WEIRDLAND: April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Faculty: Jordana Brewster (Marie Claire), Josh Hartnett, Clea DuVall

Jordana Brewster in "The Faculty" (1998) directed by Robert Rodriguez

I always knew I wanted to be either on TV or in movies," the 33-year-old says from her home in Los Angeles. "I just didn't know how." At 10, she moved with her family from her mother's native Rio de Janeiro to Manhattan, and the track became clear.

"Everything's much more accessible in New York. I started taking classes to prove to myself that I could do it." By the time she was 15, she was a regular on As the World Turns.

From '90s teen thriller The Faculty to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (where she met her producer husband, Andrew Form), she's been working steadily ever since. Not that it's been a totally smooth ride. Source:

Josh Hartnett with Jordana Brewster as Zeke and Delilah in "The Faculty" (1998)

Josh Hartnett was tipped for great things at the beginning of his career as he appeared in teen movies such as "The Faculty" and "The Virgin Suicides" and there was even more excitement when he moved into more ‘grown up roles’.

Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett in "Pearl Harbor" (2001) directed by Michael Bay

He starred in the likes of "Pearl Harbor" and "Black Hawk Down" and his dashing good looks meant he was the next Hollywood leading man in waiting. But the dizzy heights have never really followed for the actor as he turned down the role of Superman - a role that would no doubt have sent his star rocketing even further.
Josh Hartnett with rumored girlfriend, English actress Tamsin Egerton on 23rd April 2013, in Krakow (Polonia)

Josh Hartnett as Paddy in "Stuck between Stations" (2011) directed by Brady Kiernan

The last couple of years we have seen very little of him on the big screen as he has done producing work as well as theatre projects - the movie that has done have struggled to catch people’s attention. But at thirty four Hartnett still has time on his side to get his career back to where it was as he has completed work on "Parts Per Billion" and "Singularity." Source:

Chloe Sevigny and Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) directed by Kimberly Peirce

A cameo by Chloë Sevigny/Piper Perabo/Clea DuVall (top 10 lesbian movie cliches): After "Boys Don't Cry," Chloë Sevigny pulled on a white T-shirt and leather jacket and straddled a motorbike in If These Walls Could Talk 2;

and in the underrated 90s teen alien film The Faculty, Clea DuVall even plays a character pretending to be a lesbian. Willingness to explore your fauxmosexuality shows true actorly dedication. Source:

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jude Law in the East Village, N.Y.

Jake Gyllenhaal chatting with Jude Law while out in the East Village, New York City, on April 27 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal and René Russo to star in "Nightcrawler" thriller

Jake Gyllenhaal dabbled in the world of crime journalism when he starred as cartoonist Robert Graysmith in David Fincher's brilliant 2007 crime thriller Zodiac, and today we have learned that he is ready to make his way back. Variety is reporting that the Oscar-nominated actor and Rene Russo have both signed on to star in the new indie thriller Nightcrawler.

René Russo in "Get Shorty" (1995) directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

The film will be the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, who will also be writing the script. The filmmaker is best known for his work as a screenwriter, previously penning movies like The Bourne Legacy, Tarsem Singh's The Fall and Two For The Money. His brother Tony Gilroy, with whom he wrote the last Bourne movie, will be serving as a producer on the new project.

Jake Gyllenhaal attending the 11th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind Benefit - Rehearsals on April 17, 2013 in New York City

New still of Jake Gyllenhaal and Sarah Gadon in "An Enemy" (2013) directed by Denis Villeneuve

While details about the plot of Nightcrawler are slim, the trade says that it follows "a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal world of L.A. freelance crime journalism." It's not specified what roles either actor will play, though presumably Gyllenhaal will be starring in the lead role. Source:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Straight Hairdos: Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Christine Taylor

Scarlett Johansson showed off her freshly dyed red hair on the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set in LA yesterday. She is sporting crimson tresses for her return to the role of Black Widow in the latest Captain America flick, which is due out next year. This is the first we have seen of Scarlett with her newly dyed 'do, and she is not the only actress to go red for a role recently.

Megan Fox dyed her hair red to film Michael Bay's upcoming live-action Ninja Turtles project.

Scarlett popped up on her LA set after switching gears from a recent stint in NYC, where she starred in the Broadway play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Aside from the stage and the big screen, she is also currently on newsstands.

Scarlett covers the May issue of Marie Claire, and in an interview with the magazine, she touches on personal topics such as her divorce and dating in general, although she is currently taken by French boy friend Romain Dauriac. Source:

Jake Gyllenhaal and Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Calvin Klein Collection attend ELLE's 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute on October 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California

Gwyneth Paltrow may have been named the most-hated celeb in Hollywood by one magazine, but another is calling her the most-beautiful woman in the world.
People magazine awarded Paltrow, 40, the title for 2013 in their latest issue. The cover boasts that Paltrow has a “timeless look." Source:

People magazine has bestowed its Most Beautiful Woman title for 2013 on Gwyneth Paltrow. Which, according to our reckoning, also makes her the year's "Most Beautiful Woman Married to a Member of Coldplay*" and "Most Beautiful Woman to Have a Second Cookbook on the BestSeller List While Starring Opposite Robert Downey Jr. in a Movie." Source:

Christine Taylor sporting blonde straight hair.


Jake Gyllenhaal with Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller at the Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks - Game Two on April 23rd 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New stills of Jake Gyllenhaal in David O. Russell's "Nailed" & "An Enemy"

Jake Gyllenhaal attending the 11th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind Benefit on April 17, 2013 in New York City

New promotional still and poster featuring Jake Gyllenhaal in "An Enemy" (2013) directed by Denis Villeneuve

New stills of Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel in "Nailed" (2013) directed by David O. Russell

Monday, April 22, 2013

Floored by Flooring Designs and Film Decor

"I went to brush something off my cheek and it was the floor." -Philip Marlowe

Philip Marlowe first lived at the Hobart Arms, on Franklin Avenue near North Kenmore Avenue (in The Big Sleep), but then moved to the Bristol Hotel, where he stayed for about ten years. By 1950 (in The Long Goodbye) he has rented a house on Yucca Avenue and continued at the same place in early 1952 in Playback, the last full-length Chandler Marlowe novel.

“He turned and walked across the floor and out. I watched the door close. I listened to his steps going away down the imitation marble corridor. After a while they got faint, then they got silent. I kept on listening anyway.” ―Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

"On the dance floor half a dozen couples were throwing themselves around with the reckless abandon of a night watchman with arthritis." -Playback (Chapter 8)

"Bunker Hill is old town, lost town, shabby town, crook town. Once, very long ago, it was the choice residential district of the city, and there are still standing a few of the jigsaw Gothic mansions with wide porches and walls covered with round-end shingles and full corner bay windows with spindle turrets. They are all rooming houses now, their parquetry floors are scratched and worn through the once glossy finish and the wide sweeping staircases are dark with time and with cheap varnish laid on over generations of dirt. In the tall rooms haggard landladies bicker with shifty tenants. On the wide cool front porches, reaching their cracked shoes into the sun, and staring at nothing, sit the old men with faces like lost battles." -The High Window (Raymond Chandler)

Marlowe PI's office, originally on the 7th floor of an unnamed building in 1936, is at #615 on the sixth floor of the Cahuenga Building by March/April 1939 (the date of Farewell, My Lovely), which is on Hollywood Boulevard near Ivar. North Ivar Avenue is between North Cahuenga Boulevard to the west and Vine Street to the east. The office telephone number is GLenview 7537. Marlowe's office is modest and he doesn't have a secretary (unlike Sam Spade). He generally refuses to take divorce cases. A chess adept, he almost exclusively plays against himself, or plays games from books.

Rick's smoky cafe in Casablanca, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.

Set decorators have many ways to find the objects that make their movies feel real. In particular, they rely on rental facilities like the Warner Brothers Prop House in Burbank, Calif. It has four floors — each the size of a football field. It's like walking through the furniture department of the biggest department store you've ever seen. On the upper floors there's contemporary furniture, antiques, chandeliers, draperies, flags, artwork, statues, kitchen and bath stuff — you name it, they have it. "Everything you see on TV and film," says manager and former set decorator Robert Greenfield, "we have at least one of them."

Gaffin spies her favorite chair. "I've used this chair in every movie I've ever done," she says. She lists some of them — the first two Iron Man films, The Pursuit of Happyness. It's an easily recognizable Eames lounge chair with brown leather cushions and molded plywood. Source:

Do you want to renew your room's floor? Do you need help choosing the right flooring options for your home? If you are looking for a professional solution with a wide assortment of practical ideas or restoring your previous flooring, you will be able to transform any room of your home into a media room or home theater. In you will find materials that reflect light and sound and choose hardwood which combines with other furniture pieces for an affordable budget.

In the case of choosing carpeting for your floors, be sure to choose one that is also soft and comfortable to sit on, especially if you plan to play video games in the room or have children in the home. You can add a few beanbag chairs or floor pillows. There is carpeting that is specifically designed for media rooms and home theaters. Your choices of Color: Overall, the carpet color should be dark, which will absorb the light from the screen instead of reflecting it.

Thursday, April 18, 2013