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JOHN AUGUST MAKES IT SO ANY IDIOT CAN WRITE A SCRIPT

Tuesday, April 28 by

When I'm not writing on ScreenJunkies, I write scripts, which means I write scripts about never.  But when I used to have time to write scripts, I became avid reader of successful scribe John August's Blog.  If you don't know John August, he's the dude who wrote Go, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, the Frankenweenie feature, and others.  I think my favorite thing he's ever written, though, is his blog.  Sort of like how my favorite thing that Stephen King's ever written is his non-fiction On Writing, an exposé into the inner workings of King, the writer.  Anyway, John August has really made his blog into a database of invaluable knowledge for aspiring screenwriters, and he's now started toadd what he's calling a "scriptcast," which is basically an instructional video installment.  His most recent example is called "Entering a Scene," and teaches you how to make a character's entrance more engaging.  More specifically, he chooses to describe a character as having a bolo tie and a walrus-like mustache." A little research will probably uncover that John August and Wilford Brimley share the same agent.  Watch and learn some screenwriting after the jump, if you ever want to work in this town again.

OLIVER STONE TO DIRECT ‘WALL STREET 2′

Tuesday, April 28 by

In a breaking Variety story, 20th Century Fox has brought Oliver Stone back to direct the sequel to his 1987 Wall Street.  Also, there are strong rumors that one Shia LaBeouf is also involved.  Variety says: "LaBeouf is negotiating to join Michael Douglas, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in the original pic.  The sequel will once again involve a young Wall Street trader, and the recent economic meltdown spurred by rampant greed and corruption will fit prominently into the plot." All the way back in October, Wall Street Fighter actually called LaBoeuf out as the potential neo-Sheen (that sounds like a leather upholstery cleaner, doesn't it?).  Head on over there for more about that spot on prediction, and some other rumors about the film, pre-Stone.  And if you're feeling greedy today, check out the infamous clip of one Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) preaching the me-first mantra that got us into this economic clusterf**k in the first place.  Yes, I blame the shitty economy on one Michael Douglas.

NEW ‘STAR TREK’ CLIPS

Tuesday, April 28 by

Well, we only have a little over a week before JJ Abrams' Star Trek beams into theaters.  The reviews have started rolling in already and critics have cuddled up to the movie like a herd of Tribbles that just don't wanna let go.  But for those of us who haven't seen it yet, the film's marketers are still keeping us alive with drops from the Trek I.V.  Here's a dose, courtesy of the good nurses at IGN:Our focus will be on the following clip, in which Kirk teaches us all how to pick up space chicks, all while having an ugly bar patron acting as uncomfortable intermediary.  We've seen the tail end of it in another clip that's been floating around since early April, but this tells you how Kirk even got to rub shoulders with Uhura.  Watch and learn, ensigns. 

24 Recap: 3am-4am

Tuesday, April 28 by

Bauer, fresh from a seizure, is getting pumped with drugs to get him back to normal. He barely manages to tell Agent Walker to get an APV out on Tony Almeida, and she puts one out. Cut to Almeida, who walks up to an FBI vehicle, shoots two guys in it, and steals the whip.Bauer returns to a bit of normalcy. "Tony was working with Galvez all along."–"Are you saying that Tony killed Larry?"–"…Yes." Bauer then goes into a self agonizing rant about how it was his fault all this happened. Almeida pulls up to an undisclosed motel. Knocks, and Galvez lets him in. Galvez hands over the canister for money. But as Almeida looks into the backpack with virus box, Galvez pulls a gun. "Who's the buyer?"–"You don't want to do this." Then Almeida chucks the bag at him. A fight ensues. Alemida manages a pretty awesome kick to Galvez's teeth. And then starts suffocating him with the shower curtain, yelling "Where's the canister!"

‘THE HURT LOCKER’ NEW ONE-SHEET + IMAGES

Tuesday, April 28 by

This morning, Summit released the new official one-sheet for its upcoming military drama with explosions, The Hurt Locker.  If you haven't seen the trailer, we suggest watching it here.  If you have seen the trailer, check out the still images below.  There's some new stuff, including a look at actor Guy Pearce, who didn't get much screen time in the trailer.                                 

I Must Break Into You Morning News

Tuesday, April 28 by

The Daily Mail reports that armed robbers recently bound and terrorized Dolph Lundgren's wife after breaking into the family's home. However they fled once they realized exactly from whom they were stealing. It is unclear if the thieves left due to fear of ice cold vengeance or due to the almost non-existant resale value of Dolph Lundgren movie memorabilia.Clues surface about Wolverine leak. I think those responsible live in a cold climate. (io9)Mr. T vs. The Nazis. Nice knowing ya, Hans. (Cinema Blend)Baxter Stockman and his Mousers might make their big screen debut. (/film) King of Auto-Tune returns to Soundwave role (UGO) Titans begin their Clash. (Latino Review)

EVA MENDES TOPLESS IS IN VOGUE

Monday, April 27 by

Yep, it's a bad pun, but I made you look.  The next issue of Italian Vogue has a racy spread with several photos of a very topless Eva Mendes (who they make out to have some kinda foot fetish, too).  Leave it to Italian Vogue to get the scoop over their American counterparts.  It's the sort of twist that really makes me want to see Italian Hitch, Italian Stuck On You and Italian We Own The Night.  You couldn't drag me to Italian Ghost Rider, though.  Not with all the naked Eva Mendes in the world.  Check out the photos below, and while you're at it, visit some of Screenjunkies' link friends.                              Trailer for The Skeptic is why Inside the Actors Studio airs (FilmDrunk)Spike Lee Denies Rift With Kobe (MoondogSports)Whoopie Goldberg Talks To Dinosaurs (SickPigs)Tony Danza Is Just Way Too Cool (Manofest)Plenty Of Hustle And No Flow (Pajiba)Keira Knightley Is Hot (Filmofilia)Heidi Watney Upskirt Pics (BustedCoverage)Christa Cavelli's Spank Bank (GorillaMask)Susan Boyle Makes South Park (IAmBored)The Saddest World Record Attempts (Cracked)Zombie Marriage Counseling (DreadCentral)The Difference Between Swine Flu And A Trip To Mexico (Holytaco)Allison Stokke Is A Hottie (Uncoached)Terminators PG-13 Rating Isn't So Bad (Unreality)Alexander Desplat Scores Twilight Sequel (ThePlaylist)The Molls Show (TomOatmeal)The Hottest Movie Fighter Girlfriends (Chickipedia)Punched In The Skull (NothingToxic)

WOLVERINE VS. SWINE FLU: A COMIC BOOK

Monday, April 27 by

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LARRY WACHOWSKI: ‘CHECK OUT THESE NEW HIGHLIGHTS!’

Monday, April 27 by

Perez Hilton's blog posted this photo of Lana (née Larry) Wachowski, of The Matrix and Speed Racer Wachowskis, leaving Los Angeles International airport recently.  It's kinda nuts just how NOT horribly wrong Larry/Lana's surgery actually has turned out.  He just looks like… well… if the Wachowskis had a sister.  Which Andy has now.It's a lot more convincing than the time Sylvester Stallone became Sylvia Stallone.

Monday TV Preview

Monday, April 27 by

Gear up in your yellow tights and grab your utility belt, the Heroes season 3 finale is tonight, and why not invite some of your comic book crazy friends over to send off the show in style? Also, tonight is notable for a Jack Bauer interrogation with a post heart attack, bed ridden Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight), the evil CEO of StarkWood Corp. Sure hope Bauer doesn't seizure up while he's squeezing the truth of Hodges. Your preview after the break.

TYSON THREATENS MOVIE CRITICS WITH FACIAL SODOMY

Monday, April 27 by

Sony Classics' Mike Tyson documentary simply dubbed, Tyson, opened this past Friday and had a strong per screen average of $25,890 opening day*, more than quintupling the per-screen average of its cat-fighting counterpart, Obsessed, and figuratively punching Beyoncé right in the uterus, Robin Givens-style. Our friends at Holy Taco have posted an op-ed piece from The New York Times written by Mike Tyson himself, in response to the very small number of haters who panned a film most critics are calling "turbulently candid and hypnotic."  I don't remember the last time I was hypnotized by turbulence, but it's fun unpacking your adjectives in reviews.  Unless you're Rex Reed, who just calls everything "incendiary," including fire.  Check out the piece at Holy Taco here. And if you haven't seen the trailer, you can watch it after the jump.  It's insendeeahwee.  *Source: Leesmovieinfo.com

MEGAN FOX DISROBES FOR ‘JONAH HEX’

Monday, April 27 by

A month or so ago, movieblips posted a photo of Megan Fox on the set of  Warner Bros.' adaptation of Western comic book Jonah Hex.  In the photo, she was hiding her costume under a shapeless white robe.  Well, now we know what was under all along, and boy oh boy, is it worth the wait.In the film, Fox plays a character named Leila, who to our knowledge is a new character created for the film version, the story of which is about the scarred bounty hunter (played by Josh Brolin), who tries to track a voodoo practitioner with plans to free the Confederate South with an army of the undead.  You could wake the dead just by clicking on the thumbnail images below.  Seriously, corsets are inhumane.  But god do they look good.  I blame Barbie.                              

Jonah Hex

Monday, April 27 by

Director: Jimmy HaywardCast: Megan Fox, Josh Brolin, Will Arnett, John MalkovichSynopsis: In the Wild West, a scarred bounty hunter tracks a voodoo practitioner bent on liberating the South by raising an army of the undead.

PHOTOS OF ANGELINA JOLIE AS A STYLISH HOBO IN ‘SALT’

Monday, April 27 by

This morning, ComingSoon.net got hold of new photos from the set of Columbia Pictures' Salt.  The photos are of Angelina Jolie dressed like a very stylish bag lady or "hoboess" (or maybe hobess?) riding atop a train at presumably high speeds.                           In Salt, Jolie plays CIA officer Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a Russian sleeper spy, and has to go on the run to clear her name.  And according to ComingSoon.net, "Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world's most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence.                    They left out the part about Salt doing it all with only a red polka dotted handkerchief tied to the end of stick, and having to subsist on shoe leather stew and harmonica music.

Salt

Monday, April 27 by

Director: Philip NoyceCast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel EjioforSynopsis: In Columbia Pictures' "Salt," Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world's most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence. Release Date: July 23, 2010

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