Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Code Craker

Here’s a story not a whole lot of people know.

Once upon a time, there was a boy who was really good at math.

That boy was not me. It was Alan Turing.

If you know know your history then will know that Turing was the brilliant British mathematician and logician who, quite seemingly against all odds, cracked the freakin’ unbreakable Nazi “Enigma Code,” an achievement that, you know, only served the pivotal task of helping the Allies win World War II.

Alas, it was a thankless job for Turing, for he later was prosecuted in his country for being gay (oh, the ’50s...).

Playing him in The Imitation Game this fall will be the Cumber-stud himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, who, from the looks of the trailer, will be gunning for a nomination.

Keira Knightley co-stars in the film, as a young lady Turing didn’t fancy in that way, while Mark Strong, Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones), and Matthew Goode (TV’s The Good Wife) are also featured.


Saving the Investment Banker

Jake Gyllenhaal’s next joint, the Jean-Marc Vallée film Demolition, just got extra must-y.

And sexy.

Naomi Watts is circling the story of an investment banker (Jakey-bear) coping with his emotional disconnection to his life after the tragic death of his wife. The Impossible Oscar nominee would play the woman he meets by chance who saves him.

Love it. These two character actors are sure to work beautifully together.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Joaquin Phoenix Might Get Strange

Well, well.

The DC Comics brain trust ended up not going with him to play Lex Luthor in the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that don’t mean that Joaquin Phoenix has to go without getting his superhero on.

Marvel reportedly is considering him for the starring role in Doctor Strange.

Someone has to play the alter ego of one Stephen Strange, especially since Benedict Cumberbatch is too busy for the job, and not much excitement came of the possibility of Jared Leto taking the part.

Aww, Patrick Dempsey.... Shoulda lobbied harder for it.


The Accused Agent

Gunning for Oscar No. 2 much?

Matthew McConaughey has lined up his next prestige part in a new film titled The Company Man.

The Black List project will tell the real-life story of former CIA agent Edwin Wilson, a man who was convicted in ’83 of selling illegal arms to Libya, only to see all charges overturned 20 years later.

Alright, alright, alright.


Miss Julie Will Play with You Now

She may have taken a break from, y’ know, getting nominated for Academy Awards this year – but come next winter, Jessica Chastain may be back in the mix thanks to Miss Julie.

Or, perhaps...more likely, because of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (that one I know for sure already has a backer in the form of God Harvey Weinstein and the blueprint of a release plan).

Either way, to speak of the former (a new adaptation of the 1888 eponymous Swedish play by August Strindberg directed by Liv Ulmann), though, it has the most It of Hollywood dynamos starring as the daughter of an Anglo-Irish count with a midsummer fetish, of sorts, for her daddy’s randy valet (Colin Farrell).

Samantha Morton co-stars as a disapproving-of-any-such-dalliance downstairs-type.

Miss Julie and her big bag of issues related to class and power and, of course, forbidden sex, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.


The List, Pt. 51

In: Bagging on Blake Lively’s Preserve.

So Five Minutes Ago: Mocking GOOP.

O-V-E-R: Not having your own lifestyle website. Hello!


Ready for Fifths

Wanna know what else other than the underwhelming Maps will be featured on Maroon 5’s upcoming V album?

Well, here and find out.

Here’s one thing I will say, though: Gwen Stefani will be featured on one track from the album...on a song called “My Heart Is Open.

Which has got to be on the table to be a single, right? Especially now that she will be a judge alongside newlywed Adam Levine on the new season of TV’s The Voice this fall.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Badonkadonk Alert!


Real subtle.

That most definitely was not what Nicki Minaj was going for when she posed like this for the cover art of her new single, Anaconda,” off her upcoming Pink Print album.

Your move, American Family Association.

Or like, do you care to get all up in arms and mobilize in the most vocal of ways only when any anally related acts of perceived offense concern the gays?

Now, is it me...or could that Parental Advisory could have been just a little more to the left, to the left?


Meet Louis Bloom

Remember how last year Jake Gyllenhaal got all skinny (and greasy!) for his art?

It was all in the name of his part in Nightcrawlerthis Dan Gilroy-directed indie thriller about an L.A. man (possibly a small-time criminal – I’m no longer entirely sure that is correct) who gets swept up in the city’s night-dwelling crime journalism community.

Check out this meta promo for the film, featuring the Gyllen-yum (who favored this project over the Into the Woods adaptation that is coming out this December) in character as said man, the oh-so-eager – and intense – Louis Bloom:

Nightcrawler, co-starring Bill Paxton and Rene Russo, is due out on Oct. 17.

Preserve with Blake

As expected, Blake Lively has pulled a Gwyneth.

It happened this week: The former Gossip Girl star launched Preserve, her much-anticipated lifestyle website.

If memory serves, Lively told the new issue of Vogue (girlfriend is on the cover) that her site will be less haughty-aspirational – neither her words nor mine but rather, the general consensus – than G.P.s GOOP and more of a celebration of the artisans living across America. (Whatever that actually ends up meaning.)

So why is the actress launching such an endeavor? Because she is, hungry [and] not just for enchiladas [but] for experience.

Alrighty then.

Check out what Preserve is all about by clicking here. (You know you want to.)


All Kinds of...

And so a book-to-film fascination truly begins.

It’s finally here, yo: The first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived.

Focusing on the instant connection between the sexually confident billionaire businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), who exercises control in all things, OKRRR, and the innocent/out-of-her-element-with-him newspaper reporter Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who thinks she’s not much to look at, the preview is set to an exclusive remix of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” (that explains it!), and is all kinds of...y’ know.

Check it:

Fifty Shades of Grey – the story of a (shirtlessness-happy) boy who meets a girl...and eventually enlightens her to a life she never imagine (via...uh...research performed in a sex-playroomapartment) – opens next Valentine’s Day weekend.

Update: Very well. You had your fun.

Now check out the trailer for second season series of the Jamie Dornan-starring BBC Two drama The Fall.

Can’t wait for that!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fighting On

There was nothing about sequels in the rulebook – so Fight Club is getting a follow-up.

But, it’ll be a while before Brad Pitt flexes his world-famous six-pack as Tyler Durden on screen again (if he ever does): The upcoming Fight Club sequel is coming out in comic-book form first.

Author Chuck Palahniuk has announced that Fight Club 2 is, indeed, very much in the pipeline, and that it will debut as a 10-issue Dark Horse title early next summer.

The sequel will center on the unnamed Narrator we met as embodied by Edward Norton’s in David Fincher’s 1999 cult classic, and he will be 10 years older, and the husband to Marla Singer and the father to a 9-year-old named Junior.

And, yes...Durden definitely will be part of the story. So, perhaps, Fincher, Pitt, Norton & Co. can stage a reunion for, say, 2017?


The New Girl’s New Rival

So. The New Girl Zooey Deschanel goes to wedding.

She takes on a group bet (som’in’ about who in her main group of friends can get with someone at the party).

And she ends up getting into it – a fight! – with...a guesting Jessica Biel?

Yep, that’s what’s gonna happen on Deschanel’s New Girl when the show comes back on the air for its fourth season in September.

Mmm...Meow Alert! Someone’s movie career ain’t happening quite the way she was hoping it would....


Monday, July 21, 2014

Travis McGee Just Got Baled

Christian Bale is going where Leonardo DiCaprio will not: the Florida of John D. MacDonalds The Deep Blue Good-by.

The Fighter Oscar winner is looking to star as Fort Lauderdale salvage consultant Travis McGee, a sort of bounty-hunting man who reclaims stuff (and sometimes people as well) for all kinds of undesirables.

Bales 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold is on board to direct the project – which could be the first of a long and, fingers crossed, healthy franchise (The Deep Blue Good-by is the first of 21 books!).


Brangelina By the Sea

It. Is. On!

Brangelina are gonna work together again, in By the Sea, Angelina Jolie’s follow-up to Unbroken (btw, R.I.P., Lou Zamperini!), a new film that she is writing and will direct herself (so I guess Brad Pitt does like to be told what to do).

The project is said to be an intimate, character-driven drama that the couple also will produce together.


SoFine, So Married

It’s the end of an era: Adam Levine has gone and gotten married.

SoFine Levine, who put a ring on Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo last summer, went and made it official with his betrothed, in Mexico over the weekend.

It is so over between us, dude.

I keed!


Daredevil’s Girl

There will be life after Bon Temps for Deborah Ann Woll.

The True Blood star has landed the female lead on Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil, staring Charlie Cox.

Woll will play Karen Page, a secretary at the law firm of Nelson & Murdock – Cox, of course, is playing blind Hell’s Kitchen lawyer Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, in its upcoming series about the Marvel character.

She – duh – will serve as a love interest for the guy, but no word on how fast she will learn of Murdock’s secret identity, which is something she does know of in the comics.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jeff Koons-à-Porter

And now, in the Venn diagram of art and fashion, the hottest item at the middle of it all is one from H&M by...Jeff Koons.

Yes, the iconic American artist not only has a hot retrospective at New York City’s Whitney Museum going on these days (through Oct. 19), he’s also had a limited-edition leather cross-body bag – featuring his multimillion-dollar golden Balloon Dog! – flying off the shelves at the retailer’s new flagship store on Fifth Avenue and at select H&M stores across the United States.

Art for everybody! Much to the chagrin of whomever bought the actual sculpture that inspired the bag, perhaps?


Beyoncé Gets Grey

Looks like we are finally getting a moving look at the Fifty Shades of Grey movie next week (the time for stills is done!), and that Beyoncé has a musical hand in the project.

How else to explain Queen B’s graspy and moantastic tease via Instagram, huh. Have a listen:

Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is due out next Valentine’s Day weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Voice of Paddington

No dice with Colin Firth? No problem.

Ben Whishaw will be doing the honors, kids. The honors of voicing Paddington Bear in the upcoming Paddington, a live-action/CGI hybrid based on the popular character from children’s books.

Firth reportedly departed the project because he just sounded to old mature for the tone of the movie part.

Anyway, Paddington, which is opening on Christmas Day, also will feature Nicole Kidman, Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Hugh Bonneville (The Monuments Men).


There Goes Their Deposit...

Picture it: Five married friends, at the behest of one of them who is not quite so keen on keeping it in his pants, decide to share a secret “f--- pad,” right.

Hey, it happens. In certain circles.

Anyway, thats where things get real interesting: One day, one of ’em stops by to drop off some groceries and finds a dead, bloodied woman handcuffed to the bed.

So they all cannot help but wonder: Who did it? Who else knows about this secret they’ve been under the impression the’ve been so good about keeping? And what ever happened to Patrick Wilson being in the film that tells this story, The Loft (the remake of the 2008 Belgian thriller), anyway?

I have that answer! He was replaced, due to a scheduling conflict with that short-lived show he had on CBS, by Star Trek’s Karl Urban, who stars in the much-delayed project alongside James Marsden, Wentworth Miller (who will soon be seen on The CWs The Flash), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), and that hot dish Matthias Schoenaerts, not to mention Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, Margarita Levieva (TVs Revenge), and Rachael Taylor (TV’s Crisis).

Check out the trailer for The Loft here, and keep and eye for a potential viewing in theaters...soon (the movie was supposed to finally see the light of day at the end of August – but not anymore).