They don’t quite possess the good looks and panache necessary to thrive as A-list leading men, and they haven’t yet been granted a role meaty enough to raise them up to supporting actor status. They are the supporting actor’s supporting actor. The character actors that populate a film with moving, emotional performances yet too often go unnoticed or remain the undistinguished “guy who was good in that movie.” We here at ScreenJunkies wish to honor a few of these unsung heroes of the silver screen. It’s time to eliminate the question mark and give these outstanding thespians the recognition they deserve. COLM FEORE Movies You’ve Seen Him In: Changeling The Exorcism of Emily Rose The Chronicles of Riddick
Director: Kathryn Bigelow Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, JK Simmons Synopsis: A cheerleader (Fox) possessed by a demon begins to kill her male classmates. It is up to her best friend (Seyfried) to stop the carnage.Release Date: September 18, 2009
Director: Chris Columbus Cast: Paul Rust, Hayden Panettiere Synopsis: A nerdy valedictorian proclaims his love for the hottest and most popular girl in school – Beth Cooper (Panettiere) – during his graduation speech. Much to his surprise, Beth shows up at his door that very night and decides to show him the best night of his life. Genre: Comedy Release Date: July 10, 2009
Director: Benny Boom Cast: Donald Faison, Mos Def, Mike Epps, Lauren London, Debbie Allen Synopsis: When an overnight delivery driver delivers a package containing bricks of cocaine to the wrong address, it sets into motion a battle of wills and wits between the dealer, the intended recipients, and the people who have the drugs and plan to sell them off. Genre: Action & Adventure Release Date: May 8, 2009
The trailer for the Peter Jackson produced film District 9 hit the interweb today, and let’s just hope the corporate aliens aren’t watching. In it there’s a facially pixilated alien being interviewed like he’s a former employee ratting on a CEO. Only it’s in alien-speak, so you can’t understand a word he’s saying. Unless of course you’re a dirty alien bent on Earth’s destruction! The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp, who was in line to direct the feature adaptation of Halo until the budget reached the fabricated figure of a trillion dollars and the studio shut it down. From the look of the trailer, though, Neill seems be skilled in the ways of creating an interesting landscape, even if it’s not Master Chief blasting away the Covenant in The Armory. Check it out after the jump.
Director: Neill BlomkampCast: William Allen Young, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley, Jason CopeSynopsis: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.
The new U.S. version of the trailer for the Blood: The Last Vampire live-action adaptation is here. It's got rice hat sporting dudes wielding katanas and popping out of the ground, ass-kicking vampires dressed like schoolgirls and voiceover from a guy who makes the Optimus Prime sound like a castrato. Check it out after the jump.Blood: The Last Vampire opens in theaters this summer.
Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos Synopsis: A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work. Genre: Documentary Release Date: July 15, 2009
I have to warn you: I’ve been an X-Men fan since I was a young’un, even going so far as to have an X-Men tattoo emblazoned onto my left arm in college. Regrettably, my choice – a Jim Lee-era black circle with an “X” inside and red filler – can sometimes be mistaken for neo-Nazi chic. Consequently, my wardrobe will forever include sleeves. Last week, I caught a screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and director Gavin Hood gave a very sobered speech prior to rolling the film. In it, he made it crystal clear that the now-infamous leaked version– the one that was critically bashed – was missing about 400 effects shots, an entire score, sound design, and the color timing had not been done, either. In effect, it was a rough cut. I haven’t seen it, though I must admit curiosity after rumors came out that the finished film and the leaked version were virtually the same, in terms of the edit. But I went into it with optimism…
Well, well, well. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is finally, officially in theaters. At the risk of sounding like a shill for Fox, might we suggest you go out and see it and actually pay for a ticket? But we’re not here to proselytize against movie piracy. We’re here to talk about one thing: kickass X-Men source material ready for cinematic adaptation. Before getting into the main focus of this feature, whet your appetite with a glance at some of the major comic book stories that directly influenced X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Marvel Comics Presents: Weapon X
This Friday, X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens, and the world will become a lot more familiar with actress Lynn Collins, who plays Silver Fox, the lady who plays Wolverine for a fool… Where You May Have Seen Her: The Texas native played "R.C" in William Friedkin's Bug, "Suicide Blonde" in The Number 23, "Linda" in 50 First Dates and has a recurring role as "Dawn Green" in HBO's True Blood. Random Quote: "[The actors in Wolverine] were all on super-buff diets, and I had pizza most of the time. They were so jealous of me. I didn't have to beef up in this movie. I just had to wear skimpy clothes."See Photos of Lynn in Skimpy Clothes After The JUMP:
Sylvester Stallone is a film institution. The muscleman’s legend spans the globe due to the iconic characters he has popularized over the years. And at almost 63 years old, he’s amazingly jacked. Seriously, you could grate Jason Statham on those abs.Here are five movie roles tailor-made for the Silver Screen hero: THE SQUEEZERIn the dangerous world of underground massage the women are beautiful, the men are hard, and the stakes are deadly. Retired assassin Grant Lovejoy went in for what he expected to be a routine rub and tug but what he got was far more draining. Now with a small bomb planted in his urethra, Lovejoy will tear through Chinatown until he exacts vengeance on all of his enemies — all while ejaculating every seven minutes. Lovejoy always wanted a happy ending in life. Careful what you wish for.
Tonight at The Bridge Cinema in Los Angeles, the trailer for Transformers 2 was shown in IMAX before an IMAX screening of the original film. There to introduce the film was none other than Boom-tastic director Michael Bay, actor/singer Tyrese, and Shia LaBeouf. As you can see from the following video, they're all working it big time, pumping up the jam like Paramount was payin' 'em the big bucks or something. Michael Bay, Tyrese & LaBeouf Pump Up The Jam – Watch more Funny Videos No one pumps up the jam harder than Tyrese, who followed up the first showing of the sequel's trailer by telling the crowd they would be watching it again, whether they wanted to or not, even though they'd seen the trailer 100,000,000 times already from the YouTube leak that had happened about 15 hours before. Also at the screening were fans who showed up in full Transformers regalia in hopes of winning tickets to the LA premiere of Revenge of the Fallen. Here are some of those poor bastards who had to try to squeeze their giant robot asses in movie theater seats.
The audience is packed tight in the four-hundred-person comedy theater on Melrose Boulevard. Before the lights go down, drinks are clinking, and overworked waitstaff are scrambling to get plates of fried chicken fingers to their tables. One man sitting near the stage says, to no one in particular, that tonight "better be f*%$@#g funny." His girlfriend asks him to check the score on the Lakers game. It's Mo Betta' Mondays at the Hollywood Improv, a night usually sold-out, but especially packed this evening for the DVD release party of Lionsgate's Frankenhood. The cast will be performing stand-up comedy sets, and the audience wants to get to it. If you haven't yet heard of Frankenhood, think Half Baked meets Weekend At Bernie's; a stoner romp from the perspective of a few ambitious losers who end up resurrecting a Shaq-esque corpse with a car battery to play on their three man basketball team.
Director: Blaxwell SmartCast: DeRay Davis, Jasper Redd, Charles Q. Murphy, J.B. SmooveSynopsis: Two guys who work at a morgue enlist the services of a reanimated corpse to better their chances at a streetball tournament.
Our next comic needs no introduction but we’ll give him one all the same… back from his debut review of ‘Obsessed w/ Beyoncé and That White Bitch.’ Laaaadies and Geeeeentlemeeeeen! Mr.! Tacoooo! Perkiiiiins! [Uninspired applause]
If you didn't know, it's the 25th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You can send all of your gifts made of silver to Mirage Studios. Might I suggest this lovely pendant?Now of course, the big announcement this past week was the new live action feature film. But you don't have to wait for 2011 to get your dose of Turtle Power. On May 12, Lionsgate is releasing Season 7 of the original TMNT animated series. Season 7 includes classic episodes like, "Rust Never Sleeps," where the Turtles save the Eiffel Tower, and "Elementary, My Dear Turtles," an offbeat team-up with Sherlock Holmes in London. It's like a virtual European Turtle Travelogue. In "shell-ebration" (yes, that's trademarked) of the DVD release, the official site has posted a TMNT sound board widget…
Indy Mogul posted their new episode of 'Hollywood FX,' which takes us behind the scenes of a company called Amalgamated Dynamics. A.D.I. is a company formed by a some of Stan Winston's protegés, and they were kind enough to allow Hollywood FX a pretty damn in-depth exposé. And with that last sentence, this may be the most amount of co-opted French words with accents I've ever posted. Check out the clip after the jump which includes, as the post's title touts, glimpses at creature FX from Wolverine, Aliens… and a mind-blowing animatronic Gorilla head that will blow your mind all over your face. Bring handy-wipes for your computer monitor.
Some new behind-the-scenes footage from The Expendables popped up on the film's official production blog. It gives us a cool glimpse at Sylvester Stallone as a director. Marvel as he waves a gun around during a scene's rehearsal, while key crew members cringe for fear of having their heads blown off by a (presumably) prop gun. There's some 1st A.D. looking fellow who literally drops to the floor at one point. This reminds me of that great story about Kubrick randomly shooting off a shotgun during the filming of The Shining to keep Shelley Duvall on edge so that it bled into her performance. That's an epic win for Kubrick. But that sort of thing is probably frowned upon by SAG these days. Way to go, unionized labor. *sarcastic celebratory firing of shotgun into the air* Watch the video, which also includes a nice moment in which Stallone refers to an airplane as "sex" incarnate, after the jump.
Thanks to twitter, we now get more updates about cinematic arcana faster than we could ever dare to dream. Danny from Totally Rad Show brought this video to the Twittersphere's attention moments earlier. It is a REAL trailer for a REAL movie from 2003 called Tiptoes, starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and… well… originally when I started watching this trailer, I got about ten seconds through and, in complete jest, shot back a tweet to @DannyTRS saying 'Gary Oldman plays a convincing dwarf.' But then I kept watching the trailer and here's the thing: IT IS GARY F**KING OLDMAN AS A DWARF. The real Gary Oldman. Commissioner Gordon. Dracula. Sid Vicious. Sirius Black. That Gary Oldman. I don't know how they did the effects, but holy crap. Just watch this trailer after the jump. It'll warm your heart, but then blow your mind. Also, it starts out with a scene in which Kate Beckinsale offers to blow Matthew McConaughey, followed by some awesome rock music kicking in to intro the rest of the trailer.
What Goes Up (formerly Safety Glass), starring Hilary Duff, Olivia Thirlby, Josh Peck (the very under-watched The Wackness), Steve Coogan and Molly Shannon… has a new trailer out today. Aside from the grating voiceover that makes it sound like a straight to DVD Disney flick, I'm intrigued, thanks largely in part to the solid cast, and the weird looking girls who tell Steve Coogan that they go to class in a shed. WHAT GOES UP opens on Friday, May 29. Watch the trailer after the jump.
When I'm not writing on ScreenJunkies, I write scripts, which means I write scripts about never. But when I used to have time to write scripts, I became avid reader of successful scribe John August's Blog. If you don't know John August, he's the dude who wrote Go, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, the Frankenweenie feature, and others. I think my favorite thing he's ever written, though, is his blog. Sort of like how my favorite thing that Stephen King's ever written is his non-fiction On Writing, an exposé into the inner workings of King, the writer. Anyway, John August has really made his blog into a database of invaluable knowledge for aspiring screenwriters, and he's now started toadd what he's calling a "scriptcast," which is basically an instructional video installment. His most recent example is called "Entering a Scene," and teaches you how to make a character's entrance more engaging. More specifically, he chooses to describe a character as having a bolo tie and a walrus-like mustache." A little research will probably uncover that John August and Wilford Brimley share the same agent. Watch and learn some screenwriting after the jump, if you ever want to work in this town again.
In a breaking Variety story, 20th Century Fox has brought Oliver Stone back to direct the sequel to his 1987 Wall Street. Also, there are strong rumors that one Shia LaBeouf is also involved. Variety says: "LaBeouf is negotiating to join Michael Douglas, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in the original pic. The sequel will once again involve a young Wall Street trader, and the recent economic meltdown spurred by rampant greed and corruption will fit prominently into the plot." All the way back in October, Wall Street Fighter actually called LaBoeuf out as the potential neo-Sheen (that sounds like a leather upholstery cleaner, doesn't it?). Head on over there for more about that spot on prediction, and some other rumors about the film, pre-Stone. And if you're feeling greedy today, check out the infamous clip of one Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) preaching the me-first mantra that got us into this economic clusterf**k in the first place. Yes, I blame the shitty economy on one Michael Douglas.
Well, we only have a little over a week before JJ Abrams' Star Trek beams into theaters. The reviews have started rolling in already and critics have cuddled up to the movie like a herd of Tribbles that just don't wanna let go. But for those of us who haven't seen it yet, the film's marketers are still keeping us alive with drops from the Trek I.V. Here's a dose, courtesy of the good nurses at IGN:Our focus will be on the following clip, in which Kirk teaches us all how to pick up space chicks, all while having an ugly bar patron acting as uncomfortable intermediary. We've seen the tail end of it in another clip that's been floating around since early April, but this tells you how Kirk even got to rub shoulders with Uhura. Watch and learn, ensigns.
This morning, Summit released the new official one-sheet for its upcoming military drama with explosions, The Hurt Locker. If you haven't seen the trailer, we suggest watching it here. If you have seen the trailer, check out the still images below. There's some new stuff, including a look at actor Guy Pearce, who didn't get much screen time in the trailer.
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Perez Hilton's blog posted this photo of Lana (née Larry) Wachowski, of The Matrix and Speed Racer Wachowskis, leaving Los Angeles International airport recently. It's kinda nuts just how NOT horribly wrong Larry/Lana's surgery actually has turned out. He just looks like… well… if the Wachowskis had a sister. Which Andy has now.It's a lot more convincing than the time Sylvester Stallone became Sylvia Stallone.
Sony Classics' Mike Tyson documentary simply dubbed, Tyson, opened this past Friday and had a strong per screen average of $25,890 opening day*, more than quintupling the per-screen average of its cat-fighting counterpart, Obsessed, and figuratively punching Beyoncé right in the uterus, Robin Givens-style. Our friends at Holy Taco have posted an op-ed piece from The New York Times written by Mike Tyson himself, in response to the very small number of haters who panned a film most critics are calling "turbulently candid and hypnotic." I don't remember the last time I was hypnotized by turbulence, but it's fun unpacking your adjectives in reviews. Unless you're Rex Reed, who just calls everything "incendiary," including fire. Check out the piece at Holy Taco here. And if you haven't seen the trailer, you can watch it after the jump. It's insendeeahwee. *Source: Leesmovieinfo.com
A month or so ago, movieblips posted a photo of Megan Fox on the set of Warner Bros.' adaptation of Western comic book Jonah Hex. In the photo, she was hiding her costume under a shapeless white robe. Well, now we know what was under all along, and boy oh boy, is it worth the wait.In the film, Fox plays a character named Leila, who to our knowledge is a new character created for the film version, the story of which is about the scarred bounty hunter (played by Josh Brolin), who tries to track a voodoo practitioner with plans to free the Confederate South with an army of the undead. You could wake the dead just by clicking on the thumbnail images below. Seriously, corsets are inhumane. But god do they look good. I blame Barbie.