WEIRDLAND: November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Natalie Portman at Gotham Awards

Natalie Portman at Gotham Awards 2009 ceremony.
She wears a dress by Proenza Schouler -
RTW Spring 2010 Sequined Tank Dress.

"Natalie Portman tribute time. “What can i say, I adore Natalie Portman and so does everyone who has ever worked with her,” said Jim Sheridan as he awkwardly introduced Portman. First off, though, we get a clip show gives us expectedly big doses of “The Professional,” “Closer,” “Garden State,” and “Beautiful Girls.” “Star Wars” is thankfully missing in action".

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Jake and Reese: sticking together?

Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon out for coffee in Brentwood, on 2nd March 2009.

Hollywood lovebirds Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon deny rumors that they've split up. Get the scoop. Watch Reese & Jake Video by E News
Original Air Date: 11/29/2009 - Date added: 11/29/2009

Taylor Lautner will host SNL

Scene from "New Moon" (2009) starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner as Bella and Jacob.

"Us Magazine reports that New Moon hunk Taylor Lautner will be testing out his comedic chops on December 12, as the host of Saturday Night Live. (Apparently, SNL's attempts to woo Lautner's co-star, Robert Pattinson, have so far fallen flat.)The questions abound: Do you think Lautner has the sense of humor to pull off the gig? Do you think T-Laut will spoof his classic The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D? Perhaps most importantly, how many skits do you think will require Taylor to doff his shirt? Source:

Love & other drugs, Source Code, All good things

Jake Gyllenhaal with a fan on the set of "Love and other drugs" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway will play Jamie Reidy and Maggie Murdock in "Love and other drugs" (2010).

James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway in "Becoming Jane" (2007).

James McAvoy and Gemma Arterton.
Gemma Arterton will be Prince Dastan's love interest in "Prince of Persia: the sands of time" (2010).

Anne Hathaway on the set of "Love and other drugs" in Pittsburg.Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway acted out a scene from “Frost/Nixon” to open the Oscar 2009 ceremony.

"-I was fascinated to hear you talking at this film’s press conference that you don’t own a computer. How does that affect your preparation for a role?
Sam Rockwell plays James Reston Jr. in "Frost/Nixon" (2008).

-I could definitely use the benefit of a computer for research. For Frost/Nixon I really could have used some of that. But I read, and I watched the news, and I went to D.C., listened to all the tapes and stuff. But maybe it’s good because my character was existing in the ’70s. I’m thinking about getting one, but I’ve resisted the urge so far. It’s might be too much for me to handle right now. There’s a lot on my plate.
Sam Rockwell with Duncan Jones shooting "Moon" (2009).

-Do you think that philosophy informed your character’s relationship with technology in Moon?

-It’s possible. My relationship with technology and robots comes from all the science-fiction movies that I’ve seen. That is a very grass-roots sort of guy; a very blue-collar guy. But I played a computer genius in Charlie’s Angels. I don’t know. At some point I’m going to have to pick it up."

"Duncan Jones might be pinned down to the sci-fi genre from Moon on onwards. After being attached to a finger-full of projects since his Sundance launch pad, the helmer has signed onto direct the 2007 Black List script (high on that list and tops on ScriptShadow's recent poll)
with Jake Gyllenhaal in the running to topline the pic. Originally written by Ben Ripley, Source Code got a revision from Billy Ray (this writer-director has his DNA on tons of screenplays) and it basically looks at an experimental government program set up to investigate a terrorist incident, when a soldier wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it. In short we are looking at Groundhog Day in space". Source:

"All Good Things" - I mention the pic as a probable selection same time last year, but the film wasn't ready. Kirsten Dunst with Ryan Gosling on the set of "All good things", New York, May 25th 2008.

"Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Frank Langella, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kristen Wiig star in this set in the 80's tale out of NYC. Gosling's character is "the son of a powerful real estate tycoon marries a beautiful working class student, Katie (Dunst). Together they flee the city for idyllic country life in Vermont - only to be lured back by David’s father. Upon their return, Katie goes back to medical school and begins to make a life for herself. But as Katie becomes increasingly independent, David mysteriously turns more violent and controlling." Source:

Maguire & Gyllenhaal: rare passion on "Brothers" scenes

"Natalie Portman has revealed that she felt very comfortable working with Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal.The Oscar-nominated actress, who co-stars alongside Maguire and Gyllenhaal in the drama Brothers, has said that the chemistry between the three actors on set came naturally after years of knowing each other, Coming Soon reports.The 28-year-old said: "It was actually really exciting because this is the first time I've ever worked with actors that I knew before. I met Tobey when I was 14, I met Jake when I was 18, so there was a level of familiarity from the first day, which was really a nice way to enter into it.

"We also had a nice rehearsal period for a few weeks before we started, where we got to go over each other's houses and talk about it and try things out".

Tobey Maguire plays an unhinged war veteran, Capt. Sam Cahill in "Brothers".

"Scenes between Maguire and Gyllenhaal emotionally detonate with a rare passion and intensity on screen. But which unfortunately render the scenes of military conflict artificial and unconvincing in comparison.
Jim Sheridan (center) and Jake Gyllenhaal 'Brothers' N.Y. Film Premiere Cocktail Party, on 21st November 2009.

It's as if Irish director Jim Sheridan may have been more subjectively focused on personal trauma of his own related to the history of terrorism back in his homeland than a determined scrutiny of the Afghan resistance, which plays out as exaggerated caricatures with no basis in logic or reality connected to current events.The result is a compassionate crafting of lost and found families in wartime, but a seemingly self-censored scenario with the US military establishment and its combat rationale as the troubling invisible elephant in the room. This, while foot soldiers and insurgents alike are set up as the fall guys for precipitating the horrors of war and its psychological scars, not the institutions destroying human beings in the first place, by cultivating in men the concerted impulse to legally engage in murder". Source:

Ashley Greene in "Nylon" and "Maxim"

Ashley Greene in "Nylon" magazine photoshoot, Summer 2009.Ashley Greene in "Maxim" photoshoot, December 2009.Ashley Greene at Maxim's party celebration.

"Breaking Down" inminent announcement

Would it be a good idea if David Cronenberg directed "Breaking Down"?or maybe Gus Van Sant, as Robert Pattinson suggested?

"Summit Entertainment looks forward to bringing 'Breaking Dawn' to the big screen but at this point any additional information is premature."More intriguingly, Summit made a deal with FX this week for the broadcast cable rights to all of the "Twilight Saga" films. The agreement called for four pictures.
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart on the cover of "Entertainment Weekly"

Perhaps looking to get some more time in the limelight, minor franchise cast member Michael Welch told MTV he expects a go ahead for "Dawn" to be announced at any moment. Well, since you said so Michael we'll take a big sigh of relief".

Watch Breaking Down - Renesmee video

"The baby in Bella's belly starts growing incredibly fast. And it starts hurting Bella, as each kick it gives has the super strength of a vampire behind it. As it grows, Bella gets sicker, and then the good stuff starts. The baby kicks so hard it breaks Bella's ribs and then severs her spine. Are you imagining Kristen Stewart wearing a fake pregnancy belly and pretending to have been suddenly crippled by her own fetus? Because I am and it's making me laugh and laugh and laugh.Eventually the baby starts to get born and Bella is dying. The baby has telepathy, by the way, so everybody can read its thoughts while it's in the womb, and it turns out to have an essentially adult mind. Like Alia in Dune;In a moment that demands to be shown on the silver screen, Edward gives Bella an emergency C-section with his fucking teeth. It's like something out of XTro, for the love of God. It's so horrible it's brilliant, and this scene alone is why I remain firm in declaring that David Cronenberg must direct Breaking Dawn. This is surely his movie.Once the baby is out, Bella gets vamped by Edward, as she's about to die at any moment. Then comes the most astonishing turn of events in 21st century literature, and possibly in the entire history of awful fiction aimed at tweens: Jacob the werewolf, who has been madly in love with Bella, sees the new baby girl and immediately imprints on her. What this means, in layman's terms, is that he falls in love with the baby.The book makes no bones about this; while Jacob doesn't want to fuck the baby right off the bat, he can't stand to be away from it and visits everyday. His love has been transferred from Bella to the baby (who has the tongue shattering name Renesmee), and because of the science behind imprinting he'll love her forever. So one day he's going to stick his wolf dick in this girl that he see as a bloody newborn. Romance is not dead, it's just being abused by insane Mormon writers.I will not rest until I have seen a movie in which a werewolf falls in love with a baby. Hell, once I've seen a werewolf fall in love with a baby I may quit movie watching - I will have seen the ultimate culmination of a century of cinema. The entire film of Breaking Dawn would play like the weirdest exploitation film since Doris Wishman died - brutal sex, bizarre body horror, unbelievable pedophilia". Source:

According to a new video interview with Making Of, clearly conducted before New Moon was released to record breaking bank, producer Wyck Godfrey promises that a big screen adaptation of the series’ final volume will follow. “There’s every intention to make Breaking Dawn“, he simply states. Does it really need to get any more official than that? Source: