Julianne Moore

See Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in HBO’s ‘Game Change’ Trailer

The first trailer for HBO’s Game Change — based on New York Magazine’s John Heilemann and Time’s Mark Halperin’s tell-all book — has arrived. Focused on Governor Sarah Palin’s entry into John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, the film sports Ed Harris as McCain, Woody Harrelson as his adviser Steve Schmidt, and best of all, Julianne Moore as the former Alaska governor. While the real Palin flip-flops about her decision to run for president — she said all bets were off, but then recently said it wasn’t too late to run — we’ll look forward to Moore possibly hosting Saturday Night Live in character soon. Check out the clip past the break, and let us know if you’ll be tuning in for some titillating El Presidente charades. … Read More

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Trailer Park: ‘Haywire’ > ‘Hunger Games’

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got seven new trailers this week, including, yes, Hunger Games; check ‘em out after the jump. … Read More

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Ranking Hollywood’s Elderly Makeovers from Best to Worst

Given the vast array of imaginative things that Hollywood is capable of crafting, it seems strange that moviemakers still struggle with some of the basics. Traditional makeup techniques that age actors stands as one of the biggest culprits and has often ruined entire films thanks to sloppy, weird, or unbelievable results. As many movies have proven, donning wrinkles and age spots doesn’t automatically equal a successful makeover. In the digital age, it’s easier for filmmakers to get a little help so that grandpa and grandma look more like live, actual people than a Halloween prop — but that’s what makes those who transform actors into senior stars old school-style so impressive. It’s an art form.

Leonardo DiCaprio underwent a dramatic transformation for the upcoming J. Edgar Hoover, and we definitely feel like it’s not one of his best-looking moments. The FBI’s first director didn’t win any beauty contests in his day, but DiCaprio appears to be drowning in his prosthetics, and the whole thing just seems awkward. This got us thinking about other cruddy elderly makeovers. Click past the break to see who made the leap to long in the tooth, in order from most convincing to least. Leave us your list in the comments. … Read More

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The Best Ensemble Casts in Movie History

Margin Call, a fact-based thriller concerning the beginning of the financial crisis, opens tomorrow with a stellar ensemble cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, and Mary McDonnell. (And Demi Moore. Hey, can’t win ‘em all.) Throw in last month’s Contagion (featuring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, Marion Cotillard, and Elliott Gould) and December’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (with Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, and Mark Strong), and this is starting to look like the Season of the Ensemble. In celebration of these smart, adult movies flush with Oscar winners and fine character performers, we’ve assembled some of our favorite big-cast ensemble movies after the jump — check it out, and throw in your own in the comments. … Read More

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Video of the Day: ‘The Big Lebowski’ Cast Reunion

“Over the line!” “Obviously you’re not a golfer.” “That rug really tied the room together.” “I am the walrus.” “Nobody fucks with the Jesus.” “Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.” Really, we could go on all day here. As card-carrying Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, we managed to get in to The Big Lebowski cast reunion and screening last night at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Also present? Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, and the film’s music director, T Bone Burnett. The event was part of this year’s annual Lebowski Fest, as well as a celebration for the film’s brand-new Blu-Ray edition. For all you super-fans who didn’t have the chance to down some Caucasians with the Dude last night, here’s a video recap and some of our favorite moments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we decided that it might be worth schlepping all the way to the Iowa State Fair to sample a plate of red velvet funnel cake, but we’d never go all the way to the moon for the cheese. We watched a supercut of 25 of the… Read More

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We Cast HBO’s ‘Game Change’

So, this is weird: Yesterday afternoon brought the first casting announcement for the HBO adaptation of John Heileman and Mark Halperin’s dishy 2008 election book, Game Change. The lucky actress playing Sarah Palin will be… Julianne Moore?! Now, we love Moore, but she’s not exactly the first person who comes to mind when we think of Palin — maybe because Tina Fey will own that role forever. Since this may be a sign that the production’s casting department is struggling, we’ve decided to help them out by providing a few suggestions for who should play some of the election’s biggest names. Add yours in the comments. … Read More

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Secret Obsession: Celebrity Montages

Like our friends at Big Other, we are literally obsessed with watching videos of celebrities doing the same things over and over and over again. Somehow, even though it’s based in repetition, it never gets old, so as long as people keep making them and putting them on the internet, people will keep watching. But, further than the mere fleeting pleasure we get from the montages, we think they say something about each actor as a person — after all, if you get cast in a million movies where you cry, kill yourself, or have a panic attack, those directors must see something in your personality to support that. Or they’re just really, really uncreative. After all, as Albert Einstein said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Check out some of our favorite (and most insane) montages and see if you agree with our character judgements after the jump. … Read More

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Hall of Fame: Gay Directors and Their Female Muses

Todd Haynes is one of our favorite filmmakers, and his first feature, Poison, just celebrated its 20-year anniversary. Although she isn’t in the film, as we read the Village Voice piece on it and reflected on Haynes’ career, we found our mind wandering to the wonderful work he’s done with Julianne Moore. And that got us thinking about how many gay male directors who we love have (or had) close relationships with an actress who starred in their films. After the jump, we look at eight such creative partnerships, from Haynes and Moore to Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we watched Julianne Moore cry her eyes out. Repeatedly. We checked out American Book Review’s list of the 100 best first lines from novels. (A personal favorite: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”) We were dubious about tonight’s Twittersode of Community, which will act… Read More

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