The carpet wasn't the only thing that was red tonight. Some of our favorite actresses — and nominees — arrived at the Academy Awards in the eye-catching hue. Both Sally Field and Jennifer Aniston reached for Valentino dresses; Field opted for a long-sleeved number with semisheer panels, while Aniston decided on a timeless princess-gown silhouette. Not to be outdone, Olivia Munn and Marcia Gay Harden went for body-con gowns, also in the standout color. One thing's for sure: these ladies certainly painted Hollywood's biggest night red.
It's good to know that being the new Spider-Man isn't be taking up all of hot British import Andrew Garfield's time. He is set to star in the drama Back Roads as a young man who suddenly has to care for three young sisters after his mother is sent to prison for killing her husband. He's also getting some high-profile help: Jennifer Garner is on board to star as Garfield's love interest, a neighbor who becomes romantically involved with the young man. Additionally, Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden is appearing as the young man's therapist.
All in all, it's been an exciting year for Garfield. Though his role in The Social Network didn't get him an Oscar nomination, he has been a constant (and charming) award season presence, and it sounds like he isn't about to fade into the background anytime soon.
Ellen Page stars as quiet 17-year-old Bliss Cavendar, whose mother (Marcia Gay Harden) wants to make her the queen of small-town Texas beauty pageants. Bliss meekly goes along with the idea, her voice too small to tell her mom she hates the contests. But one chance visit to nearby big city Austin and everything changes. Bliss admires some intimidating derby girls, and after sneaking off to a match, decides to try out. What follows is a fast-paced, highly entertaining girl-power anthem.
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"So what are you, like, alternative now or something?"
"Alternative to what?"
Those images from last week were just a little taste of the Drew Barrymore-directed roller derby comedy Whip It — now there's a full trailer for the movie which gives us Ellen Page in a character that isn't nearly so smart-mouthed or brash as her previous roles. In fact, she's downright meek (and she wears glasses which, in my opinion, are incredibly cute on her)! Page plays Bliss, a quiet misfit who discovers that she's pretty good at roller derby, an "unladylike" activity that serves two purposes: it makes her happy and it annoys her controlling mother (Marcia Gay Harden — yay!). A bunch of other people also star, including Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis and Kristen Wiig (yay, again!).
Also, kudos to the trailer creators for using Weezer's "Pork and Beans." Awesome. Whip It opens Oct. 9. To see the trailer, read more
The cast of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hit New York City last night to show off their film to the eagerly awaiting American audience. Emma Watson led the show with her impeccable fashion sense, but luckily this time she skipped any wardrobe malfunctions as she chatted about hoping her college roommate isn't a huge Harry Potter fan . Emma was flanked by Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint who were joined by fans like Michelle Trachtenberg and Lance Bass. Great news for the latest in the Harry Potter franchise — the movie is supposedly on track for a great opening weekend at the box office even though we're still a week away from its release.
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A couple weeks ago, Broadway mama Marcia Gay Harden applauded fellow mom Kelly Ripa for the homemade cupcakes she brought to their school's bake sale. The two met again when both of their eldest babes graduated from sixth grade at a Manhattan school.
Marcia's daughter, Eulala Grace, proudly held her diploma for everyone to admire. The spitting image of her talented mama, the tween is blessed with thick wavy locks, a distinct smile, porcelain skin and her mum's exact nose. The darling daughter was dressed in black while mama rocked brilliant green and violet hues and held a bouquet of peachy keen roses for her celebrated lass.
The 2009 award season officially kicked off in NYC last night with some of the faces we'll be seeing a lot of over the next few months. Penelope Cruz and Sean Penn were among the winners at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Josh Brolin also won an acting award for Milk and shared the love with his costar on the red carpet. The acclaimed movie also won best picture at the awards. Whether or not we see the same winners at this weekend's Golden Globes, there will be surprises, touching moments and breathtaking fashion to take in. Don't forget to fill out the ballot to make the suspense even more fun when Sunday rolls around.
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- Despite rumors that Universal Pictures did not want Rose McGowan to play Barbarella in an upcoming remake, she insists she's got the role and has the contracts to prove it, ComingSoon reports.
- Adrien Brody is set to star in a thriller called Giallo about a search for a woman abducted by a serial killer named Yellow, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
- Heroes creator Tim Kring has signed on to co-write a book trilogy, USA Today reports.
- Mariah Carey's having a good week as her single "Touch My Body" has scored a second week at No. 1, Billboard reports.
- Neil Patrick Harris doesn't think How I Met Your Mother needs any more guest stars, the Associated Press reports.
- EW has new details about the Sex and the City movie soundtrack that will include Fergie and Jennifer Hudson.
- In pilot casting news, Zap2it reports that Donal Logue has joined the cast of 1% on HBO, while TV Guide reports that Marcia Gay Harden has been cast in The Tower, a CBS journalism drama.
Now that Michael Bay has secured rights to remake every scary film, let the casting news begin. There is a good chance that Jared Padalecki, most recently of Supernatural fame, but known to Gilmore Girls fans as Dean, will star in the remake of Friday the 13th. According to Hollywood Reporter, this remake will "focus on the serial killer [Jason], who will wear his now-iconic hockey mask. Padalecki will play the lead, who investigates what happened up at Crystal Lake." Friday the 13th will open on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.
Dean Jared will make for a pretty young detective but no matter. I'll certainly be rooting for his triumph over evil. Padelecki will also be seen in the upcoming Home for Christmas with heavyweights Marcia Gay Harden (love her) and Peter O'Toole. This guy's hot. Go Dean!
I admit that I wasn’t expecting much from the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novella, The Mist. I thought it might be a fun-scary movie — the kind that jolts you out of your seat with fright but isn't all that memorable. Yet just as the otherwordly mist in the film creeps into a small town in Maine and traps unsuspecting shoppers in a grocery store, The Mist crept up on me, making me realize I was in for a terrifying hour and a half. If you’re looking for quickie scares that will evaporate by the time the movie’s over, look elsewhere. The Mist is a disturbing film that taps into primal fears and real world terrors, and its doomsday mood will stay with you long after you exit the theater.
David Drayton (Thomas Jane) is a movie poster artist whose house is damaged one night after an electrical storm. Together with his son Billy (Nathan Gamble) and neighbor Brent (Andre Braugher) — with whom he's had tense relations in the past — he rides into town to buy groceries. There at the grocery store, the ordinary becomes extraordinary: a dense, white mist surrounds the building, an earthquake rattles its foundations, and a man materializes from the eerie whiteness, blood dripping from his nose, shouting "There's something in the mist! It took John Lee!" Scared yet? Well, read more