“Rock of Ages,” the Broadway musical that feels sort of like a karaoke night filled with ’80s rock ballads, is headed for the big screen. Some insanely huge names are attached to the fledgling movie: Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, and Mary J. Blige are all rumored to be in talks for roles. When I first read this news, I was concerned that they’d make Tom and Gwyneth the leads, which wouldn’t make any sense because the story is about two fresh-out-of-school kids who move to L.A. to become rock stars and end up working in a seedy bar. But, phew, they are being talked to about supporting roles.
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“Simulation of sex is a real workout. We must have done a hundred takes. There was an oxygen take at one point. It took two days. Simulated sex is really fun, but it’s not easy.
—Emma Stone goes against the grain and tells W that filming sex scenes is fun, rather than awkward and uncomfortable as every other actor in Hollywood tells us. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
I was pleasantly surprised by the Golden Globe nominations, with one jarring exception: “The Tourist.” Why the hell would Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp get Best Actress/Actor nominations for a movie critics have agreed is a huge stinker? The movie totally bombed at the box office this weekend, pulling in a (relatively) measly $17 million while the third “Narnia” installment earned $24.5 million. For the record, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Cop Out” had stronger openings this year. [Huffington Post]
A while back, we were totally psyched for this movie because we thought Johnny and Angelina would create some fireworks. We thought, “Will they fall in love? Could they be the next Brangelina? Oh, and there’s a naked shower scene?” But there’s zero chemistry to be found on screen. Many critics say the only thing to come out on top from the flick is the Venice tourism bureau. Keep reading »
The official movie trailer for “Water for Elephants,” starring Reese Witherspoon
as Marlena, Robert Pattinson
as Jacob, and Christoph Waltz as August, is finally here. If you read the book and loved it as much as I did, then you will no doubt be marking your calendars for its April release. A movie about love and the circus. Does it get any better than that? Keep reading »
“I was busy putting towels in the dryer this morning and didn’t hear my phone ring, so when my friend called a little later I was pretty sure she was consoling me. I am so thrilled to be nominated!”
—Julianne Moore explains how she found out that both she and Annette Bening were nominated for Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for “The Kids Are All Right.” [NY Post] Keep reading »
“I just saw [Ben Stiller] now and we’re talking about doing another ‘Zoolander’ movie. … I think there’s a really good script and I think we’re going to do it.”
—Hansel, I mean Owen Wilson, makes our Christmas dreams come true. Normally, sequels are abysmal, but even if “Zoolander 2″ were 60 percent less funny than the original, it would still be amazing. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
It’s been a pretty exciting year for movies, what with “Black Swan,” “Blue Valentine,” “Catfish,” “The Social Network, ” etc, etc. So, when the Golden Globe Awards announced its nominees this morning, guess which flick got the most nods? “The King’s Speech.” Yep, the movie none of us saw starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter.
The “Golden Globe” nominations are often a little wacky, so after the jump, eight more things that surprised us. Keep reading »
Picture this: Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, and Danny McBride as Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA. Yup, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is directing a short biopic about the making of the song “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).” “Fight For Your Right Revisited” will premiere at the Sundance Short Film Festival. Oh-so excited to see anything having to do with the Beastie Boys. I believe this gives us all license to ill. [Sterogum] Keep reading »
This week’s movies are like that period in music when bands all started putting “The” in front of a noun and making that the name of their band. I guess it sounds like more of a declaration or something. Or a claiming of whatever particular noun. Whatever it is, it’s pissing me off. Just kidding. I could care less. Go see a movie. Or don’t. I can’t tell you how to live your life. But call your mother. She worries. Keep reading »
I was hoping that “Avatar” fever had died down, but Wu Lingyuan, China, is keeping it alive. This region contains the mountain ranges in the movie, and enterprising citizens have found a way to turn that into dollar signs by offering “Avatar” wedding packages. The view is gorgeous, but takers are a little less excited about the Na’vi provided. As one recent bride explained, “The Na’vi were a couple of forestry workers dressed up in long underwear dyed blue wearing some very unconvincing masks. It was really pathetic.” Lucky for us, she had the picture to back it up. [/Film] Keep reading »