Photos from left: Kris Jenner photographed by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com; Selma Blair photographed by Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com
In “well that’s pretty amazing” casting news, Ryan Murphy has brought in the incomparable Selma Blair to play Kris Kardashian Jenner in the forthcoming American Crime Story, which is of course about O.J. Simpson and is sure to include enough courtroom scenes to call for a home screening of Legally Blonde to freshen up on what Selma looks like giving her best side eye. I mean Selma Blair as Kris Jenner? Yes!
Some people judge a movie based on reviews, other will go see something just because it features a favorite actor. Here, we’re judging this weekend’s offerings based solely on what we see in the trailers and ranking them accordingly.
Prometheus: What more could you want from a movie? Space travel, disaster, Ridley Scott and a stellar cast, including the fantastical Noomi Rapace, make this the trailer to beat this weekend. And it’s going to own the box office, so there’s also that.
Bel Ami: Does this movie, featuring Robert Pattinson as a social-climbing ladies’ man in ancientish Paris, look good? Not really. Does the trailer get us excited? Absolutely. There’s no way that two hours of this powdered-wig seduction would hold our attention, but for a few minutes it’s exciting enough to rank highly.
Dark Horse: The latest from Todd Solondz looks funny, offbeat and perhaps less I-need-a-shower-after-this than his previous work. And even though Selma Blair kind of looks like Katie Holmes is trying to escape from her face, this coming attraction definitely does its job.
Safety Not Guaranteed: Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass can sell almost any movie, and this Seattle-based caper about a guy who thinks he’s discovered the secret to time travel doesn’t need a whole lot of help in that category. This movie doesn’t look like it’s going to scratch our blockbuster itch, but if Prometheus is sold out, we’d definitely sneak in.
Lola Versus: We love Greta Gerwig, we really do, but there’s something a bit too post-rom-com about this movie, from the looks of the trailer, to draw us in. Ask again when it’s on TV on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but chances are we won’t be rushing to the multiplex.
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding: Unless you’re taking your mom to the movies for, uh, Father’s Day, no way.
The strangest thing about the trailer for Dark Horse, the new movie from Welcome to the Dollhouse mastermind Todd Solondz, is how not-strange it is.
Over the years, the director has treated us to discomfiting films about outcasts, perverts, and misfits of all stripes, often with painfully awkward and drawn-out scenes that have made him an art-house, if not always a box-office, favorite.
So, to look at the just-released trailer for Dark Horse, starring Jordan Gelber and Selma Blair as two not-so-young anymore weirdoes who fall in love to a soundtrack of upbeat pop, it’s strange to, well, smile. They’re strange, sure, but they’re romantic comedy strange—he lives at home with mom (Mia Farrow) and dad (Christopher Walken), for whom he also works—and all signs point to them overcoming whatever is holding them back.
Perhaps there’s the rub; trailers, after all, can be misleading. But maybe, just maybe, neither of them will be molested or too deeply damaged and Todd Solondz will find himself with something a bit more profitable than a cult classic on his hands.
Well, in addition to whatever else is on his hands… you never know with that one.
● Martha Stewart needed nine stitches after her startled french bulldog, Francesca, knocked her in the face. Full story, including a 34-photo slide show and critique of the hospital wallpaper (“could use some updating”), on her blog. [Martha] ● Someone sent The Office star John Krasinski’s prom picture to Gawker for judgment. Krasinski is swimming in his jacket, but his date’s dress looks a little Christopher Kane SS11. As far as prom pictures go, we’ve seen worse. [Gawker] ● Another one? We are running out of jokes so we’ll just cut to the chase: Selma Blair and her fashion designer boyfriend, Jason Bleick, are pregnant with their first. [People]
● Justin Bieber was swept from the set of CSI to the hospital after he began “having trouble breathing due to an allergic reaction.” [Celebuzz] ● Lindsay Lohan is back to work designing a new line of shoes for her 6126 brand. Inspired by “old Hollywood glamour” and priced between $100-$450, it could be a line no shoe addict will want to quit. [NYPost] ● Brendan Fraiser left a $60 tip on his $16 pedicure the other day. “You need to charge more,” he told the technician. Was he truly impressed or just distracted by his iPad? [TMZ]
● Mena Suvari at the Zac Posen for Target shopping party: “Sushi at Nobu.” ● Ginnifer Goodwin: “Candle 79 here. Madeleine Bistro in L.A.” ● Selma Blair: “I love the Savoy and I love Minetta Tavern.” ● Zac Posen: “My favorite restaurant Kai, just closed in New York. And I’m very saddened about Takashimaya. I love Casa Lever has the best steak and great pasta. It’s really good Italian.”
● Patricia Field: “Il Buco, around the corner from my house. Agnanti is a Greek restaurant out in Astoria. There are some very good Japanese restaurants that I love on East 43rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd. There’s a great saki bar there called Sakagura. Next door, there’s a really good Japanese barbecue, and across the street, one of the best sushi restaurants in the city.” ● Joe Zee: “Minetta Tavern. But my old standby restaurant for the last 15 years is Bar Pitti. ● Olivia Palermo: “Indochine.” ● Theodora Richards: “At the moment, it’s Sant Ambroeus, down on the west side. The mille-feuilles—I don’t know how to pronounce the French word for a thousand leaves—but the dessert, this pastry thing, is phenomenal, my new favorite.” ● Alek Wek: “Let’s say like Nobu downtown in Tribeca or Schillers, on the Lower East Side.” ● Kate Gosselin: @ the Discovery Channel’s 2010-11 Upfront reception. “I’m afraid if I tell because it’ll ruin my spots, and then I can’t go there anymore because the paparazzi will get me! I’m just kidding. You caught me off guard. In New York, I love Le Colonial