Artist To Die For: Max Minghella

Continuing on my quest to shine some sort of a spotlight on lesser known artists, it’s my next installment of Artist To Die For!

For those of you who are not in the know, there’s a new shaker of independent film:  Max Minghella.  The son of late Academy award winning director Anthony Minghella, Max isn’t your typical actor.  Opting to go indie instead of mainstream and attending Columbia University because he simply wants to be more educated, you might not have heard much about Maxyet but that’s all about to change soon.

After appearing in films like Art School Confidential (extremely funny movie) and How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, Max is set to co-star with Rachel Weiz in the new film Agora which is slated for a Decemeber release (just in time for award season) where he plays an Egyptian slave who falls for his master played by Weiz.  “It’s an epic, romantic film that’s different than anything I’ve done before,” he told VMAN recently.  “It’s massive, but it’s unique because it’s also independently made.  We didn’t have any pressure to anybody but ourselves.  It was like making a student film on a larger scale.”

I actually just saw Max in Bee Season, which is this small film starring Richard Gere (he plays his son)  about a family who falls apart after the daughter wins a school spelling bee and goes to Nationals, and he was incredible in it.  I loved how he could be extremely respectful and timid but also full of total angst and rage.  It immediately made me excited to see him in Agora which I hope will give him the attention he completely deserves.  If you ever read any of his interviews, you’ll notice he’s extremely intelligent and not the least bit cynical or fake but really speaks for a genuine love for acting as an art which I respect.  It’s always frustrating, for me at least, that these actors who really could care less about the art of acting and are only doing movies to make their fans happy continue to get attention and press.  I always love it when actors like Max or Paul Dano or Emile Hirsch act because they love it and are unafraid to take risks.  So if you are trying to decide on which movie to rent this weekend, I would definitely recommend one of this kid’s movies.  You can thank me for it later.

Also here’s an interview from YouTube:

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Keira Knightley Does Chanel

New pictures have surfaced of Keira’s latest Coco Chanel ads…

She looks gorgeous as usual.

Spotted: Little J Where Most Fun Happens–A Party

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I was wondering when she would surface now that the cast is back to filming!  Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen attended fashion heirress Allegra Versace’s birthday bash in NYC last night looking cute in pink. 

Taylor recently spoke with MTV about whether her fictional character, Jenny Humphrey would like her band the Pretty Reckless saying, “I think she’d like it.  Her dad’s a rocker. We’re trying to bring rock back with the Pretty Reckless here, so I think she’d like it. She put the Ramones in her fashion, so [yes].” Taylor’s foray into the rock world started when she was a kid, with her dad introducing her to many legendary rock bands and feeding her interest with rock music.  “I grew up listening to the Beatles on vinyl with my dad,” she explained. “So I grew up kind of listening to good records. I worked my way into Joan Jett and the Runaways records and Blondie and Garbage. Garbage became a huge influence on me.”

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Lindsay Works Harder Than Your Parents

 

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Oh Lindsay.  This is why I love you so much.

In recent interview, Linds did some bragging about what a hard worker she is and how she is such a workaholic.  (I’m sorry, but what was the last movie you did?)  Here’s an excert:

“It’s not that hard to be me, but I do work harder than most of my friends’ parents.  I am the hardest-working person I know. I’m a workaholic. I don’t know what to do when I’m not working. I get creatively frustrated.”

Linday elaborated some more saying, “I prefer to be making films.  For most people — and for me, too — there’s something about going to the movies.  It’s about being able to transform into different people and tell different stories. You can go to the movies if you’re depressed, and you can walk out later laughing. The fact that going into a theater for two hours can do that is an amazing feeling.  To be the person who’s on that screen, who can make someone feel better, or bring out more emotion in someone, makes me feel really blessed that I’m able to do that. It’s just about finding the right roles, but when the time is right, they will come.”

I’m not trying to start any drama but maybe we should get Jane Fonda to verify this quote?  I know they had a GREAT relationship working together on Georgia Rule.  But whatever. Lindsay’s a star.  And here are some birthday party pictrues!!!!  Linds turns 23 Friday!  Click click click to see more! Continue reading

Robert Pattinson Says He’s Unattractive

It really annoys me when beautiful famous people like to tell reporters how “ugly” they were growing up or are currently because you know they’re lying.  Like models who claim that they were “so awkward” in high school or Megan Fox who said that she thinks she looks like “a tranny.” (although I’m pretty sure she was kidding)  Because, hello, if you’re on every “hot” list in America I’m pretty sure you won’t get stoned for saying you think you’re pretty attractive.

Well now you can add Robert Pattinson to that list of actors who claim they have no idea why they are so attractive saying, “I never really considered myself attractive. I was always kind of gangly in school. Good-looking? Noooo. Before I go out to face a crowd, I stare and stare at myself in the mirror until I have to tell myself to stop staring, since there’s nothing I can do.”

Well, for someone who is so unnatractive he seems to have quite the insanely obsessive fanbase.  The sad thing is I almost feel like he was being sincere when he said that.  Almost.  So I’ll cut him a break because even though I honestly can not stand his fans, I do think he’s a nice person.

Anyways here’s some pictures of the actor on the set of his film “Remember Me” that’s almost doomed to be cursed like “Poltergeist” after so many incidents involving fans. 

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Britney Goes Brunette

Britney Spears stepped out in LA this past weekend with a new hair color: brunette.  While she looks nice with the color, I really hope this isn’t reflecting a new mood swing.  As if you need any reminders, Briteny’s hair typically reflects her mood:

Blonde=Happy Britney, Brunette/Black=Sad Britney, and Pink=Crazy Britney. 

The last time this happened, Britney shaved her head and got lock into a mental institution so please, Britney, let this be for no reason other than you love having dark hair. 

Gossip Girl Cast Is Back To Work!

Reunited and it feels so good!

Gossip Girl is back, kids!!  Filming began for the show’s third season today and the four main cast members, Blake, Ed, Leighton, and Chace were all spotted wandering around NYC.  Ahh I can’t wait to see what craziness they’re going to get into this year at college!!