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Bill Murray's Latest Role? Employee of the St. Paul Saints
29 August 2014 12:17 PM, PDT
Aside from being one of the greatest comedians of our generation, Bill Murray is also the co-owner of the St. Paul Saints, an independent minor league baseball team in Minnesota. That's something we were unaware of until very recently.
Like, as recently as Thursday night. Because that's when Murray – who loves to engage with people whenever he can (even if no one will believe it really happened) – decided to show up at a Saints game and take tickets at the main gate like it was just another day on the job:
Love the bucket hat, »
See the Gripping Trailer for Jon Stewart's Debut Film, 'Rosewater'
29 August 2014 10:37 AM, PDT
Jon Stewart showcases his sensitivity and scope in the first trailer for Rosewater, the Daily Show host's directorial debut. The straightforward clip sets up the film's basic plot, which focuses on the captivating true story of Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal), a journalist who, while covering the Iranian presidential elections in June 2009, was arrested and brutally interrogated by a man who smelled like Rosewater.
The trailer starts out with Bahari leaving his pregnant fiancée for a scheduled one-week trip. As the elections end in protests and chaos, the journalist immerses »
David Lynch Explains How He Disappointed Kanye West
29 August 2014 9:38 AM, PDT
David Lynch and Kanye West share an affinity for the surreal and shocking – and the two nearly combined their talents on a music video for "Blood on the Leaves," the eerie epic from West's latest LP, Yeezus. "We almost worked together, but I never got the ideas," Lynch told The Daily Beast in a recent interview. "I feel I let him down a little bit. I was going to do the music video...but it never happened. I didn't come up with any ideas that I thought he would like. »
'Star Wars: Episode VII' Resumes Filming as Harrison Ford's Leg Heals
29 August 2014 6:57 AM, PDT
Not even a broken leg can keep Han Solo down. Production on Star Wars: Episode VII has resumed this week at London's Pinewood Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter, following Harrison Ford's on-set injury (allegedly involving Han Solo's Millennium Falcon) and subsequent surgery, which put the sequel on a two-month filming hiatus.
Ford, who was healed enough to take the Als Ice Bucket Challenge last week, will reprise his role in the film, along with original cast members Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. »
Peter Travers Takes on Ninja Turtles, Stallone and the Worst Movies of August
28 August 2014 12:25 PM, PDT
With summer slouching towards its sweltering end, Hollywood is throwing everything and the kitchen sink into theaters, hoping something will magically turn into blockbuster gold. Unfortunately for them, Peter Travers is back with his trusty Scum Bucket — and he's itching to fight these films back and vanquish the 10 worst movies of August.
First up is The November Man, in which Pierce Brosnan plays a spy nowhere near as cool as James Bond and who's stuck doing the same old boring action movie stuff (like screaming, "Run!"). Next is the latest in the Step Up series, »
Here There Be Ligers: An Oral History of 'Napoleon Dynamite'
28 August 2014 11:24 AM, PDT
What a difference a year makes. In 2003, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, and Jon Heder — students at Brigham Young University's film school — were just another trio of independent filmmakers working the festival circuit in Park City. Their short film "Peluca," about a fanny pack-wearing teen named Seth, was selected to screen at the Slamdance Film Festival. If the protagonist sounds slightly familiar, it's because he was the prototype for the titular geek hero of Napoleon Dynamite, the micro-budget indie that would become the toast of that city's other film fest — Sundance »
28 August 2014 9:50 AM, PDT
The Labor Day weekend, signaling the last of summer movies, usually brings out a herd of barking dogs. I'm talking about you The November Man, The Last of Robin Hood, and As Above/So Below. So it's a satisfying shock to see a damn near great movie emerge from the muck. That would be Starred Up, a British prison drama from director David Mackenzie (Young Adam) that is a romping, stomping knockout with an unexpected emotional pull. Violence comes with the territory as the warden (Sam Spruell) exerts a losing »
Raunchy 'Wetlands' Goes to Dirty Places Other Comedies Won't Touch
28 August 2014 7:59 AM, PDT
"Sex is not erotic if it's sterilized," says 28-year-old actress Carla Juri. "I get extremely bored when films are all tidy." Nothing is sterilized or tidy in Wetlands, the year's most sexually (and scatologically) explicit film. Based on Charlotte Roche's 2008 novel, it stars the Swiss-born Juri as Helen, an 18-year-old with an overclocked sex drive, raging hemorrhoids and a mischievous taste for bodily fluids. She steps into a fetid Trainspotting-style bathroom and wipes the nasty seat clean with her bare crotch; later she masturbates with a cornucopia of produce »
'All This Mayhem:' The Rise and Fall of Skateboarding's Baddest Brothers
28 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT
In the 1990s, Australian brothers Tas and Ben Pappas tore through the world of professional skateboarding like twin tornadoes.
They were self-professed "maniacs," a pair of take-no-prisoners pariahs who invaded the U.S. and a sport they viewed as soft. Their revolutionary styles, go-for-broke(n bones) attitudes and high-profile feuds with stars like Tony Hawk made them the most famous outlaws in an era when skating was starting to go mainstream, but their brash attitudes also earned them plenty of enemies, and foreshadowed their precipitous fall.
Now, the Pappas' remarkable »
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Marry
28 August 2014 6:13 AM, PDT
After nearly a decade together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally tied the knot. The couple had been engaged since 2012. The marriage announcement came succinctly in a 140-character tweet from the AP: "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in France, says a spokesman for the couple." The wedding was reportedly a private,nondenominational civil ceremony that took place at a small chapel in Correns, France's Chateau Miraval, the AP reports. Hollywood's most famous couple has been together since 2005 and are the parents of six children, each of »
Andre 3000 on the Outkast Tour: 'I Don't Get Anything From Performing'
27 August 2014 2:03 PM, PDT
Andre Benjamin, who made a name for himself in Outkast as Andre 3000, long avoided touring with his Outkast partner Big Boi and recently apologized to Big Boi on a verse in T.I.'s "Sorry" for turning down multiple lucrative appearances before the group's anniversary tour this year. "We've left millions and millions of dollars on the table," Benjamin recently told The New York Times. "We didn't even tour for our biggest album [Speakerboxxx/The Love Below]. I just wanted to say I know how hard it must be."
Now that the duo has »
Robin Williams' Final Days: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue
27 August 2014 8:54 AM, PDT
"The legend is true," Tom Hanks writes in the new issue of Rolling Stone. "In 1978, word came from the set of TV's Happy Days. That week, Fonzie's ultracool was threatened by a stranger from another world. The guy playing the alien was hilarious."
The new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday) is devoted to the triumphant life and painful final days of a comedic genius: Robin Williams, who died after hanging himself in his California home on August 11th at the age of 63. Contributing editor David Browne traces Williams' comedic roots to his childhood, »