Toronto-born actor Chris Diamantopoulos is a big fan of the Three Stooges. A very big fan.
Despite a studio memo that went out asking actors not to come dressed in character when auditioning for the Farrelly Brothers' take on the three hapless vaudeville buffoons, Diamantopoulos was desperate to leave an impression. After all, this was a role he felt he was meant to play. So he did what any Stooges devotee would: he went full Moe.
"I showed up and there were 70 dudes in jeans and t-shirts and there was me, with my wig askew, bad pancake makeup, homemade fat suit saying, 'Alright, let me at 'em'. They thought I was a lunatic. I'm not even kidding. They almost kicked me out of the room."
Far from having him removed, after close to a dozen meetings and auditions, he was offered the role of the Stooges ringleader, bopping heads and poking eyes alongside Sean Hayes as Larry and Will Sasso as Curly, not to mention a supporting cast that includes knock-out Sofia Vergara, singer-turned-actress Jennifer Hudson, Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton...and Larry David.
The master of conspiracy theories trades international cover-ups for a sweaty, smoky look at drug cartels, kidnapping and loyalty in the first trailer for Savages.
Oliver Stone hits on something close to Traffic, and his own sensationalistic 1994 tour-de-force Natural Born Killers, telling the story of two bestie pot growers who get mixed up with a powerful Mexican drug stronghold when they refuse to go into business with them from the book by Don Winslow.
Leggy blond bombshell Blake Lively narrates and stars as O, the girlfriend that enforcer Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and hippie businessman Ben (a dreadlocked Aaron Johnson) share, and it's the three of them against the world, all beach volleyball and hot tubs until, as Lively puts it, "things got so out of control."
Savages also features an icy, but still crazy-hot Salma Hayek as the drug matriarch, Benicio Del Toro as the muscle, John Travolta as the federal agent on the case and includes Emile Hirsch, Demián Bichir and Uma Thurman.
We've got the EXCLUSIVE Savages trailer so see for yourself after the jump!
Nearly 16 years after crafting a wonderfully gritty portrait of a rock band barely hanging on during the last booze-soaked days of a grueling tour, writer-director Bruce McDonald decided there was more story to tell.
Despite the fact that he killed off his lead character Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon, former frontman of The Headstones) in a bold on-screen suicide that flashed by the last frames of Hard Core Logo, the cowboy-hat wearing filmmaker went back to the well and offers audiences the flip-side to life on the road in the spooky and spiritual Hard Core Logo 2.
We sat down with the affable McDonald to talk about making a sequel, why he digs working with musicians and the key to cooking up a good drug montage.
Film fans are still forking over for The Hunger Games, which took in $33.5 million to lead the box office for a third-straight weekend.
According to studio estimates, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games raised its domestic total to $302.8 million. It easily out-earned two returning favourites, Universal's American Pie sequel American Reunion and a 3-D version of the blockbuster Titanic, released domestically by Paramount and overseas by 20th Century Fox.
Both newcomers opened solidly, though. American Reunion pulled in $21.5 million, the lowest haul since the 1999 original but still a decent return for a comedy franchise whose last big-screen chapter came nine years ago.
Titanic in 3-D reeled in $17.4 million over the weekend, raising its domestic take to $25.7 million since opening Wednesday. That lifts the lifetime domestic gross of James Cameron's mega-hit to $626.5 million.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to fight other youths in a televised death match, The Hunger Games now has topped the domestic gross of each of the Twilight movies and all but the first and last of the Harry Potter films.
The Weinstein Co. said Thursday an edited version of the film Bully will be released across the U.S. on April 13 with a PG-13 rating.
The Motion Picture Association of America initially gave the film an R rating for language, meaning kids under 17 were restricted from seeing it without an accompanying adult.
The MPAA declined to change the rating when The Weinstein Co. appealed. The company released the film March 30 in limited release without a rating.
Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch, is an examination of school bullying that follows five kids over the course of a school year.
The Weinstein Co. said three uses of an expletive were removed to earn the PG-13 rating.
Leave it to the guy who brought us, and continues to bring us, "Family Guy" to make an R-rated comedy about a boy's childhood toy coming to life.
Mark Wahlberg plays John, an immature but well-meaning man who still lives with his best bud Ted - a stuffed bear come to life thanks to John's long-ago Christmas wish - whose libido and fondness for the, ahem, greener things in life are starting to annoy John's main squeeze Lori (Mila Kunis) and get in the way of John growing up. In a way that having a stuffed teddy for a roommate most certainly would.
The first trailer from Seth McFarlane's feature film debut - he also provides Ted's voice and shares screenwriting credits - has plenty to look and laugh at, including a knock-down, drag-out fight that includes a smashed TV, a weeping Wahlberg and a tough-talking Ted.
Watch the EXCLUSIVE green band trailer after the jump.
Sarah Polley's lensed-in-Toronto look at love, marriage, desire and infidelity is all sun-dappled porches, bright colours and stolen glances as Michelle Williams plays a fairly happily married woman who meets comely Luke Kirby on a plane, who just so happens to be her neighbour, and then starts to furtively explore the feelings that may be developing between them.
Take This Waltz, which screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, is the follow-up to Polley's very well-received and emotionally wrought Away From Her, so when it comes to exploring the unpleasantness of life alongside its wondrous moments, we know we're in good hands.
The movie co-stars Seth Rogen as Williams' goofy lovable husband and Sarah Silverman as Rogen's sister, who warns Williams about trying to fill the holes in her life with another man.
See for yourself, after the jump.
It's almost getting ridiculous how much Ryan Gosling love there is pumping through the hearts and loins of ladies and men the world over thanks to his babely looks, sense of style, acting chops, ineffable coolness and oh yeah, practice of breaking up fights and now saving lives.
Our own modern-day hero (and real human being) apparently came to the rescue of a British journalist visiting New York, who went to cross the street without looking the right way and narrowly avoided being hit by a car thanks to Gosling's helping, no doubt manly, hand.
The lady in question, Laurie Penny took to Twitter last night to chirp the good news, telling her followers that she "literally LITERALLY got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. That actually just happened."
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