Diane Keaton, Kate Winslet & Mia Wasikowska Will Soon Make Us Cry


Exalted actresses Diane Keaton, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska are teaming up for a remake of Bille August’s Danish film Silent Heart, only this time it will be titled Blackbird. Roger Mitchell is set to direct, and shooting will begin next month in London.

Here’s the joyful premise: Keaton plays a terminally ill mother who invites her two daughters (Winslet and Wasikowska) home for one final weekend before she commits suicide.

Both Winslet and Keaton are Oscar winners, and Wasikowska has appeared to critical acclaim in films such as Albert Nobbs and Crimson Peak. 

Take a look at the trailer for the original Silent Heart (2014) below.


A Pivotal Scene From ‘Annie Hall,’ Rendered In Eggs

You know, it’s a Tuesday that feels like a Monday. We’re all coming back from a three-day weekend, burned out on Netflix or hungover or too full of nitrates from all the Memorial Day weekend BBQ meats. We’re not quite ready for the week yet. So let’s ease into it all with Woody Allen rendered into the unlikeliest of media: hard-boiled eggs.

In a new video from Australian YouTube user occi2907, Melbourne-based illustrator Anita Apostolidis recreates the iconic balcony scene from Annie Hall with Allen and Diane Keaton rendered in ink on brown eggs, an interpretation both cartoonish and faithful, and the video includes the subtitles, of course. Perhaps the eggs are an homage to the joke Allen tells at the end of the film, needing to get rid of a chicken but also needing the eggs, but that’s probably reading a little too much into it. Watch the whole thing below. 


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Eva Mendes Joins Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut ‘How to Catch a Monster,’ Obviously

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes pretty much have it made. They’re both disgustingly beautiful and extremely talented—yes they deserve each other, who else could even compare, right? And after starring together in Derek Cianfrance’s upcoming epic drama, The Place Beyond the Pines—where they got to quality practice in tortured love—the two are now not only making us exceedingly jealous of their love life, but it’s been announced that Mendes will join the cast of Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.

Now, it’s one thing to fall in love with your co-star, it’s another to star in a film written and directed by your boyfriend. Look what happened to Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty on Reds. "It is always a dicey proposition when an actress works with a star or director—both, in this case—with whom she has an offscreen relationship. ‘It’s like running down a street with a plate of consommé and trying not to spill any,’ Beatty says," as Peter Bart recalled in his Vanity Fair piece "Thunder to the Left."

But anyhow, hoping for the best! And as someone who has had the chance to closely observe the incredible work of everyone from Terrence Malick to Nicolas Winding Ref, let’s assume some of that magic has rubbed off on ol’ Gos and this long-awaited debut will be the energetic kick we’d expect from the talented actor who has constantly morphed himself throughout his career. 

How to Catch a Monster, penned by Gosling, tells the story of Billy, a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Christina Hendricks is set to play the leading role with fellow Pines actor Ben Mendelhson also starring. Mendes looks to be playing "Cat" a prominent figure of the Big Bad Wolf Club. Shooting is scheduled for May with hopefully a festival release the following year.

Last question: Does this mean Dead Man’s Bones will be scoring the film?! I certainly hope so.

Oscar Deathmatch: Pitting the Casts of ‘Reds’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Against Each Other

Silver Linings Playbook is slowly edging its way closer and closer to grabbing up some Oscars, and the feel-good film about feeling weird has an aggressive campaign, courtesy of those schemin’ Weinsteins, bent on stealing those trophies away from Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Tommy Lee Jones, and Anne Hathaway. While it’s unlikely that the entire cast of Silver Linings Playbook will get to walk on stage at the end of February to collect their golden statues (although Jennifer Lawrence’s recent SAG win increases her chances), the film is notable for being the first in 31 years to get nominations in all four acting categories. The other film, of course, was Reds, Warren Beatty’s epic drama about the Russian Revolution. 

Here’s my question: can you really expect the cast of Silver Linings Playbook, a movie about feeeeelings, to go head-to-head with the heavyweights in Reds, a movie about political activism and the endurance of love amid historical revolution? No, you cannot! The cast of Reds would not only drink the cast of Silver Linings Playbook under the table, but I’m willing to bet they could easily knock them off faster than you can sing "Ho Hey." 

But let’s not stop there! Let’s take a look at what each of these eight actors have to offer, shall we?

Warren Beatty vs. Bradley Cooper

Warren Beatty is like, "Who?" Sorry, but Beatty is too busy resting because he’s super exhausted from fucking literally everything in Hollywood. Sure, he’s settled down now with Annette Bening, but his real life made both The Hangover and The Hangover Part II look like The Sandlot. What does Bradley Cooper bring the table? Sure, he can act like a obsessive-compulsive manic-depressive (let’s not forget that Jack Nicholson set the standard back in As Good As It Gets, by the way), and apparently he can tango or something. But can he do all that while writing, producing, and directing a movie—about the Russian Revolution? That clocks in at over three hours? And features documentary-style interviews with the likes of Henry Miller? Cool it, B-Coop. We’ll call you when we re-make Shampoo.

Diane Keaton vs. Jennifer Lawrence

Ohhhh, brother. Diane Keaton has more wacky charm in her pinky than the 22-year-old it-girl has in her entire body. But nevermind the off-screen abilities of these two; let’s talk about their roles in these two movies. Lawrence plays a woman who acts out after the death of her husband by screwing everything in sight, jogging next to a man who wears a plastic bag as a shirt, layering her face with eye-liner, and ballroom dancing. Keaton’s character, on the other hand, falls in love with poet and activist John Reed and alcoholic playwright Eugene O’Neill. The gal from Silver Linings learns to dance, whereas Keaton’s Louise Bryant is present when the course of history is changed forever. Way to put your stamps on the world! 

Jack Nicholson vs. Robert De Niro

This seems like the ultimate match-up, although it’s a bit unfair to put a 44-year-old Jack Nicholson against 69-year-old Robert De Niro. But it must happen, because everyone’s losing their minds over Robert De Niro crying and watching football. Meanwhile, in Reds, Nicholson was busy boning Diane Keaton and writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. No biggie. 

Maureen Stapleton vs. Jacki Weaver

Maureen Stapleton won an Oscar for her portrayal of radical feminist activist Emma Goldman. Jacki Weaver got an Oscar nomination for saying "crabby snacks and homemades" twice (and also because they just needed some nominees because we all know that Anne Hathaway is going to get that thing). This seems like an incredibly even match, right? I’d just like to see Maureen Stapleton’s Emma Goldman clomp around modern-day Philadelphia teaching these people what real suffering is like. Get me on the phone with David O. Russell: I’ve got a great idea for his next dramedy.

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Ryan Murphy Hints at Third Season of ‘American Horror Story’

I gave up on American Horror Story: Asylum around the time that Anne Frank showed up, because when Anne Frank shows up to the party, it’s time for me to leave. I think that’s a pretty fair mantra! But, since I loved the first season of the show, and since the next season will have a completely new cast and story line, I figured there’s still a chance that it’s worth watching. And luckily, Jessica Lange will return to her new BFF Ryan Murphy’s crazy-ass fever nightmare. 

Murphy is slated to sit down with the show’s writers to come up with a third season story line next week, but he’s already dropped some hints about what’s up there in that brain of his:

Season three is “really about female power,” Murphy said, adding that the enigmatic figure next year (i.e. Rubber Man and Bloody Face) will also be female. So far, Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters have all signed to return. “I got Jessica to do it because I did everything she asked … and I also told her she will have hair, makeup, and the best designer gowns ever made. She’s going to play a real glamour cat sort of lady.” Murphy said he’s currently reaching out to several actors who Lange asked to work with, but wouldn’t say who they are. “She’s sort of become an uncredited producer now,” he said.

A glamour cat? Like Grizabella?! I’m sold! Also, I’m crossing my fingers pretty hard that Lange wants to reunite with her Crimes of the Heart sisters, Diane Keaton and Sissy Spacek. Hell, Ryan Murphy should just hire me to cast this show already. I’ll pretend that I don’t hate The New Normal, I promise! 

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Diane Keaton Admits She Was the Inspiration for ‘Annie Hall’

In her new memoir, Then Again, Keaton writes not only about herself, but also about her relationship with her mother. But, duh, you just want to hear the stuff about Woody Allen, right?

In an excerpt in Vogue (via Vulture), Keaton admits that Annie Hall, which was neither her nor co-star (and off-screen ex-boyfriend) Woody Allen’s first feature, played an important part in their careers. And she also gets to the juicy stuff, like how the movie was totally based on their time together.

Most people assumed Annie Hall was the story of our relationship. My last name is Hall. Woody and I did share a significant romance, according to me, anyway. I did want to be a singer. I was insecure, and I did grope for words. After 35 years, does anybody care? What matters is Woody’s body of work. Annie Hall was his first love story. Love was the glue that held those witty vignettes together. However bittersweet, the message was clear: Love fades. Woody took a risk; he let the audience feel the sadness of goodbye in a funny movie.

Thanks for the clarification, Diane! We’d be more concerned if you related more to your character in Looking for Mr. Goodbar.

Keaton’s memoir is a must-read for movie-buffs and those who are HUGE fans of Baby Boom. One other fun tidbit included in the Vogue excerpt? “It seemed like every audition was lost to either Blythe Danner or Jill Clayburgh.” It looks like you won out eventually, Ms. Keaton!

Afternoon Links: Iran Accuses London Olympics of Racism, Charlie Sheen’s Publicist Quits

● Charlie Sheen enabler friend Alex Jones went on The View today to discuss all things Sheen, and ended up declaring that “America is turning into a police state.” Things are getting weird. [Gawker.TV] ● HBO has passed on Tilda, the highly-anticipated comedy starring Diane Keaton as a fictionalized version of secretive Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke. [THR] ● Iran has a bone to pick with the London Olympics. They claim the logo for the 2012 games resembles the word “Zion,” and might boycott the games because of it. The 100-meter sprint was just blown wide open. [HuffPo]

● Breaking news in the ever-evolving Charlie Sheen Roadshow! His publicist, Stan Rosenfield, has resigned. Wait! Breaking, breaking news! Charlie Sheen won’t let him resign, so he fired him! [TMZ, TMZ] ● One of the stranger SNL hosts in recent memory will be Sir Elton John, who graces studio 8H with his presence on April 2. John will not, however, be the musical guest. That honor goes to Billly Joel. (Kidding.) [THR] ● Here’s the first clip of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Larry Crowne, a film that was also written and directed by Hanks. [Moviefone]

Diane Keaton to Play a Thinly Veiled Nikki Finke for HBO

Yesterday, Deadline Hollywood ran a little piece of self-promotion when it confirmed that Diane Keaton and Ellen Page are both set to star in HBO’s new half hour comedy pilot,Tilda. Directed by Bill Condon, the show features Keaton as a powerful Hollywood blogger with a “no holds barred style” that’s clearly modeled on Deadline’s own Nikki Finke, the hard-charging doyenne of online tinsel-town news and gossip. So just how similar is the character? So much so that THR has posited that a lawsuit might not be out of the question.

After reading a copy of the script, Matthew Belloni reported that Finke and Tilda share more than a little common. Tilda claims that she hasn’t been photographed in years; as it happens, there’s only recent public photo of Finke. Tilda rarely leaves the house for fear of running into those she may have vilified, ditto Finke. Then there’s the minor detail that Tilda is said to have been fired from Newsweek and at one time had to sell her car to pay back taxes, just as Finke was fired from the New York Post and sold her Honda Accord to cover some bills. There are even some direct quotes. At one point Tilda says of herself that she isn’t mean per se, she just “writes mean.” That’s Finke in a New York Times interview last year.

It will be interesting to see what, if any, response Finke has to the show. She has a history of litigiousness, but Tilda could potentially be a publicity boon for her as well. If it moves forward, expect a Seinfeld-ian degree of art imitating life. Maybe Tilda will come to sue an imaginary network that’s planning to do an unauthorized show about her?