In 1984, a seminal film in my life (and many others of my generation) was released. It was a little flick about an underdog wiener kid from New Jersey with a major chip on his shoulder who wanted to prove the the world that he could kick his own height. So with help from Arnold from Happy Days, the wiener kid finds his way to Karate glory – which means he got some plastic trophy from the local Prize Emporium Dealership. But, for us kids, Karate Kid wasn't about the karate, per se. We didn't all want to grow up and be ninjas (although that would explain the brief success of Michael Dudikoff), we just wanted to be able to kick a douchebag in the face. That and we figured if Ralph Macchio could score Elisabeth Shue, heck, surely we could.
South Park skewered Kanye West this week by portraying him as an arrogant, angry, slow on the uptake, spoiled beeyach. Kanye has since responded on his official blog by saying, "SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT'S PRETTY FUNNY. NOT AS FUNNY AS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IF I HAD WROTE IT THOUGH. AND THE ANIMATION WASN'T AS DOPE AS I WOULD DO IT. I WEAR WOOL SCARVES IN THE SUMMER AND UNCOMFORTABLE SHOES. I EXUDE GREATNESS. I INVENTED THE SNUGGIE." The episode marks the first time since Mr. Hankey that the show has animated a singing piece of sh*t. (KANYE WEST BLOG) Observe and Report or Paul Blart: Date Rapist? (Cinematical)Has FOX foreclosed on Dollhouse? (io9) VENOM MOVIE FTW!!! (I was being sarcastic.) (Latino Review) Spongebob Square Pants shakes ass, ruffles feathers. (CCFC) The Simpsons immortalized on junk mail. (TV Squad)
IGN posted the new trailer for Moon, starring the kickass Sam Rockwell and directed by Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, who knows a thing or two about space travel, and has apparently bestowed his passion upon Ziggy Stardust Jr. The trailer explains all you need to know, but this looks like it has some definite ties to 2001 and especially the iconic HAL. Only this time, HAL is sort of a talking emoticon. Check out the trailer after the jump, as well as another clip courtesy of io9. Just don't jump too hard because of the whole gravity thing. Somewhere… in space… a physics teacher is laughing… right… now.
So, Warner Bros. and Paramount simultaneously released mini-sites for their May 2009 flicks, and they're kinda fun if you have time to fart around on a movie site during the day. Trekyourself.com lets you create photos of yourself as a Star Trek character, like a Romulan, Vulcan or Red Shirt (try the latter at your own risk. Eh hum. Eh heh hum). On TerminateYourself.com, you can add battle damage to any of your photos, revealing your inner T-800 endoskeleton. I originally wanted to title this post something like, "You Betta Trek Yo' Self," but I realize that I don't have enough street cred to do so. Nor is this 1994. Oh and while we're combining movies in single posts, check out a huge spoiler from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after the jump!
Three new TV spots for X-Men Origins: Wolverine have SNIKT'D their way online today. Each one has something we haven't seen before, including glimpses of Blob in action, and Ryan Reynolds showing off more of what his maskless Deadpool can do. Here's one spot:X-Men Origins: Wolverine TV Spot #10 – Watch more Funny VideosYou'll find the other two hiding after the jump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will play warring gods in Warner Bros. and Legendary's Clash of the Titans, the Greek-god epic directed by Louis Leterrier. "Neeson is playing Zeus, the wise yet sometimes ill-tempered king of the gods and father of Perseus (Sam Worthington). Fiennes will play Hades, ruler of the underworld who aims to overtake Zeus and rule over all. Fiennes' deal is in still in negotiations." And high school classical civilization teachers all breathe a collective sigh of relief, as their students will finally have another filmic representation of Zeus aside from this one:
Director: Louis Leterrier Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton, Sam Worthington, Alexa Davalos, Mads Mikkelsen Synopsis:
The trailer for Mike Judge's new film, Extract, has started springing up all over the 'nets today. I enjoyed his last effort, Idiocracy, but it was an acquired taste. My take was that a visual FX-heavy movie can sometimes take away from the funny, no matter how much funny is there. In any case, it looks like Judge is back to his more pedestrian, Office Space stomping grounds with this new movie, which stars Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, a shaggy Ben Affleck, and a slow-mo close-up of Kristen Wiig's sweatpants. Check it out after the jump, and then give your verdict on Judge in the comments section.
Director: Mike JudgeCast: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, J.K. SimmonsSynopsis: Extract follows the personal and professional problems endured by the owner of a flower-extract plant (Bateman), including a wife who won't sleep with him (Wiig), a new temp (Kunis) and Ben Affleck as a friendly neighborhood bartender who doles out sage advice.
More Terminator goodies today to top off the news the Ahnuld will be back for Terminator Salvation. Now the kind robots over at io9 posted this cool concept art image of the Harvester from Terminator Salvation, courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic's artistes. According to the Terminator Wikia, "Harvesters are non-humanoid hunter/killer units produced by Skynet sometime before 2018. They were large tank like structures that would capture humans in conjunction with Moto-terminators. They took the humans to lab testing for their stem cells. This research on humans led to the creation of the Series-800. If someone would escape, they would be blasted to smithereens by the robots shoulder mounted canon from a great distance." Check out some more atwork of the harvesters doing their dirty deeds after the jump.
Paper Heart, starring Michael Cera and his comedienne girlfriend, Charlyne Yi, opens August 7th, and Overture Films sent has released some new images. The film played Sundance this year and won the Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay. Previous winners included The Squid & The Whale, Memento, and The Station Agent. Apparently the film was improv'd mostly, so I'm sure there are a handful of seething indie filmmakers still listening to Iron & Wine albums in an attempt to "process" the travesty. Read the synopsis of the film and see some more pics after the jawmp!
PAPER HEART, starring Charlene Yi and Michael Cera, follows Yi as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn’t fully understand: Love. Cera becomes the object of her affection. Weaving together reality and fantasy, the film combines elements of documentary and traditional storytelling to bring a fresh perspective to the modern romance. PAPER HEART also stars Jake Johnson (Red Belt) who plays the film director documenting Yi’s international journey that includes stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York City, Toronto and Paris.
According to Variety, Larry Charles, director of Borat, Bruno, Religulous and several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, is taking on old people sex as his next project. Winter's Discontent "centers on a sexually frustrated widower who moves into a retirement community with his best buddy — looking to get laid."There's definitely an opportunity for a bingo party gone horribly, horribly, distastefully wrong in this concept, and it's certainly been Charles' M.O. to push the envelope.
According to MTV, actor Terry Crews has spilled the beans that Arnold Schwarzenegger will in fact be making a brief appearance (also known as a "cameo") in Terminator Salvation. Terry, you son of a bitch! But wait! Crews also confirms that he'll be teaming up with Arnold in yet another action flick… Find out which after the jump.
On April 30th, Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience becomes available On Demand, and then in limited theatrical release on May 22nd. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE. The film stars adult film actress Sasha Grey, and is her first experience working in the mainstream. We at Screen Junkies thought to ourselves that if Sasha can act in a mainstream feature film, then there are some other porn starlets out there who'd have a place in the broader market as well. Without further ado, here they are.
This Friday, Jody Hill's Observe & Report opens. It's the second mall cop movie of the year, but is to Paul Blart what Taxi Driver is to DC Cab. Co-starring in OaR with the hairy Seth Rogen is the very clean shaven Anna Faris (above). Where You've Seen Her: Anna is a comedienne who's career took off with the Scary Movie franchise. She's done all four of the films, as well as Waiting, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, "Entourage," and played Shelley in The House Bunny. Listen for her voice in the upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Pointless Quote: "I never imagined being able to make money from acting – and now I can."
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Sylvester Stallone at sixty-effing-two-years-old. The new photos from the Rio de Janeiro set of Stallone's Expendables have gone live, and we have a few more after the jump, including ones of one ripped senior citizen jumping off the end of a pier. If this isn't a lesson in the benefits of fiber and horse steroids, I don't know what is.
Comic actors wearing makeup that takes half a day to apply has become a Hollywood tradition. Hiding behind those layers of latex can sometimes be a more liberating experience, releasing the actor’s inhibitions and bringing out his inner funny. It might mean dressing as a woman. It might mean dressing as an obese person, or the double whammy: an obese woman. Yes, more often than not, being funny while concealing yourself under pounds of makeup go hand-in-hand. Rumor has it that Artie Lange might actually be a 120 lb. African-American woman from Denver.
While we wait for any ounce of newsworthy nectar to drop from the gilded chalices of the superhero moviemaking gods regarding a live action Green Lantern flick, we have some morsels to perhaps hold us over. A new trailer and release date for the animated Green Lantern: First Flight has hit.The straight to DVD feature, rated PG-13, will hit stores July 21st of this year, and features the voices of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” actor Christopher Meloni as Hal Jordan, “Battlestar Galactica” actor Tricia Helfer as Boodikka, “Reservoir Dogs” actor Michael Madsen as Kilowog and “Milk” actor Victor Garber as Sinestro.Watch the trailer after the jump.
A site called spoilertv.com has photos up from the first day of Iron Man 2's shoot. Here's one. You can see a few more after the jump, including Don Cheadle as Rhodes, posing with a cell phone like he's the new spokesmodel for Verizon.
Director: Jon FavreauCast: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Shandling. Sam Rockwell, Mickey RourkeSynopsis: Plot unknown so far… but it won't be dealing with the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline with Stark's alcoholism. Rating: TBD (but probably PG-13)
Tonight Spike TV premieres their gory new series Deadliest Warrior. This is the show for you if your inner monologue consists of hounding questions like, 'Who would win in a fight — a Viking or a ninja?' The program brings in the experts to hypothesize the outcomes of these ultimate grudge matches. Personally, my money's on the Viking. Fights this season consist of Apache vs. Roman, Green Beret vs. Spetnaz, Yakuza vs. Mafia, Lumberjack vs. Bigfoot, Giant Donkey vs. Killer Whale, Bill Cosby vs. Swarm of Bats, Cowboy vs. Nessie, Kitten vs. Roomba, Rage vs. Machine, and Mike Tyson vs. Horse. Tune in tonight! Enjoy more of your morning news below. New poster alludes to whereabouts of wild things (Yahoo) John McClane wishes you'd visit the Coast. (Chris Kula) Breast fans may be left wanting by Terminator Salvation (Latino Review) Listen to the Kenny Powers audio biography (Funny Or Die) Bunny movies popping up everywhere (Hollywood Reporter) Toxic Avenger: The Musical crosses the Hudson (Variety)
The Red-Band trailer for CherryBomb, the new film starring Harry Potter mainstay Rupert Grint, has hit the 'nets. While the Potter films have gotten darker with each installment, this film kind of makes the whole Hogwarts experience look like Teletubbies. Check out the trailer after the jump. It's like a two-minute long ad for smoking cut to really cool Brit-Rock music. If the Teletubbies smoked and partied to cool Brit-Rock music they'd make Barney look like Blue's Clues.
In an interview with MTV News, BOOM-bastic Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen director Michael Bay expressed his distaste for Arcee – a female autobot in the upcoming film – and then proceeded to coldly explain his hatred was enough to murder her. You may remember Arcee from the animated Transformers: The Movie, where she transformed into a pink futuristic car. In Fallen, she is represented as a pink motorcycle. A very dead pink motorcycle.Watch Michael Bay's chillingly self-satisfied confession to the grizzly murder after the jump.[via io9.com]
Today, the L.A. Times' Big Picture posted an article about the MPAA's fear of sex in movies, and their slapping of the relatively tame trailer for the R-Rated documentary Naked Ambition with a "Red-Band" honorific. The article makes a great point about the MPAA's skewed view of objectionable content in films. And you can read that article at The Big Picture. If you came to see a trailer for a documentary about porn, then look no further than the jump. You'll also find some bonus stills!
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that an unfinished cut of When we Were Beautiful, the new Phil Griffin documentary about Bon Jovi, will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29th (and a couple more times during the fest). Read more about the film after the jump.
Warner brothers has started to air three new spots for Terminator Salvation. Check out the first below, and then the other two after the jump. I haven't seen any red flags yet. Could this be McG's finest hour? Actually I think it already is based on the accumulated four minutes of trailer and promo footage that's out there.
Variety reports that a Fox News blogger has been fired due to his review of a pirated copy of XMen Origins: Wolverine. 20th Century Fox, the film's studio, called for the dismissal because viewing pirated material is a violation of copyrights. Since Fox News and the studio are essentially the same company, the blogger broke one of life's cardinal rules: Never bite the hand that feeds you.Another one of life's rules: No matter how friendly the man in the clownsuit seems, do not get into his van.Here is some more morning news and announcements.Rick Moranis ain't 'fraid of no ghosts! (EW) From pie f***er to Fockers (Empire)Iron Man 2 is going to be nuts; Scarlett Johansson is going to look hot (Latino Review)
WHERE HAVE I BEEN? By Gene Hackman This morning I was sorting through some mail that had piled up and I came across a letter from a fan. In the letter, she asked a question that I’ve been getting a lot from various people. "Where have you been, Gene Hackman?" By now you’ve probably noticed my recent absence from movies and I guess that I owe you all an explanation. I wish that I could say that I’ve decided to spend my time painting or writing historical fiction. Or I wish that I could tell you that I’ve had it with the politics of Hollywood and have decided to return to my theater roots. But none of that is true. Fact of the matter is I’ve just been playing a lot of Xbox 360.
We decided not to report on the leaked Wolverine workprint because, well, any coverage would perpetuate thievery. But we couldn't resist posting this in the end. Enjoy. I'm really impressed with the makeup in this one. Definitely trumps X3.