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TV Worth Watching
"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.
"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)
Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist »
- Gina Carbone
Now playing in theaters is Magic Mike Xxl. Gregory Jacobs takes over as director this time around, though Steven Soderbergh is still onboard as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor. Written by Reid Carolin, the story takes place three years after the events of Magic Mike, as Channing Tatum’s character has bowed out of the stripper game for good…or so he thinks. The rest of the Kings of Tampa decide to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach with Mike sharing the spotlight. As the boys embark on a rowdy road trip, they renew old acquaintances and make new friends. As you can see in these fifty images, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a club owner, while Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell fill other supporting roles. The film also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With Comic-Con 2015 just around the corner, fans will surely get a new look at Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during the studio's Hall H panel on Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 Am. While we wait for that footage to arrive, a much different Batman video has surfaced, through the shared Instagram account of child actor Seth Lee, who co-stars alongside Ben Affleck in the Warner Bros.' drama The Accountant. The video gives us a look at Ben Affleck uttering the famous line, "I am Batman" for the first time.
Ben Affleck isn't wearing his full Batman costume in the video, where he trades saying the iconic line with Seth Lee. While we did get a few brief glimpses of the actor in the first Batman v Superman trailer that debuted in April, we didn't hear the actor speak at all, so we'll have to wait »
There's a new crop of celebrity model kids coming on the fashion scene! Pierce Brosnan's son Dylan, Gary Oldman's son Charlie and Val Kilmer's son Jack stole the spotlight at Saint Laurent's runway show for Men's Fashion Week in Paris on Sunday. The boys hit the catwalk sporting an array of grungy looks from the collection, all three of them sporting leather jackets and black skinny jeans. Dylan's proud parents, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shayne Smith, were spotted in the crowd during the show. This isn't the first time Dylan and Jack have represented the famed fashion house though. Last year, the teens were named the new faces of Saint Laurent's menswear line. Check out a snippet of their editorial debuts above. These guys are just three members of a new group of celebrity model offspring, which already includes Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Cindy Crawford's daughter, »
- tooFab Staff
Make way for the next generation! Pierce Brosnan's son Dylan, Val Kilmer's son Jack and Gary Oldman's son Charlie all took to the runway at Saint Laurent in Paris for Men's Fashion Week and, well, they're a chip off the ol' (very handsome) block. The boys hit the catwalk sporting an array of grungy looks from the men's permanent collection (notable features included plaid button-downs, leather jackets and black skinny jeans). Dylan and Jack, by the way, were announced as the new faces of Saint Laurent's menswear line back in 2014, but this is their full-fledged runway debut. The duo, alongside Charlie Oldman, were reportedly handpicked by Saint Laurent honcho Hedi Slimane to model for »
It was 20 years ago that the third modern Batman movie was released. An uncertain time for the character who just six years earlier had revolutionized the modern blockbuster, helped launch the modern age of comic book adaptations, and made an untold millions for Warner Bros. The follow-up, Batman Returns, was seen as a disappointment by the studio who felt the series had taken a dark turn and lost much of its mainstream appeal.
The third installment would be a departure both for Michael Keaton and Tim Burton who left the franchise in the hands of Joel Schumacher. Joel Schumacher… who would one day brutally murder the franchise with reckless abandon and shelve the Dark Knight for nearly a decade before Christopher Nolan found a way to make him interesting (and profitable) again. We all know that Batman & Robin is a »
- Anghus Houvouras
It.s safe to say that Joel Schumacher forever ruined his legacy with the Batman franchise because of Batman & Robin. However, despite the Bat-nipples and Arnie.s campy Mr. Freeze, it turns out that a third Batman film that Scumacher had planned actually sounded rather incredible. Joel Schumacher originally took to the Batman franchise with 1995.s Batman Forever, which had Val Kilmer as the titular caped crusader and was an enjoyable, family-friendly take on the character. It was forgettable fun. That all changed with Batman & Robin, which is widely regarded as one of the worst superhero films ever made, and proved to be such a colossal failure that it took Christopher Nolan.s Batman Begins to rejuvenate the hero. Joel Schumacher would have gone some way toward salvaging his reputation if he.d been given the chance to create his third Batman film, though. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumacher »
First there was "The Spoils Of Babylon," IFC's miniseries soap opera parody that brought together a ton of big stars (Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer) for one big goof. Now, the creative team behind that is back with "The Spoils Before Dying," and the first trailer for this mystery riff is here. Read More: Watch An Extended Look At 'The Spoils Of Babylon' Michael K. Williams leads the effort with Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment (all three appeared in 'Babylon'), Maya Rudolph, Michael Sheen, Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, and Chris Parnell joining in the fun that follows a jazz musician who discovers his lover and another man dead. And it gets pretty surreal from there. “It was the weirdest world to be in. There was just no up, no down,” Williams told EW. “[My character] wakes up and the love of his life is dead, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A tense trailer for a post-apocalyptic thriller, variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1 featuring Michonne and her pets, and Blu-ray / DVD release details for Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau comprise this round-up.
Z for Zachariah: Directed by Craig Zobel from Nissar Modi's screenplay that's based on the 1974 novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. The film is slated for a limited theatrical release from Roadside Attractions beginning August 21st.
Synopsis (via Collider): "In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. »
- Derek Anderson
One of the marketing trends today is for consumers to take a brand and make it their own. An example is the phenomenon of customizing phones. I’m sure that just about everyone you know has selected a cellphone case so that their phone has really become their phone. And a few years ago, I had a role in a Kia Soul marketing campaign. The big idea was that you, as a car owner, could customize the Soul in whatever way worked best for you. And there’s more of this brand customization in the future. Centennials, the group that comes after Millennials, are even more passionate about personalizing brands.
Geek Culture’s passionate fans already have their own personalized visions of popular entertainment brands and characters. They are a finicky bunch, especially when it comes to change. Long gone are the days when they blindly accepted reboots or revisions »
- Ed Catto
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
“Welcome to Wayward Pines, where paradise is home”.
The louder a fictional small town shouts about being heaven on Earth, the higher the probability that it is in fact, an axis of evil. As a rule, if the town sign features a beaming family and a cheery slogan, you’ll be lucky to make it to sundown without being kidnapped, cannibalised or having your severed spine used as a xylophone in the local middle school’s ossuary orchestra.
(It’s all a matter of irony. Small towns with dark secrets love irony in a town slogan. It gives them a pleasant break from all that ritualised murder and alien probing.)
Did Will Forte create The Last Man on Earth, in which he plays humanity’s worst living representative, because he is in fact the best dude on the planet? Talking to his friends and spending a couple of hours eating breakfast burritos and strolling around Venice Beach with him for a New York Magazine feature certainly gave this reporter that impression. More stray observations and stories emerged than could fit in the printed piece, so in honor of Last Man’s finale last night, please enjoy the many things one learns about Will Forte from spending time with him (and talking to a bunch of people he knows), including just how nice he is, what happened when he stuck his hand in Andy Samberg’s urine flow, and what it was like having Val Kilmer as a roommate. 1. Will Forte is the most polite man in Hollywood, according to everyone »
- Jada Yuan
It’s be a divisive road for “Suicide Squad” and the movie is still in principal photography. After director David Ayer posted an image of Jared Leto’s Joker covered in tattoos, lines were drawn in the proverbial sand. Either you loved the idea of a modern Joker or you loathed the new Jokalo. Of course, now there are rumblings that Ayer was merely paying homage to 75 years of Joker’s history with that Joker’s tattooed photo, citing DC Comics tweet in the aftermath. It was pretty rad. But, I heard it was just a troll @GregCapullo #BatmanChat https://t.co/mP1PSLuWtd — DC Comics (@DCComics) May 1, 2015 With one hornet’s nest settling down from being kicked, Ayer released another salvo on Twitter. Meet the “Suicide Squad.” Image Credit: Twitter As with any marketing bomb detonated on social media, the blowback was hard and fast. Twitter is alight with opinions, »
- Donna Dickens
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Agrawal’s plays have been produced in theaters in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; Ithaca, N.Y.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Seattle. She was a writing intern with HBO last summer and the winner of an Emmy Foundation scholarship.
School: Ringling College of Art and Design
Major: Motion design
High Marks: Not only did Ajmeri intern with Psyop and the Mill, two premier motion design studios in New York, but also has been offered a job with the latter. Ajmeri’s national and local freelance work includes a new musicvideo for Jason Derulo.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Arbery’s “The Logic” was »
- Malina Saval, Christy Grosz, Seth Kelley and Marianne Zumberge
As often bemoaned, the series of Batman films started by Tim Burton's 1989 effort went out in the late 1990's as a kitschy pastel calamity. 1995.s Batman Forever was the beginning of this downhill slide for the once-magnificent movie series. Now, closing in on the 20th anniversary of the film.s release, Cinema Sins gives you 167 reasons why. Giving Batman Forever a thorough comb-through, Cinema Sins surprisingly gives star Val Kilmer a bit of a pass. However, they not only point out the obvious flaws of the film, like its vacuous vixen of a leading lady played by Nicole Kidman, and the unnecessary, lackluster levity, but they also point out some interesting minor plot holes and anachronisms, giving you even more excuses to hate the film. The video properly grills the ludicrous flick that gave us Bat butt implants and took the brilliant cityscape designs of Burton.s Gotham City »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"The Age of Adaline" star Blake Lively was on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, and she talked about fangirling (badly) all over co-star Harrison Ford. She was excited to be around Indiana Jones -- although she had only watched those movies the day before they started shooting "Adaline." Jimmy Fallon brought up that Harrison is also Han Solo. Blake admitted that she still hasn't seen "Star Wars." Blake: "I saw the one with Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen. Does that count?" Noooooooooooooooooooo. She just knew him as the dude with the earring who was married to Calista Flockhart, which she thought was awesome. Then she watched all three Indiana »
- Gina Carbone
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. As readers of previous instalments will remember Keanu Reeves was one of my teenage girl crushes alongside Christian Slater. Given that I was a teen during the early noughties these choices might seem a little odd to some of you. Me and my friend though had different tastes to our more mainstream friends – and my choices make a little more sense than Val Kilmer and cartoon character Gambit. Keanu celebrated 50 last year but doesn’t »
- Kat Smith
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