Sunday, January 03, 2010

Jake wants to go back to College

Jake Gyllenhaal choosing a book at Borders Bookstore with friends, on 4th May 2007 in Hollywood.

"Jake Gyllenhaal is planning to go back to college.
“I dropped out of Columbia University in 2000 after two years of studying Eastern religions and philosophy to concentrate on acting”, The Mirror quoted him, as saying.

He added: “But I have always wanted to finish my degree.”

"Yet here is Joseph Gordon-Levitt — actor, Francophile and recent Columbia University dropout — rhapsodizing on the sacred geometry of the Helix aspersa Müller during lunch at a SoHo brasserie". Source:

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Kristen Stewart, listed to play in "Millenium"

A few pictures of Kristen Stewart for starting the New Year.

Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson make Access Hollywood's Top 9 jof 2009 Silver Screen Studs.

"Sony Pictures is negotiating to buy the rights to the series Millennium, and now there is news for the project. In addition to highlighting the star George Clooney as the character Mikael Blomkvist, the actress who will interpret the Lisbeth Salander has no name.
Well, Kristen Stewart, Bella of the Twilight series, is listed to play the hacker in the trilogy Millennium. Kristen, like Clooney, is considered the only option of Sony, which already holds the rights to adapt.

Ellen Page in "Inception" directed by Christopher Nolan.Natalie Portman in "Another" magazine photoshoot.

Also revealed two actresses who would like to interpret the hacker. Ellen Page and Natalie Portman have said they are interested in the role". Source:

Leonardo DiCaprio & Bar Refaeli together in Mexico

"Leonardo DiCaprio and Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli couple up again while vacationing together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on New Year’s Day Friday (January 1).Bar, 24, and Leo, 35, had been an item and called it quits earlier in the year, however, the pair was seen earlier in the week down in Mexico vacationing together". Source:

Brittany Murphy in 8 Mile

Brittany Murphy talking to Eminem in 8 Mile. She will be badly missed. RIP Brittany

Lindsay Lohan: New year in St. Barth

Lindsay Lohan in St. Bart, pics via her Twitter.Lindsay Lohan arriving in St. Barthelemy on 31st December 2009.
Lindsay attending Roman Abramovitch's New Year in St Barth.

"Lindsay Lohan is growing her apparel universe.

The starlet is set to expand her leggings label, 6126, to a full-fledged contemporary apparel line for fall 2010, with more lifestyle brand extensions planned for 2011. This will be in addition to her role as artistic adviser at Ungaro, a job that has drawn significant attention and controversy to the French brand.

Through her Twitter account, Lohan broke the news on Tuesday, posting: “i need MORE followers i am so sad about this, how can i tell everyone about my 6126 full collection COMING OUT! all clothing.”
Earlier, Kristi Kaylor, principal in 6126 LLC in Beverly Hills, and Henri Levy, chief executive officer of Los Angeles’ DNAM Apparel, which will manufacture the line under license, spoke exclusively to WWD about the expansion.The fall 2010 apparel line will comprise 100 pieces (spring 2011 will be 150) wholesaling from $18 for basic leggings to $300 for a leather jacket. Average retail price points will fall between $100 and $150. The 6126 leggings currently retail from $68 to $120.

“It’ll be a young contemporary price point with contemporary styling,” said Kaylor, citing the still-weak economy. “We’re conscious of it in the sense that we have great price points and quality products. The vision is to offer customers something that they don’t have in the marketplace today, items that go back with leggings: blazers, dresses and tops.”
As for advertising, Lohan filmed an episode of Bravo’s “Double Exposure,” set to air in January, in which two photographers covered her shooting 6126’s spring 2010 campaign. Some of those photos will be used to launch the apparel line.

Kaylor stressed Lohan has been a hands-on partner, working with designers in her apartment earlier this month and throwing a working lunch for the design team at E. Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills.
“She’s not a celebrity who lends her name to a brand,” said Kaylor. “She’s intimately involved from Day One. She picks fabrics. She looks at trims. She picks buttons. She doesn’t let anything go into production without trying it on.” Source:

Kirsten Dunst on-set video

Kirsten Dunst on-set of her next movie, on 11th November 2009.

Kirsten Dunst was spotted mingling with cast and crew of her upcoming flick Wednesday afternoon. She was all decked out in cowboy boots and even a hat, maybe this upcoming movie is western-themed? Note from Weirdland: this project could be actually a short film Kirsten is directing, as she hinted in the recent Winter 2010 C Magazine.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's New Year's Eve

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was spending New Years Eve working with his friend Jared on his website

Working on New Years from hitRECord Joe on Vimeo.

The new v4 site launch is imminent. There is much to be done. Time is short. So Jared and I are spending NYE working.

HAPPY 2010!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Top 20 Best Films/Indies of the Aughts

14. Almost Famous (2000): "Almost Famous has got it all, y’all. It’s a slightly tipsy, 2 a.m.-phone-call kind of movie that introduces the best musical moment in cinematic history, the “Tiny Dancer” bus scene that will buckle your knees, make the hair on your arms salute the gods, and then detonate inside you. Almost Famous harkens back to a time when music offered salvation instead of an insipid avenue to that faux-hipster vibe and, if you can’t find some sort of romantic symbiosis when Phillip Seymour Hoffmann announces that “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone when you’re uncool,” then you don’t belong together.
— Dustin Rowles
9. Memento (2001): Memento is a testament to what happens when a brilliant premise is paired with an equally brilliant director (Christopher Nolan). Movies that muddle with timelines are always a complicated undertaking, but Memento does it without resorting to cheap gimmickry. The story, about an insurance investigator (Guy Pearce) trying to find the man who beat and killed his wife, is told in reverse, starting with him murdering a man. From there it staggers back and forth between black and white scenes and color ones, as it alternates between time lines. To confuse matters even more, Pearce’s character, Leonard Shelby, has anterograde amnesia as a result of the attack on his wife, causing him to forget everything that happened since the attack. Every day he wakes up with no memory of anything that’s happened between that fateful day, and that very moment.. As a result, he develops a wickedly clever and intensely creepy and almost fetishistic method of keeping track of events, including notes, photographs, and tattoos that now cover his body. Memento is simply stunning, with a strange, harsh universe that is unforgiving to everyone in it. Shelby is one of the most complex characters I’ve seen on film, and the handling of his amnesia and his methodical dedication to his quest for retribution is breathtaking. Pearce, in what is arguably his best role ever, is a torn, shattered and confused man who despite all the chaos that every morning brings, is so driven that he’s almost scary. —TK7. Brokeback Mountain (2005): Calling Brokeback Mountain “that gay cowboy movie” is about as reductive as calling The Godfather“that mafia movie.” It contains aspects of Westerns, gay coming-of-age films, and romantic melodramas, but to apply a facile label would be to underestimate its majestic sweep and its heartening and heartrending depth. It is, at its base, a film about the conflict between what a man is and what he needs. The movie’s source is the final story in Annie Proulx’s book Close Range: Wyoming Stories, a collection of narratives about difficult lives lived in difficult circumstances by people who mostly don’t expect better. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as the 'gay cowboy' opposites who attract each other.

Brokeback Mountain has one of each: Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), starry-eyed and caught up in heroic myths, and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) a pragmatist who just lives his life the only way he knows how. In outline, the film is simple: Boy gets boy; boy loses boy; boy gets and loses boy over and over again across a lifetime — but there’s a whole world of suffering and grief in all that getting and losing, a permanent sense of loss, of possibilities forever forestalled, happiness perpetually found and then denied, lessons learned too late. — Jeremy C. Fox3. The Dark Knight (2008): Nolan takes the story seriously, and that makes all the difference, transforming his films from good to great. They’re the best superhero movies ever made because they embrace the character on a gut level and not as some pop artifact. The Dark Knight is a harrowing, frightening, uncompromising, flat-out great superhero movie, wonderful in sad ways, hitting the perfect mix of characterization and humor, bouncing between phenomenal action set pieces and the brutally human moments that place the film in a recognizable world even as it soars into comic book fantasy. Put simply, Nolan just gets it. He’s a believer, and he’ll make one out of you, too.
— Daniel Carlson
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry’s (and Charlie Kaufman’s) 2004 gem, represents perfectly the beautiful disasters we create through relationships, romantic and otherwise, with its look at the oddly matched Joel (Jim Carrey in the best thing he’ll ever do) and Clementine (Kate Winslet), who each opt to have their memories of each other erased after their painful breakup. As each memory of Joel’s slips away, though, he and Clementine — in a Kaufmanesque manner — view with new eyes everything they in fact had as a couple, and they can’t help but be drawn to each other all over again. A secondary plot ends the same way, with a girl (Kirsten Dunst) again loving the man (Tom Wilkinson) she had erased from her mind. In a depressed state you could take these plots the wrong way, in that you’ll never get over your former love, but it’s best to view the positive truths they represent on what it means to love unconditionally". — Sarah Carlson Source:

9. Garden State (2004): "It might be overly precious and insanely hipstery, with the wallpaper shirts and crazy girls preaching the gospel of the Shins, but it was a love story told to me at the loneliest and most confusing point of my life to date. Zach Braff’s tale of a twenty-nothing who runs to California on a dream, never to have it fulfilled, only to slink home for his mother’s funeral and to the friends and father he abandoned, said something to me. We spend most of our life wasting it. Every love we encounter should shake us like a snowglobe, change us irrevocably, make us want to be a different, if not always better person, and scare the shit out of us. If you can’t look past the wearing of the trashbags and screaming into a hole to the reason WHY they are doing that, that’s your problem. If you’re satisfied with your lot in life, if you don’t think you can do any better than where you are right now, if you don’t have miles to go before you sleep, and don’t want to bother trying to rebuild bridges that might have burnt down, that’s cool. Me, I still want more.8. Secretary (2002): Secretary is everything opportunity afforded by independent film done exquisitely. It deals with uncomfortabe topics like bondage and domination and self-mutilation with love and irreverent humor. It’s never made fun of, but it’s never treated like a sacred cow. The entire film is unusual and daring, because it doesn’t make the forbidden unforgivable or sinful. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader are delightful as the lawyer and the woman who understands him in this dark — and strangely endearing — comic study of love and power.
Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Noah Segan, Rian Johnson, Meagan Good, Lukas Haas, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matt O'Leary at "Brick" Sundance Premiere, 2005.

5. Brick (2005): Rian Johnson’s debut re-imagines a gritty crime noir in a high school setting. Redoing older stories for teens is nothing new; crafting a Shakespearean plot in Converse sneakers has become its own genre. But Brick astounds because Johnson keeps the gin-mill language and nicknames while using a cast of teens. It’s mindboggling that it works, and it may seem gimmicky, but he clings to the conceit and keeps it fresh by actually having a seriously splendid murder mystery to tack his talents to. It’s Dashiel Hammett at Dawson’s Creek, without seeming cheesy.
Adapting clever slang for high school students can be tricky, and giving them a patois that smacks of prohibition is a risky choice, but Johnson pulls it off with panache. The young cast, particularly stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lukas Haas, make it work.4. Primer (2004): Shane Carruth gives us a true indie masterpiece — a science-fiction time-travel study with special effects all occurring in the subconscious of the viewer. It was shot for a pittance — something like $7,000, edited on the writer-director-star’s computer, and the forced sparsity gives the film a stylistic edge. By calling Primer a time-travel picture I’m giving away so much and completely oversimplifying. The entire film sneaks up on you and does what all great hard science pictures should do — it forces you to think. It’s a daunting study on greed and capitalism among friends, like Office Space going the way of Shallow Grave. Carruth is able to do so very much with so very little, which is what all independent film should be. It’s a perfect example of making art out of practically nothing. 1. Juno (2007): Call it hipstery (cause it is), rag on the leads for being one note (which they aren’t), bitch and moan because you can’t stand the soundtrack, but keep on missing the entire point entirely. It does everything every other movie on this list did well — only all in one movie. It’s an unusual love story, it takes uncomfortable topics and makes fun of them, it creates its own unique patois, it does so much with so little, it elevates underappreciated actors, and it’s funny while being sweet and touching and smart. Most of all, it made me feel good. If you want to hate on it because you don’t think it’s meaningful or interesting, that’s your problem. But it shows that a clever script and a talented director can take a little bit of studio money and destroy the competition.It’s changed the playing field. Juno will always be an important film, because it marks the point when the film festivals started to matter, when comedies were taken as seriously as the dramas, and when price tags stopped mattering". Source:

Natalie Portman, cover of Elle

Natalie Portman on the cover of Elle magazine, for February 2010.

"Natalie Portman is being linked to “Star Trek” hunk Chris Hemsworth, her co-star in “Thor”, which has yet to begin production.

The Star has an amazingly wrong “insider” claim, “Sparks have been flying since their first meeting,” adding equally incorrectly, “He seems to have a crush on her, and she clearly loves the attention.”

A rep for Portman, who was surprised by the off-base report, told Gossip Cop, “This is not true.”

Jennifer´s Body - New Behind the Scenes (Levitation Part)

New Behind The Scenes Of Jennifer's Body video Featuring Megan Fox. (Levitation part). No copyright infringement intended.