Steve Carell is something of a rock star in his career, having transformed himself from a quirky commentator on "The Daily Show" to both a mainstream and indie success with films like "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" and "Little Miss Sunshine." It makes sense, then, that Carell plans to elevate his rock star status in a literal sense with a biopic of Dennis Lambert, the songwriter/producer who became a rock sensation in the Philippines late in his life. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley wrote the untitled script based on "Of All The Things," a 2008 documentary directed by Lambert's son Jody.
"Dennis left the music business [after his solo album flopped] and was selling real estate in Florida when he was told by a Filipino promoter that he's still huge there because his album had been so successful. The promoter begged him to tour," Daley told Deadline of Lambert's true story. "Finally, in his 60s and 20 years removed from the music business, Dennis says yes and suddenly he's playing packed 10,000 seat arenas. The movie will be about what happens when a middle-aged guy finds himself a rock star who realizes dreams he never got to live out."
Carell is hardly the first actor to take a crack at the rock genre, of course. He joins a solid list of classic cinematic rockers, such as the ones we've listed after the jump! Read More...
MTV's Josh Horowitz has risked life, limb and even his dignity for the sake of our envelope-pushing "After Hours" video series -- he's let Steve Carell sit on his lap for an interview (um, awkward), engaged in knife-play with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and even gotten trapped on an escalator with M. Night Shyamalan and Penthouse Pet Ryan Keely (the horror!).
For his latest foray into "After Hours" journalism, Josh spent an afternoon being chauffeured around Central Park in a pedicab with "Watchmen" beauty Malin Akerman, presumably to discuss her new film "The Romantics" (in theaters now). Sounds pleasant enough, but turns out things can head south pretty quickly when foul body odor, inappropriate talk of nudity, a hulking WWE wrestler and a sprinting Hobbit are involved.
Check out the vid below for a lesson in how to prevent a belligerent pedicab driver from turning your face into your butt (his words, not ours).
Director Davis Guggenheim's documentary "Waiting for Superman" sheds light on the failings of the American public education system, but as we mentioned earlier this week, not every school is a failure — so long as they're rooted in fiction, that is.
Likewise, there are many students that have passed through the halls of movie high schools that students today can look up to and admire for a whole variety of reasons. After the jump, check out five of our favorite students in film history! Read More...
First, a warning to the faint of heart: the below video features a shirtless Danny DeVito. Proceed at your own risk.
The comic actor is apparently taking on the challenging role of Mahatma Gandhi, an historical figure most famously brought to life in film by Ben Kingsley in the 1982 feature, "Gandhi." DeVito will star in "Gandhi II," which he refuses to call either a sequel or a remake. I honestly can't tell if this is genuinely hilarious or if my natural inclination towards all things DeVito is coloring my opinion. David Mamet wrote and directed this little gem for FunnyOrDie though... check it out.
Josh Brolin loves himself some "Goonies." Just yesterday I reported that he told MTV's Josh Horowitz about the now-finished Steven Spielberg-directed, Aaron Sorkin-scripted "Goonies 2." Now he's talking about "Goonies 3"?!?! Clearly we live in bizarro world. First though, he puts to rest a rumor that he'll have a role in Jason Reitman's upcoming reunion with "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, "Young Adult."
"Not true," Brolin said of the rumor. "No. He and I may do something else. I think that's where the wires crossed. He was very apologetic [after the rumor cropped up]. But I did read [the script] and thought it was great. I think Charlize [Theron] is going to be amazing." Read More...
Kevin James is a lot of things: a comedian, a king of Queens, a mall cop, a zookeeper. Now, it's time to add a new occupation to that list — mixed martial artist.
As we reported earlier today, James is set to star in an as-yet-untitled feature about a physics teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts fighter in light of some serious budget cuts at his school. He eventually winds up as a fighter in the UFC. It might seem like a stretch to some of you, but James is an actor — it's literally his job to transform himself into characters you wouldn't expect him to play.
Besides, it's not like James doesn't have a long history of martial arts films to study and base his character around. After the jump, we've listed some fighting styles and techniques that he should consider when preparing for his MMA film! Read More...
Editor's Note: This is all a big joke. No facts here.
Josh Brolin has become quite the tough guy actor in recent years. "No Country For Old Men," "Grindhouse," "American Gangster," "Jonah Hex"... even the Dubya biopic "W." Make no mistake: whatever else you may think of the guy, George W. Bush is a modern-day cowboy.
But I digress. Brolin, a name you know. People often forget though that he got his start as Brandon Walsh, big brother to Sean Astin's Mikey, in the '90s classic, "The Goonies." MTV's Josh Horowitz brought this up when speaking to Brolin at the junket for "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," mentioning that there's been such a trend of reviving old franchises lately... so where's the "Goonies" sequel?
"'Goonies'... we just finished the sequel to 'Goonies,'" he said. "Spielberg directed it. And... who wrote it?" Josh knew immediately. Read More...
So, Lady Gaga wore a meat suit to the VMA's this year. I'm sure you've heard about it already if you haven't seen it for yourself, but it bears repeating — Lady Gaga. In a meat suit. At the VMA's.
It was certainly a new benchmark for Lady G's never-ending quest into the world of bizarre fashion, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves by calling it an unprecedented outfit. There are plenty of people in the world who have worn meat suits in the past — many of them fictional, all of them disgusting.
After the jump, check out five of the grossest meat suits in film and popular culture! Read More...
The saga of Ronald Reagan is certainly a fascinating one. The A-list actor went on to have a pretty okay career in politics. You know, just the 40th president of the United States. No big deal.
The biopic, which carries a $30 million budget and is targeted for a late 2011 release, will be helmed by "Malice" director Jonas McCord, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. He also wrote the script, working from a pair of optioned biographies by bestselling author Paul Kengor: "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan." McCord admits to not being a fan of the former president, but being intrigued by the project as he learned more about Reagan's early life. The story will open on the 1981 assassination attempt, telling the Gipper's life story through "flashbacks and flash-forwards."
It's all going to hinge on who plays Reagan, of course. And as you might expect, we have a few suggestions... Read More...
Did you tune in for the 2010 Emmys last night? I'll tell ya, it's the best that particular awards show has been in years. It helped that we've had a truly excellent year of television, with old shows striding along while new ones carved out their own fanbases. Even from just a production standpoint, it was a great awards show. Everyone was involved. Host Jimmy Fallon was at his best. And the funny stuff peppered between the award presentations was... well... funny! Just check out this little short from one of the night's top winners, "Modern Family."