Julia Roberts will star in and produce a feature adaptation of the Batkid documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World.
Batkid documentary, directed by Dana Nachman, is debuting at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival on January 24, and follows the story of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia who wanted to be Batman for a day.
The subsequent Make-A-Wish event turned into not only a citywide spectacle with over 25,000 San Francisco residents coming out to participate, but a worldwide phenomenon on social media with nearly 2 billion participants.
Julia Roberts will produce alongside partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner.
Dana Nachman will serve as executive producer with Josh and Dan Braun of Submarine.
Erin Brockovich – who was famously portrayed by Julia Roberts in a movie about her life – has apologized for her drunken boating arrest last Friday as it’s revealed that her blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.
“At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk,” Erin Brockovich said in a statement, denying police claims that she operated the boat in open waters.
“That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake. I know better and I am very sorry,” she added.
“After a day in the sun and with nothing to eat it appears that a couple of drinks had a greater impact than I realized.”
Legal clerk and environmental activist Erin Brockovich, 52, was booked into jail around 10 p.m. on Friday after game warden in Lake Mead, Nevada spotted her struggling with her boat at a marina.
Erin Brockovich had been out on the boat with a male companion but was alone when she tried to dock it.
Edwin Lyngar of the Nevada Department of Wildlife said her blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit of 0.08 when she was arrested.
“She was obviously struggling to put the boat in the slip, and if you’ve had any experience, it’s a simple enough operation,” Edwin Lyngar said.
“This incident is an important reminder that boating under the influence is on par with driving under the influence,” he added.
The mother of three, who has an estimated net worth of $42 million, had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet as she tried to dock the boat. She failed a sobriety test and was taken to jail, where she was later released on a $1,000 bail.
Under Nevada law, a first-time offense of boating while intoxicated is a misdemeanor that draws fines from $1,000 to $2,000 but no jail time. Authorities were unsure whether it was Erin Brockovich’s first arrest on the charge.
Erin Brockovich was arrested last Friday for drunken boating as it’s revealed that her blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit
Erin Brockovich, who married her third husband, Eric L. Ellis, in 1999, became a worldwide celebrity after the 2000 Steven Soderbergh film about her life.
As a legal assistant she helped win a record $333 million settlement from a power company after dozens of people were poisoned by chemicals released into the water supply in the California town of Hinkley.
After suffering an injury in an auto accident, Erin Brokovich hired the California law firm Masry and Vititoe to represent her in a civil lawsuit against the other driver. While the firm won her a small settlement, the single mother needed a job to support her family.
The law firm hired Erin Brokovich as a file clerk, which is what ultimately launched the former Miss Pacific Coast’s career in law and public advocacy.
While organizing files for a pro-bono real estate case, Erin Brokovich uncovered medical records that would lead to the largest settlement ever paid out in a direct action lawsuit in U.S. history.
Erin Brokovich’s investigation found that the Pacific Gas and Electric company had been poisoning Hinkley residents for more than 30 years.
Between 1952 and 1966, the company used the chemical hexavalent chromium (often referred to as Cr-6) to fight corrosion in the cooling tower in the Hinkley compressor, which was part of a natural gas pipeline connecting much of northern California to the San Francisco Bay area.
The waste water dissolved the Cr-6 and it ended up in unlined ponds near the cooling tower.
The Cr-6 then found its way into the groundwater, contaminating a two-by-one-mile area around the plant.
Because of Erin Brokovich’s research, more than 600 Hinklley residents shared the giant $333 million settlement.
For her work, Brokovich was given a $2 million bonus.
Julia Roberts won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich in the self-titled movie about the case.
Erin Brokovich and Masry then became the face of environmental litigation and went on to file several lawsuits against various corporations for pollution issues.
Since the film, Erin Brockovich has become a high profile campaigner and TV star with her own series, Final Justice.
Just last year, Erin Brockovich was back on the big screen in the documentary Last Call at the Oasis, which explores challenges related to the planet’s dwindling and increasingly polluted water supply.
Julia Roberts glows and looks youthful in the latest Lancôme fragrance advert for La Vie Est Belle.
Directed by Mirror Mirror director Tarsem Singh, Julia Roberts, 44, glides through a crowded party as a bottle of Lancôme’s latest fragrance, La Vie Est Belle, glimmers under the chandelier lights.
Julia Roberts has been an ambassador for Lancôme since 2010 but this is her first fragrance campaign with the French beauty company.
A campaign Julia Roberts did for the brand last year was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), who deemed L’Oreal, parent company of Lancôme, had used digitally retouched images that could “mislead” the viewer.
Julia Roberts glows and looks youthful in the latest Lancôme fragrance advert for La Vie Est Belle
L’Oreal said at the time that image had been digitally re-touched to “lighten the skin, clean up make-up, reduce dark shadows and shading around the eyes, smooth the lips and darken the eyebrows”. However, again, it insisted that the image was an accurate reflection of the benefits of the product.
The ASA was not convinced, ruling the images could not be used again in their current form.
Here though, it cannot be denied that Julia Roberts is in possession of a striking natural beauty.
Dressed in a floor length white dress that reveals her ample cleavage, the star shines in her role.
“The only person that could embody this kind of joyful femininity, this woman that could be all women at the same time – in their honesty, truth and diversity – is Julia Roberts,” Youcef Nabi, president of Lancôme International, told WWD.
The perfume itself is made of just 63 subtle ingredients and was the creation of three French masters of perfumery; Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo, who aimed to create “the first ever feminine iris”.
The perfume has fruity flavor notes of blackcurrant and pear, with tones of tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla.
Julia Roberts told Hello! magazine that it’s important for her to wear a nice scent as it makes her feel more confident with herself.
“I like to smell nice. And I think it is best when perfume is kind of there, but still draws people in. You have to get close to figure out what you’re dealing with.”
“The bottle is beautiful. And in this day and age when everything’s about the brand and everything’s got the name of the company and the person and the place stamped all over it, what I think is amazing is that there’s nothing written on the bottle,” she said.