Idris Elba is full of surprises. The British actor was so convincing On “The Wire” as Stringer Bell, the Baltimore drug kingpin in business school, that the first time I heard him talk out of character, I was shocked to discover that he is very, very British. And apparently, Idris has his eye on an iconic British role. Bond, James Bond. “It’s a rumor,” he said on NPR this week. “My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I ‘m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.” Fair enough.
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George Clooney and Ryan Gosling put on their fanciest suits and cutest grins for last night’s premiere of “Ides of March,” but I believe there were less friendly feelings afoot. Above, The Gosling pranks the notorious jokester by doodling a mustache on his side of their movie poster. Keep clicking to see how I imagine this went over with Clooney — and whether they worked it out in the end.
Actress Anna Kendrick stars with my boyfriend Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in the new cancer comedy “50/50.” During a recent interview, the three began discussing the different ways female and male celebs are typically interviewed. Anna noted that women get asked about their workout routine and beauty regimens a whole lot more than men do. And Seth concurred that the questions his female costars are often asked are downright embarrassing. Obviously, these three have not been interviewed by The Frisky. We are equal opportunity with embarrassing questions. [Moviefone]
“I feel almost embarrassed revealing this, because the genre has been so degraded in the past twenty years that saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity. But that has not stopped me from enjoying them. I like watching people fall in love onscreen so much that I can suspend my disbelief in the contrived situations that occur only in the heightened world of romantic comedies. I have come to enjoy the moment when the male lead, say, slips and falls right on top of the expensive wedding cake. I actually feel robbed when the female lead’s dress doesn’t get torn open at a baseball game while the JumboTron camera is on her. I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world.”
—Mindy Kaling of “The Office” confesses in the new issue of The New Yorker that she is a closet romantic comedy junkie and dreams of writing one some day. She goes on to break down the archetypes of the rom-com: the Klutz, the Ethereal Weirdo, the Woman Who Is Obsessed with Her Career and Is No Fun at All. Thanks to Mindy for defending this genre. Because when you’re feeling down on a Sunday night, nothing can cheer you up faster than cooking a good meal and watching a terrible rom-com. [New Yorker]
The Kwanzaa fairy came early this year: there’s a 10-minute-long “Bridesmaids” outtake! It’s packed with the most obscure insults to ever pour forth from Kristen Wiig‘s brain during that scene where she fights with a snotty teenaged girl in the jewelry shop. You could either watch it here … or grab yourself the “Bridesmaids” Blu-ray DVD, on which the bonus scene originally appeared. BTW, “You look like you vacation in America” is totally my new go-to insult. [YouTube via The Hairpin]