Fans can finally stop speculating, because Carly Simon finally revealed who inspired her hit song “You’re So Vain” in an acoustic version that’s on her upcoming album, Never Been Gone. And it’s not a former lover, like Warren Beatty or Mick Jagger, as you’d expect. Surprisingly, record label executive David Geffen was the inspiration. Geffen was at the helm of Elektra Records when Simon was on that label, and the lyrics could hint at Simon’s anger over Geffen’s choice to focus more on another singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell. [Starpulse] Keep reading »
Heads — who needs ‘em? Not the comely pair of Louboutin-clad legs in this poster for the movie “Middle Men.” The flick, starring Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi, is about a straight-laced businessman who helps start one of the world’s first porn websites and gets entangled with the Russian mob. Do we think Luke is offended his crotch didn’t make the “Middle Men” poster? [Slash Film] Keep reading »
I really love a biopic, even when I’m not aware of the subject’s backstory beforehand. So I’ve marked my calendar, making March 19 the day of “The Runaways.” Not only does this film tell the story of the short-lived band that made Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) rock stars, but it also has some hot-ass and glamorous ’70s fashions. Keep reading »
We’re hoping that women like Kathryn Bigelow, the woman behind “The Hurt Locker” who could win the Oscar for Best Director this year, will begin to give voice to the silent minority in Hollywood: women. A recent study done at the University of Southern California turned up some disheartening stats about women in film. Of the 100 blockbuster films of 2007 that were studied, only 17 percent of them were written, directed, or produced by women. Even worse, they found that women were minorities onscreen as well. Female actresses were given only 30 percent of all speaking parts. (I wonder how many women were seen and not heard—that would be interesting to know.) While those findings are fairly depressing, there is some good news. Films with women writers, directors, and producers had about twice as many parts for females. So it sounds like the key to building women’s influence in Hollywood is for ladies to make their own material. Sure, it may be intimidating to go up against your allegedly egomaniacal ex for an Oscar, but if Kathryn wins (and even if she doesn’t), she’ll be an inspiration to up-and-coming females in the movie biz. Here’s to equality in Tinsel Town. [AOL] Keep reading »
It’s official. Angelina Jolie has signed on to play medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in an as-of-yet untitled movie based on Patricia Cornwell’s 17-book series. Cornwell is pretty pumped about the choice. “When Angelina came out of the left field last year, I was floored,” she said. “Angelina had pithy things to say about what she wanted to do. She was direct and goal-oriented.”
However, the fans of the books—let’s just say they’re not too happy. They say that, for starters, Angelina is far too young to play the character who is 40 to 45 on paper. Not to mention that while Angelina is exotic-looking, Kay was described as an All-American beauty. Originally, Jodie Foster was approached to play the role. After she refused, many fans seemed to be rooting for Elizabeth Mitchell, aka Juliette on “Lost.” One fan summed it up, “Angie is all wrong to play Kay.” [Los Angeles Times]
But this is hardly the first time that people have been up in arms when a casting decision has been announced for a movie about a beloved character. After the jump, a look at other casting choices that were initially panned to later be praised.
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Jessica Simpson makes her long-awaited return to TV on March 14 when “The Price of Beauty” debuts on VH1. On the show, Jessica explores the question: What makes women in different countries feel beautiful? This is the same program with the theme song written by Jessica’s maybe-boyfriend Billy Corgan, that required $25,000 worth of hair and makeup for Jessica per episode, and had her storming down the runway at the Olzem Suer fashion show in Paris.
Do you think it’ll open people’s eyes and change our perspectives about beauty — or will it simply be another chance to watch Jessica acting silly on television? [via NY Post] Keep reading »
T-minus one week until Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland
” opens in theaters, and several new clips are making their rounds on the interwebs today. And I gotta admit that while I was once psyched about the 3D IMax trip-fest, the clips just seem a little … snoozy. Above, see the White Queen (otherwise known as Anne Hathaway
) make Alice a magic potion and, after the jump, see Alice meet the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) for the first time. What do you think? Will you be lined up to see this flick opening night, or will you be boycotting and clinging to your DVD of the animated 1951 version? Keep reading »
Thank you for listening to us, Hollywood — The Frisky asked for a female version of “The Hangover” and you delivered. Sort of. See, neither Jennifer Garner, as the uptight bride-to-be, nor Anna Faris, as the cousin who was recently left at the altar and is now forced to throw someone else’s bachelorette party, were exactly what we had in mind. From what we can tell from MTV.com’s synopsis, their characters don’t really like each other; when Garner gets wasted and cheats on her groom-to-be, Faris debates telling him all about it. This woman-versus-woman “You’re getting married! I’m not! You bitch!” shtick is way overdone. It sounds more like “Bride Wars” than a female version of “The Hangover“! We’ll reserve our judgment until after seeing the actual film. But, considering the script is being written by the same person who wrote “The House Bunny” and “The Ugly Truth,” our expectations for non-suckiness are l-o-w. [MTV] Keep reading »