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This week, Hollywood megalomaniacs and girls in jail.
Howard Hughes, eccentric American billionaire, started out with a small share in drill bits. He then went on to conquer the film industry, make a fortune in oil, and build his famous flying boat The Spruce Goose. Alexander The Great, eccentric Macedonian ruler of millions, started out with a small kingdom and went on to conquer most of the 300 BC world. Leonardo DiCaprio, who seemed briefly destined to go down the eccentric, latter-day Marlon Brando route, has instead decided to conquer the expectation of millions of no longer pre-teen girls. He’ll play not one, but two brilliant megalomaniacs. The Howard Hughes biopic, directed by Martin Scorsese, starts filming in LA in May, while Baz Luhrmann’s Alexander The Great is set to shoot in Morocco in late 2003 – thousands of Moroccan soldiers will be extras in the battle scenes, as long as they’re not needed for any actual wars.
If you ever have to explain the expression “the cat that got the cream”, just point to a picture of Catherine Zeta-Jones, who looks just about ready to sprout a tail and purr. Renée Zellweger, on the other hand, looks like a little girl who just snuck a big cherry-flavoured lollipop from her dyspeptic grandmother’s purse. Of course, neither can compare to Richard Gere, who smiles like a man used to having the world wonder where he’s taking his licks. But it’s not what goes into these three that matters right now, it’s what comes out. Yes, they all really do sing every word in the new musical Chicago. And, proving that a movie about prison chicks in lingerie can be more than porno, an Oscar nomination for Best Picture seems to be a sure thing. Jade Chang 19 December 02
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