Starring Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Alex Karpovsky, David Call
Last year I interviewed writer/director Diablo Cody, who said something which has long stuck in my mind:
“Let’s say a woman directs a movie that’s not very good — everybody piles up on her. It’s, like, ‘No! You’re representing us! It has to be perfect!’ And that’s not how it works! Women should be allowed to make bad movies. Good movies. Porno movies. Terrible made-for-TV movies. Women just need to be out there directing as many movies as men do. We don’t all have to be the model woman — what we need is to be more visible.”
The phrase “women should be allowed to make bad movies” echoed in my head as I watched “Tiny Furniture,” the flick by first-time filmmaker Lena Dunham, which was made when she was just 24.
“Tiny Furniture” is not a bad movie in the way “Transformers” or “Showgirls” are bad movies. Keep reading »
Ever since her first appearance in “Heathers,” we’ve adored Winona Ryder. Sadly, at least for the moment, her leading lady days are over. Was it the shoplifting? Or the just getting a tiny bit older? Whatever caused the fall, we’re pretty proud of her for rolling with the punches. And lately she’s had some pretty good—and completely random—parts in big movies. Like in “Black Swan,” where she plays a ballerina no longer in the spotlight, and she has a drunken encounter with Natalie Portman. Check out the clip here. I also secretly loved that she was Spock’s mother in “Star Trek.” It was so gloriously random. And Winona is pretty much the only reason I’d want to see “The Dilemma.” Yeah, Vince Vaughn just doesn’t do it for me. Keep reading »
First the Syfy channel brought us “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” complete with an amazing Tiffany-versus-Debbie-Gibson fight scene. And now we have a movie called “MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus” starring … Jaleel White. I actually had a big crush on him back in the “Family Matters” days. High-waisted pants, glasses, and a cheese obsession aren’t enough to fool me—he was always adorable. [Movieline] Keep reading »
“What happens is, I come into the shower with Ryan, and for my character, it’s a smart ploy. … We start making out, and I gesture that I’m going to go down on him. And then I do. It’s her gesture of coming into the shower and making him feel good, and in doing so, trying to get what she wanted. So I thought it was appropriate.”
—Kirsten Dunst talks about a sex scene that was cut from “All Good Things,” in which she co-stars with Ryan Gosling. Don’t worry, Amelia—the scene will be on the DVD. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“Black Swan,” the ballet thriller which opens this weekend, looks like it’s going to be two things: A) amazing and B) deeply twisted and disturbing. So it’s hard to imagine that life on the set—helmed by director Darren Aronofsky, the dude who brought you “Requiem for a Dream”—was all kittens and rainbows. But as more information gets out about the atmosphere on set, it sounds even more intense than I’d imagined. After the jump, tales from the making of “Black Swan.” Keep reading »
“I love working with [Malin], she is sensitive and hard-working and I think it’s a great decision for our project. … I feel like 16 tons of weight are off my mind not having to deal with the Lindsay Lohan situation. We have not heard anything from Lindsay and her camp recently but we wish her and them well. I still think she has great talent and if she respects those gifts then she will go on to show people what she is capable of doing.”
—Matthew Wilder, the director of “Inferno,” on the decision to replace Lindsay Lohan with Malin Akerman. Yowch. [Radar] Keep reading »
Behold, the first official image from “Breaking Dawn.” Director Bill Condon decided to go a little arty with it, rather than just show you Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson‘s purdy faces. So what’s going on here? Bella and Edward have just gotten hitched, and as they, uh, consummate the marriage, Edward bites a pillow. Hence, the feathers and K-Stew’s curled-in-ecstasy hand. [EW] Keep reading »
Much has been written about Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway‘s nudity and sex scenes in “Love and Other Drugs.” But how did these two research the heavier parts of their roles? After the jump, Jake shares how he learned about the world of pharmaceutical reps, and Anne describes how she was able to give a convincing portrayal of a 20-something woman with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. Keep reading »
If you love burlesque like I do, you might have had mixed feelings when you heard about the movie “Burlesque.” Just how badly might Christina Aguilera and Cher butcher this thing that I love? But on the other hand, how awful can a movie be if Stanley Tucci is in it?
I had to get to the bottom of this caper, so I wrangled two hungover New York City burlesque stars, Anita Cookie and Clams Casino, for a Friday afternoon showing of “Burlesque.” I am sure you will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that Hollywood took some creative liberties with the art of burlesque. (Spoilers ahead!) Keep reading »