Maggie Gyllenhaal’s new comedy about the invention of the vibrator required a light hand (pun extremely intended!) when it came to shooting scenes of Victoria women, uh, enjoying their treatment. So how does a filmmaker shoot such delicate material? “We had orgasm rehearsal!” Hysteria director Tanya Wexler explained. “We didn’t want it to sound porny, but we also didn’t what it to sound incredibly absurd.”
Seeing as how this is cinema, not Skinemax, Wexler and her male leads Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce also had to get crafty with how they shot scenes featuring the good doctors, er, tending to their lady patients before the ingenious invention arrives. “They can’t just kind of fake it,” Wexler said (pun unintended!). “There was a lot of uncomfortable brainstorming until Hugh was like, ‘Can we just use a sandbag?’ Jonathan, after two days of shooting, comes up to me and says, ‘I rubbed the skin off the knuckles of my hand.’” We call that dedication to the craft!
While Gyllenhaal’s brassy protagonist Charlotte doesn’t face any problems that are quite so graphic, she still got inventive developing her character. “I wasn’t concerned at all with her being historically accurate,” Maggie explained. “I just wanted her to be alive and wild and full of being a woman. She could be from any time, any planet.” Read more…
Having seen a sneak preview, we can safely vouch for the fact that Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s new period comedy Hysteria has something for everybody: witty banter, gorgeous costumes, um, the invention of the vibrator. What does the film’s star enjoy about the movie in particular?
“I liked the mix of intellectual comedy with ladies having loud orgasms in doctor’s offices,” Gyllenhaal joked to reporters (at a roundtable that happened before she gave birth to baby Gloria last month).
If that sentiment made you blush, you aren’t the only ones; apparently the film’s comedic take on the treatment of hysteria in turn-of-the-century England is making more than just us uptight Americans squirm. “I’ve only seen the movie all the way though one time in Toronto,” Maggie explained. “Then I watched it in Rome, just the very end. I’ve done a lot of international press on it, talked to people in Italy and Scandinavia and all over, and I have been surprised, but not that surprised, by how shocking the movie is.”
When asked about the difference between American and European audiences, the actress laughed, “They keep saying that about us, that we’re so prudish, but I think we’re pretty equal.” Even in Scandinavia? See, we would have thought they had government-issue vibrators by now…
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard welcomed their second daughter, Gloria Ray, on April 19, Maggie’s rep told Us Weekly today. Yep, you read that right; the Gyllenhaal-Sarsgaards are apparently excellent at maintaining their privacy and didn’t let this news out until they were absolutely ready. Also amazing is that the above photo, according to Splash News Online, was taken in downtown NYC on April 19, we assume just before the couple headed to the hospital. That face she’s making looks like she’s actually having a contraction on the street, too, doesn’t it. Probably not, because she’s just chatting in other pics. And because we imagine that if the photographer actually caught her that way, he would have chased them all the way to the hospital.
Gloria Ray (very fitting in that grandparent-y name trend) joins older sister Ramona, 5, in the Brooklyn based brood. We look forward to seeing them strolling through our neighborhood soon, and look forward to seeing Maggie cracking us up in the vibrator film Hysteria on May 18.
We had so much fun with our “Guess the Celeb Rock” game we played with you last week that it had us inspired. It may not be jewelry this week, but it’s still something all of us go ohhh over every time: the baby bump. There’s always a fair amount of pregnant bellies around any given season, and the expecting celebrity mamas always look so great. So here’s the game. We’ve got 10 celebrity mothers lined up in a row in our gallery, but you have to go in sequence. Start with clicking on the first picture and guess away. Hint: two supermodels, two singers, two reality stars and plenty of actresses await. Have fun!
Jaacob? Maadison? Noaah? Oliviaa? Pirate conventions of the world, get ready to hoist a pint of lager and roll your salty Rs, because Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal confirmed to People today that they’re currently expecting their second child. Married since 2009, the Hysteria star and Green Lantern villain are already parents to 5-year-old Ramona, who really dodged the double vowel bullet as far as we’re concerned. No Raamonaa? She’s going to be so jealous of baby Isaabellllaa. Jealous, or filled with pity.
A friend tweeted us this trailer for Hysteria a while ago and we can’t wait to watch it! The movie — and it looks brilliantly acted — deals with the creation of the vibrator and stars Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Dancy plays Dr. Mortimer Glanville, a doctor who administers cures for female hysteria — considered to be an actual condition for women in Victorian England. The best cure for the was “manual massage” — if you catch our drift. This boggles our mind. You actually had doctors who had to “cure” you by giving you a happy ending? Legally! Only then it was called “hysterical paroxysm”.
Maggie stars as the woman who tells Dancy’s character about what women really want. Especially after the invented the “electrical feather duster” to do his job. Considering the subject matter of the film, and all that vibrator talk, Maggie must’ve felt particularly empowered. She also decided to pass the love along, telling the press at the Toronto Film Festival, “I gave everybody, cast and crew, a little bullet vibrator when we started. It was expensive!” But a kind deed is almost always returned by the universe. Maggie added, “By the time I finished the movie I’d been sent maybe 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores.”
Here they are, our picks for Best Dressed at this year’s Costume Institute Gala. Our finalists captured a mix of moods, from old-school glam girls Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Greene, to pops of color on Kristen Stewart and J-Lo, to the risky and avant garde looks on Christina Ricci and Ginnifer Goodwin. The one thing they all have in common – serious confidence, which is our favorite red carpet accessory.
It looks like the Anti-Speidi may have arrived.Ã‚Â Rumors have been floating around for weeks that Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift are dating, and nowÃ‚Â America’s favorite theoretical couple are reportedly spending the holidays together. But wait, there’s more: the duo are allegedly making plans to spend the New Year in Paris. Did they buy the rights to their relationship from Nicholas Sparks?
“Everyone is happy for Jake,” a friend told Hollywood Life. “He finally came out of his rut. He took the breakup with Reese [Witherspoon] very hard and it’s taken him a long time to get over it. He dated in between, but no one has put a smile on his face like Taylor. He’s really on cloud nine. He’s a changed person. No one has struck his heart like Taylor.”
Apparently the two possible lovebirds were set up by Jake’s sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. “Maggie and Taylor met at a charity event. Maggie thought Taylor was such a sweet girl with a good head on her shoulders…She seemed extremely grounded and very mature for her age. So, Maggie thought sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be a great match for her brother.Ã‚Â They are really perfect for each other. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in awe of her.”
Sadly for Jake, T-Swift was nowhere in sight at a screening of his latest film, Love And Other Drugs last night in New York. So instead he had to settle for going with Anne Hathaway on his arm. Can’t win ‘em all, Jake. Oh wait, you just did. Check out the red carpet pics in the gallery below!
When we see ridiculously attractive celebs driving their Ferraris to some hot Hollywood party with their glamourous spouse by their side, it hurts.Ã‚Â To make ourselves feel better, we assume there must be a trade off for being so gorgeous and successful, and that these A-listers must be spectacularly stupid.Ã‚Â Our wounded egos desperately try to console us by saying, “Yeah well, they may be better looking, more popular, and have more money than you, but….at least you probably did better on your SATs! And you got that junior year calculus grade up to a C+, so Matt Damon can suck it!”
But we’ve got some really bad news. Many stars not only have the beauty and the brawn, but million-dollar brains to match. Check out the gallery below to see which smart stars made our Hollywood Honor Roll! And be sure to see Waiting for Superman, the new documentary about the cracks in our education system and the super-smart kids trying to climb out of them.
You know how a “tornado watch” is less serious than a “tornado warning”? Well this story about Lea Michele‘s “drama” on the set of Glee sounds more like a “diva watch” than a “diva warning.” “She’s sweet, but she has her moments,” one daring anonymous source tells Us Magazine. “She has very clear ideas about what she wants to do and how she wants to look. I think she’s just Type-A, like her character.” Oh no, a Type-A…in Hollywood! “Lea acts like she’s better than the rest of the cast,” says another (burn!), “but the thing is, she legitimately is.” We always did wonder how the Broadway vets dealt with the truly autotune-dependent on that show.
Whether or not she’s reached terror level Shannen Doherty for the crew on Glee, Michele certainly seems to be owning her stardom. The singing sensation joined Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen at the launch of make-up artist Mark Townsend’s new launch party, with her sheer low-cut dress and black bra sticking out even among those fashionistas (though points to Ashley Olsen for looking like a grandma’s linen closet come to life). See what all these Type-A’s wore in the gallery below.