For many movie lovers out there, Michael Bay is like the Santa Claus of summer. We wait 12 months and then BOOM, Bay arrives with a sack full of goodies, heading back to his factory where the ILM elves toil to make the following year's gifts even more bombastic than the last. We at Screenjunkies have a very special "in" with Mr. Bay, as we help manage his Twitter account. So, naturally, people contact us all the time to reach him via email, letters, bouquets of explosives, etc. What follows are letters written to Michael Bay from some very special children, and we felt that they should be shared.Click on each image to enlarge. Sam Huntington – Age 9 – Orlando, Florida Steven Blomquist – Age 8 – Aurora, Illinois
The trailer for Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience starring adult film actress Sasha Grey has just debuted on Hulu. The trailer has no dialogue – just a drum track and some title cards. But it tells you everything you need to know about the film, which looks like a lo-fi, down n' dirty little gem (is that an oxymoron? I don't care) from the man who brought us Sex, Lies & Videotape. Check it out after the jump.
On April 21st, Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller's original Sin City is getting a double helping of Blu-Ray, with the release of a special edition 2-Disc set that includes 2 cuts of the film plus eight hours of bonus with two new interactive bonus features developed exclusively for Blu-ray. No matter what you thought of the movie, it's got the sort of visuals that Blu-Ray was made for. And for a small taste of what makes Sin City so Blu-riffic, check out a Break Media exclusive remix of Jessica Alba's notorious stripping scene… after the jump.
Bill Lawrence, writer/creator of Scrubs, guests on his own show tonight as a goofy pastor who marries the Janitor and Lady at a ceremony down in the Carribbean. The trials and tribuluations on Ben continue on Lost, everyone's favorite character on South Park goes to great extents to make sure his son wins the Pinewood Derby. Your preview after the break.
The trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker has hit the 'nets like a ton of bricks through a windhshield. It's portrait of the elite members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad, soldiers who volunteer to disarm deadly bombs for the U.S. military. The film stars Jeremy Renner (above), whom you might remember as the badass villain from S.W.A.T., and the heroic Doyle from 28 Weeks Later. He can also be seen in the upcoming The Losers. This guy can't get enough of military and police work. How about Renner for Captain America? Check out the trailer for The Hurt Locker after the jump.
Some new footage from Tarantino's WW2 gore fest Inglourious Basterds played on Fox's American Idol last night. This is that clip, plus some other goodies, including a behind-the-scenes shot of QT rallying his troops, and a glimpse of Mike Myers (pictured above) as a much different servant of her Majesty, the Queen – a character named "General Ed Fenech." Keep your eyes peeled for the Basterd'ized clip after the jump.
The 80s were a lot of things. Not the least of which, it was a time of gross over-advertising. Any slight movie hit in the 1980s would warrant the plastering of its image on a cardboard box filled with unoriginal cereals. There was Ghostbusters cereal – nothing more than Lucky Charms, C-3PO's – frosted Cheerios, and E.T. – some sort of peanut buttery Cap'n Crunch.Here are a few cereals that never hit the market, but should have.CONAN, THE CEREALI think this one was a no-brainer. Arnold was an up-and-coming star, and if the original movie was good enough to have a bad sequel, surely the movie deserves a cereal (which is like a sequel, but with more fiber). I would go so far as to say, if this cereal was produced, Mark L. Lester would have published “Commando 2: The Best Sequel Ever” here on ScreenJunkies.
The above image of Andy Samberg engaging in intercourse with a magical fish from the Lonely Island's "Like A Boss" music video has been sanitized for your protection. You'll have to click "More" to see the uncensored video in its entirety. It is raw. It is real. It is uncompromising. It also has poop, vomit and fellatio humor set to music. Recoil in shock while grooving to this decidedly most NSFW video after the jump. And if you like it, go buy The Lonely Island's "Incredibad" at your local record store, or friendly neighborhood digital music file purveyor. Like a baaaaws!!!
Those wily, japing comicksters over at Holy Taco have posted a series of Mad Libs inspired by famous directors like M. Night Shyamalan, Quentin Tarantino and Michael Bay (not the real one, mind you). Here's one example:Check out the rest by visiting HT. Or just ______ your ______ in a ______.
This Friday, the political thriller State of Play opens, and in it Rachel McAdams plays Della Frye, an ambitious rookie reporter assisting Russell Crowe's Cal McAffrey character – a wisecracking journalist who's into conspiracy theorists. Together, they will try to solve the apparent murder of a congressman's mistress. No telling whether or not Rachel's crack journalism techniques include diverting her subjects' attention by flashing them, like in the above photo. Where You've Seen Her: McAdams played Cillian Murphy's target in Red Eye, as well as the object of Owen Wilson's affection in Wedding Crashers. She also co-starred in The Notebook with Ryan Gosling. Did you know he has a dog? Dreeeamy! Pointless Quote: "I'm waiting for them to make 'Thundercats'. I would love to be Cheetara." (Click image to enlarge)Check out non-Thundercat photos of Rachel after the jump.
Tonight, the world's craziest crabbers are back in action as the 5th season of Deadliest Catch kicks off on Discovery Channel. On Fringe, a PETA-like organization accidentally turns loose a Chimera-like creature that gives the crew some serious problems. You preview after the break.
Director: Rian Johnson Cast: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane Synopsis: The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. Genre: Comedy Release Date: May 29, 2009
All you aspiring TV writers out there constantly searching for hard to find TV pilot scripts, look no further than "Pilot School," a treasure trove of TV literature in easily downloadable and digestible format. Now you can finally throw away that copy of The Secret and read something worthwhile (Don't throw away the DVD version, because the first few minutes are high comedy).Oh, and if you're also just into TV script arcana, Pilot School has innumerable unsold and unfilmed material as well. I highly suggest you check it out online, and then get back to your cigarette smoking and typewriter tapping or whatever aspiring screenwriters do, aside from run movie and TV blogs.[via the awesome JohnAugust.com]
In celebration of JJ Abrams' Star Trek film, which opens in a few weeks, the official movie site is posting images of Quantum Mechanix's scale models of the USS Enterprise that filmmakers, artists and celebrities have customized. The above mod was created by L.A. artist Jesús Diaz. The actual models are on display in select theaters around the country, but you can see almost all of them at the official site, including ones designed by Jim Lee, Robert Rodriguez, H5 and more. We did one, too, but it didn't make the list because someone decided it was a good idea to leave their kids unsupervised at the ScreenJunkies' offices:
Hey kids! It's the new Lars von Trier movie! *restrained cheers from handful of movie geeks wearing ironic Van Halen-inspired Von Trier shirts*Yes, indie darling Lars von Trier, whose Dogme 95 filmmaking style has a set of rules prohibiting filming cheese sandwiches with studio lighting or something like that, is coming out with what looks decidedly like a non-Dogme film in Antichrist. I say this because there's a CG shot of a dog growling, and not because Dogme prohibits butt shots. But – and this is a big but – there's a lot of butt in this trailer. And it all comes at the rear of the trailer (oh gosh, I just can't stop, can I?). Actually, the movie looks pretty terrifying in a Rosemary's Baby, slow burn sort of way, which seems right up Von Trier's alley (not a butt joke) since he is the king of slow movies. Want to see Willem Dafoe's satanic plumber's crack? Then look no further than the jump!
The Family Guy loves to give a good skewering, especially when the butt of the joke is a celebrity. The paparazzi prey doesn’t necessarily deserve it because they’re pompous or ignorant – although those types are certainly shown no leniency – but simply because all limelight hogs can afford to be taken down a peg or two. We here at Screen Junkies salute Family Guy for tackling superstar satire in their trademark no-holds-barred, consequences-be-damned manner by featuring 15 celebrity cameos (real or impersonated) that cut right to the core. They’ll make you laugh and think, but most importantly they’ll make you say to yourself, “Yeah, that is an over-the-top yet surprisingly accurate depiction of that particular person.”
Today, a new sizzle reel for Angels & Demons was released and got us very excited. In it, composer Hans Zimmer talks about his wanting to create a soundscape that the film can own. Here's a peek that Screenjunkies has exclusive-ized because we can, and because we had some success the last time we exclusive-ized an Angels & Demons clip. Angels & Demons & Hall & Oates & Farts – Watch more Funny Videos Okay okay… if you want to see the real sizzle reel with Zimmer's real score – that sounds pretty awesome, in all honesty – look no further than the jump.
According to MTV Movies Blog, Star Trek's Chris Pine has spoken with A-Team movie director Joe Carnahan about the possibility of playing "Howling Mad" Murdock. "Murdock is my man,” said Pine to MTV. If it happens, Pine and Carnahan would be reuniting for the first time since Smokin' Aces back in 2006 – Pine's first big role. He played a Neo Nazi assassin. Who would be your Dream A-Team to back up Pine'sMurdock? Here's who we think could be more than serviceable members of this crack commando unit. If you have a problem. If no one else can help and you can find them, maybe you can cast these guys:
Now that you capped those horrendous 40 days without footlong hotdogs, sit down and indulge with your old pal TV. Tonight, there's only 3 episodes left before the Heroes go on summer vacation, and 24 promises you a clock stopping episode replete with Jon Voight's killer Congolese virus. Your preview after the break. Heroes 9/8c on NBC
Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes is set to begin filming of their A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot at the end of this month. Fans everywhere rejoiced recently when it was announced that Jackie Earle Haley would don the sweater and glove of Freddy Krueger. Still no news about which young starlet will be playing Nancy, the film’s protagonist. We’ve compiled a list of sweet dream girls that we think should go toe-to-toe with the iconic dream slayer. LEIGHTON MEESTER
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse has been hired on to write the adaptation of "Battling Boy" for Brad Pitt's Plan B and Paramount. "Battling Boy" is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Paul Pope, and is due to be published by First Second Books in the spring of 2010. It is the story of the "son of a god who comes down from the top of a mountain… to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts." Check out some original artwork from the world of "Battling Boy" here.Tse has been the king of big screen adaptations recently…
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, you can't deny the holiday is up there with Halloween and Valentine's in terms of the sheer amount of holiday-themed crap you can buy. And who better to celebrate with than filmmaker Michael Bay, who got his start hawking products left and right (and blowing some up, occasionally) as a commercial director. Michael Bay basically invented the "sheet metal porn" subgenre of car ads. But what if he crossed his eye for drama with his eye for product while staring at a box of Kellogg's High School Musical cereal? Well, you'd get Screenjunkies reader Chris Capel's short film, entitled "Michael Bay Eating a Bowl of Cereal. Let it blow your mind after the jump.
Hey kids! Dragonball Evolution opened nationwide today. And if you didn't know already, it stars Emmy Rossum! Well she's just adorable – so adorable, we're willing to bet that her adorableness rubs off on not so adorable surroundings.Case in point, just look at this still from Dragonball. Adorable! Now look at it again without Emmy Rossum.
Reuters reports that Rick Deckard's (Harrison Ford) gun from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner will be up for sale at an upcoming Hollywood memorabilia blowout held by auctioneer Profiles in History."The blaster, with an estimated sales price of between $100,000 and $150,000, comes from Hollywood marketer and producer Jeff Walker, and Profiles in History called it the 'holy grail' of sci-fi weapons."Now, don't get me wrong. The gun that "retired" Zhora and a few of the other Replicants is no slouch. But calling it the Holy Grail of Sci-Fi weapons is the sort of stuff the gets you killed by this guy:
We hate goodbyes! Two of our favorite of shows are culminating their seasons tonight. Terminator:TSCC promises a climactic face off with a T-1001, and Friday Night Lights ends with a majority of the cast moving on to college (but don't worry, the show got picked up for another 2 seasons). Don't start going outside or anything, Breaking Bad is still goin' strong, and the absence of one show means the emergence of another. Here's hoping for summer long Knight Rider series. Your preview after the break.
ANGELS AND DEMONS with Tom Hanks opens in theaters May 15, and a new film clip has just been released! It's very dramatic. The tension is compounded by all of the alpha males posturing in the room and looking like they're trying to hold in hot farts. See for yourself in this exclusive Screenjunkies clip!!! Angels & Demons & Farts – Watch more Funny VideosThis clip is dedicated to Noah "Gold Dust" Griffith.
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.
Turn on the TV & tune it to NBC, microwave up some popcorn, then chuck your remote control out the window and give those button pushing fingers a much needed rest. NBC has 3 hours of new shows and series premieres that mean no complicated channel switching. 2 new episodes of The Office, the series premiere of Amy Poehler's new comedy Parks and Recreation, new 30 Rock, and the series premiere of Southland, a police drama by the creators of ER. Your preview after the break.