Matt Patches
After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.
  • Natalie Portman's 'Jane Got a Gun' and a Look Back at Last Minute, Behind-the-Scenes Switcheroos
    By: Matt Patches Mar 20, 2013
    When it was announced that writer/director Lynne Ramsey was joining forces with Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman on the Western Jane Got a Gun, the project sounded like stars aligning. It got better: cast opposite of the Black Swan star was the reliable, mesmerizing Michael Fassbender. As the film trekked forward towards the beginning of its shoot, it continued to gain prestigious additions, including a villain in the form of Zero Dark Thirty's Joel Edgerton. It sounded incredible. And then it imploded. Last week, Fassbender departed the film, a mere week before cameras were set to begin rolling. He was quickly replaced by Edgerton, who bumped up to the starring role opposite Portman, with Jude Law jumping on board as the film's villain (Edgerton's original role). Then on May 19 — what was going to be the first day of shooting — news broke that Ramsey had left the project, never arriving to set. With money invested, sets built, and production as underway as it could be without a person in the director's chair, producers on Jane Got a Gunscrambled to find a replacement. The ship wasn't going down, even if the captain had bailed. RELATED: Michael Fassbender In Demand: See Everything He's Working On Now the hopeful upswing in the debacle: in less than 24 hours, a replacement for Ramsey has been found. Deadline reports that Warrior director Gavin O'Connor has been hired to helm the picture. There have been casualties by the switch: after O'Connor was revealed to be on board, Law was announced to have left the film, his involvement originally linked to the idea of working with Ramsay. But Edgerton and Portman (a producer on the female revenge flick) are still on board. This isn't the first time a high-profile movie has suffered from talent shuffling — but it might be the instance closest to the wire. In 2010, after two years of working on both the scripts and designs for The Hobbit movies, director Guillermo Del Toro picked up and left New Zealand, paving the way for last December's Peter Jackson-helmed epic. Del Toro has never explained his decision, suggesting that multiple factors influenced his decision to exit the movie — many pointed to MGM's ongoing financial issues. In less analytical departures, X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn was two weeks away from directing 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand before bailing on the film due to creative clashes with 20th Century Fox. For some, having their vision represented is more important than avoiding a public frenzy. Sometimes it's not even up to the directors. Steven Soderbergh was removed from his version of Moneyball days before shooting the Brad Pitt-led baseball drama. It was another case of the men with the money not seeing eye to eye with their director's vision: Soderbergh wanted a docudrama version of Moneyball that would intercut Pitt's performance with documentary footage. The idea didn't jive with Sony Pictures, who replaced Soderbergh with Bennett Miller. RELATED: Only 3 Women Are Directing Blockbuster Movies in 2013, and That's a Problem Ramsey penned the script for Jane Got a Gun, and it's possible that, even when the dust settles from the fiasco, she'll walk away with accolades for the film. The same thing happened to director Brenda Chapman, removed from the director's chair by Pixar halfway through her work on Brave. She ended up receiving a "co-director" credit — a title that earned her an Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards. As is apparent from Jane's bumpy road to completion, actors are also capable of derailing a movie and sending behind-the-scenes players scrambling for replacements. Jean Claude Van Damme was set to play the title creature in Predator before ditching the movie last minute. He wasn't keen on the requirements of the role, which included wearing a bulky costume and remaining invisible for half the film. Eric Stoltz was infamously replaced by Michael J. Fox weeks into shooting Back to the Future after Fox (the original choice for the role) became available. And most recently, Peter Jackson, unhappy with actor Stuart Townsend's work as Aragon in Lord of the Rings, kindly asked the thespian to step down, eventually hiring Viggo Mortensen for the part. On-set shuffling isn't a common occurrence in Hollywood, but it's not a sign of disaster either. A film can go both ways: X-Men: The Last Stand, helmed by back-up director Brett Ratner, is looked down upon as a low point in the franchise. Moneyball went on to earn a handful of Oscar nominations. O'Connor is a competent director who impressed (and earned box office cred) with Warrior. Having most recently directed the pilot for The Americans, he knows a thing or two about stepping into someone else's sandbox and building a great castle. If Jane Got a Gun was going to be strong with Ramsey in the driver's seat, it was going to be strong for a number of reasons beyond her directorial efforts (although it sounded promising in the hands of the visually-inclined auteur). Is Jane destined for disaster? Only if they never roll camera. Which, if the set spontaneously combusts in an act of Godly smiting, could very well be the case. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/AP Photo] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Tina Fey & Paul Rudd Connect the Funniest People in Hollywood — INFOGRAPHIC
    By: Matt Patches Mar 19, 2013
    This week's Admission marks the first time Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have starred together in a movie. That seems kind of impossible: they're both hilarious, they're both critically-acclaimed, and they both seem like the nicest people in the universe (and judging from our interviews with two of them, our opinion remains the same). So why does it feel like Fey and Rudd have already appeared across from each other in a movie? RELATED: Tina Fey on Paul Rudd and What She and Amy Poehler Will Host Next Because they're part of a new wave of comedic actors whose sensibilities keep them reteaming time and time again. Loose ensembles have been around since actors' public presences evolved into "stardom," with branding gurus taking full advantage of the trend by dubbing John Hughes rotating teenage casts "the Brat Pack." Now new "packs" are forming every few years. Fey and Rudd are leading the latest incarnation. Playing a six degrees game with the stars can be expansive and unwieldily, but we saw enough connection between a select few to whip up our latest gem, "The Comedy Web." Using Fey and Rudd's team-up as a catalyst, we found the connective tissue that holds Hollywoods comedy elite together. RELATED: What Super Disgusting Thing Happened At Paul Rudd's Play? Check out the infographic below, then tell us: who else should join the web and what are we going to name this thing? "The _______ Pack" is a Mad Libs waiting to happen. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • The 'Lil Bub' Cat Video Documentary Gets a Trailer: Meme Movies Are the Future
    By: Matt Patches Mar 18, 2013
    For those who haven't spent countless hours losing themselves to the videos, image galleries, and forever-looping animated GIFs of "Lil Bub," here is why she's known as one of the most adorable kittens on the Internet. Bub was born with several genetic mutations causing dwarfism, polydactylism and a disformed lower jaw. That may sound horrific, but the DNA twists of fate have turned Bub into a cat whose every move demands a thunder of "AWWWWWWWW." Now, after conquering the Internet, Bub's short form stardom is getting the feature length treatment, in the form of the documentary (and 2013 Tribeca Film Festival premiere) Lil Bub & Friendz. In the first trailer for the movie, we learn of Bub's real origins: she came from outer space! The movie aims to take a broader look at the phenomenon of online cat videos — arguably a foundation of the mega-successful video sharing site YouTube, and perhaps, all of the Internet — putting Bub at the center and weaving in the stories of other famous cats, including Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, and Keyboard Cat. Interviews in the doc suggest the popularity of cat videos philosophically challenge society. "If we look at human life through a cat's eyes, there's so much of what we do that seems futile," says a voice over images of a thirtysomething dancing with his cat. Bub's owner is frank in how his world was radically changed by the genetically-mutated pet: "Everything in my life was pretty awful, but then it got pretty cool." RELATED: The Grumpy Cat Photo Shoot and Other Internet Cat Demands As "Meme culture" — the bite size, graphically-enhanced, shots of entertainment and commentary that flood the Internet every minute — becomes more and more prevalent, so will its impact on other forms of entertainment. Looking inward is the first step: Lil Bub & Friendz is one of many net-friendly documentaries, following on the footsteps of Indie Game: The Movie (chronicling a trio of video game developers who built their audiences through the web) and HBO's Me @ the Zoo, a fascinating into the look life of Chris Crocker, star of the "Leave Britney Alone!" viral video. The true stories behind the stars of the Internet is only the beginning, with adaptations of viral content looking more and more lucrative for Hollywood studios. Few realized that Brett Ratner throwing "I'm the Juggernaut, b**ch!" into his 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand would be such a slippery slope. Now, Hollywood producers are looking to memes and viral content for big screen inspiration. In January, the writer of the sci-fi flick Apollo 18 was hired to adapt James Erwin's story Rome, Sweet Rome, a military time travel epic he penned on the message boards of Reddit. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is also in the meme business — earlier this year, the actor attached himself to a project based on a viral illustration of a teddy bear fighting a nightmare monster. Seriously. RELATED: Our Meme-tastic (Faux) Interview with Purrfect the Cat Whether we LOL, OMG, or just ☺ at Lil Bub & Friendz, the meme movie trend only looks to persist. So which Internet-born meme needs the cinematic treatment? And when is Maru going to star alongside Vin Diesel in The Fast & the Fur-ious? Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Danilo Parra] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Meet the 'Burt Wonderstone' Actors Who Are the Backbone of Steve Carell's Career
    By: Matt Patches Mar 16, 2013
    Charlie Hartsock, Steve Carell, and Vance DeGeneres of Carousel Productions Halfway through the movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone sports a cameo that will have longtime Daily Show fans flashing back 10 years. After giving up on magic, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) dedicates himself to helping the less fortunate around the world, using the uplifting power of magic to raise their spirits. It's presented like a news segment and hosted by Vance DeGeneres — former correspondent to The Daily Show. DeGeneres is rarely found in front of the camera (his credits including a few episodes of his sister Ellen's '90s sitcom). He's mostly a writer and producer — so how did he wind up in Incredible Burt Wonderstone? Turns out, after he and Steve Carell left The Daily Show around 2003, their comedic collaborations only continued to grow. When DeGeneres moved to Los Angeles after his run on The Daily Show, Carell introduced him to one of his lifelong friends, Charlie Hartsock (who has his own TV roots: he's an Arrested Development alum). Hartsock and Carell were buddies from their days at Denison University, the two continuing to work together at Chicago's Second City. After connecting the two, DeGeneres and Hartsock worked together on a TV pilot. While it didn't take off, they continued to work together, becoming the logical pair to assist Carell in his biggest career move to date. RELATED: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Review "About five years ago, Steve got the offer from Warner Bros. for a production deal and he called both of us and said, 'meet me for dinner,'" DeGeneres says. "And at dinner he said, 'How would you guys like to run my production company?' We hemmed and hawed." "We just started a pool boy business!" Hartsock jokes. So not only are DeGeneres and Hartsock bit players in Burt Wonderstone (Hartsock can be seen marveling at the street illusions of Jim Carrey's Steve Grey early in the movie), they're also producers of the film and the backbone of Carousel Productions, a factory for comedic projects and anything that might fit the "Carell sensibility." They couldn't have been happier to take the job. "We were really excited by the prospect of the three of us starting a production company," DeGeneres says. "It's kind of a dream come true. Who gets that kind of opportunity?" "Steve and I, through our improv days in college and then in Chicago, have very much had the same sense of humor and storytelling," Hartsock says. "[He] trusts us to read a script, and read it with an ear and eye to find the same things funny [and to judge] good storytelling in a way that he would." "And hopefully not embarrass him too much," DeGeneres adds. Both men note that their shift to working behind-the-scenes at Carousel isn't a terribly big change from writing or acting; the pair engages the development of project the same way they would if they were playing opposite of Carell or penning a scene for the actor. The only real difference is sometimes they have to say "no," even after months or years of working on a project. "Comedy is so hard, so subjective," DeGeneres says. "The reason that Steve felt he could trust us is because he's worked with both of us for years and we share similar sensibilities. We gravitate towards the same things. The same things make us laugh. Whether it's a script like Crazy, Stupid, Love or Burt Wonderstone, we read them and it's something that might appeal to Steve. We read so much stuff, and unfortunately, most of it is just not right for us. Not only does it have to be right for Steve, it has to be right for Warner Bros. as well. We're trying to thread a fine needle." RELATED: Is 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Offensive to Professional Magicians? Hartsock says when Warner Bros. approached Carell to form a company within their studio, it was a move to bring the "Steve Carell comedy" brand to the company. DeGeneres suggests that line of thinking has evolved, and Carousel develops a variety of projects — big and small, comedic and dramatic. Often with Carell planned for the driver's seat, but occasionally not. Warner Bros. has a first look deal that allows them to take on a movie — like in the case of Burt Wonderstone — or pass on one, in which case DeGeneres and Hartsock can find other means of bringing the film to production. The key to which movies make it through the obstacle course of production is all about timing. In the case of Burt Wonderstone, the stars aligned. "Drew Worobow, our director of development, had lunch with someone at New Line, and he mentioned they had this script Burt Wonderstone, and would we want to take a look at it," DeGeneres says. "Anchorman 2 had fallen apart and Steve was really in the mood to do a big funny comedy. We had just done Crazy, Stupid, Love, and it's much more a grounded, not a straight up comedy." John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein's (Horrible Bosses) script for Burt Wonderstone had been floating around for a number of years. With the help of Carell, the project finally came to fruition. "What John and Jonathan did, that appealed to Steve, was they created a new and different world in this world of Las Vegas magic," Hartsock says. "It hadn't been done before. It's so ripe for being big and broad, but in a real sense." According to Hartsock, Carell would walk around the Vegas casino set his giant wig, makeup, a velour jump suit, and knee-high riding boots with rhinestones and go completely unnoticed. "No one batted an eye," he says. "Because that world exists. I think the character inside that world appealed to Steve." For DeGeneres and Hartsock, the work at Carousel Productions ranges from detail-oriented tweaking to big picture development. They'll work on honing a script, making sure a movie like Burt Wonderstone has a great arc for Carell, while giving him new opportunities. DeGeneres says one of the reasons Carell was keen on doing the movie was for the chance to play a jerk — against type for the humble actor. "He's such a nice guy," Hartsock says. "And Burt is in a jerk zone of his life." RELATED: 'Burt Wonderstone' Pics: Steve Carell in Sequins Is Magic Then there's the job of diversifying their development slate so that Carell isn't saddled with the same type of movie time and time again. "Steve is an actor first, and then a comedian. A funny actor, on top of that," Hartsock says. "But Steve wants to be challenged by a role, by a character, by a director, by a film. And doesn't always want to play it, 'This one, you're the 40-year-old Virgin on a bus!'" "That's in development," DeGeneres jokes. Hartsock: "'In this one, you're the 40-year-old Virgin in the White House!" DeGeneres: "'Mr President, your prostitute is here!'" Looking ahead, the producing duo are developing scripts for Carell across the spectrum. The actor just completed the Jon du Pont drama Foxcatcher (a non-Carousel production) and is readying to head to Atlanta on March 18 to spend a few weeks shooting the resurrected Anchorman 2. Then in July, he'll shoot Mail-Order Groom, starring alongside Tina Fey. DeGeneres and Hartsock will co-produce through Carousel with Fey's own company, Little Stranger. "I've known Steve for 35 years," Hartsock says. "He's an incredibly talented actor. To be able to find or develop projects that allow him to use all of his tools is fun. To have someone say, 'Wow, you're doing dramas right next to the comedies.' That's fun to do." One anticipated project that we won't see in the future is Of All the Things, a feature version of a musical documentary centering on Dennis Lambert. "Of All the Things, unfortunately, is a project that we spent several years developing, and it's not going forward," DeGeneres says. "You hit a bump in the road, and it doesn't line up with the direction you wanted to continue in," Harsock adds. RELATED: Steve Carell Magically Transforms into Nic Cage in 'Burt Wonderstone' Poster But where one script ends, another handful of others continues to percolate. DeGeneres and Hartsock will continue producing their comedy TV show Inside Comedy for Showtime, currently in its second season. And they'll always have various feature projects in the works — even a few they hope will attract Carell as a director. One film they're particularly excited for is Magic Kingdom for Sale, an adaptation of the Terry Brooks novel that would see Carell as a widower who purchases a magical land for $1 million. "We're currently anticipating a the producer's draft of the first draft," Hartsock says. "That's one of those films that has much more of a dramatic real man in it, in an extraordinary situation. It isn't going to be a flat out comedy. It'll be funny, it'll have moments of fun. But there's a guy going through an awful internal struggle in that film." "We want to make the world as real as possible," Vance adds. "Let Steve exist in that world. Share the absurdity of it. Of a man from this world, what would happen if you found yourself in that world." Carousel Productions is still in its infancy, DeGeneres and Harsock dedicating 100% of their attention to the company and its growing slate. Still, they have their priorities. They quickly have to find what parts they're going to take in any script that comes their way. Harsock's motto: "When I read a script, I look for the worst Hawaiian shirt character and plant my flag in that guy." 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  • For Your Consideration: James Franco in 'Spring Breakers,' 2014 Best Supporting Actor
    By: Matt Patches Mar 15, 2013
    James Franco's work in Spring Breakers is one of the best performances of the year. In fact, we're ready to call it award-worthy. Believe it, b**ches. Yes, we're just coming off of the four-month-long 2013 Oscars hysteria and yes, we probably need a little breather. But let's face it: the movies that arrive on the first half of the calendar rarely receive the respect and blaring praise necessary to cut through the awards season onslaught and garner nominations that validate (in the eyes of Hollywood, at least) their artistic success. The hope is, maybe if the Oscar buzz starts now, if we plant the seed early, it can blossom into something substantial by the time the real voting begins. RELATED: Fact: 'Spring Breakers' 'Required a Lot of Dudes Rubbing Up On' Selena Gomez So in hopes that voters will keep Spring Breakers— and specifically, Franco — in the conversation at year's end, we happily present this For Your Consideration poster, featuring in full Alien mode (click to enlarge): At first glance, Franco's Alien may look like another one of his self-aware jokes. It's "funny" because we know it's James Franco playing a doofus gangster rapper and it's contextualized by his penchant for taking on any role/art project/assistant manager position/higher calling that crosses his path. In the beginning of the film, Alien does function on that level. We see him singing in a concert and it's pure Franco absurdity. But slowly — as the women of Spring Breakers fall further and further into the glowing, alcoholic, dubstep-infused hell of Florida — Franco begins to disappear. He's hooked us with a joke, as Alien hooks his entourage of thugs and binki clad women. Then, he pulls the carpet from underneath it all. The actor's most recent film, Oz The Great and Powerful, never coalesced because Franco couldn't click into the world. He needed to play an ordinary human in an extraordinary world — and he couldn't do it. Franco loves exaggeration, he loves character, and he loves personifying the world around him. In Spring Breakers, he's the perfect reflection of the demented, post-apocalyptic reality director Harmony Korine suggests we're currently living in. Korine uses Franco's Alien to make criticisms about a pop-driven lifestyle. "Look at my s**t," screams the materialistic Alien as he uses a handgun to point to a wall covered in hats, one of every color. Franco never wavers as he delivers Alien's self-absorbed philosophies through crude English. It's hilarious, it's terrifying, it's mesmerizing, and it's the kind of work that could go under-appreciated, because it's uniquely reflective of "the now." RELATED: 'Spring Breakers' Poster Packs Sunglasses, Shorts, and a Pair of Pistols Spring Breakers is a tone poem filtered through Girls Gone Wild. It's a movie that has something to say — and Franco says it at the top of his lungs. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit:] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • 'Burt Wonderstone' Writers Reveal the Infamous Masked Magician Was Almost Involved
    By: Matt Patches Mar 14, 2013
    Those lucky enough to have seen Freaks & Geeks know John Francis Daley, who played Sam Weir on the cult classic TV show. But fewer people know Jonathan M. Goldstein, a lawyer-turned-writer who met Daley on 2000's Geena Davis Show and went on to be his screenwriting collaborator. With nearly a decade of working together as writing partners, the duo are finally hitting the big time in Hollywood, with their latest comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, arriving in theaters this weekend. Daley and Goldstein make the road to becoming big time screenwriters picture perfect, but that's all part of the illusion. In fact, Daley says that it took several years and a few stalled incarnations for Wonderstone to finally come to life. Goldstein adds another layer: "We did 11 drafts at one point for one director who didn't end up doing it (and, by the way, not getting paid for those drafts). That's screenwriting for you." With every draft of Wonderstone, elements, plot points, and styles of humors shifted and evolved. The one thing that remained — and what drove Daley and Goldstein to conceive the movie in the first place — was the world of Vegas magicians. For the two writers, jokes came second to being authentic to the glitzy, demanding career. "[We talked] to a lot of Vegas magicians, getting insight into what their world really is," Goldstein says. "They were very helpful and willing to talk to us. Penn Jillette, David Copperfield, Criss Angel — a lot of these guys spent time with us." RELATED: Is 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Offensive to Professional Magicians? After soaking in the backstage world of Vegas, the writers realized… it wasn't too different then their pre-conceived notions. "Sometimes we hear about the Vegas superstars and their lifestyles," Daley says. "I don't want to name names, but there are singers that when you hear what their demands are, it astounds you. I think the same applies to any Vegas personality that's been there for a really long time. They get whatever they want. With Burt, he's so used to getting what he wanted, he became lazy and tired. That's where his craft started to fall apart." The exaggerated lives of magicians opened Pandora's Box for Daley and Goldstein, allowing the duo to pen comedy that could fit the two distinct voices of their leads, Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. Daley says that even before Carell joined the project, Wonderstone was written as the "perfect role" for the actor, while he was excited to tailor Carrey's punk rock illusionist Steve Gray to the comedian's voice. "He was one of the reasons I started acting in comedy," he says. "Just to see him embody this role — which is very big and physical — will be exciting for audiences. That old Jim." Goldstein says that Carrey has very specific ideas for characters once he's committed to a movie, and the three worked together to shape Gray to utilize the physically inclined actor's skills. Carrey's slapstick tactics are rare in Hollywood. Daley was happy to bring them back. "I think the broad comedies with lots of physical comedy come and go over the years," he says. "It was huge back in silent movies because it was the only real way to get comedy across. Ever since, it's moved with the tides." With all the rewriting, a few of Daley and Goldstein's ideas didn't make the cut — namely, a cameo from the infamous Masked Magician. Illusionist Val Valentino went incognito for a series of Fox TV specials that pulled the curtain back on magic's biggest tricks. Daley was actually a fan. "It was a gimmick, but I actually enjoyed watching the show," Daley says. "I wanted to see the magic revealed. At one point it was a plot point in one of our 12 or 13 drafts of Burt. But we wanted to focus on the rivalry of the two." RELATED: 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Trailer: It's Not Easy Being Orange According to Goldstein, the magicians they spoke to for the movie went unfazed after Valentino's "big reveals." "We talked to some of the magicians about that guy," Goldstein says. "They all knew who he was. They all felt not threatened by him. The tricks he's revealing are so widely known. They're not really secrets, except for maybe the general public." Daley dubs the Masked Magician's bits "royalty-free tricks." Not anything you would see in a Vegas stage show today. "Like playing a song that's 100 years old — no one's going to get upset about stealing it," he says. With Wonderstone set to arrive in theaters, the duo is already working on their next projects. A follow-up to their hit 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses has wrangled the original cast for a sequel, and Daley and Goldstein will make their directorial debut in a semi-sequel to the beloved National Lampoon's Vacation franchise. Goldstein says the time is right for an update. "There hasn't been a great family road trip in awhile," Goldstein says. "They're inherently relatable because most people go on them at one point or another. And we have a great affection for the original movie — we wouldn't have done a remake of it." Taking over the franchise is Ed Helms, who will star as Rusty, the son of Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold. "[Letting] him go on the road is a legitimate updating of the franchise," Goldstein says. Daley and Goldstein aren't so much scared to direct Vacation as they are excited, looking forward to realizing the scenarios they've "directed" on the page for the first time. Their biggest hurdle is staying true to the original while innovating for today's audience. "The thing you have to watch out for is not retreading jokes that haven't been done to death," Daley says. "Figure out a new way to take something people are familiar with and turn it on its head. That's what we strive for in this movie and everything we do. If you're laughing because you've heard the joke before, a laugh of familiarity, it's never as potent as a laugh that is fresh." Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures; Nash Entertainment] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • The 'Veronica Mars' Movie Is On… If You Help Kristen Bell Raise the Money
    By: Matt Patches Mar 13, 2013
    UPDATE: In under 12 hours, the Veronica Mars movie project has already exceeded its funding goal thanks to 31,000 backers anxious to see the film come to life. The project previously broke a Kickstarter record, earning its first million dollars in four hours and 24 minutes. In 2007, the little-seen, much-loved Veronica Mars was axed by The CW, an inevitable fate after low ratings on both UPN and the infant amalgamation. The devoted fanbase went ballistic, but creator Rob Thomas kept hope for the character alive: the Season 3 DVD featured a teasing trailer for a non-existent season in which Veronica joins the FBI. While it wasn't a true possibility, Thomas let even grander ideas out of the bag. In 2008, he revealed that he and star Kristen Bell were discussing plots for a movie. Five years later, Thomas and Bell are finally ready to make the wishful thinking a reality. Wednesday morning, the writer and actor pair announced through an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Veronica Mars is written and ready to shoot… as long as they can raise $2 million through the popular crowfunding website Kickstarter. Like independent films, games, and craft projects before them, Thomas and Bell are going outside the studio to fund the Mars big screen adaptation. The fate of the film has now been firmly placed in the hands of fans. RELATED: Tech Wins at Oscars 2013: IPhones, Kickstarter, and DIY Award-Contenders The Veronica Mars movie was the rumor that wouldn't die, the last question of every interview with Thomas or Bell, regardless of whatever new project they were discussing. For five years, rumors swirled on the Internet on whether Thomas could spark the interests of executives at Warner Bros. Studios (the rights holders for the Mars property) into resurrecting the cult show. As Thomas admits in his message on Kickstarter, the writer/producer played a major part in faning the flames of that online conversation to keep the dream alive. "I probably stoked fan fervor in my optimistic comments about the prospects. Warner Bros. wasn’t convinced there was enough interest to warrant a major studio-sized movie about Veronica and the project never got off the ground. After that, I tried to tamp down expectations. I didn't want to be guilty — at least not twice — of building up hope when the odds seemed so long. Still, without fail, in every interview I do or every place I speak, I get the 'will there be a Veronica Mars movie?' question. Even after a couple of years of downplaying the chances, I'd still run across blog postings headlined, 'will Rob Thomas shut up about the Veronica Mars movie, already!' I was trying to. I promise." With the emergence of Kickstarter as a viable option of funding larger-scale projects ("larger" still meager in comparison to major studio blockbusters), Thomas saw an opportunity to get the Veronica Mars movie off the ground. He and Bell went to Warner Bros. with the idea of raising the dough from fan contributions and was eventually given the go ahead. Meaning, even with the talent lining up to make the movie, Veronica Mars' big screen return is still a crapshoot: "I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made. No Kickstarter project ever has set a goal this high. It's up to you, the fans, now. If the project is successful, our plan is to go into production this summer and the movie will be released in early 2014." RELATED: Spot The 'Veronica Mars' Alum: Series Vet Nabs a Pilot Lead For fans, Thomas' promise for the direction of the movie couldn't be a sweeter. In hopes of reuniting most of the original cast, the movie will bring Veronica back to Neptune (from wherever it was that she went after Hearst College) for her 10-year high school reunion. "In the years since spoiling Keith's chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn't taken a case," Thomas says. "But something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling." Thomas promises to wrangle as many Veronica Mars character as he can with for the new mystery — and if the Kickstarter pledge video accompanying the fundraiser is any indication, many are already on board (you can't really make a Mars movie without Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and Ryan Hansen, right?) At the time of this article — less than an hour after releasing the Kickstarter page — the movie has already raised over $112,000 of its $2 million goal. Unless the vocal fanbase takes a month-long nap, expect a Veronica Mars movie in theaters by 2014. Now how about that Party Down movie? Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Host': Get Close Up with the Movie's Aliens & Big Action – VIDEO EXCLUSIVE
    By: Matt Patches Mar 12, 2013
    If you're familiar with the Twilight series, a credit like "from Stephenie Meyer" may paint the wrong picture. That series utilized supernatural elements to tell an intimate, contained story. But The Host cranks up the scope, offering an action-filled plot with stakes that put the whole world on the line. Judging from the below trailer for the upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi novel, writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) injected the source material with the necessary energy. Sure, the movie has romance... but it's also filled with car chase shootouts, escape set pieces, and a wild alien angle. RELATED: Romance And Body Snatchers: Exclusive New Pics From 'The Host' In The Host, Saoirse Ronan plays Melanie Stryder, one of the few remaining humans on Earth not inhabited by an extraterrestrial race known as "Souls." As you'll see in the our exclusive TV spot, she eventually encounters the nefarious group and taken over by a Soul known as "Wanderer." Thankfully, Wanderer has a soft spot for Melanie, and the two go on the run from the Souls to find a colony of unturned humans. Check out the video below to get a taste of just how big The Host is going to get. For those looking for Meyer's signature romantic stylings, notice that Melanie's relationships don't get any easier when she's living with an alien inside of her. RELATED: 'The Host': Saoirse Ronan Does Own Stunts The Host arrives in theaters March 29. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Open Road Films] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • The Miz on Telling the Stories of U.S. Troops in His WWE Action Movie
    By: Matt Patches Mar 11, 2013
    It's easy to peg Mike "The Miz" Mizanin as a particular type of actor. He started as a contestant on MTV's The Real World. From there, he entered the world of professional wrestling. After years of duking it out in the ring, Mizanin hit "WWE Superstar" status, winning championships and becoming one of the main "characters" of the league's bloody soap opera. Like many of his wrestling forefathers, Mizanin leveraged his time in the WWE to make a movie: The Marine 3: Homefront. But there's little luck to Mizanin's success. Most of it — whether it sounds cocky or not — is thanks to a strong belief in his own abilities. "I am the most Must-See WWE Superstar of all time and I thought WWE Studios had a great opportunity to have me in one of their films," Mizanin says. "It's kind of surreal, to be in such a successful franchise. From Cena to Ted DiBiase to The Marine 3. Not only do I hope to continue the success, I hope to exceed both of them in success. And hopefully people will enjoy the movie more than any other movie they've ever seen in their entire lives." RELATED: The Rock Talks Proving Himself as an Action Star in Hollywood Mizanin grew up in Parma, Ohio, where, according to the actor, there was one path of life for every resident. "You go to college. After college, you go back to Parma, Ohio, you get a job and you get a family and that's what you do." Although much of his early life was spent breaking free and proving himself as a performer, Mizanin admits that The Marine 3 had him going back to his roots. "[Director] Scott Wiper would be like, 'I want Mike from Parma,'" Mizanin says. "Because that's the kind of setting that [my character] Jake Carter lives in. That's what's different about it. I wanted to bring a real character into it." Mizanin has a laundry list of unexpected influences for his work in The Marine 3. He admits that Van Damme's Bloodsport and Seagal's Under Siege as movies he loved as a kid, but when it came to performing for the first time, he looked to legends, like Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Dirty Harry, and Steve McQueen in Bullitt. "They don't say much, but when Clint Eastwood walks into a room, there's that star power. That aura. That vibe you get." In the end, Mizanin knew he had to dig deeper than just the "action hero" type. "Mike from Parma" was a part of it. The other was real life troops and the difficulties they experience after coming home from war. "When a marine comes home off leave, he's so used to being in battle, so used to protecting," Mizanin says. The actor insists that The Marine 3: Homefront is the type of movie designed for pure entertainment, yet it tackles a fairly serious subject: post-traumatic stress. He puts it bluntly: "[Jake] doesn't know how to live that normal life because he's used to being at war." RELATED: Katy Perry Joins the Marines — VIDEO That's sensitive material that the film — which delivers on all the shootout, explosion, fist-fighting craziness one would hope from a Marine movie — and Mizanin worked tirelessly to make it respectful and genuine. "I wanted to make it as authentic as I could with the Marines. I had Marines show me how to hold a gun, how to walk through a room, how to survey a room." The actor has experience in the war zone too: through WWE's "Tribute to the Troops," Mizanin has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bahrain to entertain U.S. soldiers and hear their frontline stories. Some he still can't believe. "One kid, he's 19-years-old, he basically runs an armored vehicle. And the vehicle had an orange pole sticking out of it, so I ask him, 'What's the orange pole for?' And he said, 'it hits the land mine so it blows it up.' And I said, 'Have you been blown up before?' And he said, 'Yeah, got blown up yesterday.' I said, 'What?!'" With all the ongoing discussions of military use and gun violence in the media, Mizanin stands by The Marine 3: Homefront as both a movie that paints Marines in a positive light and works as a piece of kick-ass entertainment. If it inspires someone to join the armed forces, he thinks that's great. If it inspires someone to pick up a camera and make their own action movie, that's great. If it inspires a kid from Parma to seize an opportunity and follow his dream, that's great too. Mizanin has experienced his own fair share of inspiration — from a WWE career to meeting soldiers in the Middle East — and he hopes The Marine 3 gives something back, one way or another. "I always say: do whatever you want to do. If that's your dream, go for it. I always say, live free. Allow yourself to do whatever you want to do. Don't let people guide your life. You guide it." The Marine 3: Homefront is out now on Blu-ray. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: WWE Films; Twitter] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Harrison Ford's Best Movie Role: 'Indiana Jones'? 'Star Wars'? 'Witness'? — POLL
    By: Matt Patches Mar 11, 2013
    Fact: Harrison Ford is a Hollywood legend. Whatever you think of his bumpy stretch in the 2000s — we're thinking Hollywood Homicide, Firewall, and Extraordinary Measures — nothing can change his breadth of work from the '70s, '80s, and '90s, as well as his upswing in the second decade of the new millennium (including 2010's Morning Glory, April's Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Winter 2013's Ender's Game, and his latest assignment, Anchorman 2). Ford has done a little bit of everything Hollywood has to offer over the course of his career and, for the most part, his work ranks as some of the best in film history. RELATED: Is 'Anchorman 2' a 'Morning Glory' Sequel? Amazingly, Ford has never been honored with an Academy Award for his body of work — he was nominated in 1986 for Peter Weir's Witness, but lost. The man who brought us Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Dr. Richard Kimble, Jack Ryan, Rick Deckard, and President James "GET OFF MY PLANE!" Marshall has gone most of his career without an accolade. CinemaCon — the biggest convention in the movie industry — aims to fix that. The convention has named Ford as its honoree for the 2013, with a ceremony scheduled to honor the actor on April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas. Ford previously earned lifetime achievement recognition at the 2002 Golden Globes, but CinemaCon hopes to stand out by paying tribute to all of his work — from prestigious parts to blockbuster hero roles. "Yeah, you love Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but don't forget What Lies Beneath, Six Days Seven Nights, and K-19 the Widowmaker!" CinemaCon's official press releases subtextual screams. RELATED: Harrison Ford to Return For New 'Star Wars' Movies — Should He? CinemaCon's announcement may not be the most important milestone in Ford's career, but it is a great excuse to look back at his nearly 40 years of work on the big screen. So now it's time to cast your vote: What is your favorite Harrison Ford movie role? Take our poll below. Explain your choice or defend a movie that isn't on the list in the comments below! <a href="">What Is Harrison Ford's Best Movie Role?</a> Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit:] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)