This week was one that will go down in the history books. If you followed the news at all, then you know that California's Proposition 8 — the legislation that shot down the marriage equality law — went to the Supreme Court. While a decision has yet to be made on whether or not to uphold the amendment, the fact that the Supreme Court is now hearing arguments has the whole country talking, especially on Twitter.
Oh yeah, and before the Supreme Court hearings began, Tilda Swinton decided to take a nap in a glass box. It was a historic week, to say the least. In honor of that here are the...
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10 Funniest Pop Culture Tweets of the Week:
1. Damien Fahey: "‘Gay marriage threatens the institution of marriage. Oh, don't forget to DVR The Bachelor.’ - 51% of America"
"Gay marriage threatens the institution of marriage. Oh, don't forget to DVR The Bachelor." - 51% of America
— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) March 27, 2013
2. Julie Klausner: "The lesson learned is that we have to think on our feet. At any moment, Tilda Swinton could just decide to nap in a box. We need to adapt."
The lesson learned is that we have to think on our feet. At any moment, Tilda Swinton could just decide to nap in a box. We need to adapt.
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) March 24, 2013
3. Mindy Kaling: "Lets not forget that before Helena Bonham Carter played a charismatic wretch in every movie she banged Brad Pitt & Ed Norton in Fight Club"
Lets not forget that before Helena Bonham Carter played a charismatic wretch in every movie she banged Brad Pitt & Ed Norton in Fight Club
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 26, 2013
4. Sam Grittner: "If you see white smoke after the Supreme Court's ruling, it means equality has temporarily lost but I did set Scalia & Thomas' cars on fire."
If you see white smoke after the Supreme Court's ruling, it means equality has temporarily lost but I did set Scalia & Thomas' cars on fire.
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) March 27, 2013
5. Paul Scheer: "God may have made Adam and Eve but Adam and Steve totally had better Dinner Parties."
God may have made Adam and Eve but Adam and Steve totally had better Dinner Parties.
— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) March 27, 2013
6. Rob Delaney: "Whoa, Ted Nugent comes out in robust support of gay marriage: https://twitter.com/TedNugent/status/313461656913072128 …"
Whoa, Ted Nugent comes out in robust support of gay marriage: twitter.com/TedNugent/stat…
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 26, 2013
7. Seth Meyers: "Ocean's 14 pitch: The gang steals a sleeping Tilda Swinton. She wakes up and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!"
Ocean's 14 pitch:The gang steals a sleeping Tilda Swinton.She wakes up and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21) March 25, 2013
8. Michael Ian Black: "There should be a scene where Phil Spector accidentally drops a sheaf of illegible pages. A girl picks up those pages. Her name: Ke$ha
There should be a scene where Phil Spector accidentally drops a sheaf of illegible pages. A girl picks up those pages. Her name: Ke$ha
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 25, 2013
9. Eugene Mirman: "Just found out NBC is replacing Matt Lauer with falling autumn leaves because they have such a favorable Q rating."
Just found out NBC is replacing Matt Lauer with falling autumn leaves because they have such a favorable Q rating.
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) March 25, 2013
10. Morgan Murphy: "I won't get married until my gay friends can get married, or until I can make a relationship last longer than 2 weeks."
I won't get married until my gay friends can get married, or until I can make a relationship last longer than 2 weeks.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) March 27, 2013
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ParaNorman dares to play to all audiences. Unraveling with a purposefully imperfect stop-motion technique the zombie adventure utilizes striking filmmaking styles sharp wit and scares that will give young ones the willies while tickling the nostalgia bone of any adult who used to stay up past his or her bedtime watching horror movies. The film isn't overtly for anyone; it's simply on a mission to tell a great story. ParaNorman succeeds: embracing a world where bullying is hitting an epidemic level and the social "outcasts" are lashing out the animated movie balances emotional messages with a wild visual ride. Quite out of the ordinary — the living dead being just the beginning.
Norman (The Road's Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a middle schooler living on the fringes. He sits alone at lunch with his only real friend the chubby nerd Neil; he's routinely beat up by schoolyard bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse); and the kicker: he sees ghosts — and no one believes him. Norman passes the time by watching old horror movies with the spirit of his Grandma (Elaine Stritch) much to the chagrin of his mother (Leslie Mann) and father (Jeff Garlin). Norman's dad is fed up with Norman's "disturbed" behavior but before he can ship his son off to psychiatric help all hell breaks loose in their hometown of Blithe Hollow. Failing to put together the cryptic words of town crazy Mr. Prenderghast and keep zombies at rest Norman goes on the run from the living dead who take to the streets of Blithe Hollow. Why? The mystery is revealed as Norman embarks on a Goonies-style race around Blithe Hollow.
ParaNorman only loses footing when it's in explanation mode setting up the pieces of the puzzle that will play out in the movie's second half (not unlike most movies of the genre it's riffing on). But the introductions to the colorful cast and horror-inspired adventure brought to life with stunning animation and a muted color palette unlike most kid-friendly cartoons are an absolute treat. Norman is a three-dimensional character both in puppetry and human terms; Smit-McPhee's timid vocals realize the fear of the scary moments and work as perfect deadpan to ParaNorman's comedic asides. The movie advances its risk-taking to a whole other level in the finale offering an explosive crescendo that wows the senses and is sure to bring tears to the eyes. It's a marvel on a technical level — intricate landscapes shot with shallow focus all set to Jon Brion's rousing score — but in the end the film works because it's a great bold story. For a movie grounded in fear ParaNorman stands out as a movie for audiences young and old that's truly fearless.
UPDATE: Now it looks like Mel Gibson is in talks to join Sleight of Hand as well, according to Variety. This would be his first project after the release of The Beaver and, you know, that whole domestic abuse thing. I haven't seen the movie, so I can't speak on it's qualities, but it's no surprise that Gibson is still getting work. This is Hollywood after all. He's a talented filmmaker, and regardless of his personal life he'll probably continue to get work for years to come.
EARLIER: For director Brad Mirman, Sleight of Hand is a blessing. The action comedy from producer Rionda del Castro is the biggest production he's ever been a part of and he's just scored a great cast to carry it. Hannibal Pictures, the company behind the movie, announced today that Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Til Schweiger, Thomas Jane, Johnny Hallyday, Jon Lovitz and Eric Cantona will all play small time crooks in the France-set film.
The story follows the crooks in Paris, who inadvertently end up possessing a rare gold coin belonging to a notorious French gangster. The leader of the crew calls his uncle (Depardieu), a retired criminal, to help them raise the money to repay the gangster. The series of mix-ups and double crosses culminate as the gangs are pit face to face, chasing through Paris. French actors Jean Luc Couchard, Nora Arnezeder and Patrice Cols will also take roles in the picture, which will shoot in Paris this July through September.
In my opinion, you can never see too much of Paris in movies, so if the script is funny enough and the cast gels Sleight of Hand could be a quirky little winner.
Source: Coming Soon
Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel) has a really bad rep and with good reason: Five years ago convicted killer Riddick escaped the galaxy's law enforcement during a botched interplanetary prison transfer and has been on the lam ever since. As The Chronicles of Riddick picks up our antagonist finds his relative freedom has been compromised when mercenaries out for the $1 million bounty on his head discover his location and hunt him down. Riddick escapes their clutches steals their ship and sets off for Planet Helion to find Imam (Keith David) the Muslim cleric he rescued in Pitch Black and the only person who could have squealed his location to authorities. But while Riddick's hunch about Imam are correct the cleric has a reason for luring the mammoth murderer out of hiding: Helion is falling to unholy armies of Necromongers--warriors who conquer by force in the vein of Star Trek's Borg. Of course Riddick doesn't give a damn about the Helions or their plight--until he gets wind that the Necromogers want to kill him because of an old prophecy that foresees their end at Riddick's hands. Like it or not Riddick is left with no other choice but to battle the Necromongers.
The character of Riddick is unquestionably what made Pitch Black one of the most sequel-worthy sci-fi films in years. And Riddick would not have been one of sci-fi's most intoxicating characters if it weren't for Diesel. Like his Dominic Toretto in the 2001 actioner The Fast and the Furious Riddick is a villain of few words but when he speaks his carefully chosen words have impact--even if the dialogue is at times overly theatrical. Riddick is the perfect antihero; a cold-blooded and indifferent being who somehow evokes more compassion than the film's so-called good guys. Joining Riddick are some recurring characters including David as Imam but Riddick benefits the most from the addition of some new characters particularly Colm Feore as Lord Marshal the Necromonger leader whose goal is to rid the universe of all human life. Feore channeling nuggets of Julius Caesar into his role makes for one of Riddick's most thrilling foes. Another prominent addition to the cast is Judi Dench who has a surprisingly small role as Aereon an Elemental captured by the Necromongers and used for her special powers including ESP.
Writer/director David Twohy took his horror pic Pitch Black which gained a cult following since it was released four years ago and managed to successfully turn it into an sci-fi actioner of epic proportions. Everything is grander here which is almost a given considering Twohy shot Pitch Black on a dime in Australia using colored filters. In Riddick the director distinguishes the film's different environments--the Necros' mothership Crematoria's cavernous prison and Helion--using warm to cool tones that are dazzling yet more subtle than its predecessor. The CGI effects get a little gamey at times but production designer Holger Gross' gargantuan sets are impressive and help craft Twohy's otherworldly vision into a plausible one. And although Twohy jumps genres from Pitch Black to its sequel his storyline evolves logically from the original premise. But while moviegoers unfamiliar with Pitch Black will be able to follow the story easily enough they may have a difficult time grasping what makes Riddick such a big deal; the film explains the legend but never fully captures its quintessence. This could hurt Riddick's chances to broaden its Pitch Black fan base.