1WATCH THIS: The ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Trailer is Here and James Franco’s Head Did Not Dominate, Thankfully
But don’t take it from me—take it from Sam Raimi, who’s (Sam Raimi is a demigod in some circles, being that he was the mastermind behind ‘Evil Dead’, which, if you haven’t seen it, GO NOW) directing the flick. From the movie’s Comic Con panel:
Sam Raimi on ‘Oz’: “This is a very straightforward family picture. I would say it’s a very classically Disney type of movie. It’s all about these characters and their interactions with each other, the friendships they make. How some characters are sinners, how they hurt others, how those sins can grow. It’s about finally recognizing the things you do in this world have consequences, and how to be the best person you can be is really the story of this film. That’s the most exciting kind of story for me, the ones that have character growth, and I think James Franco’s character has a little bit of character growth in this film.”
Mila Kunis on working with Sam Raimi: “Listen, Sam is fantastic. I don’t know where to begin. I would do craft service for Sam if he asked me to.”
Michelle Williams on Sam Raimi, also: “I had never made a movie like this before. I’ve never made such a big movie before. I didn’t know what it was going to be like. I didn’t know if the things that concern me, Sam would have time for, or patience for. Not only did he have time and patience in the beginning when we were rehearsing, he had patience for them on the 17th hour of the sixth day. For me it was a very holistic experience; it was a real melding of my work life and my personal life. My film family and my real family.”
Raimi, on James Franco: “He’s a great collaborator. James was much less collaborative when I first worked with him. He was a real serious actor, I think he still had his James Dean hat on; he was doing it his way. I worked with him with certain limitations. We couldn’t communicate about everything as deeply as we did on this picture. [In this movie] there was a great sense of openness, collaboration, and patience. Now that James is a filmmaker, he understands all the things that go into a shot. He’s developed that patience.”
On the flying monkeys in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and whether they will have a part in ‘Oz’: “The teaser they showed today, the Wicked Witch has an army of flying baboons. We’re actually still developing them, but the teaser demanded that they come out right now. There is also a flying monkey in the story, different than the baboons, a nice flying monkey, so don’t worry.”
On whether the book Wicked was thrown around in the idea of developing this movie: “No. We were just using Baum’s books as a road map. We stayed with the thesis: who is that guy behind the curtain?”
So. Are we all in agreement that this movie’s going to be pretty darn fabulous? Because duh, it is.
July 13, 2012 at 9:30 am by Sarah
A couple of months ago, back in April, we heard quite a bit about the budding relationship between Michelle Williams and Jason Segel. There was the time that Jason played with Michelle’s daughter, Matilda, and the time that Jason put stickers of Michelle on his phone, and the time that Jason said that the two of them “would just very much like to be happy.” We heard one story right at the beginning of May about how Michelle’s daughter loves Jason, but ever since then, I haven’t heard anything. I sort of forgot that they were dating, as sad as that makes me to admit.
So what’s the deal? Are they still dating? Did they have a quiet break up? Did they elope?
From Us Weekly:
Michelle Williams and Jason Segel are still going strong!
After Us Weekly broke the news of their romance in March, the unlikely pair kept a low-profile while Segel promoted The Five-Year Engagement in Europe and Williams prepped for her Take This Waltz press tour. But on June 19, witnesses saw the couple looking “very lovey-dovey” at Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors, The New York Post‘s Page Six reports. Williams, 31, looked “so pretty” in white, while Segel, 32, wore “a suit.”
The couple stepped out to support James Corden, 33, Segel’s costar in 2010′s Gulliver’s Travels. “Jason loved the play,” a Segel source tells Us. “It was definitely his sense of humor.”
According to the source, Williams and Segel “are totally in love. Jason is obsessed with Michelle.” What’s more, he’s become somewhat of a father figure to Williams’ daughter Matilda, 6 (with her late ex, HeathLedger). “He’s been doing all sorts of ‘dad stuff’ with her, like drawing and playing music.”
Friends for years via mutual pal Busy Philipps, 32, Segel has only spoken publicly about Williams once, during an April interview with Extra. “I think we would just very much like to be happy,” he said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Man, this is just the thing I needed to hear after being subjected to that awful Octomom video I showed you earlier. True love does exist, you guys. Except I wish that source hadn’t used the word “obsessed” when describing Jason’s feelings for Michelle. That gives me a funny feeling that I’d rather not have when it comes to one of my new favorite Hollywood couples, you know?
June 23, 2012 at 9:00 am by Emily
Michelle just did an interview with Canada’s Flare magazine, where she talked about relationships, dating, not sex with Jason Segel, not Heath Ledger’s death, not a ‘Dawson’s Creek’ reunion, and not really anything of much importance aside from that movie she’s doing, ‘Take This Waltz’. Here’s Michelle on why she’s not talking about Jason Segel, Heath Ledger, or anything of much importance.
On keeping her personal life private:
“I need to keep my life very separate. I live and love and make decisions from a very comfortable and removed place. That’s how it works for me.”
“You deserve more than somebody who’s nice to you. I think that so often these days, niceness seems like it should be enough because it seems like such a rare quality, but when you get inside of it, you think, ‘Hmm.. I can be pretty nice to myself. What about these other things?’ Life is too short and too crappy to not try to get more of what you want.”
On her new movie:
“I thought about [Take This Waltz] as a coming of age story. Not in the pubescent way, but a girl on the verge of becoming a woman, that transition that you make in your late 20s or early 30s. She’s yet to experience a great kind of sadness. And I think that’s the thing that kind of plants her into adulthood.”
Well if that isn’t the blandest excerpt I’ve ever heard, then I don’t quite know what is. But hey. I guess not every interview can be a tear-jerking, emotionally-draining, uplifting-learn-this-lesson-the-hard-way kind of interview that most people prefer to read. Some just have to be generic, and that’s really all there is to it.
Also, ‘Take This Waltz’, if you don’t remember, is the movie where Michelle, Sarah Silverman, and some other chick appeared fully-frontally nude in a shower scene. You can check out the obviously-NSFW photos here because NUDITY.
June 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Sarah
And I know probably most of you do, since a lot of our search engine traffic comes from the nudie pics we just love to throw around like dollar bill-rain on seedy strippers.
The photos (which are obviously NSFW and after the jump) show Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman, and some other well-endowed chick in some full-frontal, rather bushy nudity while they lather up and rinse in a community shower. The stills are from their movie, ‘Take This Waltz’, which we’ve talked about here on the site for just how generally sucky it looks.
Michelle has a cutesy little body and natural bazongas, and in all of the photos she keeps her arms raised up over her head—the international sign for “I was pregnant once and my tits have never been the same so I keep my arms up high to make ‘em less saggy looking” (believe me, I KNOW)—and Sarah’s tits are surprisingly nice, though the rest of her body looks like a grandmother’s, save for the fact that there’s nary a wrinkle in sight.
Jump in to see the full-frontals, and here’s a hint: click on the photo to enlarge it to epic proportions.
May 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Sarah
… Williams was willing to commit more fully to our questions about a possible Dawson’s Creek reunion — or, at least, she was open to the idea, once we asked her about Don’t Trust The B– In Apartment 23 and told her that James Van Der Beek was willing. “He has my e-mail!” she responded, laughing. “He has my home phone, and my cell phone, so we talk … ” And that means she’d do the show, if he called? “He could totally ask! I’ve always said, I’m totally up for reunion tours, reunion shows, so we can do that. I’ve always wanted, my best friend [Busy Philipps] is on Cougar Town, and we’ve always talked about wanting to go be on that show, too. It’s just timing, because of L.A. and New York, and it hasn’t happened.” Your move, Van Der Beek!
Wow! Wouldn’t this be awesome if it happened?
This’ll be the biggest thing that’s happened to James Van Der Beek since … since … since, I don’t know, that movie he did for SyFy, The Storm! Which I, incidentally, watched this past week, because I went DV-R crazy with crappy made-for-TV disaster movies because I love them!
This’ll be the best thing that’s happened to Katie Holmes since she found out that her husband Tom Cruise is actually a robot created by the Church of Scientology, and because he’s some kind of weird droid, in legal terms, this means her marriage is not legally binding! … Wait, you mean that didn’t happen yet? OK, sorry—jumping the gun a little bit here, but it’s just all the excitement, I swear.
Would you guys totally love a DC reunion or what?
April 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm by Sarah
Michelle Williams and Jason Segel had plenty to feel giddy about Wednesday night, as the new couple attended the premiere of his movie The Five-Year Engagement at the Tribeca Film Festival – and snuggled together at the afterparty.
They were affectionate throughout the night. As the movie ended, he gave her a little kiss on the cheek, as she took off and he stayed in New York’s Ziegfeld Theater to chat with friends and well-wishers.
They were practically inseparable at the afterparty in the Museum of Modern Art. Segel held Williams’s hand and took her around to tables, whispering in her ear. They looked very new and very happy. At one point, he pulled her behind a curtain and she came back out and pointed at him jokingly.
Williams, 31, left before Segel, 32 – she leaned in, kissed his cheek, said something quickly in his ear, rubbed his back and dipped out through the curtain.
So they’ve gone public, then, I guess, huh? I’m just nuts over these two. They seem like they’re definitely the real thing, and if Michelle is going as far as to appear in public with him—in front of both his and her peers—then there’s something serious, brewing, you mark my words.
I’d say give it another six to eight months, and we’ll be hearing about an engagement. Forget that there’s already floating around because Jason‘s talking like, oh, I don’t know, this about his new movie, The Five-Year Engagement:
“My plan is to get her to marry me as quickly as possible before she finds out who I really am,” he said with a laugh. “I’ll do it romantic, but I’ll do it like over a three-day weekend. We’ll meet on Friday, have our first date on Saturday, engaged on Sunday and married on Monday.”
Yes, this is what Jason had to say about his movie, and I’m completely sure that it had nothing at all to do with his current girlfriend. Six to eight months, guys. Jot it down.