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Jeff Daniels + Paul Giamatti + Guy Pearce + Sienna Miller + Mark Strong +

Paul Rudd?

Apparently, yes. What’s more is that the affable Paul Rudd may have taken the right role for transitioning into a dramatic role.

While the ending shot subtly suggests that Mr. Rudd may not have completely escaped into this serious story, without seeing the full film, it’s tough to write his effort off as a dramatic role in name only. There are some comedic actors who can seamlessly transition into a variety of characters akin to Daniel Day-Lewis. Can everyone’s best friend extend his range all the way back to the 1940s?

Totes magotes We’ll have to wait and see if people will love it, man.

The Catcher Was a Spy arrives in movie theaters on July 19, 2018.

Seeing is Believing (Literally)

It’s Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Do you know what that means? Well, something incredible occurred last night/really early this morning (by definition) that warrants a visual repeat.

Ladies and gentlemen, it all started with a challenge from The Office’s John Krasinski during Jimmy Fallon’s tenure at Late Night. Now, after a few other participants (like the eternally energetic Joseph Gordon-Levitt) have tried their luck at channeling their inner rock star, comedy and musical aficionado Paul Rudd took the Late Night tradition to its premiere on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night with two lip-synching masterpieces.

However, it also needs to be stated that Jimmy Fallon’s skills would never be considered foreign to any lip-synching fan.

And yes, this really happened.

Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon were unequivocally good to the audience as lip sync heroes for the fans in the studio and for the millions of people watching at home.

The best news from the continuous success of these lip-sync battles? They will be happening again and again and again!

Oscar’s Favorite Number This Year? 10

The Oscar nominations were announced early this morning. As is true every year, there are obvious selections in popular categories, as well as obvious snubs (Tom Hanks anyone?).

Two points today:

1. Back in 2006, my family and I saw a Broadway show called “Three Days of Rain” starring Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd. I know what you’re thinking: who was in charge of casting? If only there could have been some quality “name” actors, right?

The story took place in an intimate apartment setting, but featured larger than life personalities. This dynamic pushed the limits of storytelling to a place that left us and the audience in an awe. We were able to escape into this world of, well, rain and a will for the father of Roberts and Rudd’s characters.

The play was great and one I will never forget, especially when Julia Roberts waved to me from her black Escalade passing us by on the street outside the theater!

2. American Hustle and Gravity dominated this morning’s party with an astonishing 10 nominations…each.


Having seen Gravity, it’s not surprising this Space thriller and drama with the beautiful and talented Sandra Bullock has garnered a tremendous amount of respect and potential for glory come next month’s golden ceremony. In terms of cinematography, it’s virtually incomparable this year. Admittedly, I have not seen American Hustle yet, but will definitely venture to a theater near me as soon as possible. The latter film features a couple of my favorite actors (plus today’s Lois Lane) and it looks like a fun and wild ride with a top-notch cast.

There are other good movies in Best Picture category, but these two seem to rise above the rest.

Regarding Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, it’s a bit surreal to see Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts listed…and in the same year no less. Not surprising, but just surreal that brings a smile to my face and those of my family’s who were in attendance that wonderful night in New York City (it could be argued that Paul Rudd should have received a Best Supporting Actor nod for 2013s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but…).

Regardless, talk about “Three Stars of the Future.”

American Hustle is an exciting, elaborate portrayal of political corruption, with some ties to real life events. It features an outstanding cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. Even though I have not seen it (coupled with the fact I predict I will likely really enjoy it when I do), it does seem to strike the right tone for what has transpired in 2013 (and the past few years before) in politics with our trusted “leaders.”

Conversely, Gravity has more weight to it by the fact that it ties to what most Americans (and people around the world) are facing each day: uncertainty, financial and personal struggles and feelings of isolation for how to continue with heartbreak and such frustrating prospects for improvements in the job market. The plot/story, characters, symbolism and visual imagery is absolutely stunning and provides a powerful narrative that connects with so many viewers all around the world in 2013.

Memorable movies tend to speak to a generation. Or, in Gravity’s case, more than one generation. Both movies represent us in starkly different ways, but which one do we ultimately want to celebrate and remember at this point in history?

If the choice for Best Picture comes down to celebrating an American hustle or a story of personal enlightenment and new-found strength in an environment of the seemingly impossible, the American people and those around the world may want something with a little more gravity to it.

Adults Say the Darndest Things

Leaving a coherent voicemail can be difficult. It’s an art. Quite frankly, it’s not as simple as it seems and can be particularly terrifying as it is, in one sense, a type of public speaking straight from the nerve-racking classrooms of high school. In most situations, a name, quick reason for calling and a call back number is all that is required. That’s it. Ten seconds or less is all that’s needed. And yet, there is a kind of paranoid fear of any type of awkward silence on the part of the caller. The open ended nature of a voicemail creates the need to constantly be talking, as if a succinct message would be disastrous.

This awkward form of communication affects me constantly. Back during my freshman year in college, I left a voicemail for one of my new fraternity brothers. Skip forward to our Formal later that Spring and the Taylor Awards, meant to be humorous, were being handed to a select few brothers. Turns out the brother I called was the same as for whom the awards were named. At one point, I heard, “And the Award for Most Polite Voicemail Leaver” (or something like that) goes to…Jimmy Ohio!”

He explained how, surely because I was from Ohio, I left the most polite and formal voicemail he’d ever heard. It included my name, please and thank you’s, possibly even an over-explanation of who I was…

And once the rambling starts, it’s like a heavy cheese wheel rolling down a steep European countryside hill. Once it gets going at autobahn speeds, it’s impossible to stop.

We’ve all been here in some way!

and then there’s the conversation after the voicemail…