If you haven't seen Zach Galifianakis's FunnyOrDie show, Between Two Ferns, you've been missing the internet's best talk show, period. In the new episode, the hirsute star of the upcoming Vegas comedy The Hangover (also starring likely Green Lantern Bradley Cooper and The Office's Ed Helms) waxes idiotically while interviewing Natalie Portman, who does her best not to crack up. She's a trooper. Watch the video after the jump, and see Mr. Galifianakis threaten to tie a Yorkshire Terrier's penis in a knot.
There have been rumors floating around, but today, on CNN's "American Morning," anchored by Kiran Chetry, former porn star (and current adult film producer) Stormy Daniels was interviewed about her 'serious' potential candidacy for United States Senate. If it happens, she would be running in Louisiana against Republican Senator David Vitter, whom you may remember as being involved with the "D.C. Madame" and her prostitution ring back in '07. Embedded video from CNN Video Not sure what platform Daniels will run on, but if one does only a tiny bit of research (or opens the secret compartment in the air duct where one keeps one's pornography), it's easy to see that Daniels has had experience with several hot button issues of the day. She's seen action in the Persian Gulf with… She's brushed up on Foreign Relations with… And she's closely examined our broken health care system in… Seems like we're merely steps away from…
Okay okay, maybe the term "starlet" doesn't apply to Winona Ryder, given that she's consistently worked in the biz since 1988's Beetlejuice. But with Abrams' new movie, Winona's career is going to get a reboot, just like Star Trek itself. So it's like a reincarnated starlet. Who is Winona in Trek? In the film, Winona plays Amanda Grayson, Spock's human mom. The character has appeared four times prior to this new installment, including the "Journey to Babel" episode in the Original Series, and in the films, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. If you're the first person to name the episode of the Trek cartoon series in which Amanda appears, WE HAVE A STAR TREK T-SHIRT FOR YOU. (Just email our feedback_@_screenjunkies.com address) Fun fact: her marriage to Spock's Dad, Sarek, is widely considered to be the first Vulcan-Human interracial marriage. Space fevah!Character Quote: "Logic! Logic! I'm sick to death of logic! Do you want to know what I think about your logic?"It would only be logical of you to check out the photos of Winona after the jump:
A new extended scene from Rian Johnson's upcoming The Brothers Bloom has hit the 'Net, and we have it. Watch carefully as star Rachel Weisz shows how to deliver a compelling monologue while demonstrating the sort of card trickery reserved for hustlers and extremely talented birthday party magicians. Brothers Bloom – Card Trick Scene – Watch more Funny VideosIf you liked that, check out our Brothers Bloom image gallery after the jump. The film opens in NY and LA on May 15, then wide on May 29.
The reviews are rolling in for JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot, and they're glowing like a phaser set to "kill." And boy, does Abrams knows how to cast killer lady actors. For the rest of this week, Screenjunkies will be singling out a Star Trek starlet each day and giving you a few tidbits of their career history before opening night. Set loins to "aroused."Today's girl is Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura in the film. Where you've seen her: As Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, as Dolores Torres in The Terminal, and as Angie Jones in Vantage Point. She'll also be in the film version of the second coming of Jesus, James Cameron's Avatar. Pointless Quote: “You need 100% commitment; you have to be willing to wake up every morning knowing you're going to practice eight hours straight.”See the photos of Zoe after the jump:
The new trailer for Michael Mann's 1930s Gangster flick Public Enemies hit the 'Net earlier today. So far, so awesome. It sort of pulls the old A Knight's Tale gimmick of putting contemporary music in a period piece, albeit not quite to the same obvious degree. But then someone thought golly gee, this movie looks so authentic, we'd be nuts not to give it the ol' newsreel treatment, see! Watch more Funny Videos We think it fits right in there with some of the old talkies. Except for the steadicam work, the real car stunts and the lack of horrid compositing.
This trailer just might satisfy your thirst for LOTR until Del Toro's double header Hobbit comes out… Trailer 2 – The Hunt For Gollum by HuntForGollum Who knows where the hell all these nerds got the money for helicopter shots and decent makeup, or where they picked up the hot Arwen who's down to kiss said nerds, but these guys (actually 160 volunteers) put together what looks to be a surprisingly good fan film that might actually get off those Simarllion-reading fanboys out there. Check out it out in it's entirety, all 40 minutes of the film (which was released world-wide just two days ago) right after the break.
The NBA Playoffs are (finally) into the second round and at long last we have gotten over an unbelievably uneventful NCAA Tournament. So, needless to say, we’ve seen some good basketball lately (apart from the Utah Jazz – jab!). Why not take a look at some of Cinema’s darker basketball moments? You know the ones – super-leaping little children tomahawk-dunking on some white doofus’ face when the glass shatters at the buzzer and the crowd goes wild. Those are the moments when people realize, and movies preach, life is not all about basketball. It’s about love, friendship, hard work, and sweat. Lots and lots of sweat. It’s all still about basketball, though. That’s why the hero gets carried off the court on people’s shoulders. No one gave a damn about anyone learning a lesson, they cared that their team won the game at the last friggin’ second! Not only that, the team showed those jerks over at Opponent High (Fighting Muskrats) that they were the better basketball players and therefore the better people.
This past weekend, after a second screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I came to terms with the fact that, from time to time, I have an insatiable appetite for comic books. Maybe I just got wrapped up in Fox's full-on marketing assault this time? Check. Maybe it's a feeling of desperation to recapture my youth? Oh god… check. I got so into it, I belabored over the contents of a piece on X-Men stories that should be on film… and in doing so, I found myself needing to revisit a bunch of the classic Marvel back-issues. One problem. All my back issues are stowed away, carefully bagged and boarded in my grandparents' basement back in the Midwest. And as much as my grandfather would probably be willing to ship every single one of them to me via UPS ground – god bless him – I needed them at my fingertips, and pronto.And then I discovered Marvel Digital Comics, which was an experience I can only imagine as akin to the first radio, television, or downloaded porn mpg…
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.