There are a lot of reasons to laugh at Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis‘ movie The Campaign, but only one real reason to jump up and down in your seat: Uggie the dog makes a cameo! For real, we were sure that we’d seen the last of The Artist’s scene-stealer during awards season, when his trainers announced the 10-year-old canine was retiring from showbiz. But it turns out, Campaign director Jay Roach booked him just under the wire.
“Uggie retired the day after we shot,” Roach told VH1. “I don’t know what that says about our set. Maybe it’s a source of so much stress that Uggie couldn’t take … or maybe it was what had to happen to Uggie [in the movie].”
We won’t spoil what happens to the beloved terrier in the movie, but once you see it, you’ll know why Roach told us, apologetically, “Neither Uggie nor any infants were harmed on our set. It was all visual effects.” Maybe it’s just that Uggie didn’t quite get Ferrell and Galifianakis’ particular brand of teasing comedy.
Is it really Salome’s blood that makes everyone hallucinate Lilith? What’s going to happen to Emma? Why does everyone keep trusting Bill with important things? Are we finally done with that distracting Ifrit story line? Last night’s episode of True Blood left us with a whole lot of questions, including this one: Will Hoyt survive being drugged and fed to the hate-group pigs? When Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live this morning, we hoped she would give us a tiny clue. Maybe Jessica will heal him with her blood and fall in love with him again, now that he’s saved her life and she got all that wild-child stuff out of her system?
“We don’t know what Hoyt’s fate is as of last night,” she teased. (Wait, Deborah, we don’t know, but YOU do.) But pressed to speculate about her character’s future with her ex (played by Jim Parrack), she said, “I think it was pretty clear the other night: I think she has a lot of care for him but the love is gone. I really love that the writers allowed that to happen.”
“Hate to break it to you, friend, but your balloon is getting ready to pop, and that balloon is full of your own butt toots,” Zach Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins tells Will Ferrell’s Rep. Cam Brady before their first debate in The Campaign.
“You’re such a little turd that when you sit in sand, cats try to bury you,” Ferrell shoots back.
After our my personal experience with the Galifianakis-Ferrell show, I realized it’s very difficult to tell which of those insults came from a written script and which must have sprung straight from their mouths. And I wondered how, if at all, a director could control the hilarious fighting spirit of these two stars.
As Courtney Stodden informed her Twitter followers on Monday, and her mom confirmed to Celebuzz today, everyone’s favorite teen bride is off shooting some kind of reality show at this very moment. “FYI Stoddenista’s: Will be m.i.a for about 3 weeks – packing up & heading out to shoot a reality show!” Courtney wrote.
Our first response to this news? We did a little Cat Daddy of our own in the office. (Sorry, no cameras were present.) Our second: that nauseating feeling you get when you fear that some TV exec will destroy the artistry of a natural-born talent. There are so many ways you could go with this, and all we know so far is that it’s not taking place in the Marina Del Ray home she shares with actor hubby Doug Hutchison. In the past, we’ve seen a lot of Courtney on camera, mostly via her YouTube channel, so let’s examine her past work and speculate about this magical show.
1. Newlyweds/T.I. and Tiny/Khloe and Lamar
Judging by our own interview with Courtney (above), her life with 51-year-old Doug is filled with cute moments in which they find out about their similarities and differences. Reality-TV is filled with hits and misses of this “Odd Couple” vein. Sometimes it’s more compelling than a sitcom. Sometimes it’s reaaally boring if not carefully scripted. Maybe that’s why it’s not in their home?
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The above is a mere excerpt of my interview with Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell over the weekend. To promote their antagonistic chemistry in The Campaign, the two have been making the rounds with all sorts of awkward appearances and more awkward interviews, and I found myself at the receiving end of one of these. And I learned that while it’s easy enough to laugh at them when you’re on this side of the computer or movie screen, when you’re 6 feet away, what comes out is more nervous tittering than raucous guffaws. Well, I hope you guys can laugh at my expense, anyway.
Let me assure you, I had all sorts of actually interesting questions for them about Anchorman 2 and working with director Jay Roach and making fun of Mitt Romney. But from the moment Zach interrupted my simple warm-up question about why they work well together by pouring an entire tin of “sugar-free black currants” into his mouth, I was thrown off my game.
“They were like miniature sanitary cakes for a tiny toilet,” Ferrell declared of the candies after spitting one out. And yet Galifianakis kept them in his mouth for the next four minutes.
Finally, an answer of sorts came: “We both love soft rock, yacht rock,” Ferrell said.
We’ve already declared Step Up Revolution the guilty pleasure movie of the summer, and now we can show you one of the reasons behind our pick: The ultra-hot chemistry between the film’s stars, Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick. According to the film’s director, Scott Speer, whom we spoke with last week at the film’s press junket in L.A.: “They fell for each other, which is always a huge help.” Added producer Adam Shankman, ”Both are really talented and both are really, really nice, and I hadn’t seen that since we cast Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan [in the first Step Up film]. And we know what happened there — they’re married.”
Reality-show contestants come a dime a dozen, and once their shows are off the air, we’re so busy watching the next competition, we often forget to see whether the winners go on to make it in their chosen profession. For every Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks, there are dozens of Taylor Hicks and Nikki McKibbins. But one show seems to be the exception to the rule: The alumni (not just winners) of So You Think You Can Dance show up everywhere: In music videos, on Broadway, on tour with pop stars, on Glee and, this weekend, in Step Up Revolution. When VH1 caught up with the movie’s star, Kathryn McCormick (third place in season 6) and co-star Stephen “Twitch” Boss (season 4′s second-place dancer), we asked how the show contributed to their success.
“[SYTYCD alums] have the mindset that just because they’ve been on the show, nothing is going to be handed to them,” explained freestyle dancer Twitch, who also appeared in Step Up 3D. “They still have to create their opportunities. And for the things that are presented to them, you still have to deliver. So no matter what, even with your exposure on the show, you still have to put your work in it. You still have to continue to pay your dues. The show gives you a rep, yes, it does. And it gives you that exposure, yes, but you still have to deliver on your end of the deal.”
Well, here we are. In light of the, um, events of the past 24 hours, we’ve been digging through our old videos and posts from the Snow White and the Huntsman press junket I attended outside London in May (which Robert Pattinson was at, on the sly). Previously we had only published a snippet of our conversation with the film’s director, Rupert Sanders, but here’s our chat in its entirety, airplane interruption and all.
In our conversation he complimented the film’s “two incredibly strong female actors” and said of their time on set: “Everything was very intense. We were shooting in a very intense way, we were shooting very organically. I threw Kristen of cliffs, Imade her ride horses, fight dwarves…it’s a very primal film. It’s very intense.”
As for Kristen Stewart, with whom Sanders has admitted to having an extramarital affair, he said this: “She’s very vital, very on the edge, very rebellious, which I like. She doesn’t play by anyone’s rules, she’s just got all those things that make a very modern and intoxicating Snow White.”
He added that when he and the producers first met Kristen, he thought, “Wow, there’s something really raw and primal in this woman.”
Lord knows it’s been a very intense day filled with a lot of raw emotions and primal reactions to the news that Rupert and Kristen did indeed have some sort of relationship. I’m not sure my interview gives us any real insight as to what went on between these to that lead to their cheating and today’s implosion, but it is nonetheless interesting to go back and watch.
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Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey is downright charming both on-screen and off, as we learned while chatting him up on the Teen Choice Awards red carpet last night. We inquired about his most regrettable moment from the teen years – since, ya know – that’s kind of the theme of both the awards and his TV show on MTV. Turns out Tyler regrets nothing - though he did pause to look back on one moment with a bit of…thoughtful hindsight.
“I don’t really regret anything,” says Tyler. “I try not to. I don’t regret this, but I was 12 years old and I gave myself my first tattoo with a needle and ink. I would always scratch designs on my skin and rub ink on it when I was like 12.”
Tyler then went into great detail explaining how he sterilized a needle to really commit to inking himself, and accidentally marked himself with soot instead of ink. True story. “I think I’m okay, it’s been there for ten years. I’m still here,” he joked. We’re just glad he survived! And kids – definitely don’t try this at home.
While Twilight and The Hunger Games were sweeping up all kinds of surfboards at last night’s Teen Choice Awards, there was at least actress in the audience wondering if she’ll be getting up on that stage next year as part of another great young-adult-novel-turned-movie franchise. Well, we’re assuming as much. When we caught up with Beautiful Creatures co-star Camille Balsamo she was super excited about the movie, which they just finished shooting in New Orleans. Based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s four book series, it’s about a boy named Ethan whose life in his boring, Civil War-obsessed town is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious girl named Lena — and he quite literally can’t get her out of his head. She and her family are Casters, people who wield all sorts of magical powers, and not necessarily for good. So will fans of the engrossing books be satisfied with the movie?
“I think they’ll especially love the casting,” Balsamo, who plays Katherine Duchannes, told VH1. “I read the book and I think that the casting is perfect. I think everybody fits their characters to a T and I think they won’t be disappointed.”
Camille pretty much nailed exactly why Beautiful Creatures has a shot at taking their place next to Twilight, Harry Potter and Hunger Games in our hearts. “I think that so many teenagers can relate to what Lena and Ethan are going through, and even though I’m not a teenager anymore, I still could feel what they were feeling, and I think that’s an incredible thing that the book has to offer.”