ACTRESS PATRICIA CLARKSON IS ON “CAIRO TIME”

Alexander Siddig and Patricia Clarkson in "Cairo Time"

Alexander Siddig and Patricia Clarkson in "Cairo Time"

“I love acting, I love being an actor,” said Patricia Clarkson, during a recent afternoon interview at the Chateau Marmont to talk about the Blu-ray and DVD release of her latest film, Cairo Time.  “And I have never lost that love.  I certainly have suffered the slings and arrows of the life of an actor, but I do love it.  I embrace all the good, the bad, and the ugly, everything about it.  Thank God I love doing it and people keep hiring me because I really can’t do anything else.  All these brilliant colleagues of mine, not only are they amazing actors, they play the piano, they write, they sing.  They paint.  No, no, no, I don’t do any of that.”

In Cairo Time, Clarkson plays a New York magazine writer named Juliette on vacation to visit her UN official husband.  When her husband is delayed at work, he asks his former co-worker Tareq (Kingdom of Heaven and 24 star Alexander Siddig) to serve as her tour guide.  What ensues is a subtle and ultimately bittersweet love affair that catches both by surprise.  The movie, with its lingering and gorgeous shots of Cairo, is reminiscent of such evocative romantic dramas as In The Mood For Love and Brief Encounter. “I think a lot happens in this film in a very subtextual, quiet, discreet way, and you have to reach forward in the film,” said Clarkson, who received an Oscar nod for her work in Pieces of April and won two Emmys for her run on HBO’s Six Feet Under.  “But it does require you to be present and perceptive and tuned in.  It’s not going to do the work for you. It’s vastly visual, and it’s a feast of Cairo.  But the actual drama is very internal.  It’s truly one of the most difficult parts I’ve played in my whole career and it was deceptively so.  It caught me by surprise.”

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Cairo Time, directed by Ruba Nadda, is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.  Special features include commentary from Nadda, a making of documentary, several short films from Nadda, an alternate ending, and a Q&A session with Nadda, Clarkson, and Siddig from the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

Patricia Clarkson in "Cairo Time" (IFC Films)

Patricia Clarkson in "Cairo Time" (IFC Films)

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JOHNNY DEPP SAYS A DISNEY EXEC FEARED JACK SPARROW WAS GAY

Johnny Depp courtesy nicogenin (CC-SA 2.0)

Johnny Depp courtesy nicogenin (CC-SA 2.0)

Johnny Depp told Vanity Fair magazine that Disney executives disliked his Jack Sparrow character in their screening of Pirates of the Caribbean seven years ago.

The film became a Disney franchise and Depp got an Oscar© nomination, but unnamed studio officers were nervous about Depp’s Mad Hatter-like performance.  And everyone up and down the Hollywood trough is nervous knowing that their fate is tied to the success of their last movie.

One executive asked Depp if Mr. Sparrow was gay.  He told her that all his characters are gay and that “really made her nervous.”

BARBARA WALTERS “10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2010” REVEALS JUSTIN BIEBER, JERSEY SHORE CAST

Barbara Walters interviews teen sensation Justin Bieber for "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010," airing THURSDAY, DEC. 9 (10-11 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lou Rocco) JUSTIN BIEBER, BARBARA WALTERS

Barbara Walters interviews teen sensation Justin Bieber for "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010," airing THURSDAY, DEC. 9 (10-11 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lou Rocco) JUSTIN BIEBER, BARBARA WALTERS

Barbara Walters and ABC News have announced a partial list of the stars who made the journalist’s 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 list, which is airing 12/9/10, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

It was obvious that Sarah Palin, Justin Bieber and Betty White would be included, but who could have predicted Snookie, The Situation and the rest of the Jersey Shore gang would be chatting it up with Walters?

Walter’s annual ABC News special highlights some of the year’s most prominent people in entertainment, sports, politics and pop-culture.

Walters will also be interviewing Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lopez for the hour-long special.

BILLY’S ADVICE FOR HIS WIFELESS BROTHER ALEC BALDWIN

Billy Baldwin courtesy Bbsrock (CC-SA 3.0 unported)

Billy Baldwin courtesy Bbsrock (CC-SA 3.0 unported)

The Baldwin brothers are notoriously close, despite political and religious differences (brother Stephen is conservative and Christian basic) so when Billy Baldwin says he has advice for big brother Alec about marriage, you know it’s going to be serious and newsworthy.

And useful, since Billy‘s been (happily he says) married for 20 years (to Chynna Phillips).  In Hollwood, today, amazing.

Well, while on Access Hollywood Live, Billy secretly confided to hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover (and four million viewers) that “My brother needs — he once referred to the woman that he needs, this was years ago — as Ted Koppel in a dress.”  Of course Alec is progressive and open-minded, but what Billy was referring to is more like a cerebral, un-Hollywood type of lady.

“I think that someone from investment banking or from the world of social justice, political advocacy, someone from Georgetown or Duke ” Baldwin said. “Some smart girl who is raised on the other side of the universe… just somebody who’s not Hollywood.”

You don’t need to be a wise, successful husband and caring brother to give that useful advice.

‘BLACK SWAN’ ACTRESS MILA KUNIS SAYS BALLET AN “EXCRUCIATING SPORT”

Mila Kunis in "Black Swan" (Credit: Niko Tavernise/Fox Searchlight)

Mila Kunis in "Black Swan" (Credit: Niko Tavernise/Fox Searchlight)

Former That 70s Show actress Mila Kunis pushed herself physically to prepare for the role of Lily, an understudy to ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) in the film Black Swan. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), the movie deals with the gradual mental breakdown of Nina after she lands the lead in a New York City production of Swan Lake. Although Lily tries to befriend Nina, the dancers end up as rivals, trying to curry favor with their demanding director (Vincent Cassel).  “I was not a ballet dancer and with most of the training, you can only fake so much physicality,” said Kunis, who also starred in Max Payne and The Book of Eli. “You have to immerse yourself in this world with the way that somebody walks and talks and handle themselves.  It was three months of training, seven days a week, four, five hours a day before production started.”  Kunis describes ballet as “one of the most physically excruciating sports” that she has ever been a part of, since many ballet dancers stick to a strict training and diet regimen.  Black Swan also contains a love scene between Kunis and Portman, and the actress recalls shooting the sequence with Aronofsky. “I trusted him, so whether you have a same sex scene or a scene with the opposite sex, it’s a sex scene nonetheless,” added Kunis. “So there is always a fear, you’re a little uncomfortable.  Doing something like this with Darren was very safe.  I personally never had a fear of being exploited.” Co-starring Barbara Hershey as Nina’s over protective mother and Winona Ryder as a recently retired ballerina, Black Swan opens in limited release Friday.

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