"Brian doesn't get any intimacy whatsoever." Actress Megan Fox admits her sex life with husband Brian Austin Green is non-existent now they are parents to two young kids. She gave birth to son Bodhi in February (14) and is also mum to 22-month-old boy Noah.
Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy is reteaming with Greenberg director Noah Baumbach to score his upcoming film While We're Young. The winning duo previously collaborated for Baumbach's 2010 indie hit, which marked Murphy's debut film score.
Now the moviemaker has hired Murphy once again for his new comedy/drama, which stars Ben Stiller Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Beastie Boys rapper Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz.
While We're Young is slated to have its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival in Canada this September (14).
Now that the halfway mark has hit between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months of cinematic glory. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. Next, we turn to movie scenes and moments — the funny, shocking, moving, and just plain weird instances that stuck with us long after we stepped out of the theater. Here's a quick list of some of the most memorable movie scenes and moments we've seen so far in 2014.
The evolution sequence in NoahDarren Aronofsky's account of the great flood jumped levels in progressive thinking when it included a scene that comfortably meshed creationist beliefs with the science of evolution. The sequence, which followed an aquatic amoeba as it grew into a fish, then a lizard, then a series of mammals, until ultimately becoming the impetus for mankind, is not just intellectually rich, but visually dazzling.
Gustave's prison break in The Grand Budapest HotelEvery chapter in Wes Anderson's latest film is terrific fun, but Ralph Fiennes on the run from the law (and the vicious Adrien Brody) is about as merry as it gets... even with the haunting undercurrent in an approaching World War.
The opening sequence in BorgmanThe mysterious Danish picture Borgman institutes an excitement, a levity, and a curious nature all at once with its terrific opening sequence, wherein the title character is drawn from his home underground for unexplained reasons and forced to flee the wrath of angry villagers, and help to liberate his friends from the same.
The "Spaceship, spaceship, spaceship!" gag in The Lego MovieServing primarily as a punchline to a long gestating joke, Charlie Day's Lego character's manic exclamation of his favorite word is the biggest laugh in a very funny movie.
Scarlett Johannson abducting a man with neurofibromatosis in Under the SkinJonathan Glazer's bizarre film is nothing if not evasive, but peaks in its enigmatic nature when the nameless hero/villain Scarlett Johansson, herself of mysterious origins, abducts and seems to warm to a man afflicted with a facial deformity. Cue the process of undress and cannibalistic black liquid floors...
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Ken Watanabe's big moment in Godzilla"Let them fight."
The end credits of 22 Jump StreetChris Miller and Phil Lord embrace their love of genre parody in the post-narrative moments of 22 Jump Street, in which they send their starring duo through a long line of false sequels (entailing their attendance at med school, military school, traffic school... there are a good dozen of these, all of 'em funny).
The statutory rape endorsement in Transformers: Age of ExtinctionLet's get this straight: we're simply in awe of this scene due to how god damn bizarre it is, not at all on board with its message (or even its artistic merits in a movie about robot wars). We can't help but think about Mark Wahlberg challenging the validity of 20-year-old Jack Reynor's romantic relationship with 17-year-old Nicola Peltz, only to see Reynor pull a laminated document from his pocket that exempts him from all legal ramifications of dating a minor. Weird as all hell.
The getaway scene in Night MovesNear unprecedented tension hits when Jesse Eisenberg and his two fellow eco-terrorists attempt to flee the scene after programming a time bomb to detonate an ecologically destructive dam. The trio sits on the midnight river, hoping to avoid both the eyes of passersby and the wrath of a deadly explosive. It's edge-of-your-seat kind of stuff.
Liam Neeson grabbing a gun in mid-air while the airplane aboard which he is a passenger hurdles into oblivion as a team of hijackers attempts to take the whole thing hostage in Non-StopRight?
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The Quicksilver scene in X-Men: Days of Future PastEvan Peters spends very little time onscreen in the latest X-Men picture, but his talents are milked for all their value when he is charged with dashing around a slow-motion Pentagon kitchen to the soothing tunes of Jim Croce.
The grade school scene in SnowpiercerThe most disturbing, macabre, and wickedly fun scene in a movie that has no shortage of any of those three qualities, a very pregnant Allison Pill's grade school seminar in the back half of Snowpiercer stands out as the film's most enjoyable achievement. Pill sells the hell out of lunacy in this sequence.
Paul Rudd walks into a bar in They Came Together Our favorite joke in They Came Together, narrowly beating out Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler's mutual love of fiction books, is Rudd's sullen conversation with a highly redundant barkeep who, let's just say, calls 'em like he sees 'em. Over and over and over.
Nicolas Cage asking a neighborhood kid if he's still MMA fighting in Joe I have no idea why I love this so much, but one brief exchange in the sleepy, somber movie Joe has Cage chatting with a young neighbor in a bodega, asking about how his martial arts practice has been going. It's incredibly peculiar and charming, though I don't expect any of that to carry through here.
The Zola computer reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Although we weren't crazy about the second Captain America movie, we have to tip a hat to the reveal that Toby Jones' Nazi scientist has been living on for the last 70 years in the form of a bulky yet surpemely efficient supercomputer. The sort of weird stuff that we love to see in the crevices of Marvel flicks.
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The FX original limited series Fargo started its 1o-episode run this week, dontcha know? We caught up with stars Colin Hanks, Keith Carradine, Martin Freeman, and Billy Bob Thornton, plus showrunner Noah Hawley on the red carpet of the show's preview panel at the Paley Center New York. Here's what they had to say about successfully adapting a beloved cinematic masterpiece, the "golden age" of TV, and the show's frigid Calgary set.
Hanks on the allure of the limited series:"I think now, with the way some shows are being made now, you have this luxury of not necessarily having to make a TV show that will last for 100 episodes. Now it's really more about letting the story dictate how many you do."
Hawley on what attracted him to the project:"I wasn't being asked to copy something, I was being asked to create an homage really, which then forced me to say, 'Well, what made that movie that movie and how do I tell a story that feels the same, but doesn't play the same?'"
Carradine on how the pilot script turned skepticism into enthusiasm:"I said, 'Oh my gosh, how are they gonna do that?' And then I got the script and I said, 'Oh, okay. That's how they're gonna do it.' It's brilliant. It takes where [the Coen Brothers] started, and it kind of ramps off from there. And it takes into account where we as an audience have come in the last 18 years since that film was made. There's no other film like it, and yet, in those 18 years, the audience has become more sophisticated and, I think that what we're doing here reflects that."
Hanks on the show's pitch-black humor:"Violence isn't necessarily played for laughs, but maybe what happens just prior to it or just after it, in its aftermath, is sort of a way of releasing that tension that violence brings to the plot."
Hawley on the show's heavyweight cast:"The network and I really wanted to cast it like a movie, and aim for a sort of caliber of actor. Knowing that it was only a 10-episode commitment, why settle?"
Carradine on the cultural landscape of TV:"If you really want to do incisive, progressive storytelling, television seems to be the place now. It's kind of a new golden age."
Freeman on how the location helped him find his character:Freeman: "If we're pretending to be in a very cold, snowy place, it helps if we're in one. And Calgary was white on the ground for the entire four months that we were there."Us: "Well, it was here in New York too. You could've filmed here."Freeman: "Oh, don't tell me that!"
Thornton on another Coen Brothers film that'd make a great miniseries:"Blood Simple. Let's do it."
Superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier clipped the wings of bird-themed animated film Rio 2 and recaptured its spot at the top of the U.K. box office over the weekend (11-13Apr14). The comic-inspired action film, starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, took $2.9 million (£1.8 million) in ticket sales, returning to the top of the rankings after being displaced for a week.
Russell Crowe's Bible-based epic Noah floated one place from third to second this week, with earnings of $2.5 million (£1.6 million), just ahead of last week's number one Rio 2, which landed in third with takings of $2.4 million (£1.5 million).
Young adult novel adaptation Divergent held on to its fourth place position with $1.6 million (£1 million) in ticket sales, while new horror film The Quiet Ones rounded out the top five in its first week of release, earning $1.1 million (£681,305) at British cinemas.
For character actors, the wall between “Hey it’s that guy from that thing!” and actual public awareness is a tough one to scramble over. It has halted many a talented performer from reaching his or her true potential. Fortunately, one-time SNL cast member Jenny Slate might have just found her ticket to reaching true Hollywood recognition with her movie Obvious Child.
The film, which rocketed out of Sundance as a favorite of festival goers, follows the story of Donna Stern, a plucky, Brooklyn-based comedian whose deeply personal stage antics gives her comedy a certain relatability. Unfortunately for Donna, life comes crashing around her ears when she learns that she's pregnant.
The aesthetic and mood of the trailer will feel familiar to the likes of Lena Dunam's Girls and Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha (the exploration of twenty-something self-worth in New York), but Obvious Child looks to chart its own unique course. The trailer works wonders, and much of that credit goes to Slate, who is charming, weird, goofy, and just a little unsufferable: all the facets of the great indie dramedy lead, and the ones that will hopefully get her talents noticed.
This wouldn’t be a case of overnight success. Slate has definitely put in the legwork toward being a mega success in the comedy world. Her young career has been filled with great character work, including a long list of recurring television roles. She’s played the zany and self-obsessed Tammy on the animated Bob’s Burgers, the obnoxious and grating Mona-Lisa on Parks and Recreation, and a neurotic little shell in the short Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. She’s delighted fans across the TV viewing landscape, but she’s still very much a character actor. Nearly all of her roles have been kooky, unhinged, and self-absorbed caricatures of real people. Fun, but not exactly star-turning material. This role, however, looks to change all of that. Slate certainly wouldn't be the first or last performer to break out of Sundance. The snowy Colorado film festival has launched the careers of plenty of actors. Jennifer Lawrence received Oscar recognition on the back of her heartbreaking performance in Winters Bone, and soon conquered Hollywood in the Hunger Games. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller both received huge boosts in career status after co-starring in The Spectacular Now as high school lovers. Her performance in Obvious Child looks like it lies in that same vein of star-boosting potential.
For one thing, the film is Donna's story alone. Other characters are dotted around the trailer — a concerned mother, a doting father, a snarky best friend — but they all are in service of Slate's character, who is clearly the star of the show. She's in nearly every shot of the trailer. That's a tall order for a actor who spent most of her career playing characters in sketches, or characters who were little more than one note gags. It also looks life a film with actual drama woven into its story. As entertaining as it is seeing Slate play characters like Tammy or Mona-Lisa, it's nice to see the actor really stretch out her acting muscles for real, and live up to the potential we've been seeing for years. Hopefully everyone else gets a full view of that potential as well.
Pop star Bjork helped to raise $310,000 (£193,750) for environmental organisations in her native Iceland on Tuesday (18Mar14) by teaming up with rocker Patti Smith and singer Lykke Li for a special benefit gig. The artists hit the stage at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik to celebrate the local premiere of Russell Crowe's new Biblical epic Noah, which was filmed in the country, and protest against anti-conservationist policy changes proposed by the nation's leaders.
Smith's set included a tribute rendition of the late Lou Reed's Perfect Day, and she also used her performance to issue an emotional plea to fans to help preserve Iceland's highlands, which are under renewed threat of industrial development.
She told the crowd, "I came here first as a young girl, aged 22 years old, way back in 1969. Of all the beautiful places I visited back then, many have since been destroyed by man. To come back to Iceland and still find much of the country as I found it then is a gift."
She added, "Industry has raped nature again and again - there has to be some place where Mother Nature feels safe and beloved. Iceland is one of the few places in the world where Mother Nature can feel herself. Once this damage is done, that can never come back. In this matter, count me as one of your servants."
She later helped Bjork close the Let's Protect the Park gig by joining her and Li onstage for a cover of the Beastie Boys' appropriately-titled Sabotage.
Proceeds from the charity show will help officials at Iceland Nature Conservation Association and Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, protect various nature sites across the country.
The mothers of superstars Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine have stepped into the spotlight to urge young Americans to register for healthcare. Lopez's mum Guadalupe Rodriguez, Levine matriarch Patsy Noah, and Teresa Augello, whose daughter is singer Keys, front a new TV campaign to highlight the deadline for registering for U.S. President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act before 31 March (14).
They reminisce about their talented kids' early days, alongside Jonah Hill's fiery mother Sharon Feldstein, who states: "Trust me, us moms put up with a lot. But one thing we should never have to put up with is our kid not having healthcare.
"Seriously do you want your mother to have a nervous breakdown? You need health insurance. It's imperative that you have health insurance."
First Lady Michelle Obama also appears in the public service announcement.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Actor Noah Wyle is in early talks to reprise his role in TV movie The Librarian for a 10-part series adaptation. The ER star played Flynn Carsen, a geeky librarian-turned-ancient artefact protector, alongside Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin in the 2004 film, which spawned two sequels, and now producers are planning to revamp the franchise for a new generation of fans.
The Librarians will centre on a group of young men and women vying to become Wyle's successor.
Production is slated to begin in April (14) in Oregon. Newhart and Curtin have also been approached to return for the TV series.