You got to hand it to Italian model/actress Monica Bellucci. Whereas most Hollywood starlets fill their memoirs with words and punctuation, the still-very-gorgeous 46-year-old starlet has released a 240-page book of photographs detailing every breathtaking curve of her twenty-year career.
Simply entitled “Monica Bellucci,” the book includes a wide variety of sexy portraits taken by such noted photographers as Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, Fabrizio Ferri, Richard Avedon and Ellen von Unwerth. An introduction by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) gets the pages turning.
Bellucci first struck a large bulbous nerve with American movie audiences playing disenchanted trophy wife Persephone in Andy and Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix: Reloaded. The part led to roles in The Matrix: Revolutions, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Terry Gilliam’sThe Brothers Grimm, and most recently Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the French psychological-thriller Don’t Look Back.
Of course, it’s Bellucci’s graphic ten-minute ass-rape in Gasper Noe’s Irreversible that remains her tour de force performance.
“Monica Bellucci” by Monica Bellucci is published by Rizzoli and is now available for purchase everywhere that books are sold.
Amy Smart is set to star in Lake Dead director George Bessudo’s soon-to-shoot supernatural thriller Glimmer. The insanely sexy 34-year-old Cali native will play Annie Tuttle, a married woman attempting to keep unborn child safe from a mysterious entity.
The film’s synopsis reads:
When 16-year-old Annie Tuttle takes a walk at her lakefront home, she spots a young girl standing on the ice-covered lake. As Lucy falls through the ice, Annie hurries to rescue her and sees a figure at the center of the lake; the figure seems to shimmer and disappear before her eyes.
Nine years later Annie is happily married to Jack Cole. Annie gets a letter which reads: “It’s going to kill you. Come alone”. The letter leads her to the Granger Institute and Lucy Talbot – the girl from the lake. Lucy explains that the GLIMMER will never let her live.
Outside Annie meets up with Gabe, the local deputy and a former boyfriend. In Lucy’s room Annie and Gabe discover two pictures and a page torn from a book dating back to 1698; in them the figure of Eldridge Peck appears, a man executed for being a witch. Meanwhile Annie has discovered a link between the Peck family and her husband, Jack.
Annie must race against time to save herself and her unborn child from the GLIMMER.
So far, the only other name attached to star in Glimmer is Canadian actor and Resident Evil: Afterlife heavy Shawn Roberts. As the cast begins to fill out, I hope Bessudo remembers to once again call on his very attractive Lake Dead starlet Kelsey Wedeen.
Smart can next be seen opposite Grindhouse babe Rose McGowan and Terminator 3’s Nick Stahl in New Films upcoming psychological-thriller Dead Awake.
Her genre creds include Alexandre Aja’s Mirrors (in which she turns in one of horror’s most disturbing death scenes), the zombie-apocalypse frightener Seventh Moon, Dee Snyder’s Strangeland, New Line’s Butterfly Effect, 1997’s Campfire Tales, and Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers.
When I heard that pop star Phil Collins had a daughter, I imagined her to be short, bald, and an excellent drummer. Imagine my surprise when I discovered she actually looked human (see above). Well, the surprises keep coming for yours truly.
Turns out Lily Collins is an actress and has just been cast as the lead in director Scott Charles Stewart’s (Legion) adaptation of author Cassandra Clare’s romantic teen-demon-slayer book series The Mortal Instruments. Collins will play Clary Fray, a 15-year-old girl with undiscovered supernatural powers who falls in love with a bad-boy “Shadowhunter” while attempting to rescue her mother from demons.
If that’s not enough to get tween girls’ hearts aflutter, Clare’s book cover looks like this:
“City of Bones” is the first book in “The Mortal Instruments” series.
Collins will next star in Stewart’s upcoming vampire-apocalypse frightener Priest. Her only other horror cred is last year’s white-woman-helps-black-kid-be-more-white update The Blind Side.
For those of you under the age of 25: Lily’s father, Phil Collins, ruined Genesis for hippies in the ’70s, but was embraced by generations to come with hits such as “In the Air Tonight,” “Sussudio,” and the R&B classic “Easy Lover” with Philip Bailey.
DreamWorks said knock you out. I’m gonna knock you out … with the first teaser trailer for the studio’s upcoming robot-boxing actioner Real Steel.
Set in a future where human boxing is no longer legal, the film stars Hugh Jackman as a former boxer-turned-fight-promoter who reunites with his estranged 11-year-old son to build a dueling robot for a tournament.
Evangeline Lily (”LOST”) costars in the movie as Jackman’s attractive friend with breasts. If you look closely, you can see her cheering in the audience. It’s a brief moment, but she does have her mouth open look pretty.
The photos do provide first looks at “Deadwood’s” Ian McShane as the notorious pirate Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as his daughter Angelica (pictured above). Johnny Depp is also showcased as Capt. Jack Sparrow in a series of humorous predicaments.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, the man behind such lavish productions as Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, and the Oscar-winning musical Chicago.