Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week, we’ve got seven new chunks of varyingly interesting fall fare; check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks have a lot in common: They are two of Hollywood’s most likeable actors; their careers both peaked in the ’90s; and they’ve both previously starred in movies that make up romantic comedy canon (Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, and Notting Hill, if you’re feeling generous), but never together — until now. Larry Crowne, which is also directed by Hanks, tells the story of a guy who loses his job, buys himself a scooter, and decides to go back to college. Roberts plays the public-speaking professor who he ends up falling for. According to official synopsis her character is married, but we see no hints of that conflict (or any conflict really) in the trailer; while we understand that the film’s target demographic isn’t looking for something edgy, it seems insulting to everyone involved to serve up something so bland. Click through to check it out, and let us know in the comments what you think. … Read More
This fellow, who very much enjoys Julia Roberts, has 82 tattoos of her face on his body. His name is Milijenko Parserisas Bukovic and he is a 56-year-old Mexican newspaper vendor. Apparently, he has spent over $82,000 on the tattoos, which are inspired by scenes from Erin Brockovich, the movie that kickstarted his um, enthusiasm for Ms. Roberts. He plans to continue getting more Julia Roberts tattoos until he runs out of money and/or blank patches of skin. Click through to see Bukovic’s awesomely disturbing smorgasbord of Julia Roberts faces. … Read More
We predict that Julia Roberts’ new film Eat, Pray, Love will do for needy but smart women what Erin Brockovich did for trampy but smart women back in 2000. Provide a little validation. An adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir (which half of the women we know loved and the other half found offensive cultural tourism), the film follows a recently divorced writer who realizes that she’s spent her whole life defining herself through her relationships with men (spotted here: Billy Crudup as the ex husband and James Franco as the new boy toy). So she goes on this worldwide journey (Italy – eat, India – pray, and Bali – love, courtesy of Javier Bardem) to find herself and write a book about it. … Read More
1. Monsters vs. Aliens: $58.2 million If everyone is so into 3-D kiddie movies these days, then why didn’t we see bigger numbers for Neil Gaiman’s Coraline? Do people really love Reese Witherspoon’s voice that much?
2. The Haunting in Connecticut: $23 million A movie with a poster like this makes money like that? What kind of message is that sending America’s Reese Witherspoon-obsessed children? Dude, that’s so Lionsgate. … Read More
Michael Clayton writer-director Tony Gilroy’s buzzy new Julia Roberts-Clive Owen flick Duplicity lands in theaters Friday; we got a chance to look at it last night, and it’s awesome. But beyond the ringing endorsement a bunch of critics are soon to give it, we had to wonder: is Duplicity‘s plot — in which a former CIA agent (Roberts) and a former MI6 agent (Owen) get hired to be corporate spies for Johnson & Johnson-esque companies — plausible in the slightest? … Read More
Julia Fiona Roberts, I freaking love you. I always have, and I always will. I don’t care what that mean man from Newsday says about “the ravages of time.” I can’t wait to see you in Duplicity and John Anderson (who as Mark Graham duly noted really hates early ’90s you and has a weird obsession with Charlie Wilson’s War) is a total nincompoop if he doesn’t realize that most of America feels the same way — especially “in this economy.” Populism has never been hotter. … Read More