Remember when the bulk of movies were based on totally fresh, original concepts? Not so anymore, kids. In the past ten years, there’s been a full-on onslaught of ’80s remakes. From The Smurfs to RoboCop, moviemakers have stopped taking chances with interesting movies, in favor of mining hits from the past. We understand why, of course. What better way to get Generation X parents to take their kids to movies, than to lure them with childhood nostalgia?
There’s a lot of racist ish going on. From Paula Deen to the Philadelphia Eagles player Riley Cooper’s N-word rant, folks are losing their minds! In the wake of this, let’s look at some of the most cringeworthy racial moments in recent history — not outright hateful ones like these, just grimace-y situations that you sort of wish hadn’t happened. (Remember Mitt Romney posing for a pic with black kids and asking, for no reason, “Who let the dogs out?” Like that). Enjoy!
Sorry, Michael Bay! You might have just deleted the hilarious rant you posted about “grumbling thespians” who worked on Transformers, but the Internet’s memory is eternal. “Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voiceover work that took a brisk one hour and 43 minutes to complete, and then complain about their jobs?,” the director ranted on his website yesterday. Let’s see, the only time we complain about our jobs is when we have to post about Michael Bay, soooo still no.
Bay was seeming responding to comments made by Hugo Weaving earlier this week about the actor’s experience voicing the movie’s villainous Megatron. “In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless,” the Cloud Atlas star revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way.” Snarled Bay, “With all the problems facing our world today, do these grumbling thespians really think people reading the news actually care about trivial complaints that their job wasn’t ‘artistic enough’ or ‘fulfilling enough’? [...] What happened to people who had integrity, who did a job, got paid for their hard work, and just smiled afterward?” Fair enough, but let’s look at what about Weavings’ experience actually made it “meaningless.”
When we came across this picture of Shia LeBeouf hanging out with comedians Jim Gaffigan and Thomas Lennon, our minds came to a screeching halt. No, it wasn’t just because of the sheer randomness of the people gathered in the photo. It’s something much bigger, scragglier and grizzlier. We are of course talking about Shia’s beard, which has now officially reached epic proportions. Is he trying out for a part in Young Santa, the St. Nick biopic that we just made up right now? We hope, because we bet it would be Oscar bait. But truly the best part of his facial hair explosion is how he appears to have waxed the tip of his mustache. It definitely adds to that whole “dastardly but debonair villain” look. We get it, Shia, you’re not a kid anymore! But we’ll still always love Even Stevens.
[Photo: Jim Gaffigan]
We guess if we ripped on our boss in public, we couldn’t really expect him not to bad-mouth us right back. We just might not expect our entire office to pile on. As Transformers star Shia LaBeouf tells GQ about Megan Fox’s Hitler comments, “Criticism is one thing. Then there’s public name-calling, which turns into high school bashing. Which you can’t do. She started s—-talking our captain.” Of course, Cap’n Michael Bay fired Megan Fox after she used the particularly insulting dictator analogy, which you think would be enough pay back. Apparently not. “I wasn’t hurt, because I know that’s just Megan. Megan loves to get a response,” Bay says. “And she does it in kind of the wrong way. I’m sorry, Megan. I’m sorry I made you work twelve hours. I’m sorry that I’m making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy.” Ah yes, but what does the entire lighting crew think about Megan’s crappy attitude? Craft services? The wig master? WHAT OF THE WIG MASTER?
Even screenwriter Ehren Kruger got in on the action, alleging “She was there for rehearsals. But she seemed like an actress who didn’t want to be a part of it. She was saying she wanted to, but she wasn’t acting like it.” While Bay readily admits he loves Fox’s replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and has deleted Megan’s number from his phone, he concedes, “When you’re days and months on a set, it’s like a family. You say rude things and you make up.” Just as soon as the guy who hoses down the robots gets to take his jab at you.
[Photo: Getty Images]
Though she’s only been in a couple of films, Megan Fox is already notoriously famous for saying some pretty ridiculous things. And now she’s finally being called out for her kooky comments (she recently talked trash about her role in Transformers), by the very man who made her famous. The movie’s director, Michael Bay, has blasted the sultry vixen for saying, “some very ridiculous things,” because, he claims, “she’s 23 years old, and she still has a lot of growing up to do.” He adds, “You roll your eyes when you see statements like that and think, ‘Okay Megan, you can do whatever you want.’”
As if that wasn’t harsh enough, Bay goes on to take credit for making Fox’s career. “Nobody in the world knew about Megan Fox until I found her and put her in Transformers,” insists Bay. We hope this means he’ll be willing to take the blame for her overexposure once we all get sick of her, too. [Photo: WireImage]
Every time a couple of hotties get thrown together to shoot and promote a mega-movie, rumors start buzzing that the pair is bumping uglies. So it seems only logical that everyone’s whispering about Transformers stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. Apparently, the pair has been spotted sharing intimate dinners together – one alone after the premiere of their new flick last Monday night, and again with pals at Nobu in NYC on Thursday.
“They definitely seemed into each other,” said a Big Apple spy, who caught the couple at the hip downtown sushi joint. Another nosy source told the NY Daily News that, while at a bash in L.A. last week, “Shia couldn’t keep his eyes off of Megan: He literally watched her like a hawk all night.”
We like this pair together – Shia’s a former bad boy who’s embraced sobriety, and the only thing hotter than Megan is her mouth, which blurts out crazy comments at least once a day. It’s weird, but they kinda work together! But is there really anything going on?