Uma Thurman’s “Motherhood” Flops Hard At U.K. Box Office. Uma Thurman has set a new box office record, but it’s not something to be proud of. The 39-year-old actress’ latest film is named the second biggest flop at the British box office, taking in a measly 88 pounds [$132] in its opening weekend. “Motherhood” had only sold one ticket, 9 pounds [$13.5], during its first showing on Sunday. But in its defense, it was released in just one theater. It was a semi-autobiographical effort of writer and director Katherine Dieckmann. When informed by The Guardian of the bad news, producer Jana Edelbaum said, “You’re kidding? We must have broken a new record for grosses.” It did much better when it opened in the U.S. last October with $60,000, but not enough to cover its reported $5 million budget. It almost beat the 2007 film “My Nikifor” for the lowest-ever grossing film. The unfortunate project took only 7 pounds [$10.5] on its launch. Critic Barry Norman was astounded of the film’s poor box office reception. Although he said the reviews were mostly negative, it was still unthinkable that only 11 people bothered to see Thurman. He told the paper, “The reviews were very poor indeed but that alone isn’t enough to explain this. It’s a reasonable assumption that there was a marketing and advertising catastrophe, and people didn’t know it was showing. But it should have attracted more than 11 people in passing trade alone.” “Motherhood” also stars Minnie Driver and Anthony Edwards. For a bonus, Jodie Foster also appeared on a cameo.
Ethan Hawke is mulling that over, slouched in a dining chair inside a small empty ballroom at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, slightly rumpling his light brown three-piece suit. He’s not playing the slacker anymore; at 39, he’s a film veteran and he talks with a certain cinematic weariness. “I don’t know what has happened to movies, but lately every movie is at least 20 minutes too long,” he said. “It used to be that if you were three hours long it was because it was epic — a movie about Gandhi; something with very important subject matters. Now, it doesn’t matter what you’re making a movie about; everyone thinks their movie is so brilliant that it has to be three hours long. “Not to be critical but . . . well, we all know which movies those are. . . . ” Hawke is careful not to point fingers. He’s mellow despite a day of being shuttled down hallways and in and out of rooms to promote his latest film, “Daybreakers.” Though he maintained focus — praising the vampire flick’s “originality” and its socio-political messages — he couldn’t help but digress to bemoan the current lofty — some might say pretentious — state of cinema. As it happens, “Daybreakers,” at just more than 90 minutes, isn’t in that category. In the thriller, which was written and directed by siblings Michael and Peter Spierig (“Undead”) and opens Friday, a virus has swept the world, transforming the majority of the Earth’s population into vampires. With humans on the verge of extinction, the survivors are hunted and farmed for their blood. In other words, if you’re expecting lovesick vampires who sparkle when exposed to sunlight, you’re probably in the wrong theater. “New Moon” this ain’t. “It’s a post-adolescent vampire film,” he joked. Hawke plays “schleppy” Edward Dalton, a vampire scientist in search of a blood substitute or cure to vampirism. His disheveled hair is often hidden underneath a brimmed hat — Hawke’s idea — and he roams the landscape in slacks and button-down shirts. Not exactly the cape and ruffled blouse get-up associated with the folkloric creature. “I think it’s my job to risk looking foolish,” Hawke said. “One of the things I’ve learned from the actors I’ve worked with is you don’t get something for nothing. If you don’t risk looking foolish, you’ll never do anything special.” It’s a role about as far as you can get from his Broadway gig performing a nine-hour stage trilogy of Tom Stoppard’s plays, “The Coast of Utopia,” about mid-19th century Russian radicals. And that’s what attracted him. “There’s some kind of actors that can radically change who they are from movie to movie,” Hawke said. “I’ve never really been that kind of actor. I enjoy changing the worlds that I’m in.” His filmography reflects his cinematic globe-trotting tendencies. He traveled to outer space when he hit the big screen in his teens in Joe Dante’s “Explorers” and, four years later, went on to wander the halls of a conservative boys prep school in 1989′s “Dead Poets Society.” Films such as mid-’90s fare “Reality Bites” and “Before Sunrise” made him the poster boy for scruffy drifters (and got him best kiss nominations at the MTV Movie Awards). And he was transported to New York to play a film student in a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” In “Training Day,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination, he cruised gang neighborhoods in South Los Angeles. On this day, a polished Hawke poured a glass of water (he’d had enough Diet Coke) before reflecting on the different roles on his résumé. “I’ve been fortunate to be working in the film business for almost 25 years by doing a lot of different things,” he said. “You can’t only do cop pictures and you can’t only do little art-house movies. . . . I kind of figured if I keep trying different things, eventually I would accumulate some kind of learning.” The learning extends beyond the big screen. He’s tackled television, guest starring in an episode of ABC’s “Alias,” and is part of the small-screen adaptation of “Moby Dick,” an upcoming two-part miniseries in which he plays Starbuck. And he’s toiled on countless stages, appearing — and directing — numerous theater productions including “Henry IV” and “Hurlyburly.” “The theater, for me, has always been a place where I’m free to be more creative,” he said. “A place to sharpen my tools.” Music video director? Yes, that too. He directed songstress Lisa Loeb’s music video for “Stay (I Missed You)” in 1994; the hit song was featured on the “Reality Bites” soundtrack. Oh, and he’s written two novels — “The Hottest State” and “Ash Wednesday”; both garnered mixed reviews. There’s a method to all the madness. “In grade school they say you have to pick a profession and stick to it . . . and people stop looking at their lives as a work in progress,” he said. “If you don’t stay in touch with yourself, you kind of lose focus. “If you’re going to spend a life in the arts, you need to be infused with a sense of gratitude and a sense of wonder. It’s a privilege to do this profession. But there is a payment you have to make for that privilege, which is to do your best all the time. To challenge yourself. That’s the luxury tax.” It’s a philosophy he says he tries to instill in his children. Hawke has two — Maya Ray, 11, and Levon Roan, 7 — with Uma Thurman, whom he met on the set of 1997′s “Gattaca”; the couple split in 2004. He has since remarried and had another child. Hawke certainly has a challenging schedule. In addition to this year’s “Moby Dick,” next on his plate is directing the off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind,” which begins its run Jan. 29. And he continues filming Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” a film being shot over 12 years. “I hesitate to talk about it too much because we still got five or six years before we’re done,” he said. “But it’s a cool thing. I mean, we’re improvising a movie over 12 years. You won’t have seen anything like it before.”
Actor Vince Vaughn has confessed he is ready to have kids for the first time. ‘The Break-Up’ star, who previously dated Jennifer Aniston, is set to tie the knot with his Canadian girlfriend Kyla Weber. The 39-year-old revealed is prepared to settle down and start a family. “It’s the first time that I really want to have kids,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling People magazine. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career, and my life has been about that for so long that you get bored of it. “You’re ready for your life to be about other people and other things,” he added. Vince Vaughn has established himself as one of Hollywood’s biggest names in comedy. He counts “Fred Claus” as his third collaboration Continue reading →
Red carpet, book signings, glam parties & movie premieres have magic in the air, but also perfume! Perfume choices reflect qualities of the celebrity clients who waft them! Every year, perfume designers release new creations & compete for the attention of the public & the stars that intrigue the world. Some are passing favorites, while some classics still rule. Charlize Theron is said to love the magnolia, rose, cinnamon, peachy blend that lifts out of the vanilla & sandalwood bottom notes of Dolce Vita by Christian Dior. An overwhelming classic, no doubt. Kate Hudson, Vanna Bonta & Renee Zellweger love ANGEL perfume, designed by Thierry Mugler. It’s all about essences of honey, chocolate, and caramel and is blended with notes of vanilla, patchouli, and sandalwood … Extremly Intense! Vanna Bonta also loves Eau du Ciel, a subtle interpretation of innocence in rosewood, violet, Florentine iris and lime blossom; “delicate as the shiver of an angel’s wing.” Zents, one of the newest fragrances on the scene & which uses only natural essences, was picked by Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie & Sharon Stone -to name a few- in preparation for Oscar night! Uma Thurman was the first person ever to receive “Fresh”, heliotrope, linden blossom, cucumber & green apple give the perfume its innocent & pure scent. The line also boasts actress Julia Roberts as a client who loves “Ore”, a deep, spicy and alluring blend of iris, bay laurel, coriander, jasmine, and patchouli. The style is described as fiery and euphoric. Below is just a small list of the celebrity fragrances they carry. Each one is listed buy the celebrities name an which fragrance they were.
Angelina Jolie: Love in White by Creed Perfume for Women, Spring Flower by Creed Perfume for Women, 24 Faubourg by Hermes Perfume for Women.
Alica Keys: J’adore by Christian Dior Perfume for Women, Gucci Eau de Parfum II by Gucci Perfume for Women.
Arnold Schwarzeneggar: Bijan by Bijan Cologne for Men.Habit Rouge by Guerlain Cologne for Men.
Anna Pavlova: Gucci Envy by Gucci Perfume for Women, Gucci Rush by Gucci Perfume for Women.
Antonio Banderas: Diavolo by Antonio Bandera Cologne for Men, Sprit by by Antonio Bandera Cologne for Men, Boss by Hugo Boss Cologne for Men.
Ashton Kutcher: Millesime Imperial by Creed Cologne for Men, Unforgivable by Sean John Cologne for Men.
Ashley Olsen: Subtil Pour Femme by Salvatore Ferragamo Perfume for Women, J’adore by Christian Dior Perfume for Women.
Barbara Walters: Angel by Thierry Mugler Perfume for Women, Delicious by Gale Hayman Perfume for Women.
Beyonce Knowles: True Star by Tommy Hilfiger Perfume for Women, True Star Gold by Tommy Hilfiger Perfume for Women, Burberry Weekend by Burberry Perfume for Women.
Britney Spears: Burberry London by Burberry Perfume for Women, Curious by Britney Spears Perfume for Women, Fantasy by Britney Spears Perfume for Women, In Control Curious by Britney Spears Perfume for Women, Midnight Fantasy by Britney Spears Perfume for Women.
Cameron Diaz: Happy by Clinique Perfume for Women, I Love Love Cheap and Chic by Moschino Perfume for Women, Samsara by Guerlain Perfume for Women.
Brooke Shields: Gendarme by Gendarme Perfume for Women, Samsara by Guerlain Perfume for Women.
Carlos Santana: Carlos Santana by Carlos Santana Cologne for Men, Bvlgari AQVA Pour Homme by Bvlgari Cologne for Men.
Charlize Theron: Eau De Dolce Vita by Christian Dior for Women, Enjoy by Jean Patou Perfume for Women, J’adore by Christian Dior Perfume for Women.
David Beckham: Silver Mountain Water by Creed Colgone for Men, David Beckham Instinct by David Beckham Cologne for Men, Intimately Beckham by David Beckham Cologne for Men.
Demi Moore: Vera Wang Princess by Vera Wang Perfume for Women, Vera Wang by Vera Wang Perfume for Women.
Donald Trump: Green Irish Tweed by Creed Cologne for Men, Dolce Gabbana by Dolce & Gabbana Cologne for Men.
Jessica Simpson: Juicy Couture by Juicy Couture Perfume for Women, Escada Rockin’ Rio by Escada Perfume for Women, DKNY Be Delicious by Donna Karan Perfume for Women.
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