Sometimes I feel like everyone in the world is leading a more exciting life than I am, and then Netflix announces that online viewing surpassed 1 billion hours in June, and I realize that we all spend the majority of our lives watching “Law & Order: SVU” marathons in bed, and I feel so much better about myself. Seriously though, one billion hours–what a daunting figure. Could we have cured cancer and stopped global warming and eradicated LMFAO in that time? Most likely, but come on, our dedication to online media has yielded impressive returns in the form of brilliant Ron Swanson quotes and heated “Game of Thrones” discussions at otherwise lighthearted social events.
Tell us: how many hours did you contribute to this milestone? Did you discover any amazing new shows or movies last month that we should be adding to our queues? After all, we’ve gotta buckle down if we want to hit 2 billion hours this month! [The Atlantic]
Here’s our first glimpse of Angelina Jolie in her upcoming role as Maleficent (the evil queen from “Sleeping Beauty,” in case you need a Disney movie refresher). “Maleficent,” which will hit theaters in 2014, promises to flesh out the backstory of this legendary villain, and judging from this picture, Angelina is creepy perfection in the lead role. [People] Keep reading »
Wes Anderson’s new film “Moonrise Kingdom,” which tells a story of two dissatisfied, soul-searching 12-year-olds falling in love in 1960s New England, shattered limited-release box office records with a gross of $669,486 over the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. The movie’s distributor, Focus Features, confirmed that its per-location average of $130,752 by Sunday while playing in four theaters was in fact the highest average ever for a non-animated film, a record previously held by “Dreamgirls.”
I saw it on Friday, the day it came out, and though I’m a card-carrying member of Wes Anderson’s most devoted fan club (there’s not a film in his repertoire that doesn’t charm me and every other twenty-something Brooklyn girl to death), don’t let my bias sway you: this movie is seriously good. I have been known to hate on child actors, who are often awkward and contrived enough to ruin an otherwise decent movie, so I had my doubts going into the theater. But Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, the two young stars who had never acted professionally prior to being casted, were delightful. I won’t give too much away, but you have to see this movie if you haven’t already, whether you’re a fan of Anderson’s previous films or not (but especially if you are). Right now “Moonrise Kingdom” is only playing at select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, but Focus will be extending the distribution to several hundred theaters throughout the month. You can watch the trailer here. [CBS News]
High fashion films have a track record of being consistently gorgeous. I’m not talking about, say, “The Devil Wears Prada” (though I will never not argue that it’s one of the best movies ever), but rather the type of high-brow videos that result from collaborations between fashion houses and illustrious directors. Take, for instance, Martin Scorsese’s short for men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel, David Lynch’s campaign for Dior’s Lady Dior, or the Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme ad created by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky — as you can see, efforts of this ilk have seriously beautiful outcomes. Keep reading »
What does every single dude that’s ever starred in a romantic comedy have in common? Well, they’ve all been impersonated by this guy, and they’ve all been in a movie with Jen Aniston.
“That’s all me up there. I don’t need a stunt ass. I would regret it for the rest of my life if I was in a male stripper movie and didn’t get up there and strip myself. At first it was scary as hell, but then it became like a drug and I couldn’t wait to do it again.”
-Matthew McConaughey tells the Advocate about his big striptease in the upcoming movie “Magic Mike.” Apparently the scene wasn’t even in the script initially, but thanks to Matthew’s enthusiasm, it because the dirtiest dance of the movie. “It had to be wonderfully filthy,” he says. [People]
Remember Biff, the dumb villain in all three “Back To The Future” movies? The guy who famously told Michael J. Fox to “make like a tree and get out of here?” Well his real name is Tom Wilson, and people stop him all the time to talk about the movie series and ask him a bunch of questions. So he decided to cut to the chase and create a postcard that answers virtually any and all “Back To The Future”-related question you might have. Like, is Crispin Glover really as weird as he seems? (Answer: Not as weird as he wishes he was). And what was it like to work with the Delorean (Answer: Annoying). Read the whole postcard after the jump! Keep reading »
“The Avengers” smashed box office records this weekend, and who was responsible for most of the smashing in the film? The Incredible Hulk of course! Played by Mark Ruffalo, Hulk is temperamental, strangely lovable, and green. Very, very green. Click through for six gorgeous green pieces that are totally wearable whether or not you’re raging mad … Keep reading »
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 Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope is super annoying. Not only because the MPDG is a rather one-dimensional portrayal of femininity, but also because stories featuring her always go the same. She unexpectedly pratfalls into the protagonist’s staid life to shake things up, forcing him to learn a valuable lesson or change his ways, or get a different job or go scuba diving or leave his uptight girlfriend. She’s an event that happens, rather than a real character. And what does she get for all of her dancing in the rain and quirky hijinks? The guy. But whatever, usually the guys in these stories are pretty terrible — they’re boring, facile and barely able to keep up with the MPDG. The guys in MPDG movies are kind of The Worst.
That’s why we’ve evaluated some of the best-known MPDG dudes and evaluated them for annoyability and bangability. After all, while the Manic Pixie Dream Girl might have her faults, at least she’s not boring. A helpful key is available after the jump. Keep reading »