Thursday, October 25, 2007

Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Funnyman Steve Carell plays a widower who falls in love with his brother’s girlfriend, played by French actress Juliette Binoche, in the romantic comedy Dan In Real Life, and Carell tells columnist Jeanne Wolf he perfected his chemistry with Binoche during an impromtu karaoke session. Carell explains, “The director wanted to see if Juliette and I had the right chemistry so, I’m not kidding, he asked us to sing along to Barbra Streisand’s ‘Endless Love.’ I resisted, but she was game, so I went for it. I don’t know who has that tape, but it better not end up on YouTube.”

HOLLYWOOD – In his new quirky comedy Dan In Real Life, Steve Carell plays a dad raising three daughters who are always on his case because he’s not cool enough, and Carell admits his real life daughter feels the same way about him sometimes. Carell tells Jeanne Wolf, “My daughter is only seven, but she’s already there. I bought a pair of new shoes and this morning I asked her, ‘Honey, what do you think?’ She gave them a look and said, ‘Those are terrible.’ I picked them out because I was sure she’d like them.”

HOLLYWOOD – French screen queen Juliette Binoche plays Steve Carell’s love interest in Dan In Real Life, but several years ago, Binoche won an Oscar for her role in The English Patient, an award which she shared freely with her son. Binoche tells Jeanne Wolf, “I let my son, who was three at the time, play with it [the Oscar]. After a few days it started peeling, and finally, there was no gold left. The Academy kindly replaced it.”

HOLLYWOOD – Kevin Bacon plays a train engineer whose locomotive crashes into the car of a young mother, killing her on the tracks, in the tragic drama Rails and Ties, but Bacon tells Jeanne Wolf that for his next film, he wouldn’t mind “lightening up a bit” and doing a comedy. Bacon says, “People seem to have forgotten that I made my debut in Animal House. I came from Death Sentence to Rails and Ties so it’s been very intense. I’d love to do something like Knocked Up or Superbad.

HOLLYWOOD – Actress Allison Eastwood is making her directorial debut with Rails and Ties and she tells Jeanne Wolf that she’s gotten a few pointers on directing from her very own dad, legendary actor and director, Clint Eastwood. Allison explains, “He was shooting Letters from Iwo Jima and he said, ‘Why don’t you come out and watch your old man work?’ So I went to the set for a couple of days. And it wasn’t like the daughter visiting her dad. He just let me observe, be the fly on the wall. It wasn’t like he was saying, ‘Now watch me do this.’ But I learned a lot.”

HOLLYWOOD – Office Space alum Ron Livingston plays hearing-impaired disability advocate Richard Pimentel in Music Within, and he had a change of plans when it came to researching for his role as a deaf man. Livingston tells Jeanne Wolf, “I had some earplugs that I wore for a couple weeks, and I was going to watch all these movies about deaf people. Then I met Richard, and I was a little taken aback to find that you’d never know that he can’t hear. He reads lips flawlessly. His speech is impeccable – it’s probably better than mine. I realized the whole point in the movie is that ‘deaf guy’ does not define who he is.”

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