Depending on how Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellwegger‘s breakup went down, she may think he’s the devil. And it appears that he actually may be—at least onscreen. Cooper is apparently in talks to star as Lucifer in a 3D film version of John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. The screenplay is being written by Lawrence Kasdan of “Star Wars” fame, and will be directed by Alex Proyas, the director of the original “The Crow.” In a strange twist, Bradley is also rumored to be up for the role in a remake of that one that we don’t quite understand. I guess this is Bradley’s dark phase? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Who do “Inception,” “Transformers” and “The Muppets” all have in common? I was scratching my head on that one. All three movies are examples of “the Smurfette principle,” explains Anita Sarkeesian of the blog Feminist Frequency. “The Smurfette principle” is a common trope in movies and TV shows that try to be palatable to male audiences by having an ensemble of nearly all male characters with one token female character, who is oftentimes uber-feminine (Miss Piggy) or super hot (Megan Fox) or otherwise unthreatening. Keep reading »
Awhile ago, Lily Allen took to Twitter in a huff to complain she was not invited to the royal wedding, but it’s probably just as well. See, Lily Allen’s father, the comedian Keith Allen, produced and directed a conspiracy theory “documentary” called “Unlawful Killing” that alleges Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family were behind Princess Diana‘s death. Okay then! In “Unlawful Killing,” Princess Diana is reportedly heard on audio, telling someone on the phone, “If you’re a strong woman in my environment, you’re a problem. I’m a Hell of a problem. … [I have] no time for hobbies. Keeping alive is one of them.” OMG THAT TOTALLY PROVES CHARLES HAD HER KILLED. Just kidding. While I love a good conspiracy theory, the idea that Princess Diana was murdered by the royal family instead of killed by, you know, the drunk driver behind the wheel of her car seems pretty distasteful. Curious, though, that this is a subject near and dear to Keith Allen’s heart. “Unlawful Killing” has been banned in the UK and is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival later this year. It was probably a good idea to sit Prince William‘s wedding out, Lily. [ONTD, RadarOnline] Keep reading »
This weekend, I saw Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” The concept is simple—fed up with all the advertising around him, Morgan decides to take a critical look at “brand integration” in our everyday lives by making a documentary that is fully-funded by product placement. He shows us every step involved in getting sponsors and one of the points he hits the hardest is that movies and brands have formed a symbiotic relationship—studios make money when sponsors buy into a movie, sponsors get a visibility boost from people seeing the flick, and in turn the sponsors promote said movies not only on their packaging but in their other advertising. It’s a pretty good racket in the end.
So I was pretty interested to see today that the new James Bond flick, “Bond 23,” will be financed by a whopping $45 million worth of product placement. Keep reading »
Did you hear that? That was the sound of zillions of Twihards getting in line for the opening night of “Breaking Dawn” even though it isn’t going down until November 18. Summit Entertainment has released a slew of images from the movie, including these two of Bella and Edward on their honeymoon to Isle Esme. Let the swooning begin. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
By now, it is a widely known fact that before Channing Tatum made it in Hollywood, he was making it rain in an all-guy revue called “Male Encounter” at a strip club in Florida. And now Channing will be taking that real life experience and using it to inspire a role. Channing will star in “Magic Mike,” a story of a male stripper and his proteges. “This was a wild and pivotal time in my life,” Channing said in a statement. “And I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven.”
And by Steven, he means Steven Soderbergh, who is coming out of retirement to direct the movie. Keep reading »
Sacha Baron Cohen is all about controversy. I mean, it takes balls to kiss another man in a cage fighting ring and start a near riot of fans outside the wires. But Sacha’s new project, “The Dictator,” is a little different. The movie’s source material is Zabibah and the King. Yes, the romance novel written by Saddam Hussein. The story is about a nice, sweet ruler who falls in love with a woman who is married to a horrifyingly abusive man. The book is an allegory—the ruler is, of course, Saddam and the abusive husband is the mean ol’ US of A. Sacha will play the Sadaam role in this one. And three ladies have read for the part of the woman he loves—Anna Faris, Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs of the majorly underrated show “Community.” What do you think—will this movie be great or tacky? Not that those two are mutually exclusive. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
This week marks the release of Disney’s “Prom,” just in time for –- you guessed it –- prom season. It’s hard to resist a solid high school movie, and this one appears to have all of the classic elements: a brooding bad boy (Thomas McDonell), a pretty blonde overachiever (Aimee Teegarden), a beautiful prom queen (Kylie Bunbury), a popular jock (De’Vaughn Nixon) and, of course, a nerdy nice guy (Nicholas Braun).
No high school movie would be complete without a nerdy nice guy (not to be confused with abrasive geeks, like Napoleon Dynamite or “Rushmore”‘s Max Fischer). After all, lovable dorks have become some of the most memorable characters in high school movie history. Read more… Keep reading »
“It’s a really good idea until it becomes a bad idea. It probably becomes a bad idea really fast. If you’re going to be intimate with someone, at some point somebody’s going to feel something.”
—Justin Timberlake gives some wise words of warning to anyone thinking about hooking up with a friend, like he and Mila Kunis do in the other movie about boink buddies starring an actress from “Black Swan,” “Friends with Benefits.” Well all know this and yet it’s so easy to ignore sometimes, isn’t it? [People] Keep reading »
Remember Morgan Spurlock? He’s the documentarian who lived on nothing but Big Macs and other McDonald’s fare for a month to show us the perils of fast food in “Super Size Me.” Well, Morgan is back with a new documentary, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” which is all about the perils of product placement, not only in TV shows and movies but in real life. The big twist—the movie was actually funded by 15 companies who paid to have their products in the doc, despite the irony, including POM Wonderful, who shilled out $1 million for the top billing.
To promote this new movie, Morgan has come up with a pretty unique stunt. For the next 60 days, he has gotten the town of Altoona, Pennyslvania, to change its city name to “Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” No, like for real. Keep reading »