Jeff Bridges Discusses 'Crazy Heart' in 'Guitar Aficionado,' 'Alice in Wonderland' Controversy

Jeff Bridges Guitar Aficionado

This year's probable Best Actor Oscar winner, Jeff Bridges, who plays troubled country singer Bad Blake in Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart, graces the cover of the upcoming issue of Guitar Aficionado, in which the veteran actor is interviewed.

Referring to his career as an actor and his passion for music, Bridges says, “I dug what an actor did, but it took me a while to feel it, to truly appreciate the craft and the preparation.  Plus, I was still playing music a lot, and I guess I had a hard time choosing: was I an actor or a musician, or could I be both?"

As for his Crazy Heart character, Bridges explains, “Bad Blake is one of those 'Dude' parts. It's the kind of part you know you're born to play. Bad's the last of a breed, one of those guys they just don't make anymore—like Kris [Kristofferson] or Waylon Jennings or Merle Haggard. The role was such an open canvas for me to work with. And hey, the chance to actually do my own singing and guitar playing on film—what a trip!"

Crazy Heart earned Bridges his fifth Academy Award nomination and his second in the Best Actor category. He'd been previously nominated for The Last Picture Show (1971, supporting), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974, supporting), Starman (1984, lead), and The Contender (2000, supporting).

Alice in Wonderland - Los Angeles Times ad

Alice in Wonderland is just out (March 5, '10) and it's already become controversial. Well, not the Tim Burton movie per se – there's still plenty of time for people to call it sexist, racist, paganistic, and the like. I'm referring to the ad for the movie on the Los Angeles Times. Not in the LA Times: on the Los Angeles Times, as in, on its front page, which just happens to be a fake front page, Los Angeles Times masthead and all, but with Johnny Depp's clownish-looking The Mad Hatter partly covering phony news about health care and Afghanistan.

“We worked very closely with Disney to come up with an exceptional and distinctive way to help them open Alice in Wonderland,” The Wrap's Sharon Waxman quoted Times spokesman John Conroy as saying. “It was designed to create buzz, and to extend the film's already brilliant marketing campaign.”

Waxman also quotes someone else: Robert Niles, a former journalism instructor at the University of Southern California, who last year said that a previous full front-page Los Angeles Times ad was "a sign of just utter surrender by the Times that they wouldn't think people would be freaked out by this.”

“It's a pretty dangerous road to go down for any news organization to actually sell advertising that covers up your news reporting,” Niles added. “It really shows a lack of respect for the audience and a lack of confidence in your editorial product.

Personally, I don't know what to say about this whole matter, but I know what the Red Queen would have said – or rather, screamed. And she'd have been right.

Jamie Court also takes the Times to task in The Huffington Post.

Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin in 'Remember Me'

Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin star in the romantic drama Remember Me, which has received a very positive review in The Hollywood Reporter and a less enthusiastic one in Variety. Both reviewers mention that the film's climax may leave some viewers wondering where all that came from – while others will be moved.

Directed by Allen Coulter and written by Will Fetters (with some rewriting by an uncredited Jenny Lumet — of the well-received Anne Hathaway drama Rachel Getting Married), Remember Me tells the story of Tyler (Pattinson), a rebellious young man who has a problematic relationship with his wealthy father (Pierce Brosnan). Life is difficult for Tyler, but he finds a ray of hope after meeting Ally (de Ravin), a free spirit whose father (Chris Cooper) doesn't like Tyler.

The young couple fall in love, but must face all sorts of obstacles along the way. Secrets are revealed, class issues arise, and fate just seems to be working against them. The question is: Can their love be survive against some pretty tough odds?

Remember Me opens Friday, March 12. It is Robert Pattinson's first vehicle following his success opposite Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner in the blockbuster The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Emilie de Ravin is best known for her role in the television series Lost.

Pascal Greggory and Sylvie Testud in La France
Pascal Greggory, Sylvie Testud in La France

Lorber Films, a division of the recently formed Kino Lorber, will be releasing La France (2007), the latest film from acclaimed writer-director Serge Bozon (Mods, L'amitié) on DVD. Described as a “war film and musical, elegiac and avant-garde, cerebral and poignant” by the New York Times' Nathan Lee, La France was an official selection at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight section. Additionally, the film earned Bozon the 2007 Prix Jean Vigo. In the cast: Pascal Greggory and Sylvie Testud of La Vie en Rose. With a prebook date of March 9, La France is set to become available to consumers on April 6 with a SRP of $34.95.

Photo: Lorber Films

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  1. TommyO

    Just stayed up late to finish watching this movie again.
    Jeff Bridges earned and won Best actor for it in 2010.
    I wish Colin Farrell and Jeff really did tour with Ryan Bingham.
    I am CRAZY for Crazy Heart!