Die Hard With a Vengeance follows the Return of the Jedi/Last Crusade rule of threequels in which the main threat of the first film (Death Star, Nazis, a Gruber) returns in a slightly altered form, but as you can see from the handy trilogy of infographics below, DHWaV‘s Gruber was a lot grabbier with the loot, taking an impressive $140 billion compared to Hans’ relatively paltry $640 million. In preparation for A Good Day to Die Hard, Fox has been releasing these easy-to-read collections of stats on the other films in the series, a gesture I appreciate since I’m generally terrible with numbers. (You may have seen my film, Math is Hard 2: Math is Harder.) The latest bit of fact-art is for John McTiernan’s riddle-me-this third entry. READ FULL STORY »
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Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.
The Film: Affectionately known as “Channing Tatum’s stripper movie,” the Steven Soderbergh film is about man at a crossroads: Does “Magic Mike” keep grinding his moneymaker to bank those singles he’s saving to start his own custom-furniture business, or, does mentoring a fresh face (Alex Pettyfer) for his shady boss (Matthew McConaughey) make him see that he’s losing more than he’s gained and hang up his G-string for good?
Why it Wasn’t Nominated: EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave the movie an A-, so we could pretend this had an actual chance to follow in The Full Monty‘s footsteps and garner a nod as one of the year’s Top 10 (or nine) best pictures. But even with Soderbergh’s name attached, no one wanted to take this film seriously. (Especially the people who paid to see it multiple times even though they thought there wasn’t enough stripping and that Cody Horn, as Tatum’s love interest, was way too wooden.) The real snub here is that McConaughey, who’s picked up supporting actor honors from the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics among others this awards season, didn’t score his first Oscar nomination for playing narcissistic club owner Dallas. The critics remember their summer raves for McConaughey’s commitment, but the buzz had faded by the time Academy members got to voting: Only one acting nomination this year came from a film with a U.S. release date before September, and that’s Beasts of the Southern Wild’s lead actress Quvenzhane Wallis. Another uphill battle: All supporting actor nominees this year have not only been nominated before, they’ve all won before. But perhaps the biggest mountain for McConaughey to climb was the idea that him playing a shirtless beefcake with a chill vibe and his eye on the prize (moving the revue from Tampa to Miami) wasn’t a stretch. (We didn’t penalize Alan Arkin for playing Argo‘s acerbic movie producer, did we?) READ FULL STORY »
While talking to E! Online on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, Tina Fey mentioned that she thought Mariah Carey could star in her Mean Girls musical. (She told EW of her plans to turn her hit film into a musical back in our September cover story.)
“Maybe she can play Amy Poehler’s part,” Fey joked, after discussing Mariah’s knowledge of the film.
Mariah Carey as Mrs. George? She certainly has the singing voice for the role. But who else would we cast in our perfect production of Mean Girls? READ FULL STORY »
Playing diner owner Han Lee on the ribald 2 Broke Girls, Matthew Moy has one very memorable role on the CBS comedy. That’s mostly because the show’s creators have been criticized for making Han one big stereotype after another: The character speaks with a heavy accent, often doesn’t understand American slang and turns of phrases, and is regularly made fun of for his small stature and clueless nature.
Behind the silly role, however, is Matthew Moy, an actor who, truly, couldn’t be further from who he plays on TV. Moy is very clued into pop culture, which is why we put him through the ringer with the EW Pop Culture Personality Test. As we head toward tonight’s new episode of 2 Broke Girls (9 p.m. on CBS!) — titled “And Too Little Sleep,” which finds Han and Co. helping Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) prepare a huge cupcake order — study up on Moy by hearing a lot about his love for Katy Perry, Steel Magnolias, and (yes, really!) the ceramic statue of Jeri Ryan he has in his living room.
Name a TV show that makes you cry.
Actually, there was an episode of Taxi that was really emotional, and I didn’t expect it because it’s a sitcom. Danny DeVito had a very emotional scene, and it was really great. I didn’t expect that from a comedy. It had a lot of heart to it. I was watching it late at night and he had a really meaty scene.
At what moments do you yell at the TV?
I was thinking about this the other day. When I yell at my TV, it’s usually watching…usually it happens during the election. There’s when I’m watching CNN and MSNBC.
What kind of sitcoms do you watch?
I watch the weirdest things. I watch old episodes of Golden Girls because my mom watches it, so I grew up watching that. Sometimes I watch reruns of Futurama, which is a cartoon and not based in the real world at all. There’s also 3rd Rock from the Sun. It’s really neat to watch the different people interact.
One of most exciting things 2013 has delivered so far? The return of Best Week Ever, which premieres a new season (and cast) tonight on VH1.
To mark the occasion, EW had some of the new cast — Pat Dixon, Pete Lee and Amanda Seales — give us a preview of other TV and movies they’re excited about. Watch the video below, and also check out a sneak peek of the show’s return, featuring another cast member, Michelle Buteau. READ FULL STORY »
Jeff Garlin is an actor, writer, director, stand-up comedian, and, of course, Larry David’s amoral manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm (not to mention Susie Essman’s “fat f—” of a husband on the same). Beginning this Thursday, the funnyman will add “podcaster” to his resumé when By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin debuts on the Earwolf Podcast Network. As its name implies, the show features Garlin yakking it up with a series of notable acquaintances, including Larry David himself, who guests on the first episode.
Below, the jovial Garlin talks about his podcast, the future of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and why it is his patriotic duty to work again with Shakira. READ FULL STORY »
In the 1960s, Stan Lee had one of the greatest sustained creative runs in American pop culture, co-creating some of the most famous characters in the comic book medium. His post-’60s life has been fraught with retroactive controversy and lawsuits. But Lee lived long enough to see superheroes stage a complete takeover of Hollywood, and was rewarded with a curious kind of cinematic immortality. He has made a cameo in pretty much every single movie based on Marvel Comics characters, except for Ghost Rider, probably because he didn’t create Ghost Rider and probably because he had the good sense not to appear in a movie called Ghost Rider.
Now, YouTuber rogerio16juni1998 has brought together all of Stan the Man’s appearances into one handy video package. Look in awe as Stan Lee dodges various pieces of flying detritus, stares up in awe at various special effects, and says lots of pokey-poke lines like “Superheroes in New York? Gimme a break.” At various points, Stan Lee plays Willie Lumpkin, Larry King, a decorated WWII general, and Stan Lee. But I prefer to think that — Fan Theory! – all of these characters are actually the same person, a time-traveling con man who can impersonate anyone and do absolutely any job. Basically, The Pretender meets Doctor Who. Or, I dunno, maybe he’s The Watcher. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY »
One gun rights supporter who took issue with a recent celebrity-filled gun control PSA has posted a now-viral video response that puts the spotlight on what he calls a “hypocritical industry.”
Late last month, Mayors Against Illegal Guns posted a video PSA on YouTube that featured a host of famous faces — including Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Beyonce, Michelle Williams, and Amy Poehler – calling for stricter gun control laws, and it has, to date, received over 6.3 million views. Just days ago, YouTube user “Mike Hunt,” who declined to provide his real name and claims not to have any affiliations, posted his own video — a parody of the original that was edited to include many of the same actors in fictional gun-filled situations. READ FULL STORY »
Russell Crowe has stepped up to defend Les Misérables after American Idol finalist Adam Lambert skewered the movie via Twitter.
Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 02, 2013
Over the weekend, Lambert released a multi-tweet review of the film in which he said while “visually impressive,” “the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”
Ouch. (He also singled out Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks, who played Eponine, as the exceptions to that assessment.)
The issue of Entertainment Weekly currently on stands features 2012 Best and Worst of the year
The issue of Entertainment Weekly currently on stands features 2012 Best and Worst of the year— everything from our favorite movies and TV shows to best albums and books. Also featured within those pages are our Great Performances of the year, lauding stunning outings from the likes of Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Asylum to Sally Field in Lincoln. But there’s one Great Performance from 2012 that we weren’t able to fit in the pages of the magazine — that of Ari Graynor in this year’s beguilingly funny Broadway play, The Performers, which sadly only lasted about a month on the Great White Way.
Regardless of the show’s short life, Graynor — an EW favorite from way back in 2008′s Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist — brought the laughs to the short, funny send-up of the porn industry. Her mile-a-minute porn star character Peeps — who, we’ll add, was pregnant — kept the laughs flowing amid a cast of other stars that included Henry Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson, and Alicia Silverstone. To honor her great performance in The Performers, EW recently caught up with Graynor to discuss how she nabbed the role, how she made it her own, and how — just how! — the show could have been pulled from Broadway so soon. Read on for a taste of Graynor’s charm.
So how did it come about that you got cast in The Performers on Broadway?
My involvement started a year ago. I did a reading of it while I was doing Relatively Speaking on Broadway last season, which was the Woody Allen play. I just immediately fell in love with [my character] Peeps. She is — of all of the fantastic, lovable people and characters I have played — my favorite. She was so special on the page and, through the work of the play, became even more. She just became an avenue for my soul. She was so fun and she was so vulnerable and openhearted and present and without a filter, and I just thought the comedy in the play was so hilarious, and especially with Peeps and [Cheyenne Jackson's character] Mandrew. It’s the best kind of comedy, where it comes from the highest emotional states possible. You’re saying really ridiculous things, but their emotional truths are deep and dark and as intense as any drama. That’s what allows it to be so fun and funny. The timing of it ended up working out really great.
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