Monday, May 28, 2007

BIG WEEKEND FOR MOVIES, AND MY CLOSE ENCOUNTER (SORT OF) WITH ACTRESS DIANE KRUGER

Just some movie junk to toss out...

It was a big weekend for Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End.It did less business than Spidey 3 in the States when it first came out, but it still was a new Memorial Day Weekend record, and the worldwide box office was through the roof. And it dislodged Shrek the Third as the Number One movie. I think we can start thinking about calling the summer of 2007 the Year of the Hit, because that's what is going on.

DIANE KRUGER AT CANNES

Also, the Cannes Film Festival wrapped the other day and I watched the closing ceremonies on TV. I noticed that the big host of the awards show on French TV was none other than Diane Kruger (pictured below).

Some of you remember her from her most famous film role in Troy. She played Helen of Troy, the woman whose face launched a thousand ships and started the Trojan War. Diane displayed not only facial beauty but also her healthy, athletic, well-toned physique in that role. (Translation: she showed her naked butt.)

She won a lot of fans as a result of that movie, but she isn't that big a star yet. Still more like a "woman on the verge" than a star, but even that isn't bad, either.

I remember I worked at one of the theaters in Toronto during the film festival there. The movie being shown was Copying Beethoven. Diane Kruger showed up for it on the red carpet, along with Ed Harris and a few other people. She was signing autographs for these autograph hounds, and she looked so dashing and radiant in her glamourous wardrobe. She really did herself proud with the "fashion police" in my book, she really rocked the house. I was embarrassed, though, because at the time I had no clue who this woman was. All I knew was that she was in this movie. But I figured she had to be famous, because she carried herself as if she was the biggest movie star in the world --even if she really wasn't. And these fans there were crazy for her, they loved Diane Kruger and were shouting her name. (By the way, for those of you who care about this sort of thing: she's German. So you can use her name in arguments with Swedes about which country has the best, coolest women-- although, as everyone knows by now, the world's best babes are actually from Japan.)

I'm following Diane's career closely now, just because I saw her for real at that film festival last fall and thought she was terrific. Nice to know her French is really good.

Anyway, I digress. The Palme d'Or went to the Romanian flick 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.

30 YEARS OF WAR IN OUTER SPACE

Finally, a belated Happy Birthday to Darth Vader. And everyone else with Star Wars, who celebrated 30 years at their big convention this weekend.

That's it for now.

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