Capping an exciting year of interview oversharing, Terrence Howard went on Watch What Happens Live last night. Although nominally pitching his role in The Best Man Holiday, Howard wound up taking a question about a role from half a decade ago. The actor originated the role of James Rhodes in Iron Man — but he didn’t return for the sequels, which saw Don Cheadle play the character in ever-more-elaborate robo-suits. READ FULL STORY
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Stand-up comedian and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia had a major breakthrough in 2012 when his film Sleepwalk With Me became a critical smash, and he followed that up with the award-winning one-man show My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (which you can stream on Netflix and will be available on CD, DVD, and iTunes on November 26). In 2014, he’s heading back out on the road again, this time on a multi-city trek he’s dubbing Thank God for Jokes.
“This is honestly the most excited I’ve been to go on tour my whole career,” Birbiglia told EW. “Well, partly because I can afford gas now and I know that my car will arrive at the venue. (Not even kidding, that’s part of it.) But also I have an hour of new material that’s not in my book or my new special or my movie or even on This American Life.”
The new tour is the result of hours of toiling in his hometown. “It’s just all fresh and new and every night that I’ve workshopped it it’s been different,” he said. “I’ve been workshopping it down the street from my apartment at Union Hall in Brooklyn, where we filmed some of Sleepwalk With Me. The show is all about jokes and life and how jokes can get you in trouble in life and how in a lot of ways you’re not even allowed to tell jokes at work or really anywhere except with your friends. And so in some ways, being on stage in front of 1,000 people telling jokes is like hanging out with 1,000 friends with the same sense of humor. And that, to me, is a profound feeling. That’s really the goal for me is that everyone experiences that feeling at my shows.”
The jaunt kicks off on January 15 in Traverse City, Michigan, and will wrap up on March 30 in Charleston, South Carolina (check out the entire list of dates and venues below). Tickets go on sale today at noon, so head over to Birbiglia’s official site for more information and to reserve your seats.
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In decades past, the movie sequel was a frowned-upon concept, something that implied unoriginality or laziness. There were exceptions (The Godfather Part II), and if you were a genre head in the ’80s, then you witnessed the birth of the Sequel-As-Perfected-Original (Wrath of Khan and Road Warrior and Empire Strikes Back and maybe Aliens), although that in turn led to the birth of the Threequel-As-Bloated-Mess (Search for Spock and Beyond Thunderdome and Return of the Jedi and Alien 3). Sequels as a cultural idea belonged to beefcake action heroes and cut-rate horror franchises.
At this point, though, complaining about sequels feels a bit archaic — the equivalent of the parents in Bye Bye Birdie complaining about rock and roll. Sequels are essentially the business of the mainstream Hollywood studios. The five top-grossing movies of 2013 are sequels that outperformed their predecessors, and there’s every reason to think Thor: The Dark World and Catching Fire will join that list soon.
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If there’s a name synonymous with femme fatale and scene-stealer, it’s Old Hollywood legend Veronica Lake.
She would have been 91 today. The film noir starlet was famous for her enchanting presence in films like Sullivan’s Travels, The Blue Dahlia, and The Glass Key.
“Lake brought to the screen an air of mystery, contained sensuality and quiet wit that lit up the screen. But, as she herself said, she just wasn’t cut out to be a movie star — at least not as Hollywood in the Forties envisioned that role — and her later life was marked by broken marriages, addiction and illness,” writes Time magazine in “Veronica Lake: Hollywood Rebel and Self-Proclaimed ‘Sex Zombie’.”
The actress took a break from film work after the 1940s but continued working on the stage and the small screen. Time writes that the latter part of her life was full of personal tumult — multiple marriages, issues with alcohol and mental illness, and familial drama. Lake died in July 1973 from hepatitis and kidney injury.
Her smoldering legacy lives on, in countless fashion spreads attempting to emulate her mermaid curls and sultry makeup, in a thousand New Hollywood actress copycats, and in the old Hollywood film archives continuing to allure modern audiences.
If there’s one thing I enjoy more than listening to crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford talk about recently purchasing illegal drugs or that time he didn’t tell a female staffer he wanted to have oral sex with her, it’s thinking who I will one day hear saying this stuff when the inevitable movie about his time in office gets made. (My pitch? “It’s Bob Roberts on crack — literally.”)
The name that first popped into my head was that of ex-Mad TV cast member Will Sasso, partly because he is himself Canadian and partly because I happen to believe he is an underrated comic actor, but mostly because he’s bald. Of course, there are many other options.
Who do you think would make for a good Rob Ford? Please do vote below. The good news: Whoever you vote for, you won’t end up with a crack-smoking mayor. (Unless, of course, you live in Toronto. Sorry, Toronto!)
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The internet briefly went crazy a few weeks ago over 300 Sandwiches, the blog/cry for help written by a woman whose boyfriend promised her an engagement ring if she could only make him 300 sandwiches — precisely the kind of romantic-comedy behavior that seems somewhat unseemly when it becomes real-life behavior. But now we’ll be able to ponder the romantic implications of the Pumpkin Biscuit, Bacon, and Scrambled Egg Sandwich beyond the world of inadvertently hilarious blogs. The New York Post reports that Stephanie Smith — the author of 300 Sandwiches and coincidentally a writer for the Post — now has a book deal, because this is still America, and if you can’t get a husband then at least you can get a book deal, amiright, ladies?
Of course, this could — nay should — be just the tip of the iceberg. (Lettuce.) After all, the vaguely similar ticking-clock-romance website 40 Days of Dating is getting its own movie. And how many sandwiches did they even eat in their 40 days of dating? Not 300, that’s for sure. This could be a whole franchise. This could be a whole linked series of franchises. Below, our 10 humble suggestions for movies derived from the über-popular 300 Sandwiches brand:
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As Zachary Levi is currently starring in the Broadway musical First Date (through Jan. 5), it’s no surprise that he had a very thorough answer when we asked him to name his go-to karaoke song during our EW Pop Culture Personality Test (watch the video below) — or that he and his Thor: The Dark World costar Tom Hiddleston were known to rock the hair and makeup trailer. “The two of us were probably singin’ more than anybody else. Elton John, Stevie Wonder, you name it,” he says.
Levi claims memories, such as how the pain of accidentally slamming his finger in his trailer door hurt more than possibly dislocating a rib during a fight scene, are the only thing he took home from the Thor shoot. “Ray Stevenson and I were on set one day, and there was an armory of swords and daggers and shields, and I was like, ‘Dude, I want one of those,’” he says. “And then I didn’t take any of them, partly because I don’t think Marvel would have been super cool about it, and partly because honestly, I don’t know how the hell I’d bring it back through customs anyway. ‘Do you have anything to declare?’ ‘Yeah, I have an Asgardian blade.’ You get arrested for that kind of stuff.”
Jamie Dornan was in his pajamas, and anxious. It was 1:30 a.m. London time, and the 31-year old actor was watching reruns of Storage Wars and praying for the phone to ring. “I was sort of pretending I wasn’t waiting, but the phone was in my hand, halfway to my ear,” Dornan says in throaty Irish brogue. He had just flown back from Los Angeles, where he had auditioned for the role of the world’s hottest control freak, Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades of Grey. Landing this part would propel him to instant stardom, and so, with his pregnant wife, actress Amelia Warner, snoozing upstairs, Dornan tried to focus on the show. Minutes later, the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), phoned to tell the former Calvin Klein model that he was about to become the object of millions of women’s fantasies. “There was a slight fear,” Dornan says now, his wiry frame huddled on a couch in a Los Angeles photo studio. “But beyond anything else, I was really f—ing excited.”
This weeks’s Entertainment Weekly cover story features the first exclusive interviews with the two stars of the new film based on Fifty Shades of Grey, the publishing phenomenon from British author E L James — about the seduction of virginal college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) by a beautiful billionaire with a penchant for sadomasochism (Dornan) — that has sold 90 million copies worldwide and ignited the libidos of a generation of women.
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Jennifer Lawrence's 'InStyle' cover: 'Catching Fire' star talks 'warped' mean girls, not working out
With Catching Fire just over a week away, the press tour is well on its way, which directly translates to: It’s time for Jennifer Lawrence to make us fall head-over-heels in love with her again … as if we weren’t already. After all, this is the girl who held up her Oscar and flipped off a photographer all at the same time. Just ask Jack Nicholson, there’s nothing not to love.
And as the press tour continues, Lawrence’s face (and new hair do) will be hard to miss, starting with the December issue of InStyle (on stands Friday), in which she talks about everything from her exercise routine to her couch-surfing skills.
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EW readers are in the midst of a bitter battle to crown the greatest YA book of all time. So who better to influence your opinions than the cast of one of the most popular young adult series of the moment — The Hunger Games.
At the London premiere for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters Nov. 22), Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and more opened up about their favorite YA series.
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