There are very few men that could hope to take on Jason Statham and hope to survive. Michael Chiklis is one of those men. Chiklis will be facing off against Statham as the bad guy in Ray filmmaker Taylor Hackford's new movie Parker. Not much else is known about the role or the plot of the movie, but the film is based on the series of novels by Donald Westlake (under the pseudonym Richard Stark), which has already seen a number of actors take on the part (Mel Gibson, Robert Duvall, and Lee Marvin all took on the part that Statham steps into). I would guess Chiklis’ character will be bald.
Jennifer Lopez is also in talks to star in the film, making Parker one heck of a collection of oddball actors (which we can't help but be a little excited for).
I want this poster of The Muppets. Right now. Why isn’t someone framing this poster and hanging it in my bedroom?
It’s my favorite movie poster trope - all the characters smashed together to fit into the frame. And with the Muppets, it’s especially vibrant thanks to all the colors. The only way this poster could’ve been better was if they were all pressing their faces together against a glass, but this one will do. I mean, it’s pretty much pure joy captured in a poster form. Of course it’ll do.
If that didn't brighten up your day enough, check out the movie's official trailer.
S01E02: If this episode is any indication of what we can expect from Wilfred, then this may just become one of the best shows on television. This was a phenomenal episode -- not too heavy, but still dealing with some serious stuff like trust. It's funny without trying too hard; it never pushes the jokes. And most of all it includes CHRIS KLEIN!!!
The episode starts off innocently enough with Ryan bummed about his ex getting hitched. A lesser sitcom would’ve focused way more on that aspect of the story, but Wilfred uses it as a jumping off point to explore Ryan's trust issues and trouble opening up to people. Also, he doesn’t like a finger up the bum without a bit of warning beforehand (which a lesser sitcom would also overlook). Wilfred questions Ryan’s loyalty and puts it to the test when they go to a non-dog-friendly beach. We get the usual montage reminder that Wilfred is actually a dog so we should watch him do dog things like lay a dead pelican in front of a kid. But we also get the amazing joke that the last time Wilfred was in the ocean was when he was a pup being thrown into it in a burlap sack. First a finger-in-the-butt joke and now a dead puppies joke (all within the first half of the show) -- who said this show wasn’t dark?
"Everything has to do with everything." - Wilfred
Eventually Ryan returns Wilfred to Jenna who comments on how disgusting Wilfred’s breath is. Jenna eventually formulates the bright idea that Ryan should trick Wilfred into going to the vet -- and thus the trust issue comes up again. Ryan begrudgingly accepts the challenge, since the potential to get in his hot neighbor's pants outweighs betraying said neighbor’s dog. It was fairly funny to hear Wilfred voice all pets' objections to the vet, claiming it's a conspiracy and calling on the rest of his brothers to join the revolution. The vet calms him down (thanks tranquilizers!) and before he’s put under Wilfred starts his plan to get back at Ryan by saying Jenna has a dick. Pretty clever for a dog. This immediately sets Ryan off, because he’s so awkward and when Jenna comes by his house later to hang out, Wilfred’s words start to take hold. Jenna has cheesesteaks, beer, and wants to watch the baseball game. It doesn’t exactly ease Ryan’s mind. Eventually Jenna is creeped out and leaves.
But we get the big sentimental moment when Wilfred says that all Ryan needs to do is just open his own door to let other people in and he’ll get Jenna back. Or at least get back on the right track with her. It was a really well done moment between the two of them, it was definitely the moment in the sitcom when the music slows down and the theme of the episode is spoken out loud, but Gann and Wood make it seem real. Well, as real as it can be when one person is in a dog costume. Ryan runs back over to Jenna’s and confesses that he’s super awkward and he didn’t know what exactly he was doing. Jenna thanks him and then introduces him to her boyfriend: CHRIS KLEIN!!!! Wilfred then remembers that he was trying to say Jenna has a dick for a boyfriend. He also forgot to mention that her boyfriend is CHRIS KLEIN!!! Sorry, I’m legally obligated to type his name like that. Anyway, Wilfred then tells Ryan that while the door to dating Jenna might still be shut, the door between their friendship just opened up. Then Wilfred shut the door in his face.
"I’ve only been in the ocean once, just after I was born. There were seven of us, stuffed into a sack and tossed into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay. I panicked, hell we all did. Clawing and biting, desperately trying to get out of that burlap death trap. I finally broke through but by the time I got to the surface I realized I was the only survivor. It was AWESOME!" - Wilfred
So what worked in this episode? Just about everything. I like the random pot usage in the series; it's like Wilfred doesn’t need treats, he needs a joint. Nothing else happening in the scene? Give ‘em some weed to smoke. The opening title sequence also is another little thing that just works. Start off with a quote then have everything else fade but the title of the episode. Sweet, short, brilliant. That’s all I ask. And I like the way they add a bit a “dude-ness” to everything Wilfred does as a dog. Like when he shook and got the topless sunbathing girls to jolt up, he also took a picture of them. Great stuff. The running jokes in this episode were also spot on; the bit at the end about having the door open between them and then having Wilfred shut the door in Ryan’s face? It’s simple, but so, so, so, so effective.
My only small complaint about the episode was Wilfred’s fascination with Matt Damon. I feel like Matt Damon as the butt of a joke has run its course in the collective comedy community. I mean, he’s poked on Kimmel nightly, Team America practically made him into a meme, and hell, even Kevin Smith takes shots at the guy. I just feel like we should move on to a new actor everyone can love to make fun of. I would suggest Elijah Woods but... yeah. That’s the tiniest of complaints though and it’s easily overlooked by CHRIS KLEIN!!! If he’s not in upcoming episodes then I’m going to be PISSED. It’s like the comedy gods are just smiling down on Wilfred after they landed CHRIS KLEIN!!!
And apparently the Neilson gods are smiling down too since Wilfred managed to put up some incredible numbers last week. The show is off to one hell of a creative and rating start, deservedly so too. It was a fun episode this week, I think the show is going to turn out great.
Want a little more context around some of the scenes featured in the (pretty funny) trailers for Horrible Bosses? Look no further, as we have four clips that fluff out the edges of the scenes and yep, everything still looks funny. The film opens July 8 and that means the wait is still two weeks too long.
Wilfred is a very weird show. Its premise is a very hard pill to swallow but that’s intentional. If you can manage to choke this unusual thing down and keep it down, you’ll find a delightful show but again, you have to get that pill down. The show isn’t interested in coddling those that can’t keep up or find its weirdness alienating. It’s weird, anarchic, and going to some place dark places so strap in or get off.
How absurd is this show? It’s about a man, Ryan, on the verge of committing suicide. When we first see him, he’s on his third draft of his suicide note and waiting for the bottle of prescription pills to kick in. He’s restless and eventually writes the fourth draft. Before he knows it, the morning has arrived and with it, his new neighbor. She rings the doorbell and politely asks him to watch her dog for the day only it’s not a dog he sees. It’s a man in a dog suit. That talks to him. But it’s actually a dog. He thinks he’s crazy but eventually comes to accept the dog as someone he can talk to. And it turns out that the dog, Wilfred, is quite fond of trash talking, smoking, drinking, and trying to hump anything. Basically he’s just another dude but with the added wisdom that comes from being more in tune with nature by virtue of being a dog. Wilfred starts to help Ryan get out of his shell though that involves a lot of drugs, alcohol, and theft. Like I said, this is a dark and weird show.
What helps sell the show is Elijah Wood and Jason Gann. Gann originally co-created the show in Australia and played Wilfred as well. He’s the perfect blend of slacker and motivator, the kind of character Vince Vaughn perfected then tarnished. His Australian accent aids in the process as well. It’s familiar but different, something you’d expect from a talking dog. And unlike a British accent, which for whatever reason makes things sound more profound (as proven by Arrested Development), an Australian accent just makes things sound more fun? I mean this as a compliment but I think Australian accents are like the Californian accents of the world. As for Wood, he’s stuck to the fringes since Lord of the Rings so there has to be something meaty here to draw his attention. His Ryan is on the verge of losing it but is totally willing to just accept a talking dog entering his life. Wood has the chops to carry the weirdness through the show but surprisingly also has the comedic talents as well. His timing and delivery are spot on and no one can look more strung out than him. An odd choice for a leading man, but a very good one.
One thing I haven’t seen as much as I thought I would was how similar the show is to Calvin and Hobbes. They are quite alike, although Calvin was a little sweeter since he existed in the comics pages. But I have no doubt that if Calvin were to grow up and become cynical, something like Wilfred would appear to him as well. Wilfred is filled with just as much anarchy as Hobbes and enjoys the more amusing things in life (although it seems tuna has been replaced with weed). And like how Calvin just accepts who Hobbes is without question, we never really explore what Wilfred may be. He’s definitely a dog to the other people in the world, as Hobbes appears to be a doll to everyone else, but he shows off his ability to read to Ryan. We simply accept him for what he is (a man in a dog suit that’s actually a dog) and go have fun. Why gaze into our navels when there’s a whole world out there to explore?
Yes, it’s an usual show but don’t let that stop you. It’s hilarious and has all the right messages you’d want out of a show (not to mention plenty of dog puns). It’s kinda like having a dog. Sure a dog might shit in your boots or chew up some Italian leather, but they make up for it when they squeak like a chew toy or steal some home grown bud for you. They’re man’s best friend for a reason.
Why does watching Jason Statham kick ass never get old? And after Shoot 'Em Up, having Clive Owen kick ass with the Stath? What could make it better? How about Robert De Niro and Yvonne Strahovski? Yep, that’ll do pig.
Killer Elite opens September 23 and will rock you like a hurricane.
Before becoming one of the great late night hosts to make a public spectacle of NBC, Conan O’Brien was a professional extra. Well, actually, he was a writer, but he still appeared in a bunch of sketches in the background. Remember the Five Timers Club? That’s him taking their jackets! Now it looks like he’ll be returning to his roots as an extra on How I Met Your Mother.
As Neil Patrick Harris explained to Conan’s audience, they were both in attendance at a charity auction where an extra’s spot was up for bid. Conan kept playing against himself and eventually won a part. The producers wanted to write him in as a character but he insisted on being an extra. So that’s definitely going to happen next year and we’ll just add that on to the things we’re looking forward to: Barney’s wedding, Lily and Marshall’s baby, Conan’s extra spot, and, oh yeah, maybe finally MEETING THE MOTHER!
Oh snap, I had no idea Conan the Barbarian was rated R. This actually changes my entire perception of the movie and as such so does this R-rated trailer. They really put the “red” in the red band; there’s more blood in this then at the end of Carrie. And even though Ron Perlman looks like he’s basically playing the same character he does on Sons of Anarchy, he’s still swinging a sword chopping heads off. Works for me.
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Jason Reitman probably has the best track record for a young director. He’s made three movies and they are all awesome. No, really awesome. They’re solid blocks of entertainment and have a certain degree of fun that most directors just can’t achieve every time. The only person I can think that can compare is Edgar Wright.
Anyway, Reitman is lining up the main cast for his next film, Labor Day. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin will star in the drama with a bit of a thriller edge to it. Based on the book Joyce Maynard, the film will find Winslet as a stressed mother in the 80s who meets Brolin. He'll ask her for a ride and she, for whatever reason, accepts. Also, Brolin is bleeding badly when he asks.
Sounds solid, right? Reitman is a consistent Oscar-nominated director and the two actors have seen their fair share of nominations and wins. Oscar contender? I’d put money on it. Not a lot, mind you. But a bit.
Hey, remember at the end of Will & Grace when their two kids met in college and fell in love? And in Scrubs where J.D. and Turk’s kids met in college and fell in love? Yeah, they’re making a movie about that only with Jason Bateman and Vince Vaughn. Is there a pun in the title? Oh, you know there is a pun in the title.
The Insane Laws will the directing debut for writer Jeremy Garelick who co-wrote Vaughn’s The Break-Up. As you can probably already guess, Vaughn and Bateman will play two best friends who do everything together up to having children at the same time. Smash cut time jump forward and what do you know, those kids are at college, meet, hook up, and then wham-bam-whoops-forgot-a-condom-thank-you-ma’am Vaughn’s daughter gets pregnant. Will their bond of friendship be able to withstand the burden of in-law-dom? Will they make up in the end? Why does Jason Bateman only do movies where he’s paired with someone else?
Production may begin this fall and if the trailer doesn’t have the title card flying in to a screeching stop I’ll eat ironic graphic tee.