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