January 18, 2014 |
Abigail Breslin has been in the spotlight for more than a decade, so you'd think she'd have the red carpet thing down by now. But the "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Signs" veteran, now 17 years old, said she still feels out of place at the glam functions. "I always feel like the person who got invited as the plus-one," she admitted. "I'm always terrified. " PHOTOS: SAG 2014 red carpet arrivals Breslin was at the SAG Awards on Saturday as part of the "August: Osage County" cast, which was nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.
January 15, 2014 |
The Screen Actors Guild has announced a star-studded lineup of presenters for the 20th annual SAG Awards, including Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Matt Damon. Also on the list are Ben Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Many presenters are also nominees, including four out of the five contenders for lead actor (Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave," Hanks for "Captain Phillips," McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Whitaker for "Lee Daniels' The Butler")
January 10, 2014 |
"August: Osage County" has its six Oscar winners and nominees (oooh), its basis in a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning stage production (aaah), its Academy Awards dreams (gasp) and its reviews (blah). The movie opens wide in theaters Friday. The film was initially set to go wide on Dec. 25 amid holiday hoopla, but the Weinstein Co. reportedly pulled it back. Meantime, "August" the film (as opposed to the play, which scooped up five Tonys) has a 58 out of 100 on Metacritic. Will you see it?
December 27, 2013 |
Julia Roberts' top priority is her family, not her career. And that's totally fine with her. In a recent interview with The Times' Amy Kaufman, the "August: Osage County" star opened up about prioritizing her home life and often putting her children -- twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 9, and son Henry, 6, with husband Danny Moder -- ahead of her work. The iconic redhead is also quite discerning when it comes to the jobs she takes. "I think people like to say that I'm super picky because of how much I lo-oo-ve my kids," Roberts said.
December 26, 2013 |
"How are your kids, hon?" a woman asked Julia Roberts after stopping the actress on a Pacific Palisades sidewalk. She was a familiar neighborhood face to Roberts, and so the two caught up for a few minutes, hugged and parted ways. Here, in the tony enclave populated with Pilates studios and juice bars, this is how most people relate to Roberts - as a neighborhood mom. Someone who hides her makeup-less face behind Ray Bans while running errands; sets an alarm on her phone so she remembers to feed the meter; wears a neon-colored rubber band bracelet because her daughter made it for her. "The kind of energy I attract is very calm," said Roberts, 46, settling in for lunch at an empty local cafe.
December 26, 2013 |
"I'm just truth telling," says Meryl Streep's Violet, the gorgon mother at the center of "August: Osage County," and in that same spirit I have to confess that (a) I never saw this Pulitzer Prize-winning vehicle by Tracy Letts when it was on stage and (b) nothing about this film version makes me regret that choice. Despite a pedigree that includes five Tonys in addition to that Pulitzer and a cast of gifted actors that is a full dozen deep, "August: Osage County" does nothing but disappoint, with all the talent involved simply underlining how uninvolving this material is. If anything, the cinematic "August" feels related to that branch of reality TV where dysfunctional characters, whether active or passive, make a public display of their wretched lives.