The Sundance Film Festival loves a double dipper. This year, the festival went crazy for two young actresses who had two movies screening—Elizabeth Olsen, who has the distinct advantage of being the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, and an unknown by the name of Brit Marling. Folks liked 27-year-old Brit in “Sound of My Voice,” a futuristic indie thriller about a religious cult. But they loved in her “Another Earth,” a flick with an unusual concept—as a 17-year-old astrophysics students drives home from a party celebrating her admission to MIT, she looks out her car window, angling to see a newly discovered planet that has become visible in the horizon and crashes headfirst into another car, killing the wife and son of the family in it. Four years later, out of jail, she sets out to find the man whose life she ruined (Hey Ethan from “Lost”!) and befriends him, as scientists discover that this new planet is actually an exact doppelganger of Earth. It sounds heavy, but it manages to be totally restrained at the same time. In the movie, Brit gives an amazing performance, both weighty and subtle at the same time. Whispers began that she could be this year’s Jennifer Lawrence and end up with an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
But it actually isn’t even Brit’s acting skills that have me thoroughly fascinated with her. It’s her unusual biography. See, in a parallel life, Brit is an investment banker. Keep reading »
“The following month, it snowballed. My hotel room flooded, my dog got sick, I came down with a slight case of divorce, and I broke my pinky finger. I was begging to get out of Atlanta at that point. No offense to Atlanta—it’s a fantastic place—but it really wants my blood.”
—Ryan Reynolds talks to Jay Leno about his terrible luck filming “The Change Up” in Atlanta, Georgia. A slight case of divorce? That reminds me of a substitute teacher I had in the fourth grade who referred to the Civil War as “The Unpleasantness Between The States.” Yes, that really happened. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“The studio execs were like, ‘People don’t want to see girls [in the bathroom].’ And I was like, ‘I’m writing from experience! You go to a club and you have to wait in a huge line, so people double up. And, yes, you think you’re only going to take a little pee, but sometimes some poops come out.’ We never got the pooping scene as right as they got it in ‘Bridesmaids.’”
—Elizabeth Banks talks to New York about trying to sell a female comedy she wrote called “What About Barb?” in the days before “Bridesmaids.” Interestingly, the movie had a very similar plot—a bride is forced to make a crazy cousin her maid of honor—and a similar scene. Yeah, it never got made. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
Hallelujah! “Friday Night Lights,” which just ended its five season television run a few weeks ago, is coming to be the big screen, possibly as soon as 2013. Creator Peter Berg confirmed the rumor, saying that the movie would pick up when the show left off and would center around main characters, Coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami. That would mean the divine Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton would be back for the film, but it’s still up in the air how many of the show’s more popular cast members/characters would join them. After all, in the series finale, the Taylors moved to Philadelphia, leaving Texas behind. I can only hope that somehow Berg and his fellow writers find a way to get a little Tim Riggins action in there. Assistant Coach? Taylor family pool boy? Whatever. In conclusion: clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose! [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Bethany Hamilton is one of my heroes. In 2003, she was out for a morning surf in Hawaii when she was attacked by a shark. She lost her arm and 60 percent of her blood—another inch or two and the bite would’ve been fatal. But Bethany didn’t let this traumatic event get her down or even end her surfing career. She got back in the water and relearned how to surf with a single arm. She even returned to the competitive surfing circuit, which is so, so badass. So I’m pretty interested to see “Soul Surfer,” the movie based on Hamilton’s memoir, which comes out on DVD today. It stars AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, and also marks Carrie Underwood‘s first attempt at acting. Inspiring stuff, even if the reviews say it gets a touch cheesy.
In July, the summer seems so plentiful. There’s plenty of time to learn to sail and ride bikes in the park. But today is August 1—the date when, every year, I start feeling like summer is slipping through my fingertips, like the metaphorical sand I haven’t used to build a sandcastle. So my number one priority for this week is to spend as much time as possible outdoors. My second priority? To enjoy this week’s crop of movies, music and television. Hey, they are just as lovely as a long nap in a hammock.
After the jump, the shows, albums, flicks, and more you won’t want to miss this week. Keep reading »
“After one of our scenes, the directors said, ‘This is feeling a little goofy. Let’s try this with a kiss at the end.’ And I thought, ‘Holy s—! I’ve never kissed on-camera before. What do I have to do? I didn’t take that class in college.’ Emma’s just this total pro. She pulls out her lip gloss and says, ‘It’s cherry. That cool with you?’ That kiss shall forever be my deer in ‘Stand by Me.’ It’s my moment alone. No one but me will ever be able to treasure it.”
—Josh Groban talks about his first onscreen kiss ever with Emma Stone in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” In the movie, Josh plays Emma’s douche-y boyfriend. But in real life, douche-y guys don’t make analogies to “Stand By Me.” [People] Keep reading »
Umm, hello. We are far too obsessed with the official poster for “The Ides of March,” the upcoming flick that stars George Clooney as a a presidential candidate whose campaign is derailed when one of his aides, Ryan Gosling, becomes caught up in a nasty scandal. Clooney apparently wrote the movie years ago, but shelved it throughout Barack Obama‘s campaign because he felt the country was too hopeful “for a cynical political movie.” But now he feels the timing is just right. “Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, Democrats hate the end,” he said. And thanks to the flicks’ two lead men, straight women love it all the way through just because of the eye candy. Check out the trailer, after the jump! [NY Daily News] Keep reading »