film promises mystery, intrigue and desire, centered around the infamous diamond necklace. Click here for additional info on the production of "Affair of the Necklace."
Written by Guillaume Ossard and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Stars Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Claire Maurier, and Isabelle Nanty.
In Brief: Audrey Tautou stars in the title role as a young woman who waits tables in a tiny Paris cafe. Her life is transformed when she discovers a box of someone's childhood treasures, and anonymously returns them to their rightful owner. From that moment on, she decides to try and discreetly orchestrate the lives of the people around her.
Life as a House
Directed by Irwin Winkler and written by Mark Andrus. Stars Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mary Steenburgen, Jena Malone, Hayden Christiansen, Jamey Sheridan, Scott Bakula, and Mike Weinburg.
In Brief: Kevin Kline stars as George Monroe, a middle-aged architect who is confronted with life-changing news and seizes the opportunity to begin living on his own terms. He begins to re-connect with those he is estranged from, including his son (Christiansen) and ex-wife (Scott Thomas). Here's my review of the film.
Written and directed by David Atkins. Stars Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Kevin Bacon and Scott Caan.
In Brief: Steve Martin is a prosperous dentist, secure in his neatly ordered existence and happily engaged to his ambitious dental hygienist (Laura Dern). But when an alluring new patient (Helena Bonham Carter) steps into his life, this ordinary man discovers how little control he has over his world as he is drawn into a maelstrom of sex, drugs and murder. Check out my review of "Novocaine" and photos from the set.
Directed by music video directors Brendan and Emmett Malloy from a screenplay by Jon Zack. Stars Jason London, Zach Galifianakis, Flex Alexander, Derek Hamilton, Willie Garson, Lee Majors, A.J. Cook, Caroline Dhavernas and Victoria Silvstedt.
In Brief: Snowboarding buddies Rick (Jason London), Luke (Zach Galifianakis), Anthony (Flex Alexander) and Pigpen (Derek Hamilton) are living large on Alaska's Bull Mountain. Partying hard, looking for girls, and doing just about anything to have a good time is what life on Bull Mountain is all about. But when town founder Papa Muntz dies, his son Ted (Willie Garson) decides to sell the mountain to slick Colorado ski mogul John Majors (Lee Majors). Everyone is bummed by his plans to turn the boarding mountain into an espresso-and-tofu ski resort, and it's up to our heroes -- along with Majors' beautiful, rebellious daughters, Inga and Anna -- to keep Bull Mountain yuppie-free.
Written and directed by the Farrelly Brothers. Stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Jack Black, Susan Ward, and Joe Viterelli.
In Brief: The story revolves around Hal (Black) who, taking his dying father's advice, dates only the embodiments of female physical perfection. But that all changes after Hal has an unexpected run-in with self-help guru Tony Robbins. Intrigued by Hal's shallowness, Robbins hypnotizes him into seeing the beauty that exists even in the least physically appealing women. Hal is smitten after meeting the obese and homely Rosemary, as he sees her kindness and humor translated into physical perfection (Paltrow). After Hal's equally shallow friend, Mauricio (Alexander), undoes the hypnosis, Hal must face an unrecognizable Rosemary and make a fateful decision. Here are interviews from "Shallow Hal's" Premiere along with photos of the cast.
Sidewalks of New York
Written and directed by Edward Burns. Stars Edward Burns, Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci, Dennis Farina, David Krumholtz, Rosario Dawson, and Brittany Murphy.
In Brief: Burns' story features the dating lives of three men and three women, each from a different one of New York City's five boroughs, plus one from out of town. The film also features "man on the street" interviews as it tackles all the tough dating questions. Review of "Sidewalks of New York" and a gallery of stills from the set.