Tag Archives: Anne Hathaway

Do you see what I see?

I follow a lot of entertainment magazines on Twitter…probably too many.  And if I’m willing to admit that,  they should meet me half way and admit they use the following headline way, way, way too much:

“____________ is barely recognizable [in new hair cut] [in hat] [after losing weight]

Either that, or their reporters, writers and editors are BLIND AS BATS.

Exhibit A:  US Weekly found Pam Anderson ‘barely recognizable’ after she cut her trademark long locks into a short pixie.

Pam AndersonReally?

Even with her shades on, I think it looks exactly like Pam Anderson…just with shorter hair.

Perhaps I am just more observant.  And adaptable. And brilliant.

I am willing to own that.

Exhibit B:  Another publication struggled to identify Anne Hathaway when she donned a beige sock top while out on a smoothie run.

anne hathawayI don’t know — maybe I do have amazing powers of deduction.

‘Cause I think it’s pretty obvious.

Maybe I have missed my true calling and should be an annoying member of the paparazzi. Or perhaps I should just blame the copy editor for using hyperbole — instead  of creativity — to drive folks to their websites.

Although I do like the idea that I have super powers.

Oh, what a beautiful morning

I started my Sunday morning cleaning the apartment while watching Les Miserables on HBO.

It was my third viewing.

I obviously love the film, but I know there are many naysayers who poo-pooed the movie adaptation — because of changes made to the story and perceived imperfections in the songs because they were recorded live on set.

How dare emotions choke their voices.

But for those who question Hugh Jackman’s pipes in Les Miz, take a gander at his performance in the 1998 Royal National Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!” in London’s West End, for which he earned an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

‘Nuff said.

Acting normal

Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway — you’re Oscar winners!

jennifer and anneNo wonder you’re smiling.

But whereas the world loves Jennifer, most folks find Anne just…so annoying.

What gives?

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.

No zombies for the zombies

The 2013 Oscar nominations for Best Director had just been announced — the words were still hanging in the air in a cartoon word balloon — when Steven Spielberg announced his plans to suspend production on Robopocalypse.

Surprised?  Not me.
Robopocalypse-Movie-570x805I’ll bet Anne Hathaway, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and slated to star in the long awaited sci-fi extravaganza, seconded the notion.

No doubt she and Spielberg — both frontrunners for their work in Les Miserables and Lincoln respectively — remember what happened to Eddie Murphy a few years back.

He was considered a sure thing for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the movie Dreamgirls…and then Norbert happened.

And the Academy said, “No way, no how.”

The nominations this year have shown what a old group of fuddy duddies the Oscar voters can be.  (No Best Director nod for Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow — are you serious??)

Steven Spielberg is just playing it safe.

Chris crossed

While catching up on my late night programming this morning, I saw that actor Chris Evans the guy in the Star Trek remake — was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

I could watch that.

But when I did, it wasn’t Captain Kirk at all.  It was Captain America from the new Avengers movie.

I had my superheroes — and my Chrises — all mixed up.

Chris Evans

Chris Pine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my defense, the two do look a lot a like.  They’re even the same age (well, Chris Pine is one year older).  And they’ve both been seen on the big screen in a series of lighthearted romantic comedies before they buffed up for their bigger-than-life, save-the-planet roles.

Chris Evans was in The Nanny Diaries with his current Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson (shown at left), and in What’s Your Number? with funny lady Anna Faris.

In his early days, Chris Pine romanced Anne Hathaway in Princess Diaries 2 and Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck.

There’s a title for ya.

But seriously — would you have known the difference if I hadn’t given you a primer?  I mean, would you?  Really?

(Say no.  I need reassurance that my synapses are firing correctly.)

To be or not

It’s one of the first signs of summer in New York City:

The long line of people waiting for tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre.

Rory and I walk by them almost every morning on our way to the Great Lawn.  They are in chairs and sleeping bags, reading and napping and sometimes eating breakfast.  (Those are Rory’s favorites.)

In recent years, when Anne Hathaway and Al Pacino headlined productions in Shakespeare in the Park, the line was ginormous even in the early morning hours.  On a couple of occasions, the stars themselves were rumored to have brought snacks to the fans camped out in line.

This year?  The lines for performances of All’s Well that Ends Well and Measure for Measure have been scrawny at best, even by mid-morning.  But then again, there are no celebrities in the cast.

Which begs the question:

Are people really hot for Shakespeare or movie stars?

Coupling

Chemistry.  Some couples got it.  Some don’t.

We were all reminded of this fact during Sunday’s Oscar broadcast — for three plus painful hours.   Co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were oil and water on stage; no casting director is going to be beating down their doors any time soon to pair them up in a movie.

But what about the truly great film couples?

I pondered this very important question as I vegged out in front of the TV last night, re-watching City of Angels. (I was tired, okay?  Plus, that movie was made back in the days when Nicolas Cage was a good actor.)

Here’s my list of great film couples (in no particular order):

  • Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
  • Vivenne Leigh and Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
  • Matthew MacFadyen and Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
  • Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger (and Hugh Grant), Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
  • Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
  • Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
  • Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
  • Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally
  • Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, Love Story

It’s not an exhaustive list.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve missed one of your favorites.

What couple would you add to the list?

Remember — you can’t win if you don’t play.


Fair warning

Weeks before the 2011 Academy Awards hit the air, the producers warned everyone in pre-show interviews that their young hosts weren’t comedians, so we shouldn’t expect jokes.

Anne and James weren’t bringing the funny.

And they were right.  They didn’t.

Anne did bring an overly energetic brightness to the stage that became grating.  Her big number went well, but I’m sure Hugh Jackman is even happier today that he dodged that bullet.

James, on the other hand, was quiet and appeared stoned.  He even had trouble reading the teleprompter.  (Hey, it’s a skill not all people can master.)  I think he regretted taking job #1,714 as soon as he stepped on stage, and his partnership with perky Anne even more so.

Oil and water, those two.

It made me even more grateful for the moments to come in the Oscar acceptance speeches.

Moments of wonderful self-deprecation from Best Actor winner Colin Firth:
“I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.”

…and NYU student Luke Matheny, upon winning the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film God of Love:
“Oh, I should have got a haircut!”

Entertaining shout-outs to family members, including Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network:

“Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award, I’m going to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.”

…and Tom Hooper, giving credit to his mother for finding The King’s Speech during his Best Director Oscar acceptance:

“The moral of the story is, listen to your mother.”

And perhaps most inspiring of all — especially for Sticky Eggs like me — were David Seidler’s words upon receiving his Best Screenplay Oscar for “Speech.”

“My father always said to me I would be a late bloomer.  I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award.  I hope that record is broken quickly and often.”

Now, that’s what we needed to hear.

Eye full

To make it in Hollywood, a girl used to have to know how to act or know someone.

Today?

She needs GINORMOUS eyes, too.

It’s true.  The latest crop of actresses have the largest eyeballs I have ever seen.  We’re talking eyes so huge, they are practically on either side of their head.

Like fish.  Freaky, pretty fish.

Are more girls being born with these bulbous baby blues?  Or are casting directors merely drawn to how actresses with prodigious peepers look on television and film?

Goodness knows Disney is guilty of perpetuating this trend.  Every princess from
“Beauty and the Beast” to “Little Mermaid” has been drawn with impossibly enormous eyes.  In their latest movie “Tangled,” Rapunzel has green eyes so gigantic, the two combined are bigger across than her waist.

(But I really loved that film…so I’m gonna give it a pass.)

So, let’s consider some human examples.  Anne Hathaway in Devil Wears Prada and Love and Other Drugs. Amanda Seyfried in Dear John and Letters to Juliet. All of the actresses on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.”  Mila Kunis, who goes toe-to-toe with Natalie Portman in the ever-so-creepy — and I mean that as a huge compliment — Black Swan.

All new Hollywood.  All wearing those mega-watt eyes.

In fact, when I tried to think of a successful actress with even slightly squinty eyes, I had to go back a few years to Renee Zellweger, who was so charming with Ewan McGregor in Down with Love and won an Oscar for Cold Mountain. And she’s really just squinty in comparison…not squinty in that Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry “Make my day” kinda way.

See what I mean?

So, if you have your sights set on the bright lights, make sure your eyes are a sight to behold.

(Meaning they are big…really big.)

Get smart

Dear Anne Hathaway:

Rumor has it you’ve picked another winner…

Current boyfriend Adam Shulman reportedly stole part of an art mural — where do they come up with this stuff?? — and the building owner wants it back, or he’s calling the police.

Bi-zarre.

Admittedly, it’s not nearly as bad as your former boyfriend,  ’embezzler to the Vatican’ Raffaello Follieri, who’s currently serving a 4 1/2-year prison sentence for ‘misappropriating investments’…but still.

Far be it from me to dole out relationship advice — ’cause I’m not — but I do want to point out some obvious physical characteristics that both Adam and Raffaello share. You might want to avoid them in the future (because they seem to have consistently attracted you in the past).

  1. Sloping eyes — You may consider this feature dreamy.  I see shifty…and their behavior has followed suit.
  2. Rounded nose — Rounded, no doubt, from being stuck too often where it doesn’t belong.
  3. Tan — Too much time on their hands.

I hope this brief catalog of traits to avoid has been helpful.

Oh — and a background check wouldn’t hurt either.