We recently learned that actress Cate Blanchett is getting ready to make her directorial debut. This is awesome because 1.) it’s Cate Blanchett and 2.) it’s always cool to see more women getting behind the camera. Many of us are familiar with the big names — Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, and Miranda July for the indie-lovers. But there are plenty of other women filmmakers who are making good, quality productions and who should be on everyone’s radar. Spike Lee recently made an addendum to his list of Essential Films and added five female filmmakers; here are some up-and-comers we think might make similar lists in a few years.
The Oscar-nominated actress best known for her leading roles in Juno and Inception will soon make her directorial debut with Miss Stevens. We’re seriously excited about the coming-of-age story (starring Anna Faris) that she’ll be bringing to the big screen.
Probably best known for her 2007 film Things We Lost In The Fire (starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro), Bier’s next film Serena will re-team Jennifer Lawrence with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. Set in Depression-era North Carolina and based on the book by Ron Nash, we’re expecting big things from this seasoned director.
Having found some success with indie flicks like L!fe Happens and the hilarious short Idiots (starring Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth), Coiro’s most-recent release And While We Were Here -- an affair film starring Bosworth and Iddo Goldberg -- debuted to strong reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival and later in theatres. We’re looking forward to more slow-moving love stories and comedic-dramas with strong femme leads from Coiro.
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Actress Sandra Bullock is set to receive the Hollywood Career Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards. The Blind Side star will be feted on 21 October (13) at the Beverly Hilton in California.
Hollywood Film Awards founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu, says, "We are honoured to present the Hollywood Actress Award to Sandra for her outstanding work in (new film) Gravity. Holding the screen alone for a large part of the film, she delivers a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood's most respected and popular actresses."
Previous recipients include Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.
Jennifer Aniston had so much fun playing a sexy dancer in her new movie, she's joking about adding a little spice to her sex life and installing a stripper pole at home. The former Friends star plays an exotic dancer in her new movie We're The Millers and enjoyed her striptease lessons for the part so much, she took her work home with her - and tried it out on fiance Justin Theroux.
She explains, "They had to drag me out of that strip club every night! I worked with this amazing choreographer and started learning some pretty crazy moves. It kind of just became easy. It was really fun."
And she joked to WENN, "So I have a stripper pole in my house now, like you do. Me and Paris Hilton and Kate Hudson."
But, the actress admits performing her movie stripping scene in front of the cameras wasn't quite as much fun as rehearsals.
She adds, "That was the most challenging scene to shoot. I just had to do it. They rolled the cameras and I just had to bite the bullet. It was a little uncomfortable at first. It was one thing during rehearsals when I was alone and all of a sudden you're on set and there's three cameras and crew."
Sofia Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring, brings the true story of a gang of young, celebrity-obsessed thieves, as chronicled in Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins," to the big screen. In the movie, we watch as Rebecca (Katie Chang) leads a group of friends in a series of celebrity home invasions, burglarizing the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and Orlando Bloom (among others).
The group's forays are motivated by a misplaced feeling of entitlement and a profound hunger for fame, making the entire story — and now Coppola's not-quite-fictionalized portrayal of events — somewhat prophetic. Before the final credits roll, both real and imagined Bling Rings achieve the very fame they so coveted.
While visions of Emma Watson (who plays teenaged thief Nicki), with her perfectly painted face and shiny brunette extensions, may dominate trailer time and promotional materials, it is in fact a boy — Marc, played by Israel Broussard — at the center of all the Bling Ring's drama. We see the formation of the crew and its exploits through the soft, doe-brown eyes of Marc, a self-conscious outsider who believes Rebecca to be, as he says (and the real Bling Ring "rat" Nick Prugo states in Sales' article), "the first person I felt was, like, my best friend." Portrayed by relative newcomer Broussard, Marc is a sympathetic — if misguided — lens to the inner-workings of the Bling Ring.
From Marc's vantage point, we watch Rebecca, Nicki, Sam (Taissa Farmiga), and Chloe (Claire Julien), "go shopping" in celebrity home after celebrity home. We watch as they try on Hervé Leger dresses and too-big Jimmy Choos. As they brandish about Brian Austin Green's pistol. As they snort cocaine off of compact mirrors while they blast Rick Ross from their car speakers. As they go clubbing… and clubbing again… and again. As they drink iced lattes. For Marc and the ladies, this is the life. But from an outsider's point of view, it's monotonous. And as a film, it's an aimless spiral of designers and drugs that borders on boring in its redundancy.
But The Bling Ring is not without its high points. It is speckled with scene-stealing performances, among them Broussard, Watson, and Leslie Mann as Nicki's Juicy sweatsuit-wearing, The Secret-loving mother; Julien is charming and hilarious as the degenerate Chloe. In the film's third act, however, Watson decides to up the ante and hijack the entire movie.
Marc is left in the shadows while Nicki, with her inadvertently hilarious prosthelytizing, steals the spotlight. While I have to believe that this happens in large part because Nicki's real life model, Alexis Neiers, captured the public's attention in 2010 with her reality show Pretty Wild (and that notorious "disappointed" phone call to Sales), it's jarring to suddenly leave Marc's narrative behind and follow Nicki through to the film's end.
But with Marc suddenly gone from the picture, the viewers have lost their anchor and the film suffers for it. He was the little substance we had to cling to in this nauseating roller-coaster ride of entitlement and excess. Without him, we can't help but feel a bit abandoned. Marc's disappearance personifies another major fault with the film, which is that Coppola fails to see things through — not on a plot-level, but thematically. She introduces her viewers to the world of celebrity obsession, but we are never really entranced by it. Repulsed rather than compelled by the characters, the audience is unable to relate to the Bling Ring members and therefore fails to see its own celebrity infatuation reflected in the characters' deeds. While this film had the opportunity to enlighten viewers to our own grotesque obsession with fame, we are instead left only denegrating the film's antiheros for theirs.
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Nicki Minaj has pumped up her feud with Mariah Carey after taking aim at her fellow American Idol judge in a series of tweets after the two divas were seen squabbling on the talent show on Wednesday night (01May13). The pop pair traded jabs over career success while the remaining four contestants on the show were performing, and Minaj wasn't about to let the matter go on Thursday (02May13), as she took to Twitter.com to subtly attack Carey. In a series of posts addressed to blogger Perez Hilton, she wrote, "Shes (sic) sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper. "What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy a**) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter."
And she closed out her latest Twitter attack on Carey by hinting that reports suggesting Jennifer Lopez is being lined up to return to the talent show and replace Carey are true, adding, "All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin...? I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that." Carey and Minaj have been at war ever since they first became fellow judges on the show - they fell out during an early audition round.
Now that the entire country has taken a collective sigh of relief over the capture of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, we can all move on to the people who are still suffering: the hundreds who were injured and the families of the three people who were sadly killed.
Actor Bradley Cooper — who is currently in the famous city filming his new untitled film (along with his Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence) — made a visit to the local hospital. The actor was seen posing for pictures with one of the marathon runners, Jeff Bauman Jr., who had both legs below the knee amputated as a result of the Boston blasts. The photo was taken by Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, who also showed up after hearing Bauman was "a huge Patriots fan," People reports.
Other famous faces helping the victims is Massachusetts-native punk rock band Dropkick Murphys — who just released their eighth studio album and in the past have sang of their love for Boston with the anthem heard in The Departed "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." The group — which consists of Ken Casey, Al Barr, Tim Brennan, James Lynch, Matt Kelly, Josh Wallace, and Jeff DaRosa — have raised more than $100,000 with the sale of their "For Boston" t-shirts they are selling on their website. The group says that "100 percent of all proceeds from this shirt will go directly to the victims and families of the Boston bombings."
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We need to cool it with the Kardashian-bashing, you guys.
Lately, it’s gotten so bad that even their most ardent detractors could feel a little sympathy for the reality family America loves to hate. First, the tabloids relentlessly hounded on Kim’s pregnancy weight gain. (As Jezebel reported, Star snarked that she’d gained “an insane amount of weight” that had turned her “shapely derriere” into “a sagging, dimply blob.”) Now, a leaked mock-up for an Indian Ford ad shows a cartoon drawing of the three Kardashian sisters bound and gagged (but still showing off their voluptuous cleavage) in the back of the Ford Figo, with Paris Hilton winking from the front seat. The tagline reads, “Leave Your Worries Behind.”
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A Kardashian lawyer told E! News that the women are “exploring all their legal options” after seeing the ad, which was never released but made the Internet rounds nonetheless after appearing on a website roundup of creative advertising. "The 'leave your worries behind' Ford ads are disgusting, vile, and offensive to all women," the family lawyer told E!. "It is unacceptable that Ford would align itself with an ad agency that would so carelessly release these ads." Ford and the ad agency, JWT India, both apologized for the ads and their release.
But the broader issue here is the unchecked vitriol directed toward Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim. Yes, they are reality stars who are famous for “nothing,” or, as many say, for “being famous.” Yes, they are wealthy. But they’re still human — and nobody deserves this kind of treatment.
Hollywood.com correspondent Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of Sexy Feminism, available now, and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, due out in May. For more information visit JenniferKArmstrong.com.
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Hooray for Horrible Bosses! No, not mean managers, but the 2011 hit film.
After ages of negotiations, New Line has announced that Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis will be back for the sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy — which watched three friends as they plotted to kill their respective bosses, only one of whom was successful — will feature a new set of bosses. Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey —the two bosses who made it out alive in the first film — could come back for a cameo.
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In addition Jamie Foxx, a.k.a. Dean "Mother F--ka" Jones is also in talks to return to his role as the trio's murder consultant. The movie is said to start filming at the end of the summer.
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What do you do when you create movie magic? Try to recreate it, of course. And that is exactly what the director of Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell is looking to do.
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The famed film director and screenwriter is counting on his two leads from the critically acclaimed movie to headline his new film about the 1970s sting operation that led to the conviction of U.S. congressmen, reports Deadline. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have signed on to star in Russell's currently untitled drama cowritten by Eric Singer. The film will also star Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
The Hunger Games star is set to play Bale's wife in the film currently in pre-production.
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Lady Gaga has a legion of followers she has affectionately dubbed her "little monsters." However one of her paid followers is taking the title literally. Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) is being sued by her former assistant/best friend, Jennifer O'Neil, who is claiming she was never paid overtime during the many years she worked for the singer.
In a six-hour court session, the Born This Way singer fired a barrage of expletives at the woman she called "a f-cking hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn." During the course of the case — which Gaga claims is "bullsh-t, and you know it" — the 26-year-old star proclaimed in court records obtained by the New York Post, "I'm quite wonderful to everybody that works for me, and I am completely aghast to what a disgusting human being that you have become to sue me like this."
However the international star did admit during her videotaped deposition that none of her employees were ever paid overtime, saying O'Neil "knew exactly what she was getting into, and she knew there was no overtime."
However her former assistant disagrees and is suing for 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime, totaling $393,000 in back pay.
It was later that Gaga revealed, via Twitter, that the lawsuit wasn't just ending a business relationship, but rather a friendship one, as well:
Everyone's headlines need an updating. "former assistant" is actually "my best friend from NY since I was 19." Painful stuff.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 2, 2013
What do you think of the latest development? Let us know in the comments, little monsters.
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