Leave it to the director and star of 2011′s hit Bridesmaids to make a comedic entrance to their panel at the 11th annual New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend. Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig waltzed in carrying glasses of red wine to their chat with moderator Melena Ryzik. The audience noticed their liquid addition to the chat, and the stars quickly decided that they’d turn their talk into a drinking game. The rules were simple: Drink every time someone says a–hole. (Which really meant one of the stars would just say a–hole any time they wanted to take a drink.) Wiig and Feig both talked about the success of the film, but mum’s the word on that much-talked-about sequel. Here are a few more highlights from the night’s event:
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If Elizabeth Banks took a day off in the last year, we’re not aware of it. In the past 12 months, she’s wrapped the first installment of The Hunger Games (love the accent, Effie), shot a movie with the blue guy from Avatar (the Sam Worthington-starring Man on a Ledge), and snuck in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Speaking of which, she also had a baby. Now she’s hiding out in Baton Rouge, where she’s going behind-the-scenes, producing Pitch Perfect*, a big-screen comedy about, of all things, competitive collegiate a cappella groups, along with her husband, producer Max Handelman. The film stars the Oscar-nominated Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson (otherwise known as Kristen Wiig’s bizarre, tattooed roommate in Bridesmaids). A cappella music? Um, yeah. Banks explains.
*Full disclosure, I wrote the book that Pitch Perfect is based on. More embarrassing: I sang in an a cappella group myself at Cornell.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: A movie about collegiate a cappella? Let’s get this out of the way: Is this a Glee knock-off? How will you respond to those comparisons? READ FULL STORY »
Are you ready to go back to Titanic – in three dimensions? A very trim-looking James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau presented eight scenes from the newly dimensionalized second-highest-grossing-movie-of-all-time to a gaggle of press and industry types this morning in Los Angeles. The sneak peak was in anticipation of the re-release of Titanic on April 6, 2012, roughly 15 years after its debut in theaters and almost exactly 100 years after the doomed ship launched on its maiden, and final, voyage. (The ship ultimately sank on April 15, 1912.) “There’s a whole generation who haven’t seen [Titanic] in theaters at all,” Cameron pointed out while extolling the virtues of the theatrical experience. Noting he would have shot the film in 3-D natively if he’d had the chance, Cameron admitted that he’s “kind of very much against [3-D] conversion for films that have a choice.” But after 60 weeks and $18 million, he says he feels confident that Titanic is as close to 3-D perfect as possible. “It’s 2.99-D,” he said with a wry grin. That said, Titanic will also be re-released in regular 2-D theaters, as well as in IMAX (in both 3-D and 2-D), which will enjoy some added picture since Cameron shot the film in “Super 35,” which allows for more image above and below a normal widescreen frame.
But what you really want to know is: How did the film look in 3-D? READ FULL STORY »
'The Avengers': Mark Ruffalo salutes Edward Norton, Tom Hiddleston emerges a rock star, and more at NYCC
And so they did. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg and Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige took the stage at New York Comic Con’s IGN Theater Saturday night to screen new footage from 2012’s The Avengers and geek out on all things super and heroic.
While the wildly enthusiastic crowd oohed and aahed over a clip of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow recruiting a down-and-out Bruce Banner in an Indian slum (one guy yelled, “I want your baby, Scarlett!”), they were every bit as reactive when it came to the panel itself. Some highlights after the break: READ FULL STORY »
The IGN Theater at New York Comic Con was packed with superhero aficionados psyched to get an early look at The Avengers—easily one of the biggest films of 2012. Along with a panel featuring stars Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Tom Hiddleston, fans were treated to a special sneak peek at footage from the film. We can’t show you a clip, lest Marvel send Chris Hemsworth to break our kneecaps with his hammer, but we can tell you about it.
It starts with a little girl in what appears to be India convincing Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) to help treat her ailing father. However, when they show up at the house, the girl sneaks out the window and he quickly realizes he’s been duped. The rest of the scene consisted of a confrontation between Banner and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as the leather-outfitted S.H.I.E.L.D. operative tries to convince him to come with her without awaking the not-so-jolly green giant. It appears that Nick Fury and Co. are trying to track down the tesseract—that glowy blue cube from Captain America and (briefly) Thor—by its faint gamma radiation signature, and no one knows gamma radiation quite like Dr. Banner. There are a couple of moments where Ruffalo almost loses his cool and we feel like we might see a glimpse of the Hulk, but alas, his id is successfully suppressed.
Unsurprisingly, the Comic Con crowd lurrrved it, particularly any reference to what Banner calls “the other guy.” Producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, on the panel, hinted at the possibility of a sequel, as well as followed up on the idea of a film based on the Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy. Also of note: The women in the room went positively bananas for Hiddleston, who reprises his role as the villainous trickster Loki in The Avengers, proving that girls do like bad boys.
Because you can never have enough Ryan Gosling and bulldog in your day, here are some more pictures from the set of Gangster Squad, Gosling’s latest pairing with Emma Stone. In the pic, Gosling and Josh Brolin play vintage coppers on a quest to take down notorious mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Presumably Stone plays someone who isn’t commanding Gosling to take off his shirt (but we’d be okay if she reprised that role). See all the Gosling goodness below. READ FULL STORY »
What a delightful day for a “Bluth Family Reunion.” On Sunday afternoon, Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz gathered with his entire cast for their first time together since December 2005 for the hot-ticket panel at the New Yorker Festival. On stage Hurwitz revealed that he was halfway through the movie script he wanted to start shooting next summer. The cast of Bluths are leaving their own schedules free should this dream scenario come to fruition.
Further intriguing news: Hurwitz said his plan is to shoot a limited-run TV series of nine to 10 episodes that would air next fall and catch audiences up on the characters’ lives in the five years since the series ended. While he didn’t want to give up any spoilers, he did reveal one obvious hint of what’s in store for the family Bluth: “They f— everything up.” Lord, let this all happen.
(Reporting by Aubry D’Arminio)
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EW caught up with SNL‘s Bill Hader at the premiere of Super 8 last night. Hader talked up his new project: A film written and directed by his wife Maggie Carey, which stars a comic-wonderland ensemble that includes Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, and Hader’s SNL co-star Andy Samberg. “It is about a very type-A, valedictorian type of girl,” explained Hader, “Who decides she needs to be more sexually experienced before she goes to college. I play her boss. She works at pool and there’s a whole big thing with her and me. Let’s just say I may not have the best intentions.” The twist? The movie has been known by a rather in-your-face title: The Hand Job. Hader explained that the film, which is currently slated for a 2013 release, had been retitled The To-Do List. (The Mark Gordon Company, which is producing the film, did not immediately respond to calls to confirm the title swap.) Anyone getting a flashback to when A Couple of Dicks became Cop Out? (Reporting by Carrie Bell)
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