As a former actress, I feel twitchy when I hear that an actor uses the Method. What that means essentially, is that the actor feels they need to immerse themselves in the role, on and off screen, in order to give a believable performance. This can be something relatively harmless like taking boxing lessons to prepare for the role of a boxer. Or doing something more intense, like dropping acid in preparation for an acid trip scene.
This is what Shia LeBeouf admitted to doing for his film “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.” He actually set aside a day to trip on acid to make sure he was prepared. Keep reading »
Bret Easton Ellis is the newest director being tossed into the ring to helm the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation and he’s suggesting everyone’s favorite first love, Ryan Gosling, for the hard spanking, nipple clamping, domineering lead.
American Psycho and Rules of Attraction author, Ellis, is clearly no stranger to working with taboo subjects and is pitching his ideas to the studio to take the controversial and mega-successful movie on. He took to twitter to dig up some conversation over who should play the key romantic roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. To say a few people are interested is an understatement. Hollywood sees these as career making roles. Read more …
High fashion films have a track record of being consistently gorgeous. I’m not talking about, say, “The Devil Wears Prada” (though I will never not argue that it’s one of the best movies ever), but rather the type of high-brow videos that result from collaborations between fashion houses and illustrious directors. Take, for instance, Martin Scorsese’s short for men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel, David Lynch’s campaign for Dior’s Lady Dior, or the Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme ad created by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky — as you can see, efforts of this ilk have seriously beautiful outcomes. Keep reading »
Nicole Scherzinger will officially be cleansed of her girl group roots. The former Pussycat Doll singer has signed on to star as history’s most famous prostitute, Mary Magdalene, in the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which is set to open this summer at London’s O2 arena. Sounds like it will be a spiritual experience. Mary Magdalene was the original hooker with a heart of gold, but click through to see more stars who’ve taken on this archetypal role. [Gossip Cop]
If you haven’t already read the 2005 memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, pick it up or download it ASAP. It is seriously one of the most riveting books I’ve read. In case you don’t trust my taste, it spent over 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, so there’s that. But great books don’t always transition seamlessly into great films. Does anyone remember the film version of “Running With Scissors”? No, because it was awful. Which is weird because the book was really compelling. Hearing that Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to star in the film version of “The Glass Castle” gives us hope for its greatness. Um, yes, please. She would be perfect to play Jeannette Walls. We’ll be staying tuned for casting announcements. [Just Jared]
Whether you’re into the sport or not, football movies can be the perfect rental compromise between you and your guy. He’ll love the game day suspense, action-packed scenes, and inspirational half-time speeches, while you can enjoy some heartwarming stories — and, OK, a little eye candy, too.
Choose one of these ten great football films for your next at-home movie date! Read more …
We’re not movie critics, but we are movie-a-holics. We watch tons and tons of movies (that’s what you do when it’s freezing in New York and you don’t want to leave your apartment, natch). As such, we’ve assembled a very unofficial and unscientific list of our favorite films of 2011. If you missed some of these, no worries! You can catch ‘em all on DVD or Netflix in 2012. We’ve all got our specialties: Jess loves a strong leading lady, I love a documentary and Amelia loves (everybody say it with me) Ryan Gosling. Find something to watch — and love — in 2012. And tell us: what’s your favorite movie of this past year?
Sometimes watching a good food movie is just as satisfying as the food itself. Living vicariously through the golden ticket winners in “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” has been my favorite dessert substitute since I was a chubby eight-year-old with a restricted sugar intake. “They get to eat all the candy they want!!” I would squeal as the lucky children ate their way through a warehouse of candy. I just couldn’t believe their good fortune. Side note: When is someone going to invent lick-able wall paper? I want it now! Click through to see more food films that satisfy our hunger.
I thought I was immune to the charms of boy idol, Justin Bieber
, and then I saw the trailer for his new movie “Never Say Never.” It’s like “8 Mile,” for the middle class ‘tween set. All it took was two 3-second clips of him drumming on a kitchen chair at the age of four and busking on a street corner at age eight to get me all choked up. The next thing I knew I was cruising the web to find out when and where I could catch the film. It opens February 11th, by the way. Looks like I’ve got Valentine’s Day plans after all. Arrgghh! What’s happening to me? How did I get reeled in to Bieberland? I know I’m a sucker for an underdog story, but does a 16-year-old pop superstar really qualify as an underdog? Does anyone else think “Never Say Never” looks amazing or have I just lost it? Keep reading »
When I found out that the director of “The Hurt Locker”—a testosterone-rific movie about a team of soldiers disarming roadside bombs in Iraq—was directed by a woman, I wanted to kick myself. Not out of surprise, but because I was surprised. Why did I automatically think that only a man could direct an intense war movie filled with explosions? Nope, the film is being called an “adrenaline-soaked tour de force of suspense” and it’s all thanks to the directing genius of Kathryn Bigelow. It’s not that I think women can’t make amazing war films. Quite the contrary—I think women have a knack for tapping into raw emotions, and Bigelow creatively mixed high-octane action with emotion and personal relationships. My surprise was simply an innocent, unconscious, yet totally sexist brain fart. And I don’t think I’m the only one. Keep reading »