May 24, 2005

Film Critic Quote of the Day

"If Ava Gardner were alive, by contrast, I can't help but think she'd have a good laugh over the casting of Kate Beckinsale to play her. Nothing against Beckinsale, who seemed promising enough before her career detoured into Pearl Harbor and a series of crummy vampire movies (Underworld, Van Helsing).

But the twiggy young actress utterly lacks Gardner's carnal heft; she's like something Ava might have tucked into her cleavage for use at a later date, perhaps as dental floss. (Beckinsale reportedly gained 20 pounds for the role; it's disturbing to think that she probably needed at least 20 more.) Gwyneth Paltrow was originally signed to play Gardner, but it's doubtful she would have been much better. Is this really where we've wound up? A Hollywood so weight-obsessed that it's impossible to find an actress with enough meat on her bones to play a sex symbol of yesteryear?"

-TNR’s Chris Orr, reviewing the DVD of “The Aviator.” I’m also upset that the film shed no light on whether the Kate Beckinsale “45 degree angle” rumor is true.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 24, 2005 07:28 PM

sela ward or liv tyler

Posted by: ellen jean at May 26, 2005 10:35 PM
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