Between his back-to-back Emmy wins for 30 Rock and lead role in the upcoming Meryl Streep comedy It’s Complicated, you’d think Alec Baldwin would be feeling really good about his career right now. But in fact, the Hunt For Red October star is calling his film career a “complete failure.” “I don’t have any interest in acting anymore,” he told Men’s Journal. “Movies are a part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.”
Baldwin reaffirmed his plans to retire as soon 30 Rock is canceled or when his contract expires in 2012. “I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. The goal of movie-making is to star in a film where your performance drives the film, and the film is either a soaring critical or commercial success, and I never had that. And now, the movies I’ve been in, I never give them a moment’s thought. Every movie I’ve ever been in, I just avoid.” Did he take his upcoming Oscar co-hosting gig with Steve Martin out of masochism or what? Sounds like even if Complicated is a hit, he’ll just credit that to Streep. No shame in being a great supporting actor, Alec! If you call your then-12-year-old daughter a “thoughtless pain-in-the-ass pig” and everyone still loves you, that has to count for something.
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Natalie Portman exploited her gamine physique in an old-fashioned flapper dress at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in NYC last night, where she took home a lifetime achievement award…despite not even being 30! Natalie is an early contender to be nominated for Best Actress for her role in Brothers at awards shows this season, including the Critics Choice Movie Awards, The Golden Globes and the Oscars.
Also receiving career tributes were Stanley Tucci and director Kathryn Bigelow, whose film The Hurt Locker also snagged Best Film and Best Ensemble Performance. See who else attended in the gallery below.
Jake Gyllhenhaal and Reese Witherspoon are not splitting up, despite rumors to the contrary. People announced that the couple, who met on the set of Rendition in 2007, were finished on Sunday afternoon, crediting a source close to the Oscar-winning actress. Unfortunately for single ladies everywhere, reps from both sides denied the story in a matter of hours (“It’s not true…they’re still together”). How about they seal the deal by having one host SNL again soon and the other show up in a skit? Nothing says “happy couple” in Celebrity-land more than that.
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Katie Holmes made a rare solo appearance on the red carpet to promote the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which helps underprivileged kids get dance training, in Hollywood last night. Tom Cruise is off in Europe filming Knight And Day with Cameron Diaz, and it looks like he took her assistant with him—her white jacket and short black skirt were stylish enough, but her hair was giving her grief on stage and off. Marrying Cruise is supposed to make you more glamorous, Katie!
Though E! says Holmes is eager for her hubby to judge alongside fellow Dizzy Feet backer Nigel Lythgoe on So You Can Think You Dance, her quote (“He would be great…he really would”) is vague enough we’re guessing she isn’t the one who brought it up. It’s not like she even knows when she might be back on the show. “I don’t know [if I'll be on again]…I don’t know, but it was a great time.” If only Tom was there to field these hard questions.
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The actors and royalty who mixed yesterday at the world premiere of Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones wore sophisticated, glamorous outfits that fit the somber nature of the movie. But not Sophia Hyat. Apparently, Sophia’s the Phoebe Price of England. A semi-celebrity who has a penchant for wearing outlandish outfits to wherever there might be a paparazzo, Sophia graced the carpet in a hot white dress with the words “Honour Killings” scratched across her chest in blood red lipstick. We understand that honor killings are very real and very heinous. But is this about drawing attention to the cause? Or to her bosom? Or maybe a bit of both?
As for bigger celebrities in attendance, Susan Sarandon and Saoirse Ronan rubbed elbows with Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Stanley Tucci, whom all have big roles in the tearjerker, were absent. The Lovely Bones premieres in the U.S. on Jan. 15. [Photos: Getty Images, Splash News Online]
Former teen screamers who think they’re too old for New Moon—some must exist—might consider a classier (albeit grammatically challenged) pic coming out, Me And Orson Welles. The Richard Linklater (Dazed & Confused) film romantically pairs High School Musical‘s Zac Efron with Claire Danes, whose run on My So-Called Life could teach Kristen Stewart a thing or two about teen angst. The pair were in Manhattan to screen the film last night, joined such stars as Danes’ husband Hugh Dancy, Amber Rose and Danes’ fellow ’90s MTV mainstay Courtney Love. Check out their red carpet fashion in the gallery below.
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She may have had a total bust with Glitter, but Mariah Carey is taking on the movie world again, and doing a great job. Mrs. Nick Cannon was awarded the Palm Springs Film Festival Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in Precious. The award will be presented January 5th at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Mariah is in great company – other recipients include Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, and Freida Pinto. Congrats! [Source: Variety; Photo: Getty Images]
We’re sure Ashley Greene wasn’t purposely trying to plug starvation as a weight-loss method when asked by reporters about how she stayed skinny for “New Moon.” The poor girl’s barely been in any movies, so she’s a bit, uh, green when it comes to repeating rehearsed lines prepped for her by her publicist. At least that’s what we assume happened when Ash gave this obnoxious comment to Us Magazine. “It was really easy,” said the actress, when asked how she stayed svelte. “We were working 12 hours a day, so it didn’t leave too much time to eat.”
Even more priceless is this observation from the mag: “After her response, her publicist nudged her, but Greene didn’t seem to care about her blunt answer.”
Blunt seems like a very nice way of calling Greene’s answer straight-up stupid, which we’re happy to do even if Us won’t. Regardless of how inexperienced one is with dealing with the press, shouldn’t stars know that providing thinspiration to their tween fans is totally taboo? [Photo: GettyImages]
Jake Gyllenhaal must have been too busy rubbing oil on his abs to attend last night’s screening of Brothers in NYC, but co-stars Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire were there all the same to hawk their Oscar bait. Maybe Jake was still smarting from Nat’s zinger in People: “Jake is the kind of guy who can do a spot-on impression of someone you work with that will make you giggle. He plays guitar and has a great voice. Kids and dogs love him. He loves his mom and sister and girlfriend. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perfect. Too bad heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ugly.” Among those attending were Emma Roberts, Agyness Deyn, Amanda Peet and Gossip Girl‘s Sebastian Stan.
And the Spanish thought a stampede of Scientologists was the worst thing that could happen when Tom Cruise rolled into town to film his new movie co-starring Cameron Diaz. Not so fast! Seven bulls escaped the Knight and Day film set and ran through nearby streets of Cadiz, Spain, injuring two women. Movie director Jose Luiz Escolar said he does not know how the animals escaped. What?! He “didn’t know”? Two women were injured, buddy, grab the bull by the horns, take responsibility, and apologize. Come on Jose! Filming in Cadiz was to begin on Monday, but has now been suspended. Ole! [Source: Yahoo News; Photo: Getty Images]