May 21, 2012 1:15pm EST
For the first time in the magazine's history, readers were allowed to vote for the hotties — and there was overwhelming support for the Israeli stunner.
Thrilled Refaeli says, "Every year, it's a different girl that I look up to. For me to be among them, it's an honour."
The single model is hoping the honour will help her find a mate she can settle down with and start a family, adding, "I'm looking for a friend that will make me laugh, that will teach me every day - that I can learn from, and that has the same values as me. It sounds very simple but it's very hard to find."
Also making the top 10: Mila Kunis, Katy Perry, Olivia Munn, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Megan Fox, Malin Akerman and Adrianne Palicki.
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May 01, 2012 8:48am EST
Funny thing about this week’s summer movie kickoff, The Avengers: While all of the superheroes have been around for a long time in comic-book and/or animation form, they’re all relative newbies to the live-action world. (That is, with the exception of the Hulk and, to a lesser degree, Captain America.) Not the case with the unofficial “first wave” of superheroes, the ones many of us have been watching — and have been entertained by — for decades on the small and big screens. Here’s a look at those superheroes, the actors who have portrayed them on TV and in films, and how they’ve changed (or haven’t) over the years.
In: Batman (TV series, 1966-‘68) and Batman (movie, 1966)
Best/Worst Batman? Neither
Notes: West is generally thought of as the first actor to play the Caped Crusader, but Lewis Wilson and Robert Lowery each played the character in the 1940s “serial” movies. West, however, was the first to give Batman a place in the public consciousness, cinematically speaking, and he will forever be linked with the superhero. His performances were solid, but West was a victim of the campy feel of the movie/series in which he starred… and the spandex Batsuit… and the Batusi.
In: Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992)
Best/Worst Batman? Neither
Notes: Keaton’s interpretation of Batman, which followed two-plus decades of nonactivity on the big screen for the Caped Crusader, forever changed the representation of the character. The monotone, emotionless voice? The physical rigidity? That’s Keaton’s work (which isn’t to say his director, Tim Burton, didn’t have a hand in crafting the modern-ish Batman). And what great work it turned out to be. In fact, we'd understand if you rank him as the best Batman of all time; he’s our No. 2, and just barely. (And on the subject of rankings, Kevin Conroy, who voiced the Dark Knight in the 1990s animated TV series, doesn’t quite meet our live-action criteria for this list, but vocally, emotionally, and dichotomously — as Bruce Wayne and Batman — nails the character unlike any before or since.)
In: Batman Forever (1995)
Best/Worst Batman? Neither
Notes: Kilmer was mostly just… innocuous as Batman in his really, really brief (as in one-movie brief, thanks to the ol’ “creative differences”) tenure playing the character. Although strong in spots, Kilmer’s turn as Batman was stiff and ultimately forgettable, a Caped Crusader that didn’t make audiences feel much of anything. That’s a no-no for a character as complex as Batman.
In: Batman & Robin (1997)
Best/Worst Batman? Worst
Notes: The Cloon Man can do virtually no wrong — except when it comes to the role of Batman, which was a borderline (unintentional) joke at the time and is now, in hindsight, an absolute joke. Clooney’s delivery and affect were tonally askew pretty much throughout the movie, and then there were the things he had no control over, like the prominently displayed codpiece — er, Bat-crotch (pictured, above!) — not to mention director Joel Schumacher’s subtly erotic take on Batman and Robin’s relationship. But Clooney’s hindsight assessment of the movie’s failure, and his failure in it, has always been refreshing: “It’s easy to look back at Batman and go, ‘Whoa! That was really s**t, and I was really bad in it.’”
In: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Best/Worst Batman? Best
Notes: Is it too soon to crown Bale the best Batman ever? Does proper perspective and evaluation of his performances require time and distance? Uh, no. Bale has captured the true essence of the Dark Knight (emphasis on “Dark”) like no actor before him, injecting his trademark intensity into an iconic character that, let’s not forget, was previously rendered a joke by Clooney and Schumacher. With obvious help from director Christopher Nolan, Bale completely resuscitated a dead franchise and restored fanboy sanity — by playing Batman the way he was meant to be played.
NEXT: Reeves or Reeve?
In: Superman and the Mole Men (movie, 1951) and Adventures of Superman (TV series, 1952-’58)
Best/Worst Superman? Neither
Notes: Reeves, as the first screen version of Superman, was a bit, well, steely as the Man of Steel, one of the few superheroes whose faces we see (and thus whose expressions are a big part of the performance). But it was more a sign of the times than bad acting. In fact, Reeves, who obviously didn’t have the good fortune of working with any sort of modern special effects, was often forced to rely on his raw physicality, to typically strong results. He was even cooler as Clark Kent!
In: Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Best/Worst Superman? Best
Notes: Make no mistake: We’re not calling the late, great Reeve an unequivocal success throughout his overlong run as the Man of Steel, but he’s certainly the franchise’s best. When one thinks of Superman in human, non-comic form, Reeve comes to mind first, and for good reason: Not only did he make us associate him with the character by, again, starring in at least two too many such films, but his performance throughout struck the perfect balance between sweet charm and raw masculinity.
In: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Best/Worst Superman? Neither
Notes: Don’t judge Cain based on his post-Lois & Clark career — or lack thereof. He actually made for a solid Clark Kent/Superman in this small-screen take on the relationship between the title characters. Cain rendered Superman/Kent a likable, interesting, more contemporary superhero/guy, and a lot of viewers didn’t much mind his looks week after week, either.
In: Superman Returns (2006)
Best/Worst Superman? Worst
Notes: The movie’s box office failures and those of its star have probably been overstated a bit, but… yeah. It did disappoint in both aspects, especially the latter. While Superman Returns itself was relatively well-received by critics, Routh, who was basically unknown at the time of his casting, undeniably lacked charisma as the title superhero, and his performance was flat. Which isn’t to say it was disastrous, but for a franchise that had been inactive on the big screen for almost two decades, a wiser casting choice might’ve been a splashier name and/or a more impactful actor.
In: Man of Steel (2013)
Notes: A Brit? As the most all-American superhero?! Hey, worked for Batman — quite well. Aside from that, with nothing more than an exciting "first look" photo to go on, we don’t know what to expect from Cavill in the summer 2013 Steel, other than a major step up from the man he’s replacing. (That, and Christopher Nolan's producing.) With all due respect to Routh, there’s nowhere to go but up.
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Cathy Lee Crosby
In: Wonder Woman (TV movie, 1974)
Best/Worst Wonder Woman? Worst
Notes: Little-known, or frequently glossed-over, fact (by those who weren’t around in the mid-‘70s): Lynda Carter IS Wonder Woman, but she isn’t the original Wonder Woman. In fact, Carter might have Crosby to thank for her iconic role: The Wonder Woman TV movie garnered solid ratings when it premiered in 1974, but not great reviews from critics or viewers. Thus, producers felt compelled to launch a serial version soon thereafter but also to take the character in a different direction, one that better paralleled the comic version on which she was based… i.e., played by a brunette.
In: Wonder Woman (TV series, 1975-’79)
Best/Worst Wonder Woman? Best
Notes: Again, Carter IS Wonder Woman. It's perhaps why TV and movie studios have had such a difficult time trying to find her replacement or replication for a big- or small-screen update… to no avail. (There has never been a movie version, and, well, see below for more on the extremely short-lived TV reboot.) And while Carter’s beauty was always what caught the viewer's eye first, her strong yet humane performance is what has really helped the character resonate and endure the way Wonder Woman has. It’s also what made her a role model to so many women at the time.
In: Wonder Woman (TV pilot, 2011)
Best/Worst Wonder Woman? Unknown
Notes: NBC was once so excited about its shiny David E. Kelley-backed Wonder Woman reboot with rising star Palicki in the title role. That was circa February 2011. By May, on the heels of the not-so-well-received first image of Palicki in costume, it was announced that nothing beyond the pilot episode would be necessary, and so the updated-Wonder Woman search continues.
NEXT: The Not-So-Jolly Green Giant
In: The Incredible Hulk (TV series, 1978-’82), The Incredible Hulk (movie, 2008; voice) and The Avengers (movie, 2012; voice)
Best/Worst Hulk? Best
Notes: Whether he likes it or not, Ferrigno is and always will be the Hulk, which at this point in his life/career is presumably somewhat annoying (see: I Love You, Man’s hilarious but probably accurate send-up). The ex-bodybuilder certainly would be a natural fit to play any superhero of monstrous proportions — green or otherwise — because of his physical stature, but it’s as much his innately hulky voice and mannerisms that make him such a great fit as the green giant. And it’s a role that has endured, to say the least, as Ferrigno provided the voice of the character in the 2008 Incredible Hulk and he does the same in this summer’s The Avengers (Mark Ruffalo will physically portray the Hulk in the film, but not vocally — which is more than can be said for Edward Norton and Eric Bana, both of whom only played the Bruce Banner character in the 21st-century Hulk updates; see below for more on them).
In: Hulk (2003)
Best/Worst Hulk? N/A
Notes: Bana turned in a solid performance as Bruce Banner and is in no way, shape or form responsible for the cringe-worthy Hulk we saw on screen — the cartoonish version that might as well have been Shrek's juiced-up (on CGI) cousin.
In: The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Best/Worst Hulk? N/A
Notes: The newer Hulk was a vast improvement over the previous model, seen in the aforementioned 2003 film — but it still had nothing to do with Norton, who, like Bana before him, only portrayed Banner. In fact, as much as the toned-down CGI deserves credit, it was franchise MVP Ferrigno, providing the vocals and more, who once again helped restore credibility to the character.
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In: The Amazing Spider-Man (TV series, 1977-’79)
Notes: Can Spider-Man be considered groovy? If so, that’d be probably be the most accurate description for Hammond’s tenure as the character. Just see: The porn music and overall vibe present in the way-too-‘70s Spidey TV movies/shows in which Hammond starred. His acting was endearingly cheesy — and you thought the upside-down smooch between Mary Jane and Spider-Man was tacky! — and he looked about two decades too old (and was, in reality, about one decade too old) to play Peter Parker. But no one can ever take away the fact that Hammond was the first-ever live-action Spidey.
In: Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Notes: Part of what makes Maguire slightly off-putting in a lot of other roles is what also happens to make him credible as Peter Parker: a certain delicate awkwardness. The fact that, for three films, he was able to seamlessly and believably transform into the powerful, crime-fighting title web-slinger speaks to his oft-overlooked ability as an actor. (Even the studio, Sony, was reportedly not convinced that Maguire could pull off such a dichotomy… and then he auditioned.)
In: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Notes: Another British takeover! And another seemingly good casting choice: Garfield showed off a pitch-perfect American accent (and more importantly, a firm grasp on teenagedom) in 2010’s The Social Network, and that was all producers needed to cast him as the lead in Columbia Pictures’ franchise reboot. Garfield’s personal passion for, and understanding of, the character since childhood is icing on the cake. Couple all that with incoming writer/director Marc Webb’s hints of a deeper, less special-effects-reliant Spider-Man installment, and the Garfield casting ought to pay dividends immediately (especially if the studio got the pre-fame discount!).
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April 20, 2012 7:42am EST
Just in case you haven't been smacked in the face with the epitome of testosterone yet today, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has unleashed a barrage of character posters on the Internet. This is a cast that seems tailor-made for a G.I Joe movie: Bruce Willis is right at home with a gun in his hand, Channing Tatum picked up the ropes of soldiering from his Dear John days, Michelle Rodriguez has taken command of one or two fleets of plane crash victims in her day, and The Rock, well he requires no explanation.
Check out this new batch of posters from G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Just make sure you're not near any glass, Ming vases, or docile puppies because just looking at these images will make you really want to punch things.
Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis Pray to Jay Z in New G.I. Joe: Retaliation Super Bowl Spot
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Dwayne Johnson Cooks Up Trouble in G.I. Joe 2 Image
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March 14, 2012 5:00am EST
The actress will make her debut as the superheroine in Cartoon Network series Young Justice on 24 March (12), according to TVGuide.com.
Maggie Q insists she was born to play Wonder Woman: "In my head I am her. No stretch there. When I was a kid, I used to dress up as her. I couldn't afford a costume, so I would make her headband, wristbands and the lasso out of paper and tape it to myself, and run around, climb up roofs and try to jump off them."
Wonder Woman has been portrayed by Lynda Carter and Adrianne Palicki on TV, while Lucy Lawless and Keri Russell are among the actresses who have given the superheroine a voice in animated films.
Young Justice brings together a host of stars - Hilary Swank's ex-husband Chad Lowe voices Captain Marvel; George Eads The Flash, and Alan Tudyk Green Arrow.
February 06, 2012 9:26am EST
For one night every year, sports fans and film geeks tune into the same channel to check out the culmination of the current football season and a ton of footage from upcoming movies. The Super Bowl is loved as much for its creative advertising as it is for its promise of a great game, and last night's showdown between the victorious New York Giants and the New England Patriots didn't disappoint on either front.
I decided to grade the movie spots that various Hollywood studios put forth for the millions and millions of viewers, and allow you to view them below while reading my take on them. In honor of the sport, they're ranked as follows:
- A waste of money for its distributor. The footage failed to impress or get me interested in the film.
- The message was delivered. The footage was entertaining and looked cool, but I'm still not sure the film will score in the end.
- A major victory for everyone involved. I'd buy my ticket today if I could.
Now that the principles of my grading system have been explained, let's get on to the Movie Spots!
Universal Pictures spent big on advertising Peter Berg's first new film in four years and one of the biggest of 2012. Based on the ever popular board game of the same name, Battleship looks less like an adaptation of Hasbro's nautical strategy game and more like a continuation of the lucrative Transformers series. This spot offered all the eye candy you'd expect: explosions, CGI aliens that look like the came from the world of Halo, Rihanna, spaceships and more. While the jury is still out on whether or not the movie will deliver, the 60-second ad did. It was easily the most colorful, loud and gratuitous trailer to play during the Game, and has me yearning for more.
Battleship's male lead Taylor Kitsch was on double duty last night, featured additionally in this puzzling spot for Disney's sci-fi opus John Carter. Everything I've seen for the film thus far has been titillating: gorgeous combinations of natural/digital environments, promising set pieces and colorful alien characters. Yet the Mouse House decided to make all of the expensive visuals second to...the name of the film? I don't think this was a wise idea. Anyone who'll eventually pay to see the movie would be interested foremost in the special effects and action that the movie offers. The title is honestly negligible. So pulling back from an already cluttered TV screen, packed with various scenes from the film, to reveal "John Carter" just didn't make a lot of sense to me. Still, what was shown was breathtaking, so I'm calling it a First Down.
21 Jump Street
I've heard good things about this flick from colleagues who have seen it already, but I was unimpressed by this spot. The jokes were all expected, Jonah Hill was being Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was trying to be cute. Lots of pop culture references were apparently meant to appeal to the teen set, and it probably worked. But not for me.
Marvel's The Avengers easily had more to prove that any other film that offered sneak peeks last night. And all I have to say is WOW. The music was epic, the dialogue teased the scope of the story (and thankfully didn't provoke any gag reflexes) and the action was just stupendous. May 4 cannot come fast enough.
Act of Valor
What is this movie? I understand that it stars "active duty Navy Seals," and will take its audience into true firefights and battles. I originally thought it was a documentary, but it appears to be an all-out studio action movie. I'm just kind of confused by it. Maybe it had something to do with the repeated viewings, or the bikini-clad woman who appeared in one of the many spots that aired promoting the film. I didn't know that Victoria's Secret models had a place in a gripping film about the trials that soldiers go through. It certainly looks as though it'll be a big hit with the NASCAR crowd.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
The original Ghost Rider flick was so bad that even the high speed motorcycle footage and brutal battle tactics that its sequel displayed last night can't impress much. It feels darker Mark Steven Johnson's 2007 dud, and therefore more in line with the source material. But as it's directed by the makers of Crank, I can't just give it a pass because I happen to love superhero cinema. No, I have to see the film to believe in the Rider again. That said, there's potential here, given the cast including Ciaran Hinds and Idris Elba, and what looks like better use of special effects.
Universal did the smartest thing it could have with this ad: tell the audience EVERYTHING they need to know about it and show them the colorful, wacky aesthetic the film features. Now moms and dad's know that there's a quality family film on the way that employs voice talent that everyone will like and eye-popping 3D visuals that kids can't get enough of. The characters are cute, the story is relevant and the Dr. Seuss brand is recognizable. It's a perfect combination for an animated flick, and looks like perform well when it opens on March 2.
Let me make myself clear. I don't think this is going to be a bad movie. I'm actually looking forward to it very much. But I believe that you've got to put your very best foot forward at the Super Bowl, and Paramount didn't give Sacha Baron Cohen fans anything they hadn't already seen with this spot. There's not one new piece of footage that I could tell, and that's a damn shame because I know that the movie will offer much more comedic gold than the four jokes we've been watching since the first teaser trailer hit the web months ago.
GI: Joe: Retaliation
With a beautiful female lead in Adrianne Palicki, seasoned action vets like Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis and some fantastic action scenes teased, GI Joe: Retaliation looks like a step in the right direction for the franchise. The 2009 original was all spectacle with literally no substance, but the sequel has a script from the writers of Zombieland and a director who's a longtime fan of the property (Jon M. Chu). There's a lot of potential for the film to be a surprise hit in light of it releasing just days before The Amazing Spider-Man and weeks before The Dark Knight Rises.
Source: Indiewire, Movieweb
February 01, 2012 12:08pm EST
This Sunday, the new Super Bowl spot for G.I. Joe: Retaliation which will broadcast on national television, but we can watch it now right here. The video pays homage to two American heroes: Joseph Colton and Shawn Carter. The Super Bowl spot opens with Dwayne Johnson, playing U.S. soldier Marvin "Roadblock" Hinton, citing the lyrics to Jay Z's "Don't Let Me Die." And as the song plays out over a montage of the cast undergoing death-defying stunts in order to save the country from the threat of evil, we feel as if their prayers have been answered. But none of that compares to the culminating moment in the video, when we're faced with a surprise guest: Bruce Willis, whispering a line that'll thrill all fans of the long-sustained pinnacle of patriotism.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation also stars Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu, and will reach AMERICAN theaters June 29.
You can watch the new trailer over at Apple by clicking here.
August 10, 2011 6:29am EST
Hey guys, anyone remember the G.I. Joe movie that came out two years ago? It had Jason Gordon-Levitt? Channing Tatum? Doctor #9 Christopher Eccleston? Still nothing? Well, it happened. And now, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu is directing a sequel, G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. This less-than-encouraging news is assuaged slightly by the first bit of casting to come from the project: go-to punching guy Bruce Willis. Willis will play General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe who started the, sigh, “Ultimate Freedom Fighting Force.”
Willis was last seen in action film Red, alongside Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. He’ll also appear in upcoming drama Fire With Fire in 2012.
The new Joe film will bring a largely new cast to the franchise, including Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, and RZA. The casting shakeup makes sense in light of Jason Gordon-Levitt’s post-Inception fame, and the fact that Bruce Willis’s salary is probably twice that of the first film’s entire cast. Original cast members Channing Tatum and Ray Park will reappear, however.
Chu begins production on G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation later this month. While the director has mostly worked on dance films, like Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D, his experiences filming the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never provide him with unique perspective on how to film Cobra's army of mindless, brutal hordes.
Expect G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation to hit theaters June 29, 2012. Because knowing is half the battle.
July 09, 2011 5:29am EST
To date, the biggest problem I have with Paramount's G.I. Joe sequel is its title. Cobra Strikes? Didn't the evil organization already strike in the 2009 original, when it demolished the Eiffel Tower, the Joe's headquarters and a slew of other locations? Seems kind of redundant to me, but thankfully it is the only element of the follow-up that can be described that way.
Much is different this time around. Jon Chu (Step Up 3, Never Say Never) is taking over directing duties from Stephen Sommers. Most of the original cast (including Rachel Nichols and Marlon Wayans among many others) has been scrapped to make room for new recruits like Dwayne Johnson, RZA, Adrianne Palicki and Elodie Yung, although Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Byung-hun Lee will reprise their roles from the first flick. However, another thing that remains the same is that the franchise's producers wish to give the property the international flair it needs to be a global hit, and that's where Ray Stevenson comes in. The Rome actor, fresh off his turn as an Asgardian warrior in Thor, has just signed up to take a villainous turn in the film. He'll play Firefly, who's described as a saboteur, ninja and explosives expert. Sounds like he'll be keeping the Real American Heroes quite busy.
It won't be the first time Stevenson has walked on the dark side. He recently played bad guys in The Book of Eli and The Other Guys, though he's best known as a heroic type thanks to HBO's fantastic forementioned series, King Arthur and Punisher: WarZone (well, actually let's forget about that last one).
Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes will strike theaters sometime next summer.
July 03, 2011 5:15am EST
Adrianne Palicki filmed the pilot for a proposed Wonder Woman TV series and appeared in a huge publicity campaign for the project before it was dumped by executives at NBC.
However, Palicki is planning on putting her action woman training to good use as the star of G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes, alongside Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson.
Deadline.com reports Bruce Willis is being considered for a leading role in the sequel.
July 01, 2011 12:18pm EST
Even a laughable, shouldn't-have-been-made pilot can't stop Adrianne Palicki's rise to stardom. The former Friday Night Lights star and would-be Wonder Woman has just joined Paramount Pictures anticipated G.I. Joe sequel Cobra Strikes, according to Deadline. She joins series veterans Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Byung Hun-lee as well as other newcomers like Dwayne Johnson, DJ Cotrona, Elodie Yung and the RZA.
Jon M. Chu, director of Step Up 3D and Never Say Never, is filling in for Stephen Sommers, who passed on helming the sequel to pursue his adaptation of Odd Thomas. His 2009 original grossed $300 million worldwide despite some pretty middling reviews, and the property is still ripe with trilogy potential. Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have provided the script for the new film, which means you can expect some better dialogue than what Stuart Beattie, David Elliot and Paul Lovett concocted for the first.
I've got nothing against Palicki; in fact I think she's perfectly suited for a movie like this. She's a genre superstar at this point, having appeared in last year's supernatural actioner Legion and will continue on that path with the Red Dawn remake which will hopefully hit theaters later this year. Taking on the role of Wonder Woman was the biggest move of her career and even though audiences may never get to see her as the Mother Theresa of Super Heroine's, joining the Joe's will ensure that she'll stick around for some time to come.
G.I. Joe 2 hits theaters summer 2012.