11 items from 2010
Taylor Lautner has been challenged to a push-up contest to resolve to a lawsuit he has filed. The 18-year-old actor - who is suing McMahon's Rv, claiming "emotional distress", breach of contract and fraud after his $300,000 Recreational Vehicle (Rv) was not delivered on time - has been urged to show off his physical prowess by the company's owner Brent McMahon, who denies any wrongdoing.Brent says that he will pay the actor the $40,000 he is seeking in damages if he can beat him at push ups, and further said he will donate the money to the Children's Hospital of Orange County, California if he triumphs in the test of strength. The owner also said he will strongly defend his case in court if the actor doesn't accept the challenge. Lawyers for Taylor declined to comment on the legal action, in which the 'Twilight Saga' star has claimed his customized vehicle »
Celebrity Court Watch - Taylor Lautner is suing a trailer company for "emotional distress". The 'Twilight' star planned to buy a customized 2006 Country Coach Recreational Vehicle (Rv) for $300,000 to use while filming new movie 'Abduction' but has launched legal action over his "annoyance" that the vehicle wasn't delivered on time.The actor filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, August 23 against McMahon's Rv after the dealership failed to have the vehicle delivered by the agreed date of June 21. Taylor, 18, has claimed breach of contract and fraud and is demanding unspecified damages from the company. The hunky star recently admitted despite his role as werewolf Jacob Black in the 'Twilight Saga' propelling him to stardom, he is still down-to-earth enough to help out with domestic chores around the home. He said: "I help out with the lawn, garbage, dishes. When I come back, I have extra mowing to do. »
Last night Smells Like Screen Spirit Executive Writer Don Simpson (Winnebago Man | Review) and I had the pleasure to attend the Winnebago Man homecoming screening at The Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar in Austin, TX. Not only did we get to sit and enjoy the film with an Alamo Drafthouse crowd, but the filmmakers (Director: Ben Steinbauer, Producer: Joel Heller) were also in attendance to bring the documentary full-circle by introducing and holding a special Q&A after the screening. What made this Q&A so special you ask? Well, just as the Q&A was getting fired up, director Ben Steinbauer pulls out his mobile phone and calls up the legendary Winnebago Man himself, Jack Rebney. For those of you that are unaware of the man who is also known as 'The Angriest Man in the World"... Winnebago Man tells the story of an unlikely folk hero named Jack Rebney, »
- Dave Campbell
Winnebago Man – Comes Home To Austin! This Weekend Join the Austin filmmakers for the theatrical premiere of the acclaimed comedy documentary, Winnebago Man! Friday night, August 20th, and Saturday night, August 21st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Screenings begin at 7:30 Pm both nights, followed by Q&As with Austin filmmakers Ben Steinbauer (director) and Joel Heller (producer). The star of the film, Jack Rebney, will join the audience by phone to answer questions. Afterwards, meet the filmmakers at the Highball next door to celebrate. The film will continue its initial one week run at the Alamo Ritz Sun-Thu, with nightly screenings, also followed by filmmaker Q&As. Seating is limited. Reserve your Advance tickets for Friday & Saturday. About the film: Winnebago Man tells the story of an unlikely folk hero named Jack Rebney, an 80-year-old curmudgeon, who The New Yorker describes as a cross between John Wayne, Robin Williams and a Royal Tenenbaum. »
- Dave Campbell
Director: Ben Steinbauer Writers: Malcolm Pullinger, Ben Steinbauer Starring: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon, Nick Prueher, Joe Pickett, Douglas Rushkoff, Charlie Sotelo, Cinco Barnes, Alan Berliner, Mike Mitchell, Alexsey Vayner The bootleg VHS footage of an angry Rv salesman’s expletive-riddled rants rescued from the cutting room floor of a Winnebago commercial garnered cult acclaim via The Found Footage Festival and Austin’s infamous access television program The Show With No Name; then YouTube came along and skyrocketed the footage and the Rv salesman man, Jack Rebney (dubbed “the angriest man in the world”), to international stardom. Some fans boast to have watched the foul footage thousands of times, others claim it is their surefire cure to a bad day at work. No one seemed to care about the man himself (nor did Rebney care about his fan base); that is until writer-director Ben Steinbauer decided to make it »
- Don Simpson
I saw Dinner for Schmucks this weekend, and one of the many trailers before the movie was for It's Kind of a Funny Story. Story is about Craig, a teen who suffers from depression and signs himself into a mental ward, where he finds insight, love, etc.. You can watch the trailer here.
It stars Keir Gilchrist as Craig, Emma Roberts as Noelle, the self-loathing love interest, and Zach Galifianakis as Bobby, a wacky older guy who takes Craig under his wing. (I can't wait to see what kind of problems they saddle Noelle with, since in the trailer she asks Craig if he thinks she's "gross-looking." Awesome! Eating disorder? Cutter? Borderline personality disorder? I bet Craig helps heal her with his love and acceptance because he's sensitive and stuff.)
It looks funny and poignant until it gets to the point where we get a sense of the pain behind Bobby's facade. »
- Jenni Miller
One could say the viral campaign for the blisteringly funny new doc "Winnebago Man" preceded even the Internet when the profane outtakes of Rv salesman Jack Rebney leaked out from the production of an industrial video during the '80s (you can see it here, millions of others have) and made their way out into the world on fuzzy VHS copies and eventually YouTube.
Soon, Rebney would be anointed the "world's angriest man" by the legions that discovered the video, including celebrity fans like Conan O'Brien and director Mike Mitchell (who would have Ben Affleck recite Rebney's most famous line, "would you do me a kindness" in "Surviving Christmas").
However, it would be one of Rebney's less famous admirers who would set out to discover that if the former Winnebago salesman is angry about anything these days, it's Dick Cheney, and while he remains quite the character, he's an emotionally »
- Stephen Saito
A few months ago all the speculative casting about Marvel's "Captain America" film came to a head when a shortlist of four final contenders for the titular role emerged online.
Today, a similar thing has happened for Sony's upcoming planned reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise. Director Marc Webb has been meeting and reading actors quietly for several months and though the the studio is still on the lookout, the shortlist of candidates that will likely submit to a screen test shortly has come down to five names which Heat Vision seem to have uncovered:
1. Jamie Bell
The 24-year-old British actor and best known name on the list, Bell rose to fame as the title character in “Billy Elliot”.
He followed that up with classic literary adaptations like "Nicholas Nickleby” and the upcoming “Jane Eyre”, Hollywood actioneers like Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and Doug Liman's "Jumper", indie dramas "The Chumscrubber »
- Garth Franklin
The "Spider-Man" reboot is quickly becoming the new "Captain America" in regards to how many casting rumors are circling around the internet. Today we have a new one. First, HitFix reported that "Percy Jackson" star Logan Lerman was "almost 100% locked" as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Marvel quickly responded by saying that Lerman is not even being considered, despite the fact that the studio has had discussions with him. Now comes news via IESB that 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson is on the short list of actors to play Spidey. I always found him incredibly awkward, but he has a decent resume, consisting of such films as "Cirque du Freak," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Bridge to Terabithia," "Rv" and "Zathura." Other actors rumored for the role are Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Patrick Fugit (The Moguls) and Johnny Simmons (Jennifer's Body). Click here to read more about "Spider-Man." »
DreamWorks Animation seems to be putting a lot of different adaptations into development. Add another one to their slate, this time an adaptation of Paul Shipton's novel Pig Scrolls about a talking pig who was transformed into the beast by the goddess Circe on her island. The story follows Gryllus and his endeavors to save the world (in Ancient Greece), plus it includes all the ancient Greek gods. Basically, Hollywood is a bit obsessed with Greek history at the moment (Percy Jackson, Clash of the Titans, War of the Gods) and now DreamWorks wants their Greek gods movie, too. So that's where Barry Sonnenfeld comes into play. Sonnenfeld, who has directed live-action movies like The Addams Family, Men in Black (I and II), and Rv (bleh) but hasn't directed a feature film since then. Pajiba says that DreamWorks has recruited Sonnenfeld to develop a Pig Scrolls adaptation "as a potential »
- Alex Billington
The Vancouver based child-actor discusses his role in the new film adapted from the popular children's series of books 12 year-old Vancouver based actor Alex Ferris has done more in his short lifespan than some people do in decades. The child actor is not only the star of the hit Canadian TV series jPod but has also been featured in such American movies as Rv with Robin Williams, David Goyer's The Invisible and last summer's The Time Traveler's Wife playing a young Eric Bana. However soon you will be able to see the young actor in the new film Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, opening in theaters on March 19th, which is based on the hit series of children's books by author Jeff Kinney. We had an opportunity to speak with Alex Ferris about the new film, the character that he plays, his involvement in the possible sequel and his short but impressive career. »
11 items from 2010
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