People who know about sports — and all of the news articles — tell us that it’s a big deal to see brothers Jim and John Harbaugh face off against each other in Sunday’s Super Bowl as head coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, respectively. That got us thinking about all the other bros who channeled their sibling rivalry into world-famous careers. (Strange, most siblings I know, myself and my sis included, almost deliberately chose radically different paths in life.) Of course, we’ve had the Baldwins, the Weinsteins, the Coens, the Hansons and the Jonases for a while. But who are the most influential brothers in entertainment right now?
Well, there are still the Wayans brothers, who haven’t made a movie together for a couple of years but whose influence is now being felt in the form of their nephews, via Happy Endings and Second Generation Wayans. James Franco has been sharing his knack for balancing mainstream flicks with weird indie projects with li’l bro Dave (who can be seen in this weekend’s Warm Bodies). Then there are the Hemsworths, whose adorable Australian mugs and breathtaking bodies have landed them the hottest movie franchises around. Donnie Wahlberg is dividing his time between the small screen (Blue Bloods) and the stage (with the NKOTB summer tour), while his younger brother Mark does double duty as a movie star and a hugely successful TV and movie producer (especially now that Entourage is heading to theaters). But for our money, the biggest bro team around at the moment is Ben and Casey Affleck. Sure, that’s mostly due to Ben’s amazing, award-winning run as the director and star of Oscar favorite Argo, but all that buzz is helping Casey’s career too. Casey’s turn in the outlaw flick Ain’t Them Bodies Saints just got plenty of good buzz at Sundance last week, and we bet you didn’t know he’s got a movie in the running at the Oscars too: He voiced the character of Mitch in last year’s Paranorman.
Who’s your favorite set of bros in the biz? Browse through our gallery and then tweet us your thoughts!
As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival enters its homestretch, we’ve noticed one thing about it: This year seems more about the films than the star-studded, super-sponsored A-list parties. Which, um, we’re pretty sure is what Robert Redford wants from his Utah fest. Lucky enough for those of us living vicariously through our friends (and photographers) in Park City, there has still been no shortage of eye candy. Here, we’re taking a moment to point out the lovely array of actors who put on their best puffy jackets and risked some great hat-hair to premiere their artsy movies. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Brody to Chris Noth, there were plenty of familiar faces at the festival, along with some relative newcomers like Austenland’s Ricky Whittle. We even gave Matthew McConaughey an honorary spot in this gallery, because even though his drastic weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club has sapped his conventional beauty, he’s looking kinda weird hot as he packs the pounds back on. And if there’s anything that’s appropriate for Sundance, it’s definitely the phrase “weird hot.”
After a long nine years since the last theatrical installment (sorry, we’re not counting those four revered direct-to-DVD masterpieces), American Reunion finally hits theaters today. From what we’ve heard, the latest chapter of the American Pie franchise is gonna be the wildest yet! Although some of the gang is married with kids, it doesn’t mean they’ve mellowed with age. VH1 News hit up the L.A. premiere and managed to catch up with Chris Klein, who plays lax-bro incarnate Chris “Oz” Ostreicher in the series and offered this comparison to the original: “It’s more fun because the jokes are a little crazier, and I think us as a cast is a little bit crazier,” he told our very own Kate Spencer. “I don’t think anybody is any more mature or responsible than we were when we were 18 and 19 years old.” Phew, that’s a relief!
It’s hard to believe it’s been a whopping 13 years since the beloved original was released. Check out the gallery below to see your favorite American Pie stars, all grown up! From pie-shaggin’ Jason Biggs to band camper Alyson Hannigan, Glee-wanna-be Mena Survari to Stifler’s Mom, they’re all here! Head on down to see, and get ready to feel reallllly old…
The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Daddy Day Care, Meet Dave, Shrek Forever After: if we said Eddie Murphy has literally spent the last decade making movies for people incapable of tying their own shoes, we would hardly be exaggerating. How can someone make Dreamgirls between Norbit and Shrek 2? He almost won an Oscar for that role!
Luckily if the Tower Heist trailer is any indication, it seems like Murphy is back on top of his hilarious game as a charming ex-con in a (thankfully) adult action-comedy. Directed by Brett Ratner, the movie hints that we might even be seeing some hard-core flirtation with Gabourey Sidibe, which is clearly not for children. The film also co-stars Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick. Actually, it is nice to see all three of these leading men in a film that doesn’t involve talking museum exhibits or CGI mice or ogres voiced by Mike Myers. Though, okay, if the Klumps stop by and make a brief cameo, we can’t exactly going to complain or anything.
Like the best film noirs, The Killer Inside Me starts with a single chance meeting and then heads out to where the buses don’t run. Casey Affleck is the sheriff in a small West Texas town, baby blue-eyed boyish underneath his omni-present ten-gallon hat. Jessica Alba is a prostitute who is a little too scorching for 1950s Main Street. Affleck is supposed to ask her to leave the city limits. Instead, the two form a hot-and-cold bond that sears back the layers on Affleck’s psychotic side. Affleck seems to be channeling every charmer whose slick patter has masked a black-hearted snake oil salesman, not least certain presidents from that part of America. His poison affects every relationship he has, including that with sexy gal-pal Kate Hudson. The violence is shocking to watch, but the rest of this handsome-looking film gleams like a diamond in the hot Texas sun. A disturbing and provocative watch.
Well, this is meta. The Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” I’m Still Here which chronicled the eccentric beardo’s transition from acting to hip-hop was all fake. Which means that everything in the past two years – the creepy David Letterman appearance, the retirement announcement, the gnarly facial hair – it was all for the movie. So basically we were all duped into thinking he was kinda nutso, but really, he’s not nutso he just wanted us to think he was, which is nutso in itself. We are exhausted.
Director Casey Affleck told the New York Times yesterday that the movie, which has been labeled a documentary and shows the cameras following Phoenix for the better part of two years is simply “a terrific performance, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the performance of his career.” Affleck said “I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.” The confirmation that the film was phony makes us marvel at the commitment and secrecy involved, but just like The Blair Witch Project, it’s kind of like, once you find out it’s not real, it’s just not as interesting. Besides, if we’re going to watch a movie directed by an Affleck this fall, you know it’s going to be The Town.
Alternate title for this post: Zach Galifianakis Makes A Movie About A Sad, Humorless Famous Person. Because that’s what the trailer for Casey Affleck‘s documentary I’m Still Here, about bro-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, looks like. It’s as if he called up big brother Ben and asked, “How do I ruin my career?”
To which Ben sagely replied, “Make a movie about that homeless man I saw bathing in your jacuzzi at your 4th of July party last summer. Speaking of, can you send me that potato salad recipe? I asked you for it months ago.”
Yep. This is Kate Hudson, although we had to check twice, too. The star rocked a new brunette do while out in Oklahoma and we really want to say something nice about it, but honestly, it’s amazing how changing their hair color does nothing for some people. Thankfully, this hair change seems to be for a role — she’s currently filming The Killer Inside Me alongside Casey Affleck. And if she’s got any sense, that sun-kissed blond will be back in place as soon as filming stops! [Photos: Splash News Online]
Joaquin Phoenix pulled an Axl Rose last night, jumping from the stage to attack a heckler during a performance in Miami Beach. Screaming “I’ve got a million dollars in the bank. What have you got, bitch?” and tussling with the fan, Phoenix was taken out of the club by security, ending his performance barely after it had begun.
Two possibilities: Phoenix is on some Andy Kaufman shit, or Casey Affleck just happens to be filming his brother-in-law’s mental breakdown. If it’s the former (as anyone who remembers his older brother River would hope), when are they going to finally give up the gag? It’s not like the media’s getting less cynical about his antics.
Joaquin Phoenix, who handed Hollywood his resignation last October, rapped for an audience at club LAVO in Las Vegas last weekend. It came as no surprise that he sounded like a 34-year-old actor who has suddenly decided to become a rap star. But what did surprise the crowd was the enormous hole in the crotch of his corduroy pants, his off-kilter dancing, and the way he fell — plummeted, more like it! — off the stage after his set.
These oddities have only contributed to speculation that his rap career is an elaborate stunt. After all, Joaquin’s brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, was there to capture the concert for a documentary about his attempt to make it in music. According to the Daily News, the ever-present cameras have “left many wondering whether Phoenix’s foray into music is a drawn-out joke.” Joaquin claims it’s not. “Are there people out there who think I’m a joke? I’m sure there will be,” the actor-turned rapper told People. “I can’t worry about that.”
Joaquin’s first rap album, reportedly being produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, doesn’t yet have a release date. Let’s hope it stays that way.
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