If you thought Alec Baldwin was cantankerous, even he pales compared to the veteran Broadway and TV star Elaine Stritch. In Chiemi Karasawa’s new documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, opening in limited release this Friday, the 89-year-old actress (and Today show F-bomb-dropper) recounts her turbulent life on the stage and screen, her battles with alcoholism, and her improbable comeback in the last decade. In this exclusive clip, we see Stritch on the set of 30 Rock, where she played the wasp-tongued mother of Alec Baldwin’s network exec Jack Donaghy (a role that earned the actress her third Emmy Award in 2008). On set, she mixes it up with Tina Fey and Baldwin, a kindred spirit who hilariously grumbles about the veteran scene-stealer in rehearsal. “Don’t you last-word me, you,” he says. “It’s my laugh-line, you bitch.” And her reaction to his grousing is just as priceless. READ FULL STORY
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• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]
As 'Blue Jasmine' goes wide, savor its secret weapon: It's the most topical movie Woody Allen has ever made
When you think back on the great Woody Allen films, they have so many different dimensions. They are dramatic (Crimes and Misdemeanors), they are hilarious (Bananas), they are touching (The Purple Rose of Cairo), they are dramatic and hilarious and touching (Manhattan), they are sublimely bittersweet romantic (Annie Hall), they are drop-dead clever (Zelig), they are darkly sexy and thrilling (Match Point), they are even cheerfully up front about their own lack of consequence (Broadway Danny Rose). But a word that virtually never springs to mind in connection with a Woody Allen film is ”topical.” On rare occasions, he has tried to be topical, and the results haven’t usually worked out too well (e.g., his toothless satire of the new gossip culture in Celebrity, or every time he makes a reference to rock & roll). That’s not to say that all of Allen’s movies are unconnected to their time. One of the things I cherish about Manhattan is the way that it pinpoints New York in its transitional end-of-the-’70s moment, when professors were becoming yuppies, love and art were finding a rival in real estate, and comedy was turning into an assembly-line commodity. Manhattan is great time-capsule material, but it’s not exactly ripped from the headlines. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Alec Baldwin in talks for Cameron Crowe pic; Plus, Ethan Hawke does Shakespeare again, more
• After his turn as another suave one percent-er in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Alec Baldwin is reportedly in talks to join Cameron Crowe’s next movie. Details about the plot are being kept under wraps, but Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, and Emma Stone are all on board for Crowe’s post-We Bought a Zoo effort. [Deadline]
Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, and Andrew Dice Clay star in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS
In Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen splits time between New York and San Francisco, as Cate Blanchett’s unraveling Manhattan socialite retreats to her sister’s more-modest ‘Frisco digs after her marriage to a wealthy Wall Street financier (Alec Baldwin) collapses. “Jasmine is in freefall and has to leave behind everything she knows and has expected,” Allen says in the film’s production notes. “She’s entering the realm of absolute unknown, moving from one coast to the other, from one social set to the other, one class to another.”
Jasmine knows she can rely on her plainer and kinder sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), even though Jasmine is sure to turn Ginger’s life upside-down as well. The more elegant sister has never approved of Ginger’s taste in men, and when she arrives, she immediately turns up her nose at Ginger’s current boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Canavale, pictured above with Allen and Max Casella), a mechanic who realizes right away that Jasmine is a threat to his continued happiness. READ FULL STORY
Just couldn’t stomach the gentle, European whimsy of Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love? Woody Allen’s follow-up might be more your speed.
Though the film stars an Australian and a Brit — Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins — it’s the first Allen joint in four years that’s actually set stateside. The story follows an American-accented Blanchett as Jasmine, a socialite who moves from New York City to San Francisco after she and her wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) lose all their money. (Baldwin doesn’t seem to make the trip with Blanchett; he appears to be a Bernie Madoff-type figure.) Hawkins plays Jasmine’s mousier sister. The cast is rounded out by actors you’d expect to see in an indie movie or Woody Allen production (Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg), as well as a few … less predictable names (Andrew Dice Clay??).
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After 30 years in showbiz, Alec Baldwin has had plenty of onscreen alter egos: mobster, brain surgeon, ghost, CIA agent, Charles Nelson Reilly… But it’s safe to say we’ve never seen the Emmy winner looking like he does in Rock of Ages (out June 15), the musical based on the hit Broadway show about the ’80s metal scene on the Sunset Strip.
Baldwin sports feathery shoulder-length locks and glam rock-inspired outfits to play Dennis Dupree, the owner of a club where Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), the world’s biggest rock star, puts on a one-night-only show. The actor’s 30 Rock comedy chops come in handy for the role, which requires him to canoodle with Russell Brand and croon REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” But getting laughs required serious dedication according to director Adam Shankman and lead hair stylist Camille Friend, who chatted with EW in this week’s issue about creating Baldwin’s character — from the hair down.
The newest trailer for the jukebox musical Rock of Ages gives us a few more peeks at the movie’s plot. There’s a kid (Diego Boneta) who yearns to be a rock star; his girlfriend (Julianne Hough) with the big-voiced talent and, in one shot, even bigger hair; and an unscrupulous record business so-and-so (Paul Giamatti) who tells the kid to forget love, ’cause he’s providing fame, baby. But really, all you need to know is, yes, we do finally hear Tom Cruise sing as perpetually shirtless rock god Stacee Jaxx. And he sounds…pretty good!
Granted, Cruise is just singing one line from Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” with what sounds like some considerable reverb. But the dude has a leather-jacket-wearing macaque named “Hey Man” with some righteous-looking teeth, so I’m not about to complain. Check out the trailer, and director Adam Shankman’s thoughts on re-creating 1980s rock-and-roll, below: READ FULL STORY
DreamWorks Animation previewed the first footage from its upcoming adventure saga Rise of the Guardians on Wednesday with the most detailed look so far at the movie’s take on some beloved childhood myths.
Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman …
Anyone who grew up hearing stories of these figures can conjure an image of them, but the animated feature debuting Nov. 21 this year fuses those kindly characters with a warrior mythology. They don’t just bring candy, presents, and dreams; they are relentless protectors of innocence and imagination locked in an ongoing war against fear itself.
The movie is based on the new series of books from writer and artist William Joyce (a recent Oscar-winner for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.)
“If you haven’t met Bill, he’s somebody who really, really loves and celebrates the holidays full out, all the time, not just the biggies,” says Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer “He’s someone who has an Arbor Day party at his house.” READ FULL STORY
Behold the new trailer for Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages musical, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough, and a nostalgia-inducing “Dirk Diggler’s name in lights” font. (Actually mis-typed “Julianne Moore” up there. Damnit!) It may cause seizures, but you’ll want to press play if only to see the TERRIBLE wig on TV’s Jack Donaghy as Alec Baldwin Month continues. Watch it here:
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