Oh, Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard in Shattered Glass

Every year of recent memory, Peter Sarsgaard has delivered a superb performance, role after role, movie after. From Shattered Glass to Garden State to Kinsey, Sarsgaard never fails.

He is just one of those actors. Well-liked, excellent at his craft, praised by critics, and rarely recognized beyond that point.

This year is no diiferent as Sarsgaard delivers once again with key performances in Jarhead and The Dying Gaul. An excerpt:

Has it downby Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

Today (Friday, 10.4) is Peter Sarsgaard Meditation Day, if you want to think like that. You know…thoughts of who he is and how sharp his mind is, what he’s got stewing inside, what that easy smile and those hooded eyes really indicate deep down, where’s he’s heading.

Sarsgaard, 34, has two new movies opening today — Jarhead, a Waiting-for-Godot- ish Gulf War drama in which he plays Troy, the hardest and truest Marine of them all…an intense embodiment of the modern deballed warrior…and The Dying Gaul, in which he plays a gay screenwriter involved in a sexual-ethical muddle with a big-studio executive (Campbell Scott) who wants to make a movie of his script, and the executive’s curiously frustrated wife (Patricia Clarkson).

Both of Sarsgaard’s characters are given to internal suffering, which he conveys with his usual particularity. A lot of actors are good at subtle conveyences, but Sarsgaard is always fascinating when most of the energy is being pushed down and there’s relatively little to do. He doesn’t ever seem to say, “Look at me”…but you can’t help doing that.

He can also be riveting when asked to go in the opposite direction. There’s a start- ling, almost-on-the-cusp-of-being-too-much sexual scene in Gaul that proves this and then some. It’s “honest” in a way that almost no other actor I can think of would be willing to touch.

I wouldn’t call either performance career-altering, but they’re a reminder of what everyone has come to realize about Sarsgaard over the least couple of years, which is that he’s an exceptional violin player, and that one day the right music and the right conductor are going to come along and…wham, out of the park.

Click here to read the entire article. Thoughts? What do you think about Mr. Sarsgaard? Hate spelling his last name. (Because I sure do.) Sound off below!

Adieu to Gerard Depardieu

Oh no! It can’t be true! Hey, I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

It had to happen eventually. Gerard Depardieu is SOBER AND he is actually doing something shocking. Sadly, that that something is retiring. Gerard Depardieu is one of the best living French actors (maybe even the greatest, not really sure. He’s not quite a Jean Gabin but he’s up there.)

Depardieu is retiring now before he becomes a sell out and people remember him only for his recent movie roles rather than remember that he was the premiere French actor in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Pretty good reasons I think.

And I think the picture is cool too.

Gerard Depardieu says he will quit acting
Author : Paula Cussons

Noted French film star Gerard Depardieu has announced that he would be bidding adieu to his acting career and that it was his final decision. The 56-year-old star, famous for mind-blowing films such as Jean de Florette and Cyrano de Bergerac said in an interview that he did not want to “hang on like an idiot.”

The interview published in the newspaper Le Parisien Dimanche left viewers shocked and his admirers and colleagues unconvinced. “I’m in the process of stopping filming. I’m a guy who’s leaving! A guy who’s not drunk. For once,” he told the newspaper. The entire interview is published in Sunday’s editions of the French newspaper.

Depardieu said that the film that he was currently working on is based on the Algerian war for independence and is titled Michou d’Auber. He categorically stated that this would be his last film ever. “I have nothing to lose,” he said. “I have done 170 films. I have nothing left to prove. I am not going to hang on like a jerk.”

However, his longtime agent, Claude Davy told the BBC that viewers should not take Depardieu’s statements on face value since he has been threatening to quit since a decade, “He is fed up of cinema,” Davy said. “It doesn’t amuse him anymore. He wants to do deals, he wants to do other things than act.”

He added that Depardieu would cut down on films and make perhaps limited appearance in a film per year. Despite these statements, Depardieu has more than seven films waiting for release. These include the Queen Latifah drama Last Holiday, which is scheduled for release on January 13.

Depardieu had an impressive career, which saw him nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Cyrano de Bergerac. He also won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy for Green Card in 1990. He alsoreceieved an Emmy nomination for his the 2002 production Napoléon.

Beatty for Governor?

Who would you prefer?

Everytime time there is a governor race in California, it always appears to have a slew of celebrities in the running. Last time it was Gary Coleman vs. the porn star vs. the eventual winner, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This time around will be no different as the candidates for the race are shaping up to be Arnold (again) vs. Rob Reiner vs. (possibly) Warren Beatty.

Whether or not Warren Beatty decides to run for governor is still up in the air. But for years now, rumors have been generating that screen icon Beatty has been toying with the idea of entering the political arena.

Now it seems more than likely as Beatty, a democrat, has been challenging the Governator’s stances on California’s key issues. Apparently the only way to fight a celebrity is with another celebrity (although this one, in my humble opinion, is much better than the other).

I’ll admit it now, I’m a huge Warren Beatty fan and that has nothing to due with his liberal-ness. And let me say, I will be super jealous of California if Warren Beatty gets to be their governor and I get stuck with rich scumbag A) Jon Corzine or rich scumbag B) Doug Forrester.

Who has better qualifications to California’s gov.? I’m not quite sure. Beatty played a politician in Bulworth and Schwartzeneggor is married to a Kennedy.

So if Beatty does decide to run, Will he Shampoo the Terminator (insert Jaws music here).

Only time will tell and who the hell knows with California.

Robert Wise (1914-2005)

“In a sense, he was the Steven Spielberg of his time.” – Martin Scorsese, on Robert Wise

Robert Wise with actress Audrey Totter on the set of “The Set Up” (1949)

Director and editor Robert Wise behind West Side Story and The Sound of Music died Wednesday. He was 91. The following includes excerpts from the LA Times. 

“He was always treated with great deference and it was not for what he accomplished in films, but for who he was as a human being,” Lawrence Mirisch said a family family and a motion picture agent.

Michael Apted, president of the Directors Guild of America, said in a statement that Wise’s … devotion to the craft of filmmaking and his wealth of head-and-heart knowledge about what we do and how we do it was a special gift to his fellow directors.”

Earning a reputation as a disciplined and impeccable craftsman, he worked in virtually every genre — from high drama and romantic comedy to film noir and the supernatural.”

Among Robert Wise’s best-known 40 films:

  • Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951),
  • I Want to Live!” (1958)
  • The Haunting” (1963)
  • The Sand Pebbles” (1966)

In 1998, the modest and self-effacing filmmaker became the 26th recipient of the AFI’s life achievement award, joining the ranks of fellow directors John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Welles in receiving what is widely considered the film industry’s highest career honor.

“Some of the more esoteric critics claim that there’s no Robert Wise style or stamp,” Wise said at the time. “My answer to that is that I’ve tried to approach each genre in a cinematic style that I think is right for that genre. I wouldn’t have approached ‘The Sound of Music’ the way I approached ‘I Want to Live!‘ for anything, and that accounts for a mix of styles.”

While I Was Gone

I’ve returned from my week long vacation in the Catskills and I am sad to report that it was not a Dirty Dancing-esque summer. One day it will happen I swear. In other news, after being completely isolated from any celebrity news or movie watching for one week, I had a few shocks when I returned to NJ.

1. Brad and Jen are finalizing their divorce. I, like any other stalkerazzi in training (SIT?), wonder when Brangelina will come out as an item. I mean they were spotted in Canada at some dinosaur museum.

2. Chelsea is really Georgia. (That’s Days of Our Lives reference.)

3. Hillary Duff’s greatest hits album, “Most Wanted” is number one on the Billboard charts. I’m by far not the biggest music buff in the world but even I know that is wrong on so many levels

4. Brock Peters, who played Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird and starred in other great movies such as Carmen and Porgy and Bess, passed away on August 23. He was also a huge part of the sci-fi genre, with roles in Star Trek and the voice of Darth Vader on NPR. Peters was an important actor who most people probably haven’t heard of or know of his work beyond TKAM. (It’s a shame how that happens). I think his death is far more important than the three items I listed before.