Screen Junkies » bad teacher http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:06:33 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The 6 Best-Looking Stoners In Film, For Those Observing 4/20 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-6-best-looking-stoners-in-film-for-those-observing-420/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-6-best-looking-stoners-in-film-for-those-observing-420/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:50:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248232 On this holiday of remembrance, everyone seems to keep forgetting stuff.

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Let me begin by wishing all those who observe a solemn, dignified 4/20. This is the highest of high holy days for stoners, so may your observance be filled with Bob Marley, DVR’d episodes of Tosh.0, and perhaps a backyard wrestling tape or two.

Hollywood has given us no shortage of stoners over the past 40 years or so, with the most iconic ones having been inventoried and recited ad nauseum. But what of the most attractive stoners? What of them? The Venn diagram of attractive stoners is a strange beast, as it seems that many men can fall into the overlapping segments, but only a handful of women.

Stupid sexist Hollywood. When will the entertainment industry give attractive women the recognition and notoriety they deserve?. This has gone on for far too long.

Milla Jovavich – Dazed and Confused

She didn’t speak much, but she didn’t really have to. Her character, Michelle Burroughs (had to look that one up), added to the film by just being there, and of course, by mindlessly staring at her lighter flame while stoned at the moon tower beer bust. She didn’t speak, she was hot, she got stoned, and she played guitar. This would be a stoner’s dream girl right here.

Milla also introduces us to a pretty familiar trope: the stoner girl that doesn’t speak. We see it in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels as well. I guess if you’re going to be around a stoner, many would prefer to be around one that doesn’t talk, so that makes some sense.

Bridget Fonda – Jackie Brown

Here’s another hot girl from the movies who loves to smoke pot! But don’t get used to it, because from here on out, it’s mostly dudes. Good-looking dudes, but dudes nonetheless.

Bridget Fonda’s turn in Jackie Brown was pretty much as just a housegirl that keeps Robert De Niro company and also has sex with him. However, she’s got some wisdom in that hot body of hers, as she holds court on why coughing while smoking gets you even higher. Something to do with some part of your lungs opening up for air and taking in even more weed smoke.

And this whole time I just thought that it was because coughing meant you just took a huge hit of weed. Silly me.

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Bad Teacher is coming out on DVD this Tuesday (October 18th). What better way to observe this momentous occasion than to run down some other Hollywood bad girls? As bad as Cameron Diaz is in Bad Teacher, she can’t compete with the real deal. Take a look at Hollywood’s 10 best bad girls.

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Winona Ryder

Many Hollywood bad girls get involved in garden variety pursuits like drug or alcohol abuse. But Winona Ryder did something that, in its own way, is even worse: shoplifting! When a millionaire movie star is stealing clothes just for the thrill of the crime, you know she’s stolen a seat at the Hollywood Bad Girl Hall of Fame.

Madonna

Unlike many bad girls in Hollywood, Madonna is a shrewd professional in all aspects of her career. Rather than going out of her mind, partying, stealing boyfriends, etc., she pretends to do all of those things, and more, as part of her public persona. But have you ever seen her do “Like A Virgin”? If she’s not a Hollywood bad girl, than nobody is.

Lindsay Lohan

One of the definitive Hollywood bad girls, Lindsay Lohan took the enormous promise she showed as a young child actress and squandered it on sex, drugs, and alcohol. Ain’t that always how it goes? She may be in line for a comeback, though, so don’t rule her out just yet. If her adult performance in Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion is any indication, she still has talent to spare.

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This week, we’ve got a film for kids, a film involving kids, and a film about a guy who gets paid to act like a kid. I’m not sure any of that information actually means anything, but it looks good in an intro paragraph.

How does Cars 2 match up to other Pixar films? Does Cameron Diaz pull off her role as bad teacher? Is it weird watching Conan O’Brien’s pasty skin on the big screen? You’ll get the answer to those questions and more in this week’s edition of What’s Playing?

Cars 2

If you liked Cars, I’ve got some good news. The gang from the original is back, and this time, they’re competing with cars from around the globe in the first ever World Grand Prix.

3 photosI Wish 'Cars 2' Looked As Awesome As Its Poster Art

If you didn’t like Cars, then you’re pretty much S.O.L.

Best Review
I blow a piston whenever 2006′s Cars gets trashed as the runt of the Pixar litter. The sequel is a tire-burning burst of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood.

Peter Travers – Rolling Stone

Worst Review
Mater is dumb, excitable and puppy-dog loyal, his idiot-savant automotive expertise grounded in humble, blue-collar simplicity. I doubt anyone will protest much, but Pixar has now found its redneck Jar-Jar Binks. Such a proud moment.

A.O. Scott – New York Times

Our Recommendation
While it might not be the best of the bunch, anything with the name Pixar on it is going to be at least tolerable, especially if you’re stuck taking kids to the movies. And with the top critics split, there’s a reasonable chance you might enjoy it.

Bad Teacher

As the tag line says, some teachers just don’t give an F. Unfortunately, some film critics do.

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Cameron Diaz stars in this dark comedy about a gold-digging teacher who is dumped by her rich fiancee and is forced to come up with a plan b.

Best Review
Bad Teacher” is exactly the one-joke movie that you probably expect it to be, but there are enough variations and shadings of that one joke to sustain its brief running time — just barely.

Christy Lemire – Associated Press

Worst Review
We’re not on Elizabeth’s side, or anyone else’s, really. We’re just watching a film try to pass off misanthropic blunt-wittedness as ”edge.”

Owen Gleiberman – Entertainment Weekly

Our Recommendation
If you’re in the mood for a comedy, Bad Teacher might get the job done. But based on the lackluster reviews, you’re probably better off waiting for something better.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is a behind the scenes look at O’Brien’s 32-city comedy tour that took place after his less-than-amicable departure from NBC.

New Trailer: 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' And So He Didn't

Fans of Conan are sure to be pleased, but will non-fans be able to enjoy the film?

Best Review
If the principal audience for “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” is obviously the comedian’s legions of fans, it’s probably most interesting as a detached study of the workings of fame.

Andrew O’Hehir – Salon.com

Worst Review
The whole thing becomes a sort of “Song of Myself” for needy multimillionaire comics at work and play.

Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune

Our Recommendation
Overall, reviews have been favorable, with the film currently holding a 79% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. That seems to indicate that even non-fans can find something to enjoy about this film. Or, you can always sit at home eating prunes and watching Leno.

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Lucy Punch Talks ‘Bad Teacher’, Her Awesome Surname http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lucy-punch-talks-bad-teacher-her-awesome-surname/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lucy-punch-talks-bad-teacher-her-awesome-surname/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:30:57 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217597 She also has a friend named Lex Shrapnel.

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Lucy Punch is quickly becoming the new sexy funny girl. Seductively comic roles in Dinner for Schmucks and You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger got her on our radar. In Bad Teacher, she plays the stuffy foil to Cameron Diaz’s titular bad girl. Amy Squirrel (Punch) is the teacher who takes everything seriously and gets all uppity when the principal ignores her complaints.

Punch was just delightful and lovely when I got to interview her for the film. She’d just rushed her lunch before I got to her room, as it can be difficult to squeeze simple necessities like food into a busy press schedule. Well nourished and lively, Punch humored my schoolboy crush on the good teacher.

Cameron Diaz Leaves No Child Behind In ‘Bad Teacher’ Red Band

Q: You know that guys find the red haired pony tailed teacher totally hot, right?

Lucy Punch: I have not heard this. I think this might just be you.

Q: I think I represent a whole group of people.

LP: A small, tiny group of people.

Q: Why do you doubt that?

LP: Well, I don’t know. They may do, but I don’t think that my character was attractive or sexy in any way whatsoever. But I’m pleased that you appreciated the red hair.

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Q: Was it conscious to go from playing sexpots in You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger and Dinner for Schmucks to the modest schoolteacher type?

LP: It was a welcome relief and it was funny playing both those very vampy characters. I’d never played anything like that before and I found myself playing this sort of slutty hooker. Then I got back to back these two roles. It was certainly an immense relief to not have to worry about fake tan on my legs and doing a situp. I could just let it all hang out. I was stuffing my face at craft services while Cameron’s maintaining her beautiful physique. I was chowing down on donuts and chips.

Q: Could you have any better movie star name than Lucy Punch?

LP: Thank you. I think it works quite well for these comedy movies I’ve been playing recently. It’s not a very serious name.

Q: If you did an action movie, no one would believe it.

LP: Yes. You know, I know an actor in London called Lex Shrapnel. Isn’t that incredible? He’s also very handsome. Lex Shrapnel.

Q: Where do you start when you’re building a character?

LP: Fortunately with this, the script was fantastic. So it was on the page who this woman was. They said when you see her, she had her hair in big pigtails. Which I didn’t do. I thought it was a step too far, and she was wearing Tevas, those Velcro sandals. The writers set up quite a vivid image of who this person was. For me personally, getting the wardrobe right, starting from the feet up, very sensible, quirky clogs. Also developing her sound. I was trying to do at least this sort of Midwestern accent, which to my ears is very sweet and cutesy and all American which fit her. Also adding a slightly nasal irritating twang because she is meant to be a fairly unlikable annoying character.

Q: Do you look at the long history of comedy stuffy foil characters?

LP: The only person that really sprang to mind, for some reason when I was reading it and also working on how she moved, I was thinking of what would Sarah Palin’s cousin be like? For some reason, I thought of Amy Squirrel. That’s not to say that she’s annoying or unhinged, but she’s very perky. She’s got a lot of energy and I thought that was a similarity between them both.

Q: When did comedy become an outlet for you?

LP: Gosh, I don’t know. My family’s quite funny and quirky and eccentric. I remember making people laugh when I was a kid but I wasn’t trying to be funny. Whatever I was doing, I’d be reacting, telling the story of something terrible that happened to me or sad, and it would make people laugh. Instead of going “Oh, poor you,” I’d have people go, “Oh, you’re hilarious. You’re so funny.” I’m like I wasn’t trying to be funny. Perhaps from then, I’ve actually played Cinderella’s ugly sister three times before on camera and I had an ugly stepsister themed birthday party when I was about 10. So I always went into that direction, character parts rather than princesses.

Q: I remember Ella Enchanted. What are the other two?

LP: The first one I did was with Kathleen Turner. That was a British TV movie. Then 10 years later I did another and that was the smallest one. It was a series of fairy tales being told again on the BBC. Extraordinary, three times. I had this birthday. There’s pictures of me aged 11 with a beauty spot and pink kiss curls for my ugly sister’s birthday party.

Bad Teacher hits theaters Friday.

 

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Jason Segel Talks Teachers, Muppets, Mothers, And Five Year Engagements http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-segel-talks-teachers-muppets-mothers-and-five-year-engagements/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-segel-talks-teachers-muppets-mothers-and-five-year-engagements/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:22:39 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217416 He's a very busy man.

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Jason Segel is such a big star now that when he plays a supporting role, he gets the “and Jason Segel” credit. bad teacher stars Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halse, the bad teacher, and Justin Timberlake as Scott Delacorte, the naïve good boy she’s after. Segel plays Russell Gettis, the gym teacher who makes sarcastic comments about Elizabeth’s shenanigans.

Segel played it cool at the Bad Teacher junket too. In a Four Seasons hotel suite, he kicked back with his feet up, because he didn’t have to do the heavy lifting. He could just hang out with the journalists he’s known since Forgetting Sarah Marshall, “How I Met Your Mother” and some as far back as “Freaks and Geeks.” He even asked how my summer was going, but I got into the interview as quickly as I could.

Cameron Diaz Leaves No Child Behind In ‘Bad Teacher’ Red Band

Q: Do you go for the bad girl?

Jason Segel: Oh, interesting. No, I think as you get older you learn that that’s just a recipe for disaster. It’s very intriguing when you’re young. There’s some air of mystery about it but it always just ends in heartbreak.

Q: But it seems like your character still goes for it.

JS: Yeah, my character does. He sees I think in Cameron Diaz’s character sort of a glimmer every now and again that if this woman would just drop her façade and the superficiality, she would really be an awesome woman. So he’s determined to break down that wall.

Q: Can you maintain that aloof sarcasm in the face of a hot babe?

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JS: Oh yeah, absolutely. That’s what I do. That’s my trick.

Q: Are you hoping to make gym teachers cool again?

JS: Were they ever not cool?

Q: I think they might not usually be.

JS: No, I’ve always liked the gym teacher. What a great life.  Play sports all day, hang out and then go drink at the end of the night. It’s perfect.

Q: I guess if you’re good at sports, that’s ideal.

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JS: Yeah, absolutely and gym teachers are the one athletic mentor that doesn’t have to be in shape. I’ve seen plenty of out of shape gym teachers.

Q: You’re really a huge star now. Has that hit you?

JS: No, I never think of it that way at all. I’m very lucky but I still write most of my material. So that takes away any element of feeling like a big star because you’re working so hard for these movies. I still haven’t lost the idea that unless I write it, I’m not going to get cast in it, which is a great motivator to keep writing.

Q: What about Bad Teacher then?

JS: Well, this I’ve known Jake for about 15 years and for as much as I’m in the film, this was a surprisingly easy gig. I think I worked for 9 days total. Not that the part was an afterthought or anything like that, but it was a small supporting role, which I think it still is.

Q: Do you get a lot more friend requests since I Love You, Man?

JS: I do not engage in any of the internet stuff. I’m not on Twitter or on Facebook or any of that stuff.

Q: Even in real life, are guys more eager to buddy up with you?

JS: I think maybe so. A lot of the characters I play are just inherently accessible by virtue of the way they’re written. So I think people feel a lot more comfortable coming up to me and sitting down and starting to open up about their real lives than they would be someone who they were intimidated by.

'The Muppets' Trailer, For Real This Time

Q: The Muppets are finally real. We’ve got a poster and everything.

JS: Yeah, it’s all happening. A couple teaser trailers are out now.

Q: For as long as we’ve been talking about it, isn’t that a milestone?

JS: It is. You know, it’s been five years in the making, something like that. To have it all finally come to fruition and be so close to release is just unbelievably exciting.

Q: What is it actually like to be on set with Kermit?

JS: It’s one of the coolest things ever and the real magic of it is no matter how old you are, you can see it from little kids to adults visiting the set to studio heads, within 10 minutes of being around those puppets, the puppeteer disappears and you’re having a conversation with the puppet. It’s a very strange phenomenon but it’s totally real.

Q: Since they actually have to execute the things in the script, were you writing with the Muppeteers?

JS: We didn’t write with them but we got a lot of really sound advice from them. First of all, in terms of what the actual characters would and wouldn’t do because they know these characters better than anyone. Some of them have been doing these same characters for 25 years. Longer, 30 years. What we did learn a lot about from them was what was actually possible and what wasn’t. It’s very easy to conceive of an idea of 50 full figure Muppets running away from a building but then you have them come in and say, “I don’t know how you plan on us doing that. That’s impossible.” So we learned a lot about stuff like that.

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Q: So what do you do instead of 50 Muppets running away?

JS: You fake it. You make fun of the fact that you can’t do it. We have a line at the end of the preview where a building explodes. It’s the exact scene I was talking about. You never see the explosion. You just hear it. You just cut to the Muppets and then Fozzie says, “Wow, that was an expensive looking explosion. I can’t believe we have that in the budget.” That’s because we didn’t have it in the budget.

Q: As a Muppets fan, were you also a fan of Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal?

JS: Absolutely, yeah. Labyrinth was one of my favorites growing up, as was Dark Crystal, but I remember David Bowie in Labyrinth freaked me out in just the greatest way. Even as a little kid you knew David Bowie was cool.

Q: What’s coming up on How I Met Your Mother next season?

JS: We have no idea. We come back in August.

Q: Well, we saw a hologram last season. Are they getting close to the apocalyptic ending idea?

JS: Did I tell you about that? No, we always joke about that idea. I still think it would be hilarious just to reveal that all the narration is going on from a post-apocalyptic wasteland. I have no idea how they plan on ending the show or who the mother is. I’m as excited to find out as you are.

Q: At this point, the joke is how many different ways you won’t find out. If someone is still waiting to find out who the mother is, aren’t they missing the point?

JS: Absolutely. That concept was a great hook for when the show started, but I think as the series has progressed, that artifice has dropped away and it’s become more like Friends. It’s just about watching these people.

Q: What is Five Year Engagement?

JS: Five Year Engagement is what I’m shooting now in Michigan. It’s a movie that Nick Stoller and I wrote together and Nick is directing it, we’re producing it together with Judd. It’s about a couple that gets engaged probably too early in their relationship and it follows them over five years of engagement without being married. Emily Blunt is my lovely costar.

Q: The concept itself suggests something is wrong.

JS: And Nick and I have both known people like this who are together for such a long time but never quite pull the trigger because they’re waiting for the perfect circumstance, the perfect moment, the perfect venue. Ultimately that shouldn’t be what it’s about.

Q: Well, it’s one thing to be dating someone a while before you propose. It’s another to be engaged but never follow through.

JS: Absolutely. At one point one of the characters says, “Is there a time limit on engagement when you’re no longer engaged if you haven’t gotten married?” I think some element of that theme plays into it.

Q: Will it be R-rated?

JS: Yes, it’s the same team from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Q: Are there any painfully honest moments like the naked breakup scene?

JS: There are. We really dug deep on this one. I think as Nick and I grow up, get older and are getting to different phases in our lives, he’s married with a kid now and I’m getting older. I think we’re wanting to explore that kind of stuff as deeply as we did getting broken up with in your early ‘20s. At the time, that’s the most painful thing but we’ve had a lot of life experiences since.

Bad Teacher hits theaters Friday.

 

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British actress Lucy Punch plays opposite Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher. The two compete side by side for Justin Timberlake‘s affections, with the confrontation ultimately ending in a climactic lightsaber duel. Wait… No. Okay. In any case, she plays a teacher.

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Review: Bad Teacher http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-bad-teacher/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-bad-teacher/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:02:37 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217075 Doesn’t quite go all the way into dark comedy but it’s unapologetically cynical and that makes for good laughs.

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Bad Teacher is a solid, consistently funny comedy. It doesn’t quite go all the way into dark comedy but it’s unapologetically cynical and that makes for good laughs.

Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a relentless antihero. She’s saving up for a boob job so she can better attract rich guys in bars. Her old fiancé caught onto her motivations so she has to resort to her teaching job until she picks up a new sugar daddy. Wristwatch heir Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) seems like a good prospect but he’s more interested in good girl teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch).

Cameron Diaz Leaves No Child Behind In ‘Bad Teacher’ Red Band

With an R-rating, Elizabeth can talk about going down on a guy. She can smoke, speed on the road, and spit out the cookies her students kindly bake for her. She insensitively tells a kid why he’s not getting laid, and she’s right. Basically, her vulgar indifference towards the kids is cynical enough to be funny. It could go darker, but it’s funny.

Her bad teaching isn’t so shocking as it is blatant. She shows movies in class so she can just zone out. Scamming parents for tutoring money is pretty outrageous. She only steps up to teach when she’s motivated by a bonus for high test scores. Then she gets even worse. Her paper grading is really funny.

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There was a TV show in the ‘90s that kind of did this. “Drexell’s Class” had Dabney Coleman as an alcoholic schoolteacher. I remember it being pretty funny and there were complaints about exposing children to that bad behavior. Obviously it’s okay to do the same premise 20 years later in an R-rated movie, and Bad Teacher compares favorably.

Squirrel becomes the nemesis in an ‘80s movie goody goody way and Punch sells the hell out of it. Her bathroom talk with principal Snur (John Michael Higgins) is funny and there are good old fashioned poop jokes. Jason Segal is funny as the gym teacher Russell Gettis, pretending to take the other teachers’ insignificant concerns ultra urgently.

The film definitely handles the story right. There are no big shenanigans in the end. They just resolve the character relationships. Most importantly, nobody learns any lessons! Elizabeth almost realizes a lesson but then she shakes it off. So no morals, no contrived plot, just jokes.

 

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Jake Kasdan Talks ‘Bad Teacher’ And The Underrated ‘Walk Hard’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jake-kasdan-talks-bad-teacher-and-the-underrated-walk-hard/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jake-kasdan-talks-bad-teacher-and-the-underrated-walk-hard/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:11:56 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216891 He promises that there isn't any penis in the R-rated comedy.

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Bad Teacher may be the sexy comedy where Cameron Diaz lets it all hang out, but for me it’s the next film by the director of Walk Hard. That spoof of musical biographies and the American hero’s journey has been my ultimate movie of the last 10 years. I got to interview him for the one where Diaz washes a car in short shorts.

The film is rated R for Diaz’s language and some raunchy scenes involving dry humping and drug consumption. Kasdan tells Screen Junkies how he kept his Teacher bad, and a little bit about the upcoming TV series “The New Girl.” Kasdan directed the pilot of the new Zooey Deschanel Fox comedy.

Cameron Diaz Leaves No Child Behind In ‘Bad Teacher’ Red Band

Q: Were there any fights with the studio to keep the film unapologetic?

JK: There really weren’t. They were sort of on board with what this was from the beginning and knew that you couldn’t really make this movie any way but this way. Even though it’s not what you’d expect, the truth is they were really completely supportive of that endeavor at the point where they decided to make the movie. They knew what they were getting.

Q: And it’s R-rated, but not really hard R.

JK: Well, it’s a fairly hard R in terms of it’s unambiguously R. The language makes it a clear and strong R. It has no penises in it.

Q: Well, she talks about sucking dick but it’s not lik South Park language.

JK: Just the fucks and the cursing count makes it unambiguously R-rated but yeah, in terms of how hard it is, it’s a funny one because you’re right. Pound for pound, it doesn’t chalk up the PG-13 violations the way that some movies do. But I think because the character is outrageous, it strikes people as being very R-rated.

Q: Did you ever consider having her show The Substitute as one of her teacher movies?

JK: Oh, we did talk about The Substitute. We were afraid that it wasn’t a clear enough thought.

Q: Some of us would have recognized it.

JK: Yeah, that’s the thing. There were a few that we talked about that we knew a few of us would love but you’re unsure of how universal the imagery is.

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Q: Was it important to you that no one learn a lesson in this?

JK: It was sort of important to us that we not make it that thing. When people change, they change in very small increments. To the extent that her worldview was going to change at all, it was going to change in only the smallest possible way which is she considers a different kind of guy.

Q: Walk Hard is my favorite movie of the last ten years.

JK: Really? Nice, I love to hear that.

Q: It is the American hero’s journey. Was that the concept?

JK We were satirizing a certain kind of mythmaking, yeah. So to some extent we were very conscious of the scope of the joke and eager to see it through as completely as we could for sure.

Q: None of those songs could get nominated for an Oscar?

JK: That’s what we were saying. Come on.

Q: I’ve watched the director’s cut twice because sometimes you want to see the subplot where he marries Cheryl Tiegs in the ‘70s.

JK: American Cox we called it.

Q: You did the pilot for “The New Girl.” Will you stay on the series?

JK: I will be around as they get “New Girl” kicked out the door, for at least the beginning. I’ll be helping them get it launched.

Q: Is it tonally like your movies?

JK: It’s tonally more like the TV shows I’ve worked on I think. It definitely I think is in some ways related to “Freaks.” It has a little bit of that energy to it.

Bad Teacher his theaters this Friday. “The New Girl” premieres on Fox this fall.

 

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Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, tells the story of an alcoholic, drug abusing educator whose plans to marry into money fall apart when she is dumped by her fiancé. The idea of a money-grubbing, drug-abusing teacher might seem like a novel one, but the concept is nothing new. While the film could end up as the funniest of the bunch, when it comes to bad teachers, there is certainly a lot of competition. In honor of Bad Teacher’s release this Friday, we give you the nine baddest teacher movie moments.

“Economics Teacher” played by Ben Stein – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Everyone remembers the famous “Bueller, Bueller, Bueller,” line that made Ben Stein famous. But in his role as high school economics teacher, Stein’s actual lesson managed to be even more mundane than his repetitious roll call.

“Sam Lombardo” played by Matt Dillon – Wild Things (1998)

Sam Lombardo isn’t a teacher, but rather a guidance counselor. Even so, I felt the need to include him. Why? Because not only is he sleeping with two of his students, he’s also taking part in an elaborate fraud worth millions of dollars. The worst moment has to be when he beds both of the girls at the same time. I mean that from a strictly professional point of view. As far as the movie is concerned, it’s probably the most entertaining part, followed closely by the pool scene and any scene with Bill Murray.

“Dan Dunne” played by Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson (2006)

At first glance, the story of a teacher working to improve the lives of inner-city school kids sounds like an uplifting story. But throw in some rampant crack use on school property (in the locker room after the game), and you’ve got yourself a prett bad teacher.

“Phil” played by Bradley CooperThe Hangover (2009)

Phil from The Hangover was a pretty smarmy character. But Bradly Cooper managed to let some charm shine through, which is a good thing. After all, how else could the audience possibly sympathize with a character who steals the his students’ field trip fund to blow in Vegas?

“Mr. Lawson” played by Eric Stoltz – Rules of Attraction (2002)

One thing a teacher should never do is have sex with a student. Granted, when you’re teaching at the college level, things aren’t so cut and dry, since the students are considered adults. But since Mr. Lawson is married with children, and uses drugs to seduce his subjects, we’re going to go ahead and add him to the bad teacher list.

“Detective John Kimble” played by Arnold SchwarzeneggerKindergarten Cop (1990)

When detective John Kimble goes undercover as a local kindergarten teacher, it’s a recipe for disaster. After all, a movie about an undercover cop who makes a good substitute teacher would probably suck. At any rate, the worst bad-teacher moment in this film comes when Arnie screams “shut up” at a classroom full of five-year olds. That might not sound so bad, but a scream coming from a former Mr. Universe is truly terrifying.

“Jim McAllister” played by Matthew Broderick – Election (1999)

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. That about sums up the character of Jim McAllister. In his best role since Ferris Bueller, Matthew Broderick plays a straight-laced teacher whose world is turned upside while running a school election. Eventually, he is caught rigging the contest, and forced to resign.

“Professor Snape” played by Alan Rickman – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore asks Professor Snape to give Harry occlumency lessons to protect his mind from Lord Voldemort. Snape in turn betrays Dumbledore’s trust and tortures Harry with painful memories when he should be fortifying his defenses. Dick move.

The Faculty (1998)

All of the teachers on this list are bad, in one way or another. But the teachers from The Faculty are the worst of the bunch. Why? Because not only are they bad teachers, they’re also killer aliens from outer space. It is impressive to see Salma Hayek, Elijah Wood, Jon Stewart, Robert Patrick and Mr. Kruger from “Seinfeld” in the same movie, but we’re still going to count the entire film as one bad moment.

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Cameron Diaz is bad teacher. She’ll smoke weed, cuss out kids, and flirt with her coworkers in Bad Teacher, out this week. Diaz recently appeared alongside Seth Green in The Green Hornet. Next year she’ll occupy a starring role in the film Gambit.

A word from Cameron: “You know what terrifies me? Trailers to horror movies! I kind of want to look, but I’m always afraid that I’m going to look too long and see the one image that I’m not going to be able to get out of my head for at least a week every night before I’m going to bed.”

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Green Band ‘Bad Teacher’ Teaser Probably Still Inappropriate For Children http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/green-band-bad-teacher-teaser-probably-still-inappropriate-for-children/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/green-band-bad-teacher-teaser-probably-still-inappropriate-for-children/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:16:56 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=200889 See if you can spot all 26 differences!

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If the trailers and posters for the upcoming Bad Teacher are to be believed, Cameron Diaz wants to get in on that sweet Billy Bob Thornton stardom – since this appears to be a variation on the theme established by the Holiday classic Bad Santa. What next? Bad Salesman? Bad Assassin? Bad Prostitute? Maybe some weird/awesome combination of the three.

Anyway, the trailer is pretty much just like the red-band trailer that was released previously, with some concessions to wholesome entertainment. For instance, instead of saying “hold my ball sack” at the end, Jason Segel says “hold my balls.” One second while I send this trailer to my grandmother and some nuns. (via /Film)

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‘Bad Teacher’ Poster Deserves A “B-” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bad-teacher-poster-deserves-a-b/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bad-teacher-poster-deserves-a-b/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 02:06:43 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=112807 Things I like: Cameron Diaz' legs.

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Bad Teacher is the movie that asks the question, “if Bad Santa were about a teacher instead of a Santa, what would that be like?” The trailer shines some light on the answer, and the new poster has just been released. You can see it below.

Things I like: Cameron Diaz‘ legs.

Things I could use more of: Cameron Diaz‘ legs, boobs, butt.

Thing I was confused by: usually students give teachers apples. Is the note from a student who hates her bad teacher, or did the bad teacher put the note on the apple she was given to piss off her students? Who’s being told to eat whom?

Thing I liked: the tag line. She doesn’t give an “F,” though I’ll give this poster a “B-” for getting me kinda interested. Sorta. I liked the trailer better.

Also starring Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel, Bad Teacher schools us on June 24th. Synopsis after the poster. (Empire Online, JustJared)

Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there’s Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz).  She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate.  She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job.  When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch).  When Elizabeth also finds hersel fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.

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Here’s the trailer for that raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy that you’ve all been clamoring to touch your eyeballs against. Bad Teacher stars Diaz as a spoiled, lazy teacher who just doesn’t give an F. Until she figures out that big boobs = being able to bang Justin Timberlake. From that point on she’s ready to do whatever it takes to earn the money for a new pair of cans. Whatever it takes. Even doing her job. She’s that desperate.

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First Looks: ‘Bad Teacher’, ‘Anonymous’, and ’30 Minutes Or Less’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/first-looks-bad-teacher-anonymous-and-30-minutes-or-less/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/first-looks-bad-teacher-anonymous-and-30-minutes-or-less/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 22:09:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14370 We've reported on Bad Teacher, 30 Minutes Or Less, and Anonymous before. But now we have first looks and better descriptions of the doings that transpire on-screen.

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We’ve reported on Bad Teacher, 30 Minutes Or Less, and Anonymous before. But now we have first looks and better descriptions of the doings that transpire on-screen. Check it.

ANONYMOUS

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely:  who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare?  Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literatureAnonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

You should also note that this drama is directed by Roland “ID4″ Emmerich. The Globe Theatre is so f*cked.

BAD TEACHER

Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there’s Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz).  She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate.  She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job.  When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch).  When Elizabeth also finds hersel fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.

Drinking and drugs? I guess it’s no big deal as long as she’s not the Driver’s Ed teacher.

30 MINUTES OR LESS

In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson).  The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank.  With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari).  As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

I see the major plot hole already. When it turns into a hostage situation, they’ll undoubtedly call out for pizza. Well, who’s gonna deliver it? That’s how you end up with dead hostages, my friend. (via Collider)

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Timberlake Going to Make Things Awwk-waaard on Diaz’s ‘Bad Teacher’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/timberlake-going-to-make-things-awwk-waaard-on-diazs-bad-teacher/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/timberlake-going-to-make-things-awwk-waaard-on-diazs-bad-teacher/#comments Tue, 02 Mar 2010 22:46:22 +0000 Reza F. For God's sake, someone help him! There's going to be a lot of whispering on the set of Bad Teacher now that Justin Timberlake has joined the fold. Mr. Dick In A Box himself signed on to star opposite his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy. What makes matters even more cringe-worthy is Diaz plays a middle-school teacher who's dumped and sets her sights on a colleague that's dating Timberlake's character. Ooooooh sh******t. Things are gonna get ROWDY. The film's other stars, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon, Lucy Punch, and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, will have to tread lightly around the couple with the rocky past. Director Jake Kasdan, the likely referee, may have signed on for more than he bargained for. He should take a meeting about coping with on-set deaths with Jon Landis, who knows a thing or two from The Twilight Zone movie. Timberlake blood could haunt him for years. (Variety)

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For God’s sake, someone help him!

There’s going to be a lot of whispering on the set of Bad Teacher now that Justin Timberlake has joined the fold. Mr. Dick In A Box himself signed on to star opposite his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy. What makes matters even more cringe-worthy is Diaz plays a middle-school teacher who’s dumped and sets her sights on a colleague that’s dating Timberlake’s character. Ooooooh sh******t. Things are gonna get ROWDY. 

The film’s other stars, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon, Lucy Punch, and Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, will have to tread lightly around the couple with the rocky past. Director Jake Kasdan, the likely referee, may have signed on for more than he bargained for. He should take a meeting about coping with on-set deaths with Jon Landis, who knows a thing or two from The Twilight Zone movie. Timberlake blood could haunt him for years. (Variety)

 

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