These are some of our only options these days for mainstream (and widely released) adult comedies-with-heart, so I ask you: Which are you more interested in seeing?
The cast of Julie and Julia moved cross-country for the NYC premiere after hitting the red carpet in LA earlier this week. Meryl Streep went a bit more casual this time while Amy Adams took it up a notch in her floor-length gown. There were a few famous chefs out for the night, as well as Julie Powell who inspired the title character of the film. Both Yum and Buzz had the chance to interview Julie this week — read about her thoughts on the movie here and her relationship with Julia Child here.
For those of you with your own copy of Mastering: Does it bother you that the book is all text? And are you willing to pony up pennies for a cookbook if it doesn't have any pictures in it?
The mother of two sons once said:
When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was.
Did you and your spouse endure this after entering parenthood?
In 2002, Julie Powell was a secretary who blogged on the side. Now, she's a bestselling author whose first book, Julie and Julia — a former Buzz Book Club pick — has been adapted into a film starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. Along the way, she's stirred up some controversy (including having her dedication to cooking questioned), and so when she stopped in San Francisco earlier this week, I was curious to chat with her about the book, the movie, and what comes next. Here are highlights from our chat:So who feeds you better: book tour or movie tour?
Movie tour! Well, yes and no. The thing with the movie tour is, it's so fast. Everywhere I go, I have someone always ask, "Where are you going to go when you're in [whatever city]?" I'm always like, "Room service." The movie tour puts you up better, but the book tour gives you more time so you can actually go to a restaurant.
We all play those games where we think about who would play us in movies of our lives. Who were those people for you? Did you ever think Amy Adams?
One of my good friends from [Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, her former employer], he — I don't know what the event was that made him do this, but he was talking about "LMDC: The Movie," and he got everybody and he would put their face beside who he decided he wanted to cast . . . and he had me as Kate Winslet. And I thought, you know, that works. She looks like she can curse like a sailor. She looks like she could eat a good meal. When they proposed Amy, it took me a moment, because she's just so tiny! She's this teeny tiny little thing! . . . But she's such a wonderful actress, and I've been a big fan since Junebug. I think she's just lovely.
How involved were you in the process of making the movie?
Not terribly. When Nora [Ephron] first came on and started working on the script, we met a couple of times. We met for lunch, and she had printed out the entire blog on pink paper — a very Nora touch — and it had the whole thing just marked all to hell, and she went through and she would ask, "This, this here? This didn't happen, did it? This is bullsh*t, right?" She's this incredibly smart, incisive, terrifying woman, totally unlike me, and she asked me all sorts of questions and she took that information, and a lot of the details that are in that movie, I'm sort of shocked that she remembered. . . . I visited the set once, when Meryl was shooting the Paris parts, and got to talk with her for two minutes, which was lovely. But . . . Chris [Messina, who plays Julie's husband] and Amy and Nora got together and said, "Let's wait to meet until we've got it in the can." . . . So they were able to develop the characters based on the script, which is fiction. And it's not me. So, you know, putting the real me in there would just be like there's some weird, faulty 3-D thing going on.
Amy Adams and Meryl Streep posed side by side at the LA premiere of Julie and Julia last night. Ashley Greene looked hot all glammed up after her trip to Comic-Con while Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski went for a fresh-faced look. The food-centered film will hit theaters on Aug. 7, and we're getting hungry just thinking about all the delicious recipes.
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- Julia Child's editor Judith Jones discusses Julie Powell's blog.
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- Grill pork tenderloin that's juicy, tender, and bursting with flavor.
- Share your two cents: which American city has the best coffee culture to offer?
- Julia Child was not impressed with Julie Powell's blog. — Eat Me Daily
- The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile has crashed into a home in Wisconsin. — The Feedbag
- Learn how to become a regular. — Grub Street
- Former New York Times Magazine food editor Amanda Hesser is launching a new food website. — Serious Eats
- Ten tips for taking food outside. — Bon Appétit
- A man in Long Island has found the recipe to KFC's secret 11 herbs and spices mix. — NY Post
- Tips for making the perfect grilled cheese Laura Werlin style. — Chow
I was all over my favorite faux URLs from movies a couple of weeks ago, but I have their king, courtesy of upcoming movie Julie and Julia. The film, which parallels the lives of famous chef Julia Child and her admirer years later, blogger Julie Powell, is based on a true story, but the technology isn't, necessarily.Her blogging platform in the movie is a fakey called "Blogspot@salon.com", a seeming mash-up of Google's Blogger/Blogspot service and Salon, which did provide Powell's platform. So tricky, that Hollywood.