Fledgling filmmaker Benh Zeitlen’s new film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” garnered tons of acclaim at the recent Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at Cannes. Even so, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it’ll be a compelling, watchable film. But the first trailer, featuring breakout child star Quvenzhane Wallace, makes it look pretty damn good. The film follows Wallace as Hushpuppy on an odyssey to survive a Katrina-like storm, ward off mystical “auroch” creatures, and find his missing mother.
“I find it really hard to relate to Arya because I can’t even imagine killing someone, but I think that first kill is completely lost on her now. Although that was a huge deal at the time, that’s just a tiny little piece of this whole madness that’s kind of going on in her life at the moment, and I think there’s more to come. She definitely feels that’s kind of the first of something, and when she realizes she’s capable of doing that, I think it almost scares her a bit, but gives her more confidence because she can stand up for herself.”
– The amazing, adorable Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on “Game of Thones,” with whom we’re obsessed. [ONTD]
As you know, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will always be My Ultimate Fantasy Famous Dude Boyfriend. But that doesn’t mean that I’m exactly stoked with some of his movie choices lately. First, there’s his forthcoming movie “Premium Rush,” in which he stars a bike messenger on the run — it looks totally crap. And now comes word that he’s going to be involved in a remake of the 1986 classic film “Little Shop of Horrors.” The original, starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, is kind of unbeatable, so the idea that JGL thinks he’s got the chops to produce and possibly star in a remake sounds a little arrogant to me. Do you think he can pull it off? [Chicago Tribune]
The Beastie Boys lost founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch today, but his memory will live on through the band’s nine amazing albums. The Beasties are known for making boastful, but often brilliant raps, laden with smart and sardonic references. Last year, the folks oer at the A.V. Club went through and explained more than 170 Beasties references. We’ve picked out our ten favorite, after the jump. Keep reading »
Make space on your DVRs, everyone! Another ultra trashy celeb-reality show is headed to the small screen, but this time it’s a dating competition show called “The Choice.” Fox announced that their new summer offering will feature regular folks participating in “blind auditions” in front of four as-yet unchosen celebs sitting in spinning chairs — wait, isn’t that what happens on NBC’s “The Voice”? Indeed! Only “The Choice” is about picking potential love interests. I’m kind of confused, but I am psyched to learn the show will be hosted by the awesome Cat Deeley. Now, who will the four celebs be? I can only pray some real A-listers have signed up, but I think C-list is the best we can hope for. A “Jersey Shore” cast member, perhaps? Tanning Mom? Guess we’ll have to wait and see… [EW]
Earlier this week, it was announced that Whitney Cummings landed her own E! talk show titled, “Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings.” The show will be a weekly half-hour talk show appearing with “The Soup” on Wednesdays. Whitney and sidekick Julian McCullough will host guests, crack jokes and comment on pop culture. I’m not surprised that she landed her own talk show, but other people seem to be. Like her work or not, the girl is having a moment right now.
What’s disheartening are the blogsphere’s reactions to the news. Headlines include: “Whitney Cummings Gets the Late-Night E! Talk Show of Your Nightmares” and “Whitney Cummings Getting A Talk Show, So You Can Hear More Of What Whitney Cummings Thinks About Things.” Keep reading »