Even from the trailer, the mood of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel seems darker, more adult, than any of his work since Bottle Rocket. Sure, it’s still super-whimsical, with a bunch of Anderson-ites (Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norten, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman) hanging out on the snow-capped peak of a European mountain in a pink hotel, punching each other in the face and offering quippy, seemingly non-sequitor one-liners. Read More
In last year’s New Yorker piece on Ben Stiller, there was a lot of chatter about how Stiller’s latest venture–an adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was making Fox Studios very nervous. And well it should! The film had a budget of $90 million, and was plagued by monetary problems throughout shooting, not to mention creative differences. (Stiller had to apparently keep telling Fox that he was making something more akin to Forrest Gump than Eternal Sunshine just to keep the studio from getting too nervous.)
Now we have the trailer, and while we can’t judge a book by its cover, we can sometimes judge a film by a trailer, or at least, it’s fun to try. So let’s go for it! Read More
Well, here’s something for the rest of us to do until the next season of Sherlock airs: watching the trailer where Benedict Cumberbatch (aka “The kind of thing the police ask you to say when you’re drunk“) plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a role that we assume was a struggle for Mr. Cumberbatch to perform, as it involves changing his British accent to Australian and dying his hair another unnatural color. (Sorry ladies, he’s a ginger.)
But the larger question is: Are we ready for a Wikileaks movie yet? Read More
It’s been several years since Bret Easton Ellis’ most famous character, Patrick Bateman, relaunched the career of former Newsies actor Christian Bale and essentially turned him into Batman. So we can only imagine how Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas-esque rendition of a real-life Bateman — Jordan Belfort, the founder of 90s pump-and-dump firm Stratton Oakmont – will affect the already meteororic rise of Leonardo DiCaprio, who hasn’t had a day off from a film set since What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Here’s Gatsby being great in the first official Wolf of Wall Street trailer; more fun than he’s seemingly had in years and tearing as voraciously into the character of Belfort as another sort of wise guy you’d expect to see in a Scorsese film. Read More
Harmony Korine is either a brilliant genius or insane or both. Not that these are new opinions about the director of Trash Humpers, but still … teaming up with James Franco to make a movie about four teenagers who lose their innocence and become dirty little freaks over the course of one Spring Break is dark enough. Having the teenagers played by formerly squeaky-clean tween stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez (well, she’s less clean now) and Korine’s own daughter wife(!!!), Rachel Korine? That’s bordering on distasteful.
The trailer for Spring Breakers has just hit the net, giving us first glimpse into this sordid tale, which looks like it will give Tony Kushner’s Lincoln script a run for its money. Read More
Future Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award winner Kim Kardashian has landed herself the role of a lifetime (or at least one that’s going to be paying higher residuals than her own wedding did). She’s “starring” in Tyler Perry’s latest film, Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Although honestly, “starring” might be too strong of a word. She’s definitely in the film–check out the trailer below–and she gets her own credit (along with Vanessa Williams’s Indian accent), but all the clip reveals about her character is that she likes to wear tight dresses and works in a marriage counseling office.
At least one of these character traits will not be a big stretch, acting-wise. (Pun semi-intended, inasmuch as we just can’t really bring our brains to process much of anything after the holidays, and especially not this.) Read More
It’s great that Disney and Sam Raimi finally sorted things out with Warner Bros. (who hold the old MGM copyright to The Wizard of Oz) so that the prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, could finally be released in theaters as it was meant to be seen.
If you weren’t aware, Warner Bros. claimed that the new film couldn’t make the Wicked Witch green, since that was something specific to their film, and not L. Frank Baum’s children’s books. So instead we get a Glinda-riffic Michelle Williams all in white, a fashionably red Mila Kunis, and a darkly chic Rachel Weisz (channeling Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman) as the hottest witchy witches since Idina Menzel took the stage as Elpheba in Wicked. Read More
Whoa, slow down there, Anne Hathaway. We know that after eight watered-down vodka cranberries, things can get pretty emotional in this private karaoke booth we’ve rented for your birthday. We know that your ex-boyfriend, the Italian schemer Raffaello Follieri, to whom you gave your heart away for the first time, got out of jail very recently. That has got to bring up a lot of mixed emotions for you.
But couldn’t you have picked like, a Whitney Houston song or something? Maybe a little Patsy Cline? We mean, we are all friends here and do what you want, but you just seem like you are way to into singing Fantine’s “I Dreamed a Dream” right now, and we think we speak for the group here when we say it’s making us all feel a little uncomfortable.
Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s gossipy, somewhat controversial bestseller about the 2008 presidential campaign—filled with plenty of juicy Sarah Palin anecdotes—recently received the HBO adaptation treatment. Julianne Moore’s role as the former Governess of Alaska and vice-presidential would-be is one of the more highly anticipated actor-politician roles in recent Read More