There is nothing not to like about a group of the funniest movie and television stars of present day reciting classic lines, in character (with some liberties taken), from what is indesputably the most powerful film series ever made: Star Wars.
Actors Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Aziz Ansari, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jamie King, Zach Galifianakis and Samuel L. Jackson are all on board to benefit the charity Stand Up To Cancer. All of the fan-favorites are lampooned: Luke, Leia, Vader, Han, Chewie, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Lando, the Emperor, Uncle Owen, Admiral Ackbar... but what really takes the cake is Hader's impression of a Taun-Taun.
Check out the video, fans of Star Wars and comedy alike. And then head on over to Stand Up to Cancer and find out that, despite the generational outbreak of cynicism, you actually can make a difference.
As the rush of the Fall TV season inches closer and closer, we naturally get more news about which actors and actresses we'll see making appearances on a few new series.Bridesmaids' Wendi McLendon-Covey is a longtime fixture in television comedy. You might remember her from Reno 911, or the lesser-known Lovespring International, in which she had a starring role. The latest McLendon-Covey news has her guest-starring on the upcoming season of Fox's I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The actress will take the role of Principal Diego at the high school of Jamie Pressly's and Katie Finneran's loathesome teenage daughters. I Hate My Teenage Daughter premieres November 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
Rachael Harris is memorable as Ed Helms' horrific live-in girlfriend in the first Hangover movie, but has also had a long line of guest spots on impressive sitcoms, including Friends, Modern Family and Party Down. We will be seeing Harris in a guest role on the new NBC comedy Free Agents, starring The Simpsons' heavy-lifter Hank Azaria and frequent Will Ferrell-supporter Kathryn Hahn. Free Agents enjoys a soft premiere Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET and will premiere in its regular timeslot on Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Steering away from the comedy, we have news that American Horror Story will be receiving a new guest star: Sarah Paulson. Paulson will enjoy a four-episode arc as a medium named Billie Dean. Paulson's previous television work has included Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Deadwood and American Gothic. American Horror Story premieres on October 5 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.
Source: Laughspin, TVGuide, TVLine
It's safe to assume that when Quentin Tarantino was a kid, he probably watched a good deal of television—specifically, particularly stylized (and violent) television. And while he was growing up on Hawaii Five-O, The Incredible Hulk, The Streets of San Francisco, Police Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, CHiPs, The Blue Knight, The Rockford Files, Logan's Run, The Dukes of Hazzard and Sheriff Lobo, he might have, if even subsconsciously, formed a staunch affection for one common thread: Gerald McRaney. Thus, McRaney has been cast in Tarantino's latest profundity, Django Unchained.
McRaney, most familiar for his own detective series Simon & Simon, early '90s family sitcom Major Dad, and, most recently, a stint on Deadwood, is clearly well-versed in television acting (especially in law enforcement series). Although he is not particularly known for film, Tarantino has a habit of imploding all our preconceived notions. As it was pointed out to me once, who expected John Travolta to be legendary in Pulp Fiction?
Also in Django Unchained "news," Samuel L. Jackson is officially onboard now. Of course, no one was really worried that he'd drop out at the last minute. But it's nice to have it all on paper.
So, with Jamie Foxx as a vigilante former slave, Christoph Waltz as his bounty hunting partner, Leonardo DiCaprio as a vicious plantation owner, Kevin Costner as DiCaprio's equally vindictive "slave trainer," and Samuel L. Jackson as DiCaprio's right-hand man, McRaney is joining a mind-blower of a cast.
Just thinking about how good this movie is going to be gives me the shakes.
Source: Variety via Comingsoon
Promos for Ten Year and American Reunion may be just taking advantage of our easy target "end of summer/getting older" sensibilities, but at least they're doing so with some class and sincerity—and a whole lot of promise.
From the looks of the below clip, the first released from the upcoming Jamie Linden film, we have little to worry about. Linden's characters—played here by Channing Tatum (driver), Oscar Isaac (shotgun), Anthony Mackie (back left) and the battering ram of comedy that is Chris Pratt (argyle). They banter. It's light banter. Not particularly memorable dialogue. But it's a memorable tone. You can believe that these four were once best friends...and you can believe that now, things are different.
The tone of Ten Year will likely be a more somber one than that in American Reunion, but not for the sake of easy tears. This clip breathes authenticity. This gang of four is gradually getting back in step with one another. And then there's Rosario Dawson. Now, they may be playing up the "reunited loves" thing a little heavily for the sake of screen drama...but I think we can forgive any extended use of Rosario Dawson.
There's about forty-seven other awesome actors in this movie: honing their talents in these images for scenes centered around sitting in cars, throwing toilet paper, drinking heavily...the works.
Ten Year debuts at TIFF this Monday, September 12.
There's a rule in Hollywood: if someone goes to an island covered in fog, they're not going to leave unscathed.
Movies like Retreat are inherently tense due to the island setting: they're inherently claustrophobic, yet open to endless possibility. They're rife with mystery, palpable danger, and a complete disconnect from the society to which its captives are attached. Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton are the prisoners of an island and of the island's sole other inhabitant: Jamie Bell, who insists that the three of them stay put lest they face a deadly pandemic that is wiping out the world. Plus, he's got a gun. And guns are the only things more deadly than pandemics.
Except for islands, of course.
Check out the trailer and the first official images from the movie below:
Last night, Anne Hathaway visited Conan to discuss filming The Dark Knight Rises her new lifestyle of demanding workouts and samples one of her original raps.
Also on Conan, Jason Momoa showed up to discuss building up sexual frustration and breaking his own nose to properly play Conan the Barbarian.
Finally, Jamie Foxx stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about his suspicions that his African safari was staged, and how it inspired a musical.
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
The much anticipated The Adventures of Tintin, a 3D, visually stimulating super-adventure that exceeds all bounds of humanity's capability of prediction, has released a new image of the fearless hero with an unquenchable thirst for danger... READING. The nerd in me is excited the films intention to propagate the glamorization of doing research...but the other kind of nerd in me wants to see more pirate ships.
Embrace your inner nerd(s) and check out the brainy photo:
It’s happening. Jamie Foxx will take the lead in Quentin Tarantino’s American slavery-era Spaghetti Western, Django Unchained.
It’s understandable why losing Will Smith for the role would disappoint. He’s got star power. But Smith is Smith—you see a Will Smith movie to see Will Smith doing his Will Smith thing. When you see a Tarantino movie, you want to see some stylistically unwavering Quentin Tarantino magic. You want actors who can fall naturally into a world where people speak in verse and discuss hamburgers at length.
And that’s why Jamie Foxx—a cinematic chameleon—will be far superior as the titular character. Foxx has thrilled us dramatically, comedically, stealthfully, collaterally and soloistically. And he won’t disappoint as Django: a liberated slave who, along with German bounty hunter Christoph Waltz (I’m totally fine with seeing him again), sets out to rescue his wife from the slave-owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio, in a rare villainous role).
In keeping with a Tarantino’s haunting perspective of reality, Candie will operate “Candyland,” a plantation and club that exploits the female slaves sexually and the male for the bloodlust of Candie’s patrons. Samuel L. Jackson will play DiCaprio’s valet and right-hand man.
There is no bad news for this movie. A bad-guy DiCaprio. A rebirth of Hans Landa. The scene-shattering Samuel L. Jackson. And Jamie Foxx doing his Jamie Foxx thing: just acting -- really, really well.
Tarantino. You hooked yet? If you haven’t heard, the man who founded Big Kahuna Burger, put a twisted spin on the otherwise pleasant Harry Nilsson song “Coconut,” and killed Hitler, is developing a project on the backdrop of American slavery in the upcoming Django Unchained. The title character is a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter in an effort to rescue his wife from a plantation owner.
We've heard mentions of several choices for the title character and the latest, most promising option is Jamie Foxx -- who knows his way around both humor and intensity in a fashion perfectly suitable for a Tarantino epic.
Many fans were hopeful about the casting of Will Smith as Django. However, Smith reportedly has no involvement in the film. Other considerations included Idis Ebra, familiar to The Office fans as the insufferable Charles Miner, and Chris Tucker, familiar to everyone as the insufferable Chris Tucker.
Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be "signed" already, and he's playing against type. Consistently the hero, DiCaprio would be playing Tarantino’s villain, a slave-owner named Calvin Candie. If this deal is legitimate, DiCaprio will share scenes with Tarantino veteran Samuel L. Jackson, who's playing a slave named Stephen and the number-two man to Candie.
We do know that another Tarantino collaborator will return: Christoph Waltz. Made famous in America with his scene-stealing performance as Nazi detective Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, Waltz is slated to play a German-immigrant, former dentist, and Django’s associate in bounty hunting.
The casting of DiCaprio, Waltz and Jackson leaves most of us optimistic. The uncertainty circling the lead role might combat this, especially with a few of the mentioned choices. But if Foxx does indeed sign on, we're in for a sensation. It warrants little explanation why anyone considers Jamie Foxx to be awesome, but here goes anyway: Jarhead. Ray. In Living Color. Django? Let's hope.