Not content with living life as Mr. Julianne Moore, writer-director Bart Freundlich carved himself a substantial niche as an independent filmmaker. Starting with his first feature, "The Myth of the Fi...
Actress Julianne Moore 'lurks' on her children's social media accounts to ensure they are protected from the dangers of the internet. The Big Lebowski star and her film director husband Bart Freundlich keep close tabs on their 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter's online activities to ensure they don't fall prey to the darker side of the internet, and Moore doesn't worry about invading her children's privacy.
She tells Britain's Mail On Sunday, "It's a scary world out there. I'm all over it with my kids. My son has a Facebook page which he uses but he knows that his father and I... lurk on it, so that if we see something untoward we can talk to him about it.
"In my opinion you don't get to have privacy when you're only 16! My daughter has an Instagram account on my phone, which is quite boring at the moment because I keep having to look at her pictures, which are all of kittens and cupcakes, but it's what you do."
Actress Julianne Moore constantly pesters her children to be nice to other kids after growing up as an outsider because of her nomadic childhood. The Hannibal star constantly moved schools because of her father's career with the U.S. Army, and she has also admitted she was a target for bullies because of her bright red hair.
Her own experiences as a kid have prompted the star to ensure her own offspring are always welcoming to their struggling classmates.
She tells Britain's Independent newspaper, "I'm highly aware of what it is to be on the outside. Whenever you come to a new environment, you're automatically on the outside; everyone has already established a relationship. What intrigued me growing up were the people who see that you're on the outside and let you in - and the people who don't.
"I've always encouraged my children to embrace everyone, and they get sick of it. I ask them, 'Is there a new kid? Are they by themselves? Did you talk to them? Do you want to invite them over? Do you want me to call their mom?' And my kids are like, 'Urgh, mom!' I feel like both my children are very generous and they do notice, but they've been in the same school all their lives, so it's a different kind of thing."
The star has two children, Caleb, 15, and 11 year old Liv, with director Bart Freundlich.
Actress Julianne Moore refused to take care of her family's laundry load over the summer (13) - she went on strike. The Hours actress and her husband Bart Freundlich took their two kids to Long Island, New York for a vacation, but the trip wasn't as relaxing as she had initially anticipated.
In a new interview with U.S. chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, Moore reveals she ended up spending most of her time cleaning the never-ending assortment of laundry - that is until one day she decided to take a stand against all the hard work.
She explains, "I thought I'd relax this summer, but mostly I did laundry. I have rules about it, especially about towels, because we're near the beach... But nobody did anything. They put their wet towels everywhere, clothes were all over the house.
"The house was so messy, that I went on a laundry strike. I said, 'I'm not doing it anymore. You can just wear dirty stuff.' My son's bedroom was so dirty that our dog thought it was a place to go to the bathroom."
Ironically, her boycott didn't last long, as none of the heaps of laundry were getting clean and she decided to break the strike herself.
She adds, "Well I finally broke. I'm pretty vain about my kids. I'd say, 'Just go out there and wear those dirty clothes.' But then somebody's gonna go, 'Oh my God - look at her kids and those filthy clothes!'"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chloe Grace Moretz joined their Don Jon and Carrie castmate Julianne Moore as she unveiled her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday (03Oct13). The Hours star's husband Bart Freundlich and their kids Cal, 15, and Liv, 11, also attended the Hollywood Boulevard ceremony, where Moore gushed about the 2,507th star honour.
The ceremony offered a little respite for Moretz, who plays Moore's onscreen daughter in the upcoming remake of Stephen King's 1976 horror movie, after she revealed her mother is battling cancer earlier this week (beg30Sep13).
Barkin thought the "affair" with Bart Freundlich was a terrible idea and told Moore it wouldn't last.
The Kids Are All Right star says, "I was hugely embarrassed about it, so I tried to keep it a secret. Barkin knew. I was on the phone with her and I wouldn’t admit it, but she knew and she was going, 'Don’t do it'. But I always say, it all worked out. We stayed together, and we have these kids together."
She tells More magazine, "(Now, we're like) 'Wow, we did it!’ Marriage is commitment; it’s the ultimate challenge... Family is the ultimate narrative... It gives a story to your life in a remarkable way."
The Hours star insists it's always best to confront your partner if you suspect infidelity - before turning to others for help.
In Chloe, Moore hires a prostitute, portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, to test her husband (Liam Neeson).
But the actress hopes suspicious women don't take the movie home with them.
She says, "Having been married for a long time and having friends who were married a long time I can't tell you the phone calls I've gotten from somebody saying, 'Listen, I have to talk to you about this because I think he's doing X.'
"You say to them, 'Have you talked to him about it?' and they haven't. I think women do that a lot. I think we turn to our friends and say, 'He was out really late? Do you think he's seeing somebody?'
"I think there is a tendency within relationships to sometimes turn out for information with a girlfriend before you talk to your husband about it. I have seen that a lot; people asking outside the marriage for advice."
Moore has been married to second husband Bart Freundlich since 2003.
The redhead beauty's nine-year marriage to actor John Gould Rubin ended in 1995, and she had vowed never to walk down the aisle again.
But Moore changed her mind after an eye-opening therapy session in 2003, following the birth of her second baby with Freundlich.
She says, "For me the only reason to get married was my children. I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family."
Moore, who shares 12-year-old son Caleb and seven-year-old daughter Liv with the filmmaker, now admits her second marriage is a grounding force amid her hectic Hollywood lifestyle.
She adds, "Freud says you need love and work, and a family and a job give you a balance... One element can't give you everything. You can have friends in movies and plays you make, but they're not your family. And you can't expect family to give you the stimulation work is going to provide, because that is not their responsibility."
Caleb, The Hours actress' son with director husband Bart Freundlich, has become a big winter sports enthusiast growing up in New York.
But he was forced to take some time off from the slopes after crushing his wrist in a fall during a recent excursion.
Moore says, "My son is an active snowboarder and he just broke his wrist snowboarding."
The concerned mum insists the teen is recovering quickly - but she's more concerned about her son's hygiene than his broken bones
She laughs, "Let me tell you - nothing compares to the smell of a 12-year-old's cast when it comes off. They just emanate an odour at 12 - it's incomparable."
The X-Files star David Duchovny is returning to television as a single father who is battling an addiction to sex and drugs.
The actor will also serve as executive producer on the as-yet-untitled project for network Showtime.
If the project is picked up to series, it will be Duchovny's first regular TV role since The X-Files wrapped in 2000.
The actor is also working on a second project with Showtime, the comedy series Yoga Man, described as Shampoo in a yoga studio.
Duchovny is writing the pilot script with Bart Freundlich, who directed him in the feature Trust the Man.
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Made writing and directing debut with the short, "A Dog Race in Alaska"
Directed first full length documentary, "Hired Hands"
Directed "Catch That Kid," an American remake of the Danish film "Klatretosen"
Helmed "World Traveler," starring Billy Crudup and wife, Julianne Moore
Directed wife Julianne Moore in the romantic comedy "Trust the Man"
Directed future wife Julianne Moore in the feature, "The Myth of Fingerprints"
Not content with living life as Mr. Julianne Moore, writer-director Bart Freundlich carved himself a substantial niche as an independent filmmaker. Starting with his first feature, "The Myth of the Fingerprints" (1997), an ambiguous comedy-drama about four children returning to their dysfunctional home for Thanksgiving dinner, Freundlich amassed a resume of disillusioned, but affecting films that have in no way, according to the director, reflected anything in his own life. In contrast, Freundlich's life was fruitful, particularly in regards to his relationship with Moore, with whom he became romantic after he cast her in "Fingerprints." Though he has remained for the most part in the indie world, Freundlich had the desire to make studio movies. Despite his desire to branch out into mainstream filmmaking, Freundlich was happy to continue doing what he has done best: making dimensional character-driven dramas in the indie world.<p>Freundlich was born and raised in New York City where his father was a publisher and his mother was a marketing consultant for restaurants. He spent 12 years at a Quaker school in the city, before he moved on to attend Northwestern University. After a year, he transferred to New York University where he majored in cinema studies - a course chosen by default rather than a burning desire to be a filmmaker. He just figured the film program, coupled with his liking of movies, was the best path for him to take. During his stint at NYU, he interned at John Lyons Casting Company, which gave him access to a top-level cast for his student short, "A Dog Race in Alaska" (1993). After graduating, Freundlich began working on the script for "Fingerprints," though it took him a couple of years to complete. During that time, he opened doors at the Royalton Hotel, videotaped conferences for $200 a day, and made a short mockumentary about personal trainers called "Hired Hands" (1994). He later managed to sell "Dog Race" for enough money to quit his day job and become a full time filmmaker.<p>Once Freundlich had his script for "Fingerprints" ready (the title came from a Paul Simon song and remained unexplained in the final product), he began shopping it to actors, namely his soon-to-be love interest, Julianne Moore. Their first meeting, however, was inauspicious - Moore was late, frazzled and "feeling particularly crabby," according to the actress in a 1997 interview in <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>. Freundlich came away feeling like he had been on a bad date, which was why it came as a surprise later when Moore agreed to do the film. With the other actors, Noah Wyle in particular, the courting process was much easier. Freundlich eventually shot the film over 32 days at an old house in Maine for roughly $1.5 million with the actors working for scale and dressing themselves in unoccupied bedrooms of the house. Freundlich managed to get his film in the can and land the girl to boot - he and Moore became romantically involved on set and later had their first child, Caleb, in late 1997. Meanwhile, "Fingerprints" made its debut at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, but failed to earn any awards.<p>While in the middle of shooting "Fingerprints," Freundlich began writing his next project, "World Traveler" (2001), a quirky and introspective road film about a successful man, Cal (Billy Crudup), who suddenly leaves his job, home and family to go on a road of personal discovery. Plagued by guilt, he nonetheless is driven to pursue something intangible and barely visible on the horizon, and along the way, reinvents himself with each new encounter until he finds that his future lies in reconciling his past. The script took Freundlich a year to write, while the film took two years to get made. Once again, Moore starred in the lead female role, playing Dulcie, an emotionally fragile woman searching for her lost son. "World Traveler" toured the festival circuit in 2001, making stops at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as earning theatrical distribution through ThinkFilm, but failed to crack six figures in a handful of theaters.<p>Freundlich went over to the Dark Side for his next feature, directing his first studio film, "Catch the Kid" (2003), for 20th Century Fox. A remake of the Danish film "Klatretosen" (2002), "Kid" followed an adventurous 12-year-old (Kristen Stewart) in her quest to pull off a risky heist in order to pay for an operation on her dad's spine, following his mountain climbing accident. Freundlich's work was blasted by most critics, if only for the film's driving idea that crime d s indeed pay. A price was exacted at the box office as well - "Catch That Kid" raked in a poor $16 million, despite having a wide release in close to 3,000 theaters.<p>Meanwhile, Freundlich returned to the more comfortable world of independent filmmaking with "Trust the Man" (2006), a romantic comedy-drama in the vein of Woody Allen. The more mainstream indie explored the lives of a successful actress (Moore) and her Mr. Mom husband (David Duchovny), whose marriage is suffering from a virtually nonexistent sex life. They share their pain with best friends Elaine (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Tobey (Billy Crudup), a couple with their own unmanageable strife. "Trust the Man" underwhelmed audiences and critics alike, in part due to Freundlich's meandering and underdeveloped script.