Ever since the trailer for Dark Shadows hit the web a few days ago, it’s safe to say that the buzz has been mixed. Some fans of the original 1960s vampire TV soap opera are gnashing their fangs at the idea that director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp (who’s playing the suave undead playboy Barnabas Collins) seem to have turned their cherished cult series into the stuff of campy comedy. Others think the movie looks like a twisted gothic hoot in the vein of other Burton films like Beetlejuice. We’ll have to wait until May 11 to see the complete results of Burton’s handiwork, but in the meantime, freshly emerged from the shadows, below are several new posters for the film. Each highlights a particular character, with ghoulishly pale portraits set against colorful backgrounds and the tagline “Strange is Relative.” READ FULL STORY »
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Say what you like about the folks behind forthcoming horror sequel Piranha 3DD but at least they’re not trying to disguise their objectification of the female form as some arty fashion shoot or armless statue (that’s right, Venus de Milo, we’re talking about you). Warning: Not surprisingly, the trailer is definitely NSFW.
Then Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows turns on the laugh track.
This movie, based on the 1966-1971 supernatural soap opera, turns out to take its source material not so seriously. When the buried undead bloodsucker Barnabas Collins is freed from his tomb in the year 1972, he finds the time period … a little funky.
SXSW: 'Bridesmaids' and 'Little Britain' star Matt Lucas on baring (almost) all in 'Small Apartments'
Matt Lucas has appeared in a significant state of undress throughout his career, from playing Kristen Wiig’s odd roommate in Bridesmaids to several characters on his hit BBC America sketch comedy show Little Britain. But for his first feature film leading role, in Jonas Åkerlund’s dark ensemble comedy Small Apartments – which premiered Saturday night at the SXSW film festival — Lucas was still quite not prepared for how much skin he’d be showing in the role. As the not-quite-all-there shut-in Franklin Franklin, Lucas is predominantly in just a large pair of tighty whities, a bad wig, and some clogs. After the premiere, Lucas told the audience, “I saw a rough cut of the film about six month ago and thought, oh f—, what have I done?”
When asked about it later, he winces, then smiles. “I don’t think vanity is going to help me,” Lucas tells EW. READ FULL STORY »
Oscar-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who co-wrote The Descendants with Alexander Payne, have sold an action-comedy with Kristen Wiig attached to star, according to Variety.
Indian Paintbrush, which has Jeff Who Lives at Home starring Jason Segel and Seeking a Friend at the End of the World with Steve Carell out soon, purchased the pitch. Both writers know Wiig well from their days working together as members of the Groundlings comedy team.
Jim Rash on his Oscar-night homage to Angelina Jolie’s leg
Oscars on the Scene: Jason Segel has a wardrobe malfunction
Academy Awards show review: Oscars in good hands with Billy Crystal… and Christopher Guest, and Emma Stone, and Angelina Jolie’s leg
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who penned the summer comedy Horrible Bosses, are in talks to direct their script for a new Vacation film, New Line confirms. Chevy Chase starred in the original franchise, about a well-meaning father and husband whose elaborate plans for quality family-time always fell far short of his own expectations.
Daley, best known from his work on Bones, and Goldstein have never directed a feature before, but their pitch to New Line executives, Variety initially reported, led the studio and producer David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) to begin talks about putting the duo behind the camera.
It’s unclear whether Chase would have any role in the new film.
Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Dictator' character to post video response to 'the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists' after Oscars ban
Sacha Baron Cohen is milking his public standoff with the Academy for all the free publicity it’s worth. The comic provocateur reportedly wanted to walk the red carpet at this Sunday’s Oscars as his character from Paramount’s upcoming comedy The Dictator, a Middle Eastern strongman named Admiral General Aladeen, but the Academy put the kibosh on that plan, saying it would rescind its invitation to Baron Cohen (who is one of the stars of the Best Picture-nominated Hugo) if he went ahead with the stunt. Now comes word that tomorrow morning Baron Cohen, in the guise of the character, will post a video response to “the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists” on the web site for the fictitious Republic of Wadiya. Check back here tomorrow for the video.
Jay Baruchel talks reteaming with Seth Rogen for end-of-the-world comedy 'The Apocalypse': 'It should be fun as hell'
Five years ago, Knocked Up costars Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel appeared in a short film-cum-spec trailer called Jay and Seth Versus The Apocalypse. The movie found the playing-themselves pair waiting out some nightmare-ish, post-apocalyptic scenario in a ratty apartment and bickering like foul-mouthed, near-future versions of Oscar and Felix from the Odd Couple. (Rogen to Baruchel: “Every time I think about how scary it is out there I listen to you speak and I think, ‘Maybe I should walk out that door and let whatever’s out there rip my f—ing head out through my a–hole, that’s better than listening to Jay for five more f—ing minutes!’”) The clip ended, tantalizingly, with the words “COMING SOON” but little has been subsequently heard of the project…
Do all raging tyrants have an adorable, cuddly, little thing they treasure?
“I know I do!” says writer-director Martin McDonagh, the twisted mind behind the 2009 Colin Farrell-Brendan Gleeson killers-in-hiding thriller In Bruges.
Maybe for him, it’s Farrell.
McDonagh’s latest movie, Seven Psychopaths, reunites him with the actor for another crime story that walks the line between comedy and brutality.
In it, a savage gangster (Woody Harrelson) goes on a rampage after his beloved shih tzu Bonny goes missing, snatched by an out-of-work actor (Sam Rockwell) who pays the bills by helping a professional dognapper (Christopher Walken) pick up pooches and return them for the reward money.
“It’s kind of a cruel thing to do,” McDonagh says. “But these guys are good guys about it. They take care of the dogs, and give them back promptly, and they don’t charge a lot.”
Farrell stars as a struggling screenwriter, working on a script titled Seven Psychopaths, who gets caught up in his pal Rockwell’s troubles… but also finds a lot of great material in the life-and-death conflict playing out over the kidnapped dog. READ FULL STORY »