He has sung for Princess Diana and to his son. Sir Elton John is a living legend whose music has and continues to resonate with generations of families. His timeless tunes have become the theme songs of many people's lives. He's tickled the ivories and manned the mic on stage for over four decades, added record and film producing to his repertoire, and is a passionate advocate. But, now at 63-years-old, he is a family man. I recently had the opportunity to interview the new father (with a group of fellow mothers) at the press junket for his latest project, Gnomeo & Juliet (Disney flew me down for the event). Here are the highlights!
Emily Blunt stepped out in white and showed off a lighter hair color at the UK premiere of Gnomeo & Juliet in London yesterday. She was solo on the green carpet since her husband, John Krasinski, stayed in LA to support The Office at last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Emily's producer Elton John stuck by his partner, David Furnish, on their way into the screening. Recently single Elizabeth Hurley also turned out with her son, Damian, to see the animated 3D movie, which they loved.
Kids will be thinking pink this year with flamingos! I'm predicting that the wading birds, known for standing on one leg, will become a child favorite once Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet (which stars Featherstone, a most memorable flamingo) debuts on February 11. From a ridiculously cute costume to sunglasses and a game, I've gathered up some of the best tot-friendly finds currently on the market. Check them out.
How much does your favorite movie say about you and your childhood? Emily Blunt and James McAvoy are animated in the family-friendly film, Gnomeo & Juliet that hits theaters February 11. But, at a recent press junket (Disney flew me down for the event), the actors divulged their all-time favorite flicks. Some bloggers did a double take when Blunt announced that a mechanical shark is the star of her pick. She said, "Jaws — I've seen that movie 30 times. It is, I think, a perfect movie — a genius movie, (and has) amazing performances. It's by far my favorite movie." McAvoy's selection involves the search for One-Eyed Willy. He said, "My favorite movie is The Goonies. It's a great kids' film. Get your kids watching it please — it's fantastic." People often have a soft spot for films they saw at an impressionable age — which one do you hold dear?
Actress Emily Blunt made a name for herself playing the powerful queen in The Young Victoria, but the actress portrays another admirable girl in her latest animated role as Juliet in Gnomeo & Juliet. At a recent press junket (Disney flew me down for the event), I had the chance to ask Blunt about the appeal of such characters.
LilSugar: There's been a lot of talk about princesses in film, both good and bad. Can you speak to playing such a strong, modern woman as Juliet in the movie?
Emily Blunt: Even in the original strong, Shakespearean version, I have never been one to see her as this wilting, delicate flower. I don't think she's passive or reactionary. I think she truly is the drive of that entire play. She's hot-tempered and she's forthright and independent, and maybe recklessly so. I think she's a very modern girl for that time (even in the play) when I read it I thought, "Wow! She's not just conforming to what her father wants her to do and she's going to fall in love with whoever she wants to fall in love with and suffer the consequences." I think that's sort of a rebellious way of being and so the Juliet in this film has those same qualities and that's what we wanted to do when I met Kelly Ashbury (the director). I said, "You should have her be a tough, little Juliet and not have her be so delicate and prissy." And, he loved that idea and that's kind of what we went for. The character is really lively and accessible for girls to look at and go, "Yeah, I'm kind of a tomboy — I'm like that." And, I enjoyed that aspect of the process — that Kelly was open to creating a character that wasn't kind of preconceived and so forth.
Hollywood may seem like it's all lights, camera, and action, but it isn't for actor James McAvoy. When a blogger posed a question about the difficulty of being a working dad to him at a Gnomeo & Juliet press junket I attended (Disney flew me down for the event), the actor politely declined to comment and explained why. He said:
"The hardest thing about being a dad in this business — the best way for me to be a good dad is not to talk about him. I'm so sorry. I realize that you guys are the people to talk to about babies, but if I want to get him papp'd and all that kind of stuff then I can start talking about him. And, if I don't want to get him papp'd then I can't talk about him. I'm so sorry. Thanks for understanding."
Those in the room appreciated the actor's candor and respected his wishes.
Gnomes don't just belong in the garden! The adorable creatures have already gone Hollywood and when Gnomeo & Juliet opens to the masses on February 11, prepare for a nationwide love affair! From pointy hats to handmade dolls, I've gathered up some of the best goodies on the market. Check them out.
It was a hot day for gnomes in Hollywood on Sunday! Tinseltown families — from the Rossdales to the Osbournes — made their way inside the El Captain Theatre to view Gnomeo
& Juliet, an animated musical that is bound to become a family favorite. Disney was kind enough to fly me down to interview the stars and experience the fun firsthand so here's the inside scoop!
Gavin, Kingston, and Zuma Rossdale wore matching shades on the red carpet at yesterday's premiere of Gnomeo and Juliet in LA — check out Lil's report from the big event. A lighter-haired Emily Blunt stepped out in a crisp white Zac Posen dress, while her costar James McAvoy smiled solo on the red carpet. The film, a modern take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, features a soundtrack from new dad Elton John, who also hit the event with partner David Furnish. It's the latest fun big screen project for Emily, as she has a cameo in The Muppets along with her husband John Krasinski.
Get ready to stand in the concessions line! If you thought last year was packed with tot-friendly flicks, 2011 will knock your socks off! From sequels to some classic characters returning to the screen, there are several films your lil one won't want to miss. Check them out.