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John Krasinski is a perfect human being, and here are 20 reasons why:
1. He gifted us with one of the most realistic yet fairytale-like TV romances (all hail Jam!)
"I bought the boat tickets the day I saw that YouTube video. I knew we'd need a backup plan. The boat was actually plan C. The church was plan B. And plan A was marring her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her."
2. But that's not the only thing that made Jim Halpert God's gift to mankind.
3. He's also a spectacular pranksman in real life:
4. He doesn't wait till Movember.
For all those non-beard lovers out there, how about this??? twitter.com/johnkrasinski/…
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) May 13, 2013
5. But looks just as perfect sans mustache:
Hahaha!I'm kidding!!!I could never pull off the 'stache!Back to to neutral. twitter.com/johnkrasinski/…
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) May 13, 2013
6. He clearly »
- The Huffington Post
For this week's edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot, we stayed another summer in Italy. We didn't follow an American spinster this time but a young shapeshifter known as The Talented Mr Ripley. He was sent to Italy to fetch trustfund baby Dickie Greenleaf but he likes Dickie's life so much he fetches it for himself instead.
Outside the film's actual narrative, based on the famous novel by Patricia Highsmith (whose work is oft-adapted - The Two Faces of January is next) things were just as dramatic. The movie was a Prestige Event since it was Anthony Minghella's (Rip) follow-up to his Best Picture winner The English Patient (1996). It wasn't quite a slam dunk with Oscar, despite the pedigree and the quality (I prefer it to Patient, myself), though it sure was a thing of beauty. The Talented Mr Ripley featured one of the most impressive collections »
- NATHANIEL R
WhatCulture has already talked about a few shows that have jumped the shark or should have quit while they were ahead here and here. So consider this an ongoing series of shows that aren’t necessarily shows that should have been cancelled but more shows that became victims of their own success or shortcomings.
The early seasons of these shows are what made them what they are today, which unfortunately is usually just a shallow imitation of their early years. Perhaps you could split these series up like Law & Order; one half is the set up for all that made these shows great, and the second half is the semi-lame reason why some people just consider these shows ‘okay’.
Must watch Seasons 1-4
Or just start watching from Season 5 and pretend you totally get it.
David Duchovny was absolutely born to play the role of Hank Moody, a New »
- jay royston
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
To celebrate the release of The Big Wedding (in cinemas May 29th) HeyUGuys are giving three lucky readers the chance to win a bumper DVD prize pack which includes Magic Mike, Friend’s With Kids, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Dirty Dancing and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
With an all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro (Meet the Fockers, Analyze That), Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses), Diane Keaton (Morning Glory, Annie Hall), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) and Topher Grace (In Good Company), with Susan Sarandon (Shall We Dance) and Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), The Big Wedding is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.
To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to »
For the most part, film critics and moviegoers tend to agree on what makes a great film. Several of the movies on IMDb’s Top 250 list (not the perfect way of measuring a film’s quality, but a solid system nonetheless) are also Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Since film criticism is based on opinion, it should come as no surprise that there are certain films that the two parties disagree on. In some cases, a film could be critically acclaimed and even see Oscar glory, but the audience hates it. Other times, moviegoers flock out of the theatre saying “that was Awesome!” only to find that their favorite critics loathed what was on the screen. This list examines some of these cases.
Note: I am not going to use box office returns as a measurement for this article. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may have made millions of dollars, »
- Chris Agar
Well this is interesting: Joe Wright, known for his prestigious, visually ravishing adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” has become the frontrunner for Focus Features' adaptation of insanely popular mom-porn novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The novel (and eventual movie) revolves around the dom-sub relationship between a twenty-something millionaire and a young college student. The movie, which is being adapted by Kelly Marcel, has been in something of a holding pattern, with Universal and Focus putting up $5 million for the adaptation way back in early 2012. The lack of activity has created an anything-goes atmosphere, wherein “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to write the screenplay and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant shot some unsolicited test footage with “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer playing sexually dominant millionaire Christian Grey. According to the same report that places Wright in the frontrunner role, other filmmakers being considered include »
- Drew Taylor
It was recently reported that director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and actor Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) shot a scene from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book in order to convince Universal Pictures that Van Sant is the right man to direct the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film. The studio is definitely considering Van Sant, but it has also been in talks with Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Patty Jenkins (Monster). And now comes word that Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina) is also in talks and has become the favorite to get the job. Universal likes Wright because so many of his movies focus on young female characters. "Fifty Shades of Grey" chronicles a sexual relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey. »
The series order flood has begun at NBC.
“About A Boy” will make its silver screen to small screen transition, with Jon Favreau at the helm. Single-cam laffer based on Nick Hornby’s novel and 2002 pic “About A Boy” stars Minnie Driver and David Walton. Jason Katims penned the pilot and is exec producing. Also getting the nod is the multi-cam laffer toplined by Sean Hayes, “Sean Saves the World” and comedy “The Family Guide,” from scribe D.J. Nash.
Pilot Scorecard: Track TV Orders in Real-Time (Click Here)
NBC is also investing in J.J. Abrams-produced pilot “Believe.” Warner Bros. TV series will center on a girl with emerging powers (Johnny Sequoyah) and a man sprung from prison to protect her (Jake McLaughlin).
Rand Ravich’s drama “Crisis” has also received a series order this morning. The D.C.-based thriller from 20th Century Fox TV centers on a »
- AJ Marechal
With a stellar career and two Oscars on his mantle -- best picture "Argo" and best original screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" -- Ben Affleck is gearing up for production later this year in his native Boston for his next film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era gangster novel "Live By Night." Affleck has turned to Lehane's crime novels for source material before. In 2007, he directed Casey Affleck in his feature directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" -- for my money, Affleck's best film -- which was also set in Boston. From a novel by Chuck Hogan, his 2010 "The Town" took place in the City on a Hill as well. Allegedly, Affleck will also take the lead in "Live By Night," about a rags-to-riches criminal who goes from petty thief to rum runner. Every film adapted from Lehane has been a critical and commercial success, from Clint Eastwood's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The first trailer for "The Butler" has just been released and showcases the pedigree of this project. Director Lee Daniels ("Precious") was inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, who worked at the White House for 34 years, rising from pantry man to head butler. Emmy champ Danny Strong ("Gmae Change") scripted this fictional version of his story. Oscar champ Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006) plays the title role while one-time Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey returns to the screen after a 15-year absence in the role of his wife. Among those playing the presidents and first ladies are Oscar champs Robin Williams ("Good Will Hunting," 1996) as Dwight Eisenhower, Melissa Leo ("The Fighter," 2010) as his wife Mamie and Jane Fonda ("Klute," 1971; "Coming Home," 1978) as Nancy Reagan. 1996 Supporting Actor winner Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire&quo »
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
Chicago – When a film promises to tackle a timely topic like fracking, it has raised the bar of expectations considerably. Sure, the filmmakers don’t need to take a stand on the issues they raise, but they have an obligation to explore them with some level of depth or insight. Otherwise, they risk getting charged with committing a “bait and switch,” and that’s precisely what Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” does.
It sets up a juicy conflict between an energy company salesman, Steve (Matt Damon), and an environmental activist, Dustin (John Krasinski), only to paint their personalities in the broadest of strokes before obliterating their credibility with a series of hackneyed twists. Damon still manages to deliver a fine performance, but he’s ultimately let down by the script he co-wrote with Krasinski. It lacks both the wit and intelligence that made Damon and Van Sant’s previous collaboration, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
‘The Big Wedding’ box office: All-star ‘family comedy’ bombs (photo: Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams in ‘The Big Wedding’) Despite an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Diane Keaton (Annie Hall), Les Misérables‘ Amanda Seyfried, this year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), Oscar winner Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, and Katherine Heigl, the R-rated, Justin Zackham-directed family comedy The Big Wedding opened with a disastrous $7.5m at 2,633 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Lionsgate release averaged a paltry $2,848 per screen. Expect domestic exhibitors to file for divorce in the very near future. Certainly not helping matters was the film’s critical reception. The Big Wedding has a dismal 4% approval rating and 3.3/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Next to that, Michael Bay »
- Zac Gille
Congrats, Matt Damon! Although the 42-year-old dropped out of Harvard University (he attended from 1988 to 1992), he was honored Thursday for his work in the arts with the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, according to local news. The ceremony was led by fellow Harvard alma mater John Lithgow, who began the discussion with talks of Damon's school days and, of course, the major success of Good Will Hunting. Damon's writing partner for the film has also been honored this week in his own right. E! News confirms that Ben Affleck is slated to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Brown University during their 245th Commencement on May 26. The boys of Boston are making big strides in the »
Let's just say that film fans who have followed director David Gordon Green's career for some time were left perplexed after watching "The Sitter." Released by 20th Century Fox, the Jonah Hill comedy was a disappointment with critics and at the box office -- "The Sitter" owns a Rotten Tomatoes score of 22 percent and earned just $34 million at the global box office.
Green, however, is certainly not apologetic for the film, even if it even it doesn't speak to his core audience the way festival favorites like "All the Real Girls" and the box-office smash "Pineapple Express" did. The reason he chose to make "The Sitter," though, had everything to do with the stress he suffered while making his pet project, "Your Highness."
- Mike Ryan
Washington, Apr 25: Ben Affleck is set to be awarded an honorary doctorate from one of America's most prestigious universities.
The Oscar-winning director will be bestowed with a fine arts degree from Brown University to acknowledge his acting and filmmaking career, on 26th May, Contactmusic reported.
The 'Good Will Hunting' actor is one of six celebrities to receive honorary doctorates at the Ivy League college in Rhode Island. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
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It’s been a tough week for Bomb Girls, what with the cancelled-but-with-a-movie-but-maybe-not news we’ve heard from the network, cast, and crew. Before we get into that, though, let’s talk about the episode itself. Given that it may very well be the second to last time we see our girls, I wish I could say that it’s one of their all-time greatest, but it falls somewhere in the middle in terms of quality. Although showing Gladys looking like this in the first two minutes of the episode may have been the problem, since you can only go downhill from here.
What’s black and white and red all over? A sex joke of some kind, I imagine.
She “runs into” “Clifford” at the symphony, although I worry about Gladys’ spy ability if she can’t tell that this guy is stalking her. »
- Elaine Atwell
You might be trying to ignore the fact that Gus Van Sant is a bonafide creep, but please don't take this news as a bid for a directing gig as much as it obviously was a stalker-like opportunity to get Alex Pettyfer naked. Doesn't he know that Magic Mike is in that Wal-Mart DVD bin for $9 and on Netflix anytime?
Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has created a reportedly stunning sex scene with Magic Mike and Beastly (Lol) star Alex Pettyfer in order to throw his name in the ring to direct the upcoming screen adaptation of E.L. James' tantalizing novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The scene stars Pettyfer with an unknown lady, and chronicles the moment when young Anatstasia Steele loses her virginity to the titular Christian Grey.
Pettyfer, however, has not officially been cast in the film: the 23-year-old actor was only summoned for the particular scene. »
- Terron R. Moore
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