Sounding as if she’s quoting a chapter from the gospel of Ari, the super-agent on HBO’s Entourage, Emily Blunt offers her approach to building an acting career.
“You have to mix it up,” Blunt says. “Do one for them, one for me.”
Though she has two new movies in theaters – the recently released Sunshine Cleaning and The Great Buck Howard – it’s hard to say which is for her and which is for “them,” since both are quirky little movies. They each have their stars: Amy Adams, fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in Doubt, stars in Sunshine Cleaning, and Buck Howard features John Malkovich as the titular entertainer. But neither movie is the sort of boffo box-office studio project that Ari would endorse. Read more…
Amy Adams and Emily Blunt play two sisters who stumble into the crime scene cleanup business, with disastrous results. Aiming to be a smart, quirky comedy with a hard edge, the film lacks the emotional sophistication it needed to reach the finish line, but it does offer a few good moments thanks to performance value. Alan Arkin and Steve Zahn co-star.
Starring: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin and Steve Zahn.
Rating: Two stars out of five
Contrived quirkiness can be as awkward and cringe-inducing as bad acting. It’s like watching a swimmer tread water with one arm or a figure skater land a triple toe-loop fanny first: Everything starts to look harder than it really should be. Read more…
Brit Emily Blunt won over audiences stateside with her underfed fashionista in The Devil Wears Prada. For her latest role, in Sunshine Cleaning (expanding to more cities Friday), the Golden Globe winner trades designer duds for biohazard gear she must wear to clean up crime scenes — a business she starts with her sister (Amy Adams). Blunt, 26, joins a reporter for a spot of tea at hip West Hollywood hotel Palihouse.
Q: Green tea without milk?
A: I’m on a health kick! I’m drawn to cheeseburgers, so I’ve got to just try and keep it on an even keel.
Q: DuringThe Devil Wears Prada, you and Anne Hathaway famously went on strict diets.
A: Hungry girls are mean, so it’s surprising we became such good friends. Read more…
The Devil Wears Prada actress Emily Blunt has not signed on to appear alongside Russell Brand in the Forgetting Sarah Marshall sequel/spin-off movie Get Him to the Greek. Brand was reported to have told an Australian radio station that Blunt would star with him in the film and the story has been widely repeated on the Internet. But Blunt’s U.K. publicist told EW earlier today it was “untrue” that the actress had been cast in the Marshall sequel. Universal, the studio behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall, also tells EW that the rumor is false.
It’s rare that we stumble upon an indie film that we really hate. Admit it: sometimes they’re just so eccentric that we either have to like indie films for their originality or we’re so awestricken by their philosophical depth that we’re somehow tricked into liking them. However, with “Sunshine Cleaning,” the realness expressed through the plot as well as the acting needs no mind games to win over its viewers.
Sisters Rose (Amy Adams) and Norah Lorkowski (Emily Blunt) find themselves unhappy, to say the least, still living in the small town they grew up in. Rose, the older of the two and former head cheerleader of her high school, lives the typical single mom life, working at a dead-end job, cleaning the homes of those more affluent than her in order to support her ever peculiar son, Oscar. Read more…
The movie around them has problems, but Amy Adams and Emily Blunt put on a first-class acting workshop in “Sunshine Cleaning.”
In Christine Jeffs’ dour indie dramedy, they play Rose and Norah Lorkowski, Albuquerque siblings who aren’t handling adulthood very well.
The oldest, Rose (Adams), works for a housecleaning service and struggles to keep a roof over herself and her young son, Oscar (Jason Spevack). The kid is just plain weird — he’s about to be kicked out of elementary school for licking his teacher’s leg. Read more…