By Mike HammerIn showbiz everybody wants to finish with a big bang. In these movies … unfortunate bad guys hit the end of the road…hard. In fact, these finishing touches come garnished with meltdowns, eviscerations, suffocations and occasionally a delightful animal flesh feast. The following are the best of the big screens, not-so-happy…but always ball-clenching endings. We hope you can make it through to the finish. Death Toll The Godfather, 1972
In showbiz everybody wants to finish with a big bang. In these movies … unfortunate bad guys hit the end of the road…hard. In fact, these finishing touches come garnished with meltdowns, eviscerations, suffocations and occasionally a delightful animal flesh feast. The following are the best of the big screens, not-so-happy…but always ball-clenching endings. We hope you can make it through to the finish. Death Toll The Godfather, 1972Sonny (James Caan) gets spectacularly snuffed when he leaves the Corleone compound and hits the highway to go into Manhattan and kick the crap out of brother-in-law Carlo for beating up his sister, Connie. Sadly, the toll booth traffic proves a lot tougher than usual when hot-headed Sonny gets sandwiched between two sedans whose wheelmen hop out with machine guns and unload enough lead into his La Bonza to rebuild Baghdad and leave him look like puddle of bloody Bolognese sauce on the side of the road.
The new issue of Empire covers Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, with new pics and an interview with Burton, too. Above is a still of Alice about to head down the rabbit hole. It makes you wonder what she's going to see on the other side. We've speculated and our team of indentured artists have rendered some possible outcomes. Here's one: More possibilities after the jump.
According to /Film, even though there’s no third book in the Da Vinci Code series, they’re moving ahead with a third movie. Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of the Da Vinci Code prequel Angel’s & Demons won’t hit theaters until May 15th, but Columbia Pictures is already moving forward with a third film in the series. Not much information is known about the story, although it has been widely speculated to be about Freemasons in Washington, D.C. Brown, who is clearly obsessed with the Freemasons, has been spotted over the years in Washington, researching Masonic temples. Wow, look at the power Dan Brown has. He doesn’t even have to write the book, and they make it into a movie. That’d be like if I just whipped my wiener out and my girlfriend had an orgasm. Which I can assure you, does NOT happen. Mostly because I don’t whip my penis out, I undress like a gentleman. It’s way too early to say obviously whether or not this movie will be shitty or decent, but I’m guessing if all it has is a title, and no script or source material, it’s going to be awesome! If I were Dan Brown, I would see how ridiculous a book title I could come up with, and see if Columbia Pictures would still buy it. I’d march into their office with something like this:
Someone here at Screenjunkies got kind of jacked up over seeing Crank: High Voltage this past weekend. So much so, that they took it upon themselves to replace our intern’s…
This morning, JoBlo.com released several screen grabs from Jessica Biel's film, Powder Blue, in which she plays a stripper. Click on the image above for the NSFW version. If you haven't already skipped over this text in a feverish attempt to see all the pictures, then a) thank you for your patience and b) you can watch this clip to give you more context into Jessica's dogged preparation for the film. More pics after the jump.
Today, the official "Trailer 4a" for Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince was released, and, dare I say, it looks pretty good and dark. Then again, the Potter trailers always seem to make me all sweaty and excited, only for me to walk out of the theater feeling mildly clammy in the underarms. And I perspire a lot. But I'll give this one a fair shake, and the 3-D in the last one kicked all sorts of ass, so why not? Watch the trailer after the jump.
Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant have cast their leading lady for their next film, the '70s-era insurance company dramedy Cemetery Junction (formerly known as The Men at The Pru). Brit starlet Felicity Jones has been awarded the role. She's mosty done work in the UK, including the BBC's "The Diary of Ann Frank," in which she played Margot Frank, an episode of "Dr Who," and the very British sounding Northanger Abbey TV movie. If your girlfriend catches you ogling pictures of Felicity, just inform her that she'll be playing Miranda in Julie Taymor's adaptation of The Tempest. Then, when she naturally asks, "Oh, can we see that?" You can coolly answer, "It's probably not a good idea if you don't like me looking at Felicity. Miranda is a significant role in the Bard's classic." You're welcome.Check out the photos of Felicity after the jump:
Directors: Ricky Gervais & Stephen MerchantWritten By: Ricky Gervais & Stephen MerchantCast: Felicity Jones, Ricky GervaisSynopsis: A coming of age tale about young guys working for an insurance company in the '70s.
Lionsgate Films has just released the poster for More Than A Game, the documentary that follows NBA star LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James’ journey to fame. Boom Shik-a-Click on the image below to 'Bron 'Bron size it, Baby!After the jump is a new production still, as well as the extended synopsis and info on the film. More Than A Game opens in theaters October 2nd, 2009.
Director: Kristopher BelmanCast: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Wille McGeeSynopsis: Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player’s father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the “Fab Five’s” improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested—both on and off the court—as James’ exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they’ve set out to achieve together. More Than A Game combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.
Tomorrow night, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim are debuting "G.I. JOE: RESOLUTE," a hard boiled reenvisioning of the G.I. JOE we know and love (unless you're a He-Man guy like me). The micro-series is directed by Joaquim dos Santos (Justice League Unlimited, Avatar: The Last Airbender), and is written by Warren Ellis, of the Transmetropolitan, Planetary and Global Frequency comic book series (amongst a ton of others). According to Ellis, via his website, "It’s an hour long, broken into ten 5-minute episodes and one 10-minute final episode." The first episode will air Friday 4/17 during Adult Swim, with new episodes running every weekday and the finale airing on April 25th. You can check out the promo for it after the jump, along with every G.I. Joe-themed Robot Chicken sketch ever made.
With the much anticipated BRÜNO coming out this summer (July 10th to be exact – MARK IT!!!) we thought we'd tease you with a few more photos from some of BRÜNO's personal, private collection. Ogle the rest after the jump.
Tomorrow, Crank: High Voltage opens in theaters, and Jason Statham's Chev Chelios will reunite with Eve, played by Amy Smart. No word on whether or not she'll reprise her gratuitously open-air sex scene from the first film, but the pasties above are more amenable to our tastes than the image of Statham grinding on Amy like a pirate on shore leave.Where else you can Get Smart: Amy had a bit part in Starship Troopers, did a short stint on 'Scrubs,' played opposite Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect, played Holly, one of the love interests in the Starsky & Hutch remake, and more recently can be seen screaming in Mirrors. She also has repeatedly voiced Strawberry Shortcake on 'Robot Chicken.' Pointless Quote: "As a kid, I loved being surrounded by mountains, creeks and animals. Check out the photos of Amy as nature intended after the jump.
For many movie lovers out there, Michael Bay is like the Santa Claus of summer. We wait 12 months and then BOOM, Bay arrives with a sack full of goodies, heading back to his factory where the ILM elves toil to make the following year's gifts even more bombastic than the last. We at Screenjunkies have a very special "in" with Mr. Bay, as we help manage his Twitter account. So, naturally, people contact us all the time to reach him via email, letters, bouquets of explosives, etc. What follows are letters written to Michael Bay from some very special children, and we felt that they should be shared.Click on each image to enlarge. Sam Huntington – Age 9 – Orlando, Florida Steven Blomquist – Age 8 – Aurora, Illinois
The trailer for Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience starring adult film actress Sasha Grey has just debuted on Hulu. The trailer has no dialogue – just a drum track and some title cards. But it tells you everything you need to know about the film, which looks like a lo-fi, down n' dirty little gem (is that an oxymoron? I don't care) from the man who brought us Sex, Lies & Videotape. Check it out after the jump.
On April 21st, Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller's original Sin City is getting a double helping of Blu-Ray, with the release of a special edition 2-Disc set that includes 2 cuts of the film plus eight hours of bonus with two new interactive bonus features developed exclusively for Blu-ray. No matter what you thought of the movie, it's got the sort of visuals that Blu-Ray was made for. And for a small taste of what makes Sin City so Blu-riffic, check out a Break Media exclusive remix of Jessica Alba's notorious stripping scene… after the jump.
Directors: Robert Rodriguez & Frank MillerCast: Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke (rumored), Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Rose McGowan
The trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker has hit the 'nets like a ton of bricks through a windhshield. It's portrait of the elite members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad, soldiers who volunteer to disarm deadly bombs for the U.S. military. The film stars Jeremy Renner (above), whom you might remember as the badass villain from S.W.A.T., and the heroic Doyle from 28 Weeks Later. He can also be seen in the upcoming The Losers. This guy can't get enough of military and police work. How about Renner for Captain America? Check out the trailer for The Hurt Locker after the jump.
Director: Kathryn BigelowCast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce
Some new footage from Tarantino's WW2 gore fest Inglourious Basterds played on Fox's American Idol last night. This is that clip, plus some other goodies, including a behind-the-scenes shot of QT rallying his troops, and a glimpse of Mike Myers (pictured above) as a much different servant of her Majesty, the Queen – a character named "General Ed Fenech." Keep your eyes peeled for the Basterd'ized clip after the jump.
The 80s were a lot of things. Not the least of which, it was a time of gross over-advertising. Any slight movie hit in the 1980s would warrant the plastering of its image on a cardboard box filled with unoriginal cereals. There was Ghostbusters cereal – nothing more than Lucky Charms, C-3PO's – frosted Cheerios, and E.T. – some sort of peanut buttery Cap'n Crunch.Here are a few cereals that never hit the market, but should have.CONAN, THE CEREALI think this one was a no-brainer. Arnold was an up-and-coming star, and if the original movie was good enough to have a bad sequel, surely the movie deserves a cereal (which is like a sequel, but with more fiber). I would go so far as to say, if this cereal was produced, Mark L. Lester would have published “Commando 2: The Best Sequel Ever” here on ScreenJunkies.
The above image of Andy Samberg engaging in intercourse with a magical fish from the Lonely Island's "Like A Boss" music video has been sanitized for your protection. You'll have to click "More" to see the uncensored video in its entirety. It is raw. It is real. It is uncompromising. It also has poop, vomit and fellatio humor set to music. Recoil in shock while grooving to this decidedly most NSFW video after the jump. And if you like it, go buy The Lonely Island's "Incredibad" at your local record store, or friendly neighborhood digital music file purveyor. Like a baaaaws!!!
Those wily, japing comicksters over at Holy Taco have posted a series of Mad Libs inspired by famous directors like M. Night Shyamalan, Quentin Tarantino and Michael Bay (not the real one, mind you). Here's one example:Check out the rest by visiting HT. Or just ______ your ______ in a ______.
This Friday, the political thriller State of Play opens, and in it Rachel McAdams plays Della Frye, an ambitious rookie reporter assisting Russell Crowe's Cal McAffrey character – a wisecracking journalist who's into conspiracy theorists. Together, they will try to solve the apparent murder of a congressman's mistress. No telling whether or not Rachel's crack journalism techniques include diverting her subjects' attention by flashing them, like in the above photo. Where You've Seen Her: McAdams played Cillian Murphy's target in Red Eye, as well as the object of Owen Wilson's affection in Wedding Crashers. She also co-starred in The Notebook with Ryan Gosling. Did you know he has a dog? Dreeeamy! Pointless Quote: "I'm waiting for them to make 'Thundercats'. I would love to be Cheetara." (Click image to enlarge)Check out non-Thundercat photos of Rachel after the jump.
Director: Rian Johnson Cast: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane Synopsis: The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. Genre: Comedy Release Date: May 29, 2009
In celebration of JJ Abrams' Star Trek film, which opens in a few weeks, the official movie site is posting images of Quantum Mechanix's scale models of the USS Enterprise that filmmakers, artists and celebrities have customized. The above mod was created by L.A. artist Jesús Diaz. The actual models are on display in select theaters around the country, but you can see almost all of them at the official site, including ones designed by Jim Lee, Robert Rodriguez, H5 and more. We did one, too, but it didn't make the list because someone decided it was a good idea to leave their kids unsupervised at the ScreenJunkies' offices: