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Though he was ostensibly promoting his role in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Josh Brolin's Reddit Ama on Thursday was delightfully all over the map, with topics ranging from "The Goonies" ("I've never had more fun on a movie") to his disastrous "Thrashin'" audition ("an 18 wheeler ran over it") to the insanity of working with Paul Thomas Anderson ("It felt like swimming in a Ralph Steadman drawing") to that horrible moment on the set of "American Gangster" with Russell Crowe ("I went back to my trailer waiting to be fired"). But mostly he talked about "The Goonies," and god love him for it. Check out the 21 best moments from the spirited, candid and wildly entertaining Q&A below. 1. His favorite superheroes are the Hulk, Thor and...Richie Rich? @Judomonkeykyle asks: Hi Josh, are you a comic book fan? Who is your favorite superhero/supervillan? »
- Chris Eggertsen
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the business’s hottest names…one Michael Fassbender. In a rather short period of time, he’s gone from a character actor to a critical darling to a superstar, with an Academy Award nomination thrown in there for good measure (along with a few Oscar snubs as well). Fassbender is arguably one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, so it’s great to see him continually display it in interesting and unique projects. He’s a definite A-lister, likely to go down as an all time great when all is said and done, so he’s perfect for this column! Fassbender got his start on television, first coming on to my radar with HBO’s landmark miniseries Band of Brothers. There were other small TV projects (both miniseries and movies, as well as full on »
- Joey Magidson
Megan Fox isn't afraid to kiss and tell!The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" star recently revealed her best onscreen kiss -- and we were very surprised by her answer."Shia Labeouf," she told E! News. Megan Fox: I Don't Feel Ashamed of My Skin-Baring PastWith other kissing costars including Josh Brolin in "Jonah Hex," Amanda Seyfried in "Jennifer's Body" and Adam Scott in "Friends With Kids," we didn't expect her to name the "Transformers" actor. In fact, the pair's chemistry translated off set as well! Labeouf told Details magazine that he hooked up with Fox while they were filming the action-packed flick.Megan Fox Puts Killer Legs on Display In Super Short Dress "Look, you're on the set for six months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them," he revealed in 2011. "I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. »
- tooFab Staff
With Jonah Hex, Men in Black: III, Oldboy, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, actor Josh Brolin has been in five comic book movies in the last four years. Some have been more successful than others. It goes without saying, but the less said about Jonah Hex the better (we say more here). Thankfully Guardians of the Galaxy and A Dame to Kill For aren’t movies you’ll want to forget once you’ve left the theater. That’s especially fortunate for Marvel’s latest — which made just a little bit under $100m dollars this weekend — because the Guardians and other supporting players are a key piece of the puzzle for Marvel’s future. One of those characters is Brolin’s Thanos. He appeared not-yet-Brolinized in the end credits of The Avengers, but has a much more prominent part in Guardians of the Galaxy. His »
- Jack Giroux
Megan Fox's role as April O'Neil in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" marks a definite shift in her career trajectory -- it's her first major role where she doesn't bare her midriff. After her work as Mikaela in the first two "Transformers" films, Michael Bay fans got to know her impressive physique pretty well. And with roles in "Jennifer's Body," "Jonah Hex" and "This Is 40" also cashing in on her sex appeal, many started to suspect April might get a risque makeover once Megan was attached the to film.Well, we've seen it and, thankfully, that's not the case. While the character does get a modern update (who in their right mind would wear a yellow jump suit these days?) it's the most covered up Megan's ever been, allowing the audience to focus on her character ... and not her cleavage."I don't mind doing that stuff, I think that's »
- tooFab Staff
Another exciting day at the San Diego Comic-Con comes to a close. This afternoon I was invited to participate in a roundtable for Paramount and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that's due to hit theaters next month (August 8th). In attendance were Megan Fox (April O'Neil), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), John Liebesman (Director) and Brad Fuller and Andrew Form from Platinum Dunes (the production company behind the film). Topics covered included character relationships, motion capture performances and Jonah Hex flashbacks... We'll skip Jonah Hex, as well as some of the other topics of conversation and focus on what I think You, the reader would like to know about the upcoming film. Regarding memories they may have had of the turtles and their various incarnations... Megan Fox: The live-action movies. I watched the cartoon a little bit also, but definitely the live-action movies. The second one in particular was definitely my favorite. »
San Diego - "I was here for 'Jennifer's Body' where I was a man-eating zombie, and I was here for 'Jonah Hex' where I was a prostitute with a heart of a gold. And April is neither of those things." This isn't Megan Fox's first go-round with Comic-Con, and this year, her newest feature role as April O'Neil for the Michael Bay-produced "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" redux seems to resonate with her as an actress. "[April] is an ambitious journalist that's not making it the way that she wants to be because people underestimate her," Fox told HitFix, turning on the sarcasm. "I couldn't possibly relate to that." Fox has mentioned in the months that have led up to the impending Aug. 8 release date of "Tmnt" that her version of April is less sexualized, more "modern" than some previous incarnations. She told us that hers is "a little angsty, »
- Katie Hasty
Thanos’ true arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is imminent.
The Mad Titan has appeared on screen, but he did so extremely briefly in the mid-credits scene of the Avengers movie, when his minion (The Other) suggested that to challenge the heroes of Earth would be “to court death” and he simply responded with an evil smile.
However, next month sees the release of Marvel’s first space epic: Guardians of the Galaxy. Thanos is set to appear in full for the first time in that movie and will be played by Goonies, American Gangster and Jonah Hex star Josh Brolin (who will provide both motion capture and the voice for Thanos – though how much he’ll actually say is still open to questioning). How prominent/brief his appearance will be is yet to be revealed, but the fact that he is set to appear in the main body of »
- Kev Stewart
Mastodon has shown two very different sides with the two song releases thus far for forthcoming album "Once More 'Round the Sun." There's the more melodic, mass consumer bent on "High Road," and then there's today's "Chimes at Midnight." The latter chomps a bit deeper, hits a bit heavier, and is representative of how fans may see this album meander more than their used to. This is not a bad thing. The most progressive sounds from the metal band have been exorcised on "Crack the Skye," their more bounding, commercial licks like on the "Jonah Hex" soundtrack and on 2011's "The Hunter." After a couple listens to "Once More..." there is just an expanse that even veers into (dare I say it?) glam. All the while, Brent Hinds' voice is in snarling, excellent form and drummer Brann Dailor is still a godd*mned monster. Veteran producer Nick Raskulinecz -- yup, »
Thanos is coming. We've known that since the end of "The Avengers," and it's a very exciting prospect. When he showed up for that one shot at the end of that film, it was meant to be a giant tease, and Marvel didn't bother casting the role in the same way they would if he were an actual character in a film. The guy in the suit, Damien Potier, was never expected to be the long-term choice for the role. They put that off for the future, knowing there would come a time where they would finally put Thanos front and center. That time is getting closer now. This summer's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" takes place in the end of the universe where Thanos is a threat, and his children are a major part of the movie. According to today's report, Josh Brolin has now signed on to voice Thanos, »
- Drew McWeeny
Not even Neil Patrick Harris's comically camp performance (or his pooing twice inside a hat) could salvage the film, which was summed up by Digital Spy as "a giant tumbleweed of a comedy drifting aimlessly through a laugh-free desert".
1. Jonah Hex (2010)
This fantasy Western blockbuster derived from a DC Comics character fell flat on its (criminally disfigured) face upon its release, making a measly $10 million at the box office before sinking without trace. Despite Josh Brolin's best efforts as the lead and Michael Fassbender's brilliantly terrifying bowler-hat-wearing brute Burke, the movie was criticised for being edited within an inch of its short life, so »
Through science – or rather, accumulated Rotten Tomatoes scores – it recently became apparent that both Ashton Kutcher, best known for his roles in dreadful rom-coms, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, best known for… well, her roles in dreadful rom-coms, have never been in a critically-acclaimed film. Scan their filmographies and you won’t find a “Fresh” score upon even one of their motion picture ventures. Seriously: the highest rated Ashton Kutcher film on Rotten Tomatoes is No Strings Attached with a mere 49%. Love Hewitt’s is Heartbreakers, with 53%.
Which is to say: these guys have managed to formulate entire careers out of bad movies, proving that it’s entirely possible to work in Hollywood even if you’ve done nothing – literally, Nothing – of worth. It appears, at least, that Ashton Kutcher has tried to take a few risks outside of his normal areas of “expertise” (Jobs, for example, was a »
Welcome to the 6th annual superhero showdown....
Revisiting Last Year's Predictions...
As always, we'll get things underway with a recap of the past year, as Warner Bros. rebooted Superman and kicked off its DC Movie Universe with Man of Steel, Marvel Studios got Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe underway with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, 20th Century Fox banished the ghost of X-Men Origins: Wolverine with The Wolverine, and Universal Pictures found itself struggling in the crowded marketplace with Kick-Ass 2...
Last Year's Prediction - "Kick-Ass 2 has no chance against the big boys, but it should go on to roughly match its predecessor with a global haul of around $75-$80m, while The Wolverine will benefit from the added 3D surcharge to pull in around $350m, which is on par with X-Men: First Class and about average for the franchise. Now that the character is firmly established, »
- Gary Collinson
In issue 215 of Total Film magazine, Josh Brolin exclusively reveals how he really feels about that 2010 Jonah Hex movie – and it's not good. Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad - Brolin talks about just what went wrong with the film, holding director Jimmy Hayward partly to blame. "I think it deserved that bashing for reasons that those critics will never know," the actor says. "We were almost ready to drop [the film] when this kid [Hayward] came up. "He was an interesting young guy full of energy and he...
- Total Film
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