Saturday Night Live fans are in for a surprise when they see Maya Rudolph co-starring withJohn Krasinski in Away We Go. The popular comedian, known for her wildly outrageous impressions of famous faces from Oprah to Michelle Obama, is playing it a lot straighter in the romantic comedy about a couple traveling across America to find the right home for their unborn child.
Rudolph, who’s just announced she’s expecting her second child with director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), admits she got a feeling of deja vu.
Leaving her SNL persona behind.
“I think I did surprise a lot of people. It has nothing to do with leaving behind anything but just sharing more of me. Weirdly, I think I always thought that I would get to make a movie like this. I knew that I would get to find the opportunity to play a special person who was more than just funny. And I got really lucky with this character.”…Read more…
Shawn Johnson went from a gold-medal performance in the 2008 Olympics to mastering the quick step as the youngest contestant ever on Dancing With the Stars. The 17-year-old gymnast and her partner, Mark Ballas, are hoping they’ll take the top prize in next week’s finale.
Meanwhile, the winner of “Choice Female Athlete of the Year” at the Teen Choice Awards radiates the upbeat positivity that she occasionally has to tone down when making sexy moves in the tango and salsa.
Overcoming the fear.
“Coming into the series, I didn’t even know if I could dance. At the beginning I was totally petrified. I just hoped I could make it to week two. I never imagined I’d get this far. But I’ve just been working really hard and now I’d really, really like to win.”…Read more…
It just may be the wackiest role of Rachel Weisz’s Academy Award-winning career. She goes over-the-top in Brothers Bloom as a reclusive heiress who whiles away time in a huge mansion with her many hobbies, including skateboarding, karate, banjo playing and rapping.
Then she meets the Bloom brothers, a couple of con men played by Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo, who entice her to take a trip around the world while they plot to steal her millions.
Meanwhile, Weisz is very much into her real-life role as mom to her young son with her boyfriend, maverick director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). And she’ll next be seen in the much anticipated Lovely Bones.
A little help with the skateboarding, please.
“I had never been on a skateboard on my life. Actually, Adrien Brody is a really good skateboarder, so he took me out in the parking lot and tried to help me. He was very supportive, but all I could think of was, ‘This is really dangerous.’ Fortunately, I didn’t crash.”…Read more…
John Krasinski has made his mark in primetime as one of the nicest and least screwed-up guys on The Office. Now, in Away We Go, he’s grown a beard and joins Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph on the big screen in a touching comedy about a couple expecting their first baby.
And, as the The Office season finale approaches this Thursday night, fans are wondering if Pam and Jim will finally take a walk down the aisle.
Is Jim tying the knot with Pam or not?
“I think that we’ve always known that a wedding is coming between Pam and Jim, or we’ve been hoping that a wedding is coming. It’s sort of insane that we’ve gotten through a hundred episodes still waiting. The best part about each season finale is that they always write great stuff for Jim and Pam. And it’s no different this week. It’s going to be some fun stuff. But I actually have a guy that will shoot me if I give you any answers right now.” …Read more…
The first time around, protests didn’t exactly keep audiences away from the big-screen version of Dan Brown’s best-seller, The Da Vinci Code. Now, there’s controversy brewing once again as Tom Hanks returns in the follow-up Angels and Demons, opposite Ewan McGregor and sexy Ayelet Aurer. This time around, the story brings murder to the Vatican.
Hanks, who’s scored at both the box office and the Oscars, doesn’t seem worried. He and filmmaker Ron Howard insist that what’s driving their movie is thrills and suspense, not religion and politics. And to prove it, Hanks displays a dazzling sense of humor about one of the most anticipated flicks of the summer.
Advice to people who worry about being upset by what they see on the screen.
“If anyone feels that the film is going to be offensive to them, don’t see it. I’m here to say do not see the film. Stay away, please, please. I beg of you.” …Read more…