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  • Watch Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Alba, and Haley Joel Osment (Yep) in the Weirdest IFC Trailer Ever
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 10, 2013
    IFC You know that itching tension you feel when you get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood, or get on the wrong bus and end up somewhere you don't recognize? That feeling of being completely lost? Get ready to revisit that sensation in video form because the first trailer for IFC's The Spoils of Babylon is probably the most bizarre clip to pop up on the Internet in some time. Tobey Maguire and an odd mix of actors including the likes of Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Val Kilmer, Jessica Alba, and oddest of all, Haley Joel Osment (who I don’t think anyone has actually laid eyes on since the end of The Sixth Sense) star in a captivating two-minute glimpse of what can only be described as a kooky, dramatic nonsensical comedy. We'd give you a detailed plot summary of what the new show was about if we were at all sure ourselves, given the trailer's weirdness, but the show seems to focus on the trials of the Morehouse Family in a spoof of epic period dramas. Maguire plays Jonas Morehouse in a trailer that takes him from childhood, to the damp jungles of "Okajaba," to shooting up heroin and making love to his adopted sister played by Wiig. The Spoils of Babylon will be airing in January as a six-part miniseries. The series will be produced by Will Ferrell, who will also star in the show as the author of the series of books that the show's fictional world is based on. IFC is known as the destination for television’s most bizarre and ambitious comedies, including the lovably weird Portlandia, and The Spoils of Babylon looks to increase that weird factor by a scale of about 30. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Everyone Parties Like It's 1979 in the Latest 'American Hustle' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 10, 2013
    Christian Bale's paunch and sad comb-over are only the second and third best things in the new trailer for American Hustle, David O. Russell's follow up to last year's Silver Linings Playbook. The best thing is definitely the immersion-shattering fact that Jennifer Lawrence is playing a mother of what looks like a five year old. Implausible parentage aside, the new trailer dazzles with a great cast and the hints of what could be a gripping crime story. Sony Pictures/YouTube There's a great sense of time and place in this latest trailer. Russell's recreation of '70s New York buzzes with the rollicking sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra and grungy looking film filters that make it seem like the director picked up all of his camera equipment from a dingy thrift shop on the way to the shoot. J-Law's groovy up-do and the obnoxious period fashion fill out a trailer that piles on the nostalgia like a thick stack of disco LPs. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan
  • Dan Harmon Compares Season 4 of 'Community' to Jeffery Dahmer on Reddit
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 09, 2013
    Mark Davis/NBC Dan Harmon, original creator and former-former-showrunner of NBC’s Community stumbled upon the most productive place to occupy his time the other day: a Reddit thread. Harmon released a stream of irritated remarks via the Community subreddit, responding to fans who blamed the drop in quality seen in the much despised fourth season of Community on problems that originated from Season 3, a season for which he still served as head of the show. In a bizarre commenting spree, Harmon lashed out against those who chastise Season 3, even going as far to compare the fourth season to Jeffery Dahmer. Here are a few excerpts from the tirade: "Saying season 3 sucked is like punching my brother. I wish it wouldn't happen but my brother probably deserved it, he's kind of nuts. But I love him, you know? I don't talk to him, but he's my brother.""Saying season 4 sucked is like punching…let's say Jeffrey Dahmer. He's from my home town, but I didn’t know him and he ate 17 people.""Saying season 3 sucked so bad that it made season 4 suck is like feeding my brother to Jeffrey Dahmer. I have no idea if he deserves it, it doesn't matter if he does, it bums me out, there's nothing I can do, but definitely no need to argue about it.""Explaining why season 4 is season 3's fault and how it's important to state your opinion and I should really calm down is like feeding my brother to Dahmer really slowly, while wearing Harry Potter glasses that you keep pushing up on the bridge of your nose." We all know that Dan Harmon is a deeply passionate individual that had to suffer through the injustice of getting his creative work ripped out from under him in a cruel act of television network politics, but he should probably cool it on comparing the work his former collegues did on Season 4 to a cannibalistic serial killer. That might make their next meeting at the company picnic just a little awkward. Moreover, Harmon should realize that the Internet is a vast and unruly place filled with opinions that range from flattering to downright nasty. You can't take every single one of them so personally. So our advice to Mr. Harmon, as fans, would be to sit back, relax, crank up the smooth sounds of "Daybreak," and concentrate on making Season 5 of Community the best one yet. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Mads Mikkelsen Really Wants to Kill Shia Labeouf in 'Charlie Countryman' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 09, 2013
    Charlie Countryman/Facebook Having a dead man slobbering all over Shia Labeouf's shoulder is certainly an odd way to open a love story, but Fredrik Bond’s first feature film Charlie Countryman seems comfortable with being an uncomfortable mish-mash of genres. In the film, Labeouf plays an American that travels to the Romanian city of Bucharest, but when a fellow airplane passenger passes away, he meets and falls in love with the dead man's daughter, Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood). Unfortunately, a ruthless Romanian gangster has already "claimed" Gabi and doesn’t plan on letting her or Charlie go. What follows is a dangerous journey into the depths of the Romanian underworld that threatens to swallow Charlie whole. Labeouf seems to be running full bore away from anything remotely robotic or blockbuster-like. He has sworn off of Hollywood's love for big action flicks, and turned his focus to smaller films. With Charlie Countryman, he grows his hair out to almost Bohemian lengths, dons a patchy beard, and hides away (from Decepticons) in the grimy streets of Bucharest for this indie thriller with a dirty, otherworldly essence. But to call this simply an indie thriller would be a bit disingenuous. It flirts with several styles of film while blanketing it all with a hallucinatory haze. The movie has a cast full of diverse actors including Rupert Grint, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Melissa Leo, but the clear standout is Mads Mikkelsen who manages to terrify and enthrall in the short glimpses we see of him in the trailer. When an actor like Mikkelsen manages to make his previous turn as Hannibal Lecter seem levelheaded and friendly by comparison, he's really outdone himself in the villiany department. More:'Captain Phillips' Trailer'Foxcatcher' Trailer'The Starving Games' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • You Know That 'Dexter' Finale You Hated? Producer Says It Was Showtime's Fault
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 08, 2013
    Showtime Warning: The following article contains spoilers to that terrible, terrible Dexter finale. If you thought Dexter the friendly serial killer would receive some comeuppance for the eight seasons that he strolled around Miami Dade County, dealing out his own brand of vigilante justice, you thought wrong. Faithful Dexter fans were greeted to a series finale that saw our favorite bloodspatter expert sailing out into a hurricane, only to find new life as a grisly mountain man in a cabin. Many were disappointed with the rather toothless way the Dexter writers decided to end the character's story, but the producer is now throwing blame at the network. In a recent interview with Vulture, Dexter producer John Goldwyn said that Showtime had prohibited them from killing Dexter in the final episode. Goldwyn said, "They won't let us kill him… Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, 'Just to be clear, he's going to live.' There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close. People have a relationship with Dexter, even if it doesn't have the size and the ferocity of the fan base for Breaking Bad. But it has a very core loyal following." While of course the Dexter writers should have been given complete creative freedom with regards to how to handle the ending of the show and the fate of its its titular character, there must have been a better way to end the series while keeping Dexter alive than giving him a beard and throwing him into a forest. I mean, seriously. He's a lumberjack, and that's not okay. More:'Breaking Bad' Series Finale: The Perfect GoodbyeBad Green Screen in 'Dexter' Season Finale'Boardwalk Empire' Renewed for Season 5 Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Italian Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino Brings 'Walking Stories' to Life as a Web Series
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 08, 2013
    Ferragamo/Facebook Director Luca Guadagnino is preparing to dip his toes into something a little different. The acclaimed Italian filmmaker, whose last feature film I Am Love starred Tilda Swinton, has just launched the first segment of Walking Stories, an eight-part web series starring Kaya Scodelario, Lauren Hutton, and Tom Ellis. The first part in the ongoing series features the chance encounter of two long lost college friends who have obviously led very different lives after leaving school. Sarah looks like a Bohemian free spirit with a penchant for drawing on her body parts while her friend seems more focused on the upscale living and material things. The first episode ends on a cliffhanger after Sarah's friend asks her how exactly she ended up in Florence in the first place. Judging from the trailer and the first part of the series, Walking Stories seems like a light and funny romantic comedy with a European flair.  Watch the trailer and the first episode below: More:Bryan Cranston is Heading to BroadwayTom Hanks has DiabetesWhat Does 'Gravity' Say About American Audiences Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Did Tom Hanks' Acting Career Lead to Diabetes?
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 08, 2013
    FayesVision/WENN On last night's Late Show with David Letterman, America's best friend Tom Hanks revealed that he has been diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. The always affable Hanks softened the blow by laughing off his condition, joking that after years of battling high blood sugar, he had "graduated" to the more serious condition. In a report from CBS, Dr. Holly Phillips suggested that Hanks' work as an actor might have contributed to his development of the disease. Hanks has had an illustrious career that has required him to transform his body for certain films. He had to lose dramatic amounts of weight for roles in Philadelphia and Cast Away while gaining weight for films like A League of Their Own and Catch Me If You Can. These extreme and sudden fluctuations in weight may have led to his development of the disease at an older age. Type 2 diabetes is a very manageable disease, and provided Hanks takes care of himself, he can live a perfectly normal life. Even amidst the news of his condition, it's comforting to see Hanks and his trademark charisma lighting up the room. The actor goes on to inform Letterman that his doctor told him that he could effectively reverse the condition by slimming down to his high school weight, to which Hanks replied, with the perfect dose of snark: "Well, then, I'm gonna have Type-2 Diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school... I weighed 96 pounds in high school." Only Hanks could tell us he has a disease and brighten our days in the same conversation. More:Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips' TrailerTom Hanks and Emma Thompson in 'Saving Mr. Banks' PosterBryan Cranston Headed to Broadway Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Hurry Up and Tweet!: Nielsen Is Ranking TV Shows Based on Twitter Activity
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 07, 2013
    Steve Garfield/flickr Being a television fan is a particular kind of struggle. When your favorite show gets canceled, most times, there's no closure or proper ending. Plot threads are left dangling, stories go unfinished, and character arcs go uncompleted. It's like you're in the middle of a book, and all of a sudden, all copies of that book immediatly burst into flames. leaving you to mull over the ashes. While it might feel helpless at times, using your Twitter account may just save your favorite shows from an untimely death. Twitter and Nielsen released their first rankings for their joint TV ranking list based on the amount of Twitter chatter gleaned by a television show. Unsurprisingly, the rankings look nothing like the official Nielsen rankings. 1. AMC, Breaking Bad, 9.28 million2. NBC, The Voice (Monday), 3.84 million3. ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live (Thursday), 3.40 million4. ABC, Dancing with the Stars, 3.20 million5. ESPN, SEC Storied, 2.93 million6. ABC, Grey's Anatomy, 2.84 million7. NBC, The Voice (Tuesday), 2.77 million8. Fox, Glee, 2.73 million9. CBS, How I Met Your Mother, 2.55 million10. Fox, The X Factor, 2.09 million The list shows a huge disparity between what Nielsen says people are watching, and what people are talking about on social media. Breaking Bad was the undisputed king of twitter last week, amassing 9.28 million conversations on Twitter. This is interesting because the finale didn't even break the top 20 shows on the official Nielsen ratings. In fact, the only shows to appear on both lists are Dancing With The Stars and The Voice.  Different shows lend themselves to social media conversations more than others. An event like the final episode of Breaking Bad would naturally light the Twittersphere on fire while an episode of NCIS would only have a tiny Twitter presence, even though the latest NCIS had twice the number of viewers as the Breaking Bad finale. Obviously, it would be a terrible idea to base TV viewership numbers solely on Twitter conversations, but the new ratings do give us an idea about the kind of buzz a show gets, and what kind of shows send people flocking to their Twitter accounts to read or create their own reactions.  Moreover, the Twitter ranking would finally give a voice to the millions of television watchers who are not counted in the Nielsen ratings. While Nielsen only takes a very tiny sample of television viewers and applies that to the larger television viewing audience, the new Twitter rankings would allow people to show their love for a TV show in a measurable way that the networks can actually view and appreciate. This is certainly an interesting development for critics of the Nielsen model of counting television viewership. So if your favorite show is in ratings trouble, hashtag like your life depended on it. It just might give it a second chance at life. More:Netflix is Eliminating 'Breaking Bad' Spoilers with New Twitter App'Breaking Bad' Finale Gets 10.3 Million ViewersOur Ten Favorite Episodes of 'Breaking Bad' Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Analyzing Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Films of 2013
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 07, 2013
    Daniel Tanner/WENN The list of Quentin Tarantino’s top 10 films of the year is an annual delight that always manages to baffle. This year's list follows the trend of feeling sort of insane yet completely expected with it's gonzo mix of genre flicks, highly praised festival favorites, and some of the worst reviewed movies of the past 12 months. It surely doesn't resemble any sane person's list, but it does feel like the sort of crazy compilation that Tarantino would create. With this year's list, we’ve separated the films into five different categories of varying Tarantino-ness. Quintessential QuentinThe Lone RangerKick-Ass 2 These two films are classic Tarantino picks. One is an absurd, action-packed Western that bombed critically and commercially at the box office, while the other was a comic book superhero romp filled with almost Django-levels of bloodsplatter, and an arch villain named "The Motherf**ker." Yep, these definitely belong on a Tarantino list. Pretty Darn TarantinoThe ConjuringGravity We can definitely see the love Tarantino had for these two flicks. The inner film-luddite in him must have gushed at The Conjuring and its use of practical effect scares, while Gravity uses both practical and computer generated imagery to create a dazzling vision of space. Yeah, We Can See ThatThis Is The EndAfternoon Delight While our believability is beginning to stretch a bit, we can definitiely see why Tarantino loved these two films, as Afternoon Delight's quirky and somewhat depraved stripper-at-home premise, and This Is The End's apocalyptic-stoner brand of comedy are definitley his brand of raucous, perverse comedy. Not So TarantinoBefore MidnightDrinking Buddies Ok, now we're scratching our heads a bit. We wouldn't expect Quentin to go for these genre-subverting romances, as there's not much of that Tarantino zing in either film. But hey, the man likes what he likes. And we could see Ethan Hawke or Olivia Wilde headlining one of his wild epics. Are We Sure This Is the Guy Who Made Kill Bill?Frances HaBlue Jasmine Wait, what? We have no idea what falls in the middle part of the Venn diagram comparing Tarantino to these two projects. There isn't a Katana, a trunk shot, or copious amounts of gratuitous violence anywhere in these movies. Quentin apparently watches a ton of indie dramas when he's not making explosive revisionist Westerns. Who knew? More:The Top 5 Tarantino Cameos'Gravity' Review: An Unbelievable Emotional Experience'Django Unchained' Review Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Shirtless Aaron Eckhart Is What Passes for Monstrous in 'I, Frankenstein' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 04, 2013
    Lionsgate Maybe we're a bunch of crotchety old people, but the new trailer for I, Frankenstein, looks nothing like the 19th century gothic horror classic that we all pretended to read in high school. We certainly don’t remember Frankenstein's monster surfing on top subway trains (or maybe that Sparknotes summary had more holes than we thought).  At least there's a logical reason for these disparities: I, Frankenstein draws from the graphic novel that it's based on rather than Mary Shelley's original novel. Kevin Grevioux, the author of the graphic novel, also wrote the screenplay for the film. This continuation of the Frankenstein lore features a handsomely scarred Aaron Eckhart, stitched together with various parts of murdered Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue models, fighting off gargoyle monsters that explode into fiery tendrils.  He also found time, in between the monster vanquishing to go to the nearest Hot Topic and buy the perfect hoodie that symbolizes all of his immortal angst. One that he takes off quite frequently to show off that hot bod. More:The Evolution of the Monster Movie'Dracula' Ropes in 'Game of Thrones' and 'Les Mis' Stars'The Crow' Finds Leading Man In Very Brave 'Hobbit' Star Luke Evans Follow @Michael Arbeiter // | Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)