Good interview ...
According to Zach Galifianakis
From Huffington Post via Coming Soon:
"'You might think about how 'Oh my word!' is such an old lady thing that people say. Alan doesn't curse. I don't like cursing in movies,' he said. 'I feel like cursing has become the new hackiness. You try to find substitutions for cursing. Anyone can say 'Oh, f--k,' but 'Oh my word!' is something that you would only hear your great aunt say. For Alan to say it, who only hangs out with adults because he lives in his parents' house and doesn't have any friends, it's kind of a -- not that it's that thought out -- something that is just what he knows.'"
Before you see the white horse?
In spite of what most conservative critics think of Woody Allen, it sounds like "Midnight in Paris" is the place to be when judgment day arrives.
Owen Wilson is a comforting presence in these dark days.
Check out Firth and Diaz in the caper remake
Since Joel and Ethan Coen scripted this remake, I'm actually eagerly anticipating the movie.
The picture is being directing by Michael Hoffman, taken from the 1966 caper starring the much loved Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.
Do you think Firth and Diaz can fill such big shoes? We shall see.
Not ugly enough for Oscar
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 ...
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.
"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
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?
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."