Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rock Stars of Our Lives

Can a Song Save Your Life?

We shall never know – kinda – now that the new John Carney (Once) film by that name has been retitled Begin Again.

Ah, but we will see that film, which still stars Mark Ruffalo as a disillusioned A&R guy that forms a bond with a new-to-New York singer-songwriter played by Keira Knightley.

Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine are also featured in the film; she as Ruffalo’s daughter and she as Knightley’s tempted-by-fame longtime bf-turned-ex.

Check out the trailer for Begin Again, and pencil in watching the film the first starting the first week of July.


The Earthling

She has played a Carrie...and now Chloë Grace Moretz is gonna play a Cassie.

The actress was thisclose to nabbing the lead in The 5th Wave last week – so by now this might be a done deal.

So let me just presume as much and say that Moretz will play a 16-year-old brave and feisty-ish young woman, one of the last humans on Earth following four decimating waves of alien attacks.

The movie will be based on yet another adaptation of a young-adult novel, this one a 2013 title by one Rick Yancey.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Back, and Bigger and Better Than Ever

That Magic Mike sequel that Channing Tatum teased my way around the time of the original sensations release back in the summer 2012?

It’s totally happening.

Cheekily titled Magic Mike XXL, the Tatum-co-written follow-up – reportedly a road-trip movie – already even has a release date: July 3, 2015.

So there you have it, horny ladies and gents who like gents. Get to make it rain up in that s--- next summer.

I have only one request: more Matt Bomer.

Well, two, actually: I also want to interview the cast again (hey, Joe Manganiello, hey). Yeah...that would be fun.



Final Girl

Looks like Nina Dobrev already has her summer plans all lined up.

The actress is planning to spend her hiatus from TV’s The Vampire Diaries shooting The Final Girls, a horror comedy in which a group of girls are transported into an iconic 1980s thriller that starred one of the girls’ mother, where they will hope to defeat the killer so they can escape the movie with their lives.

Talk about redefining all things meta, huh.

Taissa Farmiga, Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley), and Malin Akerman (TV’s Trophy Wife) are set to co-star.


Say It with Robyn This Summer

Yes. Yes, yes!

Robyn is back with some new music and going on tour this summer, with Röyksopp.

Now that is gonna be some good, dance-y fun.

I mean, I am hearting what little I’ve heard of their new collaboration, Say It.

Click here to find out when and where you can catch Robyn and the electronic duo on their “Do It Again Tour.


Kung Fu Master

Seems like The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann now has China on the mind.

The Aussie reportedly is eyeing a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s David Carradine-starring martial arts western TV show Kung Fu.

The Luhrmann update would see the Kwai Chang Caine character traveling to China to search for his father. There, he would find himself imprisoned, though, and thus forced to fight to survive.

They better cast Asian for this one. Otherwise the outrage over Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily is gonna get surpassed.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It’s Bauer

Enough teasing, damn it! It’s the first official full trailer for next month’s 24: Live Another Day.

It’s Bauer, alright.

And we all know what this man is capable of.

Taylor Lautner’s Second Act

Thought life post-The Twilight Saga would be free of Taylor Lautner?

Well, ya thought wrong.

See, Lautner is spoiling to go indie with Run the Tide, a family drama/road movie about a man who takes his younger brother and hightails it for the Cali coast when their druggy-mom is sprung from the big house dead-set on rebuilding her family.

Yeah you better run, guy.


Operator Man

Before Brad Pitt gets his World War II romantic warrior on – or, perhaps, after – he will get his man of the Afghanistan War on.

The actor has signed on to produce and possibly star in The Operators, a David Michôd-directed take on the rise and fall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in the Greater Middle East country.

The film will center on the back-room politics behind the war, and the high-stakes maneuvering and politics that reshaped Afghanistan.

The Operators will be based on an eponymous Michael Hastings book published in 2012


Crazy About the Girl

OMG – what...a stroke...of genius to use Charles Aznavour’s She as the musical backdrop for the first trailer for the hotly anticipated Gone Girl, yo.

I mean...what else, right?!

The adaptation of the Gillian Flynn is-she-dead?, did-he-kill-her? hit novel – which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike – has massive promise built unto itself – and anyone who has read the book can tell you we would not have it any other way.

Especially because, evidently, the author, who also wrote the screenplay for director David Fincher, has tossed her third act in favor of a brand new denouement.

For which I cannot wait. (As if I wasnt already sufficiently excited, I had to go an watch the trailer. Oy.)

Hey, Oct. 3 – get here now, and I will do thing to ya.

Photo: 20th Century Fox.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fear Will Be Born

Fall, schmall – NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby is due this summer (not in the autumn, as I originally had guessed).

Indeed, the Peacock will air its Zoë Saldana-led, Patrick J. Adams-co-starring version of the Ira Levin novel, as a miniseries, beginning on May 11.

A second installment will air four days later on May 15.

Check out the trailer, and do not forget to set your reminders.


Coachella Shirtlessness

Not to be redundant, yo – but Scott Eastwood makes shirtlessness proud.

And, yeah...he totally knows it.

I mean, I know it was the desert and all, but Eastwood could have worn a shirt while he was at Coachella over the weekend.

Like, Logan Lerman and Miles Teller did.

In any case, keep it up, dude – and do keep your shirt off. You were one of the highlights of the desert music festival, hands down (and shirt off).

The other, of course, was Gwen Stefani. From what I could see.


J. Lo the Vanguard

She’s an Ally and a Vanguard, thankyouverymuch.

Jennifer Lopez was recognized with a GLAAD Vanguard Award last Saturday, for her overall gay-friendliness and especially for her work on the hit ABC Family show The Fosters.

Click here to watch her speech.

Good join’, girl – I luh it!

GLAAD also honored actress Laverne Cox, from Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, for her efforts blazing a trail for transgender men and women. Click here to watch her speech.


The MTV Movie Awards Were Z-mokin’!

Whatever is or not going on with Zac Efron, boyfriend is doing something right.

Because he. Looks. Good.

That was put into plain evidence once again last night when the Neighbors star picked up Best Shirtless Performance at the super-corporate, super-unfun 2014 MTV Movie Awards. In the buff. Thanks to a little...encouragement from Rita Ora, who ripped his shirt off (she is such a top).

Hey, at least MTV hit one right note with that big ol’ waste of money.

Yeah, boy.

Hells yeahs.


A Most Important Story

HBO’s The Normal Heart is almost here, kids.

And Ryan Murphy’s take on the Larry Kramer Tony-winning 1985 play is a battle cry, as evidenced by its tagline: “To win a war, you have to start one.

To which war does the film refer? My, the one on HIV/AIDS – a war against so many rebelled during the early days of the epidemic that claimed so many...and a war that we are under the delusion we’ve won.

So be sure to read the new Hollywood Reporter cover story on The Normal Heart.

Definitely watch the film’s trailer.

And absolutely plan on planting your butt in front of the TV on May 25 to watch Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts, among others, tell a story that not even Barbra Streisand could bring to the screen once upon a time.

It was and still is that much of a hot topic.

And it is a must.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fackin’ Gwen Stefani!

Just a little more than a month after giving birth to her third son, Apollo, Gwen Stefani returned to the stage last night in Coachella, as a surprise guest during Pharrell’s set.

The pair performed her Hollaback Girl,” which the “Happy” fella co-wrote for her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. record.

And it was amazing. Just watch:

Gwen Stefani fackin’ rules!

When the Awesome Aussie Met the Fass and J. Mc

So. James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, and Michael Fassbender got together the other day....

No, not to do things to me.

Sad face.

To talk up their upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past with the good folks from Yahoo!, natch.

What followed was an impromptu and oh-so-good-natured roast of sorts of one Sir Ian McKellen, their co-star in the blockbuster. The Awesome Aussie and the Fass decided to do their very best impressions of McKellen for the cameras – and it was awesome.

McAvoy, meanwhile, did Patrick Stewart, by which, of course, I mean that.... Oh, just watch the darn thing.


Friday, April 11, 2014

What About Them?

The couple that works together...(hope gets to stay together).

Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and Anna Faris (TV’s Mom) are looking to become Vacation Friends with another couple.

See, the real-life husband and wife are to play a crazy-wild on-screen husband-and-wife team that forge a bond with a straight-laced couple while on a Mexican vacation in this new comedy, right.

But when playtime is over, the more boring pair realizes that shaking their new buddies? It will not be that easy.

What are they, stoopid? I would love to hang with Pratt and Faris!


The Happy Birds Are Back

It was bound to happen – and I am happy it did.

The vibrant colors and Sergio Mendes-approved sounds of the Rioverse are back in the mostly most-welcome sequel, Rio 2, which once again features the voice stylings of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathway, who, btw, reminded yours truly, at the blockbuster’s world premiere in Miami Beach last month, that she “[plays] a macaw,” OKRRR.

Oh yes she did. And well, alright, then.

Eisenberg and Hathaway, like I said, reprise their Blu and Jewel characters from that crowd-pleasing 2011 entry. Except this time, the precious pair of blue macaws has a trio of young macaw-children along for the ride, as well as adventure on the mind.

Rioverse mastermind Carlos Saldanha starts Rio 2 on a high note (too high, maybe), with an ebullient New Year’s-in-Rio sequence set to Janelle Monáe’s What Is Love.” It’s not that it’s all downhill from there, but, if you are like, a grown adult, what follows ain’t as engaging.

Blu and Jewel, especially, are concerned that their kids are growing to be too much of the city-macaw types, so when they see a couple of (human) friends on the telly (Leslie Mann’s Linda and Rodrigo Santoro’s Tulio), talking about how they’ve found blue macaws in the Amazonian wilderness, they decide the family should take a holiday to explore its origins and see who else is out there (folks, if you will recall, Blu was plucked from the jungle fresh out the egg, and Jewel was a captive bird when we first met her).

Dilemmas ensue.

Blu, ever the neurotic, worries that the journey will be a treacherous one (so he takes a fanny pack filled with...essentials), and, worse, that his family will prefer a life in the wild without him, while Jewel reconnects with old relationships she thought long lost (Andy Garcia voices her elder statesman-dad) and that she fears she could lose again since the movie’s plot has an inspired illegal deforestation-as-villain thread.

It’s all fine and dandy, but I was more into the subplot involving a hungry-for-payback-from-Blu Nigel (Jemaine Clement) and his interspecies reluctant romance with Gabi, the poison dart frog voiced by Kristin Chenoweth.

Their chemistry is all drama and hijinks and quite rather easily the best part of the better-than-the-first Rio 2 – that is, from the POV of this adult. I’d say I wish we’d gotten more of those two, but then again, I probably would be crying foul they got overplayed.

My Rating ***

Photo: 20th Century Fox.

No Truth for Him

What happened?

Daniel Craig is no longer interested in The Whole Truth.

Evidently, the actor c.a.k.a. James Bond dropped out of the courtroom drama starring Renée Zellweger earlier this week, for reasons unknown.

Production is now scrambling to find a new leading man.

Darn. I was really looking forward to seeing Craig get all stern and s--- in court. Or something like that.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Late Show for Stephen Colbert

That did not take long at all.

A week after David Letterman announced he is done with late-night TV, CBS has announced that Stephen Colbert will take over as host of the Late Show once Dave steps down and into retirement in 2015.

The Eye Network reportedly signed the Comedy Central staple to a five-year contract.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves of his new hire today. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.

Said Dave of the man tapped to follow in his footsteps“Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.


For his part, Colbert said he was both thrilled and grateful CBS thought of him for the gig. “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to grind a gap in my front teeth.



Sean Penn’s New Favorite Leading Lady

So...Sean Penn sure likes to make his real-life leading ladies his on-screen leading ladies, huh.

I mean, he did it with Madonna (Shanghai Surprise, hello!), and now he might be doing it with his girlfriend of, what, almost six months, Charlize Theron.

He probably will.


Theron is circling a or the starring part in The Last Space Face, an African drama (refugee camps are involved) that Penn is fixing to helm this summer that already has Adèle Exarchapoulos from Blue Is the Warmest Color on board in – her reported words – a small role.

Best of luck to ya, you crazy kids.


Update: Called it!

Theron is totally starring in Penn’s next directorial effort, The Last Face, not The Last Space.

The South African beauty will portray a doctor who meets (and romances) another physician (Javier Bardem) while doing humanitarian relief work in Africa.


So Tina Fey is starring in this new comedy called The Nest, right...about about a couple of sisters who find out their parents are selling their childhood home and the one last crazy weekend they decide to have together reminiscing and finally growing up in the house.

And who better to play her sister than...Amy fackin’ Poehler!

Love it.

These two need to get together on screen double-pronto – and not on a Baby Mama sequel (leave well enough alone, you hear, Hollywood!)



Mmm...a film about Stonewall directed by blockbuster helmer Roland Emmerich?

Well that should be...somin.

Alright, alright – so the guy did tackle the was-Shakespeare-a-fraud title Anonymous a few years ago....

Anyway, the German...auteur is set to work on Stonewall, a Jon Robin Baitz-written film about the June 28, 1969 police raid and riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York Citys Greenwich Village (you know the ones since all that activity gave way to the gay rights movement).

Jeremy Irvine, from War Horse and the upcoming The Railway Man (pictured here), has been tapped to star in the project, which will focus on a young mans political awakening in the wake of the events that unfolded as history was being made around him.