In Whiplash, Miles Teller plays a high-school drum prodigy traumatized by his bullying music teacher (J.K. Simmons). What films frightened Teller when he was young? We found out when he took our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video and read a transcript below.
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1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it’s overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty.
However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here it is:
Going forward will all movies that have a Caucasian lead in them simply be dismissed as “white dude problems?” Guess I can check off Citizen Kane and North by Northwest from my good movies list.
Today’s most influential teenagers, according to Time, are comprised of social media celebrities, burgeoning entertainers, and one Nobel prize winner.
Tired of regular coloring books, full of boring things like princesses and dinosaurs? Mel Elliott has just the one for you, then: a James Franco coloring book.
Inspired by Franco’s varied and selfie-filled Instagram feed, Elliott put together a book of black-and-white Franco depictions so people can bring the actor to life with the help of colored pencils. There’s James Franco in Bed with Coffee, James Franco as Spring Breakers‘ Alien, James Franco in Drag—essentially, it’s a look at Franco’s many selves. READ FULL STORY
The Judge did not come close to winning its opening weekend. Nor did the critics swoon over the pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, playing a hot-shot, big-city attorney and his ornery father, a prominent small-town judge accused of murder. But even if the script is Grisham-light and the prodigal-son bit overly familiar, there’s at least one reason to keep it on your must-see list: Duvall.
“Now it’s about time to recognize Robert Duvall as one of the most resourceful, most technically proficient, most remarkable actors in America today,” wrote the New York Times. “When I say ‘one of…’ I don’t mean to weasel out of anything. … I think he may well be the best we have, the American Olivier…”
Vincent Canby wrote those words in 1980 after seeing Duvall in The Great Santini. Before Duvall starred as country singer, Mac Sledge, in Tender Mercies, the role that earned him his Oscar. Before Lonesome Dove. Before directing and starring in The Apostle. READ FULL STORY
It’s been 15 years since 1999, because that’s how time works. 1999 is generally considered a great year for movies. Transformative, even: A diverse array of films, directed by a fleet of up-and-coming filmmakers, all arriving at the multiplex back when cable was lame enough and the internet was slow enough to make the multiplex a place that mattered.
If you happened to be young in 1999—or young-ish—it was possible to feel like you were seeing the entire cinematic art form evolve in front of you. Fifteen years ago this month was Three Kings and Fight Club and Being John Malkovich, instant-cult films helmed by young/hip directors (all of whom successfully grew into middle-aged/important directors.) They followed The Matrix and Election and The Sixth Sense and The Blair Witch Project; still to come was Dogma and Magnolia. By late November, Entertainment Weekly declared 1999 “The Year That Changed Movies.” READ FULL STORY
Italian horror director Dario Argento is tired of typical Christmas movies. He wants gore, violence, and fear in his December films. So he’s making his own—or at least, trying to.
On an Indiegogo fundraiser page, Argento proposes the idea for a movie called The Sandman starring Iggy Pop as the title villain. “This Sandman is the real deal, going back to the dark, original German legend,” the page reads. “The REAL Sandman was someone who stole the eyes of any children that wouldn’t just close them and go to sleep.” In other words: Sandman and Santa Clause probably aren’t friends. READ FULL STORY
First potato salad, now an album made entirely of cat sounds: The ideas behind high-profile crowdfunding projects are sounding more and more like a game of Mad Libs.
Some background: Killer Mike and El-P, who make music together as the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, joked in September about releasing a special edition of their next album that replaces all their beats with cat sounds. Then a Kickstarter user created a campaign to turn the joke into a reality. Soon, musicians like Zola Jesus, Boots, Just Blaze, and more clambered to contribute to Meow the Jewels.
As goofy as the project is, it’s far from the weirdest celebrity crowdfunding project the Internet has ever seen. From Shaq Fu to a personal Kenny Loggins concert, here are some of the oddest requests trying to get your money.
Yesterday, beloved Hollywood icon Robert Downey Jr. went on television and told Ellen Degeneres that there would be an Iron Man 4. Mere hours later, beloved Hollywood icon Robert Downey Jr. went on television and told David Letterman that there would not be an Iron Man 4–an apparent paradox which could easily be explained by the presence of Skrulls, a race of shapechanging aliens who could be the bad guys in Iron Man 4 if there is indeed any such movie as Iron Man 4.
And as of this minute, Robert Downey Jr. has clearly stated that he will not star in another Iron Man movie–although he will be in other Marvel Studios movies, presumably playing Iron Man, unless Marvel Studios merges universes with The Soloist and Downey reprises his fan-favorite role as crusading journalist Steve Lopez, which is currently something that is more possible than Iron Man 4. READ FULL STORY
Some movies make for great TV shows: Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Fargo are just a few examples of recent, successful series that were born out of big-screen versions. Other movies do not—including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Say Anything is latest subjected to the movie-to-TV transition, although it didn’t last too long—after NBC announced plans for a half-hour comedy based on the 1989 movie, Say Anything director Cameron Crowe made his objections known and within 24 hours, the show was done. And, from the looks of a clip from the TV version of Ferris Bueller that a Reddit user dug up, it’s probably for the best. READ FULL STORY
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