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10/22/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  Comments Off on “Contagion” film is not far from the truth, warns virus scientist

Dr. Ian Lipkin, expert who advised on Soderbergh’s movie, says we must be better prepared for outbreak of deadly disease

It’s a classic Hollywood tale: scientists race against time to decode a killer virus that is spreading across the world. But the scientist who advised Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh on his new thriller, Contagion, says the events and themes of his latest film carry a very real warning for our times.

Dr. Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology, neurology and pathology at New York’s Columbia University, was recruited as a senior technical adviser on Soderbergh’s blockbuster. The film, which opened in cinemas on Friday, charts the emergence of a deadly infectious disease that ignites a pandemic.

Scientists are first alerted after Beth Emhoff, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, becomes sick after returning from a business trip to Hong Kong and dies two days later. As the virus quickly spreads and the death toll rises, it is down to a team of scientists — including Dr Erin Mears, played by Kate Winslet — to decode the virus so that a vaccine can be produced.

According to Lipkin, the plot is anything but unrealistic. Virus outbreaks are an increasing threat in the 21st century, he says, because of greater international trade and travel, urbanization, loss of wildlife habitats and inadequate investment in infrastructure for surveillance, vaccine production and distribution.

“Scientists have been accused of overreacting and crying wolf over the threat of virus outbreaks after the influenza pandemic of 2009,” Lipkin told the Observer. “Sars [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] didn’t progress beyond a few locations, but outbreaks and pandemics will occur and we need to get our heads out of the sand and realize the real risks that we face. More than three-quarters of all emerging infectious diseases originate when microbes jump from wildlife to humans.

“Our vulnerability to such diseases has been heightened by the growth in international travel and the globalization of food production. In addition, deforestation and urbanization continue to displace wildlife, increasing the probability that wild creatures will come in contact with domesticated animals and humans.”

Lipkin says societies need to be more proactive in combating the dangers. “People need to understand that science is critical to address these kinds of challenges and respond in real time,” he said. “We need to be prepared. We need better bio-surveillance, with better detection and better ability to develop vaccines. However, our public health system is underfunded and overwhelmed, and we need more scientists.”

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10/22/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

Steven Soderbergh and his Informant! screenwriter Scott Z. Burns explore the speed at which both a virus and information travel in their new thriller Contagion. It’s a chilling look at the consequences of a pandemic spiraling out-of-control, lent weight and gravitas by an A-list cast featuring the likes of Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard.

Contagion‘s star-studded ensemble recalls ’70s disaster epics such as The Towering Inferno, and this may be the closest Soderbergh gets to making a film of that ilk. As always with the Ocean’s Eleven director, the work feels uncompromised and uniquely his. Big-scale spectacle is shunned in favor of a cool, clinical exploration of how government and society reacts to the crisis. Soderbergh admirably manages to maintain his experimental edge in a conventional genre set-up. This is arty moviemaking dressed up as popcorn entertainment, Traffic with a transmission virus.

The film begins with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Beth Emhoff returning home to her family after a business trip. We learn that she’s cheated on her husband Mitch (Matt Damon) with an old flame (Soderbergh in a voice cameo) and is suffering from cold-like symptoms. Within days she’s convulsing on the kitchen floor and later dies in hospital. Mitch’s son also passes away, and as panic intensifies he and his daughter find themselves quarantined in their town as the disease spreads.

Concurrently, Contagion tracks doctors Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne), Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) and Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard, identifying Beth as “patient zero”), who face the crisis on the front lines. Jude Law also has a prominent role as a sleazy, snaggle-toothed blogger who attacks pharmaceutical companies and claims to have cured his sickness with a homeopathic treatment.

Far from the hysterics of a Roland Emmerich disaster thriller, Contagion is a more measured take on humanity in crisis. With its soundtrack of rattling coughs and urgent score from Cliff Martinez, it propels along at brisk speed, building up tension and anxiety. It’s sweaty-palm, finger nails-digging-into-armrests cinema, and the bumping off of Paltrow within the opening moments quickly hammers home the fact that nobody is safe.

Many characters are introduced and as a result it’s difficult to form strong attachments amid the whirlwind-like narrative as it spans continents and government departments. Only Damon’s distraught father carries emotional resonance, particularly when he dresses up his living room so his daughter can have a prom night with her boyfriend.

Contagion‘s social decay and disorder shares parallels with the seminal TV movie Threads. Soderbergh is never quite as brutal or terrifying as that 1984 BBC production, but as paranoia and unease seeps through the screen it’s quickly evident that he and Burns have an authentic grasp on the mechanics of a disease-led downfall. This isn’t the Oscar-winning director at his best, but it’s compelling viewing nevertheless.

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10/22/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  Comments Off on Candids: Arriving at the taping of “The Graham Norton Show”

Added 2 new HQs of Kate arriving at the ITV studio to tape “The Graham Norton Show” last Thursday, October 20:

• Candids: Arriving at the ITV studio – October 20, 2011

10/22/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  2 Comments

Here’s the video of the entire “The Graham Norton Show” interview:

Plus I’ve added 524 HD screen captures of the talk show to the gallery:

• Interviews: Talk Shows > The Graham Norton Show

• Television: Talk Shows > The Graham Norton Show

10/22/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  Comments Off on First thing Kate Winslet does during a fire: Put on a bra!

Might sound crazy, but it’s true!

On the 10th-season premiere of BBC America’s The Graham Norton Show, which airs Oct. 21, Kate Winslet stopped by to talk about her latest drama, Contagion. But before getting into that, she shared more on the real drama in her life, mainly, that fire on Necker Island when she saved Richard Branson’s grandmother.

Surprisingly, hearing her tell the story was quite funny.

“It was genuinely very scary, it really was. I mean, we did wake up at 4:30 in the morning to hear the sounds of some of Richard’s nephews voices yelling that there was a fire. And I jumped up and ran immediately towards the fire, because clearly I thought I could put it out.”

After realizing that wasn’t the safest idea, she turned back around to find her children, Mia, 10, and Joe, 7.

“My children were standing at their bedroom door, and I said, ‘It’s a fire, it’s fine. Go back inside just for two minutes and just close the door.'”

“Then I’m thinking, ‘Now what do I do?’ Ran into the bedroom, and put on a bra,” she said. “In disastrous moments like that, you do the strangest things. So I started to put on a bra, and then thought that’s gonna take me too long, off came the bra, on with the T-shirt, grabbed the bag, grabbed the children and picked up granny.”

Hey, sometimes chest support isn’t a priority.

Source: E! Online

10/21/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  2 Comments

Kate was a guest star at The Graham Norton Show yesterday and we have pics for you!

Added 7 MQs to the gallery:

Here are pics of her leaving the studio after appearing on the show. She stopped to sign autographs. Added 17 HQs to the gallery:

• Television: Talk Shows > The Graham Norton Show
• Candids: Leaving the ITV studio – October 20, 2011

10/21/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  Comments Off on Candids: Kate Winslet gets breakfast to go as she hangs in London with her man

Kate Winslet picked up a coffee and a bite yesterday morning in London after touching down in England yesterday with her new guy. Kate has been seeing Virgin mogul Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll, and the pair headed to Europe after a stint in New Mexico at the start of the week. Kate and Ned helped unveil Virgin Galactic’s runway in the desert, marking the launch of Spaceport America, the division of Virgin that employs Ned. Kate, who celebrated her 36th birthday earlier this month, split from her husband Sam Mendes last year but seems hopeful about her romantic future. Kate recently told Harper’s Bazaar she was looking forward to starting a “new narrative” in her life. Ned is the second man Kate has been linked to since her divorce — previously, she dated model Louis Dowler.

Added 4 HQs to the gallery:

• Candids: Getting breakfast to go in London – October 20, 2011