Stars! They're just like us! Most notably, they rant about politics in 140-character blurbs on Twitter. So it's no surprise following Barack Obama's win, that Hollywood had enough opinions to keep Fox News busy for the next four years. But which side were Hollywood's brightest (and, let's face it, dimmest) stars celebrating for or ranting against? Who's red (in the face) and who's blue? Read below to see how (some NSFW) celebrities are reacting to four more years of Obama!
We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
Wow, great day! Open the champers! Whoo hoo - let's make sure we win the popular vote too - congrats @barackobama !! #election2012— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 7, 2012
A shirtless Mitt Romney just kicked in the doors at a Boston Starbucks."Give me the urn!THE ENTIRE URN!"— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 7, 2012
Well Done America.We knew you'd get it right.#ObamaWins— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 7, 2012
I can't stop crying.America died.— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012
I JUST GOT OFF STAGE IN COLUMBIA!! CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT @barackobama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!!— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 7, 2012
To commemorate Obama's victory, I'm having a tea party.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) November 7, 2012
Ahhh the part of the election coverage when middle aged women bop to Aretha Franklin— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) November 7, 2012
Put one in da air for the Prez!!!! Our dear Obama!— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 7, 2012
Wow. There you go AMERICA!!!! PRESIDENT OBAMA IS OUR 44th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!— Aubrey O'Day (@AubreyODay) November 7, 2012
So happy right now. Congratulations @barackobama. Whenever you want, I will make out with you at a seriously discounted rate.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) November 7, 2012
We Did it !!!!!!!!!!TEAM OBAMA !!!!!YES!!!!! Thank u to all who supported !Xoxo— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) November 7, 2012
Fox Noose— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21) November 7, 2012
Not sure what's bigger: Obama winning or Boulder students legally smoking pot now— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 7, 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 7, 2012
DONE AND DUSTED!!!— Katy Perry (@katyperry) November 7, 2012
Dear @barackobama, we did our part. Now please do yours. #GodBlessAmerica— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) November 7, 2012
FOX NEWS just projected MCCAIN as the winner. then we heard gunshots...— kurt sutter (@sutterink) November 7, 2012
The TeaParty lost big tonight. Perhaps Republican’s can govern and join in rebuilding this country.— Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221) November 7, 2012
That's what happens when you fuck with Sesame Street.— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) November 7, 2012
"Obama for real They gotta put your face on the five-thousand dollar bill"— krysten ritter (@Krystenritter) November 7, 2012
it is written. FORWARD! instagr.am/p/RtxTKlri4j/— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) November 7, 2012
Top of the Empire State Building shines with BLUE! Congratulations @barackobama on four more years. #USA— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) November 7, 2012
:oD— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) November 7, 2012
Now lets work together!!! USA all the way!— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) November 7, 2012
#Obama is re-elected Our American President. So Proud.— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) November 7, 2012
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done, America #OBAMA2012 #OBAMAUSA @barackobama #POTUS #GOBAMA— Eliza Dushku (@elizadushku) November 7, 2012
of course a sore loser #mitt he can't believe he isn't getting his way spoiled little boy.— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) November 7, 2012
The good news is the promise of continued massive unemployment among young people.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 7, 2012
Romney "only wrote a victory speech."Fortunately, he's had at least a year's practice completely making shit up.— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) November 7, 2012
No matter who you voted for, if you voted, I'm proud of you. And, tomorrow, we all get back to work making this country great!— Christopher Gorham (@ChrisGorham) November 7, 2012
Yahoooo!FOUR MORE YEARS!— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) November 7, 2012
MITT Says Obama Has Not Won OHIO.Awwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeet.Here We Go,Last Minute Shenanigans,Tomfoolery And Skullduggery,Monkey Business.— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) November 7, 2012
Well, back to the drawing board!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
The phoney electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Our country is now in serious and unprecedentedtrouble...like never before.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Our nation is a once great nation divided!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Hopefully the House of Representatives can hold our country together for four more years...stay strong and never give up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
House of Representatives shouldn't give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
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"Sorry if my snoring bothered you."
Those are not the first words I'd expect out of the mouth of someone who got up on a Friday morning to catch the 10:30 AM screening of a new movie but that is more or less what the fellow who'd been sitting behind me said as I passed him on my way out. I'd heard him snoring over the constant rat-a-tat-tat of bullets and butt-kicking being doled out by Milla Jovovich et al in this latest iteration of the never-ending Resident Evil series (this time in IMAX 3D) but I figured maybe I was hearing things. Nope he was asleep.
I used to play Resident Evil on my ancient PlayStation when it first came out. It scared the crap out of me. I enjoyed the first two movies — hey they included the skinless zombie dogs! — but I lost interest soon after that. How many times can you make the zombie apocalypse exciting? How many different skintight outfits can Jovovich wear while killing grotesque creatures who shoot evil grasping tentacles out of their mouths? Why should we care about all the blood and guts when we know the people we're supposed to be emotionally invested in will never die? We don't.
Try as he might there are only so many ways for writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson to give the Resident Evil series fresh new layers for each new movie. The Umbrella Corporation is the big bad. They were playing with biological weapons and somehow there was an accident that let one of the viruses loose... and boom you've got a zombie apocalypse on your hands. Our heroine is Alice played by Milla Jovovich and there is a rotating cast of characters who help her fight the good fight against the hordes of brain-eaters and whatever is left of the Umbrella Corporation that's now after her. There are some parallels to the video game series but Paul W.S. Anderson (a gamer himself) has taken lots of liberties with the basic plot over the years. While Anderson's flashy style is especially suited to these types of movies there's not enough plot to make it work.
We don't go to video game movies for plot of course but there has to be something to hold onto; otherwise why would we care if our protagonist were in danger? Anderson tries some neat tricks to snap us back to attention like bringing back characters that were killed in previous movies and throwing in a cloning subplot that calls into question some of the characters' true identities but it's still hard to get worked up about anything onscreen. However it ultimately sidesteps any deeper ideas that might take our attention away from all the guns. And there are so many guns and explosions and elegant butt-kickings doled out by Milla and her pals (or former pals in the case of Michelle Rodriguez's character Rain) that they blend together.
It is especially difficult to work up any interest in the story because it's a franchise and no matter how many times the stars or director might say they're not that interested in doing another everyone is just waiting to see how much money this will make before deciding to go forward. There is no question how franchise movies will end; there will be no derring-do on the part of the writer or director to actually kill off a beloved character permanently. At one point it seemed like Anderson was going to pull the old "And then she woke up!" trick which would have been bold both because it's such a hackneyed idea that it would make writing professors' heads explode all over the world but also because it would have required Anderson to play in a different universe and expand his repertoire a bit. Alas like Alice and Anderson himself we just can't seem to escape this rabbit hole.
What no "giant sea pods" this time? Instead The Invasion skews the Body Snatchers scenario by making the alien invasion a virus rather than plant life. Said virus which comes to Earth via a mysterious crash of a space shuttle is transmitted by some form of bodily fluid-to-bodily fluid connection. For example throwing up into people's faces or coffee cups is a fun way to spread the disease. The end result however is the same: Once the infected person falls asleep they undergo a transformation and wake up looking the same but are unfeeling and inhuman—and ready to organize. As the infection spreads and more and more people are altered there are a few humans left fighting for their lives including psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) and her doctor friend Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig). Carol’s only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion. But we won’t tell you how. OK it has something to do with an immunity but that’s all we are going to say. Nicole Kidman has had a string of bad luck since winning that damn Oscar for The Hours. One wonders if maybe the golden statuette might actually be a curse (Cuba Gooding Jr. anyone?). Still regardless of the movie--be it Bewitched The Stepford Wives or Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus--Kidman manages to turn in a decent performance. The same goes for The Invasion. Her mother bear act is quite believable as she races to find her son (played with spunk by Jackson Bond) while trying to stay awake and pretending to be cold and unemotional among the pod people--oh excuse me the virally infected people. You root for her all the way. Craig doesn’t have as much to do but still delivers when it counts. In a supporting role Jeremy Northam does a nice job as Carol’s ex-husband a CDC doctor who is one of the first to get infected. As does the always good Jeffrey Wright as a very clever genetic scientist. Even Veronica Cartwright one of the survivors in the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers makes a cameo as one of Carol’s patients who tells her “My husband isn’t my husband!” Famous last words. Body snatching must be a popular water-cooler topic at the movie studios. Starting with the 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers in which Kevin McCarthy barely escapes his small town with his life running into highway traffic screaming “They're here already! You're next! You're next You're next...” there have been at least two other versions including the above-mentioned 1978 film and the 1993 film Body Snatchers. To its credit The Invasion switches things up a bit nixing the pods and making it more relevant to our current socio-political climate. It even begs the question: Could we be better off if we didn’t have emotions? But the movie is still mired by its derivativeness and too-pat ending—and it also apparently had problems getting off the shelf. Originally wrapped in early 2006 rumor has it the studio didn’t like German director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s original cut and brought in Matrix’s Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski for rewrites and James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) to direct the new scenes. Again to its credit The Invasion surprisingly feels cohesive despite all the different influences. Let’s just say whoever came up with the tense car chase in which Carol tries to throw off the pod people (it's just more effective calling them that) draped all over the car kudos to them.
For a few years in the '60s and '70s producer Gerry Anderson made "supermarionation" all the rage in the world of British children's television. His stop-motion puppets starred in a number of sci-fi adventure series most memorably Thunderbirds which followed the exploits of International Rescue -- a team comprised of ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy and his sons. Based out of their secret fortress on Treasure Island the Tracys (aided by lovely secret agent Lady Penelope) used their amazing rocket-powered vehicles to prevent disasters and save lives around the world. Now 40 years after Thunderbirds' TV debut Star Trek vet Jonathan Frakes has brought Anderson's characters to life on the big screen. Front and center is youngest son Alan Tracy (Brady Corbet) who dreams of the day he too can pilot one of his family's fab ships and lead missions. But first he has to prove himself to his father Jeff (Bill Paxton). That opportunity comes sooner than either expects when mysterious villain The Hood (Ben Kingsley) strands Jeff and the older Tracy boys in space and attacks Treasure Island. With only his friends Tintin (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) and Fermat (Soren Fulton) to help him Alan has to grow up quickly if he wants to save his family ... and the world!
It would be easy to mock several of the performances in Thunderbirds-- to chide Paxton for his earnest seriousness as Tracy patriarch Jeff to dismiss Corbet's angst-tinged eagerness as Alan to roll your eyes at Kingsley's over-the-top mystical fierceness as The Hood and to wince at Fulton and Anthony Edwards' nerdy stuttering as science whizzes Fermat and his dad Brains. But actors are only as good as their script and the one Frakes has given his cast (courtesy of screenwriters William Osborne and Michael McCullers) is weak and clichéd at best filled with after-school-special-worthy lessons for Alan to learn. "You can't save everyone " Jeff tells his son somberly and even Tintin has a moral for her crush when he's feeling selfish and indulging in self-pity: "This is hard on all of us Alan." Talk about insight! What makes it even more frustrating is knowing that the actors are capable of much more even the kids: Both Corbet and Hudgens did well with supporting roles in Thirteen. Thunderbirds' only real bright spot is Sophia Myles as Lady Penelope. A cross between Reese Witherspoon's Elle in Legally Blonde and Jennifer Garner's Sydney on Alias Myles' Lady P doesn't let her pink couture wardrobe prevent her from coolly kicking ass when the situation demands it. Attended by her droll driver/man-of-all-trades Parker (Ron Cook) Lady Penelope is a fresh feisty heroine with all of the film's best lines -- and the coolest car to boot.
Frakes cut his directorial teeth on episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and his first feature film was Star Trek: First Contact so he would seem like a natural choice to bring a cult sci-fi TV show to the big screen. Unfortunately while he does an admirable job re-creating (and improving on) the original Thunderbirds' mod sets cool ships and special effects (which are fine if a bit more TV-sized than summer blockbustery) Frakes can't seem to decide who his audience is. If he was aiming at grown-ups who remember the show fondly from their own childhood he should have embraced the source material's campiness (à la Starsky and Hutch) rather than restricting it to the Tracys' plastic Barbie-like furniture and Lady P's bouffant hairdo. If on the other hand Frakes was hoping to entertain today's kids he should have really reinvented the show for a 21st-century world (à la Stephen Hopkins'1998 Lost in Space) rather than clinging to the '60s references As it is he's stuck somewhere in the middle leaving adults bored during the kids-on-an-adventure bits and children mystified by the handful of jokes aimed at their parents.