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 »
“It’s funny because when [the PG-13 issue] comes up, everybody thinks it’s all about the sex. But the birth is really effective, and I’ve heard it really hits you in the face. But what it could have been? It could have been shocking and grotesque, because that’s how it was written in the book. I would have loved to have been puking up blood.”
—Kristen Stewart wonders whether the big birth scene in “Breaking Dawn” could have been taken even further. I’m officially joining Team I’m Glad There’s No Blood Vomit. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“It’s for the film ‘Hick.’ I thought [my character] needed red hair. It helps when you’re playing a role, when I don’t feel like myself. And I don’t really feel like myself with red hair… I feel like Ariel.”
—Blake Lively explains that she hasn’t gone strawberry blonde permanently and that the new shade is for a movie. As for “The Little Mermaid” comparison, glad to hear that she saw it, too. Perhaps wearing a turquoise dress (Ariel’s signature color) wasn’t the best choice. The parallel wouldn’t have been as obvious if she were rocking an LBD. [People] Keep reading »
There are some guys that look totally doofy with hair. But then there is another breed of guy who looks silly without it. Take, for example, Jake Gyllenhaal, who has shaved his head for his role as a cop in the movie “End of Watch.” Maybe it will look a little better when his dome gets a little more sun? [People] Keep reading »
Watch your back, Tina Fey, there’s a new Sarah Palin in town! The first photo of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin for the HBO film, “Game Change,” which began production today, is out. Damn, Julianne looks exactly like the pitbull in lipstick: the lady-politician red jacket, the wireless glasses, the squinty grin … it’s all pitch-perfect! Who do you think looks more like Sarah Palin — tried-and-true Tina Fey or new-girl-in-town Julianne Moore? [People] Keep reading »
I can’t wait — like, cannot wait — for “Bridesmaids” to come out. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm (!!!), and food poisoning jokes? Yes, please. Also, three golden retriever puppies appeal to my inner nine-year-old girl. This “dirty version” of the “Bridesmaids” trailer — NSFW on account of salty language and Jon Hamm getting some reverse cowgirl action — has me feeling excited in my panties, for real. [IndieWire] Keep reading »
Like may others on the interwebs, I am very excited for Anna Faris‘ upcoming flick, “What’s Your Number?” The movie is sort of like a female version of “High Fidelity,” and appeals to us because it’s about a woman having a hard time on the dating trail. When Anna Faris’ character reads in a magazine that 96 percent of women who’ve had sex with more than 20 guys don’t end up getting married, she freaks because, well, her number is 20. So she decides to go back and see if any of the ones she’s already boned—from Andy Samberg to Chris Pratt (Anna’s real life husband) to Joel McHale—was actually the one. The New Yorker totally spilled the beans on what happens in the end, but we’re still looking forward to it anyway. [NY Post] Keep reading »