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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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The new Mrs. Donnie Wahlberg was funnier and skinnier than ever when she sat down with Hollywood.com and discussed losing weight for her wedding and not slowing down post-View. Checkout our exclusive video:
Jenny McCarthy dished about how she dropped pounds to fit into her custom Ines Di Santo wedding gown with the help of SkinnyStix. SkinnyStix is a powder you pour into water to boost energy and lose weight. McCarthy said that with the help of the appetite suppressant, her wedding dress was “a little bit baggy.” You can find out more about SkinnyStix at Zantrex3.com.
The newlywed is moving onto bigger and better things than daytime TV - dirtier, sexier, funnier things. Her Sirius XM show Dirty, Sexy, Funny starts back up in October on Stars Channel 109 Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. - the time slot right after Howard Stern. McCarthy told us, “Obviously there is not a better lead-in than Howard Stern in radio. And I guess by following him, it leaves me to go anywhere I want.” McCarthy will be covering topics from sex to humor to dating, marriage, and more. “I wanna kind of always keep it open. Even revenge on your exes, stuff like that.” -- Uh oh, watch out Jim Carrey! Previous episodes of McCarthy's Sirius XM show are currently available On Demand on the Sirius XM app and feature guests like Howard Stern, Perez Hilton, Chelsea Handler, Jason Biggs and her new husband Donnie Wahlberg. The show is very raunchy and certainly lives up to its name. McCarthy is one “dirty bird” - check it out.
McCarthy is also in the midst of a Dirty, Sexy, Funny comedy tour she put together with all female comedians with the blessing of the late Joan Rivers. Rivers praised McCarthy for giving female comedians a platform with this tour. McCarthy told Hollywood.com: “She really appreciated it because she did the same thing. She cheered women on.… I, like everybody, miss her already dearly.”
The Dirty, Sexy, Funny comedy tour will be in Clearwater, Florida, on September 20, Las Vegas on September 26, and Detroit on October 17. Click here to checkout the full list of tour dates and to buy tickets to a show near you. McCarthy said it best, “These chicks are funny.… Come and enjoy it.”
Fun fact: McCarthy’s favorite show is Bar Rescue on Spike TV. Lookout for the show's host Jon Taffer as a potential future guest on McCarthy's Sirius XM show.
Veteran singer/actress Liza Minnelli has thanked fans for their support after undergoing spinal surgery in California.
The Cabaret star recently revealed she had been left unable to walk after taking a tumble at home and the injury had forced her to skip pal Joan Rivers' funeral in New York as she was preparing to have an operation. She has since been treated at a hospital in California, where she is said to be resting comfortably, and has reached out to fans to express her gratitude for their well wishes.
A statement released on Wednesday (17Sep14) reads, "I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and caring that has been sent my way from all over the world."
Minnelli, 68, is expected to make a full recovery.
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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.
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Rapper Nicki Minaj has scored a big legal victory after a lawsuit filed against her by her former hairstylist was thrown out of court.
Earlier this year (14), Terrence Davidson accused the Starships hitmaker of stealing his multi-colored wig designs and then reneging on a deal to enter into a business partnership for her trademark hairpieces. He demanded $30 million (£18.75 million) in compensation, but Minaj fired back at Davidson, claiming he only filed suit out of anger "because he lost his most famous client".
She asked for the case to be dismissed and her request has since been granted after the U.S. judge overseeing the complaint declared there is nothing special about colored wigs, reports TMZ.com. The judge also ruled that any agreement made between Davidson and Minaj for the joint wig line had not been formally outlined and the claim was therefore too vague for him to grant damages.
Minaj parted ways with Davidson last year (13) due to "creative differences".
Last night we attended an event for The Maze Runner at 92nd Street Y and our ears are still ringing. The turnout for the event was amazing, which leads us to believe that this film is about two seconds away from taking off and casting these actors into stardom (farther than some of them already are). 92Y got a great collection of the cast, along with author James Dashner, in the house last night for a panel discussion, screenings of exclusive clips, a Q&A, and even a fan meet and greet afterwards!
1. The film already has a huge following.
Like we said, there was an awesome turnout last night! The house was absolutely packed at 7:30 when the event started. The place was teeming with fans, who were beyond excited to see the exclusive clips and hear what the cast and author had to say.
2. In that following, there are a lot of screaming, happy (crying) teenage fans.
Last night, you couldn’t even hear Matt Patches (the panel moderator) announcing some of the cast members (poor Alex Flores) when Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie Sangster, and Jacob Latimore were brought on stage. People were screaming so loud, it was a little frightening for us. We can’t imagine how the actors felt!
3. The Cast is already like family.
And it’s not in the corny way some actors try to say “we really bonded while filming this movie and everyone’s best friends now!” You could tell, just from watching them together on stage, that they work as a unit. Everyone gets along and laughs together. They were even finishing each other’s thoughts on stage.
4. There is room for growth for all of the characters.
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Usually fans aren’t particularly fond of changing characters appearances, personalities, or importance in a film, but TMR gets it right. Jacob Latimore’s character, Jeff, is a much smaller part in the books, but director Wes Ball expanded on this character, which allowed for Latimore to integrate himself into the group and really develop his sense of who his character was, and why Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) entering the maze was important. We also see a great deal of change in the way the character Gally (Will Poulter) is portrayed.
5. James Dashner is super cool with changing things.
As a writer, Dashner said he knows that taking a book directly from the page and turning it into a movie just doesn’t work. You can’t argue the book’s creator on that.
6. Every change that was made, was a very thought out and deliberate process to make this film an incredible experience for fans.
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Wes would call or email Dashner over every change he was making, it didn’t matter how big a change it was. Wes had this entire world in which the glade and the maze existed, but he wanted to make sure that it matched up with what the fans were expecting
7. The director has all of the book fans in mind.
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Every change that was made, was made with fans in mind. Which we think is what will really make this film appealing to not only just the fans of the books, but audiences interested in this dystopian future genre that is bursting onto the scene. People love when their opinions are taken into consideration and they feed off of what they’re given. If Wes continues down this road with the potential sequel, we’re sure this series will reach a huge magnitude of people.
8. It’s an amazing cast.
This really is a great group of young, talented actors put together. Will Poulter (who we missed very much last night) as Gally is mind-blowing, because you’ve never seen a side of Will so fierce and aggressive before. Kaya Scodelario is the only female (Theresa) in this film, but refused to play it like that, because her cast mates never made her feel like a girl, and she wasn’t going to take that crap from any of the gladers. Chris Sheffeild’s banishment scene as Ben is enough to really make you take him seriously as an actor, because it’s intense and makes you feel a whole range of emotions.
9.The series has a really strong, talented lead actor.
Dylan O’Brien really wow’d us in this role. He’s brought Thomas, this very intelligent and inquisitive character, to life in ways we could have only dreamed of. As an actor, he’s quite clearly taken on the leadership role amongst his cast mates, that his character Thomas has done in the glade. This is a role completely outside of his other work, very unlike his character Stiles on Teen Wolf. We think he knocked it right out of the park
10. The sequel might already be in the works!
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Rumors have been flying that 20th Century Fox was already putting the sequel, The Scorch Trials (we're unsure if it will be the same name for the film) into motion. James Dashner was asked what some of his future plans were, and while he mentioned his upcoming books, when asked about any future things related to The Maze Runner, he replied “No comment,” with the biggest smile ever. You know that’s always a good sign.
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Actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd wants to expand his business empire by opening a blues club in London.
Aykroyd co-founded a chain of restaurants and clubs called House of Blues in 1992 and there are now 13 branches around the U.S., and he is hoping the 14th will be in the British capital.
The Blues Brothers star tells Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, "I would like to put a House of Blues here. I would like to find a good spot for our format. We need a 1,000-seat showroom, maybe 500 seats, and I would love to bring our Louisiana cuisine and we'd fit the rooms with our rural folk art collection."
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Pop star Taylor Swift has seen off competition from Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna to be named People magazine's best dressed celebrity.
The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker has topped the list of stylish stars compiled by the U.S. publication, with editors crediting her for "nailing every off-duty and red carpet look, whether it's sweet separates or dazzling designer gowns".
Other famous faces to feature in the top 10 include Diane Kruger, Emma Stone and Emma Watson, while Chloe Grace Moretz, 17, and 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men tied at 10.
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Country music singer Blake Shelton was left overwhelmed during a recent concert in San Diego, California when he invited a soldier couple to join him onstage.
Shelton was performing at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on 6 September (14) when he asked Roland and Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo to step up. The singer performed his track Home in honor of the pair and their tireless work for the United Service Organizations (USO), where they provide help and support to U.S. troops and their families.
Shelton tells People magazine, "I couldn't take my eyes off of the family when they were on stage with us. I have the onstage vantage point every night, so having them come up and experience the crowd singing to them was so cool. They were overwhelmed by the experience and honestly, we all were." Speaking after the concert, U.S. Navy member Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo said, "The show made me feel like I was back in Oklahoma."
Beyonce is facing a double embarrassment after she was caught miming at one of her concerts and airbrushing her recent vacation snaps.
A video clip has emerged online showing the singer lip-syncing at an On The Run show in Paris, France with her husband Jay Z. Beyonce is seen walking across the stage singing her hit track Partition, but when she leans down to embrace fans in the audience, she is seen holding the microphone by her side as the voice on the track continues. After realizing her mistake, she brings the microphone back to her face and attempts to continue miming where she left off.
The pop star was previously embroiled in a lip-syncing controversy after she was caught miming The Star-Spangled Banner during U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. last year (13).
The concert slip-up is the latest embarrassment for the singer, who is also facing claims she had her holiday pictures air-brushed to make her appear slimmer. The snaps, which were taken onboard a luxury yacht, show Beyonce posing in a bikini on a set of steps, but eagle-eyed fans have spotted distortions in the image where the stairs do not meet properly, sparking speculation she had inches shaved off her thighs and waist before posting the images online.