Think about all the best stuff each Community character has to offer. This new set of pics not only hones in on everything we've seen and loved before, but promises to up the ante a bit. Check them out:
Jeff Winger is at markedly his best when he is pushed to (and over) the edge. Joel McHale's greatest performance as the character was in "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking", wherein Jeff was threatened with the chance of reuniting with his estranged, much despised, father. Jeff: cool as a zombie, but not at family reunions. So what is he doing with an axe? Something way awesome.
The self-righteous Shirley we know and love is LITERALLY putting herself on a pedestal. This has got to have something to do with Jesus.
There's a lot of context needed here, I'd say... but Annie putting chapstick on a stone-faced Abed (that phrase is a little redundant) is the makings of pure television magic.
All we can surmise from this is that Chang is in a robe when he shouldn't be. It's probably not his robe, and Jeff is probably not all too keen on whatever it is that the diminutive ex-teacher is up to. Chang spreading grief: laughter is inevitable.
Bring it all home with a shot of Britta, glaring snidely under the impression that she is so adroitly masking her inner turmoil. Britta, you poor, wayward soul. How we all love you so very much.
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash will return to NBC on September 22 at 8 pm. Joining the cast are newcomers John Goodman and The Wire's Michael K. Williams. Watch the glorious Season 3 trailer here, and get started on building your celebratory blanket fort.
The Little Britain star and model Stone marked their first wedding anniversary in May (10) and the comedian is keen for them to cement their relationship with a baby.
He admits meeting Sir Elton's son, Zachary, and his funnyman friend James Corden's new arrival, Max, has just added to his longing for a child.
He tells Britain's Heat magazine, "I have met Zachary and he's beautiful. I've got so many friends who've got new babies. I went to see James Corden's baby Max... and my friend (actor) Rafe Spall also has a new baby. (Actor) Rob Brydon and his wife are about to have a new one, too. Everyone's got a baby except me...
"I'd very much like to have a baby... but I just hope they don't end up like me! In terms of the timing, in some ways, you think it's not the right time. But then you wonder how you know when is the right time. So it is something we're thinking about. I just don't know when."
The Wall Street fraudster was jailed for 150 years in 2009 after pleading guilty to siphoning billions of dollars from his wealthy clients, including Bacon and his wife Kyra Sedgwick, John Malkovich and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Robert De Niro has signed up to portray the convicted fraudster in a small screen biopic for U.S. cable network HBO and Bacon wants to join his Sleepers co-star in the project.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "How great would it be if I could play myself and make an appearance and get a chance to work with Bob again?"
Speaking about the fraud, he adds, "I think one of the most pervasive evils in this world is greed and acquiring money for money's sake. Once you have six houses and a plane, it is just about a number. It's never been anything I understood.
"There is a lesson there about greed and it is a lesson I am willing to learn as well. Has it made me a distrustful person? I don't think so. But we probably look a bit more carefully at our financial situation now."
Although the royal wedding is in four days, we still don't know a lot about what's going to happen. We don't know what Kate's dress looks like, where the couple is going on their honeymoon, or really any other kind of specifics. The only true things we know at this point are: that the Queen will be there, and that Guy Ritchie, Joss Stone, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, and Rowan Atkinson have all been invited.
But the lack of concrete facts regarding the formal nuptials haven't stopped anyone from speculating as to how crazily Prince William and Kate will celebrate after they've exchanged vows. It's been reported that the couple will throw two receptions (an official one for dignitaries and then another for their family and friends), and English publication The Daily Star claims William and Kate asked Beyoncé and Jay-Z to perform their hit song, "Crazy in Love" at the less-formal party (as a source revealed "both William and Kate are massive fans.") This rumor actually seems more probable than others that have surrounded the couple, as Englishmen and women are acutely aware of how Prince William and Kate aren't keen on adhering to ancient English traditions and have worked especially hard to make their big day more personal than some of the other more stuffy royal weddings.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are both in Europe right now while B promotes "Girls (Who Run the World)," so chances of them dropping in on the festivities are considered especially high (as is an encore of "Bonnie and Clyde").
Source: Daily Star
The troubled actress recently admitted she was keen to try out for a part in the upcoming drugs drama, touting it as "the role I really want".
But reports suggest the job has now gone to Gossip Girl star Lively, who was seen as Lohan's main rival for the role of a kidnap victim.
John Travolta and Uma Thurman have also signed up to star in the adaptation of Don Winslow's bestselling novel, alongside Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro, according to Deadline.com.
The movie icon passed away in Los Angeles after a long battle with congestive heart failure, and within minutes of the announcement, dozens of celebrities were paying their respects to the star.
Sir Elton John said, "We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being", while other stars flooded microblogging website Twitter.com to pay tribute.
George Michael wrote, "Such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman... She also did a great deal in the last 25 yrs (sic) to help the world deal with the HIV epidemic. I am proud to have known her if only a little."
Boy George wrote, "R.I.P the amazing Liz Taylor, goddess, actress, aids activist and one of the world's true beauties!", while Ricky Martin added, "Elizabeth Taylor RIP."
Kylie Minogue re-posted a message of hope from Taylor - a keen Twitter user - from last year (10), adding, "RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor... Like a pure white diamond you'll shine on and on and on."
Denise Richards wrote, "Rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor. Thoughts and prayers to your family and loved ones. You will be missed," and Alyssa Milano adds, "You are a prism & will live on through all the good you did while you were with us."
British funnyman Stephen Fry wrote, "RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor, surely the last of a breed... ", Kirstie Alley 'Tweeted', "Elizabeth... thank u for the lessons u taught me about life... suffering and joy... you are the brightest star in the universe... Eternal love", and Sandra Bernhard wrote, "Elizabeth Taylor, when love was passionate, hair was always coiffed, Acapulco was sizzling, and dreams were there for the taking."
Taylor's fellow British actress Dame Diana Rigg said, "She was the most beautiful woman I have ever clapped eyes on. A really sweet woman," and LeAnn Rimes added, "RIP Elizabeth Taylor. It's so amazing how someone has left such a legacy that will forever live on. I am really, truly saddened this morning."
And Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill even took the opportunity to make a wry comment, adding: "RIP Elizabeth Taylor. My grandpa (has) just received heaven's 1st ever restraining order."
LaToya Jackson said, "Liz Taylor was an incredible friend to my brother at his side through some of his most difficult times... ", and Mariah Carey Tweeted, "R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor an incomparable legend who will live forever."
Taylor was a dedicated activist throughout her life and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released a statement to honour her good work.
President Jarrett Barrios says, "Today, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community lost an extraordinary ally in the movement for full equality.
"Dame Taylor was an icon not only in Hollywood, but in the LGBT community where she worked to ensure that everyone was treated with the respect and dignity we all deserve."
Lowe, Jerry O' Connell and John Stamos are reportedly among the frontrunners to step in for the fired star when the show returns later this year (11) - but Stamos and O'Connell have already insisted they won't be a part of the revamp.
And now Lowe's Parks & Recreation executive producer Michael Schur has ruled out his leading man.
He says, "There's no truth to the rumours."
But reports suggest Two and a Half Men creator/writer Chuck Lorre is keen to snag Lowe as his new star and the actor himself sent out a cryptic tweet on Tuesday, writing, "On Spring break with the family, my Two Men are running me ragged! They just go, 24-7."
Universal is rumored to be keen on getting into the Terminator game now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer the Governor of California. They also need a new, on-a-platter, high profile project they can attach one of their favorite commercial directors to and thus we have the news that Universal wants Justin Lin to direct a new Terminator movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. And there is nothing about that sentence that sounds even remotely like a good idea.
Before even addressing the 63-year old Schwarzenegger, let’s talk about Justin Lin. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s good at what he does (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a guilty pleasure of mine), but does anyone really want to see a new Terminator movie from yet another broad, cover-all-bases commercial director after seeing what happened the last time a broad, cover-all-bases commercial director made a Terminator movie? I didn’t even hate Terminator: Salvation. There’s a lot I like about it, particularly how McG nailed the look and feel of a post-apocalyptic world, but as far as content and style go, when you hire someone like McG or Justin Lin, you’re getting all flash and substance.
Again, that’s not a knock against either filmmaker. They do great with fast cars, pretty women and cameras that movie really fast around pretty women, but no Terminator movie should require such a skill set. The Terminator is a franchise about mankind battling it’s own creation, Artificial Intelligence; it’s about fate and inevitability and moving an immovable object. Yes, one expects guns and explosions and kick-ass shots of robots beating the hell out of robots, but as a story and as a franchise, The Terminator relies on depth of character more than anything else. And that’s just not something someone like Lin does well.
And where would Universal even take the Terminator story, anyway? Terminator 3 already showed us a 20-something John Connor, Terminator: Salvation already gave us a gruff, futuristic John Connor and TV’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” already gave us the further adventures of momma Connor. When you’ve got that many “already”s in your franchise, you should probably take it as a sign that there’s no need to return. There’s also no need to re-invent for that matter, so Universal damn well better not be thinking about doing a prequel of any kind.
Fortunately, the studio must not be thinking prequel if their whole motivation for doing this is to sell tickets based on seeing 63-year old Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator once more. But that only begs the question does anyone want to see Schwarzenegger as a T-800 once more? It was a cool gimmick in McG’s flick, but his inclusion was over almost right away. Can you imagine another feature length film with Schwarzenegger moving like a robot? I can’t. The guy looked tired nearly ten years ago when T3: Rise of the Machines came out. I shudder at the thought of him trying to relive the Terminator glory days in the year 2011.
That’s not to say I think Schwarzenegger should give up acting entirely. If he wants to throw his hat back in the ring, by all means he should find the right project. But the right project is flat out not a new entry in a franchise that’s had every ounce of marrow squeezed from its bones by four films and a TV show (that’s not even counting video games and books). The right project is something age appropriate, like comedy; not a big budget action extravaganza directed by the guy who made three of the five Fast and the Furious movies. Hell, I would flip the f out if Kindergarten Cop 2: No Child Left Behind went into production and I’d bet good money I wouldn’t be on my own.
What is an ensemble cast? How many actors constitute one? There aren’t any guidelines that determine what qualifies as a true ensemble, but if anyone can offer some insight it would be Woody Allen, who has been getting great groups of actors together for decades now. From Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters to Melinda and Melinda and You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, he’s always had a keen eye for casting and the stars continue to line up to work with the iconic auteur.
With the home entertainment release of his latest, fore mentioned film at hand, I thought it’d be apt to honor some of the coolest ensemble casts ever assembled. Keep in mind: this isn’t a list of the best films featuring an ensemble cast. It’s about the best rosters of talent roped in for a single production.
This under-appreciated Tony Scott action spectacle was polarizing to audiences because of its ultra-violent approach, particularly toward women. But Patricia Arquette proved herself to be one tough chick, able to take a beating a give it back in equal measure. Together with her beau-to-be Christian Slater, she embarks on an odyssey to free herself from pimp Gary Oldman and, later, his criminal overlord Christopher Walken, all while L.A. detectives Tom Sizemore and Chris Penn are hot on the trail of drugs and blood. With bonus appearances by Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Michael Rapaport and more, True Romance is a twisted web of cameos and special roles filled by some of the coolest actors of the time.
The Thin Red Line
WWII films have a long history of stellar casts comprised of legions of screen legends. This 1998 genre entry continues that grand tradition with enough A-listers to make five separate movies. George Clooney, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Adrien Brody, Miranda Otto, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, John Travolta, Nick Stahl, Elias Koteas and Jim Caviezel all appear in the prestigious picture at one point or another – a logistic achievement in and of itself.
This sweet rom-com gets me every time. Not just because of the cheerful dialogue and warm and fuzzy relationships, but also because of the charming cast of characters played by Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Elizabeth, Andrew Lincoln, Denise Richards and the adorable Thomas Sangster. Together, there are around eight revolving, relatable romances in the film, but we wouldn’t have cared about any of them if not for the lovable cast.
In telling this sprawling tale about the intersecting lives of a handful of Angelenos, director Paul Haggis needed an international cast to represent the diverse population of the City of Angels. He got it with Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Esposito, Shaun Toub, Daniel Dae Kim, Matt Dillon, Loretta Devine, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Keith David, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Pena, Tony Danza and Thandie Newton. Though Dillon was the only actor recognized by the Academy at awards time, the triumph of the film belongs to its eclectic cast.
The Magnificent Seven
Akira Kurasawa’s epic Seven Samurai was practically begging for a Hollywood adaptation when it was released in 1954. By 1960, director John Sturges had made it a reality with a pack of screen idols including the dashing Yul Brynner, the inimitable Eli Wallach, the ultra-cool Steve McQueen, the bad-ass Charles Bronson, the slick Robert Vaughn, the cool James Coburn and the “newbie” Horst Buchholz. The septuplet of stars had a great deal of chemistry that made their on-screen antics all the more enjoyable to watch, and fifty years later their work on this classic film has become the stuff of movie mythology.
The star power packed into these popular motion pictures is astonishing. With Hollywood heavyweights like George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt leading an army of talent - young and old - including Don Cheadle, Scott Caan, Bernie Mac, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck and Julia Roberts, there's no shortage of charisma throughout the film. You may be wondering why I chose Oceans Twelve over the 2001 remake of the 1960 original; it's because this hit heist pic also features the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Albert Finney, Robbie Coltrane, Jared Harris, Vincent Cassel and Bruce Willis in appearances big and small. Not too shabby for a sequel...
Forget the awful 2008 remake. I implore you to give the original a chance. It’s a virtual who’s who of top Hollywood talent of the era. The premise is simple by today’s standards, but in 1939 its empowering themes were ahead of its time. Some of best actresses to ever grace the silver screen, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Lucile Watson and Marjorie Main delivered the message. All of the above are Oscar winners or nominees, making this cast of female performers one of the most celebrated of all time.
I’m not sure if Francis Ford Coppola knew what he was onto when he picked his rag-tag group of actors for this kick-ass 1983 film. After all, most of the actors were relatively unknown and untested at the time (save for C. Thomas Howell, who had just starred in Steven Spielberg's E.T.), but that quickly changed in the years following its release. Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane and Tom Cruise all appeared in the acclaimed teen drama, leaving behind one hell of a legacy.
Forget Black Swan – Natalie Portman’s real crowning performance is to be found in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached in which director Ivan Reitman asks her to convey sincere unqualified affection for Ashton Kutcher. Portman much to her credit gamely complies and though she may not have the emaciated figure bloody nails and bandaged ankles to tell of her labors the psychic scars must no doubt be just as severe.
Exhibiting strong chick-flick leanings and a rambunctious soft-R comic tone (i.e. lots of F-bombs some menstrual humor and a few shots of Kutcher’s naked ass) No Strings Attached is built around a basic relationship role-reversal: The dude Adam (Kutcher) longs for a deeper lasting commitment; the chick Emma (Portman) insists on keeping matters purely physical. Emma’s motive is a practical one: As a doctor-to-be her busy residency schedule with its 80-hour work weeks and intensive exam preparations precludes a serious relationship. But alas a woman has certain needs (foreplay apparently not being among them) and who better to fulfill them than Kutcher’s non-threatening boy-toy?
Thus a “friends with benefits” arrangement is cemented whereupon the ripcord is to be pulled on the occasion that either of them develops stronger feelings. This does not last long for soon Adam is cloyingly lobbying for escalation. Emma demurs – not out of disinterest we are told but because she’s intimacy-averse and afraid of a broken heart. Why else would she resist a more permanent attachment to someone like Adam?
Perhaps it’s because Adam as played by Kutcher is about as interesting as cabbage. And yet No Strings Attached would have us believe he’s some kind of floppy-haired Albert Schweitzer. This despite the fact that his greatest aspiration in life is to join the writing staff of a High School Musical-esque television series the shallow inanity of which is one of the film’s recurring jokes. In vain support of his cause the filmmakers decorate Adam’s apartment with various props – vintage posters books about 1920s movies a guitar that is occasionally picked up but never actually played – that hint at a depth that Kutcher himself never manifests.
Still Portman sells us on Adam and Emma’s inevitable union with every ounce of her not inconsiderable talent. (And her comic chops are legit – as those who’ve glimpsed her appearances on SNL and Funny or Die can attest.) But she asks too much. And Elizabeth Meriweather’s script while witty and stocked with some keen observations on the evolving nature of relationships in the modern age becomes weighed down by sentiment unbecoming an R-rated comedy not directed by Judd Apatow. In the end Kutcher seals the increasingly contrived deal with the climactic line “I’m warning you: Come one step closer and I’m never letting you go ” (I’m paraphrasing but not loosely) by which time the film's already lost its grip.