Kate Hudson skyrocketed to fame after her Oscar-nominated turn as Penny Lane in 2000's Almost Famous, but that wasn't her first role. No, no, the A-lister — who turns 33 this week — had her first role ever on the '90s prime-time staple Party of Five. Dozens of movies later, she boasts an impressive resume, but we like to remember a simpler time when she was just a girl trying to tell Justin how much she appreciates how adorable, smart, and funny he is. This is a must see for Party of Five and Kate fans alike.
The opulent Victorian mansion that was home to the Salinger family in Party of Five is making headlines in San Francisco, after selling last week six months after listing for $6.5 million. Hearing the news, I couldn't help but do a little digging to find photos of the interiors, and let me tell you it's much more beautiful than I remember! The house has been renovated since its days with Matthew Fox and Scott Wolf, but maintains its gorgeous architectural details and grand scale. The manse boasts Golden Gate Bridge and bay views from all levels, a huge kitchen with solarium and walk-out garden, soaring cathedral ceilings, and two decks. And, it has enough bedrooms for a party of seven, along with 5.5 baths!
There are some cinematic couplings that are so full of cuteness that I get giddy at the thought of them reuniting. Steve Martin and Diane Keaton are one such couple, having totally endeared themselves to me in Father of the Bride (I just pretend that little sequel doesn't exist).
Now, these two may couple up again for One Big Happy, a comedy by Party of Five creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. Variety reports that while there aren't many details just yet, they do know that it is a "family comedy about a couple and a family reconnecting amid various obstacles."
I'm so excited by this news, and I hope costarring with Steve will get Diane back on track and help us forget some of her recent projects (ahem, Mad Money).
Based on box office returns, it looks like a lot of people love to see hard-bodied costars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson onscreen together. And, of course, there's the big upcoming reunion of Kate and Leo in this year's Revolutionary Road. I think reuniting When Harry Met Sally's stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in a movie might be fun, too. What other movie duos would you love to see re-coupled?
All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to the titles below, you can watch some very funny recorded improv comedy starring Amy Poehler when you rent The Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat!
The Kite Runner
If you enjoyed Khaled Hosseini's bestselling novel, you won't be disappointed by how closely the screen adaptation resembles the book in both plot and its ability to tear your feelings apart. I gave this warning in my review and will say it again: The Kite Runner is not for the faint of heart, and some of the most gut-wrenching scenes from the book are even harder to take visually.
That said, there is much to appreciate about this story, which follows two young boys growing up in Afghanistan before and after the Taliban come to power. The relationship between the two friends is beautifully explored, as tense political events unfold around them. When one of the boys stands mutely aside while his best friend is brutalized, the decision sets off a series of mostly agonizing events and haunts him the rest of his life. In the end, however, it's a tale of love and redemption. Special features include commentary from Khaled Hosseini and the filmmakers.
Two more titles to go — one spooky, one that will take you back in time — so read more