Emily Blunt’s Best Actress Contender

At the New York debut of The Young Victoria, star Emily Blunt talks to The Daily Beast about “great roles for women” going into Oscar season. Plus, view our red carpet gallery.

As 2009 rolls to an end, people all over Hollywood are noting that this has not exactly been a great year for movies. Starting this season, the Oscars will nominate 10 films (up from the usual five) for best picture, and the joke being told nearly everywhere you go is that there aren’t enough good movies to warrant the old number, much less the new one.

And then there is the Best Actress race, which paradoxically, is more competitive than any year in recent memory.

The latest woman throwing a serious iron into the fire is Emily Blunt, the 26 year old British beauty who shot to fame playing Meryl Streep’s obsessed assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. On Thursday night, she strode into the Regal Union Square Stadium for the Cinema Society, Grand Marnier and the New Yorker’s screening ofThe Young Victoria wearing a sheath from Carolina Herrera and chunky Prada heels. She chatted with reporters and seemed far more comfortable than most American starlets, complimenting one woman-reporter on the press line for her Erickson Beamon necklace (“really beautiful,” she said, sounding less eager than matter of fact) before answering questions about how she learned about her character (“I read everything I could”) and how long it took to get into costume every day (about 2 1/2 hours). [Read more…]

‘The Wolfman’ Gets R-Rating

Universal Pictures has announced that their movie “The Wolfman” has got an R-rating from Motion Picture Association of America. The movie, which is going to be released around the Valentine’s Day in 2010, is rated R for “bloody horror, violence and gore.”

Despite the negative financial consequences that can go along with it, the studio seems happy with the R-rating. This is possible considering the fact that the latest news is not as bad as several problems happened to the film along the way, like delays, reshoots, composers Danny Elfman’s leave, and editing changes.

A remake of the 1941 classic of the same name, “The Wolfman” is following Talbot who is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. He finds out that a nightmarish beast has been terrorizing the town but while investigating, Talbot discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.

Benicio Del Toro plays the major character, Lawrence Talbot, while Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt star as Talbot’s father and love interest respectively. Originally slated for 2009 movie, “The Wolfman” is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on February 10, 2010.

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Emily Blunt’s Take on the Wolfman Delays

Emily Blunt, who stars as Gwen Conliffe in Universal Pictures’ redo The Wolfman, has a theory on why we had to wait so long to see the film.

“I think with a film like that, because there are special effects and it’s a big movie, you can’t accelerate its release date,” she explained to Shock Till You Drop this afternoon, offering a culinary analogy. “It’s not fair and so I think it just needed some more time. They needed to cook a little bit more. But the film is so good, so I’m really happy that they waited and I think it’s the best time for people to see it. This fall is all about the awards seasons and all of that, so I don’t know if it’s that kind of film. It’s not. It’s a werewolf movie.”

The Wolfman, directed by Joe Johnston, is ultimately pouncing onto the theatrical circuit nationwide on February 12. “It’s a brilliant…more of a throwback to the old Lon Chaney films and it’s classic and gothic and eerie but I don’t think it competes with the slasher movies in that way because I think it’s better. I did my job, they loved the movie so, I almost feel this is the best time because I feel like more people are going to see it in February anyway.” [Read more…]

Emily’s blunt about royal role

Emily Blunt, young Victoria in the film “The Young Victoria,” which the Cinema Society screened to VIPs last night, told me the rigors of play ing Her Majesty the Queen.

“Between the gown and the crown, it was so restricting. Especially when I remember how difficult it was for me the first time I wore a bra. And now these costumes! I wish the public had been able to see behind the scenes in the dressing room getting into those tightly corseted Victorian outfits. I learned how to survive when they lace you tight. It takes getting used to. You must inhale so your rib cage expands. This way, after you’re all done up you can have room to breathe. Any other way, and there’s no wiggle room.

“We wore flats under those huge, voluminous gowns, which, in fact, they actually did in the early period. They wore ballet boots. [Read more…]

John Krasinski Nervous To Wed Emily Blunt? Nope– Thanks To His Dry Run On ‘The Office’

Let’s face facts, only John Krasinski could joke about his upcoming nuptials as “boring” and still have it come off as sweet and endearing (well maybe to us moreso than his bride-to-be, actress Emily Blunt, anyway!) It turns out the fictional, albeit very long awaited, wedding between Jim and Pam on “The Office” is actually helping John prep for his own wedding day. [Read more…]

Blunt’s regal role

To people with a certain view of Queen Victoria – “that she was this old lady who waddled around looking depressed,” as someone once said – it’s an eye-opener to meet Emily Blunt. The fine-boned English actress, who plays the queen in the new movie The Young Victoria, is not only young, thin and beautiful; she is assuredly not waddling and, furthermore, she is laughing hysterically at something one of her assistants has just said.

That is not much like Victoria, the monarch who was famously not amused, but Blunt’s version is a woman not many people knew: “a vivacious, feisty girl who loved to laugh and eat and to dance,” in the words of the actress (who is also, by the way, responsible for the “old lady who waddled” characterization).

The Young Victoria is set in the years before the queen went into permanent mourning over the death of her beloved husband Albert. The movie, directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallee (C.R.A.Z.Y.), follows the teenage Victoria as she breaks clear of an overbearing mother (Miranda Richardson) and falls in love with her cousin Albert (Rupert Friend). A combination of romance and court intrigue, it features sumptuous costumes, stunning sets and a more intimate atmosphere than most costume epics.

It was a role that Blunt went after the minute she read the script by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

“I was aware that there were surely bigger names involved, and I said that I didn’t really care and that I would love to do it and I would love for them to give me a shot,” Blunt, 26, recalled. “It was a bit demanding, and that was something that could be royal, I suppose.”

The connection between the actress – whose own sense of regal command was also evident in her role as the neurotic assistant in The Devil Wears Prada – and a queen-in-waiting is easy to translate into Hollywood terms. [Read more…]

Emily Blunt Learns To Play The Ukulele: Zac Efron Too

Emily Blunt, the ‘Devil Wears Prada’ actress – who stars as Princess of Lilliputia in new movie ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, which is based on the classic novel by Jonathan Swift – has taken up the guitar-like instrument after seeing her two co-stars Jack Black and Billy Connolly playing it on set between takes.

Emily, 26, claims she is getting good and serenades fiance John Krasinski with her favourite Otis Redding song.

She said: “I can play ‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay’ and that Beatles song, ‘When I’m 65′ or is it ’64’? Whatever it is. I like that one. Next I’d like to learn ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ on the ukulele.”

Emily is not the only star to have recently taken up the ukulele.

Zac Efron, 22, has started to learn the instrument after becoming interested in it while shooting his new coming-of-age movie ‘Me And Orson Welles’.

He said: “I think one thing that I’ll never forget was the ukulele instrument we had. One of the guys in the cast is really good on the ukulele so he would kind of improvise. And we would all improvise songs about people on the cast and just kind of like sing.”

Source: Post Chronicle