Wow. She really does look like a drag king in that photo.
"Uma Thurman joins the party as buxom blonde Ulla."
When I think buxom...somehow, Uma never seems to make the list. It's crazy...almost like she would not make the cut or something.
Well, that having no boobs to speak of thing generally would take her out of the running. But she's s good actress. Maybe she just acts like she has boobs.
no boobs to speak of? Um...well, I've seen paparazzi photos of her on the beach, and Uma actually does have a fairly impressive set. I'll have to go check out this picture. Also, I remember Uma descending from the sky nude in "Adventures of Baron Munchausen." But I digress.
(reminds self to get that on DVD and watch it)
Her segment is rather brief but enticing. That was the first movie I ever remember seeing her in, and I remember thinking, "That's a hell of an entrance."
"Baron Munchausen," like most Terry Gilliam films, is fascinating but terribly flawed.
It was her first appearance on film actually. She was all of 19 years old.
I've seen most of "Munchausen," it's very silly but somewhat entertaining. I can't figure out how I've missed Uma's entrance in all the times I've watched this 30-minute segment or that 45 minutes before lunch on Saturday...
19 years old and beautiful as the day.
2005-08-15 08:01 pm (UTC)
Not sure how you missed it either... accompanied by one of the best lines in the entire film!
"Venus... the Goddess... and myyyyyyyy wife!"
::piff!:: How annoying; I know I've seen that scene. It must've been on reg'lar TV that time - like I said I've seen pieces of it about 1000 times.
I was thinking to Kill Bill, where she was pretty much flat-chested.
ah! actually I haven't seen Kill Bill yet, due to a low tolerance for gore.
It's nearly comic-book-level gore though. After a point it gets so ridiculous that you can't do anything but laugh.
"Fairly impressive set..." They tend to look better in photos and movies when they're on a good frame; Uma's like, 5'11" and broad-shouldered so even if her cup is a B, the figure overall still looks curvy. Just like Elle McPherson who was never much over a "B and a half" but, since she's what, 6'1" and has shoulders like a linebacker...
I probably overstated a bit...on review, Uma's certainly no Nadine Jansen, but then, few people are.
Few *planets* are Nadine Jansen.
I know. O How I Love Teh Nadine.
Nathan Lane staring down a pair of barely-B's in a laughable attempt at a pushup bra. Yeah, that's gonna go over like a concrete dirigible.
At least Uma can act. She'll be able to pull off that much of the role, if not the fact she needs to put on about 25 pounds to be convincing at it.
Yup, it'd have to be a new unknown, 'cuz I know of no one that could convincingly be a "blonde Catherine Zeta-Jones," which by the way is a great way of putting it. Well, Kim Basinger maybe could have but she's aging, however gracefully, and might not be convincing because of that.
And that's their publicity photo. REALLY scary thought.
Kim's too old now. And unknowns are Good Things. That's how you build your stable of available players.
Exactly, especially when your old horses are getting, well, old.
And I meant to say, that "cast someone who sold well last year," you hit it right on the head. "Safe" isn't going to make it for much longer, I hope they realize it before they all go broke. But if they do go broke I'll laugh at them. Even if I'm simultaneously depressed at the loss of the great Hollywood studios. Know what I'm trying to say?
And casting Tom Cruise in ANYTHING? Is a really bad idea. I think.
I'm not a big Cruise fan, but I did like him in WotW.
Aside from a few missteps (Eyes Wide Shut, Far & Away), I can't think of any many actors with a better box office record (not talking about his acting skills, of course, just his ability to bring in money).
Why *wouldn't* they continue to cast him?
Renée Zellweger would have been a better choice on looks alone... and atleast she is willing to get curvy for a good part.
This is so. Renee Zellweger = Bernadette Peters v2.0. = )
And Bernadette did well as the femme fatale in "Silent Movie" didn't she??
2005-08-15 08:02 pm (UTC)
great minds think alike... I said something to the same effect before reading your comment - of course, I think Renee looked like a heroine-addict brought back from the dead in Chicago... but she looked good in Bridget Jones.
And this, my friends, is why they fail.
That, and insisting on bankrolling movies like Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
This time I disagree with you; after seeing Lane and Broderick in the Broadway version of the Producers, I think she's perfect for it.
Scarlett Johanssen. Totally.
Hmm, sez I. Coulda worked.
She's so short though! But after seeing her running around in a padded bra in The Island, yeah, possibly.
I didn't see The Island... was she really padded? Because she's fairly breastacular all on her own... She is short, but I thought of her because she's got a lot more va-va-voom than most Hollywood actresses these days (augmented or not :)
Has she bloomed forth since Lost in Translation? There wasn't much of her then. I've seen her in "red carpet" pics and you're right, she can REALLY do the va-va-voom, but I figured it was more glitz than substance. Not that she herself is insubstantial, just some of those awards-shows getups...
She is very busty, and they are apparently real.
I wish to go on record that I never questioned if SHE was "real," just that she might be wearing padded underthings. But huzzah, heaven forbid a genuinely attractive non-bony actress who can, y'know, act.
2005-08-15 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oooh... I could see that - or even Brittany Murphy (who isn't all bad when she is playing a character that isn't just vapid)
That completely and utterly sucks. Can she even sing? God, I hope so. Because if they put her in there because of her looks (which are totally wrong), that will totally suck.
I'm still looking forward to it because I'm a Nathan Lane junkie and I LOVED the play. But Uma Thurman? Come on....
Agreed. It's also why some of those indie, made-for-a-pittance films do so well and are so well-liked. They haven't forgotten that what really hooks people is a good story and actors who can really play the characters well rather than just the names in the credits. That's why my favorite Ben Affleck (yes, I actually LIKE something he did) flick is Chasing Amy, rather than one of the bigger-budget, flashier films. He had a character there I could identify with and relate to....and a director who wasn't afraid to pull a good performance out of him.
2005-08-15 07:59 pm (UTC)
Okay... Uma as "Venus" in Baron Munchausen? yeah... curvaceous and bombshell...
Uma today? not so much.
They couldn't find an actress who didn't look like a heroine addict to play the role? Hell, eating-disorder-poster-child Renee Zellwegger who looked positively skeletal in Chicago managed to look healthy/normal/curvaceous in Bridget Jones... they couldn't go with someone willing to put on *weight* for the role?
When did "voluptious" come to mean 15-20 lbs under</i?weight in Hollywood?
It's sad to me, actually, how much Hollywood seems to be moving toward a single body type - scrawny - being the only acceptable one. When you can't find a voluptuous woman to play a voluptuous role, something is radically wrong.
2005-08-16 12:53 am (UTC)
But see... then there are the Liv Tylers and Kate Winslets who refuse to get skeletal just so they can be fashionable.
I think we need way more of those.
This "look! you can not only see my ribs, you can see my internal organs!" starvation look is disgusting.
I keep seeing pictures of Mischa Barton and thinking "who finds that attractive? bad posture, slumping shoulders, stick figure body... don't you think a guy would get impaled on those pelvic bones trying to have sex with a woman whose only body fat is in her head?"
Why yes - I am a bit opinionated about this... why do you ask... lol.
I've been saying since I found out about her a couple months ago that she's very wrong for it. She's too skinny. Ula is supposed to be vivacious and curvy, neither of which Uma is.
Completely off topic, but I found out that the boy vacuumed the house as a way to say he was sorry over a spat.
It really *is* the little stuff that keeps a couple happy. Wise, wise woman are you.
2005-08-16 07:06 am (UTC)
scarlett is a great idea!
scarlett johansson would make a fantastic ulla! she's a fine actress and just check her out on the cover of the 40th anniversary issue of cosmpolitan and you'll see she has the raw materials! Yes indeed!
and i have to agree about uma. i like her, too, but not for this.
My BF's comment was "Uma? She doesn't even have tits. She looks a one of those wafer models" (he once misunderstood waif and likes wafer better now)
Wafer actually does make decent sense!
It cracks me up. I think sugar wafer?
Yep you are totally right. I'm not attracted to skinny girls for he most part but I thought Uma was sexy in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. But in the Producers ? No....Anna Nicole Smith wouold have been perfect back in the 90's. Lookwise, I doubt she could act.
I looked at that picture in EW this week and thought: What's up with that? The actress who originated the role on Broadway and won a friggin' TONY wasn't available?
I remember Uma looking busty at an awards show years ago, but I think she was still nursing baby #2
. Ethan was with her.