May he..emphasize...random...words..for MANy years to COME!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
May he..emphasize...random...words..for MANy years to COME!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
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That puts the ho in Jai ho!
Hat tip: Awards Daily
Friday, March 27, 2009
The Rock in a remake of Escape From Witch Mountain. This, I can deal with. Nicolas Cage as the frickin' Sorcerer in a remake of the famous Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse cartoon from Fantasia??!! Are you f***ing kidding me? Just look at this picture. The man has become a parody of himself.
I can't help but agree with Cinematical:
...Nicolas Cage as the sorcerer, who is apparently ripping his look off Hugh Jackman's Gabriel Van Helsing. All that's missing is Kate Beckinsale, a crossbow, and a conditioning treatment to better copy Jackman's flowing locks. Once he gets those, my attraction to Jackman's fedora will be quenched.
The only thing that has me curious about this movie is how Baruchel ends up as his apprentice. Because if I was approached by a "magician" who looked like that, I'd run screaming the other way.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
My kids adore the books of Rick Riordan about the half-human children of Greek Gods. I've read the first one, The Lightning Thief and it is great. My sister even gave my kids home made Camp Half-Blood t-shirts for Christmas.
Chris Columbus, director of the first two Harry Potter movies, is directing the first book and 'Percy Jackson' is due out in February of 2010. Percy will be played by Logan Lerman who was in 3:10 to Yuma. Check out the cast of Greek Gods:
Fox has pieced together a little ensemble cast of Greek Gods for their fantasy adventure Percy Jackson for director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and Sorceror’s Stone). Already signed on are Uma Thurman as Medusa, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron, Sean Bean as Zeus, Kevin McKidd as Poseidon and Melina Kanakerides as Athena. Joining them are Logan Lerman and Brandon Jackson with the roles of Aries, Hades and Persephone still left to be cast.
The film centers on Poseidon’s 12-year-old half-human son (Lerman), who embarks on a quest across modern-day America to save his mother, return Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt and prevent a deadly war between the gods.
Uma Thurman as Medusa will be great, and I hope they keep the setting of the book, where she has a cottage in New Jersey with a yard filled with garden gnomes!
The fifth and final book in the series comes out later this spring. Could this be the next big family friendly series like Harry Potter?
Update - Logan Lerman is also in Gerard Butler's Game! The kid gets around!
I am new to Twitter. I admit it, I joined just to follow Christopher Walken! The LA Times has posted a list of 25 must follow people on Twitter. Kevin Smith is one, and you can follow the progress of Iron Man 2 by following Jon Favreau, who's been posting pics from the set.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Gerard Butler's film Game is due out September 4th and also stars Michael C. Hall, Alison Lohman, and John Leguizamo. Game is written and directed by the same guys who made Crank - Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Gerard Butler) from a game called "Slayers" looks to regain his independence while taking down the game's mastermind.
Can't understand the dubbed Italian, but we get a glimpse of the action and look of the movie:
Color me pumped!
Update - my son just let me know that the kid in this film is the same one starring in Percy Jackson!
Hat tip: GB.net
Studio has set Sean Penn to play Larry, and negotiations are underway with Jim Carrey to play Curly, with the actor already making plans to gain 40 pounds to approximate the physical dimensions of Jerome 'Curly' Howard.
The studio is zeroing in on Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.
Okaaaaay. Jim Carrey as a Stooge brother -- easy to see. Benicio was funny in Snatch, so sure. But Sean Penn as LARRY??!! He hasn't done a comedy in at least 10 years!!! Literally! I was reminded of his Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High as someon dressed as his character this weekend at an 80's fundraiser. Doesn't it feel like that was a million years ago that he was that funny?
Whoo boy, but the Farrelly Brothers have that way about them.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Christopher Walken twitters. Who knew? And it's hilarious! Here are some of his recent posts:
There's a kid on a Pogo stick in front of my house. It's nearly midnight so let's assume he's been drinking. This should end well for him.
The Pope is in Africa "reaffirming the ban on condom use." His old stuff was funnier. I don't get this new material. Too edgy for my taste.
A dog walked by wearing a frilly sweater. The neighbor kid laughed and said, "That's gay!" He meant the cardigan, I think. Not the dog.
She said, "What if you really are you?" and that blew my mind. Okay, it didn't blow my mind. It feels like a good answer though.
No. I'm not really Tina Fey. That was an odd question but I applaud its random nature.
I buy a bottle of Green Tea with ginseng nearly every day but I don't remember why. I don't like tea and can barely taste the ginseng.
A kid was just now crying about a leaking balloon. I told him it was going to pop eventually anyway. He said, "Shut up, mister!" Smart kid.
A curious man asked if I was waiting for something as I stood on the curb. I said, "No. I'm ice fishing." Oddly enough he accepted that.
Tina Fey is a handsome woman and I can tell she knows that. Mickey Rourke would seem to think that he's a handsome woman as well. He's not.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Maurice LaMarche is known for voice work as THE BRAIN from PINKY AND THE BRAIN among other animated series. As William Shatner's birthday is today, he gives us lessons in doing William Shatner impressions and declares today "International Talk Like William Shatner Day"!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I have been following the story of Natasha Richardson's tragic accident since Tuesday night, praying that the reports that she was brain dead weren't true. She and Liam Neeson were totally devoted to each other and were married for almost 15 years. They have two boys, 13 and 12. Natasha Richardson was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, but made her own way as an actress. She won a Tony on Broadway play Sally Bowles in Caberet. She and Liam starred in an O'Neill play together and also in the movie Nell.
In reading about her career, I forgot that she starred in The Handmaid's Tale, based on the book by Margaret Atwood:
In Nell, she starred along with Liam and Jodie Foster. She and Liam married shortly after filming.
I loved her as the mother in Parent Trap, back when Lyndsey Lohan was talented.
She starred in the movie Evening, playing the daughter of her real life mother Vanessa Redgrave.
She was due to act in a play with her mother later this year.
What a tragic loss, and one can't help but think about Liam Neeson's role in Love Actually as a man who loses the love of his life and is left with a son to raise. My heart breaks for him and their two sons.
In an interview for Sky News, a young cancer survivor has the chance to ask Prince William some questions. We have the chance to glimpse some royal fun.Adorable!! Especially when she calls him Prince Harry by mistake!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This is a riot of an interview with Kathy Lee Gifford on Today from earlier this week. The flirting and threats of spankings fly! Russell is promoting his autobiography My Booky Wook.
While on a humanitarian mission to Chad, George Clooney talks about his bathroom and does a hilarious impression of Andy Rooney!
In another video he talks about bunking in the hotel room with Pulitzer-winner Nicholas Kristof. "When you win a Pulitzer, you get to shack up with a two-time Sexiest Man Alive. That seems fair to me."
Finally!!! The Time Traveler's Wife originally had been slated to release last December, and was scheduled for 2010(!) until yesterday. The Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams romance has now moved to August 28th of this year. Hurray!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Ron Silver was a terrific character actor who was in over 80 movies and TV shows including Silkwood, Ali, Reversal of Fortune, West Wing and on and on. One of my favorites was as Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of Fortune:
And one of my favorite lines from the movie is when Silver as Dershowitz says to Jeremy Iron's Von Bulow: "You're a very strange man."
And he replies, "You have no idea."
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
After the departure of Geoff Gilmore to Tribeca, the Sundance Film Festival has promoted programmer John Cooper, a 20-year Sundance vet, to the post of Director of the Festival. Like there was any doubt! John Cooper is amazingly talented, and I can say, a very nice guy, as I've had the pleasure of talking with him a couple of times.
Read about it in Variety.
The new director "brings to the position an infectious enthusiasm as well as a deep understanding of the Sundance brand and culture," founder Robert Redford said.
Thank God! Today Summit announced the director for Eclipse, the third movie in the Twilight series. Drew Barrymore's name had been floating around, and she had confirmed that she was in consideration. I hope that was Summit just being polite, because while I don't doubt that she is has talent -- she produced the Charlie's Angel films and He's Just Not That Into You -- I was praying that they wouldn't seriously entrust her with a franchise film like this. She has shown no ability to do anything more than light action comedy or rom com work. Let her cut her teeth on more serious drama and horror elsewhere, but not with the Twilight series, please!
So, I was thrilled when I read yesterday that Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish protege of Guillermo Del Toro, had been signed to direct Eclipse. Bayona directed the critically acclaimed horror film, The Orphanage, which was produced by Del Toro. I haven't seen the film, but I feel much better that someone with experience in arty horror is up for Eclipse. Bayona is a hot property so kudos to Summit for snatching him up. Eclipse already has a release date of June 30, 2010.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
EW has posted two new clips from the Curse of the Black Freighter Watchmen companion DVD due out later this month:
Warner Bros. has a treat: a companion DVD to the film coming out on March 24, titled Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter.
Also on the DVD is a second companion film called Under the Hood. Running a little longer at 38 minutes, this mini-flick is staged like an old episode of a 60 Minutes-style show called The Culpeper Minute, which takes a nostalgic look back to the early days of the Minutemen -- the masked heroes/vigilantes who preceded the Watchmen.
Monday, March 9, 2009
They must have been reading Hurray for Chest Hair as thankfully, Jake is not shaved.
And he can act, too. Yum.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is set for release on May 28, 2010 and is based on the video game - set in medieval Persia, Earth’s mightiest and most mysterious kingdom, where a king and his son defeat the powerful Maharajah and kidnap his daughter, looting his palace of priceless treasure, including an extravagant hourglass, and a mysterious dagger.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I'd like to stand up in defense of superhero Dr. Manhattan's full-frontal blue nudity. The majority of reviews have seen fit to mention it: Anthony Lane, "buff, buck naked, and blue, like a porn star," Roger Ebert, "complete with discreet genitalia," Kenneth Turan, "pale blue and naked (don't ask)," NPR, "As he lacks a spandex suit — or for the most part a suit of any sort — full-frontal shots of him also qualify as blue, come to think of it."
But getting worked up over the blue penis is a failure to notice the rest of the film. A female superhero, Silk Spectre II, is outfitted in a latex body suit with perma-hard nipples, there's a horribly cheesy sex scene set to "Hallelujah," and your overshare problem is the glowing blue penis?
We're comfortable with objectified male bodies when they are a joke, but not when it's merely a part of a character -- the way female nudity, particularly in action films, so often is.
So yes to the blue penis. Let's hope it makes people pause to consider why it's discomfiting to have male nudity displayed, not for laughs, and not part of some art house epic, but just as a side-bit character trait that no one seems to remark on.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The latest installment from I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC guy. Love it!!
Hat tip: The Movie Blog
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This film had major buzz at this year's Sundance Film Festival, but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see it then. Fox Searchlight snatched it up, and we can all see it July 24th!
Ah, the famous La Salle Street Canyon in Chicago! My husband works a couple blocks from here. You've seen it in the Dark Knight movies, too.
I can't wait to see this film, partially because they filmed a lot of it in the Chicago area. The trailer looks amazing:
Directed by Michael Mann (Heat), Public Enemies tells the real-life story of gangster John Dillinger (Depp), and how, due to his (and his pal's) multi-state crime spree during the 1930s, the US government had no choice but to create the FBI -- whose top agent, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), was the one assigned to finally track down Dillinger and bring him to justice. The film also stars Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, and Billy Crudup.
Regardless of how well or poor ‘Watchmen’ does, Zack Snyder already has his next project lined up and ready to go. It will be the $100 million-budget, ’60s-based, all-girl, action fantasy ‘Sucker Punch’. Now, according to EW, the film has its cast.
Amanda Seyfried is in final negotiations to play the lead role of Baby Doll, a young woman who has been committed to an insane asylum and fantasizes about escaping with the help of her fellow inmates, who take on fantastical roles in her mind.
Offers are also out to Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Evan Rachel Wood, and Emma Stone to round out the cast.
Says Snyder about the cast, “I already did the all-male cast with ‘300′, so I’m doing the opposite end of the spectrum.”
Coolio! Say what you will about Mamma Mia, but Amanda Seyfried has been doing amazing work on Big Love.
Hat tip: We Are Movie Geeks
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Well Played: Robert Pattinson
As a follower of celebrity trends, a woman, a person blessed with the power of sight, and a human being, I would like to officially offer a heartfelt expression of thanks to Robert Pattinson, for showering:
You clean up so good, dude! You're so cute! Was it really that hard? (Your tie is like a hair too short, but let's pretend that was just because Kid Who Plays Jacob That Everyone Wants To Recast Maybe was throttling you with it earlier, in some kind of job-insecurity-related stress rage, and we really can't hold you responsible for that. Especially in light of the fact that you look SO MUCH BETTER THANK GOD.)LOL!! The picture is from their press junket to Tokyo for Twilight.
Stewart, I'll deal with you later. Let's just say...Jessica Biel's Unwashed Oscar Hair of Shame was maybe not the right choice.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Annie Liebovitz spoofs her own work! April's Vanity Fair has Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Jason Segal in the same poses as Tom Ford, Scarlet Johannsson and Keira Knightley from 2006. I love it!