Sandra Bullock has a tough act to follow – herself. She hit it big at the box office in The Proposal last month. Now, she’s hoping to reprise her success in another romantic comedy opposite Hangover hunk Bradley Cooper.
In All About Steve, Bullock plays Mary Horowitz, an off-beat constructor of cross-word puzzles who ends up stalking a guy she met on a blind date. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that Sandra understood a woman who seems a little south of normal.
“I connected with her. If I had grown up to be who I was supposed to be, without being concerned about what other people thought, I would have become more like Mary. I had a lisp and got sent to speech therapy. I was like, ‘Why?’ I tended to ramble. One idea would beget another idea …”
Liev Schreiber went mano-a-mano with Wolverine in X-Men Origins. Now, he’s putting on a wig and heels as Vilma, an ex-Marine exploring his feminine side in Taking Woodstock.
But Schreiber doesn’t seem worried about dramatically changing his hunky image. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that he discovered it was a lot of fun to be a blonde.
“I think it’s amazing — just the power of putting on women’s clothing. You really do feel transformed. I’ve never seen a man put on woman’s clothing and not light up like a light bulb. It just happens. Every man I’ve ever seen…”
Quentin Tarantino has gone from gangster and kung fu movies to his own WW II epic, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Inglourious Basterds, with a cast that includes uber-star Brad Pitt, follows a special unit of Jewish-American soldiers sent behind enemy lines to shake up the German troops.
And leave it to Tarantino to rewrite history with a successful plot to assassinate Hitler that ends the war. The director told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf why adding Pitt to the ensemble cast was a career highlight.
“For a long time I’ve thought, ‘One of these days I hope I can write a character that would be terrific for Brad Pitt and we can have a collaboration that will be like a Babe Ruth home run.’ So as I was writing the character of the leader of the Inglourious Basterds, I was like, ‘OK, this is the one for Brad.’ But then I started getting nervous…”
The perpetually dashing, virtually ageless, and always perfectly tanned George Hamilton has become a legend for lighting up screens big and small in his more than forty year Hollywood career. It’s hard to believe that he’s just passed the big 7-0.
Now, Hamilton is looking back as My One and Only, loosely based on the life of his own family, led by his unsinkable mom–played by Renee Zellweger–hits the screen. Hamilton told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf what it was like to be awash in memories.
“I had such mixed feelings about doing a movie about my mother and my family. Then, I watched it with an audience and I couldn’t talk afterwards. When it ended I just sat there and it took me a good 10 minutes to pull it together. I’ve never had that happen….”
Alexis Bledel earned her place in TV history as Rory on the hugely popular WB series Gilmore Girls, and went on to big screen success in both Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the recent sequel.
Now, Bledel back on the big screen in Post Grad, starring as a college grad facing rejection from potential employers while living at home with her very eccentric family. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that Bledel knows a thing or two about finding a job.
“Auditioning for parts as an actress was kind of like a job interview for me. I sort of discovered acting in college at NYU. I’ll never forget my audition for Gilmore Girls. I did it only for the experience, never expecting that I’d get the part of Rory, which changed my life…”