By Len Snodgrass It’s Snodgrass: The Sequel! And in the vein of all James Cameron sequels, this one is better than the first. Last week, I brought you THE BEST REALITY SHOWS FOR SUMMER ’09. Now it’s time to lay out the summer shows – both returning and new – with fictional characters you sometimes wish were real, instead of those shows with real people who often can’t believe actually exist. Can I get a "Huzzah!" for drama and sitcom writers everywhere?! There’s a reason the Writer’s Guild of America recognizes you and let’s the reality TV folks fend for themselves…
LAND OF THE LOST CLIP – CHAKA GIVES DR. MARSHALL FOOD – Watch more Funny VideosAbove is a Break Media/Screenjunkies.com exclusive clip from Land of the Lost. Press play to see Dr. Rick Marshal (Will Ferrell) partake in his first sample of local cuisine, which the hirsute Chaka (Jorma Taccone) is more than happy to introduce him to. I had a chance to check out the entire film last week, and I have to say that the TV promos, trailers and clips that have come out thus far aren't a fair indicator of the finished film's tone. It's waaaay more "adult" than I imagined. I'm not kidding when I say that the movie features bare female breasts and an F-bomb in the dialogue (though not in the way that you might expect).In short, the flick pushes its PG-13 rating to the limit.Follow Screen Junkies on TWITTEROther Junk You Might Like:Lost vs. Muppet Babies is like Wizard of Oz vs. Dark Side of the Moon.Melissa Maria Gonzalez
Variety reports that Universal and Illumination Entertainment have acquired the screen rights to Martin Handford's best-selling Where's Waldo? books, and they have a plan to turn the series into a live-action family film already in the works. No word on what the plot may be, but something tells me they're not going to do a direct conceptual lift of the books. I can see that pitch meeting. "Hey, remember Russian Ark?" *Universal meeting room trap door opens, swallowing misguided writer* The last time we saw Waldo come alive was in the 1991 TV series, in which Waldo and his dog Woof traveled the world – and through time – solving mysteries at the behest of Wizard Whitebeard.So Waldo gets a deal with a Hollywood studio after after disappearing for a good decade… Interesting… Deals like this don't just "happen," right? Where exactly has Waldo been? I've got a pretty f**king good idea.
Last night, the MTV Movie Awards ran a brand new clip from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in which Sam (Shia Labeouf) and Sam's so-unattainably-hot-you-have-to-slap-yourself-in-the-face-while-making-cartoon-gurgling-sounds girlfriend (Megan Fox) hide out in an abandoned home from a bunch of Decepticons. It's Michael Bay's homage to the Diary of Ann Frank. Watch the clip after the jump.
Over the course of movie history, there have been countless examples of animals who can, for some reason or other, talk, and for the most part studio executives believe that if you’re an animal, you must speak in “clever” clichéd dialog that makes the audience want to commit animal cruelty. The number of punch-in-the-face worthy talking animals is frightening, without even getting into the cartoon and CGI realm, so let’s not even go there. But fortunately for our sanity (and this list), some diamonds in the ruff (see what I did there?) do exist. Whether it’s thanks to the performance, or the animation, or the story, occasionally one talking animal shines brightly through. The really bad ones stick out in our mind, too, and so in honor of this fact, Screen Junkies presents…“The Ten Best and Worst Wisecracking Movie Animals.” THE WORST: 5. Buzz and Scuzz, from Racing Stripes (2005)
Flash back to 1993. Jurassic Park was changing the face of filmmaking, Bill Clinton was barely into his tenure as leader of the free world, and "Reduce, Reuse & Recycle" was a brand new catch phrase being beaten into our wasteful minds. But at the time, "going green" had a much different meaning. Yes, anywhere you set foot, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were there. The movies… the merchandise… You don't even have to leave your home to see green.
Via IGN comes the newest Red Band trailer for the Todd Phillips-directed The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. I'm hoping this movie blows up Galifianakis's career in the way that Bubble Boy and Out Cold could not. I'm talking leading man big. I'm talking the next, infinitely more hirsute George Clooney. Everyone's saying this Sam Worthington fellow is a man's man. But I'd pay to see a Skynet-manufactured android Galifianakis (the Z-800?) battling a CG Arnold any day. You don't have to pay squat to visit these quality links. Have a great weekend, fellow Junkies! Best Celeb Wipeouts Meet Mindi Smith Andy Milonakis = Weird Best Horror Comedies Calipari Still Got 'Splainin' 14-y.o. Guitar Hero Champ Real Lady Assassins Tintin Has a Release Date Chicks Wrestling Sick B-Baller Obama'nator Single Punch Knockout Sexual Position Quiz What's the right Prosthetic? Guy Can't Help But Puke
MTV just posted this new clip from Mummy & Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, opening in the summer wasteland known as August. In the clip, Duke (Fighting's Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Dance Flick's Marlon Wayans) don their Master Chief rip-off suits to give chase to The Baroness (Mysteries of Pittsburgh's Siena Miller) on the rooftops of Paris. We also get a look at Storm Shadow, trading his tradmark white balaclava for an alabaster Sonny Crocket sportcoat. All that was missing was a Jan Hammer keytar riff to herald his entrance. Must… resist… urge… to… embed… Jan… Hammer… GAAAAAH! Too late. Kneel before the Great Synthesizer!
Earlier this morning, Screen Junkies had the opportunity to attend the press day for Land of the Lost, during which co-star Danny McBride confirmed Variety's report that Natalie Portman would be joining the cast of the fantasy/adventure comedy Your Highness, already prepping in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The film stars McBride and James Franco, and is being directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). Hear a bit of McBride talking Your Highness below: Danny McBride on Your Highness – Watch more Funny Videos According to McBride, director Green has been over in London for a while casting the film, and hopes that, aside from its marquee names, the film will have an otherwise British cast. Sounds like they're taking the sword and sorcery thing seriously. Hear Danny's musings on British people after the jump:
Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom opens in wider release this weekend. If you get to the theater and Up and Drag Me to Hell are sold out – or if you're in the mood to just see a rock solid, atypical summer movie, then check it out (and if you want, read our review). If you need extra incentive to see it, how about one of its stars, Japanese bombshell Rinko Kikuchi, who plays Bang Bang, the aptly-named explosives expert. We won't delve into dirty jokes about her character's moniker, but we'll gladly play set up man for your sick minds. Where else you've seen Rinko: Probably not many other films, unless you're a Japanese cineaste. But her breakout role was in the Oscar-nominated Babel, a film in which she played the deaf/mute girl Chieko Wataya. (She is one of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category.) Look for her in Mikael Håfström's '40s period piece, Shanghai, opposite John Cusack and Chow Yun Fat. Random Quote: "The nudity itself was not my concern." (re: Babel)See the photos of Rinko not concerning herself with nudity after the jump:
Director: David Gordon GreenCast: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie PortmanSynopsis: A fantasy movie about an arrogant, lazy prince and his more heroic brother who must complete a quest in order to save their father's kingdom.
Dead Snow Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers Above, you'll find the latest trailer for Norwegian film Dead Snow, the plot of which is basically a Coors Light commercial circa 1995 that gets hijacked by Nazi Zombies. (If you were the ad agency behind Coors Light commercials circa 1995, you might have felt as though your work was hijacked by Nazi Zombies every time your client had notes.) The film was a sleeper hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and will have a limited release in the States starting June 19th. Here are today's Top Links: Meet Mary Castro 10 Fan-Made Trailers 100 Hot Bud Girls 90s TMNT Rip Offs Kick-Ass Stunt Guy Animal "O" Faces" Be a Classy Drinker How to Survive Prison Bad Movies for BroadWay Deleted Scene from T4 Theresa Correa John Calipari Got 'Splainin' to Do!
Sam Raimi is back in theaters this week with Drag Me To Hell, a gnarly revenge tale focusing on the repercussions of a selfish act. It’s his first non-Spider-Man film since 2000 and, judging by trailer, it seems he’s been eager to flex his genre muscles. He’s always been a tremendously inventive director with a wicked taste for the macabre and this film will surely display these skills. Below are five disturbing scenes we’ve compiled to give you a sense of the man’s work…
Director: Werner Herzog Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer Synopsis: “Port of Call” stars Cage as the not-good Lieutenant and Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Coolidge, Xhibit and Fairuza Balk as the people who helps him be not so good. Genre: Drama Release Date: December 2, 2009
Ever been curious about Die Hard hero John McClane's back story? Like, the waaaay-back story before Holly and the kids? Well, you can put your curiosity to bed soon. This August, Fox Atomic Comics and BOOM! Studios will release the first issue of Die Hard: Year One, a comic book that will delve into McClane's rookie year on the force. According to Comics Continuum, the comic will follow John while he "earns his badge in New York City during 1976's Bicentennial celebration… and the Summer of Sam." This doesn't bode well for a run-in with an eight-year-old Argyle, but a man can dream. (I don't think I'm alone in saying that an alternare-reality Die Hard title in which McClane brings a young Argyle on as his wisecracking sidekick would kick all sorts of ass. Throw in a superpowered Hans Gruber and you have yourself a top-selling title.)Ahem. Back to reality. Issue #1 of Die Hard: Year One is written by Howard Chaykin, who was behind DC/Vertigo's American Century title, and had a hand in Marvel's "Mutant X" TV show. Stephen Thompson (IDW's Star Trek: New Frontier) will supply the artwork, and it looks like there might be some variant covers by Dave Johnson, Jock and John Paul Leon.Issue #1 will be 24 pp. and available for $3.99 at any self-respecting comic book shop. Check out the full covers after the jump!
A little while back, we posted about the Judd Apatow-helmed, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen-starring Funny People featuring fake films within the film. Well, one of those fakes has found its way to the 'nets early. It's Jason Schwartzman as actor Mark Taylor Jackson, starring in his own NBC sitcom, "Yo, Teach!" Imagine "Head of the Class," but with wisecracking city kids instead of precocious geniuses, and with internet comic sensation Bo Burnham appearing as an "F" student who raps to cope with his insecurities. Yo, Teach! – Watch more Movie Trailers It's damn funny stuff, and Apatow nails the tone of all those one-liner-laden sitcoms that still dealt with "the issues" of the day… you know… shows like "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" and… every other show on NBC from 1987-2001. This bodes well for the rest of the film, I'd say. The filmmakers even went so far as to shoot an EPK for the show, which you can watch after the jump. It might be the first EPK worth watching in the history of EPKs.
Hot off the CMS from Marketsaw, the 3D Movie blog, come these new Avatar images. According to the site, both pieces are official concept art from the forthcoming book The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure, which will feature 120 full color concept images in it as well as interviews.(Click image to enlarge)The image above is of some sort of insect-like helicopter, a piece of machinery whose origins Marketsaw can't confirm yet (but head over to their blog to read their in depth speculation.) The folllowing image is a full rendering of the Power Suit, which we've only seen a piece of until now. (Click image to enlarge)I don't know about you guys, but something tells me we're going to be seeing some footage of the flick at Comic Con…
Director: Patrick Read Johnson Cast: John Francis Daley, Austin Pendleton Synopsis: Alienated, hopeful-filmmaker Pat Johnson's epic story growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, and becoming the first fan of the movie that changed everything. Genre: Comedy Release Date: September 1, 2009
This Friday, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell emerges from the depths and into theaters everywhere. Its star, Alison Lohman, plays Chris, a submissive bank employee who has to grow a pair when a curse is put on her and a particularly douche-y demon tries to… yes, you know… drag her to Hell. Raimi is known for his male muses, particularly Bruce Campbell, but can Lohman become the female Ash? We've seen the film, and she's got the comic chops, if not the chin. ALISON LOHMAN TALKS DRAG ME TO HELL – Watch more Movie Trailers Where else you've seen her: Lohman got her big break as Angela, Nic Cage's long lost daughter, in Matchstick Men. She quickly followed that up as a young Sandra Templeton Bloom in Tim Burton's Big Fish, and was the spitting image of a young Jessica Lange, who played the older Sandra. Look for Alison in the upcoming Neveldine/Taylor-helmed Gamer, with Gerard Butler. Random Quote: The only thing I care about is that I have a strong sense of the character I'm playing. Check out the photos of Alison after the jump.
By Len SnodgrassLen Snodgrass here. When I recently informed ScreenJunkies that my love of television rivals my love of MMORPGs they requested I generate a commentary on this summer’s upcoming reality program offerings. I weighed the toll this assignment would take on my actual viewing of television, and ultimately decided the minimal rate I’d be receiving for my contribution would suffice to fund my Xbox Live subscription. I dove right in to my research and emerged with ten unscripted shows that should keep your interest through the summer season. Some of them are on simultaneously, so be sure to get your DVRs properly configured.
2001. That's the last time Allen and Albert Hughes have directed a feature film: their underrated adaptation of Alan Moore's Jack the Ripper tale, From Hell. In between then and now, the Hughes Brothers have each developed solo projects, helmed TV commercials and music videos together, and pitched projects around town. This writer's had the good fortune to work with them on a couple, believe it or not.Well, the time has come for the brothers to rise again with their post-apocalyptic opus, The Book of Eli, currently being shot in New Mexico. The film stars Denzel Washington as the titular hero, who treks across a barren wasteland of a future United States to protect a book that may mean man's survival. Head over to USA Today for an in-depth first-look at the pic. Or if you're not in the mood to read…Check out some of the new photos from the production after the jump.
Editor’s Note: Many times on Screenjunkies, we falsely assume the identities of celebrities and write articles. Other times, we make characters up entirely. What you’re about to read is the genuine work of a student currently enrolled in the USC School of Cinema-Television. It is real. It is raw. It is about one young man’s discovery of love for a cinema legend. It didn’t cost us a dime to run. By Spencer Vickers In my frequent search to procrastinate when eight three-page papers are due the next day, I find myself up at odd hours of the night on Youtube, looking for something to blow my mind. Porn would probably be more constructive or fulfilling, but sharing a room with another dude puts a damper on that idea… most of the time, at least. (But you never even know it’s happening, Steven, so just settle down.)
Above is the trailer for filmmaker Patrick Read Johnson's '77. This film is autobiographical, and tells the story of Johnson falling in love with Star Wars. No word on whether a sequel is planned in which his love affair turns into a job directing Baby's Day Out. [trailer via Alex Billington @ FirstShowing.Net]Here are today's top links: Seana Mitchell Child Prodigies The Babysitter Edith Larente New Charlize Theron Movie Funny BBQ Flow Chart Wrong Shirt, Jackass Green Lantern Fan Film Bigfoot's Nipple Ehra Madrigal Transformers/T4 Mash-Up $72 Movie Sells
Blood: The Last Vampire, the live-action adaptation of the original 2000 anime film, is about to be released in Japan, and the first five minutes of the film have hit the 'nets to satisfy everyone's thirst for Blood.BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE 5 MIN – Watch more MOVIE TRAILERSThe creepy text scroll that starts the film off alone makes this worth watching, but what follows – a hyper-stylized assassination inside a barren subway car – is even cooler. It's right out of the original anime, which told us the story of a Vampire named Saya who hunts bloodsucking demons for the government. Blood: The Last Vampire slices into UK cinemas on June 19th, and then North America in July.
We won’t pretend that Wednesday’s UEFA Champions’ League Final between Manchester United and Barcelona will be as big as the Super Bowl here in the U.S. But in Europe, it's better than the Super Bowl. With its popularity ever-increasing, more and more people are watching the Champions League, if for no other reason than to tide themselves over until the next World Cup (or, for my money, the 2012 Euros).With that in mind, we present to you, Cinema’s Starting 11, whom we think could hold their own against any club team Europe can muster:
White Ribbon – Scene 1 – Watch more Movie Trailers Well, the 2009 Festival de Cannes wrapped up, and the winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or was not, in fact, Lars von Trier's Willem Dafoe's Bare Ass and Mutilated Balls. Nay, the honor went to Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band), a film about the strange happenings in 1913 at a German school dealing with ritual punishment. Haneke also directed the torture film, Funny Games. By our estimates, this makes him the German Judd Apatow. Check out the other clip from the film – conveniently translated into English for those of us who don't sprechen ze Deutsch, if you know what I mean. And if you do, you sprechen ze Deutsch, so just make sure your speakers are on.
This clip has been farting around on for a little while now, but we thought we'd share it with you on this Memorial Day weekend, because for us, Memorial Day is not only about remembering our troops; it's also about commiting great flatulence scenes to memory. This is one of those scenes. It's a clip from "Michael and Michael Have Issues," a new half-hour comedy series that airs in July, appropriately enough, on Comedy Central. The show stars Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, who most recently worked on Comedy Central's (sadly) short-lived "Stella" series alongside fellow ex-"The State" member David Wain, who's now off directing important "issue" films for big Hollywood studios, like Role Models. As much as we're fans of Mr. Wain, we think Michael and Michael will be just fine without the f&*king turncoat.
This morning, Slashfilm's Brendon Connelly posted three clips from Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which just screened at Cannes and wowed the critics, many of whom framed their reviews around this being Heath Ledger's final film. The first clip features the recently departed actor donning a mask that gives me the creeps/flashbacks to Eyes Wide Shut and Amadeus, and wooing a small crowd of curious bystanders. I couldn't help but notice a few tiny Joker-like nuances in the way Ledger moves in this scene. Still hadn't shaken the clown when he shot this, I suppose. The other clips, which you can see after the jump, are a little more . One features Christopher Plummer as the titular character, and a lot of cool SFX that's a little LOTR, a little Harry Potter, and a lot Gilliam. The other features actress Lily Cole doing her best Lolita while Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer drives a horse-drawn carriage. Not as adorable as one would think. This is Gilliam, after all. He could make the Muppet Babies off-putting.
Director: Terry GilliamCast: Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole Synopsis: A fantastical morality tale, set in the present day, telling the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.