When the big-budget action movie ''Catwoman'' opens on Friday, its star, Halle Berry, will face the biggest test of her career. Berry has now become the first African-American actress to headline an expensive, effects-laden production, this one about a meek graphic artist who turns into a vigilante with feline powers. In the zero-sum calculations of the movie industry, Ms. Berry's bankability as a star will be judged largely on whether she can ''open'' ''Catwoman,'' a Warner Brothers film -- meaning whether she can make it a financial winner. If it succeeds, it will place her among a rarefied group of top-paid female stars, only a few of them established box office draws, and signify yet another achievement for African-American actors.
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Five days a week, for 60 to 90 minutes at a time, the actress focused on fitness with Thomas. Three or four of those days, Berry also took fight training in forms like Jiu Jitsu. Though Thomas and Berry have been training together for five years, when it was time to prep for "John Wick," "we had to really crank up her training," he says. First up in the "John Wick" workout: The jump rope. So much jump-rope. But instead of hitting the bag as it hung, she flipped it over and over on the ground, and then attacked it. Training in martial arts is not only going to make her healthier but live longer.
When Thornton dropped by HuffPost Live to discuss his Emmy nomination for "Fargo," he and host Ricky Camilleri chatted about what it was like to film that scene, which has become one of the most popular sex scenes on the Internet. There's obviously some excitement in filming an intimate moment with one of Hollywood's sexiest women, but Thornton said because the film was so dark, he felt "pretty exposed" rather than titillated. Still, it was a thrill to work on, he said. I would have written 'Monster's Ball' myself immediately," he said. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before!
I've been in the business for more than twenty years, and you decide now, at this particular time, that I'm the sexiest woman alive? Come on. I mean, you couldn't go with the Bond-girl year? You didn't like the orange bikini? I liked the orange bikini.