Hitler Pissed at Albert Brooks Oscar Snub + Julia Roberts' Evil Queen

Who would have have guessed that two of Albert Brooks' most die-hard fans are the unlikely pair of Russell Crowe and Adolf Hitler. And they're both mad as hell at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members who have bypassed Brooks in the Best Supporting Actor category for his critically acclaimed performance as a nasty gangster in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive.

On January 25, the Gladiator Academy Award winner and Man of Steel co-star Russell Crowe tweeted: “[Drive's] Ryan Gosling didn't get an Academy nomination? There's some bullshit right there.” He then added, “Albert Brooks you were excellent in Drive. Excellent.”

Now, Crowe's reaction to Brooks' omission from the Academy Awards' Best Supporting Actor shortlist was nothing compared to that of Hitler. The German Führer was particularly galled that Moneyball's Jonah Hill managed to sneak in, considering that Hill had Superbad stolen from him by Michael Cera. In Hitler's view, that's as low as you can get. See below:

For the record, in addition to Jonah Hill, the 2012 Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominees are Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners, Nick Nolte for Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, and Max von Sydow for Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Bennett Miller directed Moneyball, which also features Brad Pitt and Robin Wright.

A FilmDistrict release, Drive received a single Oscar nomination, for Best Sound Editing for Victor Ray Ennis and Lon Bender.

As for the Hitler clip, that's European Film Award nominee Bruno Ganz in Oliver Hirschbiegel's Der Untergang / Downfall, nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award in early 2005. A controversial box office hit in Germany, Downfall was criticized by some for portraying Hitler in a “sympathetic” light. The historical drama depicting the last days of Adolf Hitler went on to win Best Foreign Language Film awards in Argentina (Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards), Denmark (Bodil Awards), the United Kingdom (British Independent Film Awards), Norway (Amanda Awards), and the United States (National Board of Review, Online Film Critics Society).

Albert Brooks/Drive photo: Richard Foreman / FilmDistrict

'Mirror Mirror' Trailer: Julia Roberts Campy Evil Queen

Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, Relativity Media's Snow White movie, stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, and Armie Hammer as respectively, Snow White, the Evil Queen, and Prince Charming. As the light, colorful, cartoonish Mirror Mirror trailer clearly demonstrates (see below), apart from the medieval-looking settings and the presence of Snow White, her friends, her foe, and her lover, Mirror Mirror will have little in common with Rupert Sanders' grittier Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Kristen Stewart, Liam Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron as, respectively, Snow White, the Huntsman, and the Evil Queen.

After some dancing about, Mirror Mirror is scheduled to open March 16; Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters on June 1. Regardless of what pundits say, those movies will not be in competition with one another. Relativity Media is marketing Mirror Mirror to the PG crowd (the video was released on Nickelodeon's Parents Connect), whereas Universal is plugging Snow White and the Huntsman to the crowd that loved The Lord of the Rings movies and who'll be watching The Hobbit. Not to mention, of course, fans of Thor and the various Twilight movies.

Mirror Mirror also features Sean Bean, Nathan Lane, Robert Emms, Michael Lerner, and Mare Winningham. Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller adapted (and apparently fully revamped) the old Brothers Grimm tale.

Mirror Mirror photo: Matthew Rolston / Relativity Media

Demi Moore Out, Chloë Sevigny In: Linda Lovelace Movie

Demi Moore has left the cast of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Lovelace, a biopic about Deep Throat porn star-turned-anti-porn Born-Again Christian Linda Lovelace that began shooting in Los Angeles last December. But you lose one, you win one. Moore has exited just as Chloë Sevigny has joined the Lovelace ensemble.

According to Deadline.com, Moore, who was to have a small role as radical anti-porn feminist Gloria Steinem, exited Lovelace “because of the stresses in her life right now” that have forced her “to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health.” Also as per Deadline, Sevigny has joined Lovelace to play “a feminist journalist assigned to write a story about Lovelace.” Now, at this stage it remains unclear whether this “feminist journalist” is Steinem herself. Reports vary on the matter.

Sevigny is best known for three roles: her Oscar-nominated performance as Hilary Swank's lover in Kimberly Peirce's real-life inspired (and highly fictionalized) Boys Don't Cry; her Golden Globe-winning turn as a member of a, huh, extended Mormon family in the television series Big Love; and as the woman performing oral sex in Vincent Gallo's widely derided The Brown Bunny.

The Lovelace cast includes Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, Peter Sarsgaard as her abusive husband Chuck Traynor, James Franco as Hugh Hefner, in addition to Eric Roberts, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Debi Mazar, Cory Hardrict, and Juno Temple.

Chloë Sevigny/Big Love photo: HBO

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  1. I_Fortuna

    I once asked Al if he thought he would ever be famous. We shared a plane ride to Los Angeles one time just after his break up with Cindy Williams. I sat next to him with a cow skull that had a bullet hole in its head and was dressed in a paper bag. It was meant as a gift to a friend. I digress as usual. Even though Al made a pass at me, I could see he was terribly distraught over this failed romance. Strange that much later my ex-husband worked for him. I only recently have become a fan as my first impression was not a flattering one. I finally fell in love with Al during “The Muse”. I know this is a minor film but . . . This said, my opinion is that he is one fine actor. He has really never received the accollades and recognition he deserves. Unfortunately, this seems to happen often to comedic actors. Now, his role in “Drive” was certainly deserving of recognition and I am gratified that there are those like Russell Crowe and myself who can appreciate his performances.