The movie Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, is based on a true story. That’s about all I knew — well, that and Carrell wears a prosthetic nose.
And we all know a fake schnoz can land you an Oscar. Just ask Nicole Kidman.
After seeing the film, I’m glad I was so uninformed. This telling of Olympic wrestler Mike Schultz’s relationship with his sponsor, millionaire John du Pont, is so slow and deliberate that I might have lost patience if I had known how it was going to end.
But the performances — not the plot — are the reason to see this film. All three actors disappear into these characters who, with the exception of Ruffalo, struggle with varying shades of mental illness and mommy issues.
And when actors who usually take pratfalls raise their game to this level, you simply have to see it.
Fair warning — you may never look at Michael Scott the same way again.
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This pic from the ATP World Tour Finals in London is proof positive –
Everyone should suit up for their selfies.
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Matt Lauer just told me that I need to sit down with my kids and show them how to use the Information Superhighway…so one day they can navigate the road on their own.
The more you know…
Did you know NBC has been producing those cheesy PSAs for 25 years?
I think they are some of the more cringe-worthy moments in television writing history, and I only have to watch them. The poor celebrities have to try and sell the stuff. But the network keeps cranking it out to meet their public service commitment to the local community.
Now, I’m not saying the ideas behind the messages aren’t good. But there has to be a more creative way to do it. Music videos. Demonstrations. Puppets. You name it.
I think the celebrity spokespersons and the audiences would appreciate it (and actually listen to the darn things for a change).
Someone has to know that.
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Does tennis great John McEnroe have a history of histrionics?
But I take issue with media outlets like Page Six calling his recent comments about New York City cyclists a ‘rant.’
My neighbor was simply speaking the truth.
McEnroe was speaking with ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr at a Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee luncheon when he made the remarks, citing his experience as a cyclist himself.
I didn’t attend the luncheon, but his remarks in the article give an accurate account of the majority of cyclists’ behavior in Central Park. They travel at dangerous speeds, don’t break for pedestrians, and have caused numerous injuries and even a few deaths.
I personally appreciate someone of McEnroe’s stature bringing attention to this situation.
Remember when we had unbiased media who filed the stories?
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People were horrified at first at the mere mention of a Ghostbusters reboot.
An all-female cast? Blasphemy.
Then names like Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were tossed around. And director Paul Feig tweeted a confirmation that the remake was indeed happening.
Now the tide appears to have turned, and everyone is stoked. Actresses that aren’t even known for comedy are publicly ‘begging’ to be cast.
Gillian Anderson, for example.
True, she’s got plenty of experience hunting otherworldly creatures on The X-Files…but comedy?
Not so much.
But when I think about some of the biggest moves I’ve made in my career, they didn’t start with your typical cover letter-resume-interview. I picked up the phone and asked for the job. Who knows? Might work the same in Hollywood.
So, go get ‘em, Gillian.
You could be exactly what this crazy redo needs.
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. — Jules Renard
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Columbus Day is a weird holiday.
I mean — if I worked in an office, I’d love the day off as much as the next person. But celebrating the life of a man who enslaved and tortured Native Americans is a bit distasteful.
So today I pay tribute instead to a different holiday –
Thank you, Canada, for so many amazing celebs who entertain us all in television and film –
I’m know there are also female Canadian actors to be thankful for, but hey — it’s my blog.
I know what I like.
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I didn’t see Edge of Tomorrow when it was in theaters.
I thought the ‘Groundhog Day meets Aliens’ premise sounded interesting — and goodness knows its reviews on RottenTomatoes.com were very fresh — but I just never saw it.
(Based on its box office numbers, several people had the same attack of inertia.)
But now it’s OnDemand, so I finally watched it today. And it’s good.
The Groundhog Day conceit is handled with a lot of humor, and it doesn’t feel repetitious. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt also do a bit of role reversal in this film, with Emily occupying the skilled warrior role and Tom the clueless PR mouthpiece.
It’s nice that Tom can make fun of this action hero self.
Not that he isn’t a pretty fast learner…
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