If I could take a trip anywhere in the world, I’d choose … Oz. As in the place over the rainbow, not the prison. So I am very excited about Disney’s upcoming “Oz: The Great And Powerful,” a prequel to everyone’s favorite tale about a girl following the yellow brick road. The cast so far is stellar. The very busy James Franco will play the guy behind the curtain. Mila Kunis will play Theodora, who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West. Rachel Weisz will be Evanora, the already evil Wicked Witch of the East.
And now, the movie finally has its Glinda, after much debate. Keep reading »
“I told my agents that I wasn’t going to play pussies anymore. I was tired of playing, ‘Oh, boo-hoo–I was in love, but oh, boo-hoo-hoo.’ There comes an age when you can’t do that anymore. I wanted to play men instead of boys. In your mid-30s, it’s time to start playing guys of compromise. And as you get older, men of bitter compromise.”
—Tom Hanks talks to W Magazine about moving on from roles like the ones he played in “Splash” and “Sleepless in Seattle” to more hard-hitting fare like “Philadelphia” and “Cast Away.” Point taken, but I’m just not sure how to feel about his use of the word ‘pussies.’ Who knew Hanks could get so crass? Oh, and apparently we’ll get to see Tom as a pussy once again in “Larry Crowne,” the new romantic comedy in which he co-stars with Julia Roberts. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Starring Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Annette de la Renta, Iris Apfel, Tom Wolf, Kim Hastreiter, Patrick McDonald, Michael Kors
I know a woman whose life possibly peaked when she was snapped by The Sartorialist. Me? I’m gunning to catch the eye of Bill Cunningham from The New York Times‘s Sunday Style section, who has been photographing street style since Scott Schumann and Garance Doré were but eggs in their mothers’ wombs. Bill Cunningham, who turned 80 while the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” was being filmed, dropped out of Harvard in the late 1940s and began working as a milliner, making hats for New York City’s elite. Then a friend handed him a camera and Bill’s eye for style bloomed. Now he’s the beloved street style photographer — a cultural anthropologist, really — for the Times. As someone — perhaps Anna Wintour — says in “Bill Cunningham New York,” while everyone else who works in fashion is standing inside the tents during Fashion Week snapping pics of celebrities, Bill Cunningham is outside on the sidewalk taking photographs of the regular people. Keep reading »
“My girlfriend was getting married and we were all about to go to Mexico. We had this whole trip planned; we all put money in for the place, the airplane, everything. My girlfriend got so sick that she was on antibiotics and was instructed not to fly. The bride couldn’t fly. Everything was paid for, so we all had to go. So we all went without her. It was kind of pathetic and sad.”
—Maya Rudolph shares her worst experience as a bridesmaid. But hey, that’s still 10 times better than what goes down in her hilarious movie, “Bridesmaids,” which we are all kind of obsessed with at the moment. [People] Keep reading »
We can do it, ladies! The Kristen Wiig/Maya Rudolph comedy “Bridesmaids” blew the roof off all expectations, raking in $24.4 million at the box office on opening weekend — the most important barometer in all of Hollywood. While “Thor” came in #1 at the box office this weekend, “Bridesmaids” followed at #2. People who care about lady-issues, such as why only a handful of women are prominent in comedy and why movies with all-female casts are often denigrated as “chick flicks,” were waiting with bated breath to see if “Bridesmaids” succeeded. The fact that it did — and that everyone agrees it’s smart and uproariously funny — sends a signal to studios to invest in more female-led comedies. According to TheWrap.com, Universal Studios predicted “Bridesmaids” would only rake in dough in the low teens. Wrong! Maybe we could stop wondering if women are funny now? [The Wrap] Keep reading »
Speaking of reboots of classic female heroines, Sarah Michelle Gellar spoke to CNN this week about (a) her partnership with Nestle’s Share the Joy of Reading project and (b) the new “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie that Warner Brothers is currently working on. And our girl does not mince words. “It was a movie, it’s been made—it stars Kristy Swanson. They don’t need to make another one. I think it’s a horrible idea to try to do a ‘Buffy’ without Joss Whedon!” Sarah Michelle said. “That’s like honestly, to be incredibly non-eloquent, that’s the dumbest idea I ever heard.” Co-sign. Even if they cast the awesome Heather Morris of “Glee,” it just won’t be right. [NY Post] Keep reading »
Finally, an outrageous gross-out comedy starring women! Hollywood isn’t exactly known for producing flicks that maximize funny females. Even Bette Midler has lamented the lack of funny women gracing the big screen lately.
That could explain why so many women are eagerly anticipating this week’s release of “Bridesmaids,” which has been described as “The Hangover” starring women. SNL’s Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph lead the cast, with Rose Byrne (“Get Him to the Greek”), Ellie Kemper (“The Office”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Reno 911″) and Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) rounding out the rest of the bridesmaids.
As they gear up for their friend’s wedding, these bridesmaids don’t just primp, preen, gossip and tut-tut about what their men might be up to at the bachelor party. Instead, they embark on their own crazy adventures, including excessive drinking, cursing, farting, burping and ogling hot men. Read more… Keep reading »
“Certainly my alter ego is who I am 100 percent, a mommy who is changing diapers and coloring all night long. I’m sure I’m very, very soft. I’ve always been drawn to strong characters and I admire strong women, emotionally and physically, just people I feel are fighting for something and have a sense of justice and injustice. I’ve been very lucky that I came to my career at a time that women are being allowed these roles and have such great opportunities for these types of characters.”
—Angelina Jolie talks at the Cannes Film Festival about being a part of “Kung Fu Panda 2″ and says that in many ways, it’s closer to who she is in real life than the bad-ass characters she usually plays onscreen. I sort of love the image of Angie coloring all night. I bet she gives good crayon. [PopSugar] Keep reading »
When I saw this image of Sean Penn this morning, I thought, “Oh—this is why Scarlett Johansson is all about him. He loves Robert Smith of The Cure as much as I do.” But alas, that is not the case. This is a still from “This Must Be The Place,” Sean’s newest movie that will be debuting this month at the Cannes Film Festival. The flick tells the story of an aging rock star who heads to America to hunt down the former Nazi who tortured his father during the Holocaust. Still, the Robert Smith resemblance is pretty darn striking. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
After seeing Kermit work the “black carpet” at the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” premiere, I vote for Muppets to work all red carpet events forevermore. It’s so much easier to ask embarrassing questions and make off-color jokes when you’re a puppet. Kermit played the Johnny Depp and Vanessa Hudgens interviews perfectly. He killed it. But I hope Miss Piggy didn’t catch that kiss with Kirstie Alley. She gets crazy when she’s jealous. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »