Carolyn Owlett pulled her hair back into a ponytail, threw on a frumpy skirt, and walked around London asking if she could have everything for free, from a bus ride to a piece of cake. Most people looked at her like she was crazy. Then she curled her hair into shiny ringlets, put on makeup, a tight dress, and high heels, and did the same thing. Most people looked at her … and then gave her whatever she wanted. The results of her one-woman experiment are depressing, but also fascinating to watch. Would you agree with her findings? Have you witnessed the ways society rewards conventionally beautiful women or experienced them firsthand? [Bright Hands Pictures via Vimeo]
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Oh, Jon Hamm. You can scream into my vagina anytime you want. The acoustics are amazing. [Movieline] Keep reading »
First, of course, came “Clue.” Then Ridley Scott announced he was making a big screen version of Monopoly. Then came “Battleship,” starring the gorgeous Taylor Kitsch. Then “Clue,” again, as a Gore Verbinski-directed remake was teased last year. Now, Hollywood is officially addicted to creating movies based on board games. Today, we get new details on “Candy Land,” the movie based on, well, you know. But don’t expect the Peppermint Forest and Gumdrop Mountains to be as sweet as they sound. Jonathan Aibel, who penned “Kung Fu Panda 2″ and is working on the “Candy Land” script, says that this movie will be epic in scale. “We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy,” he says. Keep reading »
Last night, the Cannes Film Festival concluded with the Robert DeNiro-helmed jury handing out the awards for the best movies and acting on display at the festival. And I am sensing a theme: apparently, the jury was all about films that mixed everyday stories with, well, the fate of the universe. The coveted Palme d’Or award—Cannes’ version of Best Picture Oscar—went to “Tree of Life,” the movie which follows a suburban Texas family in the 1950s through two generations (Brad Pitt is the dad, Sean Penn is his son) connecting them to the creation of the world and cosmos. Meanwhile, most people thought Tilda Swinton had the Best Actress award in the bag for “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” But she was upset by Kirsten Dunst, who stars in “Melancholia,” the story of a bride who begins to feel more and more disillusioned while, lightyears away, a planet threatens to collide with Earth. Oddly, both movies prominently feature eclipses in their trailers. Keep reading »
“The Hangover 2” opens this weekend, and apparently there is someone besides Mel Gibson who will not be eagerly waiting in line with a bucket of popcorn to get a good seat. In the movie, Ed Helms wakes up in a bathtub and discovers that he has a poorly done tribal tattoo on his face. The joke, of course, is that Mike Tyson—who makes a cameo in the original movie and its sequel—has a much better version of the same tattoo. However, Tyson’s tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill, is not amused. In fact, he is suing Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. Keep reading »
In a 45-year career that’s been filled with screwball comedies, touching love stories and the occasional serious drama, there’s one thing that’s been a constant in Woody Allen’s filmography: his love for the ladies.
“My heart is in it more when I’m writing for women,” Allen said once in an interview, and he’s certainly given us some of the most memorable female characters in movie history. (Credit must also be given to Allen’s longtime casting director Juliet Taylor.)
Often starring opposite a neurotic schlub (played by Allen until recently), the Allen female character knows how to deliver a joke, exudes sexuality, and amidst adultery, arguments and other relationship problems is almost always clearer on what she wants than her male counterpart. Keep reading »
“I’ve heard rumblings about a ‘Carrie’ remake, as I have about ‘The Stand’ and ‘It.’ Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not ‘Casablanca’ or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book. Piper Laurie really got her teeth into the bad-mom thing. Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White … hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast. I guess I could get behind it if they turned the project over to one of the Davids: Lynch or Cronenberg.”
—Steven King shares that he’d prefer that the original “Carrie,” one of our top 10 prom movies, not be remade. But if it is, he could see LiLo in the lead role. I dunno—that could be pretty awesome. And I cosign on David Lynch directing. [EW] Keep reading »
Behold, the new poster for “Horrible Bosses,” the movie where Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day conspire to kill their toxic superiors. Jennifer Aniston plays Charlie’s boss, a sadistic dentist. Now, I know many people will object to the use of the words “sex crazed” and “maneater” here alongside the image of the cowering guy and might say that this is about dudes being terrified of female sexuality. That’s probably true, but I kind of like that they cast this role with a woman. I mean, a male dentist who sexually harasses his female hygenist is probably the more likely scenario in the real world—but I like something about the role reversal — and the fact that Jennifer went for this rather than more boring romantic comedy fare. Also, can we talk about how amazing she looks as a brunette?
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Porn may be the only medium James Franco isn’t seeking total domination of … but he’s edging closer with “Cherry,” an indie film set to begin filming next month. Heather Graham, Lili Taylor and Dev Patel will also star in the flick about a troubled 18-year-old girl who moved to San Francisco and started doing porn. The young porn star in question hasn’t been cast yet (may I suggest the incredible Ryan Keely?), but Graham will play an ex-porn star who directs her, Patel will play her best friend, Taylor will play her alcoholic mother, and Franco is a cocaine-addicted lawyer she befriends. Author Stephen Elliot, who wrote The Adderall Diaries, will direct “Cherry.” (And the two might be working together again, as Franco has optioned the book for a film). I can’t wait to see this one! [Variety] Keep reading »
“Casting is so awkward. I’m too shy to meet [actresses]. I have the women come in and I don’t let them sit down. I make up some questions, but I couldn’t care less about chatting. I only see them to make sure that they haven’t gained 200 pounds or had five face jobs. I want to see that the woman I saw on the DVD is still intact.”
—Woody Allen talks to W magazine about his new flick, “Midnight in Paris,” which is screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Wow, he does such a bad job of making himself likable. Really, he meets with actresses just to make sure they’re still hot? Guess he liked what he saw with Rachel McAdams. [PopWrap] Keep reading »