Monday 22 January 2018

Reel Life

Declan Cashin

In case you haven't been paying attention, there seems to be a full-blown Anne Hathaway backlash going on at the moment.

The toothsome actress has been, to quote George Bernard Shaw, all up in our grills the past few months as she swept every gong going for her weepy performance in Les Misérables.

But it's the manner in which she comported herself throughout award season that appears to have rubbed people up the wrong way.

Web outlets and social media sites have been picking on the star for weeks now, slamming her persona for being too affected and inauthentic – "too actressy", as one writer put it.

Well, it's such a pop cultural brouhaha that no less grand an entity than The New York Times has seen fit to wade into the issue of what actor James Franco has dubbed "the Hathahaters".

"Do We Really Hate Anne Hathaway?" an article in the Times beseeched last weekend.

"Ms Hathaway seems to have become a mirror for our own inadequacies," the piece argues, before going on to quote a columnist who said: "It's not really Anne Hathaway I 'hate'.

"It's all the lesser, real-life Anne Hathaways I have known – princessy, theatre-schooled girls who have no game and no sex appeal and eat raisins for dessert."

Personally, Reel Life has long been a Hathaway supporter (fAnne?) – you have to tip your hat to a gal who has enough versatility to make The Devil Wears Prada, Rachel Getting Married and The Dark Knight Rises (let's not mention Bride Wars).

Perhaps wisely, she's taking a bit of a break from screen roles for a while – the next we'll see and hear of Hathaway is a cameo in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon and voiceover work in Rio 2.

Q Actor Jason Segal revealed last week that he's written a series of young-adult books based on the first script he sold, back when he was 21.

"It's about kids facing their biggest fears, that's about all I can tell you," he said.

But Segal did once describe the script in question as a "kids' adventure movie in the style of The Goonies or Labyrinth."

Meaning the script will now likely get made as well as the books published. Some guys have all the luck.

Q The late, great Nora Ephron (left), she of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Heartburn... will be the subject of an HBO documentary later this year. Entitled Everything Is Copy, it will be co-directed by Ephron's son, Jacob Bernstein.

Q There was a huge outpouring of sympathy last week after the death of Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic famous for his "thumbs-up" reviews.

But it was amusing to be reminded of the critiques of movies that Ebert hated.

About Freddy Got Fingered, he said: "This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel.

"This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels."

Best of all, after actor/director Vincent Gallo responded to Ebert's poor review of his film The Brown Bunny by mocking the critic's weight, Ebert replied: "It is true that I am fat, but one day I will be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny."

Irish Independent

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