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Invasion makes her wildest Hardy Boys dreams come true

JOHN INTINI July 25 2005
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Invasion makes her wildest Hardy Boys dreams come true

JOHN INTINI July 25 2005

BACK TALK

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Invasion makes her wildest Hardy Boys dreams come true

JOHN INTINI

Actress Kari Matchett once had the hots for a Hardy Boy. “I loved Shaun Cassidy,” says the Spalding, Sask.-born star of Invasion, a new supernatural drama-created and directed by Cassidy-that will premiere on CTV this fall. “Right after my audition, Shaun told me that I rocked. So as soon as I left the room, I pulled a Tom Cruise on Oprah. In that moment, everything in my life made sense. You have to understand, as a teenager I had a poster of him on my wall and it had my lip gloss stains all over it.”

The new gig will certainly increase her exposure, which was a bit of an issue with her last project, TV movie Plague City: SARS in Toronto. Her face was obscured in almost all of the promotional material. “Getting on the front of TV Guide with a surgical mask over my face was a bit frustrating and made me the brunt of a lot of my friends’ jokes,” says Matchett, 35, who will live in Santa Monica, Calif., while shooting the series. “I’d made it, but nobody knew who I was. Just like a true Canadian television star.” JOHN INTINI

“Kari is definitely underrated right now, but is going to be really hot soon. I just hope to work with her again before she’s too big.” -David Wu, director of Plague City

Film. I Island of guilty pleasure

In the summer dog days of sequels and remakes, there’s an undeniable pleasure in watching an “original” action blockbuster starring two very likable actors, Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson-even if it’s a cluster bomb packed with every sci-fi cliché known to man. In The Island, McGregor and Johansson play two “products” in an Orwellian concentration camp of lab-cloned humans programmed to believe they’re the sole survivors of an ecological disaster. In fact, they’re being cultivated to furnish body parts for rich patrons in an outside world that’s still thriving. Once our innocent couple discovers the hoax and makes their escape,

the movie turns into a massive chase scene.

Even if watching The Island is like being blown through the world’s largest ventilator shaft, it’s kinda fun. Amid the highoctane action, director Michael Bay ( Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) raises his schlock pedigree. The carnage is larded with Big Ideas about race, genetics and the Holocaust. And Steve Buscemi adds a touch of greaseball wit. Still, the movie plays like one big, glossy Super Bowl ad for the future, with lots of conspicuous product placements. It’s odd-the iMacs of the mid-21st century look a lot like those in 2005. BRIAN D. JOHNSON

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I Introducing Powter pop

NAME: Daniel Powter

AGE: 34

OCCUPATION: Pop singer HOMETOWN: Vernon, B.C.

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIM: The single, Bad Day, off his selftitled debut (released July 26), has already hit No. 1 in France, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. HE SOUNDS LIKE: Elton John. “Elton wrote some brilliant records in the 1970s but I have no desire to be him.” BIG BREAK: Bad Day was used in a Coke ad in France last Christmasand charted. “It gave my label a reason to get behind the album and release it.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Prince, Marvin Gaye and Fishbone.

ON PLAYING THE VIOLIN AS A KID: “It didn’t help me with girls. But it helped me tune my ear.”

WHY HE MOVED TO SANTA MONICA, CALIF.: “Actually, I’m not much of a water guy, but I was spending a lot of time there for work. I’d been think-

ing about moving, but I didn’t know what to do with all my furniture. Then my apartment in Vancouver caught fire and all I had left was my laptop and the clothes on my back. Turns out, the fire was a week before shooting the Bad Day video. The director asked if I was a method actor.” JOHN INTINI

MACLEAN’S® I TOP 10

Canadian art that’s worth risking your life for

If the National Gallery of Canada ever goes up in flames (perish the thought!), its director, Pierre Théberge, knows the first 10 pieces he’d try to save.

1. Sunrise on the Saguenay, Cape Trinity, Lucius R. O’Brien (1880)

2. Pavane, Jean Paul Riopelle (1954)

3. The Red Maple, A. Y. Jackson (1914)

4. Untitled (Head of a Baby),

Ron Mueck (2003)

5. The Young Student, Ozias Leduc (1894)

6. Fir Tree and Sky, Emily Carr (c. 1935-1936)

7. Forty-Part Motet, Janet Cardiff (2001)

8. Hope, Gustav Klimt (1903)

9. Iris, Vincent van Gogh (1889)

10. Shapeshifter, Brian Jungen (2000)

Top 10 runs during Maclean’s centenary.

I Me and you and Miranda July

So few women get to direct feature films that when one breaks through it seems miraculous. Last year, Sofia Coppola became the first American female director to get an Oscar nomination (for Lost in Translation), and recently Nora Ephron truly arrived by making a big-deal Hollywood dud (Bewitched). Next up is Miranda July, a 31-year-old performance artist from Portland, Ore. With Me and You and Everyone We Know, July became the toast of Sundance and Cannes, where she shared the Caméra d’Or for best first feature. Multi-tasking like a distaff Woody Allen, July wrote, directed and starred in the film-an

anti-romantic comedy about a performance artist who takes a shine to a shoe salesman (John Hawkes).

The movie includes some delicately staged scenes of children exploring sex. A pair of 14-year-old girls recruit a boy to compare their fellatio skills, and the boy’s kid brother (Brandon Ratcliff) contributes innocent lines about “poo” to an explicit Internet chat. As a young female director, says July, “you show doubt a lot more. It’s a myth that you need unshakable confidence. I worked through things just by listening to Brandon, who’s six.’’ The director also cast Canadian actor Tracy Wright in a role she wrote for her, as a snobby curator. Wright rejected it at first, finding the character too similar to the grim virgin she played in Don McKellar’s Last Night-she says she accepted after July made the role “slightly less depressing.” July, meanwhile, is rejecting Hollywood offers while she works on a book of short stories. “I told my agent not to call before 11 a.m. because I’m writing,” she says. “Then it dawned on me they thought I was talking about a script.” BRIAN D. JOHNSON

Miss Universe finishes John Intini’s sentences

In scorching 35°C heat, Natalie Glebova is posing for pictures on the balcony of a Toronto hotel suite. But unlike the photo crew and her team of personal assistants, there isn’t a bead of sweat on her. It’s no wonder the Toronto native is Miss Universe-she won the tiara in Thailand two months ago and immediately began travelling the world, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. Glebova, 23, finished Maclean’s Associate Editor John Intini’s sentences.

THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY WITH TWO OTHER

TAKEN... was on the bungee jump ride at Canada’s Wonderland.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD... is Catherine Zeta-Jones.

I HURT MYSELF.. really badly in Thailand. We were all holding candles for a special nighttime memorial and the plastic holder melted, leaving a big blister on my hand.

I HAVE A HABIT OF ... sleeping a lot. I take naps as often as I can.

I’M OBSESSED WITH ... watching The Simpsons. There is a quote from that show for every situation in life.

I HATE SHOPPING FOR ... underwear.

1. A trained classical pianist and composer.

2. Earned a degree in information technology management and marketing from Ryerson University.

3. Is the second Canadian

to win the Miss Universe

BEAUTY QUEENS... is keeping food in the fridge that you like. It’s amazing how fast the fruit disappears.

THE GREATEST RISK THAT I’VE EVER

It’s so tough to pick the right size.

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KATIE HOLMES AND Tom Cruise’s romance has paid off for TBS-ir

week, 133,000 more viewers tuned in for the channel’s Dawson’s Creek reruns.

Books I Survival among the ruins

A war diary unlike any other, A Woman in Berlin records two months in the shattered Nazi capital after its fall to a vengeful Soviet army in 1945. The author, then a 34-year-old journalist, has remained anonymous even after her death in 2001. Her diary, written with a pencil stub by candlelight, offers a rare female perspective on the horrors of the occupation: the mass rapes (perhaps 100,000 victims), the often brutal struggle for food and water. First published in 1953, the book met with hostilityone reviewer condemned the author’s “shameless immorality.” (German women were expected to keep silent on the subject of rape.)

Anonymous also raised hackles with her belief that her people had drawn this disaster upon themselves. With the passage of time her perspective-and the extraordinary way she A WOMAN IN kept her dignity and BERLIN

moral sense alive in an Anonymous;

inferno-have made H.B. Fenn;

her diary a war classic. $30.95