The most horrifying part about watching a horror movie is realizing it’s based on a true story. The Conjuring is that kind of movie. More
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Remember that Patrick Wilson episode of Girls where he and Lena Dunham spent two days together enjoying steaks and sex with each other and the water pressure in Patrick Wilson’s absurdly large and glass-walled shower? I remember it, because it made me feel weird, which is apparently the exact same argument that Lena got from everyone after that episode. More
Everyone claims to hate Girls, but everyone watches it. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone you’re reading these recaps. More
Since Hurricane Sandy and the mayor’s office canceled the NYC marathon tomorrow, there’s a good chance these seven celebrities are available to hang out. More
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Slowly but surely, Rachel McAdams has become the face of our favorite romantic movies. When Rachel appears in a rom-com, you know that it’s a movie with smart writing, few cliches, and an enduring love story. Most importantly, it will be well acted. More
It’s official, the film adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s novel The Corrections will air as a series on HBO. Hooray – I love that book so much! Dianne Wiest and Chris Cooper are already cast as the matriarch and patriarch of a dysfunctional family, but who will play the other characters? Like annoyingly rebellious academic Chip? Or chef Denise, who’s exploring her sexuality? Here’s my dream cast — take notes, HBO. More
We know that Charlize Theron has great comedic timing — just look up her guest spot as Rita on Arrested Development – but who knew she could play an immature, possibly psychotic bitch so well? More
Diablo Cody knows where she fits in best: Profiling the familiar faces from every high school. You had the self-possessed outcast in Juno, the killer prom queen in Jennifer’s Body, and now the woman who’s stuck in high school. Paramount just released the first poster for Diablo’s latest project Young Adult, where Charlize Theron plays a failed teen lit writer who returns to her hometown to stalk her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson)… who happens to be married and have a baby. More
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The last two movies I’ve seen Liv Tyler in, she’s been the central female character, and a weak one at that: A former drug addict who’s been rescued by a sweet man but finds herself easily falling under the control of a controlling yet seductive jerk thanks to her docile personality. That counts for both Super and The Ledge. (And That Thing You Do! and Armageddon, now that we think about it.) Obviously there’s a formula Tyler’s got in her head. But why would she want to follow it — in both films, her character is meek and lost, hardly speaking above a murmur and terrified of the man who holds her in check.
I had a ton of fun talking with Matthew Chapman, the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin and writer-director of The Ledge. Though he’s written two books grappling with faith versus reason, this is his first feature film; the thriller sympathizes with atheist Charlie Hunnam, who steals fundamentalist Patrick Wilson‘s wife Liv Tyler. A UK native who’s lived both in Los Angeles and New York, Chapman might be considered someone who lives on the fringes of Hollywood, but he’s had enough experience to judge Tinseltown’s relationship to religion.
It’s always exciting when an interview turns into an actual intellectual discussion, as when Chapman and I talked about the labels of “atheist” versus “agnostic,” the concept of original sin, and unforgivable acts. He was also just really funny. But then again, I’m biased since I’m agnostic. More
Two movies about love, betrayal, and faith. One setting for the most dramatic of confrontations. Between Tommy Wiseau‘s cult classic The Room and Matthew Chapman‘s new thriller The Ledge, drug dealers, atheists, cops, breast cancer victims, and pesky kids all spend time on the roof. More
I really wanted to like Insidious becuase of its excellent pedigree — written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, the team who brought us the first (and still best) Saw movie; and produced by Oren Peli, who produced the unexpected success Paranormal Activity. Unfortunately, Insidious is poorly executed, with its only real scares coming from the incredibly cheap trick of characters leaping out of dark corners. More
There’s a faraway glaze in Jennifer Aniston‘s eyes; it’s because she has been upstaged by Juliette Lewis and her Smurf-y blue hair. Nah, she just looks bored. Over the red-carpet thing. Fun fact: Juliette Lewis dated Brad Pitt in the ’90s. So she and Jen have that in common. Also in the movie/shot: Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson (or rather, his Madame Tussaud’s wax figure) and a cute little kid named Thomas Robinson (who we suspect might share DNA with Robert Downey Jr.) More