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Let’s all give a great tip of the hat to Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey, a man who not long ago smirked and drawled his way through a string of bland romantic comedies, and was celebrated only for his sweaty dedication to his pectorals. In a swift and elegant turnaround, the 44-year-old spent the past three years disappearing into rich characters dreamed up by some of our best contemporary storytellers. Now his fans, and I count myself among them, love to talk about the artistic courage of such a bold reinvention.
Without taking away from his fine work, I wonder if McConaughey’s story is less about bravery than about the gift of being a white, middle-aged male actor. Yes, he’s brilliantly milked his McConaissance, but it’s because he’s navigated his career with powerful agency. He chose unpredictable supporting roles in films like Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street, while digging deep into messy hero stories in Dallas Buyers Club and Mud. Try to picture any of the man’s former romantic co-stars — Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, or Jennifer Lopez, to name a few — having a shot at a single role as weird and surprising. READ FULL STORY
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The vast majority of human beings will never cast anyone in anything, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold opinions about who should (and shouldn’t) play some beloved character in the next blockbuster iteration of that character’s franchise. Recently, I’ve engaged in a bit of fantasy casting for the Justice League movie, the next Fantastic Four movie, and the next next Amazing Spider-Man movie. In an effort to get ahead of my editors on any future fantasy-casting assignments — and a simultaneous effort to recreate the Great We-Totally-Said-Elizabeth-Banks-as-Effie-Trinket Casting Call of 2010 — I’ve taken it upon myself to very carefully consider name everyone who should be cast in everything. The list begins now. No repeats.
Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch. I know, I know: Cumberbatch should play every role in everything. But he should specifically play the role of the egotistical surgeon who falls from grace and turns into the earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. This casting would have the side bonus of moving us one step closer to a Cumberstrange vs. Hiddloki movie. READ FULL STORY
Most cheesy Valentine’s Day cards featuring a celebrity or movie character are made by people impressed with how they can force movie phrases into pickup lines. (Here’s looking at you, Bellatrix Lestrange.)
Today, James Franco took out the middle man and made his own corny/sleazy card, uploading the above photo to Instagram alongside the message, “I’m down for 127 hours with you, girrrrrrrllllllll (boyyyyyyyeeeee).”
Never forget: James Franco was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for 127 Hours. Also never forget: He hosted the Oscars that year, something he would probably like you to forget.
While I appreciate that Franco doesn’t discriminate in his V-Day lovin’, I can’t help but wonder: Is 127 Hours really the best film of his for sex puns? He cuts off his own arm at the end of that movie! No thank you. Surely there are better Valentine’s Day messages based off Franco movie titles. Just off the top of my head, James, we’ve got: READ FULL STORY
Fifty Shades of Grey may not hit theaters for another year, but the people behind the movie are trying to make it easier on the poor souls who can’t stand waiting. On Friday, the movie’s Facebook page posted a still from the movie with the caption, “See you in a year! Happy Valentine’s Day! #FiftyShades.” In the photo, Dakota Johnson (who plays Anastasia Steele) stands before Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan) with a shocked look on her face and a folder in her hand. Only (yes, only) one more year until we can see this same image on the big screen.
Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.
Correction: A lot of assembly.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch all these references in a single viewing.
That, happily, is where we come in. Check below for a guide to some of the film’s most notable references, compiled both from the movie itself and a close reading of its actual script. And since the film’s jam-packed enough that there’s no way to note everything Lord and Miller are riffing on, feel free to add missing pieces in the comments. Caution: It’s spoiler city down there. READ FULL STORY
As part of its cover story on Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rolling Stone interviewed Cameron Crowe about the late actor’s role in Almost Famous. In the film, Hoffman played Lester Bangs, a character based on the real-life music journalist (who wrote frequently for Rolling Stone) . “You could see a glint in his eye,” Crowe says of Hoffman when the actor came to L.A. to rehearse. “He already knew this character.”
Crowe initially thought rehearsals would take two days, but Hoffman told him, “You may only need a couple of hours.” The director recalls watching video interviews of Bangs with Hoffman as the actor tried to emulate the writer’s mannerisms and wit. Afterwards, they were going over one of the scenes from Almost Famous when Crowe realized Hoffman was ready for the film: “I looked at the clock and it was two hours exactly. And [Hoffman] laughed and said, ‘Told ya.’”
I have my mother to thank for a lot of things — my hair, my love of purses, my fear of camel crickets, my existence, and most of all, my judgmental qualities when it comes to on-screen kisses. When I was but a teen, I remember sitting on my couch watching Ryan and Marissa’s first kiss on The O.C. I had no idea my mother was standing in the corner of the room until I heard, “OH MY GOD! That is the best kiss EVER!!” Suddenly, I had to rewind the scene to see what the heck she was talking about.
What made one kiss better than another? Well, for one thing, hand placement is key, according to my mother. And it can’t be too over-the-top. You never want a guy to slobber all over you. Okay, so those weren’t her exact words — but by the third viewing of Ryan and Marissa’s Ferris wheel ride, I started to see what she meant. Man, that was a really good kiss, particularly the part when he puts his right hand behind her head. And the way he holds his mouth… in an instant, I was hooked.
The Mean Girls reunion continues! Last night, Lindsay Lohan was hanging out with Daniel Franzese and Rajiv Surendra — a.ka. Damian and Kevin G — according to her Instagram. Her caption on their group photos includes a hashtagged version of the forever great Mean Girls line “you can’t sit with us,” and also “#soquiche,” which must be what the kids are saying these days.
Franzese also posted the photo on his Instagram with a slew of relevant hashtags: “Whhhat!? North Shore Reunion continues!@lindsaylohan #RajivSurendra and @whatsupdanny #DamiansYearbooks#NorthShore10yrReunion #klangkarussell #DamnAfrica #ImissLizzyCaplan.” And yes, it has actually been 10 years since Mean Girls first changed our lives when it hit theaters in 2004.
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