In 1999, Touchstone Pictures released a modern re-telling of Taming With The Shrew starring two relative unknowns, Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Ledger played Patrick Verona, a brooding rebel with an Australian accent and romantic interest to Stiles’s Katarina “Kat” Stratford. Stiles’s character was also a rebel, who found in Riot Grrl music and Sylvia Plath novels, at least until she met Patrick. The two characters played unsuspecting romantic pawns in Kat’s younger sister’s ploy to date and find love, until it was Patrick and Kat that found each other. By the end of the romantic comedy, after all the romance and love loss, Kat was tasked with rewriting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 141. Having finally understood heartbreak, Kat lashed out through rhyme. While the movie may have suggested there were ten things she hated about Ledger’s character, Patrick there were, in fact, 14 items. But honestly, none of them were really true.
On the 15th anniversary of the film’s theatrical release, we wanted to remember that pivotal and heartbreaking scene, while enjoying the first time we all fell in love with Heath Ledger.
On this Martin Luther King Day, we hope you’ve already taken the time to meaningfully commemorate the late civil rights leader. (Go volunteer or something, then come back to this post; we’ll wait.) We’re probably not your first source for guidance in that matter. We do, however, think we can help make the day enjoyable without being too shallow. Movie marathon time! Read more…
So, Monday was a busy day for Oscar nominee’s and various other stars who buff up guest lists around this time. ‘Tis the month of the Academy Awards and the lead-up to it always has a bunch of events and and other awards shows crammed into a two-month period. The Oscar nominees’ luncheon happened in the afternoon, and as we’ve already reviewed, it was a bit of a boring affair, sartorially speaking. Things looked up a tad more at night, at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees’ Night at Spago, in Beverly Hills.
Where Jennifer Lawrence got it it wrong in Chloe in the afternoon, she fared better here in a nude, bedazzled Versace number with metallic, neutral peep-toe heels. The look is sexier, as the hair’s also thicker and more tousled. Now if only Jen’s team would get their lengths right. This dress should have had a couple of inches lopped off. Jessica Chastain‘s Erdem afternoon look was elegant and feminine, but she sexed it up for the night taking on a black Givenchy Resort 2012 peplum with a draped bodice, paired with a pair of hot smoky, kohl-laden eyes. We like the architectural effect, even though it’s a tad fussy. While Amy Adams earlier outfit somewhat tanked, she did heaps better at the THR bash wearing a lovely, lacy black, peplum dress. She didn’t ditch the nude heels, though. Why, Hollywood, why? With all the shoe designers of the world throwing shoes of every color and size at you — you pick nude, clunky pumps.
Many other celebrities walked the red carpet, as well. Naomi Watts was back, but this time, in a white blazer and tight silver pants which looked effortlessly cool on her. Julia Stiles was there in a deep purple, long-sleeved dress, while Morena Baccarin chose a white patterned flounced frock. Lauren Dern highlighted her incredible figure — how is this woman 45-years-old — by cinching her simple black dress with a belt. And finally, Natasha Bedingfield jollied things up wearing cherry red tights, as pants. We don’t even mind, because she has the personality to pull things off that most people can’t! You can see it all in the gallery below.
We were thrown into a fit of nostalgia today when we learned that Gil Junger, who wrote 1999′s 10 Things I Hate About You, is going to be writing and directing a sequel, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwood and called 10 Things I Hate About Life. Apparently, we are not alone in still loving this movie. Junger told Variety that he made more money from the flick last year than he did when he directed it. While we wait to see how on earth you do a sequel to a movie based on a Shakespeare play (The Taming of the Shrew, if you’ve forgotten), and whether it will be any good, we decided to look back at all the ways we love it.
1. The most obvious: It made a star of Heath Ledger, playing tough guy Patrick Verona who is paid to take the formidable Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) on a date so her strict dad would let her younger sister go to prom.
2. Heath singing and dancing to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” No one was ever so romantically embarrassed. Also, perfect use of a marching band.
A distraughtJulia Stiles was spotted breaking down at LAX this week. And it wasn’t because she was on the same plane as the one Gerard Depardieu relieved himself on, because that was, mercifully, a continent away. Unfortunately, no one’s really sure where her distress stemmed from, but RadarOnline reports do suggest that her melting down commenced after she received a phone call. Julia arrived at the airport, looking like she was barely holding it together. As she was waiting outside, the actress even dropped her head down into her hands and cried in public. Whatever it is, we hope it’s going to be okay. This sounds (and looks) pretty serious. Hang in there, Julia! We’re rooting for you! See the lovely star in happier times (and hot styles) in the gallery below.
Looks like we won’t be getting that steamy serial killer love triangle we asked Santa for this year, since Julia Stiles has denied having an affair with Dexter’sMichael C. Hall. Despite rumors that Stiles and Hall have been flirting all over the show’s blood-spattered set, Julia says any gossip suggesting that she had a hand in Hall’s divorce from co-star Jennifer Carpenter is just ridiculous. “I have absolutely nothing to do with the split between Michael and Jennifer. We are good friends and enjoyed working together,” Stiles claimed. We were wondering how that amount of awkwardness was going to fit on one sound stage. Now they only have to kill off one character at the end of the season!
“This is a personal matter between them, and we should respect their privacy. Although I too prefer to keep my private life private, I felt compelled to dispel the rumors I was somehow the cause for this matter,” she concluded. Looks like Julia will have to put the lotion on her skin herself this Christmas. [Photos: Getty Images/Showtime]
The evidence of infidelity is pretty sketchy at this point: a blind item in Lainey Gossip (“Their chemistry was so crazy and so evident to everyone that writer and producers, seeing it play out on set, actually cranked up their sex scenes to capture it for show”), some ridiculous quotes from Showbiz Spy (“Michael was checking out Julia’s butt…he was fixated…you would never tell his marriage had just collapsed”). But this might explain why Hall and Carpenter’s public statement pointed out they’d been “separated for some time.” Good thing the guy’s supposed to look awkward on-screen anyway.
Either William H. Macy went crazy with the Botox or Matt Damon was sporting a slight ‘stache at last night’s Green Zone premiere in New York. The lipbrow wasn’t just some follicle fun, though—Damon apparently has a very important role coming that requires skeevy facial hair. Good thing Damon made Invictus and his new Iraq drama with Bourne director Paul Greengrass between The Informant! and his next ‘stache attack: we don’t want to get to the point where we assume he’ll be hiding the pretty behind one of these. His agent probably doesn’t want us to, either.
Also attending last night’s event were stars like Julia Stiles, Amy Ryan and Howard Stern. See what they wore in the gallery below.
Bourne bombshell Julia Stiles may not be taking her break-up with artist Jonathan Kramer very well. According to Page Six, Stiles was annoyed by a group taking photos of themselves near her at a Manhattan restaurant recently, snapping “bye, guys! – glad you got your pictures!” as they left. Stiles’ rep swears she wasn’t being sarcastic, but who would earnestly announce their joy over a fellow diner’s Flickr addition? Certainly not Kat Stratford. [Page Six]