Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Winter’s Bone – heard of it?
All I know about the Sundance hit, which kicked off awards season last night with a big showing at the IFP Gotham Independent Awards, is that it’s this big (bleak) indie starring breakout star Jennifer Lawrence (pictured at right) that deals with meth.
I want to see it.
No, I need to see it.
It may be the darkest of horses this awards season.
To boot, the film dominated the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations this morning, earning seven nods, while The Kids Are All Right scored five.
So, you know...must.
Photo: Roadside Attractions.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
He’s currently courting Oscar and giving audiences something to think about in the sexy Love & Other Drugs (that would be his bum!), but next spring, Jake Gyllenhaal will be trying to figure out who bombed a train in Source Code.
In the oh-so-Matrix-sounding sci-fi movie Gyllen-yum plays a soldier who, thanks to some seriously – and experimental – cutting-edge computer program, is sent back in time and enabled to cross over into another man’s identity in the last eight minutes of his life to keep the choo-choo from going boom.
Check this tease:
Will Jakey-bear be able to stop the attack from being carried out? Will he save the woman (Michelle Monaghan) he befriends onboard the train? And, more importantly, will he be shirtless at all in this thing?
Find out on April 15.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
There’s a lot riding on Burlesque – and I don’t just mean the thongs up the dancers’ fannies.
For one, the movie marks the big-screen debut of Christina Aguilera, the powerhouse-voiced diva who’s gone from Mouseketeer to pop princess to dirrty girl to jazzy pin-up to, now, actress. And for two, it marks the return to the medium, in a headlining capacity, of the one and only Cher.
My Rating **1/2
Photo: Screen Gems.
I am such a sucker for a good triumph of the human spirit story.
Any film that captures that in an effective way is a good film, and 127 Hours is a very good film because A) it’s been directed by Danny Boyle, and B) it stars James Franco.
By now you probably know Love & Other Drugs is one heckuva sexy movie starring Brokeback Mountain co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.
I’ve seen the Edward Zwick-directed romantic dramedy twice now, and lemme tell ya...I probably will see it a third time – it’s that enjoyable.
The garnish, of course, is Gyllen-yum.
He – and Hathaway – cavorts through a great deal of the movie’s almost two-hour running time in various stages of undress (if you ask me, the actor’s sexiest feature isn’t his oh-so-tight bod, but that killer combo of baby blues and sharp canines he’s got going on).
The reason I looked forward to a repeat viewing in the first place, though, is Love & Other Drugs…spoke to me.
The movie felt genuine, as uneven as it was, which is perhaps why I think it is so, y’ know.
It made me laugh more than I ever imagined it would and it made me feel a knot in my throat at times and it made me cringe a little at others. Which is kinda what life is like. And, again, it’s a fun, sexy time with Gyllenhaal and Hathaway – hello!
Here’s what you need to know: the film is a period piece (as much as it can be going back a whopping 14 years).
The story begins some time in 1996, with Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes” ensuring that we get we’re way back then. Based on Jamie Reidy’s Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, the film follows the reluctant relationship that blossoms between twentysomethings Jamie Randall and Maggie Murdock, a second-rate-electronics salesman-turned-pharmaceutical-rep wunderkind and a free-spirited artist suffering from early onset Parkinson’s, respectively. It’s a debunk for the both of them, and a quite enjoyable one to watch because neither one of them was looking for it.Jamie’s not much for relationships, you see. He’s a natural born charmer who could sell sand in the desert if he wanted to and make a killin’, but instead he’s slacking through life, not wanting to give his dad the satisfaction on going to med school and putting his considerable talents to good use. He’d rather get laid, which he does often with the flash of his smile.
My Rating ***
Photo: 20th Century Fox.
Monday, November 22, 2010
I gotta give it to Jimmy Fallon – the guy has come into his own since he first came on the air with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
And, even better, he’s made it fun for us to watch him grow along the way.
Every once in a while someone goes on the show and the guy makes them do some ridikolous musical bit, right.
He did it (did it, did it) with Gwyneth Paltrow when two reminisced about their ’80s rap duo Shazzazz, and he recently put Jake Gyllenhaal on the beat to perform a song called “Gonna Eat That Talkin’ Sandwich” as a tribute to…urgh…Sarah Palin.
Fun stuff ensued – and now I’m jealous of an audience member. See why for yourself:
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Ryan Reynolds is ready for the big time.
The actor is set to be that which we see in brightest day, in blackest night when Green Lantern opens next summer to the delight of many a fanboy out there.
The blockbuster due out on June 17 follows the adventures of Hal Jordan (Sexiest Man Reynolds), a test pilot who is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
Not to mention an abstastically tight little outfit.
Check out the trailer and brace yourself for quite a ride:
Green Lantern co-stars Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
People magazine has gone and done its most “Duh” thing ever, really, and named Ryan Reynolds the 2010 Sexiest Man Alive.
And I thank them for it – although I would’ve put R2 shirtless on the cover, guys.
I mean, not only is the hot Canuck talented and funny, he’s also beyond ripped, no matter how much he likes to say things like, “My body naturally wants to look like Dick Van Dyke.”
Self-deprecation is sooo attractive, Ry – stop it.
Unlike the lot of hunks out there, though, Reynolds knows he’s gotta keep it cool, but won’t object (too much) to his wife, GQ Babe of the Year Scarlett Johansson, saying things like, “Sexiest Man, take out the garbage.” That ought to help things in perspective.
Among the other studs People highlighted this year is Jon Hamm, who, according to Tina Fey, is “just great at everything,” as well as Kellan Lutz, Drake, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Jon Bon Jovi, and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello.
All hella fine, fine choices, huh.
All the trouble that’s plagued Broadway’s upcoming offering, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark – including departing stars, budget issues, and on-set injuries – seems not to have had an effect on anticipation for the show.
Vogue has a set of Annie Leibovitz-shot photos that reveal what the Julie Taymor-directed, Bono-and-Edge-scored show will look like…y’ know, to whet fans’ appetites.
It sure looks like Taymor and Co. are going for as much theatrical drama as possible – and how cute are the show’s leads, Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
OMG, I can’t contain myself I’m so excited: Prince William has finally popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, and the couple is at last engaged to be married!
And why am I so chuffed by the news? It’s not like I’m an English subject or, say, a hardcore Anglophile, right? Well, because the wedding’s going to be an event – one for an entire generation to say, “Yeah, I watched that on TV.” Here are a few reasons why to be happy about this, no matter how silly it may be.
My parents had Charles and Diana’s wedding, and now I get Wills and Kate’s.
We’ve all seen this kid grow up before our eyes, shared in the pain of the loss of his beloved mother, and rooted for his every move.
And he’s a prince.
And it’s about darn time he put a ring on it (one of Lady Di’s no less, and a pretty stunning one at that).
Of course we’re excited, and by that I mean I’m excited. Although here’s some non-mine coverage about the whole thing.
The next few of months of planning are going to be a blast to witness, and you know The Wedding is going to be a sight to see.
Congrats to the happy couple, and to England, and to William’s younger brother Prince Harry, who’s now officially the Most Eligible Bachelor in Great Britain!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Jonah Hill is getting some studly company in his 21 Jump Street remake.
Channing Tatum is eyeing a role in the project, the story for which Hill conceived. Emma Stone is also rumored to be circling the movie.
Of the tone of the remake Hill has said, “We’re doing a full-on action movie, blowing s--- up.”
Sounds like fun.
Fingers crossed Johnny Depp will make a cameo, huh.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Denzel Washington…an out-of-control speeding train…and director Tony Scott.
That combination just screams of a some summer blockbuster, right, but each of those elements actually is a key ingredient of one of the fall season’s most excting offerings, Unstoppable.
The conceit of the inspired-by-true-events Unstoppable is fairly easy: Everything that could go wrong with a train has gone wrong, and now it’s up to a couple of regular Joes to save the day.
Washington plays Frank Barnes, a veteran engineer who on the fateful day of the edge-of-your-seat action is partnered with Pine’s Will Colson, a young conductor that all the oldtimers aren’t too welcoming of out on the yard (there’s some behind-the-scenes drama about people getting fired and whatnot).