The time before the invention of the vibrator is a dark period of world history which I prefer not to think about. But imagine, ladies, if you will, a period when all of a woman’s problems were attributed to “hysteria,” a vague pathological affliction which doctors found could best be cured by applying pressure to a woman’s most delicate regions. A suffering woman could be relieved of her hysteria by hand, of course, but the world needed a device to get the job done more quickly. “Hysteria” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival next month and stars Hugh Dancy as a young doctor in Victorian England and Maggie Gyllenhaal as his boss’s daughter, who knows at the root of all these hysterics is a need for pleasure. God bless electricity, that’s all I have to say. [YouTube] Keep reading »
Don’t be confused. “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World,” starring Jessica Alba and Joel McHale, is not a 3D movie—it’s actually 4D. Director Robert Rodriguez is bringing it to you in “Aroma-Scope.” In other words, movie-goers will get scratch n’ sniff cards that have them smelling scents that correspond with specific scenes in the flick. “Just watching my own kids with interactive gaming, you ask them to watch a movie, it just feels so passive to them. I thought, this helps bridge the gap,” said Rodriguez, who explained that one of the scents is reminiscent of a dirty diaper. “Originally, we didn’t have any really rancid smells, but kids wanted something really stinky in there. It really doesn’t smell that bad. No one’s going to get sick in the theater.” Phew. [Huffington Post]
Aroma-Scope is supposed to take the experience to the next level, but … I have no interest in seeing “Spy Kids.” So here, some movies I’d actually like to see using this technology. Keep reading »
Last week, guys were schooled on how to snag a girl by following the great advice in movies. This week, we decided to do you ladies a favor and show you just how easy it is to land the guy of your dreams. All you have to do is fail math, get a makeover, play the drums, date within your family or, uh, lie about your age, your job or who you are. Easy, right? Keep reading »
Wuh woh. It appears that our dear Snooki has been bit by the acting bug. It happened while she was filming a cameo scene in the Farrelly brothers’ “The Three Stooges,” along with the rest of the “Jersey Shore” cast. “I was like, ‘Dude! I love this!’” she explains. “I definitely wanna do, like, comedy or something.” I hope that all the studios out there are listening!
Now, of course, someone could give Snooki a bit part in the next “Piranha 3D” or a remake of “Goodfellas.” But we really think she could be a leading lady. After the jump, some movie vehicles we would like to propose for Snooks. Keep reading »
Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is my full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet of the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, the movies you need to see, and much, much more this week. Keep reading »
In my opinion, Miles Fisher’s video for “New Romance” is the 2011 answer to Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.” But warning: it is definitely not for the faint of heart. The concept here is that Miles and his “Final Destination 5″ co-stars step into the neon Keds of Zack Morris, AC Slater, Kelly Kapowsi, Jessie Spano, and the rest of the “Saved By The Bell” crew. But in “Final Destination,” these kids can’t outrun death and they can’t here either. One by one, they meet extremely gruesome ends. Keep reading »
“The year after ‘Avatar’ was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed … I was sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month.It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting ‘Colombiana,’ to pick myself up.”
—Zoe Saldana tells Latina magazine that the mega success of “Avatar” didn’t bring her happiness, and in fact she suffered from serious depression in the year after its release. But don’t worry, she feels much better now. Her new movie comes out soon and she’s engaged to actor Keith Britton. Just goes to show that getting your dream is more emotionally complex than you ever realized. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
It’s t-minus three months until “Breaking Dawn” arrives in theaters, and the flick has landed its second Entertainment Weekly cover. I guess the first one sold like hotcakes? For the mag’s fall movie preview, they selected what appears to be a still from the movie, with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart frolicking in a waterfall. And they both look hawt.
After the jump, another new image from the movie. Keep reading »
Unavoidable this week: everybody going coo-coo-bananas about “The Help,” which opened in theaters last night. “The Help” is based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same title, which tells the story of Skeeter, a young white woman who gets a job writing for her local newspaper in a small Mississippi town, and Aibileen, a black maid who works for one of Skeeter’s childhood friends. Skeeter returned from college to find all the friends she grew up with are married with children and employers to black “help,” who are second-class citizens in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi. The story follows Skeeter as she interviews Aibileen and other black maids for a secret book project that exposes the ugly day-to-day racism in Jackson’s domestic life to the rest of the world.
Some critics, both armchair and professional, say the new flick starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Allison Janney is a white-washed, even racist version of the civil rights movement that praises a white woman as the savior of the poor black folks. (Cough “The Blind Side” cough.) They ask why Hollywood makes films about civil rights through the lens of white people, instead of giving due credit to the African-Americans who fought for their rights. And that is certainly a worthy question to ask.
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Hello. Here’s a side of Mandy Moore we haven’t seen: raunchy sex comedy star. She stars in the upcoming comedy, “Swinging With The Finkels,” as a wife who suggests she and her husband, played by Martin Freeman (or Dr. Watson on “Sherlock,” for all you BBC nerds), “see another couple” as a way to spice up their marriage. This looks pretty funny. Especially the part where she bonks Jerry Stiller in the crotch with a vibrator. It’s already debuted in England, apparently, so ask your friend who lives in London how it is. [YouTube] Keep reading »