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Celeb Watch: Saoirse Ronan's Killer Slate, Hamm on Cusp of Movie Stardom, Gibson in Hangover 2

by Sophia Savage
October 18, 2010 5:46 AM
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- Vulture chats with Saoirse Ronan, who at sixteen has had more meaty dramatic roles than most actresses twice her age. True, she has played children: she led us into the heart of Joe Wright's Atonement and almost made Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones worth watching. After a turn in Peter Weir's ensemble The Way Back (which rolls out in December and January), she boasts two more adult roles, in Joe Wright's Hanna (Focus) and Geoffrey Fletcher's indie Violet & Daisy. She plays a teen raised by her father (Eric Bana) as a killer in the former (April 2011) and an assassin in the latter (with Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini and Danny Trejo). Despite the similarities of these two roles (which also call to mind Femme Nikita and Kick-Ass), Ronan insists they are very different: "Hanna is more serious, and funnily enough, it's more realistic. Violet & Daisy is quite surreal." On her relationships with these two directors, she agrees that Fletcher is a "really sweet guy" (directing his first film) and that her working relationship with Wright is now "quite in sync."

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- Many have wondered when Mad Men's Jon Hamm would break into movie stardom. He's now "on the verge," reports PopWatch: "Will be become George Clooney or Tom Selleck? Bruce Willis or Ted Danson?" Not every TV star can rock the big screen. What makes a Selleck or Danson fare less well than Clooney or Willis? Whose footsteps will Hamm follow? The question is whether audiences love Hamm as much as they love Don Draper. 30 Rock, SNL and The Town suggest he'll be a successful crossover, but its also possible he's too of-the-moment to be of-the-decade. Next up: long-time romantic partner Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids.

- It's sometimes tough to remember that one of the industry's funniest stars is Mel Gibson, who in recent months was dropped by his agency and kicked in the teeth in the tabloids over his Oksana Grigorieva saga. The star has a chance to remind us of his comedy chops: he has been cast as a tattoo artist in the comedy The Hangover 2. The film is shooting at Warner Bros.until the end of October when it moves to Thailand, but not before Gibson shoots his cameo.

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