"I've always wanted to really cut my hair, like, super, super short. I did once. I've always thought about shaving my head too. That's always intrigued me." Pop star-turned-actress Mandy Moore considers an image change.
Somewhere between your typical rom-com and a biting subversion of your typical rom-com lies Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's clever, well-intentioned look at everything the genre has been doing wrong for the past many years. From the get-go, we have something altogether more gutteral than what you'd find in your usual Valentine's Weekend releases. Yes, JGL's hero follows tradition by packing a deal-breaker vice, but instead of being engaged to another woman (The Wedding Planner), living with his parents (Failure to Launch), or being just not that into her (He's Just Not That Into You), Gordon-Levitt's titular "Don" Jon Martello Jr. entertains a chronic addiction to pornography. So, right out the gate, it's already more interesting than anything with Gerard Butler.
In his directorial debut, Gordon-Levitt works to ground all of the tropes to which we're culturally accustomed. He subverts the picture perfect but colorless leading lady with Scarlett Johansson's crass, acerbic, ultimately abrasive Barbara Sugarman. He opts out of the traditional meet-cute in favor of a lustful exchange of glances between two people who share nothing more than a physical attraction. He replaces your standard pristine backdrop with a club-laden Jersey, injecting a snapshot of road rage every so often for good (albeit artistically clumsy) measure. At every step, as loudly as Gordon-Levitt seems to be screaming his deconstructions, we have a bit of fun. In large part, this is because the people playing along are doing so with gusto.
The usually affable Gordon-Levitt doesn't earn, or even ask for, our affections as the decidedly dense Don Jon, but he's a hoot when he yammers on thickly to his bros and superiorly meathead father, played with a hysterical lack of tact by Tony Danza. Johansson, likewise embedded in such a thick gravy of the Dirty Jerz, carries her domineering character well past the beneficial chuckles of familiar stereotypes into areas of authentic flavor. And midway through the show, we are treated to the usual flair of Julianne Moore, sans Mid-Atlantic accent, careening through the extremes of human emotion as the sort of character she plays best: the loon. We have a great time with all of them — the stars and their back-up players (Glenne Headly is good for a handful of laughs, as is Jeremy Luke as Don Jon's perpetually agitated pal) — and are only shortchanged when it comes to the landing of Don Jon's sincerity.
Having so much fun with its quirks, Don Jon forgets to lend any real weight to the central conflict of its hero's addiction (perhaps why the film dropped the word from its original title). It forgets to flesh out its central character in either direction, or to beef up the leading lady enough to provide a substantial opponent to the long line of Rachel McAdams roles it seems to think so lowly of. Placing such a heavy focus on the flimsiness of the rom-com genre, Don Jon doesn't exactly provide something with more substance underneath as much as it does provide something with a more inventive surface.
But its surface does offer a good enough time to make Don Jon work. It won't change your mind about romantic comedies, offer new insight into the struggles of addiction, or least of all alter the way you look at Jersey, but as a song-and-dance, the film and its performers are charming, endearing, and fun.
Oh, and there's a whole lot of porn in this movie, so keep that in mind.
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Laid-back surf-rocker Jack Johnson is back on top of the U.S. album chart. The singer/songwriter has claimed his fourth number one on the Billboard 200 with From Here to Now to You, thanks to first-week sales of 117,000.
Country star Justin Moore debuts Off the Beaten Path at two and there are new entries from Chris Young (A.M.), the Maybach Music Group (MMG: Self Made 3) and Avicii (True) at three, four and five, respectively.
Meanwhile, Lorde, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus have made history on America's Digital Songs chart - their top three singles all sold in excess of 300,000 each last week. No three artists have ever achieved that feat outside of the Christmas charts.
Julia Roberts is set to be honoured with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards in recognition of the Oscar buzz she's receiving for her role in the drama August: Osage County. She will pick up the prize during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in California on 21 October (13), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Pretty Woman star will follow in the footsteps of previous recipients Susan Sarandon, Sandra Bullock and Julianne Moore.
Against our better judgment and emotional well-being, we became very attached to the characters on Game of Thrones. While no one is safe in the cast and characters get killed off without a second thought, it's reassuring to know these actors get to "live on" in other roles. With a cast made up of largely European and lesser-known actors, it's exciting to see the show take off and propel the careers of these talented and easy-on-the eyes thespians. So until season four returns next March or April, here's where you can find the past and present citizens of Westeros in the meantime.
When he's not strutting the Emmys red carpet, or entrancing children and adults alike on Sesame Street, Peter Dinklage a.k.a Tyrion Lannister will don armor once again in the Knights of Badassdom. The horror comedy film about LARPing (live action role play) was put on the backburner since 2010 but is slated for theatrical release this year. Dinklage will be joined by fellow LARP-enthusiasts Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and the consistenly funny Steve Zahn. Dinklage will also make an appearance in the next X-Men installment, Days of Future Past, the dramedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis and will reunite with his GOT onscreen sister, Lena Headey in the upcoming biopic, Low Down, about the famous jazz pianist Joe Albany.
It's been a rough year for Jon Snow, with half his family dead and his ginger girlfriend going postal on his ass and shooting him in the back with arrows. But for Kit Harrington, things are shaping up quite nicely with two new movies in the bag — one involves dragons and Julianne Moore (The Seventh Son) while the other features some rock hard abs and a loose interpretation of history (Pompeii) — a winning formula Hollywood can't resist.
While our favorite Skins star doesn't nab too much screen time on GOT, her character Gilly will have more a story arc next season now that she left the clutches of the incestuous commune of Craster's Keep. In the meantime, Murray can continue to play manic pixie dream girls in the upcoming musical film, God Help the Girl, written and directed by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch about a group of kids making music in Glasgow. Here's a trailer of her other film, Lily & Kat, featuring Murray being the free-spirited wisp she's so good at.
As the dashing-boy prince Robb Stark, Richard Madden made his GOT exit in one of the most gruesome death scenes in television history. Poor Robb, we hardly knew ya. But lucky for us, Madden hasn't completely abandoned the world of period pieces and fantasy fiction. He skipped the Emmys red carpet to play Prince Charming in the upcoming Cinderella film directed by Kenneth Branagh. Before he charms the glass slipper off of Lily James, he’ll seduce a wealthy married woman in pre-World War I England, played by the impecable Rebecca Hall in the film A Promise.
After burning her enemies to death and taking names, the mother of dragons, played by Emilia Clarke can abandon the blond extensions and form fitting medieval wear for a more natural look. She'll appear in the much buzzed about comedic gangster film, Don Hemingway, starring Jude Law. While we would have pegged her as a love interest, she'll actually be playing the daughter who he tries to repair his relationship with. Let's hope Clarke acting isn't CGI-dependent.
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Actress Julianne Moore is to receive the 2,507th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Boogie Nights star will unveil her plaque on Hollwyyod Boulevard on 3 October (13) and her Don Jon co-star and director Joseph Gordon Levitt will be among those saluting her.
The man who wrote Luke Bryan's maligned new song That's My Kind Of Night has hit back at Zac Brown over his radio remarks about the tune. Brown sparked a new war of words in country music when he called Bryan's single the "worst song" he's ever heard, adding it makes him want to "throw up" every time he hears it.
Justin Moore and Jason Aldean have both jumped to Bryan's defence, and now Dallas Davidson, one of the three songwriters behind the tune has broken his silence about the furore.
Davidson, who also co-wrote Blake Shelton's Boys 'Round Here and Lady Antebellum's Just a Kiss, among other hits, reveals Bryan actually called him to let him know what Brown had said during a radio chat.
He tells Roughstock.com, "The first thing I did was sit there and soak it in. A comment like that will hurt your feelings because when you write a song, it's kind of like one of your babies. To hear a successful artist say it was the worst song he's heard and it makes him want to throw up, that's just not cool."
Davidson adds, "We write about what we know about. What I know about is sitting on a tailgate drinking a beer. Hell, I live on the river. When Luke called me to tell me about what happened, I was literally smoking Boston butts on my homemade cooker at my 800 square foot river house with about four of my buddies with their trucks backed up, sitting on a tailgate."
The songwriter insists he won't be getting involved in a rap-style diss with Brown, adding, "My mom always told me if you don't have nothing nice to say, then don't say it at all. That's true.
"I think social media... has really changed this whole generation where it's OK to be mean, and it's OK to talk bad about people. When I grew up, you didn't do that."
But he jokes, "If that song makes him want to throw up, I hope I write one today that gives him the flu because that means I'm doing my job right."
Eccentric pop star Grace Jones is writing a memoir. The Pull Up to the Bumper singer has signed a deal with Gallery Books to pen an autobiography, which is scheduled for release next year (14).
In the untitled tome, the 65 year old plans to open up about her upbringing in Jamaica, her modelling career, her party days at New York's fabled Studio 54 and her acting experiences opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Bond star Sir Roger Moore.
Actress Valerie Harper hopes taking part in U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars will help her fight against cancer. The 74 year old was told she only has three to six months to live after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year (13).
The Mary Tyler Moore Show star was given a standing ovation during her appearance at the dance show's launch night on Monday (16Sep13) and she is hoping her gutsy decision to take part will inspire other cancer patients.
Harper tells In Touch magazine, "I think the show will play a major part in my recovery... At first I didn't really want to do it. I really love the show, but I was afraid... I prefer to live as though this is all we have, because we could drop dead at any given moment. When life asks you to dance, you just have to dance."
The new season of the hit TV contest show was launched with a star-studded audience as Jennifer Lopez arrived at the studio with her boyfriend Casper Smart to support best friend Leah Remini, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne cheered for their son Jack.
Rabbi Philip Berg, the founder of the Kabbalah Center, which attracted a host of celebrity members including Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, has died. The Los Angeles-based organisation announced the death of Berg on Monday (16Sep13), stating he had battled ill health since suffering a stroke in 2004.
The rabbi, who has been praised by colleagues for popularising the religious discipline - an ancient Jewish teaching - opened the non-profit organisation in 1964 after he was condemned by Orthodox leaders for reportedly teaching an inauthentic brand of kabbalah.
A statement published by the center reads, "Today we believe the Rav has begun to share with us from above, and we will all happily remain connected to and inspired by the Rav's soul and his vision."
According to centre bosses, the rabbi was aged 86, but editors at the Los Angeles Times have cited public records stating he was 84.