Feb. 22, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.
Cowabunga! A ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remake is on the way. But perhaps the bigger news is this: Actress Megan Fox and director Michael Bay are reuniting for the “TMNT” redo. The director took to his website Thursday night to announce the news: “TMNT: We Are Bringing Megan Fox Back Into the Family” Bay and Fox famously clashed while working on the first two “Transformers” movies. At one point during an interview with a British magazine, Fox compared her director to Hitler. Bay lashed back with some tart words of his own, questioning Fox’s work ethic: “I’m sorry, Megan. … I’m sorry that I’m making you show up on time.” Shia LaBeouf wages Twitter war They parted ways for the third installment in the series, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stepping in to play the part of […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 9:09 a.m.
Shia LaBeouf appears to be taking his case to the people’s court — via Twitter. The “Transformers” star is using the social media platform to post a series of personal emails to reflect the “creative differences” that led him to bow out of the upcoming revival production of the play “Orphans,” as reported by our sister blog, Culture Monster. LaBeouf’s departure led to talk that he clashed with costar Alec Baldwin. But Thursday’s news cycle is all about LaBeouf’s take-no-prisoners approach: He is using the social media platform to tell his side of the story by posting what purports to be personal emails involving Baldwin; another costar, Tom Sturridge; and the play’s director. PS4: 10 things you must know What do you think about LaBeouf’s tactics? A smart way to get his point across? Do you think the email senders feel like their […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 2:58 p.m.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” topped the Saturn Award nominations Wednesday, with nine nods including best fantasy film, best director for Peter Jackson, best actor for Martin Freeman and best supporting actor for Ian McKellen. Other films being honored with nominations for the 39th annual Saturn Awards include “Life of Pi,” “Skyfall,” “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Looper,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Argo” and “Les Miserables.” The diversity of films underscores “the ways in which genre filmmaking has expanded beyond its roots as niche entertainment,” the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films said in its announcement. ‘Hobbit’ Blu-ray release March 19 won’t have extended edition Although much of Hollywood is focused this week on Sunday’s Oscar ceremony — considered by many to be the highlight of the awards season — the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films is just […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 9:26 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. “Mirror Mirror” on the wall: Will this fantastical twist on the tale of Snow White take home Oscar gold Sunday night at the 85th annual Academy Awards? [For the Record, 12:15 p.m., Feb. 20: Someone needs to get her fairy tales straight. An earlier version of this post said that “Mirror Mirror” was a fantastical twist on Sleeping Beauty. It’s a retelling of Snow White.] The lavishly costumed film starring Julia Roberts as the evil monarch who envies fresh-faced newcomer Lily Collins nabbed top honors Tuesday at the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, winning for excellence in fantasy film. The guild awards come as the award season races toward its climactic finale, Oscar Sunday. The win suggests that “Mirror Mirror” could be the front-runner for the costume design Oscar. […]
Feb. 19, 2013 | 9:55 a.m.
Nicolaus Copernicus has received that highest of modern day honors, a Google Doodle, marking what would have been his 540th birthday. Copernicus doesn’t come up in day-to-day conversations, but perhaps he should: He is considered the founder of modern astronomy and single-handedly changed the way we think about our place in the universe by positing that the Earth revolved around the sun, and not the other way around. He remains a patron saint to those who like to question the rules. And, let’s face it: The plots of sci-fi movies and TV shows such as “Prometheus” and “Star Trek” are all the more fascinating because of our understanding of this great galaxy of ours — and the galaxies beyond. And we have Copernicus, among others, to thank for that. ‘DJesus Uncrossed’: Most controversial skit in ‘SNL’ history? Copernicus was born […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 1:23 p.m.
In today’s edition of “Worst Kept Secrets,” Josh Duhamel and Fergie have confirmed they’re expecting their own little transformer. The “Transformers” star and the pop star have sidestepped rumors for weeks. But the Black Eyed Peas singer tweeted the following this morning, letting the world know that she is indeed pregnant: Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!! #mylovelybabybump http://t.co/e8sxz5CQ pic.twitter.com/J7NUZczN — Fergie (@Fergie) February 18, 2013 Duhamel did his sharing on Facebook, posting the same photo mash-up of the couple as children. (They kinda look alike, no?) “DJesus Uncrossed”: Most controversial skit in SNL history? The confirmations were a rare glimpse into the personal lives of Duhamel, 40, and Fergie, 37, who zealously guard their privacy (well, as much as two widely recognized celebs can). Duhamel is riding high at the box office this week. He stars opposite Julianne […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 9:23 a.m.
“DJesus Uncrossed” may have crossed the line, with some calling it the single most offensive skit in “Saturday Night Live” history. The skit spoofs Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” with a mock trailer for the ultimate historical revenge fantasy starring “Jesus H. Christ” himself. If that’s not enough, the skit arrives during Lent, one of the most solemn periods in the Christian calendar. “Guess who’s back,” Jesus says as he rolls back a giant boulder and emerges into the sunlight in the skit. Photos: Beyonce as Wonder Woman? What follows is two minutes of bloody action as Jesus — clad in a tunic, sandals, a crown of thorns and a cross strapped to his back — uses a sword and guns to plow through his enemies. Says the voice-over: “He’s risen from the dead … and he’s preaching anything but forgiveness.” What […]
Feb. 14, 2013 | 4:27 p.m.
Valentine’s Day is usually reserved for roses and pillow talk, not action movies. Maybe that’s one reason why movie critics have pretty much declared “A Good Day to Die Hard” dead on arrival. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan called it an uninspired mess that sees Bruce Willis going through the motions in this fifth installment of the 25-year-old “Die Hard” franchise. The Wrap asked: “Does Bruce Willis still have it?” The Associated Press called the movie “pointless and joyless.” But don’t count John McClane out just yet. Movie industry analysts say “A Good Day to Die Hard” could bring in up to $55 million at the box office in its first five days. Bruce Nash, president of Nash Information Services, a movie industry research company, stopped short of calling the movie “critic proof.” But he told Hero Complex that most moviegoers will […]
Feb. 14, 2013 | 10:22 a.m.
Peter Dinklage is making the leap from “Game of Thrones” to the new “X-Men” movie, “Days of Future Past.” News of the casting came via a tweet by Bryan Singer, who will return to direct the newest installment of the sci-fi franchise that pits mutants against humanity: Officially like to welcome #PeterDinklage from #GameOfThrones to #XMEN #DaysofFuturePast Very very excited! — Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) February 14, 2013 Dinklage joins a star-studded cast that includes a mix of actors from Singer’s first two “X-Men” movies and the Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel, “X-Men: First Class.” Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Patrick Stewart are already on board for the time-traveling adventure based on one of the most well-known storylines of the “Uncanny X-Men” comic books. ‘Game of Thrones’: Peter Dinklage sees series challenges ahead It’s unclear what role Dinklage will play. While many have speculated […]
Feb. 13, 2013 | 1:08 p.m.
Harry Potter is getting a makeover — no magic wand necessary. A new cover for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was unveiled Wednesday, the first of seven new Harry Potter book covers on the way. The new covers will appear on the U.S. paperback edition beginning in September, timed to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of the first in J.K. Rowling’s mega-successful series. The artist behind the new covers is Kazu Kibuishi of Alhambra, Calif., known for the graphic novel series “Amulet.” Each of the seven covers will pluck a memorable moment from the book, and will also be available as a boxed set. Albert Brooks takes bait, signs on for “Finding Nemo 2” Kibuishi is a longtime Harry Potter fan who called this opportunity “more than a little surreal,” according to a statement posted […]