Despite her less-than-auspicious previous roles in summer blockbusters (see “Lady in the Water” and “Spider Man 3”), Armonk native Bryce Dallas Howard looks like she’ll be cast in the next film in the “Terminator” saga. She’ll be playing Kate Connor, wife of hero John Connor (who’ll be played by Chrisitan Bale).
The movie, currently in production in New Mexico and being directed by McG, is going to be called “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.”
“Bryce Dallas Howard eyes ‘Terminator'” [The Hollywood Reporter]
(AP Photo/PA, Yui Mok)
Suburbarazzi’s (semi-) weekly look at which current films have connections to the Lower Hudson Valley:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ “The Ex” — Zach Braff is a 30-something slacker forced to take a job at a new age advertising agency when his pregnant wife (Amanda Peet) quits hers. There he encounters wheelchair-bound ad man Chip (Rye native Jason Bateman), who just happens to be infatuated with his wife and is making attempts to sabotage him. Much as I’ve been looking forward to this movie, which was originally titled “Fast Track” and supposed to come out in 2006 (see my previous post, “Fast Track takes the excruciatingly slow track”), the 32 score on Metacritic doesn’t bode well. But ah, forget that. It was filmed in Nyack and features Bateman: Reason enough to go see it.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ “Spider-Man 3” — In case you didn’t notice this post, or this one, or this one, the latest Spidey installment stars Bryce Dallas Howard, who once lived in Armonk and graduated from Byram Hills HS. Yes, she’s only on screen for about eight lines of dialog, but oh, that bleached blond hair is totally worth the price of admission. Metacritic score: 60
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ “The Hoax” — Pound Ridge resident Richard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, the guy who somehow managed to sell a phony biography of Howard Hughes to publishers in the ’70s. Make sure to go see this one while its still in the theaters (and Gere is still safe from India’s hyper-prudish court system). Metacritic score: 70
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ “The Namesake” — This film, about an Indian family’s assimilation into the United States, was shot in Eastchester (the main home used for the Gangulii family), Yonkers (the parents’ initial apartment in the U.S.), and Nyack (the library). And oddly, it’s the perfect complement to “The Hoax.” This film delves into many Indian cultural taboos, such as public displays of affection. Once you’ve seen Kal Penn’s character cringing as Jacinda Barrett kisses his on-screen parents, you’ll have some sense of why some people in India freaked out over Gere passionately smooching actress Shilpa Shetty. Metacritic score: 82
If you thought starting a blog about Lower Hudson Valley celebrities was a bit of a stretch, what about one devoted entirely to the adulation of celebuspawn? Meet the Celebrity Baby Blog.
It’s an impressively narrow scope for a blog. So, outside of the regular posts on Shiloh and Suri, how do they keep things fresh? For starters, like us, they’re quick to break out Byram Hills grad Bryce Dallas Howard.
This post about the Spider-Man 3 star reveals more than you could have ever wanted to know about her two-month-old son Theo (good name). Among the random trivia (most of which was gleaned from an appearance Howard made on “The Tonight Show”): Howard and her husband Seth Gabel learned she was pregnant a week after their wedding, while on a Turkish cruise ship with the extended Howard clan. During the trip she started to feel ill and decided to take a pregnancy test. Unfortunately, the test her dad, Ron Howard (of Greenwich), and other family members bought wasn’t all that useful: It was written entirely in Turkish.
When nobody else on the boat spoke Turkish, she found a tour guide to translate. “We got to the end of that phrase and I was like, Okay, so what does that mean?” Howard said. “And he said, ‘Put the stick between your legs and urinate.’ Finally we got down to the bottom and he figured out and said, Congratulations, youre pregnant.”
Click the link below for plenty more details on Bryce’s baby — like how Howard ditched her plan for a homebirth, how Ron showed up in the delivery room to direct, and then how Ron turned as green as “The Grinch” when Theo made his debut.
“How Bryce Dallas Howard found out she was pregnant” [Celebrity Baby Blog]
(AP Photo/Phil McCarten)
OK, it absolutely pains me to phrase it this way, but I just saw “Spider-Man 3” and it’s the worst of the three Spidey movies.
Wait, wait! Don’t post angry comments just yet! It’s still a really fun summer movie and I really enjoyed it. I’d give it a B+, overall. But because I gave the first movie an A and the first sequel an A+, it’s tough to improve upon, or even match up to, the franchise precedent.
Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard is great (and, yes, looks great) in the flick, delivering a nuanced performance to what could have been a one-dimensional role, especially with her Gwen Stacy speaking fewer lines than I anticipated. In fact, she and a whole cluster of new actors (Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, James Cromwell, among others) don’t get enough screen time to make as great of an impact as, say, Alfred Molina did in “Spider-Man 2.”
Grace’s smarm and Church’s pathos contribute to solid performances, and scene-stealers include the always-fun J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson), always-underrated Elizabeth Banks (Miss Brant) and the possibly-never-heralded-until-now Mageina Tovah (Ursula, the daughter of Peter Parker’s landlord). And director Sam Raimi’s favorite go-to guy, Bruce Campbell, is pitch-perfect in his one scene as a maÃƒÂ®tre dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
SPIDER-MAN 3! SPIDER-MAN 3! SPIDER-MAN 3!
(OK, so I’m excited.)
The “Spider-Man” movie franchise is the only set of movies in my life that I’ve seen in theatres on their day of release. I’m obsessed enough to admit that at 12:30 today, I’m heading over to the New Roc IMAX to see the next (last?) installment, featuring Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard in her first (last?) appearance as Gwen Stacy.
If time allows today, I’ll post a review (with no spoilers, I promise) of both the movie and Howard’s performance.
SPIDER-MAN 3! SPIDER-MAN 3! SPIDER-MAN 3!
(Associated Press file photo by Jennifer Graylock)