The biopic, set mid-century, explores the life of the former head of the FBI and also addresses his allegedly being gay. Anything with Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role, Dame Judi Dench as his mom, and Clint Eastwood directing screams Oscar contender to us. Do you agree?
We like seeing this side of Leonardo DiCaprio, all dapper and retro. These photo’s were taken on the set of his new movie J.Edgar which is being filmed in L.A. We can already feel the 2012 Ocsar buzz off the Clint Eastwood directed biopic on J.Edgar Hoover’s life. Check out the rest of cast—joining Leo will be Dame Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas and Ed Westwick.
The movie’s going to deal with the life of Hoover—Leonardo’s role—who was the first Director of the FBI. He was considered a controversial figure and dogged most of his life with rumors of homosexuality and cross-dressing, which the films going to deal with. Playing the role of Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s alleged lover, is Hammer, who reveals there are quite a few love scenes between the two telling E!, “It’s not a kissing scene—it’s a ton of kissing scenes.” And he’s totally stoked sharing screen space with DiCaprio, saying, “He’s a talented actor. I’m not nervous or afraid of it being awkward. The script is great. The scenes are in there for a reason. I’m really excited…Yeah, you heard that, Leo? Pucker up!”
We love it! But what we’re probably going to love even more is seeing Westwick trying to apply his Gossip Girl Chuck bitchface in another role. [Photos: Splash News Online]
A musical based on 8 ½, the impenetrable Federico Fellini film from 50 years ago? God knows what anybody was thinking–aside from hoping that maybe this tuner would repeat the success of the Oscar-winning Chicago. The songs are pretty unmemorable and the story is as underpowered as an Audi on bricks, but there are some good things here. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the genius movie director who has run out ideas. Seeking refuge from his producers and the press at a seaside spa, he is both tormented and delighted by visions of the women in his life. Day-Lewis is as watchable as ever; Penelope Cruz does a pole dance, and Fergie is an unexpected surprise as a prostitute singing “Be Italian” like her next plate of pasta depended on it. Judi Dench warbling in a basque, however, is enough to make one drive nails through their eyes.
Extras: Commentary track, three music videos and plenty of “making of” featurettes.
- By C. Bottomley
The cast of Nine were one motley crew at the film’s London premiere Thursday night. Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson took the opportunity to wear glamorous gowns with heavy, expensive coats (much to the delight of attendee Alex Rodriguez), while Nicole Kidman went with a light jacket and miniskirt. The men’s outfits didn’t mesh either, with director Rob Marshall‘s business suit clashing with Daniel Day-Lewis‘ flamboyant ballroom dancing uniform, complete with velvet jacket and high-waisted, red-striped pants (much to the delight of attendee Bruno Tonioli). Surrounded by this incoherence, Judi Dench‘s elegant yellow gown—suitable in all scenarios—won the night by default.
Bask in the star wattage of this likely Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominee by checking out the gallery below.
The world was shocked to hear of Natasha Richardson’s sudden and tragic death, and celebrities around the world have expressed their condolences to Liam Neeson and his family.
Mia Farrow: “Natasha is irreplaceable. I cannot think of anyone kinder, more generous, thoughtful, smarter or more fun. She is the godmother of two of my children. The Neesons and Vanessa (Redgrave) have always made me feel a part of their wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Kevin Spacey: “There are no words to express how tragic Natasha Richardson’s untimely passing is for the theatre community. Her passion, devotion and talent will forever be etched on those who saw her work on the stage. The bloodlines of greatness were always there and she committed herself to every role she tackled.All of us at the Old Vic Theatre Company mourn her loss and send our heartfelt wishes to Liam and her family. We hope that the warmth we all feel about her will bring some comfort to those closest to her, who shared her life, her wit, her style and know that she will never be forgotten.”
Alan Cumming: “The term ‘life force’ seems trite but that is what she was: a woman who powered through life and fascinated everyone she encountered. I have been thinking about the times I spent with her since I heard the news of her tragic accident, and the strongest memory I have is of her laughter, her unmistakable throaty laugh. I think that’s a great way to remember someone.”
Jodie Foster: “Natasha was brilliant, beautiful, funny, talented beyond measure, as emotionally raw as she was razor sharp. … May Liam, her beautiful boys and her loving family hold her close as they move through this tragic moment.”
Oprah Winfrey : “I just want to say how deeply saddened I am, we all are, by the sudden passing of actress Natasha Richardson yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Liam Neeson , their two sons, the rest of their family and friends. Yet another reminder of how fleeting life can be and how precious. We need to value every moment.”
Lindsay Lohan: “She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own. I didn’t see much of her over the years, but I will miss her. My heart goes out to her family. This is a tragic loss.”
Padma Lakshmi: “She was great. She was lovely. She was just like one of the gang. She was very, very articulate. She was very, very opinionated. She was very compassionate. She had a very sophisticated palate.”
Dame Judi Dench: “She had an incredibly luminous quality, that you seldom see, and a great sense of humor. I thought she was a really great actress.”
Kelly Ripa :“She was a lady. I can’t tell you enough what a good person she was, and fun and vivacious and the most full of life.”
Demi Moore Twittered:
“I am sending out prayers for Natasha Richardson and her family. A real reminder of how precious life is and how quickly it can be gone.”