There are things we loved about 2012, there are things we hated about 2012 and there are things we were ready to hate about 2012, but later came to realize were actually awesome. There’s nothing like being pleasantly surprised by something in pop culture, so we thought we’d give credit where credit is due. Here is our Best of 2012 ..that we were totally prepared to be the worst.
There’s a really funny scene in Ted that you’ve probably caught in the trailer (and can see in our clip, above). In it, John Bennett, played by Boston’s most beloved son Mark Wahlberg, quickly rattles off a giant list of “white trash names,” trying to guess the one belonging to Ted’s new girlfriend. I talked to Mark about how this scene went down because, well, it just seemed hard to do. He tells VH1, “Well, I memorized all the names but we improvised the set up. Because, you know, it just felt like to rattle off 57 names in a kind of slow, normal way would never make it in the movie. So, I figured, if I sort of just said, what if we do it like, it’s kind of like a game show thing where I’m just talking to him and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to get a bunch of names and if I hit the name then you buzz it.’”
Mark says he didn’t sneak a name onto the list, even though he wife Rhea later insisted that he should have included hers. “That wouldn’t have been good,” says the married dad of four. “If it was her idea, she would have said, ‘Yeah, that’s funny!’ But if I just did it, she would have been pissed.” Sounds like a sitcom set-up to us!
In Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, Mark Wahlberg‘s character is rather haunted by a wish he made as a kid, that his teddy bear could talk. Thankfully, not all of us are forced to deal with our questionable childhood decisions on a daily basis. But just to embarrass the beautiful and funny folks on the red carpet of the Ted premiere earlier this week, VH1 News asked them what fashion decisions from their early years they regret now. We got some pretty hilarious answers.
We have a hard time picturing beautiful Ted co-stars Jessica Barth and Laura Vandervoort committing the fashion faux pas they described to us.
“I had a mullet,” Barth admitted. “It was cut, like, to here, with feathers, and then really long layers down here. I was not cute!”
Canadian Vandervoort’s description sounded even scarier. “Probably when I had a pager and a fanny pack and I wore all Mountain Equipment Co-op clothing — I don’t know if you guys have that here, but in Canada we do.”
If you’re going to see Ted tonight, you may want to skip my interview with the hilarious Mila Kunis until after you’ve LOLed your way through the film, because we get a little spoiler-y up in these parts. [Language might be NSFW, too] There’s one scene that is both so ridiculous and yet done in such a realistic way (Mark Wahlberg and Mila play it perfectly) that I had to ask her about shooting it. Yes, it involves poop and yes, we ended up mostly discussing poop together — what to wear while shooting poop scenes, picking up her dog’s poop – throughout the entire interview. If you’ve ever wanted to know Mila Kunis’s process when she comes home to discover her bulldog has gone to the bathroom in her house, well, here’s your chance.
And yes – you are welcome. Ted is out in theaters today – go, go, go!
As a Boston native, I have a seriously huge soft spot in my heart for Mark Wahlberg. I first crushed on his brother Donnie back in the NKOTB days and then dropped him to the curb the second Mark made me feel the vibrations. And then he made movies – SO MANY good movies! Boogie Nights, The Departed, Date Night, The Fighter. Not to mention, he’s an amazing producer (Entourage, RIP). Sometimes I’m like, “Slow down, Mark Wahlberg! I can’t keep up with all your awesomeness!” (And like, he owns a restaurant outside Boston called Wahlburgers, so obviously he’s the greatest person on the planet.)
All gushing aside, the actor has most often played the beefy tough guy in his work, whether it be as Marky Mark the musician to Dirk Diggler to feuding with Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live. In Ted he takes a sharp turn from the Wahlberg we know and delivers a goofy, awkward, low-status peformance as pothead-slacker John Bennett. He totally nails it in the movie, but he tells VH1 that it was harder than it looked.
“Well the things that were awkward for me was singing, dancing, then having to fight with the bear,” he says. “Those were the scenes I was not looking forward to.”
Still, working with Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane, the film’s writer/director/star made it all worth it. “Working with Seth was a blast,” says Mark. “When I read the script [I knew] that it could be something special.”
Ted is out in theaters on June 29.
This is going to be a tough one. Mila Kunis pulled out all the stops for the premiere of her film, Ted, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday in Hollywood. That black Christian Dior dress (with matching jewelry, FYI) was super flirty and very risque thanks to that black sheer panel that went all the way down the front. But that wasn’t the only saucy bit of the satin dress. The very short, A-line flare of the hem had to be contained as well. No bending at all for Mila that night. She paired the outfit with a stunning pair of jade colored Christian Louboutin pumps.
You would think that with a dress like that, all other competition would pale in comparison. Not quite. Mila’s opponent came in the petite form of Brittany Snow, who also had on a very sexy Keepsake LBD along with a Kotur clutch and Le Vian jewelry. Little black dress showdown — oh yeah! Brittany’s skirt was pretty much the same as Mila’s, being short and in a flared A-line cut. But where Mila’s dress was plunging down the front, Brittany’s was a back story. The dress features cutouts on the side and a sexy, bare back which had the straps crossed over. Nude Alexandre Birman pumps completed the ensemble. Nicely played, ladies? But whose dress do you prefer? Think of it this way — which one do you see yourself wearing?
[Photos: Splash News Online]
As The Avengers kick off summer movie season today with a bang or two (or 100), it’s easy enough to forget that blockbusters aren’t just about men in tights, showing off their massive CGI effects. On some of those sweltering days, you don’t want to step into a theater to worry about the fate of the world; you want to laugh your ass off. We’ve already looked at the ladies doing their part to make the season hilarious, and now it’s time for us to decide which of these sexy funnymen will be the sexiest and funniest at the multiplex from May through August.
This year, we have some double threats — the guys who will make us laugh and fan ourselves: Tom Cruise radiates sex as rock god Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Matthew McConaughey sells it as strip-club owner Dallas in Magic Mike, and Mark Wahlberg hides it beneath a manchild exterior as John, the guy who tries to let go of his talking teddy bear in Ted. There are also the funny guys we crush on, no matter how goofy their characters, like Russell Brand as the narrator of Rock of Ages and Andy Samberg as Adam Sandler’s unfortunate son in That’s My Boy. There are the comedians we’d kind of like to take home to mom — Ed Norton and Jason Schwartzman in Moonrise Kingdom, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill in Neighborhood Watch, Steve Carell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Chris Rock in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in The Campaign. And then there are the bad boys we’d keep secret about, Vince Vaughn in Neighborhood Watch and Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.
It’s been said that comedy isn’t pretty, but we’re about to prove them wrong. There’s a gang of lovely ladies hilariously hitting up the big screen this summer, and they look amazing as they do it! We hope you’ve been following our Summer Movie Preview, where we’ve brought you the best of this summer’s cinematic heroes, heroines and villains. But now it’s time to give you the rundown on the women who will make you laugh ’til you cry, or get thrown out of the theater.
First and foremost, we’re expecting huge comedy from What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The film boasts Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick! Mila Kunis is already a comedy legend at the super young age of 28, and we can’t wait to see her she compete with a teddy bear for Mark Wahlberg’s affections in Ted. The greatly anticipated movie sees her collaborates with her Family Guy co-star Seth MacFarlane. Malin Akerman takes us way back to the ’80s as a reporter in Rock of Ages, while Helena Bonham Carter takes us back even further to the ’70s in her husband Tim Burton’s latest film, Dark Shadows.
Aw, look at Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, curled up together on a Swan Boat in Boston’s Public Garden while shooting their movie Ted. Mila’s face a beautiful enigma…Mark staring forward as if to say “are you taking a picture of her butt? Real classy. You’re lucky I’m stuck here on this Swan Boat cuddling or I’d make you feel the vibrations.”
Check out the gallery for more shots of snugglebugs Mark ‘n’ Mila—and Mila’s back-end. While Ted isn’t scheduled to come out until July 2012, those hoping to see even more of Kunis have Friends With Benefits to look forward to this summer.
[Photos: Splash News Online]