Tom Hanks is getting rave reviews for his performance in Captain Phillips (out today). It’s familiar territory for the two-time Oscar winner, but after recent offerings like Cloud Atlas, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Larry Crowne underperformed, we began to worry about his status inside Hollywood’s golden circle. With Phillips and the forthcoming Saving Mr. Banks (he plays Walt Disney!), Hanks is poised to once again be a mainstay come awards season–and we couldn’t be happier. Nobody hits a promo circuit like Hanx.
For years it has been fairly common for a son to take over the family business from his father: Even if that family business is being a glamourous Hollywood superstar! Many young dudes have followed in their father’s footsteps and stepped in front of a movie camera. After we get over our initial suspicion that they’re just trying to cash in on their name, many of these Version 2.0′s end up blowing us away with their talent! Must be in the genes.
Spring has finally sprung, and the shift into warm weather has an intense, almost physical effect on us all. No, it ain’t allergies; it’s spring fever, folks! The time of the year when we get our energy back, and feel more alive than ever. Love is in the air (along with pollen), and it’s hard to resist the urge to ask that special someone out on a date. So don’t resist! Sure dates can be kind of intimidating, but don’t worry: We’ve got you covered with this handy list of the 50 Greatest Date Movies of All Time. Read on and fear no more!
Superstar Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live last night for the fifth time, thus putting him in the elite “Five-Timers Club”. He also reunited with Lonely Island cohort Andy Samberg, impersonated Elton John, stood next to the Three Amigos, and brought us all down to Veganville.
Oh, and he sang two songs from his new album, too.
We’d like to start by saying that we love our work. We just love pizza, ice cream cakes and those Girl Scout cookies with the coconut a hell of a lot more. And that’s the thing that separates us from the truly great actors. Well, that and a zillion KFC buckets worth of talent! Uber-dedicated movie stars will sometimes go the extra mile and put their bodies through insane physical transformations that make us sore just watching them up there on the big screen. Many hit the gym ruthlessly to purge every excess pound from their body and slim down, while some (occasionally) take a few weeks to pack on the pounds for a role. If it were us we’d choose the pound-packing parts exclusively, but hey!
More recently Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took the tougher route and each shed an unbelievable amount of weight for their respective roles. Anne famously lost 25 pounds for the part of Fantine in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables by eating two thin squares of oatmeal paste a day! We imagine that includes no dessert? McConaughey jettisoned his Magic Mike six-pack to play the HIV positive lead in Dallas Buyers Club, and his whopping 40 pound weight loss has lead some to wonder if he’s going too far. It’s got to be rough, but they certainly aren’t the first famous folks to go through such a dramatic body overhaul before going in front of the camera. Head on down to the gallery below for more thespians who took their bodies to crazy town, all in the name of their art. Sit down with a nice bag of chips and enjoy!
We know all know Jennifer Aniston got her start running in terror from a tiny evil leprechaun in, you know, Leprechaun, but did you know that most A-listers have a crappy horror film lurking in their past somewhere? From Paul Rudd to Jack Black, Demi Moore to Amy Adams, the biggest names in Hollywood have at one point been covered in corn syrup blood and chased by a prop chainsaw. So enjoy 10 amazing actors and actresses who had to pay their dues at the business end of a fake meat cleaver. Our personal favorite? Julianne Moore. Can anyone name a dumber movie death than hers? We honestly want to know!
Only Tom Hanks could drop a filthy f-bomb on Good Morning America and have us find him more endearing. Maybe it’s that mustache? It’s very sweet in a dad way, very Mr. Belvedere on a long weekend. Maybe it’s because we know Hanks was trying to get into character to demonstrate his Cloud Atlas accent for host Elizabeth Vargas? “I want people to buy my f—ing…” Hanks growls. No, it’s because T. Hanks claps his hand over his mouth and bugs his eyes like a scandalized seven-year-old when he realizes his blunder. Don’t worry, Tom! We’ve heard (and seen) worse on-air celebrity gaffes. 10 of them, to be precise!
After Angelina Jolie’s leg at the Oscars, we thought basically every funny thing (intentional or not) on a live TV event would get its own Twitter account. But maybe the people who do these things were too busy celebrating Homeland’s big sweep of the Emmys to do so tonight? At least Kat Dennings‘ boobs are well represented on the social networking site. Here are the other things we’re surprised haven’t been tweeting all night:
Tom Hanks’ amazing mustache (see photo above) Update: Oh! Here it is.
Lena Dunham’s bathroom cake (which she ate in the nude during the opening sketch)
Julie Bowen’s nipple covers (which she thanked profusely in her acceptance speech)
Ellen DeGeneres’ pants (mentioned twice during the show)
Jimmy Kimmel’s parents (ousted by Tracy Morgan for their false promises to Jimmy)
Tracy Morgan’s nunchucks (or his sparkly jacket)
Did we miss any? Have these Twitter accounts been made since we posted this story? Let us know!
What did we just see? We watched the Cloud Atlas trailer and it somehow looked like 8 different awesome movies…seamlessly blended together. We saw glimpses of a futuristic dystopian tale, a swashbuckling adventure, several tragic romances and at least the hint of a time travel movie. While it definitely has a similar vibe to their smash hit The Matrix, it’s hard to know if the Wachowskis‘ film will hold up to what we can only describe as an incredibly well-edited trailer. Either way, we think we spotted just about every conceivable element that would attract moviegoers to the theater. Take a look below if you don’t believe us. If you don’t see at least one thing that makes you want to see Cloud Atlas…then watch the trailer again, because we are sure it’s in there. Come on. Don’t tell us you aren’t into…