It's been a great, if not semistrange, week for movie casting news. Amanda Seyfried just signed on for a romantic comedy from Will Ferrell's production company, Gal Gadot earned the coveted role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, Rita Ora will appear in Fifty Shades of Grey (along with a couple of other new cast members), and Zach Galifianakis will team up with Owen Wilson for a comedy. Click through to get the scoop on all of this week's biggest casting news!
This week, a Dustin Hoffman interview clip from the AFI archives went viral, highlighting his insightful comments about women's beauty. Discussing his role in Tootsie, he gets choked up, saying, "I would never talk to that character because she doesn't fulfill — physically — the demands that we're brought up to think women have to have in order for us to ask them out. There's too many interesting women I have — I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed."
His wise remarks about cultural beauty standards aren't the only reason to love him, though. Through the years, Dustin has shared thoughtful, funny, and refreshingly open comments about everything from Oscar night pranks to life's most precious moments. Take a look at 10 more reasons to appreciate Dustin Hoffman:
He Has a Sense of Humor
In 2012, Dustin told Maxim how he felt about Jason Bateman's kissing skills based on their courtside kiss at a Lakers game:
"Oh, wonderful! But what I'll always take with me is that after I parted from dear Jason's lips, Adam Sandler was right there grinning from ear to ear, waiting to fist-bump me."
He's Built Lasting Hollywood Friendships
Dustin told NPR in 2013 about getting choked up at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors:
"What hit me — and it did hit me very hard — [was] De Niro is announced, he comes out on the stage, and he starts talking about me and I realized, 'Oh, I guess I'm first up.' But suddenly, in this speech he gave, what he said about me, he had never said. And it just got me, his feelings toward me as an actor. And I called him the next day and I told him over the phone how deeply it hit me, and he said to me mid-conversation, 'Dustin, stop,' he says, 'you're making me cry.' And even talking about it now, that was the highest moment for me, with all due respect to the president and the first lady."
He Doesn't Care What People Think
In 2008, Dustin told Time Out London about becoming more carefree:
"A yellow tie and orange shirt and green pants. Nobody dresses like that until they're over 70. I think they wake up one morning and say, 'Who gives a f***? I don't care what people think.' You spend so much of your life basing yourself on what you think other people think of you. Then you realize that maybe one of the purposes of life is not to care."
He Acts For the Love of It
Dustin told The Guardian in 2012 that he loves the work of acting:
"I wish we never had to let the film out. I'd love acting if it was just something you went to work at every day. The same with plays: rehearsals are the best fun in the world."
He Isn't Afraid to Open Up
Dustin shared a bit of wisdom during a British GQ interview in 2013:
"What you feel about yourself for the first few years of your life never disappears, particularly in the formative years. You come to terms with it in a certain way, but it's painful. And you can work through that pain. But I think you keep vestiges of all your pain."
He Doesn't Take Himself Too Seriously
Dustin told Maxim in 2012 that he once wanted to joke around at the Academy Awards:
"It's boring! It lasts forever, and don't think you're seeing spontaneous behavior. You see couples who are suddenly smooching, and, well, there's a guy sitting on the ground with the camera at their knees. There was one particular time I knew I wasn't going to win, and when they'd train the camera on me as one of the losers, I wanted to be able to rip open my tuxedo shirt and just have stenciled on my chest, oh, s***. But my wife wouldn't let me do it."
Read on for more Dustin Hoffman quotes.
Penelope Cruz had a major bombshell moment in a sexy violet Marchesa gown with costar Johnny Depp on her arm at this evening's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The two also stepped out for their photo call and press conference earlier in the day, where Penelope Cruz talked about aging and Johnny revealed that the only important critics in his life are his children. Both Johnny and Penelope were without their partners, Vanessa Paradis and Javier Bardem, respectively, which is already the trend for their promotional duties from LA to Russia to London. New mom Penelope has been knocking it out of the park with her red-carpet picks, and this dramatic dress is no exception. Also on the momentarily rainy red carpet were Cannes jurors Jude Law, Uma Thurman, and Robert De Niro. Johnny and Penelope's cute newcomer castmate Sam Claflin was decked out for his debut at the famous French festival, and his star is only on the rise as he recently signed on to star opposite Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman.
Angelina Jolie on Bringing the Kids to Cannes, Finding Inner Peace, and Maddox and Pax's Martial Arts!
Angelina Jolie joined her costars Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman to bring Kung Fu Panda 2 to the Cannes Film Festival this morning! The movie is screening out of competition, but the timing is perfect since she and the family will be sticking around to premiere Brad Pitt's Tree of Life Monday. Angelina looked stunning in Salvatore Ferragamo's tan dress, brown belt and nude heels, and she was cracking up during the press conference as Dustin and Jack showed off their comedic skills. Dustin harped on his own age, joking that he doesn't even remember making the first Kung Fu Panda, so it felt like the first time playing the part. Angelina also talked a bit about her kids, especially her boys Pax and Maddox's love of martial arts, and the theme of adoption in Kung Fu Panda 2 that are obviously close to home for the Jolie-Pitts. She said of the Kung Fu Panda series, "It's the best!" while Jack and Dustin kept the laughs coming. Here's some highlights from Angelina at the press conference:
- On her kids and the themes of adoption in Kung Fu Panda 2: "I brought my kids to see the movie and they loved it, they laughed through the whole thing. I wondered whether they would ask me questions about it, but because adoption and birth mothers and orphanage — these are happy words. They're very used to these discussions and they just felt that much more proud that they're a little more like Po. So it was lovely."
- On violence in KFP2 and showing her kids violent films: "You have to know your children. There are children that have a better understanding and are ready earlier than others. But for a film like this, I don't see this as a film that's too violent. I think this is actually quite the opposite because the strength, even in the final battle, the inner peace and sending back that negative energy is what wins. My boys are in martial arts classes. Boys are boys and they have a certain kind of energy, naturally. It's been wonderful to get them focused on martial arts to teach them about the discipline and the respect and the control of their own bodies. I think to ignore that that's a part of humanity, especially little boys, is wrong. So it's to help guide them — what's a positive thing, what's a good guy, To try not to [use violence] certainly, but if you have to, to defend yourself."
- On bringing the kids to Cannes: "Yes, we're all in France. Our whole family is in France and we're very happy. They're running around the hotel right now, playing games, and making a giant mess, I'm sure. They're having a great time. They love it here. Cannes can be overwhelming, and it can be that you meet a lot of friendly faces and have a good laugh and you also get a chance to see some great films. It's very nice."
- On picking KFP2 to appeal more to her kids: "We're all big kids at heart . . . but in many ways I did it for them, and I was excited for them to see it. The trick of a sequel is you have to make it better than the first one, which is hard to do especially when the first one is so successful, and I think we pulled it off."
- On finding inner peace: "Especially for people that have children. You wake up and if they're healthy, you know that that's the most important thing, so you have first of all that peace. They also come with a lot of chaos, but we're all searching for it. It's part of the human journey. We all have moments of inner peace and we lose it and we look for it again. But really it's in knowing the people you love are safe and healthy. That's the best."
- On her real-life alter ego to all her tough characters: "Certainly my alter ego is who I am 100 percent, which is a mommy who is changing diapers and coloring all night long. I'm sure I'm very, very soft. I've always been drawn to strong characters and I admire strong women, emotionally and physically, just people I feel are fighting for something . . . have a sense of justice and injustice. I've been very lucky that I came to my career at a time that women are being allowed these roles and have such great opportunities for these types of characters."
The stars were in great spirits following the BAFTA awards last night, as they went for dinner at Grosvenor House Hotel and then partied at Soho House! The winners, including Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth and Kathryn Bigelow, posed with their awards, and Carey and Claire Danes were among the stars that stopped to sign autographs for the waiting fans outside. Bonnie Wright and Jamie Campbell Bower had a fun time, playing games and making faces as they sipped on their drinks, Aaron Johnson was amusingly protective over his fiancee Sam Taylor-Wood's baby bump, and Gabourey Sidibe got a warm hug from Jeremy Renner.
Anna Kendrick, Saoirse Ronan and Audrey Tautou looked cute as they posed for photos, while Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart left the party together! Other guests included James Corden, George Lamb, Tom Ford, Tahar Rahim and Nicholas Hoult, while Little Boots and The Saturdays performed.
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Kate Beckinsale's 35th Birthday Celebration With Her BFFs Kate Beckinsale celebrated her birthday at the Thompson Hotel in LA on Friday night. She was escorted by hot hubby Len and joined by BFF couples, the Beckhams and the Parkers. Even Dustin Hoffman and his wife made an appearance. We wish a happy birthday to Kate who turned 35 on Saturday!