Miss Marple is about to get a whole lot sexier…or a lot less if you’re a real GILF-hunter. Deadline reports that Jennifer Garner will play Agatha Christie’s amateur detective in a new Disney film that will turn the old biddy into an independent woman in her mid-30s. While on one level this is just another case of Hollywood glossing up and dumbing down another literary character for mass consumption (Sherlock Holmes, anyone?), some fans are particularly annoyed that a character who’s whole appeal is based on being underestimated due to her age will be reduced to another meaningless “brand.” And way to imply that 40 might as well be 80 for your average actress, producers.
Then again, since Jennifer Garner is one of the film’s producers, it may not be quite as intelligence-insulting as fans will fear. But if the film is a hit, what will that mean for the old Miss Marple, who appeared in 12 novels, multiple movies and countless TV miniseries? Will new books about the “young” Marple be released? And if they wanted to pump life into a geriatric brand, couldn’t they just glam up Jessica Fletcher for a fresh new take on Murder, She Wrote instead?
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Don’t tell Katy Perry, but her boy is flirting hard-core with a co-star, and for once it isn’t Helen Mirren. “There’s a brand of red-velvet cake, her mouth is made of that,” Russell gushed about Arthur co-star Jennifer Garner. We never would have thought we’d swoon over something the shaggy comedian said, but pardon us while our bodice rips open by itself.
Not that Brand’s sweet tooth necessarily means he would consider Jennifer skilled at tonsil hockey. “She smashes you in the mouth [in] those kissing scenes. If I was Ben Affleck man, I’d be pissed off,” Russell laughed. Not that Garner’s dessert kisses have stopped Brand from making the moves on Helen Mirren, who rewarded the gift of Russell’s used underwear with some filthy nursery rhymes while in bed on set. “She [Mirren] was like, ‘Toad took Frog and mounted him from behind and amounted him smoothly with a rhythmic pace…’” Russell recalls. Oh, there our bodice goes, popping back closed. Forever.
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The Social Network‘s award season sweep continued at last night’s National Board Of Review gala, with the movie taking home Best Film, Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Other winners included Another Year‘s Lesley Manville (Best Actress), Christian Bale (Best Supporting Actor) and Jennifer Lawrence (Breakthrough Performance). Not a lot of surprises, though the quickly forgotten Ryan Reynolds vehicle Buried got Best Original Screenplay and made the Board’s Top Ten Independent Films list. Guess we’ll go put that on our queue.
See photos of the winners, as well as stars like Blake Lively and Jennifer Garner, in the gallery below. Find out if The Social Network continues its winning streak at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, airing on VH1 this Friday.
Supermommy Jennifer Garner takes her adorable, twinkle-toed daughter, Violet Affleck, to ballet class in L.A on Tuesday.
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Do actors eat trophies or something? Oscar season has been over for less than a month, but the pageantry continues at full pace. Enjoying his metal meal last night was Matt Damon, earning a Lifetime Achievement Award (we’re not kidding) from the American Cinematheque (again, not kidding) for the outstanding body of work the 39-year-old has sculpted (Rounders, yo!). Among those celebrating the Damon Supremacy were Clint Eastwood, Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman (they f—ed, remember?), Robin Williams and, of course, BFF Ben Affleck. It might seem a little early to give the Talented Mr. Damon such a trophy, but it’s really just under the buzzer: a new proposition under review in California could have all actors bronzed at the age of 40, granting thespians both eternal youth and the honor of being trophies themselves.
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Common folk eat up comparisons to their famous look-a-like, but what about celebrities themselves? Via makeup, plastic surgery, and sheer coincidence, duplicates of our beloved stars are running rampant all over Hollywood, or in Lady Gaga‘s case, gracing our currency. Here are 20 of our favorite, unrelated, doppelgangin’ celebs. [Photos: Getty Images]
If they make a Juno sequel, can it just be Jennifer Garner playing in the park with her baby? Ellen Page snark is the last thing on our minds after seeing the Valentine’s Day star spending quality time with daughters Violet, 4 and Seraphina, 1 on a Santa Monica playground yesterday. Warning: diabetics may not be able to handle the sweetness in the gallery below.
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Either Bradley Cooper was coming down with a serious fever at last night’s Valentine’s Day premiere in Hollywood, or the Hangover hunk seriously needs to work on his tanning technique. It’s gotta be tough to work around manicured stubble, but you can’t just rub, spray or stick a lamp on your cheeks and forehead, dude. When you ignore the ears, jaw and neck it’s just…yow. Hopefully it’s the kind that wipes off fast!
Take a closer look at Coop’s inconsistent orange aura in the gallery below.
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While Valentine’s Day looks like little more than a well-timed fluffy date movie, its cast is nothing short of all-star. Leading ladies Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, and Jessica Alba were amidst last night’s star-studded premiere in Hollywood. Though all four actresses have a hard time looking less-than-gorgeous, their red carpet garb was hit-and-miss. While Hathaway dazzled in a mini blue number, the other ladies left us bored and/or horrified. Poor J-Biel evoked candy cane dreams in her frilly disaster of a dress. Alba looked okay from the shoulders down, but her mop was in dire need of a blowout. Jen Garner’s body was bangin’ in a form-fitting strapless frock, but she could’ve chosen something less snooze-inducing. Whose Valentine look do you love?
More pics from the premiere below, including Julia Roberts with niece Emma, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, and Demi Moore with Ashton Kutcher. [Photos: Getty Images]
The Invention of Lying
Ricky Gervais is a comic genius. He created “The Office” and–as you’ll know if you watched the Golden Globes–does rude better than Don Rickles. He’s also short, squat and has the scariest fangs outside of “True Blood.” Oh, he’s English, too. Can he make it this side of the pond with audiences who don’t watch BBC America? The follow-up to the rather charming Ghost Town starts out as a high-concept gag machine, with Gervais as the only fibber in a world where people are compelled to tell the truth. Soon he’s using his silver tongue to get whatever he wants … well, almost everything. Gervais has wisely surrounded himself with pros, which means Rob Lowe has fun doing his rude straight talker routine and Jennifer Garner simpers nicely as the girl.
Extras: The usual making of and testimonial featurettes are accompanied by an interesting podcast and documentary on Gervais sidekick Karl Pilkington‘s trip to U.S.
- By C. Bottomley