Eight years ago, Jeremy Renner was an obscure actor in his thirties earning arthouse attention for his portrayal of a repressed cannibal in Dahmer. And now, nearly 40, he’s a superhero who just picked up a blockbuster franchise. The Hurt Locker star confirmed to MTV News that he’s set to take over the Mission: Impossible series from Tom Cruise. “It’s a franchise to potentially take over,” he admits. “I can’t predict the future and what they want, but that’s certainly the idea.” The pair are currently at work on the fourth, M:I film, currently titled Ghost Protocol. That sounds like a movie about Goldie Hawn teaming up with a dead Bill Cosby to us, but we may have seen too many ’80s comedies.
Renner—who will play super-archer Hawkeye in the upcoming Avengers film—is naturally staying on Cruise’s good side. “The stunts have been insane,” he said about the shoot. “Tom has been doing loads. He’s crazy, that guy. It’s unbelievable. He’s fearless. He’s great to watch. He inspires me to want to be better. I’m training in the gym and working out and fighting and doing everything I can to try and keep up…I need to look like I know what I’m doing!” You’re definitely doing something right, Jeremy!
Sorry, The Crow fans, Marky Mark does not feel your vibrations. Academy Award nominee (and former Funky Bunch participant) Mark Wahlberg has denied rumors that he might don eyeliner to star in a remake of the ’90s cult thriller. “They talked to me about it and there was a director attached who I was a fan of, and he’s no longer doing it,” he told Cinematical. “We just thought about it – ‘is there something cool to be done there?’ But we’re not committed to making the movie.” Whew! After the hell that was Max Payne, we figured it was clear to everyone that brooding goth action is not his forte. You have to let him be sassy!
While he has yet to apologize for that doozy, Wahlberg did just fess up to another turkey while promoting his new movie, The Fighter. Apparentlyco-star Amy Adams almost starred with him in The Happening, and…well, we’ll let him explain. “The Happening. F— it. It is what it is. F—ing trees, man. The plants. F— it.” So why did he sign up to run from deadly tree farts alongside Zooey Deschanel? “You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.” But you’re such a good cop, Mark! Maybe you can find a bad-ass, cocky science teacher role next time. A bad-ass, cocky science teacher in a film not directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
When ordinary people do strange things for no reason, it’s a David Lynch movie. When Julia Roberts does strange things for no reason, it’s Eat Pray Love. In this travelogue/rom-com, she walks out on both handsome Billy Crudup and sexy James Franco to go through the title’s three steps. It’s a journey that takes her across the parts of Italy, India and Bali most often seen in postcards. Some viewers may wonder what happened to reality—especially when her lithe Swedish companion complains about carrying a non-existent “muffin top.” Most, however, will swoon at the gorgeous locations and Roberts’s affecting way of swallowing her emotions. For those looking for pure escapist fare, it’s a satisfying feast. The guys who watch with them will thank Shiva for both Richard Jenkins and Javier Bardem, who contribute fine supporting turns as the men trying to thaw Roberts’s sphinx-like cool. Viewers seeking for a bit more testosterone this Thanksgiving may enjoy The Winning Season, a smart comedy starring Sam Rockwell as a drunkard coaching a girls’ varsity basketball team. Rockwell is terrific as a soak truly in love with hoops, but mystified by anything in a skirt—including star player Emma Roberts (Julia’s niece). The action skillfully evades cliché to wrap up in an unexpected comic finale. Right down to the final buzzer and without shameless cheerleading, The Winning Season proves itself to be a great movie about both sports and girls.
Extras:EPL contains an extended cut and commentary from director/Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
A film adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy is slowly being figured out in Hollywood, but the series has some really intense fans, ourselves included, who just can’t wait for these movies. To the point where we’re dying to know who will star in the films and we’re not shy about throwing our own Hunger Games cast picks out there. (Let us know if you agree with our choices!) But some fans are even more intense, going so far as to film scenes and trailers for the non-existent films. And some of these fan-made videos are pretty awesome. The video above is hands-down our favorite, since it contains one of the most moving scenes from the first book, featuring the narrator, Katniss Everdeen, and her fellow fight-to-the-death competitor, Rue. Not only is it amazingly shot, but these unknown actors are fantastic and we think they deserve an audition for the real film. Spoilers abound, so be warned if you haven’t read the books yet! For more impressive fan videos, click ahead.
In the summer of 2009, I was completely unfamiliar with the world of Harry Potter but decided it was my pop-cultural duty to read the entire series and then watch the films. I accomplished this in four months. (That’s what happens when you rely on your local library which for some reason has a dozen copies of Goblet of Fire and only one of The Half-Blood Prince – your pop-culture duty is at the mercy of book-renewing 10-year-olds.) In the year between finishing the books and watching Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I this week, I’ve been obsessed with the world J.K. Rowling created, and sought a replacement to fill the Harry-shaped hole in my heart. In that time, I read The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, knowing that I set an exceedingly high bar for them. I found out thousands of pages and one half-vampire baby later that there is nothing that can compare to Harry Potter.
The last time Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd starred in a film together, it was 1998 and the film was The Object Of My Affection, about a pregnant woman and her gay roommate, and Steve Zahn. The world was a simpler then. Will and Grace was barely a glimmer in NBC’s eye, so the concept was fresh. Big hats and bigger blazers on women were still cool.And Aniston wasn’t even married, let alone divorced and spinstery. And Steve Zahn co-starred in literally everything.
But it’s 2010 now and Rudd and Aniston are working together again on the upcoming film Wanderlust, directed by The State’s David Wain, and things have really changed. In this one, they’re an actual couple, for starters. Style-wise, big hats came, went, and came back again. (Blazers, not so much.) And most importantly, Paul Rudd has stayed just as hot and gotten way more famous. What’s unfair is how neither of them seems to have aged. Twelve years later, they both look amazing. Must be that secret Hollywood youth serum (coconut water mixed with ground up L. Ron Hubbard powder, we hear) that keeps them spritely.
For more photos of the actors on the set of Wanderlust, filming in New York City, check out our gallery.
You might think Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway shooting three different nude covers for Entertainment Weekly more a little ridiculous, but allow us to correct you. In the same way that Eskimos have dozens of words for snow, there are a variety of topless hugs that people, whether in love or merely amiable co-stars, can enjoy. On the left, we see the classic “romantic” shot, best recognized from the covers of Harlequin novels and books about erotic massage. Top right, we see a more earnest embrace, with the pair’s eyes aimed outward—this a favorite of couples where the wife is pregnant and neither person has any shame. Finally, bottom right, we see something less common: the ol’ “haha we’re amiable co-stars on the cover of Entertainment Weekly” shot spiced with the novelty of the celebs being bare-ass naked. This isn’t just a cheap way for the mag to hawk flesh, this is a chance for two shining young thespians to show off their range.
According to Jake, he and Anne will be showing it off throughout the upcoming Love & Other Drugs. “65 percent of the movie we don’t have our clothes on,” he told David Letterman last night. If the movie is half as titillating as they’re suggesting, at least 65% of the audience won’t have clothes on when the film eventually hits DVD.
The Hunger Games is poised to be the world’s next giant movie franchise, and we are counting the seconds (and days, weeks, month and years) until it’s in theaters – or at least in production. If you haven’t read the trilogy of young adult books, you’re doing yourself a maj, MAJ disservice. And don’t give us that “I don’t read books like Twilight, pass me the Jonathan Franzen” BS; hear us out.
The Hunger Games is nothing like Twilight (this is coming from a Twi-hard, mind you), it’s a sci-fi nail-biter that focuses on a post-apocalyptic America (Panem) that keeps its citizens in check with a Battle Royale-style competition made up of two teens from each of the country’s districts. It’s got tons of action with enough romance to make us never think about Edward Cullen again (okay, that’s an obvious lie, but you get what we’re saying).
Gary Rosshas just signed on to direct the movie, which means casting should begin soon. Obviously theFABlife wants in on the the fun, and we’ve spent weeks agonizing over our dream cast. We’ve finally nailed down the peeps we envision bringing The Hunger Games to life and we’ve listed them below, complete with a gallery and deets behind our picks. We’re sure you’re going to disagree with at least some of them, so leave your own Hunger Games dream cast list in the comments. Maybe you’ll make us change our minds!
Robert Zemeckis is the genius director behind the techie entertainments Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Forrest Gump. For the last decade, however, he’s been obsessed with 3-D motion-capture animation, where animators create a computerized image around filmed actors. The results are often disconcerting, largely because of the meticulous accuracy with which physical movement is conveyed—but also because the eyes are glassy and the figures are kinda creepy. Dickens’ well-worn Yuletide fable wasn’t crying out for such treatment, but this is a success on several levels. For one, Carol is a properly thought-out 3-D experience, with different levels of action and every effect serving the story. This is especially true during a thrilling chase scene between Scrooge and a ghastly carriage that rivals anything seen in Inception. For another, the movie is held together by Jim Carrey. As well as playing a sniveling Scrooge, the comic also voices the three ghosts who scare some Xmas spirit into the old miser. Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that the authentic Victorian atmosphere—all chimney sweeps and goose fat—is accompanied by a sense of real fear, both of the shadows gathering around Scrooge and of death lurking right behind the Christmas tree. Always a master manipulator, Zemeckis has turned A Christmas Carol into the horror movie it cries out to be. With Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Bob Hoskins.
Extras: The Blu-Ray disc features a feature-length picture-in-picture explanation of motion capture and an interactive Advent calendar. Standard DVD includes a making-of featurette and deleted scenes. Viewers are recommended to seek out the 3-D Blu-Ray for the full experience.
The premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is exciting for so many reasons. Not only is the the penultimate installment of the beloved series, but it’s also the first time that the entire cast has completely come into their own and grown into adulthood and it’s (hopefully) not creepy for us to say that they’re a really good-looking bunch. The film premiered in New York last night at Alice Tully Hall and the cast and dozens of celebs (and their kids) were in attendance. And in a crowd full of fashion darlings like Sarah Jessica Parker and Lourdes Leon, it’s pretty safe to say the Emma Watson was easily the best dressed of the night in a slinky black number. Hermione Granger has officially gotten a makeover and she looks amazing.
We are seeing the film this week and are proud to say that we have never actually used the word “squee!!” for anything, but right about now we are totally squeeing our pants, We. Are. So. Excited. We can’t wait till Friday to discuss – are any die hard fans out there planning to hit up the midnight showing on Thursday? Let us know! And in the meantime, check out who attended last night’s premiere.