E!’s Ryan Seacrest kept predicting the Golden Globes red carpet would be a rainbow of color. While we love, love, loved the pops of vibrant color we did see, we were completely surprised by the sea of black, dark lipstick and Gothic details. From Kaley Cuoco‘s purple lip to Giuliana Rancic‘s Victorian gown, celebs took it dark on the red carpet. Seriously, both Julianna Margulies and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are basically high-fashion dominatrices. Dominatri? What we’re trying to say is, middle school us would be all about these Goth looks.
We’re having fond memories of the Great Expectations version which released back in 1998 with Ethan Hawke and an absolutely breathtaking Gwyneth Paltrow. Remember that one? This latest one, due to release late November this year, feels like its going to blow its 1998 predecessor out of the water. Directed by Mike Newell of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it stars Helena Bonham Carter as Ms. Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch and honestly, after watching this trailer, we don’t really care about the actors playing Pip and Estella’s roles. Carter and Fiennes are just perfectly cast and we pity anyone sharing screen space with those two. Alright, alright, Pip’s played by Jeremy Irvine of War Horse fame. He does a decent job in the trailer but like we said, anyone pales in comparison against those other two English thespians. We’re most concerned with Holliday Grainger who portrays Estella. She didn’t stand out at all for us, but we’re going to give her the benefit of the doubt and wait till we actually watch the film. Perhaps the next trailer will change our minds? Holliday’s had roles in both Jane Eyre and Bel Ami, FYI. We cannot tell you how excited we are about this film, as the book never gets old for us. Newell paints a beautiful picture that seems to be muted and lush at the same time, staying true to a Dickensian atmosphere. Goosebumps, all over. Have a look for yourselves.
Whoa. We’ve heard Anne Hathaway sing a bit before. And we’ve seen her with that haircut. But we’re not sure any of that prepared us for her powerful “I Dreamed a Dream” performance in the teaser trailer for Les Miserables. (It seriously just sent me into flashbacks of dramatically waving fake French flags around our childhood living room and re-enacting all the dying scenes from the musical.) At the same time, the trailer adds a level of sophisticated movie magic that almost makes you forget this story has been told countless times since Victor Hugo first published his novel in 1862. That makes us extra excited for the movie’s December release, and for that reason, we’d like to cheer up Fantine, Jean Valjean and Co. Here are at least eight things that should make them just a little less miserable:
It’s been said that comedy isn’t pretty, but we’re about to prove them wrong. There’s a gang of lovely ladies hilariously hitting up the big screen this summer, and they look amazing as they do it! We hope you’ve been following our Summer Movie Preview, where we’ve brought you the best of this summer’s cinematic heroes, heroines and villains. But now it’s time to give you the rundown on the women who will make you laugh ’til you cry, or get thrown out of the theater.
First and foremost, we’re expecting huge comedy from What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The film boasts Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick!Mila Kunisis already a comedy legend at the super young age of 28, and we can’t wait to see her she compete with a teddy bear for Mark Wahlberg’s affections in Ted. The greatly anticipated movie sees her collaborates with her Family Guy co-star Seth MacFarlane. Malin Akerman takes us way back to the ’80s as a reporter in Rock of Ages, while Helena Bonham Carter takes us back even further to the ’70s in her husband Tim Burton’s latest film, Dark Shadows.
The fact that the British Film and Television Awards took place on the same day as the Grammys probably only annoys folks like us, who would really like to be giving both events our full attention. And so it goes that we basically ignored the U.K.’s Oscars, missing adorable speeches from The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius (whose Best Actor and Best Director wins were two of seven awards for the film), and not catching that cute moment in which Best Actress winner Meryl Streeplost her shoe climbing the stairs to the stage and Colin Firth ran to get it for her and place it on her feet. Until now, of course. On the red carpet, there were a handful of A-listers, a few Mad Men and Downton Abbey faves, and a lot of Brits that haven’t fully crossed over to the states yet. To our slight disappointment, there weren’t too many total fashion fails, but we managed to find a few (Oh, Christina Hendricks, why must you do that to your body?). Mostly, though, we saw some sexy strutting from the likes of Viola Davis, Christina Ricci and Brad Pitt. See for yourself who was hot, and who was just a hot mess, in the gallery below.
The British invaded L.A.’s Beverly Hilton last night for the 2011 Britannia Awards! The event was held by the BAFTA organization’s Los Angeles chapter, and featured familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren, and Felicity Jones. The Americans were well represented too, with the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Robin Williams and Ben Stiller in attendance. Ben was honored with an award for Excellence In Comedy, which he accepted with (we hope!) a sense of humor. “It’s important to get and give awards and to strive to win awards,” he joked with ET. “I feel as long as people are giving awards or getting awards, for human interaction, it just helps people.”
The Britannia Awards are seen as the low-key anti-Oscars, focusing more on artistic staying power and less on box office receipts and buzz. “It’s all about people who have contributed things over their careers,” explained host Alan Cumming, “so it’s less faddy and markety and less current, and more about celebrating these people for what they’ve done over their entire lives.” Helena Bonham Carter was also honored for her body of work, as was screen legend Warren Beatty and director John Lasseter. Check out more in the gallery below!
Awwww, you guysssss! We’re getting down to the last couple Harry Potter premieres we’ll ever get to see, and we can hear the sobs of Potter-Heads and apprentice wizards all over the world. It feels like graduation day or something (can someone please cue up that Vitamin C song?).
The cast was in full-on premiere gear at the red carpet event today. Redhead Rupert Grint was dapper in his dark suit, Helena Bonham Carter was straight out of old Hollywood in a floral cap and bad-ass shades and Daniel Radcliffe looked like he raided his How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying wardrobe in a 60s-inspired three piece ensemble. But Emma Watson totally stole the show in an Oscar de la Renta dress that would put Cinderella to shame. We can’t handle the number of her squee-inducing poses in the gallery below. Can you?
While some first-time nominees like Christian Bale have never attended the Oscars, plenty of this year’s crop have been red carpet regulars.Nicole Kidman‘s first time at the Academy Awards was just over twenty years ago, back when she was Tom Cruise‘s arm candy. “I just was like absolutely stunned,” she said recently. “It was like the biggest thing I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe how loud the photographers were.” Do you remember which Best Actor hopeful brought his mom the first time he was up for the trophy ten years? Or which two ladies up for a trophy in 2011 previously competed against each other in 2006? Find out all this and more—like who went with Ed Begley Jr. right before hooking up with her future husband—by checking out the gallery below.
Helena Bonham Carter is gorgeous, talented, and a walking fashion disaster. But at least she knows it. When she was recently asked about what she plans to wear at the upcoming Academy Awards, Bonham Carter responded “I have no idea. Of course I want to have fun…It’s probably going to be a catastrophe. But it’s like, I’m gonna go for it.”
The actress, who is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The King’s Speech, is eccentric to say the least when it comes to her red carpet style. Most recently, she was called out for wearing two different colored shoes at the Golden Globes this year, but she, and we, embrace the weirdness. So this is hardly a worst-dressed list or a post making fun of the woman we love for embodying Bellatrix LeStrange, the Queen Mother and human pie-maker Mrs. Lovett. Rather, it’s a celebration of her offbeat style, her penchant for teasing her hair to the heavens and then sticking stuff in it, and her bizarre accessories. Which look do you find most entertaining?
Before celebs can scoop up their Academy Awards later this month, first—if they want a better of shot of winning—they have to attend the show’s nominees luncheon. This year was no different, with potential “best” actors, actresses, supporting actors and supporting actresses all posing under a giant Oscar that stared down upon them like some ancient god. Natalie Portman, showing her trademark tact, didn’t highlight her baby bump, preferring to keep it hidden under a blue sash. But if we had to give anyone at yesterday’s function a trophy, it would be Mark Wahlberg for Trooper Of The Year, showing up as one of The Fighter‘s producers, despite being the only major cast member of The Fighter not to get an acting nomination, he still showed up, bas one of the film’s producers. He also served as a stand-in for the absent likely Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale. Can’t let Avengers Mark “Hulk” Ruffalo and Jeremy “Hawkeye” Renner steal the trophy out from under Batman!