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It feels like the first time

Actors hate being typecast.

But producers (who like money) and audiences (who like what they like) usually support it. Perhaps that explains why Rachel McAdams is starring in yet another romantic comedy, About Time.

It looks great, right? I literally cried the first time I saw the trailer. But Rachel playing the wife of yet another time traveler?

It’s like she’s cheating on Eric Bana!!

Change is good

Sometimes a change in scenery is good, sometimes time runs out in a certain spot. — Phil Nevin

Leaving New York City is very good for Woody Allen.

I loved Match Point, set in London, which Allen completed in 2005. Oscar voters loved Vicky Cristina Barcelona, giving Penelope Cruz the Best Supporting Oscar nod.

And Allen’s newest endeavor, Midnight in Paris, may be the biggest charmer of them all.

Allen is not in the film.  That is a good thing. Owen Wilson plays the Woody role, but he plays it as an optimist. I swore I saw the sun shining in his eyes a few times, he is so upbeat (even when he is sad).

His counterpoint is Rachel McAdams, his fiancee and generally unlikable person.  Her parents are even less so.  There is a big “THUD” when they appear on screen because there is no nuance to their characters, but perhaps they are supposed to be the dose of reality.

Because the rest of the film is magic.  Owen’s love affair with the city of Paris.  The people he meets…and he meets some pretty fantastic people.  The unexpected cameos and brilliant performances by actors not mentioned in any promotion for the film.  (I was surprised; I want you to be, too.)

I enjoyed Midnight in Paris so muchIt was, quite simply, a delight.

Guess where I’m jonesin’ to go now?

Trophy love

There’s something in the air of late, and it sure ain’t love.

I’ve been chronicling the sad events on my Facebook page:  Couple after celebrity couple calling it quits, even though the holidays are just around the corner.

Is there some kind of tax incentive to ending things before year’s end?  A public relations advantage to starting the new year with a clean relationship slate? More product endorsements available to single stars?

I for one am shocked and truly saddened.

When you look like Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, don’t other problems lessen in importance as soon as you glimpse your partner in the mirror?  Or does looking that good simply give you too many other options with too many other people who are equally good looking to remain faithful to just one?

While I never thought Scarlett was funny enough for Ryan — sorry, I’m not big enough of a person to keep that opinion to myself — I wanted the relationship to succeed because Ryan did.  (I love him that much.)  I hate that it failed.

Same thing for my other favorite Ryan — Ryan Gosling and Rachael McAdams.  I have loved them as a couple ever since The Notebook. Sure, they broke up a while back, but then they got back together — showed that they were really working on things, ya know?

But then they broke up for good.  Now she’s dating Michael Sheen, who is a brilliant actor (and a better Tony Blair than Tony Blair himself).

But she’ll always be Ryan’s gal in my mind.

And let’s not forget Zach Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, Disney’s dynamic duo, who also called it quits this week.  Let’s face it — they’re young.  I have actually been expecting that one for a while.  And Zach’s star has been rising so much faster, it’s no wonder Vanessa is being left behind.

But seriously, folks, these celebs need to start putting in the work.  If Natalie Portman is willing to study ballet for a year to earn an Oscar for “Black Swan,” and Christian Bale will starve himself down to skin and bones for “The Machinist” and “The Fighter”…

…can’t actors put just a little more effort into their own love lives?

Maybe if we come up with an award…