One of the cardinal rules of phone sex, as explained in the new indie comedy “For a Good Time, Call…” is this: Don’t lead the conversation to a sexy place until the other person does. While speaking with Ari Graynor, the film’s star and executive producer, who may be most familiar from the recent release “Celeste and Jesse Forever” or as hot mess Caroline in 2008’s “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” we can’t say that we followed that rule. At all. Graynor plays Katie, a saucy New York City girl who maintains her bottom line by operating a phone sex line. After a rocky start, Katie and new roommate Lauren (played by Lauren Anne Miller, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film) start an independent hotline together, as well as a friendship. Co-written by Katie Anne Naylon and based loosely on Naylon’s time as a real-life phone sex operator in college, the film celebrates female friendship, entrepreneurial can-do and the twin powers of a hot pink rotary phone and bright blue dildo.
BUST chatted with Graynor on the phone ahead of the film’s release about the psychic stresses of Twitter, feeling like a surrogate mom, and the infinite struggle between fashion and easy bathroom access.
The long-awaited “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has its Mags — and it’s not Melissa Leo.
“Lynn Cohen is Mags!” Elizabeth Banks, who plays Capitol crony Effie Trinket in the popular series, crowed on her blog early Monday morning. Lionsgate confirmed Cohen’s casting late last week.
Cohen, whose previous credits include “Sex and the City” and “Munich,” among others, will play the aging former Hunger Games winner who becomes important to heroine Katniss Everdeen over the course of the series’ second installment.
That was news to Leo, who was rumored to be a contender for the role.
Ten kitchens. A bowling alley. A health spa. A full-sized baseball field. A separate wing for the children. Something that could logically be referred to as “a grand staircase.” My house doesn’t have any of these things, does yours?
Jackie Siegel’s, on the other hand, will. Or at least, that’s what she and her husband, David Siegel, hoped when they began construction on what would have been the largest single-family residence in the United States, a 90,000-square-foot masterpiece of a home in Orlando. They called it “Versailles.”
I say “would have” because construction on Versailles has halted, yet another victim of the financial crash. The 99 percent may have been hit by the economic downturn, but Lauren Greenfield’s new documentary, The Queen of Versailles, puts a face on the 1 percent, too: Jackie.
What is it like to watch somebody with all the trappings of wealth — teetering heels, a litter of fluffy little dogs — lose it all? Greenfield spent more than three years filming Jackie and her family, stepping over the same dog turds ground into the carpet after the household staff was let go to save money as Jackie, David, and their eight kids did.
Roughly the same age as the titular queen [of the documentary], Greenfield and her camera were a mostly-silent presence in the Siegels’ life, witnessing Jackie, an RIT-educated engineer, thinking aloud that her children “might have to go to college” if the money ran out, and David theorizing that “anyone who doesn’t want to be rich is probably dead.”
The base conundrum is this: what does a relationship between an engineering student-cum-beauty queen-cum trophy wife and a documentarian focusing on social ills (Greenfield’s first feature documentary, Thin, focused on eating disorders) look like after three years, multiple foreclosures, countless hours in the editing room, and a lawsuit? (David Siegel has filed a defamation suit against Greenfield and her associates.)
Beyond that: what’s it like to watch a house of cards tumble in slow motion and remain behind the lens?
Greenfield and I sat down for a chat last week in New York ahead of the film’s limited release.
Controversy is raging over whether there is room in the military for adult male fans of the kiddie cartoon show “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” after photos emerged on the Internet of service members wearing pony-themed rainbow patches on their uniforms.
While members of all military branches participate in the kooky pop culture phenomenon, which was created for children but whose messages of friendship and kindness have surprisingly resonated with an older male demographic, a National Guard soldier caused a furor after he was photographed at BronyCon, the fans’ largest gathering, in Secaucus, N.J., last month wearing a rainbow patch velcroed to his sleeve.
Such is the mess where Elizabeth Banks finds herself in “People Like Us,” which hits theaters this Friday. Here, she plays Frankie, a single mom trying to make ends meet. Starring alongside Banks is Chris Pine as Sam, the half-brother Frankie’s music-producing dad chose over her and her mother. After their father dies, Sam entangles himself in the lives of Frankie and her son, all the while wondering when to reveal his true identity — and the bag of cash he’s been dragging around with him.
Of course, Banks is only playing a part — one of many this year. On top of “People Like Us,” the actress also starred in “The Hunger Games,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Man on a Ledge,” and had a recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock.”
Banks recently sat down with Moviefone in New York to answer our burning (sorry) questions about “Catching Fire,” “People Like Us,” and reveal the particular set of skills she has that would help her as a Hunger Games tribute.
Elizabeth Banks has been a busy woman this year: she has already appeared in three films and several episodes of “30 Rock,” with “People Like Us” and “Pitch Perfect” coming up. Her schedule shows no signs of slowing down, either, with several projects listed on her IMDb page for 2013.
However, one movie of hers that may notbe coming to a theater near you is “Frank or Francis.” Banks told Moviefone that the highly anticipated film, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, is currently at a standstill.
“We didn’t get to shoot that movie,” she said during an interview ahead of the release of “People Like Us.” “It was ready to go, and, as many movies do, it fell apart at the last minute.”
In the long-stretching debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline project, Nebraska lies at the heart. Pipeline developer TransCanada has proposed a new route to alleviate environmental concerns in the state — a path environmentalists say is just as destructive as the original plan.
There are apparently three thingsJersey Shore‘s top guidettes, Snooki and JWoww, can’t or won’t talk about: politics, HBO’s Girls, and basically anything that happens on their new Jersey Shore spin-off. “Wait and see!” was a popular response to questions about Snooki & JWoww, which premieres tomorrow on MTV and finds the BFFs sharing a pad in Jersey City, coping with Snooki’s surprise pregnancy and engagement, boy drama, and, of course, the uphill battle to obtain the perfect tan. Vulture tried to extort details about the upcoming season but managed to learn about Snooki and JWoww’s opinions on meatballs, their nicknames, and why being neighborly is for bumpkins.
There’s a reason Aubrey Plaza keeps getting cast as interns — as eyerolling Pawnee Parks Department lackey April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and as the defeatist, toilet-scrubbing Seattle Magazine intern in the upcoming Safety Not Guaranteed, and in real life as well, in NBC’s famed page program. According toSafety director Colin Trevorrow, the 27-year-old actress is an everygirl, a face for the masses of underpaid, overeducated young workers of the world.
“Aubrey represents a whole generation of young women who are very disaffected,” Trevorrow said. “Not just women, a whole generation. And disaffected for a reason. They don’t see anything out there for them, and this is not a world for them, and they have every reason to want to go back to a time when everything was a little bit easier and there were more opportunities and they weren’t treated like shit as an intern somewhere.”