When we last left our old friend Dileep Rao, he was just coming off the success of his role as the beard-rific Rham Jas in Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me To Hell,” desperately dancing around telling me too much about his work as Dr. Max Patel in the then-still-upcoming “Avatar,” and unabashedly avoiding revealing what film he was about to begin.
That film, as we now know, was Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” Seriously, how many actors have that kind of run with their first three motion pictures? Clearly, Dileep Rao is awesome…and if you doubt this, then consider that, as the release date of “Inception” became imminent, he approached me and asked, “Hey, are we going to do another interview?”
Why, yes. Yes, we are. Now if we could just do something about that cell phone reception…
Everyone will be talking about “Iron Man 2” this weekend. Bullz-Eye.com’s Jason Zingale gives it 3.5 stars out of 5.
It’s the next logical step in the “Iron Man” story, but it feels like Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux might have bitten off a little more than they could chew. There are so many subplots weaving in and out of the film that it’s difficult to discern between the ones that are important and those that could have been left on the cutting room floor. That’s because they’re all important in some respect, although some (namely anything concerning Samuel L. Jackson or Scarlett Johansson’s characters) feel more like setup to the upcoming “Avengers” film than a necessary addition to the story. Perhaps Marvel is getting a bit ahead of themselves when it comes to laying the groundwork for their future movies, because “Iron Man 2” could have done without all the clutter.
Favreau does a commendable job of connecting all the pieces into a coherent narrative, but it only works because of his incredible cast. Downey Jr. continues to shine as the wildly charismatic shellhead, while Gwyneth Paltrow gets plenty of room to grow as Stark’s closest confidant. The controversy surrounding the recasting of Don Cheadle as Rhodey (which is comically addressed in his first line: “It’s me, I’m here, deal with it and let’s move on.”) appears to have been for naught since you forget about Terrence Howard almost instantly, but Cheadle is still relegated to the background for most of the film. The same can be said of Rourke, who, despite a memorable introduction in the opening act, is never quite as dangerous as Vanko is made out to be. Sam Rockwell fares a little better as Hammer, a man whose bark is bigger than his bite, but that’s because the role presents him with the chance to be both funny and menacing.
Actress Mila Kunis arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” in New York. The Ukrainian-born actress looks incredible in her dress.
Bullz-Eye.com interviewed Hugh Hefner as he prepared to celebrate his 84th birthday at the Palms in Las Vegas. Hef explained that this one was of the happiest times of his life, and he seemed very content with his relationship with Crystal Harris. Also, when asked about how others view him, he had an interesting quote.
Long ago, I said that quite frankly my life is like a Rorschach test, an ink blot test. People can make their own dreams and fantasies and prejudices onto my life.
What you know about me is very much related to…it’s very subjective and very personal.
He’s right in many ways. What you think about Hef usually says more about your own views on the world, particularly in the areas of morality and sexuality.
Hef is still very involved in the month-to-month publishing of Playboy magazine and seems very comfortable with his current role with the company, even in the current market climate.