Entertainment behind the scenes
Back in the 1940s and the “Casablanca” era, a kiss was famously “just a kiss”
Not any more.
It’s been seven years since Britney Spears and Madonna notoriously locked lips in a live MTV Music Video Awards show. But women kissing women (or just pretending to) is still making front page news, whether it’s Miley Cyrus on a “Britain’s Got Talent” performance last week, or Sandra Bullock at the MTV Movie Awards show this weekend.
(And let’s not even revisit the Adam Lambert male-on-male kiss furor last November)
But while Bullock’s apparently rehearsed smooch with Scarlett Johansson was mostly seen as just good fun, Miley Cyrus’ kiss (that she now protests wasn’t really a kiss although it may have looked like it) with a female dancer has not gone down so well, especially with fans of the Disney teen star.
In the ongoing sex saga that is the breakup of Sandra Bullock and Jesse James, the Oscar winner has stayed fairly secluded and silent to the press. So on Tuesday, when she finally had a statement, we’d hoped it would be about how she felt being cheated on, or “blindsided,” by a man whose kids she fought for. Or, maybe her thoughts one of his mistresses. But no, it was a sex tape.
In recent days, an Internet blogger has reported, according to unnamed sources, that Jesse James had a sex tape of himself and Bullock. On Tuesday morning, word from radaronline.com was that James actually had 12 tapes of himself and other women — not Bullock.
It might come as no surprise to hear that Jesse James, the tattoo-loving husband of Hollywood darling Sandra Bullock, has checked into rehab in the hope of saving his marriage. With four women now claiming to have had affairs with James during his five year marriage to Bullock, his representative told People magazine that he was seeking professional help.
“Jesse checked himself into a treatment facility to deal with personal issues,” his rep said in a statement. “He realized that this time was crucial to help himself, help his family and help save his marriage.”
So far, in the crazy saga that is Jesse James (Mr. Sandra Bullock, for now) and his affair with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, we’ve tried to stay away from scandalous headlines. But this one was too good. Word comes from celebrity magazine Life & Style that Playgirl has offered $500,000 to Jesse if he’ll pose nude on its pages. Life & Style quotes Playgirl spokesman Daniel Nardicio as saying “We’d want him to pose in a Coney Island freak show setting. It would be a whole circus-themed shoot…” And that would seem appropriate. (note: we tried to reach Nardicio for confirmation, but were unsuccesssful)
The reason we took note of this one — other than the fact it’s funny — is that since the news of Sandy’s problems with Jesse broke, we’ve wondered, “without Sandy’s checkbook, what will Jesse do?” No doubt, given his own level of notoriety as the star of TV’s “Monster Garage” Jesse has made some bank. But trade that in for an Oscar winner’s career? One whose most recent movie, “The Blind Side,” has earned more than $250 million at box offices? We don’t think that’s such a smart move. Then again, neither was “Bombshell.”
Family films are in at box offices. There’s no doubt about it. Not only did football film “The Blind Side” make the unusual move of climbing up box office charts to No. 1 this past weekend (making its star Sandra Bullock happy), but “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” also rose one notch to No. 4. You can read our box office report at Reuters.com
But is it any wonder? It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time for families to hit theaters together. One knock on Hollywood’s holiday movie season is that there are few family films in theaters right now. That should bode well for Disney’s upcoming expansion of “The Princess and the Frog” as well as Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” But it could be bad news for adult-oriented dramas such as “The Lovely Bones” and musical “Nine”.
Vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” took the top spot at North American box offices for the second straight weekend, sinking its fangs into ticket sales and drawing out $66 million over the 5-day U.S. Thanksgiving holiday ($42.5 million for the three days). It’s two-week total in the U.S. and Canada now stands at just under $231 million. Add to that an international haul of $243, and global sales hit $474 million.
Perhaps in this season of swine flu we have a new virus, “New Moon Flu,” which mostly women seem to get. It turns them into zombies (no disrespect, but it seemed appropriate when talking about movies with monsters) who then march into theaters.
It’s been a wild year at the box office for Sandra Bullock, whose report card this decade has been middling at best.
The actress, 45, returned to theaters for the first time in more than two years in June with the romantic comedy “The Proposal,” which went on to become the biggest film of her career (before accounting for inflation), with $164 million in domestic ticket sales. But then came her September stinker, “All About Steve,” which was one of her weakest entries with $34 million in ticket sales. She is pictured at the premiere of the latter film, looking happier than she should have been.
Hollywood is all about popularity, just like that other institution — high school. So, in the spirit of all things popular, movie ticket website Fandango.com has released its “Celebrity Yearbook Awards,” based on votes from fans about which stars they think are the most likely to succeed, and which ones already made their mark one way or another.