Saturday, 3 May 2008

"Brideshead Revisited" trailer.

Well doesn't this look lush and scandalous!
I have to say I am very excited by what appears, from this trailer, to be a re-envisioning of the relationship between Charles and Sebastian. It was always more than a friendship and it seems director Julian Jarrold and Ben Whishaw will be exploring this deeply.

Judging from the trailer this looks like a wonderfully complex role for Whisham, and total Oscar bait for Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon.

Friday, 2 May 2008

Should she sing?

By now you all know that "The Hours" scribe will be working on the Dusty springfield biopic to star Nicole Kidman.
I think she is a perfect choice, however I am very curious as to which direction this will take. Nicole could not play Dusty in her 20's so I am guessing it will be about her later career...will it go to the messy depths though.

I am also curious about Universals upcoming film about the same lady starring Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth (according to Variety (she is so cute is "Pushing Daisies" and I can totally see her doing early Dusty)

I am thinking with a little weight gain Nicole would be fantastic in this. I know some people will be wanting Nicole to sing in this, but her voice is just not strong enough, or rich enough to carry off Dusty. Is it really any less of a performance if the actor does not sing as who they are portraying? Some nay sayers say yes. I say Angela Bassett.


Here are two of Dusty's signature songs. Can't you just see Nicole already!!??

On another note...While looking for Dusty clips I came across this one of that show in the UK "Starz in Their Eyes", you know where everyday people dress up and perform as their favorite singer. They must have had a celebrity version and low and behold topless 80's icon and 'singer' Samantha Fox was on it as Dusty, and you know...she wasn't horrible live - who knew she sing live? (well I do as I saw her live judgement). Sure she waivers and her voice is thin, but much better than expected right?

"Baghead" trailer

This kind of creeped me out a little.

Baghead - Official Trailer

Can this really be happening???

I am yet again getting sucked in my an M. Night Shyamalan trailer! When will I learn. The man needs to give whoever does his trailers an award.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Oscar, you in danger girl

So the results are in for the upteenth poll.

I had asked who, out of the lovely five women nominated in 1990 for Best Supporting Actress, should have walked away with the trophy.

In 5th place our beloved President Laura Roslin - ie Mary McDonnell in “Dances with Wolves” with absolutely no votes. Sniff

In 4th place with a measly 5% we have Dr. Jennifer Melfi herself (aka Lorraine Bracco for “Goodfellas”) hope she doesn’t arrange a hit on the winner – Ohhh I am a riot with me TV references!

In 3rd place we have the crazy ole lipstick face painter Marietta Fortune herself. I actually though Diane Ladd would win this for “Wild at Heart” but she only managed to muster 9%.

Which means 2nd place had a massive lead with 32%. But do we expect anything less from Mrs Warren Beatty? Sure she came close, but Annette Bening’s performance in “Goodfellas’ was not enough to stop…

….Celie from taking gold with a nice lead of 55%. What can we say, the populous wins out (well yeah), and is it any surprise that the winner is probably the most seen film of the bunch?

Whoopie Goldbergs performance in Ghost seems at first to be your typical black comedic supporting performance. However under Goldbergs expert delivery it becomes something deeper and much more cunning. Many other actors would have played this role for all the racial stereotyping they could muster. Whoopie however tries to find some truth and depth in a shallowly written role.
Her presence is felt so much in the film that she becomes our emotional anchor. We laugh because of her, we fear for her, we even want her to keep the money she gives to the nuns, but mostly, when it is her turn to say goodbye to Sam, we cry.
We all know it was a make up Oscar for “The Color Purple” but still we are glad she got it in the end.

We move up a year next…fancy that! We will look at 1991 when the nominees to choose from were…..

Geena Davis - Thelma & Louise
Laura Dern - Rambling Rose
Jodie Foster - The Silence of the Lambs
Bette Midler - For the Boys
Susan Sarandon - Thelma & Louise

Go on vote people!!!! Poll is in the side to your right!

I want my Anya!

I do not usually get so excited watching something I have seen at least 3 times already, but I do. I notice things that I hadn’t before, and it causes such wonderful emotions, but also such disappointment.
I am currently at the beginning of season 5 of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. This is the season where Sarah Michelle Gellar nails it as an actress. When she has to cope with her mothers’ illness she is a fantastic study in held-at-bay grief. Such a shame she has yet to prove her talent on the big screen.
Also disappointing are the careers of James Marsters (Spike), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) and especially Alyson Hannigan as Willow. I had really hoped for a series spin off with Willow, but it wasn’t to be.

However as much as a loved all the actors in the show, there is one who upon my re-watching stood out like a beacon of light. You all know I am talking about the wonderful comic delivery and sensitive dramatic clout of Emma Caulfield.

Emma was such a breath of fresh air in Season 5. Joss Whedon must have had a ball writing dialogue for her as she was able to deliver her lines with comedic rapid fire.
At the end of Season 7, I wanted to personally kill Xander for his almost blaze´ attitude to her demise. It was tragic and horrible and left me so cold inside. Anya was gone. No one mourned.

The same could also be aid for her after Buffy career. I was so sure she would be able to get a fantastic career in comedy, big or small screen but it never panned out. While in Buffy, from her first ever appearance (“The Wish”) it was obvious she was more than just a guest star as she left such a big impression and the vengeance demon, and seemed to be able to handle the dialogue and humour with such ease.
As she slowly became more and more human in the show she began to show her dramatic range. In one of the shows most amazing episodes “The Body” she tries to come to terms with the death of Buffy’s mom and with mortality, something she never really though about. She delivered her lines like a pro.

So where is the career?

Well there wasn’t much of one until 2007 where she starred in a little short film called “Hollow” which she won praise and a few awards. The film itself is a visually creepy take on a childs perception of reality, and she does not get a lot of screen time, but it serves as a reminder of what could happen if she was given a bigger part.
Perhaps this may be the beginning of the career which she deserves.

Here is the only You Tube clip I could find that showed the actual show and not some fan made video of clips to “My Immortal”. I really wanted the scene where she asks Xander to go steady.