I read this book back in the day and remember it being nothing short of amazing. I cannot imagine a better casting decision than Sam Rockwell for the cinematic version. He is one of the Greatest Living Actors Alive. I can't wait to see this movie.
Nothing is better at reminding you you're unemployed than daytime television programming, especially these stupid court shows. But there's something very amusing about watching Judge Judy try to save her leather ass when the whole studio starts shaking thanks to last week's earthquake. I'm actually sort of impressed that she kept it together for as long as she did.
There are two news stories that are really conflicting right now. One is the fact that the Dark Knight has made Elevendy Billion dollars and has continued to sell out theatres across the country. The second is that Morgan Freeman was in a car accident driving one of these:
Behind the massive success of the Judd Apatow’s media empire is one simple little formula. Make good movies for males, about males. You would be hard pressed to find an example of actual dude conversation more accurate than flicks like Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin; it’s funny because it’s true.
Chances are there are going to be a lot of Watchmen posts happening around here between now and 2009, but I'm trying to keep them as compact and efficient as possible. After all, chicks come around here sometimes and I don't want to go nerding the place all up.
The unfortunate thing about American Teen, the new doc by Nanette Burnstein following the lives of five cracker-ass middle-American high schoolers, is that no one starts shooting.
Kids these days. With their beepers and their drivers licenses, and their Nintendo video games. This doc takes an insider's view of four or five (its hard to tell) seniors as they navigate the ups and downs of social pressuresm including learning how to give blowjobs. It's basically Hoop Dreams, but with people who have a lot more going for them. And remember: always drink responsibly.
I hate Brendan Fraser and you should to. Think about it. The guy is rich, famous and gets hot chicks like any other A-list celebrity. How did he get there? By acting like a total jackass. Now, he has 10 more of my dollars in his pocket and I'm not very happy about it.
Much like its namesake, the Mummy franchise refuses to stay dead, reemerging every couple of years to wow audiences with its crappy story and lame special effects. The latest installment is basically the exact same thing as the first two, only this time they're in China.
As Screenjunkies is about to launch, we were too busy sleeping under our desks to get to Comic-Con this year. It was our loss, as there seemed to be some good news out of this year’s Nerd Fest. This is a great panel from the brains behind Pineapple Express.
Rumor has it that Mike Cera is on Obama's short list for possible VP running mates. Can you imagine how entertaining that would make our coutry?
This is a movie based on a popular teen book. Here’s a sample from its description of on Amazon:
What does it say about our world that Sex Drive is the modern day Goonies? Same idea—a group of high-schoolers on a quest, led by a boy seeking to become a man. A town where they all feel like outsiders.
They’re making a doc about Christopher Wallace, AKA Biggie Smalls. It’s due out in November of 2009 from Fox Searchlight. They have some producer video diaries on the website blog. This one is about casting the role of Biggie.
The plot revolves around Dr. Horrible (NPH) and his attempts to win over a relatively cute chick and get into an elite squad of super villains. The unfortnate part is that everyone sings the entire time. I guess I should've been expecting that, what with that name and all, but I thought they were just being cute.
I don’t know who’s idea it was to originally put famous roided-out weightlifters and fighters in movies with kids. But clearly Hollywood is not getting tired of it. Here’s how their conversations go in the pitch room, written by an undergrad film studies major.
UPDATE: The clip got pulled (shockingly) so enjoy a different wolf-related clip instead!
There are plenty of old movie monsters out there just waiting to get the reboot treatment, and it looks like ol' Wolfy is ready for his close-up. Benicio Del Toro is sporting the claws and fur, in what promises to be a much gorier than the 1941 version.
Everyone wants to (act like they are) save(ing) the world, even Luda and Tommy Lee. I’m actually very excited about this show. I’ve heard some good stories from sources that worked on it, who will remain unnamed. The premier drops Monday night on AMC at 8/7c. And remember: Knowing is Half the Battle. The other half if rapping.
There have been a whole slew of movies inspired by the success of Superbad. This seems to be yet another. But judging by the trailer, which actually had me laughing pretty hard, this one might be pretty rad. And whatever: so it's like Superbad. I bet the second guy to ever make a Kung Fu movie was called derivative, and now there’s twenty million Kung Fu films.
The entire staff of Screenjunkies would like to thank everyone for all the kind emails, phone calls, telegrams, and numerous carrier pigeons aimed at checking in on our Los Angeles Branch after the Great Earthquake of 2008.We assure you that most of our staff is ok, and the ones who are not will be missed. Even Phil the Intern.
More evidence that the most trustworthy way to judge a TV show is what sort of box the DVD comes in.
The 90's were hot. Bill Clinton was president, getting his nob polished in the oval office and bombing Kosovo. Sixteen year olds were making millions off the internet. No one gave a shit about global warming. And Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were hot on the case, proving to the world that there was life beyond our then-intact atmosphere.
Seeing the new X-Files flick was like going to see your favorite band and all they play is new stuff. New stuff written by Mliey Cyrus. And the only instruments that they use are a kazoo, a jug, and Kathy Griffith's voice. And then instead of playing an encore, they all take turns punching you in the junk with a cricket bat. This movie was the worst thing I have seen in the theatre in years.
I didn't really mind all the hype surrounding Dark Knight, mainly because I was sure it was going to be an awesome movie. But now that the first trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is out, I'm starting to cope with the fact that kids and painfully nerdy adults aren't going to shut up about this thing until it hits theaters in November.
This morning I (and every other movie journalist on the web) posted about the "leaked" X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer. It was crooked, blurry and the sound absolutely sucked, but we were excited just to see what was up. Of course, by now, the trailers have been taken down and I'm left wondering why they would do something so stupid?
If you saw the trailer Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's antics made you laugh so hard you fell off of the couch you sleep on in your mom's basement, then this might be your pick for best movie of the year. You might also need a job, a girl friend and a shower. The plot in 13 words: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly yell at the top of their lungs. Disclaimer: I feel like before I give you a bunch of reasons I didn't like this movie, I should tell you that I went in thinking it was going to be a perfect fit. I love immature humor. The majority of my DVD collection is comprised of stuff my serious critic friends wouldn't watch unless someone strapped them down to the brainwashing chair from A Clockwork Orange. But there's a fine line between "so stupid it's funny" and "too stupid to be funny." Excuse my technical film terms. It's getting old: There was a time when I thought Will Ferrell was one of the funniest people in the world, but after seeing him do the same "kid trapped in the body of chubby, adult man" act for years, it's getting pretty tiresome. That's not to say that it can't be funny sometimes, but Step Brothers feels like it was written over the course of a dinner. A lot of the jokes are really predictable and most of the dialog sounds as if they just sat down at a table and said, "OK, we need to think of lines we can yell, that teenage boys will want to yell later. That way, they'll keep thinking about the movie." What about John C. Reilly? His recent appearances on the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! give me a litle more hope for Johnny's ability to take his silliness to a different level, but he still comes off pretty flat in this flick. It was definitely better than Walk Hard, but he's not quite Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack, either. But the trailer looks so funny… It's true, the trailers were pretty funny, but the problem is that they gave away too many of the jokes. The bunkbed gag, the burial scene and most of the other stuff that could make you laugh, you've already seen. Of course they couldn't show Will Ferrell's prosthetic balls in the commercial, so you still have that to look forward to. The best part: So far this review has been pretty negative, but there are a few funny moments. The one that comes to mind first is a sleepwalking bit where the two stars just yell incoherently and throw stuff everywhere. It's proof that the method can work if done properly. Is it worth the $10? It's sad for me to have to say this, but you're really not missing much by not catching this one in the theater. Just wait for it to come to pay-per-view, then order it at your friend's house before he notices. Or, go play with a couple of 9-year olds and you'll get pretty much the same effect.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly got back together with fellow Talladega Nights alumn, Adam McKay to make another movie about very stupid adults acting wacky. Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly) become step brothers when their parents fall in love and get married. Since they're both 40 and live at home, they have to come to terms with their new living situation.
It's blurry, shaky, crooked and filled with the sound of nerds hooting and hollering in delight, but somehow it's still worth watching. Apparently Wolverine wasn't even going to have a presence at Comic Con this year, but Hugh Jackman pranced his way on stage during one of the panels and started spilling bean after delicious bean about his flick, which comes out next May.