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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Dates!

"The start of holiday season is upon us and, for many single online daters, that means spending Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by family and friends and the constant reminder that they came home stag. At Avalanche, LLC, owner of leading online dating sites Date.com, Matchmaker.com and Amor.com, we wondered which celebrity our singles thought would make the best impression as a dinner date."

We weren't surprised that George Clooney and
Jennifer Aniston topped the list of ideal dinner dates for Thanksgiving as they truly represent Hollywood Royalty; both are sophisticated, charitable, gorgeous, fascinating and worldly, and could make any relative jealous while charming even the grouchiest Grandparent," said Shira Zwebner, Relationship Advisor for Date.com, Matchmaker.com and Amor.com."

In a new survey of thousands of singles nationwide, we asked: You're Single this Thanksgiving and, if you could bring any celebrity home to have dinner with your entire family, who would it be? Following are the complete results:

MEN WOMEN
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George Clooney 31% Jennifer Aniston 35%
Prince William 18% Reese Witherspoon 23%
Tom Brady 13% Anne Hathaway 12%
Jake Gyllenhaal 12% Jessica Biel 9%
President Elect Obama 10% Halle Berry 7%
David Archuleta 8% Mary Louise Parker 5%
Brad Pitt 3% Kiera Knightly 4%
Adrian Grenier 3% Natalie Portman 4%
P. Diddy 2% Madonna 1%

Source: www.bizjournals.com

Reese reached the second place in the females group and Jake the fourth place in the males group. It's not fair, first Jake loses the title of the sexiest man alive in People Magazine to Hugh Jackman!, and now George Clooney the first one again? I'd add Mary Louise Parker is an excellent choice by the survey voters.

She drives me crazy

It's enticing to see our heroes calmly sat at their car seats while his beloved conquests take the steering wheel with zest.
Our boys sigh on the road of love... and no, I haven't forgotten Michael Cera, although he's on low profile lately.

But I hear upcoming news shaped in a comedy secret movie:

"Michael Cera has a comedy set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The weird thing is you've never heard of it. Cera has been filming a comedy, PAPER HEARTS, on the sly with his girlfriend Charlyne Yi (KNOCKED UP) co-starring. Not much is known about the film and that's precisely what the producers want. They're trying to keep buzz on the film relatively quiet so as to not overhype the comedy before it premieres. But word is slowly starting to leak about the film that is described as "part documentary" with music as a "key theme." Nicholas Jasenovec, who starred in a bit part with Cera in SUPERBAD, directed the film with a script by Cera and Yi."
Source: www.joblo.com

I like Charlyne, in spite of having been deleted of her list of friends in Myspace. Maybe she got jealous, I don't know the reason yet. But we're still friends in Youtube, and that's fine with me. She and Michael make an awkwardly adorable couple. I wish both the best of luck with this movie's release. Michael will always be welcomed in my fantasy crushes-land, although now I have a new of these ones: Emile Hirsch; yeah, after so much awkwardness a girl needs a rougher ride, ok?
Of course, never forgetting (not even for a microsecond) the Prince of Crushland and the King of Weirdland: Jake!

Michelle opens up about Heath Ledger

"Williams is jovial and chatty, until the conversation turns to Heath. You can see it's still difficult for her to talk about him, and she hasn't done so publicly until now. The first time Ledger's name comes up, she bursts into tears. "It's so sad," Williams says. When she's asked about how she's been doing in the past year, she's silent for a very long time. "I guess it's always changing," she says. There's another pause. "What else can I say?" Her voice is breathy and fragile, and she takes a few gulps of air. "I just wake up each day in a slightly different place—grief is like a moving river, so that's what I mean by 'it's always changing'." She stops again. "It's a strange thing to say"—her words unravel slowly, her eyes tear up—"because I'm at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It's just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone. If the paparazzi won't leave her alone, then Williams might just have to leave them behind. She says she'll quit acting, if that's what it takes to get her life back. "If it gets to the point where I can't situate my life in a way that they stay away more, then I'll drop a match on the thing," she says. "I'll be sad. I like to act. It's saved my life over and over again. It's given me a sense of self-esteem, self-worth. I have this thing that I'm in love with—acting—and now it has this baggage." For now, Williams is taking a year off to focus on the job that really matters to her: being Matilda's mom. She's endearingly protective of her daughter. She tells a story about finding a tick on Matilda and getting so worried she almost called 911. "I don't want to work while she's in school," Williams says. "I want her to have a routine. I want the plainest, simplest, most ordinary, habituated routine possible. I just want to know what's coming next." And what's that? We didn't ask. Don't you think it's time we gave Michelle Williams a little privacy?"
Source: www.newsweek.com

Gwyneth Paltrow's Thanksgiving Dinner Advice

"Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. I love when everyone comes together and celebrates the idea of gratitude, something we all mean to do every day, but seem to lose sight of most of the time. I also love the cooking – the days of planning and chopping and basting. This year, I decided to work out three variations on the traditional meal: a big group, a small gathering and a cozy dinner for two.

[...] Mostly, make sure that no matter what type of meal you are having, you take a moment to think about how much you do have (health, love, friendship, passion, perspective, appreciation, intellect, reason, kindness) and reflect on how you can share more of it with others".
Source: goop.com

Emile Hirsch (Suspicious Minds)


A musical video featuring some pictures of the talented and gorgeous actor Emile Hirsch and stills of his films "The mudge boy", "Imaginary heroes", "Into the wild", "Speed Racer", "The girl next door", "Alpha Dog", "Milk", etc.
Songs "Lodi" by Credence Clearwater Revival and "Suspicious minds" by Elvis Presley.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Reese: very grounded and normal

"Malinda Williams, one of boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal’s co-stars in the film Nailed, tells OK!, “They’re both very intense actors in the way they work. I think they make a great couple.” Plus, she adds, both have their priorities straight. “Reese seemed very humble and down-to- earth — very grounded and normal.” Source: Justjared.buzznet.com

Ben Kingsley lauds Jake

"Sir Ben Kingsley has revealed what it is that makes Jake Gyllenhaal "so good" as the Prince of Persia in upcoming film, The Sands of Time.

Sir Ben said that Gyllenhall, who plays lead character Prince Dastan, brings a natural confidence that is perfect for the role.

The Donnie Darko star's character will face his nemesis Nizam, a nefarious and scheming monarch, played by Sir Ben.

The Sands of time is based on the hugely successful video-game series and also stars new Bond girl Gemma Arterton.

Sir Ben has been enjoying something of a renaissance with eight films out this year and has received critical acclaim for his performances in Elegy and Transsiberian".

Source: www.channel4.com

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jake & Reese's body language

"By wrapping his arm around her, "he's protecting her," body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass tells Us. "And she's letting him protect her."By placing his hand over her entire body (not just over her shoulder), Gyllenhaal shows that he's "very protective of her," Dr. Glass tells Us. "She's leaning into him, and he's taking care of his woman.""Her face is relaxed and smiling," Glass tells Us. "We've never really seen her without that tension on her face. She's usually in control. She never seems to be as free as she is now.""Her shoulder is up in a cutesy way, and she's smiling," Glass tells Us. "They're very comfortable with each other. He lets her be herself around him.""She's looking up at him with adoration," Glass tells Us. "He has a relaxing effect on her. You can see that he takes control - he's the one that has his hands clasped into hers. He brings out a real feminine side of her."
Source: www.usmagazine.com

Reese in Parade magazine

"Don't expect wedding bells for Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal any time soon.

"Family is all we have in life, but I don't know how I feel about marriage," the actress, 32, reveals in the Nov. 23 issue of Parade. "Obviously, I'm not far enough out of being married to think about doing it again."

Witherspoon split from her husband of 7 years, Ryan Phillippe, in 2006. They have two kids together: Ava, 9, and Deacon, 5. She's been dating Gyllenhaal, 27, since April 2007.

See what a body language expert has to say about Reese and Jake's relationship.

The Academy-award winning actress isn't sure she'll ever be ready to say "I Do."

Source: www.usmagazine.com

'Do I need men?” actress reese Witherspoon asks. “I don’t think it’s about needing men. It’s about love.”

“Everybody needs love,” she tells me. “Everyone deserves it.” “I want to be understood,” she says. “Even as a child, I didn’t feel like I was. I still see that part of myself that wants approval, and that’s a constant need.”

Since her divorce, Reese’s long friendship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 27, has garnered increasing media attention. A year ago, as she and Jake starred together in the film Rendition and her divorce was being finalized, the media speculation about their romance heated up. When Jake’s in Los Angeles, he reportedly stays at her home. Recently, Jake, Reese, and her kids have been spotted together in London and Paris, leading to questions of possible marriage.

“Family is all we have in life, but I don’t know how I feel about marriage,” she tells me. “Obviously, I’m not far enough out of being married to think about doing it again. You sort of reconstitute your family. You find a family, with people who come into your life for a reason".

Source: www.parade.com

Jake Gyllenhaal at Jon Stewart's Show

The girls of Iheartjake.com added some new pictures of Jake arriving The Jon Stewart Show on 28th February 2007. So let's remember that dotty interview to Jake by a portentous Jon Stewart!

"Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Stewart play off each other well on The Daily Show on Wednesday night.

Jon kids with Jake about looking alike. “I look like you if I had been taking Dioxin,” Jon quipped.

Another one of my favorite quotes from the interview: “This year, Oscars. No Jake Gyllenhaal, no Jon Stewart. It’s like they didn’t even have the Oscars this year.”

Jon closed the interview mentioning that Jake played the kid Danny Robbins in Billy Crystal’s western movie City Slickers in 1991 (Jake was 11).

“Technically, Brokeback Mountain was not your first gay cowboy picture.” Source: Justjared.buzznet.com

Reese slips Jake's name

"IT IS the moment Reese Witherspoon has studiously avoided, the slip of the tongue that sends the Academy Award-winning actor almost diving under a table to hide her embarrassment.

"I usually take movies based on scripts and who I'll be working with," she says earnestly of her latest comedy, Four Holidays.

"And the main reason I did this movie was to work with Jake."

Problem No.1: Four Holidays co-stars Vince Vaughn.

Problem No.2: Jake Gyllenhaal is the boyfriend Witherspoon has so carefully steered clear of mentioning for the past half hour. She cringes visibly.

"Oh my God, I am so embarrassed," she says, emerging from beneath the tablecloth.

"The main reason I wanted to make this movie was to work with Vince because he's so funny and so great."

Then she is quick to regain some composure.

"Jake is funny, too," she adds.

"Am I not talking about Jake? Jake, Jake, Jake."

And, having opened what she refers to as "this can of worms", 32-year-old Witherspoon then has little choice, but to allow a few tidbits to escape.
After keeping their romance under wraps as long as possible, Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal were photographed holidaying in cities such as Rome, but neither has spoken at length publicly about the relationship.

Witherspoon doesn't plan to start now, but does reveal she and Gyllenhaal have "no other plans than just to be happy".

"We're very happy; all is well," she says, and by now she is the confident, in-control movie star again. Does Gyllenhaal get on well with her children?

"Um, yeah. I mean -- yeah," is all she will say".

Source: www.news.com.au

Friday, November 21, 2008

Reese in "Four Christmases"

"What Hollywood power?" she laughs today in Beverly Hills, poised and unassuming as always in support of her new comedy Four Christmases. "What are you talking about?" It's a rhetorical question, of course. Witherspoon knows as well as anyone the value of her business portfolio. "People talk about Hollywood power or say you're on a list and that feels wonderful. Obviously it really creates opportunities I didn't have before."

But Witherspoon is packing a different kind of power now, a personal one emanating from a difficult time in her life which saw her separating from husband Ryan Phillippe in 2006. Now divorced, she has two children with Phillippe (Ava, nine, and Deacon, five) and a boyfriend who's a power player himself (Jake Gyllenhaal, with whom she starred in last year's Rendition).

"I'd never seen anyone do the idea of the blended family and how they have to go to a million different places at Christmas. But I hear people complain about it constantly and it's a situation my own children will have to deal with."

Four Christmases is a perfect example of Witherspoon wielding her power too for personal gain, in making a film for her children – albeit one they won't be able to appreciate or fully digest for a few years. "No," she mock-admonishes, "This is not for your children. It's a PG-13 [admission for children under 13 strongly cautioned]. But my family always went to movies on Christmas Day – The Godfather, The Elephant Man. Your typical cheerful holiday fare. It's fun to go to the movies at Christmas and nice to be part of a movie that at least grown-ups and teenagers can see. Plus it means a lot when I get to have experiences where I meet young people and they say, 'You know, this is the movie that got me through a hard time' or, 'This is the movie I watch with my family'."The Vaughn-Witherspoon pairing appears on paper to be a must-succeed no-brainer. He, like her, is a proven dramatic actor with a natural inclination for comedy, though there were practical considerations like the filming-unfriendly height gap (he's 6ft 5in and had to carry her in some dancing scenes so their heads would fit in to the same frame). It has been reported that the pair did not get on – Vaughn is more conservative than Witherspoon politically – though she laughs off such reports, consummate pro that she is.
Of course she is here for the purposes of film promotion but even out and about these days, on the arm of Gyllenhaal, she has been beaming broadly for paparazzi photographers. It is quite a change for a woman, who only a year ago was furiously denying what most of Hollywood knew to be true; that she and Gyllenhaal were indeed an item.Witherspoon's circumspect stage-managing of her life was certainly to protect her children but she has now apparently become more open. "Oh, it's not that formal," she says, relaxed and non-defensive on the question of how she and Phillippe will handle custody over Christmas. "There's a lot of communication and just being very open about things. It's nothing contentious, all very go with the flow."
I ask how would she describe her own personal power these days – emotional and spiritual rather than career-oriented. She is initially stuck for words. Finally, she sits bolt upright with her verdict. "I'm not wishy-washy. I'm just very clear. I tell people what I feel about things. If I'm mad at you, you know within a minute. There's no ambiguity. It's nice to be in this place. I'm getting older and I'm not as fearful of other people's ideas of who I am. I'm becoming clearer about that myself and am able to express myself better."
She lives with the children and, quite often, Gyllenhaal on that farm not far north of Los Angeles. There has been talk of marriage at Christmas but Witherspoon insists otherwise. "I don't think about it much." There will certainly be church on Christmas Eve. "I love to hear the music and be quiet and thoughtful about what the holiday really means for me." Which is? "Cooking, playing games and kids. It's all about them."

What about New Year's Resolutions? "Not yet. Gosh. I just try not to look too far into the future. It gets terrifying and daunting if you look at the big picture. Can't we just get through Thanksgiving?"

'Four Christmases' opens on 26 November
Source: www.independent.co.uk

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Losing weight for Prince of Persia

The 'Brokeback Mountain' actor, who plays a 6th century prince in the flick, has lost great amount of weight in order to build up 5lbs of muscles for the film.

And Gyllenhaal admits that he can't wait to finish the shooting in London and go back to his normal routine and gorge on anything and everything, reports the China Daily.

"I guess I've gotten buff. There's a lot of acrobatics in the movie - a lot of running up walls, and jumping on things, so it requires muscularity, but it requires a lot of aerobic ability too," Gyllenhaal said.

"But when filming wraps it's going to turn into fat and I'm going to be happy," he added.
Source: www.newkerala.com

Against Prop. 8

"And on the eve of election day, Ellen Page gave a pep talk to leafleteers ready to protest Prop. 8 at the polls.

"I'm sorry that I can't vote with you. Where I'm from, marriage is legal for everyone," the Canadian "Juno" actress told the Equality California volunteers gathered at the Gay & Lesbian Center in Hollywood.
Thursday evening, Focus Features preemed the Gus Van Sant-directed "Milk" at the AMPAS Theater in Beverly Hills, where the consensus seemed to be that the film, based on the life of gay activist Harvey Milk, preached to the choir but would galvanize the entertainment community to repeal Prop. 8.
Source: www.variety.com

Emile Hirsch talks about Cleve Jones

-GK: One could suggest Cleve is jealous of Milk's boyfriends. Did you consider that in your portrayal?

-EH: I think that's an interesting interpretation. I think there's a little bit of that, but I didn't make that my subtext. I tried to make it more that Milk is who Cleve wanted to be. Harvey is his mentor.

-GK: Back when you made the great gay film "The Mudge Boy" you expressed some concerns about playing queer. How do you go from dipping your toe in the water to playing Cleve Jones in "Milk?"

-EH: I was only 17 when I worked on "The Mudge Boy." I probably still had a little homophobia at that age, and didn't know a lot of gay people. There are probably traces of that, but not enough to get me to not want to do the film. It was an extraordinary film and I loved Michael Burke the filmmaker. It's a powerful portrait of this young guy.
But in terms of this, after I saw "Brokeback Mountain," and I was just so caught up in that movie, and I think it paved the way for mainstream younger actors to play gay characters.
-GK: Cleve is an outsider. How do you identify with his character?

-EH: Cleve is such an adventurer. I kind of relate to that. I like the adventure of making films and acting. I get a high off that. I think Cleve got similar highs off similar adventures in his life. We'd drive down a street, and he'd say, "Twenty-five years ago, I led 10,000 screaming drag queens at midnight down this street with a bullhorn!"

-GK: You seem to have made a career recently playing real life characters in "Alpha Dog," "Into the Wild," and now "Milk." Do you have an affinity to bringing real people to life?

-EH: Some of the characters I play, their flames burned so brightly you stand near them, you're going to get some of that light. In Cleve's case, his flame burns very brightly. He's flaming!
Source: www.gaycitynews.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oscar contenders

"Not like you needed another reason to buy THE DARK KNIGHT when it hits hi-def disc on December 9th, but...

Director Christopher Nolan will get into the whole media meta with his movie's Blu-Ray release, utilizing the DVD's BD-Live feature for real-time Q&A with the fans.

Guillermo del Toro is doing the same on November 23rd for owners of HELLBOY II, but Warner Bros. is capping eligible participants for THE DARK KNIGHT chat to the first 100,000 registered Blu buyers.

My prediction for the first five questions: "When are you starting the sequel?" "What will the sequel be about?" "Why haven't you announced the sequel yet?" "Why hasn't TDK made more than TITANIC cuz it's like soooo much better OMFG!!!!?"
Source: www.joblo.com

"I have placed my picks in bold and you will see I only differed with the pack on The Dark Knight for Best Picture (but not by much) and Richard Jenkins for Best Actor. Other than that I think as long as the films mentioned manage to perform up to expectation I don’t think there will be many surprises. I am not sure if Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) is completely out of the race for Best Actress at this point, but based on the way Jenkins has managed to keep his name around while Hawkins’ has faded it is looking like that may be the case.

I personally believe two films will really decide the fate of this race and how interesting it gets and those two are The Reader (12/10) and Revolutionary Road (12/26). Kate Winslet stars in both and depending on the quality of the two films it could throw a big tidal wave on the predictions. Is The Reader worth the Weinstein rush? Is Revolutionary Road going to be as good as so many assume it will be? Will Kate Winslet compete with herself therefore knocking herself out of the race? There’s a lot to consider there. I did just learn I am seeing Revolutionary Road on December 3, which means I may be seeing both films around the exact same time.

And if you were wondering if Kate Winslet wants an Oscar for her mantle you better believe it as she is quoted in the December edition of Vanity Fair saying:

“Do I want it? You bet your [expletive] [expletive] I do! I think that people assume that I don’t care or don’t want it or don’t need it or something. It’s hard to be there five times, and I’m only human, you know?”
Source: www.ropeofsilicon.com

"But arguably the film’s best scene is between Harvey and Dan in an otherwise empty foyer; an inarticulate plea for understanding in the form of a drunken rant by Dan, the exchange oozes a complicit vibe between the two men, all but confirming Harvey’s earlier suspicions. Brolin’s work is superlatively expressive of the inchoate impulses roiling inside his sorry character.

But good as most of the cast is, the show belongs squarely to Penn. Made to more closely resemble Milk via an elongated nose, which also makes his face look narrower, the actor socks over his characterization of a man he’s made to seem, above all, a really sweet guy, but who crucially possessed the fearlessness and toughness to be a highly successful political motivator, agitator and, ultimately, figurehead of a movement. Penn’s Harvey is a man with a ready laugh, alive to the moment, open to life regardless of neuroses and past tragedies, and acutely aware of one’s limited time on Earth. The explosive anger and fury often summoned by Penn in his work is nowhere to be seen, replaced by a geniality that is as welcome as it is unexpected.If anything, Van Sant and his team, including cinematographer Harris Savides, who so strikingly helped David Fincher evoke the same city and general era in “Zodiac,” have downplayed ostentatious period manifestations in costuming, production design and music in a bid to make a naturalistic film with a lived-in look". Source: www.variety.com

"The Zodiac informed the public that he was going to attack a school bus and kill the kids as they came out. This alerted Graysmith to the fact that his kid could be a victim. His interest in the case heightened and even though he was only a cartoonist, he decided to take on the task of investigator.
He initially undertook this project to write a book about the Zodiac, and that book is what this film is based on. However not only did he write a detailed book of the accounts of the killings and the investigation, Graysmith managed to find the killer, or at least find the man who probably was the killer. This man died before it could be proven conclusively, however to this day it is widely believed that he was the murderer known as the Zodiac killer.

The filmmakers were meticulous about recreating the details of the attacks as well as the look of the time. The movie instantly transports audiences back to the 60s and 70s: cars, clothes, architecture, social behaviour, media, and of course, police techniques, all is neatly accurate to its period. The soundtrack is also perfectly adjusted.

Running 2 hours 36 minutes, it is a long movie, however it will hold your attention for the duration, and you will not be disappointed with an open ending. It’s a bit of a thriller, a bit of a drama, and a bit of a study of obsession".
Source: www.filmofilia.com

"We have seven new clips in from "Milk" starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross, Stephen Spinella and Lucas Grabeel.

The biographical drama which is directed by Gus Van Sant ("Paranoid Park," "Elephant," "Paris je t'aime") from the writing by Dustin Lance Black opens in theatres this December 5th".
Watch the scenes clips of "Milk" in moviejungle.com

and see some set pictures where "Milk" was shooted in Slashfilm.com