April 09, 2012 9:13am EST
If these Real Housewives shows have taught us anything it's that these ladies know how to dream big, which is exactly when Bethenny Frankel is doing. The Real Housewives of New York star is gearing up to release her first novel, Skinnydipping, which hits stores May 1, and she's already talking about making it into a big screen adaption.
"I've been approached for the book to be a film and a television series," the 41-year-old star admitted to the Associated Press in a recent interview. "My gut says it really is a film; maybe later it could be a TV series. It has the arc, the story, the characters to be a film." And just who would she like to see play the fictionalized movie version of herself? Frankel reveals her ideal casting pick would go to the lovely Mila Kunis.
"When I thought about the lead character, I thought about people like Mila Kunis," she said. "Expect the unexpected. I think that Mila Kunis would be perfect." But if Kunis is unavailable for the role, Frankel would be more than happy to nab Glee's Lea Michele as a second choice (dream big much?).
And while this wish list seems a little ambitiously far fetched, it inspired us to cast the rest of the RHONY crew with real stars as well. Behold, box office gold:
Kathy Griffin as Jill Zarin
When looking for an outspoken, fiery red-head absolutely no one fits the bill better than Griffin. This star would be the perfect blend of humor and insanity to convincingly fit in as one of the gals.
Jessica Simpson as Sonja Morgan
Good old Sonja never really knows when to keep certain things to herself — a problem that Simpson seems to be facing throughout the course of her pregnancy. This Queen of the Overshare would have no problem spilling all of the intimate details of her life to the world because...well...she already does.
A Younger Joan Rivers as Ramona Singer
Sure this 78-year-old star is a little old to play a 55-year-old woman, but she's just too perfect for the part to pass up. If you're looking for a person made up of 100 percent sarcasm and snark, then Rivers is definitely your go-to girl. Like Singer, Rivers never has a problem saying exactly what's on her mind. And we can't help but love her for it.
Michelle Williams and Jason Segel as Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen
Some Hollywood couples you'd never expect would end up together and these pairings definitely fit the bill. So while Williams and Segel aren't looking to tie the knot anytime soon (as far as we know), their unusual match up and apparent love for Brooklyn would make them ideal casting gems.
Barbara Streisand as Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Though I never thought I'd ever be using those two names in the same sentence, it actually could be a pretty great set up. It's Housewives royalty meets music royalty — with a little Meet the Fockers thrown into the mix. And let's be honest, LuAnn's music cred could definitely use the upgrade.
Christie Brinkley as Kelly Bensimon
Gorgeous, sweet, and a killer fashion sense — all three of these words immediately come to mind when thinking of these two ladies. Not to mention they both have mutual modeling experience. Indeed, Brinkley's all-American good girl appeal would be a great (and much needed) fit among such an array of eccentric characters. There needs to be at least one sane person in this bunch.
You've heard our suggestions — now it's your turn. Who would you cast to be portray this dramatic group of girls. Sound off in the comments below.
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Michelle Williams & Jason Segel's 4-Hour Flirty Dinner Date
April 05, 2012 9:29am EST
Michelle Williams may be the only actress in Hollywood we all collectively root for to have a fairytale ending in real-life (seriously, who doesn't find this downright adorable?) and a heart wrenching romance on the big screen. As anyone who has seen the devastating Blue Valentine and Brokeback Mountain can attest, the Oscar nominee is at her absolute best when she finds herself in the worst relationship scenarios.
So despite the universal agreement about the awesomeness that is her blossoming relationship with Jason Segel, it's hard for movie fans not to be excited about the prospect of watching Williams struggle with love again in the upcoming drama Take This Waltz. In the latest trailer for the indie, we find Williams' character comes to terms with the prospect of cheating on her sweet husband (Seth Rogen, back in the drama saddle) when she clicks with a handsome neighbor (played by Luke Kirby.) Between the all those beautifully shot scenes from director Sarah Polley of longing glances between the talented cast (including Sarah Silverman, trying her hand at drama as well) and achingly good hipster-in-despair dialogue ("What are you afraid of?" "I'm afraid I'll miss it") it looks like moviegoers will be in for a wonderfully agonizing time.
Watch Williams do what she does best here:
Take This Waltz will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival and will open in theaters on June 29.
[Photo: Magnolia Pictures]
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April 04, 2012 7:36am EST
Michelle Williams seems to be getting pretty serious about her new beau Jason Segel. The two were spotted going on another date together — this time in Williams' home front of Brooklyn, N.Y. — on March 24. But, that's not all. Segel finally met Williams' 6-year-old daughter Matilda (with actor Heath Ledger) for what appeared to be the first time.
Williams and Segel grabbed some dinner at Frankies Restaurant. They then took a lovers' stroll back to Williams' place, where Segel reportedly spent the night.
But their fun didn't end there. On March 25, Segel was seen playing with Matilda outside as she rode on her scooter.
Williams must be falling head over heels for this guy — she doesn't introduce Matilda to just anyone. What do you think of Williams and Segel? Don't they seem like the perfect fit? [Jae Donnelly/INFphoto.com] More: Williams And Segels's 4-Hour Flirty Dinner Muppets Sequel in the Works, But Not Written By Segel
March 28, 2012 11:29am EST
This morning, Disney and the Tribeca Film Festival announced that the superhero blockbuster The Avengers would close out the 11th year of the New York City-based fest. Snagging the film to wrap up the cinematic celebration is a big get for Tribeca, which in past years has attracted reasonably famous faces and their relatively obscure indie ventures, along with a host of foreign and no name titles that, while rarely finding wide release distribution deals, find their niche audiences, one way or another.
While having a movie as big as The Avengers to tout in conjunction with the fest is a win for Tribeca — ensuring a red carpet extravaganza with the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and director Joss Whedon — reactions from the indie-centric crowd were less than warm. HuffPo gathered a few sarcastic Twitter reactions poking fun at the announcement: "I can think of no better way to celebrate independent cinema," and descriptions of Avengers as "a small art-house film about men in tights." With so many smaller films on their slate desperately seeking audiences to experience them for the first time, does a festival like Tribeca really need to be pushing an extravagantly budgeted Hollywood blockbuster?
Convincing people to take interest in a film festival, even one as high profile as Tribeca (created by NYC patron saint Robert De Niro in the wake of 9/11, as a way of rebuilding and treasuring the community), is no easy task. If the goal is to program new filmmakers, new films, material that one wouldn't find in their local multiplex, then an event needs a hook to get people interested. Tribeca landing a high profile release is a sign of clout, and they need all the muscle they can get to continue rubbing shoulders with big boys like Sundance, Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival. Identity is key, and Tribeca makes a wise choice with Avengers — as we've seen in the countless stills and trailers, the comic book team-up is a New York movie, after all.
Avengers is easily the biggest grand finale Tribeca has ever unveiled, but it's had similar success stories with premieres. This year, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt's rom-com Five Year Engagement will open the festival, joining the ranks of Mission Impossible III, Shrek Forever After and Attack of the Clones as Tribeca kick-offs. But which Tribeca debuts and competition films stand out as breakouts in those years? Compare that to last year's premiere: Cameron Crowe's The Union, a documentary chronicling the musical collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell. Much less shiny, but then again, there are 2011 Tribeca premieres that you can see right now (check out two fascinating films currently in theaters/VOD, Detachment and Jiro Dreams of Sushi). Bigger may not always be better.
Avengers producer Kevin Feige sums up nicely in the official announcement why Tribeca hosting The Avengers is ultimately a great opportunity: "We are proud that Marvel's The Avengers is the closing film of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and we are excited to welcome local heroes to the screening as special guests. We all know and love our iconic Super Heroes, but when it really counts, it's our real-life heroes who save the world every day by making it a better place for all of us." The festival will invite members of the NYPD and FDNY community to enjoy the closing night screening — that's a win, whatever impact Hollywood has in the world of film fests.
What say you? Find Matt Patches directly on Twitter @misterpatches and remember to follow @Hollywood_com!
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March 28, 2012 7:15am EST
Us Weekly has obtained photographs of the blonde beauty strolling hand-in-hand with The Muppets star after a meal at Frankies Spuntino in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night (24Mar12).
A source says, "He put his arm around her and made her laugh as they walked. (They) seemed very relaxed."
The following day (25Mar12), Segel was snapped looking on affectionately as Williams' daughter Matilda, six, rode on her scooter in Brooklyn.
The magazine also reports the rumoured couple dined together in Los Angeles on two separate occasions in recent weeks.
An insider adds, "They are smitten and very serious. She hasn't been this happy in a long time."
The Hollywood actress - who was previously engaged to late actor Heath Ledger, the father of Matilda - split from filmmaker Spike Jonze in 2009 and was romantically linked to director Cary Fukunaga last year (11).
March 17, 2012 8:57am EST
Jay and Mark Duplass broke into the movie-making scene as part of the lo-fi movement dubbed "mumblecore." Films like The Puffy Chair and Baghead kept the action intimate the situations low-key and the dialogue off-the-cuff. As they stretched their wings and continued to evolve as with 2010's Jonah Hill/John C. Riley-starring Cyrus their roots were always planted firmly in the grit of realism.
Their latest Jeff Who Lives at Home is their most successful attempt to blend mumblecore sensibilities with mainstream techniques. The production value is amped up but the situation is still pleasantly simplistic; Jeff (Jason Segel) is a manchild settled in his mother's basement but with plenty of introspection existential thought and marijuana to get him through his days. His brother Pat (Ed Helms) is a retail pawn too obsessed with owning a Porsche to see that his marriage to Linda (Judy Greer) is crumbling. Sharon their mother with the basement is in her own rut. Still grieving after the loss of her husband Sharon's cubicle existence is shaken when an instant message from a secret admirer pops up on her computer.
The Duplass Brothers who also wrote Jeff weave their three story threads together smoothly thanks to a tremendous amount of heart the duo slathers on liberally. Jeff obsessed with the interconnectivity of the world (an idea sparked of course by M. Night Shyamalan's Signs) embarks on a journey to retrieve wood glue eventually sidetracked by a kid named Kevin—who he believes is part of a greater plan. His adventure eventually (and expectedly) crosses paths with Pat who sees his brother Jeff as nuisance and the worst kind of burnout. Together they track Linda—who may or may not be having an affair—and help each other to reflect on what the heck is wrong with both of them.
Much like their directing counterparts Segel and Helms too have been carving out their own unique identities in Hollywood each with blockbuster projects in 2011 (The Muppets and Hangover II respectively). But Jeff Who Lives at Home is easily the best work either have done on the big screen performances stripped of caricature or over-the-top behavior that are still wickedly funny. Helms with his straight-out-of-suburbia goatee captures the complications in trying to live that "perfect life " while Segel never settles for Jeff being a big-dreaming stoner stereotype. Their dynamic as they navigate the streets of Baton Rogue is always charming always troubling and always twisted. These two guys feel like brothers—a layered relationship that takes more than a written explanation to establish.
Jeff Who Lives at Home isn't perfect—the movie wanders along as an enjoyably simple character story before blowing up with Hollywood scope in the last stretch of the race—but the real treat is watching a spot-on cast do their thing for 90 minutes. The warm and fuzzy feeling rarely comes along these days and two watch Segel and Helms deliver it with such gravitas is a gift. Or a sign?
March 16, 2012 4:51am EST
Meet Hollywood's cutest new couple: actress Michelle Williams and How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segel. Rumors have been circulating that the two were interested in each other, but it wasn't until recently that they stepped out together for what might have been their very first date. Michelle and Jason were spotted flirting with each other during a romantic dinner at Chateau Marmont in L.A. on Feb. 27.
Michelle, 31, and Jason, 32, "were super giggly," a witness describes to Us magazine. They spent four hours laughing and sipping on wine.
At one point during the night, Michelle's close friend and actress, Busy Philipps, decided to stop by and check in -- most likely to see how the date was going. But Busy didn't stay long -- she probably saw that everything was going fine and decided to let Michelle and Jason continue their pleasant evening alone.
The date must have been going so well that by the end of the night, Jason reportedly mustered up enough guts to invite Michelle back to his place. But, Michelle wasn't won over that easily. Like the lady that she is, Michelle respectively declined.
Michelle and Jason seem like a great match. The fact that they laughed the night away is a promising sign for what the future has in store for them. But, what do you think -- are Michelle and Jason are good together?
Source: Us magazine
March 13, 2012 5:00am EST
The Muppets star admits he felt like he crashed the "cool kids' party" at the Academy Awards last month (Feb12) and his discomfort wasn't helped by his tight outfit.
Segel says, "Slowly, I'm sitting there and buttons started falling off my shirt until my shirt is held together by my bow-tie and that it's tucked in. That's it. I'm not exaggerating.
"I stood up and applauded for somebody... and I sat back down and my pants ripped from, like, my butt to the bottom of my leg... I had to go home and put on my weekday tux (for the after-parties)."
March 07, 2012 9:00am EST
"Jason was happy to get that thing out at all times. He seems to be very willing." Actress Emily Blunt admits her pal Jason Segel loves to get naked. The funnyman strips off for a full-frontal scene in their upcoming romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement.
March 06, 2012 11:55am EST
Recently nude photos of stars including Scarlett Johansson and Christina Hendricks were leaked online, but we doubt hackers are hunting through Will Ferrell's phone for shots of him in the buff. Ferrell has been shedding his clothing for laughs since his SNL days, so it's no surprise that his backside has a cameo in his upcoming film Casa de mi Padre.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ferrell says of the upcoming telenovela parody, "I did full ass in Old School, but this is its longest appearance," adding, "Yes, someone had the either wonderful or horrible task of putting makeup on my ass." The funnyman explains, "This kind of thing is not a big deal to me. In college, they had this thing where you'd run naked on fraternity row, and if anyone challenged me, I'd be happy to do it."
It seems Ferrell isn't alone. Plenty of stars are actually happy when the sight of their naked body makes people chuckle. Here are some of the best barely-clothed moments in comedies:
The Proposal (2009)
You've probably had nightmares about showing up to work naked. Ryan Reynolds shows us things could be even worse: You could run into the boss you hate while you're both totally nude (and she probably doesn't look as good as Sandra Bullock).
Old School (2003)
Streaking is a time-honored college tradition, but sadly (and hilariously) none of Will Ferrell's classmates follow his call to pantslessness when he shouts "We're going streaking!" at a house party.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)Jason Segel managed to make audiences crack up while simultaneously cementing his place as one of today's most lovable stars. It's hard not to feel bad for a guy who gets dumped while his gonzo is in full view.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Since the title of this film contains not one, but two penis puns in the title, it's unsurprising that this John C. Reilly flick contains gratuitous dick jokes. In one notable scene an extra's nether regions are prominently displayed next to Dewey's head as he talks with his wife on the phone.
The Hangover (2009)
Ken Jeong is one of the few actors who can say they rose to fame by springing from the trunk of a car while wielding a crowbar in a full-frontal nude scene. Actually, he's definitely the only star who can say that.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
There's an important lesson to be learned from Borat's nude scene: Before getting into a hotel room brawl with a hairy friend over your love of Pamela Anderson, be sure to slip on some boxers.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
There actually isn't any nudity in this scene from Austin Powers, but that's what makes it a classic. Elizabeth Hurley's breasts are concealed by melons, a spice rack, and milk jugs, while Austin prances across the screen holding a well-placed package.
Source: Rolling Stone