The Descendants, The Artist and The Help seem to be three of the biggest films so far in the 2012 awards season race. But the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced this morning, and The Help and The Artist were leading the nods with three apiece, while the George Clooney flick picked up only two. In the hottest contest, for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, The Artist and The Descendants are up against Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris. The actor category recognized Clooney, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin, Brad Pitt for Moneyball, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar and A Better Life star Demian Bichir. The lead actress contenders are Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, as well as the same four ladies that have been nominated all season long already: Viola Davis for The Help, Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin and Michelle Williams for My Week With Marylin. The supporting actor and actress categories also closely resemble every other kudosfest so far (though, sorry, Drive fans, Albert Brooks was left out of this one).
There are plenty of familiar faces in the TV categories too — Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Dexter and The Good Wife are up against newcomer Game of Thrones. (Good thing there’s no “you win or you die” rule here.)
The most exciting nominations to us? The stunt ensembles! The Adjustment Bureau, Cowboys & Aliens, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and X-Men: First Class are the movie casts up for the prize. And the Dexter, Game of Thrones, Southland, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and True Blood ensembles compete in the TV category. Wait, can that one be an arena battle, instead of a vote? Pretty please?
Tree of Life, which was tailor-made for critics and film geeks, was named a top 10 film by AFI and the NYFCO; star Jessica Chastain was named Breakthrough Performer by the latter and Best Supporting Actress by the LAFCA (for Tree and five other films); NYCFO, LAFCA and SFFCC all named Terrence Malick Best Director; and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki earned Best Cinematography from those three and the BSFC.
Bridesmaids, which isn’t likely to earn any Oscar nods but will probably earn a few Golden Globe nominations, was named an AFI top 10 (Melissa McCarthy and the whole ensemble cast were also recognized by the NYCFO and the BSFC). Read more…
Let’s see: drinking, pratfalls, mild-to-severe humiliation and sex with a scummy yet undeniably hot jerk. Yup, if it wasn’t for the whole food poisoning/diarrhea explosion scene, Bridesmaids and Bridget Jones’ Diary could be based on the same flawless script. Which is great news to hear, as allegedly Paul Feig’s Bridget Jones sequel might be on the way. According to the Daily UK, the Bridesmaids director is currently in the midst of negotiations to sign on for the third film.
Last month Feig had hinted he might be working on “a sequel to a movie that people know, but I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really talk about it yet.” Reportedly other projects ( like a possible Bridesmaids sequel?), as well as financial and scheduling issues, are still being worked out. Okay, we’re not saying Feig should immediately recast the role of Bridget with Melissa McCarthyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦we’re just saying if there is one actress alive today that we want to watch start a musical number in a Thai jail, it would be her.
We’ve done press junket interviews before and they are never, ever this fun (eep, maybe it’s us!). Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph sat down with a stout little giggle machine of an interviewer, and they spent the entire time talking about farts, poops, and farts. Also, homeless farts. The best part of this video? EVERYTHING. Kristen and Maya are precious as they lose it laughing, but the breakout star is the french reporter, whose obsession with “zee pooping scene” is just straight up scat-dorable.
As temperatures rise and blockbusters flood the movie theaters, prepare to swim in celebs who became household names via the boob tube. While some have since established themselves as movie stars, we grew to love them on a weekly basis from our couches.
A brunette version of Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively will play leading lady opposite Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern. Mad Men‘s January Jones will trade her 60s housewife getup for a shimmery push-up bra for her role as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. Ever the uptight but lovable nerd, The Office‘s Ed Helms will reprise his role in The Wolfpack in The Hangover: Part II. This summer’s token fluffy comedy Monte Carlo features plenty of TV’s hottest stars such as Glee‘s Cory Monteith, GG‘s Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy, and Wizards of Waverly Place‘s Selena Gomez.
Before the heat and humidity makes us all flee to the movie theaters for relief, check out what TV stars to keep an eye out for in this summer’s biggest flicks.
Let’s just cut to the chase: Bridesmaids is as good as you’d hoped it would be. Feel free to stop reading this review, slip into one of the half dozen chartreuse and/or peach numbers you’ve collected from the many weddings you’ve gotten drunk through, and proceed immediately to the nearest movie theater. Kristen Wiig’s hilarious star turn, great cast chemistry and excellent dialogue lift what could have been a perfunctory rom-com plot into a movie that’s going to have you spitting out your Cherry Coke like a sugary geyser. The only surprising thing part of all this? That anyone would find any excellent lady-lead movie surprising.
With summer just around the corner, so many articles are trying to convince us to get in shape and show off our beach bodies. Why go through all that torture? Treat yourself right and go to a movie instead! You can’t get sunburned in a theater and Milk Duds are an excellent source of Vitamin…something. Not enough proof for ya? Fine. You know how they say that laughter is the best medicine? Well these five ladies are gonna give you a double dose of pure hilarity on the big screen this summer. So really you owe it to yourself to check ‘em out. Which one is going to give you the biggest chuckle for your movie dollar? Well let’s take a look and see!
Funny Femme: Mila Kunis Movie:Friends With Benefits Opening: July 22nd
Mila Kunis needs no introduction to comedy connoisseurs. She probably has the most impressive resume of anyone on this list; staring not only as Jackie in That 70s Show, but also as the voice of Meg Griffin in the legendary Family Guy. She brought her comedy chops to the big screen in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and just recently blew all of our minds with her stint in Black Swan. The performance may not have earned her an Oscar, but maybe we can make up for it by giving her the coveted “Funniest Female Of The Summer 2011″ award for Friends With Benefits!
SPOILER ALERT! In addition to LOLS a’plenty, there might be a little girl-on-girl kiss action in Bridesmaids. We got a chance to catch up with two of the movie’s stars, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper, and asked them about that intimate moment and if they think they have a shot grabbing that Best Kiss crown away from Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (who will surely be nominated for Breaking Dawn). Check out their answer above; our entire conversation with the funny ladies lives below the jump. Bridesmaids opens May 13th, but you know this already—duh.
First off, we are ecstatic to hear that Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan—stars of two of the best teen comedies of the 00’s (Bring It On and Mean Girls, in case you’re confused)—will be doing a movie together. Not only that, it’s a comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, also starring the underrated Casey Wilson (SNL, Happy Ending). Awesome! Here’s the catch: it’s about bridesmaids who hate each other!! Because all women in their 20s and 30s are secretly resentful of their friends and/or only care about getting hitched, right? At least that’s what seems to be the message from Hollywood these days.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script currently known as The Bachelorette concerns three best friends (Dunst, Caplan, likely awesome actress to be named later) who serve as Wilson’s bridesmaids despite calling her “pigface” in high school. Phrases like “a Playboy Bunny body with a Larry David brain” and “your best friend and your worst enemy” are used to describe the ladies, so gauge your excitement accordingly. The film, to be written and directed by Terriers scribe Leslye Headland, should shoot this summer if the stars align (and especially if Bridesmaids is a hit, we’d guess).
We don’t get it. Scheduling the release of Bridesmaids for the weekend after the Kate-William wedding would have made perfect sense. Instead, the film doesn’t come out until the 13th, while the red carpet premiere in LA went down last night, immediately before the royal ceremony—guaranteeing galleries of the gala won’t be today’s most gawked-at. Ooh wee, what’s up with that? What’s up with that?
Nonetheless, stars like Kristin Wiig, Jon Hamm, and Rose Byrne looked terrific outside the Mann Village Theatre, with Maya Rudolph bringing along one hell of a baby bump (why Jack Black was so proud of his belly we’re not quite sure). See more photos from the scene in the gallery below.