I realized the other day that 100% of my familiarity with Les Mis comes from Joey Potter squirming through "On My Own" at the talent show or fundraiser or whatever-TF it was on Dawson's Creek (seez 1 ep 12, bitchez!). But I am intrigued by the film (not saying I'm going to see it, just saying I'm intrigued), and the main reason for that is Anne Hathaway. The girl commits! Like, press stills of her as Fantine make me choke up. Some people, including director Tom Hooper, think Hathaway may have committed too much.
"To be honest, I thought she was going further than she should, and I tried to discourage her," Hooper tells the newspaper of Hathaway's severe weight loss.
"Tom didn't like what I was doing, but he understood why I was doing it," the actress counters. "No one liked what I was doing. By the end, people were hugging me, and they would get emotional because I felt so frail."
Still, the star insists she has no regrets about pushing herself to the brink, especially if it nudges her career forward. (Some say she's already a lock for an Oscar nomination, though she claims her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" is just "eh.")
"I see the sort of work that people like Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet can do, and I want to do that level of work so badly," she tells the L.A. Times of those Oscar winners. "But I don't believe I'm as gifted as them. So the only thing I can control is how hard I work at it — how much do I commit to it? How far will I take it?"
I don't get why people make fun of her. She seems awesome. I mean, she's no Miss Josephine Potter, but, you know. [Us]
Apparently Richard Simmons got his foot run over and then was totally hilarious and adorable about it:
Simmons was chatting away with some passengers on a tour bus, when a passing car ran right over his foot. When the driver realized what happened, he stopped the car and went to make sure Simmons was all right.
The driver apologized and Simmons insisted that he need not worry about it:
"No, it's bleeding, but don't worry about it. The blood is dripping ... No, it's fine," he tells the man who ran over his foot "No, I'm fine, I promise. I'm fine, seriously."
When the car drives away, Simmons' reaction is just hilarious, as he lets out a piercing scream, before breaking into laughter. Though Simmons appears to brush off the accident and even offers to take photos with the tourists, the injury was more serious than it seemed.
Uuuuuuuuuuugh I want him to live under my bed. [HuffPo]
- Dave Matthews and Christina Aguilera's publicist, Meredith Sue Israel Thomas, has died of breast cancer at age 39. Condolences. [Yahoo]
- One-armed MMA fighter Nick Newell is wondering why he's not allowed to fight in UFC. [TMZ]
- Mathward McConaughey had ANOTHER baybay and named it All Right All Right All Right All Right All Right McConaughey. [ShowbizSpy]
- Character actor Harry Carey Jr., who is not the same person as Harry "If You Were a Hot Dog and You Were Starving Would You Eat Yourself" Caray, has passed away at age 91. [CBS]
- Michael Buble and his wife played in the snow and here are 30 pictures of it. [JustJared]
- These miniature horses trotted to Connecticut to nuzzle Sandy Hook victims. [Radar]
- Lady Gaga has been replaced by the Rockettes at this year's Times Square NYE ball-drop. I would just like to say that one time I had brunch with a really fun and awesome friend-of-a-friend Rockette in Seattle and the following day I sat next to a DIFFERENT Rockette on the plane to LA and I was like "HOLY SHIT I JUST MET A ROCKETTE YESTERDAY HER NAME IS JESSICA [OR SOMETHING], ISN'T THAT AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE!?" and the Rockette next to me was a total unimpressed bitch about it. [News.au]
- Dude from Chapelle's Show thinks Spike Lee needs to chill out about Django Unchained already because it's "just a movie." [TMZ]
- Happy Birthday Ted Danson, patron saint of confusing sexual attractions. [CNN]