The day was June 22, 2001. George W. Bush was midway through the first year of his presidency. TNT had just reinvented itself with the slogan “We Know Drama.” Annoying suburban children across this country were thrilling to the pop-punk sounds of Blink-182′s latest album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. And a movie called The Fast and the Furious was hitting theaters, opening the same weekend as Dr. Dolittle 2. It was teen-dreamboat Paul Walker’s first starring role. It more or less invented the idea of Vin Diesel, Action Star. And it launched one of the most surprising and durable franchises in modern Hollywood — which looks poised to have its biggest moment yet with Fast & Furious 6, opening Memorial Day. READ FULL STORY »
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My overwhelming thought following tonight’s rippling terrain of pricey Super Bowl commercials was that Doritos missed a great cross-promotional opportunity by not joining forces with Calvin Klein. There’s always next year. Below, zip through a bunch of 2013′s most memorable — best AND worst! — Super Bowl ads. READ FULL STORY »
It’s hard to imagine Jon Hamm as anything other than the charming, classy, handsome, and debonair fellow we see on Mad Men (16 more days!) and magazine covers. But once upon a time the Emmy-nominated dreamboat was just another struggling actor in Hollywood who used Los Angeles’ famed (wait, is that the word?) public transportation and/or Rollerblades to get around town.
During a visit to Conan on Thursday night, the Friends With Kids star recalled the time before limos and red carpets, when towed 1986 Toyota Corollas, barely functioning “convertibles,” and sweaty Rollerblading excursions were a large part of his life. (“There is not a worse look in the world than a dude skatin’ down Highland Avenue to an audition to try and sell soap.”) Watch the full clip below in which the ever-so-humble Hamm (who, let’s face it, even at his “worst” still looked this) talked about that universally shared terrible-car ownership experience:
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Justin Bieber turns 18 Canadian years old today (I’m still not sure how we convert that here) but got to celebrate the good old American way: By getting a new car! Some guys have all the luck, eh?
During a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which airs today, the now-technically-an-adult pop star — who also tweeted, “dear cougars. i see the jokes. im legal. hahaha” — was presented by his long-time manager Scooter Braun with a coveted, environmentally-friendly, albeit pricy (around $100k) Fisker Karma to call his own.
“This is amazing!” Bieber gushed over his new present, which was also from pal/mentor Usher. Watch the full clip below, in which DeGeneres gives the singer some additional toys for his new ride, including bobble head dolls for the dashboard and a window sun shade. And don’t give him a hard time for putting it on the outside of the windshield at first, that’s just how they do it in Canada.
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Did I know there was a pro golfer named Bubba Watson? No. But thanks to Golf.com’s Press Tent blog, I now know he recently bought the General Lee used for The Dukes of Hazzard‘s pilot, for $110,000. More importantly, I got the answer to this question: Do people who buy one of the General Lees actually drive it outside of fan conventions? Yes. According to Watson’s photo on Twitter, at least to a gas station to fill up while the streets are bare.
Feel free to add this to your file of Dukes of Hazzard trivia. Mine also includes the following:
• James Best, a.k.a. Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, once had Quentin Tarantino as a student at his acting school. “I remember Jimmy saying once that he had a student in there, and he didn’t know if he was going to be a well-known director or a serial killer and he might very well be both,” John Schneider told me when CMT started airing reruns again in 2010. “It was Quentin Tarantino.” READ FULL STORY »
We know Fast Five‘s audience clearly loves cars, but millions couldn’t bring themselves to actually get in their vehicles and drive to see the film in theaters. Instead, they relied on their computers to see the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson hit, as it topped the list of the 10 most pirated films of 2011 with nearly 9.3 million downloads, according to TorrentFreak. And, yes, that means Fast Five finished in front of anticipated blockbusters like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (which grabbed the No. 10 slot) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 (which did not even make the list). READ FULL STORY »
How did The Fast and the Furious become one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood? The original film was a campy mash-up of West Side Story and Point Break, filled with hack-and-slash car chases that overdosed on digital effects. The Diesel-free sequel was actually named 2 Fast 2 Furious and basically played out like a very special episode of Fastlane, which is a TV show you’ve hopefully never heard of. The third film — immortally subtitled Tokyo Drift — should have put the nail in the coffin, but new director Justin Lin turned out to be the rare commercial filmmaker in modern Hollywood who could actually film action scenes without resorting to pointlessly obtuse hyperkinetic editing.
The unexpectedly potent reunion of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in 2009′s Fast & Furious made for a fun diversion. But that was just a warm-up. Because nothing could have prepared the world for Fast Five. READ FULL STORY »
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