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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 12, 2009 at 9:40 AM

“Valentine’s Day” woos Hollywood sweethearts

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OK, enough “Star Trek” for now. The latest news in Hollywood’s ongoing quest to boldly go where no studio has gone before (not recently, anyway) and make a great romantic comedy is this: Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher are all in negotiations to star in “Valentine’s Day,” a rom-com to be directed by Garry Marshall. The film will feature five overlapping stories, including Roberts as an army officer flying home, Kutcher as a florist who proposes to Alba but is in love with Garner, MacLaine as Roberts’ mother who confesses a long-ago affair, and Hathaway and Biel as co-workers at a talent agency. This sounds like several movies, doesn’t it? The Hollywood Reporter compares it to “Love, Actually,” which might mean that some of the plotlines are great (i.e. the Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant ones) and some are forgettable (i.e. the guy in love with Keira Knightley, and see, I’ve forgotten him).
No word on when “Valentine’s Day” might be in theaters, but, hmm, maybe the title’s a clue. Marshall (who’s now a spry 74, and whose career in movies and television began in the early ’60s) hasn’t made a good movie in a while, but hope springs eternal.

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