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Not ugly enough for Oscar

By Kim Morgan May 17, 2011 1:55PM
"Am I ugly enough for an Oscar now?"

In an especially right-on list, the Onion AV Club looks at some unsuccessful attempts of gorgeous actors trying to de-glam themselves for those coveted "real people" movie roles.

From Michelle Pfeiffer's waitress in "Frankie and Johnny" (originally played on stage by Kathy Bates), to Jared Leto's weight gain in "Chapter 27," the list is a good one.

Here's their latest, top offender -- Natalie Portman in "Hesher":

"Movie stars often have a terrible handicap: They’re too beautiful. While it might make sense for Natalie Portman to play a stripper or a queen, it can be difficult to buy her as an average person. And it’s downright impossible to buy her as a sad sack in mom jeans and giant old-Jewish-man glasses whose greatest ambition in life is to finally work 20 hours a week at a small-town grocery store instead of the 15 she’s currently working. Yet the dour independent drama 'Hesher' has the chutzpah to try to pass Portman off as one of the suffering, homely masses. The de-glamorization process here is spiritual as well as physical. It’s not enough for Portman to look undesirable; she also has to carry an aura of sour, small-time sadness. When Hesher has Portman wonder aloud if she’s simply not attractive enough to score more hours at the grocery store, it practically dares the audience not to scoff in disbelief."

At Cannes ...

By Kim Morgan May 17, 2011 1:46PM
Mel Gibson talked "The Beaver" at Cannes. (That sounds weird).

Anyway, he didn't discuss the movie at a press conference, his director and co-star Jodie Foster did the talking there, but the troubled star took a moment on the red carpet to answer some questions.

Here's more:

"Gibson did turn up on the red carpet for the festival's glitzy premiere of 'The Beaver' later, and though Foster had predicted he would not be talking, Gibson had a ready answer when a festival interviewer asked him how he got into the dark head space of his character.

";I faked it,' Gibson said, before adding, 'Hey, I don't know. It doesn't bear too much analysis.'"


One writer gives us four reasons why

By Kim Morgan May 17, 2011 1:39PM
Thank you Sandie Angulo Chen. Yes indeed, women have always been funny.

Like Chen, I too, am tiring of all of this "Bridesmaids" is groundbreaking because women are for once ... funny. But not just funny, funny in that way men are funny. Bathroom humor, swearing, continual humiliation. What? Women have always been doing this kind of thing. And I'm not even sure if that's necessarily groundbreaking in the first place.

Though I'm pretty sure Lucille Ball didn't have any great toilet gags on one of her shows, she certainly had no problem making fun of herself. And in a man's world (Ricky's!), too. And let's not forget Vivian Vance.

With that, here's the intro to Chen's defense of female funny:

"Here's the thing: All this buzz for 'Bridesmaids' is making some of us cringe a little. It's not that the movie (co-written by star Kristen Wiig) doesn't deserve its high praise; it's friggin' hilarious. But the fact that it's being touted as "groundbreaking" or "'The Hangover' with women" or "The first women's comedy men will like" just shows what a ridiculous double standard Hollywood – and movie audiences – live by when it comes to funny women.

"We've got news for you – women are just as funny as men (Tina Fey is just one step away from world domination), and they always have been -- remember Lucille Ball, Gracie Allen, Carol Burnett, and Gilda Radner? Women, however, just haven't ever had as many opportunities to prove their comedy chops as men. Here are four reasons why.

Will Angelina Jolie exit as well?

By Kim Morgan May 17, 2011 1:29PM
Oh, this is too bad. Though I wasn't too fond of his "Alice in Wonderland," I was looking forward to seeing what Tim Burton would do with "Sleeping Beauty."

Alas, he's left the project.

I wonder if Angelina Jolie, who was so excited to play Maleficent, will leave as well?

Here's more from WENN:

Tim Burton has dropped out of directing Angelina Jolie as the evil Maleficent in a 'Sleeping Beauty' adaptation.

"The filmmaker planned to put his Gothic twist on the story of the evil witch after his 'Alice in Wonderland' adventure was a huge success for Disney last year.

"Jolie was eager to play the fairytale villain after learning Burton was on board to helm the project, saying, 'Tim Burton, the chance to work with him would be extraordinary.' But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is now without a director after Burton decided to focus on his pet project 'Frankenweenie' for the studio instead."


Dipping into the late 80s

By Kim Morgan May 17, 2011 1:22PM
Wow. A remake of a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie? And "Bloodsport"?

Why, it only seems like yesterday. Though 1988 was ... I'm not even going to count the years.

Here's the details from Coming Soon:

"ScreenDaily reports that Phillip Noyce ('Salt') will direct a remake of the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme-starrer 'Bloodsport,' to be written by Robert Mark Kamen.

"The site says 'the story will follow an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan who gets involved in a martial arts contest.'" 

January Jones in Allure Magazine

By Kim Morgan May 16, 2011 4:39PM
January Jones: "Mad Men" and "X Men: First Class" star.

In a most unusual and painful way

By Kim Morgan May 16, 2011 4:32PM
James Franco takes liking his friends very, very seriously.

This isn't no, Megan Fox Mickey Rourke tattoo, this isn't even a vial of Billy Bob's blood a la Angelina Jolie. This is something else.

Carving Renfro. Sounds like a movie title.

Here's more from Huffington Post:

"Franco is participating in an art installation at the Venice Biennale to honor James Dean, the man he played in a 2001 TV movie that won him a Golden Gobe.

"According to the Los Angeles Times, for this installation, Franco will take part in a re-examination of that TV film and display his own work, which he bled for... quite literally.

"On display will be a video Franco shot of himself having his 'Deuces Wild' co-star Brad Renfro's name being carved into his arm; Renfro died in 2008 of a heroin overdose."


Run away ...

By Kim Morgan May 16, 2011 4:20PM
I know this has little to do with movies, but I'm just concerned this a**hol ... I mean, man will  show up in something like "The Hangover III."

OK, maybe not. I mean, Mel Gibson? I understood, though I wasn't down with that dismissal. But the below fellow?

Oh wouldn't it be wonderful if Zach Galifianakis got to say: "You're Fired!"

"He's sure he'd get the job, but Donald Trump is withdrawing his application.

"'I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to,' he told reporters Monday in New York while promoting his show 'The Apprentice.'"

In the wise words of the better "Apprentice" host, Martha Stewart, "It's a good thing."

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