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Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010



Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 15 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:4-APGE:15 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ENTERTAINMENT Stunner not out of this geeks league WHEN GEEK MEETS A-LEAGUE GIRL: Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve getting nice and cosy in a scene from the film Shes Out Of My League MOVIE REVIEW By LEIGH PAATSCH THEY say that looks arent everything. But they never dated someone twice as good looking as themselves, did they? How can he enjoy a dream ride when hes too busy hanging on for dear life? FACT: we live in a hot-or-not world. And if youve ever out-of-tenned a complete stranger on the basis of their personal appearance, then Shes Out of My League is the film for you. The very accessible premise of this smuttily genial, mildly hilarious schmo-mantic comedy can be expressed in simple numerical terms. What happens when a geeky guy who ranks as a soft five on a good day finds himself dating a beautiful girl who is clearly a hard 10 every day? Lets do the maths, shall we? Average-looking dude plus stunning-looking babe equals zero chance of a lasting relationship. Unless he is rich and/or famous. Or she is vision-impaired. Sorry. Its just the way it is in a hot-or-not world. Out to defy those impossible odds is Kirk (Jay Baruchel). You name it, and it just isnt working for him. The dead-end job, scrawny physique, the unfashionable clothes, the crappy car and an entourage of dorky friends. Nevertheless, the stars have somehow aligned via a lost iPhone at an airport to put Kirk at the side of Molly (Alice Eve), one of those drop-dead-gorgeous women who has everything working for her. Highpaying job, killer bod, designer wardrobe, new wheels, cool friends. Kirks state of mind swiftly shifts from not being able to believe his luck to not being able to hold his nerve. How can he enjoy a dream ride when hes too busy hanging on for dear life? The best comic moments are the minor meltdowns and major brain-fades that plague Kirk on an all-tooregular basis. A terrifying ex-girlfriend (Lindsay Sloane) who ruined his life now wants him back. Mollys ex boyfriend (Geoff Stults) is equally terrifying, mainly because he is a successful pilot who wants his woman back. Kirk also makes a painfully amateur attempt at a style of personal grooming that should only ever be handled by professionals. Though clearly in debt to the far superior (and better written) Knocked Up, Shes Out of My League does not have to work too hard to deliver all the easy laughs its scenario promises. Baruchel (the voice of the young Viking Hiccup in the hit family toon How to Train Your Dragon) is a genuine comedy talent, exuding the vibe of a hungrier, yet hopelessly hard-on-himself Ben Stiller. Better films than this await, but its a very good start after many years in secondary roles. As for Alice Eve, this little-known British performer is certain to be bounced up to the A-list. Eltons gig back on MERIDA, Mexico: Even after the stage collapsed injuring three workers, indigenous Mayans complained yesterday Elton Johns upcoming concert in the ruins of Chichen Itza was irreverent and out of place. The concert amid the majestic pyramids in southern Mexico is going ahead as planned, despite Thursdays accident caused by a collapsing 80m metal tower which left one worker with serious leg injuries. John Forsythe dies at 92 LOS ANGELES: John Forsythe, the handsome, smooth-voiced actor who made his fortune as the scheming oil tycoon in TVs Dynasty and the voice of the leader of Charlies Angels, has died aged 92 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Forsythe died late on Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said. He died as he lived his life, with dignity and grace, daughter Brooke Forsythe said. Minogue back for X Factor LONDON: Pregnant Australian star Dannii Minogue will return as a judge on British TV hit X Factor after maternity leave, show insiders say. Contracts are yet to be signed but ITV sources have confirmed Minogue, who is expecting her first child in July, will be on the finals panel later this year. She will definitely be back and has not been axed, a source said. There has been speculation but we want her back. Sarandon on Picchu hope train LIMA: US actress Susan Sarandon has joined hundreds of visitors on the train to the Inca citadel Machu Picchu, Perus main tourist draw, which has formally reopened after two months of repairs. Sarandon was among numerous foreigners, including from Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, who took part in the reopening day marred only by cloudy skies. Machu Picchu had been closed for two months in a major blow to the South American nations tourism receipts. Veronicas gong BRISBANE: Twin pop stars The Veronicas have been acknowledged for their wildlife conservation efforts by the Irwins Australia Zoo. Terri Irwin, wife of the late Steve Irwin, named Jess and Lisa Origliasso as Australia Zoos Wildlife Warriors for 2010 at a VIP breakfast on Thursday. Hudson sheds heaps NEW YORK: Former American Idol singer Jennifer Hudson is the latest celebrity to become a global weightloss spokeswoman. The Oscar winner from Dream Girls has signed to become the new representative for Weight Watchers. The announcement was made on Thursday. Hudson recently lost weight after the birth of her first child, a son. Hudson says that its a lifestyle change, not a diet.