I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a very good year for Jim Carrey fans.
I may not love everything Carrey's ever done, but I remain convinced that he is one of the wildest, most exciting talents working in film right now. When he connects with a project, the results are intoxicating, and if everything I've seen and read turns out to be correct, both "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "Kick-Ass 2" are going to turn out to be great examples of what he can do with the right script.
Don Scardino, the director of this film, started as an actor in the '60s, eventually jumping behind the camera for some of the same soaps he acted on, and over the years, he's worked on shows like "The Days and Nights Of Molly Dodd," "Homicide: Life On The Street," "Sports Night," "The West Wing," "Law & Order," and "30 Rock," now ending up at the helm of what looks like one of the highest-profile studio comedies of next year. After all, you've got Steve Carrell, Alan Arkin, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Carrey, all sending up the extremes of Vegas magic.
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I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a very good year for Jim Carrey fans.
The time has come to say good-bye to Vinny, Pauly D, Sammi "Sweetheart," Mike "The Situation," Ronnie, Jenni "JWOWW," Nicole "Snooki" and Deena… except for spin-off shows, cameo appearances on sitcoms, future reunion shows and God knows what else. While the "Jersey Shore" cast doesn't seem to be fading into the background anytime soon, there was still a poignancy to the final episode. And, yes, some infantile pranks and pointless fighting and the death of a defenseless duck phone, but poignancy nonetheless.
When you're doing interviews for "Jack Reacher" and Jack Reacher isn't part of those interviews, it's a little weird.
In this case, though, Tom Cruise is the one playing Jack Reacher, and Tom Cruise does the press Tom Cruise chooses to do. That's David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, not a whole parade of junket press on a Sunday in New York.
Instead, we sit down with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, both charming professionals who play key roles in the film, and we sit down with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who is responsible for adapting one of the biggest names in current publishing and trying to turn it into a viable film franchise, and those conversations are what I'm going to share with you today.
To be honest, though, I think sitting down with McQuarrie was more than worth attending the press day. He's charted a very difficult path as a working screenwriter in the years since "The Usual Suspects" came out, and this is probably not where he expected to end up. It's certainly not what I would have predicted for him even five years ago, but it seems like he's in the middle of a career reinvention, and Tom Cruise appears to be a key part of that puzzle for him.
We're down to the final six, and as usual, that means excitement coupled with a sense of loss, probably like "The Hunger Games" but without the post traumatic stress disorder. Before the challenge begins, Ivy mourns Casanova. He may be gone, but she is determined to try harder. She's not just doing it for her, she's doing it for Casanova! He's not dead, Ivy. Geez.
Kathryn Bigelow deserves credit for many, many things about her tremendous military thriller "The Hurt Locker," but she'd be the first -- and probably the gladdest -- to admit that the simple fact of her gender isn't one of them. That didn't stop multiple media commentators from sanctifying her as some kind of poster girl for "anything you can do, I can do better"-style feminism in Hollywood, as if a woman could only direct a stone-cold action picture as a reproach to the men who handle most such fare, and not merely because it's what she's good at -- and has been good at for over 20 years.
Bigelow bore this unsolicited symbolic weight with patient, if seemingly weary, grace all the way to the Oscar podium, offering multiple polite statements to the effect that she's not so much a "woman filmmaker" as a woman who makes films, and refusing the Academy's unspoken invitation to turn her history-making Oscar acceptance speech into a self-aggrandizing soapbox stand.
From now on, whenever a reality show features a contrivance that clearly hoses one contestant and gives a big boost to others, I'm going to refer to it Rimesing, in honor of "The X Factor" taking co-favorite Carly Rose Sonenclar and forcing her to perform with the desiccated remains of LeAnn Rimes on Wednesday's finale. LeAnn Rimes was so disconnected from reality and so musically dreadful that she dragged an amazingly young singer down with her and made Tate Stevens the prohibitive favorite going into Thursday's finale. And Fifth Harmony now seems like the plausible spoiler. And poor Carly Rose Sonenclar will always wonder if she could have won if she hadn't been Rimesed.
Or maybe I'm about to be surprised?
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Well, there should be little doubt in your mind by the end of the special red-band preview of "This Is The End" as to whether or not you'll be seeing it.
I spoke about this with Seth Rogen briefly the other night at the "This Is 40" premiere, and it sounds like he and his creative partner Evan Goldberg are very happy with where they are on the film. They're either just finishing the score or still working on it, and they're set for their summer release. I visited the set earlier this year, and I'll just say that this is one of the most aggressively insane premises I've seen in a while, and the footage they showed us plus the work we saw live has me convinced they're making a one of a kind oddity.
The film takes place during the end of the world, and part of the mystery of the film deals with the nature of that incident. Is it a Biblical Apocalypse? A Mayan prophecy? An asteroid? Monsters from space? Lovecraftian beasties?
Black Film Critics Circle springs for 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Intouchables,' 'Rise of the Guardians'
The Black Film Critics Circle has jumped on the "Zero Dark Thirty" bandwagon, handing the film Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress honors. "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln" each won a pair of awards, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) for the former, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Ensemble for the former. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.
The Backstreet Boys have a present they want to give to you tonight, girl.
The perpetually perky quintet appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday day night, performing their new holiday song “It’s Christmas Time Again,” backed by The Roots.
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Prince will follow in the footsteps of R.E.M., Rolling Stones, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen with an All-Star Carnegie Hall concert.
To be held March 7, the ninth installment of the tribute series will raise funds for music education programs for underprivileged youth.
The line-up for the show will be announced shortly. Other past honorees include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Neil Young. For more information, go to www.CarnegiePrince.com.
Coming up with a Top 10 list always feels like a fool’s errand. It’s impossible to listen to all the music that I want to, so any list always has to come with the caveat that these were the songs that stuck with me throughout the year that I actually heard. Other crititcs’ lists inevitably turn me on to stuff that I’d totally missed.
A few hours before "The League" concludes its fourth season, FX has renewed the comedy for a fifth.
"The League is flat-out one of the funniest shows on television," FX VP of original programming Nick Grad said in a statement. "Co-creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer have such a perfect take on the material and the show has an amazingly talented ensemble cast of stars. Another season was an easy decision and we hope to have it on our schedule for many more years to come."
The fourth season of the series about a group of friends and family competing in a fantasy football league concludes with back to back episodes tonight at 10:30 and 11. I'm actually way behind on this season (as I am with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which was already renewed for next year as part of an older deal), but look forward to catching up soon. For those more current than me, how have you found season 4?