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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Ruffalo’

Awards Grass is Greenberg for Focus Features

The March 2010 Noah Baumbach drama Greenberg is a very difficult film to like. Ben Stiller stars as one of the biggest a-holes – real or imagined – to ever make the pilgrimage from New York to LA.  As anyone who has come across their fare share of pilgrims here knows, that’s saying a lot.

Nevertheless, the drama is arguably the biggest beneficiary of this morning’s 2010 Independent Spirit Awards nominations, with nods for Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Stiller), Best Female Lead (Greta Gerwig) and Best Cinematography (Harris Savides). Savides, formerly a music video specialist, is the only person to ever win three MTV VMAs in that same cinematography category.

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All in the Walk of Fame Family

When you’ve reached the point of dedicating the 2,419th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it becomes challenging PR-wise to come up with something that hasn’t been done before. But late this morning, in the shadow of The W Hotel and the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did just that with its first triple dedication of Stars to Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd and the couple’s daughter, Laura Dern.

“Citizens of Hollywood, I love Laura Dern!” exclaimed the actress’ Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Inland Empire director David Lynch (pictured), sounding very much like a 1930′s era newsman. On behalf of Laura’s dad, director Joe Dante suggested, “If there’s ever an actor who has paid his dues, it’s Bruce Dern.” Ladd meanwhile gave a typically rousing, firebrand speech, deeming Laura a “miracle child.”

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Ruffalo Shooter A Princess In Training: Ebner Blog

ruffshooter.jpgThe shooting of Mark Ruffalo‘s brother last week in Beverly Hills is inordinately shocking to be sure, but leave it to blogger Mark Ebner to unearth some even more shocking info.

Ebner discovered the story behind the story of Shaha Adham, who is being accused of the murder, just a day after Ruffalo passed away. He calls her a “dime-a-dozen Saudi princess.”

“Shaha always had a bodyguard posted outside of our classroom,” says a former classmate from the prestigious Marlborough School in Los Angeles.

Coincidentally, the alleged shooter is the younger sister of Bel Air oil heir Brandon Davis‘ former princess- girlfriend, Sharifa Adham.

Leave it to Ebner to find the juice.

Mark Ruffalo: Eternal Overcast of the Politically Minded

ruff2o.jpeg Taking a page from Sean Penn, Mark Ruffalo was front-and-center at an anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-administration rally that drew thousands to downtown L.A. on Saturday.

The Zodiac star made it clear that though he wasn’t political before, he’s since acquired a graduate degree in civil disobedience.

“I’m terrified,” Ruffalo told FBLA. “It just so happens that as time has gone on I’ve gotten more and more frightened by what I’m seeing happen in the world, especially with the United States and the consolidation of power into our executive branch and the shredding of our Constitution.”

Heady stuff, Mark.

Like a true movie-star parent, Ruffalo said his main concern isn’t for himself but for his kids — a 6-year-old, a 2-year-old and a newborn.

“They have their sights set on Iran now,” said the actor (speaking, we think, of the Bush administration, and not his children). “If we attack Iran, I think it’s going to be hard for China and Russia to stay out of the fray. I’m not sure at this point in time the way we’re trying to deal with these problems is actually constructive.”

Uh-huh. Look, we love our celebs smart and all, but maybe you should be spending as much time focusing on your career as on the state of the union — Reservation Road, Mark?

– Dan Cox