Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All About Mommy

I have now seen the trailer for Xavier Dolan’s buzzed-about Mommy (the story of a widowed single mother played by Anne Dorval, raising her prone-to-violent-outburts charismatic son alone until she comes across hope in the form of a new neighbor), and, well...I get it now.

Mommy is some energetic stuff – and from a director who is only 25 and on his fifth film!

Check out the preview...



...and make sure you catch the Cannes Jury Prize-winning Mommy when it arrives in Canadian theaters later this week (Imma guess an American run is imminent – the powers that be will want this one racing for awards ASAP).

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Gossip Editrix

We all know that Jessica Chastains one versatile chick.

She already has played a Southern Belle from the wrong side of the tracks and a woman on the hunt for a mass-murdering terrorist (not to mention the requisite detective and the beyond-requisite scream queen and simply put so much more), but now...now she’s gonna play that most complex beast of ’em all.

The gossip-mag editor-in-chief.

Chastain is talking to buzzy director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) about starring in his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which will center on the secret pen friendship between an American movie star and an 11-year-old Londoner.

The actress, btw, is also circling one of the female leads in Ridley Scotts The Martian, the story of an astronaut in Mars struggling to stay alive.

When they put together next year’s dictionary, they ought to put a picture of Chastain next to the word “Busy.

’Cause that’s precisely how gf likes to be, don’t you know, don’t you know.

Photo: Zimbio.com.

Someone Wants to Lose It on Broadway...

Looks like that American Psycho that we all love to be surprised to love will not be arriving Off-Broadway in 2015, after all.

But that’s because he just might be heading straight for Broadway.

The powers that be behind the Benjamin Walker-led Duncan Sheik production announced last week they are eschewing their plans for an Off-Broadway run of American Psycho: The Musical, suggesting that they are instead prepping to mount the show right on the Great White Way.

Which means...someone is fixin to kill it at the Tonys next year.

Ha! See what I did there?

Photo: Wikipedia.org.

All About the Woman

Picture it: North Carolina, right around the time of the Depression. The future of George Pemberton’s timber empire is uncertain, given that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

Except, George does have a child.

What will his glam, yet powerful wife do when she finds out?

That, in a nutshell, is the crux of Susanne Bier’s upcoming and long-awaited Serena, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

The film – the actors’ third collaboration – is finally set to open in the U.K. this November, before arriving stateside...at a date still TBA, but I would be very surprised if one isn’t set soon. It looks like J. Law is bringing it som’in’ fierce once again.

Photo: Collider.com.

The Winehouse Monument

Last week would have marked the late Amy Winehouse’s 31st birthday.

Alas, the singer-songwriter joined the 27 Club in 2011, which is why her parents decided to honor their daughter with a statue celebrating her too-short life and talent, a monument they unveiled yesterday in London.

It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions,” Winehouse’s father, Mitch (pictured here with Mrs. Winehouse), said. “[The Scott Eaton-sculpted work] reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone, but spiritually she’ll never leave us.

Put your lighters up, kids.

Photo: EW.com.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chey’s Married Again!

Congratulations go out to Cheyenne Jackson on his wedding to actor Jason LandauThe pair was married last night in Encino, Calif.

This may be Jackson’s second marriage, but that don’t mean we can’t all raise our glasses and wish the pair a long, happy marriage, right?

So here’s to a lifetime of health and good times singing and dancing together  you two!

Photo: Instagram.com/mrcheyennejackson.

Sing It, Lady!

I. Am. Loving this new Stevie Nicks songs called Lady.

Loving it!

Click here to read Out magazines take on Nicks latest comeback, OKRRR.

Photo: Out.com.

Cake Lady

Like it or not, Jennifer Aniston is enjoying some strong Oscar buzz following the recent Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her film Cake.

Of course, whether that chatter is warranted – or whether it actually translates into a first nomination for America’s favorite Friend – remains to be seen, but this much is clear: This is gonna another vanity-free turn by the actress, in the vein of her work in The Good Girl or Friends with Money.

L’Aniston plays Claire in the Daniel Barnz-directed ensemble, which also includes Adriana Barraza (Babel), Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington, you see. Claire is a literally and figuratively scarred woman who finds herself morbidly fascinated by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support group (Kendrick).

From the looks of it, she is also a woman who is not above packing up her attitude and going down to Mexico to score some painkillers.

Cant wait to see more!

Cake, which is still awaiting distribution, could very well sneak into this seasons awards race, so keep your eye for it.

Photo: EW.com.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One the Run...to the Nursery

The Carters...they do not do things like everyone else.

After a long summer of divorce rumors, a new, happier rumor has it that Jay Z announced at the Paris stop of his and his wife’s “On the Run Tour” that Beyoncé is...pregnant with their second child.

Oh snap. You just got outdone, Wills and Kate.

And talk about making sure your HBO concert special is a must-see, huh.

Click here for a pic of the alleged baby bump fresh from the show.

Photo: EW.com.

Dr. Moore

Now this is a surefire way to get on TV.

After numerous attempts to launch a new show, Mandy Moore has gone and joined one that’s already on a roll.

M2 has been tapped to recur on Fox’s Red Band Society, a promising new medical drama led by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

Moore’s character, the chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, home to an eclectic group of young cancer patients, also will be – conveniently enough for the actress – the ex-fiancée of the pediatric surgeon that Dave Annable (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) will portray.

So she has the potential to stick around...for a while.

Red Band Society is set to premiere on Sept. 17.

Photo: GotCeleb.com.

Ms. Lawrence the Fashion Co-chair

This is just what Jennifer Lawrence needed: a little good news to help wash off the taste of a nasty leaked-pics scandal.

J. Law has been named the co-chair of the 2015 Costume Institute show“Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion.” Which – yes, kiddies – means that the Oscar winner has been named co-chair of the next Met Gala.

Lawrence will share her duties with Anna Wintour (natch), as well as Chinese actress Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, and Wendi Murdoch.

The 2015 Met Gala is scheduled for May 4. Start your engines, fashionistas!

Photo: ImageAmplified.com.

The Slapper

Well look who’s getting back into bed with NBC, and not for the forthcoming reboot of Heroes.

Not yet, anyway.

Zachary Quinto, a.k.a. the villainous Silas on the beloved/much-maligned show, has signed on to headline a new dramatic miniseries that the Peacock is working on titled The Slap, as a man who slaps another couple’s misbehaving child.

Sounds kinda Carnage-y, no?

Photo: PageSix.com.

Friday, September 12, 2014

You Can Pull at Leighton’s Heartstrings Now

They say good things come to those who wait.

Leighton Meester has been waiting since 2009 to finally give us a comprehensive sample of her mad music skillz.

The erstwhile Blair Waldorf of TV’s Gossip Girl has dabbled here and there and over there when it comes to singing, but that debut she teased more than five years ago never quite materialized.

Until now.

Maybe.

Meester is ready to drop an LP called Heartstrings on us, which is why she released a single by that name for the world to hear earlier this week“It’s been a long time coming,” she said. “I’m very excited to finally release [my songs].

No word on whether the actress-cum-singer’s Somebody to Love” or  “Your Love’s a Drug” will be included on the record, but...Heartstrings is meant to be heard on Oct. 28.

Photo: Amazon.com.

Sam Smith Is a Smart Cookie

I like how clever Sam Smith is being about making sure that his music gets heard across the board, by people that, perhaps, would not be that keen on listening to songs by an out singer-songwriter from across the pond.

Smith already has enlisted the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Ms. Mary J. Blige, for an assist on his calling-card single, Stay with Me,” right.

And now, the guy has teamed up with A$AP Rocky to edge up another of his In the Lonely Hour tracks, I’m Not the Only One.

Have a listen.

Good moves, S2!

Photo: Towleroad.com.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Holmes Helms

Katie Holmes is ready to call the shots.

As a director.

Indeed, the actress is getting ready to helm her first project, and it will be...the adaptation of this recently published novel by an Annie Weatherwax, All We Had.

The Fault In Our Stars Josh Boone will be tackling the script, which will center on a poor mother-and-daughter duo that finds a home and some good ol’ comfort in a quirky small town.

I bet come the time for the press tour everyone will be asking her about what ever could have possibly drawn her to the material.

Photo: Glamour.com.

She Sees the Light

Meet yo’ wife, Tom Hiddleston.

Elizabeth Olsen has been tapped to play Mrs. Hank Williams in the forthcoming biopic I Saw the Light.

The actress will take on the role of the iconic country and western singer-songwriter/musician’s wife, Audry Mae, who also served as a manager for the guy before they went their separate ways and he died at just 29 years old.

The Brett Ratner-produced project is due out some time next year.

Photo: PicPicX.com.

Gigi’s Coming

And here you I thought Zac Efron was gonna be the only High School Musical grad done som’in good....

The actor’s ex, Beastly and Spring Breakers star Vanessa Hudgens, has Broadway on her mind, and will, in fact, be hitting the Great White Way some time next year, in Gigi.

Up first, though, the actress will play the Colette character that Audrey Hepburn portrayed on the New York stage once upon a time, in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 16 to Feb. 12.

The revival will include a new adaptation of the original source material, as well as songs from the Leslie Caron-led 1959 Best Picture winner not included in the show’s original 1973 Broadway run.

Photo: AliciaSacramone.Orianne.blogspot.com.

Downton George

George Clooney is a Downton Abbey man now.

Well...kind of.

The BBC – which produces the PBS hit – has confirmed that that most classic of modern-day American movie stars will be appearing in a sketch scene for Text Santaan ITV Christmas charity fundraiser, that will be set in Highclere Castle, which provides the main location for the show.

So do not get too excited: Clooney will not be romancing either Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) or the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) next season.

Photo: BarbarasHDWallpapers.com.

Walking Free

Guess his defense had legs, after all.

Oh yes I did.

Disgraced South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of the Valentines Day, 2013, murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge presiding over the case still has to rule on the other charges pending against the athlete, though, like culpable homicide (i.e., involuntary manslaughter?), but it looks like the worse – for him – is over. Seems the judge bought into the defense’s proposed timeline of the events, which found its backbone in a lack of premeditation.

Such a good thing I am not a betting man. I’d be out some....

Photo: CrashOnline.com.

Update: Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide (which is, indeed, manslaughter), and of a firearms charge, and faces up to 15 years in the big house.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Mother Agent

It’s gonna be a celebrated cast for the remake of a celebrated film.

Academy Award winner Julia Roberts will be joining Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and fellow past winner Gwyneth Paltrow in the Billy Ray-helmed Americanization of The Secret In Their Eyes.

The American Sweetheart will play the former partner and friend of Ejiofor’s character, a former MI-5 agent on a joint task force with the FBI who thinks he has finally identified the man responsible for her daughter’s murder.

Production is set to commence on this one in L.A. next month.

Photo: HollywoodLife.com.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

About That Love Interest...

Minnie Driver is gonna get some.

On TV’s About a Boy, that is.

Chris Diamantopoulos has been tapped to play a new love interest for the actress’ needy single-mom character, Fiona, on the sophomore show this fall.

The actor will be featured in at least two episodes...and he will be Marcus’ (Benjamin Stockham) larger-than-life new English teacher.

All of it combined will contribute to tensions with Will (David Walton), the Hugh Grant character, arising.

You can find out more about this and About a Boy beginning on Oct. 24.

Photo: RedbookMag.com.

Just Add a Little Abs Action...and Voilà!

Mmm.

Is it me, or is Zac Efron’s forthcoming We Are Your Friends gonna be a Neighbors-style abstastic hit?

Just sayin’....

Photo: People.com.

Country’s New Cutie

My not-so-secret love of country music has a new target: a cutie by the name of Sam Hunt.

Imma go listen to the acoustic version of his summer single “Leave the Night On” again now:



Hunt’s debut album, Montevallo, will be out in stores on Oct. 27.

Music Cums TV Now?

It’s finally come to this, huh.

Fox, evidently, has announced it is actively working on turning Carrie Underwood’s Two Black Cadillacs” (a track from her 2012 Blown Away album) into a six-hour limited event series.

Granted, the song sounds like it has a narrative (a wife and a lover conspire to introduce a cheat to his maker), which is why Two Black Cadillacs, the chronicle of a murderous love triangle in the modern South, is a-comin’.

Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with Underwood, btw.

Photo: TheMusicUniverse.com.