Is Daniel Craig funny? If you had asked me on Monday, I probably would have shrugged and changed the subject. I have a vague memory of Craig tossing off a few one-liners in Munich — that lighthearted romp — and the way his Bond responds when asked whether he’d like his martini shaken or stirred (“Do I look like I give a damn?”) induces a smile, if not a laugh. But generally, Craig isn’t much known for his sense of humor. He can smolder, he can fight, he can even bring some gravitas to an ill-fated adaptation of a beloved fantasy book — but it’s unclear whether he can tell a joke, or at least spend just one evening not taking himself very seriously.
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It’s aca-awesome, for sure. But aca-accurate?
Pitch Perfect is finally in wide release this week, and the buzzy collegiate a cappella movie already has quite a few fans. With my colleague Lanford Beard, I checked out the movie last weekend, was completely charmed, and instantly wanted to know anything and everything about collegiate a cappella.
The movie obviously takes some liberties, but here at PopWatch, we were curious to learn how close the Beca (Anna Kendrick) singing experience was to the real thing. So we called up Drew O’Shanick, a third-year student at University of Virginia and member of the a cappella group the Hullabahoos, who actually cameoed in the film (for those that have seen, they’re the group that briefly sang “Final Countdown” as part of a montage). The Hullabahoos were also one of the groups featured in the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, on which the movie is based.
No big plot points are given away in this very scientific (Read: Please don’t take this seriously!) exploration, but a SPOILER ALERT! to those that haven’t yet seen the film and don’t want to know anything. READ FULL STORY
release” put its money where its mouth was last night. As a liberal arts grad and (casts down eyes) former a cappella groupie, I had to face facts: I am that core audience. (WARNING: Mild spoilers follow.)
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Pity the poor people of Studio 8H. SNL‘s normal schedule is crazy enough; throw in a special primetime edition of Weekend Update, and you’ve got a passel of performers (and writers, and crew members) who must be feeling pretty exhausted right about now. At least this week’s main show will be hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an actor whose boundless energy makes a Jack Russell terrier look subdued. Traditionally, liking anything too much is a hallmark of geekery, but JGL’s sincere enthusiasm for performing is part of what makes him cool — if you’re into the whole hipster multihyphenate thing.
Though he wasn’t quite a household name the last time he hosted Saturday Night Live, Gordon-Levitt was riding high on goodwill for indie crossover hit (500) Days of Summer. Thanks to his subsequent roles in Inception, 50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, and next week’s Looper, the former child actor can now be classified as a bona fide movie star. Will increased fame affect Gordon-Levitt’s SNL persona? READ FULL STORY
The last time JGL hosted SNL, his monologue included two awesome back flips. How’s he going to top that this Saturday? According to the man himself: “I’m gonna cut myself in half! I’ll probably die!”
Thank heavens for the wisdom of Jason Sudeikis, who suggests an alternative in the promos below — “Why don’t you just break dance or something?”
As long as Gordon-Levitt takes Sudeikis’s advice, we should be in for a good show this weekend. The Looper star was a hit when he hosted in 2009, winning praise for his boundless energy and enthusiasm. (Even though Ken Tucker wasn’t a huge fan.) If the promos are any indication, we can expect a JGL who’s a little more subdued — but no less entertaining — come Saturday night. Also, did you know he’s a ninja? Watch and be amazed:
Here’s what we learned from the following video, a collection of promos for Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming stint hosting SNL:
– It will never not be weird to see a grown man speak like a homicidal British baby.
– Or, for that matter, like a sophisticated dog, since MacFarlane sounds exactly like Family Guy‘s Brian in real life.
– Save your criticism about Family Guy‘s crassness and its reliance on cutaway humor; MacFarlane’s heard it all before.
– Additionally, he has not slept since 2005.
– Kenan Thompson also made a movie this summer. Probably.
Springsteen worship is a given for New Jersey residents; kids there practically memorize Born to Run before they can walk. Fittingly, the state’s governor may be the biggest Bruce fan of all. As Chris Christie told Jimmy Fallon last night, he’s seen Springsteen live 130 times over the past 37 years. And when Christie watches his idol, he doesn’t just listen quietly with his hands folded in his lap — he pumps his fist and screams along with every song, just as the Boss and nature intended. Christie’s love evidently has no political bounds — the Republican must not mind that Springsteen is a vocal Obama supporter.
Fallon, of course, is also a huge Springsteen fan — and he wasn’t about to let the governor get away without engaging in a little karaoke. Thus, this:
While we’re still pretty psyched at the opportunity to do morning yoga led by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), the Harry Potter fan convention LeakyCon now boasts an even bigger event: The debut of A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year. Team StarKid will present a one-time only staged reading of the third installment in the Very Potter Musical franchise that made Glee‘s Darren Criss, who’ll be in Chicago on August 11 to participate, famous. Check out the full LeakyCon schedule here. And revisit A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel in their entirety on YouTube. Below, a refresher of where we left off… READ FULL STORY
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