Virtual Newsstand: Movieline, June 2001

June 2001


Paul Bettany
In director Brian Helgeland's frolicking romantic adventure A Knight's Tale, English actor Paul Bettany shines as the comically grandiloquent, gambling-addicted Geoffrey Chaucer, who, deep in debt, strikes a deal to help aspiring knight Heath Ledger forge an aristocratic identity.

Dwayne Johnson: A Piece of the Rock
With his kick-ass film debut in The Mummy Returns now on screens everywhere, The Rock reveals his softer side.

Angelina Jolie: The Joy of Being Jolie
Angelina Jolie goes right over the top in beauty, in talent, in accomplishments, in love and in public. She just might go over the top in stardom, too, as action heroine Lara Croft in this summer's Tomb Raider.

Paul Walker: Fast Walker
Paul Walker has never had a hit show on The WB, has never been a Calvin Klein model and has never stepped inside the music world. He has never played the lead role in a film, either. He was a supporting player to James Van Der Beek in Varsity Blues, to Freddie Prinze Jr. in She's All That and to Joshua Jackson in The Skulls. Nevertheless, Walker has developed an immense teen following over the past three years, one far beyond anything his level of visibility would normally merit. Some of the extraordinary attention can be explained by his looks alone--he's a tall, blue-eyed 27-year-old Southern California-born surfer, a particularly good example of a beloved type. But the better explanation is what happens when those looks collide with the big screen. Even in small parts he has memorable presence. Walker will finally have a starring role in this summer's testosterone-pumped thriller The Fast and the Furious, and if the movie delivers on the excitement the trailer has generated in theaters, he is likely to emerge as more than just a pretty face for teen girls to swoon over.

Baz Luhrmann: All That Baz
Has Baz Luhrmann, the stylishly edgy director who turned William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet into a surprise box-office hit, reinvented the musical movie with Moulin Rouge? According to Luhrmann, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor certainly made music together.

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