Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Fun is Here To Stay

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I think I've probably posted these photos from Ye Olde Entertainmente Weekley about a dozen times by now, but I sure haven't gotten tired of looking at 'em and I assume you ain't neither. (Double negatives make everything truer.) Anyway it turns out I've got an extra bonus day of vacation this holiday weekend after all, so we won't be here to sooth your boredom again until Tuesday, meaning this is my way of wishing you a Happy Memorial Day. It was either this or post pictures of Betty White eating hot dogs and... well I'm not sure I made the right choice, honestly. But it will have to do. Have a great weekend, people.


Viggo Mortensen Five Times

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Viggo's on the cover of the new issue of Esquire magazine this month, and gosh it's good to see him isn't it? We defnitely don't see him often enough. You can read the interview with him right over here - I haven't read it yet but I'm sure he'll be more interesting than half the pretty boys I post about here. But speaking of pretty you can hit the jump for the rest of the pictures...

Jake Gyllenhaal is Getting Busy

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This always happens with Jake - it will be quiet for a long while and then suddenly, all within a couple of days, the dam will break and a bunch of stuff will be announced and then he'll go back into publicity hiding again. Earlier today I shared his skit from the new episode of Amy Schumer and the news that he's doing a one-night show. 

But I should've waited a couple hours, because now even bigger news! He's re-teaming with director Denis Villeneuve (they made the great Enemy and the good Prisoners together) on The Son. It's an adaptation of a book by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo (who has a different book being turned into a movie starring Michael Fassbender right now, the lucky so n' so) about a "once promising wrestler" whose life goes into a drug-addled downward-spiral after the death of his father - the story finds the dude finding out his father's death was not what he thought it was, and seeking vengeance.

Villeneuve is working on the Blade Runner sequel right now and will do this once that's done. Jake just finished shooting the Boston Bombing film Stronger and is currently shooting that movie with Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho and Tilda Swinton; after that he's making that space-station film with Ryan Reynolds. And he's also got that Tom Ford movie in the can. Good stuff to look forward to!

ETA See, this is what I'm talking about --  more Jake news! "That Tom Ford movie" that I just mentioned has just gotten a release date - it will come out in November. Specifically it is getting "an exclusive engagement" (whatever the hell that means)on November 18th, and it will widen over the next week up through Thanksgiving. I smell Oscars for everybody.
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Wiener In The House

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No sooner should I buy my tickets to see Todd Solondz's sorta semi-sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse called Weiner-Dog - which tells several stories, all involving some kind of a magical dachshund, one of which includes an adult Dawn Weiner played by Greta Gerwig - at BAM's CinemaFest in Brooklyn next month than the trailer miraculously should appear! Watch!
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The film also stars Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts and Zosia Mamet, and it's out in theaters on June 24th, just a week after it screens in Brooklyn. But you think I could wait one more week than need be? HA!
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Daniel Craig Is Getting Lucky

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The cast for Steven Soderbergh's return to the movies, the NASCAR-centered heist film called Logan Lucky, has begun to get stuffed - when we last heard about it was set to star Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon, but now Shannon's name seems to have vanished and instead the film will co-star, alongside Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig. I mean I love Michael Shannon but I can't sneeze at those names either. It's not too surprising that big names would clamor for a Soderbergh movie, though - he kinda gets whoever the hell he wants. Anyway Deadline theorizes that this, along with that series he's signed on for, really does mean Daniel Craig is dunzo with James Bond. Fine by me -- I am on Team Gillian now.
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... parking with Jeremy Irvine & Karl Glusman.

I think these two have... intentions!

Yup.

They sure do.

I still haven't bothered watching Stonewall but I saw this scene going around on Tumblr and I wanted in on that action. It's been out on home video for a bit - have any of you bothered catching it yet?

Taken out of context this scene, at least on a visual level, is an appealing sight. I'm sure Roland Emmerich ruins all of that once dreaded context is layered over it, but let's at least enjoy this much, here and now.

The way God intended.


Sunday in the Park with Jakey

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Don't ask me why our favorite Gyllenhaalic Gallery Site IHJM just uploaded several never-before-seen shots of Jake in his bike-shorts from a full ten years ago (remember when he was hanging out with Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey all the time? Yeah these are from then), but I sure as shit ain't...

... complainin'. These are fine memories to be reminded of.
We were so young and so full of life then.

Anyway in other Jake news I assume that those of you who care about such things saw that he is set to perform another gay ol' time for Broadway this Fall - he's doing a Sondheim show, Sunday in the Park With George, for a one night event a la his Little Shop of Horrors last year.

I went to Little Shop (and loved it) but I decided at the very last second to skip this new one - I even had tickets in my cart for it and everything, but I balked at the price just before clicking purchase. If I hadn't just spent a bunch of money on several Broadway shows in a row I might've played it differently, but I don't even seem to like Sondheim (I know, I'm a terrible gay) so I don't feel that distraught.

And then there's this:
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I'm surprised they dropped this clip early (they'd played it up in last week's preview, and we'd seen him filming on the set a few months back) but there it is, Jake's skit with Amy Schumer!
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Dawson: Schreck? That's a German word, 
isn't it? Means fear or... horror. 
Dr. Schreck: A more exact translation would be terror. 
An unfortunate misnomer for I am the mildest of men. 

I have never seen this movie, which reveals an extraordinary lapse of good judgement on my part -- can I actually say I have my lived a life, any sort of life, if I have never seen a movie called Dr. Terror's House of Horrors while a movie called Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is out there to see? Obviously no, no no, I cannot. Today is the 103rd anniversary of the birth of the great Peter Cushing, and so in his honor I say I will right this morbid wrong, good sir! I swear it! I mean for god's sake look at the glorious poster:

Frenzied Fright! 
Freezing Terror! 
Screaming Nightmare!
Woody Allen Raped By Vines!


Pics of the Day

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The first few official pictures of Matt Bomer in The Last Tycoon, his TV series for Amazon based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished final novel about a movie producer (read all about it here), have arrived and sure enough what we're seeing is what we expected: the spectacle of Matt Bomer looking perfect in tailored suits.

Come to think of it that was basically the appeal of Matt's last TV show White Collar too, wasn't it? I mean there were a few moments where he seemed to be auditioning for the Magic Mike movies on that show, but mostly we were just gaping in awe at the way light trousers hung on him. I am good with more of this!

The pilot for The Last Tycoon will debut on Amazon on June 17th, and it's pick-up depends on all of us watching it so we gotta be on top of this! (Immediately cue thoughts of being on top of Bomer.) (Cue sigh.) (Sigh.)

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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I don't usually like the beach - direct sunlight is kind of my nemesis and sand, oh god sand is just awful - but looking at this picture of James Wolk on the beach is still making me think that I would probably go to the beach if James Wolk asked me to. Anyway I know Memorial Day is literally right around the corner so if any of y'all are sprinting for sunnier pastures I want to wish you a happy one! I will be around at least through today and probably through tomorrow.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Don't Want Realism, I Want Magic

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Half Day Today.
See You Tomorrow.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Who Wore It Best?

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I was looking at pictures of Warren Beatty yesterday, as ones does, when I stumbled upon that shot of him on the set of the great McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and I immediately thought of...

... Ben Mendelsohn's momentous fur coat in last year's terrific and gorgeous film Slow West. Thing is Ben's coat seemed momentous at the time, but looking at Warren's coat right here and now side by side in comparison, well...
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By the way Criterion clearly also had a similar thought recently, because the art-work for their upcoming blu-ray release of McCabe (which is out in August) is also All About The Fur...


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Flan: Why do you stay in South Africa?
Geoffrey: One has to stay there.
To educate the black workers. 
And we'll know we've been successful when they kill us.
Ouisa: Oh, goodness. 
Flan: Planning the revolution that will destroy you.
Ouisa: Putting your life on the line. 
Geoffrey: We don't think of it like that.
I wish you'd come and visit. 
Ouisa: Oh, would we visit you and sit in your gorgeous house, planning visits to the townships, demanding to see the poorest of the poor? "Oh, are you sure they're the worst off? I mean, we've come all this way. I mean, we don't want to see people just mildly victimized by apartheid. We demand shock." You know it doesn't seem right, sitting on the East Side, talking about revolution. 

Since I'm using this bit of dialogue to wish Sir Ian McKellen a happy 77th birthday today I was going to cut it off after he says the bit about knowing they'll have been successful when they get murdered, but I just love the dialogue in this scene, in this movie, way too much to edit it. It's too great. And I think about this scene every time I go abroad and find myself stumbling through a poor neighborhood, not knowing the language and eyeing the local sights, fetishizing the chipped-paint poverty of Other Cultures.
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Good Morning, Apocalypse

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Cillian Murphy's eyeballs oughta be insured like Mary Hart's legs or J-Lo's ass -- they're how we first met him, eyeball first, in 28 Days Later, and we've never (wait for it) looked back. (God I'm clever.) 

Anyway you'd be forgiven for thinking we met him penis-first, since this shot of his eye smash-cuts to, you guessed it, Cillian full-frontally naked tip to toe laying on his hospital bed (I'm gonna put those NSFW images after the jump, by the way) -- I've always been so weirded out by that fact, by the way. Like who is laid out naked like that in the hospital? I suppose that's how Danny Boyle tells us something ain't right from second one -- the absence of a hospital gown leaving him as exposed as exposed can be -- but it always made me wonder what those doctors and/or nurses were doing to him before the zombies came.

Anyway I told you earlier this week when we did "Beauty vs Beast" for Cillian that his 40th birthday was coming up - well it's here! He turns 40 today and so if you haven't voted on that poll click on over to The Film Experience, while the rest of us will hit the jump for those naked pictures I promised above...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I'd Rather Be Staring At Tahar Rahim

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This post is basically for me and me alone because I'd tweeted out astonishment not too far back that there is a show in the world that stars Mr. Rahim and Samantha Morton in the world and somehow I hadn't been hearing jack-squat about it -- this post is just me reminding myself to figure out how the hell I watch The Last Panthers, which is what said show is called, immediately. I know Sundance is airing the European-produced show here in the US, but I gotta get on that, specific-wise. Have any of you gotten on that? By "that" I mean the show, not Tahar, but if any of you have gotten on Tahar I want to hear that story even more. Hit the jump for seven more shots of the beautiful talented man in question...

I Am Link

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--- Dance With The Devil - My month of Broadway has pretty much come to an end (okay I am seeing Gillian Anderson do Streetcar a second time tomorrow because as I said before it's the greatest thing I have ever seen and the thought of never being able to see it ever again filled my heart with unspeakable panic) and having seen the American Psycho musical twice I can heartily agree with our pal Nathaniel's rave for the show over at The Film Experience last night. Honestly I'm really glad that Psycho is scheduled to run all Summer because there's no way I won't be going back at some point.

--- Gods & Women - I definitely haven't been doing these link round-ups often enough lately because I go through the list of things I want to talk about each time and there's always something where I'm like, "Wait I haven't mentioned that yet?" Like the fact that I haven't mentioned the news that Marvel finally officially announced the Supporting Cast for the third Thor movie and it includes Cate Blanchett as the big bad Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge. My goodness.

--- Trilogy Of Terror - At Cannes, when he wasn't busy getting booed or beefing with Lars Von Trier, Nicolas Winding Refn announced he is producing remakes of three count 'em three great old horror films - he's setting up remakes of Maniac Cop (which will have a daunting task matching the hotness of Young Bruce Campbell lemme tell ya what) and Witchfinder General (which will have a daunting task re-casting a role once played by Vincent Price lemme tell ya what) and then he's remaking the 1972 giallo What Have You Done To Solange?, which, well... yeah. I hope he casts Solange Knowles? Oh and here's a new interview with Refn that I haven't read yet, perhaps there's something fun.

--- And Speaking of things I haven't read yet here's a long talk with Pedro Almodovar for Variety -- I guess it's mostly about his new movie Julieta, which I believe is out in Spain now. I mean that's what it should be about I suppose, since it's out. He tells them that the film was once meant to be his English-language debut and it was going to star Meryl Streep! So many gay people just exploded.

---  War Mongers - Christopher Nolan probably isn't too worried about my opinion, but let me just tell him anyway - because if I personally stopped caring about my opinion I don't know what I'd do - that he needs to win me back after the several heapings of crap he's served recently. And I hope he can with Dunkirk, his new WWII movie, because it's got a helluva cast - Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance for starters. Anyway all of that we already knew but the movie has begun shooting and if you click here you can see some promising shots from the set; it looks pretty epic.

--- Girl Powered - It struck me a few days ago that Joss Whedon's all but vanished from the world, and I thought to myself that maybe he'd just pop up with a new Shaekspeare movie one of these days a la the glorious surprise that was Much Ado About Nothing, but before I could entertain that thought for too long a new interview with him appeared and it sounds like he has been working on a fresh script, about, and I quote, "a girl who goes through some unbelievable shit." That's all he offers, and that's basically the log-line of everything he's ever made, so I am going to pretend it's a big-screen Buffy movie is what I am gonna do. 

--- The Dandy Man Can - We should've mentioned this news yesterday when we posted that photo-shoot of Finn Wittrock but we spaced - he's got a new role! One not on American Horror Story! He's going to co-star in Jenny Slate's new movie (thanks Mac) directed by her Obvious Child collaborator Gillian Robespierre - it's called Landline and it will also star Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, John Turturro and Abby Quinn, and it sounds like it (unsurprisingly) will focus on the female members of that cast with the men-folk playing second fiddles. And yes it's been difficult for me to make it through this paragraph without mentioning the fact that Jenny Slate is dating Chris Evans and goddamn her! Ahem.

--- Myers Oh Myers - The first headline I saw about this story last night was terribly misleading and made it sound as if John Carpenter was going to direct the next Halloween movie, but that is not the case - he is merely executive-producing, which is a job title that translates in my ears to "slapping his name on so the movie feels more justified and then he pockets a bunch of cash in return." I mean I always read the title "Executive Producer" that way, it's not personal to Mr. Carpenter, but I have very little belief he'll be all that much involved with the project.
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5 Off My Head - Who Framed Roger Deakins

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Today is the 67th birthday of Roger Deakins, renowned cinematographer, and if I believed in God right here is where I would say that Mr. Deakins has been turning God's Creation into Something Better for a full forty of those years. As it is I suppose I can say with atheistic assurance that he has at the very least bitch-slapped Nature itself into tip-top ship-shape. He is good at what he does! 

We don't even care that the Academy hasn't seen fit to hand him an Oscar yet (even after thirteen nominations) -- the images he's crafted have painted the insides of several generation's worth of skulls, and that's a prize in itself. I mean, can you imagine? The way everyone, literally everyone, sees the world now has in some way shape or form been shaped and formed by the place you pointed the camera. That's something! 

Anyway to celebrate Mr. Deakins today we're picking Five Of Our Favorite Movies That He's Shot. One stipulation: we're choosing five films made by different directors -- this list could be a list of all his collaborations with the Coens and still be a perfect list, but we wanna spread the wealth. Here goes!

Skyfall (dir. Sam Mendes) -- I agree with the folks who say that there are scenes in between the spectacle where Skyfall falls a little flat, but when Deakins is on point there's never been a more beautiful action movie.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (dir. Andrew Dominik) -- If this movie was the only credit on any person's resume, that person would be a legend. One of the greatest achievements in the movies, ever. Terence Malick wishes.

Kundun (dir. Martin Scorsese) -- I probably haven't seen Kundun in fifteen years and yet I can remember the surfaces of a temple's wooden beams and the koi swimming like it was yesterday.

Sicario (dir. Denis Villeneuve) -- I had issues with the writing of Sicario (I really did not like the last act at all) but Deakins' visuals were searing sand-blasted stuff.

A Serious Man (dir. Coens) -- I had to include one Coens movie obviously, and I mean it could've gone to any of them, but I still feel like ASM is woefully underrated; it very well might be my favorite Coens movie not named Fargo. (Fargo will never ever ever lose the top spot, not ever.) And there images in ASM that I can close my eyes right this second and conjure up with shocking immediacy.

So what's your favorite Deakins joint?
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