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In the ten years since Julia Roberts won her Oscar for Erin Brockovich she has put her leading lady status to one side to focus on motherhood.

So anticipation about her big comeback movie, Eat, Pray, Love, was high.

But not enough, it seems, to pull in the audience.

The long-awaited film about a 40-something woman’s midlife crisis came in second to Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables in it’s opening weekend at the U.S. box office, capturing 23.7million, compared to 35million.

The film starring Roberts and Javiar Bardem, is taken from Elizabeth Gilbert’s award-winning memoir about leaving her marriage and her year travelling to India, Indonesia and Italy.

She finds herself through the eye-opening feast of sights, sounds and food that she encounters.

Robert’s real-life counterpart also met her next husband (played in the film by Bardem), wrote a second book and is now well known in Hollywood.

Perhaps Eat, Pray Love’s unexpected failure to come in at number one may be down to women’s more realistic viewpoints about how to find happiness.

They may also have heard that Gilbert funded her odyssey with a book advance and not out of her own pocketbook.

Critics were mixed in their reviews.

‘The movie left me with a feeling of being trapped with a person of privilege who won’t stop with the whine, whine, whine,’ said Rolling Stone magazine.

The Los Angeles Times saw some positives: ‘[It] is unlikely to change anybody’s life or even to provoke emotions anywhere near as intense as those experienced by its intrepid heroine.

‘Its span may be global, but its scope is modest, and it accepts a certain superficiality as the price of useful insight. Watch. Smile. Go home and dream of Brazilians in Bali.’

The Telegraph wrote: ‘Eat, Pray, Love is the story of a pilgrimage. We all, including Julia Roberts, long for a pilgrimage at some point in our lives.’

‘A minor and superficial summer diversion that offers female viewers not much more than a two-hour escape fantasy,’ said Salon.com.

Others say the film is too much of a travelogue, and doesn’t stay close enough to the book, which also touches on Gilbert’s spiritual leanings.

‘I stopped trusting the movie,’ said Slate.com’s Dana Stevens.

There were high expectations for Eat Pray Love, made for approximately $60 million, – $20million more than another recent female-oriented film, Julia&Julia.

Roberts, one of the first women to make more than $20 million at the boxoffice, is now 42.

But while she may be one of the older leading ladies, she still has a wide appeal to women of all ages,

In fact 44 percent of females watching the film in the U.S. were aged under 35.

And while critics may not be impressed, fans are happy that the film has finally arrived.

‘Everyone should go see ‘Eat Pray Love’ this weekend. Such a beautiful film….and the acting is phenomenal,’ tweeted a fan on Twitter.

Source: Daily Mail



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For Eat Pray Love star Julia Roberts, less is definitely more when it comes to maintaining her wholesome good looks.

“I was never one to do my hair and makeup just to go down to the market, so it’s really not that much different now,” Roberts, 42, told the Mirror Aug. 13, 2010. “If I get a little eye cream on, I feel like I’m ahead of myself.”

‘THE BODY KNOWS HOW TO CARE FOR ITSELF’

The willowy 5’9″ Julia adds: “The body is a great machine and it knows how to take care of itself. I think more often than not the things we do to our skin or our bodies can hold it back from doing its proper job.”

Besides, with husband Danny Moder and three children (five-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and three-year-old Henry) at home, obsessing over her looks is the last thing on her mind.

“When you’ve got four people to get dressed to get out the door you don’t really tend to spend a lot of time on yourself,” laughs Roberts, a spokesmodel for Lancôme Cosmetics.

‘I LOVE PREPARING FRESH FOOD AT HOME’

One thing Julia does is prepare fresh meals at home using organic ingredients. “[My mom] was a great cook and she raised me on really good foods and produce from her garden, so that’s how I know how to handle food and prepare fresh and yummy things,” she says. “My mom used to make everything. She had a great garden and composed and made everything from scratch – peanut butter, bread, jelly, everything.” 

Despite her high-profile acting career, Roberts is a homebody at heart.

“My life at home gives me absolute joy,” she says. “There are some days when as soon as you’ve finished cooking breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen it’s time to start lunch, and by the time you’ve done that, you’re doing dinner and thinking, ‘There has to be a menu we can order from.’”

Still, her lucrative film work and endorsement deals enable the Oscar winner to be at home with her family most of the time.

“There are some days when it’s just so creative and so much fun and my kids will help me,” she says. “And, as with anybody who’s a mom or a wife, it just becomes part of your everyday routine. Some days it’s super fun and some days it’s a chore.”

‘FAME CAN HURT SELF-ESTEEM’

Roberts, who revealed she gained 7 pounds while shooting Eat Pray Love in Italy last summer, is glad she’s not an ingenue in today’s Hollywood.

“It has to be very confusing and ­difficult to be a young woman in ­Hollywood today,” she says. “The focus is so surgical on these girls – on everything they wear and every little detail of their lives in a way that I think is kind of negative.”

Julia, who recently said she’s against Botox, says the constant scrutiny of the press and paparazzi can be very damaging to a young girl’s self-esteem. [Editor's note: Julia's 19-year-old niece, Emma Roberts, is a budding actress].

“I don’t know how they handle it,” she says. “It has to make you feel insecure and you want to cave in on yourself or you prevail because you have good parents, good values and you protect your inner self. It’s got to be hard.”

Eat Pray Love, which co-stars Javier Bardem and James Franco, is in theaters now.



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Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana on the Love cover of Elle’s September issue. Photo: Alexei Hay

Julia Roberts graces not one, but three covers this month — albeit, all for Elle magazine.

In conjunction with the highly anticipated release of “Eat, Pray, Love” (in theaters August 13), which follows Roberts’s character on a soul-searching journey across the world, the glossy dressed the 42-year-old mega star in the aforementioned three themes for its September issue.

Although none of the covers are particularly easy to identify as “Eat,” “Pray” or “Love,” the later cover has got to be our favorite.

On the “Love” cover, Roberts wears a romantic, body-hugging floral-print dress by Dolce & Gabbana paired with jewelry by Me&Ro, Bulgari’s Vintage Collection, and David Yurman. Her hair is loose, sexy, and tousled.

For “Eat,” the actress reveals bare shoulders and accessorizes with a simple bracelet, while on the more conservative “Pray” cover, Roberts dons a sharp white suit and straight hair.

The multi-page fashion spread in the magazine takes the three themes a bit further. Just like Roberts’s character, who travels to Italy (“Eat”), India (“Pray”), and Bali (“Love”), Elle’s editors dressed the starlet in garments reflecting the vibrance of each country.

Julia in a Dolce & Gabbana bustier dress. Photo: Alexei Hay

In the set of black and white “Eat” images, Roberts strikes sexy poses in a rustic kitchen, dressed to the nines in the signature bustier dresses by Italian duo Dolce & Gabbana (it’s all very reminiscent of Madonna’s Fall 2010 ads for the designers).

To symbolize the spirit of India, the actress wears ethnic-inspired designs by Roberto Cavalli and Etro, while in the Bali-themed “Love” shoot, a hippie-dippy Roberts poses with her husband Danny Moder and wears vintage dresses from the ’60s and ’70s along with a shearling Burberry coat.

In the accompanying article, Roberts opens up about her intense love for Moder and their two kids (“The children became the shooting stars of him, of that thing we have. How lucky we are that we love each other so much that we burst into three pieces”), as well as her disapproval of movie stars resorting to botox and plastic surgery at the first sign of aging.

“It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons,” she says.

“I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates. I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy and when I’m confounded. Your face tells a story… and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”

To read more of the Julia Roberts Elle interview pick up the September issue on newsstands August 11. 



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