"There are things you can get away with in this world, and there are things you can't." — Mud, Mud
After a string of bad movies in the late-2000's, Matthew McConaughey's acting career seemed to be spiraling the drain. But, thanks to strong performances in five indie movies in the last two years — The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike and The Paperboy — and major buzz for his upcoming movie, Mud, McConaughey's star is on the rise once again. All McConaughey needs to cement his comeback is a big blockbuster movie and he appears to have found one in acclaimed director Christopher Nolan's (Inception) new sci-fi movie, Interstellar.
Join us in celebrating McConaughey's return by reflecting on the many memorable characters he's played in the past twenty years — from Wooderson, the charismatic stoner with a thing for high school girls in Dazed and Confused, to the title fugitive on a quest for love in Mud — and choose his best movies.
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Posted 04.04.13 by BrentJS
Bill Hader played the abused assistant to Tom Cruise's foul-mouthed character Les Grossman in 2008's Tropic Thunder, and when Paramount announced they were pursuing a movie spin-off after Grossman's appearance at the MTV Movie Awards, it was assumed that Hader would be along for the ride. The Saturday Night Live actor confirmed to In Touch Weekly that he will return and admitted he can't wait to receive more abuse from Grossman. What does Hader say about getting more abuse? >> Posted 06.24.10 by reelz
Tom Cruise capped off his performance as Les Grossman (his character from 2008's Tropic Thunder) at the MTV Movie Awards by teasing that a full movie starring himself as Grossman was in the works. He wasn't lying. Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced that they are developing a movie centered around the foul-mouthed, often ill-tempered movie producer. Cruise will produce the movie, along with Tropic Thunder writer/director Ben Stiller, who admitted he was thrilled about the project. More Les! Posted 06.10.10 by Ryan
Tom Cruise brought his character of the foul-mouthed, Twilight actor-berating, movie producer Les Grossman from 2008's Tropic Thunder and into the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend, and it seems Cruise is not through having fun with his new-found alter-ego. More Les! >> Posted 06.08.10 by Ryan
Tom Cruise's turn as the hirsute, ultra-profane super-producer Les Grossman was arguably the highlight of 2008's Tropic Thunder (at least it seems so based on our constant re-watching of his scenes when the movie airs on premium cable; check local listings). Those hoping to see more Les are in luck as he's producing the MTV Music Awards, and promoting it with a game Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
In the Pattinson clip, RPattz suggests "cleaning myself up a little bit" and "maybe washing my hair." Grossman loves the idea and says he's going to "personally fly Vidal F**king Sassoon" to Hollywood to give him a "Brazillian Blowout."
In the Lautner clip, Taycob explains he can't make the show because he's the best man in his best friend's wedding, but Les has a backup plan.
Diet Coke!!! More Les! >> Posted 06.01.10 by reelz
Unlike the pitches of his ex-professional baseball player character in the HBO series Eastbound & Down, actor Danny McBride's acting career is picking up steam. After memorable supporting roles in such movies as Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder, McBride snagged a role in director Jason Reitman's Academy Award-nominated movie Up In the Air, and is the headliner of his latest movie, Your Highness, a period comedy from Pineapple director David Gordon Green due out in October.
Now, Variety reports that McBride will star in L.A.P.I., the first feature being developed by Rough House Pictures, a Mandate Pictures production house headed by McBride, Green, and Jody Hill. Variety provided no details about the plot of the movie other than that, as the title suggests, McBride will play a private investigator in what is presumably an action-comedy movie along the lines of Pineapple Express. The story is based on a pitch from the previously unproduced writing duo of Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan.
McBride will also be returning for a second season of Eastbound & Down on HBO. McBride co-created the series with Rough House partner Hill, who also directed two episodes and co-wrote six episodes the first season. McBride's other Rough House partner, Green, also collaborated on Eastbound as director of three episodes. Posted 02.15.10 by BrentJS
Justin Theroux is something of a Renaissance man in Hollywood. As an actor, Theroux has appeared on numerous TV shows and in over a dozen movies, including acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. In addition, Theroux also works behind the scenes and behind the camera. He produced and wrote the script for Tropic Thunder and he wrote and directed Dedication.
Theroux recently tried his hand at the superhero genre, penning the script for the sequel to director Jon Favreau's adaptation of the classic Marvel Comics character Iron Man. Now, THR is reporting that Theroux has been hired by Fox to write a draft of Space Invader, a romantic comedy set in space that was originally written by Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger. Will Arnett (Arrested Development) will star in Space Invader as a man who follows his wife into space because he suspects her of cheating on him with one of her fellow astronauts. Theroux may also direct the movie, though this is still uncomfirmed. Posted 11.18.09 by BrentJS
From all indications, director Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is not going to feature the contemplative detective that we have come to know through countless films and TV shows, but rather a more visceral version of the character. Actor Robert Downey Jr., who will portray Holmes to Jude Law's Dr. Watson, said that portraying the character was very demanding.
I am kicking ass for two-and-a-half hours, and all this stuff I've been learning for five years [is applied]. Suddenly, I'm co-choreographing with these veteran stunt guys and bad-asses. And I'm in there, having this meat-eating, man-slaughtering competition with these guys, and then, at the same time, playing a very reserved Brit. And that, to me, was a massive education and just a process.
While Downey Jr. said that his role in Holmes was "technically really difficult," it was his Oscar-nominated role as black-faced Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder that really took its toll on him.
Whatever it was, it was just this massive catharsis for some reason. And then, after that, I was like, "Oh well, now that space is empty." All this kind of venom, rage, discomfort, and hiding behind things stuff kind of went away. Posted 10.09.09 by BrentJS
The co-star of Seth Rogen's latest vehicle, Observe and Report, Anna Faris turned heads at last night's premiere in Los Angeles. An actress since the age of 9, Faris has appeared in more than a dozen feature films, including the four Scary Movie movies, and with two comedic performances alongside Ryan Reynolds in Waiting and Just Friends. Faris appeared in several episodes during the final season of Friends and she received wider recognition as an actress following her appearnce in Brokeback Mountain.
Written and directed by Jody Hill, Observe and Report also stars Ray Liotta (Revolver) and features an appearance by up-and-coming comedic actor Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down). While superficially similar to Kevin James' latest project, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Observe and Report has been described as a darker, more mature film, with Rogen commenting:
They're totally different movies.
Observe and Report synopsis courtesy of Warner Bros.:
At the Forest Ridge Mall, Head of security Ronnie Barnhardt (SETH ROGEN) patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist. The master of his domain, he combats skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun.
Ronnie's delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven by his personal duty to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution to the crime will earn him a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive girl Brandi (ANNA FARIS), the hot makeup counter clerk who won't give him the time of day.
But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison (RAY LIOTTA) of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do. Posted 04.08.09 by BrentJS
Actor Robert Downey Jr. has been working non-stop since he played Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008). His hilarious portrayal of Kirk Lazarus, an actor who undergoes a skin pigmentation-altering procedure to “get into character” in Tropic Thunder (2008), was followed with a performance as a journalist in The Soloist (2009), and he recently completed filming for Guy Ritchie’s latest endeavor, Sherlock Holmes, due in theaters this December.
While Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the world’s greatest detective (sorry, Batman) in Sherlock Holmes is eagerly anticipated, what fans are really curious about is his return to the role that brought him his most recent wave of fame. Iron Man was the 2nd-highest grossing film of 2008 and helped further legitimize superhero films as a distinct movie genre capable of both financial and critical success.
In a recent interview with ET!,
Downey Jr. said:
"It's one thing to say you're Iron Man, it's another thing to be fully ready to do that."
When asked if he would be in shape to play a superhero after losing weight to play the gaunt Sherlock Holmes, Downey Jr. replied:
"I'm on Beefcake Charlie status. I've got to not be the skinny Brit anymore. I have to be the Tony that you know and may have loved."
Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Tony Stark’s assistant, Pepper Potts with Samuel L. Jackson resuming his role as Nick Fury. Iron Man 2 also stars Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash and Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer. Posted 04.04.09 by BrentJS