Rare Hollywood memorabilia including props from blockbusters Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Mission: Impossible Iii are to go up for auction next month (Sep13). Bosses at Premier Props are opening up their vaults for a high-profile sale, which will include the enormous truck featured in Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy Bruno, Lori Petty's goggles from Tank Girl, and Larry Hagman's personal mobile dressing room from the set of Dallas.
Ryan Gosling's motorcycle from The Place Beyond The Pines, a throne from 1956 epic The Ten Commandments, and costumes from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal's new crime drama Prisoners are also on sale, along with stunt guns used in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible sequel.
The auction will feature more than 1,000 movie props and outfits and will take place in El Segundo, California on 28 September (13).
Each new year produces a handful of it-girls and men of the moment, and we here at Hollywood.com like to get ahead of the game by letting you, our loyal readers, know who’s going to be a big deal. 2012 sees a gaggle of films big and small hit theaters, and with them an army of actors working hard to make the most of their packed schedules. Some are big-screen veterans, others are relatively new to showbiz, but all of them are must-know names.
*This list was compiled based on the amount of films/projects each actor is a part of that will release in 2012, factoring in the size of the film(s) and their overall celebrity status.
Cooper had a hell of a 2011, with The Hangover Part II and Limitless proving him a major box office draw and those dreamy eyes helping him join the ranks of People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. So what does the New Year have in store for him? No less than four films: David O. Russell’s new comedy The Silver Linings Playbook, in which he works with an eclectic ensemble including Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles and more, the action-comedy Outrun, the dramatic thriller The Words (which co-stars Olivia Wilde and his new girlfriend Zoe Saldana) and The Place Beyond the Pines, the new film from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance. All the while he’ll be shooting Paradise Lost, an epic FX-driven actioner from I, Robot director Alex Proyas.
This Aussie became the superhero-du-jour thanks to his breakout role as the God of Thunder in Marvel’s Thor earlier in 2011, and he’s capitalizing on his newfound fame in a big way. He’ll reprise the part in May’s The Avengers, and has one-of-two titular roles in one-of-two anticipated Snow White adaptations (Snow White and the Huntsman) in June. Additionally, a pair of pictures he shot long ago will finally hit theaters – first the horror-thriller Cabin in the Woods, followed by the remake of cult favorite Red Dawn. Add in Ron Howard’s Rush, which he’ll begin shooting this January for an early 2013/late 2012 awards run and you’re looking at one of the most exciting careers to follow!
Tatum made our list last year thanks to a packed schedule including The Dilemma, The Eagle, The Son of No One and more, and 2012 is just as busy for the young A-lister. In January, Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire will finally hit multiplexes (in which he has a bit part) and we could see his ensemble drama Ten Year go wide at some point, but even if it doesn’t he’s got plenty of major motion pictures to promote. First will be the romantic drama The Vow opposite Rachel McAdams, followed soon after by Sony’s 21 Jump Street reboot. On June 29th, he’ll release a pair of very different movies – Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation and his second collaboration with Soderbergh, the male strip flick Magic Mike. But the best is yet to come, as he’ll star in Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s new drama Foxcatcher opposite Steve Carell, due in 2013.
As stated in the introduction, this list is about both seasoned cinematic figures and rising stars, and was there anyone who had a more impressive year than newcomer Ms. Chastain? I think not. With films as wide ranging as Texas Killing Fields, The Debt, The Help and The Tree of Life (among others) she solidified herself as a dramatic force to be reckoned with in 2011, and the future is bright for the 30-year-old starlet. She’ll reunite with director Terrence Malick for his new, untitled romantic drama and also has a role in John Hillcoat’s anticipated prohibition thriller Wettest County opposite Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman. Additionally, she’ll star in a horror flick called Mama and a star-studded drama titled Tar with James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and more.
Here’s an example of a longtime film hero hitting it hard in 2012. While this isn’t the first fiscal year in which Willis has released multiple movies, it’s without question the busiest frame in his career. He’s slated to appear or star in no less than seven films, including big-budget blockbusters like G.I. Joe Retaliation and The Expendables 2, smaller action-thrillers Looper and The Cold Light of Day and more artful projects like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Stephen Frears' Lay the Favorite. He’ll also turn up in the 50 Cent-produced thriller Fire with Fire and will shoot the highly-anticipated A Good Day to Die Hard and videogame adaptation Kane & Lynch throughout 2012. Not bad for an elder statesmen.
Though he’s best known as a modern TV icon thanks to his Emmy-winning role in AMC’s Breaking Bad, Cranston has been incredibly prolific on the big-screen in recent years. He appeared in six films in 2011, including Drive, The Lincoln Lawyer, Contagion and Larry Crowne, and has five major productions on the horizon in 2012. In January he’ll play an authoritative figure in Lucasfilm’s long-gestating wartime action flick Red Tails, followed by a turn in Disney’s mega-budgeted John Carter. He’s also got a part in Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages adaptation and a villainous role in Sony’s Total Recall remake, and is currently filming Ben Affleck’s CIA drama Argo, set to hit theaters in September.
The former High School Musical star has been trying to establish himself as more than just a pretty face for some time, and 2012 could be a pivotal year in his career. He dabbles in commercial and independent fare next year, with starring roles in Universal’s Dr. Seuss adaptation The Lorax and Warner Bros.’ Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One as well as parts in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts. He’s also going to appear in an untitled ensemble drama alongside Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham and Clancy Brown.
We've had to wait until 2012 to finally see Baldwin's return to TV, and, lucky us - we'll also be treated to about five film roles from the beloved entertainer. He’s got parts in all kinds of movies, from indie comedy AmeriQua to indie drama Lucky Them, and even big studio flicks like Rock of Ages and DreamWorks Animation’s CGI spectacle Rise of the Guardians. But his most interesting project in unquestionably Nero Fiddled, Woody Allen’s new Rome-set romp, which will likely premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Biel is best known as a maker of mainstream movies (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The A-Team, Valentine’s Day), but 2012 will see her release a diverse slate of films. She’s got one of two female lead roles in summer actioner Total Recall, and will play a pivotal part in Gabriele Muccino’s new dramedy Playing the Field. In addition, she’s got a horror thriller titled The Tall Man in the can, and is preparing to film a pair of pictures that could screen next year – The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. With any luck, we could also see the long-delayed David O. Russell political rom-com Nailed (in which she plays the female lead) release, but I’m sadly not holding my breath. And if she ends up wedding Justin Timberlake (as engagement rumors started swirling around the web earlier this month), it’s going to be a landmark year for the former 7th Heaven star.
This young talent has been on the rise for awhile, and with a resume that includes work with Robert Zemeckis, Jon Favreau, Paul Weitz and Lisa Cholodenko it’s a wonder he hasn’t been propelled to the spotlight sooner. In 2012 he has five films to release, and by the time the year is over he’ll likely be a household name. First he reprises his role from 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, then appears in an anthology film that sports a directing roster including Benicio del Toro and Gaspar Noe. March sees him starring in one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year – The Hunger Games – while he’ll then appear in the art-house drama Carmel opposite Alfred Molina and Hayden Panettiere. Finally, he’ll star in MGM’s Red Dawn remake in November, and by that point he’ll probably have already cornered several major films for his future.
When is Franco NOT one of the busiest entertainers in showbiz? The Oscar-nominated actor and noted workaholic has been laboring at ludicrous speeds as of late, and his 2012 schedule is packed with somewhere between five and seven films that you'll probably never see including drama Maladies (with Catherine Keener and David Strathairn), thriller The Stare (opposite Winona Ryder), the fore mentioned ensemble drama Tar, the Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace and another porn-centric drama called Cherry. All the while he’ll be shooting a documentary and filming projects for release in 2013. The man is a machine.
Finally, here’s yet another example of career resurgence. Goodman’s been working incredibly hard over the past few years and has been a part of some of the most acclaimed pictures of 2011 – Kevin Smith’s Red State and awards’ hopefuls The Artist and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Next year, however, is a whole other animal, as he appears in five movies including indie dramedy Thicker, dark comedy Spring Break ’83, Focus Features animated fantasy ParaNorman, and a pair of important dramas from Ben Affleck (Argo) and Robert Zemeckis (Flight). In between pushing those pics, he'll be shooting the Coen Bros. new flick Inside Llewyn Davis and Pixar's anticipated prequel Monsters University. Walter Sobchak is back in the building people.
True Blood Recap: Episode 4 - "9 Crimes"
S3: E4 Oh True Blood, how I missed you. Promise me you’ll never go on a sabbatical again, I need my weekly flying vampire fix. This week’s episode tried to tone down the ridiculousness of last week’s outing, perhaps to justify the fact that it has somehow, incomprehensibly, been nominated for an Emmy in Drama instead of Comedy. This might have worked better if I hadn’t discovered this video (which you probably should watch) and found out that Eric is one of the male models in Zoolander (Orange Mocha Frappuccinos!) both in the same weekend, which makes really tough for me to take this episode seriously. But as I am a professional, I must stop thinking of a shirtless, homoerotic, air-guitar-playing Alexander Skarsgard long enough to deal with last night’s pretty stellar episode, which addressed that most basic question: What is love?* Is it Bill’s willingness to be cruel to keep Sookie safe? Is it Eric charging in to Pam’s rescue, or fantasizing really specifically about Sookie? Or Tommy’s sacrifices for his family? Alcide’s refusal to let Debbie go? What about Lorena and Franklin’s obsession? (Well, probably not that last one.) Or is it all a lie, like Tara and Bill’s stripper seem to think?
I’m pretty surprised to be writing this, but Bill’s plot was quite possibly the most interesting part of the episode. I know, try not to faint. After Bill dumps Sookie, Alcide, who is really bad at comforting people, tells her that “maybe the man you loved never existed except in your head.” It’s a pretty complex idea for a guy whose defining characteristic is his shirtlessness, and worth considering. I’m sure there’s a TV Trope out there about when a character pretends to be evil in order to save themselves or someone they love, since it’s a fairly common plot device. (There is! It’s called Fake Defector) It usually isn’t all that effective at character development, though, since it’s easy to claim extenuating circumstances and let the character off the hook, no matter what evil things they’ve done. But it’s been working with Bill, as effectively as I’ve ever seen the trope work, because his evil actions in the past few episodes seem strangely in character.
For the first two seasons we saw Bill through Sookie’s perspective, so we viewed him as Sookie does, which is basically as a vampire-shaped teddy bear. Even when he did creepy, deplorable things, like killing the Rattrays and Sookie’s incestuous uncle, it didn’t bother us very much because Sookie was so quick to forgive him. We sort of dismissed anything creepy Bill did as innocuous, since it didn’t fit into our view of Bill. But now that we’re away from Sookie, we’re seeing Bill clearly for the first time, and the “friendly neighborhood vampire” label that she applied seems to be fitting him less and less. It’s quite possible that the man that Sookie, and the audience, thought Bill was has never existed.
I’ll be damned if it isn’t fascinating watching Bill be bad. Bill has never looked more in his element than when he was sent into the strip club to “procure” a woman, a job that he apparently held for 35 years with Sophie-Ann. Bill’s job as a procurer involves choosing a stripper, (Bill’s choice looks suspiciously like Miley Cyrus after 5 years on a coke binge), glamouring her, making sure that she has no family to miss her, and then bringing her back to the King for him to eat, and kill. Which might have been scarier if she didn't look like Miley Cyrus. However, the idea that Bill had been doing this for 35 years before he met Sookie is pretty grotesque. It reminds us that Bill’s post-Lorena life is pretty much a mystery to us, and it’s quite possible that his relationship with Sookie isn’t on the level (since he has secret files on her life), which makes her commitment to finding him all the sadder.
Ironically, Sookie’s plot was largely comic relief tonight, as she got a makeover from Alcide’s extremely Jersey Shore sister and did shots at Lou Pines. The show seems to be setting up Sookie and Brawny Man as an item, but I actually liked their friendship this episode. They’re both good people hung up on jerks, so they’ve got a lot in common, and it’s nice to see Sukie have a friend who isn’t yelling at/trying to have sex with her all the time. We got the night’s dose of actual plot when Sookie and Alcide go to Lou Pines, as it turns out that Russell is supplying the wolf pack with V. I think we probably already knew that, but I hope it will mean that we get more of the Nazi werewolves. We also met Debbie, Brawny’s ex, who has no defining characteristics at the moment other than general train-wreckery and being played by Lacey from The Middleman. Still, she creates a nice, easy-to-recap-about, parallel between Alcide and Sookie’s romantic lives, so thanks for that, True Blood writers!
Elsewhere in Significant Parallels-ville, Sam learned a valuable lesson about caring for your loved ones, even if you don’t especially like them. After chasing the bird out of his office (I’m still not convinced that it wasn’t his mother) Sam encounters his family sleeping in the parking lot outside Merlotte’s and tracks down Tommy in the woods. In his first interesting scene so far (they should make him a commemoratory vest or something) Tommy tells Sam that he can’t leave his parents, since they’ll end up broke in the gutter. It’s not the most original plotline, but it’s a relatable one, and makes Tommy at least sympathetic enough for Sam to offer him and his parents a place to stay. Stay tuned for next week, when they start grilling possum on the front porch and wandering in their underpants through the restaurant. Those wacky rednecks!
Less wacky and more creepy was Franklin this episode, who exchanged his lingering charm for a good dose of desperate and molestery. I feel like the writers added Franklin to the cast in order to have someone who took advantage of all of vampires’ really disturbing potential, and take advantage he does. He glamours Tara, kidnaps her for a road trip to Mississippi and, in the best sight gag of the night, duct-tapes a bouquet of flowers to her hands. Rutina Wesley also deserves recognition for her increasingly perplexed reaction shots as Franklin gets weirder and weirder. Franklin’s obsession with Tara seems closer to Lorena’s relationship with Bill than anything else on the show, although Franklin a sadist while Lorena’s a masochist. But either way, it doesn’t bode well for Tara’s chances at staying human.
Meanwhile, in more appealing vampire paramours, Eric’s still into Sookie. While it was really, really obvious that their sex scene was a dream sequence, I briefly considered that Eric had some sort of “Bill broke up with Sookie!” alarm installed so that he could swoop in the second that she’s single. I also enjoyed the fact that Eric’s romantic fantasy starts with him hovering outside her window like a giant viking Peter Pan. Eric might have also built an alarm that let him know that Bill was going through an evil phase, since he decided to be extra good tonight, rescuing Lafayette from the douchebag drug dealers (getting a glimpse of Jason’s mystery girl in the process) and going back to Fangtasia to save Pam from the Magistrate. By the way, if they made Pam a regular this season just to kill her off I’m going to be so pissed that I swear the rest of the season recaps are going to be written in capslock. And involve a lot more cursing. It was good thinking on Pam’s part to suggest that they had been framed by Bill, who sold them out in the first place, but she couldn’t have picked someone who wasn’t missing? I know they want to get rid of Bill, but it would’ve saved Eric a lot of trouble if they just picked Larry from down the block or something. The Magistrate has managed to be a genuinely menacing villain so far, especially since he wields this threateningly ambiguous Vampire Authority power, where we don’t know what he really can and cannot do. He’s put Eric in the position of choosing between saving Pam and betraying Sookie, and I’m pretty sure Bill’s going down.
Terry showed up for a grand total of two lines last night, but they were awesome.
“Are you sure they know that? Cause they’re grilling in the parking lot.”
“One thing’s for sure, we’ll never be as bad parents as they are”
“I’m leaving you.” “Shut the fuck up!”
“No, I think I’ll kill all your brother-cousins first.”
I didn’t say anything about Jessica’s plot in the episode, but her as a waitress is the cutest thing ever. “I was just on my way home back from picketing the baby killing factory up in Birmingham...”
“But ten years from now, there’s gonna be a you, ten years younger than you, doing the same thing to you, and then who you gonna be?” “What?”