Ugh, we hate it when filmmakers know us so well they can start luring us into the theater with the promise of gorgeous nerds. Okay, so maybe putting good-looking people in movies isn’t exactly cutting-edge casting technology. (Who knew women would love Magic Mike? It boggles the mind!) But the people behind Skyfall must have known we’d fall into a half-swoon over Bond’s new Q Ben Whishaw, who squares off against Daniel Craig in the film’s newest clip today and also his hair looks like that. And don’t think we didn’t notice that the movie also deftly plants the image of Ben in his jammies, drinking Earl Grey into our brains. We’re onto your genius mind games!
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve laid eyes on Mr. Whishaw. You can recall as far back as 2009 (oh, were we ever so young?), we hyped Whishaw alongside Anna Kendrick and Carey Mulligan as an up-and-comer poised to blow up after his turn as John Keats in Bright Star. He also starred in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Layer Cake, and will soon grace your eyeballs in Cloud Atlas. Man, how we love being right! On a related note, those glasses and that tie! Which of the interns will take us outside and hose us down? None of them? Well, we certainly can’t hose ourselves!
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globes, the Oscars…it’s the most wonderful time of the year again (in Hollywood only). Awards season is upon us, and 2009′s critically acclaimed films have introduced us to a new pack of uber-talented actors who are about to go from unknowns to A-Listers. We’ve got the 11 stars to watch as award nominations start rolling in, so that when they’re up onstage blubbering through their 10-minute acceptance speech, you’ll be able to say you knew who they were way back when.
- Saoirse Ronan is the 7th youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar for her work in Atonement. Next up, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.
- Quinton Aaron is a relative newcomer, who scored the lead in The Blind Side opposite Sandra Bullock.
- Michael Stuhlbarg – This Julliard-trained, Tony-nominated Broadway star is scoring serious buzz for his work in the Coen Brothers‘ A Serious Man.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a former child star turned indie darling, who made the world swoon in 500 Days of Summer. Also, he did back flips on “Saturday Night Live.” Nuf’ said, right?
- Jeremy Renner‘s work in The Hurt Locker just snagged the actor his second Independent Spirt Award nomination.
- Gabby Sidibe - The Precious star – who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award – exuded confidence in a recent interview on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Said the newcomer and Harlem native, “One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body.”