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
To recap Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter so far:
Cast: Ben Walker (Lincoln!), Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
What’s it about: Abraham Lincoln! As a Vampire Hunter!
New News: Jimmi Simpson, one of the awesome McPoyle Brothers from It’s Always Sunny, joins as John Speed, Lincoln’s personal assistant. As usual, good casting all around. We still say that this will be a great movie and we’re still pretty damn excited.
So remember when earlier this week we said that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's wife would be played by Robin McLeavy? Yeah, we were just kidding about that. Turns out, she’ll be played by the extremely awesome Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Sorry for the confusion, but when you have eight people screaming at you and they’re all yelling different things you’re gonna hear some weird stuff. Anyway, you might recall Ms. Winstead from the uber-awesome Scott Pilgrim Vs The World as well as Live Free or Die Hard, both cases managing to kick all kinds of ass.
She’s set to star opposite Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe with Timur Bekmambetov directing. Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie also co-star.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper have joined 20th Century Fox's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mackie will play Will, Lincoln’s best friend who gets to take part in the killings. Cooper will play Henry. Who that is depends on whether you read the book or not. Considering I haven’t, I’m going to assume Henry is a good guy. A quick glance at Wikipedia confirms that Henry is indeed a good guy - a good vampire in fact - and the one that turns Honest Abe into a vampire at the end of the book, WHOOPS, spoiler alert!). These two join Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln. Timur Bekmambetov will direct from a script by the novel's author Seth Grahame-Smith, while Tim Burton produces.
Source: Deadline, Variety