Hat tip: Carpetbagger
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Monday, December 29, 2008
This is fun! Worth1000 has had a series of photoshop contests for people to make Celebrity Aptronyms -- a picture that fits their name. A Smith used to be a blacksmith, and so on.
Orlando Bloom the florist
Penelope Cruz takes on the Love Boat
Edward Norton whips out his anti-virus protection
Gerard Butler. Did you shake it gently for me, Gerard? LOL
Hat tip: List of the Day
I've been putting this off forever. I saw this movie a month ago, and I couldn't quite bring myself to write this review. I wanted so badly for this movie to blow me away, to top the Oscar and best movies of 2008 lists. I was disappointed. It didn't help that I had obnoxious young people behind me laughing at every possible moment that shouldn't be laughed at -- like a character dying! I walked out of the movie seething, and upset with myself that I didn't do more than glare at them. So, I waited to write this review, hoping that all my misgivings were due to the awful circumstances. They weren't.
Award's Daily said of Australia, "How can a movie be so glorious and so God-awful all at the same time?" I agree wholeheartly. The shower scene, in particular, lived up to the hype. Hubba hubba!
I adore Baz Luhrmann. I really do. Others hated Moulin Rouge, but I loved it. I love Baz's creativity, and how off-beat his films are. He truly listens to the beat of a different drummer. But he should listen to some expert editors and producers next time, too. Oy. This movie is all over the place, and there are several endings. Baz's parents owned the movie theater in the small Australia town he grew up in, and it was like he tried to fit every old movie genre in one film -- it's a star-crossed romance, a coming of age film, a Western, a war movie, a melodrama! Australia would fit right in on Turner Classic Movies or AMC. It's like he wanted every story about Australia in one movie -- the Lost Generation, Aborigine discrimination, the Outback, the bombing of Darwin, the huge cattle ranches! Any ONE story would have been enough, but we had them all. Just the bombing of Darwin IS a story that should be told. Our family was visiting Australia when word of this movie hit the papers. We visited Darwin, and I had no idea that Australia had been bombed in WWII. They couldn't film this in Darwin because hardly one pre-WWII building still stands! It's disconcerting how modern looking the town is -- so they had to film on the East Coast.
Nicole Kidman did fine, and she certainly didn't mind showing herself in all her ridiculousness. I just wish she's lay off the botox so we could see more emotion than the widening of her eyes. Hugh was great, but I admit to some bias. Others wished the role had stayed Russell Crowe's (but Russell was the one to turn it down). Maybe there would have been more chemistry, but Nicole is best buds with Crowe, too, so who knows. Their romance didn't really send a tingle up my spine, but I may have to view the film again, since that nitwit behind me laughed through all their kissing scenes.
The real discovery of the film is Brandon Walters, who plays the young aboriginal boy. He was amazing! And the gorgeous Australian scenery! It was worth it to see it on the big screen just for those amazing vistas. I've been there, and Baz has not only captured the magic, but made quite the tourist commercial! I wish Baz had edited this film better. It was long and could have been trimmed quite a bit. Did we need Hugh to get in a bar brawl and smash the suitcase with all Nicole's unmentionables before he meets her? Not really. He's a cowboy, she's an aristocratic priss. Move on with it.
Baz Luhrmann's movie has not done the business that had been expected -- but the director points out that it is tracking ahead of Moulin Rouge for the same 4 week period. He has been eviscerated in the press, not only for the story and direction of the film, but for its brief marketing campaign. Baz has rebutted his critics (me included) for the fact that his movie cannot be pigeon holed. He compares it to films like Gone With the Wind, which he says has warts, too:
"There are those that don't get it. A lot of the film scientists don't get it. And it's not just that that they don't get it, but they hate it and they hate me, and they think I'm the black hole of cinema. They say, 'He shouldn't have made it, and he should die'..."This is not (simply) a romantic comedy for 40-year-old women or action movies for 17-year-old boys, and that's not OK with some people. It's not OK for people to come eat at the same table of cinema."
"You look at movies like 'Gone With the Wind' and Old Hollywood classics, and they don't fit in any box....No large-scale movie doesn't have warts, just by its nature."
When you do what I do, you expect to be covered in mud. But there seems to be a lot of misinformation...I'm used to the waves crashing around me. And what I do is stick to a craggy rock as they keep coming. And if you stick to it long enough someone else will stick to it, too, and then someone else and then someone else."
I think I need to see this movie again and give it another chance. It didn't meet my expectations, but maybe my expectations were wrong. I give the man points for ambition, if nothing else. I reluctantly give it only 2 1/2 stars. Baz's next project is The Great Gatsby. That should be interesting!
Kate tries to hide her fame from eight year old Mia and five year old son Joe - and by extension, the fame of her husband Sam Mendes and their family friends like Leonardo DiCaprio. But Kate explained recently that sometimes the children get a peak behind the curtain at the reality where they’re A-listers: “There was a picture of Leo on the front of a newspaper. “Mia picked it up and went, ‘Mum, it’s Leo, he’s on the cover of the newspaper! We should really keep this and send it to him, Mummy!’”
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I just had a blast from the past. I used to be obsessed with Brendan Fraser after the Mummy came out. He was the first actor I joined an online community for...which led me to seek out every obscure film he had made. I just caught one on cable this morning: Mrs. Winterbourne with Ricki Lake and Shirley MacLaine. This is my favorite scene from the movie -- Brendan being both suave and goofy. I haven't seen this movie in years. It's a little trifle of a movie, but I still love this scene. It is notable for being a romance with a not so pencil thin heroine.
Ah, Brendan, when he still had all his hair. ;)
Thursday, December 25, 2008
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Monday, December 22, 2008
It's fake trailer day! OMG, the wizardry and time that went into this! They took footage from Troy, LOTR, X-Men, Farscape, some Vin Diesel pic and others and made what will probably be a better trailer than what Warner Bros. will give us for it's version of an animated Thundercats! Brad Pitt is Lion-O! They did the digital face painting, frame by frame in Photoshop. Holy crap!
Hat tip: Spoutblog, who thinks this CG Snarf will be better than Warner Bros. version, too!
Watch it in High Quality!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Perez has the scoop! It's funny that this is "mayjah" news, as Perez says, but the man with the famous hair, Robert Pattinson has cut it! (And, we presume, someone washed it.) Robert famously was not allowed to cut his tresses by the studio so that he would keep the Edward look during the press & premiere tour. He also (I hope joked) that he hadn't washed it for 6 weeks. Looking good and short & sassy! So, filming for New Moon is in 12 weeks. Time enough to grow it back?
Friday, December 19, 2008
It aired only ONCE in 1978, and George Lucas may pretend it doesn't exist, but it DID. Chewbacca's family celebrates Life Day, and Princess Leia sings. Merry Christmas and a Happy Life Day to you!
Hat tip: The Movie Blog
I keep showing it to people so they can hold Star Wars in a new light and stop whining about how bad the prequels were (they are not as good as the Original Trilogy, but I dont hate them) and once they are forced to sit through this gem, everything else just looks like a masterpiece.
This copy even has the original commercials that aired with the show, so there is a little bit of nostalgia when ads for Alice, 60 Minutes, and All in the Family come on.
I have always contested that every true Star Wars fan should have to sit through this thing at least once. So this is my public service offering to you.
Hat tip: Spout Blog
I don’t quite understand the inspiration behind the concept, but someone decided to superimpose the heads of the cast from Valkyrie onto little bodies in elf costumes dancing to a disco version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (courtesy of JibJab’s Elf Yourself program). Tom Cruise with an eyepatch flailing his arms about like a Nazi Tony Manero is just about the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.
Just what are these guys so excited about? The holidays? The death of Hitler (though not thanks to them)? Or could it be they’re celebrating the fact that the reviews of Valkyrie aren’t as dreadful as many expected? Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the actual movie doesn’t feature any scenes as great as this one.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
From E! Online:
Majel Barrett Roddenberry might have rated a Federation command. As it was, she helped rule the Star Trek universe.
Roddenberry, the actress whose best-known role was the wife and, later, widow of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, died today at her Bel Air, Calif., home, Roddenberry.com said. The reported cause of death was leukemia.
Billed through much of her acting career as Majel Barrett, the dark-haired Roddenberry played Dr. McCoy's blonde, beehived assistant, Nurse Chapel, on the original 1966-69 Trek series. She also supplied the voice of the USS Enterprise's computer—a service she continued to provide through the franchise's various offshoots, including J.J. Abrams' upcoming big-screen reboot, Star Trek.
I cannot wait for this movie. I adore Paul Rudd, and he is back starring with Jason Segal in the bromance I Love You, Man about a man's search for someone to be his best man. They were very funny together in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Here's the trailer!
Caroline Winter reports from Berlin for The Daily Beast on all the Germans lining up to be blown up and brutally killed in Quentin Taratino's Inglorious Basterds.
What does it take to become a Quentin Tarantino Nazi? First, it helps if you're naturally blond. And as 6,000 Germans who came out for the September casting call found out, a nasty sneer doesn’t hurt, either.
Both Jens and Jan are over 6 feet and have boyish good looks. They’re 100 percent German and look it—that is to say, they blend into the German male landscape. The problem is that both have dark hair and, more important, they’re just not sinister enough to play Germans. After having their portraits taken, both were turned down by an apologetic casting agent. “She told us that we look too friendly,” said Kage, laughing. “They wanted people who the audience would like seeing killed.”
But why, you might ask, would anyone want to play a Nazi extra? The measly five-euros-per-hour stipend isn’t much of an incentive. The Tarantino Nazi wannabes I met were all liberal Berliners who don't usually act in movies and who have no fondness whatsoever for the Third Reich. In fact, some claimed that the main attraction in this case is the fact that they will be gruesomely killed, Tarantino-style, by Jewish-Americans.
“Sure, you’re a Nazi—but you know that, in the end, you're going to get your head hacked off,” said a friend of Kage’s who managed to get cast and thus spoke with me anonymously. “That was definitely part of why I wanted to do this.”
Read the whole article here.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
There's a rumor going around that the part of Captain Jack Sparrow's brother in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will not go to Russell Brand, as previously was rumored. Russell Brand's slamming of the Jonas Brothers' chastity is the tip of the iceberg as to the ways he has offended people in recent months and Disney is touchy about their brand, er, child actors. I think Russell would be perfect as Johnny Depp's brother, but this latest rumor has me excited. If Orlando Bloom is out, who's your heart throb in the movie then, to bring in all those teen girls (and their moms)? Robert Pattinson! My how his movie stardom has changed things, eh? So far this is all rumor. I'll believe it when it's printed on Nikki Finke's blog or Variety.
Hat tip: RobertPattinson.org and HollywoodDame
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Jessi Klein has written a hilarious article on The Daily Beast about the return of chest hair:
After many years of drought, during which the only reliable source of manly tuft seemed to be the Baldwin brothers, chest hair has returned with a vengeance as the sign of sex appeal and virility. Mad Men star Jon Hamm (aka Don Draper) is entertainment’s tall drink of testosterone du jour.
Even the Tiger Beat crowd is sporting post-pubescent chest curls these days. Robert Pattison, the delicately anemic looking young star of Twilight, has unbuttoned just enough on the red carpet to reveal a healthy crop of pectoral fuzz. And Gossip Girl fave Ed Westwick, while barely of legal drinking age, has the dark downy appearance of someone who has spent all day frolicking with a black Pug.
Then there are the ubiquitous everyman hunks of the Judd Apatow empire, the thinking woman’s boyfriends: Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and Seth Rogen. All three are endowed with chest hair that could best be described as “enough for a handful” (employing the phrase I’ve heard men use to evoke the ideal-sized breast.) And while they all play man-children with immature tendencies, their resolute hairiness is a reminder of their ultimately full-grown hearts.
Frolicking with a black Pug! *snort* Read the rest here. Being married to a hairy man myself, I have to admit that I also agree that an obviously waxed chest (Daniel Craig are you listening?) is a bit off-putting. I find Seth Rogen's teddy bear "enough for a handful" qualities, well, sexy!
Perez is reporting two casting rumors for New Moon, Twilight's sequel, which already has a release date for November of 2009. Chris Weitz is on as the new director, and he has only 12 weeks to get the cast together. Both Weitz and author Stephenie Meyer released statements trying to calm down fans about the change in director. Baby faced and barely 16 actor Taylor Lautner is not confirmed to be back as Jacob in New Moon.
Now, reports are that the 26 year-old actor Michael Copon, from Scorpion King 2, is one of the several actors director Weitz is considering to play the new and larger Jacob Black role.
A rep for Copon said they are making all efforts to land this gig. Even Copon is taking to self-advertisement by changing his Facebook status to messages such as "Michael Copon in a Twilight Zone!" and "Michael Copon is the older Jacob Black!" His rep confirmed that the Facebook is indeed Copon's.
Michael Copon is not Native American, but is half Filipino. Catherine Hardwicke had difficulty finding Native American actors for Twilight, and Weitz has to find actors to play Jacob's whole pack for New Moon. Michael isn't the only actor campaigning for a role in the next Twilight movie:
Additionally, 27-year-old Prince Caspian star Ben Barnes is also campaigning for a role. He's said to be actively trying to get the role of Aro, "a mind-reading vampire whose "New Moon" encounter with Edward and Bella helps shape their destiny together." And, coincidentally enough, Barnes has the same manager as Copon and Twilight star Cam Gigandet.
We smell a big paycheck coming in for their manager!
But even when a lead for Jacob has been cast, director Weitz is only left with about 12 weeks until filming starts.
Monday, December 15, 2008
If you're wondering why Bill Condon (director of Chicago) and the new producers of this year's Oscars chose Hugh Jackman to host, remember, he's not only the Sexiest Man Alive, but a man who won a Tony award for A Boy From Oz. He's hosted the Tony's and earned an Emmy for that gig. I think he's going to be a fantastic host, and look fantastic in a tux doing it! If you've only seen Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, take a look at these videos of Hugh, song and dance man and host extraordinaire. Awards Daily has found three great YouTube clips of Hugh from the Tony's over the years:
I just adore this one.
Like Awards Daily, I hope we might see a bit of Peter Allen at the Oscars, gold lame pants, leopard shirt and all! I saw Hugh in A Boy From Oz on stage, third row center and worth every penny. He was beyond amazing. Hugh does one of the numbers from the show on the 2004 Tony's (where he won!) and mortifies Sarah Jessica Parker. It's priceless!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I missed this show from December 8th. Craig Ferguson lost his mother December 1st, and returned to the show a week later after attending the funeral in Scotland. It's very touching, similar to the eulogy he gave his father 3 years ago.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Variety reports that Hugh Jackman will be hosting the Oscars this year. I don't expect a comedy monologue, but I'd bet on a song and dance number. Hugh was fabulous hosting the Tony's a couple of years ago. Well, he has no chance of winning an Oscar this year after Australia, so this is one way to get up on that stage!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Hmmm. I would have thought that Summit would avoid the bad press, and find another woman to direct New Moon. Nikki Finke reports:
Yes, he's had tremendous success working with tweens and teens (About A Boy as director and writer, American Pie as producer and uncredited director). But Chris Weitz also did The Golden Compass (as writer and director), and my source says Summit Entertainment liked the look of that even if it didn't heat up the domestic box office (but did better overseas). I don't have official confirmation yet that this Twilight sequel offer has gone out to Weitz. But my insider says another reason it came down is because Weitz and Summit's president of production Eric Feig are longtime pals. The source tells me Weitz is "still considering" the offer to helm New Moon and possibly also Eclipse if the sequel and threequel movie adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's series of vampire books are made back-to-back.
I liked Golden Compass just fine, loved About a Boy, and American Pie was amusing, but it is disappointing that among the women directors who have done action films, they couldn't have found one. Word is that Catherine Hardwicke did not get on well with Summit Execs, and isn't it cozy that Weitz is best buds with Summit's prez.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
An incredible fanvideo about fandom:
I heard about this because there is a petition to make ripping DVD's for fan videos fair use. This is one of the videos mentioned by name in the petition, as is this incredible 300 fan video set to Vogue by Madonna!
More movie news! From The Hollywood Reporter:
Fresh from the success of "Twilight," Kristen Stewart is set to portray Joan Jett in "The Runaways," the rock 'n' roll biopic of the 1970s all-girl band. The Runaways were hugely influential as the first successful all-girl hard rock band; its members included guitarists Jett and Lita Ford, drummer Sandy West, singer-keyboardist Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox. The band was brought together in late 1975 by impresario Kim Fowley, who thought a novelty act of teenaged girls performing in leather and lace would be an easy sell, but the girls ended up proving to be serious and influential musicians with songs like "Cherry Bomb." The band lasted about four years together, falling apart over management and money issues.
Poor Kristen is not terribly coherent in TV interviews, but she's a natural actress. This looks to be a great part for her, and they're willing to work around her Twilight sequel schedule, hoping to film in 2009.
The LA Times and other outlets are buzzing about an Arthur remake. At first I groaned, as who could top Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli (not to mention John Gielguld!). But then I heard that it is being talked about for Russell Brand, and I am totally on board for that! Russell would be perfect.
Bloody brilliant, mate!
It makes total sense for Brand to play the lead role (originally Dudley Moore), a lovable, filthy rich hopeless alcoholic who falls in love with a working-class gal (Liza Minnelli) and doesn’t want to marry the high-society control freak his family has set him up with.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the British comedian is developing the "Arthur" remake for Warner Bros.
The original is old enough to not be familiar to many. Who for Liza's role and the butler? Mabye Anne Hathaway and Ian McKellan? Ian saying "Would you like me to wash your dick?" would have a special resonance, don't you think? LOL
Friday, December 5, 2008
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Jack Black as Jesus! Wow, what a cast! The credits say:
Conceived and Written (six weeks later than he shoulda) by-Marc ShaimanDirected and Staged by: Adam Shankman
It may be six weeks too late, but it's still hilarious!
Martha Stewart and Adrien Brody were making Cosmos on her show Tuesday, when part of the mixer flew off spilling the red drink all over Martha and Adrian. As she apologizes, he tells her it's the most exciting thing to happen to him on his entire press tour!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The Year Without a Santa Claus is one of my favorite Christmas specials. The Heat Miser and Snow Miser songs rock. I even call my husband the Heat Miser! Oh, man, this sequel could suck, but I'm going to pray it doesn't.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Major Spoilers if you haven't seen the film.
A review of Twilight told in What the Buck's breathless style as only he can. Just like he's summarizing an episode of 90210! Spork! Glitter tits! ROFLMAO!! OMG, I almost peed my pants watching this.
"Twilight is a metaphor for the virtues of chastity, but it's had the opposite effect," a chagrined Robert Pattinson told us shortly before the goth blockbuster slayed audiences in late November. "I get letters that say, 'I'm going to kill myself if you don't watch High School Musical 2 with me.' " Says Pattinson, "A mother recently gave me her baby and asked, 'Can you please bite his head?' "
Peter Travers, RS Movie Critic talks about how well Robert is handling the Edward Cullen mania, and says that he has the goods for a long career in Hollywood. Watch the short video here.