Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FAT GUYS, LITTLE COATS: 20 YEARS OF 'TOMMY BOY'


HOLY SCHNIKES! Tommy Boy came out 20 years ago today! Man, does that ever make me feel old. Tommy Boy is one of a handful of films that I can safely say I have seen DOZENS of times (Star Wars, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pulp Fiction and Happy Gilmore are also on that list), to the point where I know every scene and piece of dialogue by heart. It's also the film that I probably quote the most in my daily life. If somebody has an ache or pain, I whip out "Not 'here', or 'here' so much, but right 'HERE'." If I bump my head or run into something, "That's gonna leave a mark." Someone I now well goes for a handshake, I lay out a "Brothers don't shake hands. Brothers gotta hug." It's not even something I do intentionally, it's just an instantaneous response that comes leaping out of me.

I'm sure a big part of why the film clicked with me was the fact that I was a chubby kid myself, just like the immortal Chris Farley. He, along with John Belushi and John Candy, became a hero to me. Comedy was definitely a defense mechanism against all the fat jokes that came my way from middle school onward, and being able to quote Tommy Boy at any instant was a lifesaver during those sometimes awfully cruel years. For that I will always be in debt to Chris Farley, his partner in crime David Spade, director Pete Segal (who also helmed Anger Management and 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler), and everyone else who helped bring Tommy Boy to the screen.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!
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Here are a few of the best scenes and quotes, that are now TWENTY years old...

"We're family, we're going to be doing lots of dumb stuff together."


"The medic gets out and says 'Oh, my God'. New guy is in the corner puking his guts out."


"We just killed Bambi!"


"That. Was. AWESOME."


"Fat guy in a little coat. Fat guy in a little coat."


"If I wanted a kiss I would've called your mother."


"I KILLED IT! I KILLED MY SALE!"


"Housekeeping."


"He's a big, dumb animal. Isn't he, folks?"


"I'm okay. I'm fine. I'm fine now."


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm

Robert Downey, Jr. is the coolest! Actually he's tied with this amazing 7-year-old kid named Alex and this incredible college student named Albert. Watch this video to find out why...

Found on the officevideos YouTube channel.

Q. "Do you know who that is?"
A. "Iron Man."
Q. "What's his name?"
A. "Robert."

SO GREAT! 

Here's another video that was previously posted that gives a little more backstory on Alex and Albert...

Found on the officevideos YouTube channel.

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DISNEY ANNOUNCES MORE STAR WARS DETAILS


MORE STAR WARS! YEAH!

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced at a shareholder meeting today in San Francisco more details and confirmed some long standing rumors regarding the future of the Star Wars franchise and the expanded universe beyond the previously announced, J.J Abrams-helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The previously announced Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directed stand-alone project got a name (Rogue One), a writer (Chris Weitz from Disney's Cinderella and About a Boy) and a star (Felicity Jones, fresh off an Oscar nomination for The Theory of Everything). The story will be based on an idea from John Knoll, the chief creative officer at Industrial Light and Magic, who will also serve as an Executive Producer on the project. Rogue One will be the first in "a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga" according to StarWars.com. The film starts shooting this summer and will be released December 16th, 2016.

The other big news of the day was the confirmation of the long standing rumor that Looper writer-director Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will continue the story line of The Force Awakens. Johnson is familiar with tackling iconic brands, as he directed three episodes of the beloved series Breaking Bad, winning a Directors Guild Award for the Season Five episode "Fifty-One", as well as directing one of the final and most acclaimed episodes of the series, "Ozymandias", which series creator Vince Gilligan considers to be the series finest hour. Episode VIII will be released on May 26th, 2017, forty years and one day after the very first Star Wars film was released.

No pressure Gareth, Felicity and Rian! The fate of the (Star Wars expanded) universe is in your hands.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

51 FILMS YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN INSTEAD OF 'AMERICAN SNIPER'


American Sniper is officially the highest grossing film domestically of 2014. Yep, American Sniper, not the latest Hunger Games, Transformers, Hobbit, Disney or Marvel blockbuster, but an R-Rated War-Drama directed by 84-Year-Old Clint Eastwood about a sniper.


Weird, right?


While this could be seen a victory for non-sequel, non-comic book, non-"expanded universe", non-young adult book franchise filmmaking, it is also kind of depressing that THIS is the film that the North American audience chose to champion. Not that American Sniper is a bad film, it's just not a very good film. It's just a very, very, VERY average movie. Other than Bradley Cooper's superb, physically transforming turn as Chris Kyle, the film is very unimpressive.


Box Office data from BoxOfficeMojo.com 

Looking down this top ten list, it's mind-blowing that films like Guardians of the Galaxy and The LEGO Movie, films that beg to be seen again and again for their sheer entertainment value, were even remotely threatened by American Sniper at the box office. Not only did American Sniper outperform the biggest tent-pole hits of the year, it lapped the field at the Oscars as well. If you look at the other seven films nominated for Best Picture this year, Sniper outperformed all of them... COMBINED!



Box Office data from BoxOfficeMojo.com 

Here's what that looks like visually...




Of the eight nominees, Sniper is the only one that I would safely say is not an above average film. Sure The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything were not especially groundbreaking or life altering cinema experiences, but they certainly offered more in terms of storytelling, appealing lead characters and ensemble acting. If people wanted to celebrate courage and heroism, why not Ava DuVernay's wonderful civil rights drama Selma, featuring a powerhouse performance by David Oyelowo? Way more enthralling than Sniper. You want to see two guys battling it out, why not see the far superior Whiplash starring Miles Teller and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons? Way more intense. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman? Next level audacity. Boyhood? A modern miracle. All of these films deliver the goods way above and beyond American Sniper.

Again, it's not that American Sniper is bad, it's just that it is so-so. Bradley Cooper? He's solid. The action? Pretty good. Other than that... NADA! There is nothing extraordinary about this film. The storytelling is sloppy, the emotional climax of the film feels tacked on, and if you've seen The Hurt Locker, you've already seen a version of American Sniper that was far superior in almost every conceivable way.

Oh yeah, and nice fake baby... 


The other thing that makes this whole thing maddening is how many other brilliant, imaginative, emotional and thrilling films were mostly ignored by movie-going audiences. In fact, if people wanted to see a war film that really delivers an emotional wallop while also working as a solid action picture, they should have seen David Ayer's Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena. While Fury may not stand the test of time alongside films like Apocalypse Now and The Thin Red Line, it sure was more memorable than American Sniper, and even if Fury didn't deserve to be a mega-blockbuster, it certainly makes no sense that American Sniper made FOUR TIMES as much money as it did at the box office. That's pure craziness.

The Oscar-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam was another 2014 release that handled the topics of soldiers and war in a far superior fashion, though obviously it was a limited release so it had no chance to rake in big bucks. Overall though, when you add up so many of the other big, medium and small releases from 2014, it is a shame that so many amazing films were overlooked by the general public while American Sniper meanwhile raked in the dough.

Which other films? How about ALL OF THESE...


Box Office data from BoxOfficeMojo.com 

Pretty sad, isn't it? SO MANY wonderful films. Obviously many of these films had significantly smaller releases than American Sniper, so they never had a chance to make a big splash. The list just goes to show how many great films came out last year, and how so many of them deserved so much more. Oscar-nominated fare like Wild, Foxcatcher and Inherent Vice. Action packed flicks like John Wick, Snowpiercer and The Guest. Gripping dramas like Nightcrawler, A Most Violent Year and Locke. Independent Spirit Awards favorites like Dear White People, Obvious ChildLand Ho!, The One I Love and Blue Ruin.

The list goes on and on, including films like ChefTop FiveBegin Again and The Trip to Italy. Fantastic foreign-language films like Ida, Mommy, Force Majeure and Leviathan. Genre-busting films like Under the Skin, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Babadook and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Last but not least, let's throw in Best Documentary Oscar-winner CitizenFour and ALL FIFTEEN of the Oscar-nominated Short Films!


Add up the box office of ALL of these films and they still didn't make as much money domestically as American Sniper. So many poor decisions by movie-goers.


Like I said earlier, it is nice to see a movie that is not geared towards 12-year-old boys and girls take the top spot at the box office. Honestly, it is. It's just too bad 'merica chose THIS particular undeserving & underwhelming film to break through in such a big way. If you haven't seen American Sniper yet, do yourself a favor, go seek out one of these other films instead.
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BLUE STEEL! Zoolander 2 - Maison Valentino Runway

BLUE STEEL!


Found on the Paramount Pictures YouTube channel.

TIM BURTON TO DIRECT 'DUMBO'

Tim Burton will direct Dumbo. Here's some early concept art (not really)...



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

MTV MOVIE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED


MTV announced the nominees for their annual movie awards, and surprisingly they are not all that bad. Half of their Movie of the Year candidates carry over from the Oscars Best Picture race, with American Sniper, Boyhood, Selma and Whiplash all making the cut. Interestingly, Oscar winner Birdman was absent from the list. The other half of the Movie of the Year nominations went to more young adult/box office driven fare like The Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. 

The winners will be chosen by fans who can vote at MovieAwards.MTV.com from now through April 11th. Comedian Amy Schumer will host the awards ceremony, which take place on April 12th.


Here's the full list of nominees:

Movie of the Year
”American Sniper”
”Boyhood”
”The Fault In Our Stars”
”Gone Girl”
”Guardians of the Galaxy”
”The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″
”Selma”
”Whiplash”

Best Female Performance
Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Shailene Woodley, “The Fault In Our Stars”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Scarlett Johansson, “Lucy”

Best Male Performance
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Chris Pratt, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars”
Miles Teller, “Whiplash”
Channing Tatum, “Foxcatcher”

Best Scared-As-S**t Performance
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Annabelle Wallis, “Annabelle”
Jennifer Lopez, “The Boy Next Door”
Dylan O’Brien, “The Maze Runner”
Zach Gilford, “The Purge: Anarchy”

Breakthrough Performance
Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Dylan O’Brien, “The Maze Runner”
Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood”

Best Shirtless Performance
Zac Efron, “Neighbors”
Chris Pratt, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Channing Tatum, “Foxcatcher”
Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars”
Kate Upton, “The Other Woman”

Best Duo
Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill, “22 Jump Street”
Zac Efron & Dave Franco, “Neighbors”
Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars”
Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
James Franco & Seth Rogen, “The Interview”

Best Fight
Jonah Hill vs. Jillian Bell, “22 Jump Street”
Chris Evans vs. Sebastian Stan, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Dylan O’Brien vs. Will Poulter, “The Maze Runner”
Seth Rogen vs. Zac Efron, “Neighbors”
Edward Norton vs. Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Best Kiss
Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley, “The Fault In Our Stars”
James Franco & Seth Rogen, “The Interview”
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″
Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Rose Byrne & Halston Sage, “Neighbors”

Best WTF Moment
Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne, “Neighbors”
Jonah Hill, “22 Jump Street”
Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day, “Horrible Bosses 2″
Miles Teller, “Whiplash”
Rosario Dawson & Anders Holm, “Top Five”

Best Villain
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Jillian Bell, “22 Jump Street,”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Peter Dinklage, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Comedic Performance
Channing Tatum, “22 Jump Street”
Chris Pratt, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Rose Byrne, “Neighbors”
Chris Rock, “Top Five”
Kevin Hart, “The Wedding Ringer”

Best On-Screen Transformation
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Elizabeth Banks, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″
Zoe Saldana, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood”

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Monday, March 2, 2015

JARED LETO CUTS HIS HAIR FOR DAVID AYER'S SUICIDE SQUAD

Jared Leto cut his hair and beard to play The Joker in David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD. Here's the pics to prove it...


Or is Leto playing Two-Face?