There is nothing I love more than watching a movie and discovering a hidden gem.
You know — that actor or actress who’s the friend of the lead who looks kinda familiar but you can’t figure out where you’ve seen ‘em before.
But I can.
It’s one of my favorite pastimes. Ask my friends. I’m actually pretty annoying about it. So I cannot believe that I totally missed this one.
After seeing Anna Kendrick play Jessica in three “Twilight” movies and nab a much-deserved Oscar nomination for her work in “Up in the Air,” it was only this week during publicity for her upcoming stint in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” — opening in theaters today — that I realized that I had seen her years ago in a little movie musical called “Camp.”
I think I hear my friends laughing at me….
If you haven’t seen it, “Camp” is about a summer camp for theater geeks. Anna plays Fritzi, a wallflower who attaches herself to the camp diva…or so it appears. At the end of the film, when all the campers are performing at the big gala for the parents, Fritzi sabotages the diva and steps in to sing her big number, “Ladies Who Lunch,” blowing off the roof in an incredible performance.
Of course, I didn’t know it was Anna then…just that there was this HUGE voice coming out of a teeny tiny little girl.
And that little girl was Anna Kendrick.
Well, knock me over with a vampire.
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Even if you didn’t watch the “MTV Movie Awards” last Sunday night, you probably got a glimpse of Tom Cruise in the show’s promos.
Didn’t see him? He was the heavyset, bald guy with the ridiculously large hands chewing Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner a new one. And during the awards show, he danced with J Lo and didn’t miss a step.
Those lucky enough to see the 2008 comedy “Tropic Thunder” with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. no doubt recognized producer Les Grossman, the character Cruise created for the film. Some labeled it as his comeback from the whole Scientology debacle and lower-than-expected box office for “Mission Impossible III” and “Lions for Lambs.”
Well, look out — it was just announced that Les Grossman has been tapped to get his own film! Cruise and Stiller will produce and Michael Bacall, who wrote the soon-to-be released “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” is on board to pen the script.
I personally am thrilled for Cruise. If people had rejected his latest endeavors based on his talent alone, that would be one thing. But the majority of his critics attacked him based on his religious beliefs…and that burns my butt.
I don’t agree with his stance on Scientology. It sounds like a load of wonk to me. But I certainly don’t pick and choose films based on the religion — or lack thereof — of the actors in the cast. And critics shouldn’t slam actors for the same.
I’m just saying.
So, good luck, Tom Cruise. I hope Les Grossman kicks you-know-what all over you-know-where come the film’s release date.
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