Express, for Men

by Zach Oat August 7, 2008 4:50 pm
<i>Express</i>, for Men

If you look closely at James Franco's T-shirt in Pineapple Express, you'll see that it's one of the most awesome T-shirt designs ever: a shark devouring a kitten. When asked about it in interviews, Franco always credits the design to Pineapple director David Gordon Green, but that apparently isn't the case. T-shirt designers WOWCH created an astoundingly similar design for Urban Outfitters back in 2005, which was apparently tweaked and flipped to create Franco's movie getup. Unless Franco's drug dealer character traded merchandise with the knock-off clothing manufacturer next door, there better be a good explanation for this.

Zach and Mimi Make an (R-rated) Porno

by Odie Henderson August 6, 2008 9:46 am
Zach and Mimi Make an (R-rated) Porno Since its inception in 1990, the MPAA has slapped the NC-17 on several undeserving movies. It has also withheld said application on more deserving films, either due to public fear or corporate pressure. Both cases yield ridiculous results. For example, Martin Lawrence's comedy concert film, You So Crazy, is rated NC-17, yet Mel Gibson's The Passion is rated R. One film spends 90 minutes talking about crap, Prince and getting a piece, the other spends over two hours beating the crap out of the Prince of Peace. Actions speak louder than words, and should be rated as such. If I go on a date, and we spend the evening talking, that's R (for profanity and sex-related begging). If I'm invited upstairs "for coffee" at the end of the date, that's NC-17 (for graphic sexu--oh, who am I kidding--for brief sexuality and extreme charity). Kevin Smith probably used a similar example when the MPAA rated his actionless film Clerks NC-17. He had more 'splainin' to do than Lucy Ricardo, however, when they slapped the dreaded rating on his latest, Zach and Mimi Make A Porno.

Some Friendly Career Advice for Michael Cera

by Lauren Gitlin August 1, 2008 3:05 pm
Some Friendly Career Advice for Michael Cera

As I've mentioned 12 to 15 times, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing/throttling/spooking Michael Cera when he happened innocently into my local dive bar to film a scene from the forthcoming movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. So I feel a strange protective ownership over the film. This, coupled with my age-inappropriate love for Cera, made me uniquely stoked to watch the trailer [via Videogum] for said movie, which hits theaters in October. But -- get ready for the haterade -- I am gonna have to say that after watching the thing, I am super not impressed.

Better Red than Dead

by Zach Oat July 25, 2008 2:11 pm
Better Red than Dead

Right after I learned that Robert Rodriguez would be producing a Red Sonja movie starring his live-in starlet Rose McGowan, I heard that the two had split up, and immediately panicked. What would become of the film? Would there be a new actress? Or a new producer? Or a new, dead film in the gutters of Hollywood? Well, apparently, nothing has changed; furthermore, my prediction that this movie would be worth it just for the chain-mail-bikini promotional artwork has totally come true.

Higher and Harder: Hairspray 2

by Kasey McDonald July 24, 2008 1:50 pm
Higher and Harder: <i>Hairspray 2</i>

Break out your brush and stay away from open flame, New Line is about to bust out more Hairspray. The studio has made a deal with the musical's creator John Waters to write a treatment for a sequel to the 2007 hit. According to Variety, director-choreographer Adam Shankman will return for another go, along with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who've pledged to write new songs for the film. And while none of the original cast has signed on yet for a sequel, the story will pick up back in 1962 and follow the Turnblad family after the resolution of the first movie. Hairspray has grossed over $200 million since its release last summer, and New Line wants a new one for a summer release in 2010.

American Teen: Perfectly Real

by DeAnn Welker July 24, 2008 9:43 am
<i>American Teen</i>: Perfectly Real

I know it's a bold prediction, but I believe American Teen is the movie that's singlehandedly going to make documentaries cool again. Oh, right, they never were cool in the first place. Maybe in a certain geeky/political Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock crowd, they were considered cool, but not in general. Well, if people give it a chance, American Teen really could change that.

Roeper To Depart "At The Movies"

by DeAnn Welker July 21, 2008 12:33 pm
Roeper To Depart "At The Movies"

Richard Roeper announced Sunday that he will be leaving At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper after eight years, after failing to reach a contract with Disney-ABC for a ninth season. For Roeper, it hasn't been the same since co-host Roger Ebert became sick and was unable to be on the show for most of the past two seasons.

Nerds Are So 2004

by Lauren Gitlin July 16, 2008 6:00 pm
Nerds Are So 2004

I got somethin' ta say. Everyone who wants to cash in on the "quirky nerd comedy" phenomenon that Napoleon Dynamite spawned -- um, four years ago -- needs to stop. As does the inevitable critical comparison that such films engender: "It's Napoleon Dynamite meets Shoa! With a dash of South Pacific!" Know who's not immune to my admonishment? Napoleon Dynamite. Or rather, the new movie Jon Heder is producing and slated to star in, Loudermilk, which is being touted as "Napoleon Dynamite if he had superpowers." Wow. That's original! Why not take two vastly overdone filmic trends and graft one on to the other to ensure that they're double-crappy?

Get Your Umbrella And A Bib

by Tippi Blevins July 15, 2008 2:37 pm
Get Your Umbrella And A Bib

Sony Pictures Animation has announced a new project in the form of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be SPA's first release in stereoscopic 3-D digital. Bob Osher, president of Sony's Digital Production division, described it as a movie about "food weather" and says that "food falling from the sky lends itself so well to 3-D." I'm sure this is supposed to be a kids' movie, considering that the article also makes mention of Open Season and Surf's Up, but I think this sounds like it has the makings of a Saw-like horror movie. [It's actually based on a kids' book, but I want to hear this. - Zach]

Who’s Got Spirit? Not Me.

by Zach Oat July 15, 2008 12:52 pm
Who’s Got <i>Spirit</i>? Not Me.

I never wanted to be one of those dudes on the Internet who criticizes everything. Especially not someone who criticizes a comic book movie for being a less-than-faithful adaptation of the source material. Especially not someone who is basing their opinion on a 2-minute trailer for said movie. But what the hell is going on in Frank Miller's Spirit trailer? [It's been taken down, but presumably not for improvement.] I mean, seriously? We get it, you've got some hot actresses in your movie. But at what point does the film stop being an adaptation of Will Eisner's classic hero and start being a domino-mask-wearing version of The Bachelor?

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