Seeing your novel be made into a mainstream film is one thing. But teaching two of Hollywood’s biggest stars how to bake your mother’s pie recipe? Joyce Maynard has the life.
Maynard is the author of Labor Day, a novel about an agoraphobic, fragile single mom who is brought out of her shell by a fugitive on the run. In the film version, “Labor Day,” which is directed by Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up In The Air”), the marvelous Kate Winslet plays Adele, a divorcée buckled by heartbreak who we desperately want to find love again. We just aren’t sure we want her to find it with Josh Brolin’s character Frank, a prison escapee and big, scary, imposing man sent from Central Casting. Good job on that beard, Josh!
At first Frank forces himself into Adele’s house seeking cover, which she provides under fear of injury. But this hostage situation becomes a love affair when Frank proves himself to be a sensitive and caring individual (despite his murder record) and that’s just what Adele needs. Their unconventional love story is narrated by Adele’s 13-year-old son Henry. He watches Frank with a wary eye — but is happy to have a father figure and delights in seeing his mother smile again.
I spoke with Joyce Maynard about teaching Josh Brolin to make pie (photo proof above!), writing like a 13-year-old boy, and her desire for an unconventional love story. Our Q&A begins after the jump: Keep reading »
Kate Winslet has threatened a lawsuit against Fathers4Justice, a fathers’ rights group, after they used comments she made about her parenting arrangement with two of her children’s fathers in Vogue for a Christmastime advertisement. Kate told the magazine that her kids (13-year-old daughter Mia and nine-year-old son Joe) live with her instead of being shuttled between parents. Keep reading »
Kate “Thank The Lord She Didn’t Change Her Last Name To ‘RocknRoll” Winslet has been translating her signature sense of style to some really, really cute maternity looks as her belly grows. I loved the chic simplicity of this black t-shirt dress she wore to board a plane at Heathrow with her hubby, Ned Rocknroll. After the jump, get the shopping details for a super affordable version of her maternity dress (like, $14 affordable) and all those fabulous accessories! Keep reading »
We love a good cocktail just as much as we love analyzing the inner workings of celebrities, based off the personality traits presented to us via Us Weekly, Billy Bush’s incisive commentary on “Access Hollywood,” and their one true gift to us plebes — their bodies of work. Maybe as you flip through a waterlogged InTouch, you wondered to yourself “What would Reese Witherspoon be if she were a drink?” Rest easy, friends. We’ve taken the legwork out of life’s complicated quandaries. Curious? Click through…
“I was never going to change my name to Rocknroll…I’ve never changed my name to anything so I didn’t see a reason to start now…I quite like Kate Winslet; in fact I think it’s very flashy…I’m proud of my name because I’m one of three girls and we have one boy in our family so essentially the only person who is going to carry the name along is my brother and he doesn’t have any children at the moment.”
–Kate Winslet puts all of our worst fears to rest. Phew. I don’t think I could handle my favorite actress changing her name. Now…onto what Kate and Ned are going to name that baby. I’m pulling for Seth Doug Rocknroll for a boy, Olive Rocknroll for a girl. But I’m open to suggestions. [US Weekly]