Currently there are two very big movies about Abraham Lincoln being developed. The first, called Lincoln, is from Steven Spielberg and has Daniel Day Lewis playing the 16th president. That film just added David Strathairn as William Seward. The other one, in case you were wondering, has vampires.
Anyway, Strathairn will play Seward, one of the most interesting characters in Lincoln’s cabinet. Not only did he purchase Alaska from Russia (and by the transitive property we can thank or hate him for Sarah Palin), he was almost assassinated the night Lincoln was shot as well. And by an attempt, I mean the would-be assassin managed to stab Seward in the face and neck before being subdued. Then Seward recovered and brokered the deal for Alaska. If that isn’t badass, I don’t know what is. He also has a statue here in New York, but I only know that because it’s beside Shake Shack.
Trollhunter was a fantastic movie. I thought it was a fun fantasy film that really played well with the found footage format. True, I don’t speak a word of Norwegian but I didn’t mind reading the subtitles and the way Norwegian kinda bounces around in the ears added to the fantasy of it all. But of course such a pure thing like that couldn’t “find an audience” in America so Chris Columbus bought the rights to remake it.
And the crazy thing is, I wouldn’t mind remaking it for American audiences as long as you left it shot for shot and just had the same actors speak the dialogue in English. Actually, that’s asking too much. Just find equivalent actors to the main characters and I’m set. It shouldn’t be that hard! But this is Chris Columbus we’re talking about. He who made the first two Harry Potter films. Something tells me the trolls are going to start talking and baking cookies in his version. Sigh.
Source: AV Club
I’m not going to say Jason Sudeikis is about to blow up. After years on SNL and appearances in many movies (not to mention months of a relationship with a bombshell girlfriend), the dude is finally getting his dues. So no, Jason Sudeikis is not on the cusp of greater things. He’s been there, done that; the only difference is that people are starting to pay attention. And it’s about damn time.
Sudeikis cut his teeth in the improv world during the early 90’s, performing in his homestate of Kansas, studying in Chicago and eventually helping found the Second City Las Vegas theater. Another cool random fact? He auditioned to be a Blue Man in the Blue Man Group. Just imagine how different life would be had he gotten that gig. Weird, right?
Anyway, you probably know him best for his work on SNL. Lately Sudeikis has become one of the standouts on the long running sketch show in their post-Will Ferrell years, constantly getting laughs even in the weirdest sketches. He joined the program as a writer in 2003 before becoming a performer in 2005. Along with Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, he’s risen to become one of the funniest members of the cast and arguably the most handsome. While SNL has struggled to come up with a good joke on Obama, Sudeikis has got our lovable VP Joe Biden down pat. Then he goes and absolutely destroys a Wolf Blitzer impression that’s more realistic than those weird holograph machine things. And he also manages to deliver a damn good crying Glenn Beck. Combine those impressions with a shit-eating grin and the ability to just melt into any scene and it’s really easy to see why he’s a constant on the inconsistent show.
But SNL will only get you so famous. Movies are where the big bucks are. Actually, let’s hold off on his film career for just a second more. Sudeikis has managed to wring up steady work by appearing in pretty much every great television show currently airing. He’ll also probably be the first person to travel back in time and insert himself in to every great television show ever, but that’s only a guess. He was Liz Lemon’s perfect boyfriend on 30 Rock that had to unfortunately move to Cleveland. He was the gang’s former best friend Shmitty in It’s Always Sunny and has appeared in Children’s Hospital, Portlandia, and The Cleveland Show. Not too shabby a resume.
Ah, here’s where we get to the films! Did you see The Rocker? Of course not. No one did. Well, I saw The Rocker and it’s rather unfortunate that no one else saw it because it’s really not that bad of a movie. Sudeikis plays the evil music corporation guy that every movie like that has and he absolutely kills it. My favorite line in the film he borrowed from fellow SNL cast mate Kenan Thompson: “You’re going to get so much pussy you’ll need two dicks.” It immediately cuts away from the scene for probably two reasons: a) he probably improvised the line and b) his scene partner probably cracked up and ruined the shot. He’s that good.
Remember Hall Pass? Of course not. Sudeikis ran the laughs around supposed funny man Owen Wilson and is really the only reason to watch that movie. Well, him and Stephen Merchant. I mean, even Jenna Fisher looks bad in it! Wow, it’s really starting to seem like Sudeikis is the best part of crappy films and, unfortunately, that’s pretty much true. For example: The Bounty Hunter, What Happens in Vegas and Going the Distance. Seriously, he’s the only reason to watch those films.
But luckily that is starting to change and Sudeikis is getting better roles. In two of the most anticipated comedies of 2011, he’ll star in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and Horrible Bosses. Again, he’s the not absolute star since Hollywood hasn’t deemed him big enough to carry an entire film on his own, but he still manages to stand out in a crowded field. But while he might not be big enough to top line a blockbuster, he was deemed big enough to host the MTV Movie Awards this weekend and that’s always a good sign.
So no, Jason Sudeikis is not blowing up. Blowing up implies a sudden burst after an explosive catalyst. Sudeikis has been getting bigger and bigger but people are finally starting to notice. And as his many, many funny appearances on TV and film have proven, that handsome bastard deserves it.
Tattoos are awesome, there is no greater canvas than human skin. But please, get one for yourself, not for me. Needles and all that make my head all willy. However the world of cinema has provided many great tattoos for us to use as inspiration or flat out copy if we’re not that imaginative. And now we present cinema’s most triumphant tattoos:
The Hangover I/II
Mike Tyson has arguably the world’s most famous celebrity tattoo. I mean, you can’t take a picture of the dude and not see it. His face tattoo is known the world over, so of course Ed Helms would drunkenly get it tattooed on his face in The Hangover Pt II. Not only does it look like it would really hurt to get your face tattooed like that, face tats aren’t exactly the easiest thing in the world to hide, big ole duh on that one.
Sometimes tattoos can be permanent reminders of a drunken mistake (see above). But other times they can be artistic reminders of personal philosophies there to remind the one who's been inked up. Or it could just be a symbol from a rebel faction prompting you to follow them.
The Night of the Hunter
The original. The bad-ass. LOVE/HATE tattooed on your knuckles started with a wandering preacher who showed us all how the forces of good and evil are constantly at war but in the end they’re all part of the same force.
Of course we couldn’t let LOVE/HATE have all the fun with knuckles. The Blues Brothers extended it a little when Jake got his name tattooed on his knuckles and Elwood, well Elwood had to have a little more space for his name.
Adventures of Pete & Pete
We’ve talked about a lot about adult tattoos here, but who will think of the children?! No one ever thinks of the children. Pete & Pete made the ballsy move of giving their young star a really kick-ass tattoo, thus ensuring that thousands of kids would grow up wanting to make a mermaid dance on their forearm.
There isn't a high quality picture of the tattoos online, but Justin Long's dumbass grin will suffice. If you believe Mike Judge believes everything he envisioned in his futuristic world to be moronic (not the hardest idea to get behind) then you can assume he thinks tattoos are dumb because EVERYONE in his dip-shit future world has one. Of course, theirs were used for identification but come on, if you brand yourself with something you can find on a can of beans, well, you might just have a can of beans for a brain. Oooh, sick burn.
The most disturbing part about the first official image from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is that there is a severe lack of vampire hunting going on. Not to mention a severe lack of vampires. Director Timur Bekmambetov nailed the look of Abraham Lincoln though, making Benjamin Walker look very American and presidential (and old), so good job on that aspect! But you seem to have forgotten the second half of the title! Gonna need some more blood suckers up in this bitch if you want to please me!
Source: New York Times
UPDATE: Variety reports that Sony Pictures is negotiating to co-finance and take foreign distribution rights to Django Unchained. The news shouldn't surprise those familiar with Will Smith, who's the leading candidate the star in the pic. The actor is Sony's star player and bends over backwards to be involved in anything he does. So if he wants to travel to Tarantino land, the studio will follow with its wallet out ready to finance. It would be Tarantino's first film at Columbia Pictures/Sony ever. The Weinstein Company will handle domestic distribution.
EARLIER: Despite telling Vulture that he just “finished it on Tuesday”(referring to the completion of the screenplay for his new film), several names have already emerged as possible stars for the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Apparently Will Smith has become the front runner to star as a freed slave on the manhunt for the plantation owner that has his wife. The character will be joined by a German bounty hunter who most will be played by Inglorious Basterds stand out Christoph Waltz. Another named being tossed around for lead role is Samuel L. Jackson, a Tarantino veteran.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit that Tarantino can sometimes get a little too wrapped up in his ego for his own good. But the man makes some damn good films. And Will Smith? That motherfucker has charm oozing out of his (sculpted) buttocks. Combining the two? Aww yeah. And Tarantino and Waltz have already proven to be a powerful team. Plus Tarantino is at his best when he’s paying homage to his favorite genres and Western's seem to be the most obvious choice for him tackle next. This just sounds too good to be true, so I’m going to get cynical and say it will never happen. Oh but I want it to so badly! Hope reigns supreme once again.
However, there's another reason to be cynical about this casting rumor. Tarantino’s scripts have never shied away from racism or the N-word. Will Smith has famously cultivated a warm, non-threatening image and appearing in a Tarantino flick is the antithesis of everything he's done in the film industry. But as the source so eloquently put it (and is the very best justification of using the N-word I’ve ever seen) “...let’s not forget that Denzel Washington won his two Oscars playing characters who used the N-word.” Well said, Hollywood Reporter. Well said indeed.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Some people are born to be bad guys. Some people are born to pretend to be bad guys while wearing make up on camera. Rufus Sewell belongs in the latter group. Thankfully.
Sewell has signed on to play the vampire leader Adam in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. One would assume he’ll eventually have to face Benjamin Walker's Honest Abe, which should make for a great stand-off. Also cast in the movie are Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dominic Cooper, among others. Whether they end up fighting Sewell remains to be seen. Actually it’d be really easy to find this out - we could just buy the book. Aw, screw it, we’ll just wait for the movie. When’s it coming out? June 22, 2012. Ah, hell.
The bigger news here is that there will definitely be more Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but the slightly smaller story is that each new chapter will be a stand alone film.
And this is good. Why? Well for one thing, the second and third movie really lost the mojo that made the original film so special. And according to its test screenings, the fourth movie (a stand alone film, one with a self-contained story that doesn't adhere to specific continuity) has been well-received thus far. So Disney will continue that trend and only make franchise installments that center on single stories. And yes, the studio has already written a fifth film.
Fantastic news! It seems Jerry Bruckhiemer and Disney are making the right call on this one. It would be pointless to bitch and moan about more Pirates movies, so instead you have to give them credit since they are trying to make the best possible pictures. Not everything has to be a sequel or prequel; audiences can handle stand alone stories with familiar characters. It happens all the time in TV.
Of course, this all depends on Johnny Depp's desire to continue playing Captain Jack Sparrow. Hell, if I were Depp, I’d love to keep playing that character. He’s fun (the actor and character) and as long as the story is strong, why not? It’s become the true one cash cow in his career so you can’t accuse him of "selling out." After all, the only other character he’s played more than once is Hunter S. Thompson (and he didn’t even technically do that!).
It’s all the lesser of two evils folks.
We’ve had vampires, werewolves, and zombies. I guess it’s about time that witches get their time in the spotlight. And no, Season of the Witch doesn’t count. Breck Eisner is attached to direct Summit’s newest monster movie, The Last Witch Hunter, which finds the last remaining witch hunter facing an increasing population of witches. Sounds like.... a witch movie. Yep, definitely a witch movie. Good job, Summit! I guess a lake monster is next? What about a birdman? Wait, going back to the witches, are these, like, green-skinned, warty witches? Or just my junior year math teacher? HEYO!
UPDATE: Just kidding, you guys. Unfortunately, Trent Reznor will not be scoring or appearing in the 20th Century Fox's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Apparently we jumped the gun a bit before Reznor made up his mind. Now he has and has publicly stated that he will not be taking part in the picture. It seems as though it's nothing personal, purely a business decision. Oh well, it would've been cool to have Reznor's darkness permeate through the somber, foggy hills as Lincoln brandishes his ax and chops away at undead corpses and wow, that got a little too fan fiction-y. Sorry dudes.
EARLIER: Sure, why not. Let’s have Trent Reznor, the recently Oscar-crowned composer of The Social Network and Nine Inch Nails frontman, not only score Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but also act in it as well. Prior to hearing his Social Network score last year I would never have thought this possible. After hearing it, I could see him scoring it. And even after he won the Oscar I figured he’d be in demand for musical contributions to films so I could see him taking this high profile gig.
But I never thought we’d see him act. Guess he’s going for the EGOT. We don’t know what part he’ll play but does it even matter? No, of course not. What does matter is that Reznor is back to being cool so you can totally go ahead with that NIN tattoo you drew on your arm in ‘96.
Source: Bad Ass Digest