WEIRDLAND: January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Eva Green will be Ava Lord in "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For"

Eva Green has been tapped to play the femme fatale of Dimension Films’ Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, being directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.

Green’s casting marks the end of a long search for an actress to take on the role of Ava Lord, who is at the centre of the pulpy story first published as a comic book in the 1990s. Josh Brolin is playing Dwight, the photographer. Returning for the sequel are Mickey Rourke, Jessica, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King. New additions include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Chung, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, and Julia Garner.

Eva Green in Madame Figaro magazine (2012)

“Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City,” Rodriguez and Miller said in a statement. “From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green." Source:

Michael Pitt, Eva Green and Louis Garrel during 2003 Venice Film Festival - 'The Dreamers' Photocall in Italy

Jake Gyllenhaal was initially considered by Bertolucci for the role of Matthew in "The Dreamers" but Gyllenhaal turned it down because of the explicit nature of the nude scenes.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal filming "Prisoners" in Georgia

Jake Gyllenhaal with mom Naomi Foner attending the 'Very Good Girls' Premiere - Sundance Film Festival, in Salt Lake City (Utah) on January 22, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of "Prisoners" (2013) in Georgia, on January 20, 2013

"Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman were in character on the Conyers, GA, set of Prisoners yesterday. The picture sees Hugh Jackman playing a father, who, not content with the job law enforcement is doing to find his kidnapped daughter, takes the case into his own hands. Jake reportedly plays a local policeman assigned to the case. Jake and Hugh will appear in the movie, slated for a September release, with Paul Dano and Melissa Leo." Source:

"End of Watch has come home on DVD and Blu-Ray and it's a fantastic opportunity for millions to see this fantastic film that should have been a blockbuster. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as two Los Angeles police officers working some of the most dangerous streets in the city. Also not-to-be-missed features include Fate with a Badge and Honors, a must-see in its ability to have the viewer see those that protect their safety on a daily basis in a whole new light.

End of Watch, standing on its own, deserved serious Academy Awards consideration." Source:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A comeback for Reese Witherspoon, Winona Ryder, Josh Hartnett & Lindsay Lohan

Who: Reese Witherspoon

"Mud" Movie TRAILER (2013) - Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon

Why she should make a comeback: Sure, she's been focusing on other parts of her life, like marriage and the birth of her third child, but the Oscar-winner's last big screen hit was the instantly forgettable "This Means War."

Who: Winona Ryder

The Iceman - Official Trailer featuring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans

Why she should make a comeback: Two words: Winona Forever.

Who: Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett ("Make Me Smile") video

Why he should make a comeback: Hartnett seemed poised as one of his generation's most-promising actors at the turn of the century, with plum roles in "Virgin Suicides," "Pearl Harbor" and "40 Days and 40 Nights." What happened?

Who: Lindsay Lohan

The Canyons Movie CLIP - Assaulted (2013) - Lindsay Lohan

Why she should make a comeback: Because even though we should probably know better by now, we can't stop secretly rooting for the charming kid who stole our hearts in "Freaky Friday" and "The Parent Trap." Source:

Friday, January 18, 2013

Emma Stone talks "Gangster Squad" in W magazine

In Gangster Squad, Stone reunites with Gosling, and their love scenes have an intensity that gives the movie an emotional center. Although her part is underwritten, Stone does something new: She channels a glamorous woman of mystery.

Emma Stone as Grace Faraday and Ryan Gosling as Sgt. Jerry Wooters in "Gangster Squad" (2013) directed by Ruben Fleischer

-Who do you play in Gangster Squad?

-Grace Faraday, who moved to Hollywood in the ’40s to become a star and ended up falling in with Mickey Cohen, a very well-known gangster, and his brood. Grace is also having an affair with Jerry Wooters, portrayed by Ryan Gosling. He’s one of the cops investigating Mickey Cohen. Grace is playing with fire—she’s constantly torn, caught in that classic conundrum between good and evil.

Audrey Totter was one of the great femme fatales of the film noir era, often playing "bad girl" archetypes in 1940s

-Actresses from that era were always so dolled up. Was it hard to be perfectly groomed at all times?

-Those undergarments were pretty demanding. It’s time-consuming to put on a bustier and a little corset every day. But you’re immediately more poised than you would be in modern-day clothes. And it makes it easy to get into character. Source:

The Truth Behind the Real-Life 'Gangster Squad': "You probably figured that the movie was Hollywood-tized, but I feel like it’s my duty to confirm that fact. The characters are real, yes, the situation is real, yes, but the violence in the movie is outlandish and bears no accuracy to the reality of the Gangster Squad’s actions. My mom likes to say 'they didn’t use bullets. They used their brains.' Yet violence sells more than cleverness, so unsurprisingly violence won," she said. "All I ask is to keep that in the back of your mind: the real Jack O’Mara fired his gun once. And only once." Source:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bunraku (2010) starring Josh Hartnett, Gackt - Full movie

August (2008) - directed by Austin Chick, starring Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott and David Bowie - final scenes.

Josh Hartnett plays The Drifter in "Bunraku" (2010) directed by Guy Moshe

Bunraku (2010) directed by Guy Moshe, starring Josh Hartnett, Gackt, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, etc.

Anniversary of Black Dahlia's murder - Pathology Museum event

Barts Pathology Museum at Queen Mary, University of London’s West Smithfield campus will hold a special evening seminar on Tuesday 15 January – the anniversary of the gruesome and much-publicised Black Dahlia Murder. The event will focus on cultural depictions of the case, followed by a wider look at forensic science and cases of dismemberment.

On January 15th, 1947, the dismembered body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short was discovered on a vacant lot in Los Angeles, California. To this day, the murder is unsolved, but the brutality of the crime and Short’s ‘femme fatale’ persona have ensured The Black Dahlia Murder remains a part of crime folklore.

Crime fiction scholar and editor Steven Powell runs the blog The Venetian Vase and is author of the essay Betty Short and I Go Back: James Ellroy and the Metanarrative of the Black Dahlia Case. He has edited the books Conversations with James Ellroy and 100 American Crime Writers. His talk, I Never Knew Her in Life: Cultural Depictions of the Black Dahlia Case, focuses on the enduring popularity of Short’s life and death in newspapers, novels, and films.

Entry to the event is £6 and includes refreshments and a themed cocktail. There will also be a chance to win a copy of the film The Black Dahlia, directed by Brian De Palma. Source:

Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson and Brian De Palma on the set of "The Black Dahlia" (2006)

Ofcr. Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert: "The basic rule of homicide applied: nothing stays buried forever. Corpses. Ghosts. Nothing stays buried forever."

"I kept everything pertaining to them away from him out of a desire to keep Madeleine's lesbian bar doings under wraps. I continued skimming the file, sweating in the hot, airless room. No Webster prefixes appeared, and I started getting nightmare flashes: Betty sitting on the westbound Wilshire bus stop, 7:30 P.M., 1/12/47, waving bye-bye Bucky, about to jump into eternity. I thought about querying the bus company, a general rousting of drivers on that route--then realized it was too cold, that any driver who remembered picking up Betty would have come forward during all the '47 publicity. I thought of calling the other numbers I'd gotten from Pacific Coast Bell --then jacked that chronologically they were off-- they didn't jibe with my new knowledge of where Betty was at what time. I called Russ at the Bureau and learned that he was still in Tucson, while Harry was working crowd control up by the Hollywoodland sign. I finished my paper prowl, with a total of zero Webster prefixes. I thought of yanking Roach's P.C.B file, fixing the notion immediately. Downtown LA, Madison prefix to Webster, was not a toll call--there would be no record, ditto on the Biltmore listings. It came on then, big and ugly: bye-bye Bleichert at the bus stop, adios shitbird, has-been, never-was, stool pigeon niggertown harness bull. Bye-bye Betty, Beth, Betsy, Liz, we were a couple of tramps, too bad we didn't meet before 39th and Norton, it just might have worked, maybe us would've been the one thing we wouldn't have fucked up past redemption" -"The Black Dahlia" (1987) written by James Ellroy

Friday, January 11, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal will star in "Prisoners" (2013) and in talks to star in 'Mississippi Grind'

Jake Gyllenhaal will produce 'Mississippi Grind': Indie darlings Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are delving into the world of gambling for their next film. Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and is in talks to star.

The multihyphenate duo, who directed Ryan Gosling to a best actor Oscar nomination for Half Nelson, will helm Mississippi Grind from a screenplay they penned. The story centers on a down-on-his-luck gambler facing crushing debt who teams up with a younger gambling addict (Gyllenhaal) in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what has been lost. The lead character would be a plum role for Hollywood's fortysomething set. WME, which reps Fleck, Boden and Gyllenhaal, is packaging the project, which would fall in the less-than-$10 million budget range.

Gyllenhaal brought the screenplay to Electric City partners Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell, who are also producing alongside former WME agent and Paramount president John Lesher. Source:

Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn is a "that guy" on the rise. You might not know his name, but the Animal Kingdom star has been steadily making his way into American titles like Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and Derek Cianfrance's eagerly awaited follow-up to Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines. Now the eye-catching supporting player is on the verge of becoming a Stateside leading man in the indie drama Mississippi Grind.

Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and is in talks to star as the younger lead, and Variety reports Mendelsohn is currently in negotiations for the other lead. There's no doubt the project seems promising for Mendelsohn. For one, it would step him into the leading man niche here in the U.S.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick in "End of Watch" (2012) directed by David Ayer

Secondly, Gyllenhaal is a hot commodity again thanks to his stirring performance in the critically celebrated cop drama End of Watch. Source:

Monday, January 07, 2013

Josh Hartnett: "Teddy Bear" video

Josh Hartnett at 'The New York Times Style's 5th anniversary

Josh Hartnett has been actually a latent crush of mine for a long time, alongside other of my intermittent passions towards Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emile Hirsch or Ryan Gosling. I had kind of overlooked him in his Pearl Harbor 'hottie' era but he has changed lately his career's outlook and has chosen pretty interesting projects, most of them low-budget and indie films. Being an avid fan of the noir genre, I also enjoyed Hartnett playing a disoriented 1940s detective in "The Black Dahlia", despite of its confusing script and a stilted performance by Scarlett Johansson (Hilary Swank went slightly over the top with her femme-fatale interpretation). Also his performance as The Man in "Sin City" is a little treasure to cherish. Even "Lucky Number Slevin" had a strange dose of twisted humor and neo-noir elements enhancing its intrincate revenge plot. And I found one of his quotes very inspiring: "Be honest with yourself and lie to everyone else."

Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton co-star in "Singularity" (2013) directed by Roland Joffé, a riveting tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents.

Josh Hartnett and Jake Gyllenhaal have in common a liking to blonde actresses (Josh was spotted “making out like crazy” with Kirsten Dunst at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008) and a recent taste for occasional growing of facial hair which isn't always the most flattering to their gorgeousness -it gives them a more mature aura, though. It also makes them appear as cuddly teddy bears.

That's one of the references in this video-archive (it lasts over 40 minutes) I've compiled of Josh Hartnett (I've made some of the screencaps included too): "Teddy Bear" - which features photos and stills of his films "The Faculty" (with Laura Harris), "The Virgin Suicides" (with Kirsten Dunst), "Here On Earth" (with Leelee Sobieski), "Pearl Harbor" (with Kate Beckinsale), "O" (with Julia Stiles), "Black Hawk Down" (with Ewan McGregor), "40 Days and 40 Nights" (with Shannyn Sossamon), "Hollywood Homicide" (with Harrison Ford), "Wicker Park" (with Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne and Jessica Paré), "Sin City" (with Marley Shelton), "Mozart and the Whale" (with Radha Mitchell), "Lucky Number Slevin" (with Lucy Liu), "The Black Dahlia" (with Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart and Rose McGowan), "Resurrecting the Champ", "30 Days of Night" (with Melissa George), "August" (with Naomie Harris), "Rain Man" theatrical play (with Naomi Watts), "I Come with the Rain", "Bunraku", "Girl Walks Into a Bar" (with Carla Gugino), "Stuck Between Stations", and "Singularity" (with Tamsin Egerton and Bipasha Basu). Also photos with fellow actors Emile Hirsch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Sainsbury, model Helena Christensen, model Gemma Ward, ex-girlfriend Ellen Fenster, ex-girlfriend model Sophia Lie, etc.

Josh Hartnett ("Teddy Bear") video from Kendra on Vimeo.
Soundtrack: "You're a Heartbreaker", "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" & "Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley (Happy Anniversary, Elvis!), "Flowers of Memory" by Lambchop, "Won't Let You Down", "Hell Is Chrome" & "Someday Soon" by Wilco, "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" by The Rolling Stones, "Goodbye, West Coast" by Matt Sharp, "Baby, Baby" by The Vibrators and "Ooh Wee Baby" by Jeff Barry.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal is not dating Katie Holmes

Scan of Jake Gyllenhaal in OK (Australia) magazine

Jake Gyllenhaal at at Jay Z & Coldplay Concert in NYC, on December 31st, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal leaving SoulCycle in New York City, on January 4, 2013

“Katie says that they have tons in common and Jake has already been to see her in Dead Accounts, plus she has been over to his apartment in the West Village for dinner.” Wow, so are Holmes and Gyllenhaal set to be the first hot new couple of the New Year? NOPE!

Katie Holmes in Harper's Bazaar (Russia) magazine, 2012

A rep for Holmes tells Gossip Cop that it’s “not at all true” that the pair are “secretly dating.” And a source close to Gyllenhaal also tells us the claim is a complete fabrication. Source: