Costner Casts Swing Vote, Country Goes To Hell

by Odie Henderson July 30, 2008 4:55 pm
Costner Casts Swing Vote, Country Goes To Hell With news of comedies suffering at the box office, Disney must be sweating over releasing Kevin Costner's Swing Vote on Friday. The film stars Il Costino as a good ol' boy whose single vote will determine the Presidential election. That alone should file this under "Suspension of Disbelief the Size of Jupiter Needed," but when the trailer reveals that Costner has to choose between Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer, we're talking universe-sized pretending here. Whom would you vote for? I can't decide, and the only pull for me to see the film is to discover who actually wins.

Jerry's Guns

by Odie Henderson July 30, 2008 3:10 pm
Jerry's Guns A few weeks ago, the TSA confiscated deodorant from my carry-on bag because it was 0.2 ounces over the 3 oz. limit. They didn't want me to underarm the pilot to death, I suppose. Jerry Lewis suffered a similar fate of confiscation. The TSA and the Las Vegas police wanted to disprove that famous Irving Berlinpenned Annie Oakley musical number, "You Can't Get a Man With A Gun." Allegedly, Lewis had one. When his luggage went through that airport scanning contraption, I hope the machine screamed "LAAAAAAAA-DY!!!!!"

Half-Blood? More Like Bloody Brilliant!

by Zach Oat July 30, 2008 2:51 pm
<i>Half-Blood?</i> More Like Bloody Brilliant!

Dear God -
Thank you so much. I know you don't go in for the whole magic thing, it being in direct contradiction to your laws and all, but I just want to say how swell it is of you not to smite anybody involved with making the Harry Potter movies. (Well, except Richard Harris, but he had it coming.) Because I just saw the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince teaser trailer, and it is the most beautiful thing I have seen in several days -- which reminds me, I never thanked you for The Dark Knight! You rock!

Invisible Man Resurfaces

by Tippi Blevins July 29, 2008 3:26 pm
<i>Invisible Man</i> Resurfaces A sequel to The Invisible Man is in the works, according to ShockTillYouDrop.com. I'm not talking about the similarly-titled Chevy Chase movie from 1992, or any of the series that have been popping up on TV every few years since the 1950s. No, this is going to be a sequel to the original movie based on the H.G. Wells story that your great-grandparents saw in the theaters three-quarters of a century ago. Man, and I thought twenty-five years was a long time to wait for a Tron follow-up.

I Love Lamp, Anchorman 2

by Lauren Gitlin July 28, 2008 12:00 pm
I Love Lamp, <i>Anchorman 2</i> Will Ferrell, did you read my review of your latest moviefilm and feel that you needed to redeem yourself in my eyes? That is so considerate of you, you big lug! Why else would you and Adam McKay announce you were in the midst of creating a follow-up to the dumb-larious Anchorman just after I made the assertion that of all your various cinematic man-child incarnations, Ron Burgundy was the bestest?

The Scarlet Letterbox

by Zach Oat July 28, 2008 10:15 am
The Scarlet Letterbox

When I saw the news that the graphic novel Red was being adapted into a movie, I was thrilled -- after all, it was one of the most straightforward, action-packed comic books I had ever read, and it seemed tailor-made to be a movie. Sure, the filmmakers seem to be taking some liberties with the storyline, but some of the changes sound interesting. And then I saw that a movie called Red was coming out next week. What the...?

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.

Doo Dee Doo Doo, Doo Dee Doo Doo

by Tippi Blevins July 25, 2008 12:19 pm
Doo Dee Doo Doo, Doo Dee Doo Doo Cue the distinctive strains of the Twilight Zone theme! According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way are in the early stages of seeking material for a feature take on one or more episodes from the classic TV series." They mean the classic classic series with the smooth intros from writer and Zone mastermind Rod Serling, and not the more recent attempts to revive the show for TV. Nor are they "seeking to remake an episodic movie," referring to the 1983 film that comprised four separate stories and made me a just little bit scared of ambulance drivers. And Dan Aykroyd. And Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Marky Mark? Cocaine? Pornstache? Sign me up!

by Lauren Gitlin July 24, 2008 3:25 pm
Marky Mark? Cocaine? Pornstache? Sign me up! God loves me! How do I know? Because he took a whole bunch of my favorite things -- the Seventies, Miami, Marky Mark, cocaine (culture), Peter Berg and the writings of Generation Kill uber-scribe Evan Wright -- and smooshed them all together into one big fat bow-wrapped present! I am so excited!

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.

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