After “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland,” we can be pretty sure that 3-D movies are here to stay. One that’s now in the works: “In the Beginning,” which will basically be a live-action telling of the book of Genesis. I’m wondering if the snake in the Garden of Eden will pop out and appear to be slithering around the audience’s head? Anyway, New York Magazine reports that David Cunningham will be directing the flick, which is strange because he only has one movie under his belt and it was a true stinker—hardly work that warrants being trusted with a $30-million epic. But they’ve figured out why he might have been chosen—he is the son of Loren Cunningham, who founded Youth With a Mission, which has 16,000 missionaries across the globe and trains another 25,000 a year. Perhaps they’ll be using this network to promote the flick? Apparently, there are lots of religious movies in the works, after the success of “The Passion of the Christ.” But will religious folks enjoy the good book in 3-D form? [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
It’s been raining for four days straight here in New York, and I am officially sick of staying in and watching television. And yet, there are so many exciting boob tube happenings this week that I’m looking forward to. From the premiere of Jessica Simpson’s “The Price of Beauty” and “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” to fresh episodes of “Lost” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” here are the shows to watch this week. Keep reading »
I haven’t felt this excited about a historical epic film since watching trailers for 2000′s “Gladiator,” which I saw twice in theaters and dozens of times on DVD after that. And it’s no surprise the latest version of “Robin Hood” reminds me of “Gladiator” because it stars Russell Crowe and was directed by Ridley Scott. Although I really enjoy “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and have been known to say “Damned English oak” in my best Morgan Freeman Moorish accent, I know Scott’s version of this “rob from the rich to give to the poor” tale is going to be so much better. Robin’s love interest, the Lady Marian, is played by Cate Blanchett, and even she gets in on some of the action as Robin and his gang battle against the despotic sheriff and ineffective new king. Marian isn’t running around trying to keep the sheriff from raping her as in “Prince of Thieves,” and we don’t have to witness any hokey romance between Robin and her. Plus, special effects are way better than they were in the ’90s, and Scott is a master at capturing fight and battle scenes. “Robin Hood” hits theaters May 14. Keep reading »
It’s no secret that I have a rather low threshold for Rich Kids, especially Celebrity Rich Kids, who don’t get their elbows particularly dirty building up their resumes like the rest of us. A few months ago, I wrote a post grousing about how Ivanka Trump wrote a business advice book called The Trump Card; I found this super-obnoxious considering her life couldn’t be more different than those of the regular folks reading her book. Ivanka even admitted on “The View” that Anna Wintour offered her a job at Vogue upon graduation.
Last night Ivanka appeared with her dad, Donald, on “Celebrity Apprentice.” And I had the realization that I’d be eminently less annoyed with Ivanka if she undid some of her father’s damage. I’d like her to start with the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions. Keep reading »
“It probably saved my job. It was a defining moment. Like, ‘She’s serious and industry, but also as kooky as everyone else on this panel.’ I mean, what crazy nut is gonna go out there in a bikini at almost 40 years of age against a girl who is 20 and probably cosmetically enhanced? I looked a little pasty. But hey, at least I didn’t wet myself!”
—”American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi in the April issue of Women’s Health talking about putting on a bikini and doing a duet with “Bikini Girl” last season. Yeah, it would’ve been totally awkward if she’d wet herself. Ew. [People] Keep reading »
Looking for something to get you through the Ides of March? Put on the sunny sounds of She & Him‘s appropriately titled second album, Volume Two. The record officially drops next Tuesday, but you can stream the entire album over on NPR. Besides the first single, “In the Sun,” with its ’50s sock hop-style video, we’re feeling “Over It Over Again” and “Lingering Still.” [NPR] Keep reading »
Over the weekend, the rumor began that MTV was banning Lady Gaga and Beyonce‘s 10-minute epic collaboration video, “Telephone“—which was amusing, ’cause when does MTV actually play videos anyway? This got me thinking—what was the most offensive part of the video? The near nudity in the beginning? The cigarette sunglasses? The lesbian crotch-grabbing? The mass murder? Well, apparently, none of the above. The video isn’t actually banned at all—MTV has been playing it since Friday. “Fans can continue to catch the video as we repeat it on-air and online,” a spokesperson said. Which is good news, I think. Because, honestly, the only truly offensive part of the video to me is all the shameless product placement. Virgin Mobile, Diet Coke, PlentyOfFish.com, Wonderbread, Coors Light, Polaroid—are there any products not endorsed in this thing?
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The trailer for Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin’s “Remember Me” has been playing approximately twice a commercial break on every station I watch on any kind of regular basis for the past month. I gathered from the ominous vibe and the title that someone was going to die in this movie. But, apparently, it just ain’t that simple. This flick has an “I see dead people” twist at the end. After the jump—SPOILER ALERT—we’ll discuss whether it’s a good one. Keep reading »
One of my favorite hobbies is making my dude bestie, John DeVore, watch my favorite crap TV shows and convincing him that it’s actually time well spent. It’s so much fun, I decided to make the process a regular video feature on The Frisky called “Primetime PJ Party.” In each episode, I force John to put on a pair of jammies, sit on my couch, and watch an episode of my current favorite show as I try to convince him — and you — why it is awesome. For our first episode, John dons plaid PJs and we watch “Hoaders” — enjoy! Keep reading »