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'Piranha 3D' producer responds to James Cameron in a message that'd require 55 Twitter posts

James-Cameron-CantonImage Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images; Ryan Miller/Getty ImagesLesson one in how to handle criticism: If someone insults your film in 89 words, don’t spend 1,374 words fighting back. Especially if the movie in question is Piranha 3D, and especially if you’re fighting against James Cameron. Last week, Cameron told Vanity Fair that Piranha 3D was “an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D.” He continued: “It just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3-D. When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3-D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip.”

Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton responded Tuesday in an e-mail sent to reporters that not only circumvented Cameron’s initial point, but also engaged in much of the same behavior that Canton accused Cameron of. For instance, if you’re going to slam Cameron for name-dropping some notable directors, you shouldn’t mention that you watched Piranha 3D with J.J. Abrams, who “had nothing short of the fabulous, fun 3-D experience that the movie provides.” I agree that it was inconsiderate of Cameron to single out Piranha 3D. Cameron could have easily made his argument without condemning a specific movie. But if Canton thinks Cameron “should be taking the high road,” the producer shouldn’t declare that he found “the 3-D in Avatar to be inconsistent,” and that he had wished “Avatar had been more original in its storytelling.” Mr. Canton, hidden not that deep within your dissertation was the only response you needed to make. And it would have taken all of 11 words: “My sense is that Mr. Cameron has never seen Piranha 3D.

Canton’s unedited response, in its entirety, starts after the jump: READ FULL STORY

'Avatar!!!!!': Sigourney Weaver gets a new catch phrase in 'You Again' promo clip

you-againImage Credit: Mark FellmanI’ve been a fan of Kristen Bell ever since she took roughly 0.0007 seconds to get on the phone with me to talk about cult movie The Room. (The girl can’t get enough Tommy Wiseau — and that’s not a euphemism.)

My suspicion that she’s an actress with a pretty decent sense of humor is confirmed by a new tongue-in-cheek promo clip for the forthcoming movie You Again, in which Bell’s costar Betty White derides her as both a poor actress and an terrible bore. The skit, however, is definitely stolen by Sigourney Weaver, who asserts her alpha dog Hollywood status by listing her box-office triumphs including, repeatedly, a certain blue alien-featuring James Cameron movie (which, incidentally, is being re-released in theaters today).

You can watch the sketch after the jump. Take a look and tell us if it tickles you.


Channing Tatum working on 'Ten Year' reunion: This could be one handsome cast

Channing-TatumImage Credit: Rob Kim/Retna LtdDear John star Channing Tatum is making plans for a high school reunion, just not his own. Tatum will star in Ten Year, an ensemble drama about friends reuniting 10 years after their graduation, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Tatum has been working closely with writer-director Jamie Linden (Dear John, We Are Marshall) on the project, which he will also be producing. They hope to begin shooting in November.

No other actors have deals to appear in the film, but Linden’s script is being written with some specific people in mind. Tatum’s wife, Jenna Dewan, Anna Farris, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine, and Scott Porter have all made the short list.

Now I’m not sure how I feel about the storyline (do we really need another high school reunion movie?), but I do know that’s one good looking cast. Again, no one else has been officially confirmed, but let’s just say that if these deals go through, I won’t be able to handle all the gorgeousness on one screen. My favorite on the list has to be Chris Pratt, but maybe I’m still just heartbroken over the gone but not forgotten Everwood. (Come on. You know you love and miss Bright Abbott.)

What do you think, PopWatchers? Does this project pique your interest?

Ernest Borgnine to be honored by SAG: It's about time.

Ernest-BorgnineImage Credit: Everett CollectionVeteran actor and Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild during the group’s annual awards presentation on January 30, 2011. It’s about time. After all, the 93-year-old actor who won an Oscar for his heartbreaking portrayal of a loveless mama’s boy in 1955’s Marty and who’s graced both the big and small screens with his smiling, gap-toothed mug is an overlooked Hollywood treasure. In announcing their decision to honor Borgnine, SAG president Ken Howard said, “Whether playing brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career. It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity.”

Borgnine may not be much of a household name these days, but if you grew up in the ’70s like I did, he seemed to be everywhere. By then, the man born Ermes Borgnino had already earned his stripes as a serious dramatic heavyweight in 1953’s From Here to Eternity, lent his merry girth to the hit ’60s TV show McHale’s Navy, blown the Mexican army to kingdom come in Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 blood bath The Wild Bunch, and even been married to Broadway belter Ethel Merman for a very short month in the mid-’60s. But in the ’70s, Borgnine grew into a warm, ubiquitous — and always welcome — presence: READ FULL STORY

'Expendables': Who's the biggest badass in the cast?

ExpendablesImage Credit: Karen BallardLast week in the magazine, I put together a smackdown bracket game to try to figure out who was the biggest real-life badass in the cast of The Expendables. Round one consisted of a dozen he-men from the action flick, round two narrowed it down to six, then down to two, and then one final winner. The winner that I picked was Mickey Rourke. I was pretty clear about my criteria — I knew that guys like mixed martial artist Randy Couture could eat his lunch — but there’s something about Rourke’s crazy-eyed, unpredictable, wild card loco-ness that gave him the edge in a bar fight. Plus, he’d also been a professional boxer, so my choice wasn’t totally out of left field. At least to me. But ever since I put this game together, I’ve heard nothing but bellyaching from action movie fans: How can you say Rourke is more of a badass than Jason Statham? Or Stallone? Or Schwarzenegger? I even got a call from a guy at Ultimate Fighting who was ticked off that Couture wasn’t our biggest badass, as if this was somehow real science we were dealing in.

Anyway, all of this has made me think that it’s time to get the EW.com community involved in the debate. Below you will find the 12 toughest guys from The Expendables with a few words about each. Give them all a quick look-see, then at the end in the comments section tell us who you think is the biggest badass in the cast. Just to clarify: do not vote for who was the biggest badass in the film, vote for who in the cast would beat all the others in a no-rules bar fight in real life. Got it? Good.

1. Sylvester Stallone: Sure he’s 64, but the ringleader of The Expendables was also Rocky Balboa and Rambo — two of the biggest badasses in cinema history. Guys who not only knew how to dish it out, but also knew how to get beaten to a bloody pulp in the ring or tortured in a jungle camp and come back for more. Plus, do you know any other 64 year old who’s got muscles like his? The dude’s ripped! Bonus item to consider: in high school he was voted the student most likely to end up in the electric chair. That’s pretty badass!

2. Jason Statham: READ FULL STORY

Welcome back, Dolph Lundgren! We...okay, I missed you

Dolph-LungrenImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosThis weekend, I will be front-row-center at The Expendables. I’ll be the guy with the drool bib on. Now, let me be clear: It’s not because I’m dying to see the side of aged beef that is Sylvester Stallone or soak up the chrome-domed Cockney bad-assery of Jason Statham (who I like a lot). It’s not because of Jet Li, who I could take or leave. And since I never really got all that geeked up about mixed martial arts or professional wrestling,  the presence of Randy Couture or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin doesn’t mean that much to me. No, the main reason I’ll be coughing up my 10 bucks is to see the granite-chiseled mug of Dolph Lundgren, who is finally returning (at least for one weekend) to the A-list where he’s always belonged. If you’re not a die-hard Dolph disciple, let me give you five reasons why I love the guy even though his career for the past decade has been confined to a string of low-budget straight-to-DVD action flicks: READ FULL STORY

Angelina Jolie joins Twitter: What would you tweet to her?

angelina-jolieIt’s no secret that many celebrities are on Twitter (they’re just like us!) — often mainly just to build their public persona — but there’s something special about the more private ones or non-believers jumping on board.

Last October it was Tracy Morgan, who joined after fans started a campaign to get the 30 Rock star on the microblogging site. Then, in February, Conan O’Brien joined shortly after the late night fall-out. But stop the presses! Angelina Jolie — the elusive, mysterious, polarizing actress — has recently joined Twitter. I’ve got to know, @angelinajolie: How can I wake up looking like this?

But for now, I’ll have to find another source for tips on a voluminous ‘do and slightly smoky eyes, because, at this point, the Salt star doesn’t have any tweets or followers — and her account is locked. Us Weekly says Jolie will start spitting out 140-word messages later this year, but given the actress’ penchant for privacy and good deeds, my guess is the tweets will be charity-focused. (Jolie’s rep has yet to return EW’s calls for comment.)

But in a dream world, where Jolie would dish on Jennifer Aniston and other juicy items on her page, what message would you tweet to Jolie?

Photo: Starface.ru/Splash News

Never-published Marlon Brando photos on the 60th anniversary his film debut

marlon-brandoImage Credit: Life.comBy 1950, Marlon Brando was already considered the greatest American actor alive. Not bad for a 26-year-old. His raw, Method intensity and brute, larger-than-life presence on the New York stage were the stuff of legend. Naturally, Hollywood beckoned. So Brando turned his back on the theater and headed out west to see if he could parlay his rep as the toast of Broadway into movie stardom, packing his bags to see if his genius would translate to the silver screen.

But before going on to star in timeless classics like 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire, 1954’s On the Waterfront, and 1972’s The Godfather, Brando decided to make his big-screen debut in 1950’s The Men, a powerful drama about a paralyzed war veteran struggling with his uncertain future. For the actor, there was a lot riding on the film. And he worked night and day to ensure that he nailed the tricky part.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brando’s film debut, Life.com has unveiled a pair of rare photo galleries from its archives, including one of Brando in deep (and occasionally playful) preparation for The Men, and a second, from 1952, consisting of never-seen portraits shot by photographer Margaret Bourke-White. Check them out. They offer a spectacular behind-the-scenes glimpse of the fresh-faced genius at the peak of his powers…

Kate Bosworth and Zoe Saldana are 'Idiots'

In the latest short from the good folks over at Funny or Die, Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth play a couple of smokin’ hot babes in super-clingy dresses who strut into a bar and…talk in helium-pitched baby voices about having to make poo-poo and go stinky pee-pee. The clip, titled Idiots, also features an eye-rolling Janeane Garofalo, Heroes‘ Greg Grunberg, and Sex and the City‘s Jason Lewis as a baby-talking himbo. We’re sure there’s a lot of deep meaning in the video about our obsession with beauty and willingness to overlook shallowness if it’s trumped by being astoundingly easy on the eyes, but we were too busy laughing at the whole poo-poo and pee-pees thing for it to register.

Have a look after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Angelina Jolie wanted Brad Pitt to cameo in 'Salt'

brad-salt-cameoImage Credit: Andrew Schwartz; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosIt’s not easy being a mother to six children and the biggest female star in the world. After all, when you’re not dangling from ledges hundreds of feet up in the air or head-butting goons or weaving cars through high-speed traffic, there’s that whole “Who’s gonna look after the kids?” thing to juggle. Apparently, that’s all that stood in the way of a Brad Pitt cameo in Salt, Jolie’s upcoming film. When EW spoke to the actress in March, we asked if she had any plans to reunite with her Mr. and Mrs. Smith costar on-screen. Back then, she said, “I love working with him. He’s my favorite actor to work with and the only complicated thing is to find the right project.”

Now, Jolie tells USA Today that she wanted Pitt to make a blink-and-you’d-miss-it cameo in one of the action scenes in Salt. But, apparently, he had to look after their ever-growing brood instead. “He was almost going to be the motorcycle guy that I knocked down, and then he’d call me a bad name,” she said. “But he was with the kids that day, and we couldn’t work it out.” Ever hear of a babysitter? Jeez!

Still, maybe Pitt knew something. After all, seeing his dreamy, A-list mug might have pulled audiences out of the film and given it too much of a cheeky, self-referential Ocean’s 12 vibe — and no one wants that! Then again, it’s not like Pitt hasn’t done this sort of thing for a significant other before. Remember his turn as Will, the guy who started the rumor that Rachel was a hermaphrodite on Friends back when he and Jennifer Aniston were together? If not, see the clip embedded after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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