My, how far Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have come together in the past 13 years. They’ve gone from being 20-something bachelors doodling math equations on mirrors to both being stand-up citizens with wives and multiple children. So I kind of love that their next movie together is about … two friends who swap wives. “The Trade”—which Ben is writing with his younger brother Casey, and in which he will presumably star alongside Matt—tells the real-life story of two Yankees pitchers in the 1970s, Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson, who decided to trade wives. Mrs. Peterson moved in with Kekich while Mrs. Kekich went to sharing a bed with Peterson. When word got out about the situation, a scandal erupted. Keep reading »
Step aside, Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Baz Luhrman’s new onscreen version of “The Great Gatsby” keeps getting bigger and better. We were pretty pumped a few months ago when we heard that Leonardo DiCaprio would be taking on the role of everyone’s favorite social climber. Oh, and then we saw that adorable Carey Mulligan had been cast as his Daisy, with Tobey Maguire stripping off the spidey suit to play Nick Carraway. Now we hear that the film will be turning New South Wales into its East Egg. And the strangest news of all—the whole thing will be shot in 3D. It seems like a strange choice for the great American novel, but, then again, we loved Luhrman’s “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge” so much that we are willing to withhold judgment until the bright colors, big song and dance numbers, and outrageous costumes are swirling in front of us. Here’s hoping “Gatsby” can get the bad taste of “Australia” out of our mouths. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Mila Kunis will get you, my pretty, and your little dog too. The “Black Swan” actress is apparently in talks to play Theodorah in “Oz, The Great and Powerful,” the prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” which will star James Franco and be directed by Sam Raimi of “Spiderman” fame. So why don’t you recognize the name ‘Theodorah’? Because she’s more commonly known by her title—the Wicked Witch of the West. The movie will be telling the story not only of how the Wizard ended up over the rainbow, but how Glinda and the Wicked Witches arrived at their posts, too. I am a total sucker for all things Oz, so yes, I am very excited for this movie. Emerald City, or bust. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
I’m not sure exactly how time is passing so quickly, but we are now only nine days away from the Oscars. To be clear—that’s one week and two days. As the big day creeps closer and closer, people seem to be feeling more confident that Natalie Portman will win Best Actress for her ballerina-gone-loco turn in “Black Swan.” Why? Well, because she won both the Golden Globe and the SAG awards for the role. Also, she’s pregnant and that often bodes well for Oscar contenders. Plus, as Newsweek so delicately put it in headline a few weeks ago: “Want to Win an Oscar? Play a Crazy Chick.”
Last week, we looked at a theory—that the Academy favors actors who take on real life roles—that could predict who will win for Best Actor this year. Today, let’s look at the off-their-rocker roles that have garnered Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress wins. Keep reading »
Folks, February 14th is almost upon us again and, if you’re not making restaurant reservations or picking out scented bath tablets, chances are you’re in your sad corner crying to a Morrissey album.
Well fret not, lonely souls, because we have the surefire cure for the Valentine’s Day blues: MOVIES, and plenty of ‘em! Keep that copy of “Sleepless in Seattle” on the shelf and check out our selection of the perfect double features to suit your mood on Singles Awareness Day.
Take two of these and call us in the morning. Read more… Keep reading »
Melissa Leo was uh-maze-zing in “The Fighter” as a mother/manager who sticks by her former-wrestler son even when it’s pretty clear that he’s a junkie who screws up everything. Leo won the Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress for the performance. But I guess she’s a little nervous about the Oscars? Apparently, Leo placed ads yesterday in publications like Deadline, that Academy Award voters read. She paid for the ads herself. “I took matters into my own hands. I knew what I was doing and told my representation how earnest I was about this idea,” she said. “I had never heard of any actor taking out an ad as themselves and I wanted to give it a shot.”
But the two ads she ran are terribly cheesetastic. Apparently, she thinks the Academy will be swayed by fur coats? Keep reading »
I was a tad bit concerned when I heard that Will Smith was looking to do a remake of my favorite childhood musical, “Annie,” with his daughter Willow Smith whipping her hair as the iconic orphan. Willow is keeping quiet about the project and when recently asked about it on “Access Hollywood,” demurred, “You’re just going to have to wait.” But there is one detail she let slip. She said that her ideal Daddy Warbucks would be none other than … Brad Pitt. After all, he does have experience with adoption. Keep reading »
T-minus 18 days until the Oscars and, of course, we are all starting to place bets on who we think will walk away with little golden men this year. Luckily, the Academy has proven itself to be pretty darn predictable over the years. If you’re America’s Sweetheart, you’ll probably win Best Actress. If you sings in a flick, you are almost guaranteed Oscar gold. But there’s another trend we’ve been noticing lately: the winners for Best Actress and Best Actor tend to be the person who’s taken on the based-on-a-true-story role. In fact, 10 of the 20 top honors given in the 2000s went to actors who portrayed real people. Let’s take a look, shall we? Keep reading »
“Little redneck things still come out … I went through a wood-chopping phase when I was nine or 10 … I’m attracted to my brother. Stuff like that.”
—Jennifer Lawrence, a Best Actress Oscar contender this year for “Winter’s Bone,” tells Rolling Stone about her Kentucky upbringing. Be careful—this girl can shoot a gun and field-dress squirrels. Which does not involve putting them in a prairie dress and bonnet. [Rolling Stone] Keep reading »