Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why Elizabeth Olsen may be the coolest Olsen. Actually, it's Mary-Kate but this girl is cool too.

In case you haven't heard Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, they of the boho fashion, crazy hair and billions of dollars, have a sister. She has those same Muppet eyes but she is not the height of a six year old so she is easy to spot. She is also actually an actress and is getting all that pre, pre, pre Oscar buzz that starts about now for her role in the film Martha Marcy May Marlene. According to the NYU Local (and by the way the youngest Olsen is finishing up her undergrad degree at NYU unlike her sisters who went for like a day. I'm pretty sure they just went so they could be closer to Starbucks) the story is about:

"Martha, (Elizabeth Olsen, who goes by Marcy May and Marlene at other points in the film) a member of a backwoods cult in the Catskills, who escapes and seeks refuge with the only family she has – her sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and Lucy’s new husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy, to get a little star power in there). “She seems okay,” Lucy says of Martha’s emotional state early in the film. But we all know that ain’t the case. Martha is all unraveled and her crazy becomes more and more apparent as we learn what happened during her time in the cult made her that way."

Olsen is getting stunning reviews for her performance even though this is only like her third role and one of them was in her sisters' classic film, How The West Was Won. Anyway, as you can imagine, Lizzie is getting a ton of attention and is being helmed as the next it girl. She has that perfect combination of both Mary Kate and Ashley but she actually brushes her hair.

Elizabeth seems to be following the crazed young women roles as her next film is about a woman unraveling and is called Silent House. It is due next month.After that she has a slew of other films with top actors including Jane Fonda in Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, Robert DeNiro in Red Lights, Zac Efron in Very Good Girls and fellow NYU classmate Dakota Fanning in Liberal Arts. I wonder if they got school credit for that one. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Are You Ready For Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe?

In case you hadn't heard there is a new Marilyn Monroe film coming out, My Week With Marilyn, and it stars Michelle Williams as the legendary actress. It also stars Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh and even Emma Watson managed to get into this one during a hiatus from Brown. According to IMDB.com, the plot is "Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. 

Now I wasn't very convinced at first that Michelle Williams could carry off the Marilyn but she does a pretty good job in the trailer though I really don't think they look alike. They do sort of have that tragic thing in common though. I mean she was always so depressing on Dawson's Creek. Come on Jen! It's the Creek it can't be that bad! Of course, in the series finale they killed her off with some weird disease and she was already a single mom who got to watch Dawson and Pacy fight over Joey for the 17th time. And then came the tragedy of Heath Ledger which just contributed to her terribly romantic status.

I always thought she was a good actress but I did not anticipate the career she has had. Two Oscar nominations and I think we are looking at a third with this film. Like Marilyn, Michelle has always had an amazing sense of fashion. Her amazing orange Vera Wang dress is one of my favorites ever. She has managed to mix Brooklyn funky with old Hollywood glamour. Here are some of my favorites:
Simple and elegant and I love the short hair

Vintage classic

To die for Vera Wang dress she wore the year she was nominated for Brokeback Mountain

Very Edie Sedgewick

Adorable and fun

Love this casual look while out with daughter Matilda in Brooklyn

Gorgeous in red

OMG. I love this dress more than anything. Shiny and short.


I don't understand why they aren't dating


So ladylike

Cute and casual

Yah stripes!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The League and other new shows I am obsessed with

Okay so The League is actually not very new and just started its Third Season but I only started watching it last Saturday so it is new to me. I like football but the whole idea of fantasy football kinda makes me sad. When I heard a show about fantasy football was coming to FX I just thought that is not the show for me. But then thanks to Netflix Instant (or is it Qwikster now?) and a little bit of Saturday boredom/curiosity I watched the first season. It is hilarious! It is dirty, smart and brutally honest. It has all those guys who play the weird annoying guys on all your favorite comedies (Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll) and gives them a chance to shine. The amazing Katie Aselton, Stephen Rannazzisi, Mark Duplass (my new TV boyfriend) and Jonathan LaJoie (my little fritada Taco) round off the cast. If you aren't watching it then you need to be. It airs on FX on Thursdays at 10:30.

Now on to the fall shows. We have already seen a few casualties: The Playboy Club, Free Agents and How to be A Gentleman but we have all seen a few hits.

Here are my favorite newbies so far:

Hart of Dixie: As the girls from Go Fug Yourself said, "That show somehow manages to be totally likeable and watchable while still not being particularly great. Rachel Bilson is delightful, but she is not believable as a doctor, like, at all. Jaime King spends each episode dressed like she’s still in Pearl Harbor. " It's true. I love me some Rachel Bilson. I mean she made The OC great but is she believable as a doctor? Not so much. You can literally see her working as an actor to pronounce all the medical terms. But I do love that she wears fancy shorts in literally every scene because she is "trendy" and from "New Yorkish." But for some reason it an enjoyable show. Something about neurotic New Yorkers finding themselves in the South is just magical. Plus, Scott Porter is adorable.

2 Broke Girls: Okay, this might not be funny to guys but I love it. The writing is clever, quippy and delightfully bitchy. Yes, Kat Dennings can be a bit depressing but she is funny and newcomer Beth Behrs is delightful.

New Girl: Though Zooey Deschanel was almost too quirky and loopy in the pilot the show has gotten better in the past few weeks. The guys make the whole thing even more adorkable! Plus I hear Lizzy Kaplan, best known for Party Down and Mean Girls, will be stopping by soon.