16 items from 2009
It’s an Attack of the Show! special unlike any other when Olivia Munn enlists Eva Amurri to recreate the James Cameron film Avatar on G4’s Olivia! The Munn-der Years, which airs Dec. 28. In one new sketch, Munn and Amurri channel Thelma & Louise, with Amurri tackling the Louise role originated by her mother, Susan Sarandon. "It’s like the sequel to Thelma & Louise," Munn tells People. "She’s got the blue bandana and we both wore the jean shorts. It’s awesome! It’s like, what happens after we drive off the cliff? We drive off a cliff and then open up into Avatar, »
- Cynthia Wang
Michelle Boyaner and Barbara Green (the real life couple behind Greenie Films) have made a documentary that, at first glance, may seem like a hard sell. A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour, introduces audiences to Gregg Gour, a 48-year old gay man with AIDS who is given six months to live, then decides to end his life on his own terms.
Gour, HIV-positive for 24 years, gives away his belongings, buys an Rv, and travels across the United States with his dog to say goodbye to family and friends. He stops taking his medication, and he stops fighting death. Filmmakers Boyaner and Green accompany him and create a record of his journey, and the result is surprisingly life-affirming.
A Finished Life is a hit on the festival circuit, recently had a run on here! television, and this week was released on DVD by First Run Features. We caught up »
Susan Sarandon's sons used to want to marry her. The 'Thelma and Louise' actress - who has sons Jack, 20, and 17-year-old Miles with partner Tim Robbins - says her "sexual" boys were keen to wed their mother and she had to tell them it wasn't possible. She said: "If I kissed someone in a film, my son used to ask, 'Did you have sex in that movie?' and I'd say, 'No, we just kissed,' yet he considered it sexual. But that is the dance, because sexuality exists around children. From the time they're walking, they're completely sexual. I remember having to explain to both my sons that we couldn't get married." Susan - who also has a »
'Dhoom' is a classic cops-and-robbers movie slicked-up for modern audiences and jam-packed with speed and flash. The action dazzles, but the characters drive the story.
Workaholic police detective Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) is after a motorcycle gang of robbers in Mumbai. Jai is so determined to rid the city of the bad guys that he neglects his eye-popping wife Sweety (Rimi Sen), who wears next to nothing while doing housework in order to get his attention. But her efforts are for naught—she ends up alone in her negligee when duty calls him away. The frustrated-housewife routine and ball-and-chain jokes may be old, but they're groaningly funny nonetheless.
Oscar winner Susan Sarandon was the toast of the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden on Saturday when she was honoured for her longrunning movie career.
The Hollywood actress, 63, was presented with the lifetime achievement prize, a bronze horse statuette weighing a hefty 15 pounds (7.3 kilograms), by Swedish actor Gustaf Hammarsten.
"Reflection, seduction and rebellion animate her characters and seem to be the key tools in her actor's repertoire."
Accepting the award, Sarandon vowed to continue working for as long as possible.
She told the audience, "I am very happy that I'm still working, that I'm able to get jobs when a lot of people that I started out with are no longer working. I still have a really good time, and as long as that continues I'll continue to do it."
French director Luc Besson is also set to be honoured at the annual event, which runs until 29 November. »
Outrage is a film that was shot in Rabun County, which is the same location that Deliverance was shot in, and the film really has a positive message about dealing with the past and pain. The main theme of the film is that people must let go of there own fear and anger in order to bring passion in to their lifes. Outrage not only has an interesting theme and premise, the film has several stars in the film including Micheal Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Natasha Lyonne (Blade: Trinity), and Michael Berryman (The Devil's Rejects). Even director Ace Cruz has a part in Outrage as Trey and here director Ace Cruz talks a little bit more about this film and how the law of attraction can create positivity in anyones' life.
(Michael Allen) Hello Ace, how are you doing? Are you talking to me from California?
(Ace Cruz) Yes, I am »
- Michael Ross Allen
The bland and forgettable, but completely typical 'young woman' Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and the far more interesting Amber Heard (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) are set to star in a remake of the feminist (actually, anti-feminist) 1991 movie Thelma And Louise which starred Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as two out-of-their-effing-minds women on the run from the law because evil men had opressed them.
But hold on. Jessica Manafort is attached to direct. But hold on again. It will be called Cowgirl Bandits. Whose effing name is 'Leighton', anyway? I know what this is. This is a younger, hipper version of the film, because who wants to look at women over 30? Not men, that's who not!...
Heard starred in Manafort's 2007 comedy Remember the Daze, which Manafort also wrote, revolved around the relationship dynamics of a group of suburban teens on the last day of school in 1999. Yay women director. »
Sarandon, 63, will receive the lifetime achievement award at the event - with organisers hailing the star for the "reflection, seduction and rebellion" she has portrayed on the big screen throughout her career.
Meanwhile, The Fifth Element director Besson, 50, has landed the festival's visionary award for his "relentless" exploration of film.
The 20th Stockholm International Film Festival will take place from 18 to 29 November. »
It looks like we're getting a newish Thelma & Louise. Over at Production Weekly's wonderfully brief Twitter feed, they report: "Amber Heard & Leighton Meester attached to star in Cowgirl Bandits a young version of Thelma & Louise, with Jessica Manafort to direct." Manafort has worked with both actresses before on her 2007 film, The Beautiful Ordinary, which focused on teens and their last day of high school. But this is a whole different corral.
Personally, I'm wondering if these are just some slow-moving bandits. Back in March of 2007, we learned about a new project called The Uncatchable Cowgirl Bandits of Nottingham, Texas. The film was said to zero in on some cowgirls who are also bank robbers. But they don't rob just any bank -- they "steal from a number of branches of a bank that are threatening their community and corrupting town leaders." Pw has since confirmed that this is the same movie, »
- Monika Bartyzel
· The Simpsons is holding a contest where a viewer-submitted character can appear in an upcoming episode opposite Chris Martin of Coldplay. Coincidentally, this is how Seth MacFarlane developed Family Guy.
· Amber Heard and Leighton Meester are teaming up for Cowgirl Bandits, which is being described as a young Thelma and Louise. I imagine they'll have to pick up young Brad Pitt at the local junior high.
· Nicolas Cage is suing his business manager for "catastrophic losses," and seeking $20 million in reparations.
· Did your jaw drop and your eyes bug out (accompanied by an "Awoooga" train whistle) while viewing the possibly-Photoshopped GQ cover of a busty January Jones? Well, assures GQ, "They're real and they're spectacular."
When you hear "a young version of Thelma and Louise," shouldn't you just think of the original, actual Thelma and Louise? First of all, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon weren't exactly over the hill in that movie, and second, it's a classic that shouldn't be messed with. Period. But of course, that's never the end of anything. According to Production Weekly, Amber Heard and Leighton Meester will be starring in Cowgirl Bandits, a, yes, "young version of Thelma and Louise." Jess Manafort, who previously directed Heard in a movie I have never heard of, The Beautiful Ordinary, will direct her in this one as well. It sounds like it's not actually a remake of Thelma and Louise, just a story about women traveling around and doing illegal stuff, which therefore means it must be compared to the first movie. It's hard to get away with calling yourself a new Thelma »
Brad Pitt had a whole lot of gigs before he nabbed his career-propulsioning role in Thelma & Louise -- from an uncredited preppie kid in Less Than Zero, to the soap opera wonder of Another World and Dallas, to sitcoms like Growing Pains. He's an actor whose notoriety rose with his talents -- he paid his dues and worked his way up from goofy commercial gigs shilling Pringles to big-screen success. But what if he never got to play with Thelma and Louise?
See, Pitt was the third choice for the role. According to IMDb, William Baldwin was the first choice, but he gave it up to star in Backdraft. (George Clooney also lobbied hard for the gig.) The choice makes sense. Why play some bit part when you can star in a Ron Howard flick with Kurt Russell, Robert De Niro, and Donald Sutherland? If only the sensible always made sense. »
- Monika Bartyzel
So the Megan “hot Transformers chick” Fox-starring, Diablo “I wrote Juno” Cody-written movie Jennifer’s Body opened this weekend to rather weak box office (the estimate at the moment is less than $7 million). As I write this article the film is scoring 41% positive rating on the Tomatometer over at RottenTomatoes.com with 99 reviews so far. While that is certainly not a good score, it’s far from that of some recent stinkers (Final Destination: 27%, All About Steve: 6%, Sorority Row: 26%).
What prompted this article however was what I was seeing on Twitter as far as comments about the film… women seemed to be praising it while guys (myself included) were slamming it. So I decided to do an informal (and very crude) statistical analysis - overall what did male movie critics think about the film as opposed to female reviewers?
There were many more reviews by men (77) than »
- Vic Holtreman
Brad Pitt has hinted he is ready to retire from making movies - because he thinks most Hollywood roles are geared towards younger actors.
He's also won several accolades during his 22-year long career, including the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for his turn in 1995's Twelve Monkeys.
But Pitt is now ready to step away from the spotlight after achieving everything he set out to do.
He says, "I think acting is a younger man's game. There are fewer interesting parts for older people and we all get older. But I feel like I've done it. I've kind of had my time and that's quite freeing.
"There are still acting dreams left but I'll do them first and then we'll talk about them." »
Clint Eastwood teams up with Jeff Bridges for something more than a male version of Thelma and Louise from director Michael Cimino before he became controversial. A buddy picture that transcends all sexual readings, this is an overlooked gem. Some great character bits by Bill McKinney and Dub Taylor, and the great George Kennedy is once again the villainous spine holding this heist/bonding picture together. »
Susan Sarandon is the unlikely celebrity who will open a New York table tennis bar, called Spin New York.
The Thelma & Louise star will launch the new place in June and she's very excited about her passion for ping pong.
She says, "There are a lot of tables, Olympic tables, Olympic lighting and it's a bar." »
16 items from 2009
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