Edward Norton is well known as a difficult actor, one who likes to rewrite dialogue, give his scene partners additional direction, and lock directors out of the editing room. It’s fitting, then, that he should finally step behind the camera and write and direct his own movie—provided you don’t count his directorial debut, 2000’s Keeping the Faith.
Motherless Brooklyn looks like it must have been a difficult set to be on, what with notoriously prickly actors like Norton, Bruce Willis, and Alec Baldwin all bringing a healthy dose of big dick energy to the set every day. There’s a lot of great actors hanging out as well, like Willem Dafoe, Cherry Jones, Michael K. Williams, and Bobby Cannavale, though, so maybe they can balance out all the egos.
Of course, none of this is to mention Norton’s performance as a man living with Tourette’s Syndrome, making the actor rely heavily on twitches and sputters. Norton’s done this kind of thing before, needlessly impersonating a mentally challenged man in The Score, but at least that was all an act by the character. This is going the whole nine yards, like Sean Penn in I Am Sam. Somebody didn’t heed Kirk Lazarus’ advice…
All two hours and twenty four minutes of Motherless Brooklyn hits theaters on November 1.
If you braved the elements this past January to go see M. Night Shyamalan’s latest suicidal career swan dive Glass, then you know that the infamous writer/director has nothing left up his sleeve. Glass was a film that punished anyone in the audience that actually had the gaul to like Unbreakable and Split, teasing them with a tantalizing set-up that brought all three of the series’ main characters together, and then squandering virtually every ounce of potential that premise provided.
Now, this is not to say the film is without merit, as the newest Honest Trailer from the good folks over at Screen Junkies is also willing to point out, it’s just that the film’s “grand plan” so to speak wouldn’t work in the real world. The viral campaign at the end of the film, meant to be a triumphant moment, would be greeted with everything ranging from a healthy skepticism to outright dismissal. As much as that ending is supposed to make us think that Mr. Glass actually won in the end, the film and its creator ultimately have too much faith in humanity, particularly in the internet age.
The bit about PCP was pretty great though, wasn’t it? Anyways, check out Glass on DVD, Blu-ray, or Digital HD, or don’t. Honestly, if you liked Unbreakable and Split and still haven’t seen Glass, I would say you’re good.
Can I just say, up front, that M. Night Shyamalan dropped the ball when he failed to call this third film in his superhero trilogy The Return of Bruno. I mean, it is, after all, the return of Bruce Willy to the franchise, so why not have a little fun with it?
Before we get the trilogy closer Glass next weekend, you can get primed with this Honest Trailer for Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable, the one that started it all. There’s lots of fun stuff in here, like them ragging on all of the intense staring that happens in this film.
I rewatched Unbreakable not too long ago and it holds up. In fact, it’s probably a better movie than it was 19 years ago. Split was decent, though it suffered from Shyamalan’s signature “too muchness” wherein he overwrites dialogue and overshoots his close-ups. He needs to make a movie he didn’t write sometime, I think he’d be better off.
As much as I want to be excited for Glass, there’s nothing funnier to me than that scene in the trailer where James McAvoy runs at Bruce Willis on all fours like an animal. I don’t care how serious you want your movie to be, the minute you start aping Tim Allen in The Shaggy Dog, it all goes out the window…
Glass, aka The Return of Bruno, opens one week from tomorrow night.
No filmmaker in history has, for better or worse, turned into the skid quite like M. Night Shyamalan. Several terrible movies in a row—The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth—should have sunk his career, but thanks to the modest success of his low budget 2015 movie The Visit, he got a second chance to continue the modern superhero/supervillain saga that began with 2000’s Unbreakable.
2017’s Split was a covert sequel to the Bruce Willis/Sam Jackson vehicle, and now those stars team up with Split‘s James McAvoy for Glass, the trilogy closer we’ve been waiting 19 years for. While it looks like Shyamalan is leaning into the ridiculousness of his concept, I’m still not quite convinced this is where he pictured all of this heading from the very beginning.
I’m also concerned about the fact that Bruce Willis hasn’t given a shit on screen in decades. Without McAvoy, Split would’ve been a decently entertaining movie, but he turned it into something more. With Jackson back in the fold, I have no doubt that Bruce Willis will have to try acting this time out, as he’ll be very quickly overshadowed if he doesn’t.
Glass opens in theaters across North America on January 18, 2019.
The big thing that Unbreakable denied us 18 years ago was the thrill of seeing Bruce Willy’s character open a can of whoopass on some bad guys. The guy is, after all, unbreakable. Then early last year, M. Night Shyamalan shocked us all when he turned Split into a sequel to his 2000 comic book origin film, setting up an epic showdown in the upcoming film Glass.
The film itself appears to be taking a meta-approach to superhero films by having Bruce Willy’s David Dunn, James McAvoy’s The Beast, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass all under the psychiatric care of a doctor (Sarah Paulson) who thinks all three men are delusional. In a world where there are a half dozen superhero movies every calendar year, it’s nice to see at least one of them set in the confines of a somewhat “real world.”
My only reservation in all of this is that Bruce Willy hasn’t given a shit in a long time. Every movie he’s been in for the last decade and a half, he’s been on autopilot. And sometimes he can’t even be bothered to flick on that switch. Fingers crossed he was persuaded to give a damn again.
Glass hits theaters on January 18, 2019.
Back in September, Chinese authorities disappeared Fan Bingbing due to tax evasion from yin yang movie contracts. These were separate contracts where one would be a public reporting of a lower salary for taxes while a secret contract paid a higher salary. She was recently fined $130 million and posted a public apology on her socials.
On Wednesday, she was finally spotted in public at the Beijing airport. An hour later, news came out that the release of Bruce Willis’ film Air Strike, which was planned to take place in 2 weeks, was canceled because of Fan’s “disappearance”. Which doesn’t make sense considering she was right there at the airport being photographed. That’s like Linday Lohan asking to have sex with you and you telling her “I’m not here right now.”
The real reason for the cancellation is probably that the project is Chinese funded and is directly related to Fan’s tax evasion scandal where they used this type of contract. And China is not about to let people think they’re soft.
Which is too bad for Bruce Willis because he’s probably not going to make his quota of god awful direct to DVD releases this year.
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Since it’s not due in theaters until January, we’ve still got some time before M. Night Shyamalan finally brings his Unbreakable trilogy to a close with Glass. When Unbreakable was released in the fall of 2000, most folks could’ve cared less about superhero movies. They were either thought of as campy like the Batman franchise had become, or dark and self serious like Blade and X-Men.
Now, however, the comic book movie has become the national pastime, and M. Night decided to position his 2017 flick Split as a long overdue sequel to Unbreakable. When that film hit big, the stage was set for him to bring his hero into contact with the two biggest villain threats he could possibly face.
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy are all back, reprising their roles from the aforementioned films, in an adventure that finds Mr. Glass and The Beast teaming up to see if David Dunn truly is Unbreakable. It’s a good thing apathy didn’t set in during that 17 year gap between the first flick and the sequel, otherwise this might seem like the wrong idea at the wrong time.
Hopefully M. Night can work a little more of that magic he used to be able to tap into on the regular. We’ll find out for sure when Glass opens on January 18, 2019.
It’s the Debut Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass,’ the Sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ (VIDEO)
Not long after making 2000’s Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan tanked his career with a series of derivative films that hinged on some pretty mind-numbingly stupid twists. It’s fitting, then, that he was able to revive his career by making a secret sequel to the film with 2017’s Split. Even more remarkable is that he’s now managed to bring the three main characters from those two films together for next year’s Glass.
Taking its title from the name Samuel L. Jackson gave himself at the end of Unbreakable, Glass brings Jackson’s character back into contact with Bruce Willis’ David Dunn as well as James McAvoy’s Kevin from Split. The three are under the care of Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple, a woman who seeks to show people who think they have super powers that they are not, in fact, special, but suffer from something much closer to what society would deem delusion.
It’s an interesting take on the superhero film, something long overdue from a genre that just seems to endlessly repeat itself. Shyamalan has made his fair share of dreck, but I think he’s back on solid ground here with a film he’s clearly been thinking about making for years. I don’t know that I trust Bruce Willis to actually engage with material again, though. He’s been on cruise control for so long, he simply seems to have forgotten how to be a decent actor.
But McAvoy and Jackson teaming up to take down his somnambulant ass might be worth the price of admission all by itself. We’ll find out for sure when Glass hits theaters on January 18.
Hollywood has done it again. Failing to come up with an original idea, they’ve gone back to the money-making well known as Die Hard. At some point in the near future, Bruce Willis will star in Die Hard: Year One. Half the movie will be a prequel, following John McClane as a rookie cop, and the other half will be a sequel, following John McClane as a 60-year-old who should be a grandfather.
Casting is underway for the film. Jai Courtney played McClane’s son in A Good Day to Die Hard and Mary Elizabeth Winstead played his daughter in previous films. I assume both will be back in their roles for the present day shots of the movie. Unless they refuse to do an obvious cash grab movie. Who knows who will be cast for the prequel scenes or how they’ll make Bruce Willis appear 40 years younger.
Actually, that part is easy. Just put a wig on him.
Bonnie Bedelia played McClane’s estranged wife in the original Die Hard. If the timeline adds up, the two could be together when McClane was a rookie cop. Bringing Bedelia back would be a nice surprise for fans of the franchise, but I’m not holding my breath.
I just hope that the prequel part isn’t more action packed than the original movie. Part of the charm of Die Hard was a single cop managing to take out a group of German terrorists. If we find out that years earlier, the same cop took down the entire New York mob and a group of terrorists, all of a sudden McClane’s 1988 Christmas adventure doesn’t look so impressive. He’s a rookie cop. Just have him sit behind a desk and do a bunch of paperwork. That’s all rookie cops do 90 percent of the time anyway.
There’s no release date for Die Hard: Year One.
Can you imagine anyone other than Tom Hanks as Forest Gump? What about anyone besides Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller?
You won't believe what actors actually turned town those roles. In fact, we've got a list of 24 actors who passed on iconic roles -- sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse.
Check them out below!
1. Michelle Pfeiffer, Silence of the Lambs
2. Al Pacino, Star Wars
3. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Clueless
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, Boogie Nights
5. Johnny Depp, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
6. Lindsay Lohan, The Hangover
Just because an actor works on a film doesn't mean they're proud of it.
Sometimes, they just gotta pay the bills and take a role that well, isn't the best.
Find out which 22 stars hated their own movies and weren't afraid to admit it! Some of them may even surprise you.
1. Ben Affleck
2. Katherine Heigl
3. Jim Carrey
4. George Clooney
5. Robert Pattinson
6. Jessica Alba
“We’re very busy around here,” Heming Willis tells PEOPLE.
And when it comes to raising their two girls and managing the couple’s work schedules, she says, it’s “definitely a balancing act.”
“I have a blog so I work from home. There’s other stuff that I’m doing, but I try and base everything from our house,” Heming Willis, 37, explains. “My husband’s the same. When he’s not working, we’re home.”
“We’re basically a stay-at-home family with the exception that we have to go into the city sometimes and do meetings and this, that and the other,” adds the Room to Grow ambassador, whose husband recently wrapped a run on Broadway in Misery. “So it’s a juggling act for the most part, but you just do it. You just make it work.”
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And Heming Willis says their daughter Mabel’s most recent milestone has helped the Willis household out.
“She’s 4, so I just feel like we’ve come out of the twos and threes, which were lots of tantrums and what not,” explains Heming Willis. “She’s, I wouldn’t say starting to mellow out, but she definitely can express herself more so it definitely eases things up I think around here.”
Meanwhile, Evelyn is “starting to use the potty.”
“That’s a big thing for us at the moment,” the model-designer says. “I’m excited at the idea of moving away from diapers at some point.”
As for the best part about mommyhood for Heming Willis?
“There’s so many great things about motherhood,” she says. “It’s just taught me so much. It’s taught me so much about myself and just seeing that I have so much more patience than I actually ever could imagine.”
She continues: “You get to be a kid again, which is fun. We took the kids to Disney World just at the start of spring break — and my husband and I had just as much fun as the kids.”
Heming Willis admits her and her movie star husband are just “having a ball” with their baby girls.
“It’s a pleasure, but it’s hard as well,” she says. “But for the most part, more pleasure than pain definitely.”
— Mariah Haas
Playtime in the wings!
Actor Bruce Willis took some time between acts to hang out with his youngest daughters — Mabel Ray, 3, and Evelyn Penn, 20 months — at the New York City theatre where he’s starring in the Broadway adaptation Misery.
In a photo shared by Willis’ wife, Emma Heming-Willis, the actor sits with his girls as they enjoy a snack.
“#TheaterLife,” the 37-year-old mom of two captioned the cute candid.
The actor is starring alongside Roseanne alum Laurie Metcalf in the show, which plays eight times a week until Feb. 14.
“She said to ‘go home and go to bed.’ You have to look after your voice,” said Willis.
— Lindsay Kimble
We're surprised too!
It turns out that some of our favorite actors are also pretty talented musicians (okay, some more than others).
These 18 actors are either currently a member of a band or they've been a member of one in the past. See which actors really love to rock it out below!
1. Juliette Lewis
2. Jared Leto
3. Bruce Willis
4. Adam Brody
5. Dennis Quaid and the Sharks
6. Jada Pinkett Smith
Take a look at 29 celebrities you didn't know weren't born in the U.S. They might have grown up here, but they weren't born here!
1. Mila Kunis
2. Jim Carrey
3. Natalie Portman
4. Amy Adams
5. Nina Dobrev
6. Bruce Willis
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis‘ marriage seemed like years ago, but the effects are still felt.
They’ve divorced back in ’98, but any separation was bound to have its long-term impact on the kids, especially Rumer Willis.
“”When their father and I decided to divorce, it probably had the biggest impact on her,” Demi shares.
She continues, “There really wasn’t anything I could do to stop it. Her self-esteem was nothing. I could only just keep loving her and loving her until she could love herself,” referring to Rumer’s breakdown during her teens, which everyone scrutinized.
Fast forward to the present: the kids are now fine, and the parents are still friends, so we can say this is one amicable separation.
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