The stocky, eternally giggling member of the Olsen and Johnson comedy team, Chic Johnson studied classical piano at the Chicago Musical College. Johnson dropped out to support himself as a ragtime pia...
Chilling the champagne? Setting out the party platters? Trying to figure out how many passed-out friends can fit on your guest room floor? That must mean the New Year is upon us. As we usher in 2013, it is once again time to make our resolutions: you know, those things we’re dead set on maintaining until... oh, let's say, March. Filmmakers and performers are also readying their resolutions, and based on the closing as well as the burgeoning cinematic year, we’re doing our best to predict what they will be. Should old acquaintance be forgot, these celebs should still endeavor to remember these resolutions…that we’re totally making for them.
Adam Sandler: To Renew His Deal With The Devil
It’s amazing that ever since Adam Sandler made the self-effacing Funny People, he’s actually starred in real movies far worse than his character’s fake absurd, satirical comedy projects. After all, could Merman really be any worse than That's My Boy? But then again, did we think anything could top (rather, sink lower than) Jack & Jill? On top of that, he continues to bankroll projects for sensationally unfunny boobs like Nick Swardson and Kevin James? Sandler resolves to perpetuate his Faustian contract in order to keep profiting from comedies that are unburdened of any actual comedy.
Joss Whedon, Sam Mendes, and Christopher Nolan: To Call Dibs On Plot Devices
If there was one thing that defined the cinematic landscape of 2012, it was super villains who weren’t playing hard to get. Thanks to movies like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Skyfall, it seemed like every bad guy from London to Asgard worked an intentional incarceration into their devious scheme. It became something of a joke circulating the web, and the trio of prominent filmmakers who utilized the trope in 2012 are resolved to powwow before future projects to ensure no further embarrassing overlap.
The Rock: To Be The Matthew McConaughey Of 2013
This year’s breakout star, without question, was Matthew McConaughey. He appeared in several major films in 2012, thankfully none of which costarred Kate Hudson. He frightened us (at least away from ever eating friend chicken again) in Killer Joe, made us laugh (and swoon) in Magic Mike, and reteamed with his pal Richard Linklater for the darkly comedic gem Bernie. In 2013, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be appearing in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Fast and the Furious 6, Pain & Gain, and Snitch. He is shaping up to be the workhorse of the coming year and is resolved that at least one of those movies will bring him a McConaughey-like resurgence.
Peter Berg: To Only Make One Bad Movie At A Time
Battleship topped many a Worst Movies of 2012 list, and deservedly so. It’s not often a director can take the adaptation of a board game and create something that ends up…being even worse than we would expect the adaptation of a board game to look like. The most bizarre thing about Battleship is how it cobbled together elements form several other schlockbusters into one atrocious hybrid. In the future, Peter Berg will resolve to focus his efforts on making a singular subpar submarine instead of a giant carrier overrun with the numerous trappings of other people’s shipwrecks.
Bradley Cooper: To Wear Even More Trash Bags If It’ll Land Him An Oscar
Proving you are more than just a pretty face in Hollywood is never easy, especially if you happen to be as pretty as Bradley Cooper. In 2012, however, one trip into bipolar disorder — and one very unflattering wardrobe choice — may just have pushed him over the edge into fully legit actor territory. His character in David O. Russell’s Silver Lining Playbooks dealt with his psychological demons, in part, by regularly jogging while wearing a trash bag sweat suit. If the Hefty hijinks actually succeed in landing Cooper on the list of Best Actor nominees, expect plenty more garbage chic workout attire in all his future roles.
Damon Lindelof: To Proofread Scripts Before Handing Them In
Prometheus began 2012 as one of the year’s most promising movies, and ended up as one of its biggest disappointments. The return to the Alien universe was packed to the gills with plot holes that ate through our enthusiasm like xenomorph blood through the hull of the Nostromo. Not to beat a dead cartographer, but how does the character in charge of mapping the temple, who has the benefit of 3D imaging and communication with a ship full of people who can also see the layout, get himself lost? In the future, screenwriter Damon Lindelof resolves to make at least take a second glance at his scripts before sending them in to the studio.
Peter Jackson: To Make Six More Lord Of The Rings Films
Remember when Peter Jackson wasn’t going to make The Hobbit? And then when he was only making one Hobbit movie? And then just two? Terrified to leave the comfortable confines of Middle Earth, Jackson may in fact never stop making films based in The Lord of the Rings universe. It may take some creative license, i.e. incorporating elements of other fantasy properties like Game of Thrones into Tolkien’s stories and hoping no one notices, but if he plays his cards right, Jackson may be able to squeeze one or two more trilogies out of the deal. There may even be one film completely devoted to Gandalf’s first year at Hogwarts. Wait...[Photo credit: Columbia Pictures]
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Every year, we look forward to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show because it features some of the most beautiful women in the world. But unfortunately, the show is only an hour long and takes place just once a year, so we're always left wanting to know more about the stunning models, and what makes them unique. And we thought it would be fun to take some time to analyze some footage from previous Victoria's Secret fashion shows and see how each model conveys her personality through her runway walk.
Miranda Kerr's Walk Is Friendly
Kerr was born in Australia in April of 1983, and grew up riding motorbikes and riding horses on her grandmother's farm. Her first modeling job was for Dolly Magazine, which she landed after she won the Impulse Model Competition in 1997. After she signed with Chic Management, she modeled in campaigns for Tigerlily, Roxy and Billabong. When she headed to New York in 2004, she modeled for Alex Perry, Baby Phat, Levi's, L.A.M.B, Betsey Johnson, Roberto Cavalli, and Neiman Marcus. In 2007 she replaced Gisele Bundchen as a Victoria's Secret Angel and quickly became known for her dimples, which means she's usually the model who looks the most approachable and charming on the runway.
Alessandra Ambrosio's Walk Is Shy
Brazil’s Alessandra Ambrosio was born in April of 1981 and started modeling when she was 15. Early on, she participated in fashion shows for esteemed brands like Dior, Georgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Revlon. In 2000, she walked in her very first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and in the last ten years, she’s become known for posing at the end of the runway looking somewhat shy and modest.
Adriana Lima's Walk Is Tough
Lima was born in June of 1981 and like Ambrosio, she also hails from Brazil and has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000. She earned a name for herself when she was 15, after she took first place in Ford’s “Supermodels of Brazil” competition, and then took second place in Ford’s “Supermodels of the World” competition. And since 2005, she consistently ranks in the top five of the Forbes list, “The 20 Highest-Earning Models In The World.” And while all these credentials force us to take her seriously, Lima is most renown for walking the runway with confidence, dominance and strength, and in a style that conveys she’s aware she’s in control of the audience. She's also famous for boxing, and the other Angels describe her as "superwoman."
Behati Prinsloo's Walk Is Engaging
Prinsloo was born in Cape Town in May of 1989 but grew up in Namibia. At only 22 years old, she is one of the younger Victoria’s Secret Angels, but is famous with the other Angels for being spunky, playful, but also for taking photography really seriously. She's frequently seen snapping candid shots of the models as they're getting ready.
Candice Swanepoel's Walk Showcases Her Baby Face
Swanepoel was born in South Africa in October of 1988, and began taking modeling seriously when she was 16 and earning €5,000 a day. She’s appeared in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Betsey Johnson and Diane von Furstenberg. But her professional life took off in 2007 when she became a Victoria’s Secret model and was routinely featured in their catalogs. Swanepoel officially became an Angel last year, but she really put herself on the map for having an extraordinarily youthful-looking face. But the other Angels know her for being an adrenaline junkie, and who is more adventurous than anyone.
Chanel Iman's Walk Has Honor, Humility
Iman was born in Georgia on 1990, and has frequently said the only thing she wanted to be when she was a child was a model. In May of 2007 she appeared on the cover of American Vogue as one of the “World’s Next Top Models,” and Style.com also named her one of the year’s rising stars. In the following years, she went on to appear on the covers of Teen Vogue and Elle, and modeled in shows for Balenciaga, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. She walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2009, and was quickly promoted to an Angel in 2010. She’s notorious for being grateful for the opportunity to walk in fashion shows, and for appreciating all the time designers spend helping the clothes fit her.
Doutzen Kroes's Walk Has Curves
Kroes was born in the Netherlands in January of 1985 and has been on the covers of Time, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, W, Elle, and Numéro. She’s also modeled in spreads for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. But in 2005, she became a household name when Vogue.com readers voted her “Model of the Year.” Kroes has been named one of the World’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels since 2007, and in 2008, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel. But aside from her long blonde hair and her gorgeous lips, Kroes is also famous for having curves where other models don’t. Unlike a few other VS Angels, Kroes is not a size 0 or 2 – in fact, she’s a size 6, and even received praise in February of 2010 from Cosmopolitan’s editor in chief, Bonnie Fuller, for building a career where she can be proud of her shape.
If a major motion picture studio gave you $50 million to make the movie of your choice what would it be like? If you’re producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost it’d be a loving lampoon of geek culture and an homage to the films of the Spielberg/Lucas revolution but nostalgia is both an advantage and disadvantage in director Greg Mottola’s Paul.
Pegg and Frost star as a pair of nerds from across the pond who fulfill lifelong dreams when they fly to San Diego for the annual Mecca of nerdom Comic-Con. The doofy duo extend their trip to tour America’s extraterrestrial hot spots including Area 51 where they pick up an unexpected alien hitchhiker on the run from the proverbial men in black. Across the country they go getting into trouble picking up more passengers and building bromantic bonds as the little green man Paul inches closer to his escape from planet Earth and the shadowy government official who has been exploiting his knowledge of the universe since he crash landed in Wyoming over 60 years ago.
Fan-favorite filmmakers since 2004’s Shaun of the Dead Pegg and Frost have been making geek chic for years now and continue to create identifiable roles for themselves while finding humorous ways to write their like-minded friends into their movies. Their collection of wacky characters is charming if incredibly derivative but for better or worse they are the heart and soul of the film. Jason Bateman Kristen Wiig Bill Hader and Jo Lo Truglio turn in fun performances but I expected a bit more from the Jane Lynch David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver cameos. Still Seth Rogen’s vocal performance as Paul adds significant layers to an already adorable alien and enlivens the adequately rendered CG character.
The comedy is surprisingly sweet and doesn’t bite like Mottola’s Superbad though there are enough religious jabs and signs of anti-establishment fervor to call it mildly subversive. Lack of laughs isn’t the issue here; lack of originality is. Mottola is too dependent on pop-culture references and inside jokes pertaining to E.T. Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind so much so that the film ultimately becomes a parody of itself as its storyline mirrors that of Steven Spielberg’s massive 1982 blockbuster (in this world the movie mogul actually consults the incarcerated alien for inspiration for his beloved family film). While these nods are all amusing they’re not enough to carry the film and Mottola/Frost/Pegg offer little else. At its worst Paul will give you a reason to revisit those classic sci-fi staples and remember the good old days. At best it provides a few mindless chuckles and gives you good reason to give the geek next to you a great big hug.
Brick’s tale of a missing girl double-crosses galore and murder in a high school setting is more than a little pretentious. It riffs on the film noir genre featuring its own head-scratching lingo that often puzzles more than it entertains. Our Sam Spade stand-in is Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) whose trouble starts when he gets a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie De Ravin). Seems after they broke up she fell in with a bad crowd and now she’s in over her head. After she disappears Brendan’s investigation has him sniffing out a major drug ring on campus with such curious baroque characters as The Pin (Lukas Haas)--who wears a cape and carries a cane but still lives with his mother--and Laura (Nora Zehetner)--a chic popular waif who offers to help but whom in classic noir tradition is not someone Brendan is sure he can trust. As the obsessive Brendan Levitt (TV’s Third Rock From the Sun) maintains a wry sense of humor as he endures the requisite beatings this kind of story demands. He also has a dogged drive to get to the bottom of things. We believe he’s capable of outsmarting the players involved but foolish enough to want to do it all on his own. Casting Lukas Haas as the mysterious Pin helps ensure that he’s never as imposing as the character thinks he is. Newcomer Nora Zehetner as the willowy inscrutable Nora manages to strike the only real noirish note in the entire ensemble helped in large part by her stylish retro wardrobe. Lost’s De Ravin once again adopts an American accent as damsel in distress Emily. With her long blond hair and enormous eyes she makes a haunting little girl lost. The direction is the real star of the film. Writer-director Rian Johnson has made a stylistically bold movie with some dazzling flourishes (it won an audience award at Sundance for “Best Original Vision”)--but much of the film stagnates due to odd pacing and that maddening lingo. Brick earns some unintentional laughs for poorly faked fistfights and some overenthusiastic Foley artists (the guys who provide sounds effects such as footsteps after the fact) but the film definitely picks up steam as it goes along.
The stocky, eternally giggling member of the Olsen and Johnson comedy team, Chic Johnson studied classical piano at the Chicago Musical College. Johnson dropped out to support himself as a ragtime pianist in various Chicago-area cabarets and vaudeville houses. When the pianist in a quartet featuring John Sigvard "Ole" Olsen quit, Johnson was hired as replacement. Olsen and Johnson abandoned the quartet to appear in vaudeville as a two-man comedy/musical act. Slowly but surely, the team added additional performers (many of them family members), zany sight gags and ridiculous props to their act, and by 1918 Olsen and Johnson had one of the top travelling vaudeville units in the country. The team continued touring the country throughout the 1920s, scoring their biggest success in Midwestern vaudeville houses, where their cacophonous brand of "anything goes" comedy seemed to score the loudest laughs. Olsen and Johnson made occasional film appearances during the 1930s, and also headlined a radio program, but big-time Broadway fame would elude them until 1938, when their musical revue Hellzapoppin made its New York debut. This now-legendary production became one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, spawning a somewhat watered-down movie version in 1941. Olsen and Johnson followed this film with three wacky starring vehicles, Crazy House (1944), Ghost Catchers (1945) and See My Lawyer (1945), all shot at Universal studios. The team also appeared on Broadway in the Hellzapoppin follow-ups Sons O' Fun (1943) and Pardon My French (1951), and in 1949 they made their TV bow in the weekly Fireball Fun for All. Associates of Olsen and Johnson have recalled that the men maintained their harmonious relationship by seeing each other as little as possible when not performing. One of their writers remembered that, while appearing in films, Chic Johnson would often get so wrapped up in his performance that he would unthinkingly take out his dentures and gesture with them! Remaining busy into the late 1950s, Chic Johnson died of a kidney ailment while on a 1962 Las Vegas vacation; his partner Ole Olsen followed him in death one year later, at which time the comedians' families arranged for the teammates to be buried side by side.