Re: Zodiac David Fincher's quote on the arduous multiple takes required of his actors for this new drama
I hate earnestness in performance...usually by Take 17 the earnestness is gone.and Gyllenhaal's professed bewilderment at the same has already been heavily blogged elsewhere. But here's what I'm thinking. If you strip away the negative connotations you might have for the word "earnest" isn't that an adjective that perfectly describes Mr. Gyllenhaal's acting style? And so it begs the question: Had David Fincher ever seen any of Jake Gyllenhaal's work before casting him?
Re: Jennifer Hudson The Boston Globe thinks she's headed for obscurity. "Try to imagine for a moment Hudson in another role, especially a non-singing one." But here's my question. Wasn't this obvious from moment one? Her dream was to become a singer, not a movie star. I fell in love with her back in the AI days (my favorite contestant from any season by a mile) and i don't remember any 'this is my ticket to movie stardom!' ambitions playing out. I'm kind of surprised that people thought that getting raves for singing (amazingly well) in a movie when you've never so much as acted in a school play meant that you would have a big film career? Isn't that why so many cinephiles bitched about her dominance in awards season: that acting Oscars should be given for acting rather than 'dreams come true' hooks or other noteworthy talents?
More interesting is this writers contention that she's not going to have a big music career either. Don't know that I agree but that's something worth debating. People will chalk up her future lack of films to the infamous "supporting actress curse" but in reality, it's just this: she's a singer by ambition and talent, an actress by detour --but also as way of fulfilling singing ambition.
Re: Sweeney Todd David Poland writes a few days ago that word from the set about Johnny Depp's performance is "excellent" and that he'll probably win next year's Oscar. I want the praise to be justified. Love Depp. Love Sondheim. Love Sweeney Todd. Used to love Tim Burton. But it puzzles me that people are allegedly saying and getting it trickling down emphatically to journalists when filming began just three weeks ago tops. They've still got months of work to do! Depp is at best just 1/3rd of the way into his performance. Seems awfully early to start praising it, don'cha think? Jeffrey Wells of course has an amusing rebuttal. Those two...do we have to separate them again?