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VULTURE DROPPINGS OF THE WEEK: Angelina Jolie

July 23rd, 2010 No comments

Before becoming synonymous with adoption, global politics, chic philanthropy and sexy action movies (like Wanted and Salt, which opens today), Angelina Jolie, who made a rousing appearance at Comic-Con today, was a fiery, young actress who was best known as being Jon Voight‘s daughter. And she had a proclivity for choosing quirky roles. Although her big break was Hackers in 1995, it wasn’t until 1998 that she had her breakthrough role in the HBO original movie, Gia, about the fast, short life of late supermodel Gia Carangi. She — and the movie — received rave reviews. Read more…

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THE WEEKEND MARQUEE: Angelina Jolie in Spyland: ‘Salt’ Aims For A Big Opening Weekend; Plus ‘Ramona & Beezus’ Is Like Trix: Just For Kids!

July 23rd, 2010 No comments

This years Comic-Con, which started Thursday and runs through the weekend, has started with a bang. So far the newsworthy moments have come from the usual suspects: Robert Rodriguez previewed footage of his upcoming Grindhouse inspired action thriller Machete and during a discussion featuring J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, the writer/director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blogannounced he will be directing The Avengers, based on the Marvel comic characters (not the 1960s television show, which was made into an excruciatingly unwatchable movie in 1998). Read more…

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The New Trailer For ‘Tron: Legacy’ Makes Its Comic-Con Debut

July 22nd, 2010 No comments
It was an afternoon of Tron at Comic-Con today, with Patton Oswalt leading a panel discussion with the film’s stars, including Jeff Bridges, who is reprising his role from the original, Michael Sheen and Olivia Wilde. The franchise has come a long way since 1982. In the new version, they’ve employed technology to make Bridges appear 20 years younger. Wait til Nicole Kidman hears about that one! The circa 1982 trailer is posted after the jump.
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Mickey Rourke In Talks To Portray Gay Rugby Star

July 22nd, 2010 No comments

Welsh Rugby player Gareth Thomas made headlines in December when he announced that he was gay. Now, Mickey Rourke is interested in portraying Thomas in an upcoming film that would depict his struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality. A spokesman for the athlete said:

Mickey contacted Gareth directly via a mutual friend in rugby league to express his interest and invited Gareth… to meet him for dinner. The fact that Mickey is so passionate about doing a moving picture has been really flattering and, although we haven’t come to an agreement yet, we’re really hoping it does happen.

Thomas bears the distinction of being the only openly gay professional athlete currently involved in a team sport. Read more…

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Just Who Is ‘Salt’?

July 22nd, 2010 No comments

Something tells me that it’s Angelina Jolie. And this marketing campaign has to end now! The myriad of billboards around the city have long lost their intrigue.

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Vampire Weekend Faces Lawsuit Over Photo Used For ‘Contra’ Album Cover

July 21st, 2010 No comments

EW reports that Ann Kirsten Kennis, the former model featured in the photo above which was subsequently used for Vampire Weekend‘s second album cover, Contra, is now suing the band for $2 million. She alleges that her image was used illegally, and that the Polaroid photo was taken by her mother in 1983. This is in direct conflict with photographer Tod Brody‘s claim that he is, in fact, the one who snapped the shot and, therefore, has the rights to it.

The band’s record label released this statement:

As is standard practice, Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings licensed the rights to use the photo on the cover of Contra pursuant to a license agreement that contains Read more…

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YOUTUBE HYPE: Justin Bieber And Lady Gaga Battle It Out For Most Watched Video Of All Time

July 21st, 2010 No comments

Yup. The above video for Justin Bieber‘s “Baby” is currently the most watched video of all time, according to YouTube. The tween sensation ousted Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance” from the top spot when his video garnered around 246 million views. Gaga, the too-often vocal pop star — whose most recent hit, “Alejandro,” is one of the most irritating songs ever written and is a ripoff of ABBA‘s “Fernando” and Ace of Base‘s “Don’t Turn Around” — has been trying to reclaim her title as #1, but has so far come up short. Bieber actually rose to fame through YouTube after Read more…

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‘The Other Guys’ In Wrigleyville

July 21st, 2010 No comments

Thanks to the graphic designer’s liberal use of the Photoshop drop shadow tool, it looks like Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are going to leap out of the poster for The Other Guys onto Chicago’s famed comedy headquarters iO (formerly known as Improv Olympic) which is located right under the actors feet. Ferrell and Wahlberg, as seen on the poster, could also be a metaphor for the Chicago alderman that are forcing iO to move in order to make room for new developments like Best Buy and a CVS drugstore.

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Bill Murray On His Biggest Career Regret, Those Persistent ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Rumors, And The Magic Of Chicago

July 20th, 2010 No comments

Once in a while it can fun to watch a terrible movie. I like to analyze what went wrong or marvel at the sheer audacity of the filmmaker (such as when the much older Kevin Spacey directed himself as a twenty-something Bobby Darin in Beyond the Sea a few years ago). But most of the time a terrible movie is just that: a terrible movie: no irony, nothing of interest, and just plain dull.  That’s what category Garfield falls into. And Bill Murray, who voiced the iconic feline for the 2004 feature, feels the same way. He tells GQ:

I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I’d never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, “So-and-so and Joel Coen.” And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They’re funny. So I Read more…

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‘Anchorman 2’ In Trouble: Steve Carell Wants In, But Director Adam McKay Says He’s “Moved On”

July 20th, 2010 No comments

These days, Hollywood studios are parting with their money more cautiously than ever and it’s even become difficult to get the go ahead for sequels to movies that have already proven themselves. Ben Stiller was unsuccessful in his attempt to resurrect Zoolander and it looks like the creators of Anchorman have given up their hopes of creating a sequel to the 2004 cult hit which starred Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. Despite the fact that Paramount has passed on the project, The Office star recently told Empire Online that he is still interested in filming a sequel:

I selfishly want to do it again just for the fun of it. And I think it could be as playful and as fun as the original. Read more…

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