One of those pesky unnamed disasters has turned America into a giant dustbowl. Down these deserted highways a man must walk, and that man is Denzel Washington. For fortitude, he carries with him mankind’s last remaining copies of the Bible and Al Green’s Greatest Hits. (In one of this sci-fi adventure’s nice touches, his MP3 player is recharged by Tom Waits.) When greasy gang overlord Gary Oldman gets wind that Washington is carrying the gospels, the mano a mano stuff is on. Fans of I Am Legend may feel like they’ve been in this post-apocalyptic ‘hood before, but the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society) revitalize the motions with pulp flair and one of the niftiest shoot-outs in some time.
Extras: Warner Bros. Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack boasts a behind the scenes doc, deleted scenes, an Eli ‘toon and a featurette on the soundtrack.
- By C. Bottomley
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You know what must suck for actors? Not being able to run from a flop. Though the A-Team made less than half as much money in its first week as The Karate Kid (four badasses don’t remotely equal one Jaden Smith, apparently), the film still requires some international promotion, explaining the forced grins of Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel and all the other not-likely-to-see-a-sequel actors by the Eiffel Tower in Paris yesterday (the laughing-or-shrieking Bradley even did a modest reprise of his Hollywood premiere shtick, showing up in a jeep instead of a tank).
Whether The A-Team is really an A-Team, Paris is really Paris, meaning the stars didn’t have a hard time getting their loved ones to come along for the trip. Jessica was spotted at dinner with Justin Timberlake, while Bradley’s girlfriend Renee Zellwegger got her jog on nearby. See photos of all the stars in the gallery below.
While we admire Eva Mendes‘ willingness to pose nude for her “art” (be it a Calvin Klein ad or Training Day), we can’t say we’d use the same terminology she uses her W Magazine cover story. For instance, while her brief masturbation scene with an amorous Joaquin Phoenix in 2007′s We Own The Night was certainly enjoyable, we figured it was more “Mr. Skin mpeg” than “Oscar reel.” But we were wrong! ““I remember calling my acting coach after seeing that first scene and telling her how embarrassed I felt, and she said, ‘It means you bared your soul.’ I was like, ‘Right,’…I’d never felt that before.” Hear that, Kendra Wilkinson? You didn’t bare your hole in that sex tape, you bared your soul. That’s why you’re embarrassed.
Don’t take Eva’s romantic perspective on screencap-bait for naivete, though. “I know I walk a fine line between being a respected actor and being what they call a sex symbol,” she tells the mag.. “It’s a hard one to walk if you want to be known as a real, credible actor. But I’ve never felt objectified. Nothing you see me do is an accident. I might act like it’s an accident, but the opposite is true. I’m incredibly calculated when it comes to my career.” For some reason we don’t feel like complaining about her math.
Get ready for some more Les Grossman! Tom Cruise reprised that unforgettable role from 2008′s Tropic Thunder at the MTV Movie Awards last week, where he randomly had a dance off with Jennifer Lopez. Now Paramount and MTV Films confirm that they are developing a movie around Les Grossman, who is an f-bomb dropping, expletive spewing, super raunchy producer. Cruise will star in and produce the movie, along with his Tropic co-star and director Ben Stiller.
Paramount issued a facetious release saying they have “secured the life rights to Grossman,” who is described as having “recently mentored talents such as Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.” Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President added, “Everything I learned in this business, I’ve learned from Les. I started out as his assistant, and from the first day he threw his desk at me when I got his lunch order wrong, I have loved him like a father.”
Not one to be left behind, Stiller released his own statement saying, “Les Grossman’s life story is an inspiring tale of the human class struggle to achieve greatness against all odds. He has assured me he plans to quote ‘F**king kill the sh*t out of this movie and make Citizen f**king Kane look like a piece of crap home movie by the time we are done.’ I am honored to be working with him.”
The Paramount press release also included a “statement” from Grossman. “He” was asked about the screenplay details and replied, “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, `I don’t read the script, the script reads me.”’ Lazarus was a character in Tropic Thunder magnificently portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. As Les might say, this is going to be f**king brilliant!
Well here’s a pairing certain to get Funny Or Die dorks excited. The Hollywood Reporter says that Zooey Deschanel and Rashida Joneswill play a couple in the upcoming movie My Idiot Brother, concerning a slobby Paul Rudd‘s attempts to avoid living at his uptight mom’s by staying with his ambitious sisters instead (Elizabeth Banks and Emily Mortimer will join Deschanel as his siblings). While Deschanel and Jones have never worked together before, both are popular hipster daughters of behind-the-scenes legends (cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and producer Quincy Jones), both have musical careers and both have spent plenty of time playing girlfriends in bro comedies (Jones even played Rudd’s in I Love You, Man).
While the coupling of Deschanel and Jones should help Brother pass the Bechdel Test, it’s kind of disappointing their scenes will just be background for a more gender-centric You, Me & Dupree. Banks, Deschanel, Jones, Mortimer have all done time in the comedy trenches (and we’re guessing the same will go for whoever plays the mom)—will this movie let them show their skills or just have them gawking at Rudd’s goofiness? We should find out sometime next year.
We cling pretty tightly to our 1980′s pop culture touchstones, which is why we weren’t thrilled when we heard there would be a Karate Kid remake. Who can forget William Zabka and his thugs in the Cobra Kai, tormenting New Jersey import Daniel Larusso until it all culminated in the ultimate crane kick? It’s etched in our brain, so imagine how the original film’s star, Ralph Macchio must have felt when he learned that his role was being taken over by Jaden Smith.
Macchio was unsure about a remake, he admitted, saying “It’s like mixed feelings. At first, I felt old. Number one, you feel old when they start remaking your stuff. Once I got passed the fact that there’s a whole new generation, it was more about, ‘OK, you can retell this story because it’s a beautiful story.’” In the end, Macchio passed the the torch to Smith and attended the new flick’s premiere, but remains proud of the original film’s legacy. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” he told Access Hollywood. “We didn’t know the magic that was happening and the Pat Morita performance [as Mr. Miyagi] and all the Cobra Kai and ‘wax on, wax off’ and catching flies with your chopsticks and the crane just became part of everyone’s childhood and that’s what I’m here celebrating.” Indeed. Now excuse us while we go curl our hair to look exactly like Elisabeth Shue‘s, our most favorite 80′s teen girlfriend.
Turns out Salma Hayekreally doesn’t like snakes. The actress and her Grown-Ups co-stars Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello were being interviewed for Extra when a “harmless but rather large snake” decided to ask for an autograph. While all the women were frightened, that’s Salma you hear screaming in horror. “[Salma] split. She’s on the next plane,” joked Maya in the aftermath, with Maria cracking “She’s in the hospital.” How long before someone exploits her primal fear in a movie?
Jennifer Aniston is getting kinky in her new movie Horrible Bosses (yay?). Forget romantic comedies… this is a much edgier role in a script that’s of the comic-murder persuasion. She’s playing – get this – a sex-obsessed dentist who likes to get hardcore raunchy.
Her character will apparently admit she’s into kinky sex, compliment a dude on his ‘package’ and will be shown breaking a nail while getting herself off! They’ve also signed on some heavy hitters for the flick including Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and Jason Bateman. The Situation – Jennifer Aniston‘s #1 fan – will probably going to be first in line for a ticket. He just admitted he has the hots for her!
Cop Leonardo DiCaprio has one hell of an assignment. He and fellow dick Mark Ruffalo are looking for an escapee from what this thriller keeps reminding us a “mental institute … for the criminally insane.” An inconvenient hurricane keeps them stranded on the godforsaken isle, all the better to experience the asylum’s oddball staff, Gothic trappings and a Nazi or two. It’s enough to drive anyone insane, and as the flashbacks pile up, it begins to appear the DiCaprio might an agenda hidden behind his anachronistic beard. Martin Scorsese‘s adaptation of the best-seller from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) is best not taken too seriously. The security chief of the island is, after all, played by Silence of the Lambs‘ Buffalo Bill. The director is both paying homage and giving a sly wink to the campy film noirs like Shock Corridor he grew up with.
Extras: The Blu-Ray has a “making of” featurette and a segment on 1950s mental institutions.