Just go open up a brand-new box of Kleenex now. You’re going to need them when you watch a teary-eyed Michelle Williams talk about Heath Ledger’s death. Normally close-lipped about her former fiancee and daughter Matilda’s father, Williams reveals that she’s wistful for the months immediately following Heath’s death in 2007. “In a strange way, I miss that year, because all those possibilities that existed then are gone,” she said. “It didn’t seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear behind a bush. It was a year of very magical thinking, and in some ways I’m sad to be moving further and further away from it,” Williams admits. You know that thing, where you’re crying so hard you can’t breathe? That’s what we’re dealing with right now.
As for finding meaning in Ledger’s death, Williams, who’s up for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Blue Valentine, says she’s still at a loss. “The actual event itself…I can’t find a meaning for it. I can find meanings in things and people and relationships that have sprung up and friendships that have strengthened…but not in why.” Excuse us while we write the rest of our posts from the ladies’ room; we’re going to need a lot more paper products than we expected to handle this weeping.
Nicole Kidman hasn’t been photographed with her adopted children Connor and Isabella Cruise since 2007, and judging from a recent interview, she may not have seen them much since. The Critics’ ChoiceMovie Award nominee recently told Hello! Magazine “they live with [father] Tom [Cruise], which was their choice. I’d love them to live with us, but what can you do?” Considering Tom’s devotion to Scientology allegedly played a part in their split, it’s a little ironic the pair wound up swinging with Xenu anyway.
Rumors of her estrangement from Connor, 15, and Isabella, 18, have been brewing for a while, with pair allegedly calling her “Nicole” instead of “Mom.” But Kidman’s staying classy about the matter. “I have two grown children with that enormous gratitude that they are healthy and sane and together and are great, great people,” she told the AP earlier this month. “I’m not one of those people that needs to be reminded of what I have.” She might as well send them big Christmas presents this year, just the same.
In 2010, movie-goers clamored for three things at the box office: family-friendly fare (Toy Story 3, Harry Potter 7), a movie about dreams within dreams within dreams, and seriously ass-kicking action films. From trashy, big-budget blockbusters to Critics’ ChoiceMovie Award nominees, every genre was chock full of bad-asses this year. While it was hard to narrow down, but we somehow managed to decide on our Biggest Bad-Asses of 2010: ten characters that are not to be messed with. Yes, Toy Story 3 made the list— even Pixar is capable of turning cuddly nursery toys into evil villains with no conscience.
Check out our complete Bad-Ass gallery below and let us know if we left any of your favorites off the list.
Leonardo DiCaprio has never married, but people sure love to watch the guy get sweaty while hallucinating about his dead wife. The actor tops Forbes’ Top-Grossing Actors of 2010 list after the widowerific Shutter Island and Inception took in a whopping $1.1 billion globally. Leo’s decision to play J. Edgar Hoover in an upcoming biopic may seem a little risky in this context—that guy so wasn’t in the “missing his wife” biz—but considering Leo will take home more than $50 million for Critics’ ChoiceBest Film nominee (and Award Season Tweet Tracker favorite) Inception alone, it’s not like he can’t afford to take the risk.
It’s worth noting that the grosses of animated movies weren’t included on this list, meaning Steve Carell doesn’t get to throw Despicable Me‘s$500 million in the pot with his decent but relatively paltry Date Night and Dinner For Schmucks grosses. Instead, Alice In Wonderland‘s Mia Wasikowskaand Johnny Depp take 2nd and 3rd respectively (Mia’s The Kids Are All Right has made more over its run than Depp’s far more recent The Tourist). Robert Downey Jr. comes in fourth for Iron Man 2 and Due Date, while Daniel Radcliffe comes in fifth for…well, just guess.
Nicole Kidman may say nice things about Rabbit Hole co-star Aaron Eckhart now, the Dark Knight dude admits the pair didn’t get along great while playing grieving parents on set, especially during the more intense scenes. “She was irritated with me and I was irritated with her,” he told E! Online. “But that’s the way movie-making is. For one day, are we not allowed? For half a day even? It’s so surprising to me when people are surprised that movie making is sometimes tense and uncomfortable because inherently it’s going to be.” To be fair, few of us have ever been on a set with Christian Bale before.
“You’re around tens of people or hundreds of people working on things that are imaginary and that come from the soul,” said Eckhart. “You could be dealing with subject matter like prostitution, death, drugs, blah, blah, blah. How could you expect that not to be uncomfortable?” Especially when that guy keeps screwing with the lights! F—ing amateurs! Looks like the tense times on set paid off, though: Kidman’s performance scored a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for Best Actress. Expect her to give Eckhart a “thank you” if she wins on January 14th, too.
It can happen to the best of us. One minute you’re lounging in your silken dressing robes, sipping cognac while you stare into a fire made out of $100 bills, the next minute you realize, whoops, you forgot to make those lease payments on your private island! For the past 12 years! Oh, did we mention that you’re a famous actor in this scenario?
Rather than pull a Wesley Snipes (too soon?) and settle for homemade toilet wine while serving 3-5, most actors would instead start taking any role they can get to pump their bank accounts back into shape. And we do mean any: a filthy wizard, a GCI Great Dane, even a Katherine Heigl type. So we offer for your approval the Ten Biggest Hollywood Hacks of 2010, ten actors who seemed almost certainly to have been in it for the money, tax issues or otherwise. The economy might be in the gutter, but that doesn’t mean celebrities can’t get paid millions of dollars to star in awful, awful movies. By the way, are you going to finish that toilet wine?
There are some people who just can’t help but rebel against The Man, like how James Franco is hosting the Oscars because everyone told him not to. Wait, what? According to the stoned man’s James Dean, “When we finally met and discussed it in person, all my representatives were saying, ‘No! Of course not! So that always sparks something in me. So I said, ‘Yes, of course!’ Because that reaction that they have is based on conventional wisdom of what makes a good career. And that can be boring — really boring.” See, everyone else on the planet rebels by getting an ill-advised Taz tattoo on their butt; only Franco sticks it to the powers that be by hosting the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway.
Franco, who is also up for Best Actor at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, says he doesn’t even care if he’s terrible…which, of course, made us suspicious that he might actually be terrible. “Then I thought about it and I thought, well, why not? Because I’ll look bad? Well, I don’t care,” James said. “I’m happy to take the criticism. Even if it’s ‘The Worst Oscars Ever,’ I don’t care. It’s one night of the year.” Seriously, can anyone tell us why Franco would be so bad? We all saw Hugh Jackman do a robot-dance celebrating Kate Winslet’sThe Reader in 2009. No one expect every host to reach that level of genius. We’re not totally unreasonable.
rnrnEven though Oscar bloggers have already been debating this year’s Oscar contenders for months now, it wasn’t until this week that Awards Season 2011 really kicked off in earnest. The Golden Globes, SAG and VH1′s own Critics’ Choice Movie Awards all announced their list of nominees this week, transforming the race from something that a few nerdy bloggers were discussing into something that THIS nerdy blogger is discussing! Because we love few things in life more than prognosticating, we decided now’s as good a time as any to pull out our trusty crystal ball, dust it off and peer into the Oscar future. We compiled the following list of Oscar frontrunners after consulting both reputableexperts and shady gambling sites, so read along to find out who you should strongly consider betting on in this year’s Oscar race. (Hint: put everything you’ve got on Christian Bale!)rnrn Read more…
As awesome as we know Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominee True Grit is going to be, we don’t envy star Hailee Steinfeld. After all, girlfriend had to be spanked by Matt Damon with a wooden reed. That’s not how you want to look in front of our future husband! “It’s a scene in the movie that needs to be there for a whole host of reasons. And so, they just put a big pad on Hailee. And we practiced. And I said, ‘Hailee, does that hurt?’ And she said, ‘I can’t even feel it,” Damon explained. Awkward! We hope our introduction to Matt Damon doesn’t involved him beating us with a tree branch, but we’ll keep our butt cushion on at all times, just in case!
Matt, of course, would never bring his character’s corporal punishment home to his daughters IRL. “I definitely don’t spank ‘em,” Damon told People at the film’s New York premiere. At least we’ve made some strides since cowboy days. Better dental hygiene, the invention of Dunkin DonutsÃ‚Â and the icy alienation of the time-out chair are things we can all be proud of.
The Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations for the 17th annual SAG Awards today and once again “The Fighter” and “The King’s Speech” led the way, earning four nominations each. … And the battle between [these two movies] has begun to leave casualties in its wake, as several previous favorites — including Andrew Garfield for “The Social Network” and Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine” — were left out in the cold.
Those three had all previously been nominated in the acting categories for both the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes earlier this week and seemed to be building momentum towards Oscar nominations that now no longer seem inevitable.