Steven Soderbergh’s having kind of a crap week, what with disappointing numbers for his latest action flick, Haywire, and the news that Annapurna Pictures backed out of one of his next projects, Side Effects. But we feel more sorry for Blake Lively, as some industry sources are speculating that backers aren’t so sure she can handle the role of a young woman caught in a love triangle with her doctor (Jude Law) and her paroled husband (Channing Tatum). It sounds like a heavy step up from Gossip Girl and Green Lantern, but it wouldn’t be the first time Soderbergh has managed to make a movie star into a serious actress. (One of those actresses, Catherine Zeta-Jones, has signed on for another role in Side Effects, giving ol’ Steven a vote of confidence.) Then again, he’s also had a few misses in that category too. Let’s take a look at what the critics have said about five of his leading ladies’ performances:
1. Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight: “At the center of the film is the repartee between Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney, and these two have the kind of unforced fun in their scenes together that reminds you of Bogart and Bacall. There’s a seduction scene in which the dialogue is intercut with the very gradual progress of the physical action, and it’s the dialogue that we want to linger on.” — Roger Ebert
“Lopez, for all her Latina-siren voluptuousness, has always projected a contained coolness, and this is the first movie in which it fully works for her. As Sisco is lured into a romance with Foley, you can see her resolve melt in spite of itself.” — Entertainment Weekly
Adrian Grenier’s character Vince is going to have an interesting new romance on the next season of Entourage with notoriously sexyporn star Sasha Grey. The adult-film actress meets Grenier’s Vince Chase in a bar in the fifth episode and sticks around for the rest of next season. “You can’t believe she’s a porn star when you meet her,” Grenier told TV Guide while the show’s creator Doug Ellin said, “I wouldn’t have done this storyline if Sasha passed.” We bet Drama’s going to be hella jealous of his baby bro!
This is Grey’s second mainstream venture; she starred in Steven Soderbergh‘s “The Girlfriend Experience” last year. He also said that the entire story was inspired by Charlie Sheen‘s affair with former porn star Ginger Lynn in the late 1990′s. Wow. You heard correctly… Charlie Sheen was inspiration to someone.
One doesn’t go to the Adult Video News Awards in Vegas expecting modesty, but reluctant sex tape star Shauna Sand made a spectacle of herself even considering the surroundings, forgetting to put a dress on her over her eye-catching lingerie. The professional porn stars on stage to accept awards—including Crossover Star Of The Year Sasha Grey and Most Outrageous Sex Scene winner Belladonna (who also performed an interpretive dance onstage)—couldn’t help but look respectably glamorous in comparison. Attending alongside the battalion of XXX actors were host Dave Attell, rapper Baby Bash (admittedly not as hot as last year’s Flo-Rida appearance) and comedienne Margaret Cho. Watch your favorite porn stars wear more clothes than usual in the red carpet gallery below.
Existentialist porn star Sasha Grey is about to go kinda mainstream, with her lead role in Stephen Soderbergh‘s new flick, The Girlfriend Experience. On-screen, she plays a high-end Manhattan call girl charging her clients a couple grand an hour to frolick between her thighs. On the x-rated screen, she’s known for asking to be punched in the gut while performing fellatio.
To top it off, she’s a total nerd, and named herself in honor of Oscar Wilde‘s Picture of Dorian Grey. Needless to say, we’re all a bit obsessed with her. In fact, her only flaw seems to be that she’s engaged to a photographer named Ian Cinnamon.
Check out the trailer for the new flick above, and follow Sasha on MySpace and Twitter – but not before you check her out below. [via Buzzfeed]