12 items from 2012
"Disney Prep & Landing" (2009): The slick artistry of Disney, spies and a great plot make the animated Christmas special a lot of fun. The logistics of just how Santa makes it around the world and wiggles his girth down all of those chimneys on one night troubles some of the more literal-minded children. This fun special shows how the elves use the sort of high-tech gadgets that even James Bond would envy. Listen for the familiar voices of Dave Foley and Sarah Chalke.
"Elf" (2003): Will Ferrell as Buddy, the world's tallest elf foundling, and Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, are funny. Clearly, Buddy is not a typical elf. He heads south from Santa's (Ed Asner) workshop, looking for his biological dad (James Caan). "I passed through the seven layers of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly, twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel, »
When an actor completely immerses themselves into a role, the result is usually stunning. Sometimes though, what’s more impressive is the work that went in before filming even began. Changing appearance for roles has become quite common in movies today, but occasionally, an actor’s physical transformation goes far beyond a bit of make-up or a haircut, like Christian Bale in, well, most of his films.
In The Dark Knight Rises, out in theatres this week, actor Tom Hardy bulked up significantly to play the menacing terrorist Bane, a new villain intent on taking down Gotham City. The actor has had to bulk up for roles before (Warrior, Bronson) and in honour of his dedication, we look back at ten actors who have undergone remarkable physical transformations for their roles.
To start, let’s look at the aforementioned Mr. Hardy.
Tom Hardy has never been slim, »
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Holy Celebrities, Batman!
Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and other super-stars (emphasis on the "super," of course) descended on Gotham, er, New York City for the premiere of the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Bat-trilogy, "The Dark Knight Rises." It's kind of strange to actually see Mr. Hardy's unmasked face after the slew of masked Bane photos that have been popping up lately.
Check out our collection of pics from the premiere. We'd tell you to go see "The Dark Knight Rises" when it opens this Friday if you weren't already planning on it.
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- Bryan Enk
Chicago – Now that BBC’s acclaimed “Sherlock” has offered the definitive version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective, Guy Ritchie’s routine “Holmes” franchise looks all the more elementary in comparison. No amount of trademark mugging from leading man Robert Downey Jr. can compensate for the overwhelming hollowness of this slickly edited series.
Since Holmes is always fifteen steps ahead of the viewer, there’s little suspense in watching him solve every crime in sight. What made Ritchie’s 2009 predecessor a halfway appealing lark was its odd couple chemistry between the ace detective and his oft-exasperated sidekick, Watson (a game Jude Law). He is to Holmes what Pepper Pots was to Tony Stark in 2008’s “Iron Man.” The original “Holmes” may have failed as a thriller, but as a rollicking buddy comedy, it was rather infectious.
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Children's author and illustrator best known for Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, who has died aged 83, was both one of the most individual and one of the most successful illustrators of the 20th century. Since 1951 his 90-odd titles have sold nearly 30m copies in the Us alone. His renowned work Where the Wild Things Are (1963), with worldwide sales of more than 19m, was a turning point not only in his own career but in the history of children's books.
The bulk of his work lay in illustrating other writers, but it was his own, far fewer, books which brought him countless international awards and academic honours, and made him the subject of many a thesis. At first, Where the Wild Things Are and its follow-up, In the Night Kitchen (1970), caused outraged shock at their robust portrayal of children's fears and aggression; Sendak's fantasy was always "rooted 10ft deep »
- Stephanie Nettell
With the long-awaited fifth season beginning next week, Guardian writers meet the actors who play their favourite characters in the show
A man to project your fantasies on
What's it like to be too handsome? The actor who made his TV debut as "gorgeous guy at bar" in Ally McBeal in 1997 stops fiddling with his bagel and looks at me glassily across the coffee table of a Soho hotel room. "That's ridiculous. What's too good-looking? That's a ridiculous thing to say. There's no such thing as too good-looking."
Isn't there? Maybe there is. There was, reportedly, a moment in 2007 when creator Matthew Weiner and director Alan Taylor hesitated over casting him as the lead in Mad Men. Was this guy, with his lantern jaw, bedroom eyes, covetable hair and other annoyingly scintillating attributes, too damned perfect to play Don Draper? Maybe they should go back to one of »
- Stuart Jeffries, Kira Cochrane, Tim Jonze, Esther Addley, Sarah Phillips
By Lee Pfeiffer
On March 16, The Friars Club presented an 86th birthday celebration honoring Jerry Lewis. The sold-out event saw hundreds of Lewis fans packed into the fabled 92nd Street Y on Manhattan's upper East Side. The show was hosted by actor/comedian and fellow Friar Richard Belzer (Lewis is the club's "Abbot"). Belzer waxed eloquently about the impact Lewis has continued to have on generations of comedians. He then showed some truly fascinating clips from director Gregg Barson's recent documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis. Then Lewis was introduced to a standing ovation. At 86 years old, there were few signs that age had taken its toll on the comedy legend. He walked a bit more cautiously and his hair was flecked with gray, but he cut a fit figure for a man of any age. Lewis and Belzer indulged in some predictable shtick, with Belzer taking most of Lewis' acid-tongued insults. »
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Reese Witherspoon joined her This Means War leading men on the red carpet at their La premiere last night. She was decked out in a strapless dress from Miu Miu to sign autographs for fans and pose for pictures with "Piney" and Tom, who brought along his British actress fiancée Charlotte Riley. Reese, Chris, and Tom were together last weekend for their junket as well. We caught up with the trio there, and Reese joked about the challenges of choosing one of the two guys, Chris or Tom, in the movie. Chelsea Handler, who plays Reese's Bff, didn't pose with her costars. Instead, she made her way solo down the press line, and joked with us about her relationships with Reese, Chris, and Tom. When asked which actor, Chris or Tom, she would pick if given the choice, Chelsea went with Mr. Hardy since she's a big fan of muscles. »
- Allie Merriam
Reese Witherspoon joined her This Means War leading men on the red carpet at their La premiere last night. She was decked out in a strapess dress from Miu Miu to sign autographs for fans and pose for pictures with "Piney" and Tom, who brought along his British actress fiancée Charlotte Riley. Reese, Chris, and Tom were together last weekend for their junket as well. We caught up with the trio there, and Reese joked about the challenges of choosing one of the two guys, Chris or Tom, in the movie. Chelsea Handler, who plays Reese's Bff, didn't pose with her costars. Instead, she made her way solo down the press line, and joked with us about her relationships with Reese, Chris, and Tom. When asked which actor, Chris or Tom, she would pick if given the choice, Chelsea went with Mr. Hardy since she's a big fan of muscles. »
- Allie Merriam
A movie collectible doesn’t have to be old to appeal to me: it simply has to evoke happy thoughts of a film I care about. I never dreamed anyone would reproduce the fezzes worn by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in their classic 1933 comedy Sons of the Desert…but that’s just what Fez-o-Rama has done, along with a model that bears the symbol of Freedonia, the mythical kingdom depicted in the Marx Brothers comedy gem Duck Soup, also from 1933. (I don’t think anyone actually wears such a hat in the film, to the best of my recollection, but let’s not split hairs—pun intended. The fez looks great and so does the Freedonia emblem.) Apparently, the folks at...
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As much as I’m looking forward to the 20th of July (it’s my birthday) I fully expect every cinema in the land to be packed to the veritable rafters with eager Batfans taking their final dance with the Nolanesque caped crusader.
The slow drip of info and images continues today as three new pictures from The Dark Knight Rises have come to light. Taken from EW.com, the standout image is of Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon in the Batcave (?) but there’s Bane enough in the other two pics for fans of Mr. Hardy.
Dave posted another new image from the film earlier today, of Christian Bale’s Batman breaking down in huge peals of laughter. See that one here.
- Jon Lyus
Tom Hardy's career is certainly on the rise. Sure he's be acting for over a decade, beginning with a pair of credits in the war genre (Band of Brothers and Black Hawk Down), but with Inception, Warrior and Tinker Tailor Solider Spy already in his back pocket and This Means War (opposite Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon), Wettest County (opposite Guy Pearce and Shia Labeouf) and that little Christopher Nolan Batman movie hitting theaters this year, what's next for Mr. Hardy? We know he'll play infamous gangster, Al Capone, once he's finished filming Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth movie in the Mad Max franchise that co-stars Charlize Theron. Harry Potter director David Yates will direct Hardy in Cicero, n Capone biopic of sorts. Not much has been revealed about the movie until now,...
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12 items from 2012
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