Today Abraham Lincoln gets reborn on the silver screen as you’ve never seen him before in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! We’re pretty pumped to watch Honest Abe kick Dracula’s ass, but those blood sucking fiends aren’t the scariest part of the movie. It’s downright eerie how much star Benjamin Walker resembles the 12th POTUS! Those steely eyes, the bushy brows, the Amish beard…it’s all there!
Countless icons of the past have been popping up in Hollywood lately. Lindsay Lohan has been working overtime to bring Elizabeth Taylor back to life in Liz & Dick, while Ashton Kutcher is taking a more zen approach to his role in the Steve Jobs biopic. Andre 3000 is a dead ringer for the dead guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and Julianne Moore could practically be Sarah Palin’s twin. If you put those two in a room with Tina Fey, we’d be totally screwed. Hell, even Benjamin Walker has some competition for Lincoln look-alike with Daniel Day Lewis also taking on the role!
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled the 20 most scarily accurate celebrity portrayals of historical figures. Some rely on insane prosthetic and makeup, like Anthony Hopkins taking on the great Alfred Hitchcock. Others like Jared Leto and Charlize Theron just do totally nutty things to their body. And some, like Denzel Washington as Malcolm X, are just born with it. But no matter how they got there, the end result is always unforgettable. Take a look in the gallery below!
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“She’s so gorgeous!” “She’s too thin!” “I love her hair! “Is she pregnant?” “What was her stylist thinking?” Yes, most of our commentary about Oscar fashion revolves around the women in attendance. The lovely ladies of Hollywood always steal the show on the red carpet, but we want to give the men a chance to shine. While some guys just slap on a penguin suit and call it a day, a few put a little extra thought into their attire, and for that, we applaud them.
Keeping the swag level high, P.Diddy told us he went for a custom-made suit from London. Interior designer/talk-show host Nate Berkus has impeccable taste that clearly translates to his sense of fashion. And Nate was kind enough to let us in on the reasoning behind his fashion splurge: “When you’re 5-8″, you don’t go for a tuxedo from a store ’cause then you look 5’8″ … Don’t I look 5’9″?” Pharrell Williams served as the night’s musical director, so he knew his sartorial choice would be on the screen a whole lot. He was looking fresh to death in a Lanvin tuxedo, complete with waistcoat. “I’m clean baby! This what it’s all about right here!”
From the Oscar veterans like the velvet-loving Christopher Plummer to the newcomers like Jonah Hill, there were plenty of other men rocking a suit like a GQ photo shoot. Check out our gallery below and tell us who your faves were.
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We are smart, most of the time. And also we like serious movies every once in a while. But despite Gary Oldman’s Oscar nomination, we’ve kind of been avoiding Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Just didn’t seem like our thing. Until now. The actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and gave a dramatic reading of an official synopsis of last night’s Jersey Shore. Which was definitely one of the grossest episodes of the show we’ve seen in a while.
Now, Oldman is definitely not your typical highbrow British actor — Sid and Nancy proved long ago that the guy can do gross. But he can put on a posh voice like nobody’s business, especially when saying, “While dancing in a club, Snooki accidentally pees on herself. She sprays perfume on herself and calls it a sure shower.” We love the way the words “JWoww” and “weiner” just role off his tongue. See for yourself in the video after the jump.
Oscar nominations are in for the 2012 Academy Awards, which means it’s time to celebrate a job well done! Whether it’s with breakfast foods, low-cut gowns or just a deep abiding love for Ryan Gosling, check out what our future Oscar winners (and losers!) have to squee about their nominations:
- “It’s gonna be pancakes for everyone this morning!” Best Actor nominee Brad Pitt squealed to the Today show this morning. The Moneyball star also gave a shout-out to his direct competitor George Clooney, because Brad Pitt is nothing if not a class act. “It’s more fun to have a friend there, and no one does it better than George,” Pitt gushed about The Descendants star. “I say give him all the trophies, and when you run out of trophies, make some new ones and give him those, too.”
- ”I didn’t get up or anything. I just did not expect that. AT ALL! Hopefully I’m not nuts.” Best Supporting Actress nominee Melissa McCarthy raved to EW. The Bridesmaids star excitedly concluded, “At some point today, I’m having champagne, dammit!”
- “I didn’t think I was in it and then they said my name and it was just a sigh of relief,” Best Support Actress nominee Octavia Spencer sighed to People. Luckily The Help star has a few weeks before the Oscars to focus on the bigger picture, i.e. how her girls will look on the red carpet. “It’s just about accentuating the positives and blurring the negatives,” Spencer declared. “I want to accentuate the positive which would be cleavage – even though it’s saggy cleavage, it’s cleavage! – and give myself an hourglass.” Read more…
While Hollywood accountants were having heart attacks over the worst box office weekend in years, movie critics all over the country were doing their best to make sure the year’s best films get their due — if not in cash, then at least with a little extra buzz leading up to the Oscars. The American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle made their picks, adding to what we’ve already heard from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Here’s whose looking good so far:
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).
The Dark Knight Rises is only 8 months away, which in the grand scheme of the universe is really only the blink of an eye ARGH WE CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE! We need the Batman back immediately. Not helping matters are all the new, exceedingly awesome details Tom Hardy and the gang have revealed about the third film in director Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy in the new issue of Empire magazine. A few facts that will make the seconds seem like minutes, and the minutes seem like hours, include:
- We’re getting an older, grouchier superhero: “Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state,” Nolan explained. So you know Christian Bale is going to nail it.
- Spinal columns will be ripped out: “He’s brutal. Brutal,” Hardy says about his villain Bane. “He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns.”
- Bane is like Darth Vader, except worse and possibly cooler: “He was injured early in his story. He’s suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can’t survive the pain without the mask,”Â costume designer Lindy Hemming reveals about Bane’s look. “The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two canisters.”
- Expect The Dark Knight levels of intensity: “WithÂ Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before,” Nolan says. “With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.”
- We won’t have to wait until July to get a sneak peak: “The Prologue is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. Itâ€™s the introduction to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film. With Bane we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasnâ€™t had before. In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic,” says Nolan. Luckily for us, the short prologue will play before the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible â€“ Ghost Protocol, which comes out December 21. Excited yet horrified squee!
In case you were wondering what blockbuster sci-fi franchise could possible follow on the heels of the upcoming Hunger Games, might we remind you about how huge that planned life-action Akira movie is going to be? At least if Kristen Stewart signs on, that is. Deadline reports that the Breaking Dawn star is currently in “advanced” talks for the film’s female lead Kei. If she accepts the role KStew would be joining On the Road co-star Garrett Hedlund, who snagged the role of Kaneda, and Gary Oldman as the villainous Colonel. For those not in the know, Akira is based on the graphic novel of the same name, which follows the journey of a gang of teens who must fight for survival in a futuristic dystopia…sound familiar? Sound promisingly familiar?
Watch out, Ashton Kutcher! If Mila Kunis keeps it up, the Twitter enthusiast won’t be the hottest star to come out of That ’70s Show much longer (sorry, Topher Grace fans). Already a proven comedic talent thanks to films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Extract (let’s not forget she’s still voicing Meg on Family Guy, too), the Ukranian-born actress has her best shot yet of achieving action stardom as well in the upcoming apocalyptic thriller The Book Of Eli, which should hopefully do better than her last attempt at the genre, Max Payne.
Longtime boyfriend Macaulay Culkin wasn’t with Kunis at Eli‘s LA premiere last night, but plenty of other celebs were, including co-stars Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Jennifer Beals. Check out their red carpet fashion—as well as the outfits on Rosario Dawson and Taraji P. Henson—in the gallery below.
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Uma Thurman is set to get married to mega-loaded Arpad Busson this weekend in a “low-key” ceremony, according to reports. (We’re not sure if her idea of low-key is ours — can’t see them with a sandwich buffet and iPod disco.) The couple is one of the most well-connected in Britain and America, although Arpad has said to be hit hard by the economic downturn and his investments with fraudster Bernie Madoff. Their joint wealth is now down to $124m, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. How terrible!
They’ve both got romantic pasts, too: Uma was previously married to British actor Gary Oldman and Gen-X icon Ethan Hawke, who’s now married to their former nanny. And Arpad has two kids with Elle MacPherson, who’s been linked with Guy Ritchie, Madonna’s ex. Who’s dating….oh, you get the idea. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Last week was a big one for Batman’s ally on the Gotham City police force. Gary Oldman, who played Commissioner Gordon in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, got married in Santa Barbara to jazz singer Alexandra Edenborough (Oldman’s agent served as the best man in the small ceremony). Then tragedy struck on Saturday, when Pat Hingle, who played Gordon in the four Batman films released from 1989-1997, died of complications relating to blood cancer in his North Carolina home. Coincidentally, Oldman’s first wife was Uma Thurman, who played Poison Ivy opposite Hingle in Batman & Robin.
Hingle, a veteran stage actor who received a Tony nomination in 1958, fell down an elevator shaft that same year, breaking numerous bones and losing his left pinky. Due to the months of recuperation, Hingle missed out on playing the lead in Elmer Gantry, which instead went to Burt Lancaster. Hingle played countless character roles on TV and in movies, but theater remained his primary interest. He was 84.
Due to the rule of threes, we’re a little concerned for Bob Hastings.