- The first photos of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy have surfaced on Tumblr.
- Naomi Watts will play Princess Diana in a British film about the last years of the royal’s life.
- 60 Minutes interviews Adele on Sunday before the Grammys.
- Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone sold CBS a pilot. It’s about ”a single 37-year-old man (Falcone) who loses everything he has in the real estate collapse and moves back in with his parents.
- Bruce Springsteen announced that Jersey Shore sidekick Eddie Manion and Clarence Clemons‘ nephew Jake will “share the saxophone role” during the E Street Band’s “Wrecking Ball” world tour, which begins March 18 in Atlanta.
- The Vow‘s Rotten Tomatoes’ score: 29.
- A new area called Cars Land, based on the animated movies, will open in June at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim.
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo passed two movie money milestones: $200 million worldwide and $100 million in North America.
- Paul McCartney finally got his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, becoming the last of the four Beatles to get the honor.
In Theaters Now
Given our current economic situation, spending $12.50 on a film about an international bank financing terror and war hardly seems like an enjoyable time at the theater. That being said, I think The International is the best thriller of the new year.
Directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) The International follows Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and New York D.A. Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) as they track down the brains of a international bank that is privately funding war, influencing foreign policy, the national economy and just about every other aspect of our everyday lives.
Tracking money from Berlin to Milan to New York City, the two get caught up in a high stakes escapade that involves lots of guns and video chats with assassins. A gunplay scene at the Guggenheim in New York is absolutely jaw dropping. (The production manager deserves and Oscar)
The film uses a lot of big phrases like “criminal corporate enterprise” and it can be a little tough to follow in parts but the direction and pacing of suspense had me on the edge of my seat at least half of the film. Tom Tykwer has my full endorsement to direct the next Bond movie.