And more from our Gossip Girl: Abraham Lincoln, vampire-slayer … Amy Adams, innocence lost … Mariah Carey, happy at last
That was James Franco’s answer when asked recently why he accepted the job of co-hosting the Oscar telecast, with Anne Hathaway.
What a perfect reply. I mean, it’s true — why not? Even Rob Lowe survived dancing with Minnie Mouse. It’s one night. If you flop, you flop. Next take! At least Franco and Hathaway will look very nice up there onstage. (On that score, he has nothing to worry about. Every man looks wonderful in a tux. Miss Hathaway, on the other hand, is probably already inundated with impassioned pleadings from designers, as well as her own worries about what those tiresome people who critique clothing on awards night will have to say. It’s always tougher for women.)
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I HAD no idea vampiremania had morphed this much. Sure, I’m aware of the teen vamps of “Twilight” and the Deep South bloodsuckers of “True Blood.” The genre can’t be killed. Not even with a stake through it’s heart.
Now we’re hearing that there’s a project in the works titled “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” It’s based on a novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. I’d never heard of the book, or the author, which is odd because, like the great Fran Lebowitz, I am a “promiscuous reader.” (It was published in March of this year.)
Anyway, the book takes the well-known facts of Lincoln’s life and throws in a few vampires. Some might say this is a distasteful sacrilege. I say, in the words of James Franco: why not? I’m sure most people don’t believe in vampires, and certainly don’t believe one of the greatest presidents of the United States was a vampire hunter. Our education system is a scandal, but I don’t see this book being taught in school — not even by people who think the world is only five thousand years old. Or by people who think our current president is an evil Socialist intent on destroying America.
Eric Bana, who is tall and quite handsome, is being wooed to play Honest Abe. Eric made a fine Henry VIII in “The Other Boleyn Girl.” (Too bad the movie — based on Phillipa Gregory’s delicious novel was so dull.) But Mr. Lincoln, though tall — unusually so for his time — was also painfully thin and, well…not handsome.
Oh, but what am I thinking? This is a movie where Lincoln goes around hunting the undead. He can be handsome in these odd circumstances — as if he didn’t have enough trouble with the Civil War.
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DAVID FINCHER’S “The Social Network” continues to rack up awards and nominations. There seems little doubt that the film — which tells all about how the omnipresent online social network came to be — is going to rack up Oscar nods in every significant category.
Winning? The onscreen intricacies and machinations behind Facebook might have to take a backseat to a movie about how important it once was to communicate verbally. I do mean “The King’s Speech.” Although that film also bows to a modern technology that re-shaped the world — radio.
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AMY ADAMS says: “The world thinks I am so innocent, but it’s not true!”
Amy is a sweet thing, but I don’t think the “world” is overly concerned with her innocence. She’s put her Disney princess days behind her. (Go see her in “The Fighter” — mouse ears went red as Amy cusses up a storm.)
Miss Adams’ quote is emblazoned on the cover of Marie Claire magazine. And just to make sure we know she’s not so innocent, she’s wearing a dress cut to her waist, and she’s sporting green fingernail polish. (Like “Cabaret’s” Sally Bowles: “divinely decadent.”)
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OKAY—Two things that make me happy as this year winds down.
One is the astonishing renaissance of Betty White. White has been an iconic TV figure for many years, and has not worried over getting work. Nobody ever wondered “whatever happened to…” But there was something in the air in 2010 that vaulted this woman into the consciousness of everybody — not just her diehard “Mary Tyler Moore Show” or “Golden Girls” fans. Actually it was something online. Facebook made her their golden girl, and it’s all been sizzling tweet since then.
Not only does Betty have yet another hit sitcom, “Hot In Cleveland,” but the Associated Press has named her “Woman of the Year.”
Betty White is 88. You go girl!
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THE OTHER thing I’m really happy about is Mariah Carey’s pregnancy. She has always wanted children and she has a lot of love to give. She is a truly sweet person. And of course, because Mariah — the girl who wears high heels in the snow — never does anything half-measure, I was not at all surprised to learn that she is having twins.
I hope her husband Nick Cannon and her two coming bundles of joy bring Mariah the emotional security she has always craved. I think Mariah is close to filling the hole in her heart. The one she’s filled with success, money, and her fans.
Now’s she’s got something real.