Friday, March 19, 2010

Julia Roberts 'Eat, Pray, Love' Trailer Released

Julia Roberts 'Eat, Pray, Love' Trailer Released
The Jakarta Globe

The trailer for Julia Roberts' upcoming movie, "Eat, Pray, Love," emphasizes the film's Bali angle.

Julia Roberts portrays a woman as she embarks on a year-long journey of self-discovery following her divorce. Her travels take her to Italy, India and Bali

The video was posted on YouTube by Sony Pictures early on Friday, Jakarta time. It begins with Roberts' character talking with the Balinese man who will become her guru, and later shows her bicycling through verdant rice paddies on the resort island.

"Eat, Pray, Love," based on a best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert about healing after a difficult divore, is slated to open in the US on August 13. It also stars James Franco, Javier Barden and Billy Crudup.

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Julia Roberts Finds Young Love in 'Eat Pray Love'
by Mike Ryan & Kwala Mandel · March 18, 2010
Julia Roberts in 'Eat Pray Love'

"Eat Pray Love," the highly anticipated film starring Julia Roberts and based off Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 memoir, debuts its trailer today. In it, Roberts seems to have moved on from her "Pretty Woman" world.

Instead of the glam romances that have built the actress' career, this is a more soul-searching Roberts. That's not to say the preview doesn't hint at her fair share of love. In fact, if the tease is to be believed, she'll be breaking the Hollywood casting tradition of pairing older men with younger women. Instead, she looks to be flirting up a storm with Javier Bardem (two years her junior), Billy Crudup (one year younger) and James Franco (born in a different decade and 11 years younger than the red-haired legend).

Also unconventional? Her mostly-unvarnished appearance (the trailer even shows her struggling to button up her pants after some carb-loading weight gain). While she still looks charming playing tourist, her style seems closer to Robert's real-life bohemian ways.

For those that haven't read the book, the trailer opens with a recently divorced, not-satisfied-with-life Gilbert (Julia Roberts) receiving advice from a wise sage she describes as "Yoda." You see, Gilbert is "always searching" (reminiscent of Yoda's student, Luke Skywalker) but never gave herself the opportunity to act on these urges because she was too busy being the "perfect wife."

Eventually, Gilbert throws in the towel on her current life and leaves for a year-long expedition that leads her to Italy, India, and Indonesia (apparently she did not have time to visit Iceland). In Italy she ate, adopting a "no carb left behind" diet plan; in India she prayed; and, finally, in Bali, she learned how to find common ground and love.

The 2006 book of the same name spent 158 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller list -- helped, in part, by a recommendation by Oprah Winfrey's book club, which devoted two entire shows to the book.

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