Last year’s 2009 reunion of Matt Damon with his Ocean’s 11 director Steven Soderbergh failed to get the attention it deserves. Maybe it’s something to do with that moustache. Damon plays a senior VP at Archers Daniels Midland who gets wind that the food giant has been screwing its customers through price fixing. He approaches the FBI and agrees to get the dirt on his bosses. As Informant! progresses, however, it becomes clear that the shifty Whitacre is ducking, diving, and protecting his own secrets. Revisiting Erin Brockovich territory, this true story of corporate jiggery-pokery is always gripping. If the Julia Roberts movie was about human triumph, Damon’s brilliant award-worthy performance shows that doing the right thing isn’t the same as being a hero. Corporations and humans, it seems, are always going to be flawed entities. With Joel McHale, Scott Bakula and Melanie Lynskey.
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-By C. Bottomley
While a red-leather warm-up suit is still arguably a suit (and certainly sharper than director Kevin Smith‘s flapping denim shorts), Tracy Morgan‘s red leather ensemble certainly stuck out at the premiere of Cop Out in NYC last night, his new buddy cop movie with Bruce Willis (who prefers to save his clowning for Letterman appearances and chose a more traditional business suit for the event). Considering how much the poster for Cop Out suggests the tagline his 30 Rock character’s classic Black Cop/White Cop (“One does the duty; the other gets the booty!”), maybe he pulled a “What Would Tracy Jordan Do?” when rummaging through his wardrobe. You know he’d approve of that monogrammed medallion.
Also attending the premiere were Seann William Scott, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jane Krakowski, Adam Brody and Kelly Ripa. See what they wore in the gallery below (seriously, Kevin Smith…lose the shorts).
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You have no idea how much Kevin Costner loves scarves. The Oscar-winning triple threat (his Dances With Wolves beat Martin Scorsese‘s GoodFellas for Best Picture and Best Director twenty years ago, remember?) has recently set his sights on the music industry, releasing an album, Untold Truths, with his band Modern West in 2008 (why doesn’t he just start a supergroup with Kevin Bacon, Dennis Quaid, and Bruce Willis? Call it The Late Eighties—Billy Bob Thornton wasn’t famous then, but let him drum anyway!). As Modern West tours across Europe, we can’t help but notice that renaissance man Costner (we apologizing for wasting the phrase on a mere musician/actor like the mohawked Jared Leto earlier) likes to wear scarves. All the time. Everywhere. If it’s not a formal affair or time to go on stage, Kevin Costner will have a scarf on. OK, sometimes he wears them on stage too.
Peep what we’re talking about in the gallery below. Next time you see a graying hipster at your local coffee shop, take a closer look—you may be staring at The Postman.
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Considering the Writers Guild Of America Awards involve the greatest accomplishments in the field of writing, it’s no surprise a lot of folks at Saturday’s ceremony looked like they spend a lot of time sitting down (hey, we’re not judging—like we have any place to—just saying). So it was nice of Mila Kunis to hand out the award for Best Animation and give the affair a little starlet glamour. At the very least, everyone should be glad co-presenter Seth MacFarlane‘s outfit wasn’t nearly as low-cut.
30 Rock and Mad Men unsurprising took trophies for Best Comedy and Best Drama, while The Hurt Locker and Up In The Air respectively won Best Original and Adapted Screenplay—definitely something to consider when making your Oscar prediction pool if you haven’t already. See who else attended the guild’s bi-coastal soiree in the gallery below.
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Did ya hear? Shutter Island – the Scorcese-directed thrilled starring Leonardo DiCaprio – scored big at the box office this weekend, raking in $40.2 million in ticket sales. According to Business Week, “It had a stronger opening weekend than any previous film directed by Scorsese or starred in by DiCaprio, including their three previous collaborations.” In short, Leo is hot sh*t right now. Add to that the news that he has rekindled things with longtime on-and-off gal pal Bar Refaeli, and it’s obvious what’s going on: the guy’s the king of the world. A shlubby, aging, dumpy king.
Bar is off in Mexico this weekend, lounging around with girlfriends while her boyfriend is off pocketing millions just because he’s learned to do a poor man’s Boston accent. Life isn’t fair for most of us, but at least we get to watch how the lucky ones live, right? As if that’s some sort of consolation. [Photo: Splash News Online]
We’d like to get our hands on the invite for the BAFTA Awards. Did some fancy font cause the stars to mistake “Formal” for “Frumpy”? We hope that was reason so many Best Dressed regulars bombed on the fashion front.
Newcomer Carey Mulligan‘s floral gown wouldn’t have been terrible if it was kept to a single floor-length layer. French darling Audrey Tautou‘s 80s-inspired bubblegum pink frock paired with a red purse and pumps was harsh on the eyes. A pouty Kristen Stewart hid her lust-worthy legs in an unflattering white Chanel gown while unsuccessfully hiding her relationship with Twilight-costar Robert Pattinson. Kate Winslet channeled 1994 in a cut-out black number. Our feelings are anything but Up in the Air about Anna Kendrick‘s ill-fitting yellow dress. Overall consensus? Yuck.
Here’s hoping the A-listers step up their game for the Oscars on March 7th. [Photos: Getty Images]
More shots from the BAFTAs below.
What’s this? More photos of Robsten trying hard not to be seen together?! Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may have walked the BAFTAs red carpet alone and sat separately at the awards show last night, but the pair quickly left the after party together in a sports car, which leads us to ask: what is the f*cking point, guys?! Just come out as a couple already!
KStew and RPattz both looked incredibly awkward on the red carpet – she slouched and moped in a Chanel dress, while Rob wandered around aimlessly with his stringy hair in his face. Had they arrived together, he could have reminded her to stand up straight, while she could have pushed that mess out of his eyes. The could have even tenderly embraced (with tongues, please) when she snagged the Orange Rising Star Award.
But instead the pair had to wallow in their weirdness alone, which is particularly depressing when you’re 19 and still haven’t figured out how to stand in a dress. Oh well. At least we know they probably made up for the separation when they got back to their hotel room. [Cue fangirl squeal!]
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It’s fun to take sides in relationships of people we’ve never met, and when it comes to the Abbie Cornish-Ryan Phillippe split we’re strictly Team Abbie (it’s a reinvention of our Team Reese allegiance from a few years ago). The Bright Star actress “ended the relationship with Ryan and she moved out of their home,” this weekend, said her rep. Hmmm – just the fact that her people are commenting on the split makes us think something fishy could have gone down. Maybe there’s some truth to those rumors that Ry-Ry got his cheat on? “No comment,” said her rep. Mysterious! We’ll take that as a yes.
Ryan split from his first wife, Type A-Lister Reese Witherspoon, shortly after she won her Oscar, and his sneaky relationship with co-star Abbie was rumored to be at the heart of their relationship’s demise. Now that Abbie’s star is rising – she snagged some smaller awards for her work in Bright Star and is on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair – we can’t help but notice that their split mirrors that of Ryan and Reese. She’s starting to outshine him, he’s allegedly unfaithful…seems like Abbie should should follow in his ex’s cute shoes and focus on work and finding a hunkier, more successful partner. Also us to make a few suggestions:
- Jake Gyllenhaal: Sure he’s Reese Witherspoon’s ex and rumored to be very, very closeted. But who cares? He’s undeniably do-able, claims to be straight, rocks puppy-dog eyes, and looks fierce in a tux.
- Jackson Rathbone: the only Twi-guy who’s not taken (and is over 20), he’s got hot hair and is in a band, which means he won’t get insecure when she emerges as the stronger actor in the relationship. Also, guys look hot when playing in bands.
- Hunter Parrish: We don’t really know who this dude is, other than we keep seeing pictures of him online that give us girl-rections. He’s an actor and he’s that perfect combo of dreamy – and adorable (okay fine, dream-dorable), and that combination equals sweaty, sexy rebound in the making.
- That Dude From The Old Spice Commercial Who’s On A Horse: This shirtless mystery man has somehow managed to make a commercial about body wash sexy. Also – that’s his REAL voice! Imagine that booming in your ear in the middle of a makeout sesh. Yes please!
While the makers of The Yellow Handkerchief are likely grateful for star Kristen Stewart‘s Twilight fame—that has to put a few more pennies to the promotional budget—it must be frustrating to discover the pullquotes from her promotional appearances aren’t about her emotional roadtrip drama with William Hurt, but whether Breaking Dawn, the final chapter of the teen vampire epic, should be two films. “It would be hard to cram all of it into one movie,” she told E! News. “I mean, it looks like a ‘yes,’ but it’s still not concrete.” Hard to imagine the studio would mind dragging their cash cow out for an extra cinematic chapter.
Watch Kristen bite her lip and nervously roll her eyes in a black mini-dress alongside co-stars Hurt, Maria Bello and Eddie Redmayne in the gallery below. She just can’t help it!
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Vanity Fair‘s most recent cover folded out to reveal 9 of Hollywood’s most celebrated new starlets, but there was a glaring omission: Gabby Sidibe, who has blown the world away with her Oscar-nominated performance in Precious. Now the actress is reacting to the much-discussed snub, which many saw as a racially-fueled exclusion. She told Access Hollywood, “At first I thought, ‘Hmm, should I be there?’ Then I very quickly got over it. I think if I were a part of that shoot I would have felt a little left out anyway.”
She continued: “I would have felt a little like… whether or not I should have been there. [It] doesn’t matter, because I wasn’t on it and I’m excited to be mentioned anywhere, and it doesn’t matter to me where I’m not mentioned. I mean, I come from a world where I’m not on covers and I’m not in magazines at all. And so I was happy to be in the magazine.”
We applaud Gabby for her obvious maturity, but wished Vanity Fair had done something to shift the world toward becoming a place where she is on covers of magazines. Get with it, Graydon. [Photo: GettyImages/VanityFair]