Jordan Smith
  • The 'This Is Where I Leave You' Trailer Makes All These Funny Actors Look Boring
    By: Jordan Smith May 28, 2014
      // With his latest, This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy has sure assembled a doozy of a cast. Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver, Ben Schwartz, and Kathryn Hahn are present among this comedy powerhouse ensemble. Just hearing those names in conjunction should make most woozy with anticipation, but why does watching the trailer feel like such a cruel bait and switch? Where's that blissful dysfunctional family comedy that we had fabricated in our heads? There are so many questions rattling in our minds after watching the trailer: Why does this two minute preview feel like such a slog? How did they make Tina Fey seem so boring? Why does it feel like I'm watching a trailer for the third retelling of Death at a Funeral? Weren't two Death at a Funerals enough? Apparently, they were not. This meeting of comedy giants should have been cosmic, the beginnings of a new comedy classic, but this first trailer for This Is Where I Leave You looks like a completely bloodless and generic week of family bonding that we've all sat through before. Big personalities like Fey and Driver seem stuck in the same generic sibling archetypes that have been rehashed in every family dramedy since the fall of Rome. YouTube/Warner Bros. Pictures The story follows the predictably fierce matriarch of the Altman family, who calls her children home after the death of their father, and after an predictably awkward reunion, predictably forces her adult children to hang about the old family home and predictably learn about life/love/themselves/each other/their parents/their town/whatever else, and confront their demons while having heartfelt confessionals under classroom fire sprinklers. Uggh. We bet at least one person comes out before the third act rolls around. Now, it's pure lunacy to judge an entire film based off of one two-minute trailer, but just from this preview, the film might not be the comedy revelation we were all hoping for, and it doesn't help that Levy doesn't have the best directoral track record. It's just a shame to see such a great ensemble potentially go to waste, and it's especially a shame that most of the jokes in the trailer boil down to "Uh oh, Mom's being wildly inappropriate with her new boobs." Levy may have crafted a better movie than the trailer lets on, but things aren't looking so great from this short preview. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Is 'Open City' HBO's Next "The Normal Heart'?
    By: Jordan Smith May 27, 2014
    HBO After Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart gobsmacked critics and audiences alike with its unflinching look at the affect of AIDS on the gay community, HBO has picked up yet another period piece detailing the struggles of gays in New York. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up the script for Open City, a period piece that profiles New York in the late 60's. The drama, from writer David Kajganich and director Adam Shankman, will reportedly follow a diverse set of characters from all corners of Manhattan, as they navigate a city going through a cultural metamorphosis. The project will also examine the gay community's unlikely partnership with New York's mafia with the opening of a West Village night club. Ever since the critical success of AMC's Mad Men, the television landscape has been littered with period dramas claiming to "explore" a place and time in the past, but all those imitators stumbled when they found that they had nothing of substance to really say about their given era. While Mad Men was having a deep discussion about the cultural mores of the sixties, all of those other pretenders (The Playboy Club, Magic City, Pan AM... the list goes on) were just playing dress up. Open City, on the other hand, looks to have some very important things to say about the time period and the city it depicts, and this project may fill a very big hole once Mad Men wraps up its seventh season. With the success of projects like Looking and The Normal Heart, HBO is quietly becoming the destination for gay-themed television. There was a time where TV would sideline gay characters, only featuring them as broad stereotypes, but HBO has begun crafting interesting, and unpatronizing glimpses at the characters and stories that have been sorely missing from our television sets.  Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • The Many Talents of Edgar Wright
    By: Jordan Smith May 27, 2014
    Rogue Pictures via Everett Collection While most of America spent Memorial Day weekend embracing the coming summer, Marvel had a falling out with one of its directors, and sending what was once their most promising project into creative jeopardy. On Friday, Edgar Wright stepped down as director of Marvel's Ant-Man, citing creative differences with Marvel on his vision for the project. Suddenly, the Ant-Man project looks a lot less interesting. Our excitement about the upcoming Ant-Man film wasn't so much focused on the hero finally making the leap to the big screen, but for the creative force bringing him there. Wright is a genre film wonder who has spent his career crafting excellent spoofs on everything from horror to cop movies to alien invasions. It was exciting to think what the writer/director could have done with the superhero film. Edgar Wright seemed ordained to direct Ant-Man. It was the perfect meeting of concept and creator. Who else could handle a character as outwardly ridiculous as Ant-Man: a scientist who fights crime by shrinking to the size of a pea or growing to the size of a skyscraper? Ant-Man had been a labor of love for Wright, whose connection to the superhero film had been going on eight years. This clearly wasn't a simple direct-for-pay gig for Wright. It was something that would likely retain the same careful attention to detail and heart that flowed through every one of his previous works. In tribute to a director that has given us so many great moments over the years, we've rounded up the moments that exemplify Edgar Wright's talents for different aspects of filmmaking. SATIRE Each film in Wright's Cornetto trilogy is a love letter to a different subset of genre filmmaking. The zombie flick, the buddy cop movie, and the alien invasion film all get the piss taken out of them through subsequent films. Wright had a special way of handling genre spoofs, not only unraveling the conventions and cliches of a given genre, but also embracing them too. In this scene from Hot Fuzz, Wright takes the foot chase, a standard cop film trope, and turns it into comedic gold. It takes all of the cliches of the ubiquitous foot chase (sudden obstacles, every police officer's sudden and expert knowledge of parkour) and turns them all on their heads. It's like he's saying, "Hey, action movies are really stupid, but they're also a ton of fun." COMEDY Shaun of the Dead, the first taste of Wright's Cornetto trilogy, is perhaps his funniest film to date. Wright's deft handling of comedy is most perfectly illustrated in the "Don't Stop Me Now" scene towards the end of the film. The sequence is a hilarious frenzy of zombie action. Lines like "Kill the Queen" and the music synching to the beating of pool cues against zombie flesh are absurdly funny.  ACTION With Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wright took Brian Lee O'Malley's series of graphic novels, work drawn and written deeply in the language of manga and video games, and transposed it into the world of film. It's an adaptation that shouldn't have worked, but does so beautifully. The hyper-stylized version of Canada feels coherent, despite all the madness, and the action scenes are fast, fluid, and nicely choreographed, with pixelated point counters blazing the screen and enemy foes collapsing into loose change after being vanquished. Just like that, a comic that should have been un-filmable is brought to life like it was drafted for the big screen in the first place. ABSURDITY One of the reasons that Edgar Wright's films are so enjoyable is because the worlds he creates often barely conform to any rules, often bending reality to suit a gag. Absurdity is a well-used device in Wright's toolbox, and his willingness to let things get weird has given us so many terrific scenes like this one from his television show Spaced. Here, a back-alley confrontation inexplicably turns into a bloody finger-gun shootout with enough pretend viscera to rival Saving Private Ryan's D-Day scene. HEART SPOILER WARNING: The following clip gives away the ending of The World's End. Perhaps his most mature film to date, dealing with themes like depression, PTSD, addiction, and the terrifying thought of growing older, The World's End exemplifies better than any of Wright's other films just how in touch with his characters' emotionalities he really is. With the fertile grounds of superhero allegories in his hands, Wright might well have worked cathartic wonder. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • The One-Off Mutants of the 'X-Men' Franchise
    By: Jordan Smith May 27, 2014
    20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection While 2002's Spider-Man gets the lion's share of the credit, Bryan Singer's X-Men, released two years earlier, was the film that really revived the comic book film genre after its near-death at the hands of George Clooney and his Bat-nipples. Through the franchise's 14 years of sequels, spin-offs, soft reboots, and now, timeline colliding mashups, loads of mutants have sprung to life on film. And while some have endured through the franchises ups and downs like Hugh Jackman's ever-present Wolverine, others have slipped through the cracks after only appearing in one film. In tribute to our lost mutant brothers, we've decided to comb through the list of our favorite one and done mutants and determine which ones deserve a second chance in the film series. DeathstrikeReal Name: Yuriko OyamaTeam Affiliation: One of Stryker's henchmanLast Seen: X2: X-Men UnitedBest Moment: Her fight with WolverineShould She Return?: Yes. Her face off with Wolverine during the tail end of X2 was thrilling. Having a dark foil of Wolverine with similar abilities would be grea  asset for the series going forward. JuggernautReal Name: Cain MarkoTeam Affiliation: The Brotherhood of Evil MutantsLast Seen: X-Men: The Last StandBest Moment: "I'm the Juggernaut, b**ch!"Should He Return? Yes. The Juggernaut is a fan-favorite mutant, and the character's inclusion in X-Men 3 was one of that film's  few highlights. The character crashing through walls with reckless abandon, and especially his fight with Kitty Pride was a ton of fun. NightcrawlerReal Name: Kurt WagnerTeam Affiliation: X-MenLast Seen: X2: X-Men UnitedBest Moment: Nightcrawler vs. the White HouseShould He Return?: Hell yes, Nightcrawler's dizzying fight scene at the start of  X-2 is still the franchise's best moment, even ten years later. Alan Cumming brought a real, earnest humanity to Kurt Wagner, and it's a pity that the franchise hasn't found room for the mutant in subsequent films. Sure, we got some teleporting action via Azazel in First Class, but that brooding bad guy doesn't have an ounce of the charm as Nightcrawler. BansheeReal Name: Sean CassidyTeam Affiliation: X-MenLast Seen: X-Men: First Class Best Moment: Banshee taking flight for the first timeShould He Return?: No. Banshee was perfectly likeable in X-Men: First Class, but the series rightfully jettisoned the character since things were getting too crowded on the mutant front, especially with Days of Future Past's multiple timelines. AngelReal Name: Warren Worthington IIITeam Affiliation: N/ALast Seen: X-Men: The Last StandBest Moment: A young Warren trying to file down his wings as a childShould He Return?: Yes. There's something really majestic about Angel. Sure, a ton of other mutants can fly, but who else does so with giant, feathery wings.  BlobReal Name: Frederick J. DukesTeam Affiliation: Team XLast Seen: X-Men Origins: WolverineBest Moment: His boxing match with WolverineShould He Return?: It's a shame that this blubbery villain's only adventure was in the worst film of the franchise, but there are much cooler mutants that deserve more screen time. Deadpool/WeaponXIReal Name: Wade WilsonTeam Affiliation: Team XLast Seen: X-Men Origins: WolverineBest Moment: Pre-Weapon XI Wade Wilson cutting down bad guys with swords and verbal jabsShould He Return?: No. Perhaps the biggest sin made by the entire franchise was the handling of Deadpool. It still baffles us how the powers that be at 20th Century Fox thought the best way to handle "the merc with a mouth" was to sew said mouth shut and use him like a cheap, final act pinata for Wolverine and Sabertooth to claw down to size. Fool me once... Kestrel Real Name: John Wraith Team Affiliation: Team X Last Seen: X-Men Origins: Wolverine  Best Moment: Sabertooth grabbing the teleporting mutant's spine was nightmarishly cool. Should He Return?: No. is better off as far away from the X-Men franchise as possible, and if the series were to introduce any teleporting mutant back into the fray, it damn well better be Nightcrawler. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Why Gareth Edwards Should Direct a Boba Fett Movie
    By: Jordan Smith May 23, 2014
    Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection Gareth Edwards' rise from micro-budget indie filmmaker to blockbuster helmer has been nothing short of meteoric. The director jumped from guerilla-filming his border-crossing flick Monsters to being trusted with helming his own take on the fiercely protected Godzilla franchise in just a few short years. Now, Edwards is moving on up yet again. The director is set to helm the first Star Wars spin-off film. While we don't solidly know what this upcoming film will ultimately be about, rumors suggest that the spin-off could focus on anyone from Boba Fett, Han Solo, Yoda, or the Red Squadron (the X-wing pilots that helped Luke destroy the Death Star). Edwards has proven to be a deftly skilled director, especially with large scale, globe spanning events, and it's easy to see how he could translate his vision to a galactic level. One of Edward's best skills is his ability to modulate tone. His Godzilla film is a masterclass in mood. The director is able to put the viewer right into the perspective of the humans on the ground. You feel their fear and helplessness almost immediately, and at some points, it really does seem like Godzilla and his monster foes might really be the harbingers of the apocalypse. Godzilla is able to transcend his surface appearance as just a big, angry lizard, and really feels like a genuine force of nature. Because of Edward's ability to give characters and ideas so much meaning, we think the director is perfectly suited to direct the Boba Fett film. Why Boba Fett? Well Fett is more similar to Godzilla then you might think. Stay with us here. Godzilla isn't really a character as much as he is a big scaly metaphor. He has no lines or internal struggle, just a primal desire to either protect humanity or destroy it (depending on which  Godzilla film we're talking about). Similarly, Boba Fett is less of a character and more of an enigma. Through his scant appearances in the original Star Wars trilogy, he barely speaks and is used as a tool for the Empire to track down the crew of the Millennium Falcon. Even while barely uttering a word, he becomes a symbol of fear for Han Solo and the crew. Like Godzilla, he has a singular desire to get the job done. Since he's such a thinly developed character, so much of Boba Fett's appeal lies in mood and the way he comes across to the viewer, and Edwards has shown how well he can humanize a relatively silent character. In different points throughout Godzilla, the monster feels powerful, angry, and even vulnerable and sympathetic, all without a single line of dialogue. For a possible Boba Fett film to be successful, the character would need to be treated similarly. Boba Fett needs to feel deadly and fiercely capable while still maintaining his mysterious aura. The film would need to depend heavily on mood and atmosphere to correctly bring to life such an important character. It's not an easy task recreating a character beloved by so many fans across the world, but we do feel that Edwards is up for the task. If the stars align, and Edwards is helming a Boba Fett film, then the character will be left in good hands. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • The Age Gap In Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Is A Little Creepy
    By: Jordan Smith May 21, 2014
      // Workaholic Woody Allen just can't stop making movies. The trailer for his latest effort, Magic in the Moonlight hit the web today, and the proceedings definitely feel like vintage Allen. It's charming, quick-witted, and effusive like you'd expect from a Woody Allen romance, but it also features another hallmark of the great director's filmography: the age discrepancy between the two leads is huge. In Magic, Colin Firth plays Stanley, the jazz age's answer to the Mythbusters, who travels to the French countryside to debunk a talented young spiritualist named Sophie, played by Emma Stone. As time passes, Stanley finds it hard to refute her powers, and even harder to resist her wiles.... her late teenage/early 20's wiles. Since the real-life Colin Firth is 53 while Emma Stone is only 25, we can assume that the age difference between their two characters will be pretty significant as well. Significant enough that it's bordering on creepy. This wouldn't be the first time Hollywood has used such a large age gap between romantic leads in a film, but it is the first one in a while that gives us this much pause. We've decide to examine age gaps in different films to see exactly when things start to get a little creepy. YouTube/Yahoo Movies 5 to 10 years: That's perfectly cool.Examples: Too numerous to count. In this day and age, five to ten years is a drop in the bucket. So you like your wine a little aged? It's really no big deal and Hollywood knows it. 10 to 15 years: If it makes you happy… Examples: Silver Linings Playbook, Annie Hall, Her  (Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix), Star Wars: Episodes I-III,  just to name a few. Now we're starting to get a teensy bit weird. It's still perfectly acceptable, but don't be surprised if you start getting sideways glances from people on the street. Your mom will also bring it up over dinner, but your mom brings everything up over dinner so it's really not that scandalous. 15 to 25 years: Dude, he/she might be your son/daughter.Examples: An Education, The Reader, Fish Tank, Taxi Driver, The Graduate, Don Jon, basically every James Bond film.Okay, now were venturing in full-fledged creep zone. Once you reach a level of age disparity where you could have biologically given birth to the person you're romantically involved with, you really need to think about the relationship. 25+years: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.Examples: Harold and Maude, Big (sorta), Manhattan, Lolita, Oldboy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  (again, sorta). Just no.  Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Please, Jessica Chastain, Take a Role in 'True Detective' Season 2
    By: Jordan Smith May 21, 2014
     Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection HBO's True Detective shocked the world this past winter with its depiction of a seedy Louisiana that was low on morals and high in corpses. It was all the things a detective drama should be: moody, atmospheric, gripping, darkly funny, sometimes all in the same scene. It's inaugural eight-episode season was really something special, mostly due to the stellar creative team running its engine. Being that it's an anthology series, True Detective wasn't a show that had the luxury of easing through a freshman slump, waiting to work out the kinks and really delivering something special, maybe next season. The show had to hit hard out of the gate, and it did. Creators Nic Pizzolatto and his director Cary Joji Fukunaga delivered a wunderkind of a show: a contained singular vision that felt immaculately crafted. Every shot, scene, and line of dialogue obsessed over and placed into action with the upmost care. Its a marvel of television engineering. But even beyond Pizzolatto's scripts and Fukunaga's direction, it's the actors that really kept True Detective running at such a high level. Hearing Rust Cole wax poetic with misanthropic asides wouldn't be nearly as interesting if the words weren't coming out of Matthew McConaughey. And similarly, would we even care all that much about conflicted family man Marty Hart if his internal struggles weren't externalized by Woody Harrelson? This is a production that deserves great actors to bring it to life. This is a production that deserves the talents of someone like Jessica Chastain. Following The Nerdist's reporting that Chastain had been offered a leading role in Season 2 of the series, we got the downer report from E! that she has turned down the gig. We're not surprised that she was offered the part; Chastain is easily in the same caliber of actors as the two leads from last season. She has a resume full of strong female characters, and easily has the magnetism needed to headline the next bizarre mystery the series will send us on. Her strong-willed character in Zero Dark Thirty would feel right at home on Pizzolatto's next crime beat. Her casting would also fix True Detective's biggest issue: its treatment of women. For all of its merits, True Detective is a deeply male-centric program, and the women in that show's version of Louisiana were often relegated to mistresses, strippers, prostitutes, and corpses, all in various states of undress. It's certainly a large blight on the first season, but Chastain headlining a second season more cognizant of its depiction of women is definitely the right move for the series. The one and done nature of True Detective's anthology structure would also mean that appearing in the second season of the series wouldn't be a huge commitment for the actress. She wouldn't be stuck languishing in a series that went on too long past its time. She could do the season, and then leave to focus on film again. Taking part in the series could also be a huge boon to her career. Starring as a lead in the first season of the series was a huge step in Matthew McConaughey's "McConnaissance." It's only been a few months since we first met the character, and Rust Cohle has already become one of McConaughey's most recognizable roles. While the actress is already well known in the film world, a high profile role on television could change her into the household name. Just look at Bryan Cranston. It's questionable gender issues aside, True Detective is fantastic. Without dragons, zombies, or whatever else, HBO managed to create event television — the kind you still crowd around the television set for every week — by virtue of simply being great. Now that the A-list of Hollywood is flocking to limited series on television, it only makes sense for Chastain to be a part of one of HBO's best efforts. So please, Ms. Chastain, will you be our next True Detective? Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Why 'Red Five' Could Be the Best New 'Star Wars' Film
    By: Jordan Smith May 20, 2014
    20th Century Fox Film The Star Wars franchise has tons of fantastic moments, but none spike our adrenaline quite like the attack on the Death Star right at the climax of the original Star Wars. It was all so perfect: the perilous dogfights in the backdrop of a giant red planet Yavin, X-wings bursting into flames as the pilots thread their ships through the crowded ridges of the Death Star, looking for that tiny exhaust port to blow the Empire a new one. It's one clear example of why the original trilogy works where the prequel trilogy doesn't. The scenes felt weighty, both in a physical sense (those ships really did look like big metal chunks hurtling through space) and a dramatic one. The rebel squadron was fighting the battle of their lives, and this mission was a last ditch suicide run to take out the Empire's doomsday device. The space combat in the prequels never reached the same dizzying high points as the ones in the Original Trilogy did, since the franchise traded practical effects, character, and drama for a CGI light show. Nearly 40 years and five movies later, the Battle of Yavin and the other fights involving the Red Squadron remain some of the action highlights of the franchise. Now, It looks like the X-Wing team may fly once again. According to Geek Tyrant, a German website named Star Wars Union attended a Hasbro event where the next six Star Wars films were mapped out to coincide with the company's toy releases. The schedule was reported as follows: 2014 - Star Wars: Rebels2015 - Star Wars: Episode VII2016 - Boba Fett2017 - Star Wars: Episode VIII2018 - Han Solo2019 - Star Wars: Episode IX2020 - Star Wars: Red Five The schedule is mostly filled with the expected sequels and stand alone films — rumors about Boba Fett and Han Solo features have been rumbling around the web for ages at this point — but the one surprise on the list is the last project: Star Wars: Red Five. Since an annual deluge of Star Wars films has become an inevitable evil, one about the famous squadron of fighter pilots could be a nice way to break up the monotony once 2020 rolls around. We're already getting three proper "Episodes" in the mainline Star Wars series, plus two stand-alone films about roguish anti-heroes. A character-based film about rebel pilots using the classic call signs from the orginal movie could be an exciting move for the franchise. There are already a multitude of possibilities. The call sign "Red Five" already has some famous forebears. Both Anakin and Luke Skywalker used it in previous instalments of the franchise. If this new story coincides with the upcoming J.J. Abrams trilogy, then we could be getting a new group of fighters with an all-new protagonist taking up the mantle of "Red Five," and what the Star Wars franchise desperately needs is new characters. If this new generation of movies really wants to flourish on its own merits, it needs to create its own stories within the universe. As fun as it will be to see prequel adventures for characters like Han and Boba Fett, it would be more fruitful for the series to create new characters and conflicts. Seeing a Star Wars feature that takes a step away from series standbys like The Force, the Jedi, midi-chlorians, and even, (gasp) lightsabers would be a refreshing change of pace. There's a wide and diverse galaxy out there, full of different planets, cultures, and outlooks on life. The old Star Wars  canon should be used as a template; a foundation to expand and construct a richer universe in its wake. Creating a new class of pilots to take on the famous "Red" call signs would be a great way to do so. It would be recognizing and revering the franchise's roots while allowing it to leap into the future.  Also, when was the last time we were treated to a really good fighter pilot movie? Red Tails? Flyboys? Stealth? Pearl Harbor? No, those are all terrible, and it's a testament to how anemic the sub-genre of pilot movies is when the best offering in perhaps the last 25 years is Top Gun. Get to it, J.J., our culture's lasting image of fighter pilots can't be Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer playing shirtless volleyball. It just can't. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Who Will Make a Better Jimi Hendrix: Anthony Mackie or Andre 3000?
    By: Jordan Smith May 19, 2014
    Walt Disney Co. via Everett Collection We've somehow suffered 40 long years without a single big screen biopic chronicling the life of Jimi Hendrix, so it's only natural that the universe has decided to reward us with two. That's right, the life of the legendary guitar virtuoso is going to be chronicled in two very different films with very different actors in the central role. The first, All Is by My Side, features Outkast's Andre 3000 as Hendrix, while the other, simply titled Jimi, has just cast actor Anthony Mackie as the tragic artist. While both Anthony Mackie and Andre 3000 are both very talented individuals who each bring something unique to the table, we wonder which actor can bring more justice to the role. We've decided to compare the two performers over several categories to decide who will play the definitive version of Hendrix. Acting AbilityActing ability should really be the category that carries the most weight on this list. These are films, not tribute albums after all, and Makie has proven himself to be a fine dramatic actor over the years. Mackie even has biopic experience, fitting himself quite nicely into the role of Tupac Shakur in Notorious. Andre 3000, on the other hand, is a decent actor with a handful of supporting roles under his belt, but we haven't seen any evidence to show that he can carry a whole film by himself. This one goes to Mackie very easily. It also helps that Jimi Hendrix's vocals were never the biggest draw to his music anyway.Advantage: Anthony Mackie MusicialityThis one is no contest. Andre 3000 is an actual famous musician. He's one half of the hip-hop duo Outkast, who have been producing some of the most original and genre-bending hip hop for the past 20 years. Besides all that, the actor has actual on stage experience with the electric guitar, Jimi's instrument of choice. Three stacks would likely understand the creative process of being a musician more acutely than Mackie, even if he lacks the acting experience. Mackie could do his best to fake it, but Andre 3000's genuine passion for music would likely be more convincing.Advantage: Andre 3000 LooksFrom a height standpoint, it's a draw, with both men standing at 5'10'' while the real-life Hendrix was 5'11'', but the category slips into Andre's favor once you look at other physical characteristics. Andre has similar head shape and facial features to the late musician, and has even sports the same wiry afro Jimi frequently from time to time.  Andre 300 is also pretty slender, which is a match for the lanky rocker. Mackie, on the other hand, is quite muscular, and is likely still shedding some mass from his roles as a murderous body builder in Pain and Gain and a soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier to play the artist.Advantage: Andre 3000 PersonalityHendrix is often described by those that knew him as a dreamer, a gentle free spirit who didn't take things to seriously. His personality fits right into the spacey vibes of his music. Similar things could be said about Andre 3000, who's often a bit soft-spoken in interviews. Conversely, Mackie is  full of loud, boisterous charisma that doesn't quite mesh with Hendrix's persona. Mackie is an actor that all, and he could tone down his personality for the role, but Andre's temperment is a more natural fit.Advantage: Andre 3000 Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Is 'Wish I Was Here' Worth Seeing Just for the Turk and JD Reunion?
    By: Jordan Smith May 19, 2014
      // Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here has been rife with controversy ever since it was announced. After a troubled Kickstarter campaign that marred the project before it even started filming, Braff's latest has been receiving a lashing from critics (the film currently holds a meager 36% on Rotten Tomatoes), with film writers throwing out words like "phony" and "self-indulgent" to describe the movie. If you're not up for a Garden State reprise, complete with sounds of crooning indie rockers, purple wigs, and random space adventures, Wish I Was Here might be a bitter pill to swallow. Well, except for one little thing... YouTube/Focus Features JD and Turk are back together. Donald Faison, Braff's real life bestie and former Sacred Heart colleague, pops into the trailer as a charming Aston Martin salesman who takes Braff's family out for a L.A. joy ride. The two actors memorably played best friends on the NBC sitcom Scrubs, which perfectly captured the intricacies of "guy love between two guys," as the song goes. Even in the tiny scene from the trailer, it's all right there: the knowing looks, the banter, all of the electric chemistry from Scrubs is back in full force. But is it worth paying full ticket price for what probably amounts to only a short reprise of the JD and Turk bromance, or would you be better off giving your old Scrubs DVDs another spin in your home theater? Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //