Invited last night as a guest on Canal + “Le Grand Journal,” Cameron Diaz appeared to be very open regarding questions about her personal ventures in Paris. There was not a Bradley Cooper repeat (www.associatedcontent.com/article/8123425/deja_vu_bradley_cooper_has_already.html), but Ms. Diaz disclosed that she had made the trek to Paris only to turn back shortly to start filming the movie which would eventually kickstart her steady rise to reputable fame, “The Mask.”
When asked who is the biggest flirt among her costars (long list but among the most notable: Jude Law, Justin Timberlake, (of the future film “Bad Teacher”) Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller, Ms. Diaz remained tight-lipped and proclaimed that she would not have the same stature in Hollywood if she divulged in the personal information of others. That is true! Then again a sharp zinger on the part of New York Times film critic, Manohla Dargis’ hinting non-worthy entertainment by making comparison to Diaz’s car washing scene to that of a Jessica Simpson’s video for the remake of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” (www.youtube.com/watch) would put her status in questionable territory. Overall, the French hosts treated Ms. Diaz as a woman possessing as much feminine sex symbol respectability as Brigitte Bardot (of the 1960’s). She was formidable in her responses, (describing that she is not as self-centered as her protagonist—after all she’s acting) describing herself as not someone who does not have expectations and categorical boxes in life but rather someone who lives in the moment.
A few minutes later while switching channels, I stumbled yet again on Ms. Diaz but in a completely different and irrelevant light. Cameron Diaz: Guest Panelist of France’s “X Factor.” In an American All-Star lineup, Ms. Diaz debuted the show, giving little input but it was clear that her role, neither as a dancer or performer nor as a singer proved that the show was just trying to initiate her into joining as a sheer liner for publicity. Though she seemed subtly moved by one singer’s interpretation of Tom Jones’ hit, “Sex Bomb,” everyone (especially tourists who stumble upon M6 while channel surfing in their hotel rooms) would agree that she was lost. There is some credit that needs to be given to Ms. Diaz who, regardless of whatever situation no matter how mundane, happens to pull through with an enthusiastic breeze which is sorely missing in other stoic actresses.
The other part of “X Factor” was devoted heavily to two mega performances. Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga both performed live during the evening-night cast. Though not together, fans of Lopez will be delighted as she did make her rump shaker work in a sparkling nude suit (performing “On the Floor”). On a side note: would it have been better for the producers to pay double to J.Lo and let her be guest panelist than Cameron Diaz who clearly was not suitable for the role? Last but not least, Lady Gaga strutted herself performing a small medley. It was truly a magical moment in the history of France’s “X Factor” as they tried to push every envelope possible to gain a large audience as they approach the pending final between top competitors.
With the official start of summer around the corner and the end of summer evening entertainment in France, let us hope that everything will go out with a bang and not with a fizzle!
Find below the performances by Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga, as well as Cameron Diaz as a guest panelist as well as her guest appearance on “Le Grand Journal” (under Canal+).
Manohla Dargis. “The Living Is Easy; Women Are Missing.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/movies/few-summer-movies-aimed-at-women.html?hpw
M6. “X Factor.” (Lady Gaga) http://www.m6bonus.fr/videos-emissions-4/videos-x_factor_-2924/emission_du_14_06_2011/video-lady_gaga_edge_of_glory_et_judas_-78862.html
M6. “X Factor.” (Jennifer Lopez) http://www.m6bonus.fr/videos-emissions-4/videos-x_factor_-2924/emission_du_14_06_2011/video-jennifer_lopez_on_the_floor-78824.html
Cameron Diaz Links:
M6. “X Factor” (Cameron Diaz) ( http://www.m6bonus.fr/videos-emissions-4/videos-x_factor_-2924/emission_du_14_06_2011/video-matthew_raymond_barker_et_sarah_manesse_as-78838.html
Canal +. http://player.canalplus.fr/#/478292