Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Good Morning, World

Aaron thinks it's a good morning, anyway. (via)

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Call Me By Your Name (2016)

Mr. Perlman: How you live your life is your business, just remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there's sorrow, pain. Don't kill it and with it the joy you've felt.

Without even doing a search I know that I have obviously posted this speech before in the course of the past six years of CMBYN being in my life (should I cross out the word "in" and just say "being my life" there?). But I'll post it again today in honor of it being the great Michael Stuhlbarg's 54th birthday and also in honor of me just feeling like thinking about this now-legendary speech too, dammit. You're not gonna stop me! Has anybody watched CMBYN lately? It's been several months for me, I gotta get back on it. In it. It is admittedly more... complicated... since all the Armie stuff dropped. But I manage. Thank goodness the homophobic world forced me to nurture my ability to compartmentalize since childhood! I'm real good at pretending, y'all.

Joe Keery Four Times

If you speak Spanish or are content to rely upon Google Translate then you can click on over to Esquire Spain and read the interview with Stranger Things star Joe Keery that goes along with these four photos -- me I'm perfectly content with the photos alone. Well I am so long as I can zoom in on Joe's patch of chest hair that's visible in most of these shots. It's so inviting! You just wanna curl right up in there and go to sleep, don't ya? Maybe after a Stranger Things marathon. On that note who had themselves a little marathon with the final two episodes of the latest season this past weekend? I assume some of you did since Netflix reportedly crashed from the weight of it, haha. If you have thoughts share them in the comments, and hit the jump for the photos...

Five Frames From ?

What movie is this?

Good Morning, World

It was Tahar Rahim's birthday yesterday -- he turned 41 -- and we'd hate ourselves if we didn't wish him a happy belated. Just hate ourselves! Thankfully we've got a couple of new photos of the actor from photographer Pierre Arnaud to share. There's also news I don't think I have mentioned -- last month he joined the cast of Madame Web, Sony's Spider-verse movie (a la Venom) that has our beloved Dakota Johnson in the lead. Am I worried about this movie about a clairvoyant mutant being a weird mess? Of course I am. Sony hasn't shown much skill at all in figuring out their superhero thing yet. But with Dakota and Tahar (not to mention Sydney Sweeney and Emma Roberts!) I'll be there, watching what they come up with. I did it all for you, Tahar! Hit the jump for two more photos...

Monday, July 04, 2022

Happy InDePlaidPants Day 2022

For the third year in a row I am giving you people something to actually celebrate on July 4th, since the thought of celebrating "America" these days makes anyone with a sane brain break out in hives -- Happy InDePlaidPants Day! Wherein we instead tip our hats toward a bunch of photos of of attractively styled actors wearing this site's namesake pants o' plaid! Okay okay let's not be "controversial" -- you can also celebrate "America" if you want to. I won't smack the sparkler out of anybody's hands. These two things can coexist. I don't want a bunch of mouth-breathing red-hatters deciding to boycott plaid pants or anything. (As if they'd have the fashion capabilities in the first place.)  We're just here for pictures (and to hate Republicans), hit the jump for the pictures (and just hate the Republicans inside of your hearts)...

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Happy Week's End...

... from Tom Mercier and his.
(via) I'll be back Tuesday, bye!

Always Look on the Haigh Side of Life

Everything is absolutely terrible right now -- I know it, you know it. There's still a pandemic happening, for one. (No really I promise, it really is still here.) For another the Supreme Court is currently Slim Pickens strapped to the nuke, waving its cowboy hat and happily yeehawing us toward oblivion. We had a nice moment earlier this week when Cassidy Hutchinson twisted her knife around in the former Prez's bloated belly for one long blissful afternoon, but other than that it's been a real hard week to perk up. 

So here, I gift y'all some very good news, which hopefully the world can last long enough to see -- Weekend and 45 Years director Andrew Haigh, a fellow proud homosexualist who was last seen making a really great fucking television series starring Jack O'Connell and Colin Farrell which literally nobody but me and like five other people watched (seriously, go find The North Water and watch it already), is making a new movie! And it sounds incredible, every bit of it. First off it will star Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott and Jamie Bell, and I could probably just stop there and you'd understand all of this is "incredible" already. But there's more! Here is how the plot is described:

"Strangers follows screenwriter Adam (Scott) who, one night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, has a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbor Harry (Mescal) that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As Adam and Harry get closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home where he discovers that his long-dead parents (Claire Foy and Bell) are both living and look the same age as the day they died over 30 years ago."

Now we don't know what that "chance encounter" between Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal consists of, but I think you'll forgive me for going straight unto ye gutter. Still even if it's not "a full hour of butt stuff" I can't help but believe that Andrew Haigh will make it feel like that's what we're getting, cuz he's good like that. I anticipate sexual tension! Like, I'll admit I'm getting big Apartment Zero vibes off this description? Well off the first half of the plot description anyway -- I have no f'ing idea what to make of the second half with the ghost parents thing. But that's good! I love something that sounds like nothing I have heard of before! It's either that or Minions 48: The Minioning in which case I say just bring on the goddamned Apocalypse a little quicker then.

Thursday's Ways Not To Die

I don't really have much to say about this 1957 Hammer Film which I watched last night for the first time -- I just knew when I watched a several minute long sequence of this man exhaustively climbing up a mountainside only to dramatically end with him flopping off the side and a shot of his outfit smashing into some rocks that I had a new favorite dumb thing to adore. I love that they didn't even stuff anything into the clothes where this man's body is supposed to be! 

That is literally just his snow-suit strung 
together into a vague person shape! Ha!

That goofiness aside this actually isn't a bad Hammer movie though? It's slow and subtle but I think its restraint ends up being a net plus, and I like the twist at the end about the "monster." And there are some super gay vibes going on between Peter Cushing and his assistant. A perfect Saturday morning old-fashioned serial-type adventure, is my summation! Hit the jump for links to all of the previous "Ways Not To Die" posts...

Cowabunga Garfield

Since we have a new Thor movie out next week -- which I have now seen and y'all, there is butt! -- I've really been expecting Chris Hemsworth to hit up the beach and do one of his surf pap bait runs that always ramp up around the time he's got a new movie out. And we did get one little bit of that -- see here. But instead today it's unexpectedly his momentary-MCU compatriot Andrew Garfield slipping into the wetsuit and batting his best come-hither eyes and sundry bits at us (via), and this is what I call teamwork! I co-sign another Amazing Spider-man movie on the strength of this fan-service alone. Andy, always a team player. Hit the jump for several more alt-Spidey surfin' safari snaps...

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Sam: Why did you wall up your house?
Berto: To keep out the busybodies!

Born eighty-six years ago today was the actor Tony Musante, best know for playing the lead in Dario Argento's debut picture -- I wish I'd gotten the chance to see this one's brand new 4K remaster when they screened it at FLC here in NYC last week as part of their Dario Argento retrospective since this is one of Argento's most visually arresting films and I don't just (just) mean Musante in those tight 1970s trousers. Its big murder-scene set-piece at the art gallery really is one for the record books. 

Probably Musante's other best regarded role is as one of the thugs in the 1967 NYC terror flick The Incident alongside Martin Sheen -- they play a pair of nogoodniks who hold a subway train hostage and I've heard great interesting things about this movie, especially as one of those dangerous-vibed NYC flicks that we all love so much a la The Warriors and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, but I've never seen it! Need to fix that.

Visually everything I've seen from The Incident looks gorgeous, with those dark black-and-whites. It's on blu-ray so I imagine some of you have seen it? Anyway Musante worked as one of those familiar Italian-American character actors right up until his death in 2013 -- he did episodes of everything from Police Story to The Alfred Hitchcock Hour to Marcus Welby to The Rockford Files -- he also had a recurring role as a mobster on Oz, I guess. He was definitely one of "Those Guys." You know those guys. They're Those Guys. 

Henry Golding Four Times

A few more photos of Henry Golding modeling for David Yurman have been released (via) -- I wouldn't blame you if you forgot the previous three photos since they were dropped five entire months ago, so you can click here for a refresher. They're just more of the same sexy browns and golds... taking his name literally there, ain't they? Anyway career-wise did you see the first picture of Henry Golding on the set of The Old Guard sequel alongside Marwan Kenzari & Luca Marinelli, the immortal homosexuals we all loved so much in the first movie? I guess Henry is filling the hole left by Matthias Schoenaerts and yeah I'm just gonna see myself out after writing that sentence. Hit the jump for three more pics...

Five Frames From ?

What movie is this?

Good Morning, World

But more precisely good morning, Charles Melton!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

All of Them Will Be Witches

Well file this under "potentially intriguing slash possibly horrifying, we shall see" -- and yes, I've got an entire filing cabinet full of things that fall under that banner -- we might be getting a Rosemary's Baby prequel? Now that information alone is the "possibly horrifying" part, because nobody should try messing about with Rosemary's Baby. It's a perfect movie -- heck it's literally my favorite movie. People have basically remade Rosemary's Baby a thousand times now -- once officially, to terrible results, and a million other times with vague spins on the material. There's also a nutso TV movie sequel called Look What happened To Rosemary's Baby that is fun insomuch as it's terrible and Ruth Gordon reprises her role.

Anyway setting that aside the rumor gets interesting when you look beyond the initial shock of it because of who's attached to the thing right now -- it will star Julia Garner and Dianne Wiest and it will be directed by Natalie Erika James, the director of 2020's phenomenal horror flick Relic (that one starred Emily Mortimer and I reviewed it right here). Oh and the story will be about the character of "Terry d'Onofrio" (played by Victoria Vetri in Polanski's film), who's the young woman who lives with the Castavets and ends up "jumping" out their window toward the start of that film, after befriending newcomer Rosemary (Mia Farrow) in the laundry room.

Thing is nothing has been stated about any of this officially -- the movie on IMDb is called Apartment 7A and no plot has been released. Bloody Disgusting just says they "have it on good authority" ... and then some incredible sleuth went and noticed that a bunch of the character names on IMDb are characters from Rosemary's Baby, lol. Like how actor Kevin McNally from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is listed as playing "Roman Castavet" and relative newcomers named Amy Leeson and Scott Hume are playing "Rosemary Woodhouse" and "Guy Woodhouse" for example. 

So point being if those character names are indeed authentic to the film then I can't imagine that BD is reaching here, saying this will be involved with Rosemary's Baby. And perhaps we should be open-minded! Natalie Erika James turned out one hell of a film with Relic, and Garner is one of the most exciting actresses coming up. And does this mean that national treasure Dianne Wiest is playing Minnie? Or maybe she's playing the old woman who owned the apartment before Rosemary & Guy move in, the one who grew all the "tannis" herbs? Either way I dare to say...

Steven Yeun Ten Times

When a couple of weeks back Steven Yuen here did a spread for GQ Korea I predicted that it would make some sense to expect some sexy Steven Yeun shoots saturating our screens this summer, given his presence in one of the year's most anticipated movies with Jordan Peele's Nope. And lo, we have a second shoot! I am the Nostradamus of thirst-trappin! These are for Mr. Porter and you can read the chat with Yeun here. Or if you just wanna stare well then you go on right ahead and you stare after the jump...