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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
In 1995, Christopher McQuarrie gave us a little film called The Usual Suspects which ultimately became his first (and only, to date) Oscar win. Flash-forward to 2012, and the man is now also sitting in the director’s chair with a tensed-up, lightning fast Tom Cruise mechanically taking down the villainous duo of Werner Herzog and Jai Courtney in Jack Reacher.
It’s a tough call with Cruise. He’s an actor who, 99% of the time, is the best thing on screen in his films, even if the picture itself is less than gratuitously good. He’s been both the heavy lead and the small-part scene-stealer (2008’s Tropic Thunder), so it’s really stopped becoming a question of if Cruise is going to be “good” in a film. He’s very much become a presence that embodies a character without fully committing to it; that mix of Robert Downey Jr. »
- Cameron Carpenter
In what can be viewed as fantastic marketing, Columbia Pictures has chosen to release a teaser clip via Yahoo! Movies for Evan Goldberg (The Green Hornet) and Seth Rogen's (Knocked Up) This is the End on the day that some people actually believe will be the end of the world. Unsurprisingly, Columbia Pictures must still be planning for the future, bearing in mind the film is set for release on June 14th, 2013.
This is the End (a.k.a. The End of the World) features an all star stars line up of new school comedy stars such as Seth Rogen, James Franco (Pineapple Express), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine), Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) and Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street) and centres on six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, »
Some movies build pre-release hype by playing up the transformations made by their stars, whether by makeup or dramatic changes to their body type. Public interest in films like The Machinist or Tropic Thunder had as much to do with the bizarre lengths the production had gone to change actors’ appearances as they did with the films’ actual content.
While not nearly as dramatic as Christian Bale losing most of his body weight or Robert Downey Jr. donning what amounts to overelaborate blackface, the cast of next year’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone seem to be attempting to garner interest in much the same way. This time, it looks like much of the comedy’s cast will be donning wacky wigs in the course of their roles as competing Las Vegas magicians.
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- Kyle Hembree
Tom Cruise as a bad-ass: Is that still possible?
I was sure that Rock of Ages would kill off Tom Cruise's self-consciously cool persona for good, but in these new clips from the actioner Jack Reacher, it appears he's still trying to sell us on superspy catchphrases and that CSI: Miami can't-touch-this voice.
Say what you will about the relatively staid nature of these clips, but you'll remember that Knight & Day wasn't terrible. Nor was the last Mission: Impossible. I've learned not to judge Tom Cruise's movies by their trailers and clips because somehow, some way, they usually end up better than they have any right to be. I say this with one notable exception: I have never understood Tropic Thunder. And it's because of his "comic" performance in that movie that we had to deal with him in Rock of Ages, so I consider that film truly unforgivable. »
"The Hobbit" hits theaters this Friday and besides all the hobbits, orcs, elves, humans, dragons and Gollums, there's also a group of sturdy folk who form the backbone of the movie: Dwarves.
This isn't the first time dwarves have been portrayed in film, of course — and it's not the first time that little people have been played on screen by regular-sized folks, either. But "The Hobbit," with its band of stout and heroic dwarven heroes, is undoubtedly one of the most prominent portrayals of little people in Hollywood's long and checkered history.
So that got us thinking: Where is "The Hobbit" going to end up ranking on the scale of most positive to most demeaning portrayals of little people in film? To help you decide that for yourself, here's a quick continuum of nine prominent movies featuring little people, ranked from most positive to most demeaning.
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- Scott Harris
Bill Murray may have opted out of Ghostbusters 3 (for now), but that doesn't mean the project is dead by any stretch. In fact, his costar Dan Aykroyd told Esquire that he's thisclose to breathing life into the moribund supernatural comedy franchise without his fellow SNL alum reprising his hilarious role as Dr. Peter Venkman. The reason? Not only do Aykroyd and director Ivan Reitman have "a script that we like" thanks to the new draft handed in by Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen from a script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, but the funnyman said Murray doesn't necessarily hold veto power over the project anymore. "He abrogated his rights by sort of, by saying, two »
Ghostbusters 3 is inching closer and closer to becoming more than a subject that people refuse to stop asking Dan Aykroyd about (and he keeps on championing). Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black III) penned the latest script draft this past summer. Meanwhile, Sony is taking steps that could allow production to begin next year; though, Fall 2013 seems more likely, rather than a Summer start date (as we previously reported).
Aykroyd says that Bill Murray has lost his rights to the property, which accounts for why the other Ghostbusters franchise gatekeepers (see what I did there?) are at last gearing up to move ahead without him. Indeed, Aykroyd is now confirming that the stage could soon be set for future installments after GB3… assuming the latter finally happens, that is.
- Sandy Schaefer
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, November 26th 2012.
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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humour to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish… and has refused to leave his side ever since. Ted Review
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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux coordinated their outfits - and their hilarious tributes - at last night's American Cinematheque Award Gala honoring mutual pal Ben Stiller. Jennifer, who costarred with Ben in Along Came Polly, cheekily joked about Ben's "surprisingly large package" while introducing a video of all his onscreen romances, and Justin, who cowrote Tropic Thunder with Ben, presented a clever self-directed short film poking fun at the actor's career. Find out how Ben's toast turned into a roast in today's PopSugar Rush! »
- Becca Frucht
Ben Stiller's friends and colleagues raucously celebrated the actor/comedian's career at the American Cinematheque's yearly benefit ball at the Beverly Hilton Thursday night. Pals who showed up to give sincere or more often, irreverent, in-person tributes were Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jack Black, Patton Oswalt, Laura Dern, Andy Dick, David Cross, Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and "Tropic Thunder" co-writer Justin Theroux (who was responsible for the tribute video that is captured in part below). Scattered among the highlight reels were video tributes from Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, Judd Apatow, William Shatner, Owen Wilson, Robert Downey Jr. (last year's recipient), Conan O'Brien and Stiller's parents -- legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, as well as his sister Amy Stiller. (For another take on Stiller's status in Hollywood, check out this laudatory New Yorker profile.) Highlights »
- Sophia Savage
Ben Stiller was honored at the annual American Cinematheque Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night. Friends from far and wide traveled to La to toast his body of work. Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Eugene Levy, and Martin Short took the stage to speak about Ben's dedication to moviemaking. Jennifer Aniston wore a Valentino dress to make the rounds with her fiancé, Justin Theroux, as well. Jen and Justin shared kind words about their friend Ben - Justin even produced a short film for Ben featuring their Tropic Thunder costar Tom Cruise. Jen and Justin are quite close with Ben and his wife, Christine Taylor. Christine was on Ben's arm for the evening event too, standing out from the crowd in a red gown. Ben closed out his own words with a tribute to Christine. He said, "I have an incredible wife. I love our life together . . . she's the funniest person I know, »
- Allie Merriam
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux posed for photos side by side last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where they attended the 26th Annual American Cinematheque Awards. The big honoree of the evening was Ben Stiller, a close friend of both Jen and Justin. Jen worked with Ben on Along Came Polly and Justin's best-known collaboration with Ben is Tropic Thunder. Ben and his wife, Christine Taylor, spent plenty of time with Jen and Justin. The two couples were in Hawaii last Summer for a joint vacation in honor of Christine's 40th birthday. Yesterday, Jen wore a black and white Valentino gown, coordinating with Justin's tux nicely, to congratulate both Ben and Christine on Ben's long career. View Slideshow › »
- Allie Merriam
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
• The first trailer for Netflix’s original series House of Cards is online. Not to be overly dramatic, but its success could change TV as we know it.
• It looks as though HBO’s Girls will get a third season. The comedy’s second season premieres Jan. 13.
• Despite being canceled this summer, AMC’s The Killing may come back to life.
• Along with Nashville, NBC’s Chicago Fire will also have a full first season. “We all love this thrilling new drama with its sexy breakout cast,” says Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “We »
- Rachel Bennett
1.) Having already set Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) to play Mary-Jane Watson, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 helmer Marc Webb has now turned his attention to finding a young actor to play Harry Osborn. The character was played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's trilogy of Spider-Man films, and now three candidates have emerged: Alden Ehrenreich, Brady Corbet and Dane DeHaan. Ehrenreich has starred in Tetro and Twixt for Francis Ford Coppola and will soon be seen in Stoker and Beautiful Creatures. Corbet's credits include Melancholia and Martha Marcy May Marlene. DeHaan is probably the most recognizable of the three after a big 2012 that had him starring in Chronicle and Lawless, as well as appearing in Lincoln's cringe-worthy opening scene. The part originally called for an actor with a bigger, more athletic build, but has since morphed into a more of a "dark and edgy" role. Anyone have a horse in this race? »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Just a couple weeks ago, we learned that Tropic Thunder and Percy Jackson and the Olympians star Brandon T. Jackson was up for leading the new Beverly Hills Cop TV series from The Shield and Chicago Code creator Shawn Ryan. Now the news is official.
Jackson – who recently went undercover with Martin Lawrence in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – will play Aaron Foley, son of Eddie Murphy’s character Axel Foley from the film franchise of the same name. But fans of Murphy’s Foley will be glad to hear that Murphy is still coming along for the ride.
TV Line says Jackson is signed for the pilot in development at CBS which also has Murphy working as a producer in addition to guest ...
- Ethan Anderton
The television pilot for the sort-of sequel to the Beverly Hills Cop film franchise has at last found a leading man to be overshadowed by Eddie Murphy’s legacy. Now, that might sound a little pessimistic in terms of my expectations of how well the potential series will perform, but it’s actually just part of the pilots pitch. The new Beverly Hills Cop features Axel Foley’s son doing the best he can to escape the enormous shadow cast by his police chief father. It’s a fitting premise for the kind of show this could be, so a fitting actor was required. And just who rose to the challenge of reinvigorating this long dead franchise? Brandon T. Jackson.
As reported by TVLine, Jackson – known for such films as Tropic Thunder and Percy Jackson & the Olympians – was cast in the role of Aaron Foley, a Detroit police officer who »
- Brody Gibson
You know how when you think of a movie you haven't watched in ages and then All Of A Sudden, it's on TV the next week and it seems as if the universe was listening to your unspoken inner thoughts and it's eerie but awesome? Well, just the other day while packing up to move offices and noticing a can of Booty Sweat - swag from the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder - I realized that up-and-coming comedian Brandon T. Jackson was my first interview at Cineplex. Whoa.
And then I wondered just what became of Jackson, beyond a role in Big Momma's House: Like Father, Like Son. Turns out, just today, it was announced that he'll be taking on a franchise made famous by Eddie Murphy and has scored the lead in the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop TV reboot-sequel.
It's a reboot in that Jackson will play Murphy's character Axel Foley's son, »
- Andrea Miller
Sony Television Pictures has found the lead for its upcoming Beverly Hills Cop series to air on CBS.
Brandon T. Jackson, who was quite hilarious as Alpa Chino in Tropic Thunder, has signed on to play the lead roll in the pilot. Jackson will play Aaron Foley, the son of Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley from the movies. This new Foley, also a detective, will have the double duty of protecting the rich and famous while trying to escape the shadow cast by his famous father.
Should Bhc get picked up as a series, it should be a great vehicle for Jackson, who has a solid body of work dating back to 1999. Murphy could also appear from time to time as well.
- Sean Bell
Comedian Brandon T. Jackson, most famous for “Tropic Thunder” and the “Percy Jackson” movies, will be giving TV a shot as the new lead in a “Beverly Hills Cop” TV series that will be based on the Eddie Murphy series of action movies of the same name. “Beverly Hills Cop” the TV series is from “The Shield” producer Shawn Ryan and original star Eddie Murphy, and will find Jackson playing Axel Foley’s son Aaron, described as a “blue-collar police officer … who helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his larger-than-life father.” Murphy will be making a cameo in the pilot, if just to tie the show with the movies, and might end up doing more recurring spots if the show makes it past the pilot stage. Right now, the show just has a pilot commitment from CBS, »
When news surfaced in August that Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan (creator of "Last Resort" and "The Shield") had sold a TV adaptation of "Beverly Hills Cop" to CBS, the big question was who would star in the show. Murphy, who's acting as executive producer, is also committed to reprise his role as Axel Foley in the pilot and in occasional episodes to follow, should the project get picked up to series, but the focus of the show is on Axel's son, who heads to Beverly Hills to get out from under the shadow of his father, now Detroit's chief of police. Read More: 'The Shield' Creator Shawn Ryan is Working on a 'Beverly Hills Cop' Series With Eddie Murphy Now, TV Guide is reporting that actor and comedian Brandon T. Jackson has nabbed the coveted role of Aaron Foley. The 28-year-old, who is from Detroit, appeared in "Roll Bounce, »
- Alison Willmore
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