Monday, March 02, 2015

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Concetta: Just get your hair done. 
That's what I always do when I get depressed. 

It's strange that IMDb has Cookie Mueller's birthday as August 1st while Wikipedia has it as today (they both say 1949 is the year) but I'm gonna believe it's today, March 2nd, since the Facebook page for Edgewise, the book about Cookie's life is celebrating today and I feel like they're the experts. Did I mention the book about Cookie? Once again I repeat for the 50th time, you should read the book about Cookie Mueller. It's a fabulous and engrossing read about a fabulous and engrossing person.


The Spider-Bum Falls Into New Hands

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Four days ago as we wished him a happy birthday we took a moment to lament the trouble we assumed that Cabin in the Woods writer-director Drew Goddard was having making that Spider-Man spin-off Sinister Six after Sony tossed everything into the air with their Marvel deal. Drew deserved better, we said! Clearly we deserve ten percent of at least whatever his agent is getting then with the news today that Drew's just actually gonna go ahead and make the whole damn new Spider-Man movie himself, thank you very much. We, and we alone, sealed this deal. Since the world is listening then, a couple of notes: 

1) No Origin Story! We've got it! We're good!
2) More of this:

3) More of this:

That's all I got. Otherwise go nuts.
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The Original Displaced Personalities

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I'm not even going to pretend that I think Eve Harrington's got a chance in her face-off in this week's "Beauty vs Beast" over at The Film Experience against the one and only Margo Channing - Bette Davis will surely snap her like that breadstick between her teeth. And that's how it should be. But bless Anne Baxter! She's a pip. When she lets those innocent doe-eyes sharpen and we see the demon underneath, watch out. Anybody'd be a fool to underestimate her.
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I Am Link

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--- Modest Mouse - The New York Times has an interesting piece up on the shooting of movie and TV sex scenes - sounds like Amy Schumer was funny and confident (shocker) about shooting hers in Trainwreck, while the more I hear about the behind-the-scenes stuff with Fifty Shades the more I think Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan should just be ashamed of themselves. How much money was wasted on CG'ing pubic hair + creating robo-cameras because these people overestimate their genitals? Europe is laughing at us. You're an actor that signed on for a sex movie - you shouldn't get to have it both ways.

--- Speaking Of I doubt Jamie Dornan will be flashing his oh so fancy and expensive testicles in his new project either - he's signed on to co-star with Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid, a WWII thriller about the real-life mission ("Anthropoid" is its mouthful of a codename) by a bunch of Czech soldiers to assassinate the leader of the Nazi SS.

--- Goth Prince - After seeing him in several things now I still really don't why Jack Huston is getting cast in things (and heaven forbid I imply it's got anything to do with his last name) but he's already playing the leading role in the remake of Ben-Hur that's filming and now comes word that he might pick up The Crow reboot since Luke Evans has dropped it.

--- Lizard King - There are apparently a ton of new dinosaurs making their screen debuts in Jurassic World, and DH has gathered up the images from the film's official site. Dimorphodon loos like it has the head of a T-Rex on the body of a pterodactyl & my inner (and outer) 12 year old just jizzed in his shorts.

--- No Longer Young - I haven't read this interview with Noah Baumbach yet but when they said it's about his "new" movie I got all excited thinking they meant Mistress America, his other Greta Gerwig film, but they just mean When We're Young, which I didn't even realize hasn't come out yet. (I saw it at NYFF last year and was underwhelmed.) Yawn. Noah looks cute in the pictures though.

--- Kiddie Critters - If you haven't read Matt Zoller Seitz's article on showing James Cameron's film Aliens to his son  and his friends for his 11th birthday you're missing out, it'll bring you right back to that time you watched something that blew your mind for the first time. Seitz has been getting a bunch of crap from people on Twitter about showing the film to kids that weren't his own, and he's rightfully told them to cram it. Parents these days are just the worst. Keep up the good fight, Matt!

--- Jock Central - I'm so tired of sports movies not giving up the goods. When I was a kid, sports movies were always a safe place to go see guys in jockstraps while pretending you were there for, you know, sports. Nowadays they never give up anything! It's criminal! Let's hope that Josh Duhamel's new baseball movie called The Wrong Stuff, about a pitcher (insert "I'll be his catcher anytime" pun here) that's "a hot-tempered, self-serving madman unable to see himself as anything other than a baseball player" rights these wrongs. Think Major League, Josh! (PS love the gray beard lately.)

--- Sea Men - Kenneth Lonergan is finally gearing up to shoot another movie (it's been forever and a day since Margaret took forever and two days to come out) - Manchester-By-The-Sea already had Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams attached, and now comes word that Kyle Chandler's joining the cast too. It is supposed to shoot later this month.

--- She Follows - I realized halfway through the horror flick It Follows (which I reviewed right here last week) that I finally need to learn the lead actress' name now that she's been in two probable modern classics in as many years (the other being Adam Wingard's The Guest) - her name is Maika Monroe and you can read an interview with her over here about the making of It Follows. She's almost unrecognizable with brown hair in the picture though.

--- After Twilight - The cast for Kelly Reichardt's new movie is seriously giving me so many tingles - on top of the already in place Michelle Williams and Laura Dern, now Kristen Stewart is in. A year or so ago it would've been acceptable to be all, "Eww KStew no" but not anymore, not after Clouds of Sils Maria. (I still haven't watched Camp X-Ray.)
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Today's Mood

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Boy Queens

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I guess I'm finally going to see Diego Boneta act in something! I've posted a ton of pictures of the Mexican actor in the past (click here for them) but I've always qualifying it with, "But I've never actually seen him in anything." Well now that the news has broken that he's been added to the cast of Ryan Murphy's upcoming slasher comedy series Scream Queens, I do believe he and I will actually become acquainted, talent-wise. Also joining the cast is Glen Powell, whose face might be familiar to you - he's been bouncing around in small roles for several years now, like in The Dark Knight Rises and The Expendables 3, amongst others.


Who Wore It Best?

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The face of lunchtime horror?

Who Wore It Best?
Cady in Mean Girls
Dawn in Welcome to the Dollhouse
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My old polling service is shutting down so I'm looking around for new ones - we'll see how this one here works out. What do you guys think? I'm not 100% on it but then I'm never 100% on anything change-wise; I was happy with what I was using, dammit. If any of you know of good free poll generators, let me know. I think I can probably make this one work if nothing better comes along.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, Gratuitous Tom Ellis

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This news broke on Friday but I put a pin in it until this morning so I could post a post of this sort properly because loooook at him - Briton Tom Ellis has been cast as a sexy devil! The sexy devil. Lucifer, to specific - based on Neil Gaiman's comic series, FOX is making a show about the lead-dude of Hades resigning his gig downstairs to go hang out in Los Angeles. (As if LA's not Hell enough already, ba-dum-bum.) Jerry Bruckheimer's producing and Underworld's Len Wiseman is directing the pilot at least - hopefully he'll put Tom in one of Kate Beckinsale's old pleather jumpsuits.

Ellis has been a UK television staple for awhile now, and was rumored to be joining Downton Abbey back when we cared enough about Downton Abbey to do a post about Downton Abbey; that didn't happen but we actually posted about him a second time (both of these links have more pictures, btw) not long thereafter when he was supposed to be playing Dr. Frankenstein in one of the billion Frankenstein projects. I guess nothing came of that either, and here we are. And what a fine place to be! Hit the jump for more...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jack You Dog You

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Jack O'Connell's new movie '71, about a soldier trapped in the wrong part of town during the Northern Ireland conflicts, is out this weekend and it is really a fantastic film, you should try to see it if it's playing at a theater near you. Here's what I wrote up about it from the New York Film Festival last fall. Crackerjack!

Me, I'm going to see the documentary about Nicolas Winding Refn called My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Nic and his wife Liv Corfixen, who directed the film, will be there for a Q&A), and I'm going to make one last stab at getting my ass out to see Jupiter Ascending before it vanishes. Also I will probably get drunk. I feel like getting drunk.

Have a great weekend, everybody.
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Quote of the Day

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"Henry’s a sweetheart."

--- In an interview at EW when talk turns to the eventual filming of Justice League and his role as Aquaman Jason Momoa reveals the little cartoon hearts he has in his eyes upon the subject of his super man Henry Cavill. He calls Ben Affleck a "bad-ass" but Henry? He's a sweetheart. Awwwww. When y'all go read the interview make sure to play this song in the background while you do it:
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But Can Ya Blame Ben Whishaw?

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That is the first picture of Ben Whishaw in the upcoming BBC series London Spy, about a young homosexual who falls for a dude only to have said dude subsequently go missing, which gets our Ben (he'll be playing the young homosexual) summarily sucked into a world of espionage and intrigue. Sounds, dare I say, INTRIGUING. (Sorry.) Apparently there was some kerfuffle in the fall because the BBC loudly proclaimed that they were looking for "an immensely talented non-Caucasian actor" to play the role of the prospective boyfriend of Ben's only to end up casting a non-non-Caucasion in the form of  Edward Holcroft, who is very very white.

But he's also terribly hot! It's a conundrum! I just actually took a mental note of Mr. Holcroft two nights ago while watching Kingsman: The Secret Service...

...  that this dude is definitely going places, and whaddya know, here he is. He could suck me into intrigue any day of the week. Insist on lots of kissing scenes before he disappears, Ben. So I gathered up a few more pictures (including shots of him with his Kingsman co-star Taron Egerton as well as with his good friend Douglas Booth) and you can hit the jump for them...


Oh Henry Cavill We Love You Get Up

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"And her cape got yanked and she just went
BOOM right down the stairs! Like this!" (via)
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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sequels

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Dropped suddenly down onto Twitter last night amid the bizarre stories of llama chases and frock distortions was a great big bomb of movie news - the director Denis Villeneuve is going to direct the sequel to Blade Runner. We've been hearing about a sequel to Blade Runner for awhile now... actually I don't know the answer to this: was there talk of a Blade Runner sequel back when Blade Runner actually came out, or is this just a recent thing piggy-backed upon Ridley Scott's revisiting of the Alien franchise with Prometheus?

Anyway Denis Villeneuve has made a name for himself in the US over the past couple of years by making Jake Gyllenhaal movies, so obviously Denis Villeneueve has been mentioned here at MNPP quite a bit over the past couple of years. He directed both Prisoners (my review) and Enemy (my review) - I far far far prefer the latter film, which will become evident once/if I get around to our awards for last year, but Prisoners was a fine film too.

The question really is, then, do we need a Blade Runner sequel? And as many opinions as you're gonna see flung about, the basic truth remains - nobody has that answer until we actually see, with our eyes and not our fevered imaginations, a Blade Runner sequel. I will say though that I'm more excited about the prospect of a Blade Runner sequel with Velleneuve attached than I would be with Ridley Scott attached, and that comes from somebody who thought Prometheus was yes very dumb but also astonishingly gorgeous to look at and also a lot of fun. It's on TV often enough that I've watched it several times now and I will get sucked into it every single time and I never feel guilty about it.

That said, Scott's best days are probably behind him, while Denis Villeneuve is right in the prime of his best days if you ask me. Enemy... I really cannot gush enough about Enemy. I want to roll around in Enemy. Maybe it would be better if Denis Villenueve went off and continued developing his own projects, sure. But he apparently wants to do this. And I am willing to give him the benefit. Harrison Ford, who is indeed returning to the role of Rick Deckard, has already praised the sequel's script to the skies and back. Let's just hope that the studio let's Villeneuve put his own stamp on it, and go where the material takes him. And by all of this what I mean is: Jake Gyllenhaal should clearly co-star!

What do you guys think?
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Dr. David Kibner: We came here from a dying world. We drift through the universe, from planet to planet, pushed on by the solar winds. We adapt and we survive. The function of life is survival. 

Rest in peace Leonard Nimoy.
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I Am Link

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--- Queens Scream - I've been especially scattered this week with my brains bouncing from one thing not to the next but the next next (I think I've been fighting off, so far successfully, a bit of a cold, and that's where my energies have all been aiming themselves, honestly) but if I was on ym death-bed that still wouldn't be a valid excuse for me not to link to Interview Magazine's conversation between Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis because oh my god Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis!!! Let's pretend they never made that shitty Kristen Bell movie together that one time, though. (thanks Mac)

--- Hinx Off - A lot of these links are actually a couple of days old though, so you've probably already seen Empire magazine's cover with Daniel Craig for the new Bond movie, and you've probably already seen the picture inside the magazine of Dave Bautista as the movie's bad guy (called Hinx), but I'm still gonna link over to it because Dave looks hot.

--- Rock Hard - And I believe these pictures are from the same magazine - some new shots of the new Fantastic Four were released, and Jamie Bell, pre-Thingening, looks typically adorable. I'm so sad he'll be covered up by CG rock for most of that movie. What a waste! In related news I saw the FF trailer on a big screen earlier this week and weirdly it played worse than it did watching it on my computer. The effects were more noticeably shabby, I guess.

--- Killer Doll - This is such a bizarre story, if true - apparently the Terminator in the new Terminator movie will have a Ken-doll like crotch-mound where his man-parts would normally be. It's how they're getting away with the franchise-usual teleported nudity scene and keeping the movie family-friendly. because a Terminator movie should be family-friendly! I believe they're just talking about the CG Arnold robot though? There had best not be a shot of a dickless Jai Courtney. We know he fills out his briefs.

--- Proper Lady - A trio of new pictures of Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' Carol have popped up and sure enough, Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' Carol is to die to die to die for. Carol is Haynes' take on Patricia Highsmith's book The Price of Salt, an adaptation we've been crowing about for probably a decade or so now. We are looking forward to it very much!

--- The Next One - It's not much info but in an interview with Jonny Greenwood he talks a little bit about where he and the Radiohead gang are right now with regards to working on their next album; he says they've played stuff through once, and next they'll start going back through and re-working it, but that they're in a really good spot right now. Good! 

--- Small Screen Big Talent - The next great actress of a certain age being forced to turn to TV for an interesting role is the great Joan Allen - she's going to make an as-of-yet untitled thriller for ABC about a politician's son who returns ten years after having been presumed murdered, and the fall out from all that drama. I hope it is good enough for Joan. The adorable (and ample-bummed) Zach Gilford is playing the son.

--- Pretty Girl - The first picture of Eddie Redmayne as The Danish Girl is online and shocking nobody Eddie looks just fine in female accoutrement. The Danish Girl is about Lili Eibe, who got sex reassignment surgery in Germany in the 1930s, and the fall-out from that. I'm curious to see how Eddie walks the transgender tightrope later this year, after Jared Leto pissed so many people off; seeing as Eddie's about a billion times more sincere-seeming, I think he'll probably do a better job.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... putting it on the shelf with Matt McGorry.

I've said it once and I will say it again - mix together my two favorite things (bookshelves and hot guys) and you will get a shout-out here at MNPP, even if I don't watch your show. I do not watch How To Get Away With Murder, but out of nowhere my own particular sort of Spider-Sense tingled last night...

... and I knew to get to work. I am already familiar with McGorry and his skillz from Orange is the New Black, which I do watch... oh and also from the last time he made my own particular sort of Spider-Sense tingle, back in the fall...


Guten Morgen, Gratuitous Alexander Fehling

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I contemplated connecting the dots on what got me onto an Alexander Fehling kick yesterday but it's not really very interesting - let's just say it started with his fellow countryman Ronald Zehrfeld, who stars in a movie that's playing the Film Comment Selects program here in NYC this weekend, and leave it at that. (And yes, we will be doing one of these posts for Zehrfeld at some point too.) Anyway eventually I was staring at Alexander, and here we are.

If he seems familiar to you and you're not German then it's probably from Inglourious Basterds - he was the Nazi in the basement scene that was drunkenly celebrating the birth of his child. Although it wasn't that that I was recognizing him from at first - it was this post at The Film Experience from last fall's Toronto Film Festival, where Nathaniel named Fehling's performance in the WWII thriller Labyrinth of Lies one of the fest's best.

I remember stowing his name and face (and yes, bosom) away for future reference, and, to bear repeating myself, here we are. Does he look like a blonde Jeremy Northam to anybody else? Anyway I have a ton of pictures of him to share, so hit the jump, and they will be shared.