Friday, February 12, 2016

Love Is a Four Letter Word

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Happy Valentines Weekend, everybody! 

I assume that many of you have been, like me, suckered into seeing Deadpool with promises of great humor and Reynolds' dick, so if you do go ahead and say what you thought in these here comments. I maybe haven't bought my tickets yet, and I have a couple of incredible repertory screenings to go to -- I am seeing Erich Von Stroheim's Greed tonight and Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast on Sunday! -- but I fully intend to go at some point. Such is the lure of celebrity spandex pegging.

And don't forget: spread love, not herpes!
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Boyd Holbrook Eleven Times

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Surprised that I missed this very fine shoot of very fine model turned actor Boyd Holbrook by photographer Fe Pinheiro back in December in Flaunt magazine -- it seems like the sort of thing I would be right on top of. Much like Boyd himself, that way!

And he looks fab as a clearly-Clairol'd ginger, but then, as proven by that endlessly gratuitous post we did on him last year, Mr. Holbrook can pull off any and every look you throw his way. Well-gene'd bastard man. Hit the jump for the remainder...

Laura Dern's On Death Row

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Two days ago on Laura Dern's birthday we listed off some of her recent great roles, and it sounds like we might have one to add to the list shortly -- Deadline reports that she's teaming up with Going Clear documentarian Alex Gibney for a drama series on HBO about "a court-appointed psychiatrist who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state." Well that sounds depressing. So I jazzed it up with a bikini picture, woot woot! In all seriousness I am sure it will be riveting because Dern is never any less than absolutely riveting.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Gill: I thought you had some shorts on earlier. 
 Rae: I got others. 

Happy birthday, Christina Ricci!
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Great Moments In Movie Shelves #57

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I never watched any of the recent Lifetime TV series (two Lifetime posts in a row, that's certainly a record) Witches of East End, but I also didn't know that our Whedon-approved boyfriend Enver Gjokaj did a four-episode arc on the show's first season as a dude who works in a library and wears lots of wool sweaters and corduroy blazers either. If I had known oh how I would have talked up such a thing!

Alas he only lasted four episodes. See?

Uhh spoiler alert? Anyway bye bye, Enver. He got a good exit, at least! Did any of you actually watch the show? I believe it's since been canceled -- that's what you get for burning up Enver Gjokaj like that! Let's hope that Agent Carter doesn't go a similar route. (I am so worried about Agent Carter with the news that Hayley Atwell's got a new show lined up, you guys.)

Anyway today's Enver's 36th birthday - Happy Birthday! - so in his honor (really this is probably just a present to me and me alone, but whatever) after the jump is a collection of images of Enver standing in front of bookshelves on Witches of East End, which was what he did approximately 95% of the time he was on the show judging by my quick glance through...

Quote of the Day

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"[The producers] said they wanted me to gain some muscle. They were like, “B.J., you’re probably going to have your shirt off a lot,” and I’m like, “Come on, abs! Let’s go!” [Laughs] So I started to [work with] a trainer, and every time I’m feeling fatigued, my trainer goes, “Do it for UnREAL! Give me that last set, do it for UnREAL!” … I mean, [the show] is killing it right now. I gotta bring my A-game."

--- That's former Agents of SHIELD actor B.J. Britt in an interview with EW talking about his having just been cast as the new Bachelor for the second season of Lifetime's phenomenally entertaining reality show skewering hit UnREAL. (I guess he only stars in shows where portions of the titles are capitalized?) Anyway it's a good interview - race is apparently gonna be a huge topic for the second season, which is something they dealt with a little bit in S1 but which I'm interested to see more of. Plus, added bonus, BJ's hot. How how is he? Hit the jump for another dozen or so degrees of hotness...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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Anybody remember the 1993 married spy comedy Undercover Blues with Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid? Yeah I don't blame you if you don't -- I'd completely forgotten that it existed until I just saw that it was recently dropped onto blu-ray, for some reason. I guess the world was clamoring for the entire Herbert Ross oeuvre in crystal clear high definition? (Give me Steel Magnolias or give me death.)

Anyway I couldn't remember what the movie was so I googled it and was reminded of blah blah story whatever as well as oh yeah this was some prime Dennis Quaid time. For the record, prime Dennis Quaid time has been going on for forty years and still hasn't passed, but still. There are levels, and 1993 was a good 'un.

And a bonus -- as I went through the movie to cap these scenes of Prime Dennis, I discovered that the movie co-starred Youngish Stanley Tucci, who was always playing a greasy sleazeball type in the 90s, but with a certain furry greasy sex appeal to it, and there's an extensive scene where Tucci gets trapped in an alligator pen at the zoo (of course) and Dennis Quaid forces him to strip off his clothes (of course).

So I capped that as well (of course).
Hit the jump for the rest of it...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chris Hemsworth's Pants Are Very Tight

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Plus some other stuff happens, or whatever.
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I Am Link

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--- Dick Pool - I'm such a sucker to keep posting every tidbit of Deadpool gay-baiting but I am weak, so weak - Ryan Reynolds talking about his dick just fills a hole inside of me, ya know? I need it. So anyway yeah over at EW he talked some more about his nude scene in the movie, specifically about The Luckiest man On Earth, make-up artist Bill Corso, who made his, and I quote, "penis look perfect." Oh Ryan. We all know that your penis was already perfect. Stop fooling. Meanwhile over at Vulture they took on the film's bi friendliness - or, their word, hetero-flexibility. There are some spoilers for the movie in there, but only things that will make you want to see the movie more.
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--- Area XY - We've posted about Annhilation, Ex-Machina director Alex Garland's next film, a couple of times already - it's an adaptation of an intriguing sounding book about a team of female scientists investigating a mysterious deadly place called "Area X," and it's had a bunch of great actresses come and go, cast-wise. At one point it had Tilda & Julianne Moore, but no more - now it's got Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson, and it's just added the newly hip Jennifer Jason Leigh to its cast. One assumes she's playing the threatening one.
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--- Groovy People - I waited and I waited for Ted Raimi to show up in the first (spectacular) season of Ash vs Evil Dead and he never did and it made me nuts, so the news that he's been cast for the second season is a relief. He's going to play an old friend of Ash's. An old friend who will scream at some point, "I'LL SWALLA YA SOUL!!!" one hopes. Also cast is the Six Million Dollar Man himself - Lee Majors is going to play Ash's father! Talk about spot-on casting.
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--- Dark Reflections - I don't even want to be typing news about the upcoming third season of Black Mirror, the sci-fi anthology show that blew my mind episode after episode after mind-blowing episode, because I want the third season done, finished, filmed and uploaded to my Netflix account right this second. I am tired of waiting. But they're apparently only getting around to making the episodes now, the bastards. Good news though - this season will be 12 episodes, unlike the short previous ones which aired on the BBC first, and Hanna director Joe Wright is going to direct one! I'm a little less enthusiastic about it starring Bryce Dallas Howard, but whatever. Joe Wright is cool.
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--- RSVP Murder -The first full trailer for Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, a thriller starring Michiel Huisman and Logan Marshall-Green and their respective beards, amongst others, has arrived, you can watch it at The Playlist. This follows the teaser trailer we posted just a couple of weeks ago. It looks very very good! There's one shot...
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... where it seems as if Michiel and Logan might rub their beards together that is very exciting, very exciting indeed. What a thrill! The movie is out in April.
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--- Space Bubba - Ridley Scott's Alien was on TV the other day (it's always on, honestly) and I got caught up in it (I always get caught up in it, honestly) and one thing that always sticks out is his astonishingly regular-folk looking cast - Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright and John Hurt and on and on; they make that world lived-in and real. So today's news that Danny McBride, blustery profane goofball, will co-star in Scott's upcoming Alien slash Prometheus sequel called Alien: Covenant, makes a ton of sense to me, in that context.
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--- Pretty Same - Lots of trailers popping up today: the first one for Equals - a futuristic sci-fi romance starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart as two gorgeous people not allowed to express emotion in a sterile world - kind of looks like an expensive perfume commercial, but man does Nicky look gorgeous in all those white outfits and tight collars.
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--- King Maker - We expressed out enthusiasm about a new Tom Tykwer movie only a couple of weeks ago, and sure enough lo behold new news -- The Playlist shares several images of Tom Hanks & Co. in A Hologram For the King, which is what the movie is called. There's also a non-dubbed German trailer for the film at the link. It's based on a book by Dave Eggers about a salesman who goes to Saudi Arabia to secure an IT contract in the desert. 
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--- And Finally I have no idea how I missed this news before yesterday but You Can Count On Me and Margaret director Kenneth Lonergan has got a new play coming out (thanks Mac) called Hold On to Me Darling, which will start previews in a couple of weeks here in NYC, and it will star Timothy Olyphant (yessss) and Adelaide Clemens - I don't know the latter but my boyfriend, a huge fan of the show Rectify, was crazy excited to see her name. Anyway all of that is great but what really sealed the deal for me was this image of Timothy Olyphant rehearsing, natch:
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Thursday's Ways Not To Die

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RIP Multiple Miggs!
And he seemed to really love life; what a loss.

In case you have so far missed the week-long celebration going on over at The Film Experience, where they're going through the film every day (and I highly recommend you not missing that!), this weekend marks the 25th anniversary of this astonishing film, and I wasn't sure which death-scene to focus on. Oh I knew this week's Way Not To Die would go to the film, but for what?

I contemplated the scene where Hannibal Lecter escapes by slicing and dicing up his guards, but then I realized that what really works about The Silence of the Lambs... well to be honest, everything works about The Silence of the Lambs; I actually think it's a perfect film. But what lingers, especially with regards to Lecter, is the telling of his horrors, even more than the showing. The story about him eating his nurse's tongue for instance, or what he does to Miggs.

Hannibal Lecter, dare I say it, gets inside of our heads. 
So here, the first off-screen Way Not To Die!
Congratulations, good doctor.

Hit the jump for links to all the previous Ways Not To Die

Just How Hardcore Is Henry Anyway

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You guys have no idea (okay maybe you have some idea) how excited I was when I pressed play on the first trailer for Hardcore Henry -- the upcoming first-person action-movie starring Sharlto Copley -- and basically the first shot was bulge.

And the third shot was bulge. 
And the fifth shot...

... was bulge. So much Sharlto Copley bulge, I thought! This is precisely what I was hoping for when I pressed play -- all of my wildest dreams were coming to fruition. And then...

... Sharlto Copley showed up, on-screen, and I realized that I wasn't looking at Sharlto Copley's bulge at all! Mystery bulge! Turns out I was totally wrong about Sharlto playing the "Henry" of the title - thing is, IMDb doesn't list who it is playing the lead POV role. It really is a mystery bulge! The Playlist says that Sharlto is playing "mysterious British fellow called Jimmy" who aids Mystery Mr. Hardcore Henry on his quest, so at least I'll get to look at Sharlto, I guess. Not his bulge though. It's a real Sophie's Choice.

Anyway, you guys gotta watch this trailer:
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It makes this movie look SO MUCH BETTER than I was anticipating it to look. The whole "first person" thing felt like a terrible gimmick when I first read about it but some of those shots in there are just mind-blowing spectacle. I can't wait to see this come April.