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Sundance 2012: Melanie Lynskey does a farewell shot of whiskey with EW


What’s it like to have a movie play at the Sundance Film Festival?

It’s an insight not a lot of people have, but now Melanie Lynskey has lived to tell the tale. The actress is known for playing the murderous teen in Heavenly Creatures, the nervous newlywed sister in Up in the Air, and the Charlie Sheen stalker (and eventual murderer) Rose on Two and a Half Men. But, last week, she was met with acclaim after opening the festival with the sexy comedy-drama Hello I Must Be Going, and has been riding the waves of the world’s biggest indie festival ever since.

The movie is about a 35-year-0ld woman who falls in love with a handsome 19-year-old. Oooh, scandal? “A thing I have liked hearing is that people think it’s really sexy,” she says, “which is really nice, because that’s what we were going for.”

How does she say goodbye to Sundance 2012? A tough hombre like her walks into Park City’s historic No Name Saloon and does a shot of Bushmills with us, of course. Watch after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara in talks for 'The Three Stooges,' probably not to play Moe

When you look at Sofia Vergara, do you ever think of two bald guys with their heads pressed up against each other?

Of course you do. She’s in consideration for a role in the new Three Stooges movie, and head-bonking Larry and Curly have already been cast. Duh. (What did you think we meant?)

The Modern Family actress doesn’t have a solid deal, according to sources close to the production, but she has attracted the interest of director-writers Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The brothers didn’t have any comment, but the role she’s in consideration for is a vixen who lures the knuckleheaded brothers into a potential murder-for-hire scheme. If anyone dies from severe slapping and eye-gouging, Moe, Larry and Curly have a lot of explaining to do.

Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes has just been cast as Larry, with $#*! My Dad Says actor Will Sasso in the Curly role. Moe hasn’t yet been cast, but expect that news soon as the Farrelly’s aim to start shooting this month.

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‘Three Stooges’ has its Curly: Will Sasso cast in knucklehead update
‘Three Stooges’ exclusive: Director Peter Farrelly slaps down casting rumors, spills plot details

Helen Mirren to receive CinemaCon Award

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren will receive the CinemaCon Career Achievement Award on March 31 at the enormous theater industry convention formerly known as ShoWest. Mirren, who won her Oscar for The Queen (2006) and scored at the box office in 2010 with Red, co-stars in next month’s Arthur remake with Russell Brand.

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Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, cougars, and dames

Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, cougars, and dames

I had a theory all worked out: The lifestyle of a cougar — you know, an “older” woman (i.e., past 40, or is it 30 and the camera adds 10 years?) who fancies younger men–is a titillating sociological phenomenon made for TV shows, not movies. I mean, I can sort of see the appeal of  Cougar Town on ABC, and I certainly understand the allure of Samantha-the-manhunter on Sex and the City. But I can’t imagine (or maybe don’t want to imagine) Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, or most any other serious, over-40 screen actress buying into the trend as a career freshener. Cougarhood is a TV-size sociological joke, not a feature-length state of sexual appetite.

Like I said, I had the theory all worked out. But then the other day I read Steven Zeitchik’s solid, all-too-familiar bummer of an article in The Hollywood Reporter about the slim pickings this year for Oscar candidates in the Best Actress category. Did you know, as the author cites, that in the past 20 years, “exactly one fiftysomething woman has taken the prize (Helen Mirren, for The Queen)”? I became so bummed that I lost interest in my Theory of Cougars in Pop Culture….

Instead, I’ll just note that Mirren quite possibly may get a nomination again this year, for her bravura performance as Mrs. Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. (The movie comes out in a few weeks; that’s her above, looking every inch a Tolstoyan.) There’s a great, maturely sexy scene in which Mrs. T lures her old husband (a fine Christopher Plummer) into bed for a satisfying romp. And Meryl Streep, of course, as Julia Child in Julie & Julia, also loves the sexy time with her old husband (adorable Stanley Tucci) and quite probably will score her 16th nomination for the delicious performance.

No cougars, these foxes. Just great dames.

Photo Credit: Stephan Rabold

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