Despite boasting a couple of headliners who, at one point, might have sported enough gravitas as to pull the masses in to see any feature film, 2 Guns doesn't have a whole lot of draw. The well-worn buddy cop trope gets an interesting makeover with both parties playing undercover agents for independent organizations (Denzel Washington works for the DEA, while Mark Wahlberg is a Naval officer) unaware of the other's affiliation. Throughout, both parties manage performances that invite laughter, with Wahlberg's hybrid of badass and nebbish earning particular favor. But for some reason, the film just can't seem to muster up a full dish of appeal.
Maybe it's because 2 Guns seems to be, and proves to be, a film that sets the bulk of its attention on forwarding the criminal plotline. In this area, 2 Guns offers little in the new. Yes, the dramatic irony that both Washington and Wahlberg are officers of the law, and each under the impression that the other is a bona fide crook, is a twist with some flavor. But too heavily stocked with your standard cop movie tropes — inhabited by drug cartel baddie Edward James Olmos and sociopathic CIA man Bill Paxton — the film crumbles under its decision to take its story too seriously.
When it has fun, though, it has a good deal of it.
The high points of the film are not when Washington and Wahlberg are facing off with their laundry list of enemies — criminals, fellow lawmen, former allies, you name it... nobody likes these guys — but when the mismatched pair tustle verbally with one another.
Washington's Bobby Trench is a smooth, serious, acerbic would-be loner; Wahlberg's blathering Michael Stigman operates at peak energy and volume, wearing his lust for attention and friendship on his sleeve as he works tirelessly to win over his target/partner. Their chemistry, while nothing unprecedented in the buddy cop genre, is endearing, helping to pass the hour-and-a-half occupied by 2 Guns with just enough chuckles.
So if you're already there, having wandered accidentally into the wrong theater or affixed against your will to a diehard Denzel fan's idea of a perfect night out, buck up — the comedic scenes will get you through it. But if you're on the fence, they're not quite worth heading out to the theater for.
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Simon Cowell has reportedly been named in divorce papers filed by his friend Andrew Silverman amid claims the TV mogul has fathered a child with his estranged wife. The X Factor boss hit headlines on Wednesday (31Jul13) when rumours began swirling that New York socialite Lauren Silverman is expecting Cowell's baby.
Previous reports suggested Silverman's marriage to Andrew was over long before she became romantically involved with Cowell, but now editors at the New York Post are alleging that when he filed for divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court earlier this month (Jul13), Andrew cited adultery and named Cowell as a co-respondent.
Cowell's representatives in the U.S. have not responded to numerous requests for a comment since the story broke.
Singer. Actress. Author. Entrepreneur. Screenwriter. Director. Producer. The multi-talented entertainer Madonna may be trying to prove her chops in the latter categories with her next movie project. According to Indiewire, Madonna has acquired the rights to Andrew Sean Greer's latest novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.
In an interview with Litseen, Greer revealed that he received a phone call from Madonna last week. He said that she "read the book and loved it so much she called me up personally to talk about it ... She totally got it. There were a couple other people interested and they sort of all made a deal together, and she's optioned the rights to it. We'll see what happens. But it's fun because it was Madonna."
It's unclear if Madonna will be directing or producing the movie. Her first directing attempts were pretty abysmal; both W.E. and Filth and Wisdom were critical and commercial failures. But maybe The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells will provide the right opportunity for the Material Girl to show us what she's really capable of. Stay tuned.
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Veteran British broadcaster Andrew Marr is set to return to work at the BBC in September (13), nine months after suffering a stroke. The revered newsman, 53, will front The Andrew Marr Show once again after undergoing months of physiotherapy following his January (13) health scare.
Dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been acquitted in the 2011 shooting murder of a businessman in his native Jamaica. The Pon De Floor hitmaker, real name Adidja Palmer, has been on trial with two fellow defendants, accused of killing 27-year-old Barrington Burton on the streets of St. Catherine in July, 2011, but on Wednesday (24Jul13), the jury at the Jamaica Home Circuit Court ruled the trio was not guilty of the slaying.
However, the 37-year-old star has yet to regain his freedom - he remains in custody facing a second charge of murder relating to the stabbing death of Clive Williams in the parish of St. Andrew in August, 2011.
The two other suspects were released.
A former assistant to Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the musician of at least $400,000 (£266,670). Getty Andrew Rothenberg served as the star's personal assistant and financial manager for years and was placed in charge of settling Tinsley's personal bills and expenses, looking after his direct investments, and taking care of some financial arrangements for his wife.
However, Tinsley discovered last year (12) that Rothenberg had routinely taken more money than necessary to cover the bills, pocketing the extra cash for his own personal use from 2009.
The musician also learned the culprit had been withdrawing cash from a number of his bank accounts, writing cheques to himself, and taking out credit in the artist's name.
Rothenberg, who had been friends with Tinsley for two decades, pleaded guilty to the fraud charge during a court hearing in Charlottesville, Virginia on Tuesday (23Jul13), and he will be sentenced on 17 September (13).
His lawyer, Tom Bondurant, has blamed his client's actions on "some unfortunate circumstances", adding, "Andrew Rothenberg is a good man... He knows what he did is wrong."
Veteran comedian Andrew Dice Clay has Louis C.K. to thank for his role in Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine - because he landed the job his fellow stand-up auditioned for. Louis C.K. was thrilled when he was called in to meet with Allen, but had very low expectations.
He tells WENN, "I went to his office and I just wanted to meet him... I thought, 'I'll get to meet him before he dies!'
"He was so nice to me. He said, 'I like your stand-up and you're very funny but I don't know if you could be this mean, tough guy'. I read the scene and thought, 'I can't do this guy'. I'm big and I'm not afraid of a lot of people but I've never been in a fight.
"So I read it as me and he went, 'Well, OK.' And I knew I didn't get the part. I think I cried, I was so emotional. I had just met Woody, he was so nice to me, I didn't get the part and I'll never see him again.
"Then I heard Dice (Clay) got that part and I was so happy for him; he's a good guy... He's a really good actor."
But the story doesn't end there - Louis C.K. was offered another role: "I heard that someone who works for Woody is coming to my house tomorrow with an envelope. A young woman came to my house, gave me an envelope and said, 'I have to take this back with me. You can have it for 40 minutes'. I opened it and there was a letter from Woody saying, 'You couldn't do that guy but there's another guy you could do. Please do the part'.
"There were three scenes and I thought, 'This guy is a total jerk-off but I could play him'. I wrote back and said, 'Yes'."
Andrew Garfield thrilled film fans at the Comic-Con event on Friday (19Jul13) by arriving at a panel discussion dressed as his superhero alter-ego. Producers behind The Amazing Spider-Man sequel pulled out all the stops to promote the new film at the convention in San Diego, California, and they even persuaded the movie's star to don his iconic costume.
Spider-Man took a seat on the panel while the crowd was shown a video message from Garfield's co-star and real-life girlfriend Emma Stone, who was unable to attend due to filming commitments.
From behind his mask, the Brit joked: "She's hot!"
After swapping his red and blue garb for normal clothes, Garfield was joined on the stage by Jamie Foxx, who walked out to Kanye West's track Power.
Foxx then spoke about his villainous character Electro, saying, "He mother forgets his birthday. He is in a hole, so that when he turns into Electro he has so much venom and anger. I wanted to make him a serious individual who wants to burn Spider-Man down and burn the city with it."
The eager crowd was then shown a preview clip of the movie, which is slated to hit cinemas in May 2014.
Zombie-loving rockers Weezer will take over the Comic-Con International event in California in a celebration of The Walking Dead. The band will attend the convention in San Diego, California to help mark the 10th anniversary of Robert Kirkman's popular zombie comics, which inspired the horror TV series starring Andrew Lincoln.
Weezer will perform at a Walking Dead-themed party on Friday night (19Jul13), and they will also hand out special posters depicting themselves as zombies.
Bassist Scott Shriner insists he is a big fan of the zombie franchise, telling the Los Angeles Times, "Weezer doesn't exactly embody apocalyptic survival culture, but Weezer and Walking Dead both have thrived within indie subcultures and appeal to fans who float on the fringes... I got into the comics backward after the TV show. I lost touch with the comic culture for a while and thank The Walking Dead... for reconnecting me with what was an important aspect of my younger, snarkier years."
He adds of Comic-Con, "It is the event to attend, and I have always wanted to be a part of it. My kid is running around the house in his Iron Man costume right now in preparation. We're gonna tear it up!"
Shriner also admits he is so pleased with Weezer's zombie poster, he wants to have the characters incorporated into body art: "I want to get the Weezer zombies tattooed on different parts of my body, but I can't figure out where to place the Rivers (Cuomo, frontman) tattoo."
Comic-Con International runs from 18 July (13) until 21 July (13).
"I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. I was like, 'What if MJ is a dude?' Why can't we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It's hardly even groundbreaking! So why can't he be gay? Why can't he be into boys?" Andrew Garfield suggested Spider-Man's alter-ego could be gay to The Amazing Spider-Man's screenwriters and producers as they considered who to cast as his love interest Mary Jane Watson. The role eventually went to Shailene Woodley.