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  • Kristen Stewart Is Doing Another Movie, This One with 'Aventureland' Costar Jesse Eisenberg
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 04, 2013
    WENN Jessie Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are joining forces to be tepidly awkward together once again, but not for the hotly anticipated Adven2reland. The pair will star together in American Ultra, an action comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The film's screenplay was written by Max Landis, the scribe of 2012's super-hero thriller Chronicle. In the upcoming film, Mike (Eisenberg) is a lazy stoner who lives with his girlfriend Pheobe (Stewart). One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out. The two stars possessed a nerdy charm and chemistry that made Adventureland an enjoyable indie hit. Hopefully they can transfer that chemistry to this new film which sounds like it has more of a moving plot then a coming of age amusement park dramedy. Ever since Adventureland, the two stars have had divergent career paths —Eisenberg successfully taking on high profile projects like The Social Network and being nominated for awards, while Stewart stormed the box office (and the gossip columns) as Bella Swan, but has had trouble kicking off a new film franchise. After the Twilight explosion ended and Snow White and the Huntsman flopped, Stewart has been seeking shelter in indie projects. While this mini Adventureland reunion could be a satifying dose of 2009 nostalgia, it is missing a key component. Unfortunately, creepy Ryan Reynolds will not be taking part in the new film. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • 'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Will Also Guest Star on 'Community'
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 04, 2013
    WENN Community has improbably found another person to cram into the show's fifth season. This time, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will grace the halls of Greendale Community College for an episode shooting some time this week. According to Entertainment Weekly, Gilligan will be playing a smooth-talking gold digger that starts a fight between Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi). This news all but cements our working theory that Dan Harmon has set up camp by an unemployment line in Albuquerque, and is offering everyone a hot meal and a televison guest-spot. Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito has already appeared on the show. while Jonathan Banks is also set to guest-star in an episode sometime in the upcoming season. Gilligan's casting is just the newest name in an absurdly long list of season 5 guest stars including: Walton Goggins, Nathan Fillion, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Katie Leclerc, Ben Folds, Jonathan Banks, and Vince Gilligan's fellow showrunner/non-actor Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz among others. The amount of famous people popping up in Community is positively insane and we're starting to wonder whether all of these new guest spots might unbalance a season that is already losing two of its anchor points (Donald Glover and Chevy Chase). Community always manages to embrace epic and unweildy ideas really well for a 30 minute sitcom, but some of the program's best moments are when it dials back and focuses on the Greendale Seven. Hopefully the new faces don't upstage the ones we've grown to love. We're starting to think that Donald Glover really left the show because all the extra people were stealing his favorite snacks at the craft service table. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • The 'Thor 2' Tie-in on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Could Be a Great Idea
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 04, 2013
    ABC The conclusive events of Thor: The Dark World will likely spill out into the plots of the other Marvel films coming down the cinematic pipeline, but they will also leak into Marvel's newest TV offering. The company has revealed that an upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will tie in with the Thor sequel. According to Marvel, "In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces -- one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team." The tie-in will occur in the Nov. 19 episode of S.H.I.E.L.D titled "The Well."  Over the course of this first season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has slid into a comfortable, softly padded mediocrity. For a show about secret agents and superpowered foes, it lacks the sense of daring, adventure, and fun that makes Marvel's film events such a joy to behold every season. Instead, S.H.I.E.L.D. feels more like an episode of NCIS in a jet. A dull procedural without any sense of urgency or interesting character developments. Those of us still watching are tuning in habitually to see what vaguely interesting danger the S.H.I.E.L.D. team will find itself wrapped up in this week.  And maybe this is because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D also feels decidedly cut off from the rest of the Marvel universe that it is said to inhabit. The characters are sure to tell us  repeatedly that the show takes place in the same universe as Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers, but it fails to make it feel as such. Outside of the frequent name dropping of superheroes and references to events from the movies, the show almost feels like a piece of  fan-fiction rather than a full-fledged part of Marvel's ever growing world. Obviously, the films' extra whiz bang special effects aren't possible on a paltry TV budget, but there's no reason that the quality of writing has to take such a nosedive as well. Adding a plot continuation from the Thor sequel could toss in a dash of Marvel's movie magic to a television series that has struggled to justify its existence in its early going. It could also give Marvel junkies who haven't watched S.H.I.E.L.D. a reason to tune in if they want the full story of what happens after the credits of the film roll. If Marvel wants Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be relevant, the show has to feel like a vital part of the universe, something that fans can't miss, or risk losing key sections of the super hero mosaic that Marvel is painting with its films. The move might feel a tad desperate, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • 'Last Vegas' Director Jon Turteltaub Talks Working with Hollywood's Finest
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 01, 2013
    Walt Disney via Everett Collection Last Vegas director Jon Turteltaub had a gargantuan task in front of him. One that was not for the faint of heart. He had to manage the likes of Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman in one single film, actors that are as close to royalty as hollywood gets. With such a huge task comes even bigger expectations. But even trickier that the star-filled waters he had to navigate, are the constant comparisons to The Hangover that his film will continually have to dodge in the small pool of Vegas comedies. John Turtletaub wants you to know about the joys and woes (mostly joys) in working with such a legendary cast, why he needs to makes movies for everyone, and why Last Vegas is definitely not "The Hangover for old people." What first struck me about Last Vegas is that it looked like a ton of fun to film?You know what’s funny? As fun goes, movies aren't fun at all to make. But as work goes, they're fun to make, and it was really enjoyable to be in a room with all five of those actors, including Mary Steenburgen. Everyone was so good at their jobs. It was clear that the movie was going to be good. Usually you don’t know. In this case, we had a really good feeling just when we were filming. Just by how good these actors are and everyone was on their best behavior around these guys and everyone was nice and wonderful. It's funny, people always say when they do these interviews how fun it is or what a family everyone became and I always watch that stuff thinking 'Screw you, I want you to be miserable and work hard to entertain me. I don't want you to have fun.' But I'm sorry to say, in this case, we actually enjoyed ourselves. It definitely came across on screen. There was this instant chemistry among the four leads. We're supposed to believe that they've been friends all their lives and it definitely feels that way.It's a combination of a few things, I think. One is that all these guys are faces that you've seen for 40 years and you just feel comfortable with them. It seems like they all must know each other anyway, even though no two of them have worked together before. That's one of the more surprising tidbits. It's a mixture of that, the ease they felt together onscreen, but also starting the movie with them as little kids really propels you into a sense that they really are a group that’s been together a long time. Was it ever intimidating working with such huge actors?Terrifying! It was! I'm supposed to be a very cool director who doesn't get fazed by this stuff but I was really excited and nervous. You're not just nervous because you want them to love you, but you're aware also of the other directors they've worked with and how talented those men and women are. You know you're being compared to the greatest directors of all time. The key isn't to not be scared, the key is to not show it. That's what I told myself, at least. The film did a great job of managing the huge personalities. Was it a challenge not letting one actor take over the whole film?That kind of balance is there in the script, but it's also something you work hard on in the editing room to make sure that it all feels like a movie about a group of guys, not two of them. And they couldn't have been easier to work with. They've earned the right to be sh**ty on set, and none of them were. I think they were all competing on who could be the nicest because they wanted to not only be the one to not make life difficult for me, but to not make life difficult for each other. With a movie about a group of friends in Vegas, it's easy to make comparisons to The Hangover, but is it too simple to call this film The Hangover for old people?I think so. I hate the phrase that "It's The Hangover for older people." I hate less that it's "The Hangover with older people," but I still feel like, yeah, it is a bachelor party in Vegas and I totally get the comparisons to The Hangover and The Hangover 3. But it really is such a different movie. It has a different flavor to it, a different feel to it, and different intentions. Last Vegas seems like a movie that a lot of people could enjoy, were you shooting for a wide audience?I always set out to make a movie for a general audience, that all people can enjoy. When I made National Treasure, the studio thought we were making an R-rated Jerry Bruckheimer action film, and I turned it into a PG-rated Disney adventure film. I can't help myself. I really believe that making a movie for the widest audience is a really difficult and really rewarding task. That's what I wanted to do with this. Humor should be universal and funny should be funny to everybody and emotions and heartbreak should feel tragic to everybody. If you're doing it right, then you're hitting these very universal ideas for a very broad audience. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Review: 'Last Vegas' Has Great Actors, But No Jokes Worth Telling
    By: Jordan Smith Nov 01, 2013
    CBS Films Getting the likes of Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline in one film should be a recipe for a rousing success, and in many ways throughout Last Vegas, the casting is very successful. The main cast gives everything actors can really contribute to a film, and they excel as well as they can with what they're given. But the film shows that, at the end of the day, the script is king, and Last Vegas falters because its dreadfully weak writing hinders some fun performances. Like another Vegas comedy, to which comparisons are unavoidable, the film centers around a bachelor party. Billy (Douglas) is trying to hold onto his youth with the grip of an iron vice. He's engaged to a much younger woman and decides that his wedding is the perfect time to rekindle his relationship with his three best friends, a group friendship that has frayed over the years. Archie (Freeman), Paddy (De Niro) and Sam (Kline) pack up to experience a weekend full of geriatric high jinks before Billy's wedding. Each of the four characters travels to Vegas with a certain amount of baggage stowed away in the carry-on compartment, and it's all related to aging, but the resolution to all of these character threads ends way too predictably. The first resolution to each of their stories that swirls around in your head while watching will undoubtedly be the one that pops up on screen before the credits roll.  One of the biggest sins Last Vegas makes is that it's just not all that funny, and the problem lies in the script. The film seems content with telling the same joke about old people over and over again, ad nauseam. It can barely mine humor from any other source besides the characters' advanced ages, pounding that theme into your head like a pulsing jackhammer. Jokes are fired at a machine gun pace, but so many of them fall ridiculously flat. Even when the cast is able to sell some of the feeble punchlines, they still aren't very clever or memorable. If anything, it makes it clear to see why these actors are as celebrated as they are. They all posses a serious amount of charm that bounces across the screen and makes the duds clank a little less loudly.  CBS Films In fact, any enjoyment to be had from Last Vegas stems solely from the performances of the principal men, and sultry lounge singer Diana (Mary Steenburgen). All five actors possess a natural chemistry that carries the film's limp material around long after the script has forgotten how to be clever. They all have an excitable energy that permeates the rest of the film, but energy means little when they aren't saying anything particularly interesting. During the film, you're never quite bored or offended, but you're never excited either. It just chugs along in a miasma of general competence but not much else. Last Vegas isn't quite dead on arrival but it's no a spring chicken either. Its high points ride on the backs of its stars' finely aged charisma, and much of the pleasing aspects that exist in Last Vegas would still be intact if the film just consisted of the actors sitting in a room, chewing the fat with each other without a script or direction. At the very least, they would have fewer stupid things to say. What happened in Vegas probably should have stayed there. 2/5 Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Everything Is Awesome in the Hilarious 'The Lego Movie' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 31, 2013
    The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips. Legos were always the best toys as a kid because everything just fit together so well. Of course, it was all by design, but there was joy in knowing no matter what playsets you had, they would all connect in whatever combination you wanted with a swift click. With some easy construction, you could have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaming up with Batman and it all made perfect sense in a playtime logic sort of way. Now all those childhood battles come to life in the newest trailer for The Lego Movie. The trailer is infused with the most amount of joy one can possibly inject into molded plastic. Chris Pratt's exuberance is the perfect fit for the lead character as we watch his jerky, joint-less movements explore the colorful land of Lego World. The story follows Emmet, an ordinary guy who is mistaken for The Master Builder, the only person capable of saving the Lego World from the tyranny of Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Along for the ride is an assortment of great voices including Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, and Morgan Freeman. The clear standout is definitely Will Arnett's take on Batman, who has all of the caped crusaders dark confidence, but none of his actual competence. Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube Warner Bros. has constructed what looks to be a suffocatingly likable adventure built brick by brick with references that hit every square inch of the pop culture landscape in a bonanza of an animated movie. One of the surprising things about the trailer are all the adult jokes that skate around the clip's colorful energy There are even vintage lego pieces dotted throughout the trailer, copies of which are probably stuck between your mom's couch cushions right now.  The Lego Movie hits Theaters February 14th. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Spike Lee Might Direct Justin Timberlake's Music Biopic 'Spinning Gold'
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 31, 2013
    Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Spike Lee might be teaming up with a certain pop mega-star. The controversial director is being considered to helm Spinning Gold, a music biopic based on the life of record producer Neil Bogart, with Justin Timberlake attached to star. Bogart was a legendary music mogul who helped release records from a mix of '70s music royalty including KISS and Donna Summer. The screenplay was written by Neil's son Tim Bogart, so it still remains to be seen whether the family link will cloud the story's authenticity. Lee is a deceptively versatile filmmaker who has applied his directoral knowhow to a diverse number of movies, from bank caper Inside Man, to his solemn ode to post-9/11 New York 25th Hour. Lee has gained a stigma for always putting his politics at the forefront of his films, but he also knows when to rein them back when a picture suits it. While certain sects of the Internet are quite sure Lee will destroy Korean cinema forever with his upcoming American remake of Oldboy, a wildly inventive revenge flick from Chan-wook Park, we have confidence that Lee can pull off both Spinning Gold and Oldboy sucessfully. People forget that Lee is a talented director when he's not ranting on Twitter, or stirring the pot outside of the director's chair. After the unmitigated disaster that was Runner Runner, we should be less worried about the filmmaker, and more worried about JT's ability to carry a film. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • WWII Warships... in Space! — '70s Anime 'Star Blazers' Is Getting a Movie
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 30, 2013
    Voyager Entertainment via Everett Collection The next big thing in sci-fi might be the perplexing sight of a World War II-era battleship hurtling through the endless vacuum of space. As ridiculous as that sounds, Skydance Productions has tapped Christopher McQuarrie to write and direct Star Blazers, an American live-action adaptation of the classic '70s Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato. The original anime series was translated for American television audiences under the name Star Blazers, but this will be the first time the series will get the American big screen treatment. In Star Blazers, a future Earth comes under attack from an alien menace that destroys the Earth's atmosphere, forcing humanity to burrow underground to survive. A crew is tasked with blasting into space in a battleship retro-fitted with alien technology in order to retrieve a piece of alien technology that will revive the Earth's ecosystem and save the human race. Skydance Productions is hoping that Star Blazers becomes the next massive franchise hit. Director and writer McQuarrie has a fair amount of action films under his belt, but nothing as large scale or just downright kooky as a flying warship from the 1940's. McQuarrie has written screenplays for Jack Reacher (which he also directed), The Tourist, Jack the Giant Slayer, and most notably, The Usual Suspects. Hopefully his flair for screenwriting will help us buy into the ridiculous idea that throwing a battleship into space is humanity's best option in an alien attack. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Go Greendale! 'Community' Casts 'Arrested Development' Creator Mitch Hurwitz, Plus Tim and Eric
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 30, 2013
    Cindy Ord/Getty Comedy television worlds are colliding at Greendale Community College in ways that you might not expect. Of all people, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz will take a step out of the writer's room appear in an upcoming episode of Community. Hurwitz will be playing Preston Koogler, a student at Greendale who is an insatiable party animal. Also appearing in that episode will be Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creators and performers on Adult Swim's gleefully absurd Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and stars of 2012's masterful film The Comedy. The two Adult Swim stars will play the roles of Roger and Billy. Not much is known about their characters as of yet, but the two will play some role in the Dean's upcoming plans for the school. The two oddball comedy writers will certainly add a splash of kookiness to a show that already flirts with crazy. Season 5 of Community has already snatched up a number of guest stars including the likes of Nathan Fillion, Johnathan Banks, and Walton Goggins. The Greendale Community College enrollment list is already looking completely packed this year. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Oooh, Scandal!: Kerry Washington and Taran Killam Get Kooky in 'Saturday Night Live' Promo
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 30, 2013
      Scandal star and style guru Kerry Washington proves that she has a couple of comedy tricks up ther finely tailored sleeves in the latest round of promos for this week’s Saturday Night live. Kerry is a natural, playing straight man to Taran Killam’s overblown comedic antics. Killam unleashes a killer Eminem impression that deserves the full sketch treatment... like right now. Other highlights include Killam chugging a gallon of milk and the two chanting "Oooh, scandal!" like a pack of overdramatic middle schoolers. Is it Saturday night yet? Luckily, we won't have to wait all week to get our fix on Washington or Killam. Scandal airs Thursday nights, while you can see Killam on the big screen in 12 Years a Slave... although, as you might expect, he doesn't exactly get to stretch his comedic muscles in that movie. NBC/YouTube Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //