Before you bank up your rentals for this weekend, consider these new releases. One is sweet, the other is totally trippy — and both are available for your viewing pleasure starting today.It's Complicated
Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin play Jane and Jake, divorced parents who reignite the old flame in secret and stir up old feelings. Things really get, er, complicated when Jane begins seeing her nerdy architect (Steve Martin), and a love triangle is formed. Streep, Baldwin, and Martin are a delight to watch on screen, and they take this premise beyond typical rom-com schlock. But also rent it for John Krasinski who turns his supporting role as Streep and Baldwin's future son-in-law into a scene-stealer. DVD extras include a commentary track and featurette.57%
In what is perhaps best known as Heath Ledger's final performance, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a whimsical morality tale about a group of circus-type performers who welcome visitors into one man's messed-up mind. Christopher Plummer plays the title role alongside Ledger and an ensemble made to look like the late actor, including Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell. The cast is solid, but the story itself is a confusing, tangled mess. Even so, you can't do much better when it comes to interesting visual details to ogle, thanks to the creative mind of director Terry Gilliam. DVD extras include a deleted scene and interview with Ledger.65%
The 2010 Oscars have come and gone with The Hurt Locker standing out as the night's big winner. The acting awards went to this season's favorites — Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, Mo'Nique for Precious, Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds. The show kicked off with Neil Patrick Harris's opening number, which was the perfect lead-in to Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin playing off each other throughout the night. Young Hollywood had an exciting evening as well with presenters including Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, who both chatted backstage about being a bit nervous before stepping out. Kristen got to have a moment with her dad on the way in, which gave us a super sweet sighting. Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick also made a sweet duo giving out a statue together.
The Academy Awards red carpet provided some excitement, of course, and the acceptance speeches had us laughing and crying as the winners took the stage. Penelope Cruz didn't make it two in a row, but she was holding hands with Javier Bardem when the cameras announced the best supporting actress nominees — that's a pretty big public display of affection for the private couple. Sarah Jessica Parker got animated in the crowd before Matthew Broderick took part in the touching tribute to John Hughes. Keep track of all our Oscar coverage all over the network, and weigh in on all the winners too!
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Now that the Oscars have wrapped, let's go back to the beginning and one of the show's best kept secrets: Neil Patrick Harris! The funnyman showed up for an elaborate, Busby Berkeley-style song and dance number to introduce hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Martin and Baldwin then descended the stage, making jokes about the nominees, as is custom. The George Clooney/Baldwin stare-down was pretty fantastic, but I'm not sure that their combined power topped that of their opening act, NPH. Watch the clip of Harris's number below if you missed it, and then tell me which part of the opening you liked more!
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are gearing up to take the stage in just a few hours hosting the Academy Awards live from the Kodak Theater in LA. They partnered up on screen last year in It's Complicated, but today they'll be in charge of keeping the audience entertained and the show moving as the awards are handed out. Alec Baldwin recently took home a Golden Globe for his quirky role on 30 Rock and Steve's no stranger to award shows, but tell us — do you have high hopes for Alec and Steve at the Oscars?
Steve Martin kept himself hydrated while taking a walk on the beach in St. Bart's on Thursday. Like many of his fellow celebs that visited the island over the holidays he's enjoying downtime before the big award season kicks off. Steve and his It's Complicated costar Alec Baldwin are co-hosting the Oscars, which last year's MC Hugh Jackman said was a brilliant choice at this week's People's Choice Awards. Before they take the stage at the Oscars, we may get a glimpse of them at the Golden Globes where It's Complicated is nominated for best comedy — vote for your pics on Buzz's ballot.
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin might be too old for you to actually consider dating, but that doesn't mean they're too old to play the lead in a romantic comedy. The pair faceoff in It's Complicated, which comes out today and they'll also duel when they co-host the Oscars next year. If you're into funny men, these guys might do the trick, although their brands of comedy differ. Alec has perfected the dry, slightly arrogant humor, while Steve's comedy is more physical and adorable. Are you on Team Alec or Team Steve?
I haven't seen Something's Gotta Give, but I can tell you that It's Complicated is probably very similar. Same writer/director (Nancy Meyers), another cheeky title, another romantic comedy for a slightly older generation than what we're used to seeing. So why see It's Complicated? For the amazing leading man and leading lady.
Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin star as Jane and Jake Adams, a couple who re-ignite their spark 10 years after divorcing. Both former spouses have moved on, but in very different ways: Jane has made a life focusing on her successful bakery and being a doting mother to her three kids, while Jake has married the PYT (Lake Bell) that he cheated on Jane with.
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