Anne Meara Dead at 85

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If you’re under fifty five you know Anne Meara as Miranda’s mother-in-law on Sex and the City or as Ben Stiller’s mother, but if you’re old or like old comedy, then you know Meara as one-half of Stiller & Meara with her husband, Jerry Stiller (Arthur on King of Queens).

This is a sad one. Meara may not have had the comedic talent of Joan Rivers or Carol Burnett, but she was certainly a comedic talent and hopefully her underrated performances will soon be posthumously be re-evaluated by the comedy community.

Meara was 85.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Bounces Back

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You may or may not have been following the mess with The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 37. If not, here’s a refresher. If so, keep reading…

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has issued an apology for his behaviour, admitting to a relapse (Meyers has HUGE problems with alcohol) and his lion-faced fiancée posted this picture on Instagram to prove his sobriety and their solidarity.

I think I’m going to need more long-term proof before I think Meyers is back on the wagon. Hopefully starting with a movie where Meyers can actually behave himself on the set.

Grace of Monaco Receives Scathing Reviews… Again

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You may remember the infamous 2014 biopic of Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, entitled simply Grace of Monaco. The Harvey Weinstein-produced picture was touted as one of the early Academy Award favourites, starring Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, 47, as the Oscar-winning Grace Kelly (ten years too late!). It didn’t take long for the wheels to come off that deluded fantasy.

In an expected move, the Royal Family of Monaco panned the biopic based on the script (which generated early buzz). In an unexpected move, the Olivier Dahan-directed flick was delayed from 2013 to Cannes in 2014, wher eit opened to some of the worst reviews a movie has received at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 with the movie notoriously being coined “Disgrace of Monaco” by some punny reviewers.

Grace of Monaco was denied an American theatrical release after failing to make back its budget worldwide. Instead Grace had its début on Lifetime television (ouch) and despite much cutting and editing, the movie received dreadful reviews again. Even the writer of Grace of Monaco Arash Amel, 38, took to Twitter to live-tweet his critic.

A source actually tells me that Weinstein bought Grace of Monaco after the movie was filmed on the basis of some footage of Kidman’s performance. It’s well known that Weinstein clashed with Olivier Dahan, the legendarily difficult director of the piece. Some in the industry feel Weinstein – realizing he had a turkey – created bad-press around the movie to negotiate a lower price. Strangely enough a lot of people tell me Amel’s script was – not excellent – but good, possibly Academy Award worthy with the right production values. Dahan seems to be earning the blame of the failure here.

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Blind Item (26/05/2015)

This A-list actor has been on some of the biggest television shows of recent times, but it’s his personal life that usually makes the headlines. You may have noticed, however, our actor hasn’t been as prominently covered in recent years. Why? Some tell us he’s calmed and settled down. Others claim he has been diagnosed with HIV.

Who is our man?

Blind Item (25/05/2015)

This actress was once an A-lister, best known for her appearances on two prime-time soap operas. She resigned prematurely on the first and was infamously fired on the second. Our actress has a well earned reputation as a selfish diva that’s impossible to work with.

Now, she’s really struggling for work and she’s resorted to taking just above scale for movies that she think will restart her career.

Who is our actress?

Best Cannes Looks of 2015

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the Cannes Film Festival. Whether it be the drama (Grace of Monaco Fiasco) or the buzzing reviews (Carol), Cannes can always count me in as a follower of the festival. With that being said, I love the dresses more than I love anything else. Here’s my best looks:

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1. Cate Blanchett in Giles Deacon. 

Oh, Queen Cate – you shall slay for another day. After that nasty business with the bisexuality, Cate recovered well in this printed strapless Giles Deacon dress. It’s eccentric (like her) and just perfect for colourful Cannes. 9/10

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2. Salma Hayek in Gucci.

Few women can pull of a dress like this without coming across as a flat-chested frau or a slutty starlet, but Miss Hayek manages to look both classy and sexy in this number by Gucci. I like the clutch too. 8/10

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3. Katrina Kaif in Oscar De La Renta.

I have no idea who Katrina Kaif is, but I do know that I love her dress here. It pops against the crimson carpet and instantly catches my eye. It’s a little floral-gothic, but it works! 7/10

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4. Naomi Watts in Elie Saab.

Is this what happens when you mix classy Australian with Vegas showgirl? If so, I like it! It’s a feathery drag queen dress that Divine wouldn’t be caught dead in, but Miss Watts somehow manages to impress with understated jewellery and accessories. 7/10

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5. Emily Blunt in Stella McCartney.

Emily Blunt seems to be wearing the dress version of a disco-ball and I love it. It’s fun and it’s eye-catching, and the jewellery compliments her perfectly.

Worst Cannes Looks of 2015

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1. Irina Shayk in Versace.

This is quite possibly one of the worst dresses I’ve ever seen at Cannes. If I was Bradley Cooper, I’d end whatever potential relationship on the basis of the four (count ’em) straps alone! 1/10

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2. Charlotte Vandermeersch

I have no idea who this is, but I know she shouldn’t be allowed on a red carpet again anytime soon after this mismatched ensemble. You’re at the Cannes Film Festival, dear! Make an impression! Scratch that… Make a good impression! 2/10

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3. Li Yuchun

I do not understand why Chinese actress and singer Li Yuchun felt the need to show up dressed as the red carpet. She looks like a ketchup bottle. 2/10

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4. Vincent McDoom

Television personality (where?) Vincent McDoom actually chose to wear this dress at Cannes. She looks like shredded toilet paper. 2/10

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5. Kendall Jenner in Azzedine Alaia

I have little idea why Kendall Jenner at a film festival in Cannes (actually I do), but I know she shouldn’t be appearing there in this futuristic Dynasty-reject. She looks awkward and frumpy, which is likely a first for the slender Jenner. At least it matches. 3/10

Supergirl Pilot Leaks Online

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In a story that’s not being covered by the mainstream media, the pilot of CBS’s Supergirl leaked online over the weekend. The pilot, which stars Melissa Benoist, 26, as Kara Jor-El, has received derision from fans on the basis of its trailer and has been critically maligned by those who have watched the pilot.

I’m seeing the sort of criticism aimed at Supergirl that I see aimed at nearly all network TV pilots: acting ranges from good to bad (Benoist = good, Flockhart & Brooks = bad), special effects are pretty cool, the writing is bad. One criticism I’m seeing aimed at Supergirl that seems to be exclusive to show: the costume is dreadful.

Supergirl with have its debut on CBS sometime in November.

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Dwayne Johnson Officiates Fan’s Wedding

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If – unlike the rest of the world – you dislike Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, here is a something that might turn you! Johnson, 37, was contacted by friends of Nick Mundy of Screen Junkies (who was already well acquainted with Johnson) and asked to appear at his wedding. Johnson declined, instead asking to perform the ceremony! Johnson worked on becoming ordained and surprising Mundy with his friends, family and fiancée, married the couple in a video that can be seen on Screen Junkies website.

It’s attached here.

This would be a lot more awkward if Mundy didn’t actually want to get married and was just engaged for the hell of it. You know those couples that I’m talking about. They’re in there mid-forties with three kids and still engaged. What’s the point?

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Too Old to Play Against a Fifty Five Year Old?

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37 year old actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has reignited ‘Hollywood is sexist’ arguments with claims she was rejected for a role as the love interest of a 55 year old because she was deemed ‘too old.’ The Dark Knight star said the discriminatory decision left her feeling ‘bad’ and then ‘angry.’

Is anyone else getting the vibe this was just a different way of saying, ‘You’re not talented enough,’ or ‘You’re not attractive enough?’ I am.

I do wonder what the movie was, and who the co-star and direction was, of course!