Bristling with all-girl attitude and spandex, The Runaways were one of the great glam rock groups of the 1970s. Whether the “Cherry Bomb” hit-makers have one of the great stories to tell is another stack of vinyl. This biopic follows a familiar path, albeit one dressed up in plastic fashion and simpering with sunken-cheek cool. Guitarist Joan Jett (Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) are brought together in an unholy marriage by unhinged Svengali Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon). From there it’s initial success, drug problems and disintegration–with a few same-sex smooches on the way. Aspiring riot grrl rockers will dig the big time’s adrenaline rush; everyone else will shake their heads knowingly when it all goes up in angel dust.
Extras: KStew, DFann and the real Joan Jett all contribute to the commentary track ‘n’ there’s a “making of” segment.
– By C. Bottomley
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While Katy Perry was enjoying some down time in the Bahamas this weekend, fiancé Russell Brand was answering the call of the Bat Signal in Gotham City. The Batman outfit is for his role in the upcoming remake of Arthur, which is shooting in New York City. We saw the original and we know Dudley Moore never dressed up as a superhero, which means this is either a dream sequence or Halloween party, right? Or maybe it’s a metaphor. Look, Batman flies through the air and the air is in the space between the moon and New York City, which is a line from the theme song from the original Arthur. Boom. Mystery solved.
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When Edward Cullen, referring to Jacob Black And His Washboard Abs asked “Doesn’t he own a shirt?” in the film version of Eclipse, the audience knowingly laughed and winked along with him because we were all privy to that gratuitous nipple action. Turns out though, that even when Taylor Lautner is wearing a shirt, he’s still willing to throw us a peek at what lies beneath. Check out pics of Lautner on-set at his latest film, Abduction, which is currently shooting in Pennsylvania. (It is not lost on us that this film has the word “ab” right in the title. Clever marketing move, movie people.)
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Imagine for a moment that you found out that someone in your office was having trouble at home and has potentially knocked his girlfriend’s teeth out and was known to scream racist remarks at her when he got angry. You’d probably avoid eye-contact with the guy or try not to make any sudden moves that would set him off. That’s pretty much what happened when Mel Gibson showed up to re-shoot scenes for his latest film, The Beaver, and it was awk-ward!
Mel had to show up for work on the film, directed by his pal Jodie Foster, this week after the vicious audio tapes leaked, and a source says “Mel was in complete shock. Everyone was walking on eggshells around him. It was the weirdest set ever.” We bet! We can’t imagine anyone brave enough to look him in the eye after listening to his insane rants. Fortunately for everyone, we’re gonna guess that Mel’s not going to be cast much in the near future, so he won’t have to worry about awkward run-ins with coworkers after this.
Angelina Jolie is a woman with many sides. Glamorous actress, humanitarian, mother, and now, most identifiable to us, nerd. Jolie has been confirmed to make an appearance at Comic Con next week to promote the upcoming flick Salt, where she plays a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy. (How topical!)
Of course we kid, just making an appearance at Comic Con doesn’t mean you’re a nerd – last year the Twilight cast, Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana all showed up to add some hotness to the mix. No word on whether Brad Pitt will accompany Angie to the San Diego fest. Maybe he’ll just send his shaved off beard in his stead.
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Back in May, we learned that Megan Fox was fired from Transformers 3 and that she would be replaced by Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Now that the film is in production, we can finally see Huntington-Whitely in action and she looks white hot on the Milwaukee set. Check out photos of the model-actress (well, the “actress” part remains to be seen) hanging out with co-star Shia LaBeouf in our gallery below.
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Anybody remember the “erotic thriller”? Popular during the 1980s, these steamy offerings were a rite of passage for many an impressionable seventh grader. Somewhere between Basic Instinct and Zandalee, though, they lost their way somewhere in Cinemax’s late night schedule. So TheFABlife throws our Kleenex in the air for Chloe, a sexy suspenser starring Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried that’s not totally devoid of brain cells. The Mamma Mia star plays a call girl working Toronto’s more exclusive establishments. She’s hired by Moore, a suspicious wife looking to confirm hubbie Liam Neeson‘s infidelities in the worst way. Sure, there are hidden agendas galore and they play peek-a-boo along with the A-list flesh. Two engorged thumbs up.
Extras: Deleted scenes, a “making of” doc with director Atom Egoyan (Exotica) and Seyfried explains herself on the commentary track.
– By C. Bottomley
Hey guys, Kate Spencer here. I cover the Kristen Stewart (photos) beat for TheFABlife and like all of you I eagerly sat down at my desk this morning to watch the new Welcome to the Rileys trailer and count how many times my pretend BFF KStew bit her lips (answer: 0!)*. The flick revolves around a couple – played by Melissa Leo and James Gandolfini - who lose a daughter and later take in a teenage stripper, played by Stew-pants. It looks a bit cliched and sappy, but I trust these actors to bring it and will definitely give it a watch, and not just because I’m a brainwashed Kristen loyalist and think she can do no wrong. Which she can’t.
I chronicled my emotional journey through the the 2 minute and 26 second trailer and have documented my varying reactions for you, dear, Stew-fans, below.
Let’s just say I ended up in tears. Don’t tell anyone. More importantly – what did you think? Would you camp out for 4 days for WTTR?
- :10 – Melissa Leo doesn’t even have to talk and she’s f*cking amazing.
- :16 – I’m still sad they killed Adriana on The Sopranos. Also James Gandolfini with a Southern accent = LOLs.
- :35 – What do they use in movies to make fake pills?
- :46 – Kristen’s old hair! I still love you! Come back to me!
- :47 – Where can I get a meatball po’boy?
- 1:02 – I bet Kristen took those bright yellow Keds home with her after shooting wrapped.
- 1:34 – Wait a second, Kristen just half-bit her lip. Does that count?
- 1:45 – The make-up artist should win an Oscar for making Kristen’s perfect skin look so nasty.
- 1:52 – And…Kristen just made the most classic Stew face ever. Be still, fluttering heart of mine.
- 2:17 – Oh crap, I’m crying! Why am I crying?!
* Lip-bite count updated to .5 after re-watching the trailer.
Inception looks like it’s going to blow our minds with it’s scary, crazy surrealist plot and awesome cast that consists partly of mega-stars (Leonardo DiCaprio), and partly of low-key indie talent like Ellen Page andÃ‚Â Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The London premiere of the film was also a mix of mainstream and quirky, with all our heroes taking part (when else will you get Michael Caine mingling with The Smiths‘ Johnny Marr and our most bizarre celebrity crush, Cillian Murphy, whose eyes simultaneously freak us out and turn us on in a really weird way)?
Check out the star-studded gallery below for all the attendees.