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US actress Julia Roberts, star of Hollywood blockbusters, will receive an award for her movie career at next month’s film festival in San Sebastian in northern Spain, organisers said Saturday.

Roberts will also attend the film fest to promote her latest movie “Eat Pray Love” by US director Ryan Murphy and co-starring Spanish actor Javier Bardem, which is an official entry in the competition.

“Eat Pray Love”, based on a novel of that name by Elizabeth Gilbert, is the story of a recent divorcee, played by Roberts, who travels to Italy, India and Bali, rediscovering through each place her inner peace.

The 42-year-old Roberts came to fame for her role in the 1990 movie “Pretty Woman” and spent a decade becoming one of Hollywood’s favourite box office draws and highest paid actresses.

She won an Oscar for best actress in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich”.

In recent years she has taken some time off from acting to get married and give birth to three children.

She will receive the award for her film career on September 20.

Previous winners since 1987 have included British actor Sir Ian McKellen, US actors Glenn Ford and Bette Davis, and US directors Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.

The San Sebastian International Film Festival runs from September 17 to 25.

Friday the 13th at the North American box office. Lucky or unlucky? Well, neither, really.

With three major, eagerly awaited new releases, business had nowhere to go but up. But “up” may not necessarily mean through the roof and toward the stars.

Sylvester Stallone‘s all-brawn-no-brain actioner The Expendables was, as expected, the no. 1 movie on Friday according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. However, unless those early estimates are off — $13.5m (up from $13m*) on Friday; $34m for the weekend — The Expendables will fall several million below the $35m-$40m some had been expecting.

Starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, Eat Pray Love was the no. 2 movie on Friday, with $9 (down from $9.8m) and an estimated $26.5m (down from $28.3m) for the weekend. Unlike The Expendables, Eat Pray Love will likely have a longer life at the box office and lower drop-off rates in the coming weeks. Action movies tend lose 50%-60% of their take on their second weekend, and The Expendables hasn’t exactly received stellar reviews.

At no. 3 was the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy The Other Guys with $5.7m (up from $5.5m) on Friday and $17.2m (up from $17m) for the weekend. That would be about half of what it made last week.

Now, the big Friday disappointment was Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which was supposed to have lured all the geeks and nerds in the western section of the Northern Hemisphere.

Whether the geeks opted to stay home playing videogames while the nerds went looking for thrills and/or inspiration at theaters showing either The Expendables or Eat Pray Love I don’t know, but Scott Pilgrim scored an estimated $4.7m (down from $5.2m) on Friday for a possible $11m (down from $13.3m) weekend total.

If so, Scott Pilgrim will have a debut about as (un)successful as Zac Efron‘s Charlie St. Cloud.

The no. 5 movie is expected to be the Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller/sci-fier Inception, with $3.4m on Friday and $11.5m for the weekend.

* The figures found in this article were revised with later estimates also found at Deadline.com. Official studio estimates for Friday will be released Saturday morning.

Note: Those are early, rough estimates that will likely have to be modified on Saturday, when official studio estimates are released.

Source: Alt Film Guide

Julia Roberts sometimes finds motherhood a chore.The ‘Eat Pray Love’ actress – who has three children, twins Hazel and Phinneaus, five, and three-year-old Henry with cameraman husband Danny Moder – insists she loves her daily routine despite having no time to herself.

She said: “I don’t have the luxury of sitting around anymore. I must have had bags of spare time before I had children but I don’t know what I did with it and I didn’t appreciate it. But it’s such a terrific trade off.

“And as with anybody who’s a mum or a wife, it just becomes part of your everyday routine. Some days it’s super fun and some days it’s a chore.”

The 42-year-old star also admits it takes a special script to tempt her away from her home life, but the fact she still works shows how much she enjoys her profession.

She explained: “For me to make that personal commitment to do that much work and travel to all those places, not alone but with 150 crew and my whole family, really shows how much I still love what I do.”

Source: Contactmusic

‘Eat Pray Love’ officialyl hits US Cinemas today!  I cannot wait until us UK people get to see it as I’m quite looking forward to it! You can watch the official trailer below

Eat Pray Love is in theaters today, so we all want the scoop on how Julia Roberts felt about eating all that Italian food. In the movie, she appears to have lived on a diet of gelato and Neapolitan pizza.

Although Roberts confesses to having a sweet tooth, she eventually got tired of eating pizza all day. The actress didn’t use a “spit bucket,” that age-old Hollywood trick to stay trim on set.

“That grosses me out,” Roberts told Entertainment Weekly. “If you look at any of the scenes of eating, by the end of the scene, I’m done eating. Like in the scene with the pizza, by the time the scene is over, I’ve eaten the entire piece. When we were in Naples, we started shooting at 8 in the morning, and I think by 8:45 I’d eaten 8 or 10 pieces of pizza. Pizza was what I ate all day that day.”

The actress gained between seven and ten pounds while shooting in Rome. Roberts doesn’t regret it because she feels that she stayed true to the character, Liz Gilbert, the author of the true story behind Eat Pray Love. “By the time Liz got to Italy, she was so underweight that the weight she put on really got her back to normal and then a little bit more,” explained Roberts. Neither woman gained an unhealthy amount on a Mediterranean diet, but the actress did notice the difference. “I could’ve used a bigger pair of jeans when I went off to India!”


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