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Michelle Williams has reportedly been dating Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safran Foer. Michelle Williams, Jonathan Safran Foer Dating “They knew each other through mutual friends,” an insider told Us Weekly about the pair. “I’m not surprised that Michelle is attracted to him. She loves books. She reads almost every day!” Another source added, “They’re […]
- Chelsea Regan
"They called it career suicide for a straight actor to play a gay person. We just thought that was ridiculous."– Diana Ossana, screenwriter for "Brokeback Mountain." It’s been 10 years since the release of one of our generation’s most ground-breaking films, where Jake Gyllenhaal (Jack Twist) and the late Heath Ledger (Ennis Del Mar) pursue a love forbidden and unheard of for Wyoming cowboys in 1963. To commemorate the film’s 10-year anniversary, Out Magazine interviewed the cast and crew, who looked back on what made the film so special and shared memories about the late Ledger. “I knew it would be a difficult film to make and something that would put people off,” Gyllenhaal told the mag, “but I didn’t know how difficult it would be to get made. My closest family members – my godfathers – were a gay couple, so it was something I just inherently had no prejudice about. »
- tooFab Staff
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Turning a new page! Sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly that Michelle Williams and author Jonathan Safran Foer are dating. “They knew each other through mutual friends,” one insider says of the Brooklyn-based pair. “I’m not surprised that Michelle is attracted to him. She loves books. She reads almost every day!” Indeed, the My Week With Marilyn star, 34, once told Nylon that her love of books was “consuming, or isolating, I guess.” She even admitted she had “walls in my apartment made of books." Adds the insider: “They’re two [...] »
★★★☆☆ Given that its source material is a beloved book with a potent history, the film adaptation of Suite Française (2014) is a sincere disappointment. Its a middling exercise in schmaltz, often overflowing with heavily wrought dialogue and oft-deployed melodramatic tactics. Despite two leads of notable standing, this is a misstep for all involved. Sadly, Suite Française seems to be headed for a lifetime of relegation to 'rainy Sunday home viewing' fare. Its 1940 in a rural French town and Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) lives with her domineering step-mother, Madame Angellier (the always watchable Kristin Scott Thomas).
- CineVue UK
As much as filmgoers seem to agree that "Crash" was an undeserving Best Picture winner over "Brokeback Mountain," it feels like everyone has forgotten why "Brokeback" -- an epic still-life of sexual repression in the deep West -- actually ruled. I remember Richard Roeper, a film critic I usually love and agree with, saying that "Brokeback Mountain" is "a classic love story" regardless of the gayness at the film's center. Can't say I know any other straight romance complicated by emotionally battered wives, brutal homophobia, and the fatalism of two conflicted, secretive lovers who call their bond "a goddam bitch of an unsatisfactory situation." Yes, we'd seen forbidden love tales prior to the debut of "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005, but we hadn't seen a more vivid, IMAX-sized portrait of a specifically gay and tragic affair. For that reason it remains one of a kind and -- somehow -- underrated. The synopsis »
- Louis Virtel
Director: Saul Dibb
Special Features: The Cast / Production Design / The Book / The Story / The Look
Based on the bestselling novel written in secret by Irène Némirovsky in 1941, but only discovered fully 50 years later after being kept by her daughter, Suite Francaise is a moving tale of the struggles people faced during the German occupation in France and the huge risks some took in the name of others survival.
What’s particularly unique about this story is the authenticity of literally being written during World War II. This compelling re-telling on the small screen really brings forward the heart of the people within it. Nemirovsky’s words were originally believed to be an every day journal but what they actually reveal is a genuine insight into the domestic lives of regular people at the »
- Dan Bullock
Meant to be. The late Heath Ledger famously met his former love Michelle Williams on the set of the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain in 2004, and according to the then-couple's costars, there was no question that the two had something special. The cast and crew of the drama got back together in honor of the movie's 10th anniversary, and dished to Out magazine in a new interview about the moment that Ledger fell in love with Williams. "I'd known Heath for a really long time before that movie," Jake [...] »
Everything from easy-on-the-eye wartime romance to surrealist Czech dough inhalation is on offer this week
There’s something both creakily and comfortingly naff about films such as Suite Française (Entertainment One, 15), polite period melodramas that wear their history like plush epaulettes and remain intractably set in Britain even when they’re not. Saul Dibb’s decoratively glazed, BBC-produced adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s unfinished bestseller takes place in Nazi-occupied France and plays in choppily accented stretches like ’Allo! ’Allo! minus the jokes. (You keep expecting its strong multinational cast to compromise on a mutual pronunciation of “good moaning.”) Yet it’s as easy to watch as it is easy to mock: there’s a persuasively sincere streak of romanticism to this tale of impossible attraction between a lonely French war bride and a sensitive German soldier that keeps cynicism, if not at bay, on relatively good behaviour. As the lovers in question, »
- Guy Lodge
Gyllenhaal worked with the late Australian actor in 2005 on Oscar Winning film Brokeback Mountain, where the two starred as lovers who were separated for years at a time before rekindling their love across many years. Directed by Ang Lee, who won the Best Director Oscar for the film, Brokeback also starred Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Michelle Williams (Take This Waltz).
Listening to a clip from the film during the NPR chat, Gyllenhaal spoke about his experiences with Ledger, and how his death changed his career.
“It brings me back to thinking about doing that scene with Heath, and the honor it was to work with him, and the beauty of his work. And I miss him as a human being, »
- Scott J. Davis
Destiny’s Child alumni Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland reunited at We TV’s La Hair Season 4 premiere party in Hollywood Tuesday night. Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland Williams and Rowland partied at hotspot Avalon, where hair stylist Kim Kimble was also in attendance. Kimble, incidentally, frequently works on the hair of Williams and Rowland’s former bandmate Beyoncé. […]
- Chelsea Regan
The coolest thing ever. What is, when you're name-checked on Jeopardy!? Busy Philipps was super-excited last night to see her and Michelle Williams featured on the long-running game show in an "answer" about Dawson's Creek—and she even had some color commentary for host Alex Trebek! "Shu-ping knows what's up," Philipps applauded the contestant who knew "What is Dawson's Creek?" was the correct question. "I like how Alex Trebek says Friends? like it's a question and also that he pronounces Michelle's name MEshell. And, a big thank you to my Other Bff @emilybbb for knowing how to screen cap this and make it into an Instagram video. You've Got »
Anyone remember Party of Five? Exactly the same as Dawson’s Creek but without those homely qualities of a Katie Holmes or Michelle Williams. It aired on Channel Four in the Nineties, convincing Miramax producers that casting Neve Campbell in Scream was a good idea. Providing her with a means to pay the mortgage for twenty years and three subsequent sequels.
Initially championed by Wes Craven maker of original Nightmares on Elm Street. Scream was touted as a revisionist reinvention. That most post-modern of commodities known as the tongue in cheek slasher movie. A nudge, nudge, wink, wink wake up call for an outdated genre. Written by Kevin Williamson who went on to pen The Faculty for Robert Rodriguez, Scream is still heralded as a benchmark today. Spawning numerous copycat flicks including I Know What You Did Last Summer, »
- Gary Collinson
This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Brokeback Mountain,” which made history as the first gay romance to cross over into the mainstream, eventually grossing $178 million worldwide. Nearly a decade later, it’s still the most successful same-sex love story that Hollywood has ever produced. The film’s director Ang Lee and producer James Schamus spoke to Variety in separate conversations about their memories of the movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as closeted cowboys.
Variety’s 106-page marriage equality special issue includes Q&As, features, analysis, columns and more on Hollywood’s role in gay rights.
Schamus: “It started when I was at Good Machine, which was a scrappy low-budget outfit. We read the short story (by Annie Proulx), and of course it’s a quick read — an instant and brutal one. We found out it wasn’t under option. We tried and tried again for six years to get financing, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Traffic writer-director Stephen Gaghan has apparently found a home away from home in the unexplored natural world. He’s currently in pre-production on Gold, a mining drama with Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Williams that will take place in the depths of the Indonesian jungle. And now, the Oscar winner has closed a deal with Disney to write and eventually direct a pitch he made that relates to famed explorer Charles Darwin.
Details were few and far between on the pitch, but it’s an adventure story about the British nationalist and geologist, whose work led to major breakthroughs in the fields of natural selection and evolution. It’s possible that the story could center on Darwin’s intrepid voyage to chart the coastline of South America, which took the form of a perilous five-year voyage on the Hms Beagle. Outside of that trip, which established him as one of the »
- Isaac Feldberg
A relaxing facial does a pampering session make—but, really, how beneficial is it for your skin? At the basic level, most of us get facials to keep skin healthy and pores clean. (Blackheads, we're looking at you.) So, while the neck massage and mask feel glorious, we often wonder what constitutes a great facial. Are extractions supposed to hurt? How is our skin supposed to react days after? All can be explained with the help of celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, who's treated the glowing visages of Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Karlie Kloss. Ask questions: Most importantly, a facial gives you an opportunity to have an open dialog about skin health with an expert. "You should never be afraid to »
Although he’s primarily known for comedy on TV screens as the endlessly annoying political wonk Jonah Ryan on Veep, actor Timothy Simons has been enjoying a run of dramatic work in cinemas. That is set to continue with him joining the cast of Stephen Gaghan’s Gold, which stars Matthew McConaughey.The film, which has a script from Patrick Massett and John Zinman, tells the story of the 1993 Bre-x Corporation mining scandal. The plot follows a rough-around-the-edges prospector Kenny Wells (McConaughey) who stumbles upon one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle. Which, you may not be surprised to learn given the word “scandal” before, turned out to be bogus. Simons is aboard to play a Wall Street banker who must leave his cushy corporate surroundings and travel to the jungles of Borneo to assess the company run by Wells and his geologist partner, »
Cancel your summer plans: Dawson's Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are heading to ABC Family. According to TVInsider, ABC Family is kicking off the new syndication runs with a Fan Favorite Week for the week of June 22. The network will air five episodes selected by fans from Dawson's Creek and five from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, starting the week of June 29, Dawson's Creek will air at 12 p.m. and Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 5 p.m. daily, starting with the pilot. The WB nostalgia is real and spectacular. Bring on the vintage Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams! Which episodes would make up your own fan favorite week? Buffy's »
In our ever-more-fragmented media landscape, we're seeing fewer and fewer recognizable brand-name stars for *everybody*, but we're probably getting more and more recognizable brand-name stars for *somebody*. And that means that people who, to certain individuals, are clearly stars of a certain stature are virtual unknowns to great masses, possibly to majorities. And that's even the case with culture-watching professionals. Take Britt Robertson. I didn't see many "Tomorrowland" reviews calling her an unknown or even a newcomer, thankfully, but plenty of critics are still bending over backwards to reference credits like "Dan in Real Life" or "Delivery Man" as if audiences may struggle to place her. I hear her name and I think of an actress who has been the unquestioned star of at least two network TV shows and one of the stars (if only for a for a season) of a bona fide hit. In the sphere of what I do, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Marilyn Monroe was a study in contradictions. She was the giddy, cooing blonde who became one of America’s haughtiest sex symbols, as well as a woman haunted by a thorny relationship with her mentally ill mom and the pressures of fame. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a two-night mini-series on Lifetime, tries to peer into the woman behind the legend, opening up the scars that most viewers couldn’t see under the flash and sizzle of the big screen. However, the mini-series is too disjointed and melodramatic to completely work as a biopic. Nevertheless, Kelli Garner is masterful as Monroe, digging into the pain and vulnerability of a cultural icon without ever succumbing to mere impersonation. It’s a terrific performance, the magnetic core of an otherwise muddled misfire.
- Jordan Adler
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