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Dear Ryan Reynolds,
Hi. How are things? I'm guessing, since you are a successful movie star who has made millions of dollars and is generally understood to be in the 99th percentile of attractive people in the world, that things are, overall, going well. Congratulations on everything, including last week's debuts of both "R.I.P.D." and "Turbo." On a larger scale — the scale of life, you might say — things are going swimmingly for you. (Scarlett Johansson And Blake Lively? What? Come on, dude. High five.) And that's great. It's important to keep perspective.
As a loyal fan of your work, however, I want to do my part to help you get out of this, um, "slump" you're in currently, career-wise.
If I may: It seems like you may not care as much as you once did.
To be clear, I don't mean "care" as in "You lack the passion for acting »
- Nick Blake
Vancouver native Ryan Reynolds is doing double duty in theatres this week with two very different films, one in which he plays a snail, and the other he’s a recently deceased cop saving the planet from destruction. For Reynolds fans, that dichotomy perfectly sums up the actors’ career.
It’s hard to pin Ryan Reynolds down. He’s been the goofy guy in Van Wilder and Waiting…, the rom-com charmer in The Proposal and Definitely, Maybe, the buff-bodied vampire hunter in Blade: Trinity and the equally ripped dad in The Amityville Horror. And last, but not least, he's the Green Lantern.
- Rachel West
This should be a big week for Ryan Reynolds. He has two potential summer blockbuster movies opening, both of which stand to ingratiate him with different sets of moviegoers. In family cartoon "Turbo," opening July 17, he's the voice of a super-fast snail with dreams of hot rod racing. And in action comedy "R.I.P.D.," based on a comic book, he's a rookie in a department for undead cops who partners with grizzled ghostly lawman Jeff Bridges.
And yet, a quarter-century into the 36-year-old Canadian actor's career, which has included several leading-man roles, we still have to ask: Why isn't Ryan Reynolds a bigger star?
It's not like Reynolds isn't movie-star talented (check out his one-man performance in "Buried"). Or movie-star handsome (he was named People's Sexiest Man Alive a couple years ago). Or movie-star fascinating (his marriages to Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively have kept him a tabloid fixture). And yet, »
- Gary Susman
Moviegoers are getting a double dose of Ryan Reynolds this weekend, because not one, but two of his movies - R.I.P.D. and Turbo - are opening. But before he voiced a snail or teamed up with Jeff Bridges, he played a slacker server in Waiting . . . , one of the funniest, grossest restaurant comedies of all time. I've listed my favorite lines below, but what are yours? "Alzheimer's can't be all bad. You get to meet new people every day." - Monty "Welcome to Thunderdome, b*tch. " - Floyd "Those guys should be sterilized. And I'm not kidding at all. " - Monty »
- Maggie Pehanick
Amidon appears on "I Am Not Waiting Anymore," a song penned by Chris Porterfield (Field Report), who played with Justin Vernon in DeYarmond Edison. Dienel performs on "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated At The Conference Table)," a Chi-Lites song from the '70s, and Worden joins the Boys on "I'll Find A Way (To Carry It All)," a tune written by Detroit musician Ted Lucas. »
Directed by: E.L. Katz
What would you do for $250,000? What about $20,000, or $10,000? What about fifty bucks? What price can you put on your health, your body, your relationships and your soul?
These are the questions asked by the thought-provoking and glorious indie film Cheap Thrills, which found its debut this week at SXSW. Starring Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Compliance), Ethan Embry (Empire Records, Can't Hardly Wait), Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers), and David Koechner (everything ever), the movie is a smart, relentless and troubling exercise in exploring the depths of a man's resolve.
The movie begins with an introduction to Craig (Healy), a meek, kind family man with a beautiful wife and a toddler son. Craig is a failed writer working as a mechanic, but in the first ten minutes of the »
- Amanda Rebholz
Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein both took very different paths to where they are today as one of Hollywood's hottest writing teams. John Francis Daley got his start in acting with the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks and films such as Waiting before landing a role as Dr. Lance Sweets on the hit Fox series Bones in 2007. Jonathan M. Goldstein started out writing for TV shows such as Big Wolf on Campus and The Geena Davis Show, which is where he met John Francis Daley for the first time. In 2011, their writing skills were put on the map with the hit summer comedy Horrible Bosses (they're also writing Horrible Bosses 2), and they return to the silver screen this weekend with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. »
One narrative mechanism that offers the potential for the audience to feel truly transported into another world, familiar or unfamiliar as it may be, is having someone in the story to represent our perspective. This is an old trick of fiction: insert a Nick Carraway-type person for other characters to confide in, and through these interactions we are able to learn about other, more important or interesting characters who are eager to spill their guts to someone who will just sit there and listen to them for a minute. They come alive knowing they have an audience.
Granted, they typically don’t know how large an audience they have, since in the case of a movie, the talkative character’s audience will be as large as the number of people watching the movie. In the context of the story, the moments between the speaker and the listener enjoy a state »
- Darren Ruecker
Walt Disney Pictures announced today that comedian Dane Cook will be providing the voice of Dusty, "a plane with high hopes," in their animated Cars spin-off Disney's Planes , scheduled for release on August 9. Directed by Disneytoon Studios vet Klay Hall, the 3D animated comedy adventure follows Dusty as he tries to achieve his dream of competing as a high-flying air racer despite his fear of heights. Cook is best known for his distinctive style of edgy comedy but he made the move to acting with films like Waiting... , Mr. Brooks , Good Luck Chuck and My Best Friend's Girl . You can see a production still of the character Cook is voicing and read the full press release below. Dane Cook has been tapped to voice the lead character Dusty, a plane »
Alanna Ubach has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, such as Waiting, House M.D., Hung, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and man more. Recently, she played the role of Jenny in A Haunted House and we had a chance to ask her about her experience working on the movie and her love of horror films:
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. For those that haven’t seen A Haunted House, can you tell us about your character in the film?
Alanna Ubach: My character, Jenny, is a horny, married swinger who’s always looking for an excuse to invite Marlon and his girlfriend over for their annual Mandingo parties.
You’ve appeared in a variety of TV shows and feature films. What in particular interested you in taking on a role in this horror-comedy film?
- Jonathan James
10 items from 2013
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