Elizabeth Reaser is amazing as Beth in Young Adult. Understated, honest, confident and cool; she’s the perfect complement to Charlize Theron‘s brash, relentless Mavis. (Have you guys seen it? Go go go!) We caught up with the actress and Twilight alum at the LA premiere of the Jason Reitman-directed film (which as been nominated for three Critics’ Choice Awards) and chatted with her about her character and New Year’s resolutions. And then of course we had to ask her this: having worked with both Charlize and Kristen Stewart, which actress does she think will kick more ass inSnow White and the Huntsman?
Look, we’re stumped on this question ourselves. Obviously we have a little bit of a KStew fangirl thing going on (okay, it’s more like ‘a lot bit’) and she looks amazingly tough and fearless as Snow White. Girlfriend leads an army on horseback, for crying out loud! But Charlize radiates badassness both in the SWATH trailer and in real life, and her kickassery skills are second to none. Is it possible that they will kick equal amounts of ass? Could it be? Knowing these two amazing ladies, we don’t doubt it. Check out Liz’s very awesome answer above. (Unrelated: how gorgeous is her hair? Can we have hair like that, please?)
As soon as the 69th annual Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, industry folks like Variety began noting how many movie stars (as opposed to fancy ahctorrrs, we guess) are nominated: George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling aren’t exactly slouches in the acting department, but they don’t turn their noses down at a good romantic comedy heist film either. On the other hand, the more we think about it, the more we think maybe they should have turned down a few gigs. Well, no regrets, Meryl and Glenn and Leo. You turned out OK. Just forgive us for laughing with you at some of the skeletons in your closet/IMDb page!
OK, so we’re still a little bit mad that Patton Oswalt was whisked away before we got to talk to him at the New York premiere of Young Adult last week. Also, that Charlize Theron’s publicist gave us the evil eye when we asked Charlize about vampires. But whatever, we really, really liked the movie. And Patton steals the show as the man who was literally crippled by high school’s cruelty and tries to act as a voice of reason for Charlize’s nutso character, Mavis.
Anyway, when we were sent this video by Young Adult director Jason Reitman and Oswalt, we decided to share it with you. It’s a spoof on the viral video PSA released by the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain, which purportedly features a recording of a possibly drunk, definitely angry patron who was kicked out of the theater for texting during the movie. We think Oswalt does a fine impression of her. How about you? (Side note: As annoying as it is to see someone texting in the theee-ater, I’d probably be more pissed off about having my movie viewing interrupted by an usher forcibly removing the culprit from his/her seat.)
Also, did we mention we liked Young Adult? Watch our red carpet interviews after the jump. Read more…
Awards season is really hitting its stride now, people. The nominations for the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced today at 6 a.m. The show, which will air live from the Hollywood Palladium at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 12, on VH1, is based on votes from the members of Broadcast Film Critics Association, and it’s had a pretty good record for predicting who will win the Oscars. (All four of last year’s acting winners took home Academy Awards, just for example.) So let’s see what they’re saying about this year’s flicks…
Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s fantastical 3D trip back to Paris in the Roaring ’20s, and French silent film The Artist the lead this year’s nominees with 11 apiece. It will be a particularly big night for Scorsese, who is the only nominee who is guaranteed to be walking home at the end of the night with a trophy; as we previously announced, the 69-year-old auteur is being honored with this year’s Music + Film award.
Following closely behind are Drive and The Help, each of which racked up eight nominations; The Help is up for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain AND Octavia Spencer) and Best Acting Ensemble. Trailing these is The Descendants, which scored seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Alexander Payne, and Best Supporting Actress and Best Young Actor/Actress for Shailene Woodley.
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The complete list of nominees, and more analysis, below!
When the first images from Young Adult surfaced on the Web earlier this year, showing Charlize Theron looking bedraggled in her sweats and Mickey Mouse shirt, clutching a Pomeranian in a carrier and a Victoria’s Secret bag, several young adult authors I know took to Twitter immediately. They seemed torn between being excited about the existence of a movie about their profession, especially one written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, and slightly horrified by the idea of being depicted as ladies who can’t be bothered to brush their hair and put on a decent pair of pants before leaving the house. And then when they learned Charlize’s character, Mavis Gary, is kind of a crazy stalker who can’t let go of her high school years, they were a bit worried.
“I watched [the trailer], and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to give my profession a bad name!” Mortal Instruments series author Cassandra Clare told TheFABlife last week. At the same time, she added, “I really want to see it, because when will there be another movie about a young adult author?”
But Cody, who calls herself “the Sweet Valley superfan of all time” and is writing an upcoming adaptation of Sweet Valley High, is pretty sure there won’t be a huge outcry from the YA author community. “Mavis is one of a kind. I don’t think it’s an indictment of young adult authors as a group. It’s just this one lady is a little bit off-kilter,” she assured us at the movie’s New York premiere. And though she previously only knew Sweet Valley creator Francine Pascal, “since this movie has been screening, I have met some [YA authors] that have come out of the woodwork, and they are all into the movie, so I’m glad.” Read more…
You know what excites us most about Snow White and the Huntsman? That it revolves around two incredibly strong women, neither of whom use overt sexuality as part of their character. From this new trailer for the film, out in Mexico, it’s clear that both Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron are down to kick some serious butt, and the supporting characters are – gasp! – men. How cool is that? We love that Snow White leads an army into battle while wearing actual armor and not a metal mesh bikini. We love that the Evil Queen can crush a human with the touch of her hand. We love seeing both the protagonist and antagonist played by women and we can’t wait to see them duke it out to the death.
Judging from the trailer alone this seems to be a step in the right direction for Hollywood; so often women are portrayed as frazzled, hysterical and barely dressed (see: What To Expect When You’re Expecting trailer, out today). It’s about time we women got some ass-kickers in our court.
As she makes the rounds to promote Young Adult (in select theaters today, opening wide next week), Charlize Theron has been playing mock offended by the fact that director Jason Reitman wanted her and only her to play the alcoholic former prom queen who comes back to her hometown to steal her high school boyfriend away from his wife and baby. But between this and her upcoming turn as the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman (not to mention her Oscar-winning role as a serial killer in Monster), the actress doesn’t really seem to like playing nice.
“I’m not a big fan of sympathy,” she told TheFABlife at the New York premiere of Young Adult. “For me, the understanding is the biggest part of it. I think if you can understand the character, then I’m happy with that.”
Then again, we doubt Theron would go in for a completely flat, Disney-style villain with no clear motive for seeking to destroy our beloved Kristen Stewart other than just being, well, evil. Read more…
Most people find to hard to get it right on one occasion, let alone twice in one night. They’re clearly not Charlize Theron whose sartorial choices were spot on two separate occasions in New York yesterday. She wore that stunning black and white Antonio Berardi dress with Tom Ford heels at the Ed Sullivan Theater for an appearance onÂ The Late Show With David LettermanÂ where she chatted about hew new film, Young Adult. She then carried on for the premiere of the movie to theÂ Ziegfeld Theatre and changed into this red leather dress and gorgeous, strappy gold stilettos. We can’t find fault with either look. Which one do you prefer? Check out the gallery below and let us know!
“I’ve done some small things with [Kristen], but we’re about to shoot our big showdown, and fingers crossed for me,” she said. “It’s the big battle. I’m just really, really, really hoping I get to kill her. That is how the story ends up, right?” Read more…
The Mirror, Mirrortrailer has arrived, which mean we can finally answer the question: which Snow White is the fairest of them all? “Fairest” means “most awesome,” right? While Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White seemed to be the Dark Night of Disney princess movies (based on the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer), Lily Collins‘ kind but headstrong heroine looks much more in keeping with the original fairy tale protagonist. Likewise, Julia Roberts‘ Evil Queen in this film is much more of a sarcastic diva compared to Charlize Theron‘s malevolent overlord. Are these two versions of Snow White too different to compare? Does it all come down to which film has more Nathan Lane in it? In the end, doesn’t everything? What do you think?