Friday, April 17, 2015

You Are Getting Very Very Sleepy

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Hey folks, sorry I forgot to mention this yesterday - I'm eyeballs-deep in the Tribeca Film Festival right now, covering it for The Film Experience, so there might be random spurts of quietude here at this blog over the next week and a half or so while I wander off for screenings. Like, for example, this morning. Not sure how much we'll get around to for the rest of the day either - I could use a burst of energy that doesn't seem to be coming.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Larry Brings The Brood

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Yesterday I linked you over to the first part of The Film Experience's 75th anniversary celebration of Alfred Hitchcock's film Rebecca - well now there's a second part right here and a third part right here. We've gotten to Mrs. Danvers and her underpants fetish, aka the good stuff! Also there's some talk of how good Olivier looks brooding, which I am completely on board with.
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Which is Hotter?

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On the left we have the shot of Darth Vader's melted helmet that appears in the brand new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which you can watch down below. On the right we have Halloween III: Season of the Wtich's "Silver Shamrock" pumpkin mask mid-melt. Did the former make anybody else think of the latter? It's all I could see but then, I'm me.
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Which is hotter?

Darth's Melted Mask0%
Silver Shamrock0%

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Today's Mood

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Do Dump or Marry: The Silent Kings of Comedy

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Charlie Chaplin was born 126 years ago today, so what better time to ask y'all this question. Picture it: you're a flapper or a dapper goofy on giggle water at your local juice joint, when suddenly before you stands the superstar triumvirate of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd. "Horsefeathers! Applesauce!" you cry out! Whatever will you do? Do Dump or Marry, that is. Tell us in the comments, ya copacetic?


Quote of the Day

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"Nobody in their right mind came out. It was career suicide. We all pretended to be straight. Once we met Paul Newman and his wife [Joanne Woodward] at a premiere. He looked at me and smiled. I just read in his face – that maybe he knew Rock and I were together. We kind of laughed about it."

People magazine talked to Rock Hudson's one-time boyfriend Lee Garlington about their romance in the '60s and he shares lots of sweet little tidbits but natch I had to bring Paul Newman into it because duh. (I wish there were pictures of Hudson & Newman together.) Anyway Garlington says he broke up with Rock because he wanted "a father figure and he was not strong enough. Rock wasn't a real strong personality. He was a gentle giant." Whatever, nut-job.
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... feasting on Matt Lewis' big meat.
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Meat puns for everybody! Anyway I posted a few shots of Matthew "Neville Longbottom" Lewis showing off his current fine physique at the Tumblr earlier this week but missed this one (via); thanks to Henry for the heads-up. I love that our once-upon-a-time nebbish Neville's become such an out and proud stud, don't you guys? See previous example here.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Firefly (2002)

Simon: I'm trying to put this as delicately as I can... 
How do I know you won't kill me in my sleep? 
Mal: You don't know me, son, so let me explain this 
to you once: If I ever kill you, you'll be awake. 
You'll be facing me, and you'll be armed. 
Simon: Are you always this sentimental? 
Mal: I had a good day. 
Simon: You had the Alliance on you, criminals and savages... 
Half the people on the ship have been shot or wounded 
including yourself, and you're harboring known fugitives. 
Mal: Well, we're still flying. 
Simon: That's not much. 
Mal: It's enough. 

A happy 40 to Sean Maher today! (pics below via)


I'll Always Be Your Muse, Alessandro Nivola

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You know my like for a lady is high when I don't photo-shop her out of a picture with a hot man in it - even though my jealousy of Emily Mortimer for being married to Alessandro Nivola runs long and runs deep, she's cool, and if somebody not named Me is going to make him steal the tennis shorts from A Most Violent Year to bring home for sexy cosplay, I am okay with it being her. The couple were shot together recently for Rhapsody magazine

But I bring them up for a reason! Alessandro, anyway. He's just landed a leading role in Nicolas Winding Refn's new movie The Neon Demon! Yes the horror movie! He'll be playing "a fashion impresario who taps Elle Fanning as his muse." Please let "fashion impresario" be code for gay, please let "fashion impresario" be code for gay, please let "fashion impresario" be code for gay. (thanks Mac)

Pics of the Day

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If there's one thing that Aidan Gillen taught Charlie Hunnam during their time together on Queer as Folk a decade and a half ago it was "Ask and ye shall receive." In the spirit of that truism, I asked and I received! Yesterday when I realized that the original QAF stars were both in Guy Ritchie's new movie Knights of the Roundtable I begged and I pleaded for them to be reunited on-screen, and via these shots from the set it looks like it shall come...

... to pass! Huzzah! I was a little thrown off by Aidan's costume change - in the pictures we posted on Tumblr of him on the set he was all knighted up and his hair was darker...

... while in those top two pics with Charlie he's clearly meant to be much older. I wonder who he's playing? IMDb is still no help.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, Jai

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I consider it strange that I'm always finding the new pictures of Jai Courtney modeling underwear randomly - I realize that this brand, called Bonds, is Australian, but you'd still think the internet would sit up and take notice when these things show up. But no, I only found that shot above because a pair of new Terminator pics...

 ... showing a half-naked Jai appeared
and sent me on one of my Jai binges.
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The previous "Holy cow, Jai Courtney is an underwear model" posts can be seen right here and right here and right here, by the way. His hair is shorter in the new picture so I assume it's from a different shoot, which makes me sad when I realize they're still making him shave himself down for these. He should always be fuzzy. Anyway like I said, I went on another Jai binge - hit the jump for lots more!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Putting The Cox In Charlie

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I have no idea why Charlie Cox started pawing at his crotch in this scene in the tenth episode of Daredevil - without diving into spoilers, in context it is terrifically inappropriate! But I co-sign this as a wise character choice by the actor, and think it should very much become His Thing. Whenever Matt Murdock's nervous... or happy... or sad... scared... bewildered... sleepy... indifferent... you get my point. Whenever he is feeling something, he should start feeling something. Hand him all the Emmys! Wait... don't hand him anything. Don't distract those hands -- they're busy!


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Beetlejuice (1988)

Otho: I hope it wasn't yet another of your dreary suicide attempts. You know what they say about people who commit suicide? In the afterlife, they become civil servants. 

Glenn Shadix, forever immortalized
in this role, was born on this day in 1952.
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Casting In Cold Blood's Killers

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Was 2006 really so long ago that the internet doesn't have any pictures of Lee Pace and Daniel Craig doing press together for Infamous, the "other" Truman Capote biopic? No pictures of them tickling each others ribs, tweaking each other's cheeks... nothing? What a waste. Why even make a movie if you're not gonna give us that stuff? 

Aaaanyway perhaps you heard the news that an In Cold Blood miniseries is about to be made? This got me thinking about how gosh-darn hot they made Perry Smith and Dick Hickock in this movie, and then I got to thinking about...

... how Clifton Collins Jr and Mark Pellegrino (mmm Mark Pellegrino) weren't too shabby a jail-bait fantasy in Capote either. And clearly from there my thoughts spun back in time to...

... the originals, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson in 1967's In Cold Blood. Yes, the movies have been romanticizing these fellas for decades. It's only right at this point we should take a look at the actual real-world murderers these actors were all hired to portray...

In general they've all been pretty good casting, haven't they? Bringing me to my ultimate question: if you were casting the new In Cold Blood miniseries, who would you hire? Both Hickock and Smith were in their early to mid 30s when all the events Capote documented took place, so they can both be played by somewhat established actors. My picks are Jonathan Tucker for Hockock and Emile Hirsch for Perry.

Who would you cast?
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Queer Reunion Kinda

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Over on the Tumblr I just posted a few shots of Jude Law and Aidan Gillen on the set of Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur movie titled Knights of the Roundtable and it struck me as I did that I had no idea until now that Aidan Gillen was in this movie -- this movie which stars Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur -- yes the same Charlie Hunnam whose butt Aidan Gillen once vigorously swaddled.

All my life I've wanted the inside scoop (ha, context) on this scene - how they filmed it, et cetera - but I've never found much info. The cutting back and forth makes me think that's not really Charlie Hunnam's rump that Aidan's familiarizing himself with, and that is an awful lot to ask of your actors. But as far as I know they've never really talked about it explicitly. And yes clearly I have spent a lot of time thinking about this scene. Come on, Russell T Davies!

Anyway last fall was the 15th anniversary of the original (and vastly superior to its American remake) Queer as Folk and I whined a bit about there not being any reunion, so I will take this, for the time being. There's no word on IMDb who Aidan is playing. He and Charlie had better have some scenes together! (And yes obviously I mean that Aidan had better drop his armor and receive what he's been owed in return all these fifteen years.)


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Reporting From Planet Lars von Trier

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Well this is a wonderful treat - one of MNPP's readers, the splendidly-named Jacques Dillinger (he's got his own blog right here, go read it!), took to the comments of one of our posts to share with us all some highlights (emphasis on high) from an interview that director Lars von Trier just gave in Denmark. It's all so great that I'm just going to copy and paste and share it here. Thank you so much for this, Jacques!

"Pssst! Here's some fresh news from Denmark, where Lars Von Trier gave a very rare interview at Copenhagen University this afternoon, (it last happened 9 years ago...): His possibly 8-episoded TV-series The House That Jack Built is still on, and it's a serial killer story from the serial killer's point-of-view. 

Trier said many other things, here's a few: That he can get pretty much anything financed and cast at this point in his career. That he isn't feeling good at the moment and cries a lot. That he is back to drinking, but still attends AA meetings because he loves the people there. - He drinks 'moderately' now, because it helps him to work. 

He also finally revealed what has been his drug of choice for years, which he says he stopped using around Antichrist, when he was suffering from depression: It was coke. Specifically 2 grams a day! (Plus a bottle of vodka.) 

Trier was as fierce, fragile and funny as ever, but refused to say anything controversial about Muslims, Muhammed cartoons or Hitler, although he was teased in the directions by interviewer, film studies professor Peter Schepelern. 

Trier was also asked about the long-reported Five Obstructions project with Martin Scorsese, which, he says unfortunately will probably never happen. He says that Scorsese is the nicest guy, (and teases that he is around 120 centimeters tall), but also manic-depressive with financial obligations which stunt his involvement with this long talked about project. 

Finally Trier stated again that he tries not to see any films made after he began making films himself, but that he has seen Matrix, which he thought was awesome, and he also granted that Danish Dogme masterpiece The Celebration is "a good film." He also still watches the films of Michael Haneke, whom he admires. And continues to find inspiration in the works of his greatest director heroes, Carl Th. Dreyer and Andrej Tarkovsky."
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Quote of the Day

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"You spend how many thousands of hours in the gym 
with lots of other people’s sweat and your own everywhere."

That's Jake Gyllenhaal's story with regards to his boxing regime for Southpaw, which saw him swerve dramatically in a pretty short period of time from his slinky Nightcrawler frame into the vein-popping roid-fest that we've all ogled in the film's promotional materials. I'm not buying he did all that with nothing but sweat... but I like to think about Jake covered in sweat, mine and his and everybody's, so I'll give him a pass.
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... taking selfies with Sean Faris.

Bless Instagram, for without it where else would we see Sean Faris' painted-on abs? Am I expected to watch Pretty Little Liars? Am I expected to watch the upcoming horror film The App, about an evil computer app? (Okay I might watch The App.) No, until he gets a Josh Hartnett like renaissance, we'll just have to rely on his own boundless narcissism for our fix. Thank goodness it's so boundless. Hit the jump for around twenty more!