Cinematical lists seven
With the opening of "Black Swan" and the intense relationship between Natalie Portman's ballerina and her controlling mother (played by Barbara Hershey), Cinematical looks at the grand tradition of overbearing stage mothers in a list called Scariest Stage Mothers.
Here's the intro:
"What's scarier than the pressure of making it as a prima ballerina? How about having a dragon of a stage mother who pushes you to excel and considers your privacy non-existent?
"In 'Black Swan,' which opens Friday, Barbara Hershey plays the overbearing mom of fragile ballet dancer Natalie Portman. She reminds her daughter she gave up her own dance career to raise her and now micro-manages her daughter's life, including clipping her fingernails for her."
And here's one of their picks from the seven, a movie I adore:
"'I'll Cry Tomorrow' (1955)
"Susan Hayward stars as real-life singing star Lillian Roth, whose ambitious mother pushed her onto the stage at a young age. (Mommie Dearest here is played by Jo Van Fleet, who won an Oscar for playing an equally cruel mother the same year in 'East of Eden.') Here's a clip of the moment where a now-alcoholic Lillian snaps: 'You're still trying to make me do what you want, to be what you want.' Mama apologizes, in a way, but insists, 'Do you know what kind of life I had? You don't know at all what I tried to save you from.' We cringe when Lillian folds and agrees that Mother always knew best."
'The Swan' soars at the art house
I like all of the choices.
Here's more from TheWrap:
"Post-Thanksgiving box-office performances just don't get much more lackluster than this.
With the overall domestic market down 13 percent Friday from the same downer weekend last year, Disney's 3D-animated holdover 'Tangled' led all comers, grossing an estimated $5.2 million, according to studio data.
"On a weekend that typically features the release calendar's steepest week-to-week revenue decline, only one film was released wide, Relativity's R-rated martial-arts Western 'Warrior's Way,' and it underperformed even its very modest pre-release expectations with only $1.1 million Friday.
"Fox Searchlight's Darren Aronofsky erotic drama 'Black Swan' led a flurry of limited releases, grossing an estimated $425,872 at 18 locations for a middling $23,659-per-screen average."
Mel Gibson's latest looks ... touching
Led ... to the Oscars?
But ... why joke? I was right! He is obsessed with "Twilight."
So much that, his obsession was confirmed on Jimmy Kimmel, an obsession that not only had the actor begging to be in the series, but landed him the gig for Oscar hosting! Oh, Franco! Why does this make me love you all the more?
What the heck? Read here:
"The 'Spider-Man' star has made no secret of his love for the vampire phenomenon, and has even admitted to studying the novels to gain inspiration for his own planned children's book.
"Franco, who was on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' told the host, 'I wanted to be a part of that movie by the way, the last two movies. I asked Bill Condon if I could be in it and he turned me down.'
But Franco maintained his friendship with Condon and when the filmmaker landed the job of working on the 2011 Academy Awards, he contacted the actor to get him involved.
Where's Christian Bale when you need him?
Gosling recently discussed why he was dropped from Jackson's 2009 picture, "The Lovely Bones" -- he got too fat.
Here's more at The Hollywood Reporter:
"Ryan Gosling has revealed that he was fired from Peter Jackson's 2009 awards contender 'The Lovely Bones' because his 60-pound weight gain did not sit well with the director and his fellow producers.
"Gosling said his much-ballyhooed weight gain -- fueled by drinking melted Haagen Dazs ice cream when he was thirsty -- was all a part of how he saw the character of Jack Salmon, the grieving-father role ultimately filled by Mark Wahlberg.
"'We had a different idea of how the character should look,' Gosling told The Hollywood Reporter. 'I really believed he should be 210 pounds.' Jackson disagreed, and dropped Gosling days before production began in 2007."
'The Beaver' is coming ... next year
I wish it was sooner. I, like a lot of people (a lot of people who won't admit it) am excited to see Mel Gibson talk to a puppet through an entire movie.
Here's the lowdown:
"Summit Entertainment plans to release Jodie Foster's 'The Beaver' which stars Mel Gibson, in Spring 2011, and will debut the film's trailer tomorrow night on 'Entertainment Tonight,' the studio has confirmed to TheWrap.
"'The Beaver' stars Gibson as a father who walks around talking to a beaver puppet he wears on his hand. Foster co-stars alongside Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence of "Winter's Bone" fame.
"'The Beaver' had been scheduled for release this year before the studio decided to delay the film after Gibson was accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva."
Peter Parker's Parents
Peter Parker's parents are picked. (I sound like a John Waters line: "Penny Pingleton, you are permanently punished.")
With that, here's the news:
First impressions of the 2011 roster
Here's more from HitFix:
"Unlike previous years, star power either behind or in front of the camera will not be immediately recognizable in Park City. The U.S. Dramatic Slate features the directorial debuts by Vera Farmiga ('Higher Ground'), a Freddie Highmore coming-of-age comedy ('Homework'), a Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard thriller ('The Ledge') and two sci-fi-themed films ('Take Shelter,' 'Another Earth'), but few actors that might intrigue distributors before arriving at the festival as in previous years.
"The U.S. Documentary slate, on the other hand, is much more intriguing, with 'Sesame Street''s Elmo, hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, the New York Times, James Taylor and Carole King the subject of individual entries as well as films chronicling the early days of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, the future of coal mining and the power of corporate America on the civil justice system.
"The World Cinema field finds films starring Don Cheadle ('The Guard'), 'Vampire' with Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Rachael Leigh Cook and a rare Cuban entry about a young teenage girl who finds shelter in an AIDS hospice in 1993 ('Ticket to Paradise' -- 'Boleto al Paraiso') among others.