June 2011 Archives
In Larry Crowne Tom Hanks plays an ordinary, blue-collar kinda guy who gains a new set of life skills when he enrolls in his local community college. Which got us thinking -- what has this star taught moviegoers over his many years in Hollywood? Here are some of the suggested courses eager students could audit at the Tom Hanks College of Arts & Sciences.
In the run-up to the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third entry in the feature film franchise based on the old Hasbro toy line, director Michael Bay has been telling anyone who'll listen that the new film won't commit the sins of its predecessor, the widely loathed Revenge of the Fallen. From where I sat though, Dark of the Moon played like more of the same: a largely incoherent assembly of eardrum-shattering, chaotically-choreographed action sequences that are occasionally interrupted by hilariously campy dramatic moments and painfully unfunny bits of "comedy," as well as a few randomly inserted slow-mo money shots of one of the interchangeable CGI-robots actually transforming in a desperate attempt to make the audience think they're having a good time.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the second film in the Transformers trilogy, may be the least-liked movie ever to gross over $400 million at the box-office. Critics hated it, most viewers hated it and even its director, Michael Bay, seems to bad-mouth it every chance he gets. In fact, Bay has sworn that the (alleged) final film the series Dark of the Moon will be nothing like its predecessor... except for all the explosions, slow-mo heavy action and slobbery, soft-core shots of its leading lady (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in for Megan Fox), of course. The early word on Moon is that it is indeed superior to its predecessor, which allows it to join the exclusive group of Part Three's that are better than the Part Two's they follow. Here's what else is in the club:
This week, Zack Snyder sucker punches moviegoers, Nicolas Cage gets medieval on our asses and a certain batch of Hobbits get a high-def makeover.
The following is an excerpted transcript of the podcast What Planet Earth Are You From?, a co-production of The Daily Bugle and Wayne Entertainment.
It takes Bad Teacher about a half-hour to figure out what kind of a comedy it wants to be and the wait is excruciating at times.
The deliberately truncated title of Rodman Flender's terrific new documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop -- which takes viewers backstage on the carrot-topped comedian's 2010 live show the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour -- can be completed four different ways based on what we see in the movie.
"Noble" is the best word to describe Chris Weitz's new drama A Better Life. It was noble of Weitz to follow up a paycheck gig helming the second chapter in The Twilight Saga by making a low-budget film about a hot-button, socially relevant issue like illegal immigration. Mexican actor Demian Bichir's performance as the film's central character Carlos, a day laborer trying to earn a living for himself and his teenage son on the mean streets of Los Angeles, is also suffused with nobility and stiff-upper-lip suffering. And it's noble of the film's distributor, Summit Entertainment, to release a film like this at the height of the summer movie season, when multiplexes are generally crammed with far less weighty fare that revolve around giant transforming robots or zoo animals that for some reason feel compelled to talk to Kevin James.
Bad Teacher star Cameron Diaz is no stranger to bad behavior. The actress has either instigated or been the victim of plenty of despicable actions over her two decades in show business. Here's a look back at some of her many "bad" onscreen moments.
The day that every child of the '80s has dreaded is here: the just-released trailer for Craig Brewer's Footloose confirms that this remake of the beloved 1984 classic is a real thing that will actually be in theaters in October to teach a whole new generation about the dangers of censorship and the exhilaration of dancing around abandoned warehouses in a wife beater. Based on this early glimpse, Footloose 2.0 looks an awful lot like its predecessor, right down to the VW Bug our hero Ren (professional dancer Kenny Wormald slipping into the tight, tight jeans previously worn by Kevin Bacon) drives around the small Southern burg of Bomont, which has banned dancing and "dangerous" music after five kids died in a car accident following a wild party. Sure there's a lot of truth to the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," but there are a few ways Brewer could update the '84 version to reflect this modern age. For example...