Davis Guggenheim’s latest documentary covers the problems of the education system and offers solutions. Waiting for “Superman” explains the educational system and the politicians’ promises interspersed throughout children’s own stories. The visual demonstrations clarify all the complicated systems in place, explain the statistics and lay out the geography of school districts.
The honesty of children is sobering. You see first graders without any ego or melodrama, yet talking about what school isn’t giving them, there’s your story right there. You don’t need to go to the parents or the teachers, that’s the story. These are good kids, in elementary school when it’s still cute, not tainted yet.
More after the jump…
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Synopsis: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.
Super 8 picked up its stars just the other day, filming is slated to begin on the J.J. Abrams' flick this week, and now the first spy photos of the set have appeared online. The story is set in 1979 in the sleepy little town of Lillian Heights, Ohio. Which means the filmmakers needed to find a town sh*tty enough to look like it stepped out of the 1970's. Weirton, West Virginia is that lucky little town that looks sh*tty enough to be a part of filmmaking history. Congrats, Weirton! Be sure to stock up on Busch. The teamsters demand it. (AICN)
Check out pics of the redressed town after the jump…
Look what you're doing to Paul!!!
Jeremy Renner just gave us all one ticket to Bummersville. The actor recently revealed to Total Film that Paul Thomas Anderson's in the works scientology drama tentatively titled The Master has come to a grinding halt:
"I was really bummer about that," Renner revealed. "It really kind of stalled because when we were rehearsing – Phil, Paul and myself – we kept coming up against a wall that we couldn't overcome. Or at least Paul couldn't.
I'm sure he didn't mean for that to sound like a burn, but what a buuuuuuuurn. Jeremy could overcome it, Paul? Why the hell couldn't you?
At the press junket for Jack Goes Boating, Philip Seymour Hoffman also confirmed that the project is currently whack:
"I don't have any new information ['The Master']. I really mean that, I'm not being obstuse. I don't quite know what that is at the moment, but hopefully I will and hopefully I'll be part of something soon. It would be great to work with him again."
I was really looking forward to Anderson's take on The Cause — his made up word for Scientology — and Hoffman portraying a version of L. Ron Hubbard, the author of the classic novel Battlefield Earth. Everyone keep your fingers crossed so tightly that they bleed. It's the only way this project may get back on track. (ThePlaylist)
MTV caught up with Keanu Reeves at the Toronto Film Festival and asked him the pressing question that everyone's dying to know the answer to: What up with another Bill & Ted? The interview takes place at a bench, where I'm guessing moments before Keanu was finishing up a meal all by his lonesome.
The recently "sad" actor says he'd love to do another Bill & Ted (duuuuuuuh), they just have to get the story right. For a story that never made sense in the first place, this is lofty goal. Keanu also says he'd love German director Werner Herzog to add his flair to the project. Now that I would pay to see. They'll need to get this project off the ground soon though or it's going to follow Bill and Ted's excellent adventure of applying for a AARP membership. And Werner tackling ageism will be a dark tale indeed.
Check out the interview after the jump…
What are you smilin' at, Riptide?
Some villains menace society with an army of henchmen. Other terrorize the world with high powered lasers and killer robots. Then there's Riptide. He spins around really fast and shoots out "calcium-growth from his bones." Scary.
At any rate, Álex González has landed the role in X-Men: First Class, joining an already impressive cast inducing Michael Fassbender, Jason Flemying and Kevin Bacon. Will this deranged milk man-type character prove to be as popular as Wolverine and his huge metal claws or Cyclops and his laser eye? Only time will tell. (Blog De Superheroes via Cinema Blend)
After building a career out of using it as a punchline, Sarah Silverman is now planning to show her vagina. She'll film her first full-frontal nude scene in Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz, the film we dubbed too "meh" to write about previously. But in light of recent news, kind of a lot of things have changed don't ya think?
In the film, Silverman plays a new mom so impressed with her post-baby body that she declares, "I look in the mirror, and I wanna f**k myself." The real Silverman however, doesn't share that sensibility. Of the role, she says:
"I go totally naked. Full frontal. It's going to be awful. It's so not pretty."
She then added, "Poop! Poop! Doody!!! Vagina! Black people!!!" (Moviefone)
Anthony Peckham, the writer behind Sherlock Holmes and Invictus, is Paramount's choice to pen the latest Jack Ryan film, Empire Online is reporting. The film, starring Chris Pine and directed by Jack Bender, will mark the 5th time the iconic Tom Clancy character has appeared on the silver screen.
In the film, Ryan and his trusty sidekick Watson will attempt to stop an attack on Nelson Mandela as he watches a rugby game atop the Tower of London. That's my guess, anyway. What do I look like, a god damn 19th century detective?
Someone dun goofed.
Here's a fun rumor that I hope turns out to be true. Vulture is reporting that Coach Taylor a.k.a. Kyle Chandler from "Friday Night Lights" and Elle Fanning a.k.a. Dakota's little sister have been cast in Super 8, the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration that's dipped and sprinkled in secrecy. Clearly stated, Kyle Chandler is the Man. I guess Elle can come along too, as long as she doesn't get her sticky kid fingers all over everything.
Last May we saw a teaser that teased water sports, and we've been told it's supposedly about three siblings who discover footage of an alien on a Super 8 camera. The movie comes out next summer, so hopefully we'll be let in on more before then, at least casting wise. It would be a shame if they released the movie without a set cast. Actors always really bring a certain something to the screen.
I found him.
Here are your weekend links.
The Internet Never Forgets: Celebrities Before They Were Famous (TVSquad)
Dudes Freaking Out Over A Tornado (Asylum)
The 13 Most Horrible Firework Accidents (Ranker)
Mortal Kombat: Shyamalan (HolyTaco)
M. Night Shyamalan Acts Like 3D Expert At Variety Summit (FilmDrunk)
The Unsung Heroes Of Halo (Maxim)
Kaeeley Hazell Topless Thailand Beach Photo Shoot NSFW (BarStoolSports)
A Gallery Of 25 Truly Beautiful Celebrity Women (EgoTV)
Ben Affleck Career Assessment (Pajiba)
Working Class Batman (Unreality)
Chuck Norris Themed Hockey Mask (TotalProSports)
41 Freakin' Funny Fortune Cookie Fortunes (Smosh)
10 New Mixtapes You Should Know About This Fall (BroBible)
Jessica Simpson's Still Really Fat (CelebJihad)
Gerald Harris To Get Fourth-Straight Octagon Newbie At UFC 123 (CagePotato)
Time To Take Ben Affleck Serious Again?(PopEater)
Jack White's New Triple-Decker Record (MadeMan)
Mark Wahlberg's Reykjavik-Rotterdam remake now has a lovely lady amongst its ranks. Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of Contraband. The film centers on a former smuggler turned security guard who is pulled back in when he can't resist the opportunity to traffic stolen goods. 2009 Black List scribe Aaron Guzikowski is on script duties, with the star of the original, Baltasar Kormakur, handling the direction.
There's no word on what role Beckinsale will play in the film, but I'm more interested in what she's smuggling, if you know what I'm saying.
Boobs. (Latino Review)
They don’t call him Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins for nothing. We know Sir Anthony transforms himself into any character on screen or stage, but he can do anybody in real life too. At the press junket for Woody Allen’s latest movie, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, the actor launched into a dead on Woody Allen impression. Hopkins starts describing the direction Allen gives after a take. About 12 seconds in, he miraculously goes from Sir Anthony to Woody Allen.
Check out the clip after the jump…
From Academy Award-Winning Director Ron Howard comes… a movie where Vince Vaughn gets poison ivy on his schlong. And Channing Tatum probably gets worse when he puts his in Winona Ryder. Despite the Farrelly-esque setups, The Dilemma looks funny. Hate on Vince Vaughn all you want but the man flawlessly delivers the line, "Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay."
Back to schlongs, Queen Latifah mentions that she's sporting "ladywood." Cute, but I'd have called it a "HERection." I'm not an Academy Award winner though, so what do I know?
Check out the trailer after the jump…
In honor of Oktoberfest starting up this weekend, i09 put together this montage of their favorite drunks from sci-fi/fantasy/horror movies and television. The "Star Trek" ones are my favorite. They play wasted like they're performing in a vaudvillian traveling show. The only element missing is a hiccup fit.
Check out the video after the jump…
Catfish bodes really well for upstart documentaries. These guys just stumbled onto a story, but they happened to be shooting it so well they could present a coherent film about it.
It sets up the characters, their relationships, the geography and the routines of Facebook really well. Yaniv Schulman has been mailed paintings an eight-year-old girl Abby made of his photography. Yaniv begins an online and telephone relationship with the family, including her mother Angela, and an older daughter that becomes possibly romantic.
More after the jump..
Let this trailer for Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester's The Roommate provide new college students with the potential warning signs to watch out for if you suspect your new roommate is a crazed stalker.
[ ] Do they watch you sleep?
[ ] Do they kill people and possibly a kitten?
[ ] Are you their only friend on their Frienderz page?
[ ] Are they off their medicine?
[ ] Do they disapprove of Cam Gigandet?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions (except for Cam Gigandet), your roommate is definitely not stable. You should move. And definitely don't agree to go see David Fincher's inevitable film about the creation of Frienderz together.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
I just went to the midnight show of Devil for fun with a friend, but it turned out to be so entertaining I just couldn’t stop thinking of things to…
Easy A is Can’t Buy Me Love for the Mean Girls generation. It knows it and it references that movie and other ‘80s classics, but Can’t Buy Me Love is…
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes
Synopsis: After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
Release Date: September 16, 2010
There’s probably not much news about the Harry Potter films. If you’ve read the books, that’s probably going to be in the movie. But then, maybe you’re one of those who complain they didn’t film every single word of the book, so you want to manage your expectations. Well, Gemma Jones, who plays Madame Pomfrey, told us a little about the big magic battle in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.
More after the jump…
If a superhero is going to have a mentor, it should be someone major like Brando or The Dude. Sir Anthony Hopkins is another good one. Playing Odin in the big movie version of Thor, Sir Anthony enjoyed messing with beefy Chris Hemsworth.
“I’m glad I’m not young anymore because you see their insecurities and I always joke along with them,” Hopkins said while he was promoting the Woody Allen comedy You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. “I say things like, ‘Is that the way you’re going to play it?’ Chris and I got to know each other but he was looking nervous and I said, ‘Oh, is that the way you’re going to play it?’ He said, ‘Yeah, is it okay?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s your career.’’
More after the jump…
Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is setting up his future projects and hoping to work with Ben Stiller. The two have been talking about teaming for A Parking Ticket, a dark comedy about a father who decides to fight a parking ticket in order to teach his daughter about the judicial system. Of course, he ends up on death row.
No word yet on whether Stiller will tap into playing an angry character, a nebbish character, or a hip-hop spouting character in a fat suit. There will definitely be a scene with a dance-off, I'm sure. This IS a Ben Stiller movie we're talking about here. (Worst Previews)
Breaking News: Casey Affleck has admitted that his Joaquin Phoenix documentary, I'm Still Here, is fake. Affleck followed that bombshell by admitting that he and Ben Affleck are brothers, and that he really likes Boston. He then went on to give the dumbest quote in the history of man (or in at least the past two days):
“I never intended to trick anybody…The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”
Really, that's weird. Usually when I'm lying out my teeth while taking part in an elaborate hoax, it crosses my mind. Then again, I'm not the type of person who says "quote/unquote" out loud, so maybe I can't relate because I'm not a pretentious #sshole. Although I find that hard to believe, considering my love of A Prairie Home Companion…the radio show, of course, not the movie. (NYT via /Film)
Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play Queen front man Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, Deadline is reporting. The film will be written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), and will be financed by GK Films, in conjunction with several other companies including Queen Films, which is made up of the surviving members of Queen. Production will begin in 2011.
Will Cohen be able to pull off the flamboyantly gay showman that was Freddie Mercury? Considering his character of Brüno makes Mercury look like Pat Robinson, I'm assuming he'll do just fine. In fact, if my understanding of Mercury is accurate, it will be a lot like the Brüno movie, except instead of being Austrian he'll be British, and instead of having a happy ending he'll die of AIDS. Basically Brüno meets Philadelphia.
This video is basically saying that Jewish people share certain traits. I should know. I look like a combo of Shia, Adam Sandler, and Marty Feldman. (Buzzfeed)
Enjoy these Thursday links.
Sara Silverman Goes Full Frontal In 'Taking This Waltz' (Moviehopping)
Brooklyn Man Uses Found Pennies To Make Art (Asylum)
The 16 Most Shameful Politician's Daughters (Ranker)
5 Legitimate Reasons To View Porn At Work (HolyTaco)
Frotcast 14: Easbound & Down, Centurion, And 30 For 30 (FilmDrunk)
Dive Bar T-Shirt Club (Maxim)
New York Mets Now Hiring Sports Spoof Commercial (BarStoolSports)
A Tribute To The Trapper Keeper (EgoTV)
F*cking F*ck Sidekick Ellen Page, 'Super' Clip (Pajiba)
Today I Learned That Don Draper Was A Real Guy (Unreality)
Chick Projectile Vomits During 424-Pound Deadlift (TotalProSports)
Better In Japan: Bicycle Parking (Smosh)
Sexy New Photos Of Inez Sainz (BroBible)
Kim Kardashian Playboy Outtakes (CelebJihad)
New York MMA Documentary (CagePotato)
Airbrushing Controversy Surrounding Gabourey Sidibe (PopEater)
iRetrofone For Old Timey iPhones (MadeMan)
Warner Bros has dropped the new trailer for Todd Phillips‘s Due Date. We get a ton more footage in this one, as well as Robert Downey Jr. spitting directly in…
JustJared snagged some snaps today from the set of What The Hell Is Orlando Bloom Doing? Here you can clearly see Orlando dressed like an asswipe along with Cristoph Waltz and Milla Jovovovovovovich. No photos yet of co-stars Logan Lerman, Mads Mikkelsen, Matthew Macfayden, Ray Stevenson, or Juno Temple, but I'm sure they look just as ridiculous. I'll keep you posted.
Check out a full gallery after the jump…
Everyone wants a piece of that Jennifer Garner ass! Ahem, I mean talent. The in demand actress is in talks to star in Better Living Through Chemistry opposite Jeremy Renner, another actor who's grabbin' up roles. Garner has also signed on for The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Dolla dolla bills, ya'll. Gotta support those Affleck kids somehow. Vulture has the deets:
Better Living Through Chemistry is a dramatic thriller about a small-town pharmacist (Renner) stuck in a loveless marriage who embarks on an affair with a "trophy wife" (Garner). She introduces him to prescription drugs, as it goes, and that’s when “things spin out of control” as the pair begins to devise a scheme to off Garner’s husband.
The modern-day fable Timothy Green centers around a child-prodigy musician and his parents: Garner would play the mother, and we hear an offer is out to Mark Wahlberg to star opposite her as the dad, though he's expected to pass. (Vulture also hears that Joaquin Phoenix is on the "next step" of candidates to be offered the part if Wahlberg does say no.)
Peter Hedges (About a Boy) is signed on to direct the latter of the two films, and if Joaquin gets cast Hedges will have his hands full trying to keep the looney tunes actor away from the impressionable young talent. Number one rule on set is no matter what Joaquin tells you, he DOES NOT have the secrets to success. His lessons always end in pooping on someone's personal property.
Spacey churns out another intense performance.
Kevin Spacey stars in George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack, the true life story of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Co-starrring Barry Pepper and Kelly Preston, it looks like a fun, light-hearted approach to a story about a fat cat who laughed his way to the bank after robbing this country of millions of dollars. With house foreclosures up 25% since last August, that's exactly what audiences want to see nowadays, right? Why aren't you answering? And why are you sitting in your soon to be repoed car in a closed garage with the engine running? That's a waste of gas, silly-bean.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Director: George Hickenlooper
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz
Synopsis: A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.
Release Date: December 2010