Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road is a rough ride. His prize-winning novel is set after an unspecified disaster leaves Planet Earth a big hunk of charcoal. The crazed survivors are left looking for meat—usually of the human variety. Across this blasted landscape, a man and his son head south, dodging cannibals and savoring simple pleasures like a found can of Coke. Where McCarthy took a dismal view of the future, the filmmakers choose to emphasize how their bond represents undying virtues in a dying planet. As the Man, Viggo Mortensen expertly displays humanity hidden beneath a tough shell. The Road may lack the crowd-pleasing stunts of post-apocalyptic fare like I Am Legend, but it’s elemental celebration of what makes us good will stick with audiences a lot longer. A great soundtrack by Nick Cave, too.
Extras: Commentary from director John Hillcoat (The Proposition), deleted/extended scenes, making of featurette.
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Whether she thought director Michael Bay was “verbally abusive” or the studio thought she was “too skinny,” Megan Fox‘s reasons for leaving Transformers 3 clearly had nothing to do with her acting ability. Why else would we be hearing that she’ll be replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a model with no previous acting experience? As we revealed in our list of potential Transformers 3 hotties, it wasn’t like they were out of the options.
But before you weep for the talented young actresses skipped over for the high-profile role, remember that Megan’s biggest moment in Revenge Of The Fallen was either when she straddled a motorcycle while talking about “internet dating” or when that little Decepticon humped her leg. And who knows? Maybe Rosie will do a great job helping Shia LaBeouf bring the “heart” back to the franchise. Check out the gallery and imagine how smoking she’ll look all tussled and grimy under Bay’s boiling lights.
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Despite what you might think, there were actually men at the Sex And The City 2 premiere in NYC last night—and not just men from the cast or men married to castmembers (hello, Matthew Broderick). For instance, Valentino was there. He’s a dude! Also, Johnny Weir—yes, a male athlete who enjoys Sex And The City! A jock! Howard Stern went along with wife Beth Ostrosky and his daughter (bet he had a great time, totally wasn’t just there to get his ladies on the guest list or anything), and he may well have talked about the film later with other good husbands like Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump and George Stephanopoulos, who certainly weren’t gritting their teeth as Sarah Jessica Parker and her pals enjoyed the luxuries of Abu Dhabi.
Despite the obvious cross-gender appeal, women definitely dominated the event, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Whitney Port, Gabourey Sidibe, Ashanti, Jessica Szohr and many more joining the cast on the red carpet. See what everyone wore in the gallery below.
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Thailand took home its first Palme D’Or ever at Cannes this weekend for Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which is sort of like Snakes On A Plane in that the title describes the story and it’s full of wild animals (that may be where the similarities end, though). The avant-garde film doesn’t have an American release date yet, but with Alice In Wonderland‘s Tim Burton leading this year’s Cannes jury, we’re sure it will find its way here eventually. Among the gorgeous celebs attending the ceremony were Salma Hayek, Kate Beckinsale, Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz, and acting winners Javier Bardem and Juliette Binoche. See what they wore in the gallery below.
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James Franco, what is your game? Between the General Hospital appearances and the master’s degrees and the small roles in chick flicks (Nights In Rodanthe? Why?), we can never figure out what the logic is behind this guy’s career choices. For instance, he’s finally decided to make the potential sci-fi blockbuster his agent has probably been praying for…only it’s apparently going to be a Planet Of The Apes prequel. What, they’re not going to let us know what happened after the 2001 Mark Wahlberg movie? We’ve been dying for closure!
Rise Of The Apes‘s producers hope to have Franco play a modern day genetic engineer in San Francisco who has something to do with the world’s first super-intelligent apes. According to Nikki Finke, Hollywood mighty impressed with Franco in the upcoming Danny Boyle drama 127 Hours, about a hiker who has to saw off his own limb and hope to take his badassery further into the limelight. With Franco soon to appear in theaters as Allen Ginsberg in Howl, a knight in the next Danny McBride comedy and a love interest for Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, it looks like there isn’t any genre the guy can’t conquer. So expect James to retire to start his own fish cannery sometime next year.
See photos of Franco laughing his ass off at Cannes in the gallery below.
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Kate Beckinsale‘s dress looked pretty tight at last night’s AmFar gala at the Cannes Festival, so it’s a good thing her cleavage successfully caught her falling earring on the red carpet, keeping her from having to try and pick the low-hanging bauble up from the floor (sadly, her decolletage has been unable to keep her recent films from slipping right down the box office chart). The soiree was a predictably star-studded affair, with Jennifer Lopez, Marion Cotillard, Elizabeth Banks, Grace Jones, Michelle Rodriguez, Mischa Barton, Kristen Dunst, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and countless others (including Gerard Butler and Russell Crowe, somehow not disrupting the time-space continuum) enjoying performances by Mary J. Blige and Patti Smith. See what everyone wore in the gallery below.
Hey there, Michael Bay! Not sure that we’ve been properly introduced. Here at The FABLife, we’re big fans of the way you are able to subtly wrench powerful emotional performances out of your actors, and we’re surely not the first to tell you that your mise-en-scène would make Truffaut weep with jealousy. Just kidding, we mostly love you because there’s no one better in the business at blowing sh*t up.
And hey, we heard the news that you fired Megan Fox from Transformers 3. We applaud the decision; after all, you can’t let some scrawny, hammer-thumbed bimbette tarnish the directorial legacy that you’ve been building ever since you first stepped behind the lens as the director of Playboy Video Centerfold: Kerri Kendall! Gotta keep your eye on the prize, can’t let one bad apple ruin the bunch, we get it.
But since we’ve heard that you’ve already started filming the third installment of Transformers in Los Angeles, we figured you might need some help finding a new love interest for Shia LaBeouf. To that end, we have gone to the trouble of compiling a list of ten actresses who could replace that ungrateful harlot, Megan Fox, as well as the reasons you’ll want to talk to them. Hopefully this will save you some time and allow you to complete the film in time for its planned release date of July 4, 2012!
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First of all, yes, there is going to be a sequel to The Wizard of Oz! Second of all, you know it will likely be pretty modern and fun considering Drew Barrymore is set to direct the movie. It’s called Surrender Dorothy and we can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
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