SPOILER ALERT: Jennifer Lawrence is nude in her new movie Red Sparrow.
This would have been a much bigger deal years ago, before The Fappening, but it’s still a big deal. Because Lawrence has often spoke about feeling insecure and afraid after nude pictures of herself leaked online.
She is no longer scared now, she’s free as a bird.
Here’s what she told Entertainment Tonight:
“Everybody made me feel so comfortable that I probably at a certain point started making everybody else uncomfortable. Because I’d be like, ‘I don’t want the robe. I’m hot. I’m eating.’ Everybody’s like, ‘She needs to cover up.'”
It’s obvious that Lawrence had always been comfortable in her skin prior to that whole nude scandal. She used to joke about her ass killing people. But the leaked pictures dented her confidence. No longer, baby, Jennifer Lawrence is back. Not only is she back, but she’s single and has wedding fever.
My DMs are still open, JLaw.
Lawrence went on to explain that she was extra comfortable because the director of Red Sparrow, Francis Lawrence, also directed three of the Hunger Games films.
“I’d like to think that it would be harder for her to say yes to a movie like this with somebody else, with somebody who’s a stranger. It certainly made it easier to communicate about some of the content within the movie because we knew each other so well but that was definitely a positive thing.”
This is why we need more female directors in Hollywood. So other females are more comfortable in their own skin. And so they aren’t sexually assault by pervy males. Mainly the second part. But the first part is true as well.
Anyway, welcome back JLaw. We missed you.
About a week ago, stories emerged that Sony was looking to sell its entertainment division in the wake of Kaz Hirai stepping down as CEO, which could include selling Spider-Man‘s film rights back to Marvel. But with Black Panther headed to another big windfall at the box office for Marvel, the Hollywood press is abuzz at the news that Sony turned down an offer to buy all of Marvel’s film rights in 1998 for $25 million and passed, eventually settling on just buying Spider-Man for $10 million. Headlines like “Sony Made a Big Mistake Passing on Black Panther & Iron Man Rights” and “Sony Blew a Chance to Own the Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe” have been popping up, but the deal probably ended up working out in Sony’s favor.
To explain how not buying the most profitable franchise in film history was actually the right decision, I need to take you back through comic book history, all the way to the 1960’s. Hysteria around comic books, much like the panics about rap music, heavy metal or violent video games, had led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority, an independent group that gave comics a stamp of approval that they were wholesome and therefore okay for newsstands to stock. This led to a big decline in crime and romance comics, the dominant genres for comics at the time. War and Western comics were also on the decline as the genres declined in television and film.
On the verge of collapse, Marvel decided to try bringing back the superhero comics that had been so successful in the 1940s. DC had a few superhero comics at the time, mainly Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, but the genre was almost dead. So in 1961, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby launched The Fantastic Four with a cover that disguised their superhero team as a monster comic, and the book that would be Marvel’s number one seller for the next 25 years was born. When it hit, they launched a number of additional superhero comics, the most popular ones being The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.
Superhero comic books thrived, and in 1975 Marvel handed one of their worst-selling books, The Uncanny X-Men, to a young new writer, Chris Claremont. By the mid-1980s Claremont and artist John Byrne would turn the X-Men into the biggest name in all of comics.
By the mid-90s, however, a combination of forces including poor business decisions and a collapse of collectibles like toys and trading cards led Marvel to file for bankruptcy. In a bid to stay afloat, Marvel started selling the film rights to its characters to movie studios. Universal bought The Incredible Hulk while Fox picked up two of Marvel’s crown jewels, The Fantastic Four and the X-Men. When Marvel went to Sony to sell the rest, the only property they had of any worth was Spider-Man, which is the one Sony bought.
Eventually, Marvel pulled itself out of bankruptcy and Spider-Man and the X-Men had become bona-fide hits at the box office. Marvel wanted in on the big-screen dollars their characters were bringing in, but there was just one problem; they had sold off the rights to all of their A-list characters. Over the years, Marvel had made a few attempts to position The Avengers as their version of DC’s Justice League, none of which were particularly successful until 2005’s New Avengers, which added Spider-Man and Wolverine to the team. The Avengers characters themselves were still firmly on the B-list, and even today Marvel’s best-selling comic books are The Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men Gold.
But Marvel had what they had and they moved forward with a movie based on The Invincible Iron Man starring Robert Downey, Jr. Everything about this movie was a huge risk. Downey had last been seen being too drunk and high to show up on set for Ally McBeal and the name Iron Man made people think more of Black Sabbath than Marvel Comics. When the film came out, it was a hit, and at the time, an unheard of post-credit scene featured Sam Jackson as Nick Fury and teased a future Avengers film. Marvel Studios was born, and films featuring The Hulk, Captain America and Thor followed, all of which had characters, most prominently Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, crossing between the movies. Finally, in 2012, the Joss Whedon-helmed Avengers film hit theaters and established Marvel as the biggest brand in cinema.
While it’s easy to think that Sony could have done the same thing Marvel did with the rights to the characters, it’s safe to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it could have only happened at Marvel. A risk-averse studio like Sony would have never hired Robert Downey, Jr. to play Tony Stark; he was too much of a liability for a small indie film, much less a big-budget tentpole film. We saw what Sony did with Spider-Man and what Fox did with X-Men before Marvel came along, and the answer is largely that they dropped the ball. The first film to not entirely live up to expectations and the franchises mainly went back on the shelf until Marvel made superheroes the big thing in cinema.
Had Sony bought all of Marvel characters, they may have made one or two movies with the characters, but they wouldn’t have had the vision of Kevin Feige to build a world for those films to all take place in. When their third Spider-Man film was essentially a flop, Sony was ready to throw in the towel and move on to greener pastures. Marvel Studios had to make The Avengers a success, because they didn’t have anything else, literally. They also never would have gotten Spider-Man: Homecoming or Spider-Man’s appearances in other Marvel movies, things which have greatly increased the value of the Spider-Man property from where it was after Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony stands to make more money selling Spider-Man back to Disney today than they ever would have made from their increasingly disastrous pre-Marvel Spider-Man films. And it happened because they didn’t buy the biggest franchise in cinema. While it sounds like they passed up a chance to make billions, that money never would have materialized had it not been for Marvel making their cinematic universe out of characters no one else wanted.
A while ago, it was reported that Warner Bros wanted to do a Joker origin story. Not a big deal. Gotta make that money. The big story was that they wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, not Jared Leto, to play the Joker. Yes, even though they dicked Leto over by basically cutting him from Suicide Squad, they didn’t want him playing the Joker in an all-Joker movie.
Talks with Leo failed. He’s got models to bang and comic book movies are beneath him.
You’re up, Jared Leto. Just kidding.
Leto has been passed over once again in favor of Joaquin Phoenix. While nothing has been signed, director Todd Phillips has said that Phoenix is his top choice according to Variety. Phoenix has reportedly agreed to take on the role, but again, nothing is official.
There is still time for Leto to poison Phoenix. Of course, that probably won’t help his chances of landing the role. They’ll just ask Daniel-Day Lewis.
Phoenix was in talks to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but passed on that role. Probably because he read the script. He was also in talks to star in Doctor Strange, but passed on that as well. Probably because he read the script.
A comic book movie doesn’t seem up Phoenix’s alley, but Heath Ledger made it cool to be The Joker.
Todd Phillips is best known for his work on The Hangover. Expect Zach Galifianakis to appear in this Joker origin film because Phillips puts Galifianakis in all of his movies. Also, expect the Joker origin film to be really good. But do not pay to see the sequels.
Phoenix is also set to appear in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, due out in May.
Unless Margot Robbie is in the film, I’ll pass on this Joker movie out of respect for Jared Leto.
Jordan Peele doesn’t want to act anymore. It makes sense, now that Dave Chappelle is back and doing specials on Netflix, there really isn’t a need to have Peele or Amy Shumer fill in for him anymore. I kid, of course. But we all noticed that Key & Peele, Mind of Mencia, Inside Amy Schumer and Important Things with Dimitri Martin were all just Chappelle’s Show without Chappelle before Dave mentioned it in one of his new specials, right?
Anyway, Jordan Peele isn’t going to Africa, he’s just going to direct. He had a big hit with Get Out and there’s no denying that he’s funny and exceptionally talented. But why quit acting? I mean, Keegan-Michael Key is everywhere. Seriously. I’ve seen Key on more than one show on the same night. They should consider him to play Jamie Madrox, because I’m sure there’s more than one of him. Turns out Peele is quitting acting because of The Emoji Movie.
Vanity Fair covered the Directors Guild Awards, where Peele won the award for best first-time director, because Get Out was just out this past year, even though it seems like it was forever ago, which is why there’s two dozen Holocaust movies that get one-week engagements on four screens in December, just before awards season, every year. In his acceptance speech, Peele explained why he was going to stop acting.
“The Emoji Movie actually helped me quit acting,” Peele confessed at the podium. “I was offered the role of Poop.”
He paused to assure the audience inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom, “This is true. I would not make this up.”
When Peele’s manager told him about the offer, Peele responded, “That’s fucked up.” Then, after a beat, “I’m going to sleep on it.”
The next day, Peele said he called his manager back to see, just out of curiosity, what the studio was offering to pay him. But Peele’s window for the degrading opportunity had already closed.
“[My manager said], ‘They’ve already given it to Sir Patrick Stewart.’ I was like, ‘Fuck this.’”
Peele should have known not to sleep on the offer of Poop in The Emoji Movie, a cursory reading of the script would tell you it’s the title character.
Hey, Oscar season officially kicked off this morning as the lists of nominees were released. Like most years, the awards will be given to critically-acclaimed films no one has actually seen.
So let’s get to it. Here are your nominees.
Call Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
I haven’t heard of half of these movies. Phantom Thread has been out of limited release for about four days and I wouldn’t exactly call it a wide release. Darkest Hour, the Winston Churchill biopic starring Gary Oldman, has likewise barely had a wide release. That’s one of them problems with the Oscars, it’s largely a celebration of arthouse cinema and films that the average person hasn’t seen yet. It’s not that these movies aren’t great films, it’s just that they’re entirely out of step with the general public.
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
That’s the actual short list for best picture. I think there’s only been one instance of a split between best picture and best director. Dunkirk and Get Out were hits, so they probably won’t win.
Best Actor In A Leading Role
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
You know, they say the Golden Globes are predictive of the Oscars, but I don’t see Golden Globe winner James Franco even nominated for an Oscar. That’s kind of weird because these awards are given for the best performance and not based on any sort of Hollywood politics, right?
Best Actress In A Leading Role
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post
Hmm, both Golden Globes winners are nominated here. Weird.
Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
So Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney are going to win, right? We all agree on that, I’m sure. Definitely Allison Janney, the Academy loves her. She could play Eva Braun in a film called Hitler was Great and she’d get a dozen trophies for it. Though to be fair to Janney, I’m sure she’d knock it out of the park.
So I’ve given the Oscar voters a bit of a hard time for the way the awards lean heavily towards arthouse faire and not movies that people actually see, and that’s because it’s absolutely true. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was nominated for a few minor technical awards, and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which despite being a comic book action film, was probably on every decent critic’s short list for best film of the year, got one nomination, for Best Visual Effects.
But perhaps the only thing I have to say about how terrible the Oscar nomination process is would be that The Boss Baby is nominated for Best Animated Feature. I watched The Boss Baby to see if it was as bad as it looked, and it was. Someone pitched movie like “Okay, remember Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock? We make a movie about him, only he’s a baby. And he comes to Earth from a baby company to try and stop puppies.” And that got made and then it got nominated for an Academy Award despite the fact that there were dozens of actually good movies released. Hell, even Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale would be a step up. But they nominated The Boss Baby. And they can’t figure out why ratings for the awards show is plummeting. The Boss Baby.
Remember when The Rock starred in the movie version of Doom? It sucked.
John Cena wants to be The Rock. Hey, I want to be The Rock too. Cena is charismatic and talented enough to transition from WWE into movies and become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. He wants to be The Rock so bad that he’s going to do his own shitty movie about a video game.
Cena is currently in talks to star in a Duke Nukem movie, which is likely to be terrible. Don’t me wrong, I loved the Duke Nukem video games, but movies based on video games are never good. The only good video game to movie transition is Tomb Raider. And those movies are not good, Angelina Jolie is just hot.
Let’s not forget that the latest Duke Nukem video game sucked.
Paramount-based Platinum Dunes is the studio producing the movie. They’re the studio who gave us Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. No writer or director has been attached to the film. Michael Bay operated Platinum Dunes and there’s a safe bet that he ends up as the director of this movie. I mean, the game is all explosions and cheesy one-liners. This is like the quintessential Michael Bay film.
Cena is already starring in the upcoming Bumblebee film, which is being produced by Bay. So yeah, Michael Bay is totally directing this Duke Nukem film.
You know what, I’m on board. If you’re going to make a terrible video game movie, go all out. Get Michael Bay and make the most over the top video game movie of all-time.
Cena will do fine in the role. All he does is make corny one-liners and sexual innuendos on WWE television. Now he’ll just be getting paid a lot more to do it.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to be seen as a reformer. For example, he’s been cracking down on corruption in the Saudi government. It’s probably just a coincidence that anyone who opposes him politically is corrupt. And he’s giving Saudi women so many rights that they’ll be second-class citizens any day now.
The latest reform in Saudi Arabia is that the kingdom has lifted a ban on movie theaters, and they celebrated by showing one of the worst movies ever made, The Emoji Movie. Hopefully the screening went down without anyone jackin’ it.
Saudi Arabia will be editing movies to keep them in line with the kingdom’s conservative values when they screen there. Audiences can look forward to seeing all sorts of classic films, like a 5 minute cut of The Hangover and an Arabic dub of Frozen where Elsa and Anna learn to stop singing in public and start being subservient to their husbands.
I know what you’re thinking. “Why the hell did Saudi Arabia ban movie theaters in the first place, isn’t that insane?” Well, yes, yes it is.
Cinemas were banned in the early 1980s under pressure from Islamists as Saudi society turned towards a particularly conservative form of religion that discouraged public entertainment and public mixing between men and women.
Ahh, the old hole in the popcorn bucket trick got movie theaters banned. I can see that.
Just as a final note, like Sweden, Saudi Arabia will be applying the Bechdel Test to all films that are screened in the country. It’s just that Saudi Arabia will ban all the films that pass the test.
Being a princess requires sacrifice. It’s not all mice making clothes for you and singing with tigers. One of the biggest sacrifices is you can’t exactly be an actress, it’s not really something a member of the royal family does, even if said royal is already an actress.
So, Meghan Markle is giving up acting to marry Prince Harry, and we’re getting a look at what that means, exactly, from a piece in The Sun. Markle’s career was just about to take off in a major way, to say the least, and she was on the short list of candidates to be the next Bond girl.
A film source said: “Meghan fits the role of a Bond girl perfectly. She’s glamorous and sexy and a good actress.
“The role more recently has gone to actresses deemed to be rising stars, and Meghan certainly was seen as that before her relationship with Harry became public.
“The brief was to find a glamorous rising star, specifically someone American or Canadian.”
Basically, Meghan Markle was a princess before she ever met Prince Harry. Which is good, because marrying a prince doesn’t actually make you a princess, it makes you a duchess, probably, it’s up to Her Maj what title you actually get, at least in England. Grace Kelly got to be a princess, but Meghan Markle, like Kate Middleton and Lady Diana, will never actually be a princess.
In addition to not being a Bond girl or a princess, Markle is also leaving her role as Rachel Zane on Suits, and will be retiring from acting altogether so as not to interfere with the traditional job of the royal family, which is being seen at places and waving.
As Markle and Prince Harry head towards their wedding day, a bit of controversy has arisen in the USA. You see, Meghan and Harry are friends with Barack and Michelle Obama, and they want to invite them to the wedding. But they don’t want to invite America’s racist uncle, Donald Trump, to a function that isn’t a state event. It’s also considerate, because Trump probably has an important golf game that weekend anyway. But people sure are mad at the prospect of old Donnie being snubbed from the wedding of people he doesn’t know or like in favor of someone the bride and groom are friends with.
Personally, I think it’s probably hard enough for Markle having to sacrifice her acting career, one where she could have been the next Hollywood It girl, for the sake of her husband. We really shouldn’t add the indignity of having Donald Trump at the ceremony on top of that.
The following movies didn't merely receive a thumbs down from our staff.
They received a thumbs WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY down.
These films simply sucked in 2017.
Do you agree?
1. The Emoji Movie
3. The Layover
4. Fifty Shades Darker
Matt Damon done pissed off the Internet. Last week, Damon sparked outrage when he said the following:
I mean, look, as I said, all of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum. And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? And that’s what needs to happen. OK? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else. That’s criminal behavior, and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross, and I just think … I don’t know Louis C.K.. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean? I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything that he — I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are.
He also said that not every Hollywood male is a piece of scum, although all of these allegations are proving otherwise.
A new report says that Damon covered up a 2004 story about Harvey Weinstein and his sexual misconduct.
All of this has led to someone starting an online petition to have Damon removed from Ocean’s 8, which is the upcoming film with all-female thieves. Here’s what the petition says:
The all-female reboot of Oceans 8 was supposed to be an empowering film for women. The movie spotlight the talents of its tremendous female cast and showcase the savvy and prowess of its characters.
But that was before allegations that Matt Damon — who has a well-publicized cameo in Oceans 8 — not only ignored but enabled his friend Harvey Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior by trying to squash a New York Times report in 2004 that detailed instances where Weinstein had used his position as a high-powered studio executive to harass and even assault women.
Damon also recently gave an interview where said he’d still work people who had been accused of sexual misconduct, on a “case-by-case” basis. This behavior is beyond enabling — it’s just gross. Matt Damon should not be in this movie.
As of this writing, the petition has 21,126 signatures with a goal of 25,000 signatures.
It seems pretty difficult to cut Damon from a movie that has already been filmed, but I guess they could CGI Steve Carell in his place.
If you really want to boycott Matt Damon, just refuse to see his new movie Downsizing. It already looks terrible.
Because Hollywood continues to struggle for original ideas, Kevin Hart wants to remake Mrs. Doubtfire.
I liked Kevin Hart more when he was the short sidekick to big dudes like Ice Cube and The Rock. Not when he was making 21st century versions of Robin Williams movies.
Hart was asked a question about which movie he’d like to remake next and he named Mrs. Doubfire:
“I’ll stay on the Robin Williams train and say that if I could jump into Mrs. Doubtfire. That was a very amazing performance on both ends for him. I think that’s one I’d love to get to play in.”
If it was an amazing performance, you don’t want to ruin it by remaking it. How difficult is this?
Of course, if Hart is interested and the money is right, this movie will definitely happen. Disney-FOX owns the property, so if it’s going to get made, they’ll be the ones to do it. Given that Disney just spent billions to acquire FOX, they’ll definitely greenlight a sure moneymaker in Mrs. Doubtfire starring Kevin Hart.
As of now, Kevin Hart has bigger things to worry about since he’s about to be a father again despite cheating on his wife.
I think Hart could easily pull off this role because he’s funny and willing to commit to any part/bit. Him dressing up as drag would be hilarious, if I hadn’t seen 1,000 different Madea movies.
I’d like to see them go the other way. Give me a mom who dresses up like an old man in order to get closer to her kids. Give me Mr. Doubtfire starring Amy Schumer.
Of course, if Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle flops, any talks of Hart remaking a Robin Williams movie will be dead. But Jumanji will not flop. It has the Rock.
Peter Jackson Listened to Mafia Bosses, Kept Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino Out of ‘Lord of the Rings’
Spoiler alert: Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino are not in the Lord of the Rings films.
You can thank Harvey Weinstein for that.
Both Judd and Sorvino accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and claimed that the studio boss prevented them from landing roles in Lord of the Rings. Both things seemed pretty true based on everything we’ve read about Weinstein in the last month or so, but just in case you didn’t believe the two women, hopefully you’ll believe Peter Jackson.
The LOTR director told Stuff that he had interest in both ladies, but was told by Miramax, “They were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs.”
Jackson went along with the studio’s request, but in retrospect, realizes it was likely “a smear campaign” against the two ladies. Yeah, because they both turned down sex with Weinstein and he made good on his promise of ruining their careers.
Jackson also called the Weinstein brothers “second-rate Mafia bullies,” which sounds like an unfair comment to me. Based on everything we’ve heard and read about them, they were definitely first-rate Mafia bullies.
Judd and Sorvino took to Twitter to confirm the story and thank Jackson for corroborating their stories.
I remember this well. https://t.co/wctEhESAS9
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017
Peter & Fran had me in – showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter. https://t.co/iXKuK6Xqtx
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017
Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017
Would Lord of the Rings have been better with Judd and Sorvino? I don’t know. I’ve only seen the first one and that movie was boring as hell.
The Golden Globes nominations came out and…I have not seen 75 percent of these movies. One movie I did see, that I thought was funny, was Girls Trip. It was not nominated for a Golden Globe.
Jada Pinkett Smith is not happy about it, either.
She took to Twitter to express her displeasure with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 12, 2017
Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn't get eyes on the film or a press conference. How could a nom happen & how much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a screening?
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 12, 2017
Shouldn’t the HFPA watch like, every movie? If it’s their job to review/criticize/nominate films, you would think they would screen every single film ever made in order to see if it’s worthy. How do I get this job? I just saw Star Wars on my own dime and I have thoughts. Pay me to see Star Wars and share my thoughts.
But yet… Tiff has been asked to present at their ceremony. This isn't about shaming, this is about the need for discussion of an antiquated system.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 12, 2017
And I dare not invalidate all the many journalist and people from all walks of life who have supported this movie by defining the issue as simply… racism.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 12, 2017
Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 12, 2017
Yeah, this doesn’t feel like a race thing to me, although it probably is based on Hollywood being historically racist and sexist. It feels more like a “our system sucks” type of thing.
The fact that the brilliance of @TheBigSickMovie went unnoticed and the fact that one of the most prolific films of the year, @GetOutMovie, is considered a comedy… illuminates the depths of the sunken place… for real.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 12, 2017
Wait, The Big Sick wasn’t nominated? That movie was awesome. And Get Out is kind of a comedy. It’s really genre bending to the point where I’m fine if they created a new genre called the “Get Out” genre. Let’s not get stuck on one definition or way of thinking just because that’s how it’s always been.
Pinkett Smith continued her ranting in an interview with Vanity Fair.
She said that, after reaching out to HFPA members, they claimed that “low interest” was the reason that they didn’t screen the movie or consider it for an award.
What? These award shows are always filled with nominees of films that like 10 percent of people saw. If you want a movie awards show with high interest, Michael Bay would have all the Oscars.
Smith responded to the “low interest” comment by saying, “Why isn’t there any interest? It’s their responsibility to look at the cinematic landscape . . . in regards to drama, comedy, and musicals. What is the criteria that would suggest Girls Trip doesn’t deserve a screening—a proper screening?”
In the end, Smith wonders why award shows exist.
“More than the campaign system, we might have to really re-evaluate why we have awards shows in the first place,” she says firmly—because if awards don’t celebrate the actual breadth of what the industry has to offer, what is the point in pretending they do? Awards ceremonies will cease to be “relevant” if this continues, Pinkett Smith says.
Come on. You know why they exist. It’s so rich people can sit around and verbally fellate each other all night.
Anyway, I’m on #TeamJada. Get award shows out of my life so I don’t have to pretend like I’ve heard of some movie called The Shape of Water or Call Me by Your Name.
In maybe one of the first cross promotional posts after the Walt Disney purchase of 21st Century Fox, Ryan Reynolds posts something about blowing the Matterhorn. That’s one way to kick things off.
Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn. pic.twitter.com/2bEAAcZrUv
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, 2017
Bad news if you were looking forward to that Bryan Singer directed Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody; Singer has been fired by Fox with less than three weeks of filming left before production wrapped. But there are conflicting stories on why Singer was fired from the film and why his production company is today packing up its office on the Fox lot because of it.
Deadline covered the entire timeline of events as they were unfolding, and it’s kind of a wild turn of events. Production temporarily halted on Friday, with Fox saying Singer was unavailable. Singer released a statement through his people that it was because of a health issue, though there was speculation that the studio was looking to replace Singer.
That seems reasonable enough, but then the speculation started after Singer was officially fired from the project. The Hollywood Reporter painted a picture of a fraught shoot in which tensions between Singer and star Rami Malek were so high that Singer was throwing things at Malek, who was angry about Singer’s repeated absences from set during shooting. Singer has since said that while he and Malek had problems, they had settled their disagreements.
Of course, that wasn’t the only source of speculation. A few years ago, securities fraudster Michael Egan III accused Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting him when he was 17 and sued him, in a lawsuit that was eventually dropped, one that just happened to be a carbon copy of a lawsuit Egan had settled years earlier with three men who were not Singer. He was also sued in 1997 by a teenaged extra in Apt Pupil over a nude shower scene, but that lawsuit was also dismissed.
Of course, we don’t know what else might come out about Singer. Egan’s attorneys said he was lying, and Egan is a convicted conman, but that doesn’t mean Singer hasn’t done anything wrong. Singer has long been followed by rumors of inappropriate sexual behavior, but they don’t seem to have played a role in Fox’s firing him at the present time. That was probably, as everyone involved has said, the result of Singer not showing up to set since production paused for Thanksgiving because he says he was with his mother, who is ill. Maybe he was. But Singer has a history of being unreliable and not showing up to set, which is pretty important if you’re a director.
No one needed a Suicide Squad spinoff. But we’re getting a few. There’s the rumored Joker spinoff that may or may not involve Jared Leto. And now there’s a rumored Harley Quinn spinoff that definitely involves Margot Robbie.
Let me correct myself.
We’re not getting a Suicide Squad spinoff. We’re getting a Margot Robbie spinoff. No one actually cares about Harley Quinn or wants to see Warner Bros. ruin more iconic comic book characters. But damn if we don’t want to see Margot Robbie in pigtails and booty shorts for another three hours.
Robbie confirmed to MTV that she’s been working on the spinoff for two years. Considering there’s never been a mention of this spinoff, this movie is going to be the greatest movie ever or a gigantic flop that is overproduced. Given Warner Bros. history, I’d bet on the latter.
— MTV (@MTV) November 30, 2017
The Harley Quinn movie is separate from the Joker movie, which is separate from the Gotham City Sirens movie. Yeah, I’m sure Warner Bros. won’t bungle this all.
The biggest thing Robbie wants from this Harley Quinn movie is…MORE WOMEN! “She needs her girlfriends,” Robbie said in the interview. I concur. I don’t know who Harley Quinn’s girlfriends are, but I imagine they are just as crazy, dirty, and deceiving as Quinn. Sign me up.
While I’m not confident in Warner Bros. delivering a great product, I do admire their ability to milk Margot Robbie and Gal Gadot. There are four Harley Quinn movies on the schedule and at least two more Wonder Woman films.
Meanwhile, Marvel studios just keeps figuring out ways on how they can make Scarlett Johansson a background player instead of giving Black Widow her own film. Step your game up, Marvel. DC may have cast Ben Affleck as Batman, but at least they aren’t minimizing females.
On second thought. Casting Ben Affleck is worse.
Someone doesn’t like making money. Daisy Ridley talked to Rolling Stone about the Star Wars movies. During her interview, she dropped a semi-bombshell that she doesn’t plan to stick around in a galaxy far, far away (is that how it goes?).
As far as Ridley is concerned, the future of Rey is pretty much set. She doesn’t want to play the character after the next movie. “No,” she says flatly. “For me, I didn’t really know what I was signing on to. I hadn’t read the script, but from what I could tell, it was really nice people involved, so I was just like, ‘Awesome.’ Now I think I am even luckier than I knew then, to be part of something that feels so like coming home now.”
…I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”
I’ll chalk this up to her not knowing how Hollywood works. The whole point is to get into superhero universes, franchises, syndication if you’re on TV and have constant streams of income coming in.
You know how hard it is as an actress to get parts? You won the lottery and now you want out. I can’t. Seriously. There’s no “art” in Hollywood. Only cash and cocaine.
If Daisy doesn’t want the plum role of Rey, there’s a thousand other actresses who’ll gladly take it. AND they’ll suck a dick to do it. Hold on. *takes call from legal department*
Oh…guess that’s not allowed anymore. Well…FUUUUUCK!
Jamie Madrox is the latest X-Men character to get his own film, and he’ll be played by none other than James Franco, who is actually perfect for the surprisingly deep comic relief character. Allan Heinberg will be writing the script and Simon Kinberg is producing alongside Franco’s production company Ramona Films, Deadline reports.
If you’re not familiar with Jamie Madrox, he was the breakout character in Peter David’s acclaimed X-Factor run in the 1990’s, which replaced the original X-Men team with a group of second-string characters like Havok and Polaris. He became the leader of the group for David’s second run on the title, which featured Madrox as a private investigator who calls his firm X-Factor Investigations. Though he was often portrayed as a silly or goofy character, Peter David gave him a lot of depth and explored what it meant for a single person to exist in multiple bodies, each possessing their own consciousness, themes the Franco-lead film will be sure to pick up on.
I’m unironically excited about this, and I’m glad to see Fox doing things with the X-Men films that Marvel isn’t doing with their films. Being number two at the thing you do means you can take risks and innovate. Risks like the studio’s forthcoming The New Mutants, a straight horror film starring Maisie Williams and based on The Demon Bear Saga by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Of course, the biggest risk Fox has taken with the X-Men license is their pair of rated R films, the dark, futuristic western Logan and the hilariously filthy Deadpool, both of which paid off in massively popular and critically acclaimed films. Deadpool 2 is coming next year, and if you haven’t seen the trailer, it’s a god damned riot.
Also on the horizon for X-Men fans is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, an adaptation of Claremont and John Byrne’s Dark Phoenix Saga, perhaps the single most beloved X-Men story of all time, which culminated in the first death of Jean Grey. Of course, because it’s comic books and especially because her code name is Phoenix, she’s died and come back to life a few times since then. This storyline served as the basis for X-Men: The Last Stand, the weakest of the main X-Men films. Hopefully this time they get it right.
Oh, and for some reason the studio is still making a film based on Gambit, a character no one has given a shit about for like, 20 years.
Ben Affleck’s days as Batman are numbered. Not because he’s part of Hollywood’s sexual assault ring, but because he sucks.
Matt Reeves recently replaced Affleck as the director of The Batman, signifying that Affleck would step down as the character as well. If Reeves has his choice of a replacement, he wants Jake Gyllenhaal as the new savior of Gotham.
Alright, I’m willing to give that a shot. I mean, anyone is better than Ben Affleck, right?
Gyllenhaal probably doesn’t strike most people as the next coming of Bruce Wayne, but let’s not pretend that he isn’t a fantastic actor. Have you seen Nightcrawler? I’d say he should have won the Golden Globe that year for his performance, but Eddie Redmayne was fantastic as Stephen Hawking as well.
I’ll put Gyllenhaal’s filmography up against your favorite actor’s filmography and feel confident.
In fact, can we go ahead and re-shoot The Justice League with Jake? I haven’t seen it, but I did see Superman vs. Batman and that was enough to tell me that I don’t need to see another movie with Affleck trying to be Batman. At least Affleck recognizes that he sucks in the role and is willing to step down before they try to do a singular film centered around the character.
Imagine watching Affleck brood his way through an entire Batman movie and not wanting to gouge your eyes out. I think that’s an impossible task.
For those that don’t know Reeves, he did the recent Planet of the Apes movies. He also wrote Under Siege 2, but we’ll let that one slide.
Keep in mind, Affleck stepping down has not been confirmed. There’s still a very real chance that he’ll wear the black cape at least once more. So, if you see Justice League this weekend, remember to praise Affleck’s performance as so great that he’ll think he redeemed himself from Dawn of Justice. Criticizing him is only going to keep him around longer. That’s why he’s here in the first place.
Gather round ye children. It’s time for Thanksgiving storytime with Uncle Deadpool. Pay close attention as he’ll give you life and relationship advice that you won’t find anywhere else. He’ll also teach you how to paint more than just hand turkeys.
Alright, so the first official teaser for Deadpool 2 doesn’t reveal a whole lot, but I did learn to do cocaine and whack off. That’s something, right? Let’s see what the description of the movie has to say.
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
This sounds a lot like Master of None meets Rush Hour.
Longtime followers of Ryan Reynolds probably weren’t surprised by Deadpool’s imitation of Bob Ross.
Bob Ross is very calming. 5 min into this show, it feels like you've been fucked to death by a thousand pillows. pic.twitter.com/UMazluwLui
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 17, 2017
That tweet was sent way back in January and is his pinned tweet on his Twitter profile. What a sneaky guy, he is.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 9, 2017
Thanksgiving in our house is a glorious, non-stop car accident set to the music of cocaine. pic.twitter.com/ngCdgtpgct
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 9, 2017
Look at Cable in that poster. I honestly couldn’t tell if that was Josh Brolin or a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m just sad that Stan Lee is apparently dead based on him being a photo and not a person at the Thanksgiving table.
Deadpool 2 isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until next summer. Assuming he’s not accused of sexual harassment between now and then.
Gal Gadot Quitting ‘Wonder Woman’ If Brett Ratner Doesn’t, Is Still Fine With Murdering Palestinian Children Though
Gal Gadot has reportedly told Warner Brothers that she won’t being playing Wonder Woman anymore unless the studio removes Brett Ratner from the franchise, according to Page Six. They attribute the story to “an anonymous Hollywood source,” so take it with a grain of salt.
The source added of Israeli-born Gadot, “She’s tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women.”
As you may know, Ratner has been accused of a number of inappropriate behaviors over the years, including jerking off while eating shrimp in front of Olivia Munn, who he claimed he banged but he totally never banged. Good to know that Hollywood producers still basically act like middle schoolers.
Gal Gadot, for her part, backed out of an appearance where she was supposed to present the Tree of Life award to Ratner at a dinner in his honor. The award was presented by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins instead. Godot also made this tweet last month in light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 13, 2017
The Page Six report says that Gadot and Ratner’s reps declined comment, while a representative of Warner Brothers responded “False.” But it’s good to know that Gadot won’t stand for Ratner taking what isn’t his, building settlements in the psyches of women, treating them like second-class citizens and slandering or outright attacking them if they dare to stand up for themselves.
It’s been seven years since the last Chronicles of Narnia movie. No one remembers it, which means it’s time to make a new one as a way to reboot the franchise. Chronicles of Narnia: Silver Chair will hit theaters sometime in the next couple of years, but not before they actually cast the movie.
Their first casting decision is offering the role of the female lead to Millie Bobby Brown. That’s Eleven from Stranger Things, not someone related to Bobby Brown. Millie has yet to accept or reject the role and her availability will depend on when Stranger Things 3 begins filming.
Pass on this movie, Millie. But claim you’re only passing because it will interfere with your role in Stranger Things. And then make the producers of Stranger Things feel guilty that you passed on a big movie role for their Netflix show so they pay you more money.
This Hollywood agent thing is easy.
Silver Chair will be written by David Magee. Well, it’s already been written because it was a book. He’s just going to write it in movie form. The movie will follow Eustace Scrubb on an adventure to find the missing heir to the throne. No word yet on who will play the lion, the witch, or the wardrobe.
I just finished up Stranger Things 2 (no spoilers, I promise) and I thought Millie was fantastic once again. But if Hollywood really wants to revive the Narnia franchise, they should cast the dude who played Will. He was awesome.
The goal with Silver Chair is to revive the Narnia franchise, which seems like a dumb idea based on how the last two movies performed at the box office. Both came in way under their production budget because we were only forced to read the first book in the series at school, not the others.
At an event last week in Chicago with Catholic Cardinal Blase Cupich, Mark Wahlberg said that he prayed for forgiveness from God for doing Boogie Nights. No word on if he asked for forgiveness for subjecting us all to “Good Vibrations” in the 1990’s when he was a rapper and called himself Marky Mark.
The Chicago Tribune covered the event where the Cardinal and Wahlberg spoke onstage to over 1,000 people last Friday at the UIC Pavilion. And things got pretty Jesus-y.
Being jailed as a teen, he added, was a “big wake-up call for me. A lot of people go to God when they get into trouble. When I heard the jail doors close behind me … I knew that was just the beginning for me.
“I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes. If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would. I look for ways to give back.”
And when an audience member asked him and Cupich how they learned to forgive themselves for their own mistakes, Wahlberg joked to Cupich, “I’ll take this one — I don’t think you’ve been locked up!”
Good one, Marky Mark! I mean, what crime would a Catholic priest even be accused of, right? Oooh, right, there is that one thing that the good Cardinal was involved in covering up and claims hasn’t happened in 30 years, that might be a problem.
I feel like Wahlberg ought to be asking God for help with his anger issues rather than forgiveness for playing a fake porn star with a fake cock one time. He mentioned having been in jail, but sailed right past how he was in jail for attempted murder, an attempted murder he didn’t feel the slightest bit guilty about. He also said he wanted to beat up Andy Samberg over an unflattering SNL impression and told his daughter he’d murder her and Justin Bieber when she said she had a crush on the Canadian pop star, which is a totally normal thing to tell your child.
So yeah, nearly a thousand people went to a venue to get lectured about how awesome Jesus is by a racist thug and a guy who covers for child molesters. And the thing they regret is a complex portrayal of the turbulent life of an adult movie star in the 1970’s.
Kevin Smith seems like a pretty cool guy. I don’t know him, but I was obsessed with his movies when I was in high school. To a guy who is a pop culture junkie, a romantic and an extroverted outsider, they were really relatable films. They were also, in large part, produced or distributed by Miramax, the studio run at the time by disgraced executive and sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob, who is probably fine.
Well, Kevin Smith, in keeping with his “pretty cool guy” image, seems really personally hurt that he profited because of Weinstein while Harvey was at peak “harassing and possibly raping actresses and also jerking off into the ficus.” So he’s going to do something, and that something is donating his residuals from the films Harvey Weinstein produced or distributed, according to Vulture. Well, apparently he said it on one of his podcasts, but I’m not a big enough fan to sit through the ten or fifteen hours of podcasts he does every week. I could barely even care about my podcast when I did one.
“My entire career is tied up with the man,” Smith said of Weinstein on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On. “I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that’s it … And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really fucking horrible.”
Smith is really hard on himself, and he probably doesn’t deserve it. For starters, all the money he made for the Weinsteins was probably wiped out by Jersey Girl anyway. And, as Smith said, he didn’t know what Weinstein was up to.
“I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t fucking help,” Smith told his podcast audience. “Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend.” He added, “I didn’t know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me.”
The charity Smith is going to support with his residuals is Women in Film, a non-profit that promotes gender parity in film and filmmaking. Since Chasing Amy and Clerks were both distributed by Miramax and that Mallrats sequel isn’t happening, Smith is basically going to have to scrape by on residuals from Yoga Hosers, so let’s applaud him for his sacrifice.
If you watched Ryan Gosling host Saturday Night Live this past weekend, you’ll know that he’s not very good at staying in character. I don’t think a single sketch went by that didn’t have him break for laughter in the middle of it. It was cute at first. Then it was like, “How do they ever get through filming a movie with you laughing every three seconds?” Then it became cute again because Ryan Gosling is adorable.
So, it wasn’t surprising to see him laugh his way through this interview on This Morning with Alison Hammond.
Seeing Harrison Ford cracking up the entire time is a different story. He’s usually a bit more serious during interviews.
If this isn’t proof that laughing is contagious, I don’t know what it is. It’s tough to remain straight-faced when Gosling is turning fifty shades of red and Hammond is laughing so loud she’s waking the country next to her.
I had never heard of Alison Hammond prior to this interview but she’s my new favorite person in entertainment. She seems super fun to be around and makes the guests pretty comfortable. It probably helps that they’re allowed to drink and she doesn’t mind drinking herself. Even though she says at the end that she doesn’t drink.
It also helps that she’s honest from the jump, admitting that she’s never seen the original Blade Runner. That means she’s not there to kiss their ass and tell them how great the original was and how great the new one is. She’s just there to have fun and get some stories.
And she gets some stories.
Gosling talks about Ford punching him in the face during filming, Ford admits that he can’t dance or sing, and they try to harmonize.
This interview not only sold me on seeing Blade Runner 2049, it has me wanting a buddy comedy with Ford, Gosling, and Hammond.
Get on it, Hollywood.
Hey, remember Avatar? That movie everyone in the entire world saw almost 10 years ago and no one has said a word about since? Well, it’s finally getting a sequel, and Deadline is reporting that the sequel will reunite director James Cameron with Titanic star Kate Winslet. Personally, I would rather see a sequel to Titanic where Kate Winslet’s Rose is a passenger on another famous boat crash. Like maybe she’s the sole survivor of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald.
“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”
Just have lunch with someone like a normal person, Cameron, you don’t need to keep putting everyone you know in a movie.
Deadline had earlier reported that Cameron has a billion dollar budget to film four sequels to Avatar. It’s been eight years since Avatar was in theaters, and has anyone watched or even thought about Avatar since it left theaters? It was the highest-grossing film of all time, and the biggest mark it left on cinema is that the M. Night Shyamalan adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon had to be called The Last Airbender.
Do you remember the stories of people who were borderline suicidal because they would never be able to go to Pandora after seeing Avatar? Did you even remember that the planet they were on was called Pandora and they were looking for an element called unobtanium? It’s like everyone showed up to film the movie and Cameron was too embarrassed to admit he had forgotten to Control+F the script to replace the placeholder names he used and just decided to roll with it because he’d spent so much money on the cameras already.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
It is totally on between Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker.
For real this time.
Throughout the filming of Sex and the City the HBO television show and then Sex and the City, the two mediocre movies, there had always been chatter that these two actresses did not get along very well.
Which is fine.
Not all co-stars need to be best friends forever.
But the claws have now officially come out in the wake of Parker telling Extra that plans for a third film in the franchise have officially been scrapped.
“We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story,” she told the entertainment news outlet, adding:
“It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.”
(Note: Have they, really?!? Sex and the City 2 has a score of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.)
Amidst talk that Cattrall was the one to squash the follow-up flick due to various production demands, the veteran actress sat down with Piers Morgan on the program "Life Stories" to address any and all diva-related chatter.
Her general response?
I've never been on board for Sex and the City 3... and Parker sort of sucks!
"At this very moment it’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva,” Cattrall told Morgan, adding:
“And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer.”
So there you have it.
After all this time, that's the first admission from either Cattrall or Parker that they aren't exactly on each other's Christmas lists.
“I really think she could have been nicer,” Cattrall reiterated in her interview. “I don’t know what her issue is. I never have.”
Cattrall went on to explain that she was approached in December about the possibility of Sex and the City 3... and that it simply never appealed to her.
“This isn’t about more money, this is not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things,” she said.
“This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another. I’m 61. It’s now.”
Fair enough, right?
And it's not as if Cattrall is even against a third movie. Go ahead and make it without me, she happily tells the cast and crew!
“I want them to make the movie, if that’s what they want to do,” she said.
“It’s a great part. I played it past the finish line and then some and I loved it, and another actress should play it. Maybe they could make it an African-American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones?’
“I’ve moved on. This is what my 60s are about. They’re about me making decisions for me, not my career. For me.
"And that feels frickin’ fantastic.”
Despite the fact that he’s a crazy person and an annoying method actor, Jared Leto keeps getting work. He must be doing something right if people keep hiring him despite the fact that he sent dead animals to his costars. You try that one at your job sometime, see how it goes over. “Todd sent everyone in the office dead pigeons, but he does a great job with those APAR spreadsheets, let’s give him a raise” is not a thing anyone has ever said.
Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bret Ratner is making a Hugh Hefner biopic and he wants Jared Leto to play the recently deceased Playboy founder.
“Jared is an old friend,” says Ratner, 48, who will direct the film. “When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”
Again, if the world’s greatest cashier sent his coworkers dead rats, he’d be in jail, but Jordan Catalano does it and he’s “so devoted to his craft”.
Okay, so a Hugh Hefner biopic might be a good movie, depending on what it covers. I’d like to see a film that follows how Hefner slipped from champion of women’s liberation to a dirty old man paying porn stars to bang in front of him. And I can absolutely see Jared Leto as the kind of scumbag who would hire porn stars to have sex in front of him.
Kristen Stewart, last seen just showing up at a wedding for people she didn’t know, hasn’t been in a major studio film in nearly a decade, but Variety is reporting she’s being considered for a role in an upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, presumably as one of the Angels.
You may recall the giant scandal on Stewart’s last major studio film, Snow White and the Huntsman, when it came to light Stewart was having an affair with director Rupert Sanders. The upcoming Charlie’s Angels film is directed by Elizabeth Banks, so this time the affair will be even hotter.
Reaction to the bisexual beauty is quite mixed, even among our staff here at The Blemish. Personally, I have had a huge crush on her ever since I saw Adventureland. She gets a bad wrap for Twilight, but could anyone have done any better in that film given the source material? Anna Kendrick wasn’t even that good in Twilight and she’s incredible.
Also rumored to be on the radar to be an angel is Lupita Nyong’o, who is also a talented and beautiful actor, even if she isn’t Kristen Stewart. But hey, nobody’s perfect. Except maybe Kristen Stewart.
Is anyone excited about another Charlie’s Angels movie, though? I mean, I’m excited about Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o doing an action-comedy film together, but this is pretty well-trodden ground here. The last film in the series, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, sold like 10 tickets, 8 of which were overflow from nearby porno theaters. It also had one of the worst tie-in video games of all time, which you can see hilarious YouTuber JonTron play in the video below.
Am I going to see this new Charlie’s Angels film in the theater? Probably not. Am I going to check it out once it inevitably hits Netflix or Amazon Prime? Probably? Am I going to look at clips from it of Kristen Stewart, like, coming out of the water in a bikini with wet hair when my girlfriend is out-of-town for work? You bet your ass I am.
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.