Well it’s now confirmed that the 84th Academy Awards officially has it’s host and it’s none other than Eddie Murphy who will be taking the stage on February 26th.
Brett Ratner and Don Mischer, who are both producing the awards show, have confirmed the news to Deadline saying they secured Murphy to take on the hosting duties.
Speaking about their host Ratner said “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever, with his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”
“Eddie is a truly ground-breaking performer, whose amazingly diverse array of roles has won him a devoted audience of all ages. His quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host” says Mischer.
Murphy himself says “I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others, I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”
You might be wondering why they have announced the host of the ceremony so early, it’s normally announced around January, but the reason for this is apparently because Murphy’s agency are trying to reboo his career and one of those steps is staring in Ratner’s movie Tower Heist. I wonder if it’s a coincidence that he is now the host?
Actress Olivia Wilde offered to hire a vagina double for her new movie The Change-up so she could appear to flash her character’s tattooed genitals in the film.
The sexy Cowboys & Aliens star actually came up with the idea for the scene, in which she and co-star Ryan Reynolds get inked, but producers were nervous about going as far as she wanted to go with it.
She explains, “I get it in a very delicate spot… It’s a vagina tattoo… I was like, ‘You have to show the tattoo if you set it up for the audience…’ and they were like, ‘No, we don’t need to show the vagina in the movie.’ And I was like, ‘Well, you know, I’m willing to hire my vagina double right now… because I, as an audience member…, I wanna see it.
The best vagina tattoo I’ve ever seen – and I haven’t seen it in person… You can Google it… This girl had a square of pubic hair, shaved… and a (tattoo of) a little man with a lawnmower walking along… I thought that was genius.”
But the director chose not to show the tattoo, which prompted Wilde to act out the fact it was where it was – and that created another dilemma.
She adds, “I want it to make sense… We get tattoos and there’s a scene later where we’ve just had these tattoos the night before… and I walked into the scene when we were rehearsing, like, ‘Ooh, ooh…’ and they were like, ‘What are you doing? Why are you walking like that?’ I said, ‘Well, I got the vagina tattoo the night before so I’d probably still be sore, right?’
“They were like, ‘Nobody wants to see that, don’t do that, don’t do that walk,’ and I was like, ‘It doesn’t make sense. We’re being irresponsible to the children out there who might go and get vagina tattoos, expecting to walk normally the next day.’”
See the little man mowing the lawn, after the jump!
This better be a joke but according to new reports Lady GaGa is set to play Amy Winehouse in a film based on the singer’s turbulent life that leads right up to her tragic death.
For some strange reasons producers think that GaGaa would be perfect to star in the role and they are already in secret talks with her to portray Winehouse on the big screen.
“Lady Gaga worshipped Amy and would love nothing more than to transform herself into her idol on the big screen. She’d be spot on performing Amy’s songs and has got the right look and bolshy attitude,” says a source.
Apparently after completing her two-year long Monster Ball world tour GaGa was given tons of scripts but she has been holding out on the perfect role and for her that is playing Winehouse.
“Gaga’s been itching to make the transition from music into movies and sees this as the ideal role to launch her film career,” the source continued.
An insider close to GaGa says her “management team had been discussing possible film ventures before Amy’s untimely death. But there’s only ever been one role she wants and that’s to play Amy.”
When news broke of Winehouse’s death GaGa was one of the first celebrities to comment and say how devasted she was to hear the news because Winehouse was one of her biggest inspirations.
While I think they kind of look alike again I say this better be a joke, GaGa lists everyone under the sun as her “biggest inspiration” and really isn’t it too soon to start making a movie based on Winehouse’s death considering she’s not even dead a full two weeks?
When most actors take on a big blockbuster type film they usually have to change their appearance because they are either too skinny or too big, Total Film have come up with a list of stars who have buffed up for their roles in these movies.
The Role: Steve Rogers/Captain America in Captain America
The Technique: Chris Evans did gym sessions a-plenty and ate lots of protein-rich foods. He said to MTV, “It’s the workouts that, you know, make you want to vomit. It’s horrible.”
Did They Keep It Up?:: In a word, no, again, to MTV, he said, “Oh my god, when shooting was done I just stopped going to the gym completely for about three months.”
The Role: Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins
The Technique: Bale went straight from The Machinist where he was 130 pounds, and got to 230 pounds, 40 pounds more than what Christopher Nolan wanted. He said to IGN, “I couldn’t do one push up the first day. All of the muscles were gone, so that was a real tough time of rebuilding all of that.”
Did They Keep It Up?:: None of his weight-changes have been as drastic as this. However, he has since slimmed down for The Fighter, in the role of heroin addict Dickie Ecklund.
The Role: Logan/Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Technique: According to Mike Ryan, Jackman’s personal trainer, they would train in the morning, so for a 6am filming start, they would be in the gym at 4am, to do an hour and a half of training.
Did They Keep It Up?:: Jackman has to get even bigger for The Wolverine, he told the LA Times: “[Darren Aronofsky] said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky – you know, he’s short and thick. So he said, ‘I want you to go there, get bigger’.”
The Role: Rocky in Rocky
The Technique: For Rocky III, Stallone would do a two mile jog, 18 rounds of sparring, two hours of weightlifting and skipping. Then he would take a nap, go for a run and go for a swim.
Did They Keep It Up?:: After Rocky, Stallone’s body became instantly recognisable and he’s done another five Rocky films and four Rambo films since then. Plus a whole host of other action films.
The Role: Jordan O’Neill in G.I. Jane
The Technique: Moore told Harper’s Bazaar, “I just wanted to be believable.” And believable she was, after her two hours a day pumping iron and breaking it up with a six-mile run.
Did They Keep It Up?:: Well, after 1997, Demi Moore took a break for three years. She said that preparing for the role nearly killed her, but her body isn’t looking too bad at all these days.
The Role: Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Movie
The Technique: High-protein, weights and 90 minutes on a trampoline. Reeve said to a magazine in 1981, “I put on thirty pounds, all muscle, in fact, I found muscles I never knew I had.”
Did They Keep It Up?:: He continued the role for another three films, so had to keep in ship-shape for those.
The Role: Micky Ward in The Fighter
The Technique: In 2008, he said, “‘I get up everyday at 5am to train for a movie that might not even happen. It’s depressing.” Training for a film that isn’t even definite, there’s dedication.
Did They Keep It Up?:: Wahlberg didn’t keep up quite as intense a workout, but with a Fighter 2 likely to happen, he’ll have to get back into shape.
Robert De Niro
The Role: Jake La Motta in Raging Bull
The Technique: De Niro became La Motta. He trained with him, followed his regime and even fought in three organised boxing fights, winning two of them.
Did They Keep It Up?:: De Niro has been gaining and losing weight for his roles long before Christian Bale became renowned for it. His rolls have come and gone with his roles.
The Role: King Leonidas in 300
The Technique: The whole film has Butler in nothing more than a cape and some pants, so he needed to be flawless. Mountain climber and conditioning coach Mark Twight bulked the stars up. The workout involved pull-ups, deadlifts, pushups and flipping tyres. Once Butler was done with his co-stars, he’d then do another training session on his own. We need a sit down after hearing all that.
Did They Keep It Up?:: He’s not a real Spartan, you’d be mad to keep a training regime like that up.
The Role: Derek Vinyard in American History X
The Technique: High protein and strength building exercises were the order of the day to get Ed from being a weak looking skinny fella to a neo-Nazi prison worn warrior.
Did They Keep It Up?:: Not really, Norton had to split his personality into himself and Brad Pitt to start fighting anyone in Fight Club. He still threw his own punches around though.
You have to admire their dedication, it certainly wouldn’t be me.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Oprah Winfrey will be one of the recipients of an Honorary Oscar.
The Academy’s Board of Governors has named the first Oscar recipients of 2011 — and the honorees at the third annual Governors Awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday, November 12 will include an actor whose career stretches from “Dr. Strangelove” to Darth Vader, a makeup artist who began plying his trade more than half a century ago, and a one-woman showbiz colossus who will be taking home the first Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award bestowed by the Academy in three years.
Winfrey will receive the Hersholt to salute her extensive charitable, philanthropic and educational efforts. Actor Jones and makeup artist Smith, meanwhile, will receive honorary Academy Awards in recognition of lengthy and distinguished careers.
The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is also one of the Governors Awards, will not be handed out this year.
Smith is the only honoree to have won a competitive Oscar, for “Amadeus” in 1984. He was also nominated for “Dad” in 1989.
Winfrey and Jones were both nominated for acting awards — Winfrey as Best Supporting Actress for “The Color Purple” in 1985, Jones as Best Actor for “The Great White Hope” in 1970 — but neither won.
The choices were made at Tuesday night’s board meeting, and announced by the Academy after the recipients had been notified.
Since the Governors Awards were moved to a separate show in 2009, this is the first year that the governors have selected three recipients, rather than the maximum of four.
Well here it is the first trailer for ‘Battleship‘ which is a movie based on the classic strategy board game that we have all played when we were younger.
‘Hancock’ directer Peter Berg is the man behind the directors chair and basically turned the classic game into a big Hollywood movie with loads of explosions and aliens. I must have missed the aliens when I used to play the game.
The plot for the movie goes like this “A story of an international Navy fleet engaged in a very dynamic and intense battle against an alien race known as “The Regents”. The aliens come to planet Earth, on a mission to build a power source in the ocean. Upon their visit, they come in contact with a navy fleet. The film is also purported to show both sides of the story, from the aliens’ perspective, as well as the humans.”
Taylor Kitsch takes on the lead role Alex Hopper who is dating Admiral Shane’s, played by Liam Neeson, daughter who is played by none other than Brooklyn Decker. Hopper is supposed to be one of the navys rising stars but not anymore and that’s mostly to do with his relationship.
Rihanna also makes her acting debut in this movie and you can see her at around the 1:04 mark for a split second, she’s the one driving the speedboat.
Battleship, which is out on May 18, 2012, actually looks pretty good. Will you be going to see it?
Oh how I miss the 90′s, there was great music and some of the best films ever come from that decade. Some of these movies are even life changing so Screen Junkies have come up with 10 movies they think were life changing from the 90′s take a look and see if you agree with the list.
The life changing potential of some movies is hard to see, but Schindler’s list makes it pretty obvious. This is one of the best movies about the holocaust, and when people watch it, they may be enlightened about history and change the way they view the world.
This is one of the most politically relevant movies of the 90’s. It’s the kind of film that could inspire some people to become activists.
This had a life changing impact on people for a different reason than most other movies on this list. It was such a revolutionary movie that it brought in a whole new era of filmmaking. As a result, many people who had previously never considered becoming movie makers where suddenly attracted to the art.
American History X
This movie has life changing potential because it shows the dark side of race relations in America. It also has amazing performances, and plenty of style.
Saving Private Ryan
For some people, this was a life changing movie because it changed the way they viewed their grandparents. Many young people learned a lot about the horrors WWII veterans went through, and it opened their eyes.
Boyz ‘N the Hood
This was one of the best movies to explore the difficulties of inner city poverty, and its effects on teens in the African American community. Many people who watched this film were never able to see America the same way again.
This is one of the most powerful and life changing movies about the American evangelical culture. It gave people a new way to look at an American spiritual tradition that was neither wholly flattering, nor wholly condemning. The movie was honest and that was its greatest strength.
Leaving Las Vegas
This movie has life changing potential for alcoholics. Very few movies have ever shown the full extent of alcohol’s ability to damage someone’s life.
This was one of the first big budget movies about AIDS, and it changed the way America saw the disease. The fact that a huge star like Tom Hanks played in the film helped make it more relevant.
This was a life changing movie in the same way as pulp fiction because it had such a big impact on the art of filmmaking, which led to all sorts of changes to the media culture overall. This one had a particularly large impact in terms of low budget filmmaking.
I’d agree with this list although there could be more on it, but overall a good list. What do you think?
Total Film have come up with a list of the best 50 movie kisses ever, I’ve put the top 10 together for you to read because let’s face who cares about the rest of any list apart from the top 10? If you do then head on over to their website.
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
The Kissers: Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson).
The Kiss: Y’know, that kiss. The one they’ve been building up to for a decade.
Passion Or Romance: The cute smiles after the kiss give it away – these kids are in love. Bless.
09. Titanic (1997)
The Kissers: Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Brubaker (Kate Winslet).
The Kiss: On top of the world. Or, technically, at the front of a big boat.
Passion Or Romance: Seeing that they don’t start shagging there and then on the deck, we have to assume it’s the real deal.
08. Lady And The Tramp (1955)
The Kissers: A classy cocker spaniel (Lady) and a mongrel (Tramp).
The Kiss: Al fresco becomes al frisky as the dogs’ dinner sees them sharing spaghetti.
Passion Or Romance: C’mon, Tramp loves Lady enough to give her his last meatball. What do you think?
07. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The Kissers: Ennis del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal).
The Kiss: One-time lovers Ennis and Jack meet up and, despite both being married – in fact, Ennis’ missus is watching – the reunited pair lock faces.
Passion Or Romance: It started as passion, but by now it’s a full-blown love story.
06. Casablanca (1942)
The Kissers: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman).
The Kiss: Reunited in Morocco because Ilsa needs Rick’s help saving her new husband from the Nazis, these old flames realise they still share sparks.
Passion Or Romance: The film’s theme song reckons “a kiss is just a kiss,” but this is proof of one of the screen’s most heartfelt romances.
05. Spider-Man (2002)
The Kissers: ‘Spiderman’ aka Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst).
The Kiss: Mary Jane thanks Spidey for rescuing her with a kiss, even though he’s hanging upside-down.
Passion Or Romance: Superhero fetish. It’s probably the mask that’s turning her on.
04. The Notebook (2004)
The Kissers: Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling).
The Kiss: A reunion in the rain after years apart. Allie thinks Noah never wrote to her, but when she finds out he wrote a love letter every day, it’s lip-locking time.
Passion Or Romance: “It still isn’t over” – not when the romance is this strong.
03. Back To The Future (1985)
The Kissers: George McFly (Crispin Glover) and Lorraine Baines (Lea Thompson).
The Kiss: History in the (re)making. Not only is Marty McFly’s future saved, but George will no longer be a doormat for Biff Tannen.
Passion Or Romance: Pure enchantment, and not just under the sea.
02. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Kissers: Scoundrel Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher).
The Kiss: Having fallen in love during their escape from the Empire, Leia isn’t about to let the small matter of Han being frozen in carbonite prevent their first kiss.
Passion Or Romance: “I love you.” “I know.” The most romantic kiss in sci-fi, although the follow-up in Return of The Jedi – as Leia reunites with blind Han – nearly matches it.
01. From Here To Eternity (1953)
The Kissers: Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr).
The Kiss: The iconic ‘snogging in the surf’ scene, memorably parodied by Airplane! and most likely copied by everyone who’s ever had some seaside lovin’.
Passion Or Romance: Karen’s married, so her clinch with Milton is pure passion. No wonder they need to cool down in those Pacific waves.
Did your favorite movie kiss make the cut? Mine would be the Sarah Michelle Geller and Selma Blair kiss from Cruel Intentions, which only made it to 29 on the list.
Emma Watson has made so much money over the last ten years after playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series that she never has to work another day in her life, but that isn’t stopping her because she has just been cast in the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie.
ComingSoon.net are reporting that Emma has been cast to star in Guillermo Del Toro‘s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, but that’s all the information that is available about the movie for now although if it’s anything like his movie Pan’s Labyrinth then it should be a pretty dark adaption of the Disney classic.
Emma also has two under movies on the way out first up is ‘My Week With Marilyn’ that co-stars Michelle Williams and is due out in the fall and then there is next years ‘Perks of Being a Wall Flower’.
As well as these movies she has her modeling campaigns going on so she is the perfect choice to Belle in the new movie, who do you think should play the Beast though?
Johnny Depp is reportedly about to sign on the dotted line to star in a fifth installment of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ if new reports coming from TheWrap are to be believed.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer of the franchise, apparently said he was working on a script for the fifth movie back in May and that he wouldn’t make the movie without Depp. Speaking to the L.A. Times, he said “Hopefully, if this one does well, (Depp) will want to come back and play the character again, but it’s going to depend on the screenplay. It always does. He’s maniacal about not wanting to disappoint his audience.”
This should come as a surprise to nobody considering the fourth installment, ‘On Stranger Tides,’ just recently went onto pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office which now makes it the third-highest-grossing film ever at the international box office as well as Disneys biggest international release and as we all know in Hollywood when something makes that much money they will keep churning them out as long as they can.
It’s looking good though because apparently Depp is liking what he sees so far so is negotiations already to star in the movie, TheWrap also says that it’s looking so good the team behind the franchise have been having up to four meetings a week about it.
Another reason this should come as no surprise is because according to another report, Depp has earned nearly $350 million from the franchise because of the type of contracts he has. However, Disney called this number “highly inaccurate” and another source says the actual number is closer to $280 million. Either way, that’s still a shitload of money.
Do you want another ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ or do you think they should just quit while they are ahead?
There is always big blockbuster movies that get absolutely horrific reviews and ratings but because they are either marketed right, come out at the right time or else are part of a franchise they will always do well at the box office. So Shadowlocked have come up with 10 movies that are absolutely awful but have done very well at the box office:
M. Night Shamaylan’s Signs brought in over $407,900,000 in gross receipts. And it was silly…and contrived…and predictable…and ridiculous. A hyper-intelligent alien race, having mastered interstellar travel, will choose to invade a planet that is over 80 percent proof poison? The triumph of middle America farmers over highly-advanced alien invaders using glasses of stale water is the triumph of mediocrity, which is a nice analogy for this film outgrossing Batman Begins. Because that actually happened.
9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Gross receipts of $786,636,033. Obviously initial viewings of this movie were fuelled by eighties nostalgia – because the first three movies were amazing. The intro scene to Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the classic moments of cinema history. Announcements of the release of the franchise’s fourth film caused high anticipation, even for those of us jaded by Star Wars prequels. What a disappointment! Aliens, really? UFO, ESP, WTF? $317 million dollars’ worth.
8. Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse
All three are in the top echelon of worldwide grosses, making an unbelievable over $1.7 billion (Yes, billion, with a b. Which makes me furious with an f.) These films, (but particularly the first one) are insanely bad. And not passively bad – bad acting, flat characterizations, lack of compelling storyline (check, check, check!) but actively bad – sending bad messages about the appeal of bad boys to impressionable teens with disposable income and terrible taste in movies. If I were to choose the one film I would not want my daughters to watch, it would be this: the movie in which the disaffected, angst-ridden heroine actually says to her boyfriend, “You’re not bad, you’re just misunderstood.” Really? And I am pretty sure the reason he likes her is that she smells good. Like, he’s super lucky that she’s attractive, coherent and sunlight-averse, because she could be Snooki from the Jersey Shore and he’d be drawn to her because of her yummy smell.
7. The Da Vinci Code
Piggybacking on the ‘incredibly successful novel’ format of the Twilight movies, we have The Da Vinci Code. People loved this book, loved it. Do you remember 2003? You couldn’t swing a dead cat in a crowded bar without someone saying, “Hey, stop that! Have you read The DaVinci Code yet?” But the book was enjoyable enough – I actually thought it would be a great movie. Worst decision ever. Yet somehow, the combination of a best selling novel and church-related controversy, not to mention the Ron Howard-Tom Hanks team, brought in an incredible $758,000,000 in worldwide receipts.
6. War of the Worlds
Tom Cruise is too slick for likeability, too smiley for believability, and (even with the admittedly little I know about Scientology), I find that his personal beliefs seep into every performance; and he still wasn’t the worst part about this film! There was the insanely commercial aspect – was there even a story? There was Dakota Fanning, a talented actress who somehow was reduced to speaking in a pitch that only dogs could hear. And of all, the truly unforgivable part was the ending – unimaginative, tedious, and overdone in every way. Ah well, I’m sure it did terribly at the box-office. What do you mean it grossed $591.7 million worldwide? Erm…
5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
To this day, I cannot understand Bay’s dedication to what – ultimately – is a rapidly dwindling franchise. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Transformers – I thought Bay did a commendable job on transforming my childhood favourite into an eye-catching, appealing movie adaptation – but surely a director/producer of his calibre is capable of spotting a leech when he sees one? Yet here we are, 2011, with Transformers 3 just days away, and Bay seemingly content to turn a blind eye to its lack of imagination in order to enjoy its financial viability.
Don’t believe me? Well, let’s look at the facts. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the 11th most successful release of all time in accordance to the US box office, with a staggering gross of $402,076,689 – and is the 25th globally with $836,300,000 – yet holds a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 20%, making it one of the most panned adaptations to date. Say what you like, but this isn’t Bay, and the sooner they let this die, the better.
4. The Hangover 2
For Todd Phillips, The Hangover was more than just a commercial success – it was the rejuvenating saviour his fleeting career had been looking for. Back in 2000, Phillips created one of the most iconic teen-romp movies of all time – Road Trip – before following it up with yet another comedy gem in Old School. However, after Old School’s phenomenal success, things went from bad to worse for Phillips. While I’d argue this decline was marked by Starsky and Hutch, box-office figures would instead pen School for Scoundrels as the start of his decline. Stigmatised by critics and viewers alike, the film – which stared Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Hader – grossed just $17.8 million dollars, which marked a $2.2 million loss when compared to its $20 million budget.
It would appear that 2006 was not Philips’ year, because he soon followed School for Scoundrels up with a producer credit on All the King’s Men, a film which – to this day – remains one of the biggest flops of all time, grossing just $7.2 million on a $55 million budget…ouch. However, Phillips returned three years later with The Hangover which, despite an initial degree of uncertainty, went on to become one of the most successful films of 2009. So what happened with The Hangover? Well, from a financial viewpoint, nothing – the film has taken $488 million worldwide, and it’s still at the cinemas. Yet, going by rottentomatoes.com, the film has been an unmitigated disaster with a 35% rating – less than half of its original (which rates at 79%). Either way, The Hangover 2 is more than deserving of its place on our top 10…
3. Shrek the Third
Shrek was incredible. Never had a film so impressively combined a children’s animation with adult themes, providing a film that was genuinely enjoyable for all members of the family. The kids got a kick out of the cute characters and simple fart jokes, while the adults cried with hysterics at some of delicately placed innuendos – when Shrek saw Lord Farquaad’s castle for the first time, his “do you think he’s compensating for something?” comment still makes me laugh out loud to this day.
Unfortunately, as is often the case the franchise went downhill, before hitting rock bottom with Shrek the Third. Weirdly, the fourth venture of the series did see a noticeable improvement on its threequel, but the damage had been done. As for stats, well, they speak for themselves – 23rd highest US gross of all time, with $320,706,665 and a global gross of $799,000,000 – not bad for a film that holds a 41% rotten tomatoes rating, and was described as “an overstuffed Happy Meal with a deliberately deceiving nutritional guide” – don’t you just love those serpent-tongued critics?
2. Scooby-Doo 2 – Monsters Unleashed
When I first heard about Scooby-Doo – the cinematic adaptation – I was concerned, and when the initial reviews began to roll in, things look doomed. However, when I got round to viewing it, I was pleasantly surprised. The casting was well-researched, the concept was original (and a bit disturbing, if I’m being honest); and Scooby Doo was as loveable as ever. The friendship he shared with Shaggy was spot on, and in the end the saving grace of the franchise. While critics had panned it, the strength of this brand name pulled through, earning it a cool $275,650,703 on its $84 million budget.
Yet, despite my youth (I was 13 at the time), even I could see that this was a one-hit wonder…and then came Monsters Unleashed. With a 21% rotten tomato rating, even long term Scooby-Doo fans tore this film apart…but not before they went to see it. The film went on to gross around $181 million – almost three times its estimated budget – but the damage had been done, and one would assume that we have seen the last of CGI Scooby-Doo for a long, long time…
1. The Last Airbender
What was M. Night Shyamalan thinking?!? Spending $150 million to make a Nickelodeon orientated animated series into a fully fledged, 3D spectacular has got to go down as one of the most idiotic ideas of all time. OK, so he liked the concept, but to spend that extortionate amount on a children’s animated series is just foolish. Maybe he was influenced by the success of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie back in 2004 – a film that received a number of positive reviews as well as a $140 million gross – but he seemed to miss one rather pivotal point…they spent $30 million, a fifth of his total.
Thankfully for Shyamalan, it would appear that his fan-base – combined with that of The Last Airbender animated series and occasional cinema-folk – was enough to ensure the film’s success…but only just. When analysed against its budget, the films gross of $319,713,881 would suggest over a 100% profit. However, throw in the mere $130 million spent on advertising and that figure becomes less impressive. Saying that, for a film as bad as this (it has a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of any on this list) even a $40 million net profit is impressive. Oh, and just to point out, this film won five awards. Unfortunately, these were five Golden Raspberry Awards, so I don’t think he’ll be mentioning them any time soon.
To be honest I would agree with all of these, what do you think?
I do love a good celebrity feud and it’s been too long since we’ve had one so here’s hoping that Harrison Ford‘s latest comments that see him calling Shia LaBeouf a “f#cking idiot” spark a feud between the two former co-stars.
But first let’s go back to the start when the two of them co-starred in 2008′s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, which was a blockbuster hit earning over $800 million but was destroyed by critics and fans of the franchise. Then last year LaBeouf spoke about the film and how he was disappointed in it, he said:
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished… You can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on (director) Steven Spielberg. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. We (Ford and LaBeouf) had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either.”
Well now in an interview with Details magazine (via NME) Ford has spoken out about 25-year-old LaBeouf, he says “I think he was a f**king idiot. As an actor, I think it’s my obligation to support the film without making a complete a** of myself. Shia is ambitious, attentive, and talented – and he’s learning how to deal with a situation which is very unique and difficult.”
Ya know I agree with both of them. I agree with LaBeouf because the movie was a disaster and was painful to watch, but I agree with Ford because well he’s right LaBeouf is an idiot. Plus it’s Harrison Ford, who could argue with Han Solo? What are your thoughts on this?
Charlie Sheen has just admitted in a new Sports Illustrated interview that he decided to take performance enhancers for his role as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in ‘Major League.’
Usually it’s the athletes that take steroids to bulk up, not actors playing athletes.
“Let’s just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit. It was the only time I ever did steroids… I did them for like six or eight weeks. You can print this, I don’t give a f**k. My fastball went from 79 [miles-per-hour] to like 85.”
Sheen went on to say that he quit the drug after losing control of his temper.
While on steroids, he almost got into a fight at a bar after some patrons were making fun of the wacky haircut he got for the role, “I didn’t like the haircut because it generated so many comments in bars. I’ve got enough of that already. Add that to the mix, and it’s a recipe for a fistfight,” he says.
Have you ever watched an older movie and seen an actor who is now on the A list in the background? This happens to me all the time, as they say you have to start somewhere. Buzz Feed have come up with a list of 25 actors who appeared in classic movies and TV shows, here is 15 you can find the rest at the source.
George Clooney In ‘Rosanne
Nicolas Cage In ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’
Jake Gyllenhaal In ‘City Slickers’
Elijah Wood In ‘Back To The Future 2′
Jack Nicholson In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’
Jane Lynch In ‘The Fugitive’
Miley Cyrus In ‘Big Fish’
Rainn Wilson In ‘Almost Famous’
Ron Jeremy In ‘Ghostbusters’
Jack Black & Giovanni Ribisi In ‘X-Files’
Tobey Maguire In ‘The Wizard’
Jessica Alba In ‘The Secret World Of Alex Mac’
Ryan Gosling In ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark’
Hugh Laurie In ‘Friends’
Seth Rogan in Donnie Darko
I love fun little stuff like this. Now you have to go through these and look out for them!
It’s all in Spanish, but you don’t need to speak the language to crack up at clip.
Tom Hanks has pretty much done everything when it’s time to promote a new movie.
And during his recent visit to Miami for his latest movie ‘Larry Crowne‘, the two-time Academy Award winner had some fun over at Spanish network Univisión, when he was a special guest on their morning show, ‘Despierta America’.
During a cooking segment, Hanks tried some mexican ingredients, including tasting some very spice chilis that made him sweat and even get a bit teary-eyed a bit.
But he surely proved he was game for everything, speaking a little bit of Spanish and even getting his dance on during the weather segment, alongside co-host Chiquinquirá Delgado.