13 Steamiest Golden Globe Nominees

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Award show season has (unofficially) begun! Call your stylist and snag a Valentino fresh off the runway to ensure you’ll look your best on the step and repeat. For this set of 2014 Golden Globe nominees, looking their hottest wont take much. Keira Knightly could show up in a maternity dress and still be the hottest dime on the red carpet.

1. Jennifer Aniston, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for CakeThe Cinema Society & InStyle host a screening of CakePhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

2. Julianne Moore, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Still Alice L'ORÉAL PARIS 2014 Women of Worth Celebration ArrivalsPhoto: Ryan Kobane/BFAnyc.com

3. Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Imitation Game David-X-PruttingPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

4. Reese Witherspoon, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Wild John-SalangsangPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

5. Jake Gyllenhaal, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for NightcrawlerCarly-OtnessPhoto: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

6. Eddie Redmayne, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Theory of Everything 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Press RoomPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

7. Amy Adams, nominated for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy for Big Eyes LACMA 2014 Art+Film Gala sponsored by GUCCIPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

8. Emily Blunt, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical for Into The Woods Los Angeles Premiere of Cinedigmís ARTHUR NEWMANPhoto: Aleks Kocev/BFAnyc.com

9. Jessica Chastain, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for A Most Violent Year GIORGIO ARMANI hosts the official premiere & after party of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR with OSCAR ISAAC and JESSICA CHASTAINPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

10. Keira Knightley, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in The Imitation Game David-XPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

11. Emma Stone, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Birdman Julian-MacklerPhoto: Juliane Mackler/BFAnyc.com

12. Ethan Hawke, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Boyhood Matteo-Prandoni-2Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

13. Mark Ruffalo, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Foxcatcher Ben-RosserPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

This New ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer Needs to Cool It

Good lord, people. Remember when superhero movies weren’t so satisfied with themselves? I get that Zach Snyder, auteur behind overblown green-screen epics like Watchmen, 300, and Sucker Punch (he’s really the thinking man’s Michael Bay, huh?), doesn’t want to be known solely for making the least subtle genre films ever, but in his attempt to make what appears to be a very serious drama featuring a man in tights and a cape is looking more and more like the least fun thing in the world. And also, prettttty gay. I mean, tights and a cape and that dude’s jaw. Come on. This is basically a Terrence Malick film but with explosions and a familiar plot mixed in with all the soft-focus shots of wheat. 

Frank Ocean Is the Face of Band of Outsiders’ Latest Ad Campaign

Joining a rather eclectic group of talents from Amy Adams to Ed Ruscha to Rupert Grint, to last year’s campaign featuring Josh Brolin gnawing on Big League Chew and playing with toy soldiers, singer and songwriter Frank Ocean is the newest face of fashion house Band of Outsiders, appearing in a new series of Polaroid-shot ads for the brand.

Ocean’s a fan of Band of Outsiders from the looks of things, having appeared in a bold Band of Outsiders shirt in a shoot for Terry Richardson’s Diary last spring and stealing the show at this past Grammy Awards a custom yellow Band tuxedo. In the new set of photos released yesterday, taken by brand manager and photographer Scott Sternberg, he dons a more classic tux and poses outside the Los Angeles Times Building in downtown L.A. He grins, he flips the bird, he lies on a bench, it’s all very sun-drenched and lovely. But boy, does it look hot in that tux. More photos will be released through the Band blog, Tumblr and Instagram accounts throughout the week.

[via L.A. Times]

Halle, Charlize, Adele: The Hot Damns of This Year’s Oscars

We made it! Awards season is officially over, and what a season it was. From vampire lips and salamanders to debate-rousing dresses, stars tried everything and anything to stand out on the red carpet. Although last night’s 85th Annual Academy Awards saw the safest sartorial statements, there were a few serious fashion moments that kept me from zoning out during the three-plus hour program. From Charlize Theron’s minimalist magic to Adele’s unparalleled perfection, see who aced it after the jump.

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Best Embodiment of Heaven: Charlize Theron
Respect. Charlize with a pixie cut wearing a Dior Haute Couture white silk bustier dress with embroidered detailing on the peplum does things to me.

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Best Metropolis Revival: Halle Berry
Because only Halle could make a Versace dress reminscent of a ridiculously cool 1927’s sci-film look ridiculously sexy.

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Best IDGAF (I Don’t Give A Fuck) Train: Jennifer Lawrence
Just like her pseudo wardrobe malfunction dress from this year’s SAG Awards, the Silver Linings Playbook star opted for a conversation-starting look that had people tripping over their words (and eventually made her trip on stage when she won for Best Actress).

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Best IDFAF Train with Feathers: Amy Adams
Amy gladly accepted J Law’s crazy train challenge and added feathers. This Oscar de la Renta number was freakin’ fierce. 

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Best ‘Beyonce, Who?’ Moment: Adele
That flowing hair. That airbrushed makeup. That Burberry dress. THAT VOICE. Seriously: Beyonce, who?

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Check Out the New Oscar Edition of ‘Between Two Ferns’

Zach Galifianaskis’ Between Two Ferns, his Funny or Die faux talk show has had it’s fare share of hilarious celebrity moments. And returning from some time out of the spotlight, the abrasive, bearded Galifianaskis comes back to bring some laughs to this year’s award season. Featuring Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, Chrsitph Waltz, and Amy Adams, check out enjoyably awkward first installment of two features.

Check Out This Year’s Best Actress Roundtable with Amy Adams, Naomi Watts, and More

Don’t get me wrong, I love Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz just as much as any once-aspiring actress and film fanatic—but would it be too much to ask to see some new faces around here? Last week we talked about the top screenplay contender roundtable with Michael Haneke and John Krasinski, and now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we have the full interview from the women who look to be this year’s contenders for best actress and best supporting actress. The conversation consisted of such acclaimed ladies as: Anne Hathaway for the upcoming Les Miserables, Amy Adams for her role in The Master, Lincoln’s Sally Field, Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea, Helen Hunt for The Sessions, and Marion Cotillard for Rust & Bone

But does it kind of feel like something is missing? There’s no doubt that these women are dynamic, talented individuals who have delivered some of the year’s best performances but how about a little diversity in age, race, level of celebrity, something? The point of these things is to create an interesting discussion, putting those who we wouldn’t normally ever see together in one setting, allowing for an interesting dialogue to occur. If it were me, I would have included Jennifer Lawrence, who definitely gave her best performance to date in Silver Linings Playbook. How about Kerry Washington, who is about to be in one of the biggest films of the year, Tarantino’s Django Unchained? Or what about Helen Mirren for Hitchcock (or for just being Helen Mirren?) What about Naomie Harris who starred in one of the best-selling Bond movies ever? Even Emmanuelle Riva for Haneke’s Amour!  Oh well, just food for thought.

 

 

Who’s the Better Julia Child: Aykroyd or Streep?

I woke up this morning to find an email that I sent myself at 3:20 AM. It read: "Better Julia Child: Ackriyd [sic] or Meryl?" Even when I’m half-asleep I’m pondering the important questions, although I’m not the best speller when I’m slightly unconscious. And what a better day to have a celebrity impression cook-off than on the famed chef’s 100th birthday?

Yes, the giant weirdo would have turned 100 years old today, and instead of attempting to cook something in her honor (I don’t think she’d approve of a DiGiorno pizza), I’m doing what any normal twentysomething blogger would do: watching online videos celebrating her life. Although, I’m focusing on the two actors who did the best impressions of her. 

First of all, there’s Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia:

Julie & Julia is a pretty good movie—it was written and directed by the late, great Nora Ephron, after all—as long as you fast-forward through the insipid scenes focusing on Amy Adams’s Julie Powell, who wrote the book on which half of the film is based. It’s Streep, on the other hand, who delivers (duh) the most memorable performance. Sure, she’s basically just Meryl Streep in a Julia Child wig, sighing and eating and hooting all over the place, but she kind of captured the essence of Julia Child who, honestly, spent most of her life, well, sighing and eating and hooting all over the place.

And then there’s the classic sketch from SNL starring Dan Aykroyd:

Sorry, Team Meryl: fake blood always beats Oscar-nominated performances. Plus, Meryl Streep has never created her own vodka because she’s into the concept of crystal skulls and aliens and shit. Aykroyd wins! 

A Disenchanting Journey ‘Into the Woods’ in Central Park

I have spent weeks eagerly anticipating the new production of Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, one of the two shows mounted this summer as part of the fiftieth season of Shakespeare in the Park. The musical, originally produced on Broadway in 1987, is a seminal Stephen Sondheim show, partly in thanks to the filmed stage production featuring the original Broadway cast that included the likes of Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, and Chip Zien. (It’s on Netflix Instant: watch it!) That original production is iconic in the same vein as the fairy tales it features and eventually skewers. There’s Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk-climbing fame), and Little Red Riding Hood. But after years of Disneyfied explorations into the virginal side of fairy tales, Into the Woods (which Sondheim co-wrote with director James Lapine, based on The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim) shows the darker side of those classic stories.

It’s that darkness that is more prevalent in this new production directed by Timothy Sheader, who helmed a similar production at the Regent’s Open Air Theatre two summers ago in London. Sure, Sheader utilizes a lot of theater tricks that wow the audience, many of whom waited in line in the early hours of the morning to get free tickets to the show. Most spectacularly, there’s the three-story tree-house set that looks like something out of The Swiss Family Robinson. And then there’s the familiar go-to in theater nowadays: the cast full of bold-faced names. Amy Adams makes her New York stage debut as the Baker’s Wife, a role she’s possibly too sweet and nice to pull off (despite her best efforts). True Blood and American Horror Story‘s Denis O’Hare delivers an solid attempt at a bumbling and endearing Baker. Most impressively (and perhaps, most underwhelming) is Chip Zien’s appearance as The Mysterious Man, a role that is usually double-cast with the Narrator (who in this show is a little boy, which allows for a groan-inducing but ultimately effective framing device); don’t worry: he also shows up in the thankless role of Cinderella’s father.

Rounding out the celebrity cast list is the pre-recorded voice Glenn Close, lending her dulcet tones to the role of the giant in the second act. But two standouts are, not surprisingly, in the two best roles in the show. Jessie Mueller is astounding as Cinderella, with her glamour impossible to hide under the frumpy, nerdy dress and glasses she dons for most of the show. And, of course, there’s Donna Murphy as the Witch. While Bernadette Peters brought a lightheartedness to the role 25 years ago, Murphy’s witch is all darkness and meanness, and whatever comic tones she does deliver are matched by her deeper register. Still, it’s clear that beneath the matted hair, claws, and fungal mask lies Murphy’s wicked sense of humor, and her approach is a necessary departure from the borderline saccharine overtones of Peters’s original. 

Those overtones, however, create the biggest problems in this production. Sondheim’s words and phrases are obvious: he examines the complex nature of human behavior, particularly the notions of right and wrong. While those themes are overtly evident in the lines sung by all of the actors, particularly in the second act, Sheader’s direction hits the audience on the head, as if he’s expecting them to be distracted by the overwhelming set and the mish-mashed modern costumes. Take, for example, the incredibly uncomfortable rape scene in the first act between the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. Sondheim’s lyrics make it clear that there’s a sexual subtext, but all subtlety is lost during an instance of simulated oral sex. Later, in the second act, there’s a very plainly post-coital moment between the baker’s wife and Cinderella’s prince. These moments are not only somewhat insulting of the audience’s intelligence and comprehension, but also invoke some severe concerns about the poor young narrator who is constructing these events in his mind. 

But despite all of its missteps—and there are many—this production succeeds in part because it’s, well, Into the Woods. It’s a complicated musical, one that is so beloved and appreciated, that’s it’s still hard not to experience absolute joy when those familiar characters manically and neurotically traipse through the woods, falling down and bumping into each other. They are, after all, little parts of us on stage, and those basic human emotions are still recognizable underneath the heavy costumes and make-up. That’s what ultimately makes Into the Woods so appealing—the tunes only heighten the superb examination of human psychology. This is the second New York revival of the show, and I wonder if any production will truly succeed in the manner of the original. It’s unlikely, but with each production is a reminder that the show, at its core, reaches near perfection, and it doesn’t necessarily require the stunt-casting or intricate production design to achieve it.  

Finally: A Real Trailer for ‘The Master’

Now that The Dark Knight Rises is finally here, let’s talk about the other hotly anticipated film of the year: Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman as an L. Ron Hubbard-esque spiritual leader and Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams as two of his close followers. We’ve clearly been excited about the film for months, and today we can share the first official trailer for it. 

If we weren’t anxious enough already this morning, this has had a profound unsettling affect.