It wouldn’t be a Tuesday (or Wednesday…or Thursday…or Friday…) morning without a clip of Bill O’Reilly saying something in that special Bill O’Reilly way. This particular Tuesday, it’s a snippet of the Fox News pundit addressing Angelina Jolie‘s figure (but inexplicably, nother much-discussed leg) which was on display at the Oscars on Sunday.
“Is it just me, or is she looking mighty slim these days? Emaciated even?” O’Reilly pondered, while showing footage of Jolie at the Academy Awards. He continued, “I was kind of taken aback. Look at the arms on her! Once again the media largely ignoring Ms. Jolie’s physical profile, but she is a role model for some women. Something’s going on here. I mean, she is slight. Let’s hope it’s nothing unusual.” READ FULL STORY
A star is born! It’s not Oscar-winning Descendants screenwriter Jim Rash, but he was the prophet who ushered in the latest (and leggiest) meme of 2012. The Community star was the first to pay homage to fellow nominee Angelina Jolie, who took no small amount of delight in showing off her exposed right gam (thanks to a velvet Atelier Versace gown) at last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards. Following Rash’s lead, slew of Inter-nutters have joined the chorus of approval and/or mockery for Jolie’s sartorial statement. READ FULL STORY
Put down those Pop Rocks and Diet Cokes. We’ve got some A-list myths to examine! Ahead of this Sunday’s Oscars, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous myths to rise out of the annual awards ceremony. Want to know if being nude will get you a Best Actress statue? Or if the Best Director and Best Picture awards always align? You’re in luck – we’ll be investigating one Oscars-related urban legend each day this week. Today, we investigate whether winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar has been a curse in the past 25 years. Read on to find out. (And click here for more of EW’s Oscars Myth Busting.)
Oscar Myth: The Curse of the Best Supporting Actress
What is it?: Winning the trophy for Best Supporting Actress is actually career suicide, dooming you to the margins of the film business. (In some variations on the myth, winning Best Supporting Actress actually leads directly to the breakup of the winner’s current relationship.) READ FULL STORY
“She’s still a bad girl…delightfully so,” Jolie’s longtime partner Brad Pitt said earlier today on CBS This Morning. But if you were hoping for a further explanation of how the two get down and dirty, don’t hold your breath.
“It’s not for public consumption,” Pitt said, when pressed by interviewer Charlie Rose. Watch the interview after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Despite some reported personal turmoil this week, Johnny Depp can rest easy that America’s still got his back. The Pirates of the Caribbean star has topped Harris Interactive’s “Favorite Movie Star” poll for a second year in a row. There were plenty of surprises on the list, like how the reclusive Depp beat out four of Hollywood’s most charismatic A-listers and a Westerns legend, the complete absence of Tinseltown’s ultimate power couple, and the demographic breakdown of Depp’s fan base that shows his supporters are truly a silent majority. See who Depp bested for the title and which Oscar-winning actresses dropped off the list entirely after the jump. READ FULL STORY
While the Golden Globes are Hollywood’s most star-studded event, it’s actually the event planners who hold the real power in the room because they get to design the seating chart. Then again, it’s mostly a paint-by-numbers job since tradition dictates that casts are lumped together. What’s the fun in that? We’re turning it over to you, PopWatchers. If you could be lucky enough to attend the Globes tomorrow night, who would you like to have at your table?
The new action thriller Haywirewill be hitting theaters on Jan. 20, but it’s the film’s heroine, betrayed operative Mallory Kane, who will be doing most of the hitting ass-kicking. Despite this being her first leading role, mixed martial artist and American Gladiator Gina Carano, who plays Mallory, will be in some very familiar territory– her opponents in the movie (including Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum) will wish they had never crossed her.
But there have been many who paved the way for female badassery in movies. There’s perhaps no more obvious choice than the original female rebel, Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) who not only faced down some terrifying extraterrestrials in the Alien saga, but uttered one of the most copycattedlines in movie history. Then again, Sarah Connor and her unbelievable arms (courtesy of Linda Hamilton) could have just as easily fought off those pesky space invaders. Just look at all damage she (and those biceps) did in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
And then there are the ladies who make revenge look so good: Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the two versions of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Kate Beckinsale as vampire Selene in the Underworld series. Or how about Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity in The Matrix trilogy, Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita, or Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?
They may be bringing tough-as-nails video game heroines to life, like Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft and Mila Jovovich as Alice in the Resident Evil films. Or they could be leading the charge for a new generation of no-nonsense female warriors, like Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass and Saorise Ronin as Hanna in Hanna. Clearly, there’s no shortage of awesome women showing the enemy where it hurts.
Now it’s up to you, EW readers, to decide: Who is your all-time favorite female film badass? Take our poll below and choose wisely, because the winner will be revealed in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly. (And the “losers” could very well kick your butt.) Happy voting!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, not so much here in Los Angeles, where the only snow is the fake kind at the mall, but definitely on TV and in theaters. Whether you can’t get enough of holiday movies and cheer, or you’re looking for a way to ignore the whole thing, this week has something for everyone. PopWatch Planner is here to help guide you through the holidays with nine can’t-miss entertainment events.
SUNDAY Meryl Streep on 60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
How does she do it? The two-time Oscar winner (and most nominated actress ever) shares her tools of the trade with Morley Safer. Streep plays former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in her latest film, Iron Lady, which opens Dec. 30. Catch a preview of the interview here. READ FULL STORY
There may be no question posed to Angelina Jolie more than whether or not she and equally mind-bogglingly attractive partner Brad Pitt will ever get married. (Well, that and “How about a Beowulf sequel, already?!” Sarcasm.) It’s not just the tabloids splashing the still-burning question across their cover. Heck, even Jolie and Pitt’s children are asking them about it.
During an interview with Christiane Amanpour for a segment that will air on both Good Morning America and Nightline, the Oscar winner, who is making the rounds to promote her latest film and directorial debut, the war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, assured her interviewer she wasn’t the only one asking that oft-posed question. Jolie said, “The kids asked me the other day, and I asked them if it was just because they wanted to have a ‘big cake.’” (In her kids’ defense, even if that is their reason, it’s a pretty valid one.) She continued, “They see movies that have the people getting married in the movies … you know, the happily ever after. Shrek and Fiona are married.” Then Jolie, who has become something of an expert question fielder over the past few years, told Amanpour, “We’ve explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. Once you have six children, you’re committed.” Well, that answered that, all right. Watch the moment below: READ FULL STORY
The most revealing thing about Angelina Jolie’s candid chat with 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon wasn’t her declaration that “I’m still a bad girl” and that that side of her “belongs to Brad [Pitt],” or that she chose to be in the action flick Salt because she “felt like … getting up and punching something” after giving birth to twins and wearing “a nightgown for about seven months.” Rather, it was her alternative career plans had this whole acting thing not panned out: funeral director.
While talking mainly about her directorial debut for the Bosnian war film, In The Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie also discussed how she’d previously taken courses on how to become a funeral director. “It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do. But, in fact, I lost my grandfather and I was very upset with his funeral. And so, we discussed that maybe there are ways where this whole idea of how somebody passes and how a family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way. If this acting thing didn’t work out, that was gonna be my backup,” the Oscar-winner said.
Watch the full interview — in which Jolie speaks openly about her troubled past (“I shouldn’t be here”) and why she gets choked up talking about her late mother (“That’s my soft spot”) — below: READ FULL STORY