Monday, September 26, 2016

We, Daniel Blake

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My first review from the New York Film Festival went up today - head on over to The Film Experience if you'd like to hear my thoughts on the super happy subject of Ken Loach's new poverty drama I, Daniel Blake. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes this past spring and it was probably a bit of an easy choice for them - give it to the big message movie all about sad poor people! - but there's a still a pretty powerful film and some honest-to-goodness truth tucked away in there, and its lead actors are very very fine.
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King of the Porn Frontier

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A few weeks ago when I told you that King Cobra, the upcoming gay porn drama starring Garrett Clayton, James Franco, and Christian Slater amongst others, was being released on October 21st I was surprised to see that a trailer hadn't been released for the film yet. After all I'd seen the movie way back in the spring at Tribeca and at the time they'd even released a clip or two. But no trailer, until now. Now there's one! And here, watch it:
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I was surprised by how much I liked this movie - I think we're all experiencing a bit of James Franco fatigue - but I did, and you can read my review from Tribeca right here.  The best thing about the movie though I maintain is Christian Slater, and they really ought to push him for Best Supporting Actor. I'd vote for him.

Beast Lightnin'

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So if you head on over to The Film Experience you'll see today's Grease-flavored edition of our "Beauty vs Beast" series has gone live, wherein I admit to never having seen the film. I already have a favorite comment on the post, which went up a couple of hours ago, from Paul Outlaw who tells me that if I had ever seen the movie I'd have involved Stockard Channing's character Rizzo in the poll, and I don't find that hard to believe. Stockard Channing is usually always the best thing about where-ever Stockard Channing shows up.
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Heads Up!

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Howdy, folks! A note from your MNPP overlord here: things are going to be erratic over the next couple of weeks as the New York Film Festival has begun screenings. I'm going to be in and out of here before you even realize it like... Toulouse Lautrec at a brothel? Sure, I'll say that. Like Toulouse Lautrec at a brothel. That is what I will be like.

Anyway that goes for starting today - I've got one of them there screenings this afternoon. A couple of things I did will be popping up at The Film Experience later so check over there if you really cannot exist without me for so long. I'll link to them proper-like when I properly can though. Until later...
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RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis

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The Godfather of Gore, best known for such classics as Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs!, was 87 -- read about him here. The world grows less interesting every day.
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Quote of the Day

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"It just never occurred to me that [Jake] should shave his chest! I happen to like body hair. I think people should leave it alone — I’m not a fan of all this manscaping that goes on. I don’t really get it.” Ford gestured southward. “If you like the chest, you should see what’s down here... There is no manscaping.” Ford repeated it for emphasis: “There is no manscaping.” 

With that image of his untrammelled leading man in mind, the interview was done, though Ford wasn’t. After we finished our discussion, the provocative designer-director walked me to the door and winked. “Nice talking to you,” he said, adding, “I’ll get Jake to show you his bush sometime.”

That's the capper from Vulture's interview with Nocturnal Animals director and consummate fashion perv Tom Ford -- bless Kyle Buchanan, the Vulture writer who always gets the good scoop for all the movies. He'd actually spilled the beans on this on Twitter way back... not that I'd have been able to hold in such a conversation myself either. All you'd hear from me is JAKE GYLLENHAAL'S BUSH THIS and JAKE GYLLENHAAL'S BUSH THAT. Oh and thanks to all of you (so many of you) who sent this in to me over the weekend - you know me and my interests so well.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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It took me a few minutes to figure out what the hell this was a picture from when Joe Swanberg posted it on Instagram, which proves I haven't been paying enough attention to Joe Swanberg lately -- he's got a new series on Netflix, and it apparently premiered this past Friday. It's called Easy and it is a bunch of standalone stories I believe, having to do with... well if you've ever seen anything Joe Swanberg has made I guess you can imagine what it's about. It's more of that. Here's a teaser trailer. 

Anyway my interest in Orlando Bloom has reinvigorated itself after his little skinny-dipping experience seen round the world, and I've always loved babygirl Malin Akerman - the show also boasts actors like Dave Franco, Raul Castillo, Jane Adams, Kate Miccuci, Jake Johnson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw... the list goes on and on. Tell me if you've watched it and how it is, please. (Also if Orlando lifts that robe any higher - I'd like to know that, please.) Relatedly...
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... Orlando Bloom's own Instagram 
has proven terribly worthwhile. 
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

"But only one is a wanderer..."

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"... two together are always going somewhere."

"No... I don't think that's necessarily true."
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Jake Gyllenhaal's Wild Wildlife

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The rest of the pictures from Jake's latest photo-shoot for GQ, shot by his Nocturnal Animals director Tom Ford, have found their way online thanks to IHJM, and here I shall share them. (You can see the previously posted shots right here.) But wait! There's even more! Jake's signed on for a new movie! Exclamation Point Number Four!

Him and the also-delightful Carey Mulligan have signed on for Paul Dano's directorial debut -- it's called Wildlife and Dano also wrote the script, based on a book by Richard Ford, which is about "a boy who witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mom finds another man."

Is Jake playing the husband or the other man? I am just guessing that he's not the little boy here but who knows, what with technology these days. Dano and Gyllenhaal just worked together on Bong Joon-ho's upcoming Okja (which I went and visited the set of and saw Dano on, if you recall, although I missed Jake and Tilda Swinton being bonkers sadly) so I guess they took to each other. Okay, that's that, hit the jump for the rest of the pics...

David Beckham Three Times

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See more over here! (thx Mac)
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We're All Coming For Coop

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Looking at that picture of Clara Bow looking at Gary Cooper in the 1927 film Children of Divorce you can see Clara's famous quote about Cooper - that he's "hung like a horse and can go all night" - written onto every quivering fold of her person. And can you blame her? My god, people. My god look at him.

And don't feel self-conscious about looking - everybody else was! With that distant far-off gaze of the goodly fucked. Goddamn it's getting hot in here. Somebody open a window! Gary Cooper's killing me! Killing me!!!

Anyway I actually do have a point for this messianic cock screeching - this movie, which has never been released on home-video of any sort, has been given the deluxe 4K treatment and is being released onto blu-ray on December 13th! What a chance! What a lark! WHAT A MAN.


Quote of the Day

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"For the record, I was planning to vote anyway. 
That said, Mark's a true patriot, 
I'm sure he won't let America down." 

-- Hillary Clinton has responded to Joss Whedon's political ad from earlier this week, which promised that Mark Ruffalo would get naked in his next movie if she wins the Presidency, and she, like all the rest of us, is down. Balls in your court, Mark.


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Agrado: How could I own a real Chanel 
when there is so much poverty in the world? 

Doesn't it seem insane that this movie is 17 years old now? That seems insane. I haven't seen it in quite awhile (perhaps I will watch it at the Almodovar Retrospective at MoMA later this fall) but 17 years? Christ, time flies. Anyway Almodovar's  67th birthday is this weekend (on Sunday, to be precise) so a happy day to him! Oh and I'll be seeing Julieta at the NYFF very soon too. Speaking of, NYFF just released their trailer for this year's imminent festival (I love that Charlie Hunnam's Mustache is the visual they're using to get you to click on it) -- watch!
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Book 'Em, Dommo

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First things first look at that picture of Dominic Cooper sitting in front of shelves and piles of books! Swoon amirite? Somebody's sending a message directly to me through the Evening Standard (it's like the gay stalker version of Desperately Seeking Susan... if Desperately Seeking Susan wasn't already the gay version of Desperately Seeking Susan, that is).

Second things second, Dom's got a new gig! He's re-teaming with the actress Gemma Aterton (they previously co-starred in the film Tamara Drewe back in 2010 and they seem to be very friendly judging by the many times they've been seen hanging out since) for a film called The Escape, which is about "the largely undiscussed phenomenon of women forced to leave their children and families." And that's a hard topic for me to say anything further of the sex sort so I'll just leave it at that!
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Who Wore It Best?

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Add another one to the pile of Hot Nick Jonas Photo-shoots -- he's on the cover of this month's issue of Wonderland (via) and inside the magazine it's a celebration of the boxer brief. Or, more precisely, Nick Jonas and his legs sticking out of boxer briefs. A fine thing to celebrate. 

Worthy. Anyway these shots reminded me of a couple of gifs of Chris Hemsworth that were recently sent my way (thx Mac); I have no idea what they're from, the source didn't include a video, but well...


... they're worth our time all the same. 
But it also does force me to ask...
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And you can hit the jump for a few more
Nick Jonas (with Bonus Bear Grylls) pics...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, Et Cetera...

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Last night as I tried and failed to drift off to sleep I skimmed through Instagram, nervous that there might've been some good stuff (you know the good stuff about which I speak) that I might've missed over my holiday, and I ended up down the rabbit hole of dudes, so let's play some catch-up. After the jump I'll share some pictures, new and not, of Harry Shum Jr., Eric Balfour, Russell Tovey, Austin Nichols, and good ol' boy slash perennial flasher George Stults...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... strumming it with Billy Magnussen. (via)
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The Moment I Fell For... Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Abernathy: Listen to this, the Circle A clerk has this month's issue of Italian Vogue.
Lee: No way!
Abernathy: Way.
Lee: I can't believe a fucking Circle A clerk carries Italian Vogue.
Abernathy: It doesn't. It's his own personal copy. He'll let it go for 27 bucks.
Lee: [scoffs] 27 bucks?
Abernathy: What the fuck do you care? We're talking about fucking per diem here. We found an issue of Italian Vogue in Lebanon, Tennessee. We're lucky he's not asking for fuckin' Krugerrands. I'm getting it, and we're splitting it three ways.
Lee: What? Me, you, and Kim?
Abernathy: No. Kim doesn't give a shit about Italian Vogue. But Brandy will come in with us, and if she won't, Tyson, her assistant, will.
Lee: Okay, but if anyone tears out any sheets that I want, you gotta make color Xerox copies of those pages, and I'm not talkin' fuckin' Kinko's here either. You take it to the art department and have them do it fucking right.

I was tempted to choose her role in Final Destination 3 but that would probably be cheating the timeline and projecting my love for her backwards onto that film - don't get me wrong, she's perfectly serviceable as the vision-haver lead of the third entry in my favorite horror franchise, and now that I really love her watching her in that film is a treat, but I can't say that I fell for her while watching that movie way back when. 

Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof one year later though, that's another ball o' wax. Her role's much smaller than Rosario Dawson, who earned her own spot in my "The Moment I Fell For" series for this same film (man I miss being able to enjoy Rosario Dawson; I can't wait for this election year to end already), but just as delightful. I can't recall if the above scene about the Vogue magazine takes place in just the full-length Death Proof film or if it made both that and the Grindhouse cut though - anybody know?

Anyway she's fun and memorable in the gratuitous cheerleader role (I especially love how her character gets left behind with the terrifying hick in exchange for the car and we never find out what happened to her - I smell sequel!) (God I wish) and she's only become more fun and more memorable with every passing year. I cannot wait to see what she gets to do in Fargo!

What's your favorite MEW?
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