Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Great Moments In Movie Shelves #56

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I may not be a musical person but I am certainly a bookshelves person, and I could maybe probably even be called an Audrey Hepburn person, so this scene from the 1957 flick Funny Face has always been a fave. (Even if yes at this point in time Fred Astaire's old man kisses were more likely to taste of Werthers hard candies than heart-stopping romance.)
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In the Mountains of Idris

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THR is reporting that Charlie Hunnam is out and his Pacific Rim partner Idris Elba is in as the star of The Mountain Between Us, a romantic thriller about a couple who gets stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash, only to fall in love among the reeds and/or adversities. It's based on a best-selling book by Charles Martin. When Charlie was going to star in it (see our previous post here) it was Margot Robbie and then Rosamund Pike who were going to play opposite him; no word on where they'll go casting-wise now but it doesn't sound like it will be either of them there blonde ladies. And here's where I make my pitch for the film to star both Idris AND Charlie and for it to now be about the two of them falling in love. Pretty please? Seriously. PLEASE?
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Happy Birthday, Laura Dern

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I've already listed five of my favorite performances of hers on a previous birthday, but honestly I could probably go ahead and list five more because everything Laura Dern touches is golden. Since I made that list in 2009 she's turned out magic with Enlightened, Wild, The Master and 99 Homes, all of which are top tier Dern. Hell her performance in Enlightened when it comes down to it will probably end up being the Definitive Dern. She's a marvel and a wonder.


Here Comes The Splash

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I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino's latest A Bigger Splash - starring Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts and Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson in a loose remake of La Piscine - is out here in the US in May and while we've seen a couple of international trailers (click here for the last one) we've just now got one geared towards us, us, us, and you can watch it over here. I'm not bothering to cap it because there isn't really much in the way of Matthias or Ralph flesh that we haven't already seen in the other trailers, but that link also has a few new stills from the film, two of which I am sharing, for obvious reasons. Good grief I want this movie like yesterday...


Douglas Booth Twenty Times

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Did any of you see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? My interest in it waned with all the delays but if anybody wants to make a case for it I could probably be sold. I skipped even reading reviews so I have no idea. Anyway during last week's lead-up to its release a pair of photo-shoots of co-star slash beautiful boy Douglas Booth showed up (one on JJ and the other in Interview Magazine) and I am just now getting around to posting them, whoopsie. Whatever there's never a bad time for beauty! Hit the jump for the remaining shots (plus a couple of nice talk-show bulge gifs that I found on Tumblr)...

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Ian: Equal... in death's eyes? All of us? How can you say that? Dude, think it through: Charlie Manson, made it to 70, Osama, still kicking. Pimps, vice presidents, walking around, all the atrocities they've committed, they're alive and well. These two girls, never done shit to anybody, they don't get to make it to 18. Where's the fucking equality in that? 

Today is the 10th anniversary of the third Final Destination movie! I miss this franchise so much - come on Hollywood! These things were made from the change dug out of the New Line couches and raked in almost 700 million dollars worldwide, and that's just ticket-sales - no doubt home video multiplies those numbers by infinity. Yes yes the fifth movie had a terrific ending that could be An Ending, but I don't even care, I want more from Death's Grand Design.

Anyway the third movie's a good one, right? Not as good as the best in the series, Part 2, but solidly solid. The roller-coaster opening is a hoot, it's the one with the tanning-bed scene (scored to "Love Rollercoaster" hilariously), and I love the multiple endings with the subway trick. Oh and it has the immensely likable Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Ryan Merirman as leads. Speaking of the latter, as long as we're here...


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Including this here second picture of Mr. Battle is probably cheating the poll over to his favor but come on, clearly we need to look at that picture. Clearly.
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I Am Link

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--- Life & Death & Beauty - Last night while I was actively trying not to pay attention to the foregone conclusions in politics and take a break from sweating in front of MSNBC I watched an old movie I love and did some web-surfing and over the course of the evening it seemed like a thousand incredible movie stories broke; my head was spinning! So let's get to them -- foremost some new additions to the cast of Xavier Dolan's English-language debut film The Life and Death of John F. Donovan have come and they are stellar. Natalie Portman and NICHOLAS HOULT, y'all. (I'm ignoring Thandie Newton because I don't like Thandie Newton.) I cannot wait to see Xavy train his gay eye on Nicky. And I trust he's writing the sex scene between him and Kit Harington and/or Taylor Kitsch, who're also in the film, as I type this...
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--- No Mann's Land - Last week on director Michael Mann's birthday I wished him a happy day out of one side of my mouth while slamming his movies as too "slick and masculine" out of the other, but I should've just shut my mouth and linked to this piece at The New Yorker instead, which does a much better and more thorough job dissecting why his films feel so empty, at least to Richard Brody and me. (thanks Mac)
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--- Say Yes To Yorgos - The story follows a young man that needs to take revenge, a doctor that has to make a decision, and his family that must survive. It is a psychological thriller with supernatural elements- I could've sworn I'd heard this news before but I think maybe I am mashing up old things - Dogtooth and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, (aka one of the most important voices in cinema today, full stop) is lining up another movie. It's called The Killing of a Sacred Deer and with a title like that I can already see the Criterion blu-ray sitting on my book-shelf. Anyway here's what Deadline says about it plot-wise:

"The story follows a young man that needs to take revenge, a doctor that has to make a decision, and his family that must survive. It is a psychological thriller with supernatural elements."
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Given what we've seen from the director in the past we can only assume that nothing is as straight-forward as that description sounds. In the meantime Lanthimos is also working on that 18th Queen Anne film with The Lobster's divine Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz returning. Speaking of The Lobster I keep forgetting it hasn't even played here in the US yet (here's my glowing and I mean glowing review from last year's NYFF) -- they released a trailer the other day; it will be out on march 11th.
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---  Pansexual Nobody - Ryan Reynolds has been selling the shit out of Deadpool, which opens in a couple days, telling us about how naked he got for the big fight scene at the end the other day, but now he's gone and ruined it all by letting us know that no, the much ballyhooed "pansexual" antihero does not go the slightest bit gay in the movie. But Ryan is totally open to such a thing happening in the future, he says. Bah humbug, dude. I had good money on your mounting Colossus right there in the middle of that highway, man.
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--- Struggle Forward - Once upon a time Alexander Payne made Citizen Ruth and Election, and he was golden. And then came a steady string of worsening bull-crap, and he was not golden. His last film Nebraska had some good stuff in it (it was certainly better than his previous three) but was hampered by his worst instincts as well. While we wait to see which way Downsizing, his "social satire about shrinkage" with Matt Damon, blows, he's announced what he's working on after that -- an adaptation of "Karl Ove Knausgaard‘s sensation-causing My Struggle" as The Film Stage puts it, which is a series of books about the Norwegian author taking a road-trip across North America and following the supposed Vikings trail. Anybody read them?
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--- Light's Out - The Playlist thinks that the just announced release date of September 2nd for Derek Cianfrance's upcoming film The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz, means the studio has no faith in the movie - Labor Day weekend is usually kind of a dead-zone. My first thought was "Hooray, one fewer movie crowded into November/ December" though. I do kinda wish it was waiting a couple weeks to play at the NY Film Festival though so Fassy could be there to then marry me..

--- Greasy Hobbitses - Forbes has a nice little interview with Elijah Wood and his two partners in SpectreVision, the horror-leaning production house they run that's put out stuff like A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and Cooties, talking about their love of the genre -- they want to get a horror movie in the Best Picture race! (Hey I love the genre too but yeah, good luck with that one, guys.) They also talk about their Sundance anti-sensation The Greasy Strangler, which grossed everyone who saw it right the fuck out.
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--- Love Waters Style - There's a lovely interview with John Waters over at Jezebel where he talks about trigger warnings (haha baiting the shit out of that site's commenters -- here's my message to them) and then he talks about romance just in time for Valentine's Day -- my favorite bit was when they asked him what his "ideal bad date" would be

"Well, I don’t have an ideal bad date, I only have ideal good dates. My ideal good date is to go out to dinner with somebody that you love and have sex afterwards and laugh! All you have to do is have sex and laugh, just not at the same time. I want to make sure you understand that because anyone who laughs while having sex is schizophrenic. Laugh after sex and not at your sex. Have good sex, laugh and go to sleep together. That’s a good Valentine’s Day. "
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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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I decided this morning that I need to start every day with an ABBA song, because this ABBA song right here came up on random on my iPod and it put me in an excellent mood, a rarity for the pre-Noon-set. This morning I'm all...

"But since I've met you and moved to Sydney, I haven't listened to one Abba song. That's because my life is as good as an Abba song. It's as good as 'Dancing Queen'."
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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Send Us An Angel

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I googled around to see if there was a picture of Selma director Ava DuVernay and actress Lupita Nyong'o anywhere and of course there was, since all black people know each other -- I even got some sexy Common and David Oyelowo to boot! If only Nate Parker was cradling David in his arms like an adorable little tuxedo'd baby this picture would be literally perfect. Aaaanyway today some news broke about the book-ending ladies that I be googling, and over at The Film Experience I wrote it all up. Click over, learn something.
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Tom Hardy's Taboo Bits Part Two

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When I go all in, I go all in -- on Sunday we posted some pap-snaps of Tom Hardy stripping and romping around naked on the set of his upcoming TV show Taboo from the tabloid The Sun. They were fun! They were also censored, at least of the important front bits. We were hoping uncensored ones would show up because duh, and drum-roll please -- we have peen! Head over to The Superficial to see the full uncensored Hardy, tip to tip. (Thanks Henry)

I actually had gathered all the shots up to post here on our site but then I saw they'd paid for the exclusive and didn't censor them for us, so they deserve all the love they can get. However! There are some shots that were posted at JJ that I haven't seen anywhere yet - they are censored, but just barely. BARELY. So we'll go ahead and share a few dozen of those after the jump because really, what is too much Naked Tom Hardy? It don't exist!

Fuller's Final Frontier

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A huge congratulations to Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller who, it was announced today, is getting his dream-gig - he's returning to Star Trek, his first love, to run the new show for CBS! Fuller's first gigs were writing for Deep Space Nine and Voyager -- THR says he wrote 22 episodes of those shows before moving on to create some of the best television of the past 15 years with Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies and finally Hannibal; now it's back to where no man has gone before for him, something he's publicly been pining away for for as long as I've been following him. 

Fuller is of course also running the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods for Starz, which we couldn't be more enthusiastic about; we don't have any worries about him spreading himself thin though since he's proven an endless supply of awesomeness for so long - we have nothing but faith... and in a weird way pride too? My lil' buddy is ruling the world! And he totally deserves to. 

The new Star Trek is scheduled for January 2017.
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... hitting the ropes with Alain Delon.

Oh goodness, goodness gracious, look at what I found, you guys! A 1959 interview with Alain Delon inside the ring on the set of Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers! (See more on this great film here.) The entire thing's in French and there's no translation unfortunately, but that hasn't stopped me from watching it three times and I doubt it will stop you either.
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Good grief it really must have been something
to have been Alain Delon, right? Bastard.


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

you can learn from:

Radio Days (1987)

Rocco: It's nothin' personal.
It's just bad luck you were a witness. 
Sally: My whole life, I had bad luck. 
Rocco: Me too.
Sally: Where are you from? 
Rocco: Brooklyn. 
Sally: Yeah? Me too.

Happy 71, Mia Farrow!
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Quote of the Day

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"On behalf of my arms and nipples, I feel the need to publicly apologize for the effects felt by one of our audience members on a dark winter night in New York City.”

--- That's Russell Tovey finally responding to the man who fainted when Russell took his top off during A View From the Bridge on Broadway the other week. I am glad someone has finally given Russell Tovey's Nipples a voice. They were the real victim here. What if they went shy and decided to never show themselves again? We love you, Russell Tovey's Nipples! Maybe too much.
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Happy Hiddles Day

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I didn't intend for MNPP to turn into MNTH today but here we are crafting a third Tom post in a row, following this morning's new High-Rise trailer -- but see, only after I posted those did I notice today is actually Tom's 35th birthday! How appropriate to give us him in his birthday suit, then. Anyway I figured I'd take a look back and figure out, since we're clearly a bit fixated on him these days, how it came to be. What was...

The Moment I Fell For... Tom Hiddleston

I liked Tom from the start; obviously he was great as Loki in the first Thor, and I found him a delight as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris

But I wouldn't say I "fell for" him that early. So I went through our Hiddles-archives trying to pin-point the exact moment a general warm feeling spread from my heart outwards (southwards) and I think I found it! I saw a panel at New York ComiCon in 2011 for The Avengers and blogged about it - the crowd went absolutely ape-shit for Tom Hiddleston while kinda sorta ignoring Chris Evans...

... which at the time made very little sense to me, but I think it sort of clicked the, "Well, wait a minute..." thought process into gear. After that the ball was rolling down the mountain, the sexy mountain, picking up steam as it went, and here we are today. (As for Chris I don't think he should worry - the Captain America films have been much better than the Thor movies, and he's soundly kicking Tom's cute butt in today's towel-off poll.)
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Who Wore It Best?

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I can't take credit with realizing this bit of synergy between naked Marvel actors -- this Tumblr is to thank, actually -- but clearly what the world needed was a towel-off between Loki and Captain America, and here we are. In case you missed what the Tom Hiddleston shot is from we literally just posted a new trailer for High-Rise that contains that show; as for Mr. Evans, you can see much much more of all that business in our posts here and here on the 2011 film What's Your Number. Oh and if you want to write-in Jamie Bamber in Battlestar Galactica, go to town!


Hello, Tom Hiddleston's Naked Body

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I saw some site had posted a High-Rise trailer yesterday but I'd assumed they were just being slow and it was the previous (amazing) trailer -- I was wrong! There's a brand new (amazing) trailer and as you can see there, yes, it gives the people what they want, aka more of Tom Hiddleston's Naked Body. Hooray for giving! Hooray for sharing! Hooray for nudity! Here's the trailer:
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And after the jump a few more of naked naked Tom...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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That's Vikings star Alexander Ludwig showing off his Medieval Bubble Beard -- personally I'm choosing to pretend that it's Alexander's co-star Travis Fimmel that's actually holding the camera taking that picture, while Alexander's extended arm reach underneath there is actually holding, you know, Travis Fimmel.
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