Apparently, ‘The People’ don’t care that The Lone Ranger was a box office dud, or two of Adam Sandler’s last three movies tanked. Johnny Depp still took home the award as Favorite Movie Actor, and Sandler nabbed yet another award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor. On the other hand, Sandra Bullock swept Favorite Comedic Movie Actor, Favorite Dramatic Actress and Favorite Movie Actress – and was half of The People’s Favorite Movie Duo, with George Clooney. On the music side, Justin Timberlake was a triple winner for Favorite Album, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite R&B Artist.
The less said about the opening skit, monologue (or dialogue in this case with Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs co-hosting) or presenters’ banter, the better. For a complete list of winners of The People’s Choice Awards, follow the jump
SNL has announced the hosts and musical guests for its final three episodes of 2013: December 7, Paul Rudd/One direction; December 14 – John Goodman/Kings of Leon; December 21 – Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake. That sounds like a pretty big finish to me.
Bunches of biographies to discuss on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News!
To begin, the crew discusses the news that Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild) will play legendary comedic actor, John Belushi (Animal House, The Blues Brothers). Plus, updates on the biopic of musician James Brown called Get On Up, and an interesting project starring Justin Timberlake (Friends With Benefits), about the founder of an influential record company in a movie called Spinning Gold.
I’m not a fan of late night talk shows, but I have to say Fallon does have moments when he’s really good. Those moments generally involve Timberlake. Fallon ends Timberlake week the only way they could with another installment of the History of Rap. This time they take on Fat Boys, Public Enemy, Slick Rick and more!
Trouble With The Curve contains a lot of elements we’ve seen before: parent/child estrangement; a quirky romance; an older employee who is made to look over-the-hill; time honored methods vs. new technological advances – in short, there’s nothing much about the movie we haven’t seen in one form or another, many, many times. But sometimes, it’s not so much the story as it is the way the story is told – and Trouble With The Curve is told very well, indeed.
Friends With Benefits is the second film to use the idea of a man and a woman being friends who try to add no-strings-sex to their friendships. Judging from the reviews for No Strings Attached, the one with Natalie Portman [which I didn’t see – the trailer was awful!], this one – with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis – is much better. It may lose steam in the last act, but it’s still smart enough to recommend it.
Thanks to the heights reached by Judd Apatow’s comedy factory, the old standards no longer apply. To be a great – even good – R-rated comedy, such a movie has to have a balance between crudity and heart. Too much of one or the other and it just doesn’t work. Jake Kasdan’s Bad Teacher actually goes in a direction that’s completely unexpected: there’s neither enough heart nor enough crudity.
Industry sources close to the Warner Brothers/DC Comics planned production of a movie based on the DC comic hero The Green Lantern are saying that Ryan Reynolds has signed a deal to take on the lead role. Reynolds is no stranger to playing comic book action heroes having starred as Deadpool in the recently released Wolverine movie.
Other contenders for the role of Hal Jordan/The Green Lantern are Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper, with Cooper leading the ranks in online fan choice polls.
Ryan Reynolds, a busy young actor, is already set to star in “Buried,” a dark indie drama that will begin filming shortly in Barcelona with Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes. Reynolds will play a civilian contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and awakes in a coffin, struggling against time to coordinate a rescue even though he doesn’t know where he’s buried in the desert.
It looks like the new Warner Brothers Green Lantern movie is heating up. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the suits have narrowed the field down to three – Justin Timberlake, Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper to play the Emerald Hero, Hal Jordan. I never understood why it took this long for Warner Brothers to get behind a Green Lantern film. It seems like it’d be an “easy” film to make due to the fact that his powers are all based on being able to create constructs out of light and the very concept of Green Lantern is that it’s a police Corps, granted the story centers on Earth’s protector Hal Jordon, but theoretically any film version didn’t necessarily have to be about Hal Jordan.
They could have used any number of Green Lanterns like John Stuart (whose black), Guy Gardner, or created their own character and still remain true to the source material. I would put Vegas style money on the idea that they’ll go with Bradley Cooper. Ryan Reynolds already has a Super Hero movie in Deadpool, Justin Timberlake while being pretty good as an actor doesn’t really fit the part. Who is Bradley Cooper? He was in the surprise summer hit, The Hangover, one of the stars of Nip/Tuck, and is in the upcoming A-Team.
Imagine the sound of one hand clapping. Not in the Zen koan way, but in the actual one hand impacting on nothing but air way. This was the sound that accompanied eighty-five of The Love Guru’s ninety-one minutes at the screening I attended – and another four minutes were closing credits.
In a nutshell: Toronto Maple Leafs owner Jane Bullard [Jessica Alba] hires the number two self-help guru in the world, Guru Pitka [Mike Myers] to help her team’s superstar, Darren Roanoke [Romany Malco] get his mojo back after his girlfriend leaves him for the Jacque Grande [Justin Timberlake], goalie of the Leafs’ Stanley Cup opponents, the Los Angeles King.
Myers performance is smarmy and self-indulgent; Alba is her usual wooden self and virtually no is funny. In the course of the film, I laughed six times – two because of actual humor and four because if the sheer awfulness of the attempts at humor. That was four more times than the group of fifteen-year olds [allegedly the film’s targeted audience]. Otherwise, the theater was silent.
Writing, acting, cinematography, directing – all pretty much suck. The only things preventing The Love Guru from being the worst movie I’ve seen in the last few years would be Norbit and Delta Farce. The Love Guru makes The Cat in the Hat look like Shakespeare. You have been warned.