It’s that dark time of year when you know the summer’s end is just around the bend. And of course the movies this week are particularly bleak. There’s a lot of robbing, murdering, blood, death, possession, and other unspeakable things. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to the movies because it’s going to be a bummerfest, though—there’s still lots of action and adventure and human emotion. Just not the funny kind! Keep reading »
Normally, sequels aren’t my thing. But I am getting pretty pumped for “Scream 4.” We already knew that Emma Roberts, niece of Julia, was starring and that Hayden Panetierre was playing her bestie. And that Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette would be reviving their iconic roles. Now some new players have been added to the mix. Apparently, Anna Paquin has been cast in the flick! As has the amazing Kristen Bell of “Veronica Mars!” And Shenae Grimes, who you probably know from “90210″ but was far superior on “Degrassi“! The speculation is that these three will be aufed in the opening scene, like Drew Barrymore in the original. But who knows. We’ll have to wait until next April to see. [NY Post] Keep reading »
Directing movies has gone exceptionally well for many leading men in Hollywood. Clint Eastwood has been nominated for the Best Director Oscar four times, and Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, and Kevin Costner have all gotten Oscar nods for stepping behind the camera. Oh, and George Clooney didn’t do too shabby with his directorial debut, “Good Night, and Good Luck,” did he?
Now Angelina Jolie is taking the plunge behind the camera. She’s announced that for her next movie, she won’t be acting—she’ll be directing and producing. Did we forget to mention that she also wrote the screenplay? Keep reading »
After her latest film, “The Switch,” bombed at the box office, Jennifer Aniston has finally decided to switch things up. Well, sorta. According to Hollywood Life, the actress has signed on for the next Judd Apatow comedy, “Wanderlust,” and will be playing Paul Rudd’s “chain-smoking” wife who “sleeps around” and even goes “topless” at one point in the movie. Way to diversify, Jen! Her box office money-making average might finally raise given that A) Apatow’s movies typically do very well, B) Paul Rudd is a kick-ass co-star, and C) Aniston will be playing a character that seemingly has a little more edge than her usual roles. The latter worked well for her in indie movies like “The Good Girl” and “Friends With Money,” so while this is a comedy, I personally have high hopes that this could be just the vehicle Aniston needs to justify her big-screen salary.
Check out Hollywood Life’s exclusive spoilers about the movie — including why you’ll get to see Aniston’s ta-tas — after the jump … Keep reading »
Oh boy, guys. There’s a new movie coming out in September about a topic that’s never been explored onscreen before: teen boys losing their virginity!
“The Virginity Hit” stars a lovable dork who’s just dying to lose his V-card and … wait … you say this topic has been explored before? How many times in the past?
Ohhhh. Hmm. Keep reading »
It needs to be said: Jennifer Aniston literally cannot carry a movie. Her latest, “The Switch,” bombed in its opening weekend, making only $8.1 million at the box office. This is significantly less than the opening weekend numbers for “The Bounty Hunter,” that horrifyingly bad movie she made with Gerard Butler, which was panned by critics and hated by audiences. That movie made over $20 million in its first three days and was considered a big ol’ failure. Aniston’s other recent films have done piss poor too: “Love Happens” made only $8 million its first weekend, while “Management” did less than $400,000. “He’s Just Not That Into You” was Aniston’s last big money maker, but she was only one player in an ensemble; “The Break-Up” was the last movie headlined by Aniston (alongside Vince Vaughn) to be considered a true success, making $39.2 million its opening weekend. Keep reading »
We’re just a few weeks away from September, which is terrifying because where the hell did the time go? But also nice because all the hooligans will be back in school and, at least between the hours of 8 and 3 p.m., the streets will be safe. And the movie theaters and malls will be empty and the beaches pristine and quiet. Not that anything cool ever happens before 3 p.m. anyway, but it’s somehow comforting that the kids will be at their desks, filling their little minds with knowledge. This has nothing to do with movies really, except that now you can go to matinees and there won’t be anyone throwing popcorn at the back of your head. Probably. This week, go catch “The Switch,” “Lottery Ticket,” “Piranha 3D,” or “”Nanny McPhee Returns.” Keep reading »
The Daily Beast brings up a good point today about the phenomenon that is “Eat, Pray, Love.” Writer Danielle Friedman asks, “What’s it like to be the guy whose heartbreak launched a multi-million-dollar feel-good franchise?” She tracked down Michael Cooper, Elizabeth Gilbert’s ex-husband, and discovered that he is now a public interest law scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He’s also remarried, to a Canadian diplomat, and has two young sons. However, he wasn’t interested in commenting on the movie, the book, or Elizabeth Gilbert in general.
Which is interesting, because last year he was contracted to write a rebuttal book. Keep reading »
Finally, the most under-appreciated invention in the history of the world is getting its due; this fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal will film an indie romantic comedy, “Hysteria,” about the invention of the vibrator! It’s set in Victorian-era London and she plays the daughter of a doctor who treats what used to be called “hysteria,” i.e., crankiness and tension. Hugh Dancy will play one of the docs and Rupert Everett will play his best friend. Both are convinced a new vibrating device could help ladies clear that “hysteria” right up. I hate to spoil the ending but … well, we all know it works. [Variety] Keep reading »
The trailer is out for Natalie Portman
‘s new flick, “Black Swan,” about a prima ballerina coming completely unwound. Naturally, the moment in the trailer that has everyone talking is the Natalie and Mila Kunis
kiss. We’re over that, but excited by how dark and twisted the flick looks. But should we be surprised? It’s directed by Darren Aronofsky, the man behind “The Wrestler” and “Requiem for a Dream.” The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1st, and in theaters in December. Just in time for Christmas, to ruin any daydreams you might have had about the happy ballerinas in “The Nutcracker.” Keep reading »