Bridges, Blunt among Santa Barbara film festival honorees

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will throw a valentine to newly minted Golden Globe winner Jeff Bridges, honor up-and-coming English actress Emily Blunt and hand out a nature filmmaking award to a controversial film about dolphin hunting off Japan.

Those were the major late additions that Roger Durling, the festival’s executive director, announced Tuesday during his annual pre-festival news conference at the Hotel Santa Barbara.

“I don’t like to unwrap all the Christmas gifts at once,” Durling said later.

The festival’s milestone 25th edition runs Feb. 4-14 across Santa Barbara. Some 200 films from 45 countries will be screened, including 18 world premieres and 28 U.S. premieres. [Read more…]


Emily Blunt Joins Line of Stars Who’ve Avoided Traffic Tickets

When celebrities get pulled over, it seems sometimes even traffic officers can get a little star-struck.

In the case of Emily Blunt, as she shared with Jay Leno this week, fame can work in a star’s favor to avoid speeding tickets.

As the Daily Mail reports, “The Devil Wears Prada” actress was pulled over for driving eight miles over the speed limit in Hollywood.

The 26-year-old brunette told Leno that she got let off the hook when the officer took one look at her U.K. driving license and appeared amused: “The guy takes it and says, ‘What is this?’ I said, ‘I know it looks like a Barbie but it is actually a U.K. driving license.'”

“He was like, ‘Ha, funny.’ Then he literally threw it back in the car and said, ‘Slow down.'” [Read more…]

2010 Most Anticipated Films: ‘The Wolfman’ & ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

The Wolfman & The Adjustment Bureau are listed one of the ‘2010 Most Anticipated Films‘.

The Wolfman
Release Date: February 12

The Who: Directed by Joe Johnston; Written by Andrew Kevin Walker; Starring Benecio del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Hopkins

The Pitch: Another re-imagining of a classic tale, I think del Toro has the creepy charisma to bring a character like this to life. It’s a perversion of man, a look into the dark soul of someone forced to be violent, and it promises to have an intense amount of gnashing teeth. Plus, can you really go wrong with Rick Baker involved?

The Adjustment Bureau
Release Date: TBA

The Who: Directed by George Nolfi; Based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick; Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt
The Pitch: Phillip K. Dick’s short story about a man in a changing reality is brilliant and includes some very cool imagery that would translate well to film. I have no idea if it’s been translated with this adaptation, but George Nolfi (in his first stint as director) is a great writer, and Matt Damon is one of the best working actors today. Pair him with Emily Blunt, toss in Terence Stamp and Anthony Mackie with a heavy dose of science fiction, and I have no idea why you wouldn’t get excited.

Source: Film School Rejects

Emily Blunt fashion winners at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood

Adam Lambert and Emily Blunt showed up all gussied up for the 15th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium tonight. So did a slew of other celebrities.

Although this was a night to celebrate films, put up by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, it was also a night for show business fashionistas to dress to the nines without being concerned that the entire world would criticize their every clothing choice from head to toe (think the Oscars or the Golden Globes).

In this more low-key event, done up attendees out to take in this fine event seemed to have fun picking out their wardrobes without worrying about being put down by fashion critics. The results are outstanding. [Read more…]

Emily Blunt Spreads the Word on The Young Victoria, One Theater at a Time

The critics and media have widely praised Emily Blunt’s performance as The Young Victoria’s turn-of-the-century monarch: This weekend she’s up for Best Actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. Now all she has to do is get people who haven’t had free press screenings to see the damn thing, which is no small task for an actress in a small period piece released during the season full of studio-backed “event” movies. So the job has fallen to Blunt to personally win over audiences: She spent Thursday night at the Grove theater in L.A., participating in a post-screening Q&A. “This is the first time I have been directly opposite people who have paid money to see it rather than review it,” she explained to the non-industry crowd before joking, “Someone’s suddenly like, ‘Boo!’” [Read more…]