Here is one Iron Man 3 development you may not have seen coming: CineFix’s “Wrong Director” series is putting an animated Woody Allen in Marvel’s big metal suit. Stammering ensues: “Pepper Potts, she says, uh, I’m not romantic — says, y’know, we’ve never made love in a rain storm … That’s easy for her to say: She doesn’t, y’know, rust.” Pepper is actually an Annie Hall-era Diane Keaton. Larry David is the Mandarin. Bonus: Allen’s love of white-on-black credits, out-of-time piano, and effusive blurbs from The New Yorker (“It totally kicks ass and is way poignant!”) and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Category: Movies (61-70 of 6182)
When we heard the rumors around a Mean Girls musical, we immediately started casting the parts. But one thing we didn’t account for was the idea that Amanda Seyfried might not want to reprise her role as Karen.
After all, what about Karen would make Seyfried not want to play her? She’s pretty. She doesn’t have to think, like, ever. She gets to wear pink on Wednesdays. She has ESPN, and her boobs can predict the weather. Or rather, her boobs can tell you about the current weather conditions. So why would Seyfried want to walk away from the character who first put her on our radar? The temptation of the dark side, perhaps? READ FULL STORY »
Harrison Ford dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his latest hit movie, 42, but Kimmel couldn’t resist asking the legendary actor about his involvement in another buzzed-about project, the hotly anticipated new Star Wars movie. When Ford declined to answer, Kimmel asked if he could turn the questions over to the audience, which the bristly star agreed to on one condition – no Star Wars questions.
Things were immediately awkward, with audience members dressed as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia forced to think fast and pose non-Star Wars questions, but the Q&A took a brutal turn when Ford’s furry former co-star Chewbacca stepped up to the mic.
“You son of a b**ch, what do you want?” Ford roared from the stage. “You’d like that, wouldn’t you? Always trying to blame me. You’re the one who couldn’t keep it in your furry pants!”
When Kimmel added that “he doesn’t wear pants,” Ford replied, “I rest my case!”
Kimmel tried to get to the root of the pair’s falling-out, but all Ford would say was, “He knows what he did. She was my wife, you Wookie sack of s**t!”
Not long after, Ford declared, “I’m outta here!” and stormed out of the studio. On his way out, he offered a parting thought for Chewie: “And you, I’ll see you in hell!”
Check out the clearly staged-but-nonetheless hilarious exchange below. READ FULL STORY »
Anyone wondering when Twentieth Century Fox was going to finally step into the 21st century, today’s the day. Sort of.
News Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox’s parent company, is preparing to split its entertainment assets from its publishing units. The name News Corporation will stay with those publishing units, which include The Wall Street Journal and HarperCollins. But the group of entertainment companies, including the studio and TV networks such as FX, will get a new name: 21st Century Fox.
But that does not mean the film studio or the television studio will have a name change — only the newly formed parent company will be called 21st Century Fox. So yes, Twentieth Century Fox studio will have a new papa that has a preference for the current century and for Arabic numerals.
CEO Rupert Murdoch announced the new name on Tuesday. With a new name will likely come a new logo, probably some variation on the film studio’s recognizable monument-and-searchlights banner. But it certainly won’t be the first time we’ve seen the logo spruced up or given a twist. Plenty of TV shows and films have had their fun with those searchlights and that catchy fanfare. Below, check out what The Simpsons, Revenge of the Nerds, and more have done with the logo, plus a few musical nods to the movie company. READ FULL STORY »
Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback story is one for the ages. Unquestionably talented but caught in a sticky web of drugs and bizarre behavior for much of his twenties and thirties, Downey seemed to spend as much time in rehab or jail as he did on film sets.
Things turned around dramatically for the twice Oscar-nominated actor following his marriage to wife Susan in 2005. Clean and sober, he was cast as Tony Stark in Iron Man — despite initial studio resistance — and the rest is film history.
In a cover story for GQ‘s May issue, Downey Jr. opens up about the turnaround, his future as a superhero, and his prospects for someday winning an Oscar (he thinks they are very good). Read on to see the six best quotes from the interview, including the Iron Man 3 actor’s thoughts on how overacting is similar to bestiality and how much money he made for The Avengers (it’s a lot!). READ FULL STORY »
So Rebel Wilson had kind of a rough time hosting the MTV Movie Awards last night, though one of her best moments came courtesy of other people’s buzz. And it turns out there was more of that. As this axed sketch shows — in which, True Life-style, we follow a day in the life of Katherine Lawrence, Jennifer’s twin sister and semi-professional shade-thrower — Wilson had a 2-minute answer to everyone who tuned in asking, “Where’s J-Law?”
Why was it cut? (Apparently the ceremony was running over into The Show with Vinny.) Who does Wilson’s wigs? At what point do the references to “boob meat” and boners tip her comedy formula from “screwball-nasty” to “day-old and gross”? Take a look and wonder after the jump.
Based on the first trailer for Catching Fire, Lionsgate is following the same publicity roadmap they established with the first Hunger Games movie. The spot — which played during last night’s Movie Awards — focused almost exclusively on the early chapters of the book, with nary a single image of fancy jumpsuits and gorgeous tropical death arenas. But the trailer had plenty to chew on for fans, with a peek at a couple iconic scenes — and a couple decidedly-not-in-the-book scenes, too. Let’s dive in and take a look. (Note: I’ll avoid any major spoilers. But c’mon, kids, just read the book, it’s good for you.) READ FULL STORY »
The last time Vince Vaughn hosted Saturday Night Live, he was plugging Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake and the musical guest was Lauryn Hill. Old School was still five years away! But fans who still love him best for his role as Trent in Swingers and others who remember his improv chops from his 2006 comedy documentary, Wild West Comedy Show, had to appreciate his opening monologue on Saturday. He flirted with random-audience-member Paige like she was at the Derby lounge, and lectured nervous Eric about cell-phone etiquette like he was giving buddy Jon Favreau a pep-talk. In other words, it certainly played to his strengths, which wasn’t exactly the case for the rest of the show.
Last year, our inaugural best-host contest turned out to be a two-horse race between Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy, with Fallon ultimately taking home the prize. Vaughn has the unfortunate luck of stepping right into the wake of a similar situation, following well-received appearances from McCarthy and five-timer Justin Timberlake. Those two favorites are now dominating our recent poll — combining to win more than 90 percent of the vote — sending home Christoph Waltz and leaving Martin Short and Seth MacFarlane, who were hardly slouches, hanging on by a thread. With only four episodes of Saturday Night Live to go, and Zach Galifianakis scheduled to host next on May 4, the race has never been more competitive.
Remember, everyone: we’re trying to recognize the best SNL host, the funniest, most-memorable host who raised everyone’s game and put on a performance that would’ve been excellent in the greatest of classic SNL seasons. Were people in the office elevator still chuckling about the episode this morning? How many times have re-viewed a sketch online? Do you want to see this host back on the show next season? Just some things to consider.
Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the vote, the host with the least support will be escorted by Bobby Moynihan off the premises, and the other four will advance to compete against Galifianakis. After his effort, there will only be three episodes remaining until we crown a new Mr. or Ms. Saturday Night. Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote below. READ FULL STORY »
Tonight, MTV will broadcast its 21st annual Movie Awards. Truth: Twenty years ago, the golden popcorn for Best Movie went to A Few Good Men (following that: Menace II Society, Pulp Fiction, and Se7en). Safe to say, the show’s tone has changed pretty dramatically from those edgy early days when Dennis Miller hosted and Denzel Washington won Best Male Performance for Malcolm X. (I personally trace the trajectory shift back to the short-lived decision to create a Best Sandwich in a Movie category in 1996.) Yet even as the show’s gotten more mainstream (read: Twilight- and Hunger Games-saturated), it’s never failed to churn out cultural flashpoints that have ranged from steamy to awkward, subversive to surreal, and everything in between. Below, we run down the 10 most memorable moments.