Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
When eight-time Oscar host Billy Crystal stepped up to take over the hosting duties of the 84th Academy Awards after Eddie Murphy and producer Brett Ratner’s departure, he seemed like a safe choice and one unlikely to bring the Oscars the new audience it seeks.
However, it looks like the Academy hasn’t given up hope on drawing in the younger demographic just yet. The first trailer for the Oscars has now hit the web, and it’s a parodic Funny or Die piece starring Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox as a pair of agents trotting around the globe in search of the elusive Crystal. William Fichtner, Vinnie Jones, and Robin Williams also appear. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
The man who brought us Borat, Ali G, and Brüno heads back into the realm of sociopolitical satire in the first trailer for The Dictator, which hit the Web today. Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Middle Eastern despot along the lines of Muammar Gaddafi, who gets sent to the United States in exile and spends his days riding camels down Fifth Avenue, ziplining across Manhattan, and sleeping with Megan Fox. John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Who designed the awesome young Tony Stark above? Want to hear Chris Evans talk about Stan Lee and Captain America 2? What new character has been announced for Batman: Arkham City? Would Megan Fox like to do another comic book movie? Did the reboot of the DC Universe make any un-PC changes to their characters? And can Clark Gregg be serious and funny when being interviewed for The Avengers? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
When Judd Apatow announced his upcoming film, once tentatively titled This is Forty, we immediately wondered about the cast. That’s not just a result of Apatow’s fondness for a stable of comic actors that goes back to the Freaks & Geeks days, but a natural question given that the film is a spin-off from Apatow’s previous movie Knocked Up.
The story centers around Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters from Knocked Up, so one obvious question concerned the participation of Seth Rogen. Would he show up? Now the actor says no. As a consolation prize, he announces that he and Evan Goldberg (left, above) will shoot Jay and Seth Vs the Apocalypse, a film they’ve talked about for a couple years, next February. Read More »
I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:
- Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
- Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
- Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
- and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
Michael Bay may be best known as the guy who blows things up, but like any auteur, he’s got more than one signature move in his bag of tricks. Perhaps his second-favorite tool — after those big, loud, fantastically expensive explosions — is the slow-motion, low-angle, 360-degree shot. You know what I’m talking about: The character, who’s usually recovering from some earlier incident that’s landed him on the ground, looks off into the distance at something alarming and/or horrifying that we can’t see. As he comes to realize that shit has just gotten really real, the camera slowly revolves around him for dramatic effect.
This new supercut pulls together clips of Bay’s favorite shot while revealing what it is that has all these characters so riled up. (Hint: It’s another Bay staple.)
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We’ve got classic cops fighting notorious gangsters, giant mechs fighting notorious monsters, and a despot and his double fighting…um…the boundaries of comedy? Something along those lines. After the break, check out details of the following three recent casting breaks:
- Giovanni Ribisi joins the impressive cast of Gangster Squad.
- Rinko Kikuchi takes the female lead in Pacific Rim.
- J.B. Smoove is added to The Dictator. Read More »
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Megan Fox‘s name has come up this week through conversations that are a little bit unsavory (personally, I’m done with the backstage Transformers stuff, inasmuch as it was ever of interest beyond her role being recast) but here’s a better piece of news for the actress.
She and John C. Reilly have both been added to the cast of The Dictator. That’s the new film in which Sacha Baron Cohen and his Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles chronicle the not really true tale of a Middle Eastern despot who ends up in the US, and a goat herder who happens to be his exact double. Read More »