Katie Holmes on the Set of “Mania Days”

Posted on July 24, 2013

Don’t tell us the plot, kittens. It’s much more fun not knowing. Especially as we try and figure out just why the hell anyone would wear that horrifying “dress” – and we use the term loosely.


Katie Holmes wearing a loose-fitting denim shirt dress films scenes with Luke Kirby on the sets of the ‘Mania Days’ in New York City.

Good lord, that’s hideous. We hope your character’s on heroin or something, sweetie.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews.com]

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  • MsOlympia

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see her wearing this in real life, though…

    • CPK1

      you read my mind

      • demidaemon

        Same here.

    • jen

      My thoughts exactly.

    • kittenwithaquip

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it was one of her “designs” through Holmes and Yang.

    • unbornfawn

      Just what I was thinking.

    • Joanne Abrams

      i agree

  • DilettanteDeconstructed

    Her hand in the last picture… are hands supposed to bend that way?!

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      oof… I just tried doing that against my desk and no dice… not even close.

      • I can!
        But I’m double jointed and my fingers bend in ways that win me stupid bar bets.

        • StellaZafella

          The old Bartender says: Bar bets aren’t stupid…if you’re the one winning. ;>)

        • Louise Bryan

          Me too! An old friend said I should take up hitchhiking since my thumb will go ninety degrees in the “wrong” direction.

          • I tell people I have hitchhiked so much that I have worn out my thumb, since it bends backwards. Also that I’ve been refused by a lot of speeding cars, based on how my thumbs looks. See my links in separate comment, if they get approved.

    • Sheneve Butler

      She’s tweaking from the drugs leaving her system is my guess.

    • Lilithcat

      Mine do, though the left hand bends more than the right.

      • Sara P.

        Wow, me, too! I never noticed that before.

    • rajf

      Mine do, and then some. “Hypermobility syndrome”…offered endless opportunities to entertain friends in childhood and early teens, unfortunately it also comes with knees that dislocate, and later on early onset of osteoarthritis in some joints.

    • My fingers do that too. I can actually point at the back of my right wrist with my right index finger, but I have to bend the finger with my left hand. I have a picture of it online somewhere… Don’t feel a thing! Someone in my karate class could lay his right index finger completely flat against the back of his hand, but, again, had to use the left hand to bend it that way. No pain.

      • rajf

        My thumbs could do that, back in the day. Now I get to wear hard braces on them (custom made by a physical/occupational therapist in a lovely shade of blue!) to garden and grade papers.

    • Maureen Basedow

      Her knees are bending oddly too in one photograph and she’s got some bad scarring. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (a genetic collagen/hypermobility disorder affecting joints, skin, other bits and pieces) and I’ve noticed before that she may have it too.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    Let’s see….

    She’s a single mom working as a plant waterer, driven to pills by the pain of her divorce. She starts a relationship with her child’s young, male, drug dealing caregiver.

    • Louise Bryan

      Maybe I misunderstood, but I think she plays some kind of therapist.

      • ankali

        Is this the same movie that Aniston is filming right now? Because she looked awful in her stills, too. Maybe it’s about frumpy therapists.

    • 3boysful

      That certainly fits the way they’re outfitted here.

  • Sheneve Butler

    Just reading the title of the movie, I think her character has gone off her medication.

    • Little_Olive

      Well, they seem to be throwing away a bunch of pills in the pictures, no?
      You go, Katie. Get a fresh start. With a new wardrobe to accompany it.

  • Plot: A young, up and coming actress from a hit smaller network show, is swept off her feet by a world famous, short of stature movie star. She is sucked into his bizarre world, has a child and looses all sense of light and self worth. Shockingly, she escapes his crazy cult and far reaching clutches, pulling a Not Without My Daughter for the ages! Sadly, her time spent with the closeted actor with a Napoleon complex left her completely devoid of fashion sense, and the ability to to trust herself to date powerful men. So now she dates this slob because at least he isn’t obviously well connected. The End.

  • she does look a mess. and OLD. hope those bags under her eyes are makeup. what is she doing with her left hand? hope that’s acting, cause it’s expressing a shit load of tension.

  • Plot: zombie apocalypse arises overnight while our protagonists have a drunken one-night stand at a rest stop on the highway while each is driving to their respective homes across the country. WILL THEY EVER GET HOME? WILL THEY STICK TOGETHER? TO WHAT ENDS WILL THEY PUT THEIR COMBINED SUPPLIES OF ROPE BELTS? WILL THEY EVER GET TO SHOWER AGAIN? These questions will only be answered in MANIA DAYS: THE WALK[ing Dead] OF SHAME.

  • barbarienne

    Are their characters homeless people who dressed out of a dumpster?

    I am fascinated by what her left hand is doing in the first picture. Every part of her body is relaxed except that hand.

  • Lori

    There are apparently drugs involved, which would explain both the ghastly dress and the fact that she just generally looks like 5 miles of bad road. For her sake I hope that’s the work of the make-up artist and not a reflection of how things are going for her these days.

  • conniemd

    I wouldn’t have worn that dress during my college/grad school days in the 70’s which involved both drugs and a healthy dose of Marxism.

    And wow, she has long, almost to the point of creepy, fingers. Who knew? And I knew double jointed people could make their fingers bend funny at the joints, but never realized it applied to letting the fingers bend backwards from he knuckles. Creepy,

  • MilaXX

    I have that dress. Well mine has a different belt, and short sleeves, but yeah…
    We buy them because they look cute and sporty in the store. They just deflate and get all wrinkly with wear. I wore mine with a pair of chucks.

    • StellaZafella

      Not unlike something I’ve worn before…but I ended up cutting it off above the drawstring and sewing up the bottom to use as a laundry bag…after the 4th or 5th person said that’s what they thought it was anyway.

    • Yeah, I kind of like these types of dresses for hanging out. I think the styling is the real problem here, because they both look dirty.

    • Yup, was just thinking that Madewell, Gap, J. Crew et al are constantly trying to get us to wear these. On models they look cute, on everyone else, dicey.

    • Emily B

      I own a slightly different version of that dress, too. It requires A LOT of styling to make it JCrew slouchy, not homeless person slouchy. Of course, I’m also a grad student, so no one thinks it’s weird if I look like I slept in my clothes…

      • MilaXX

        It’s my hanging out/bumming around dress, hence the pairing it with low tops chucks.

  • DesigningWoman21

    From IMDB: Mania Days

    Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance
    that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

    Well, that sounds like a fun movie. LOL

    • largishbearishAtlish

      Entertainment Weekly called it “A laugh out loud riot”, mediascores (the place that rates people walking OUT of the movie) gave it an A+, then were shocked to find out it was not *supposed* to be funny…

      This looks like the kind of dress you could get free as a cover up at some kind of rape clinic…(i.e. your clothes are covered in ______ (blood, body fluids, the contents of a septic tanks, tom cruises zeta rays, etc…) and this is what they give you to be ‘covered’, functional (and the waist is bangin’ for the plus sized women)

  • marlie

    It’s hiddy. Plus, I saw something very similar to this in Old Navy just a few days ago, and quickly rushed past it.

  • MemHey

    PLOT: when a paper-pusher with a Pinterest addiction is forced for financial reasons to share an apartment with her brother’s ex-boyfriend, an unlikely friendship forms. Things get tense when he realizes she has been stealing his clothes to “refashion” them, muddling his plan to use her to stay connected to the brother and forcing him into hoodies and schlumpy jeans. When the pilfering extends to his stash of gourmet antidepressants, confrontation in inevitable.

  • JP

    I see pill bottles — maybe addicts of some kind? Or given the title, bipolar folks going off their meds?

    • DesigningWoman21

      From IMDB: Mania Days

      Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance
      that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

      • stubbornthoughts

        Jennifer Lawrence: “That’s cute.”

  • jmorino08

    I like it! Looks comfy!

  • Elena

    Is she supposed to look horrible or…?

  • crash1212

    What do you suppose those dangling blue ties on the guy in the last panel are for? Asking for a friend.

    • Little_Olive

      You pull on one end and he unravels into 3 feet of cotton rope?

    • Lori

      Ugly belt?

    • Qitkat

      They make his pants inflate? So he can float away above the zombies.

  • cowper

    He’s just rescued her from one of the Scientology dungeons, which is why she looks so gaunt. She’s got PTSD, and is taking antidepressants to help with that. In the last shot, she’s flexing her hand to try and shake off memories of THAT wedding ring.

    • calimon

      Guant! Yes, that’s the word that came to my mind!

  • I think she’s meant to be mentally ill.

  • norseofcourse

    I really really really want Katie Holmes and Sarah Jessica Parker to go get their hair cut together. They could leave the salon with bouncy bobs, sipping smoothies and giggling. That’d make a heckuva photo op, yes?

  • EspyRants

    Awww, it’s Jack from Slings and Arrows! He’s looking a bit Ruffalo-esque these days.

    • Gloriana Reginata

      omg, I so didn’t notice! Thanks for pointing that out – he was fantastic in Slings and Arrows, and deserves rather more career than he seems to have gotten since! (Although he is also looking rather depressed in these pics: this obviously is not a happy-happy scene for those characters…)

  • Jecca2244

    She always looks sick to me.

  • ringthing

    She’s got great hair, though. And cheekbones. I always feel kind of sorry for her, like she’s a lost puppy or something, although she could certainly build herself a fancy schmancy dog pound.

  • nannypoo

    Apparently another movie about zombies.

  • teensmom99

    I had that dress in 1980.

  • CeeQ

    I think that dress is on sale for $29.99 at the Gap right this minute!

  • sekushinonyanko

    Please tell me it’s either zombies or heroin. Because our girl is looking a FRIGHT in these photos.

  • elemspbee

    plot: small town, life going nowhere girl who clearly has potential. plot thickens: it’s the day before apocalypse, she’s decided she’s better than this and almost makes it out of town. She puts on her best dress, walks about town for the last time, or so thought…, goes to town plaza, feeds the ducks. blah blah

  • Trisha26

    With a straight hem I’d wear that dress – pressed of course. Her hair & makeup are Hollywood dirty & non-existent, Fix all that & with cute platform sandals she’d look adorable.

  • flamingoNW

    Cancer movie? Boy, way to make a beautiful woman look dowdy.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    She is obviously having a manic episode (Mania Days? that hair and make up?). I bet it’s a movie about mental illness. They are hitting that disheveled note a little hard.

  • berkeleygirl

    The plot description on IMDB explains a lot: “Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.”

  • Miss wks

    his character’s name is Billy Joe and they are throwing something off the Talahatchee bridge….

    • formerlyAnon

      Win. Because I’m old and remember AM radio.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Aw, aren’t they cute? Two rumpled, wrinkled schlubby people in love.

  • StacyLC

    Suri needs to DO something about this mess.

  • almondemy

    Wait, I thought this was her regular outfit.

  • queen b*tch

    That dress is just depressing, I’d think twice about throwing away those pills my dear

  • RebeccaKW

    My plot: She’s an artist, so she wears loose fitting caftans and denim dresses. We see in flashback that she and her boyfriend are in a car accident after a night of drinking and smoking pot. He dies, she lives, but now she can’t sleep b/c of her grief and guilt and develops an addiction to sleeping pills. She can no longer paint/sculpt/whatever because the loss of her love is too great. She meets Hoodie at the bar one night, he too has a drug problem. His sister was killed on her way to bail him out of jail, so he understands her grief and guilt. They hook up and decide they will work together to break their pill addiction.

  • kimmeister

    What concerns me is that they are throwing pills out the same way you would feed bread crumbs to birds. I’m now picturing some wasted birds . . .

  • formerlyAnon

    Biochemical warfare causing mass mental instability. That’s what’s going on.

  • Stacy Feng

    She has either depression or is bipolar.

  • Love Kirby (Mambo Italiano!)

    Plot description: “Two manic depressives meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance”. So we guess that kinda excuses the horrendous look both are wearing?