Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stonewall Jones

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I can't look at Caleb Landry Jones now without thinking of the movie Antiviral, which translates to I can't look at Caleb Landry Jones now without being creeped the hell out. I suppose that speaks well of him and his talent - it was the last thing I saw him in and he succeeded in giving me the heebie-jeebies in Brandon Cronenberg's attempt at heebie-jeebying. So well done! (Actually I just now remembered I also saw him in Neil Jordan's Byzantium, but he was kinda creepy in that too so the point stands.) 

Anyway before that I thought he was very fine and not really very creepy in X-Men: First Class, so maybe I can shake off those shivers as he moves on to a part I assume will call for less creepiness - he's in talks to join Roland Emmerich's Stonewall movie. Then again the role is described as "an eccentric gay street hustler named Orphan Annie" so maybe some creepiness will be called for. Jeremy Irvine is still set to star in the movie, so let's post a shot of him too, while we're here. Can't believe I never posted this pic before...


Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... skinny-dipping with Spock. (via)
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Mr. & Mr. Hitchcock

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On the one hand I probably need to stop going onto Amazon with my iPad when I'm laying in bed after I have taken a sleeping pill. On the other hand... I would like to introduce you to my new husband, Alfred Hitchcock Bobblehead. We are so so happy together.
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I Am Link

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--- Big Ambition - Part of my feels like this was a rumor I'd heard already but my brain, man, it's got too much of this shit inside it to keep track of all of it anymore - anyway Jessica Chastain is very nearly signed on to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' book by the same name by Andrew Dominik, the director of The Assassination of Jesse James Et Cetera. Has anyone read the book? I like Marilyn just fine but I'm not really obsessed with her legend enough to go reading books about her.
 
--- Drag Her To Where - A couple of months ago I asked this same question on Twitter, but Pajiba actually seems to have gathered up some actual information with regards to What The Heck Happened To Alison Lohman, who hasn't made a movie since around the time that she was so terrific way back in 2009 in Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell

--- Canadian Idol - If you want to know what David Cronenberg's upcoming first novel is about, go read the synopsis here. I'm not bothering since I will read it no matter what, and prefer to be unsoiled. There's also a NSFW book trailer to watch. The book is called Consumed and it's out in September. Oh and as long as we're talking DC, The Playlist has been posting tons of new pictures from his upcoming movie Maps to the Stars which I haven't linked to yet.
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--- Space Mountin' - I have been waiting for so long for Doug Liman to make something as good as Go was, I should probably quit that impossible expectation and be happy with entertaining junk like Mr and Mrs Smith, I guess. Now he's in talks to adapt an upcoming kid's book (it's not even out until Fall 2015) called Railhead about futuristic space railroads and kid thieves. The word "steampunk" is tossed around willy-nilly, cuz that's not dated already.

--- The Virgin Claire  - Speaking of Go though, here's a really wonderful piece looking back at Katie Holmes' performance in the film, which is often overlooked since it's not terribly showy. I agree with all of this. There was a little window there where she was doing interesting stuff (Ice Storm and Wonder Boys holla).

--- Fever Chills - I'm trying to think of a popular American horror movie that's gotten remade with as quick a turnaround as we're seeing with this here news that Eli Roth's 2002 film Cabin Fever (which really is more a 2003 movie) is being eyed for a remake now. Foreign movies have been remade in English with much quicker speed than that of course, but can you think of any straight-up US-to-US ones like this? In summation, everyone in Hollywood should lose their jobs, the end.

--- Intergalactical Upsets - Also on the remake block is Flash Gordon, which I just really don't know how you remake that without Queen's soundtrack. I suppose they'll argue it's not a remake, that they're making a new version of the comics blah blah blah. No Queen? No go! (Also Sam Jones was pretty pleasant to look at, while we're on the subject.)

--- After Hood - I feel bad that director Catherine Hardwicke is referred to as "Twilight director" in this article - can't they give her "Thirteen director"? Well at least they're not giving her "Red Riding Hood director," I guess." Anyway Hardwicke is making a movie next called Miss You Already which is about a pair of lifelong best friends whose friendship is tested when one gets pregnant and the other gets sick. Those friends will be played by Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette, whizz bang bingo we have a winner.
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--- And finally, I haven't even seen the first of these movies (Steve Coogan's fine and all but let's not go nuts, people), but he's got a sequel to The Trip coming called The Trip to Italy, and I totally watched the just-released trailer just to see some of the locations he shot in, to see if he was anywhere near where I just got back from. I recognized places! It seems like he spent a lot of time in the Naples area, actually.
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Breaking News

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My second review from the Tribeca Film Festival, currently ongoing here in New York, is up over at The Film Experience this morning - I'm talking the Swedish transgender romance Something Must Break, which tells the story of a love-triangle involving two people. Go forth and read my words, people!

Previously at TFF2014
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Good Morning, World

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We all know that James Franco is punking us, constantly, over and over, and yet here we are staring back like a bunch of slack-jawed dullards. Okay perhaps I speak for myself. In truth it's kind of gotten to the point that if he stopped and disappeared from the face of the planet tomorrow I don't think I'd really miss him, but that doesn't keep me from staring anyway. I suppose, as far as he's got any point, that's it. He posted these shots of himself and Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen all a'snuggles yesterday. Gawk.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First Look Mason Verger

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I do believe this is the first picture that we've seen of Michael Pitt as the character of Mason Verger on Hannibal... I could be wrong but it's the first I have seen anyway. It's come to us via this I-cannot-emphasize-the-word-enough FABULOUS interview with Hannibal's creator Bryan Fuller over at HuffPo where he talks about the show which then spins off to dive deep into fun horror-movie talk - like I learned that Gillian Anderson's character on the show is named after the "Father's Day" segment in Creepshow! How wonderful is that?


Apparently Matt Bomer Is Married

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He's on the cover of the new issue of Details (wait does this mean that photo-shoot of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy that I just posted wasn't for a cover? Or is it another month? I am confused) and in the interview Matty admits that he wed his longtime boo (and secretly sexy papa bear) Simon Halls a couple of years ago. We didn't know they were married right? What the heck, I want wedding pictures! Well what I mean is I want wedding night pictures, but whatever, you know what I mean.



Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... making a sandwich.

This video (via) from behind-the-scenes of the new Details cover shoot takes way too long to get to the good stuff, i.e. the part where Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy start touching each other... but hey, it gets there, so I won't complain.
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Now, as we hit the jump to see some more caps I took from it (and then heading over to The Film Experience to pick between the two, don't forget to do that) let us imagine the X-rated outtakes from this photo-shoot. Ah yes, that it the spot, right there.

Which is Hotter?

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Divine or Harvey Fierstein as Edna in Hairpsray?
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Happy 68, John Waters!
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Gay Straight Dalliance

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My first review from the Tribeca Film Festival just went live over at The Film Experience - it's for Life Partners, a sweetish little comedy about best girlfriends, one gay one straight, one played by Leighton Meester and one played by Gillian Jacobs, and the man who mucks up their thing, played by Adam Brody, seen above wearing the same Adidas sandals I was wearing like fifteen years ago. Anyway I take the opportunity to talk about Frances Ha a bunch, cuz why not - if there's nobody stopping me from talking about Frances Ha, I'm gonna just talk about Frances Ha.
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Pic of the Day

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(via) Love this shot from the set of Todd Haynes' upcoming film Carol with Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett playing the characters Patricia Highsmith invented in her glorious book The Price of Salt - it looks like it could be an actual film still, doesn't it? Damn this thing can't get here quick enough.
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Quote of the Day

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Anthony Lane (ETA actually it's writer Janet Manley making fun of Lane, whoops) expounds some purple prose on the subject of James Franco in a brief profile you can read over here. (pic via) I have highlighted the most memorizing passage here though:

"Beneath his taut v-neck, a lean but hard body is etched, and if I look closely, I can see the nipples that brought us such wrenching performances as a trapped canyoner in 127 Hours and a talking rock in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Seeing him here in mortal form I am reminded that he didn’t really saw his arm off in his portrayal of Aron Ralston. Rather, he amputated his star wattage from an onscreen character using the sharp saw of artistry. Of course, Franco-philes know not to underestimate the talents stored beneath the scruffy jeans crinkling and folding before me, full jeans, they are."
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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I Am Link

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--- All About Amy - One of the movies I'm most sad about missing at Tribeca because of timing issues (there are only so many hours and so much sanity in a day) is Goodbye To All That, the new movie from the director of Junebug which stars three of my favorite people - Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, and in a small but inevitably memorable (always memorable) turn Amy Sedaris. IndieWire caught up with Miss Amy to talk about the movie and her process and oh my god it's a delightful thing to read. (thanks Mac) Loved this bit about having to adapt her affinity for broadness to different director's visions:

"I'm always like, 'Why'd you hire me?' It's just so hard to pull back, or you pull back a little, and then you feel like you're not doing much. I always like to have some kind of weird character. I need something to hide behind so it's weird if I don't have that."

--- Image Maker - It's weird that I'd forgotten what a fantastic music video director Birth and Under the Skin director Jonathan Glazer was, since he directed a couple of Radiohead videos that sit amongst the greatest things the medium ever produced, but I did, so thankfully this list of his best videos at The Playlist is there to remind me. Their #1 pick makes me cry whenever I watch it, just so you know.

--- Timed Out - I suppose this is sort of spoilery for the next X-Men movie but whatever, I don't really know anything and this is what I figured, it's not rocket science - they'll be using the time travel story-line and this new movie as a way to give most of the old folks (McKellen, Stewart, Berry, et al) the boot I mean "a proper farewell" and swing things into a new timeline where younger prettier things can take center stage. Shocker! Except for Hugh Jackman! He'll be popping those rage roid veins from his forearms til he's in the triple digits.

--- Jobs For Everybody - Last week I wrote about how Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor had supposedly finally recently made up after Boyle chose Leonardo Dicaprio over Ewan for The Beach, and how that meant we might finally see the sequel to Trainspotting, so I find it funny to read today that Boyle might be making the Steve Jobs movie (the one that David Fincher got kicked off of slash abandoned) with Leo in the lead his next movie - funny because what if Boyle delays working with Ewan for Leo again? Feud forever!

--- Shaky Cam Love In - You probably know that I'm more forgiving for the found-footage genre of horror than a lot of people seem to be - I think there are things about it that work marvelously well. That you-are-there vérité feel can make a movie walk on water. So I'm down with this article over at Fangoria giving love to the sub-genre, although some of the titles mentioned (oh my god Apollo 18 noooooo) need never be thought of ever ever again and you hurt your argument by bringing them up, sir.

--- Hot Mess - I haven't watched any of the Lindsay Lohan reality show, I didn't think I could deal with her anymore, but Kim Morgan's piece at Vulture on it has me aiming for a binge watch once the whole thing's available. Bless Kim for always reminding me of the value of damaged difficult complicated messy interesting women - my exasperation with tabloid nonsense sometimes makes me forget.

--- Knight Down - I am a little bit weirded out by the reaction people have had to the rape scene on this week's episode of Game of Thrones - I agree that the episode's director stuck his foot in his mouth talking about it, but if you're not going to protest scenes like a little child being forced to watch his parents be murdered in front of him, which also happened that episode, then maybe you should step back your indignation a little bit. It's a show about complicated generally horrible people doing complicated generally horrible things, and just because it's the dreamy guy doing it now everybody's all conflicted or betrayed or whatever. Good! Be conflicted! Let's not forget he threw a child out of a window in the first episode, either - I don't recall the internet being split at the seams with outrage then. Maybe don't expect your morality to be kowtowed to a show as amoral as this one, is all I am saying. Anyway the funniest thing about all of this to me was George R R Martin's reaction, which was basically - I don't know nothin' bout no TV show, yo!
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Good Morning, World

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A happy 48th birthday to Jeffrey Dean Morgan! I was checking what projects he's got lined up and he has several but most interestingly is probably the one called Desierto, which he's co-starring in with Gael garcia Bernal and is being written and directed by Jonás Cuarón, Alfonso's son who co-wrote Gravity with him. Sounds like JDM is playing a racist border patrol vigilante hunting down a group of Mexicans trying to enter the US, led by Gael. Hot button! That's filming right now.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Matt Bomer One Time

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Matt's on the cover of the next issue of Out and they've been kind enough to share that glorious picture along with a little excerpt from the interview... I'd like to have the rest of it right this second, of course, but if you've got Matt Bomer you milk all you can out of him, that's what I've always said. (Seriously, that's what I have always, always said.) So we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for the rest!
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Mutant Versus Mutant

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Have you guys ever googled "Fassavoy"? You really need to, if you haven't. The internet is a wonderful, weird place. Anyway hello! My apologies for my absent for the majority of today, I was watching my... oh let's see... carry the one, divide by all the brain damage... I was watching my tenth and eleventh movies of the past three days thanks to the Tribeca Film Festival. It's been a blast but I am a little... uh, overwhelmed. So bear with me. For the time being you can head over to The Film Experience where this week's brand new edition of our "Beauty Vs Beast" series just went up, bringing it back to the beginning, pitting one of our current favorite duos against each other - it's a Fassavoy face-off, y'all.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Well I'm Gonna Go Watch Things Now

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(pic via) I feel like I haven't had that much to actually say this week, but that should be changing right quick - if things go as planned I'll be seeing approximately fifteen thousand movies at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, which I'm covering along with Nathaniel & Co. for The Film Experience. So, you know... things. Stay tuned! And have a great weekend, everybody.
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