Last night Julianne Moore won a SAG Award for her work in Still Alice.
I saw the movie on Sunday, so I know why.
Her portrayal of a 50-year old Columbia University professor with early on-set Alzheimer’s is amazing…because you can’t see what she’s doing.
She simply has Alzheimer’s.
And everyone around her in the movie looks like they’re acting.
In the movie scene represented by the still above, Julianne’s character is out running in her New York City neighborhood, and is suddenly lost. She starts to hyperventilate, and everything becomes an unrecognizable blur. The audience is in there with her.
It’s really scary.
I won’t pretend this movie is easy to watch, but I think it’s important to see.
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I auditioned for a web video today.
The role was “angry cashier.”
It was a real character part…and lots of fun to do.
The casting director was also seeing men for another role. But they didn’t get a script to review like me. Instead, they were simply told as they entered the waiting area:
Remove your shirt.
I have never been so happy to be a woman!
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Earlier this week, my friend Caroline re-watched The Way We Were after many years away from the film, and was blown away by two things:
- Robert Redford the actor; and
- Robert Redford the amazingly good-looking human being.
The latter is an area of universal agreement. No man has ever looked better than Redford did in this film.
See how Barbra Streisand is gazing up at him in the still from the movie? Insert any woman — or man of that ilk — and they will have the same look of stunned appreciation on their face.
Perfection does that to a person.
Redford’s acting, on the other hand, has not always received the same level of appreciation. But his upcoming movie, All is Lost, has generated Best Actor Oscar buzz at film festivals.
Take a look at the early trailer below.
Perhaps now that Redford is craggy instead of captivating, audiences are better able to focus on his performance.
I’ll be there!
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Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway — you’re Oscar winners!
No wonder you’re smiling.
But whereas the world loves Jennifer, most folks find Anne just…so annoying.
Both are talented actresses. Both gave Oscar-worthy performances this year — Jennifer in Silver Linings Playbook and Anne in Les Miserables. And both are attractive and smart.
But of the two, only Jennifer appears comfortable enough to stop acting…to be herself on the awards show stage. So her speeches — and even her trip up the Oscar stairs — appear to be authentic expressions of emotion.
Not badly acted attempts at sincerity.
So stop it, Anne…or we’re taking all the shiny trophies back.
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What did you do today?
I stood outside and pretended to yell and cheer.
It kinda looked like this — I was with a group of people miming mass excitement in a commercial shoot in Brooklyn — but nothing else was remotely the same.
See the blue sky in that photo? We never saw that today.
It was all grey clouds and showers…and often heavy showers. And on this particular shoot, we had nowhere else to go. No comfy, dry holding area for us. So we had to stand around outside, huddled under umbrellas, waiting for the rain to pause to get the shot.
Think about it. We had to stand outside — stand — in the rain for 10 hours.
Acting is so glamorous.
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I saw two movies today. It was a double feature Saturday —
My favorite kind.
The films were The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, and Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.
Obviously the latter had the big name stars. But I would argue the former featured more interesting acting choices.
Clint Eastwood harumphed his way through Curve, playing an ol’ curmudgeon that appears to be the extent of his repertoire. It’s just an older version of Dirty Harry. Or the Outlaw Josey Wales. Or any role he’s ever played.
‘Cause he’s only got the one.
In Perks, Ezra Miller plays a lovable, gay, sometimes cross-dressing stepbrother to Harry Potter’s Emma Watson. It took me to the end credits to realize that he was the same actor who played the title character in last year’s award-winning We Need to Talk about Kevin, a sinister teenager who used a bow-and-arrow to orchestrate a massacre at his high school.
He was unrecognizable in Perks. And it’s not like he had dyed his hair or changed his physique. He simply committed to a different character choice so completely, it almost changed the contours of his face.
Something tells me Clint could never lose the squint.
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I saw Cosmopolis this weekend.
If you’ve seen the extended trailer, you’ll be fairly well-prepared for the film to come.
Slick. Stylized. Bizarre. Yet surprisingly funny — in that dark, ‘the audience is almost scared to laugh’ kinda way.
Robert Pattinson is in every scene — the camera can’t seem to look away — and the state of the world is reflected in the state of his expensive suit: pristine at the start of the film, a rumpled mess by the end.
And what an end! His meeting with Paul Giamatti — the final 22 minutes of the film — is worth the entire price of admission…plus popcorn, soda and Chewy Spree.
It’s not like anything you’ve ever seen. And if you didn’t think so before, you’ll leave the theatre convinced…
Pattinson can act.
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You’ve probably watched Inside the Actors Studio with host James Lipton.
He interviews your favorite actors who talk about their past, their craft, and all their successes. They’re polished up all bright and shiny under the lights at Pace University in New York.
But how about actors via webcam looking scruffy and unkempt, talking about how hard the acting biz really is…and how they fear their careers are in the toilet?
Now, that’s a show.
It’s called sadsadconversation, and it’s played out on Youtube by actor Josh Malina (Sports Night, The West Wing), Michael Ian Black (Ed, Michael & Michael), Steven Weber (Wings, Studio 60), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and most recently, a Go-Go or two.
They wear their sweats and pj’s, little or no makeup — Steven had on a Breathe-Right strip in one notable entry — and share their appropriately named ‘sad sad’ thoughts on the entertainment industry.
Now, I’ve heard wanna-be actors complain about the injustice of show biz on TV and movie sets before, but it’s a whole new level of sad to listen to actors have seemingly “made it” share those same insecurities.
‘Cause some of that sad…is actually pretty hilarious.
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Dakota Fanning was crowned Homecoming Queen at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood on Saturday.
Isn’t that sweet?
The child star of “I Am Sam” and “Man on Fire,” who now plays vampire killer Jane in the “Twilight” saga, is keeping it real by attending regular high school, cheerleading, and making homecoming court for the second year in a row, this time as queen.
Or, at least, that’s how the media is trying to spin it.
I don’t mean to be cynical. But put yourself in the place of the other girls in the running for Homecoming Queen at her school.
Do we seriously think Dakota’s acting career has no impact on her popularity in high school? That her repeat appearance on the court isn’t the teeniest bit a function of her celebrity?
Granted, it could go both ways. Some people might vote for her simply because she’s an actor. Others might vote against her. But I would guess, combined with the votes of her real friends, she would normally come out on top.
It is a lovely idea, though. The child actor, returning home, living a ‘normal’ life between movies. But the Internet and television and magazines are everywhere. Dakota can’t ever truly hide from her fame. And goodness knows the public can’t, even when we try.
So when the media itself tries to sell the fairy tale, it lands with an especially loud thud.
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