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Jodie Foster & her children flying a kite on the beach in Hawaii

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Jodie Foster and her children enjoyed the afternoon in Maui flying a kite in the Hawaiian breeze.


Posted Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 at 2:14pm
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Jodie Foster on vacation in Hawaii with her children.


Jodie Foster was in Hawaii with her children on Easter Sunday and went with them for a swim in the ocean. Jodie is returning from promoting her new movie in Australia. She was all fun and smiles.




Posted Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 12:12pm
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Jodie Foster at the “Nims Island” World premiere at Sea World on the Gold Coast, Australia, March 20


Posted Thursday, March 20th, 2008 at 2:14pm
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Vanity Fair: ‘The Hollywood Issue’


From Vanity Fair:

Alfred Hitchcock created some of the most arresting images in film history. For this year’s Hollywood Portfolio, the heart of our 14th annual Hollywood Issue, 21 of the finest actors working today have joined with four regular Vanity Fair photographers to re-create 11 of Hitchcock’s most iconic scenes.

“What makes these scenes so impressive is that they don’t last long in the movies, but they have become classic,” says photographer Art Streiber, who shot two of the portfolio pictures. “They hold up 50, 60 years later, as stills, without dialogue. You know immediately what it is.”

One reason the images endure is that Hitchcock was such a stickler about getting things on set exactly the way he wanted them, and everybody working on the Vanity Fair shoots was mindful of making sure the details were correct this time, too. That wasn’t always easy. Given the lack of phone booths today, it was impossible to find one the right size for the picture inspired by The Birds (with Jodie Foster in the Tippi Hedren role). So senior photography and beauty editor SunHee Grinnell, who oversaw the portfolio, had a 1960s-vintage phone booth built for the occasion.

Getting the man-versus-biplane scene from North by Northwest right began with a suit. Knowing it was important to match the one worn by Cary Grant in the original, Grinnell handed the assignment to senior style editor Jessica Diehl, who styled all 11 photos. “I asked Jess, ‘Can you find out who made Cary Grant’s suit in that film?,’ and it turned out to be Norton & Sons, on Savile Row, which still exists,” Grinnell says. After a phone call to the London clothier, and a set of measurements for Seth Rogen, who took on the Cary Grant role, a replica was on its way. Meanwhile, Streiber found a piece of unplanted farmland northwest of Los Angeles, rented the right plane, and hired a pilot. Things got tricky when an official on the ground, charged with making sure no aviation regulations were violated, demanded that anyone within 500 feet of the plane be sent away. “There were farmworkers just north of where we were shooting,” Streiber says, “and we had to clear them out. Then we had to track down the owner and pay their salaries for the day.” The next challenge was Rogen. “We probably did a dozen passes where Seth was actually running,” Streiber says. “At each go he probably ran for about 20 yards at a full sprint, which is not something Seth Rogen does on a regular basis.”

The Lifeboat still was taken in the water tank of a Hollywood back lot. Contributing photographer Mark Seliger had a dock built so that he could lean in with his camera when the light was just right. “It was a perfect Hollywood moment,” Seliger says. “The weather was great, we were outdoors, and the water was controlled. Everything is perfectly orchestrated by Hitchcock, so my job was remarkably easy.”

The stars didn’t merely model, but engaged in some real acting. Especially notable was Renée Zellweger, who stood in for Kim Novak’s Vertigo heroine. “Renée was watching the scene over and over while getting her hair and makeup done,” says Grinnell, “and when she came on set she started breathing really hard, almost hyperventilating.” Says contributing photographer Norman Jean Roy, “She just absolutely exploded on the set and truly became that character like I’ve never seen before. We were in awe.”

Features editor Jane Sarkin had the grand task of figuring out which actors would not only be right for the parts but also give readers a Hollywood Who’s Who for 2008. The performers who were kind enough to take part include six Oscar winners: Zellweger, Foster, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julie Christie, and Eva Marie Saint. Other participants had breakout performances in 2007: Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Tang Wei (Lust, Caution), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Rogen (Knocked Up), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), James McAvoy (Atonement), and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose). Still others have proved themselves masters of two domains, doing huge box office while pleasing critics: Naomi Watts (of Eastern Promises and the Ring movies) and Keira Knightley (of Atonement and the Pirates of the Caribbean series). There’s also a go-to character guy, Omar Metwally (so good in Munich), and two “actor’s actors”: Jennifer Jason Leigh and Robert Downey Jr. Throw in a talented beauty to rival any Hitchcock heroine—Scarlett Johansson—and you’ve got the entire, ridiculously star-studded cast.

VF Go here to watch a behind-the-scenes video from this photoshoot.

These pictures are so good, that I didn’t want to crop them down. Click on each picture to see them in full view. They are amazing – amazing pictures. Annie Leibovitz never fails.


Jodie Foster opens up to EW


It’s fitting that the name of Jodie Foster’s latest flick is The Brave One. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar-winning action heroine laughs in the face of Hollywood stereotypes — and talks about how she forged her own path in the industry. “I can feel a little grossed out by L.A. but, hey, it’s nice to feel superior! Clearly you have to wear a lot of rubber to get through this town,” says the tough and classy Foster in a candid interview with EW. “I make movies with real technicians who wake up at four in the morning and wear Patagonia everything. I don’t make them with wives of executives who have fake lips. I was never the ingénue or the pretty girlfriend of Tom Cruise in a movie. I didn’t have that career, so I don’t have to compete on that level.”

So did she ever want more of a shot at playing the cute get? “No, but there were other things I wanted,” admits Foster. “Like, I got insecure because I made this conscious choice when I was 18 and 19 not to do any of those coming of age devirginization movies, to be a part of any kind of Brat Pack. They were the hot items here in L.A. and I was living in Connecticut and going to college. I knew some of those guys so I did feel like a bit like a loser. ‘What are you guys doing tonight? I’m studying for this French test.’”

Going against the “Pack,” so to speak, is a familiar move for Foster. Case in point, she was actually encouraged to not take the role of Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs — a role that later gave her a second Oscar win. “Everybody was like ‘Why are you going to do that movie? It’s a total second fiddle. Anthony Hopkins got the good part and you are just quick and don’t speak in contradictions. You could do a juicy part!’ I was like, ‘That’s who she is, and that’s how I’m going to play her. I’m not going to try and compete with him.’ And I won an Oscar for that. So much for them second-guessing whose part was better.”

Clearly, Foster’s instinct and choices in movies — both past and present — have never hindered her success. In fact, unlike other child actors, Foster has been able to escape the pitfalls of early stardom. “Everybody tells you as a child actor that by the time you’re 18, it’ll be over, so you need to be prepared,” says Foster. “I knew that. My mom got me real nice and prepared for that. It’s a weird business. It’s a weird thing for a child to be doing. And it’s a really, really weird thing for an adolescent to be doing. When you have pimples and you feel bad about yourself and you’re kind of overweight, you should not be a public figure. That’s just mean.”

But one child star Foster believes is well on her way to carving a similar path as her own — Dakota Fanning, who like Foster (in Taxi Driver) had a graphic rape scene at a tender age in the movie Hounddog. “Taxi Driver was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I didn’t become a weirdo or squawk like a chicken… She [Dakota] is spectacular [with] a brave, brave performance that she should be very, very proud of. That’s why Dakota Fanning is going to end up being a real actress. It was a wonderful movie for her and it’s setting her up to not be a Disney bimbo. I think the [uproar] was just a bunch of Christians who didn’t see the movie.”

Stemming from that last comment, what are Foster’s thoughts on organized religion? “I’m an atheist. But I absolutely love religions, and I love the rituals. Even though I don’t believe in God. Pretty much every religion we celebrate in our family with the kids. They love it and when they say “Are we Jewish?” or “Are we Catholic?” I say “Well, I’m not, but you can choose when you’re 18. But isn’t this fun that we do Seders and advent calendar?”

So how does Foster feel about her Maverick costar Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant last year? “I love him. I knew the minute I met him that he was going to be my friend for the rest of my life. I don’t often feel that way and I certainly never feel that way about actors,” says Foster. “I know Mel extremely well, and anybody who has even remotely met him knows what a severe alcohol problem he’s had his entire life. This is a man who almost died. He’s not some guy who went to rehab because he got a traffic ticket.” 

Entertainment Weekly

Posted Friday, August 31st, 2007 at 12:12pm
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