The time before the invention of the vibrator is a dark period of world history which I prefer not to think about. But imagine, ladies, if you will, a period when all of a woman’s problems were attributed to “hysteria,” a vague pathological affliction which doctors found could best be cured by applying pressure to a woman’s most delicate regions. A suffering woman could be relieved of her hysteria by hand, of course, but the world needed a device to get the job done more quickly. “Hysteria” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival next month and stars Hugh Dancy as a young doctor in Victorian England and Maggie Gyllenhaal as his boss’s daughter, who knows at the root of all these hysterics is a need for pleasure. God bless electricity, that’s all I have to say. [YouTube] Keep reading »
Finally, the most under-appreciated invention in the history of the world is getting its due; this fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal will film an indie romantic comedy, “Hysteria,” about the invention of the vibrator! It’s set in Victorian-era London and she plays the daughter of a doctor who treats what used to be called “hysteria,” i.e., crankiness and tension. Hugh Dancy will play one of the docs and Rupert Everett will play his best friend. Both are convinced a new vibrating device could help ladies clear that “hysteria” right up. I hate to spoil the ending but … well, we all know it works. [Variety] Keep reading »
Jake Gyllenhaal has been through the Oscar nomination rigamarole—he got a nod in 2006 for “Brokeback Mountain.” So he knows exactly what sister Maggie, who was just nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Crazy Heart,” feels. He was on hand when Maggie’s phone started ringing off the hook the morning nominations were announced. After a bit, Maggie wanted to go back to bed. “Don’t go back to sleep, this is amazing!” said Jake. “Have a coffee with me, and I’ll make you pancakes.”
Now that it’s been a few days, Jake has given Maggie some advice. She told People, “He said, ‘It’s a lot of fun, and enjoy it in that spirit. If you make it too much more than that, you’ll probably go astray.’” Interestingly, their mama Naomi also had her Oscar moment—in 1988 she got a Best Screenplay nomination.
So which other famous siblings have Oscar running in their bloodstream? After the jump, find out. Keep reading »
The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced this morning and some of the nominees include: George Clooney for best actor in “Up in the Air,” Mo’Nique for best supporting actress in “Precious,” Maggie Gyllenhaal for best supporting actress in “Crazy Heart,” Gabourey Sidibe for best actress in “Precious,” and a little movie called “Avatar” was nominated in a whole bunch of categories, tying “Hurt Locker” for a total of nine nominations. One difference in the awards this year is that 10 movies have been nominated for best picture rather than the usual five. For a full list, check out the official website of the Oscars. Keep reading »
These two are so adorable together, with their double-a’s and their indie good looks and their cuddly parkas. [New York City, 12/23/08] Keep reading »