Last night, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a screener of “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” the film that was the talk of Cannes, based on the book by Lionel Shriver. The book/movie is told from the perspective of a mother — played by Tilda Swinton — as she struggles to rebuild her life shortly after her teenage son, Kevin, kills a bunch of his fellows students and teachers in an orchestrated massacre. Kevin has always been a bad seed, exhibiting sociopathic behavior since he was in diapers and the film (and, I imagine, the book) puts a certain damper on any baby fever you might have. It’s the ultimate psychological horror story — are some people just born evil?
Ezra Miller spent over two years trying to land the role before finally getting the green light — and damn, did he blow me away. The thing about many sociopaths is their ability to switch seamlessly between being charming and cruel, and Miller pulls this off brilliantly. He exudes an emotional intelligence beyond his age, a quality that is essential for such a complex and disturbing character. I — and, oh, everyone else — am convinced he is the next big thing. Click onward to check out a bunch of photos and facts about this hot young talent.
Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Emma Watson
You might think “My Week With Marilyn” would be a lighthearted film about one of the most famous women in the modern history of the world. After all, it’s about a romance between Monroe and a set gopher while she filmed “The Prince and the Showgirl,” a comedy. But I walked out of the theater with just the opposite — a heavy heart. (And the steadfast belief that Michelle Williams, who plays Marilyn Monroe, should be nominated for an Oscar.) Keep reading »
We’re suckers for an indie rom-com, especially one that makes us wistfully nostalgic about our misfit teenage years. “The Art of Getting By,” out on DVD 11/29, is just that kind of film. Freddie Highmore (the now grown-up kid from “Finding Neverland”) is George, a fatalistic but artistically talented high school senior in New York City who is on the verge of failing. It’s only when he meets smart and beautiful Sally (played by Emma Roberts) that George slowly starts to find motivation to realize his potential. Sort of a modern day “My So-Called Life” meets John Hughes, “The Art of Getting By” is an endearing love story that’s not to be missed.
“The Muppets don’t get laughs at other people’s expense. It’s part of what I really loved about the Muppets. They don’t even want to destroy their villains. They want to reform their villains.”
– Jason Segel talks to NPR’s “Fresh Air” about his new movie, “The Muppets,” and what’s so special about the talking puppets that have enchanted people of all ages. I haven’t seen the new flick yet, have you? What did you think? [NPR]
Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and fattening and as devoid of family drama as possible. It is a straight up miracle that I was not up and out of bed this morning at 4 a.m., ready to raid the stores like the shopaholic that I am. But you know what? Over the last few weeks, I made a decision not to participate in the rush to spend — after all, Black Friday is just a fancy, corporate-generated pseudo-holiday designed to make the masses feel good about blowing their money. And you know what? There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, I’ve got 10 suggestions for things you could do instead that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, at least one poor sap gets trampled at a Walmart every year.) Keep reading »
Well, surprise, surprise. It looks like women in Hollywood are still screwed, at least according to a recent University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism study. Researchers surveyed all films released in 2009, and found that filmmakers still favor men over women — only around a third of all speaking characters were female. Not only that — women on screen were more likely to be scantily clad — three times more likely — than their male counterparts. Keep reading »