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John Lithgow is a Damn Dirty Ape

Wednesday, June 23 by

They finally made a monkey out of ol' John Lithgow. Empire Online is reporting that the actor has been confirmed for the upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes. The film costars James Franco and Frida Pinto.Despite the misleading headline and hackneyed primate references, Lithgow will not be playing an ape. Instead, he has landed the roll of the protagonist's Alzheimer's stricken father, which is a lot like playing an ape, since both apes and Alzheimer's patients have been known to throw feces. You think I'm making a crass joke, but I'm serious. I saw it first hand with my uncle Bobo.

Someone Please Cut This Guy Off

Tuesday, June 22 by

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Yep, They’re Making a Troll Dolls Movie

Tuesday, June 22 by

Thank you, Internet.Dreamworks Animation is determined to freak us all out, licensing the Happy Troll Doll character from Danish company Dam Things for the bigscreen. Brother and sister writing team (awwww, isn't that nice?) Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio (but she got married, boooo!) have been hired to give structure and dialogue to the pig-faced, florescent-haired dolls.Originally created in 1959 by Danish woodcarver Thomas Dam as a gift for his daughter, the dolls sparked an international craze in the early 1960s, with nostalgic revivals introducing the figures to subsequent generations as well. The feature will expand on the troll dolls' mythology, while giving Dam a chance to relaunch the toy line for another set of young collectors.Someone from Dreamworks Animation must have seen the Trolls in the beginning of Toy Story 3 this weekend and immediately run to the nearest phone bank to call their boss. It's that kind of innovative thinking that leads to the promotions and luxury cars you use to fill the void when your family leaves you after growing tired of your constant absence from their lives. (Variety)

New ‘Inception’ Trailer Blurs the Line Between Dreams and Reality

Tuesday, June 22 by

A new trailer for Inception has star-wiped its way online, and features a lot of new footage. We also get a look at each of the characters (including Marion Cotillard's mysterious Mal), and see a bit more about what the hell this movie is about. From this trailer it looks like Mission: Impossible set amongst the perceived reality created by stochastic neurons. Except there's no Ving Rhames. Which is dumb. Usually the only way I know that I'm dreaming is when Ving Rhames appears. But whatever, I trust Christopher Nolan. I'm just disappointed there doesn't seem to be a scene where Ellen Page dreams she showed up for work in the nude. Missed opportunity right there. VIEW THE TRAILER AND BEND YOUR MIND AFTER THE JUMP…

‘Zombieland’ Director Finds ‘Babe in the Woods’

Tuesday, June 22 by

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is having the kind of year all film school graduates dream about and then usually never experience. He's already onto directing his next project 30 Minutes of Less with Danny McBride as a pizza deliveryman, and now he's signed on to helm Babe in the Woods.The Mike White-scripted comedy is about "a female freshman who arrives at Yale and is targeted by the New Jersey mob." See the title, it's a pun. In this case the "Babe" means "hot college ass," not "pig." The exact reason why the babe is targeted by the New Jersey mob is unknown, but if I had to guess, she probably witnesses the mob hit of a boy she befriends in the beginning of the first act. And if I get that right on the nose, Columbia Pictures owes me an Edible Arrangement. Chocolate-dipped pineapple, please. (Deadline)

Keith Allen Hayes Joins ‘The Walking Dead’

Tuesday, June 22 by

Mmmm…. close enough.Keith Allen Hayes is the latest to be cast in Frank Darabont's television adaptation of The Walking Dead in an unspecified role. It's speculated that he'll play Tyreese, the pro football player with a penchant for caving in zombie brains, who joins the survivors outside of Atlanta. Though I can see the resemblance, we're not even certain that the Tyreese character will be introduced in this first six-episode season, as he doesn't appear in the books until issue seven.I think it's far more likely that he'll play the role of Morgan Jones, the first (living) person Rick encounters after waking from his coma. But that's just me. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to run some errands before the neighborhood bullies get out of school. (Dread Central)

Robert Pattinson’s Grim Future

Tuesday, June 22 by

This Twilight Saga fortune is most unsettling. Cedric Diggory was destined to become Edward Cullen.

They Found Some Kid to Star in the ‘Footloose’ Remake

Tuesday, June 22 by

The cast for the Footloose remake has finally been set. Yaaaaay… Julianne Hough is already on board to play the girl, and Dennis Quaid is playing John Lithgow's role of Strict Preacher Father. But I'm guessing you want to know who's filling Kevin Bacon's fancy shoes?It's Kenny Wormwald! You probably remember him from the MTV series "Dancelife" and the film Center Stage: Turn it Up, the sequel to Center Stage. He  can dance, and the film's director, Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), must also think he can act. Why else would be turn down Zac Efron and Chase Crawford for an unknown? Oh and some kid named Miles Teller is playing the Chris Penn friend to Bacon role.Listen, all of this is moot unless Kenny Loggins comes out of hiding and records a new song for the soundtrack. Or Kanye just remixes the original "Footloose" pop sensation. Imagine what Strict Preacher Father would think if all the kids were listening to black people music. Getting crunk is forbidden in his little town.

Footloose

Tuesday, June 22 by

DIRECTOR: Craig BrewerCAST: Kenny Wormald; Julianne Hough; Dennis Quaid; Miles TellerSYNOPSIS: A city boy comes to a small town (not in Afghanistan) where rock music and dancing have been banned.

‘Knight and Day’ Actress Maggie Grace

Tuesday, June 22 by

Maggie Grace shows off her blonde sexy curls and fit body wherever she goes, either as a kidnapped teenager in Taken or a tough heroine in "Lost." She can next be seen in Knight and Day, but blink and you'll miss her performance as Cameron Diaz's matrimonial-bound sister. She'll be coming to Dwyane Johnson's rescue in this fall's Faster, where her smoking hot legs will be put to good action use.A word from Maggie: "High heels can be sexy. But before you leave the house, make sure you can walk in them. I've made that mistake."Must…resist…every temptation…to make a joke…about how blondes…can't walk…and doing anything else…at the same time… Check out more of a very balanced Maggie after the jump.

‘Transformers 3′ Set Pics

Tuesday, June 22 by

Michael Bay is currently shooting Transformers 3 in Playa Vista, CA, and Just Jared managed to snag some pictures from the set. Let me set the scene so that you may fully understand the gravitas behind the stills. Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Tyrese Gibson are being chased by an evil Decepticon who tips over a building. Oh the subtext! The building is clearly a metaphor for the Decepticon's abusive father. I smell an Oscar. **Places lid on trashcan stuffed with a decomposing grouch**Check out the pics after the jump…

Kristen Bell Brakes For ‘Whales’

Tuesday, June 22 by

Kristen Bell is floating around the negotiations table of the upcoming romantic comedy, Whales. Directed by Ken Kwapis, it stars Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski as an activist and reporter who team up with the Russkies to free three whales trapped beneath ice in the Artic Ocean.Bell's character is an ambitious reporter "who thinks her greatest assets are her looks." I can't argue with her there. Those are some great looks, but I feel ya, honey. People think it's easy to report on Captain America casting and Hobbit rumors while maintaining these ruggedly handsome features. It's not. You all forget that there's a dude attached to these snarky rants and shoddily-Photoshopped images of Michael Bay. A handsome, handsome dude. **rubs face against mirror like a parakeet** (THR)

7 Memorable Reunion Movies

Tuesday, June 22 by

In Grown Ups, a group of childhood friends get back together as adults for a 4th of July weekend of misbehaver and fun. Most members of movie reunions are bound together by death, marriage, and the inevitable high school get-together. The films contain performances by then little or unknown actors and give us soundtracks of a generation. Like an old LP record played over and over again, the premises might wear thin over time but still get stuck in our heads. Here are your the top 7 cinematic reunions in honor of Return of Secaucus 7, the film that started it all for seminal reunion flicks.THE BIG CHILL

Adam McKay Is Playing With ‘The Boys’

Tuesday, June 22 by

Is the world ready to see John C. Reilly in spandex? The Other Guys director Adam McKay is reported to be in talks to direct an adaptation of the über-violent Garth Ennis comic, The Boys. The comic follows a secret CIA team that monitors and punishes hard partying, out-of-control superheroes.McKay is a strange pick for this dark and gruesome material, so I would expect him to add a comedic element that makes the film more family-friendly. Like Will Ferrell running around naked except for a Superman cape. He can study my neighbor's kid for the role. Seriously, though. Put some pants on that kid. He's six. (EW)

Strange Days Indeed: ‘Dr. Strange’ Headed to the Big Screen

Tuesday, June 22 by

Strange days indeed. Most peculiar, momma. It looks like Dr. Strange is headed to the big screen. Marvel Studios has announced plans for a full length film based on the character, and has hired Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to work on the screenplay.The pair were also behind the script for the upcoming Conan film. However, Dr. Strange should prove to be a much more interesting character to write about since, unlike Conan, he talks. (Latino Review)

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