We’ve lived with the Dark Knight series so long, we frankly couldn’t imagine a superhero who wasn’t a little emo. Even The Avengers featured Mark Ruffalo‘s moody, broody Hulk. Luckily, as director Zack Snyder’s Tree of Life-looking teaser trailer suggested and the film’s new trailer confirms, Man of Steel‘s Superman is all about the feels. Even the film’s IMDB description seems intent on resetting our expectations of Superman: “An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities. He sets out to use these abilities to guard his adopted world.” Uh, you mean the story of Superman? Which everyone in the world knows by heart? Fair enough. While most superheroes tend to be somewhat emotional (does everyone’s parents have to be dead?), Man of Steel seems to score highest on the Brooding Superhero Trope scorecard:
Just when you thought stars were some alien life form visiting our planet just to briefly grace us with their beauty and talent, they come out with amazingly normal revelations about themselves, like this one from Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried: “Everybody wants to have sex with [Channing Tatum],” she says in the January issue of InStyle. “And the only person he wants to have sex with is his wife, Jenna [Dewan-Tatum]. He’s the most loyal husband.” Wow, we just had that exact same thought five minutes ago!
Other really normal things about Amanda that prove she’s human, not the ethereal angelic being we’ve always assumed her to be: She says she’d never be able to lose weight the way co-star Anne Hathaway did for Les Miz. “I would lose my mind.” Us too! Amanda, we should totally be best buds.
So what do we think of the new original Les Miserables song “Suddenly”? Are you crying right now? Frankly, if we didn’t know better when we watched today’s featurette, we would have assumed it was from the musical! You only get to hear bits and pieces of the tune as director Tom Hooper, musical co-creators Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, and producer Cameron Mackintosh break down the origin of the Jean Valjean song, but it is a tearjerker of the highest order.
Now, does “Suddenly” sound so mind-blowingly amazing that we want to give it a Best Song Oscar right now? No, because we haven’t felt that way since 1999 and “Blame Canada” was nominated from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Damn you, Phil Collins and your Tarzan soundtrack! Unless Disney decides to hastily release Tarzan 2 in the next few weeks, however, we think we can safely say “Suddenly” will probably bring in the win. Who else could possibly take it home? Adele’s “Skyfall”? “Learn Me Right” from Brave? Some sort of flute-based song from The Hobbit? You’re dreaming. Dreaming about Hugh Jackman being your kindly French adoptive dad! Seriously though, if something from The Hobbit soundtrack wins, we will start screaming and never stop.
If Rihanna has a reality show in addition to being one of the biggest stars in the world, shouldn’t Lady Gaga have a side gig or eight as well? Barbra Streisand certainly thinks so, and has that woman ever been wrong? WELL, HAS SHE? No. According to Time‘s Joel Stein, Babs is hoping to steer Gaga toward the big screen, fantasy-casting her in the upcoming remake of Gypsy, ostensibly as burlesque perfumer Gypsy Rose Lee. “I told [Streisand] what a mullet is, she told me she’s thinking of casting Lady Gaga as the lead in her remake of Gypsy.” Stein writes. Let’s see…singing, dancing, wearing fabulously trashy outfits. We might be crazy here, but this just might work. Dear God, would Barbra play her insane stage mother Mama Rose? This right here is why Streisand makes the big bucks. This is the best idea since Bette Midler starred in the 1993 version of Gypsy, which historians agree was the best idea ever.
Of course, Gaga’s proposed role in the musical-based movie remake would be on top of her world tour, her work on the upcoming album ARTPOP, making her first big screen appearance in the upcoming Machete Kills, continuing her work with her Born This Way Foundation and recently teaming up with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), beginning with her current visit to South Africa. That feels about right. That feels like a reasonable workload for a human being.
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Dear God, please let Kristen’s character’s last name be Lamp! Please! If you don’t know what everyone is yelling about today, we are delighted to inform you that the geniuses behind Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues are allegedly extending Kristen Wiig an invitation to the pants party, supposedly as the love interest of Steve Carell‘s Brick Tamland. We are in a glass case of emotion just thinking about it! Of course, today’s news is only the latest detail that has us thinking Anchorman‘s sequel will rival the original:
If you had to call comedy another name, you could call it “Judd Apatow.” The multi-talented writer/director/producer has dominated the face of funny over the past decade, and he’s responsible for some of the best laugh-out-loud films ever made. From his early features like (our childhood must-see) Heavyweights to small screen gems like Freaks and Geeks, and all the way through to box office busters like Superbad and Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, his movies have defined comedy to a generation of people, and we’re thankful for all that laughs he’s given us over the years.
But we’re not the only people who should be thankful. Some of the biggest comedy stars in the world today got their big breaks by featuring in Judd’s movies. From James Franco to Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, Mr. Apatow can spot a career-making hit a mile off. What is the deal with his insane success rate? How is he able to produce such memorable characters that propel the actors into the mega-successful stratosphere?
The answer is simple: The Man-Child. Judd Apatow is the king of the emotionally stunted, delightfully immature, hilariously inept and maladjusted male who just can’t be a functional adult no matter how hard he tries. It’s a hallmark of all of his work. Whether it’s Steve Carell’s wax agony in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Seth Rogen staring down the barrel of fatherhood in Knocked Up, or Jason Segel’s nude and heartbroken misery in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, we laugh so hard at these folks because we see our own faults in their complete and utter dysfunction. So in honor of Judd’s big day, we counted down our 15 favorite man children that he brought to the screen. We hope you enjoy it!
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How has it only been three years since Brittany Murphy passed away? It seems like it’s been forever, which is why we were shocked to hear that her final film, “suspense thriller” Something Wicked, is currently looking for a distributor. We hope the movie gets picked up, because we’d love to watch the Clueless star onscreen on last time. How can we not, when she gave us some truly great performances?
Before you rush down into your Channing Tatum bunker (fully equipped with both Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, white undershirts you bought from a reliable pervert on Craigslist and a water filtration system) to wait out the duration of Chan’s potential break from acting, remember this: you might not even notice he’s gone! “[Writing partner Reid Carolin and I] have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in the hopper. By the end of next year, we’re going to shut things down and write the first thing that we’re going to direct,” the Magic Mike actor told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re going to be like, alright, no more acting parts for a minute, let’s take a few and really get caring about that section of our career.” A quick check of the actor’s IMDB page, however, reassures us that we have months, if not years, of upcoming Channing Tatum movies to tide us over. And with hologram technology advancing at its current rate, we may never having to go Chan-less again!
Tatum, who is currently working on both a Magic Mike sequel and a potential Evel Knievel biopic with Reid, is scheduled to star in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Side Effects, White House Down and the currently filming Foxcatcher, a drama about “John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz,” in the upcoming year. After that, Tatum is slated to star in sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending for 2014, and we’re betting one lengthy text from Jonah Hill is all it would take to get Channing on a jet to the as-yet unscheduled 21 Jump Street 2 table read. Moreover, Tatum is also signed on as the lead in the upcoming romantic thriller The Contortionist’s Handbook. We guess what we’re saying is…let us prepare ourselves now for the Great Tatum Drought of 2015. Though can anyone truly prepare themselves for such horror? That woman in the lower left hand corner of the photo knows what we’re talking about.
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This one falls under the category of things we write about just because we love them. It’s kind of the answer to all those annoying people who complain about you spoiling the the ending to something that left the theaters or the airwaves months or even years ago. Guess what, folks? Soilent Green is made out of people! But we also get that spoilers are a forbidden fruit that’s hard to resist — if someone said they know how the Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. Game of Thrones) ends, I might have a hard time not finding out. Also, there are the shows and movies I will probably never get around to seeing but am still happy to know the ending of, for the sole purpose of pop-culture conversations and trivia night. So, yeah, I guess you’d say probably wouldn’t walk away from the Spoiling Tree and his sweet, sweet spoilers.
Ever since we first read Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush, back when a slew of angel-themed YA novels threatened to wipe vampires off the shelves in 2009, we’ve been wondering what was taking Hollywood so long to snatch up the series. It’s got all the elements of a great addictive movie franchise: relatable heroine (Nora Grey, a science wiz and cellist whose father was murdered recently), irresistible mysterious bad-boy (Nora’s new biology partner Patch, who ditches homework for the pool hall), hilarious best friend (Vee, we can’t even describe her in a phrase) and complex mythology that unfolds carefully throughout the book. There are fallen angels, love triangles, murder mysteries and a seedy New England setting in the mix too. And yes, today, finally, comes the news from Entertainment Weekly that LD Entertainment will adapt the four-book saga for the big screen. Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith will write the screenplay.
Hush, Hush fans have been fantasy casting this story for years now, and even Fitzpatrick once had her own dream choices for the roles. “I started writing Hush, Hush almost ten years ago, so I was picturing actors who are obviously now too old to play the parts. I wanted Steven Strait for Patch and Emmy Rossum for Nora, but that won’t work anymore,” she told EW. Now she thinks some undiscovered actors should star. Fair enough, but we took a shot at choosing some up-and-comers we love for the roles. Check out our choices and then chime in with your own!
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