Sir Anthony Hopkins has started filming the highly anticipated new film Hitchcock, formerly titled Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The resemblance is uncanny in this photo of Hopkins as Hitch (Hopkins on the right). The 74 year old Oscar Winning actor will be joined by Oscar winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, who will be playing Hitchcock’s wife Alma along with an all star cast.
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is a book by Stephen Rebello, who was believed to be responsible for the last interview Hitchcock gave in 1980. After having his interview and writings from that fateful meeting published at length, Rebello turned his gem into a book sized study in 1990. In it, the author delves into the complicated but loving relationship of Hitchcock and his wife Alma during the period in the 60′s when Hitch was filming his low-budget and universally heralded film Psycho.
Fox Searchlight Pictures brings us this adaptation, and it is indeed one of the most talked about films of the year. Rumours prevail however that although Rebello’s book is non-fiction, the screenplay (which he worked on) might be a bit more “hollywoodized” to showcase the romance angle between Hitch and Alma. Fox Searchlight press release revealed:
HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie PSYCHO.
Not only do the two leads have enough clout to pack a few city blocks, the rest of the cast is smattered with stars, as the release continues:
The film will also star Scarlett Johansson (LOST IN TRANSLATION) as Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy (MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD) as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel (THE ILLUSIONIST ) as Vera Miles, Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN) as Lew Wasserman, Toni Collette (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) as Hitchcock’s secretary Peggy, Michael Wincott (THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO) as Ed Gein, Kurtwood Smith (TO DIE FOR) as Geoffrey Shurlock, Richard Portnow (GOOD MORNING VIETNAM) as Barney Balaban and Danny Huston (THE CONSTANT GARDENER) as Whitfield Cook.
Alfred Hitchcock led a fascinating life and has given us some of the most respected and brilliant films such as To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo and North By Northwest just to name a few.
I wonder if the film will touch on his strange appetite for cool blondes or his candid use of food and eating scenes to substitute for the underlying sexual desires of his characters. Well we’ll have to wait and see, as we are on the edge of our seats for this one. Release is scheduled for 2013. In true Hitchcockian tradition, the filming began on Friday the 13th in April of this year.
Emily Blunt isn`t even 30, yet she has a staggering film career under her belt, a talented husband John Krasinski, who`s every bit as funny as he is handsome, and a really level head on those British shoulders of hers. Blunt is seemingly unmarred by the Hollywood razzle dazzle, so it’s really no wonder she is cropping up in pretty much everything right now. Blunt pops up in the futuristic time-travelling thriller Looper, wears alot of flannel and improvises most of her dialog playing her part of an intriguing love triangle in Your Sister’s Sister, and dazzles as half of the engaged couple who cope with the ups and downs of planning a wedding (starring opposite Jason Segel) in the highly anticipated The Five Year Engagement opening this week. Not forgetting of course, the quirky romantic comedy in theatres right now in which Blunt stars opposite the lovely Ewan McGregor. Is there anything Emily Blunt isn’t in right now?
We are pleased to offer a few interesting tidbits that may enlighten some on this witty and endearing leading lady who can do no wrong, being the It girl right now in North America as well as her native Britian.
5 Things You Don’t Know about Emily Blunt:
1. From age 8 to 13 she spoke with a serious stutter. Although corrected eventually, Blunt says it still comes out to this day particularily with her family and husband more so than people she barely knows.
2. A strong singer, singing alto, she was offered a record deal at 16 in England.
3. Was engaged to Canadian Singer Michael Buble. They were together from 2005 – 2008, even buying a house in Vancouver at one point.
4. She introduced her widowed Devil Wears Prada costar, Stanley Tucci, to her older sister Felicity, they are now engaged to be married. HardlyHedda reported the story of their engagement.
5. Married her husband John Krasinski (The Office) at her friend George Clooney’s estate on Lake Como.
What’s in store for the very busy and highly in demand star? Blunt will next star in Arthur Newman, Golf Pro opposite the always entertaining fellow Brit Colin Firth. Emily was also recently named the face of Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.
Check out this clip for Emily’s latest release, in theatres this week, a very candid interview alongside her costar and friend, Jason Segel:
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British Film Actress and Academy Award Nominee Carey Mulligan (26) married her Mumford And Sons singer boyfriend Marcus Mumford (25) on Saturday in a low-key affair held in Somerset, England. The wedding was rustic, according to reports from HELLO Mag:
Carey and Marcus chose a rustic theme for their ceremony, holding the event in a converted barn and decorating the interior with bales of hay.
The An Education actress announced her engagement to the British folk rock singer after 5 months of dating last August.
Celebrities in attendance according to reports include: Colin Firth, a pregnant Sienna Miller and former flame Jake Gyllenhaal. Word is that the groom’s father, a vicar, performed the ceremony. Over 200 family and friends attended.
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Elvis Presley would be proud that his offspring has some acting chops as Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter (with musician Danny Keough) Riley Keough, along side Juno Temple, star in Jack and Diane.
There is talk that this film, which debuts at Tribeca Film Festival this week, is a coming of age love story between two young girls with a dose of something monstrous mixed in (rumoured to be werewolfesque). Written by Bradley Rust Gray and distributed by Magnolia Films, the following is the description from the film’s official site:
Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But when Jack discovers that Diane is moving she pushes her away. Unable to grasp her new feelings, Diane’s emotions begin to cause unexplainable violent changes to her body. Through these awkward and insecure feelings, the two girls must struggle to turn their first love into an enduring one.
Wow, certainly not your typical Girl Talking Clam Bake with a Nun played by Mary Tyler Moore kind of movie that used to come out of that family by way of Grampa Elvis!
Riley has certainly earned her way in show business, not capitalizing on her famous roots by sticking a Presley hyphen into her name. Now 23, she made her screen debut in The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, and has appeared in a few other films, including the Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom, which was her first lead role.
Headlines were made recently, when it was announced that Riley Keough was engaged to fellow actor and popular British heartthrob Alex Pettyfer, who can be seen next in the much anticipated male stripper flick Magic Mike along side Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum; holy abs a plenty coming our way.
Check out this clip for Jack and Diane (Riley Keough is Jack with short dark hair):
Clip courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
Although it must be strange for her 15 years after she ‘released the hounds’, the phrase ‘Kate Winslet’s breasts’ is a pretty common Search Engine term of late thanks to China, since James Cameron’s re-release of his highly acclaimed blockbuster Titanic 2012 in 3D.
1 day after the new Titanic 3D extravaganza was released in theatres across China, 10 million took to Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter equivelant, to discuss the controversy they faced with the removal of, to put it bluntly, Kate Winslet’s breasts. One micro-blogger, as reported by IBtimes, vented their displeasure with this catchy and much repeated sentiment:
“I’ve been waiting almost 15 years, and not for the 3D icebergs,”
“Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing,” …. “We’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes.”
Virgin Radio: There is only one copy of Titanic and Avatar left in the world, which one would you choose to save:JC: “That is an awfully hypothetical situation…it’s like Sophie Choice….that is an unfair question and I refuse to answer.”Virgin Radio: Who are you cheering for James Cameron, in the Stanley Cup:JC: “That’s hockey right?”Virgin Radio: Finish this lyric to “My Heart will Go On” Once more you open the door and your here……:JC:”Ahhhhhmmm, I don’t know, what is it?”Virgin Radio: In my heart…you should know this…JC: “I didn’t write the damn thing!”