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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’
Monday, October 25 by

I can't believe it's been over 25 years since the first Back to the Future came out. To commemorate the anniversary, Universal is releasing the entire trilogy on Blu-ray, and I got to take the discs for an early run.

I'm not going to write a synopsis of the films because, well, it's Back to the Future. I can't imagine you being on Screen Junkies and not having seen these movies a million times. So you know my stance going into the Blu-ray review, I will say that I dearly love Back to the Future, but find the sequels a bit lacking. Still really fun movies, but they aren't on the same level as the original.
More after the jump…

Antonio Banderas Is Directing Sci-Fi Flick ‘Solo’
Monday, October 25 by

Antonio Banderas is stepping behind the camera once again. With the films Crazy In Alabama and Summer Rain already on his directorial resume, he'll put his smoldering eye to the viewfinder of a sci-fi thriller. The film is called Solo, in which he will also star as a Spanish colonel who is suffering from post-traumatic stress. We're not sure how the sci-fi element comes into play. Perhaps it's aliens. Or robots. Or robot-aliens. Or sinus-suffering anthropomorphic bees. Or perhaps it's weaponized Mario Van Peebleses.

(Variety)

Review: ‘House’ Nov 8th Episode ‘Office Politics’
Monday, October 25 by

There’s no new “House” while Fox has baseball to run, but I got the next two new episodes in advance. I get my “House” fix and I can satisfy you with a little tease too, but I promise no spoilers beyond what you’d find in TV Guide.

The patient in “Office Politics” is a political campaign advisor (Jack Coleman). It’s HRG from “Heroes” playing another manipulative politician. His reaction to House’s tactics is refreshingly simpatico. It’s interesting to see a patient who agrees with House’s methods, not that it makes the diagnosis any easier.
More after the jump…

‘Stargate Universe’ Actress Elyse Levesque
Monday, October 25 by

Here’s one for all you science fiction junkies out there: Elyse Levesque, the face behind space-dwelling heroine Chloe Armstrong of SyFy channel’s “Stargate Universe.” An actress by trade since age 11, Levesque has risen to small-screen prominence over the past year since being cast in the role. And as one of the show’s primary pretty ladies, she has by default become an object of desire for daydreaming “Stargate” fanboys the world around.
A word from Elyse: "Live every day to the fullest."
More pics of Elyse after the jump…

Denzel Washington Does His Denzel Washington Impression
Monday, October 25 by

"Saturday Night Live’s" new cast member Jay Pharoah does an impeccable Denzel Washington. He did a sketch about Washington working retail as research for a part, and Pharoah totally captured Washington’s sound, his cadence, his laugh. Washington heard about that a lot as he spoke to reporters about his new movie, Unstoppable.

The thing is, when I asked him if he heard the impression, he kind of started doing the impression back to me. He’s in a press conference with costars Rosario Dawson and Tony Scott. From the opening laughter to the way he turns the question around on me and tries to prod me, that’s exactly how Pharoah played it.

After the jump, take a listen to an audio clip of Washington sounding very much like the "SNL" version of Denzel Washington.

Danny Devito Is ‘The Lorax’
Monday, October 25 by

Today I have some sad news for Wilford Brimley. Danny Devito has stepped into the lead role of Fox Animation's adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. Zac Efron, Betty White, Ed Helms, and Rob Riggle also star in the CG animated film about a weird, little beast who defends nature against industrialization. In a case of life imitating art, Devito had this to ramble:
“Look, I don’t want to be gruff about it, but we’ve got to wake up and smell the oil burning. I’m hoping that the squeakiest wheel gets the least grease. I feel sometimes the only way to get things done is shake people up a little bit, and the Lorax is not a guy who pussyfoots around. He’s not a guy who uses kid gloves. No, no, the Lorax means business.”
Jim Carrey and Mike Myers, who both had to sit in a make-up chair for hours on end before performing beneath hot setlights in the equivalent of a fur coat for their Seuss roles, are reportedly thrilled that Danny Devito has to drive all the way to Burbank for two hours of work. (USA Today)

Review: ‘The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horrors XXI’
Monday, October 25 by

“The Simpsons” Halloween episodes, or “Treehouse of Horrors” are an annual tradition. Three spoofs of popular horror stories let the writers and artists cram thrice as many jokes into a single episode. They often air after Halloween, so even though Halloween is actually on a Sunday this year, this is airing November 7.
More after the jump…

Tony Scott Will Jump Back In The Cockpit For ‘Top Gun 2′
Monday, October 25 by

Paramount's attempts to woo Tony Scott back for a Top Gun sequel were a success. Though it won't be his next film, the director seems pretty excited to show off the nerdy side of the 'new' Navy.
"I'm not waiting for a script. I'm going to do my homework. I'm going down to I think it's Fallon, Nevada, down near New Mexico and it's a whole different world now… These computer geeks — these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever wentto war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night."
Without any actual pilots, the story has nothing at stake. The drama of the original Top Gun was watching Maverick push himself to his limits and beyond in the cockpit. Now the biggest challenge is going to be watching Taylor Lautner get video game thumb. Which, in all fairness, does really hurt. (HitFix)

Jack Black Will Show Us ‘How To Stop A Robot Uprising’
Sunday, October 24 by

"You wanna step to this, ese? Do ya? DO YA?!?"
You all laughed when I warned you on the inevitable robot uprising. And then that other time when I got pantsed in church. At least now, Hollywood is listening.
Just the other day it was announced that Steven Spielberg would choose the adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse as his next directorial effort, and this weekend comes news that Jack Black will adapt another of Wilson's books about robots overthrowing mankind (seriously, one wasn't enough?). Black, along with Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink, are looking to develop How To Survive A Robot Uprising. The eventual film will star Black as a layabout in a future society where robots are our slaves. When they revolt, it's up to Jack Black to save us all. It's like "Battlestar Galactica" with more farting. (io9)

New Zealand Seems a Little Too Desperate to Keep ‘The Hobbit’
Saturday, October 23 by

New Zealand is coming across as a little too desperate about this whole Hobbit situation. Granted, I know losing the Peter Jackson film, with its $500 million budget, would be a huge economic loss, but this video/rally seems just a little over the top.

New Zealand has to understand that Warner Bros. isn't going to respect them if they act so needy. What they need to do is act like they don't give a damn where The Hobbit is shot. Maybe New Zealand can even make out with some executives from Universal in a public place where Warner Bros. can totally see what's going on! That's sure to make Warner Bros. jealous! (Deadline)
Watch New Zealand come across as desperate after the jump…

‘Community’ Halloween Episode Preview
Saturday, October 23 by

This morning I have for you a preview of the upcoming Halloween episode of "Community." Zombies have taken over Greendale. The producers have also managed to make all the characters' costumes funny again, as well as indicative of their unique personalities. Jeff is so vain that he always goes as something effortlessly attractive. This year he's David Beckham. Brilliant. And wait until you see Senor Chang.
"Community" is without a doubt one of the best shows on television, and it's perplexing to me that no one watches it. You and I might watch it, but everyone else is tuning into "The Big Bang Theory" and not DVRing the little college sitcom on NBC at the same time. Some affiliates across the country are even dropping it from their lineup due to the fact that no one in their city gives a crap. That is not a good sign, folks. Once affiliates start dropping programs it's not long before it gets yanked from the schedule altogether. Let's watch this Halloween episode and save this show from going the way of "Arrested Development."
Check out the preview after the jump…

Photobomb Fridays: ‘Marathon Man’
Friday, October 22 by

Some hold up under pressure better than others…
Here are your weekend links.
What to See This Weekend (MovieFone)
Rich People Have 'Long Life' Hormone (Asylum)
Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas (Ranker)
Layla Kaleigh Pictures (HolyTaco)
Should Be a Movie: Crocodile Loose On Plane Kills 19 (FilmDrunk)
Football Fantasy (Maxim)
Seat Girls Taking Us Into the Weekend (BarstoolSports)
Awesome Football Catches and Dives (EgoTV)
Going to a Party Where No One's Still Alive (Pajiba)
The Front Runner for Creepiest Costume Concept (Unreality)
40 Beautiful Beach Volleyball Bottoms (TotalProSports)
10 Things You Can't Do After College (Smosh)
The Five Best Places to Hook Up at a Tailgate Party (BroBible)
Rachel Bilson Wears Ill-Fitting Dress (CelebJihad)
Diego Sanchez Promises to Return to Lightweight (CagePotato)
Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson in The Hangover 2 (PopEater)
Melody Donchet, the Frestyle Soccer Hottie (TuVez)
How to Bribe Police in Foreign Countries (MadeMan)

Exclusive Clip: Denzel Gets Chris Pine On Board In ‘Unstoppable’
Friday, October 22 by

In this exclusive clip from Tony Scott's Unstoppable, Denzel Washington tries to enlist Chris Pine's help in an attempt stop a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. Obviously some heavy convincing is necessary. Most people don't want to go to head with the equivilant of a nuclear missile.
Check out the clip after the jump. Unstoppable crashes into theaters November 14th.

Nicole Kidman Fills ‘Rabbit Hole’ Trailer Full of Tears
Friday, October 22 by

Lionsgate has dropped the trailer for Rabbit Hole, officially entering the 2011 Oscar race. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents who try to cope with the tragedy of losing their child. John Cameron Mitchell directs a David Lindsay-Abaire script adapted from his acclaimed play. You know what that means, right? Actors acting, and acting hard! Look for Kidman in the Best Actress category this year.
Rabbit Hole hits theaters December 17th.
Check out the trailer after the jump…

Rabbit Hole
Friday, October 22 by

Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest
Synopsis: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Release Date: December 17, 2010

Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson In ‘The Hangover 2′
Friday, October 22 by

"Okay, Mr. Gibson. If your career will just follow me this way."
Liam Neeson continues to build his film resume of doing anything anyone asks him to do. As previously reported, Mel Gibson was lined up to play a tattooist in The Hangover 2. The news caused the cast and crew to revolt, which led to Mel losing the part. That's when Bradley Cooper got on the horn with Liam Neeson and offered him the cameo role.
That's good. I guess. It's kind of a lame cameo though. Mike Tyson was clever stunt-casting, and his inclusion worked well with the first movie's plot. Neeson seems like a total left field choice. And he's in everything. Literally. Go through your DVD collection and look really hard during crowd shots. I'm sure he'll pop up 8 times out of 10. (Variety)

Steven Spielberg Will Next Direct ‘Robopocalypse’
Friday, October 22 by

Steven Spielberg has made a firm commitment to Robopocalypse as his next directorial effort. He initially chose War Horse over the robot uprising tale, but he's Steven Spielberg and he can come back to sh*t later if he wants to, ya heard? He'll start shooting the Drew Goddard-scripted adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel in January 2012 for a 2013 release.
The novel won't even be published until June 2011. Spielberg has been collecting pages as Wilson churns them out, immediately having them adapted into script form and storyboarded. Makes you wonder if the book is even necessary. Who needs to read stupid words when Spielberg will just flood our senses with CG robot battles a year later? That's the Michael Bay stance on literacy. (Deadline)

‘Mad Men’ Actress Peyton List
Friday, October 22 by

“Mad Men” might be over until next year, but fortunately the show’s generous lineup of sweater-clad office vixens is still around to keep us going. Enter Peyton List, the 24-year-old stunner whose depiction of secretary-turned-socialite Jane Siegel became a welcome element in the series midway through season two. A model since age eight, List took a stab at acting with a bit role in an episode of “Sex and the City” back in 2000. Lucky for us, she kept it up. Here’s hoping we’ll see more of Roger Sterling’s young wife in the months ahead.
A word from Peyton: “I was on the box art for some young girl-crush kind of board games. It’s embarrassing.”
More pics of Peyton after the jump…

Brad Pitt Wants To Lock ‘In With The Devil’
Friday, October 22 by

If Clooney finds this, he's finished.
Brad Pitt's Plan B has picked up the rights to In With The Devil. A novel that tells the true tale of James Keene, football player turned drug dealer turned mole for the FBI. It's reported that Pitt is interested in the role of Keene, a man who struck a deal with the FBI to go undercover in a sanitarium. There he was to befriend a serial killer and coax his confessions from him.
We won't spoil the book for you because we don't read, but this sounds like a solid premise. Imagine being locked in a cell with a man who could kill you at any time, while encouraging them to go to the darkest parts of their mind. That would suck about a thousand times more than sharing a cubicle with a farter. (Liz Smith)

Michael Bay Playing Nice with ‘Transformers 3′ Cameraman
Friday, October 22 by

Michael Bay and James Cameron: Two directors who don’t take any sh*t, with comparatively different results. Bay’s actually kind of bowing to Cameron by shooting Transformers 3 in 3D. He’d always said he thought it was just a gimmick. So now he’s got to be nice to 3D camera inventor Vincent Pace.

“We’re doing Transformers with Michael Bay, and that’s a big challenge because he’s not the kind of director that’s going to give you a break,” Pace said as he demonstrated his cameras from Avatar. “But he met it halfway and he said, ‘Look, it complements my product, and I want to incorporate this into my shooting style.’”
More after the jump…

Exclusive: ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot Details
Friday, October 22 by

Personally, I love the funny Chucky movies. Bride of Chucky is the smartest and cleverest of the self-referential ‘90s horror movement, and Seed of Chucky opens up so many more…

Bryan Singer’s ‘Jack The Giant Killer’ Is Greenlit
Friday, October 22 by

Langella never loses a spaghetti tug o' war.
Production on Bryan Singer's Jack The Giant Killer was slowed down earlier this year when Singer realized that giants do not exist. After scouring Samoa and BBW dating sites for talent, he decided it would just be easier to use computers.  Also in that time, the script was reworked by Christoper McQuarrie and now is in a good enough place to receive the greenlight.
Kick-Ass's Aaron Johnson is favored for the lead role of the hero who travels to the land of giants to save a princess. However, Singer also met with Andrew Garfield to discuss the part. Singer's always had an interesting eye for casting so, if he can evade the studio notes, we could end up with someone completely unexpected in the role. Let's just hope it doesn't drag out like all of the Spider-Man reboot. I'm still half-expecting Betty White and Helen Mirren to battle it out for the role of Aunt May. (Deadline)

‘The Hobbit’ Cast: Peter Jackson Confirms Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis Announcement Expected
Friday, October 22 by

It's good to know that some forward momentum is being made on The Hobbit despite the labor disputes that are tripping up the film's location. The first round of casting has been announced and you're going to be psyched. But only if you're knowledgeable about British television. Here's who we got so far:
Martin Freeman (UK "The Office") as Bilbo Baggins
Richard Armitage ("Spooks") as Thorin Oakenshield, Dwarf leader
Aidan Turner ("Being Human") as Kili
Rob Kazinsky ("EastEnders") as Fili
Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin
John Callen ("Power Rangers Jungle Fury") as Oin
Stephen Hunter ("All Saints") as Bombur
Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori
Peter Hambleton ("The Strip") as Gloin
 
Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis have not been confirmed to return, but that announcement is expected. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Nighy, James Nesbitt, and David Tennant are all also rumored to be up for parts. But I think the biggest news to come out of this is that there's a show called "Power Rangers Jungle Fury" and it actually lead to someone getting more work. (Deadline)

Creepy Na’vi ‘Avatar’ Dog
Thursday, October 21 by

Babe Dresses Her Dog As A Na'vi- Creepiness Ensues – Watch more horror
Words cannot express how disturbing it is that this woman dressed her pit bull up like a Na'vi. Doesn't PETA exist for this very reason?
Calm your nerves with these links.
The Best Foreign Supernatural Movies Ever (MovieFone)
Jump in the Rant Van to Complain On-the-Go (Asylum)
The 10 Craziest Ironic Deaths of All Time (Ranker)
Disciplining an Ugly Baby (HolyTaco)
Netflix is Racist Against Trash Humping (FilmDrunk)
Survival of the Fifties (Maxim)
The Most Ridiculous Edited for TV Movie Lines (BarstoolSports)
A Collection of Unique and Hilarious Bathroom Urinals (EgoTV)
Grab That Cash With Both Hand and Make a Stash (Pajiba)
Hands Down the Best Halo Reach Kill So Far (Unreality)
Picture of the Day: Stay Classy Little Pandas (TotalProSports)
YouTuber Uses Epic Boobs to Escape Jail (Smosh)
This is What a 134-Ton Bong Hit Looks Like (BroBible)
Top 10 Sexy Jennifer Love Hewitt GIFs (CelebJihad)
Jim Rome Takes on the Enigma That is Brock Lesner (CagePotato)
Who Will Be Conan O'Brien's First Guests? (PopEater)
Wishlist: 7RON Watch (TuVez)
Workout Myths You Shouldn't Believe (MadeMan)

Liam Neeson Wants Answers In ‘Unknown’ Trailer
Thursday, October 21 by

Liam Neeson in suspended animation.
Warner Bros. has dropped the new trailer for Unknown. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), it stars Liam Neeson as a guy who wakes from a coma and discovers that someone has taken is identity and not even his hot wife (January Jones) believes him. He teams up with a hot cab driver (Diane Kruger), who originally put him in the coma by crashing into a lake, to help him make sense of the whole mess. Neeson kicks some ass in it Taken-style, so despite the whole clichéd "why does no one recognize me!" premise, it could be worth checking out.
Unknown wanders into theaters February 18, 2011.
Check out the trailer after the jump…

No ‘Hangover 2′ For You, Mel Gibson
Thursday, October 21 by

Mel Gibson is out of The Hangover 2 before he was even in it. Earlier this week we reported that Gibson was confirmed for a cameo in Todd Phillips's upcoming sequel to his hit The Hangover, but now TMZ is reporting that Gibson got the boot. Phillips had this to say:
"I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team.  But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."
It's thought that star Zach Galifianakis might be the one who was most opposed to working with Gibson, which is perplexing considering he's neither Jewish nor one of Mel's exes. Regardless, Gibson won't get a chance at a comeback with a role as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2, what I hear is the equivalent of saying ten Hail Marys and kicking a terrorist in the balls.

First Look At Sexy Teens In MTV’s ‘Skins’ Trailer
Thursday, October 21 by

MTV is preparing to launch their scripted remake of the cult UK series "Skins" in January, and today we have a first look. The series follows a group of students who have way more fun than I did in high school. And college. Basterds.
I'm not familiar with the original UK series but from what I've been told by die-hard fans, this pilot is a pretty faithful remake. So, before you purists start whining about Americanizations or the fact that MTV doesn't play many music videos anymore, it's important that you recall this is a show about semi-nude teenagers. If you hate that, you're not a real American and you should move to England or some sh*t.
Check out the trailer after the jump…

‘Mad Men’ Actress Peyton List
Thursday, October 21 by

“Mad Men” might be over until next year, but fortunately the show’s generous lineup of sweater-clad office vixens is still around to keep us going. Enter Peyton List, the 24-year-old stunner whose depiction of secretary-turned-socialite Jane Siegel became a welcome element in the series midway through season two. A model since age eight, List took a stab at acting with a bit role in an episode of “Sex and the City” back in 2000. Lucky for us, she kept it up. Here’s hoping we’ll see more of Roger Sterling’s young wife in the months ahead.

Colin Farrell Is Favorite for ‘Total Recall’ Lead
Thursday, October 21 by

Total Recall may have found its man to demand that Cohaagen give these people some air. THR's Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Colin Farrell is at the top of the list to lead Len Wiseman's remake of the Arnold Schwarzeneggar classic. Classic? Classic. Inception star Tom Hardy, who will hopefully be Mad Max sometime in the future, and Inglourious Basterds star Michael Fassbender are also being considered.
I understand the importance in securing a Quaid for the film, but it's really the secondary characters that I feel the producers should be most concerned with. In the original Total Recall, Kuato was an animatronic stomach person, but the world has discovered Verne Troyer since then. And let's not forget about the three-boobed prostitute. Ashley Judd could use the one day of work.

‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ Trailer Looks Fabulous
Thursday, October 21 by

There's a new red band trailer for I Love You Phillip Morris. I guess you could consider it NSFW due to language, sexual situations, and cloud imagery. It's also NSFRedneckDad due to everything that happens in it. Jim Carrey stars as a man who explodes out of the closet and his suburban existence and goes to great lengths to fund his new lifestyle. Ewan McGregor co-stars as the titular Phillip Morris, who Carrey meets in prison.
All in all, it's a great trailer and the best look that we've had at the film yet. It's got the same brand of whimsy we saw in the trailers for Middle Men and Casino Jack. But don't hold that against it.
I Love You, Phillip Morris finally gets released in theaters December 3rd.
Check out the NSFW trailer after the jump…