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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 UGO.com, 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 Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.
  • Cannes: 'A Separation' Oscar-Winner's 'The Past' Already Boasts the Best Performances of the Year
    By: Matt Patches May 18, 2013
    Think of the best performances from the past 20 years.  OK, make it a little easier on yourself. Think of the Academy Awards from recent years: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, Nicole Kidman as Virginia Wolff in The Hours, or Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. Roles that pop usually have a big character twist, anything from a period friendly dialect to full body makeover to a life or death problem on their plate. "Normality" is rarely praised and rewarded when it comes to acting, simply because it doesn't pop. That's why the Cannes Film Festival debut The Past is downright revelatory: it's people acting like people while chewing up scenery Day-Lewis style. Director Asghar Farhadi, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2011's A Separation, shifts his lens from Iran to Paris for Le passé to examine a deteriorating family. Academy Award-nominated actress Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) plays Marie, who we first see picking up her soon-to-be ex-husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) from the airport so their divorce can finally be settled. Farhadi introduces us to the fissuring couple from behind a pane of glass that blocks out the sound — a choice made several times during the film. The motif hones our attention in on the physical performances of Farhadi's ensemble while speaking to the issues that slowly percolate throughout The Past. As Ahmad settles in for a few days with his former family, he digs up secrets that everyone thought were better left unsaid.  In a challenging move, Farhadi takes most of the usual exposition and setup and unrolls it over the course of the film. Turns out Ahmad and Marie's tense relationship is only the beginning. Marie's boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim of A Prophet) has a heap of his own issues, putting the responsibility of caring for his son on her shoulders. As Ahmad witnesses, the boy requires attention Marie doesn't have. Her dwindling relationship with older daughter, Lucie (Pauline Burlet), is strained as it is. With every scene, The Past complicates the scenario. To reveal the twists would only unknot Farhadi's breathtaking execution. The Past doesn't play M. Night Shyamalan games. instead, the reveals are fuel for naturalistic drama. To allow the acting to breathe, Farhadi stages his action in a theatrical fashion. One or two angles suffice when Bejo rages out against her surrogate son and Mosaffa calms a downward spiraling Burlet. Having been introduced to Americans in a silent era throwback, Bejo proves herself a starlet to contend with one devastating moment after another. In contrast, Mosaffa remains collected while being haunted by the past. Farhadi has a musician's ear for dialogue. Out of his actors' mouths the words are rhythmic and provocative, the young Burlet acting as the film's soft soprano. She's simply stunning, and yet the polar opposite of any of the aforementioned "best" performances. Oscar talk is a component of Cannes and The Past is certainly a contender for year-end awards. But while the cast is deserving, Farhadi's latest may be limited to foreign and writing categories. Despite the fury of dramatic wordplay and understated work across the board, this is not a collection of Daniel Day-Lewis-style performances. No broad characterizations, no identifiable mimicking, no showy explosions. It may not be a fit for the Academy Awards, but over the thrilling two hours of The Past, they're everything that makes "the best." [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More:Emma Watson Skewers Celebs in 'Bling Ring'Cannes: Why an American Can't Direct 'Fifty Shades'See All of Hollywood.com's Cannes Coverage!
  • Cannes Film Festival: Sex Drama 'Young & Beautiful' Proves an American Shouldn't Direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
    By: Matt Patches May 17, 2013
    Soon after being hired to adapt the uberpopular Fifty Shades of Grey, screenwriter Kelly Marcel was quoted saying that her big screen version of the erotic drama would be "raunchy" and could even require an NC-17 rating. A nice promise to fans, but could it really happen? Hollywood doesn't play nice with sex — gratuitous violence still earns an R, actors can drop a few f-bombs in a PG-13 movie, but women keep their bras on even in the heat of passion, and the idea of showing a man below the belt (unless Michael Fassbender is on board) is not even an option. Sorry, Fifty Shades. There is no way you're going to be an NC-17 movie. In fact, after watching François Ozon's 2013 Cannes Film Festival entry Jeune et Jolie (Young & Beautiful), it's possible that there isn't an American or studio-appropriate director even fit to turn Fifty Shades into something remotely watchable. In his erotic drama, Ozon examines the emerging sexuality of a 17-year-old girl over the course of a year. Isabelle (Marine Vacth, a 23-year-old Yves Saint Luarent model-turned-actress) has a burning desire for sexual pleasure, but it can't be met by boys her own age. So she turns to prostitution, an after-school gig where that allows her to freely encounter an assortment of older men with sexual demands of all varieties. Ozon doesn't damn his character for her decisions or make excuses. Isabelle comes from a picture perfect family with a laissez faire attitude. She's close with her younger brother, who picks her brain about dating. One minute she's having a nice meal with her folks, the next she's telling her mother to get out of her life. She's a typical teenager. But Isabelle has secrets — ones we never see touched in mainstream teenage dramas despite them being prevalent and important. She craves sex and Ozon presents the journey with an unflinching eye. Vacth effortlessly plays both sides to Isabelle's character. When she's with her family, Isabelle is nurturing, observational, and fragile. When she's experimenting with sex, she allows carnal instincts to wash over her. Ozon allows the character's "dates" to be sensual and raw. That's rarely the case in adult-themed dramas, let alone Hollywood's depiction of teen sex. Jeune et Jolie avoids any PSA moment and Vacth is bravely on board, letting subtle glances at Isabelle's evolution slip into impassioned sex scenes. Later in the film, Isabelle glows with sexual confidence, catching the eye of all the men around her (including her stepfather). She's empowered and Ozon finds a way to make it thrilling, terrifying, and wicked funny all at once. The source material for Fifty Shades of Grey is often chastised for painting main character Anastasia Steele as a thoughtless, subservient lover to her male counterpart, Christian Grey. Author E.L. James' prose is presented without a winking eye — even at its most ridiculous. Knowing that François Ozon's sensibilities stand outside Hollywood thinking, is there room for improvement for the Fifty Shades movie? Maybe we don't even need one thanks to Jeune et Jolie, a sizzling, stark drama that finally does justice to early days of sexual hunger. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More:'Anna Karenina' Director Joe Wright a '50 Shades' Frontrunner15 NC-17 Movies That Avoided the MPAA's WrathCannes Review: The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Cannes Film Festival: 'Bling Ring' Attacks Celeb Obsessions with a Hilarious Emma Watson
    By: Matt Patches May 16, 2013
    Tracking the lives of celebrities has become its own narrative that lives alongside Hollywood's big screen fiction. What are the stars wearing on the red carpet? Who's dating who? What kind of trouble are they in now? Find out on next week's round of paparazzi snapshots. And, like any form of entertainment, "gossip" has its degrees of fandom. In The Bling Ring, the latest from writer/director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette), five celebrity wannabes slip down the slope from admirers to obsessives, finding themselves pilfering from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox without a trace of conscience. Spending every night at the clubs and dreaming of rubbing shoulders with the elite, the high school quintet finds a route to easy money and leaps at the chance. Whenever the website DListed posts that a celebrity is out of town, the crew can Google an address and be rolling in riches in a matter of hours. The mansions are overflowing with jewelry, shoes, and Prada bags — when the "Bling Ring" lifts a few handfuls of it, no one notices. A full-proof plan that instills the teenage criminals with a true "holier than thou" Hollywood attitude. All the buzz for Bling Ring, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, has been centered on Emma Watson. But her self-absorbed Nicki is only part of the picture — and not the central figure. The ringleader is Rebecca (Katie Chang), an amateur fashionista who dreams of attending the Fashion Institute where "all the Hills girls went." When she meets new kid Marc (Isreal Broussard) they become instant friends — and partners in crime. Marc has the brains and Rebecca packs the ambition. Before too long, they're deciding which of Paris Hilton's Louboutins to take home and recruiting friends to join in on the fun. Chang and Broussard are a natural pair, relative unknowns who talk, walk, and act like actual teenagers. If they weren't plotting to rip off thousands in material goods, they'd be downright normal (well, "L.A. normal"). Coppola toys with a pop style informed by glitzy VIP parties, social networking, and top 20 hits, but never using her direction to attack (unlike, say, the biting phantasmagoria of Spring Breakers). She plants herself in the middle of this nightmare world of Instagram selfies and lets her exceptional cast play out the true life story (the movie lifts its facts from a Vanity Fair article chronicling the real 2008 heists). There's a repetitive nature to Bling Ring, with its countless sequences of the celebrity heists, but the young cast captures the deranged antics with such precision it's hard to look away. In that way, the film plays like the material its criticizing — an artful "E! True Hollywood Story." What's missing is a satirical edge. Watson's Nicki comes close as the most boisterous of the bunch. The actress is hysterical in her attempts to soak up every bit of spotlight — even when they're coming from paparazzi parked outside the courtroom. When convicted of the crimes, Nicki lies in the face of everyone, feeling no remorse and leveraging it for personal fame. It's disturbing, and imperative to the film's commentary. The rest of the characters simply drift through Bling Ring, avoiding confrontation that would have given the movie more bite. Gorgeously shot and sharp in its language, The Bling Ring is another 2013 entry that takes aim at the ridiculousness we're capable of when "privilege" enters the picture. So follow Emma Watson on Twitter, check out all of her red carpet styles, try to get an autograph if you can. Just watch the edge of the fandom cliff — it's steep. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More:How Celeb Obsessed Is Sofia Coppola?If Nothing Else, 'The Bling Ring' Will Be FashionableEmma Watson Strips Down For Sensual Portrait From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Cannes Film Festival 2013: Breakout Stars, First Reviews, and Big Winners
    By: Matt Patches May 16, 2013
    The 2013 Cannes Film Festival — the world's premiere fest for stars, world debuts, and Oscar buzz — is now in full swing and Hollywood.com is on the ground to catch a glimpse of the the movie world's vacation to the French Riviera. With famous faces like Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Watson, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling, and new films by maestros like The Coen Bros., Nicolas Windig Refn (Drive), Sofia Coppola, and Alexander Payne (The Descendents), Cannes is a packed house of A-Lister talent (see the full list of prestigious films here). Ready to dive in? We'll be updating live from the Cannes for the next two weeks. Follow along as the reactions and reviews come flickering off the projection screen: RYAN GOSLING HAS ONLY 17 LINES IN 'ONLY GOD FORGIVES' Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn keeps his star contemplative but dangerous, while Kristen Scott Thomas is an absolute riot.    CANNES FASHION: SEE THE LOOKS! Stars from Isla Fisher to Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio show off the latest looks on the red carpet.   'BEHIND THE CANDELABRA' IS TAME DESPITE MATT DAMON Steven Soderbergh's last hurrah is HBO's Liberace biopic, a straightforward affair offering amazing performances by Damon and Douglas.     'SHIELD OF STRAW' IS MARK WALHBERG STYLE ACTION FLICK... ... without Mark Wahlberg. The Audition director debuts a new crime thriller at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, in the vein of every Wahlberg movie ever. The only thing missing is Wahlberg himself. THE 'HELI' MOMENT THAT IS JUST WAITING TO GO VIRAL Amat Escalante's Mexican drama Heli is hyper-violent and stunningly beautiful. We predict one scene could blow up on the Internet.    REVIEW: ALEC BALDWIN'S 'SEDUCED AND ABANDONED' Baldwin teams with director James Toback to pull back the curtain on the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood, and the hardships of movie making.   HEAR THE SONGS IN THE 'INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS' SOUNDTRACK The Coen Bros. recruit Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Oscar Issac to cover classic '60s folk songs in their Cannes Film Festival debut — here are a few of them.  'THE PAST' ALREADY BOASTS BEST PERFORMANCES OF 2013Asghar Farhadi's Paris-set Le passe recruits Academy Award-nominated actress Berenice Bejo for a heartpounding family drama.   ROBIN WRIGHT IN 'THE CONGRESS' PREDICTS YOUR DEMISEWaltz with Bashir director Ari Folman delights with his latest film starring Robin Wright, The Congress.   WHY DO WE STILL CRUSH ON LEO DICAPRIO LIKE IT'S 1997? Leonardo DiCaprio wins hearts in this month's The Great Gatsby, but there's a part of us that still swoons they way we did when we saw  Titanic.   WHAT CAN '50 SHADES' LEARN FROM 'YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL'? Swimming Pool director Francois Ozon returns to Cannes with Jeune et Jolie, an erotic coming of age story starring model-turned-actress Marine Vacth.   REAL JEWEL HEIST AS 'BLING RING' PREMIERED AT CANNESPolice say that thieves robbed $1 million worth of jewels out of a Chopard employee's hotel room. These jewels were meant to be worn by celebs.   EMMA WATSON IS HILARIOUS IN 'THE BLING RING' Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola goes after gossip culture with a ripped-from-the-headlines story of teenagers stealing from Paris Hilton.   'GATSBY' OPENS CANNES: REVIEWBaz Luhrmann's latest is full of color and Jay-Z curated tracks, but it falls flat in comparison to DiCaprio's Gatsby and Carey Mulligan's jazz age ingenue.   EMMA WATSON GOES BAD IN FIRST 'BLING RING' TRAILER Sofia Coppola's newest film about the true events surrounding several celebrity robberies   BIG SUNDANCE WINNER HEADS TO CANNESFruitvale lives up to award hype thanks to Michael B. Jordan's stunning performance.    6 REASONS 'LLEWYN DAVIS' IS QUINTESSENTIAL COEN BROS.How does the Coen Bros. collaboration with Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Oscar Isaac compare to their other beloved films?   RYAN GOSLING GETS HIS A** KICKED IN NEW TRAILERIf you enjoyed Drive but wished it had more eastern influence, look no further than Only God Forgives, the latest team-up between Gosling and Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn. From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Review: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Can't Find Room for Cumberbatch, Pine Amidst Non-Stop Action
    By: Matt Patches May 15, 2013
    Doing the near impossible by eclipsing the warp speed of 2009's Star Trek, J.J. Abrams' sequel is wall-to-wall action empowered by the strong characters set up in the original. Star Trek Into Darkness, from geek-friendly writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, hones in on the destructive heroism of James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), the Captain's friendship with all-too-logical Spock (Zachary Quinto), and a worthy adversary for the crew: the superhuman terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). The approach leaves the ensemble, elegantly woven into the adventure of the first movie, on the sidelines. Instead of reminding us why we love the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Into Darkness floods the screen with spectacle and relies on memories of the past to fill in the blanks. What's the Klingon word for "overload?" From the first notes of Michael Giacchino's rousing score, we're thrust into the middle of the action. A chase scene on a lush planet jumps to an escape from volcanic eruption jumps to Kirk and Spock back on Earth defending themselves against Federation punishment (a dialogue scene that taps snappy dialogue and big emotion to keep the momentum going). Kirk is under fire for going against the "Prime Directive," stating that the Starfleet won't interfere with the internal development of alien civilizations. Standing down isn't his style — and it costs him Spock as his right hand man, the Enterprise, and a career. He's pulled back in by Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller), who needs Kirk's renegade style to catch Harrison. A format Starfleet officer, Cumberbatch's Harrison is more than meets the eye, but violent attacks against the Federation are enough to light a fire under Kirk's ass. The rage-filled Captain recruits his former crew to boldly go after Harrison. Into Darkness lacks the camaraderie that made Star Trek pop — and even Cumberbatch's scenery chewing instincts are stymied by surface-level drama — Abrams never blinks an eye when it comes to the direction. He finds tension with the grand CG set pieces (a spaceship chase through the canyons of an alien planet is basically a proof of concept for Star Wars 7) and finds all the right angles for a intensely close-up space jump scene through a field of debris. The movie acknowledges that this is repeat business, essentially the same scene from movie one, but it's expertly crafted and a thrill thanks to Abrams' knowhow. With all the innovation on display, Star Trek Into Darkness can't escape the shadow of its dramatic cues. It's completely indebted to Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan — a foundation that must be bewildering to the non-fan. The movie also functions as a 9/11 allegory. Or, more specifically, the conspiracies surrounding 9/11. With a large portion of action taking place on Earth, trauma strikes among skyscrapers and screaming pedestrians in an on-the-nose fashion. It wrenches the gut, but it's easy. True drama between Kirk and Spock exists thanks to Pine and Quinto's vivid portrayals, but it's all for naught when the inciting incidents are nostalgic riffs rather than freshly born situations. Star Trek had its fair share of plot holes, but they were swept up in the fun factor of watching a motley crew of young actors figure out teamwork. Into Darkness is missing the team, and missing the fun. Abrams takes a dark turn with his follow-up and promises an epically-scaled sparring match between Kirk and Cumberbatch. The movie winds up moving so quickly, glossing over so much to get to that final clash, that Star Trek Into Darkness fizzles out by its finish. 2.5/5 What do you think? Tell Matt Patches directly on Twitter @misterpatches and read more of his reviews on Rotten Tomatoes! More:What You Need to Know Before 'Star Trek Into Darkness'John Cho Hints at Sulu's FutureTrekkie Converts Home into the Enterprise From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • John Cho Says the 'Star Trek' Writers 'Were Winking' to Fans During Sulu's Big Moment
    By: Matt Patches May 15, 2013
    Although most of the action in Star Trek Into Darkness and its predecessor, 2009's Star Trek, is dedicated to the exploits of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the franchise's various villains, writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof can't help but pepper the sci-fi films with due fan service outside he main duo. Case in point: John Cho's Sulu. In the first movie, we see him expertly fence his way through some bad guys — a throwback to the original incarnation's weapon of choice. In Star Trek Into Darkness, Sulu is recruited to briefly captain the U.S.S. Enterprise while Kirk is on a mission. This time, the fan service looked to the future of the series. In the previous timeline of movies, Sulu (played by George Takei) climbed the ranks from helmsman and tactical officer to Captain of his own ship, the U.S.S. Excelsior. Star Trek Into Darkness clearly hints at that future. "The writers are aware of it and were winking at me [laughs]," Cho tells Hollywood.com. "That would be amazing if that happened in our timeline." Getting a chance in the Captain's chair was a dream come true — mostly because everyone wanted to do it. "All the actors wanted to sit in the chair. We broke it on the first movie. That thing toppled. Cracked and toppled. Very embarrassing," he says. Cho says that the difference between Sulu in Star Trek Into Darkness and the first movie is ramped up ambition. To evolve the character for the sequel, the actor allowed that eagerness to seep into more of his performance. "I thought it would be appropriate because we were doing a younger take on these characters, and it's a youthful quality that might be useful. It's something I thought we should highlight, and something I took into the second one in particular," Cho says. "He's ambitious. He gets scared of what he wants, but he wants it." From the first movie, Cho never wanted to replicate Takei's style. Instead, he opted to carry his wisdom with him throughout production on both movies. "Maybe the thing that was most relevant is that he gave me a primer on Roddenberry and his intentions and encouraged me in my choices to bring it back to what Roddenberry would have wanted," Cho says. "He is a wise man! He's fascinating. Literally the most intelligent man I've ever met. On a basic level, he seems to know something about every subject in the world." After Star Trek Into Darkness jumps into theaters, Cho will next be seen in Sleepy Hollow, the latest television endeavor from Trek team Orci and Kurtzman (who also created Fringe). While he's listed as a special guest for now, the role could potentially grow into something larger — although, like Star Trek's many secrets, Cho was quick to keep mum on details. But he did jump at the idea of a potential Sulu TV spin-off if events keep playing out as they did in the original series. When the idea comes up, he responds with the heart of Sulu. "That would be awesome!" Cho says. "Is that ambitious enough for you?" Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More:10 Stars Who Wound Up on 'Star Trek''STID' Star Alice Eve Shares Her Favorite Trek EpisodeWhat You Need to Know Before 'Star Trek Into Darkness' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Exclusive: Melanie Laurent Plays Tricks in 'Now You See Me' Motion Poster
    By: Matt Patches May 13, 2013
    Misdirection is the key to a great magic trick. The viewer looks to one hand, the magician executes the trick with the other. Now You See Me uses the same technique; a cat and mouse game between a collective of magicians-turned-criminals and their policing pursuers, the new movie twists and turns like an adeptly executed card trick. Once you see where it's going, it goes the other way. So it's no surprise that the posters for the Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, Incredible Hulk) thriller would be equally mesmerizing. Front and center in this exclusive new poster is costar Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds). In the film she plays an Interpol agent chasing after the main quartet of sleight-of-hand thieves (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher). On this new one-sheet, she's the center of a hypnotic pinwheel we're sure is distracting us from the real trick. Now You See Me slips into theaters May 31. Check out more motion posters from the film of Morgan Freeman (at Comingsoon), Jesse Eisenberg (at Cinemablend), Dave Franco (at The Nerdist), Isla Fisher (at Popsugar), Woody Harrelson (at Film School Rejects), Mark Ruffalo (at Crave Online), and Michael Caine (at Movies.com). Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: Watch the 'Now You See Me' TrailerReal Magicians on the Rights and Wrongs of Movie MagiciansMelanie Laurent Pics From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • In Time for 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Trekkie Converts Home into the Enterprise
    By: Matt Patches May 13, 2013
    There are levels of Trek fandom, never more apparent during the week of Star Trek Into Darkness' release. The causal viewer knows the names of the main characters, has seen a handful of episodes from all of the various series and caught each big screen adaptation as they've hit theaters. True "Trekkers" take it to the next level, absorbed in creator Gene Roddenberry's Utopian vision. They dress up in Federation-approved uniforms, debate the details of the franchise's mythology, and make their own treks to annual conventions. But it can get even more hardcore. Take Steve Nighteagle, who is currently in the process of turning his home into a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The results are something to behold. "I work on it 7 1/2 months out of year!" Nighteagle tells DestasaBlog. The interior makeover seems to be partially out of love for Trek, partially out of a need for an all-consuming hobby. "Without filling in the rest of the year doing sci-fi I would be like a lot of folks who sit in a chair watching the boob tube. Too many years like that would put me in the grave!" Nighteagle's investment in Trek lore is especially apparent when he describes watching the franchise's second theatrical installment, The Wrath of Khan, for the first time. "When Spock died…I couldn't believe it! I knew Leonard was very iffy about doing another movie! What was Star Trek going to do with this crew in future movies (without Spock)? It would be like eating a apple without your hands!" he says. Click the image above or this link to get an inside look at Nighteagle's mind-blowing Star Trek house, which also includes built-in references to Duncan Jones 2009' sci-fi flick Moon. Sure, why not? Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: The Craziest 'Star Trek' Theory You'll Read Today'Star Trek Into Darkness': OMG Faces EditionHow 'DS9' Became the Best Trek From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker: A 'Great Gatsby' Breakout Star
    By: Matt Patches May 11, 2013
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan — for his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's revered novel The Great Gatsby, director Baz Luhrmann recruited Hollywood's top talent. The star-lit casting fits the material, and Luhrmann's specific interpretation. His Gatsby is drunk on gimlets and glamour, embracing Fitzgerald's description of a "kaleidoscopic circus" and peppering it with the current faces of A-listers. Mostly. Elizabeth Debicki is an unknown here in the States and a rising star in her home country of Australia. When it came to casting Gatsby's elegant, wry, professional golfer Jordan Baker, Luhrmann deviated from the recognizable talent pool to to give Debicki a breakout role. Straight out of the Victorian College of Arts, Debicki was handpicked by Luhrmann, won over by her chemistry with Tobey Maguire. Luhrmann revealed his choice for Jordan Baker on his website in early 2011: "It was a surprising result, but Elizabeth's grasp of the material and her chemical connectivity to Tobey Maguire, in addition to her striking, athletic appearance, had us in a place where we were fully confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term 'a discovery.' We are thrilled. As each role in Gatsby is cast, we seek, in the most dramatic way, to clarify each of Fitzgerald's characters, one against the other." In an interview with The Australian, Debicki describes the whirlwind experience of being invited to the lavish party that is a Baz Luhrmann production. What started as a casual submission of a casting tape became the call of a lifetime. "That whole audition was one of the strangest experiences of my life," she explains. "I'd never been to L.A. before, it was like a crazy whirlwind — I got on a plane and then I was in LA, the sun was shining and I did this crazy audition and came home. Within five days it had all occurred, and I lost a day somewhere in between. Then Baz called me on a tea break in rehearsals and it was a very, very weird moment. You imagine you would react a certain way, like, 'That's wonderful' and you'd be very graceful, like in a Hollywood movie, but it wasn't like that at all. I don't remember saying anything remotely intelligent. I said something like, 'Are you serious?' but I said it quite a lot. He kept saying 'Yes' and then I thought I probably shouldn't ask him again in case he thinks twice." Debicki comes from a family of dancers, having moved from Paris to Australia when she was five years old. Her diet as a kid was purely golden-era Hollywood films, the type of big screen song numbers that inform Luhrmann's Gatsby. The upbringing helped when it came to the role — although she tells Vanity Fair that doing the Charleston ain't easy. "The first time I did it I was absolutely wiped. Maybe in the 20s they were skinnier and had less body to throw around? I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a whole new trend of Charleston classes at the gym, instead of, like, pole dancing," she says. Having just begun her career, Debicki is one of the few young stars without a turbulent past or dirt to be dug up. It's a bright future, one we see a glimpse of when she spars alongside Maguire and DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby. But as she tells Interview Magazine, "stardom" isn't really one of her goals when making the jump to Hollywood. "It doesn't really appeal to me very much. When I went to school, it was all very idealistic. It was all just about making art and making theater. When I did my first film, I was like, ‘Oh my god. Is this actually a job? 'Cause this is what I would like to do for pleasure.'" Debicki simply wants great parts. Now that we've been introduced to her in Gatsby, we want the same thing for her. MORE:4 Differences Between the 'Gatsby' Book and MoviePartying in Long Island, 'Gatsby' StyleWhat Is the Best Leonardo DiCaprio Movie?  From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 10 Characters That Must Return for '24' (and a Crossover Dream)
    By: Matt Patches May 10, 2013
    Hollywood's ideas are cyclical. Example: even though Season 8 of 24 was touted as the final season, there were always rumors that the show would return for a feature film outing. That never happened, but franchise don't disappear: 24 is set to come back next season in limited series form. With Touch cancelled by Fox, Kiefer Sutherland is set to return as counterintelligence operative Jack Bauer in a 13-episode run, reports EW. Does that mean 24 is dropping the real time approach? Will the series even take place after the events of Day 8? Who or what is going on?! Breathe, 24 fans. There's still lots of time on the clock before solid details regarding the series surface. No need to strap the series writers to any chairs and torture them with broken lamp parts just yet. In anticipation of the new 24 saga, we've wrangled 10 characters from the show's past we're crossing our fingers return. Since anything goes during an episode of the show, we let our imaginations fly: Aaron Pierce The secret service agent became a fan favorite simply because he survived longer than most of the other characters on the show. While he didn't appear in 24's final season, Pierce (played by actor Glenn Morshower) evolved from background White House player to ass-kicking government agent up until Day 7 (in that season, he uncovered an assassination plot tied to the President's daughter, Olivia Taylor). If there's a Presidential character in 24's limited run, then Pierce needs to step back up to guard them. Bill Buchanan Unlike Secret Serviceman Pierce, many of 24's most lovable characters kicked the bucket at some point over the course of the show's run. But for every silent countdown indicating the demise of a series regular, we got a double gasp-worthy moment of a dead character's return. So depending on when the new series takes place — it could be a "day" in-between previous seasons — or how wacky it's willing to get, killed off cast members could be resurrected. So we suggest bringing back Bill Buchanan, actor James Morrison's CTU agent who went out with a bang saving Jack's life. He was kind of a wooden suit early on Day 4, but a bit of scruff turned Bill into the wise sage of the CTU team. Mike Novick A little bit smarmy, a little bit heartfelt, and a look that is reminiscent of Dick Cheney, Jude Ciccolella's Mike Novick managed to appear in the first two seasons, fall off the grid, then reappear on President Charles Logan's staff in Season 4. Mike's always played both sides of the field. Any good 24 season requires absurd amounts of shadiness and that's the void Mike easily fills. Especially if… Charles Logan … a certain diabolical ex-President returns to the cast. Look, I know Logan (Gregory Itzin) shot himself in the head at the tail end of Season 8, but the EMTs explained that he would survive (albeit with a bit of brain damage). Logan is 24's version of Hannibal Lecter: manipulative, soft-spoken, and evil at the core. He can help, he can hinder, but most importantly he takes any mild-mannered thriller plot and turns it on his head. Who knows how his recovery went post-attempted suicide, but it's safe to say Logan could return even crazier than before — and who wouldn't want to see that? Nina Meyers Another deceased 24 character I'll believe is dead when she doesn't return for the new limited series. Nina is wicked, and while all the CTU ladies are staples of the show (we love you, Chloe), few chew up scenery like Sarah Clarke's Nina. We haven't seen her since Day 3 when Jack shot her at point blank range. An intelligent person would believe that's it for Nina — but we've watched too much 24 to fully embrace logic. Either Fast Five style reveal that Nina survived the gunshot or set 24 2in an alternative timeline. Find a way, creators. Sherry Palmer Speaking of 24 ladies who give the hulking gents a run for their money, how about reviving Sherry Palmer for another turn in the White House? Setting the limited series within the existing timeline might be the only way to work Penny Johnson Jerald back into the terrorist plotting tapestry of the show, but it's worth it to get the scheming First Lady back (and if she comes packaged with David Palmer, great). Sherry added a Manchurian Candidate touch to the early seasons of 24, an element of paranoia lost down the road when the series relied on atomic bombs and global horrors. Bearded Jack Bauer Given: Jack Bauer will return for the new 24 season. Less of a given: He'll return looking like he did in the first episodes of Season 6, after being kidnapped and tortured by the Chinese for 20 months. I love me some Jack Bauer power hour, but I also like broken Jack — and I much prefer a guy on the run, a guy under pressure, a guy with nothing left to lose except the mission he puts on himself, then variations of the "troubled Jack" persona that feel forced (see: heroin addiction). When 24picks back up, here's hoping Jack has had his a** kicked. Severely. Diane Huxley Will Jack have a love interest in the new 24 series? He may not have time, but just in case, let's bring back Connie Britton's Season 5 character to add a bit of hope to an often bleak landscape. As someone who never really like Audrey Raines, Jack's longtime, post-wife gal pal, I'd be happy to see Jack emotionally reconnect with Diane (even if it's an excuse to add Britton's vibrance to the new series). Behrooz Araz Behroooooooooz. The son of a sleeper cell ringleader just wanted to make out with his hot blonde girlfriend, but nooooooo — Dad had to involve him in his plot to blow up nuclear power plants. At the end of Day 4, Behrooz was captured by evildoer Habib Marwan never to be seen again. His conclusion is one of the series big question marks (although answered in non-canonical deleted scenes) and he could make a great hero or villain in the revival of the show. The Cougar Run, Kim. OK, maybe we don't need the infamous Season Two feline to literally make a reappearance in the new run of 24, but we do want something likeKim's run in with a cougar to go down. Levity is important. And adorable, if it comes in the form of a mountain cat. Bonus: Saul from Homeland The hit Showtime drama shares a creator with 24 in Howard Gordon, who might just be mad enough to collide his two hit properties into one madcap, Taliban-chasing romp. Jack teaming up with Carrie? Perhaps Mandy Patinkin's Saul could bring them together…. Who do you think should come back for 24 2.0? Voice your returning cast demands in the comments. 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