Star Gazing
It's All In The Name!
By Rose Quintiliano
Aug 17, 2013 - 2:42:38 AM

—One of the most popular films of all time with an estimated gross income of $463.4 million was "Pretty Woman."  It was one of the most financially successful entries in the romantic comedy genre. While the film is a 1990 romantic comedy set in Los Angeles, the film stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector Elizondo and Ralph Bellamy (in his final performance.) The story centers on the down-on -her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) who is hired by a wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere), to be his escort for social events. After Vivian's week-long stay with Lewis, the relationship seems to develop.

Do you remember that scene in the film where Julia Roberts walks down Rodeo Drive with a wad of cash to buy clothes? She goes into the shop and asks the price of a few items and the store clerk responds, "That's very expensive." Julia Robert's character leaves the store in pure humiliation. Now, imagine Oprah Winfrey entering a shop in Switzerland and the clerk refusing to show her a $36,000 handbag saying it would be "too expensive," for her.


The billionaire U.S. TV show host, is one of the richest women in the world, and decided to break her silence about the incident that took place. She was in Zurich for Tina Turner's wedding when she decided to go shopping alone. The rude assistant says multiple times, "Those are very expensive."  Oprah then walked out calmly. The owner of the boutique Trois Pommes, Trudie Goetz, had apologized for the incident. In the words of Julia Roberts, "Big mistake lady, big mistake, huge." Miss Winfrey has apologized for the media frenzy. Oprah has just been awarded America's highest civilian honor- The Presidential Medal of Freedom-which she will receive from President Barack Obama at the White House later this year. The film "The Butler," which opens August 16, documents the civil rights movement through the story of a butler who served in the White House for seven presidents.

Speaking of films, a long lost Orson Welles film that was believed to have been destroyed in a 1970 fire has been discovered in an Italian warehouse. The film titled "Too Much Johnson," will make a public debut 75 years after being filmed, an Italian film archive reports. The only remaining copy was believed to be destroyed in a blaze at Orson Welles home in Madrid. The comedy was made just before Welles went to Hollywood to film one of the all-time greatest films "Citizen Kane."


The film was found in a box in Pordenone, Italy. It is a mystery, how the 35mm nitrate print arrived there. The film which was turned over to a film society stars Joseph Cotten and was never finished and never shown publicly. It is not clear how many copies of the film were actually made. The movie has been missing for decades. Welles was one of the greatest talents of Hollywood, which was later demonstrated in "Citizen Kane.” The Hollywood legend fled Italy, where he had been living after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair while married to his third wife, Paola Mori, according to published reports. Welles loved and protected his privacy, just like Hollywood celebrities of today. The film has been restored and will debut on October 9 at LeGiornate del Cinema Muto, a silent film festival in Pordenone, Italy.

The big screen is always the logical move after television and radio. Elvis Presley knew that and conquered the big screen. August 16 marks 36 years that the King of Rock & Roll died. While 1956's "Love Me Tender," received bad reviews, the following year's "Loving You," the critics seemed kinder. It wasn't until the film "Jailhouse Rock," that it all came together. The movie rocked, with a series of hit songs and great dance movies. The film recognized Elvis as a serious actor. Presley's death shocked the world on August 16, 1977. After a long battle with health problems, the king of rock n' roll had fallen. Decades after his death, fans still flock at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rose's Scoop: Miranda Kerr has a new organic skincare line called "Kora Organics," due out in the fall.

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