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‘My Week With Marilyn’ – Official Trailer

Michelle Williams as "HER"


I may have to start back-pedaling on my Huffy bike to make up for my yawning/outrage over  Michelle Williams being cast to play Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn”.  The film is based on a true story of Colin Clark, Sir Laurence Olivier‘s assistant on the film,  “The Prince and the Showgirl” and his relationship with the iconic actress.

Rumors have always swirled around Olivier’s distaste for Marilyn in general, even being quoted as saying,  “she’s a bitch”, when questioned about his co-star in the film, and regarded her as being “inferior” in terms of acting.  At the time “The Prince and the Showgirl” was being filmed in the U.K., Olivier was married to another gorgeous and nutty hot mess, Vivienne Leigh, while Marilyn was married to playwright, Arthur Miller.

I may end up seeing this film after all.  Who wants to go with me?

Magazine Round up! October Issues with Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Michelle Williams

Leo on the cover of GQ

via GQ.com/Photos: Craig McDean

As the year continues to fly by faster than I want it to, get ready to see more big stars promoting their Oscar bait movies. Leonardo DiCaprio covers GQ, minus polar bear this time, and talks with his ‘J. Edgar’ director Clint Eastwood about their influences and careers. While Leo has gone on to do many serious and award nominated movies like ‘The Departed’ and ‘Inception’, he is still of course known for his role in ‘Titanic‘ but don’t think that he wants to do another big budget epic.

“Throughout my career, I never knew which movies of mine made money and which didn’t. When Titanic came out, people would say, ‘Do you realize what a success this is?’ And I’d say, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s a hit.’ The [money] stuff never mattered to me until I was into my thirties and got interested in producing, and people would show me charts explaining what finances a movie, what you’ll make from foreign, what you’ll make from domestic, what you need to make an R-rated film that’s a comedy versus a drama. But even now I say that unless you want to prove that you can carry a film with your name, continuously trying to achieve box-office success is a dead end.”

Michelle Williams doing her level best to channel Marilyn...

via Vogue.com/Annie Liebbovitz Photos

The lovely Michelle Williams does her best Marilyn for Vogue. Shot by legendary photographer, Annie Leibovitz, Williams shows off both the vulnerable and sexy sides of Marilyn Monroe, whom she portrays in the upcoming film, ‘My Week With Marilyn’. 

Williams spent six months preparing for the role by immersing herself with all things Marilyn. Watching her movies, reading biographies and diaries and she even learned how to walk like her with the help of a choreographer.

“I’d go to bed every night with a stack of books next to me,” she recalls. “And I’d fall asleep to movies of her. It was like when you were a kid and you’d put a book under your pillow hoping you’d get it by osmosis.” To get Monroe’s famous curves, the actress did gain weight but as she says, “it went right to my face.”

Extra padding helped, but I think all her work paid off.

JT and Amanda Seyfried on W Magazine

Photo: WMagazine

Because he’s been everywhere but in the recording studio (ahem) lately, Justin Timberlake pairs up with ‘In Time’ co-star Amanda Seyfried for W agazine. Don’t they make a cute political pair? Timberlake and Seyfried both wear Calvin Klein on the cover, shot by Michael Thompson.

In the interview with Lynn Hirschberg, it’s revealed that Timberlake got his part in last year’s ‘The Social Network’ because director David Fincher liked his performances on Saturday Night Live. I’m going to need to see the receipts for that one. I kind of like the “Jackie and John” thing they have going on with the shoot. If he doesn’t FINALLY make another album, he could always run for office.

Michelle Williams talks about Heath Ledger and her life without him…

Michelle Williams is beaming and looking quite lovely on the cover and inside the pages of February’s issue of Marie Claire.  Still.  Michelle certainly exudes fragility.

Michelle Williams...lovely and quiet.

via MarieClaire:

“An interview is like a minefield,” Williams says, rubbing her eyes wearily. “These are all the questions I’m asking myself, and some things are just too personal. It’s funny how little lines get drawn and something just rubs a little too raw. I find it hard to know exactly what to say; I’ve gotten a pretty secure footing, but I feel like I don’t have all the answers yet.”

As the three-year anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death approaches, Williams is still struggling with the loss of her former fiancé, who died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008, five months after they had separated. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was 2 years old. “My heart is broken,” Williams said at the time.

Since then, she has had other relationships, including one with film director Spike Jonze, but she hasn’t yet found a new partner, let alone a substitute father for her child. “Very obviously, for me and for her, there’s a hole in our life,” Williams says. “Of course the natural inclination is to want to fill it and make it disappear, but what I’ve come to recently is that it’s impossible. Nothing will fit in that hole because what we want back we can’t get, which is this one person. I’m not going to rush anything and scamper around like a mad person and make myself crazy. I’m trying to be respectful of the absence. I’m not trying to fill it up. It is what it is.”

Williams’ latest movie is Blue Valentine, which costars Ryan Gosling as her husband and generated gossip that they were involved off-screen as well. With a rueful smile, Williams shakes her head. “My poor mom really wants me to meet someone. I think she wanted to believe the Ryan Gosling rumor more than anybody,” she says.

But the truth is that Williams isn’t even sure what she’s looking for now. “I don’t know what my version of a relationship or marriage is yet, because the typical model seems a little broken to me,” she admits. “At the same time, I was raised on all those princess fairy tales and I’m a romantic; I want to be a one-man girl. I took Matilda to Disney World recently and we saw all the princesses, and then she turned around and said, ‘OK, now I’d like to see where all the princes are.’ The Disney person said, ‘Nobody has ever asked me that before. There aren’t any princes here, honey.'”

Williams sighs. “The idea that you can get everything you want in one person is destructive, and maybe when you accept that the number is closer to 50 or 60 or 70 percent, that’s when you can start to make some progress in choosing the right person. I don’t want to make a mistake that big, and that saddens me, because it’s harder to let yourself go. I can inflict any kind of injury on myself, but with my daughter, that’s not an option.”

If Williams’ personal life is incomplete, her career is flourishing. She first read Blue Valentine when she was 21, and the movie didn’t get made until she was 28—a long time for any actress to stick with a tenuous indie project. But Williams, who is now 30, was deeply moved by its exploration of a young couple’s failing marriage. “I’m a child of divorced parents, and it’s a film about what it’s like to grow up in that kind of atmosphere of tension and decay,” she says, adding, “‘Being forever in the pre-trembling of a house that falls.'”

That quote, which is from a Galway Kinnell poem, is the second half of a line that begins, “And yet perhaps this is the reason you cry, this the nightmare you wake screaming from …” Called Little Sleep’s-Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight, the poem concludes: “The wages of dying is love.”

For Williams, the film evoked both the deterioration of her relationship with Ledger and the scars of her own childhood. “I think of Blue Valentine as a cautionary tale—what happens when you stop paying attention to the reasons you loved each other in the first place, when you let the devil that’s in the details eat away at the love,” she says. “I was already out of the house when my parents got divorced, but you knew that the structure was going to collapse. That’s what I mean by ‘pre-trembling.’ I think every kid in that situation can sense the whispers from behind closed doors.”

Her willingness to take on such material seems a victory in and of itself. When Ledger died, the tragedy instantly sidelined Williams’ red-hot career. They had met while filming Brokeback Mountain, in which she played the wife of his tormented gay cowboy; his performance earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and hers received one for Best Supporting Actress.

But after his death, she says, “I didn’t work for a year. I needed to gather myself and put my life back together. I had to be dragged back to work, basically, because I finally had my life in some kind of order, and I didn’t know what would happen if I introduced work into it. I had forgotten that it was worth it.”

Read the rest of Marie Claire’s exclusive interview with the star in our February 2011 issue, on newsstands January 18.

I’m surprised that Miss Williams even opened up about her heartbreak over Heath Ledger’s death and its affects on her and their daughter Mathilda, who is now 5 years old (and a sweet and very clear image of both of her parents).  She had continued making a silent statement for the past three years since Ledger’s tragic death in New York City.  I must say though, it’s rare…very rare to read words so starkly naked and authentic in one’s pain, as well as revealing how she lives her personal life as a single mother.

I do plan to buy Marie Claire to read Michelle’s thoughtful interview.