Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones, and Rupert Everett
I wanted to love “Hysteria.” I really did. It has Maggie Gyllenhaal being her ball-busting feminist self, Hugh Dancy looking adorable, and the entire film is about the invention of my favorite thing on Earth, the vibrator.
But instead of being the kind of kickass film that had me texting my girl friends, You have to see this movie, “Hysteria” turned out to be pretty much be a rom-com that tries, and fails, to do “A Dangerous Method.” And it fails badly.
“Hysteria” is set in 1880s London and stars Hugh Dancy as Dr. Mortimer Granville, a dedicated, passionate young doctor who is fired from his job at a hospital for trying to introduce newfangled practices to cut back on germs. He’s hired at a private practice for Dr. Dalrymple, who practices “women’s medicine.” But Dr. Granville quickly finds out that the cure his boss is using to help women with their “hysteria” — anxiety, sadness and “nymphomania” — is squirting lubricant on his hands and … well … rubbing her clitoris. Keep reading »
Vanity Fair releases its Hollywood issue annually, but this year’s cover is unique in that it is the first of its kind to be shot by famed photog Mario Testino. His technique translates beautifully to the cover, though it’s not immediately apparent that it’s his work. The 11 young actresses featured are dressed impeccably, draped in silky pastels and exuding a sensuous, past-century boudoir air. Ever concerning, though, is the fact that hardly any of the starlets are recognizable. Aside from Rooney Mara, whose angular 1920s bob and sullen features make her easily identifiable, the rest of the girls bear little resemblance to, well, themselves. Keep reading »
Move over, Scarlett! Dolce & Gabbana: The Makeup has selected Felicity Jones as the new face of their upcoming Kohl Collection, to debut the first day of the new year. The designers chose Jones to play the “aristocratic sauvage girl” that inspired the line, which is comprised of five new shades of kohl eyeliner and an eye palette — and who wears eyeliner these days better than the gorgeous Brit? If you’ve never heard of Felicity, you may remember her as the Autumn/Winter 2011 face of Burberry Prorsum. She’s currently starring on the silver screen in Like Crazy, which I haven’t seen because I think it would make me cry. Regardless, Felicity is most definitely having a huge moment right now, and why shouldn’t she? She’s young, British, beautiful, and on the verge of becoming the latest indie darling. Here’s 10 things you should know about this prospective It-girl.