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Hathaway plans road trip
to memorise lines
ACTRESS Anne Hathaway plans to learn
lines for her upcoming one-woman show
while driving. The actress will feature in a
show named “Grounded”, which is about
a fighter pilot who is assigned to operate
drones when she gets pregnant. According
to a source, the 32-year-old will leave on a
road trip with her husband and dog and will
memorise the lines while travelling, reports
nypost.com. “Anne’s learning 41-pages of
dialogue. She’s going to drive. (Husband)
Adam Shulman’s going to run the lines with
her as they go,” said a source. Directed by
Julie Taymor, the show will begin on April 7
at the Public Theatre in New York.
Liam Gallagher turns
chef to destress
Prestigious biopic
Official German entry for Oscars is a slow-moving drama on life of poet Friedrich Schiller
HETHER Friedrich Schiller was engaged in a longterm ménage à trois with
his wife and her sister is a
matter for scholarly debate. But “scholarly” isn’t the first word that
springs to mind when looking at the movie
poster for this German biographical epic,
which features a shirtless Florian Stetter as
the famous writer/beefcake, sandwiched
between the sisters Caroline and Charlotte
von Lengefeld, who are making some serious
goo-goo eyes at each other.
Dudes (or anyone else) hoping for a little
three-way action will be disappointed with
“Beloved Sisters.” Although writer-director
Dominik Graf’s speculative historical drama
does, in fact, assume there was a love triangle between Schiller (1759-1805), his
wife, Charlotte (Henriette Confurius), and
Charlotte’s unhappily married older sister,
Caroline (Hannah Herzsprung), the three
protagonists never share a bed. And what
little sex there is in the nearly three-hour
director’s cut of the film (which is a full halfhour longer than as originally released) takes
place only between Schiller and Caroline.
To be fair, Graf exercises appropriate restraint throughout, concerning himself with
such themes as class, the French Revolution and innovations in printing technology.
Arguably, “Beloved Sisters” is really about
the dawn of modernity, with its subtext of female empowerment. (Caroline was a writer,
eventually becoming Schiller’s biographer,
although she makes no mention of their putative relationship in that book.)
But without at least the tawdry pleasure of
a little bodice ripping, the film moves along
sluggishly, even though it is well acted and
handsomely shot.
“Beloved Sisters” was Germany’s official
submission to this year’s Academy Awards
competition, but it’s too pulpy, despite the
gloss of historical prestige, to ever have been
a serious contender. The at-times intrusive
narration is annoying, if necessary, to help
propel the action.
Much is made of Caroline and Charlotte’s
youthful oath that they would always “share
everything,” made after their father’s death
leaves them and their mother (Claudia Messner) in dire financial straits.
But rather than marry a wealthy man who
could help support all three — as Caroline
has done with a pompous courtier named
von Beulwitz (Andreas Pietschmann) —
Charlotte falls for the pauper Schiller, despite knowing that her sister also loves him,
and vice versa.
For much of the film, this triad — operating for periods under the same roof — runs
smoothly enough, thanks to suppressed
jealousies that manifest themselves only in
the occasional dagger shot from the eyes and
subtly stiffening body language.
It isn’t until close to the end of the film
that the inevitable resentment between the
sisters bursts out in a scene of screaming,
smashed dishes and slapping, which some
viewers might think should have occurred
90 minutes earlier.
“What a melodrama,” Schiller says, in the
kind of understatement you don’t have to be
a literary scholar to appreciate.
Washington Post-Bloomberg
FORMER Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has
turned to cooking to relieve stress of court
battles. The 42-year-old has two court battles
-- one over his love child with Liza Ghorbani
in New York, and the other as he finalises his
divorce settlement with Nicole Appleton. And
he is trying to destress by cooking. “Liam’s
never cooked before but it’s helped him relax.
His girlfriend Debbie Gwyther has been showing him the ropes. He’s been having a go at
lentil stews, stir-fries and soups,” a source was
quoted by mirror.co.uk as saying. “It’s all part
of his plan to get healthy in 2015. He’s been
getting fit by going on jogs. He’s trying not to
let the stress of everything get on top of him,”
added the source.
It’s Shruti Haasan’s turn
to give back to fans
Kid-friendly humour
‘Paddington’ features the affable bear of Michael Bond’s children’s classic, writes Sandie Angulo Chen
ACTRESS Shruti Haasan, who will turn 29
on Wednesday, has decided to celebrate her
birthday with her fans on a social networking platform. She has asked her fans to post
details and pictures of a good deed they may
have done. “Shruti has always believed in
doing things that matter and help make a difference to others’ lives. On her birthday, she
wants to share this very belief with her fans
for which she will run a special online birthday
exercise,” a source close to Shruti said. “She
has asked her fans to send her information
and a picture of their act of kindness -- something nice they did for someone else lately, via
social media. From those entries, she will pick
the best five and send them personalised autographed merchandise with a special message
from her,” the source said. Shruti believes “the
greatest gift is the gift of giving”.
ANUARY is when studios generally release their low-expectation
titles to wither and die against
award-nominated fare, so it’s a
considerable gamble to watch a film
starring a CGI-talking animal released
in the first weeks of the year. But this
live-action “Paddington” adaptation
pays off.
Based on a half-century of classic
children’s books by Michael Bond,
the movie is set in the present and
keeps the focus in London, which is
depicted as the ideal place for bears
and other exiles.
A marmalade-loving bear cub
(voiced by Ben Whishaw after Colin
Firth exited the project) travels from
“Darkest Peru” to England to find the
explorer who long ago discovered the
bear’s Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo
(voiced by Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon).
Wearing only the explorer’s red hat,
the cuddly bear arrives at London’s
Paddington Station, where he waits
all day for someone to adopt him.
Finally, Mrs Brown (Sally Hawkins)
overcomes the doubts of her cautious
husband (Downton Abbey’s Hugh
Bonneville) and two kids’ embarrassment and takes the newly named Paddington home.
Home is where the kid-friendly humor begins. In one crowd-pleasing bit
of bathroom humor, Paddington uses
the Browns’ toothbrushes to pick his
ears, drinks a bottle of mouthwash,
sticks his head in the toilet and causes
a massive overflow — all while Mr
Brown desperately tries to add “bear
coverage” to his home insurance.
While the slapstick isn’t particularly
original, director Paul King makes the
silliness work.
In addition to Bonneville and
Hawkins, the cast includes other comically adept actors, such as Julie Walters
(Harry Potter’s Molly Weasley) as the
Browns’ live-in aunt; Peter Capaldi
(the latest star of “Doctor Who”) as
their busybody neighbor; and, most
notably, Nicole Kidman as the story’s
main antagonist — a greedy museum
taxidermist who wants to “stuff” Paddington and put him on display.
Sporting animal-skin stilettos and
severe bangs, Kidman is campier than
she is creepy, but her Cruella de Villike character is just menacing enough
to make kids fear for Paddington’s happily ever after.
Because of its adorable protagonist,
laugh-out-loud gags and touching
premise, “Paddington” succeeds in
a way most CGI/live-action hybrids
do not.
This isn’t a commercial for bear
merchandise (yet), but a sweet little
film about a cub who finds a family
and a home in London.
Washington Post-Bloomberg