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       entertainment                                                                                                                                                                                                monDAY, JAnUARY 10, 2011

Film critics group: Social Network is 2010 pick
                    NEW YORK: The national Society of Film           Arts and Sciences.
               Critics on Saturday selected The Social Net-              on Saturday, society members issued a
               work as the best picture of 2010.                     statement calling for a re-examination of the
                    The fictional look at the creation of Face-      movie rating system set by the motion Picture
               book dominated at the society’s annual awards,        Association of America.
               which were voted on by 46 prominent movie                 The critics praised a decision to change the
               critics gathered at a manhattan restaurant.           nC-17 rating for Blue Valentine to an R, but
                    Jesse Eisenberg was named best actor for         they questioned others.
               his role as mark Zuckerberg, the founder of               They singled out The King’s Speech, a
               the social networking website. David Fincher          drama about King George VI’s attempt to over-
               won for best director and Aaron Sorkin for best       come his speech impediment, which was rated
               screenplay.                                           R for “language” - moments when he’s told to
                    The critics reached overseas for the best ac-    swear to ease his stammer.
               tress honor, naming Italian star Giovanna mez-            “It’s clear the board has become an agen-
               zogiorno for her role in Vincere. The film fol-       cy of de facto censorship,” read the statement
               lows the rise to power of Italian dictator Benito     from the critics, who suggested a revision of the
               mussolini, with him abandoning his wife and           current system.
               child along the way.                                      The society also condemned Iran’s recent
                    Supporting actor awards went to Geoffrey         sentencing of directors Jafar Panahi and mo-
               Rush for The King’s Speech and olivia Williams        hammad Rasoulof to six years in prison. Both
               for The Ghost Writer.                                 were banned from filmmaking for 20 years for
                    The society, founded in 1966, is composed        “colluding in gatherings and making propagan-
               of 61 film critics from across the country, in-       da against the regime.”
               cluding Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times,             The critics urged the Iranian government
               the Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan, The Wall        to release the directors, saying their “work can
               Street Journal’s Joe morgenstern and David            only further the advancement of such values
               Denby of The new Yorker.                              as justice, compassion, tolerance, and human
                    While these critics’ choices rarely reflect      dignity.”
               top honors at the Academy Awards, the new                 Among foreign language films, Carlos -
               York-based society helps draw attention to new        French director olivier Assayas’s 5 1/2-hour-        From left to right, actor Andrew Garflield, Actress Brenda Song, actor Armie Hammer, actress Rashida Jones, actor Josh Pence, actress
               films in advance of the oscars, staged in late        look at the life of the global terrorist dubbed      Rooney Mara, actor Jesse Eisenberg pose together with their Ensemble Performance award for the feature film The Social Network at the
               February by the Academy of motion Picture             “Carlos the Jackal” - was voted best. -AP            2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. (AP)

George Clooney                                                                                                                                                                      Angelina Jolie’s Cleopatra
uses Hollywood starpower in Sudan                                                                                                                                                   will show Egypt’s queen
                    JUBA, Sudan: How do you get a long-suffer-
               ing but little-known slice of Africa on the White
               House agenda and onto American TV screens?
                                                                     how hard it is to keep stories on the front of
                                                                     news, and sometimes entertainment and news
                                                                     can be meshed together if you do it properly.”
                                                                                                                           non-profits with tight budgets.
                                                                                                                                The aid organization World Vision has got-
                                                                                                                           ten celebrity endorsements from Jeopardy! host
                                                                                                                                                                                    as more than a sex kitten
               George Clooney knows how.                                 Clooney has had two meetings with Presi-          Alex Trebek, actor Hugh Jackman and former
                    Humble, self-effacing and dressed for safari,    dent Barack obama on Sudan and has per-               first lady Laura Bush. The group’s Rachel Wolff               LONDON: Dio Cassius, the Greek             Egyptian ruler. For a fleeting moment she
               the Hollywood star and former Sexiest man             suaded reporters from outlets like nBC, Cnn           said dramatic disasters like earthquakes can             historian, said Cleopatra “was a woman          held the fate of the western world in her
               Alive was in the scruffy, straw-hut capital of        and newsweek to focus on the country. He says         bring in quick donations, but that slowburn cri-         of surpassing beauty... and a knowledge         hands.” Her book goes on to argue it is un-
               Southern Sudan on Saturday to draw attention          he doesn’t know how much his efforts help, but        ses - like in Sudan - need help from celebrities         of how to make herself agreeable to ev-         fair that she would go down in history as
               to the region’s weeklong independence referen-        that every bit counts.                                like Clooney.                                            eryone”. So it stands to reason that the        a “whore queen” rather than as “the sole
               dum.                                                      Whether it’s Sean Penn in Haiti, Ben Affleck           Affleck began going to Congo in 2007 and            greatest Hollywood beauties of succeed-         female of the ancient world to rule alone
                    The vote, which begins Sunday, is likely to      in Congo, or Angelina Jolie’s work in more than       directed a short film called “Gimme Shelter”             ing eras have been cast as the Egyptian         and to play a role in western affairs”.
               create the world’s newest nation. Clooney is          a dozen countries, stars are bringing attention to    about the crisis. The director and actor told the        queen: from Claudette Colbert and Vivien             Goldsworthy’s queen of the nile is
               working to help the region avoid a backslide          those in need. Bono, U2’s lead singer, has been       AP after a trip there last year that he was inse-        Leigh, to Elizabeth Taylor and, now, Ange-      also Greek and olive-skinned, and would
               toward war.                                           nominated for a nobel Peace Prize for his aid         cure about getting involved at first because of          lina Jolie, according to The Guardian. But,     not have worn Ancient Egyptian cos-
                    In picking a cause and roughing it in a devel-   work in Africa.                                       how little he initially knew. He’s since studied         judging by the creative team being lined        tume. “She would have dressed more in
               oping country, Clooney is hardly alone. Celeb-            There’s even a website dedicated to the           up, and in november appeared on a panel on               up by Sony Pictures, Jolie’s 3D outing in       the Greek style and the problem for Hol-
               rities are shining their star power on the poor,      merger between Hollywood and helping. Look            Congo alongside Sen. John Kerry and the State            the royal barge of beaten gold is set to rip    lywood is that Greek dress looks pretty
               the war-weary and the disaster-prone more than        To The Stars lists more than 2,300 celebrities        Department’s top official on Africa.                     up all our other assumptions about the          much like Roman - lots of people in
               ever.                                                 and 1,600 charities they support. myrlia Pur-              Clooney and Sudan activist John Pren-               fabled temptress.                               sheets,” he has pointed out. There were no
                    “our job is trying to keep this on the front     cell, who along with her husband began http://        dergast helped launched the Satellite Sentinel                The screenplay of the forthcoming          asses’ milk baths either - a Roman fashion
               burner of the news,” Clooney told The Associat-       www.looktothestars.org in 2006, said stars bring      Project, which will track troop movements in             blockbuster is risking a budget that rivals     that came in later. While Schiff says that
               ed Press. “I’m the son of newsman. I understand       recognition to a cause, which can be a boon for       real time in Abyei, a north-south border region          the studio-busting Taylor epic of 1963 on       Jolie is perfect for the part, sceptics have
                                                                                                                           where the biggest threat of a return to conflict         a fresh, revisionist interpretation of Cleo-    already queried her likeness to the hook-
                                                                                                                           exists. The two wrote that they want to cast a           patra and, it seems, the vision of a maver-     nosed profile of the queen that appears on
                                                                                                                           spotlight on the hot spots on the border to help         ick British director: Paul Greengrass.          coins. Goldsworthy dismisses this issue.
                                                                                                                           prevent Darfur-like atrocities.                               Greengrass, who has enjoyed huge           “A coin image was a statement of power
                                                                                                                                “We are the anti-genocide paparazzi,” Cloo-         international success with the Bourne ac-       intended to prove you were the rightful
                                                                                                                           ney told Time magazine this week in another              tion series and United 93, has not yet con-     ruler, which meant you wanted to look
                                                                                                                           attention-grabbing interview.                            firmed he is taking the job, but it emerged     like a Ptolemy,” he points out.
                                                                                                                                Clooney’s meetings with obama were a way            last week that the producers of Cleopatra            When 22-year-old Cleopatra met
                                                                                                                           for the actor to get Sudan on the front pages and        are close to signing him up. Their choice       Julius Caesar in 48BC she had been at-
                                                                                                                           for the White House - which has been deeply              of director indicates that they are commit-     tempting to rule Egypt with her younger
                                                                                                                           engaged on the independence referendum - to              ted to an unconventional storyline for the      brother following their father’s death and
                                                                                                                           show it is active on the issue. And the 49-year-         film, expected to be released in 2013. Pro-     needed help. The leaders enjoyed a three-
                                                                                                                           old actor hinted that he’ll be back to Sudan.            duction will begin later this year.             year affair and Cleopatra bore their son,
                                                                                                                                He said there are two tricks to bringing at-             Greengrass is finishing work on They       Caesarion. When Caesar was assassinated
                                                                                                                           tention to a cause. The first is to pick one.            Marched into Sunlight, a film about the         in Rome, she embarked on a 13-year affair
                                                                                                                                “And the second thing is to create a constant       Vietnam war, and made his name in Brit-         with mark Antony that lasted until their
                                                                                                                           drumbeat, to keep doing it,” Clooney said. “You          ain with uncompromising documentary-            suicides in 30BC.
                                                                                                                           can’t just dip your toe in it and get out, you have      style films such as The Murder of Stephen            But happily it seems that if, as ru-
                                                                                                                           to constantly come back and do it.                       Lawrence and Bloody Sunday.                     moured, Jolie’s partner Brad Pitt is cast
                                                                                                                                “Bono sort of led the way in terms of re-                The director cites the 1966 classic The    as Antony, the screenplay can accurately
                                                                                                                           ally being informed on the specific issue. Brad          Battle of Algiers as a key influence and        reflect a passionate relationship.
                                                                                                                           and Angie do it well, matt Damon, I have a lot           learned his craft making current affairs             “Antony and Cleopatra were at the
                                                                                                                           of friends who do it pretty well and really get          films for the World in Action series in the     height of their power, revelling amid
                                                                                                                           involved. I see Ben Affleck doing it in the Congo        1980s. Greengrass says he has since found       heady perfume to sweet music, under
                                                                                                                           now more and more. I find that people who pick           a way to work in Hollywood despite “the         kaleidoscopic lights, on steamy summer
               US actor and activist, George Clooney, during an interview in the southern Sudanese capital                 a cause and stick to it, get to know something           overwhelming forces that are there to           nights, before groaning tables of the finest
               city of Juba on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. (AP)                                                                about it.” -AP                                           make you be conventional”. He recently          food and wine in Asia,” writes Schiff. “And
                                                                                                                                                                                    added that “the action movie genre tends        while he was unlikely to have been a slave
                                                                                                                                                                                    as a rule of thumb to reaffirm the estab-       to his love for Cleopatra, as various chron-
                                                                                                                                                                                    lished order”.                                  iclers assert, the truth was that, wherever
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Pulitzer prize-winning writer tells    mark Antony went, sexual charm inevita-
Movie Review                                                                                                                                                                        how the 18-year-old queen “controlled           bly followed. His tunic tucked high on his
                                                                                                                                                                                    virtually the entire eastern mediterra-         rolling hips, he had slept his way across

127 Hours
                                                                                                                                                                                    nean coast, the last great kingdom of any       Asia at least once.”

     LONDON: In 2003, without telling any-
one of his destination, 27 year old American
engineer and mountaineer Aron Ralston
                                                   from James Franco, who’s alone for most of
                                                   the film with just a few brief flashbacks to his
                                                   family life, and some hallucinations and imag-
headed into the Utah desert to climb through
the remote Blue John Canyon, according to
The Guardian. Trapped in a crevasse with an
                                                   inings to get away from and intensify his ex-
                                                   istential agony. Franco’s Ralston is a complex
                                                   figure: resilient, thoughtful, wryly humorous.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Reitman says
                                                                                                                                                                                 Ghostbusters 3
immovable boulder pinning his right arm to         The music is subtly varied; the soundtrack
the wall, he spent five days attempting to         makes admirable use of silence and natural
break free and attract attention before finally    sound; the full resources of the camera from

                                                                                                                                                                                 script is ready
using a blunt knife to carry out the amputa-       the zoom to the split screen are intelligently
tion.                                              deployed.
     It’s an amazing story about survival and          There are quiet moments such as the one
the will to live, and 127 Hours has been           where Ralston assesses his various tools,
adapted from Ralston’s memoir, Between a           tense ones as when he has to retrieve a vital                                                                                      LOS ANGELES: Power up that Pro-
Rock and a Hard Place, by Danny Boyle, a di-       knife he’s dropped to the bottom of the cre-                                                                                  ton Pack: Ghostbusters 3 is closer to be-
rector whose characters often find themselves      vasse, terrifying ones such as the flash flood                                                                                coming a reality.
in desperate straits, and his co-screenwriter,     that threatens to drown him. meanwhile ev-                                                                                         Ivan Reitman, who directed and pro-
Simon Beaufroy, whose credits include The          erything is building up to that ultimate deci-                                                                                duced the first two Ghostbusters movies,
Full Monty and Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.        sion of whether, and how, he will sever that                                                                                  says “a very good script” for the third in-
naturally, they’re well aware that they’re tell-   trapped limb. This is boldly confronted and                                                                                   stallment in the comic ghost-hunting tale
ing a tale whose grisly climax will be familiar    followed by an equally agonising episode of                                                                                   has been sent to star Bill murray.
to, and anxiously awaited by, virtually every-     escape. 127 Hours is a remarkably resonant                                                                                         Reitman said Friday that “nothing
one in the audience. In the event, 127 Hours       story of luck, fate, perseverance, of con-                                                                                    you’ve read on the Internet is accurate”
is a virtuoso piece of film-making that begins     fronting adversity and death. one inevitably                                                                                  and that murray hasn’t yet read the
by establishing Ralston’s reckless charm and       thinks of Robinson Crusoe, but the ending                                                                                     Ghostbusters 3 script.
professional competence and the awesome            also brings to mind the crucifixion and resur-                                                                                     But the filmmaker is confident about
Utah surroundings, before plunging him into        rection of Christ, though there’s no explicit                                                                                 its content, saying “it’s good enough to
the claustrophobic crevasse where all his spir-    reference to religion. of course, had Ralston      FILE - Actor James Franco arrives at the premiere of Fox                   do, to take the risk of doing again.”
itual, physical and mental resources will be       been possessed by a firm religious faith he        Searchlight Pictures’ 127 Hours at the Samuel Goldwyn                           Reitman’s latest project is the roman-
challenged.                                        might well have embraced the comforts of           Theater on Nov. 3, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty               tic comedy No Strings Attached, starring      Director Ivan Reitman, from the film ‘No Strings
     At its centre is a magnificent performance    death, rather than fighting to survive.            Images)                                                                    natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. It        Attached’ poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills,
                                                                                                                                                                                 opens Jan. 21. -AP                            Calif. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. (AP)