Friday, September 19, 2014

Saturday Night Suicide

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It's a very tricky tonal tightrope The Skeleton Twins wants to walk, and save a couple wee wobbles I'm pretty certain that from wher I was sitting it gives us gawkers a good and stylish show. First, the minor quibbles - you ladle it on with those skeleton dolls a little thick; we get it, we got it fifty minutes before that, maybe even when we walked in the door, heard the name of the movie, started breathing - we got it. 

Also Bill Hader maybe refers to himself as the "gay" fill-in-the-blank (uncle, brother, what-have-you) one too many times? You get the feeling he's been out since forever, and take it from personal experience you stop thinking of yourself a "gay" anything once you get over the fact, and the movie very clearly is taking pains to show he's over the fact; his issues aren't with his gayness but other junk, so that verbal fixation betrayed, to me, a slight misunderstanding of the character, or maybe I should say a misplaced focus. 

I will say I think that Rich Juzwiak's piece at Gawker on the movie over-states its defense of Hader's character's queeniness though - I went into it expecting a mincer from a 20s musical and found anything but. Milo might not be ball-scratching butch personified but he's hardly Stefon from SNL either. He seemed perfectly credible and human, indulging some of the stereotypes we all do, while defying plenty of others. (And so goes the weight of the world upon all the gay characters, having to be all gay things to all gay everybodies.)

Kristen Wiig meanwhile gives her best performance to date - watching her hone her dramatic chops has been worthwhile; there are no Seth-Rogen-ish half-grins marring the more somber moments here - you feel her pain. (So much so that I'm actually starting to worry about her - depression is a continuing theme in all of her work so far.) But I'm making everything sound too dour, this is a very funny movie too. Hader and Wiig have enough chemistry for a dozen of these films, and it pours off the screen whether they're screaming themselves raw or offering a cavalcade of fart noises.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Young Love, By Tab Hunter

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Which is Hotter?

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Robin or Batman?
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Happy 86, Adam West!
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I Am Link

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--- Queen Of All Media - Occasionally I get sad that I never started watching RuPaul's Drag Race - it's featured two queens from my home-town that I was watching perform on a dinky stage fifteen years ago for one, and for another I do find Ru charmingly clever. So I'm thankful to TFE for transcribing some bits from his recent AMA on Reddit - naturally my favorite bit was the bit about Eddie Cibrian in his cut-off jean-shorts.

--- More Roars - The dude who wrote the first Godzilla movie rode into town at just the right giant monster loving moment (I've been clamoring for such a moment ever since The Host) - he's just been signed to write the sequel, and he's also writing that King Kong prequel that Tom Hiddleston is starring in.

--- Feeling Super - It seems that Deadpool footage we saw online several weeks back was a testing of the waters, and they found the waters fine - the X-Men spinoff movie's been greenlighted for a Winter 2016 release and yes, it appears it will be Ryan Reynolds slipping into another latex bodysuit. Maybe this time they'll use his actual real beautiful muscles and not the CG bullshit they pulled on us with The Green Lantern. In other superhero movie news, the Fantastic Four reboot has been moved into August 2015, aka the date that was reserved for Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed film - Creed hasn't even started filming yet so this was probably a wise move.

--- Well Endowed - In general I don't really care enough about the news that Seth Rogen is teaming up with Anchorman director Adam McKay to make a movie, but I did get a chuckle out of Roger's statement: 

"Every 2,000 years, the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same. McKay and Schwartz are real smart, well-endowed guys, and we couldn't be more excited to be working with them."

--- Female Filler - I know the general sentiment about Cody Horn in the first Magic Mike can be described best with a bloodcurdling shriek, but honestly I'd take ten of her affect-less performances over Jada Pinkett Smith shrilling around with her horrible shrew self. Also on-board in the lady department is Andie MacDowell, who's proven herself useless time and again in anything not named Groundhog Day. I know there's no reason for Olivia Munn to come back but man, she was great in the first movie.

--- Mo Mackie - Two days ago we told you about Scoot McNairy joining David Gordon Green's new film - well here's word that another fine actor is attached: Anthony Mackie will co-star in Our Brand is Crisis, with McNairy and Billy Bob Thornton and Sandra Bullock and so on. S'nice, that DGG has become so popular with good actors, isn't it?

--- Golden Grab - I loved Once and I loved Begin Again but I don't know if I can move along to director John Carney's next musical, which is apparently based on music from Bono and The Edge from U2. Has Bono won an Oscar yet? Clearly he's gunning for one, and I can't support that. Still the movie is going to star the adorable Chris-Pratt-Jr.-ish Jack Reynor (they really have got to play brothers some time) and Hunnam-licker slash Littlefinger Aiden Gillen, so...

--- Halftime Heroes - Ang Lee has lined up his next movie, which is an adaptation of the book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which apparently mixes up two of my favorite fetishes - army uniforms and football uniforms. Sounds like a winner! Give it all the Oscars! Seriously though, has anybody read the book? I saw it described as satire somewhere (not the link I'm offering).
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Good Morning, Kevin Zegers

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A happy 30th to Kevin Zegers today - it's a shame he hasn't really found that role after Transamerica, he was very good in that, I thought. I blame whomever's idea it was for him and gratuitous god Godfrey Gao to  play boyfriends in those City of Bones movies and never give them a love scene. 

Anyway as far as actors on Instagram go Kevin keeps a fairly respectable one, light on the "Me! Me! Me!" ness that plagues his peers (which we exploit with glee, natch) - it seems like he's got a solid and happy personal life; this being somebody who started acting at the age of 8, this is cause to celebrate. But then we wouldn't be writing this post if we didn't find some stuff to show off, so hit the jump for a few shots (with a bonus extra gif from Transamerica worth a good hard glance or three)...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday's Ways Not To Die

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Let this be a lesson to you, kids - don't go firing your super-powered eyeball lasers into the lakes where your mutant girlfriend drowned - not only will you probably kill some poor innocent fish, but she'll probably come back as a deranged super-being hell-bent on tearing apart the very fabric of our existence. The more you know. (Although I do like the way this scene echoes the way Jason Voorhees is brought back from the dead in Part VII.) Hit the jump for the remainder of this (terrible, dumb) scene...


Today's Mood

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The Man Who Can't Breathe

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This is the first teaser poster for the third Insidious movie, and it is fantastic. I mean visually it's not terribly interesting, except that sharp red type is nicely confrontational - but the words! The words! The words are nightmare-fuel. Right off the bat they sneak their way into your brain with hints of suffocation (admittedly, suffocation always gets me) and from there on all bets are off. I'm on the record as a huge fan of the first two Insidii, and this gives me invigorated hope for #3 whereas I had been worried, what with director James Wan moving on to speed-racer-pastures. His co-writer Leigh Whannell is directing this one and I think we might be in safe, blessedly sinister hands. Insidious: Chapter 3 is out in May. (via)
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Alexander Koch Three Times

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I had to stop watching Under the Dome because it was making me crazy, literally crazy, every time I watched it, it is so so so dumb. I actually got so angry in the middle of an episode that I figured out a way to violently remove a subscription from my DVR, which is not an easy task. But I did it! Violently! And if you have any idea how much I love Mike Vogel, and love watching Mike Vogel run around in blue jeans, then you know what a sacrifice this was, and how hard it was for me to do it. But enough was enough. Fucking space eggs and butterflies and bullshit.

Anyway Alexander Koch (previously gratuitized here) is a pretty pretty block of wood - you know who he reminds me of? Pier Paolo Pasolini's under-age boyfriend Ninetto Davoli (see more of him here).

Ninetto was also kind of a pretty block of wood, honestly. I'm seeing Abel Ferrara's Pasolini bio-pic next week and I wonder if the dude they did cast (Riccardo Scamarcio) as Ninetto will be any better. Don't emote too realistically, Riccardo!


Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... pole dancing with Tyson Beckford.

I guess we're just Stripper Central today. But come on...

... how could we resist?

Those ladies in the above pic are my favorite ladies of ever. 
Fanning out the dollar bills. Get it.

These pictures are all from behind (clearly the emphasis is on the behind) the scenes of Chocolate City, that "black Magic Mike" we've talked about previously (here and here). Most of them are via Tyson Beckford's own Instagram account. Speaking of, Tyson Beckford's own Instagram account?

... is worth a look-see even besides all these stripper pics. 
After the jump I've collected up a few for perusing...

Behold The Face of Genius

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I wonder if any Alex Pettyfer news will present itself today and we can complete the Magic Mike rounds. (Something tells me no Alex Pettyfer news is going to present itself though.) (Mmm Alex Pettyfer presenting himself.) First we did Joe Manganiello, then we slapped it and rubbed it down with Bomer & McConaughey, and now here's news of their venerable leader Channing Tatum.

Chan's looking to star in an adaptation of Jason Padgett's memoir Struck By Genius, which is about a dude who was a dip-shit nobody loser (my words) until he got punched in the head at 31 and became a sudden math prodigy. It's apparently not as "Teen Wolf meets Good Will Hunting" as it sounds - it's a drama about how this messes up his life and turns him into an anti-social shell. Anyone read it? 


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Hot Damn

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I wasn't planning on doing two Magic Mike themed posts back to back (and front to front and side to side, now roll) but what the hell, it let's us post gifs of Matt Bomer on top (heh) of Joe Manganiello. My purpose, save all that, for this second post is this news - rejoice, for Matthew McConaughey is not returning for the sequel! It's official! I actually liked McConaughey in the first one a lot, but I am soooooo well past sick of him right now in the wake that followed with all that Dallas Buyers Club slash True Detective tomfoolery that I am a-okay with being given this breather.

Did I say "breather"? Breathe it in.
Breathe it in deep. That's the smell of success!
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Serious Thespian Reporting For Duty

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Joe Manganiello's been tweeting out
live reports from his acting classes!

Lee Strasberg who?
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