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There are two ways to look at Tusk. First, through the context of the Kevin Smith’s career: a return to the offbeat after a dissipation of his Gen X cred. The long-awaited redirection to genuine imagination that he exhibited in Dogma but never before or since. Perhaps even an autobiographical illustration of the probing qualms Smith might face as a result of his career choices and brand of comedy. If you have the pertinent knowledge and energy to afford Tusk your attention through these lenses, you’ll be granting it the favor of purpose. The movie is just a tad too lacking therein to function perfectly on its own terms.
Tusk seems to rely on your familiarity with the Smith story — as did each of the director’s View Askew pictures, though much more overtly — in order to access its journey in earnest. We “observe” shock jock podcasters Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment, whose real world cult appeal is inscrutably wasted on such a bland role in such a bizarre movie) trading gags at the expense of the desperate and accident-prone YouTube sensations, but are welcomed just barely into the understanding of what kind of men they are in truth, why they find it so easy to be so cruel, and how they got to this point from the humble beginnings that Wallace’s girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) misses so terribly.
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So when we get to the weird part — the part we assume you must already know about by now — the emotional pulp is not readily available. Wallace’s visit to the Great White North lands him in the company of traveled gentleman Howard Howe (Michael Parks), a man whose nefarious intentions are as plain as the baculum on his mantelpiece. Once Wallace is in his possession, the movie derails to wild levels of body horror, black comedy, and garden-variety strangeness. The mood bounds up and down as we alternate attention between Howe’s demonic experimentations and Ally and Teddy’s quest to find their missing loved one. Along with the latter duo is a French Canadian detective straight out of a Jay Ward cartoon: Guy Lapointe, played quite endearingly by a heavily made-up Johnny Depp.
Although Depp's late-in-film contribution is sure to muster a few eye rolls, he provides the necessary occasional respite from the sincerely upsetting Cronenbergian nightmare games going on in the lower levels of the Howe palace. Although we're granted outright explanations of why what's happening is happening, both in-universe and in regards to the narrative, we're never beckoned far enough inward to experience what could be a haunting parable with any real intimacy.
Ultimately, Tusk winds up more interesting and enjoyable than not, landing closer to creative than commercial. But with too much confidence in the groundwork laid out by its writer and director's familiar and vivid story, the film winds up a more vacant version of what it could, should, and wants to be.
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"As a child, I loved being naked. My parents would have to force me to be dressed because otherwise I'd take my clothes off and run around the supermarket. Nudity was liberation to me. Freedom. My entire family is pretty nudist-y. We went to nude beaches a lot. I always wondered why the men on nude beaches had the smallest penises." Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne has always enjoyed being naked.
Ben Affleck has opened up about his card counting scandal, insisting he has nothing to be ashamed of. Bosses at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas asked the Argo star to leave their resort in April (14) after they spotted him counting cards at a blackjack table.
Security officials were quick to dismiss reports suggesting the movie star had been banned from the venue, insisting Affleck was "a valued guest" who is "welcome back any time".
The Oscar winner has now spoken out about the story in the new issue of Details magazine, confirming reports he was asked to step away from the table during a successful night of gambling.
He says, "That is a true story. I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos.
"There's a lot of hospitality, backslapping, when they think you're gonna come in and dump money, and if they think you might leave with some money, it's like, 'You know what? Why don't you try craps or roulette?'"
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John Travolta has dismissed allegations suggesting he enjoyed a steamy gay affair with his former pilot, insisting all of his supposed former lovers are simply chasing a big pay day.
The Grease star is currently fighting legal action from Douglas Gotterba, who is seeking to write a tell-all book about an alleged romance with the actor, which he claims took place while he was working for the star's Alto aircraft company in the 1980s. Travolta has long been subjected to speculation over his sexuality, despite being married to actress Kelly Preston since 1991, and he is convinced Gotterba's reasons for going public with his accusations are simply rooted in money - just like his previous accusers.
He tells TheDailyBeast.com, "This is every celebrity's Achilles heel. It's just about people wanting money. That's all. It happens on many levels."
But Travolta, 60, refuses to get himself worked up over the unfounded gossip. He continues, "Other people may attack it back (sic) more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can't control it. I think that's why it (gay rumours) persists, to some degree."
Travolta previously hit headlines in 2012 after he was slapped with three separate suits for sexual battery, which were all subsequently withdrawn.
The Good Wife star Alan Cumming has turned journalist to write an impassioned plea to his fellow Scots to vote for independence. The actor has been a vocal supporter of the 'Yes' campaign ahead of the referendum in Scotland on Thursday (18Sep14) when voters will go to the polls to decide whether they want to leave the United Kingdom.
Cumming, who is currently appearing in the Broadway production of Cabaret, flew back to Glasgow last week (ends14Sep14) to continue campaigning during a break from the show, and he has now penned an emotive piece for the New York Times.
The star cannot vote as he moved to the U.S. and became an American citizen, but he is urging his countrymen to make the effort to hit the polling stations.
He writes, "The atmosphere is extraordinary. The whole country is engaged as never before. There has never been anything so politically important to me... This is not about hating the English. It is about democracy and self-determination. Scotland is weary of being ruled by governments it did not vote for... The Yes campaign is about hope for a fairer, more caring and prosperous society; the No campaign says only: better the devil you know.
"I am an optimist. Westminster's leaders, like the rest of the world, may have only just cottoned on, but independence is a step we Scots have been contemplating carefully for a long time. After 16 years of devolution, we don't need training wheels any more. We can go it alone."
British pop star Katy B has shared an emotional tribute to her brother following his death over the weekend (13-14Sep14). The singer's sibling Andrew had been left brain-damaged and paralysed following an accident 18 months ago, and he passed away on Saturday (13Sep14) after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The Lights On hitmaker posted a picture of Andrew as a child on her Instagram.com page, and remembered her beloved brother in a touching message.
She writes, "The most beautiful soul I ever knew passed away. He had a cardiac arrest and his heart stopped. I am still in total and utter shock. My one and only brother Andrew Brien did not deserve to die this young... Andrew had previously had an accident which left him severely brain damaged to the point of being completely paralysed, not being able to talk or move or do anything for him self (sic), almost like a coma state, anyone who knows someone with brain injury will tell you how devastating it is, grieving and missing someone who is still alive.
"I guess he had finally thought f**k this, he is now free of pain and doctors and medication and can now look over all of us, having a good chuckle as he always did... Thank you to his kind kind friends that have come to visit and have raised money for the causes supporting his condition, we are so so grateful, I know we are all so thankful to have known him, I would give anything to have him back here again, but now we must honour his life, hopefully one day my heart will heal."
Colin Firth feared he would look old and decrepit playing Emma Stone's love interest in Woody Allen's new film Magic In The Moonlight, because of their 29-year age gap. The King's Speech star, 54, plays an illusionist who sets out to unmask a bogus clairvoyant, portrayed by Stone, 25, in the comedy, and admits he feared the audience's reaction to his onscreen romance with The Amazing Spider-Man.
Firth tells The Independent, "I was very aware of it (age gap) at the beginning, when I found out who was playing the roles. At the time I thought, 'I'm going to seem so old and washed up next to Emma Stone!' I wasn't exactly relishing being on the unflattering end of that.
"Once we were underway, other things came to the fore. But people are going to draw attention to it. I get it. I really do understand. It's noticeable."
Many critics have made the point that Allen should have cast an older woman or a younger leading man, but the film is still a hit among many fans of the director.
Australian rocker Paul Kelly has received an honorary doctorate from the University Of Adelaide. The singer/songwriter was made a doctor of the arts in recognition of his musical success, and his work with Indigenous Australian artists.
A statement from the university reads, "(The degree) is being awarded to Paul Kelly to acknowledge his exceptionally distinguished service to society and to recognise his service not just to Australian music but also to creative writing, his significant collaborations with Indigenous Australian musicians and filmmakers, and his significant community service through nationally-profiled benefits and fundraising concerts."
Peter Fonda's iconic 'Captain America' Harley-Davidson from cult road movie Easy Rider is set to sell for more than $1 million (£625,000) at auction. The customised chopper, complete with its trademark 'teardrop' gas tank, is currently owned by businessman Michael Eisenberg, who once co-owned a restaurant with Fonda and his movie co-star Dennis Hopper.
It is going on sale via California-based auction house Profiles in History next month (Oct14) and is expected to fetch well over $1 million.
The motorcycle was one of four ridden by Fonda in the groundbreaking classic, but it is the only vehicle that survived the shoot and was later restored by the actor. It was displayed at the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa before being sold to Eisenberg last year (13).
Singer August Alsina is receiving treatment in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures following his stage fall at a concert in New York City on Monday (15Sept14). The star passed out during a gig at The Irving Plaza venue in Manhattan and video footage showed him stumbling and falling into the crowd.
He was admitted to a local hospital and a representative for Alsina has now told TMZ.com the singer is being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures.
Alsina is believed to have suffered the seizures after his stage fall, which was reportedly brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.