12 items from 2011
Michael Vartan is probably best known for his role opposite Jennifer Garner on TV's "Alias," but the affable French-born actor has made an impression on the big screen in movies like "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar," "Never Been Kissed," "One Hour Photo" and "Monster-in-Law." In the exciting French-American action film "Colombiana," on DVD and Blu-ray this week, Vartan has a sexually charged but emotionally distant relationship with an assassin played by Zoe Saldana.
We chatted up Vartan about all sex and no gunplay for his character in "Colombiana," how he feels about the way "Alias" wrapped up, and the skills involved in picking up his future wife in a Whole Foods parking lot.
Your "Colombiana" character, Danny, knows Cataleya (Saldana) as "Jennifer" and is always trying to get to know her better. Although it wasn't discussed in the movie, how do you think you two met and »
- Robert DeSalvo
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
In honor of this week’s release, Jack & Jill, we’re doing a countdown of truly awful cinema. If you’re anything like me, you’re still reeling from the fact that this movie was made at all. So, we here at Tsr, have decided to take that idea and run with it.
This week’s Top 7 list is devoted to movies that it’s hard to believe were made. Now, before we begin, it’s important to note that this list is dedicated to the premise of these movies. The end result could be surprisingly good, but if it has an absurd premise, it’s fair game. Take a look at the list below and be sure to sound off with your own votes!
7. Half Baked (1998)
- Calhoun Kersten
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The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life On Earth Book Review
About the Book: This book contains the secrets of her nine plus lives. The how...to end all How To books!*This review is from our network site BookLegion.com
Our Take: Julie Newmar is an amazing actress. She is one of my personal favorites...you see I'm a Batman maniac. I mean that in the worst way! lol. Julie Newmar is, of course, most famous for her role as the sexy and classy Catwoman in the 1966 Batman television show. Ms. Newmar has had a very prolific career since and has become something of a cultural icon. You may have seen the film "Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. This book is full of Julie's thoughts on life...everything from writing, health, wealth, parents and pursuing your dreams. She has very practical »
- THE LEGION fan network
When a musician dies, sales of their albums experience an immediate “death bump.” If the bump proves especially lucrative, then the necromancers are called in to coax new music out of the dear departed from beyond the grave. Remix albums, greatest hits collections, basement tapes, random conversations filtered through auto-tune and set to Swedish beats: There are always new ways to make money off dead musicians.
Right now, Patrick Swayze is experiencing something like a “death bump.” Swayze died of pancreatic cancer almost exactly two years ago, but in just the last month, three of his most iconic projects have been rejuvenated. »
- Darren Franich
I'm standing in some weird country – the name sounds made up – and searching desperately for some obscure item that only marginally seems like it should help me in my quest. Of course, I'm only remotely aware of what that quest actually is, but I think it involves ripping off some foreign person with a strange name. It doesn't really matter, though, because I'm somehow completely incapable of finding this proverbial needle in a haystack.
That's the way it feels playing through Wesley Snipes' first foray into the video game market. It's bizarre, confusing, and most of the time, just lacking in fun.
"Julius Styles: The International" is basically a point-and-click iOS adventure game. There are puzzle elements mixed in from time to time – and some shooting – but you'll spend the majority of your play experience searching for tiny little items around various locations.
The story focuses on – you guessed it – Julius Styles, »
- Matt Clark
People sometimes quote lines from movies and TV shows.
Have you noticed?
Some of these phrases were repeated over and over again by their original source, hammering it into our brains. Sometimes they were only said a single time, yet became unforgettable. But however they found their way into the world, they've since found immortality by being repeated by countless people in an endless number of situations.
They've entered the catch-phrase pantheon.
But this got me thinking: what's the best catch-phrase of all time? What's the single phrase that is the most functional? The most original? The most clever?
Naturally, that's for you, our readers, to decide. What's the one phrase that makes you smile the widest or laugh the loudest when you use it or hear it used?
But first, one request. This is for posterity, so we should probably exclude catch-phrase nominations that are too "of the moment. »
- Brent Hartinger
Captain America: The First Avenger comes out next month. Not just “Captain America,” as everyone in the universe will refer to it for the rest of time (except for the occasional dad calling it “Flag Spider-Man”) but “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the latest of a mostly new breed of movies with unnecessarily cumbersome titles that no one will ever actually say. Sure, the lengthy titles sometimes help to distinguish between installments in a franchise, or slightly aid Google searchers, but there’s still something elementally strange about tens of millions of people going to see a movie without ever actually saying (or knowing) the official title of the film. Below, a list of 30 Movie Titles No One Has Ever Actually Said (Colon: Curse Of The Last Returning Title Sayer (Part 2) Movie): 1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine “We better add ‘X-Men Origins’ before ‘Wolverine’ so when we make 30 more films in the ‘Origins’ franchise, »
- Dan Hopper
You don't have to have come of age in New York City in the 1960s and '70s to love John Leguizamo's "Ghetto Klown."
But it helps. It also helps to understand Spanish and street life from the 70s, but if you don't there's plenty in Leguizamo's hilarious one-man show.
His stories trace from his hardscrabble childhood in Queens to starring in this at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre. He's plumbed some of this ground before in other one-man shows: "Freak," "Sexaholic ... A Love Story," "Mambo Mouth" and "Spic-o-Rama."
Yet Leguizamo's done enough living in his 46 years and is such a keen observer and excellent mimic that this feels fresh. Like everyone, his childhood formed him, but unlike everyone, he can take what still feels raw and make it very funny.
He was so poor as a kid, Leguizamo says, "Crooks would break into our house and leave things."
The set »
Daniel Craig's appearance in heels may be a cross-dressing first for the Bond hero but he follows a long tradition of gender role swapping from a tuxedo-clad Marlene Dietrich to Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie
Daniel Craig's appearance in heels, blonde wig and patterned dress for a video raising awareness of gender inequality for International Women's Day marks 007's drag debut. But cross-dressing is not, strictly speaking, new to the Bond franchise – remember the Spectre agent who attends his own faked funeral as his "widow" at the beginning of Thunderball? – and far from a novelty on the big screen.
The silent era, with its often stagey film productions, had its share of cross-dressing in the theatrical tradition, which continued into the sound era with numerous variations and embellishments. Generally speaking, girls dress as boys to get kinds of social access or agency normally denied to women while boys dress »
- Ben Walters
During Sunday night's Academy Award ceremony, viewers saw a brief glimpse of Oscar presenters Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin walking out on stage, greeting each other and apparently engaging in a brief dance together. But since the camera quickly cut to Bardem's girlfriend Penelope Cruz, viewers didn't see actually see the two men dance, nor the kiss they shared. Many viewers noticed what seemed to be a quick cutaway as the men started to dance and thought the camera stayed on Cruz for an unusually lengthy amount of time
In fact, that kiss would've gone unremarked on had an AP reporter not snapped a photo of the moment prompting AfterElton.com to wonder why neither the kiss nor the dance was shown during the broadcast. After all, such moments are often what make the Oscars so memorable.
AfterElton.com contacted ABC, the network that broadcast the proceedings, but »
- Michael Jensen
Really, who doesn't love a man in drag?
From Tyler Perry and Robin Williams to those kooky kids at Harvard who put on the annual Hasty Pudding silliness, a dude in dainty duds is often the cause of a good laugh, an occasional heartfelt moment and even some family-oriented warm fuzzies.
With "Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son" hitting theaters this week – and "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" arriving in April – we're counting down the most convincing male movie cross-dressers from the utterly ridiculous sight gags to the jaw-droppingly feminine.
Quite simply, "White Chicks" fails in every possible sense to depict Shawn and Marlon Wayans as women. Instead of trust-fund, valley-girl debutantes, they appear to have some sort disease causing albino skin and a hair condition. Some viewers even find them offensive. Sure, the film offers a few one-liners -- "You're so stupid you »
- Justin Sedgwick
Singer, actor and song writer RuPaul was born Rupaul Andre Charles and does “woman” better than most women. His song ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’ was a huge hit in the ’90s as was his beauty, eccentric personality and drag queen persona. He gained fame in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs and films, as Rupaul and as well has on occasion performed as a man usually billed as RuPaul Charles. He starred in several low-budget comedy films such as the Starrbooty and Trilogy of Terror series, The Connie Francis Story, Mahogany II, American Porn Star, Psycho Bitch, Voyeur and also appeared in B-52′s video Love Shack.
Rupaul also made noteable appearances in Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar, Red Ribbon Blues, A Mother’s Prayer , The Brady Bunch Movie, Wigstock: The Movie , Smoke and A Very Brady Sequel. »
12 items from 2011
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