Monday, January 26, 2015

Colin O'Donoghue Has Taken The Plunge

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The shirtless plunge! 
Our prayers have finally been answered!

These are from the music video for Christina Perri's song "The Words" - I watched this video with the sound off because I'm at work but I already know that Christina Perri deserves all of the Grammys for this song - every single Grammy! All the Grammys from previous years too. She got Colin O'Donoghue shirtless, dammit!

And in a bathtub! Did I mention he takes a bath? And he carries an axe (earlier in the video, not into the bathtub, that would be weird) and he smells flowers and he tosses around in bed looking like this:

Today is a glorious, glorious day. (This previous picture was the closest Colin had gotten for a camera before, by the way.) Y'all need to thank MNPP-reader Leo for alerting me to this, by the way. Thank him in the comments! And hit the jump for my microscopic capping of this scene because it's an historic moment!

I Am Link

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--- Man Hood - I'm sure Patricia Arquette appreciates the fact that every time I see her on awards shows this season (which is all of them, thanks to Boyhood) all I can think of is her ex Thomas Jane. But then... it doesn't take much to make me think of Thomas Jane. I'd rather think of him than her Boyhood performance, honestly. (Not a fan of that movie.) Anyway I finally have an excuse to think of Thomas Jane first and foremost - he did a Reddit Q&A the other day for some junky movie he's in and of course nudity came up (he's always been a giver) and here's what he said:

"Well... it's just part of the job, you know. When you rent out an actor, you should have access to all of him / her. You're renting out the whole package, haha!"
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--- Big Bird - Noted Whatever Luke Evans is definitely out of The Crow reboot, so says him -- he's just way too busy, everybody but everybody wants that gay man in their movies. The film's new latest director, some dude named Colin Hardy, also did an interview, also at that link, talking about what he wants to do with the project.
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--- Slam Dance - I'm not going to write up all of the news out of Sundance because I'm annoyed I'm not there, but how can I resist the news of Naked Sebastian Stan? I cannot' Apparently there's a bonkers sex scene involving gymnastics in his new movie The Bronze; Vulture says "it will surely spur his fans on Tumblr into a GIF-making frenzy." I can't wait to be one of those people.
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--- Knock Knock - Looks like a sequel to The Strangers is happening after all, but the studio's hired a new writer and a new director to make it. Which, you know, is obnoxious, because the director of the original movie Brian Bertino is super talented - he just made an uber-low-budget flick called Mockingbird that I reviewed here. That first link gives some details on The Strangers sequel's plot and it sounds like more of the same which isn't necessarily a bad thing in and of itself; I like plenty of redundant horror sequels.
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--- Post Blood - Rutina Wesley, who was always terrific on True Blood (or at least she was for as long as I watched; I still haven't bothered watching the final season), has joined the cast of Hannibal! She's playing the blind lady that The Tooth Fairy serial killer (who'll be played by Lee Pace's life partner) romances. That character was played by Joan Allen in Manhunter and by Emily Watson in Red Dragon and I recall both of their performances fondly.
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--- Book Worm - It seems that Emma Watson really want to play Belle in a Beauty and the Beast movie - she was going to star in Guillermo Del Toro's version (which would've been a dark version closer to the fairy-tale, no doubt) but I guess that's not happening because she's just signed on to star in Disney's live-action version of their (admittedly wonderful) animated film. Bill Condon is directing.
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--- Silver Flash - DH gathered up some new shots of The Avengers from Empire magazine; there's nothing mind-blowing to see, save a close-up cover image of Ultron, I guess. Does anybody else feel like Aaron Johnson's Quicksilver has disappeared from all their promotional materials lately though? He's barely featured in these pictures and I don't remember him in the last trailer at all.
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--- Hurricane Season - Ava DuVernay and delicious David Oyelowo are re-teaming post-Selma to make "a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery" set during Hurricane Katrina. That sounds like an awesome idea to me! I still haven't seen any of DuVernay's earlier movies, gotta get on that, but Selma is a marvel and Oyelowo gives an astonishing performance in it.I feel bad I haven't gotten around to writing a proper review yet.
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... tasked with Emmett Scanlan's spray-tan.

Emmett posted this picture yesterday of himself and his lush beard slash everything getting his make-up applied for that AD: The Series thing he's in (which I really think should be titled The Bible 2: Electric Boogaloo, so that's what I will refer to it as from now on) and don't you just HATE that girl immediately? I hate you, girl!

This reminds me though - I'd forgotten to post about the bad sad news that the great great BBC zombie series In the Flesh, which is where I came to know and love and lust after Emmett in the first place, officially got the axe - no 3rd season for us. Boo, BBC. Boo.
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Rode Hard & Put Away Fassy

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Three more pictures of Michael Fassbender (and oh yeah someone else or something) in his upcoming Western Slow West have been released (via, thanks Mac) - I believe the film screened at Sundance over the weekend but I haven't read anybody's opinions. Who cares? It stars Michael Fassbender, I was there in the theater the second that much was true. Sure it helps that I'll be thinking of that paparazzi shot of him peeing on set the whole time probably, but what do you want from me, thoughtfulness? Ha. You can see the first official still from the movie right here.



Walk It Off, Paul Newman

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Look at that entrance! That's the first shot we see of Paul Newman in Hud and he's actually limping from all the sex he's just had - if that doesn't send your dirty thinking into the stratosphere nothing will. Today is the 90th anniversary of Newman - he was born on this day in 1925. And so over at The Film Experience today's "Beauty vs Beast" is tackling this movie and with it my favorite Newman performance. Humina humina, hubba hubba, Hud.

And listen bless Patricia Neal, she's wonderful in this movie in her smallish role, but if this one doesn't finally get The Film Experience crowd to award an actor over an actress I give up. Come on! Click on our Newman tag for an endless archive of fine Newman gratuity.
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Good Morning, World

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Let's get the obvious out of the way: yes 
that's Patrick Wilson, and yes, he's in his underwear.

There is a brief (ha brief) shot in his latest movie Let's Kill Ward's Wife that shoots him from, well, if not his best angle, my favorite angle of his anyway. The movie's got that going for it!

Anyway I assume if you guys know my tastes in movies by now then you know it's hard to offend me - I have suckled upon the teat of John Waters and tasted the milk of filth and it is my sustenance.

But sometimes... sometimes a movie just doesn't feel like it's got a handle on itself, and when you're aiming for something as pitch-black as LKWW and you miss the mark... it's a big fucking miss. It's the kind of "miss" that makes you distrust the good feelings you've previously had for the people involved in the project - especially when the project is an eensy labor of love amongst a group of real-life friends like Let's Kill Ward's Wife is. It's just all incredibly ill-advised. Let's Pretend This Movie Didn't Happen is a better title. Besides the Patrick Wilson in his underwear part of course - that'll we'll stare at some more after the jump. And then we'll pretend the movie doesn't exist.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mommy's Here

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By "out" it probably only means New York and Los Angeles but hey, there are a lot of people in New York and Los Angeles, so if you're one of those folks -- Xavier Dolan's film Mommy is "out" this weekend! It's not the sort of movie you should miss; here's my review of it. Everybody not in New York or Los Anegeles - or one of the dozens of other countries that got it before the US, natch - sit on your thumbs and wait. 

Happy weekend, everybody!
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A Ken Doll Named Skarsgard

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Somebody on Instagram posted this sneak-snap of Alexander Skarsgard on the beach in Vietnam a couple of weeks ago (via) - just remember that the next time you look at yourself in the mirror while trying on a bathing suit: this is what Alexander Skarsgard looks like when he doesn't know he's being photographed by somebody hiding their phone in their armpit. And despair, you should despair - I figure that last part was implied, but just in case it wasn't entirely clear. Despair.
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Presidential Bulge & The She-Monster

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Finally an excuse to post about Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place star David Henrie besides his always prominent and inappropriate Mouseketeer bulge... I mean he's 26 now so I guess I don't have to feel pervy about it anymore. (Damn I liked feeling pervy about it.) Anyway he's been cast as Ronald Reagan in a bio-pic. 

I actually think looks-wise he's a damn fine choice, even if I have about as much desire to watch a Ronald Reagan bio-pic as I have to slowly rub sandpaper across my genitals. But what do we think?
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You know what the most terrifying part of all of this is though? If they're making a Ronald Reagan bio-pic - and it's about his early years obviously since they cast a 26 year old - they're going to have to address the elephant in the room and by "the elephant in the room" I mean that she-monster Jane Wyman, who was his first wife. 

So who should they hire to play Jane Wyman, you guys?
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You Can't Get Rid Of The Babadook

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And why the hell would you want to? The best horror movie of 2014 - hell it's probably the best horror movie of this decade - Jennifer Kent's The Babadook has finally got a street-date! It'll be released onto blu-ray on April 14th and you can pre-oreder it at Amazon right this very second. So invite him over for a nice cuppa (worms or glass or black tar vomit) and never ever let him go.
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Sansa Is An X-Man

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Yesterday Bryan Singer officially announced via Twitter the casting of the three young X-Men we've been hearing whispers about for a few weeks - Game of Thrones' sad sad Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, seen above working her best Dark Phoenix blow-out, will play Jean Grey. I think she's fab casting and I hope I hope I hope with the power of a thousand exploding planets that the movie series gets around to doing that characters story right and I can totally see Turner knocking it outta the park. As I've mentioned before when talking about the show I hated Sansa on the page but Turner's performance turned out to be quite possibly my favorite on the screen - she (and the writers of course) worked magic with a difficult, difficult character. 

As for Cyclops aka Scott Summers (aka the one that James Marsden played half-heartedly) it's Tye Sheridan, who's already worked with more present-day auteurs in his 19 years on Earth than any 19 year old has any right to - you know him from The Tree of Life and Mud and David Gordon green's Joe, and he was totally good in all of them. (I hated Tree of Life and wasn't a big fan of Mud either but it certainly wasn't his fault.)

And we come to the new Storm. I'm sad they went way younger than Lupita Nyong'o, she was my dream, but hey we're getting rid of Halle Berry so it's a day for celebration. This girl's name if Alexandra Shipp, she's been rumored for the past few weeks, but she's relatively untested at this point - I guess she played Aaliyah in the Lifetime movie. 

Anyway the best of luck to all three of these folks - I adore the X-Men, I really do, and I want good X-Men movies for the rest of my days. And I hope one or all of you get to fuck Michael Fassbender, because nobody should be denied that honor.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Forever Dandy

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I was a skittish clicker all day yesterday because I hadn't watched the American Horror Story finale yet, and somehow, praise Dandy, I made it through the whole 24 hours about, oh, 98% unspoiled. (I did see one tweet and yes, your name is on my secret shit-list, tweeter.) All that's to say that as badly as I'm jonesing to splash these shots of Finn Wittrock all over the place I'd feel bad if I spoiled it for somebody else - sometimes life gets in the way - so I'll take this whole post after the jump. But it's worth it! Hoo boy, if you're a fan of soaking wet tighty-whities - and who isn't? - it is worth it.

Head after the jump for 100+ pics!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Third Taste's A Charm

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While the third season trailer for Hannibal quickly gets to all the gorgeously saturated nightmare imagery that we've come to know and love from the show, I've gotta say that starting right off with Shirtless Hugh Dancy is probably the wise choice - you're grabbing us quick, guys! Keep up the good work! (via)
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In all seriousness though...

... oh my god oh my god oh my god.

 Oh my god!


I Am Link

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--- Space Oddity - The new Bjork album is so good, you guys! I've been listening to it non-stop all week; it's gorgeous and super super sad - I had no idea she and Matthew Barney had broken up but once again she's making the case for artist's needing to live hellish miserable lives for Great Art's sake. There's a really wonderful interview with her over at Pitchfork which you should read; she keeps breaking down and crying in the middle of it - crying! Bjork! WTF let's go hunt down Matthew Barney and do filthy Cremaster things to him.
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--- Sky Blonde - CBS' Supergirl has been cast and it's Melissa Benoist, who was on Glee and also played the girl that Miles Teller didn't have any damn time for in Whiplash cuz drums, yo. I remember thinking she was pretty adorable in Whiplash so best of luck to her - of course this entire project labors under the unbeatable memory of Faye Dunaway camping it up and Hart Bochner's wondrously tight jeans, but still, good luck trying.

--- Sticky Stuff - A remake of The Blob certainly seems overdue so this makes sense - the dude who directed Con Air and Lara Croft Tomb Raider and a bunch of other big explosion riddled garbage has just signed on for it. A blob movie doesn't necessarily need to be "good" though, ya know? So we'll see how it goes.

--- Spider Twink - Look out Andrew Garfield, Taron Egerton is coming up behind you (and oh what a behind) - in an interview with MTV the Kingsman star says he isn't going to play Young James Marsden for Bryan Singer (cue one lone tear trickling down Bryan Singer's cheek) (yes that cheek) but if he was going to play a superhero he's love to show off his own set of Spider-Buns.
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--- Experience This - Over at The Film Experience the Team Experience Awards for 2014 have been posted, huzzah! Lots of great great picks by the gang, which is to be expected, since everybody over there is awesome. Lots of love for Under the Skin, double huzzah.) As an aside, just for posterity's sake, I will mention that I did not vote this year - you can already tell that though because The Babadook didn't win everything.
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--- Pat The President - The Hollywood Reporter lists five movies that might sneak up on us at Sundance with a surprise Wowza, and amongst the lot is that movie starring Alexander Skarsgard's Mustache, and also a movie called Zipper, which is about, and I quote, "a federal prosecutor and devoted family man (Patrick Wilson) whose political future is in jeopardy thanks to his burgeoning sex addiction" and oh my god Patrick Wilson in a sex-addiction movie I am so there.

--- Get Pegged - Well this is nifty: Simon Pegg has been hired to co-write the third Star Trek script! Hmm I wonder, will Scotty have a lot to do this time around? I think he just might. I'd also completely missed the news that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin had been hired to direct; I can't say anything about that though since I have never seen any of his movies.

--- Dolan Dearest - The best scene in Xavier Dolan's Mommy has been released in clip-form and you can watch it over here, although I'm not entirely sure that out of context it will work? If you'd shown me that clip out of context I'd have probably cringed since yikes Celine Dion. But really it works in context, I promise! Speaking of Xav over here there's a round-up of recent interviews (of the video sort) with the hipster savant talking about Mommy and all sorts of other stuff.
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--- Up To Ten Eighty - I love this list at Fangoria of semi-forgotten (or just slipped through the cracks) horror gems that need to be released onto blu-ray - David Lynch's Mulholland Drive is hardly forgotten (hell we were just posting about it the other day for Lynch's birthday) but it did come out right in that sweet spot before blu-ray where a lot of things have stayed to wither on DVD. Still I assume once a Lynch boxed-set is made it'll be up in there.
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Nick Jonas Can't Stop Grabbing Himself

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This is beginning to seem like an open invitation, Nick Jonas.
See the rest of this shoot over here.


Thursday's Ways Not To Die

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Turn that grimace upside down, Sissy Spacek - 
it's Piper Laurie's 83rd birthday today!

Piper knows how to celebrate. I betcha where ever she is right now there's some roadhouse whiskey and some dirty touching and some hands all over her. Sin never dies, and thank goodness for that.

I was surprised when I realized that I've never done this scene for this series before now, but then I started watching it and remembered - oh right, whenever I do one of these posts for a Brian DePalma movie they are a million pictures long (case in point) cuz of his endless cutting. So I'm taking the rest of this scene after the jump - including a poll pitting Mags against her fave Saint - so hit it!