For all those who love to hate on Gwyneth Paltrow (and you know who you are), here’s a little something that could maybe make you believe she kind of gets it. Paltrow visited ABC’s The Chew today, where her good friend Mario Batali is a co-host. Toward the end of the show, Batali and the other hosts (Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon) peppered Paltrow with questions she had to answer during the one-minute Celebrity Egg Timer segment.
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The top TiVo'ed moments from last night's Oscar broadcast: Cameron and J.Lo (and guest?), plus Gwyneth and RDJ's stunt
When it came to re-watching memorable moments from last night’s Academy Awards TiVo-ers couldn’t get enough of star pairings on the Oscars stage. The top TiVo-ed moment from the ceremony was, unsurprisingly, when unexpected BFFs (who knew?) Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez presented the Oscars for Best Makeup and Costume Design and viewers pondered whether J.Lo experienced her own dreaded costume malfunction. (The consensus today is that no nip was slipped and the only thing that needed to be censored was a lively acceptance speech from the Best Documentary Feature winners.)
TiVo-ers also couldn’t get enough of watching Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow presenting said award for Best Documentary (pictured). Was it real tension? Was it a riff on Joaquin Phoenix or, more likely, last year’s ubiquitous host James Franco? What happened to Gwyn’s cape that she’d worn on the red carpet? So many questions!
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If you’ve seen Gwyneth Paltrow’s brain dissected in Contagion, you know that Steven Soderbergh is willing to portray stars in a less than glamorous light. But in an interview with The Independent, the Oscar-winning director of Traffic and Haywire practically exuded blood lust for A-listers. Don’t worry, though: It’s all in the name of art!
“It’s always good to kill movie stars,” Soderbergh told the British newspaper. “I think that the two most important things that have happened to that aspect of movies in the last 50 years are Hitchcock killing off Janet Leigh in a way that nobody had ever dreamed of doing – taking his heroine and killing her off after 40 minutes – and… Mike Nichols casting Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. That changed everything.”
Obviously this means Soderbergh’s greatest dream must be to kill off a character played by Dustin Hoffman. In all seriousness, though, it’s easy to see what he’s getting at. Star power has traditionally acted as a kind of metaphysical protection onscreen. The bigger the name, the better the chances of that actor’s character surviving for the duration of the film. We take comfort in movie stars, those walking embodiments of our dreams and fantasies. If in the midst of a Julia Roberts everygirl rom-com, she suddenly gets her head blown off, we’d find it more than a little upsetting. Psycho rocked everybody’s world when Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane stepped into that shower because people still saw her as the actress they had known and loved in gentle movies like Little Women, Holiday Affair, or the Lassie movie Hills of Home.
Today, movie stars’ onscreen mortality rate is pretty darn high. (WARNING! Many, many SPOILERS ahead!) It’s hard to imagine John Wayne in They Were Expendable or Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory being offed as quickly or indiscriminately as Guy Pearce at the beginning of The Hurt Locker. Or Lauren Bacall suddenly getting blown up halfway through To Have and Have Not, like Maggie Gyllenhaal’s early exit as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight. And I’d love to have seen Joseph von Sternberg try to get Marlene Dietrich, queen of the Vaseline-covered camera lens, to submit to a scene like Gwynnie’s autopsy in Contagion.
Soderbergh clearly got us thinking, so here are ten of our favorite unexpected movie-star death scenes since Psycho. READ FULL STORY »
No, we’re not talking about Courtney Stodden, we’re talking about this year’s newcomers to the Twitterverse. Having passed its half-decade mark, the site continues to attract A-listers who have a little time and 140 characters to spare for an occasional rant or rave. So, which celebs got a taste of the dreaded #failwhale for the first time in 2011? Read on… READ FULL STORY »
Finally some answers for on-the-go girls (and guys) who absolutely must know where to pick up this season’s most mouthwatering macriobiotic fare with Madonna (Angelica Kitchen, obvs), how to cope with the perils of sitting next to a sweaty seat filler at the Emmys (if I had a nickel…), and who you have to bang to get your hands on the latest Coldplay album (not Brad Pitt… maybe Jay-Z)! That’s right GOOP fans, all-around doyenne Gwyneth Paltrow is bringing her unique brand of so-upscale-it’s-accessible-again-and-is-the-world-upside-down? elegance to mobile devices.
This latest venture, called GOOP City, became available on iPhones and iPads today for $3.99. Like everything else GOOP, it’s nothing if not universal (if you fit any of the three conditions above). The iOS app will offer tips on restaurants, bars, shopping, walking tours, and more. For now, GOOP City will focus on New York City, though more cities will be GOOPified in coming months. Paltrow described the app as “a trusted friend,” explaining that she was inspired by “years of being steered in the wrong direction by bribed concierges, biased opinions, and just plain bad suggestions.”
Food for thought: Paltrow’s daughter is named Apple. Is it a mere coincidence, or has she been planning this Jobs-ian tech takeover since 2004? How long before Paltrow partners with vendors in the world’s end-all-be-all daily deals website: LifeGOOPer? (Now your iPhone pocket journal will be only $148.80 instead of $372!) Next thing you know, she’ll be booking your hotels, flights, and car rentals on GOOPelocity. And then the final phase: GOOPling, a joint project with Ryan Gosling to take over all of meme-dom!
What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you sign up for GOOP City? Is Paltrow the modern-day shadow self of Napoleon, waging a step-by-step takeover of life as we know it?
Despite what you have seen in the trailers, director Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is really the Valentine’s Day of global pandemic thrillers. I’m joking, of course. But just as last year’s romantic-comedy invited a gaggle of beautiful Hollywood stars, including five Oscar nominees, to fumble for the glory of love, Contagion features eight actors in its cast who’ve been nominated by the Academy: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, John Hawkes, Elliott Gould, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne. While not unprecedented — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 also boasted eight performers who’ve been so honored by their industry — it’s a mighty deep pool of talent. (Mind you, that’s not even counting the likes of Jennifer Ehle and Bryan Cranston, who also have roles.)
But while Valentine’s Day and the upcoming New Year’s Eve —
five eight Oscar-nominated thesps — rely on stunt casting and Harry Potter is all about arming prestigious Brits with mighty wands, Contagion appears to be a uniquely collaborative superstar effort. Credit Soderbergh, who specializes in sprawling, multi-layered storytelling that lures serious actors and Hollywood stars to even minor supporting roles (See: Traffic, Out of Sight, Ocean’s Eleven). Or maybe Soderbergh simply tells his actor friends in each case that this movie is really really really going to be his last movie before he retires.
Can you think of a past movie that can give Contagion‘s cast a run for its money?
Hugh Grant talks to EW about his role in the 'News of the World' phone hacking scandal: 'They hacked me, I hacked him'
There are many remarkable, tragic, and history-making strands to the News of the World phone hacking scandal which continues to dominate British public life more than a week after it was announced that the Rupert Murdoch-owned, 168-year-old paper would close. Just today came the news that senior Murdoch executive and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has resigned because of the furore surrounding the title, which stands accused of hacking the phones of thousands of people, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, and a 13-year-old murder victim named Milly Dowler. And yesterday, the New York Times reported that the FBI has a opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations that the News of the World attempted to gain access to the phone records of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Murdoch has also publicly apologized for “serious wrongdoing” in a written ad which is being placed in several British newspapers this weekend.
The most unlikely plotline in this complex saga is the involvement of Hugh Grant, who over the past few months has emerged as one of the most high profile critics of the Murdoch organization. READ FULL STORY »
Gwyneth Paltrow is like the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t she? This, of course, all depends on your definition of a “gift” is. Of course, if you consider Goop.com, Glee cameos, and the ending of Country Strong to be priceless trinkets, than Paltrow’s latest offering to the masses ought to make you happier than a kid on Christmas morning (especially if that kid happened to want a copy of Duets).
Love Gwyneth Paltrow? Loathe her? Either way, you’ll probably have something to say about the star’s picture on the cover of Bon Appétit‘s June issue. In it, the actress-slash-singer-slash-lifestyle guru is smiling and biting her lower lip in a manner that’s either charmingly mischievous or slightly creepy; I haven’t quite decided which camp I’m in yet. It looks like she might have concealed some sort of surprise in that bowl of spaghetti — an annotated version of the dedication in her new cookbook? A tiny umbrella? A microscopic Mary Todd Lincoln costume?
In the accompanying interview, Gwyneth discusses her love of cooking and shuts down speculation that she’s developing her own food magazine. “Don’t know how that rumor got into the papers,” she tells Bon Appétit. “It could not be further from the truth. I literally do not have time to bathe, let alone start a magazine.” Somehow, Gwynnie, we doubt the veracity of that last part… though if it is true, we’re pretty envious of your ability to look fabulous despite secretly being covered in filth.
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