Man webs to the top
latest creation and box office hit 'Spider Man' is now webbing his
way to the top of the MC.
Maguire plays Peter Parke, the man of the web. Kirsten Dunst plays
opposite him and the movie is directed by Sam Raimi.
has been contracted for both Spiderman II and III and like his movie
character is invariably exposed to the great responsibility that
comes with great power.
or MJ (Mary Jane) as she is fondly referred to in the movie takes
on the character of Spidey's sweetheart. Kirsten unlike Toby has
been in mainstream movies all the way beginning her career with
"Interview With The Vampire" where she played the infant
bloodsucker Claudia. She also recently played key characters in
Teen Movies and Chick Flicks such as "Get Over It" and
"Bring It On". Spiderman changed this perky image to say
Hello-oo to an exotic and feminine Dunst.
She was in
the middle of Peter Bogdanovich's "The Cat's Meow'' when she
heard that Sam Raimi wanted to test her for Spidey's main squeeze,
Mary Jane. Raimi flew out with an ill - and so it's said less enthusiastic
- Maguire to do the test.
With her fear
for heights being troublesome she has also been contracted for Spiderman
II and III but next up for Kirsten is Axis.
the movie, these two rising stars make an electric couple of a Spiderman
and a damsel.
One thing is
for certain though, Spiderman together with Toby Maugire and Kirsten
Dunst have changed how people see guys in tights and damsels in
Identity': Thriller of the Year
One of the most popular and durable of motion picture genres,
the espionage thriller gets a fresh and altogether contemporary
approach in Universal Pictures' 'The Bourne Identity'.
Liman, acclaimed for his edgy signature films, "Swingers"
and "Go", infuses Robert Ludlum's 1980 espionage yarn
with an unconventional sensibility, and presents Academy Award winner
Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ocean's
Eleven) as Jason Bourne a new breed of spy movie hero.
The cast also
include, Franka Potente (Marie Kreutz), Chris Cooper (Ted Conklin),
Clive Owen (The Professor), Julia Stiles (Nicolette), Brian Cox
(Ward Abbott), Adelwale Akinnuoye-Agabaje (Nykwana Wombosi), Anthony
Green (Richard Hampton), Delphine Lanson (Chloe), Gabriel Mann,
overseas, in locations including Prague, Paris and Italy. The screen
writing was handled by W. Blake Herron, Tony Gilroy (Dolores Claiborne,
Proof of Life), David Self (The Haunting, 13 Days) and is based
upon the novel of the same title by Robert Ludlum, which was also
the basis for a 1988 TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain. Ludlum
died last year at the age of 74, from a heart attack
The movie opens
up with a man being found at sea by the hard-bitten crew of a fishing
trawler. He's been shot and stabbed and cannot remember who he is.
Implanted under the skin of his thigh is a strip of microfilm. On
this strip is the number for a bank account in Switzerland.
drops the man off in Barcelona and he travels across Europe to Zurich.
Along the way, the man realizes that he's capable of amazing (and
deadly) physical feats. At the Swiss bank, the man discovers the
safety deposit box that the number on the microfilm is for; inside
it is a gun, tons of money, dossiers, and six passports for various
countries bearing the name "Jason Bourne."
to piece together his identity, the amnesiac Jason Bourne (Matt
Damon) soon finds himself the target of assassins and manhunters.
He goes on
the run across Europe, aided by a foul-mouthed, high-strung but
pretty American named Marie Purcell (Marie agrees to drive Jason
to Italy in return for $20,000 from his satchel full of cash. Naturally,
Jason and Marie soon fall for each other and this complicates their
discovers that he's really a top-level assassin for the CIA who
botched his last high-profile assignment. Now, his former patrons
want to terminate their relationship with him. Jason must protect
Marie and make a stand against those who are after him if he's to
stop running from his past.
Identity is certainly an interesting departure for producer/director
Doug Liman from previously directed popular, youth-oriented fare
as Swingers and Go.
This film appears
to be his calling card to bigger projects with broader appeal. A
film not to be missed this season.
breaks new ground with cassette
lyricist Dr.Ajantha Ranasinghe had released his debut CD and cassettein
unique style, titled 'Kalpana Wijithaye'.
songs on this album are his own compositions sung by different singers.
of singers, who have used the lyrics of Dr. Ranasinghe in their
musical works are wide and varied.
The list include
veteran Pandit Ameradeva and many others who have etched their names
in the music scene in Sri Lanka. Dr. Ranasinghe's work includes
seventeen songs on themes like love, devotion, patriotism and even
devotional songs sung in praise of parents.
Sisira Senaratne, Victor Ratnayake, Athula Adikari and Samitha Mudunkotuwa,
Malkanthi Nandasiri, Karunaratne Diwulgane have breathed life into
the words, while Gunadasa Kapuge and Niranjala Sarojani have done
duets New names among the vocalist are Supriya Abeysekara, Nilantha
Nimalsiri, Nirosha Pathirana.
A young musician
Samantha Perera also has got a break to make a name.
Among the artistes
who have done the music are Amaradeva, Sanath Nandasiri, Victor
Ratnayake, H. M. Jayawardena, Rohana Weerasinghe, Sarath Dassanayake,
Samantha Perera, Edward Jayakody and Ananda Gamage.