“Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take animation down to zero.” That is my roundabout way of telling you that the Cartoon Network has announced that they will be making a live-action movie version of the ’90s TV show, “Captain Planet.” “The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Stuart Snyder, a head honcho at Turner Broadcasting. “With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender.” For realsies. Keep reading »
It feels like “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the reboot of the classic comic tale starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, was cast like five minutes ago. But already, we have the first trailer for the flick, which deals with Spider-Man as a boy and teenager. According to this mythology, he’s bitten by the radioactive spider while visiting his crush, Gwen Stacey, at the science lab where she works. A few notes: (A) Emma looks amazeballs with blonde hair and bangs. (B) Wait, that isn’t a science lab—that’s Hearst Tower in New York City. And (C) did they take a page from “Friday Night Lights” and get Explosions in the Sky to do music for the trailer? I can’t quite tell. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
You will be very surprised when I tell you who is depicted in this photo. For starters, it is a lady—not a guy—and a girly girl at that. One who you know for her long, lustrous hair and her longtime relationship with a co-star. Still can’t guess? Find out who it is after the jump. Keep reading »
“It was an irritating costume to wear. It was too long and, sometimes, I would trip over it. The gusset of the tights kept dropping between my thighs, and this made it very hard to walk with any kind of dignity … Sometimes, when the stunt team got too macho, I would tease them with my inner thigh.”
—Ralph Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” explains why he began wearing a garter belt underneath his menacing robes. Somehow, this information makes Voldemort seem much less scary. Also, Ralph looks so different without a nose! It’s easy to forget that was him under all that movie makeup. [ONTD] Keep reading »
Today, I am in a “Harry Potter” hangover. For weeks, there was so much buildup. And while the movie was wonderful, now it’s just … over. So thank goodness that a new pop culture phenomenon begins afresh tonight. Finally, “Degrassi” is back! Now, I have been through my fair share of guilty pleasure TV shows over the years, but “DegrassI: The Next Generation” has been one of the most enduring. For the past 11 seasons, I’ve watched Spinner and Jimmy give way to Emma and Manny, give way to Mia and Peter, give way to Holly J and Declan. The best part of this Canadian teen soap (based on the “Degrassi” series of the ’80s) is watching the young characters you don’t care too much about blossom into almost-adults. For example, Sav has gotten so hot and Claire has become such a fashion plate! And because the show airs telenovela style—there’s a new episode every night—there is absolutely no waiting to see how their new lives evolve.
But I promise there are other things I’m looking forward to this week—like the series premiere of “Entourage” and a new album from They Might Be Giants. After the jump, a rundown of this week’s television, movies, music, and more. Keep reading »
“I read the script and had such a weird, fast reaction to Megan. I knew exactly what I wanted her to look like, to sound like, and I got an intense feeling of ‘I like her so much! This will never work out!’ For the audition, I wore no makeup and a bad pant. Once I look like the character, it really locks me in, even if people sometimes say, ‘We need you not to be repulsive.’ … [My husband] and I are obsessed with ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.’ I wanted to wear a short white spiky wig, and they were like, ‘You can’t actually be Guy Fieri.’ I kept wanting to wear crazy white Oakleys on the back of my head, like he does, but somehow they never got in.”
—Emmy nominee Melissa McCarthy tells GQ all about her inspirations for the character Megan in “Bridesmaids.” Too bad they didn’t let her go more in the Guy Fieri direction. She looks kind of cute with short spiky hair, as evidenced by this picture. Even though GQ did feel the need to put her in a bikini, any way they could. [GQ] Keep reading »
We all know at least a little bit about our government’s hyper-overreaction to “the red menace” back in the 1950s. Men and women throughout politics, the media and Hollywood lost their jobs if anyone thought they were a Communist or Communist-sympathizer. A lesser known story, however, is how the U.S. government also tried to get rid of homosexuals. Lesbians and gay men were thought to be “sex perverts” and could lose their jobs serving the U.S. government if anyone found out. A new documentary called “The Lavender Menace,” which is currently in production, introduces us to the men and women who lost their jobs during this time and shows how a few of them, including an adorable old man named Frank Kameny, fought back. Keep reading »
Until about three weeks ago, I had no idea what a Muggle was. I had, for the large part, avoided the entire “Harry Potter” series. But with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” coming out and everyone lamenting the end of an era, I started to feel kind of left out of a cultural phenomenon. So, on a rainy weekend, I watched all six of the movies that have been released so far. And they were great. But let’s say you don’t have time for that and you still want in on “Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Never fear. This handy dandy video will catch you up on the series in seven minutes flat. You are welcome. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
This week, we caught a glimpse of both Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rocking bald heads. Both hairdos are apparently for upcoming movies. Channing’s freshly shaved head was noticed by the papparazi as he walked around in LA, and many are assuming it’s for his role as Duke in “GI Joe 2: Cobra Strikes,” which has just started filming.
Meanwhile, Joseph’s shorn locks are for a very different movie. Keep reading »