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Will “Black Swan” Encourage Eating Disorders?

Black Swan” is a great movie. It’s also, as Julie put it, “eating disorder porn.” In the movie, Natalie Portman‘s character not only shows signs of anorexia—she’s also bulimic. I had hoped this wouldn’t seem glamorous to teens and women seeing the movie since, well, Natalie’s character also totally loses it in a downward spiral. But apparently that’s not the case. Just now, searching for images from the movie, I found one—at a site called “Thinspo Me Baby” on Tumblr, along with the caption, “Get your thinspiration from the upcoming movie Black Swan!!!” Another search brought me to Superskinnyus.blogspot.com. And another to Mydailythinspo.blogspot.com. Looks like pro-ana websites all over are looking to the movie. Super sad. Keep reading »

Robert Pattinson And Kristen Stewart Banter Through “Eclipse” DVD Commentary

A dorky thing I love—listening to the cast and crew commentary on DVD editions of movies and TV joys. I always enjoy hearing the behind-the-scenes tidbits, and getting an insider’s perspective on whatever I’m watching. So I’m happy to hear that the DVD of “Eclipse” contains commentary with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, which is mainly the two of them bantering about Kristen’s wig and how inappropriate Robert thinks it is that Bella pursues a friendship with Jacob while she and Edward are together. A sample moment, from when Bella meets the wolf pack, sans shirts: Keep reading »

Michelle Williams Ate Ice Cream For Breakfast While Filming “Blue Valentine”

“[Michelle] ended up winning. She gained about 15, 16 pounds. [Ryan] gained 14. … Michelle was eating a pint of ice cream for breakfast and dinner and avocado sandwiches all day. She wanted to do it. She talked about her character having a certain self-hatred.”

—Director Derek Cianfrance explains that Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling had a race to see who could gain the most weight while filming “Blue Valentine,” to physically show their characters becoming emotionally unhinged. Apparently, Michelle’s breakfast ice cream of choice was coconut. [People] Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” Trailer Actually Doesn’t Look Terrible

It pains me to say this, but the trailer for Mel Gibson‘s new film, “The Beaver,” directed by his BFF Jodie Foster, doesn’t look terrible. Mel plays a father and husband who goes under the psychological care of a prescription beaver puppet to “put some distance between himself and the negative aspects of his personality.” It looks like it addresses how a loved one’s mental illness affects a family — a subject that IRL racist, sexist, death threat-making Mel knows all too much about. Will Mel’s abusive craziness towards ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva affect whether or not you watch his movies? Assuming, of course, you watched Mel Gibson movies in the first place. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Black Swan,” “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “All Good Things,” “The Warrior’s Way”

Baby, it’s cold outside. And I know you’d like nothing more than to stay in with some hot cocoa and a cuddle buddy, but you’ve got so much to do. There are presents to buy, grocery stores to pillage, decorations to put up and, as always, movies to see! And while there might not be any holiday-specific movies out this week, there are some dark wintry tales that require your attention. So suck it up and bring a thermos of peppermint schnapps-spiked cocoa. Keep reading »

We See Chick Flicks: “Tiny Furniture”

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 »

3 Cheers For Winona Ryder

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 »

Quickies: The “Breaking Dawn” Sex Scene Is Epic & Kim Kardashian Will Be “Dead” For Awhile

  • The sex scene in “Breaking Dawn,” in which Bella Swan loses her V-card to vampire lover Edward, took 12 hours to film. Popping our cherry took far less time. [Celebuzz]
  • You know that supposedly crazy video J.Lo’s ex-husband is hanging over her head? Ojani Noa’s rep says Jenny From The Block exposes herself in it. [Guanabee]
  • Jessica Simpson downs shots and margaritas while out with Eric Johnson on Tuesday. Maybe she’s not preggers after all? [NY Post]

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Steve Urkel Is Back!

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 »

Kirsten Dunst Talks About Going Downtown On Ryan Gosling In “All Good Things”

“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 »

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