Along with Amy Adams nabbing the role of Lois Lane and Anne Hathaway slipping into Catwoman's leather ensemble, James Sprader's new gig as the boss of bosses on The Office is among the best casting news we've heard this year. His character, Robert California, was the highlight of the otherwise draggy season finale, alternately entrancing viewers and freaking them out with his creepily intense vibe. It's an acting style that's familiar to any follower of the actor's big screen work. After getting his start mostly playing straight-up assholes in movies like Pretty in Pink and Mannequin, Spader began to take a walk on the wild and weird side around the time of 1987's Less Than Zero and hasn't looked back. Here are his five creepiest roles on the big screen:
Fans of 30 Rock and The Office rejoice! The stars of both shows respectively are teaming up to play a married couple in Shawn Levy's upcoming Date Night. Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, masters of uncomfortable comedy and hilarious slapstick, will embark on a series of comic misadventures in the 2009 release. Variety says Josh Klausner's script "follows a couple who find their routine date night becomes much more than just dinner and a movie." Since Steve and Tina are married, I know one thing that won't be happening on their eventful date night: Sex!
Marvel Studios is getting ready to move on their Captain America movie, but first they need to figure out who'll play Steve Rogers, the 98-pound weakling who gets injected with a super-soldier serum that turns him into an American hero during World War II. A list of young American actors who will be screen-tested for the role has been leaked, and it's an interesting mix of square-jawed heartthrobs, teen-playing pretty-boys and Jim Halpert. Two other actors, Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) and Garret Hedlund (Friday Night Lights film), have been removed from consideration due to scheduling conflicts, but these remaining seven all have the potential to be punching Nazis by fall. Or do they? We broke down the pros and cons of having each of them play the First Avenger.
In the movie The Perfect Storm, two weather patterns merge with a hurricane to form a George Clooney-killing whirlwind of death. I wouldn't say that Away We Go was my perfect storm, but a bunch of me-friendly elements collide in this film, and let's just say there was some light flooding in my pants.
As a TV comedy fan, I have a huge man-crush on The Office's John Krasinski, and have been waiting for him to appear in a movie that did not make me want to hang myself. (Leatherheads was okay, but License to Wed is a license to kill anyone whose name appears on the poster.) Similarly, I miss Maya Rudolph from SNL something awful, and have been looking forward to her film follow-up to Idiocracy. I'll admit to being slightly biased towards these two, but the pair of them teaming up in this movie makes me think the Make-A-Wish Foundation got my letters and bought the whole "I've-got-lupus" story.
America loves The Office, which I have to imagine means that a significant portion of America loves Rainn Wilson, who plays the lovably obnoxious Dwight. So I always wondered why we didn't see more Office cross-promotion for The Rocker, in which Wilson plays a washed-up drummer named Fish, who missed his shot at fame and now plays in his nephew's garage band. Was the studio ashamed of the film, for some reason? Well, I just got my copy of the DVD, and I think I know what the problem is. The movie borrows liberally from one of the greatest rock band movies of all time, one that changed the world with its mind-blowing take on the music industry and the price of fame. That's right, I'm talking about Josie and the Pussycats. With so many similarities to one of the finest rock films of all time, it's no wonder they kept this movie on the DL. Don't see it? Let me break it down for you...
Bill Murray still loves the ladies. While promoting City of Ember, the comedian told MTV that he was pulling for one of today's "funny girls" to join the squad in the new film, currently being penned by two writers from The Office. As long as the movie gets made, I don't care if one of the new 'Busters is an orangutan named Clyde, but a female proton packer would be a good idea. (For proof, look at Janine Melnitz in the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.) Sadly, it doesn't sound like Murray will be involved, but the fact that he's thinking about the movie at all is great.
My love for Rainn Wilson, and by extension his Office character Dwight Schrute, knows no bounds. Nor does my love for -- I won't lie -- The Transformers' Bumblebee (and, okay, pretty much everything about The Transformers). So it's been an exciting day in Kaseyland, as it was announced today that Wilson will have a role in DreamWorks' upcoming TTransformers 2. With the full cast of stars -- Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro (and Bumblebee! And Optimus Prime!) -- returning, the addition of Rainn Wilson certainly does a happy Kasey make.
Here at TWoP, cheesy romantic comedies are like our Kryptonite. We can take high-school musicals, twee indie dramedies and mindless mega-octane actioners, but have someone do a pratfall into a wedding cake or wind up accidentally naked in front of someone's grandma, and we get the dry heaves. So we're torn over The Proposal, which on the one hand looks like Green Card Redux, and on the other hand... looks kind of awesome. While you Green Card fans may be right there with us, the rest of you may wonder if we've lost our senses. But here's five reasons we're actually thinking about putting on some sunglasses and a trenchcoat and sneaking into this movie.
Star Wars fanboys. They're everywhere -- especially in Hollywood. So when it was announced that someone was making a movie called Fanboys, chronicling five Midwestern geeks' cross-country trip to steal a copy of Star Wars: Episode I for their friend with terminal cancer, there were plenty of famous fanboys ready and willing to be involved. Director Kyle Newman lined up a host of celebu-nerds to make cameos in the film, ranging from geek icons to actual Star Wars film legends. If the killer leads (Sam "Superman Returns" Huntington! Dan "Balls of Fury" Fogler! Jay "Tropic Thunder" Baruchel!) weren't enough to convince you to see it, we thought we'd run down the celebrity eye candy that will teach you the true meaning of the Force. (Note: While we try to avoid giving out any spoiler-ish plot information, we are totally killing any surprise that you may get from these actors showing up. Be warned!)