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So Weird! So Good! Ten Eccentric Characters Only Geoffrey Rush Could Play

So Weird! So Good! Ten Eccentric Characters Only Geoffrey Rush Could Play

Masterful at portraying unusual characters, Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has been an artist, a revolutionary, a tailor and a pirate (among others); he’s been Russian, Israeli, French and British (among others). To top it off, many of these characters are based on real people, making it that much trickier to get them just so. Vote…

Kate Winslet's more risqué roles

Kate Winslet's more risqué roles

QUILLS, which you can watch tomorrow at 8P, got us thinking about Kate Winslet’s boobs. Hear us out. As an actor, Winslet seems impressively un-vain and unself-conscious about her body. Now you might say, “Not too difficult a feat when you’re as beautiful as she is!” True…but then again, it’s not like she measures up to Hollywood’s super skinny, zero-fat, perfectly toned, silicone ideal. In fact, she often calls out the media for trying to cram her into that impossible mold: in 2003 she reprimanded British GQ for the hack job they did on her legs for a cover story, saying “The retouching is excessive… I do not look like that and, more importantly, I don’t desire to look like that.” Similarly, she’s unafraid to take on roles that cast her in fairly unflattering lights, at least by today’s cultural standards: think body hair, aging, questionable morality, and really inappropriate sex. And while she’s often exposed physically, the nudity isn’t gratuitous, it’s part of the story, exposing emotion and tension at the same time — because with Winslet’s characters, nudity is inextricably bound to both the power and vulnerability of complicated sexuality. And that’s why all her sex scenes and on-screen sexual relationships feel so authentic. Just take a look at some of her most sexually provocative roles — you’ll see more than bare skin:

Based on books: Sundance Channel gets literary this week

Based on books: Sundance Channel gets literary this week

What do these four films have in common? They’re all based books (okay, in one case it’s a play). We’ll break down the necessary details and you watch the films and tell us which is better: the book or the movie?

OSCAR AND LUCINDA (1997)
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarin Hinds and Tom Wilkinson
Based on the book by: Peter Carey
How you know him: He also wrote True History of the Kelly Gang, which won him his second Booker Prize- the first was for Oscar and Lucinda. In fact, he’s one of only two writers to win it twice (the other is J.M. Coetzee). He also collaborated on the screenplay for Wim Wender’s UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD…

Around (part of) the world in 7 days: Sundance films go cross-contintental this week

Around (part of) the world in 7 days: Sundance films go cross-contintental this week

Because it’s on a Monday this year, which means you’ve been dressing up in costume every night since Friday, this might just be the longest Halloween weekend ever. It’s not over yet, but if you’re partied out, or just out of fake blood, stay in and cozy up to the Halloween episode of my “My So Called Life.” Angela falls for the Jordan Catalano of the 50s, who’s ghost still haunts the school gym, and (spoiler) her parents get so turned on by their costumes (he’s a pirate, she’s Rapunzel) that they decide to stay in and role play instead of going to the neighbor’s party.

Once the clock strikes November, though, we ditch all things Halloween with EVERLASTING MOMENTS (2008), by Swedish director Jan Troell, who worked with Nordic heavy-hitters like Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman, who he directed in some of her finest films, including THE EMIGRANTS (1971) and THE NEW LAND (1972). Then we venture south to France with Claude Chabrol’s A GIRL CUT IN TWO (2007). Chabrol, who died just last year, is credited with starting the nouvelle vague. He was a critic at the famed Cahiers du Cinema in the 50s and directed…