I have not read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy — pretty proud of that.
Not that I’m judging a book by its cover it…but it’s nice for a change to not be in a group that is being judged.
(Twilight scars — you understand.)
Although that doesn’t stop me from being interested in the recent casting announcement for the Fifty Shades movie — Dakota Johnson as Anastasia (whoever that is) and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey.
Dakota Johnson…in an S&M movie?
She was the quirky, funny, girl-next-door single mom who we loved and lost last season on Ben and Kate. Well, I loved that show anyhoo. FOX went and canceled it.
Oh, look how sad they all are.
Of course, Nat Faxon (far right) reached out and got an Oscar for writing The Descendants…and directed, wrote and co-starred in the very funny The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell, so he’s doing alright. And Dakota gets…whips and chains?
Look what you did, FOX.
If there was ever any doubt, The Way Way Back confirms: Steve Carell can really act.
But he’s not the central character in Way Back.
His girlfriend’s son Duncan is. The two of them don’t see eye-to-eye, and it makes for an uncomfortable threesome, especially when they go away together for the summer. Duncan escapes by getting a job at Water Wizz, a local water park, where he finds the acceptance he can’t find at home.
This movie made me smile for a lot of reasons.
Sam Rockwell is a surprising, endearing water park manager and surrogate father to Duncan. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — who won an Oscar for The Descendants screenplay — wrote and directed his movie as well…but I was mostly happy to see Nat’s goofy face return to the screen after the egregious cancellation of his sitcom Ben and Kate. And most of all, it was fun to see a movie about water slides…
…after a weekend of 100 degree weather. Heaven.
Who’s watching The Office finale tonight?
And who’s watching the show for the first time in two years?
When Michael Scott aka Steve Carell left The Office in 2011, I was part of a highly vocal minority — perhaps it was even a majority in some circles — who felt the show should end with his exit.
But the show producers — both in shock that Steve left and in denial that the money train was running out of steam — deluded themselves that they could keep on keepin’ on.
The first season without Steve floundered. The second became ‘the farewell season.’ And now that Dunder Mifflin is finally closing its doors, I feel a teeny tiny bit responsible.
Did I show any loyalty after Steve left? No.
Did I check in from time-to-time to see if my instincts were right that the show would suck without him? Yes.
Will I watch tonight and wish the show wasn’t being canceled? No.
Am I hoping Steve Carell shows up somewhere? Yes.
(It would be the best episode in two years.)
Note — Steve DID appear on the finale. It was amazeballs.
I went to see Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World yesterday. It was supposed to be the first movie in a double feature afternoon.
But Seeking was less comedic and far more dark and thought-provoking than I had anticipated, so going to Rock of Ages like I had planned seemed, well…
But I still had a cinematic “WOW” moment. AMC showed a trailer for Keira’s next film, Anna Karenina, which comes out in November. Full disclosure: I’ve never read the book, but I actually felt the air leave my lungs.
It looks epic.
I wanted to cheer or comment from my seat, but for once I kept quiet. See for yourself!
Guess who got an email thank you note from America Online yesterday?
I’m guessing Steve Carell did, too. And Tina Fey. Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd were no doubt on the list, too.
I’m not crazy brand loyal; I’m just lazy. As AOL pointed out in their “celebrating you” thank you note, they’ve been my email service provider since 1996.
Before I was even born.
Do you know how many accounts, organizations and friends know me by this email address? The mere thought of changing it — and the domino effect of changes that would be required as a result — gives me the hives.
Of course, I have other email addresses for professional purposes — even a Gmail account that I rarely use — but AOL is still core.
And knowing that so many way cool people have an uncool email address like me…makes it the cool thing to do.
That’s what I keep telling myself.
Did you hear?
Crazy Stupid Love opens today.
We’ve been under a movie trailer attack for months! Surrounded. Bombarded.
Taken prisoner even.
Don’t get me wrong — I’ve loved the Crazy Stupid Love trailer from the first time I saw it — was totally sold on the movie.
Ryan Gosling? Check. Steve Carell? Check. Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei? Check, check, check. Ryan Gosling nearly naked??
Too many checks to include here.
And I personally love movie trailers. Love seeing them on television, love sitting through them at the theatre, love them for the art that they are.
There was no escape.
Crazy Stupid Love’s marketing campaign has been crazy, stupid overwhelming. Their attempts to generate audience excitement have been bloody exhausting.
You know what? Just to show them how I feel, I may wait until mid-afternoon today before I go see it.
Yeah…that’ll send a message.
Note: Saw Crazy Stupid Love at the 1:15pm showing (early mid-afternoon). This is such a wonderful film — worth every crazy, stupid overwhelming trailer…and then some! — Carla
The hubbub over Steve Carell leaving The Office this season has in many ways belittled the talent of the actors that remain.
Last night I was reminded of this in a big way.
I didn’t have huge expectations going in. The critics had pretty much slammed the film, but the trailer looked cute and word-of-mouth was pretty good. (Critics can be so grouchy when it comes to romantic comedies, am I right?)
The one positive note in most of the otherwise ‘grouchy’ reviews was praise for John Krasinski.
Boy, did they get that right.
We are used to seeing John as Jim in The Office — the everyman, playing jokes on Dwight, outsmarting Michael, making takes to the camera. He almost seems like a part of the audience.
Which makes it easy to take what he does for granted.
Admittedly, his character is, once again, the smartest person in the room. But there are no takes to the audience…just solid character work and ‘real’ reactions that are both believable and hilarious.
Now unlike the critics, I liked the film. While I think they took their sweet time getting to a conclusion that we all saw coming, I still enjoyed the ride.
Oh, and John? Thanks for driving.
Could this be the story behind the story?
The Internet has been buzzin’ that this just might be the year that Steve Carell snags the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy….especially on the heels of the announcement that he’s leaving “The Office” at the end of season seven.
When asked in interviews why he is exiting the show, Steve has used the age-old excuse, “I want to spend more time with my family.” Uh huh. But could the real reason be he wants some Emmy bling?
Could the nicest guy on television have evil Emmy envy in his good-as-gold heart…and know that his departure might elicit some voter appreciation?
He is human, whether we believe it or not.
Industry pundits — and popular poll results on several entertainment web sites — seem to be leaning toward Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” to take away the statute at this year’s awards ceremony…and I would have to agree. (Sorry, Steve.)
Jim’s portrayal of King Nerd Sheldon is spot-on brilliant, and now that “30 Rock” is no longer the new comedy sensation, I think Alec Baldwin’s command of the category is fading.
Who will win? Tune in and see!
The Emmy Awards will be broadcast LIVE tonight @ 8PM ET on NBC.
When the first trailer for “Dinner for Schmucks” popped up in theaters, I thought the premise was ridiculous.
But then, they assembled a dream cast. Paul Ruud. Steve Carell. Zach Galifianakis. And the clips look pretty hilarious.
But before I go to the movie this weekend, at least one of the morning or late night talk hosts promoting the film this week has to get the name right.
It’s “Dinner for Schmucks.” Not Smucks. Or Shucks. Or whatever the heck it is you guys are saying.
Hearing everyone mispronounce this very common Yiddish insult is driving me insane. Is it a network conspiracy? Like the new show “—- My Dad Says” based on the Twitter account, where they have replaced the very common curse word with hash marks.
Is “schmuck” such a bad word that everyone has agreed to say it wrong? That’s even more ridiculous than the plot of the movie!
And it makes me want to go see it even more.