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AUGUST 2009

JULIE & JULIA

Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Jane Lynch, Vanessa Ferlito, Dave Annable, Linda Emond, Deborah Rush, Casey Wilson, Erin Dilly, Frances Sternhagen (Written and directed by Nora Ephron; Columbia)

A world-famous chef, who was also the star of her own popular live-TV show, once blithely flipped a potato pancake into the air, only to see it land not in the intended pan but on a decidedly un-photogenic work table. Not a bit flustered, she simply scooped up the smashed potato and molded it back into shape. Then, looking firmly into the eye of the camera, she told her audience, “Remember, you are alone in the kitchen, and no one can see you.” This unflappable flipper, of course, was Julia Child, the lovably eccentric American who somehow managed to become an idolized French chef. And playing Child in this movie is Meryl Streep, who, as you know, can glide from American to French or any other nationality on a minute’s notice. The question is, what sort of scenario has writer-director Nora Ephron concocted that will give Streep a chance to don her apron and flip her potato pancake, as well as engage in some out-of-the-kitchen antics? After all, this film is supposedly an adaptation of “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,” Julia Powell’s 2005 book dishing out the comedy-drama of her decision to cook, over the course of one year, every single recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and to serve the presumably tasty results to her husband and other guinea pigs. Her experiment took a toll in both the digestive and domestic realms.

Amy Adams, who shared scenes with Meryl Streep in "Doubt," plays the central role of Julie. But you can bet that Ephron will cook up something tres delicious for Streep, who played the author to perfection in "Heartburn," based on Ephron's account of her disastrous marriage to philandering journalist Carl Bernstein. Child's own husband, Paul, a foreign diplomat suspected of being a commie by Senator Joseph McCarthy, will be played by Stanley Tucci. Now Playing

Click here to read Diane Baroni's 2002 interview with Amy Adams.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, David Krumholtz, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger, Rod Taylor, B.J. Novak, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Paul Rust, Samm Levine, Cloris Leachman, Maggie Cheung, Daniel Bruhl (Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino; The Weinstein Company)

Is there more than one way to scalp a Nazi? Maybe. We’ll find out for sure when we see Quentin Tarantino's take on the German occupation of France during World War II. The story dreamed up by the feverish writer-director revolves around a band of brave, highly skilled U.S. soldiers who, under the leadership of Lieutenant Brad Pitt, roam the dark streets of Paris exterminating Hitler’s finest. But before they butcher them, they barber them. Why? Well, why not? In truth, only the creator of “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” knows the answer to that question, as well as the reason for spelling “Inglorious Bastards” the way he does. Opens 8/21