Best Scripted Shows for Summer ’09

Tuesday, June 2 by

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…


Tuesday, June 2 by

Bizarre news out of England this morning. Del Monte held a vote amongst 1,000 British women to decide which celebrity they should create a replica of in popsicle form. And Daniel Craig is the "lucky" winner. The result looks like a cross between Han in frozen carbonite and a Tool video. Mostly it's totally creepy but I guess it's not as bad as this E.T. cake.(via The Frisky)Mo' better mo'ning headlines…Bill Murray is a man of the people. (Guardian UK)Bryan Singer is soooo over the Nazis. (The Playlist)Photographic proof of Titans clashing. (Pajiba)Best Worst Movie Director Interview. (/Film) Catching up with Problem Child's Junior. (Uncoached)


Tuesday, June 2 by

LAND OF THE LOST CLIP – CHAKA GIVES DR. MARSHALL FOOD – Watch more Funny VideosAbove is a Break Media/ 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


Monday, June 1 by

It's been 30 Years since Ridley Scott's Alien made audiences think twice about chest pains, and Fox has decided to extend the franchise's mythology, albeit backward with a prequel.  Read more about it at Filmofilia.  They also have apparently signed off on a director, Carl Rinsch, whose name Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 director Tony Scott dropped to Collider's Steve "Frosty" Weintraub a few days back.  Rinsch has a background in commercials (see a piece of his recent work above), and came to the attention of the Scotts when he, at the tender age of 23, walked into their commercial and music video production company RSA and slapped down his reel, after which he was promptly signed.  Let's hope Rinsch walks the David Fincher path and turns a successful commercial career into a successful feature film career, except the part where he takes whatever Fincher did with the Alien franchise and does the exact opposite.Today's Top Links: Bruno Teabags Eminem (SickPigs) Top 5 Movies You Could Never Make A Sequel To (Pajiba) Bella Valentine is kinda hot.  Maybe because it's summer (GorillaMask) Dedicated NES Fan (IAmBored) The Best House Ever (Cracked) The Elm Street Report (DreadCentral) Tribute To Men Staring At Boobs (HolyTaco) Hot Katerina Stidouki Gallery (BustedCoverage) Grooming For The Everyman (TheBachelorGuy) Mindi Smith Is Sexy (Uncoached) E3's Bayonetta Trailer (UnrealityMag) Hot Sluts, Episode 1 (AtomFilms) My Dog Is Sick! (TomOatmeal) Sexy Babes That Tweet (Chickipedia) Street Racer Dies (NothingToxic)


Monday, June 1 by

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.

Where’s Waldo?

Monday, June 1 by

Director: TBDCast: TBDSynopsis: A live-action adaptation of Martin Handford's best-selling illustrated books.  [Project is in developmentt at Universal Pictures.]


Monday, June 1 by

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.


Monday, June 1 by

The MTV Movie Awards aired last night and it was largely one big advertisement for Twilight and Transformers. However, nestled amongst the whoredom was a funny moment where Marshall Mathers got a mug full of man-ass thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno. I'm not sure if this was a set-up or not but it really does seem like Slim Shady was not looped in on the stunt. Check out the video over at /Film to draw your own conclusion. And here's some more Hollywood happenings…The Fallen revealed. (io9)Anchorman 2 not happening yet. (HitFix) Brittany Murphy grows increasingly irrelevant. (The Playlist) Ghostbusters Is Hiring. (Sony) Piranha behind the scenes pics are gory. (Dread Central)


Sunday, May 31 by

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)


Saturday, May 30 by

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. 


Friday, May 29 by

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         


Friday, May 29 by

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!


Friday, May 29 by

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:


Friday, May 29 by

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:


Friday, May 29 by

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.