Thursday, July 21, 2016

What Are You Seeing This Weekend?

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I'm surprised by how much there suddenly is that I want to see in the theater! There are three movies out tomorrow that I long for to varying degrees - I've already got my tickets to Star Trek Beyond but I could be persuaded to see both the new horror movie Lights Out and the Absolutely Fabulous movie. Add to that Swiss Army Man (which I just mentioned regretting not catching yet) and how I'm seeing an early preview of Ira Sachs' new film Little Men with Greg Kinnear & Alfred Molina tonight, and... well time is short, too short. But never too short for you three...

There Are 113 Days Until Elle Comes Out

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I hope you are planning your lives accordingly.
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Which is Hotter?

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Little Danny Radcliffe is turning 27 this weekend if you can believe it (PS we are all so old) -- you probably can because look at the sexy photoshoots he's been taking lately! Dude is growed the fuck up. 

Anyway besides trying every day to win the lottery to the currently-running stage show he is doing called Privacy (which co-stars our beloved Rachel Dratch) I have really got to force myself to make it out to Swiss Army Man this weekend, if I can still find it; I am terrifically embarrassed that I haven't found the time yet. It's so perfectly up my alley! And then while we wait for his movie with Wolf Creek director Greg McLean to get made (fingers crossed) let us ponder a ridiculous and pointless query over his birthday weekend...

Thursday's Ways Not To Die

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Melancholia (2011)

We're wishing a very happy 45th birthday to the great Charlotte Gainsbourg with this, a look back at the super duper happy time ending to Lars von Trier's 2011 masterpiece -- this was my favorite movie of that year, and looking back at my picks there might be some shifting around in the top ten otherwise (I don't know if Hugo would stay that high, for one) but there's no replacing beautiful Melancholia sad Melancholia from its perch. It remains perfection.

"When I say we're alone, we're alone.
Life is only on Earth, and not for long."

The last time we posted about this movie (on Kirsten & Lars shared birthday of April 30th) we quoted all of the dialogue from this scene, you should go read the entire exchange. Adore, adore. Because of my predispositions towards miserablism I'm more drawn to Kristen's character, who swims luxuriously in her sadness, but that shouldn't take anything away from Charlotte's performance, which is actually the more heartbreaking of the two because she's the one who fights, who wants to fight, and who loses. The look on her face at the end is totally devastating.

The film's about finding strength in one's sadness, and so Dunst's Justine is its (super) heroine -- she can process the misery since it is what she lives and breathes and chews up; hell, she thrives upon it. I'll grant you it's self-indulgent, but that's the core of depression. It rings true. Charlotte's Claire on the other hand is the solid Earth slipping away beneath their feet - she is bedrock, cracked open and burned up in the atmosphere, home itself flung into outer space. Disintegration.

Hit the Jump for links to the Previous Ways Not To Die

Julian Morris Nine Times

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This shoot is via Imagista and was shot by Jonathan Bookallil - there's also an interview with Julian so click over if you wanna like read and stuff. I figured I should check IMDb and see what Mr. Morris is up to career-wise and was surprised to see that he's playing journalist Bob Woodward in an upcoming film called Felt...

 ... which is about Mark Felt aka the dude who turned out to be "Deep Throat." Liam Neeson is playing the lead, and the director is  Peter Landesman, who made Will Smith's recent film Concussion. The film also stars Tony Goldwyn, Josh Lucas, Marton Csokas, and Noah Wyle, so lots of lookers up in there. I hope it's good and puts some fire in Julian's career, then. Hit the jump for six more pics...
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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Alice: The boy. Is he dead, too?
Tierney: Who?
Alice: The boy. Jason.
Tierney: Jason?
Alice: In the lake, the one - the one who attacked me
... the one who pulled me underneath the water.
Tierney: Ma'am, we didn't find any boy.
Alice: But... then he's still out there.

Yes... yes he sure is still out there,  Alice.

Jason will always and forever be out there, thank goodness.
A happy birthday to Adrienne King today!
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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's Josh Hartnett's 38th birthday today and we've pretty much exhausted all there is of him gratuitously speaking over the years (seriously, check our archives) so I figured I'd go back and look at old stuff and I don't think I've ever seen the above picture from Pearl Harbor? At least I don't recall having seen it. Unfortunately that's the best quality copy I could come up with after some digging, unless you count this one with his autograph scribbled across his torso:

It's bigger and crisper but that damned scribbling irritates me. Anyway Josh sure was purdy in this movie. This horrible, horrible movie. In summation -- god I miss Penny Dreadful already.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tyrone Has The Power

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I've been nursing a bit of a hangover today and my creativity (what tatters there ever are) floated right on out the window about midway through this afternoon, so here's a picture of Tyrone Power to momentarily make up for all that's lacking round these parts otherwise today. I will be better tomorrow, I swear it, like sort of. Somebody tell me something fun in the comments.
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5 Off My Head - RIP Garry Marshall

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His movies may've become synonymous with dreckitude over the past several years, but coming of age in the 1980s I don't think you can help having a soft spot for Garry Marshall. I was a little young for his TV - although I definitely have fond memories of watching Laverne & Shirley with my Mom - but I was just the right kinda-don't-know-better age for his mainstream flicks, and he made me laugh and he made me cry and he made me do all the things the movies should make a person do.

Here are five of the first things I thought of thinking of him.

1 -- It kind of starts, middles, and ends with Pretty Woman, to be honest. I've written these words so many times that they've become less defensive (we all know the flick's got its issues) than they have become a mantra - I have seen this movie more times than Mary schtupped Joseph. I could probably recite it back to front, if pressed, and there's not a week, hell there's maybe even not a day, where I don't recite a line from it, or contemplate the fate of poor Skinny Marie the dead crackhead hooker in the dumpster, or think about Richard Gere mounting me on a piano in the public dining hall of the Beverly Wilshire.

2 -- Speaking of hotness though Garry funneled a good bit of the masculine sort into the world. Besides Richard Gere (that's a big besides!) there's Garrett Hedlund in Georgia Rule, while Matt Dillon with his pink polo shirts in The Flamingo Kid and Kurt Russell's brawny man act in Overboard were both childhood favorites... 

... and then I mean anybody who could shoot Paul Mercutio's great big butt the way he shot Paul Mercutio's great big butt in Exit to Eden, well, this ends up being a bullet-point in your obituary as written by me. 

Thank you, sir! Important stuff!

3 -- He was in Soapdish! Soapdish is right up there alongside Pretty Woman in the list of Movies I Have Seen More Times Than I Have Told My Mother I Love Her, and I probably quote it as often as I do that other film. And he's very funny in it too.

"I would like to voice my strong concern about this show's spiraling decline in ratings. David, ever since you took us to the Caribbean, it's been Jamaica homeless people sucking soup, and a big wave outside that cost a hundred thousand dollars. That's depressing and it's expensive, two words I hate. You know the words I like? I like the word "peppy" and the word "cheap". Peppy and cheap."

4 -- I've never seen the Princess Diaries movies, but without the Princess Diaries movies Anne Hathaway wouldn't have had any goody image to rebel against and we maybe never would've gotten...

... her acting in that wig in Brokeback Mountain, and I shudder in terror thinking of a world without that. So thanks for indirectly bringing me wig goodness, Garry. The world needs Wig Goodness!

5 -- Beaches, Beaches, Beaches. How many tears in my life have I shed watching Beaches? I have shed rivers, lakes, oceans of tears for the tale of two girls who become two ladies who become one lady and oh my god I am going to cry and cry and cry again right now. Here, lets get everything ready and have a good cry together...
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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Jefe: When it comes to grief, the normal rules of wealth do not apply. Because grief transcends value. A man would give entire nations to lift grief off his heart and yet, you cannot buy anything with grief, because grief is worthless. 

Happy 83 to the writer Cormac McCarthy today.
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Jai Courtney Eight Times

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A new photo-shoot of our favorite burly bearded Aussie blockbuster boy has arrived, thanks to some magazine called Haute Living (that title reads like an insult to me) -- these shots come via this very fine Jai Tumblr that's got all your one stop Jai shopping. Hit the jump for several more (with a bonus shot from a recent Esquire magazine shoot we also recently took a look at)...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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It seems like a very long time ago when I started watching Netflix's new viewing sensation Stranger Things, but it wasn't even a week ago - anyway when I saw this scene of David Harbour getting himself prettied up in the morning in the first episode way back when I watched it I remember thinking to myself, "See this is what the excess television we have now is good for - for allowing a fine actor and an underrated dude like David Harbour to get to lead a show and even get to be a little bit sexy while doing it."

Anyway I flew through the rest of Stranger Things, primed by this opening scene to always keep an eye out for good shots of Harbour's butt in his police pants (there are several; the show doesn't disappoint), but by the time I got to the end I was so swept up in the awesomeness of the show that I forgot I needed to circle back and give love to this early moment. Thankfully y'all were here to remind me! After I posted my brief post on the show (and I love that y'all are enthusiastic to discuss!) I got several requests to cap this scene, so here we are. David Harbour, this is your moment. Hit the jump for several more...