Jennifer Aniston wasn’t wearing her ring this week, but it was ‘just being cleaned’

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As soon as Deadline announced that Jennifer Aniston’s “possible Oscar contender” film Cake had found a distributor, Aniston “somehow” managed to get pap’d in LA. I’m including some of the blurry photos we have access to, but you can see some better-quality X17 photos here. I glanced at the photos yesterday, but I didn’t really care about them because they were so blurry and poor quality. But it seems like the Aniston-loonies poured over the photos and noticed that something was missing: Aniston’s engagement ring. Just FYI: Aniston’s ringlessness was NOT being covered on any of the sites I read yesterday. But Aniston’s publicist still wanted to give everyone an engagement update!

Jennifer Aniston was spotted out and about in Los Angeles earlier today, and everyone freaked out. And no, it wasn’t because of her always gorgeous hair, or her latest designer duds…this time, it was all about one suspiciously missing accessory: her engagement ring.

The actress sparked speculation that there was something fishy going on between her and her fiancé, Justin Theroux, after she was seen without the diamond sparkler. But fret not, you guys. It turns out that all is well in the Aniston-Theroux household.

In fact, the A-lister’s rep had a perfectly good explanation for why she stepped out sans bling.

“Everyone should calm down—the ring was just being cleaned and is safely back on her hand.”

Well then…glad that’s settled.

[From E! News]

Sigh… I go back and forth about Aniston’s PR. Does she want us to speculate about the state of her engagement? Does she want us to talk about Justin Theroux’s cold feet? Did she step out without her ring on purpose so that her rep could deny the “rumors”? I have no idea if all of this is so vapidly Machiavellian. But I do know that I still think her rock looks like a cheap, cloudy quartz. I’m going to need to see the receipts on this diamond.

This is Aniston flashing her quartz a few weeks ago:

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Jennifer Aniston’s possible Oscar contender ‘Cake’ finally finds a distributor

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Jennifer Aniston had the difficult task of promoting her latest film, Cake, during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The difficulty was that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had just gotten married. Aniston solved her PR problem by wearing a see-through top with no bra and getting her publicist to encourage lots and lots of Oscar talk. Cake got decent reviews at TIFF and People Mag (and other outlets) dutifully claimed that Aniston could be a legit Oscar contender this year. The problem? Cake didn’t pick up an American distributor at TIFF. More than a month passed, and still no distributor. What happened next is very interesting:

After the dark comedy Cake set tongues wagging at Toronto about Jennifer Aniston’s performance, there has been speculation that the film’s makers would capitalize on that momentum by putting the movie out before year’s end to qualify for Oscar consideration. Cinelou Films’ producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched a new prestige arm in Cinelou Releasing, and they have set Cake as their first film. The pic will have a one-week qualifying run in December before rolling out in January. Canton, Kristin Hahn and Ben Barnz produced with Solomon.

“When my life and producing partner Ben Barnz and I first read Cake just fourteen months ago, we knew we had to go to Jennifer Aniston. It was the most obvious un-obvious choice – she’s mega-talented, but we’ve never seen the whole range of her extraordinary comic and dramatic abilities showcased in one role,” said director/EP Daniel Barnz.

Cinelou Releasing will launch up to four films over the next year, and you can belatedly add this to all of the rising distribution companies that made statement transactions at Toronto. The label has a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to handle international distribution for six of its films over the next three years. “We congratulate Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon on their new company,” said Warner Bros. International Distribution president Veronika Kwan Vandenberg. “We look forward to our upcoming international collaborations with them beginning next year with Cake.”

“Having a U.S. distribution arm was always part of our strategy to be in control of the creative, marketing and financial results of our films,” said Solomon. “We were very pleased with how Cake turned out and are excited about all the opportunities the film presents on multiple levels…Cinelou was formed to produce brave, bold and interesting films that both challenge and showcase talent.”

Said Canton: “We’re very proud and excited that our new distribution banner will allow Cake to be released with the same passion and commitment that went into making the film.”

[From Deadline]

This is interesting on two levels. One level, the level that people are reacting to right now, is that Aniston is making a play for an Oscar campaign. Aniston and her people want to launch something centered around her performance. Will she end up getting a nomination? Doubtful. She might end up with a Spirit Award nomination though. The other level of interest is what was happening behind the scenes to even get this film distributed in America. It honestly sounds like NO ONE wanted to distribute it at all and Cinelou had to pull their new distribution arm together within the last month, just to push Cake… and Jennifer Aniston.

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Here’s your daily dose of celebrity news and gossip, brought to you by Nicole Kidman!

  • Forget drowning your sorrows in ice cream: this women spent a week at KFC after a bad breakup. (D Listed)
  • Here are some Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux wedding details! (OK! Magazine)
  • Doutzen Kroes rocks the red carpet in her little white dress. (Moe Jackson)
  • So how did Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Kate Middleton) “bounce back”? Couldn’t have anything to do with her nausea going away, could it? (Lainey Gossip)
  • Kim Kardashian says North will have to work for everything, just like she did. (HuffPost Celebrity)
  • These stars are happy being childless. (PopSugar)
  • Christy Turlington “bumps” it forward. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
  • OMG: Mama June from ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is dating a convicted child molester?! (TMZ)
  • Why did Ariana Grande join Kaballah? (IDLYITW)
  • Geena Davis pretended to be a mannequin at Ann Taylor. (Evil Beet Gossip)
  • Is Chris Martin returning to Gwyneth Paltrow and leaving Jennifer Lawrence? (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
  • Elizabeth Pena’s cause of death was alcohol-related. (PopCrush)
  • Amber Marchese felt like she was being “hazed” on her first season of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey.’ (Reality Tea)
  • Beverley Mitchell is expecting a baby boy! (Celebrity Babies – People)
  • Life’s a beach for Adam Sandler and his family. (Babyrazzi)
  • Kris Jenner says Kylie Jenner is NOT dating Tyga. (ICYDK)
  • Lauren Conrad lopes off her locks. (Celebuzz)
  • Colleen Shannon rocks a bikini. (Celebslam)
  • Nick Loeb says he ended his engagement to Sofia Vergara because she was “too career-focused.” (Celebitchy)
  • Kim Kardashian rocks a bikini on her Hawaii vacation. (Bossip)

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure is insanely, eerily realistic & life-like

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Over the summer, Madame Tussauds released some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch sitting for measurements and photos at their studio in London. Madame Tussauds had decided it was high time for Bendy to get his own dashing wax figure, and to his credit, Benedict agreed to sit for all of the measurements. THIS is the result. Madame Tussauds have put out their new Cumberfigure and it is crazy life-like.

I usually look through the photos we have the latest wax figures, and let me tell you… Madame Tussauds usually messes up the living celebrities. Their Duchess Kate wax figure looks like Tamara Ecclestone. The Angelina Jolie wax figure looks like Jennifer Aniston. The Johnny Depp wax figure looks like a demon. But I think it helped in Bendy’s case because he actually agreed to let them take all of the measurements and such. He has such a unique little otter-face, so this could have ended up terribly. As it is, my only real complaints are that no amount of fake hair can recreate the glorious Cumbercurls AND that Madame Tussauds made him kind of cross-eyed. But otherwise… Wax Bendy is just as good Real Bendy. #WaxOtter #PutHimInVelvet

Start your mannequin-come-to-life fan-fiction now!

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Justin Theroux won’t marry Jennifer Aniston ‘on anyone else’s time frame’

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Justin Theroux has a new interview with an Aussie publication, TV Week. Season one of The Leftovers is already done here in America, but I guess it’s still running or about to run overseas? I often wonder what other countries think of some of the weirder American shows. Like, I know Mad Men is pretty popular in the UK and some other European countries and I’ve heard that many, many countries loved Breaking Bad, but would other nationalities give a crap about The Leftovers? Deep thoughts on a Monday morning, I know. Anyway, Justin talked about the show, plus some stuff about Jennifer Aniston. They’re still engaged and Justin makes it sound like they aren’t going to have a wedding any time soon.

Justin Theroux opened up about life with fiancee Jennifer Aniston and the pressure that comes along with it. The 43-year-old actor told Australia’s TV Week magazine that he couldn’t be happier ‘both personally and professionally.’ But he added: ‘However, there is this hum of pressure that – I can’t stress enough – I just don’t pay any attention to.’

The famous couple announced their engagement in August 2012 but don’t expect them to follow anyone else’s timetable when it comes to getting married.

‘But I am not going to let a tabloid tell me what to do. …I’m not going to watch them tap their watch. What the hell are you telling me to do?’ Justin said. ‘We’re just doing our own thing. We are completely happy, obviously, but we’re not on anyone else’s timeframe… I think love in anyone’s life creates expansion. And needless to say, it feels really good. So it’s only enriched by life.’

Justin was asked about how he relates to loss and grief on The Leftovers.

‘I’ve lost good friends, I’ve lost family members. Then there’s the obvious comparison, although I’m reluctant to compare a TV show to September 11. That event was, as a New Yorker, the first and hopefully last time I’ll feel that sort of collective grief. It made that big city feel incredibly small,’ he replied.

The writer of Hollywood hits such as Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2 and Rock Of Ages also reflected on his career.

‘My career has followed no particular path. As I’m sure you’re aware, I have the dumbest career in the world as far as ”Yeah, I’ll do that.” I’ve really guideed myself on what is going to be the next fun thing to do, I don’t think of it in terms of ”Will this be smart for my career?”’, he said.

[From The Daily Mail]

I think it’s a bit too cute by half to claim – after more than two years of engagement – that the tabloids are the only ones pressuring Justin and Jennifer to marry. Any couple with an engagement that long and no wedding plans on the horizon would be getting pressure to set the date, tabloids or no tabloids. They would be getting pressure from friends, family and society, because it IS unconventional to make this big deal about an engagement and then… nothing. Especially when Jennifer got the People Magazine cover more than a year ago to have “sources” explain why the “wedding is on hold… indefinitely.” It’s Justin holding up the wedding plans, not Jennifer. Justin is gun-shy about marriage.

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Are Amal Alamuddin & George Clooney just as thirsty as Kimye?

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We have another million stories about Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney. Just like we’ve had every single day this week! Still, I’m happy about it. The Alamooney Wedding has been a joy to behold. It’s interesting to see George change up his image so quickly, and Amal has enchanted all of us to different degrees. But what if Amal and George are just dumb, Kardashian-esque famewhores? That’s what Natalia Naish, co-founder of Your Barrister Boyfriend, wrote in a “searing” post:

The founder of the website that propelled Amal Alamuddin to fame – and, it is claimed, first brought her to George Clooney’s attention – has hit out at the couple’s ‘wildly expensive, carefully choreographed, predictably sentimental and satisfyingly public’ wedding. Just weeks before meeting Clooney at a charity fundraiser last September, Beirut-born lawyer Amal, 36, (right) famously topped the ‘Barrister Hottie’ list, compiled by the website Your Barrister Boyfriend. This accolade was even mentioned during the wedding speeches.

Rather uncharitably, however, just days after the Clooney nuptials at the ritzy Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, the website co-founder, Natalia Naish, has written a searing critique of the extravagant celebrations, which received 40 pages of coverage in Hello! with the newlywed couple’s co-operation.

‘Seems quite rich, given George’s hatred of tabloids,’ Naish points out. ‘Amal has taken to her newfound fame like a duck to water, radiating “in love” while she struts her stuff in surprisingly short couture dresses. As the details of their four-day wedding emerge – the caseloads of tequila, the never-ending parade of Amal’s designer dresses, the boatloads of grinning celebrities, and the $13 million (£8 million) price tag – it all begins to seem slightly unseemly and in-your-face, especially for a couple who profess to be extremely private.’

Perhaps most woundingly of all, Naish compares Amal unfavourably with reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who tied the knot in May with rapper Kanye West. The lavish ceremony took place in Italy amid a media circus.

‘The problem I have with the Clooney wedding was not the excessiveness per se, but the back-patting smugness that has accompanied the entire courtship and ceremony,’ says Naish. ‘Even though George and Amal careened around Venice in speedboats, posed up a storm for the paparazzi like modern-day royalty and sold their wedding photos to glossy magazines, they received none of the tut-tutting that was directed at Kim Kardashian.’

[From The Daily Mail]

While it’s true, The Alamooney Wedding did not get the same derisive press coverage as The Kimye Wedding, but to be fair… George and Amal did not have a gold toilet tower. That alone means that The Kimye Wedding was better! Seriously though… this lady does make some good points.

More stories from the tabloids/press outlets… Star Magazine’s source says that George invited a lot of his famous friends but “Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston all backed out at the last second… George didn’t mind so much but Amal found it to be incredibly rude, especially coming from Brad, who George cares so much for.” Another source says that Brad and Angelina didn’t attend the wedding because they didn’t want to be a “part of the circus… They’re in their own world with the kids. They knew it’d be a zoo. It’s why they had such a small ceremony themselves.”

People Magazine also published some of the text from Nick Clooney’s toast to his son and Amal – go here to read. It’s been widely reported that Nick also told George and Amal to start having babies too. The National Enquirer also has a story about Alamooney babies – their sources say that George and Amal have been talking about kids “for months” and that they are totally considering adoption. I tend to think Amal will get pregnant – sooner rather than later – and then… hey, maybe they would adopt. But George’s rep shut down that story to Gossip Cop. The denial is weirdly worded, and really, who cares? Everybody knows that Alamooney babies are coming.

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Tom Hiddleston beat Benedict Cumberbatch for ‘best-dressed man’ gong

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Glamour UK has released their list of the best-dressed celebrities in the world. As you can imagine, with a British publication, the list is definitely skewed towards the Brits. Before we talk about the ladies, let’s discuss the men. Apparently, Tom Hiddleston – a man who has barely been on any red carpets in 2014 – won “best dressed man.” I know there’s some kind of blood feud between the Cumberbitches and the Dragonflies, but Benedict really has been seen much more this year. Surely Bendy should have won this particular gong? #RememberTheVelvet

The men’s list, in descending order: Tom Hiddleston, Robert Pattinson (RLY?), David Beckham (that’s fine), Benedict Cumberbatch (#Velvet) and Henry Cavill. The only problem I have with that top five is Sparkles, honestly. Robert Pattinson’s suit game has improved, but that boy still has some styling issues.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were crowned “best-dressed couple,” which is funny because no one likes Justin Theroux’s skinny jeans and guyliner. The second best dressed couple? Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, which… eh, okay. Then Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, then Posh and Becks, then Beyonce and Jay-Z. Sure.

As for the best-dressed women… Jennifer Lawrence is #1. I’m sure Bedhead will have stuff to say about this, but personally… I think J-Law is still finding her style. She’s a young woman with access to any designer she could ever want, but I get the feeling she just wears what she’s told to wear. She’s not a fashionista… yet. She might be at some point. The rest of the top ten:

1) Jennifer Lawrence
2) Lupita Nyong’o
3) Kristen Stewart
4) Emma Watson
5) Blake Lively
6) Angelina Jolie
7) The Duchess of Cambridge
8) Katy Perry
9) Jennifer Aniston
10) Emma Stone

Lupita loves clothes and she delivers noteworthy style every time she walks onto a red carpet. To me, Lupita > J-Law. Kristen Stewart? She’s improving but I tend to find her one of the worst-dressed young starlets. Emma Watson is fine, Blake Lively is meh, Angelina Jolie is single-handedly bringing back the sack dress. Duchess Kate’s style is… eh, it’s not my cup of tea, but I’m thrilled that Kate didn’t get #1 on this list. I probably would have moved Emma Stone up higher on this list. Kate Moss too – Moss didn’t crack the top ten, how weird is that?

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Courteney Cox Admits She Wasn’t Thrilled With All The Attention The Rachel Haircut Got

Courteney Cox Out For Lunch In West HollywoodFinally, the truth is out- LOL! As everyone celebrates ‘Friends’ 20th anniversary, Courteney Cox can finally admit it: she wasn’t all that happy with all the attention “The Rachel haircut” got. Courteney made the confession during an interview on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ REALTED: Jimmy Kimmel staged a ‘Friends’ reunion.

Jimmy asked Courteney why no one ever wanted “The Monica haircut.” Courteney replied:

You know what? It kind of bums me out, why didn’t they? We had the same hairdresser. I don’t understand. I got nothing. I kept changing mine, like, ‘If you don’t like it I’ll just keep doing it,’ and they never stuck!”

It should be noted that Courteney was laughing while she responded. Of course she was joking around, people ;). Courteney said they also used to have viewing parties.

The whole cast watched, we did it every single Thursday for the first year. Mostly at mine, I provided some good snacks.”

I can’t BELIEVE it’s been 20 years since ‘Friends’ premiered. Can you?

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Jennifer Aniston allegedly pushes her ‘no chemicals’ agenda on co-workers

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Jennifer Aniston was a smoker for many years. I’m not sure if she still smokes cigarettes, but guessing from a few recent interviews, I’d say that she still smokes the weed. Regularly. My guess is that she’s pretty much stopped with the ciggies and now she just smokes pot. Plus, she gets weird formaldehyde-based hair treatments that end up burning off her hair. On the other side, her PR-reinforced image is that of health, yoga, salad-eating and “being natural,” complete with contracts with SmartWater, Aveeno and Living Proof. So, Aniston is a mixed bag of chemicals and health. So would you trust Aniston’s “advice” on how to live without chemicals?

Jennifer Aniston really, really wants her cohorts to go green. During the shoot for ‘Cake’, Jennifer “tried to persuade the cast and crew to stop using products with chemicals,” a set source tells Hot Stuff. The offending items: Listerine mouth spray, soda and cigarettes.

“She’d say everything she uses is all-natural and she knows every product’s ingredients,” adds a second insider. She even brought in licorice root – believed to be an herbal remedy for smoking. While her rep denies the story and says, “Jennifer is not the type to push anything on anyone,” the insider says Aniston also proposed yoga and meditation, a combo she said she practices “five days a week with Justin Theroux!”

[From Us Weekly, print edition]

I’ve tried to use Listerine in the past, but it makes my mouth feel like it’s dying. Anyone else? Now I just use Scope products and I don’t even care about chemicals. I drink soda too. I guess that means Aniston doesn’t want to be my friend or coworker. Too bad. That being said… I kind of believe that Aniston shills her “natural” stuff to coworkers, then she goes home, lights up a spliff and pours formaldehyde on her hair.

Two more things… Aniston’s turn in Cake still hasn’t gotten a distributor, so maybe not so much with an Oscar campaign? Ha. And Living Proof released this behind-the-scenes video of their photoshoot. Some of her outfits are cute, but am I alone in thinking her hair looks bad in this video?

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Jennifer Aniston in Sportmax at TIFF photocall for ‘Cake’: lovely or bland?

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Wow, this is the best Jennifer Aniston has looked in months, right? Good timing too. These are photos of Aniston at the Cake photocall at TIFF on Tuesday. Her navy and black dress is Sportmax – much better than the LBD from the other day, but still… this Sportmax dress isn’t flat-out awesome or anything. But I’m still saying that this is the best she’s looked in a while. She’s tan not orange, she looks fit and toned, her face doesn’t look Botoxed or anything. Her hair isn’t even annoying me. Great appearance!

As for the reviews… Cake has been very well-reviewed this week. Some sites are saying that Aniston could have a place on the shortlist for a Best Actress Oscar, but I’m not seeing it. Maybe that’s my knee-jerk opinion of Aniston, or maybe it’s because after years of reading stuff from her press machine, I can see when something is being strangely overhyped. Take this People Magazine write up:

She’s been called America’s sweetheart, but Jennifer Aniston swept into the Toronto International Film Festival with a warts-and-all star turn that got her a standing ovation – and immediate awards buzz. In Cake, Aniston, 45, plays a woman suffering from addiction, rage issues and suicidal depression after a tragic accident leaves her scarred inside and out. It’s hardly the romantic comedy she’s known for.

With greasy hair, no makeup and a fire she’s never before displayed on screen, Aniston gives a riveting performance that brought the film festival audience to its feet at its Toronto premiere Monday.

“It’s awesome and liberating to let that all go,” Aniston said of her makeunder for the role. “And see yourself looking like that on a 50-foot screen.”

Aniston – who’s engaged to fellow actor Justin Theroux – talked of moving stiffly and with great discomfort, aided by a back brace, to play a woman suffering from chronic pain caused by a car accident. If it looked painful, it’s because she was in pain, she says, adding, “But I’m back now – it took a while.”

She also said she spent time with a close friend and stunt double, who became addicted to prescription drugs after a boating accident, to prepare for the part.

The film, directed by Daniel Barnz, costars Adriana Barraza, Sam Worthington and Anna Kendrick, and it was warmly received at Toronto’s historic Elgin theater.

“Oh my God, that’s so sweet,” said a visibly moved Aniston, looking radiant in a short black cocktail dress and nothing like her character, to an audience member who lauded her bravery for playing a character who is unattractive inside and out.

Barnz called her “the most courageous actress I know” for leaving her vanity behind.

[From People]

“The most courageous actress I know”? Hyperbole, how does it work? Aniston is literally the most courageous actress EVER for wearing some prosthetic scars on her face and skipping the mascara. I tend to think it’s insulting – people act like “Aniston without makeup” = bridge troll. She’s a perfectly attractive woman and she doesn’t look that different without makeup.

Jen also spoke to E! about how “liberating” it was to do a less glamorous role and how she was able to wander around a Target one night with no one recognizing her because she was in her character’s clothes – go here to read that story. No disrespect in general, because seriously, Aniston’s fans have been begging her to do this kind of serious, unglamorous role for years now. So, I say let the fans have their moment. Let them believe that Aniston will make the Oscar shortlist. Bless them. As of Wednesday night, Cake still didn’t have an American distributor. Just FYI.

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