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Like the name implies, there are two films trapped inside director Bryan Poyser's latest effort: "Love" being one half, and "Air Sex" being the other. One film is a sometimes charming, sweet, and funny meditation on love between twenty-somethings, while the other is an aggressively unfunny aside that almost derails the entire film (take a guess at which one is which).
Aspiring filmmaker Stan (Michael Stahl-David) and pre-med student Cathy (Ashley Bell) find love in balmy Austin, but life drives the two to opposite coasts; Stan seeks his dreams under the bright lights of Hollywood, while Cathy heads to the wintery Northeast to attend a prestigious medical school in New York. Six months later, Sean's Hollywood aspirations have landed him in a pizza joint, while Cathy feels disconnected from her med school peers. When Stan catches wind that Cathy is flying home to Austin for the weekend, he can't help but "accidentally" fly home on the same weekend as his ex. The obviousness of Stan's gambit isn't lost on their friends Jeff and Kara, who are in the middle of a breakup of their own. The two ex-lovers try to avoid each other during the weekend, but as one of the characters comments, Austin is a small city, and the pair do threaten to bump into each other, whether by coincidence or by design.
When focusing on the relationships among the four leads, Love and Air Sex works well enough. All four come close to becoming fully rounded characters, and the dialogue is witty enough to entertain. The characters send spiked sexual jabs at each other, while hiding the simmering frustration over lost relationships. Throughout the film, our heroes try some new relationships on for size, and while some of them blossom with probability, others are a halted by old yearnings. Poyser shows a intimate understanding of the awkwardness and comedy of damaged romances, and how admitting one's true feelings can sometimes feel like a herculean labor.
The other half of the title, the "Air Sex," is unfortunately, where the film falls apart. First, let's back up and explain what "Air Sex" actually is: a very real competition where participants are tasked with creating explicit and racy sexual scenarios with a disembodied partner (think air guitar, but with more pelvic thrusts). These sessions of sexual "air-tercourse" get as obscene and vulgar as all get out. But the worst thing about these routines isn't that they're too perverse (and they are pretty perverse), but that they're hardly ever funny or entertaining, and that's a huge fault considering the idea takes up half the title. Jeff uses Air Sex as a scheme to get free beer (the winner of the local Air Sex competition gets to drink free for a year), but it's really an emotional pick-me-up after his break up from Kara. These epic sexual pantomimes go on for minutes at a time and quickly grow annoying. What might have been chuckle worthy sight-gag is ballooned into half of the film's focus, and the Air Sex side plot becomes completely obnoxious as the film grinds into its final act. The biggest crime is that all the time focusing on the Air Sex competition robs the film of time it could have used to put the main characters into better focus. Unless you enjoy sexual wordplay like "Hugh G. Rection" or "F**kasaurus Sex," and a lot of air humping, you might spend much of these sequences rolling your eyes.
Love and Air Sex is a deeply confused film. It wants to be a raunchy comedy and a heartfelt indie romance, but it's constantly weighed down by trying to serve both masters. What's left is a Frankenstein-like mess of a creature that resembles a pleasant romantic comedy sloppily sewed into a terrible raunchy bore. The results are sometimes charming, sometimes groan-inducing, and full of wasted promise.
As of today, Scarlett Johansson has a much bigger issue on her hands than not being in enough fight scenes in The Avengers. It is being reported that several nude photos of her have hit the internet (I'm not going to link to them -- you can't make me, etc etc), but whether or not they are authentic remains unclear. TMZ claims they've spoken with a source close to Johansson, and who revealed that she plans to contact the FBI this morning because she believes the release of the photos is "a criminal act." (That kinda seems to confirm that the photos are real, does it not?)
Back in March, TMZ published a list of celebrities who hackers had stolen "compromising pictures" from, and some of the victims of the scheme included Vanessa Hudgens, Ali Larter, Busy Phillips, Miley Cyrus, Emma Caulfield, Addison Timlin, Renee Olstead, and of course, Scarlett Johansson. Hudgens was the second one on the list have her photos released (the first was Olstead) and on March 17th, 2011 (the day after she learned she was hacked), Hudgens was seen meeting with the FBI in Century City, CA. Two days later, Radar Online stated the blogger who the FBI believed was responsible for collaborating with the hackers "went underground," shut down his site and deleted his social networking pages.
Pretty sure he's back now, though.
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Sources: TMZ, TMZ, TMZ, Radar Online, ONTD
This story just keeps getting weirder and weirder. First, I thought it was strange that Stephen Sommers would be directing an adaptation of Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas. Though the film will have its share of fantasy action, it'll certainly be a bit light on explosions, which is why I couldn't understand where Sommers would fit in. I've since gotten past that, but what baffles me more is Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson's involvement in the picture.
Variety reports that the rapper-turned-actor has signed on to play blind deejay Shamus Cocobolo in the film, which stars Anton Yelchin as a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nico Tortorella co-star. I can see why Jackson would want to take part in this pic, as its the biggest he's ever done, but why Sommers would choose him for this unique character is beyond me. My guess is that it was an economical decision, though there are dozens of young, hungry and better actors out there who'd die to get a chance to work on a movie like this. As you can tell, Sommers has some big names attached to the film, so he probably thought that he needed another to make it work. Oh well, the joke's going to be on him.
Production should begin soon in New Mexico, which means we should be seeing Odd Thomas some time next year.
Seems that the cast for Odd Thomas has been more or less rounded out. Anton Yelchin stars as the short order cook who can see paranormal things. Addison Timlin is the love interest and apparently Willem Dafoe will the be the mentor police chief. And now we can add Nico Tortorella to the mix as the bad guy. Throw in some up-andcoming comic actor for the best friend role and we’re good to go!
Tortorella joins the Stephen Sommers directed Thomas after appearing in this week’s Scream 4 as Emma Robert’s ex-boyfriend. But let’s be honest here: you best remember him from Make It or Break It, the riveting show about... gymnastics which featured this amazing, amazing scene. Seriously, you cannot find a more unbelievable scene than that. It should be preserved in the television history books (a book for television? Um, okay) so future generations can experience it. So good.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
I’ll be honest, I have no idea who Addison Timlin is nor have I seen any of her work before. We all have missing pieces in our pop culture diet (I still haven’t seen The Wire) and it’s not really our fault. It’s just that as a society we produce a LOT of pop culture entertainment and it’s impossible for one person consume it all. The sheer massive quantity means there is a lot of great stuff out there that you can spend your life discovering. The bad thing is that sometimes things slip through the cracks.
Like the entire career of Addison Timlin.
Now, Timlin is in talks to join the cast of Odd Thomas as the main character's girlfriend, which we have reported on before. She seems smart, definitely cute (read: willing to get naked), and has been getting fairly constant work so she must be somewhat talented. But I had no idea who she was. When researching for this article I had the startling discovery that I had absolutely nothing I could possibly say about her. Normally I’m able to find at least something I can recognize for any given celebrity, but Tomlin? Nada. Never got into Law & Order (my parents are in law, so I got enough of that at the dinner table), Cashmere Mafia (this is real?), or Derailed (missed it, forgot about it). I’ve been meaning to get into Californication, but I have a lot of other Showtime series to get through before that.
It was a strange feeling to be reminded that no matter how much TV I watch, no matter how many movies I sit through, I will never be able to see it all and that I shouldn’t waste my time on trivial trash when so much greatness is out there. So thank you Addison Timlin for reminding a wannabe-Pop Culture guru that he doesn’t know everything nor could he ever hope to do such a silly thing. And all you had to do was fall through the cracks.
S4E1: At the end of last season, we left Californication in turmoil. Just before Hank was about to unload everything from the past seasons that's happened (he unknowingly had sex with a 16-year-old and was being blackmailed), he was arrested for assault charges. So, his family found out the truth in the worst possible way. Now, we pick up season four of Californication, just 72 hours after these events, with a solid season opener. It's time for Hank to face the inevitable.
"You put your dick in some girl who is the same age as she is right now."
This line can pretty much sum up everything that needs to be known about Californication right now. Everyone is pissed at Hank because they now know what happened in season one. Before this news of having sex with a 16-year-old emerged, Hank was a lovable fuck-up. Yeah, he'd go out, get black out drunk and have some sex, but for some reason he was always able to charm his way out of it. And he wouldn't necessarily charm you into thinking his actions were okay, but instead he could almost bring you down to his level to understand his worldview. That's why he's such a great writer. He not only makes you understand how he feels, but he gives insight into why he feels that way. As people, we sometimes struggle to find reasoning for certain things and certain moments and when we meet someone who knows exactly how to do that -- like Hank -- we understand and support them.
But this moment was one of the first times I can remember that I wasn't really happy with Hank. Granted, this whole situation is pretty messed up and there are a lot more factors playing into it than just age, but still, hearing Karen say those words -- which are fact -- really struck a chord with me. And for some reason, even though I know every single determining factor, I'm still left feeling a little sick about the whole ordeal.
"Since you wrote the book I love, why don't you rewrite the script I loathe."
Fucking and Punching is being made into a movie, and now that the truth about Hank's authorship is out, they want him to rewrite it. I'm glad the season premiere threw a scene like this in, because honestly, I think it's in these moments that Hank's at his best. He is a writer, yes. But at the same time, because he writes about his life, the way he lives is also a piece of art. I really believe that Hank Moody -- even though he's considered by society (and himself) to be a huge screw up -- has embraced who he is.
"You're not a piece of shit Hank, on paper or otherwise."
The relationship between Charlie Runkle and Hank is an interesting one. As much as they shouldn't work well together, for some unknown reason, they do. And I think the reason for success -- just like all of his relationships-- is in spite of Hank Moody. Because seriously, and this goes back to a point I was making earlier, relationships with Hank tend to be a one-way street.
At the same time, Hank's able to bring people his worldview and show them what he's thinking about and why he believes the way he does, a more appropriate view might be to call it self-loathing. Because if you really think about it, Hank Moody is selfish. All that he cares about is how the world affects him. He may talk quite a bit, saying how much he loves his daughter Becca or how much he wants to be with Karen, but too often, that's just talk. It's very rare that Hank acts on the things he talks about. If he wants to actually make it seem like he gives a damn about what's going on with the other people in his life, he's going to need to make sure they see it. That means doing something more than just telling them that he loves them.
But, things are different with Runkle. For some reason, despite the rest of the world somehow always finding a way to take a dump on his head, Runkle is lovable. Perhaps that's because he's the opposite of Hank. His world falls apart, but most of the time, it's out of his hands. So maybe that's why it's easier for him to embrace Hank and his mistakes. Runkle's life has been so messed up that he's given up on trying to control everything and he's a better man because of that.
"You look tired."
"It's been a long life."
Ah, yes. As soon as we were introduced to Sasha Bingham, I fully expected Hank to bang her. And, yep. He did. Welcome to the show, Ms. Addison Timlin. You didn't even get three minutes in before the world saw your boobs.
But, I think there's more to this relationship than just sex and one of the reasons is how telling that above quote is. Because it has been a long life for Hank Moody. Yes, pretty much everything that Hank has to complain about is self-imposed, but still, dealing with that wear-and-tear on a daily basis undoubtedly puts heavy weight on his shoulders. Yet this conversation between Hank and Sasha was charming. There was a connection, and I know Hank connects with nearly every single woman he encounters, but there was something different about Sasha. Maybe it's because she seems to be a genuine artist herself, but regardless, something clicked between the two. And so, I found their connection and experience a bit more lovable.
(Before we go on, I must note something that irked me a little bit. Music fans, listen up. "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones played while Sasha and Hank started to kiss. Yet, the title of the episode was Exile on Main St., taken from the Stones' 1972 album. There's one problem with this, though. SFTD is not a track from Exile.)
"You're being charged with statutory rape. "
I should take this moment to note Carla Gugino joining the cast to play almost the exact same character that she did on Entourage. But, I won't write her off yet. In her first scene, she held her own successfully against the musings of Moody and this is a type of character that this show needs. Someone tough, smart, and savvy. Gugino is all three and will be providing Hank with some much needed support this season. Even the way she delivered the news about the charges -- short and to the point -- was a telling trait to her character.
So, there you have it. It's fair to say that this season will be centered on one thing: will Hank Moody be found guilty?