REVIEW: I LOVE YOU, MAN
Friday, March 20 by

I take issue with the word "Bromance."  But I guess it’s better than Brotonic Brolationship. I Love You, Man is a "bromantic comedy."  That’s it.  And I am fine with…

THE CRITERION CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Friday, March 20 by

Cinematical's Elisabeth Rappe just announced that David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will forego the regular DVD release period that normal films get before being deemed a classic, in order to go straight to the gilded library of high society that is the Criterion Collection.  Don't worry, peasants.  The regular release will be available on your primitive studio-released DVD and Blu-Ray, too.  But you'll be missing out on the Two-Disc Criterion's following features:

30 Rock Recap: The Bubble
Friday, March 20 by

This newest episode of 30 Rock begins with Liz Lemon telling Kenneth she is ducking up town to have lunch with her boyfriend, Drew. Initially, Kenneth is confused; Liz Lemon doesn’t normally have many boyfriends. But yes, to Liz’s delight, she is still dating Drew. Tracy tells Kenneth he wants jerk chicken and pictures of pregnant women in their bikinis. Kenneth already has these items ready, he always knows what Tracy likes. Jack asks Liz how Tracy’s mood seemed. Jack is negotiating Tracy’s new contract and is a little nervous. Liz walks down the street with her boyfriend. Everyone they pass compliments Drew, including Calvin Klein, who wants Drew to be the next underwear model.

REVIEW: KNOWING
Friday, March 20 by

Knowing, opening today, is a compelling film that walks the line between horror and science fiction – a genre blend right up the alley of director Alex Proyas, who probably gained the biggest notoriety from the cult fave Dark City.  Unlike Dark City, Knowing takes place in the very real world – Melbourne, Australia doubling amazingly as Massachusetts and NYC – and its story drums up a question that’s come to all our minds at some point: does Earthly life have a purpose, or does “sh*t just happen?” 

MORNING NEWS IN 3-D
Friday, March 20 by

In a Time.com article on the future of 3-D filmmaking, Josh Quittner – lucky sum'bitch that he is – got to check out some footage of James Cameron's Avatar, due in December.  According to Quittner, "[Avatar] could be the thing that forces theaters to convert to digital."   WETA's VFX is creating an entire world from digital scratch, and Quittner apparently had trouble separating pixels from reality.  Cameron theorized that 3-D viewing "is so close to a real experience that it actually triggers memory creation in a way that 2-D viewing doesn't."  Spielberg predicts it will be the biggest 3-D live-action film ever.  I think that's like saying Louisville has a chance of beating Morehead State in the NCAA Tourney today.Here now, the rest of the news…Tara Reid Starring in The Fields (Dread Central) Little Fockers Likely Gets Smart Director (Variety) New Terminator: Salvation Poster (/Film) Sorority Row Trailer Goes Up (Pajiba)Hanks-produced Agent ZigZag Finds a Writer (Variety)

The Unmanageable Manager
Friday, March 20 by

The new boss for the northeastern branches, successor to Jan and Ryan, comes into the office so Michael can introduce him to his branch to get to know it better, while Jim has to suffer because he wore a tux to work that day to mess with Dwight for being strict about the dress code.  The new boss is none too lenient, though, and starts cracking down on office spending while several office women eye his good looks.  Michael doesn’t like the new boss too much, and pesters David about him.  It’s the shot in the arm this Office season needs, and it’s right after the jump.

YEAR ONE: THE FIRST FULL TRAILER!
Thursday, March 19 by

Today, Columbia Pictures released the full theatrical trailer for Year One.  We get to see Jack Black and Michael Cera leave their village, head out on a way old school road trip and run into some familiar figures along the way (like a pissy Cain and Abel played by Paul Rudd and David Cross). I'm glad that Michael Cera's getting to spread his wings at least a little bit.  He's still playing the awkward, quirky geek that we've become accustomed to, but at least he's doing it in the ancient world.  It kinda works.  Check out the trailer after the jump and tell us what you think about this Michael Cera and Jack Black epic team-up in the comments section. 

CHRIS PINE LINKS UP WITH LANTERN FLICK? HAHA GET IT? LINKS…
Thursday, March 19 by

Could Pine do the double as Kirk and GREEN LANTERN? (/film)Dee Ferrari is Not Michael Bay's Car.  She's way better looking. (Gorilla Mask)What's French, Black and Exploitation-y?  (Film Drunk)7 Badass Cartoon Villains That Lost to Idiots (Cracked)Johnny Depp steps into the DARK SHADOWS (Dread Central)Holy Taco pays tribute to Beach Bunnies (Holy Taco)If the Wachowskis Shot A Matador Film (I-Am-Bored)Taking of Pelham 123 Photos Debut (IGN)Who'll be Batman's next lady friend? (Film.com)Gerard Butler Tries to Feign Affection for Heigl in Poster (Filmofilia)South Park spoofs Watchmen, Dark Knight (Screen Rant)

SLEEP DEALER TRAILER
Thursday, March 19 by

Sleep Dealer, from relative newbie director Alex Rivera, takes its visual cues like a westernized, live action version of some funky used-future Japanese anime flick.  Set against the backdrop of the US-Mexico border in some kind of alternate, not-so-distant future, it already seems disturbingly credible.  Don't take your border patrol friends opening night.  Check out the trailer and a more detailed plot synopsis after the jump.

My Nah Nah Nah
Thursday, March 19 by

Sacred Heart's couples experience a few hiccups, while Turk takes a risk by performing a controversial procedure on a patient whose father is desperate. Back In The Ring Dr. Cox's family visits him at the hospital where Jordan is enjoying the perks of Cox's new position.  She happily claims that she has fired two cafeteria employees on the grounds that their accents were unbearable, confirming- once again- that she is a horrible person.  She sits at the table with Jack, who is carrying a stack of pancakes taller than he is.  When Cox asks why Jack isn't in school, Jordan explains that kids don't have school on Yom Kippur.  Cox points out that Yom Kippur was six months ago, and Jordan is made to realize that she's been outsmarted by her five-year-old son.  "I hate school!" Jack claims victoriously, throwing his arms in the air like Rocky.

50 CENT JOINS STALLONE’S EXPENDABLES
Thursday, March 19 by

Yesterday evening, AICN received a letter straight from Sly Stallone himself informing them that Forest Whitaker has had to drop out of Stallone's fully loaded actioner Expendables, and will be replaced by 50 Cent.  Now, before anyone gets their camouflage panties in a bunch, keep in mind that of all the movie badasses in The Expendables, 50 is probably the only cast member ever to actually be shot.  With real bullets. Here's what the cast is shaping up to look like:

MUPPET NEWS ROUNDUP
Thursday, March 19 by

A spy for Ain't It Cool News got his hands on a script for the new Muppet Movie titled – no kidding -  "The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!!" It was written by I Love You Man's Jason Segel and Nick Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). The movie revolves around The Muppets reuniting after a huge falling out to save The Muppet Studios in Hollywood. They have to put on a show in the Muppet Theatre and get 10 million viewers to save the Studios from an evil Texas oil tycoon.  This sounds like Wild Hogs, Space Cowboys or Old Dogs for the Henson set, but I'm there. The rest of the morning news:RIP Natasha Richardson (CNN.com)They Came From the Drive-In! (ShockTilYouDrop)Justin Long is Going the Distance (Variety)Has The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Lost It? (Pajiba)Zucker's plans for Hulu coming to fruition Mwahahaha (DHD)New Footage of G.I. Joe Screened (Dark Horizons)

MCBRIDE, FRANCO TEAM UP FOR FANTASY EPIC!!!
Wednesday, March 18 by

Woo Hoo!  This just in from Ain't It Cool News: comedy upstart Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down, etc.) is signed on to star in a sprawling fantasy epic comedy, to be directed by none other than Pineapple Express's David Gordon Green.  And James Franco is apparently attached as a co-star.  I don't know about you, but I look at Danny McBride and CANNOT WAIT to see his mug on a Sword & Sorcerer-style poster. This sounds f*cking awesome.  Harry Knowles mused that it'll be Monty Python-esque.  I hope it's entirely it's own thing, and with waaaaaaay better effects than Python (because we can, now).  Spectral Motion (the guys who did the opposite of shitting the bed with the VFX in Hellboy 2 and Pan's Labyrinth) are also attached to bring this fantasy world and the creatures within to meticulously detailed life.  

LINKS OF THE GREATEST GRAVITAS
Wednesday, March 18 by

Bitchy Rants About Inside the Actor's Studio (Pajiba) 20 Movies that Got Away With Gaping Plot Holes (Cracked)Spike Lee & Kobe Do Work (Film Drunk)You're a Pretentious @$$hole.  (Pajiba)Affliction counters ratings blow dealt by UFC 100.  (Cage Potato)Get Ready For March Madness, Douchebag!  (Holy Taco)Sora Aoi Sounds Like a Star Trek Alien, but Looks Like a Hot Asian (Gorilla Mask)Artwork from Roland Emmerich's 2012 (I-Am-Bored)Shia!  He's on Fi-ah!  That rhymes, and so will the lyrics in LaBeouf's music video (The Playlist)Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3-D cuts teeth in Arizona (Dread Central)

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4. POSSIBLE.
Wednesday, March 18 by

Earlier today, a spy for Ain't It Cool News reported that Tom Cruise is kicking around ideas for the next installment of Mission: Impossible.  He spilled the beans on the popular Japanese show "SMAP SMAP."  After spilling the beans, he apparently then baked a cake.   I waited for this to turn out to be a segment for NBC's Howie Do It, but comedian Howie Mandel didn't come out to canned applause spliced in from an earlier joke, so we have to consider it as credible. 

JENNIFER ANISTON: THE NEXT BOND GIRL?
Wednesday, March 18 by

As relayed by AceShowBiz.com, Jennifer Aniston has joined Slumdog's Freida Pinto as possibilities for the new Bond girl in the series' 23rd installment.  A source from Bond's production company, EON, was quoted as saying, "We're always looking for the next Bond girl. She has to be beautiful but she also needs to have brains. It helps if she's athletic and able to keep up with the intense stunt work a Bond movie demands. Jennifer has all these qualities. It's great to hear she'd love to do a movie because we have used established actresses before such as Teri Hatcher and Denise Richards. It's great she's a fan."  It certainly makes us wonder whether Aniston's involvement would have any bearing on the role of Bond 23's villain…

EMMY ROSSUM IN DETAILS
Wednesday, March 18 by

April's issue of DETAILS – out next week – has a sexy spread of Dragonball Evolution's Emmy Rossum featuring photographs from Matthias Vriens, who sounds Scandinavian and artsy, so you can be sure the photographs are top-notch.  Actually, one of them is pictured above, and it looks classy enough to me.  Kudos, Matthias!  Kick back on your Ektörp chair and have a Grolsch for a job well done!  Click on the photo to enlarge it to proper Rossum-viewing size.  And saunter on over to Men.Style.com to check out their slideshow of the rest of the pics.  

MORNING NEWS-A-MANIA
Wednesday, March 18 by

 According to Latino Review, Mickey "The Ram" Rourke has "agreed to appear at WrestleMania XXV to support friends Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat, and Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka in their match against Chris Jericho."  I don't know about you, but as much as this reeks of a marketing ploy to make WWE even more Hollywood, I'd pay money to see Rourke actually get in the ring with those other three.  I long for the days of '80s WWF when a fight was fair and everyone had a larger than life nickname (and a part in a cartoon show).  Chris Jericho?  Meh.  Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat?  That's like a nickname followed by a surname that sounds like a nickname.  Just do me a favor, WWE, and bring back Junkyard Dawg and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake."  Then you'll have my $25 or whatever it's gonna cost.  Throw in a halftime show with Springsteen and I'll go higher.  "Ehhhhave you evah seen a one treeeck ponyyyyyyyy…"  (Tears rolling down my cheeks, I tell you.)And now the rest of the news…The Frog Bros. unite in Lost Boys 3 gets (Dread Central)Angels and Demons' Dan Harris to script Dante's Inferno (Variety)Clip from Fred Durst's first non-porn directorial effort (ComingSoon.Net)You can buy the 1989 Batmobile! (/Film)I Love You Man's Jason Segel to write songs for Russell Brand (The Playlist)

COOL BLACKLIGHT CONCEPT ART
Tuesday, March 17 by

According to Slash Film, "Fox Atomic has acquired the rights to turn indie developer Zombie Studio’s original action property "Blacklight" into a feature film, comic book series and video game." It's supposedly a "covert military action epic set 25 years into the future" and will be told using a this multi-platform approach of print, video game and feature film.  And the cool part is that all the pieces will interconnect to create one larger arc.  Well, it's cool if you can afford it.  Sort of reminds me of the hell my grandparents must've gone through finding all those Voltron Lions.  (You can imagine the disappointment of having an amputee robot.) More artwork after the jump.

NO NEED TO RE-ANIMATE THESE LINKS!
Tuesday, March 17 by

The Nine Levels of Hell for the Living (Holy Taco)New Terminator: Salvation Poster (LatinoReview)How Watchmen Could Have Been Worse (Cracked)Re-Animator in 3-D?  No way!  Yes way! (Dread Central)A Ghostbusters retrospective (Pajiba)Where the Wild Things Are Teaser Poster (The Playlist)Check out the trailer for Evan York's new short (Evan York)Poke A Muscle Test (I-Am-Bored)The Mutant Chronicles with… Malkovich?!?! (Film.com)Crank: High Voltage Feedback (AICN)

LESBIAN VAMP KILLERS RED BAND CLIP
Tuesday, March 17 by

Our friends over at Dread Central posted the new Red Band clip for the upcoming Lesbian Vampire Killers flick, which is an adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, of course. LVK is shaping up to be a pretty good piece of camp cinema, if I do say so myself.  And I just did.  So click for the jump, sit back, relax, and have some good, sexy, bloodsucking laughs courtesy of Momentum Pictures.  (We've also included the trailer, as well as some kickass poster art and stills.)

KNOWING’S ROSE BYRNE
Tuesday, March 17 by

This Friday, Rose Byrne will be teaming up with Nic Cage in the supernatural apocalyptic actioner Knowing, directed by The Crow and Dark City's Alex Proyas. Where You've Seen Her: Rose, an Aussie, is probably best known for her role opposite Glen Close in FX's Damages.  But she also made memorable turns as Scarlet in 28 Weeks Later, as Briseis in Troy, and as Cassie in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. She also had a minor role as one of Natalie Portman's doppelgangers in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  Pointless Quote: "I see myself more as a character actress than a celebrity."  See more pics of Rose after the jump!

“LEP’ IN THE HOOD” END CREDITS RAP
Tuesday, March 17 by

 Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like a Leprechaun commandeering the mic at a strip club and then proceeding to wax lyrical about his roots.  He's quite the M.C., but I suppose that's par for the course with a mythical goblin who speaks in anapestic line verse.  That's poetry terminology, son!  I'd like to imagine that the little guy stayed around to intro the featured strippers when they come out to do their pole dance on stage. 

TOP O’ THE MORNING NEWS
Tuesday, March 17 by

Happy St. Patty's Day, Homer Simpson.  Variety reports that an "Irish-themed episode of The Simpsons will air in Ireland and the UK" tonight.  It's the first time ever that the show has premiered an episode outside the US.  Oh, the luck of the Irish.  The episode revolves around St. Patrick's Day, so perhaps for the first time as well, we'll get to see green Duff.  Hello, 7-11 marketing department…  Don't worry, though; the episode, entitled "In the Name of the Grandfather," will air stateside this sunday.

NATALIE PORTMAN CAST IN THOR?
Monday, March 16 by

Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Natalie Portman is the frontrunner to play the female lead in Kenneth Branagh's screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' Thor.  I don't know about you, but when I think of Natalie Portman, I think of Jewish American Princess, not Asgardian Goddess.  Then again, they can do a lot with a blonde wig these days… In any case, there aren't a lot of chicks in Thor's world.  At least, not many with juicy roles.  So it leads me to wonder if she'd be playing Amora the Enchantress… Thor's arch enemy and sometimes lovaaaah.  If that's the case… I'm thinking we need some other casting possibilities in the mix, you know, just to keep Natalie on her toes.  Here are some ideas:

24 Recap: 9pm-10pm
Monday, March 16 by

Bauers on the move. Police are every which way. He elbows the window of a car, hotwires it, and screeches of in a vintage Mustang that happens to have a laptop in it.

House Recap: Here Kitty
Monday, March 16 by

This episode starts off with House in his office making a miniature racetrack. He races model cars on a track made out of medical supplies. Cuddy comes into the room and tells House he should have been helping patients, instead of making a racetrack. Cuddy introduces him to a new patient. After Cuddy leaves the room, the patient seizes and pees green urine. Thus begins another episode of House. House is with the team in his office writing on the ‘symptoms board’ in green pen. Taub is late and in a bad mood. He questions House’s decision to choose this patient. House punishes Taub for his disobedience. House orders the team to test the patient’s home for outside influences that would make her pee green.

IF IT BLEEDS WE CAN LINK IT
Monday, March 16 by

Wall Street High School Class of '09 (WallStreet Fighter)Spank Bank: Laurena Lacey (Gorilla Mask)Ryan Gosling has one more reason to make girls moist (Film Drunk)Bernie Madoff's Prison Twitter Page (Holy Taco)Audrey Tautou is koo koo for Coco Chanel (Filmofilia)JJ Abrams Needs Money, Stages Heist (Variety)

CHAN WOOK PARK’S THIRST TRAILER!
Monday, March 16 by

The trailer for Thirst, the new vampire flick from Oldboy director Chan Wook Park, has arrived.  We can usually expect a few juicy taboos from Park, and this one looks like it has it in the form of a bloodsucking priest.  Check out the trailer after the jump…

WATCHMEN GAME GOES FULL FRONTAL
Monday, March 16 by

After noticing Watchmen's Box Office numbers slip 65% in its second weekend, we thought to ourselves, why aren't they marketing this film toward female retirees looking for some full frontal male nudity?  Because, man, there's enough blue penis in this movie to make Vanity Smurf come out of his tiny closet.Well, some folks over at Liquid Generation are helping keep the Watchmen buzz alive at the other end of the age spectrum, and figured that gamers like their penis 8 bits at a time.  Check out this Kung Fu-inspired scrolling actioner featuring a monster… ahem… swordfight… after the jump.