I could take or leave BBC America’s “The Hour,” about Brits who run a political news program in the 1950s. It’s a thinly-veiiled “Mad Men” knockoff with a bit of mystery swirled in. Yet, every time I see that actress Romola Garai is onscreen, I cannot look away. In addition to being naturally gorgeous and possessing a vintage ’50s wardrobe to die for, Garai plays producer Bel Rowley in the show’s leading female role. Think: Peggy and Joan rolled into one with a British accent.
I knew I recognized her from somewhere, but couldn’t place quite where until I read that she played older Briony in “Atonement” and the lead in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.” Two, uh, very different roles. After the jump, a few more must-know details about Romola Garai: Keep reading »
Happy Yom Kippur! Today is the Jewish Day of Atonement and while some of us are members of the tribe (Simcha, Kate), others of us are not, but still consider this a great day to reflect on some of the sins we’ve committed and would like to repent for. We bare our souls (some anonymously) and bow our heads after the jump, and urge you to atone away in the comments! Keep reading »
I have this theory that Keira Knightley plays the same character in nearly every movie and gets lauded by critics as if she’s reinvented the wheel every time. With the exception of films like Domino, The Jacket, and Love Actually, Knightley is always cast a period film heroine from an upper-crust family who slums it with a poor guy or wins the heart of a rich cad. To prove my theory, I’ve assembled pictures of six of Keira’s most famous characters. See if you can match the letter of the image to the number of the film. FYI, I’ll reveal the answers at the end of the day, so check back.
THE FILMS: Atonement (1); The Duchess (2); King Arthur (3); Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (4); Pride & Prejudice (5); Silk (6)
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I finally saw Atonement this weekend. I know, I’m really behind. It is really quite phenomenal how attractive James McAvoy is in that movie. The whole scene with him and Keira Knightly in the library was like a sexy version of Clue. You know — Mr. McAvoy and Ms. Knightly, in the library, with a step-ladder. Sexy. Keep reading »
Even though James McAvoy wasnâ€™t nominated for his role in Atonement, we were still lucky enough to hear his lovely Scottish brogue at last nightâ€™s Oscars when he presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Josh Brolin. Seriously, he has the sexiest accent ever. His new movie, Penelope, with Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon, hits theaters this Fridayâ€”though after watching the trailer, it sounds like James plays a character with an American accent. Oh well, he still looks amazing. [Penelope]
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Every week it seems a new movie comes out targeted at women — we’ve seen many of them, some of which we’ve gotten a guilty pleasure out of (Someone Like You starring Ashley Judd), some we’ve genuinely adored (Stealing Beauty by Bernardo Bertolucci), and many, many, many more which we’ve absolutely loathed (usually if Jennifer Lopez is the star, that’s a bad sign). So every month or so we’re going to do quickie reviews of the films made for women, letting you know what we really think, as well as tipping you off as to whether it’s a film to see with friends or one you could actually convince a dude to see. First up, Juno, Atonement, and P.S. I Love You…
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We hate to say it, but Brad Pitt might be dealing with a little bit of karmic ass biting. The man who eventually left his wife Jennifer Aniston for his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie is said to be jealous of her on-screen chemistry with new co-star James McAvoy. Angelina is filming Wanted with the British cutie (who also stars in the upcoming film Atonement) and rumor has it they’re steaming up the camera lens with the hot and heavy love scenes. As Brad knows all too well, Angelina does have a history of practicing her love-making skills off-screen with her love interests — the drooling carcases of Billy Bob Thorton, Olivier Martinez, and Jonny Lee Miller all lie in her wake. Seriously though, you know that somewhere in Malibu Jennifer Aniston is totally smoking a joint and having a major giggle-fest over this one. [MSNBC] Keep reading »