“You get to skip a lot of school … “Teen Wolf” was bad then, it’s bad today. If you’re lucky enough to stick around for a long time, you’re going to have some things in your past that are kind of fun to look at.”
—Jason Bateman talking to Mo Rocca during “CBS Sunday Morning” about the pros and cons of being a child star. Cute. Though for the record, I have to say that “Teen Wolf” was not, is not, and never will be bad. [NY Post]
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The final moments of “Say Anything” are perfect. When the seatbelt sign flashes off with a ding—well, let’s just say that it got me when I was a teenager, and it still gets me now. Which is why I have to object to director Cameron Crowe’s revelation that he’s thinking of doing a sequel to the classic film. “It’s the only thing that I’ve written that I would consider doing that with,” Crowe said on the Television Critics Association press tour. “I’ve thought about it from time to time and talked about it with John Cusack once and just said this is the only story that I kind of think there might be another chapter to at some point.”
All I have to say is … please don’t. Keep reading »
Every time I watch the new “90210,” I have a very distracting thought—Trevor Donovan, who plays Teddy on the show, looks life a walking, talking version of Ken. I mean, give the man some hair gel and he is good to go. So I was highly amused today when I heard that he had met with producers about the possibility of playing everyone’s favorite plastic hunk without junk in a live-action movie. My next reaction was—wait, someone’s making a live-action Barbie movie?
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The New York Film Festival announced that the new Marilyn Monroe biopic “My Week With Marilyn,” which follows a production assistant’s week on set with the icon right after tying the knot with Arthur Miller, will get top billing at the festival this year. The festival’s head of programming changed the schedule, moving the film to the opening slot after seeing Michelle Williams‘ performance. “After seeing Marilyn Monroe so often portrayed in films as a caricature, it is a pleasure to see this complex personality and unique on-screen presence portrayed so well by such a talented actress as Michelle Williams,” he said. The coveted centerpiece slot is often a predictor of a future Oscar nomination. I wouldn’t be surprised if the lovely and talented Michelle were headed that way. She looks completely transformed in these first look photos. I can’t wait to see her take on the icon. Even though we’ve seen so many do it before her. [ONTD]
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When I think of Catwoman, I expect shiny pleather, whiskers and a whip-like tail. I do not expect a woman in a cheap looking black body suit wearing goggles that resemble Blu Blockers aboard a weird motorcycle thingy. So I am very disappointed by the first image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Wardrobe! Get in here. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
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.