She’s had a lot of awkward moments, and she admitted that on last night’s Watch What Happens Live when asked to name the most awkward of all. The answer came to her pretty quickly, though. It was that time Russell Crowe was a total toolbag to her because he didn’t like her questions. And also because he’s pretty much always a toolbag. More
I have this problem where I assume that everyone is exactly like me (read: self-centeredness), so if I hear an actor speaking with an American accent in a movie, I take that at face value and assume that’s what they are. But a surprising amount of the time, I end up getting tricked, so here’s a list of the most frequent offenders. More
Sometimes I’m just convinced that a celebrity news story was inspired by a late-night game of Mad Libs played by either a website’s editors or even just God himself, leaning back in his heavenly easy chair with one of those paperback game books you buy for a dollar at the airport, filling in celebrity names and having a good rumbling laugh. How else do you explain this new story about Russell Crowe getting prank phone calls from Michael Jackson? More
If you were hoping to watch a full Les Miserables song with French characters singing in English with Spanish subtitles, then today is your lucky day. More
I was ambivalent about the Les Miserables movie, but this trailer won me over. More
Hurricane Sandy derailed the shooting of Noah in New York City, but rather than hide in her trailer, Emma Stone volunteered with City Meals on Wheels. And posted an adorable tweet about it. More
It’s a slow news day, so Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer did the bloggers of the world a solid and announced that they are splitting up. More
“There seemed something selfish about trying to go for the ‘pretty’ version,” Anne Hathaway says. More
Even though he had to be rescued by the Coast Guard this Saturday, Russell Crowe totally wasn’t lost at sea even a little bit, because that would be embarrassing, and Russell Crowe is never embarrassed. More
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The first teaser trailer for the epic costume drama Les Miserables has been released, and gosh oh golly, it sure tells you a lot about the storyline. No wait, no it doesn’t. It’s a minute and a half of Anne Hathaway singing in the background while a very craggy Hugh Jackman exchanges deep, portentous looks with the sky, Russell Crowe trots about on a horse looking imperial in a very silly hat, and Amanda Seyfried looks refreshed and happy because I’m assuming she plays a character who has actual money and doesn’t have to eat stones like everyone else. More
We’re so used to the cliche of the Hollywood asshole actor that we’re stymied by genuinely good guys working their way up the ranks. But according to the Duplass brothers, their drama Jeff, Who Lives At Home couldn’t have happened without a “nice” leading man. And that’s who they found in Jason Segel. More
You may or may not be aware of this, but a movie version of the international musical theatre sensation Les Miserables is currently in the works. This isn’t the first time in recent memory someone has tried to put Victor Hugo’s novel on the screen, but it IS the first time that it’s been done in musical form. And it’s racking up a pretty good cast, too: Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe signed on as escaped con Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert respectively a while ago, and just this week, Anne Hathaway joined the team as Fantine, the ill-fated singer of “I Dreamed a Dream.” So that got us thinking: Who ELSE might shine in this star-studded cast? We have no idea if any of these actors can sing, but hey, that’s never stopped anyone in the past (Sweeney Todd, much?). Here are our picks for the cast of the new Les Mis: More
What’s the last major role of Paul Bettany‘s that you can remember where he didn’t play a warrior priest with a sick cross forehead tattoo; a fallen angel who cuts off his wings and straps on some firepower to protect the next Jesus Christ; or an ardent (albino) Opus Dei assassin who flogs himself for his mistakes? Bettany’s been pigeonholed as the token religious character in a string of underwhelming movies — I’m surprised he didn’t find his way into M. Night Shyamalan‘s Devil — and we miss the sweet guy we first met in A Knight’s Tale. More
In our new series Hollywood Jobs, Rebecca Rose will interview people who work in all aspects of the entertainment industry – except performing. Here, you’ll meet the people who keep the show going on behind the scenes.
Leslie Thorson is a Key Assistant Location Manager who has worked on over 20 major Hollywood films, including LA Confidential, Something’s Gotta Give and The Italian Job. Leslie spoke with me from her home in Los Angeles in order to help me understand what it takes to do one of the toughest, if most under-appreciated fields in production. More