I must admit, I’ve been skeptical about the forthcoming American movie version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” I sucked down Stieg Larsson’s series last summer and thought the Swedish films did a fabulous job translating the books to screen — so what’s the point of another director and cast redoing what has already been done so well? But I might be changing my tune after seeing this just-leaked red band trailer for David Fincher’s American adaptation, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. It looks awesome
. I especially love the music — Karen O covering Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Hot. Are you psyched for the film or do you think an American version is unnecessary? (FYI, this red band trailer is NSFW.) Keep reading »
“There’s a little bit of Joe Pesci in ‘Goodfellas,’ a little bit of Heath Ledger’s Joker in ‘The Dark Knight,’ and everything else is just kind of in my head. Mr. Chow’s voice is a little Vietnamese [like his in-laws], a little Korean, and a lot of mayhem … My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and I’m happy to say she’s cancer-free. She was going through chemotherapy when I was offered the job for ‘The Hangover’ and I almost turned it down. Tran, my wife, insisted that I do it … I think the reason I played Chow so aggressively and over-the-top in the first movie was, for me, a catharsis. If I had not done that, I would have had a nervous breakdown in real life. Even if ‘The Hangover’ wasn’t a success, it’s the best project I’ve ever been a part of because it got me through the worst period of my life. It saved me.”
—Ken Jeong, who happened to be a full-fledged doctor before getting bit by the acting bug, talks about his iconic role in “The Hangover,” Mr. Chow, and how his wife’s battle with breast cancer inspired his performance. Jeong also shares that, for “The Hangover 2,” which opens this weekend, Tran traveled with him to Thailand. “I was just so happy that Tran was there … I felt like an Asian Rick James.” Amazing. Love him. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
Jason Sudeikis—aka the “Saturday Night Live” star and maybe father of January Jones’ unborn baby—is hosting the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. To build some hype for the show, he’s done a series of videos where he awkwardly introduces himself to the nominees. In this video, he stands in for Kristen Stewart‘s hair stylist, threatening to give her a bowl cut.
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The trailer for “Dark Girls,” a new documentary about black women and their skin tone, had me in tears by the end. “Dark Girls” examines racism and colorism both inside and outside of the black community and the societal devaluing of dark-skinned blacks (cough, Psychology Today, cough) dating back to slavery. I don’t feel as if I, as a white woman, can really do justice to the potential of this film, so I’ll encourage you to read this great post about “Dark Girls” on The Black Snob by blogger Danielle Belton. For us documentary fans, this one is definitely a must-see.
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The trailer for “I Don’t Know How She Does It” begins with a voiceover of Sarah Jessica Parker waxing philosophic about why parents don’t get enough sleep. A few seconds later, she’s at a party with three friends, standing next to a redhead (Christina Hendricks) and across from a brunette and a blonde (Busy Phillips). Later, she walks down a very familiar brownstone-lined street. Add in some lingering shots of Manhattan, and a teaser of her at dinner with a swashbuckling ladies man. In other words, it seems like an alternate universe “Sex and the City” where Carrie got marred earlier and had two kids. What do you think—will you be going to see this one? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Carolyn Owlett pulled her hair back into a ponytail, threw on a frumpy skirt, and walked around London asking if she could have everything for free, from a bus ride to a piece of cake. Most people looked at her like she was crazy. Then she curled her hair into shiny ringlets, put on makeup, a tight dress, and high heels, and did the same thing. Most people looked at her … and then gave her whatever she wanted. The results of her one-woman experiment are depressing, but also fascinating to watch. Would you agree with her findings? Have you witnessed the ways society rewards conventionally beautiful women or experienced them firsthand? [Bright Hands Pictures via Vimeo]
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Oh, Jon Hamm. You can scream into my vagina anytime you want. The acoustics are amazing. [Movieline] Keep reading »
First, of course, came “Clue.” Then Ridley Scott announced he was making a big screen version of Monopoly. Then came “Battleship,” starring the gorgeous Taylor Kitsch. Then “Clue,” again, as a Gore Verbinski-directed remake was teased last year. Now, Hollywood is officially addicted to creating movies based on board games. Today, we get new details on “Candy Land,” the movie based on, well, you know. But don’t expect the Peppermint Forest and Gumdrop Mountains to be as sweet as they sound. Jonathan Aibel, who penned “Kung Fu Panda 2″ and is working on the “Candy Land” script, says that this movie will be epic in scale. “We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy,” he says. Keep reading »
Last night, the Cannes Film Festival concluded with the Robert DeNiro-helmed jury handing out the awards for the best movies and acting on display at the festival. And I am sensing a theme: apparently, the jury was all about films that mixed everyday stories with, well, the fate of the universe. The coveted Palme d’Or award—Cannes’ version of Best Picture Oscar—went to “Tree of Life,” the movie which follows a suburban Texas family in the 1950s through two generations (Brad Pitt is the dad, Sean Penn is his son) connecting them to the creation of the world and cosmos. Meanwhile, most people thought Tilda Swinton had the Best Actress award in the bag for “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” But she was upset by Kirsten Dunst, who stars in “Melancholia,” the story of a bride who begins to feel more and more disillusioned while, lightyears away, a planet threatens to collide with Earth. Oddly, both movies prominently feature eclipses in their trailers. Keep reading »
“The Hangover 2” opens this weekend, and apparently there is someone besides Mel Gibson who will not be eagerly waiting in line with a bucket of popcorn to get a good seat. In the movie, Ed Helms wakes up in a bathtub and discovers that he has a poorly done tribal tattoo on his face. The joke, of course, is that Mike Tyson—who makes a cameo in the original movie and its sequel—has a much better version of the same tattoo. However, Tyson’s tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill, is not amused. In fact, he is suing Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. Keep reading »