5 items from 2010
Everyone loves Tina Fey, and that can be hard. "Everyone" is no exaggeration. At 40, Fey has won seven Emmys, four Screen Actors Guild awards and four Writers Guild prizes. Three times People magazine has listed her in the 100 Most Beautiful People (she's pretty, I know – but does People really search?). She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2010, she got the Mark Twain prize for American Humor.
"Everyone"? Well, maybe not Sarah Palin, the object of Fey's sharp impersonations. And yet, perhaps, Palin grins at every cut. Do you sometimes have the horrid feeling that the Fey wit (take that as you like) is only helping to broadcast Palin and play into the sensitivities of those who might vote for her? »
- David Thomson
Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci share more in common than critical accolades and impressive resumes. Both actors enjoyed professional breakthroughs somewhat later in life, after struggling through their 20s and early 30s. Each credits the Steven Bochco series "Murder One" as a major turning point in their careers. And both share similar perspectives on their craft and the business -- not to mention a wicked sense of humor.Clarkson and Tucci have teamed up before in projects Tucci has co-written and directed, beginning with the 2000 film "Joe Gould's Secret." In 2007, the pair played a married couple estranged by tragedy who repeatedly pretend to meet for the first time in "Blind Date," inspired by a film from the late Dutch director Theo van Gogh. This month, the duo will reteam as a far more lighthearted couple in "Easy A," a smart new comedy from director Will Gluck and writer Bert V. Royal. »
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. You remember it well, I'm sure. She was dragged from her bed to watch an intimately staged performance of the new play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. As the play ended and the music soared, she walked right onto the Neverland set filled with fairies and crocodiles and pirates which had miraculously sprung up in her own living room. And she kept on walking right into her own spotlit afterlife. Well that was how it happened to Kate Winslet as Sylvia in Finding Neverland at least. They took some liberties with the timeline for the movie.
Davies was survived by her five sons, who had of course served as inspiration for Peter Pan. The author Jm Barrie, a close family friend, all but adopted the boys after her death, as they'd lost their father »
- NATHANIEL R
James Bond might be temporarily Mia for the foreseeable future, but Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade seem to be truckin' along just fine. According to THR's Risky Business blog, the duo have been hired to write an original action-thriller based on a concept by producers Michael Lieber (Flash Of Genius, Joe Gould's Secret) and Walter Parkes (Men In Black III, Dinner For Schmucks). Here's Risky Business with the deets: The story takes place »
- George Merchan
Meryl Streep and Tina Fey will play mother and daughter in 'Mommy & Me,' a comedy to be directed by perennial Streep co-star Stanley Tucci. The movie's plot is under wraps, but it promises to spotlight the thorny and funny sides of mother-daughter relationships. Streep and Tucci co-starred in 'Julie & Julia' and 'The Devil Wears Prada,' and Tucci's directing credits include the critically acclaimed 'Joe Gould's Secret' and 'Big Night.'
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5 items from 2010
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