Edward Norton hosted Saturday Night Live (with musical guest Janelle Monáe) for the very first time last night. The dramatic thespian joked up top that he spent 13 years preparing for the job, but he had no reason to worry. Norton not only had the chops to sell some of the show’s most delightful and weird sketches, but he also had the guidance of Alec Baldwin and Miley Cyrus.
We never ever thought that anyone could replace what Matt Damon brought to the Bourne series. While watching the latest trailer for the fourth installment, The Bourne Legacy, we realized just how wrong we were. The film is in the very capable, very muscular hands of Jeremy Renner and he blew our minds in this clip! We haven’t really been keeping up with the news on the film, which is our bad, because we can’t wait to watch it now. The fact that Edward Norton is the baddie is the icing on the cake. We also admit that we had to watch the trailer a couple of times to try and get a handle of the plot. There’s a lot going on here.
Renner plays Agent Aaron Cross but also calls himself Kenneth Gidson at the beginning of the trailer. It seems there are a bunch of these super agents flying around all over the place because, “Jason Bourne was the tip of the iceberg.” Damon’s history is woven in by appearing in a news item in the trailer, linked to the Treadstone project. A character in the film then says, “Do you think that Jason Bourne was the whole story? There’s a lot more going on here.” Renner’s part of something called “Operation Outcome” where these agents are created, or modified. Enter, Rachel Weisz who plays Dr. Stephanie Snyder who was part of the team who created them. We’re also guessing she’s his love interest thanks to a brief steamy moment in the trailer. The incredible action scenes we see are both of them running from Norton to avoid assassination. Have a look, and tell us what else you gleaned from the clip.
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.
Sorry, Snow White. Nothing personal, Thor. Of course we still love you, the Batman. We always will. It’s just that when it comes to summer movies, we love a glowering villain as much as we love a virtuous hero. Maybe a little more. Maybe … a lot more.
Luckily for us (and you!), this summer’s films are jam-packed with some of the most malevolent evil characters imaginable, ready to face off against the hottest heroes and heroines from May to August. Tom Hiddleston reprises his Thor role as power-hungry extraterrestrial Loki in this week’s The Avengers, while Flight of the Concords’Jemaine Clement breaks Will Smith‘s stride as an easy-riding alien by the name of Boris in Men in Black III. Closer to home (and to your childhood nightmares), Queen Charlize Theron goes after Kristen Stewart‘s heart (not in the romantic way) in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Eva Green does the same to Johnny Depp (in both the romantic and evil way?) as smitten witch Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows.
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Of course, not every memorable villain has to be from another planet or or the fairy-tale realm. Some of them can be regular ol’ criminal masterminds, like Salma Hayek‘s drug kingpin Elena in Savages, Faran Tahir‘s Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Bryan Cranston‘s Vilos Cohaagen in the Total Recall remake and Edward Norton‘s Byer in The Bourne Legacy. We are especially psyched to see Tom Hardy‘s Bane grapple the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Rises while Rhys Ifans takes on Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Because what’s an epic battle scene with out an epic villain? A 15-second slap fight?
Not that every villain has to be locked in life-or-death combat, mind you. Some of them are just maniacally vain. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s General Aladeen in The Dictator, anyone? Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ high-strung Patricia Whitmore will also be inflicting all the damage she can against the demon that is rock in Rock of Ages, while Adam Sandler only accidentally ruins his son Andy Samberg‘s wedding/marriage/life. That being said, if you somehow get your only child to throw up on his fiance’s wedding dress … yeah, you’re the bad guy.
Finally, we have to give props to those villains who don’t even come in a humanoid package. We are dying to see what the surprisingly awesome-looking Battleship aliens look like under their masks (Weird eyes? Check! Four-fingered hand? Check!), and we’re all ready to take our hats off to the Piranhas 3DD piranhas. Not only are they blood-thirsty, they are also responsible for Ving Rhames‘ character having machine gun legs. What aren’t villains good for? Which big bad has your ticket-buying hands shaking with anticipation this summer? Check out our gallery of villainy, and cast your vote. Just remember: When it comes to picking a favorite archnemesis, there is no wrong choice.
The New York Press‘ Armond White reaffirmed his rep as the world’s angriest film critic at last night’s NY Film Critics’ Circle Awards, throwing barbs at any movie that dared to win despite him hating it. Some on-stage highlights from the circle’s chair:
White suggested presenter Tony Kushner, awarding Best Picture to The Social Network, could “explain why it won.”—because Armond hated it.
White only discussed the 2004 film Land Of Plenty when introducing Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams. “I can’t imagine what you’ve said about me since then if you had to go back that far to say something nice,” she responded.
White muttered “at least Greenberg didn’t win anything,” having previously suggested in print that director Noah Baumbach‘s mother should have had a “retroactive abortion.”
Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky got off a good one back (“Keep it up, you give us a reason to never read the New York Press“), to which White responded, “he reads me, he knows the truth.” But Best Actress winner Annette Bening was not amused, reportedly crying a variation on “can’t we all get along?” during her acceptance speech.
See the shuddering stars who braved White’s barrage in the gallery below. This Friday’s Critics’ ChoiceMovie Awards should be a breeze after this!
Edward Norton is an actor with such a serious reputation that even watching a popcorn film like The Incredible Hulk is a recipe for a headache. So it’s a lot of fun to see the chin-stroking actor let go in this loopy pot comedy-drama. He plays both Bill Kincaid–a straight-edge philosophy professor hoping to put his Oklahoma “Little Dixie” past behind him–and his twin Brady, a man who might be called the Einstein of the hydroponics. Bill reluctantly returns to the old homestead after learning that his pot-dealing bro has been killed by a crossbow bolt. That’s just the beginning of a tricky and just a little goofy progression of double-crosses. The sibling rivalry/identical twin plot devices are even older than Cheech & Chong, but as well as Norton’s star turn, Grass offers incidental pleasures such as Keri Russell reciting Walt Whitman and Richard Dreyfuss wielding a menorah with intent to harm. An amiable crowd-pleaser.
Extras: A making of featurette and a commentary track, where Norton and director Tim Blake Nelson reveal that most of their stage weed was recycled from Pineapple Express.
When we see ridiculously attractive celebs driving their Ferraris to some hot Hollywood party with their glamourous spouse by their side, it hurts.Ã‚Â To make ourselves feel better, we assume there must be a trade off for being so gorgeous and successful, and that these A-listers must be spectacularly stupid.Ã‚Â Our wounded egos desperately try to console us by saying, “Yeah well, they may be better looking, more popular, and have more money than you, but….at least you probably did better on your SATs! And you got that junior year calculus grade up to a C+, so Matt Damon can suck it!”
But we’ve got some really bad news. Many stars not only have the beauty and the brawn, but million-dollar brains to match. Check out the gallery below to see which smart stars made our Hollywood Honor Roll! And be sure to see Waiting for Superman, the new documentary about the cracks in our education system and the super-smart kids trying to climb out of them.
Courtney Love may be legally restricted from talking to daughter Frances Bean Cobain, but she can still talk about her. Love blamed the split—and the following restraining order—on an October fight, though she says Frances was the abusive one. “Frances came out of my room. She was hysterical,” Love told the New York Daily News. “First she was crying at my legs, saying, ‘Why was I born?’ Then she bites and scratches and pulls on my hair. She punched me…I grabbed her with both arms. That left a bruise and she took a picture of her bruise.” Wherever did Frances learn such deviousness?
Thankfully, Love says ex-boyfriend Edward Norton is serving as a mediator between the two, despite all those tweets where she accused the star of costing her six figures in shady money deals. “I feel very bad,” she confessed, now saying he actually tripled her money (math is hard, yo!). “I have the greatest respect for Edward. He could be the President of the United States. I could be his drug czar – ha, ha.” Ha. If this wasn’t enough drama for you, Love also says Frances’ lawyer may have been driven by Brit-daddy Jamie Spears to attack the Hole singer after she said one of Spears’ relatives claimed he sexually abused her (Love is pals with former Brit manager Sam Lufti, no stranger to restraining orders). If you’re a celebrity who hasn’t had a regrettable encounter with Courtney Love yet, you’re just not trying.
See photos of Love and her daughter in the gallery below.
In a sad sequel to the Kurt Cobain-Axl Rose clash of ’92, Lily Allen has dropped the hammer on Courtney Love for instigating a public argument at the NME awards earlier this week. Love’s beef began when she couldn’t get her hands on a Chanel dress for last week’s BRIT Awards and assumed Allen, a spokesperson for the brand, put a “lock” on it. Meeting at the NME affair, the pair reportedly had to be pulled apart by entourages, with Allen screaming “why the f— did you say that to me?” before leaving. “She’s upset because she has got it into her head that i put a lock on some dresses for the Brit awards,” Allen tweeted earlier today. “She’s made no secret of this and, when I saw her at the NMEs she tried to talk to me and I told her to shut up stop spreading stupid rumours about me…and thats pretty much it. I would never fight with her , as a rule I don’t pick on crazy old ladies.” When fans questioned the idea of anyone putting a “lock” on dresses, Allen cracked “It’s the sort of thing a paranoid drug addled lunatic might come up with.”
While Love hasn’t yet responded to the “crazy old lady” cracks, she previously tweeted that having such a lock would be a “compliment” and blamed her PR for the mix-up. Love also went on to direct more than a dozen (unanswered) tweets yesterday to ex-boyfriend Edward Norton, regarding $300,000 he may have lost in shady finances, why she spoke to the NY Daily News for an impending article about it, how he’s a “terrifically bad sexist,” how she resents “how stoic men are,” and how he’s “one of her very best friends,” which is why she had to “talk finances on twotter” [sic]. “I just want to give my ex who I love as a friend very much a shot b4 the lawyers descend and scandal.” By discussing it on a public twitter? It’s the sort of thing a paranoid drug addled lunatic might come up with.
On May 17th, during the Cannes Film Festival, Edward Norton and Woody Harrelson are set to battle it out on the poker table, but it’s all in the name of charity. According to Ed, Woody is going down.
“He’s more of my victim,” Ed says. “I love to take as much money off of him as possible.”
The event, which will take place at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, will benefit the Wilhelm and Karl Maybach Foundation and the Sunflower Children’s Foundation. Although Ed likes to victimize his pal while playing Texas Hold’em, there is one card shark who makes Ed a little nervous – Spiderman‘s Tobey Maguire.
“I hear Tobey is so good – almost pro-level – so that’s a little intimidating,” the Fight Club star says. [Source: NYDN; Photo: Getty Images]