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A Very Confused Mark Wahlberg Turned Down “Star Trek”

hough offered a role in the 2009 smash hit space reboot, it turns out Marky Mark didn’t want to be part of J.J. Abram’s funky ”Star Trek” bunch. Why? Well with all that Vulcan-y dialogue and wacky character names like Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, the script was just too blimey confusing for Mark Wahlberg.

During promotions for ”Broken City,” his latest cop-ster flick also featuring Russell Crowe with words simple enough to follow along at a table read, Wahlberg spoke with Total Film about the one that got away … and hinted at his hopes of starring in Abrams’ ”Star Wars: Episode VII.”

“I love J.J. Abrams. I’ve only seen the original ‘Star Wars,’ when I was a kid, but my dad wasn’t really into sci-fi, so I grew up watching Cagney, Steve McQueen, John Garfield, Robert Ryan. Movies like the one I just made, ‘Broken City.’ But I’m interested to see what J.J. did. I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father in ‘Star Trek,’ and I tried to read the script, and I didn’t understand the words of the dialogue or anything. I said ‘I couldn’t do this. I think you’re really talented, but I couldn’t do it.’” Doh! Read more…

The 9 Most Misspelled Celebrity Names

You know those words that seem impossible to spell right on the first try, but are nonetheless part of everyday language? “Apparent.” “Vacuum.” Even “misspell” is a tough one.

What if your name was as easy to misspell as, well, “misspell”? For some unlucky celebrities (and lucky people who write about them), typos in their names are just a part of the job. After all, there’s a reason Cher ditched her birth name, Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere, in favor of a more writer-friendly moniker.

Ahead, check out the nine hardest to spell celebrity names — and examples of mistakes — that prove that no matter how famous you are, you can’t escape a typo. Read more…

The 9 Most Unintentionally Scary Movies

It’s happened to all of us: you go to a movie expecting a thoughtful drama or lighthearted romp.  No one warned you — it was all a sick trick to expose you to a vision as bloodcurdling as any “Saw” sequel.

Two hours later, you stumble into the lobby, unsure whether it’s tears or your last meal welling up. Maybe it was a disturbing truth exposed in the film that did it. Or maybe the line between surrealist daydream and psychotic nightmare was inadvertently crossed. In honor of Halloween, here’s our list of top 9 movies that failed to warn us in the commercials that they’d scar us for life. Keep reading »

10 Reasons Anna Kendrick Is Better Than You

When it comes to Anna Kendrick, believe the buzz. The girl is all that and a bag of chips. Girl crush alert!

Chances are, you’ve been hearing her name a lot lately, and it’s no surprise. From “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” to “ParaNorman” to “End of Watch,” she’s had a lot of flicks make way to the cinema this year, and she’s not slowing down just yet.

Her latest is the college a cappella competition movie “Pitch Perfect,” in which she not only puts her acting chops on the table but also gives her vocal chords some serious exercise. With her sharp wit, self-deprecating sensibility and sheer talent, the girl’s going places at lightning speed (she may even be the newest badass of the “Captain America” franchise).

So, to extol the Anna Kendrick-ness of Anna Kendrick, here are 10 reasons why she’s better than you, us and just about everybody else. Read more…

Yep, “Pitch Perfect” Is The New “Bring It On”

At first glance, “Pitch Perfect” and “Bring It On” have very little in common.

One’s about a group of girls who are misfits among the misfits — apparently, there is a social hierarchy among glee clubs, and they’re at the very bottom — and the other is full of pretty, popular girls with shiny hair and teeth flipping around in cute cheerleader outfits. Both are the kind of movies that, on paper, sound really silly and kind of embarrassing but prove to be incredibly satisfying and fun to watch by yourself or a gang of friends.

Cheerleading and glee club have more in common than you’d think, or, for that matter, than what most high schoolers would like to think. Both are highly competitive activities most people think are a waste of time, but they actually take a lot of practice and talent. Both require matching outfits and strong personalities, which inevitably leads to lots of drama. And, sometimes, these activities lead to injuries and/or projective vomiting. Read more…

“The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” Show The Perks Of ’90s Style

Charlie may be a the strong, silent type, but the “Perks of Being a Wallflower” protagonist knows a thing or two about style… and we’re not just talking about his ability to write letters to an unknown friend.

Logan Lerman’s character knows the finer points of wearing a suit, while his more outgoing friends, played by Ezra Miller, Emma Watson and Mae Whitman rock some decidedly looks ranging from punk rock to totally preppy. And, despite the fact that the film takes place in the early 1990s, the fashions of the film — like the themes — still totally translate. Check out how to get some of our favorite looks from the movie…

9 Animal Movies To Make You Weep

Sad movies exist in every genre. Romance is obviously full of weepers, and plenty of dramas have enjoyed yanking your heart out and showing it to you as you stagger out of the theater. Even an action or sports movie can reduce the tough to tears if done right. (“Field of Dreams,” anyone?)

But there’s one little genre that seems hellbent on making us cry, and that’s animal movies. They’re fiendishly clever about it, too, luring you in with promises of being child-friendly, heartwarming and fun before killing off a fuzzy protagonist or two. They’re worse than horror movies, because at least horror is honest about the body count.

In honor of taking the plunge (again!) with ”Finding Nemo 3D,” we have compiled nine of the most heartbreaking animal weepers in cinematic history. Read it only if you have something soft to hug. Read more…

Toronto Film Festival: The Verdict On The Movies You’re Dying To See

It’s become fairly common knowledge that the unofficial awards season kicks off with the Toronto International Film Festival. Critics and film fans alike have all eyes on the Canadian city as studios launch their Oscar hopefuls and indies look for distributors.

With films like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The King’s Speech” having made their international debuts at the fest, the movies showing this year are among those we can’t wait to see this fall — in fact, we listed 20 of them before TIFF even kicked off. So, how did they fare? Well, here’s what the reviewers from our sister site, Film.com, had to say…

“The Place Beyond the Pines” — B: Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes. There is true beauty in the despair that pervades “The Place Beyond the Pines,” a treatise on the compromises we all make to protect and provide for our loved ones. Read more…

15 Accidental Hipsters In Movies

The hipster formula is as follows: If exclusivity is cool and hideous fashion is undesirable, then adopting hideous fashions because they are undesirable makes one exclusive. And this exclusivity, in turn, makes one cool. Now apply this philosophy to everything you own and… voila! You are a hipster! You will now be in the market for a Polaroid camera and declare that you were listening to bands no one’s heard of before it was cool to listen to bands no one’s heard of.

For those too square to know, hipsters are currently stuck on a nostalgic obsession with both the 1980s and 1880s, adopting the silliest and most anachronistic fashion choices of both simultaneously. The result is a horrifying mix of big glasses, curly mustaches, tight T-shirts and brimmed hats. We couldn’t help but notice that Shia LaBeouf’s Prohibition-era style in the new gangster film ”Lawless” looks oddly… contemporary. So we’ve compiled a look back at movie characters who didn’t realize they were being hip before anyone else was. Read more…

Insane Clown Posse’s Top 5 Date Movies

Want to get in the mood for a romantic night with your lady? Forget the candles and roses, because Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse have you covered with their top 5 date movies, guaranteed to make your night a memorable one. Read more…

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