Saturday, April 19, 2014

Just a Coach

Gwen Stefani is so back.

Hot on the heels of a scene-stealing performance at Coachella, it’s been announced that the No Doubt frontwoman has been tapped to replace an expecting Christina Aguilera on the eighth season of TV’s The Voice.

Her contract reportedly is for just one go at the gig. For now.

Change approved!


The Clinton Name Will Live On

Congratulations go out to Bill and Hilary Clinton.

No, they are not moving back to the White House, no elections needed, and, no, they haven’t changed the law so he can run again.

The Clintons are gonna be grandparents.

Indeed, it was announced a couple of days ago that their daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her and husband Marc Mezvinsky’s first child.

So you know what that means. We gon’ have Clintons for decades to come.

Like, #thenewkennedys much?


MOBama Gets a Little Bit Country

Nashville is on a roll, y’all.

The stars of the TV show are going on tour, Michelle Obama is popping up for a guest turn....

Oh yeah – the friggin’ FLOTUS is gonna hang with Connie Britton’s Rayna James on an episode of the show next month.

MObama, of course, will be playing herself as she is recruited by Rayna to help throw a charity concert at Fort Campbell (whatever that is).

Good to see Nashville might just live to see a third season: I enjoy that show one heckuva lot. And, I mean, it’s not like Obama would board a sinking ship, right....


Storm Fixer


Gerard Butler is looking to entry that rarefied canon of actors who have played people with jobs they themselves would likely never perform (or be able to spell) – here’s looking at you, nuclear physicist Denise Richards! – as the lead in writer-producer Dean Devlin’s Geostorm.

Which is, surprisingly, not a Syfy title.

The Scot would play a bull-headed, yet charmer of a satellite designer who, together with his estranged brothers, strives the prevent a veritable cataclysm when the world’s climate-control satellites fail to function.

’Cause...uh...they control the weather then?

Nah...because all of this will be happening while a man-made epic storm is brewing – oh, OK – and the POTUS is at the center of an assassination plot.


Kinda cannot wait to see how this one plays out.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Girl on the Brink

It is almost time for us to see Elizabeth Banks take her Walk of Shame.

The Hunger Games star’s new comedy – about a news anchor from L.A. who finds herself without her car or ID or any money whatsoever to get home after a one-night stand with James Marsden, and in a hurry to get to her dream job – is set to finally arrive in theaters and/or a viewing situation near you thanks to your On Demand feature on May 2.

Check out the trailer now.

Now, people. Now!


Directorial Faux Pas

Well. I can’t say this is exactly a shocker (I shall elaborate in a moment).

Putting a cramp on the otherwise-cheerful promotion for X-Men: Days of Future Past, celebrated director Bryan Singer is among a group of men that has been accused of sexually assaulting an underage dude back in the late 1990s. Fifteen years ago, to be somewhat precise.

Thirty-one-year-old actor Michael Egan III came forth in Hawaii yesterday – ahead of the statute of limitations running out – and pointed an accusatory finger at Singer, claiming the filmmaker promised him a break in Hollywood in exchange for what I can only imagine was just hanging out at first, something entirely different an more perverse later.

Egan’s legal camp describes a scene in which a former digital entertainment company exec, Marc Collins-Rector (a convicted sex offender), delivered him and other young men to boozy and drug-filled parties at which Singer and others allegedly forced themselves unto him, making him feel like a piece of meat.

Singer, of course, has no comment right now, and has pulled out of an appearance at this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif.

For its part, ABC has opted to drop his name from any promotion related to its new Kelly Reilly-starring show Black Box.

What...a Woody Allen-esque mess.

Although, like I said...this ain’t that surprising. I have always heard that Singer preferred the company of younger arm candy (nothing more – I am not suggesting anything more than that). And I have seen it: I spotted him having lunch at Hugo’s in West Hollywood once a few years ago, and the guy he was with was definitely a PYT.

Power is a funny thing, huh.


Update: Bryan Singer says he was not there. That he could not have been at the scene of the alleged crime, for he was in Toronto working on the first X-Men movie.

Alien Fatale

Avant-garde cinema ain’t for everyone.

I think and know that, and Jonathan Glazer – the director of Sexy Beast, Birth, and today’s Under the Skin – definitely must believe in that wholeheartedly.

Because the guy has delivered an intriguing-looking, thoroughly art-y brain scrambler with his latest film, an unfaithful – from like, what I can read online – adaptation of the 2001 Michel Faber novel of the same name.

Taking a sharp break from from her Marvelverse queenhoodScarlett Johansson stars as a beyong-beautiful alien fatale that cruises the streets of Scotland in search of a very specific type of men that she then seduces into joining her for a ride and into her creepy cottage/undercover spaceship (?) where very very bad things happen to them under the creep-like watch of another equally enigmatic alien whos taken the shape of a male motorcyclist.

And what happens there is these unremarkable-looking lads with impossible accents enter but they don’t exit.

They literally get sucked into a pool of black goo as they undress for their temptress, following her in a trance, besotted with her luscious cherry lips and the way her unfortunately dated stonewashed jeans hug her curves, and thinking they are about to get the best booty of their lives, not knowing that soon they will be wasted into nothing.

It all plays out quite moodily and quietly a monotonously, though. Glazer’s direction is elegant, alright, but it is all so...surreal. And like, Basel-y. Meaning the film plays like some video installation rather than a narrative.

Thus, it is up to Dont Call me ScarJo” to carry Under the Skin.

Which she does.

She is super-watchable. But the darn thing should test the patience of non-hipsters who will not eat it up, y know. Nothing is ever expressly explained: everything which I understand made Faber’s novel a well-received entry is diluted. The effect is frustratingly eery, and it’ll be only after much discussion with your fellow moviegoers that you may settle on a meaning for, say, her until-then-detached character’s illuminating interaction with a disfigured man or the moment she became more human.

But then again, you just may arrive at the conclusion that the very best thing about Under the Skin is that it was during its production that the funny Scarlett Johansson Falling Down meme was born.

My Rating **


Thursday, April 17, 2014

R.I.P. Gabo

Gabriel García Márquez had died at age 87.

The Colombian-born Nobel winner – and all-around literary institution – had recently taken ill and, after seeking treatment in the hospital, was convalescing at his home in Mexico City.

Needless to say, Gabo, the author of such beloved novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love In the Time of Cholera, will be missed.


Rock Stars of Our Lives

Can a Song Save Your Life?

We shall never know – kinda – now that the new John Carney (Once) film by that name has been retitled Begin Again.

Ah, but we will see that film, which still stars Mark Ruffalo as a disillusioned A&R guy that forms a bond with a new-to-New York singer-songwriter played by Keira Knightley.

Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine are also featured in the film; she as Ruffalo’s daughter and she as Knightley’s tempted-by-fame longtime bf-turned-ex.

Check out the trailer for Begin Again, and pencil in watching the film the first starting the first week of July.


The Earthling

She has played a Carrie...and now Chloë Grace Moretz is gonna play a Cassie.

The actress was thisclose to nabbing the lead in The 5th Wave last week – so by now this might be a done deal.

So let me just presume as much and say that Moretz will play a 16-year-old brave and feisty-ish young woman, one of the last humans on Earth following four decimating waves of alien attacks.

The movie will be based on yet another adaptation of a young-adult novel, this one a 2013 title by one Rick Yancey.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Back, and Bigger and Better Than Ever

That Magic Mike sequel that Channing Tatum teased my way around the time of the original sensations release back in the summer 2012?

It’s totally happening.

Cheekily titled Magic Mike XXL, the Tatum-co-written follow-up – reportedly a road-trip movie – already even has a release date: July 3, 2015.

So there you have it, horny ladies and gents who like gents. Get to make it rain up in that s--- next summer.

I have only one request: more Matt Bomer.

Well, two, actually: I also want to interview the cast again (hey, Joe Manganiello, hey). Yeah...that would be fun.



Final Girl

Looks like Nina Dobrev already has her summer plans all lined up.

The actress is planning to spend her hiatus from TV’s The Vampire Diaries shooting The Final Girls, a horror comedy in which a group of girls are transported into an iconic 1980s thriller that starred one of the girls’ mother, where they will hope to defeat the killer so they can escape the movie with their lives.

Talk about redefining all things meta, huh.

Taissa Farmiga, Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley), and Malin Akerman (TV’s Trophy Wife) are set to co-star.


Say It with Robyn This Summer

Yes. Yes, yes!

Robyn is back with some new music and going on tour this summer, with Röyksopp.

Now that is gonna be some good, dance-y fun.

I mean, I am hearting what little I’ve heard of their new collaboration, Say It.

Click here to find out when and where you can catch Robyn and the electronic duo on their “Do It Again Tour.


Kung Fu Master

Seems like The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann now has China on the mind.

The Aussie reportedly is eyeing a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s David Carradine-starring martial arts western TV show Kung Fu.

The Luhrmann update would see the Kwai Chang Caine character traveling to China to search for his father. There, he would find himself imprisoned, though, and thus forced to fight to survive.

They better cast Asian for this one. Otherwise the outrage over Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily is gonna get surpassed.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It’s Bauer

Enough teasing, damn it! It’s the first official full trailer for next month’s 24: Live Another Day.

It’s Bauer, alright.

And we all know what this man is capable of.

Taylor Lautner’s Second Act

Thought life post-The Twilight Saga would be free of Taylor Lautner?

Well, ya thought wrong.

See, Lautner is spoiling to go indie with Run the Tide, a family drama/road movie about a man who takes his younger brother and hightails it for the Cali coast when their druggy-mom is sprung from the big house dead-set on rebuilding her family.

Yeah you better run, guy.


Operator Man

Before Brad Pitt gets his World War II romantic warrior on – or, perhaps, after – he will get his man of the Afghanistan War on.

The actor has signed on to produce and possibly star in The Operators, a David Michôd-directed take on the rise and fall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in the Greater Middle East country.

The film will center on the back-room politics behind the war, and the high-stakes maneuvering and politics that reshaped Afghanistan.

The Operators will be based on an eponymous Michael Hastings book published in 2012


Crazy About the Girl

OMG – what...a stroke...of genius to use Charles Aznavour’s She as the musical backdrop for the first trailer for the hotly anticipated Gone Girl, yo.

I mean...what else, right?!

The adaptation of the Gillian Flynn is-she-dead?, did-he-kill-her? hit novel – which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike – has massive promise built unto itself – and anyone who has read the book can tell you we would not have it any other way.

Especially because, evidently, the author, who also wrote the screenplay for director David Fincher, has tossed her third act in favor of a brand new denouement.

For which I cannot wait. (As if I wasnt already sufficiently excited, I had to go an watch the trailer. Oy.)

Hey, Oct. 3 – get here now, and I will do thing to ya.

Photo: 20th Century Fox.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fear Will Be Born

Fall, schmall – NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby is due this summer (not in the autumn, as I originally had guessed).

Indeed, the Peacock will air its Zoë Saldana-led, Patrick J. Adams-co-starring version of the Ira Levin novel, as a miniseries, beginning on May 11.

A second installment will air four days later on May 15.

Check out the trailer, and do not forget to set your reminders.


Coachella Shirtlessness

Not to be redundant, yo – but Scott Eastwood makes shirtlessness proud.

And, yeah...he totally knows it.

I mean, I know it was the desert and all, but Eastwood could have worn a shirt while he was at Coachella over the weekend.

Like, Logan Lerman and Miles Teller did.

In any case, keep it up, dude – and do keep your shirt off. You were one of the highlights of the desert music festival, hands down (and shirt off).

The other, of course, was Gwen Stefani. From what I could see.


J. Lo the Vanguard

She’s an Ally and a Vanguard, thankyouverymuch.

Jennifer Lopez was recognized with a GLAAD Vanguard Award last Saturday, for her overall gay-friendliness and especially for her work on the hit ABC Family show The Fosters.

Click here to watch her speech.

Good join’, girl – I luh it!

GLAAD also honored actress Laverne Cox, from Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, for her efforts blazing a trail for transgender men and women. Click here to watch her speech.


The MTV Movie Awards Were Z-mokin’!

Whatever is or not going on with Zac Efron, boyfriend is doing something right.

Because he. Looks. Good.

That was put into plain evidence once again last night when the Neighbors star picked up Best Shirtless Performance at the super-corporate, super-unfun 2014 MTV Movie Awards. In the buff. Thanks to a little...encouragement from Rita Ora, who ripped his shirt off (she is such a top).

Hey, at least MTV hit one right note with that big ol’ waste of money.

Yeah, boy.

Hells yeahs.


A Most Important Story

HBO’s The Normal Heart is almost here, kids.

And Ryan Murphy’s take on the Larry Kramer Tony-winning 1985 play is a battle cry, as evidenced by its tagline: “To win a war, you have to start one.

To which war does the film refer? My, the one on HIV/AIDS – a war against so many rebelled during the early days of the epidemic that claimed so many...and a war that we are under the delusion we’ve won.

So be sure to read the new Hollywood Reporter cover story on The Normal Heart.

Definitely watch the film’s trailer.

And absolutely plan on planting your butt in front of the TV on May 25 to watch Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts, among others, tell a story that not even Barbra Streisand could bring to the screen once upon a time.

It was and still is that much of a hot topic.

And it is a must.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fackin’ Gwen Stefani!

Just a little more than a month after giving birth to her third son, Apollo, Gwen Stefani returned to the stage last night in Coachella, as a surprise guest during Pharrell’s set.

The pair performed her Hollaback Girl,” which the “Happy” fella co-wrote for her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. record.

And it was amazing. Just watch:

Gwen Stefani fackin’ rules!